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

Friday, September 14, 2012

Stampotique Designers Challenge SDC65

Hi there :)

I am here again for the current challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenge - it's a colour challenge - mustard, orange and navy.  The mustard was always going to be the tricky bit.

I have used distress inks to create the background.

A bit of layering.

A bit of stitching and adding elements.

And an inside to match the front.

Thanks for stopping by......


Products Used:

Distress Inks - scattered straw, spiced marmalade, chipped sapphire, black soot
black archival ink
Tim Holtz 'typeset' alpha die
black pitt pen

Stamps Used:

Tim Holtz - the journey
Paper Artsy - HP 1004 & Pierrot 4
Paperbag Studios - Hole Punched & Journal Impressions
Queens Dresser Drawers - Peerless Automobile
Stampin Up - Polka dots and paisley

Friday, September 7, 2012

STAMPtember - Stampotique and Simon Says Stamp

Hi everyone :)

I have spent some lovely time this afternoon getting inky, painty and messy.  I have created a birthday card, and will be taking part in two challenges.

The current challenge at Stampotique is to combine stamps.  That's right, take two (or more) stamps, and combine them to make a different/new image.

And Simon Says Stamp & Show is celebrating stamping this month, and their current challenge is "read all about it" - alternatively your entry needs to include stamping.

The background is distress inks with a bit of water splatter and stamping with circular items, bubble wrap and tulle.  I have combined 'Head' and 'Oliver' by Daniel Torrente for Stampotique to create a new image.

I have stamped 'alphabitties' on book text which I had attached to some cardstock and sprayed with Dylusions inks.

I think I have covered all challenges here - create a new image, check, incorporated some book text, check, included lots of stamping, check.

Thanks for popping in!


Products Used:

acrylic paints
black archival ink
black pitt pen
old book paper
objects to stencil/stamp with
distress inks - spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, mustard seed
Dylusions ink spray - squeezed orange, lemon zest

Stamps Used:

Stampotique - Head, Oliver, Alphabitties
Darkroom Door - Mail Art, All Occasions

Monday, September 3, 2012

September calendar

September marks the beginning of spring in Australia, and so I have gone with a delicate page, accented with a few punchy overgrown flowers.  (sorry about my photo quality being a bit dull)  As usual, I am playing along with Kate Crane's monthly calendar journal.

I have used texture paste through a stencil to achieve the subtle textured background.

I used acrylic paints and Shabby Shutters DI for the green colouring.  I used some tulle as a stencil to give me some interest on each days square.

Thanks for stopping by once again!


Products Used:
acrylic paints
Distress Ink - shabby shutters
Paper Artsy dies - grunge flower #1 & #2, leaf
Jo Sonja texture paste
Stencils - checkers; Mini Damask and Mini Brocade by The Crafters Workshop
Black Archival Ink

Stamps Used:
Paper Artsy: HP1007; HP1006; HPXT02
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley

Friday, August 31, 2012

Stampotique SDC263

Stampotique are having a colour challenge this week.  I found the colours a little tricky, so I kept my project simple.

I made a grouping of flag tags for my kids to give to my husband for father's day (this coming Sunday in Australia).

Thanks for visiting!


Products Used:
Distress Ink - aged mahogany, walnut stain, evergreen bough, worn lipstick
MME Bella Bella paper
Verve Die - Ribbon banner die
Verve Stamps - super dad and purely sentiental sets

Stampotique Stamps - honeycomb background

toothpicks, craft wire, dimensional magic

Friday, August 24, 2012

Fave fave fave colour combo!

Black white and lime green....

I love it...

I absolutely HAD to play along at The Play Date Cafe who are having one of their colour splash challenges.  Isn't this inspiration picture just gorgeous?!  Did I say I love this colour combo?  ;)

I also wanted to enter Moxie Fab World's 'The Focal Point' Challenge. With two teenagers in the house, and  sometimes unexpected friends birthdays popping up, this card came together with just that focus in mind.  I really wanted to add a little bling, but even when I tried black bling I felt it made the card too feminine, so I opted out so it could be used for a boy or girl.

This is a pretty simple card, and I had loads of fun making it.  It has been very relaxing sitting indoors while the wind whips around outside, creating and photographing my project.   I mixed some gesso with Dylusions Ink Spray to make the lime circles - the black one is acrylic paint.  I used two die cut 'u' shapes, and mounted them with glue dots for a little extra dimension.

Thanks for visiting!


Products Used:
Dylusions Ink Spray - fresh lime
Black acrylic paint
Sam & Lucy weave extra - white alphas
Verve die - I heart U
glue dots

Stamps Used:
Darkroom Door - alphabet medley
Paperbag Studios - journal impression

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

cutting it fine

Well the Play Date Cafe colour challenge for this week is nearly over, and I've only just finished my card.  I've been trying to work on this for at least the last 4 days, but it just hasn't happened until just now.

Here is the beautiful inspiration picture....

And here is my entry.  A Father's Day card (father's day in Australia is at the beginning of September), with a painty background, some stencilling and stamping with stamps and found objects.

The banner stamp, greeting and stars are Verve, and I stamped the background of the banner with a Unity stamp.  I love the contrast of the mixed media background with the structure of the banner.

Over at Simon Says Stamp and Show blog they are having a "no rules" challenge this week.  I am also entering my card in to their challenge.

Thanks for visiting today!


Products Used:
The Crafters Workshop Stencil - mini chevron
acrylic paint
bubble wrap & circle shapes
Distress Inks - rusty hinge and scattered straw
Verve Die - Ribbon banner die
Sewing machine & thread

Stamps Used:
Verve - Super Dad (set) and Purely Sentimental (set)
Paperbag Studios - Journal Impressions
Unity - A Bit of Burlap

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Book Art Journal - marriage

So it's been a couple of weeks, but this week I decided I'd tackle the abstract noun 'marriage'.

I didn't use any stamps on this page --- thought I'd try my hand at a bit of sketching - I'm not a very confident drawer, and I took inspiration for my bride and groom from the internet, though I'm not sure how well they turned out - I thought my practise sketch was better, oh well....

The page was completed with Derwent Inktense Pencils, and a little paint for the frame/border.  The white texture you might be able to see in the corners is gesso stencilled through a piece of tulle.

Thanks for visiting.


Products Used:
Acrylic Paints
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Pitt Pens - black

Monday, August 13, 2012

Play Date Cafe and Stampotique

A combination of challenges this week.  Firstly with the colour scheme from The Play Date Cafe #144 - gorgeous summery pink, orange and yellow.  Here is their inspiration picture...

And secondly, a sketch challenge brought to you by Stampotique Designers Challenge, SDC60, and here it is...

And finally, here is my card......

*Edited to add: This was chosen as a Cream in our Coffee

I began with a piece of artist canvas which I sprayed with Dylusions Ink Sprays - yum!

I stamped the flower numerous times, and then slowly stitched around the image lines with my sewing machine.  With the canvas being quite thick, this resulted in giving the flowers some depth.  I highlighted this with some watered down white paint around the flower tips, and shaded the centres with a little black Derwent Inktense Pencil.  Then I masked the flowers and stamped the French Text image repeatedly.

To finish the smaller top section I used a stencil and dry brushed white paint through it.  I added a little ribbon and ric rac, and finally, I crocheted a black flower to really set off those beautiful colours in the canvas.

This was so much fun!  I do hope that you'll give one or both of these challenges a go!  Thanks for stopping by :)


Products Used:
Artists Canvas
Dylusions Ink Sprays: squeezed orange, lemon zest, bubblegum pink, pure sunshine
Archival Black Ink
Distress Ink - Black Soot
The Crafters Workshop - mini damask stencil
white acrylic paint
sewing machine & thread
cotton for crochet flower

Stamps Used:
Stampotique: Carol's Flower (large) and French Text

Friday, August 10, 2012

August Calendar - a little bit vintage

Well I haven't got around to any more art journal pages.  It's been a couple of weeks of sickness here, as well as trying to reorganise my stamp stash - that is one big job!

But I do have my August Calendar page to show.  I was inspired to go vintage this month.  I began with layers of book paper, and applied a paint wash over it. I love how the book paper went a bit wrinkly in there.  I roughed up the edges as well and added some distress inks and stamps to the edges to help frame with that vintage feel.

Hubby gave me some water colour paints a few months ago for my birthday in a convenient little stacker so I can take them with me when we go on holidays, but I used them on the butterflies here, and I love how they turned out!

 I combined a bunch of stamps and inks to give me doilies, and hanging decorations for the month title.

I'm really happy with how this one turned out.  I am playing along with Kate Crane's monthly calendar journal page. 

I am entering this calendar page into the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge this week where the theme is paint.  I figured I used a paint wash on the background, and water colour paints for the butterflies - so why not?

Thanks for visiting :)



old book paper
acrylic paints
distress ink - tumbled glass, pumice stone, frayed burlap, walnut stain
faber castell pitt pen - brown
water colour paints
kaiser papers - Cafe Culture 'latte'
MME papers - Bella Bella French Flea Market 'floraleque'

Stamps Used:

basic gray 'flourish edges'
kaiser 'tea at elsie's'
wplus9 'flora & fauna'
kaiser 'silly season'
darkroom door 'alphabet medley'
kimberley poloson 'flourishes'

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Stampotique Challenge SDC 59

I am joining in on the challenge of at the Stampotique Designers Challenge this fortnight, which has the theme of birds and buttons.

I thought I'd make an ATC this week which I have called "get your skates on" so I could keep experimenting with creating backgrounds. This one is acrylic paints with a little dylusions spray ink as well.  I began with a base layer of gesso.

*EDITED TO ADD:  This was chosen as a top three.

I used the alphabitties stamps as a background stamp which was a little tedious with the paint, but I am happy with how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping in :)


Stampotique Stamps Used:

Bird Legs (Large) (Janet Klein)
Honeycomb Background (Josie Cirincione)
Alphabitties (Jill Penney & Daniel Torrente)

Other Products Used:

Acrylic Paints
Dylusions Ink Spray 'fresh lime'
The Crafter's Workshop 'mini chevron' stencil
Derwent Coloursoft pencils
sewing machine & buttons

Friday, July 27, 2012

Book Art Journal - Despair

Well, I successfully completed another page in my book art journal this week.  It is quite sombre, as the abstract noun I was exploring this week was 'despair'.

I worked with my Derwent Inktense Pencils this week.  The bricks took a bit of time, so I've actually been working on this for a couple of days.

I used a light brush of gesso just around abouts where I thought the bricks would end up being, and kind of just built on from that.  I used Dylusions black marble spray ink for the text.

I'm really trying to explore different areas of creativity by focussing on a word and having the design grow as an extension of that word.  I hope I'll be back soon with another one :)

Thanks for stopping by


Monday, July 23, 2012

A new book art journal and an update

Well it feels like so long since I have posted anything to my blog that I have been enthusiastic about.  I have been struggling with a few things over the last 6 months, and it has resulted in a complete lack of desire to complete anything in regards to paper crafting/artiness.

I have found some comfort in my old favourites of crochet and knitting, but have not posted any pictures of completed projects - this is something I must catch up on and share.

Those of you who have been still visiting every now and then may have noticed the calendar pages I have been working on this year - this is one of my favourites, as was this one.

I really want to try my hand at art journalling, and to this end, my hubby purchased me a Moleskin art journal, but time has been against me in commencing work in it (also the horrible thought that I don't want to muck up the FIRST page, so therefore I am putting off starting the first page......I think I have identified a small issue here... don't you?....)

But something that has caught my eye recently, is art journalling in an old book - art journalling over a text background.  I was lucky enough to pick up a book from my local library that they had in a 'give-away' section.  It had a hard cover (just what I wanted), wasn't too big to work in (not so daunting), and the pages were a little thicker than normal books (perfect, I'd say).

And so, this led me to what to do in it.  Well after a couple of weeks of thinking it over, I've decided to explore 'abstract nouns' in my book-art journal.  For those of you thinking - "what is an abstract noun?" - I will share....  The Free Dictionary lists a noun as...

noun  (noun) n. Abbr. n.1. The part of speech that is used to name a person, place, thing, quality, or action

An abstract noun is listed as...

abstract noun n. A noun that denotes an abstract or intangible concept, such as envy or joy.

I'm not sure how frequently I will be able to post my art journal entries - I'd like to think weekly, or fortnightly, but I am all to aware that things come up and tend to get in the way.  So, I'll try.  I started last Thursday with "artistry"...

You can see if you look closely this is the contents page.  And here is a closer look at some of the layers of book page, ink, journalling and paint.

I do think I will be using alternate pages, because I've decided not to gesso every page, so I can achieve different looks with different mediums.  As a result, there is bound to be some leaking to the reverse sides of the pages.  Case in point....

I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.  Looking forward to the next one.  I used mainly Dylusions spray inks on this page, but I will put a list of supplies underneath if you are interested.

Thanks for stopping by and reading through if you made it to the end ;)


Supplies Used:
The Crafters Workshop - Mini Chicken Wire Stencil
Distress Ink - Ripe Persimmon
Dylusions Inks - Lemon Zest, Fresh Lime, Cut Grass, Vibrant Turquoise, Pure Sunshine
Black acrylic paint
Faber Castell pitt pen - black
Uniball Signo white pen
Date Stamp

Stamps Used:
Paperbag Studios - Journal impressions; dots
Darkroom Door - Artist; Alphabet Medley
Stampers Anonymous - Stuff to Say

Monday, July 2, 2012

July calendar

Here it is- my July calendar pages :)  Wow did I have fun with these ones. I think these are my favourite ones so far.

You can join in the fun at Kate Cranes yearly challenge on her blog here.

Lots of layers, lots of paint, lots of ink, lots of fun.

Thanks for visiting :)

Products Used:
Adirondack Colourwash - Stream
Acrylic Paints
Black Archival Ink
Jo Sonja Texture Paste

Stamps Used:
Technique Tuesday - Everyday Words by Ali Edwards
Queens Dresser Drawers - Pretty Maids
Kaisercraft - Dear Santa
Tim Holtz - Stuff to Say
Darkroom Door - Alphabet Medley