Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #88

Welcome welcome welcome and have we got a wow of a colour story for you this week at The Play Date Cafe!  Check it out...

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Here is a card I have created... it is pretty artsy this week....

I have used stamps from Darkroom Door (Alphabet Medley), Stampers Anonymous (Artful Mosaic) and Tim Holtz (The Journey, Life's Possibilities, Lost & Found) and a game spinner also from Tim Holtz.  Lots of distressing and inking ( DI fired brick, antique linen, pumice stone and embossing ink, as well as black archival ink).

Here is a bit of a close up detail....

Our sponsor this week is Echo Park Paper.  Pop on over to The Play Date Cafe to see what you could win, as well as checking out what the rest of the design team created with these colours, as well as our Guest Designer Debby Hughes.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Artistic Stamper - June 2011 Challenge

I saw this challenge at The Artistic Stamper at the beginning of the month, and even noted it on the calendar to join in.  Then I got busy and crossed it off my list.  Then I sent my stamp collection on a 2 week holiday to a friends house.  Then I had to make a gift card holder/card in one.

I was so happy to be able to get it done in time for this challenge - though I did only just get it done in time....

The challenge was 'monochrome + one colour'.  Many decisions had to be considered with the colour choices (and choice of stamps for that matter) because of the recipient.  Grey scale was chosen as the monochrome, and a deep red as the plus one colour. (The gift card also happens to be red - very handy!)

I had so much fun making this project.... Began with black and white cardstock, and grey papers from Kaisercraft (After Five Collection and Sakura Park).  I used black soot DI and archival black ink, as well as a Tombow marker (#847) for the red.

I have used lots of different stamps by Stampotique (Mort had a Pin Curl, Honeycomb Background), Stampers Anonymous (Artful Mosaic), Tim Holtz (Life's Possibilities - quote), and Darkroom Door (Alphabet Medley).

You can see on the inside I have decorated it to match the front - with the word 'seventeen' stamped which hide behind the giftcard, but will be visible one it is spent!

I used a half inch punch to punch out the alpha stamps, but also used it to punch out a piece of magnet which holds the gift card flap shut against a circular paperclip.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, June 27, 2011

The Stamping Queen just 'For You'

So I am back with some new images to share with you for The Stamping Queen.  These images are more from the Paperbag Studios range, and I have created a vintagey/shabby chic card to wish a work colleague farewell.

The papers are from MME Bella Bella range, and have had their edges distressed and lightly coloured with pumice stone DI.  The twine is just plain kitchen twine, coloured lightly with pumice stone DI also to blend better with the card.  I have used two Paperbag Studios stamps on this card.  I have stamped 'flower bud' in tattered rose DI on the background, and 'series c' (this is the lady on the tag) which has been stamped in black archival ink on to two different papers - I just trimmed out a section and adhered it over the other one for a bit of definition and depth to the tag image.  The Stamping Queen has a range of Paperbag Studios stamps if you would like to try your hand at creating something like this.

The calendar image was a freedownload from Crafty Secrets available here.  The alpha stickers (they are a bit hard to see in my image - I didn't want them to overpower the card) are Basic Grey Cappella Micro Mono stickers.  I spent my spare time this weekend working on crocheting those roses.  They are made with #20 thread and were inspired by this pattern from Pierrot (or if you are registered with Ravelry you can find it here).

Thanks for visiting today!


NOTE: This project was made for The Stamping Queen DT

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #87

Welcome to another week at The Play Date Cafe!  We hope you will join us this week with another fantastic colour story from Jaclyn Miller...

This week we are being sponsored by Stampendous, and I was lucky enough to receive this 'cling deco lady' to work with.

Using this design with these colours in a finished project did not come so easily to me this week, but I ended up making this tag which I was quite happy with in the end.

I began with a #8 white tag which i edged in pumice stone DI.  The image was stamped on scrap cardstock, and coloured with Derwent Coloursoft pencils.  It was mounted on some very dark blue cardstock and attached to the tag.  You can't see it in my picture very well, but I have used distress crackle paint on the image, except for her skin areas.  The tag topper was made using the same method, but I just stamp the hair section on to a circle punch out before colouring.

Our guest designer this week is Stephanie Severin - why not pop on over to The Play Date Cafe to check out her creation, as well as the rest of the design team?

Thanks for stopping by


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A warm cardigan for an Australian winter

I have been working on a cardigan for myself this year, but it took a hiatus while I made this one for my daughter.  This is made with a lovely thick yarn from Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool range - it is 100% Undyed Peruvian Highland Wool - soft, thick, delightful to work with, and beautiful to wear.

I had to edit my post because I forgot to mention that this pattern is called 'Nell', and is designed by Kim Hargreaves.

Thanks for stopping by


Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #86

Well I hope you all had fun at the Play Date Cafe with our soft colour choices from Jaclyn Miller last week.  She is mixing things up this week and taking us on a very bright journey indeed.....

When I saw this colour story, my initial thought was licorice all sorts.  I realise some of you may not have heard of these - they are a lolly made up of layers of coloured candy and licorice.  I have included a picture of some with my creation for you to see what they are.

As you can see, my card is really meant to resemble those licorice all sorts!  This is a very simple card, made with strips of paper.  The focus is on the greeting tieing it back to the licorice all sorts.

The alpha stamps here are Darkroom Door 'alphabet medley', the little black/white alpha stickers are Sam & Lucy weave extras, and you may not be able to see it so well on the photo, but the coloured sections have been stamped with Paperbag Studios 'journal impressions' circles and covered with perfect pearls.

Our guest designer this week is Tami Mayberry, and you can see her fab creation back over at The Play Date Cafe.  Why not pop over and see the prize up for grabs this week?


Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #85

This is an exciting week over at the Play Date Cafe this week.  Jaclyn Miller begins her new role on the design team as colour story coordinator.  Let's take a look at the fab colours she has chosen for us this week...

Aren't these so romantic and feminine?  I have created some shabby prettiness with this weeks colour story.

I have created this with cardstock, patterned paper scraps, and some old Latin book paper.  The butterflies are Tim Holtz 'Papillon' and the words are from Paper Artsy 'HP1005'.  I also used the Tim Holtz alterations die 'file tabs' to create the tab behind my book paper.  I made some stick pins, and finished the card with some beautiful trim, twine and ribbon.

We are being sponsored this week by Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker.  Why not head on over to The Play Date Cafe to see what great prize is on offer, and to check out what our Guest Designer Anya Schrier has created with these beautiful colours.

Thanks for stopping by :)


Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #84

This week Ruby2shoes has brought a challenging colour story to The Play Date Cafe - I say challenging, as mixing brights and pastels is something I wouldn't normally do ;)

I have created something a little different this week, and you will have to look carefully to see that soft pastel lilac type colour on my baby card.  See if you can spot it around the greeting, and also I used milled lavender DI to stamp the Ippitiy 'A Bit of Burlap' to give my background some detail.

The real feature of my card is that awesome crocheted coral rose flower in hot pink.  I made that using two different size cottons (#10 and #5) and am really happy with how it turned out.  The images and the quote are from Darkroom Door  'Hello Baby' products.

Here are a couple of pictures of the flower before they were attached to the card..

Our sponsor is Mark's Finest Papers this week - why not try out these colours for yourself, and be in the running for a terrific prize!

Thanks for popping along to visit my blog :)


NOTE: I found this pattern on, but you need to be a member to access it, so I am passing credit to Linda Skuja on her blog here if you would like to see the pattern for yourself.  Thanks Linda I really had fun making this flower!