Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #83

What a week we have for you over at the Play Date Cafe this week!  This weeks theme is black and white, with just a splash of green.

As you can see from our colour inspiration board, we are farewelling senior designer Sarah Anderson, who is moving on to some exciting crafting adventures on a full-time basis.  As a final tribute to Sarah, we are running her favourite of all colour challenges - the colour splash.

We are being sponsored this week by Skipping Stones Design, and this stamp set is called 'Heartsong' - why not play along this week for your chance to win a great prize from this sponsor.

If you would like to be in the running for an additional prize from The Play Date Cafe prize menu, make sure you hop along to each of the DT members blogs and leave a comment at each stop.  You should have come here from Tracey's blog.  If you haven't, or think you've missed one, pop back to The Play Date Cafe and start at the very beginning!  To continue your blog hopping journey, click on over to....

Just one more thing, before you hop away, I have been through the projects that our wonderful Sarah has created for you in her time at The Play Date Cafe, and have chosen this project Sarah created last year to feature on my blog - it has crochet on it - how could I not choose this one?!!

Thanks for sticking with me through this post - now let's see what you can create with BLACK, WHITE and a splash of GREEN!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays - Bling Bling!

OK - so I'm still not sure I've got the concept of CAS card making - for some reason my CAS looks quite different to other CAS I see.....  but this weeks theme at CAS-ual Fridays is Bring on the Bling and I thought I'd have another go.

One of the things I am trying to do when thinking CAS is to try and limit the amount of time I spend working on a project.  Here is my tag for this week.....

I knew I was definitely going for black and white with a smidge of red on this tag (as it is intended as a Christmas tag).  I had already chosen two simple stamps from Stamp-It 'Seasons Greetings', but I wasn't quite sure how I was going to add my bling.  While scrounging through my drawer looking for appropriate ribbon, I spied this piece of mini sequin waste.....

It added just the right amount of bling above my stamped, shaped border.

And finished the centre of my snowflake.  There were a few silver sparkles on my ribbon as well, though they didn't show up so great in the photo.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, May 22, 2011

ATC fun - TSQ

I had sooo much fun making this ATC.  I just love it when a project starts with a little seed in your mind and grows from there, blossoming into a finished product that really makes you smile.

I really wanted to use Stampotique 'mort had a pin curl' on this ATC - he was stamped on scrap cardstock and coloured with Derwent inktense & Derwent coloursoft pencils then trimmed out and set aside.  The ATC began life as white cardstock, and was coloured with Tim Holtz Adirondack Inks (lettuce, meadow, sunset orange).  I stamped over it with Journal Impressions circles in Distress Inks (scattered straw, peeled paint, spiced marmalade, wild honey) and Black archival ink.  Highlighting was done with a white gel pen.

I found this fun phrase which came out of an old book, and was the inspiration for this ATC - it says, "It was Mr. Dill, a little, meek-looking man, with a bald head."  I doodled around the edges of the words, and the edges of the ATC with a black artline pen.

If you are looking for some Stampotique images of your own, they can be found at The Stamping Queen, who also sell a range of Paperbag Studios stamps.  I am loving these journal impressions circle stamps, and love the fun of these Stampotique images.

Hope you like this ATC as much as I do!


NOTE: This product was made for The Stamping Queen DT

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #82

Ruby2shoes has come up with a gorgeous colour story for us this week at the Play Date Cafe!  Soft and muted and just delightful.

I really couldn't decide what to make this week, as I thought these colours would lend themselves to so many different ideas.  In the end, I decided on a fun crocheted bookmark, using scraps of yarn from my wool box.

So easy to make - just a few scraps of yarn, and a few buttons, and some basic crochet skills.  I couldn't decide whether to make the circles into flowers, or to mix and match the button colours, but in the end I decided to go for a simple bold combination of matching colours and simple circles.

We are being sponsored this week by Discount Cardstock, and our guest designer is Laura Davis.  Why not pop on over to the Play Date Cafe for all the details about this weeks challenge.

Thanks for visiting today :)


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

ATC swap - Inkurable Stampers 3rd birthday celebration

Inkurable Stampers have recently celebrated their 3rd birthday - blog owner Sarah organised an ATC swap, with the colours black, white and orange, and you had to use at least one stamp.

I can't wait till the swapped ATC's come back, to see what other creations have been made, but for now, here is a look at the ATC's that I made.

I began with white cardstock, coloured with a blending tool using Spiced Marmalade DI.  I then randomly stamped Journal Impressions by Paperbag Studios (the circles) using the same ink, which were highlighted with a white gel pen.

The hearts are stamped onto this coloured layer using black archival ink and Stampotique 'Daniel's Hearts' - this was then stamped on white cardstock, and overstamped with Tim Holtz 'Love Struck' definition stamp.  The hearts were painstakingly cut out and adhered over the matching hearts on the orange layer.  This was attached to a layer of black cardstock, and the layers sewed together.

The quote says 'write your words of love on my heart', and was generated on the computer - each of the words were edged in Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot DI.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

A little journey - TSQ

I hope you like what I have for you today.  I had a rough idea what this card might look like, but the finished product even surprised myself.

The top section of the background is white cardstock which has been run through the cuttlebug with Spellbinders Impressability 'paisley' die, then inked with Weathered Wood DI for texture and depth.  The base of the background is a scrap of MME Bella Bella 'French Flea Market' paper, which has been stamped with Journal Impressions by Paperbag Studios in weathered wood DI (these are the circles) highlighted in white gel pen, then overstamped with the Tiny Daisy stamp also from Paperbag Studios in black archival ink which were dotted with a black artline around the edge of the petals for depth.  These were mounted and sewn onto some dark navy cardstock.

I have added some trim and ribbon from my stash to separate the two sections.  The butterfly is from Tim Holtz doo dads 'wings & things 2', to which I added some Kaiser rhinestones in blue, and some silver wire for the antennae.  The little word 'journey' comes from Collections Elements strip words (in kraft).  I am so happy with how this card turned out in the end, and it was fun to try a monochromatic colour scheme - something I haven't done for quite a while.

A range of Paperbag Studio stamps (including the versatile Tiny Daisy), Tim Holtz doo dads, Collections Elements strip words and Kaisercraft Rhinestones are available over at The Stamping Queen.

Hope you like this project as much as I do!


NOTE: This project was made for The Stamping Queen DT.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #81

Please note: this is a re-post due to blogger going offline this week and not being able to recover my post.

It's time for another Play Date Cafe colour challenge!  And here is the gorgeous colours chosen by Sarah Anderson....

Our sponsor this week is Stampotique :)

I love their images and was thrilled to be able to try out some new stamps this week.  Here is my card....

I have begun with purple cardstock as my base.  I have added a layer of Kaisercraft After Five collection paper - this is my grey element (the dots).  Next up I stamped Stampotique 'Daniel's Hearts' on the dotted paper, and again on some Prima Urban Cosmos paper - which were then paper pieced over the top.  I did this to create a little more depth to the hearts, and add some pattern to the hearts.

Over this I layered a small piece of puple and white cardstocks, and added Stampotique 'Smile' which was paper pieced as well (using paper scraps) and Stampotique 'Smile Enclosed!'.  A little black machine stitching finished this card off.

Our guest designer this week is R. Maria Sabina.  You can head on over to The Play Date Cafe to see what she created, as well as our talented design team, not to mention finding out what the fabulous prize is for this week :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays meets Moxie Fab

When I saw the Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab this morning, an idea popped into my head straight away.  I also wanted to support my PDCC team mates new blog challenge CAS-ual Fridays.... so.... even though I'm not sure I can do CAS, I have had a go at it anway.  For someone who normally takes hours to complete a project, this one took less than 45 minutes (including hand-stitching), so classes as CAS to me!!

Here is my CAS tag:

The stamps are from Tim Holtz Love Struck - love definition text on the heart, and the ticket over the top.  The threads are DMC # 966, 3326, 722, 727 and white, and I have varied the stitch length and numbers of thread used to create a sense of different weights - these coloured stripes were inspired by the stripes on the Tuesday Trigger.

So first up, here is the Tuesday Trigger.....

And here is the CAS-ual Fridays theme - texting.....

Thanks for stopping by my unusual-for-me CAS approach to tag making!!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Crochet some fingerless gloves :)

I hate leaving things until the last minute, and this project was left to the day before I needed them. I was a bit worried about how quickly I would make them, but they were noted as being 'complete in an afternoon' - so I figured I'd be ok.

And I was! Gorgeous fingerless gloves with a little ruffle edging, made to complement this hat I made last year for my daughter.

This glove pattern was purchased from Whiletheyplay's Ravelry Shop (you need a Ravelry sign in to find your way there) or you can visit her website here. The yarn is purchased from Ewe-Phoria Yarns ebay store and is a gorgeous Cascades 220 yarn.

Thanks for stopping by to see my latest creation!


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Anniversary Quirkiness - TSQ

I really hope you all enjoy this project I have to share.  My husband and I very recently celebrated 19 years of marriage, and this is the card I made him to celebrate our day.

 I began by drawing a nice curve to break the two sections, and coloured them using a blending tool and distress inks (rusty hinge & stormy sky).  I used the 'grunge alphabet' stamp from Paper Bag Studios in the same distress ink colours to stamp over each section.  I framed this layer with some white zig zag stitching.

The images are from Tim Holtz doo-dads 'wings & things 2', and so are the hats.  I made sure to edge these in a little vintage photo distress ink just to disguise the white edge.  The alphas are Paper Trunk 'benny' black and the '&' is Doodle Bug Design - both from my stash.  I wanted to add an element of black and white to the card, so I used the 'tiny daisy' stamp from Paper Bag Studios stamped twice (for each flower) on scrap cardstock.  These were trimmed out and attached along my curve line, leaving the petals of the top layer loose to create a slight 3D effect.  And don't forget the Kaiser rhinestones for a bit of bling!

All product for this card, except the alphas, has come from The Stamping Queen.  Pop back next week when I show you another way to use this gorgeous little 'tiny daisy' stamp!


NOTE: This project is made for The Stamping Queen DT.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #80

Here we are again at the Play Date Cafe for another bright and sunny colour story from Ruby2Shoes!  Isn't this picture beautiful?  Come on, you have to have a go at this challenge!

I absolutely could not decide just what to make with those gorgeous colours this week, but I settled on a Christmas tag - I thought the colours (though not traditional) were appropriate :)

This began with a #8 tag which I covered with Bo Bunny 'Sweetie Pie Sigh', and then sanded and machine stitched the edges.  The stamped image is Whimsy Angels Row by Magenta.  It was stamped in black archival on scrap cardstock, coloured around the angels with Derwent Inktense pencils, some kindy glitz on the stars and lastly some AED glitter 'autumn leaves' applied to their hearts/stars on their dresses.  This was mounted on black and then adhered to my tag with an RW lasercut accent at each end.  Lastly I added a beautiful orange ribbon for good measure.

Our sponsor this week is Paper Smooches with the fabby Kim Hughes joining us as our guest designer.  Kim has been a Go-to Gal for Paper Crafts Magazine, and has branched out with her own line of stamps - Paper Smooches.

Thanks for visiting - hope to see you in the cafe this week!


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Chipboard Notebook - TSQ

Today I have gone a little bit vintage with a notebook.  I began with some chipboard bracket shapes (Collections Elements), and I have used my Bind-It-All to turn them into a notebook.  I have covered the front, back and inside covers with Basic Grey Cappella paper.  The little hiding tag is inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and has sweet little tiny daisies stamped on it (by Paperbag Studios).

I have added some twill ribbon, trim, and a flower made using the Tim Holtz tattered florals die with more of the same paper, and a pearl button.  Finally I added some Kaiser rhinestones, and the word 'reflections' which is from Collections Elements kraft strip words.

This was a relatively easy project to make, and given this was my first try with the Bind-It-All machine, I was very happy with the results.

You can find the Collections Elements kraft strip words, chipboard bracket shapes, the Paperbag Studios tiny daisies stamp and Kaisercraft rhinestones over at The Stamping Queen.

Thanks for stopping by :)


NOTE: This project was created for The Stamping Queen DT.