Monday, July 25, 2011

The Stamping Queen ATC set

I've been busy creating a set of ATC's.  Here is a little sample grab your interest....



If you want to see more, head on over to The Stamping Queen to check them out in detail :)

Fiona
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Stampotique Designers Challenge #34 and The Artistic Stamper July Challenge

Woo hoo I've had time to play in two Stampotique Designers Challenges in a row!  This week the theme is flowers - and I have made an ATC.

I came across this quote from John Lennon around the time the challenge was announced, and I knew just what I wanted to do, and I'm pleased to have found the time today to make it.


I began with white cardstock, and inked it up with distress inks (scattered straw, wild honey, rusty hinge and vintage photo).  I stamped 'Blocks' by Stampotique (Maryse Carrier) then masked these off to stamp the background with Hero Arts 'Friends Definition'.  Then I masked off the background to stamp 'Tiny Spiral' by Stampotique in Forest Moss.


My flower is made using 'Daniel's Hearts' by Stampotique (Daniel Torrente) which was coloured with fired brick DI and forest moss DI for the leaves.  A bit of stitching, some doodling around the flower, and red paint dots to complete a frame finished off the design of the ATC, and then I added my quote coloured lightly with scattered straw DI and edging with a Zebra Sarasa pen.

I am also entering this ATC into The Artistic Stamper July Challenge - my plans for this entry kept interfering with my ATC plans for Stampotique, so I gave in and decided to combine the challenges.  The challenge over at The Artistic Stamper for July is to use 'HOT' colours.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit :)

Fiona
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Farewell Play Date Cafe DT

Yes folks you read that title correctly.  This week marks the last of my term over at the Play Date Cafe.  It has been a wonderful creative journey for me, stretching me, and helping me to learn loads about myself in the process.  Thanks to Julie and the rest of the DT for making it a memorable term!


Without further ado, here is this weeks colour story.  Yes, it is colour splash week again, and you know what that means - black and white, with just a splash of colour (and this week YOU get to pick that one splash of colour).

We were sponsored by The Twinery this week, and I have used just a smidge of 'pink sorbet' twine on my triangle card.  I tied two pieces into knots and attached to be the 'spots' on my ladybugs.


Black and white cardstock, kaisercraft scrap paper, black archival ink, and stamps from Darkroom Door (all occasions and alphabet medley) and Heidi Grace (sweetest bug icon)  all came together to create this sweet card which I posted secretly to my husband.


Thanks for all your visits during my term as a Designer at The Play Date Cafe - they have meant a lot to me.  I hope you'll all pop by often and say 'hi'.

Fiona
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger

The current Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World is this beautiful yellow coat/dress with bold black buttons.


I'm hoping it's not too tricky to guess what inspired me to make this tag... a dose of yellow with 3 bold vertical black butterflies.


The tag is cut from Kraft cardstock, the yellow is courtesy of Mustard Seed DI and a masked off area of Hero Arts 'friends definition' stamp, and some plain kitchen twine coloured with the same ink.  The black butterflies are stamped with black archival ink and trimmed out, and comes from 7Gypsies 'steampunk' set.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Fiona
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #90

The Play Date Cafe colour story this week is bold and bright!


We are being sponsored this week by Our Craft Lounge, and the design team have been provided with some product to use.


I toned down the colours a little to suit a more 'girly' approach to my tag.  I have used paper scraps and white cardstock, a little distressing, a #4 tag and some wild honey distress ink to colour the tag and seam binding.  I used butterscotch alcohol ink to colour the white Heidi Grace heart pins.


In this detail image, you can see I've used the hibiscus stamp from the 'Kona' set from Our Craft Lounge to create a lacey effect border to the top and bottom of my colour panels.


Hope you all have a bit of fun with these colours - stop on in at The Play Date Cafe to see what the other designer team girls have created, and also our Guest Designer Kendra Weitstock.

Fiona
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Monday, July 11, 2011

The Stamping Queen - double tag

Hello fellow blogland friends :)    I am back with another creation for The Stamping Queen, using Paperbag Studios 'Serie C' (this is the part tag stamp with the lady on it - how impressed was I to discover that this stamp fits on a #8 shipping tag??!!), Paperbag Studios 'dots' and 'hole punched'.


I used two #8 shipping tags to create this project - one I tore just under the stamped image of the torn tag, and then one full size tag which I tore along the bottom to roughly match up with the tear shape of the smaller tag.  The backgrounds were created using Distress Inks (Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge, Weathered Wood and Chipped Sapphire), then I stamped portions of the Paperbag Studios tag stamp in the same inks down one side of the large tag.


I added some more coloured stamping with the 'dots' stamp, and added the word 'Genova' (this came off the tag stamp) using some old Making Memories foam stamps.  I also added some 'hole punched' images in Black Soot DI to fill in some gaps.  The small tag was stamped with 'Serie C'.  I coloured some seam binding with matching DI's to tie the two tags together.  Finally added a few pearls from Kaisercraft to finish.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and if you are interested in creating some art with Paperbag Studio stamps, why not head on over to The Stamping Queen and see what you can find.

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

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Stampotique Designers Challenge #33

This challenge over at Stampotique Designers Challenge was to use your scraps, and it was a Stampotique stamp only week.

EDITED to add: This project made Top 3 at the Stampotique Challenge

I had this idea building in my head from as soon as the challenge was announced... I knew I had this stamped image 'O Joy' [Jill Penny & Daniel Torrente] in my drawer, and it was from that image that I built my tag.


After colouring the tag (scattered straw, peeled paint, aged mahogany distress inks) I used 'honeycomb background' [Josie Cirincione] in the same ink colours to randomly stamp down the tag.  The strips of paper are scraps from Cosmo Cricket's 'yuletide' collection.  A bit of doodling around the edge.  The alphabets were tricky - I consider alpha's to be scrap when there is so few left it is difficult to make a word - this generally occurs when there are no vowels left ;)  The 'o's' are the unused centres of the o's, the 'h' had to be made from a letter and a number, the exclamation mark is an upside down semi-colon.  The yarn/string tie - I can't even remember where that came from - I remember it was used to tie something up, and I thought it might be useful one day - one day has come and it was perfect for my scrap tag.


The chains/jewellery pieces came from a bracelet which I had pulled apart for the beads and decided to keep the chain/clasp piece, and I had to use a couple of jump rings to get the feet to hang just right.

Thanks for stopping by!

Fiona
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Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #89

After last weeks bright colours, The Play Date Cafe is bringing you something softer this week...


Aren't these pretty?  This week we are being sponsored by The Craft's Meow, and the design team has received some stamps to work with.  I received a 'Little Frieda' image to work with.


I mixed a little bit of colouring with Derwent coloursoft pencils and some paper piecing to put this simple card together.


I have matching socks and dress, matching shoes and waist tie, and I added a green bow to her hair by restamping the waist bow.  Here is a closeup of the paper piecing on the skirt.


Would love to see your soft and pretty creations in The Play Date Cafe gallery this week - why not pop on over to see what the Design Team have come up with, and check out our Guest Designer for this week - Nicky Hsu.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Fiona
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Monday, July 4, 2011

TSQ and some gift wrapping

This week I have some simple projects for you - easy ways to create decoratively wrapped gifts.  I have used the same image on each of these projects - Flower bud by Paperbag Studios.  All of these gifts were wrapped in very plain brown paper.


This first project uses hessian, plain old kitchen twine, some scrap paper (which I stamped on), kraft cardstock and walnut stain distress ink.



The second project uses black archival ink, a circle punch, and the black/white twine is from The Twinery.



My final project involves a little bit of ribbon and stamping directly to the wrapping paper.  Take care not to over-ink your stamp, and also take care when lining up your wrapping paper atop your gift!


Thanks for stopping by :)

Fiona
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NOTE: These projects were created for The Stamping Queen DT.