Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Inkurable Stampers eyelet challenge

Yes folks, you heard right!  The challenge at Inkurable Stampers this month is to use eyelets.  I've had this idea brewing since Sarah announced the challenge, and I had such fun putting it together!

Another ATC (yes, I know, I've gone a bit ATC mad this week) - I created the background using both sides of a piece of scrap patterned paper - all the pieces were edged with ink (either aged mahogany or victorian velvet) and then adhered to another ATC-sized card to hold it all together.


Minky Girl by Stampotique was stamped on scrap cardstock using black archival ink and trimmed out.  I gave her some little wings which came out of a packet of Bella Petites.  The quote is one my daughter found and came out of the chorus of a song.


And those glasses - how fun are they?  This was quite accidental - in my mind, I expected the eyelet to wrap on over itself at the back to give me neat round glasses, and I was going to use wire to fashion the nose bridge, but when I smacked those eyelets and I saw the gorgeous star shape, I knew those glasses were going to be fancy as!  So I left them like it, and attached them with some dimensional magic, and then drew on the bridge of the glasses across her nose with a black pen.

Thanks for stopping by once again :)

Fiona

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Vintage Love

When I was thinking about creating a project using the feature stamp this week, it started life as a yellow/gray toned card with loads of ribbon.....  the end result is quite different!


I ended up with a muted vintage feeling ATC that is tied together by that superb quote, and the 'holding hands' stamp by Paperbag Studios.


Life seemed so much easier back then, and I think that is partly what I was trying to capture in this ATC.  You can visit The Stamping Queen Blog for a few more details.

Thanks for visiting :)

Fiona
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #100

So I'm back today with my 2nd showing for The Play Date Cafe, which was actually my first idea when I saw the colours for this week.


So, again I have used these beautiful autumn colours to create another Christmas offering, this time a tag.  I began by cutting two tags, and carefully measuring and cutting a corresponding 'window' in both sides. The stamping and stitching detail were all attended to at this point.


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

The 3D origami stars were made and attached to the thread, and I used a little dimensional magic just to ensure they didn't slide around.


I used 3D mounting tape to adhere the two tag layers together, offering a little bit of depth and protection to the stars.  Finally I punched two holes and tied a piece of ribbon through them.


Thanks for visiting :)

Fiona
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Products Used:
Papers by: October Afternoon Thrift Shop (yellow), LYB Vita Bella Collection (green), Basic Grey Offbeat (orange)
Stamps by: Darkroom Door (Yuletide Vol 1)
Distress Inks: scattered straw, rusty hinge, peeled paint
Other: DMC thread E310, 3D mounting tape, sewing thread, machine, hole punch, ribbon scrap

Monday, September 26, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Mostly Monochromatic

What a fun challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays this week.  Mostly monochromatic (consisting of 3 shades of the one colour, plus brown).


Here is my card.


I have used Bazzill cardstock, and scrap papers by Kaisercraft.  I used the Tim Holtz 'fanciful flight' die to cut butterfly wings in my three different monochromatic shades of a subtle mint green and have layered them up with glue dots.  A layer of brown distressed paper, brown stitching and a brown safety pin rescued from a clothing tag complete the other element of the challenge.


The greeting is a rubon also from Kaisercraft, from their 'thankyou cards' set.

Thanks again for stopping by.....

Fiona
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Mojo Monday and the PDCC

Well, in my planning a project for the Play Date Cafe's 100th week, I loved the colours so much, I decided to make 2 projects, and this is actually the 2nd one I came up with, but am posting it first.

So I have used this weeks sketch at Mojo Monday.....


And combined it with the beautiful Autumn colours at the Play Date Cafe.....


And I came up with a Christmas card (as you do with Autumn Colours ;) )


The papers are from October Afternoon Thrift Shop 'still in box' (yellow), LYB Vita Bella Collection 'Green Distressed' (green), and Basic Grey Offbeat 'Nonchalant' (orange).  The distress inks I've used to coordinate are scattered straw, rusty hinge and peeled paint.


I have combined the Merry Christmas stamp from Tim Holtz Winter Sketchbook set, and the Christmas Ticket stamp from Tim Holtz Odds & Ends set.  Lots of edge distressing, sewing and layering.  The black rubons are from Kaiser Fancy Border rubons.


I have added some seam binding, twine, and a few orange brads to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping in to say hi - I hope you'll be back this week - I have been very busy and have lots of projects to share this week!

Fiona
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Friday, September 23, 2011

Stampotique Designers Challenge colour hint

Yep you got it in one!  The challenge over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog this fortnight is black and white with a HINT of a colour.  I have kept my ATC really simple, and kept that colour to a hint....


** EDITED TO ADD: This was chosen as a favourite three **

White cardstock was stamped with Honeycomb Background (Stampotique by Josie Cirincione) in Black Soot distress ink. I masked off a circle using a scrap of card and a circle punch, and then coloured in one more dot with a red tombow marker (#847).  The layer of white was also edged in the same red.  Then I doodled over the red spot to make a dragonfly type bug.


Photo Cat (Stampotique by Maryse Carrier) was stamped on scrap card and trimmed, then mounted on black cardstock and trimmed again.  Layered all my pieces, coloured the collar on photo cat in red as well, and added a title using Sam & Lucy weave extras alphas on white cardstock and trimmed in red.

Thanks for popping in for a visit :)

Fiona
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

An awesome way to celebrate 200 blog posts...

So yay - 200 posts is here... that is a lot of waffle, and a lot of projects.

I don't have a project to share today, but a story about my ex-team mate and owner of The Play Date Cafe Blog, Julie Ranae.  Julie has been have some dreadful issues with her teeth recently, and has found herself in the unfortunate position of having no front teeth, and the lack of money to have them replaced.


Nicole from the Sweet Stamp Shop is rallying the troops (AKA as crafting, blogging friends and acquaintances) to organise a fund raiser and huge blog hop to help out.  There will be heaps of prizes along the way and loads of fun to be had - so mark your diaries for the blog hop October 7th - 9th.

If you'd like to donate there is a button over there on my sidebar which will link you through to a very easy to use donate system.

If you want to read more about Julie's story, you can check out her blog here, or visit the Sweet Stamp Shop blog here.

Thanks for stopping by and having a read.  Oh yes, and I will be part of the hop - so hope to see you there!

Fiona
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Busy busy day

I have been very busy today, paper crafting and crocheting.  What fun!

Here is a peak at an ATC I have created today for The Stamping Queen.


Please pop on over to The Stamping Queen Blog and have a peak at it, I did have such fun creating this beside my beautiful daughter while she also played with ink today :)

Fiona
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Will you be waiting?

It's time for another creation for The Stamping Queen.

I have used a gorgeous little owl stamp from Catslife Press to make this sweet date tag. 


I have combined papers from The Girls Paperie (Shabby Flower), Kaiser Chapter One Collection (Reflect), Kaiser Candy Lane Collection (Mango Drops), and alphas from Paper Trunk (Benny Black), Heidi Grace (Orchard) and Sam & Lucy (weave extras white), with some rubons from Raspberry Rubons, stamps from Darkroom Door (Alphabet Medley), ribbon and stitching.


So what are you waiting for?  Pop on over to The Stamping Queen Blog to see this creation in full :)

Thanks for popping by

Fiona
xx

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Stamping Queen - A card for him


Hello everyone, here is a sneak of the latest project I have created for The Stamping Queen.  Pop on over to the blog here if you want to check it out :)  And if you are quick, The Stamping Queen is having 30% off all stock, but only for a short time!



Fiona
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Moxie Fab World - Horizontal Sketch Challenge

I saw the reminder pop up on Moxie Fab World about this challenge, and I checked it out, and this idea almost instantly popped into my head.  There are a bunch of challenges going on over at Moxie Fab World at the moment for Card Ideas Week - this is the horizontal sketch challenge.

OK so here is the sketch..


And here is what I created...


This is quite different from what I would normally make - but I am really happy with how it turned out.  Lots of white cardstock with distressed edges.  Stamps from Stamp-It ('Seasons Greetings' and 'December 25th') using distress ink colours Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive and Aged Mahogany. 


The circle design is punched with a 1" circle punch, and the quote/greeting is stamped in Black Archival Ink.  Lastly some stitching, and white seam binding to finish.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Fiona
xx