Saturday, October 29, 2011

Inkurable Stampers October Challenge

Sarah at Inkurable Stampers has thrown open her door for a colour challenge this month - orange, purple and green - make sure you include some stamping :)

I have been seeing loads of owls around lately - on blogs, on pinterest and at the shops.  My blogger buddy Shirley loves owls, and every time I see an owl when I'm out shopping I think of her...

I mucked around with some bits and pieces to come up with this owl for the challenge.

The only stamp I used was Hero Arts 'friends definition' from which I cut the body and head.  The rest is made with scraps of paper and cardstock, a black artline pen, and distress inks for the background (dusty concord, spiced marmalade, peeled paint, black soot).

Hope you enjoy my little piece of fun - made especially with Shirley on my mind.....


Friday, October 28, 2011

The Play Date Cafe 105

Just popping in with a quick post this morning for The Play Date Cafe #105.  Here is the colour story....

And here is another Christmas card I'm adding to my collection of mis-matched non-traditional Christmas cards :)

  ** Edited to add: This tag was chosen as a Fab 4 **

Kept this pretty simple as I had been out and was pretty tired when I sat down to create.   The kraft panels were stamped in Frayed Burlap DI using stamps from Darkroom Door 'Noel' and 'Yuletide Vol 1'.  The blue is handstitched with DMC thread #3839, some twine and jute string finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by :)


Monday, October 24, 2011

Play Date Cafe #104

Here is the beautiful colour story over at The Play Date Cafe this week....

And here is my card - another Christmas card I know, but I am determined to have my cards done before December.  I had trouble matching the shade of 'mauve' as suggested in the colour story, so I went with papers from Kaisercraft's 'Lilac Avenue Collection'.

The stamps I have used are from Kaisercraft 'Silly Season' and 'Dear Santa', as well as the greeting which is from Stamp-It 'December 25th' set.

I used The Twinery 'honeydew' twine for the thread for my baubles, and added some distress crackle to give them a little more aged appearance.

Thanks for stopping by :)


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Stampotique Designers Challenge # 40 - Tag-time

yep - time to make a tag!  And it's in honour of the current challenge over at Stampotique Designers Challenge.

I finished this a couple of days ago, but only got to photograph it last night - so here it is.

A bit quirky - I know - but once the idea was in my head, it wouldn't let go!

I have used Stampotique 'Toby' and chopped him up so it looks like he is hanging upside down :)  Also 'Daniel's Hearts'.  I have stamped the background with Ippity 'a bit of burlap' for some texture.  It was coloured with Adirondack Colorwash (sunset orange, butterscotch, red pepper), and Toby and the hearts coloured with Derwent Coloursoft pencils, and a bit of white gel pen on the hearts for added depth.  The black edges were doodled on, and the quote on the sign was computer generated.

Thanks for stopping by :)


Friday, October 21, 2011

Mojo Monday 211

Had to come up with a teen boys card, with quite specific guidelines, this week.  I used the Mojo Monday sketch 211....

and made a mini card.....

The papers are from a mix of ranges by Kaisercraft, and the design of the card is quite simple and understated.  I tried to let the focus be on the mix of colours rather than on the decoration.

Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mojo Monday 210 & PDCC 102

So after my arty/quirky entry to PDCC102 yesterday, I thought I'd try something with those colours that is a little more traditional.  Another Christmas card to add to the stack.

So I have combined the sketch from Mojo Monday 210

With the colours from The Play Date Cafe 102

And this is what I came up with...

I turned the sketch on its side, and for the most part the construction is fairly straight forward.  I did want to say the panel on the right is made up of individual Christmas greeting stamps from Darkroom Door Yuletide Vol 1, which I have stacked to created  this panel of greetings.

Thanks for stopping by :)


Products Used: 

black/white bazzill cardstock
Papers- Kaiser Lilac Avenue Collection 'Sweet Pea'; Bo Bunny Back to Basics 'Sweetie Pie Squeee'; Scribble Scrabble Bric A Brac #361
Stamps - Darkroom Door 'Yuletide Vol 1'; Kaiser 'Doodled Christmas'
Black Archival Ink
DI - shabby shutters; peeled paint; black soot; embossing ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Trims, sewing machine/thread, buttons

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Play Date Cafe #102

OK so I want to say thanks to all of you who popped by over the weekend for the huge blog hop for Julie Ranae - and thank you to those fresh faces that I have seen who have started following my blog!

Check out this awesome colour palette for the challenge over at The Play Date Cafe this week!  There isn't much time to enter, and I have two to share, so I will be back tomorrow with another (very different!) entry!

I LOVE these colours - and that inspiration picture is so much fun!  I have come up with a quirky ATC with these colours.  I fiddled around with some Adirondack Color Wash (purple twilight and wild plum) on a gesso background.  I made sure to squelch the gesso on to give the background some texture.  Added some stamps by PaperBag Studios ( journal impressions) and Stampers Anonymous (love struck) and Darkroom Door (all occasions) and of course Stampotique (Mort had a pin curl).

Some of the stamping was done with Black archival ink, and some with Colorbox frost white ink.  There is also a little FolkArt magenta paint in there.

Twisted some black wire to form bat wings, and added some slick black Kindy Glitz for the drooly black goop up the top.

Can you see the texture in the background?

Thanks for stopping by :)


Friday, October 7, 2011

Operation Julie's Smile BLOG HOP!!

Welcome to the huge blog hop for Operation Julie's Smile!  If you came here from Sarah Anderson's blog, then you are in the right spot.  If not, you may want to start from the beginning at the Sweet Stamp Shop’s blog and take your time.   

The hop runs from 8am EST Friday October 7th through to Midnight Sunday October 9th (please note this is US EST time - for my Australian blogging buddies, this is 11.00pm Friday October 7th through to 3pm Monday October 10th).  

I really hope you'll join in on all the fun - there are over $2500 US worth of prizes - you can be in with a chance to win prizes by taking part in the blog hop, and/or using the DONATE BUTTON ON MY SIDEBAR to give to the benefit fundraiser.  

So what is this  hop all about?  Read on to find out what Julie Ranae has to say.  My project is at the END of this post, and it will make WAY more sense if you read Julie's story first  :)

“The creative blogging community is coming together this weekend to help one of our friends, Julie Ranae.  You may know her as the Design Team Coordinator for many wonderful companies from bakers twine, die cuts, rubber stamps and more.  What many people don’t know about Julie Ranae is that she has had some pretty major dental surgeries in her lifetime due to medication she had to take as a child.  It was in her plans to think about having all of her teeth  replaced at some point in the next 5 years, a decision that was pretty easy to plan out.  But then it happened…she chipped her front teeth on a weekend a month ago. The dentist told her there was no way to save them & that it was his recommendation that she give in and have them all her teeth removed soon, but for that day, they needed to get her front teeth done so her gums could begin to heal. He said he would 'work out payments with her to have ALL this work done...but when she called to make her appt for the first step of impressions, they told her the amount of money that was needed and that the 'payments' applied only to the two teeth that were extracted that day. Her husband Paul was with her & that too, was his understanding as well. So this is how she has found herself in this situation…Needing at least $4000 to get started and another $3000 to finish the process…a total of $7000.

Nicole Rixon, owner of Sweet Stamp Shop put together this benefit after finding out about this situation and before Julie Ranae knew it, it took flight!
Because she is an event organizer by trade, she has taken on the job of organizing all of the blogs in this hop as her way of ‘working overtime’ for what she needs, the same as if she were able to work overtime at an outside job to pay for the work to be done.
It is the goal of all of these generous friends & sponsors to help make this situation more do-able for our friend so that she can share a brand new smile with all of us soon.
If there is anything you can do to help with a financial donation, there is a donation button ready for you to click.  Any amount is appreciated and ALL DONATIONS will be eligible for prizes from our sponsor pool of over $2500.”

So there you have it - the chance to help out one of our online crafting buddies who finds herself in a difficult situation with 'no front teeth'....  with that in mind, and keeping my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, here are my blog hop projects :)

Project #1: 'all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth' ATC

Project #2: 'what made you smile today' ATC

I had so much fun with these - getting painting with the backgrounds, and inky with the stamping :)  But most of all, I was so happy to be involved with this benefit - the blog hop, the hopping, and being able to share some of my crochet in the prize pool.

I hope you enjoyed your stop here on the hop!  The next stop is Libby Hickson's blog.  Make sure you leave a comment here before you go so that you can have a chance at the amazing prizes up for grabs and if you can, please make a donation so we can help bring back a new smile for our friend :)

Thanks for taking the time to read through this HUGE post!


Supplies List for ATC projects:
Bazzill Cardstock - black and white
Paint - FolkArt 954 fresh foliage and 643 azure blue; Jo Sonja pearl white micaceous pigment
Stamps - Hero Arts 'friends definition; Stampotique 'mort had a pin curl' and 'smile'; Paperbag Studios 'journal impressions'
DI - Chipped Sapphire, Peeled Paint, Dried Marigold
Black Archival Ink

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Quick reminder...

That this coming weekend is the huge blog hop for Operation Julie's Smile - here is a link to the original post I wrote about it.

We would love to have you along for the ride - you can be in the chance to win a share of the $2500 in prizes by leaving comments in the blog hop, and/or making a donation (the button is in my sidebar) to the benefit (note: EVERY donation goes in with a chance to win, no matter it's size....)

I will be one of the blogs in the hop, and I hope to see lots of my blogging friends visiting over the weekend.  I was also able to contribute some handmade crocheted flowers to the prize pool... here is a little look-see at what I made.

See you at the hop!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mojo Monday # 209

I am continuing with my pursuit of getting my Christmas cards made early this year, and my Mojo Monday contribution this week will join it's buddies in the Christmas card stack :)

Here is the sketch....

And here is my interpretation....

I will put a supplies list down the bottom, as the card is fairly easy to follow, but I do need to give credit for the instructions to fold the origami poinsettia, which came from Splitcoast Stampers here.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Bazzill Cardstock
Patterned papers from Making Memories 'Mistletoe' collection
Stamps - Kaisercraft 'Dear Santa' collection; Stamp-it Christmas Collection #2378G
Martha Stewart 'scallop dot' punch
DI - walnut stain
other inks - Black archival ink, black stazon ink
translucent paper (like vellum)
other - button, thread, twine (jute and kitchen twine), net ribbon