Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Play Date Cafe 155

Well I'm only just making this challenge in time.  It's Play Date Cafe PDC155 with this beautiful inspiration picture...  I must admit though, my mint colour didn't represent well in the photographs...

Life is so hectic at the moment, I thought I better take a little time out to make a card for an upcoming wedding - no guessing that the bride and grooms initials are R and N.  They are having an early 1900s themed wedding, so I thought it would be nice to go a little vintage, with a little something modern thrown in to celebrate their youth also.

Here is a closeup -

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you're all having a good one!


Products Used:

Papers - Kaisercraft Seaside Collection 'Rock Pools' (reverse side); Kaisercraft Cafe Couture 'Cappuccino'; MME Bella Bella 'Bellezo'
Distress Inks - Iced Spruce, Walnut Stain
Basic Grey 'Archaic' alphabet stickers
Tim Holtz gold brads
sewing machine & thread

Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy 3rd Anniversary Play Date Cafe!

Hello my faithful blog followers :)

I'm popping in to share a card with you today as an Alumni Guest, made in honour of the Play Date Cafe Colour Challenge's 3rd Anniversary!  Don't forget, the colours are meant for your inspiration as you see and interpret them, and all entries are welcome - papercraft, mixed media, yarn craft, and the list goes on.

From October 18 to 22 (USA dates), you can enjoy inspiration from other returning design team members, as well as their current team.  There are prizes from a variety of sponsors, and additional giveaways for becoming a follower of the challenge and for displaying their brand new badges!

Here is the inspirational photo for the colours this week if you haven't already seen them....

A bit of a challenge do you think?  Pop on over to the Play Date Cafe blog for more inspiration, check out the prizes on offer, and to get your entry in!  I hope you will join me in congratulating The Play Date Cafe and leaving a little love over on their blog - it is sure to be an exciting celebration!

Here is the birthday card I made using these colours.

I used Derwent Inktense Pencils for this project - here are the colours I used.

For those of you who haven't seen them in action, this is what they look like when you colour in with them (on white photocopy paper, and kraft cardstock).

And here is what they look like when you paint them with water - beautiful inky goodness.

Here is a closeup of how they turned out on my project.  I actually began this on kraft cardstock, and scraped gesso over it to give me a muted white background.  I added a little text stamping in chipped sapphire distress ink to break up the background.

For the inside of the card, I stamped my image and coloured them as for the front, then stamped on scraps of cardstock which I adhered (just in the centres) over the top for a more dimensional flower inside.

Thanks go to my ex-PDCC DT buddy Savannah O'Gwynn for offering some of her old stamps for sale (you can check it out here - she still has heaps on offer) - I used stamps from 3 different Unity sets to complete this project, all of which I recently purchased from Savannah.

Thanks for stopping by and reading through my waffle :)  Have a great day everyone.


Products Used:

Distress Ink - Chipped Sapphire
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Derwent Coloursoft Pencils

Stamps Used:

Unity - Confession (I luv unity)
Unity - January 2011 KOTM - To the Moon and Back
Ippity by Unity - Life's Little Moments

Monday, October 1, 2012

October calendar

And I'm back with October's calendar.  We don't do halloween, but I love halloween colours, so this month my calendar page is dedicated to halloween colours, although I couldn't bring myself to add purple, because the orange worked so well by itself I didn't want to spoil it!

This began with a kind of paint wash background.  I accented the darker areas with a little stamping and stencilling, before adding some orange paint/ink (I used a mixture) and some circles (gesso and paint and ink mix for the grey ones).

The daily squares were edged with Derwent Inktense pencils, then the colour dragged across each one.  A little more stamping with gesso and adding some shadow finished it off.


I am really happy with how striking and simple this page was.  This is for joining in with Kate Crane's monthly art journal challenge.


Products Used:
Derwent Coloursoft pencils
Derwent Inktense pencils
Archival Ink - black
Distress Ink - pumice stone; black soot
Acrylic Paint
Dylusions Ink Sprays - black marble, squeezed orange
The Crafters Workshop stencil - mini chevron

Stamps Used:
Darkroom Door - alphabet medley
Kaisercraft - bubble wrap
miscellaneous from Laughing Moon