Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Inkurable Stampers August Challenge - get sketchy!

Oh boy... I'm cutting this one fine.... I'm seriously starting to get annoyed with myself for leaving these entries to the last minute!!

Sarah at Inkurable Stampers set a sketch challenge for this month (if you want to play along, you need to HURRY!!) The sketch was courtesy of Pagemaps.

Continuing in my pursuit of creating my Christmas cards early, I have used some of my daughters Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly papers left over from last year, and combined them with some Christmas images from Darkroom Door 'Yuletide Vol 1' and 'Noel'. 

Given that I used Christmas papers, the colours are pretty traditional, and I used aged mahogany and walnut stain distress inks for my stamping and edging.  The scallop was created using Martha Steward 'Scallop Dot' border punch.  Finished with some stitching, and some kitchen twine.

Thanks for stopping by - don't forget to check out the new style challenge and blog at Inkurable Stampers!


Monday, August 29, 2011

A Play Date with CAS-ual Fridays (#96 meets #17)

So, as I mentioned in my last post, Father's Day in Australia is next weekend, and with the left over bits from my other Father's Day card, I thought I would make another card with the leftover supplies I had out on my table.

**EDITED TO ADD: This was chosen as Cream in our Coffee at the PDCC**

So I have used the same colour palette with Bo Bunny Flutter Butter 'honey' and Cosmo Cricket mini decks 'Wanted' and 'Earth Love', so this card is going in for a second entry at The Play Date Cafe this week with these delicious colours....

CAS-ual Fridays theme this week is stickers, so I dug around in my box and pulled out some Carolees Creations 'tiny simple sandra' letters, Basic Grey 'Capella' mini mono stickers and Heidi Grace cardstock stickers and created a monogram-type panel on a label element from Cosmo Cricket 'Earth Love' series.

A bit of that plain old kitchen twine (this is a man's card afterall...), some stitching, and 1" circle punches in the coordinating papers brought this design together quickly and simply.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #96 - Fathers Day

Well, it was certainly challenging to try and use this weeks Play Date Cafe colours for a man's card, but with Father's Day in Australia next weekend, I had to get a wriggle on!

I have combined stamps by The Crafts Meow (Life is a Carvnival), with papers by Bo Bunny (Flutter Butter 'honey') and Cosmo Cricket minidecks (Wanted and Earth Love) to create the mood/theme and colours.

I added the Tim Holtz Vintage Market alpha die letters, because I thought they really suited the carnival type theme of the card.  I used Scattered Straw DI and a little Pumice Stone DI on the edges to tie the layers together, a bit of sewing and some plain old kitchen twine (just to ensure it wasn't too girly!)

Thanks for stopping by :)


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #95

I couldn't resist playing along with the beautiful colours at The Play Date Cafe this week.

And this week I have decided to use these bold colours to begin my Christmas card making.  I know I need to have my cards made early this year, so this was as good a place as any to start :)

So I have layered white cardstock on navy cardstock, then added strips of Kaisercraft Seaside 'Rock Pools', emphasised with more navy cardstock - which you can see in the detail shot.  These strips have been stitched in navy thread.

The green panel is Kaisercraft Chapter One 'Reflect' paper stamped with a greeting from Stamp-it 'December 25th' set in black archival ink, edge-distressed,  and layered on yet more navy cardstock.  I have used white seam binding to create a bow, and have attached two beads with 'pink sorbet' twine from The Twinery.

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit!


Monday, August 15, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #94

Here is the gorgeous colour inspiration this week at The Play Date Cafe...

I have used these colours to create a funky engagement card.

The papers are from Chatterbox (Together Blue Floral and Together Stripe) and Kaiser (Grandiose Vienna and Grandiose The Lourve), as well as some cream cardstock.  The stamps are Stampotique (Minky Girl and Toby), Hero Arts (Friends Definition) and Darkroom Door (All Occasions).

Toby and Minky Girl have been coloured with Derwent Inktense Pencils, and I have used Scattered Straw DI to stamp the text background and edge the cardstock layer.

I have trimmed the card with some pom pom trim (from Fancy Pants), brown netting, a ribbon bow, and a handmade rolled ribbon rose.

I hope you enjoy my quirky engagement card - and I hope the recipients do to!

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Stampotique Designers Challenge #35

Hello my blogging friends.  I have not felt much like crafting the last week or so.  Well actually, that is not entirely true.  I wanted to, I just couldn't be bothered to haul all my stuff out of it's storage and then have to pack it all up again!

I quick visit to a few blogs yesterday, and before long, a card was made :)  This little creation is for the Stampotique Designers Challenge #35 - to use red, orange and yellow, and must include stamping with Stampotique stamps this time.

I combined white cardstock, some paper scraps, distress inks (rusty hinge, fired brick and scattered straw), seam binding, bakers twine, and some haberdashery.

The stamps are Honeycomb Background (Josie Cirincione) by Stampotique and Photo Cat (Maryse Carrier) by Stampotique. 

One of the blogs I visited yesterday was my old PDCC teammates Jinny Newlin, to check out her video on what she calls 'dressy bows'.  I have seen bows made like this before, but if you haven't, you really should check out the tutorial on her blog here - it's super easy to understand, and very easy to follow!

Thanks so much for stopping by :)


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #92

Well hey there folks :) I have been quietly working away the last few days on an entry for The Play Date Cafe #92. I knew I had just the eclectic mix of yarns to create something that's been on my mind for a while.

The yarns I have picked include two different weights of cotton, a boucle type wool, and a nylon yarn. Simple crochet circles (mind you, I did have to fight with the different weight threads with the one hook!) have been joined together to create this free-form necklace.

**Edited to add: This was chosen as Cream in Our Coffee.

Here you can see a closeup of the beautiful textures.

Here it is shown as it was designed - a necklace. You can see I have dyed seam binding in colours to match.

But what is so fabulous about this project, it has other uses. Imagine throwing a shabby chic party and having these decorating vases or bowls....

And how awesome to create a one-of-a-kind gift wrap (which doubles as another gift!) with it....

Thanks for stopping by :)