Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It's a bit chilly.....

Hi there!

We've been having a bit of a cold snap here for the last few days, and boy oh boy has it been FREEEEZING!! This is certainly the coldest I've ever seen it, apart from the time when we went to the snow. Crazy!

When I woke up yesterday, I could tell it was colder than normal, so I looked outside and to my surprise (and delight!) I found that everything was covered in frost! I've only ever seen this twice before in my life, and never as much as it has been in the last few days! Even people's roofs have had ice on them!

So of course, I ran and grabbed my camera and started clicking away! LOL! These photos were taken around 8am in the morning.

Here's the ice on the handrail of the deck in my backyard:

Don't worry - those things hanging down aren't icicles - they're lights! LOL!

Here are some close ups:

No I realise that this may not be exciting for those of you that live in snowy countries (like Godelieve who gets to looks at this amazing view in her backyard every year!) but for us here in Australia, and especially here where I live, it's very unusual and exciting!!

Even the grass was crunchy!

Here's a pic of the ice all over my car:

Brrrrrrrrr! Winter is well and truly here!

The days are lovely and sunny at the moment though, so I must make more of an effort to get out into the sunshine!


Monday, June 28, 2010

Some ATC's!

Hello again!

Today I'm going to share some ATC's that I made for a friend a little while ago. Both of us love the Gothic style of the Penney/Torrente Stampotique stamps, so we often organise swaps with each other that feature stamps from that range. Too fun!


The background Cemetery stamp is by Michelle Ward, the Bat is from a Hero Arts Halloween set, and the boy is of course from Stampotique. I added the fangs with a white gel pen.

The red colour in the background is Fired Brick Distress ink, and the images were stamped over the top with black ink.

The boy was stamped on a separate piece of paper, heat embossed with black embossing powder, coloured with distress inks (using an Aquash pen) then cut out and stuck to the ATC.

The blood at the top is a Martha Stewart border punch. I punched it out of red Bazzill cardstock, then coated it with Glossy Accents.


I created the background of this ATC with a spin art machine. The girl was stamped onto a piece of white cardstock and heat embossed using Black Embossing powder. I then coloured her hat with distress inks, cut her out and attached her to the background.


This scary little guy was stamped and embossed with black embossing powder onto red cardstock, then coloured with bleach.

I've used a Harlequin stamp in the background, and some metal wings and a crown brad to dress him up!

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Garden Fairy Couture

Here is another project that I created a while ago, but haven't yet shared here on my blog!

This is my Garden Fairy Couture, which is in a 6.5x8.5" shadow box frame:

It was a bit hard to photograph, because of the glass in the frame, so here's a shot of what it looked like before I framed it:

This was one of my Darkroom Door Creative Team projects, and I was showing off the Floral Background Stamp.

As you can see, I used the Floral Background stamp in the background, but I also used it to create the textured bodice by covering a Collections chipboard bodice piece with "Fernglade" Opals UTEE, then while it was still hot and melted, I stamped the background stamp into it, waited for it to cool, then lifted it off! I also added some gold Metallic Rubons (the oily stuff like eyeshadow that you rub on with your finger, not the rub on with a stick kind!) to create highlights. Here's a close up (click to enlarge):

I created the skirt with pieces of gauze that I died with Distress Inks.

Full details on how I created this piece can be found on this post on the Darkroom Door blog.

I was really excited when Rachel asked me if she could take this piece with her on her recent trip to the UK for her appearance on QVC UK! It was used as part of the display for her TV segment which aired back in February. You can see heaps of photos from the day on Rachel's blog here.

Rachel also used it on display at the SIA Tradeshow down in Sydney at the beginning of May this year, which was very exciting too! There's heaps of photos of the Darkroom Door display stand on the Darkroom Door blog here. I had quite a few things on display there - see if you can spot them in the pics! LOL - don't worry - I'll share them all on here eventually! ;)

Thanks for looking! I love hearing from you all, so don't be afraid to leave a comment! :)


Friday, June 25, 2010

Skywatch Friday - 25th June 2010.

Hello Skywatchers!

It's been a very long time since I've joined in the fun at Skywatch Friday, and I have plenty of images to share in the upcoming weeks!

Today's photo was taken at sunset on the 17th April 2010 at the Point Wolstoncroft S&R Centre at Gwandalan, NSW. (Click Photo to enlarge).

I had the pleasure of spending the day there at a Scrapbooking retreat, and this was the view from the hall where everyone was crafting away. So many scrapbookers there with their cameras in tow, yet I was the only one clicking away to capture this gorgeous sunset!

I just love how I managed to capture the rays of light, and the lovely reflection of the sunset on the water. No real skill involved! Just a matter of being in the right place at the right time, and playing around with the settings on my camera!

Check out more amazing sky photos from around the world over at Skywatch Friday.

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, June 24, 2010

7 Gypsies Artist Printers Tray.

Way back in January, one of the very first classes that I taught at Erina Scrapbook Store was this 7Gypsies Artist Printers Tray, and I realised the other day that I hadn't yet shared it on my blog! So here it is (click on the pics to enlarge them):

I've used 7Gypsies papers from the Gypsy Market collection, and the 7Gypsies"Victoria" stamp set. Not sure if you can see the quote (which I printed onto the paper using my computer), but it reads:

"A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song".

There was lots of stamping, cutting, and foam mounting tape involved!! Here is a close up that gives you a better idea of the depth:

It certainly was a baptism of fire into teaching again! I taught the class twice in January, and the first time I taught it we had some hiccups! An advanced class, coupled with only 1 decent inkpad, 1 set of stamps, and some absolute beginners, made for a VERY crazy, stressful, and FUN class!! Literally running back and forth with the stamps between 7 people certainly wore me out that day! LOL! But everyone had a great time, made a great project, and went home happy, which is what it's all about! The 2nd class was a little better. :) And I must say I was very excited when I found out that in my first month teaching there, this project was the highest selling class kit of the month! Yay!

Needless to say though, I've stuck with less tricky projects since then! LOL!!

I teach classes every month at Erina Scrapbook Store, and next month I am doing 2 different Christmas Card classes using stamps and supplies from Darkroom Door. See the calendar for details (mine are the "Vintage Christmas Cards" and the "Acetate Christmas Cards"). I hope to see you there!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Paper Art Doll!

Back in January, the challenge theme over at Inkurable Stampers was Paper Art Dolls!

I like to create an example for each theme that I announce, and this was what I came up with:

This photo is a scan (with a piece of Basic Grey paper in the background) so please excuse the shininess on the top of her skirt. :)

I have used stamps from Stamp-it (Harlequin on legs and Mesh on bodice), Stampotique (Mesh on arms; face; text on hair) and Darkroom Door (skirt pattern, and butterfly wings).

I printed the paper doll template from The Enchanted Gallery onto white cardstock and cut out the pieces. I used a Collections chipboard dress form and bodice instead of the supplied body.

The text on the hair was stamped in black ink and then I coloured the hair with red ink. I clear embossed it for strength and shine. Her skirt was hand drawn and was decorated the same way, using the Darkroom Door ornate pattern stamp. I added some German Scrap trim to the bottom. Her crown is a silver brad.

Here is a close up of her:

The harlequin pattern on the legs was stamped with red ink, and then clear embossed. The shoes were created with some German Scrap and some metal wire for those killer heels! LOL!

The face and the mesh on the arms were both stamped onto white cardstock with black ink.

The bodice was coated in a thick layer of UTEE and while it was still hot I pressed the mesh stamp in it and allowed it to cool before removing it and revealing the textured pattern. I added some chain at the bottom of the bodice for added interest.

The butterfly wings were stamped with red ink onto white cardstock, cut out, and attached to her back.

Her legs, arms, and head were all attached with red brads, and they move around!

We had some awesome Paper Art Doll entries that month, and you can see them all in the slideshow here.

If you love a challenge, pop on over to my stamping challenge blog, Inkurable Stampers, and give this month's Stars challenge a go! :)

Thanks for popping by today!


Monday, June 21, 2010

Lovely Ladies Card Set!

I recently taught a class at Erina Scrapbook Store where we made 4 cards using the Darkroom Door Lovely Ladies stamp set, and a cool Faux Lace technique that I learned from Godelieve, where you stamp a lace pattern on to vellum, and then heat emboss it with white embossing powder. Here are the cards:

To see each card individually, and to hear more about how I made them, pop on over to this post at the Darkroom Door blog!

Speaking of the Darkroom Door blog, Rachel recently shared projects that myself and the other Creative Team girls did with the new Frangipani Photo Stamp. Here are my creations:

A simple card:

A magnetic book mark:

To find out more about how I made them, and to see what the other girls did with the same stamp, check out these posts on the Darkroom Door blog:

Frangipani Photo Stamp Projects Part 1.
Frangipani Photo Stamp Projects Part 2.
Frangipani Photo Stamp Projects Part 3.

I'm going to try really hard to blog here more regularly now, so make sure you check back often to see what I've been up to! :) I've been very busy and I have looooooooots to show you!


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sarah's Super Saturday - THIS WEEKEND!!

Calling all stampers from Sydney to Newcastle!

This coming Saturday, 19th June 2010, I am teaching 3 classes back to back at Erina Scrapbook Store on the Central Coast, and I hope to see you there!

Join me for a fun filled day of stamping and paper crafting, as well as lots of chit chat and even baked goods! LOL! Come to one, two, or all three classes, but make sure you don't miss out!

Here's the details:

9am - 11am - Recipe Album Class:

In this class we will be creating our very own recipe album using the Darkroom Door "From the Kitchen" stamp set that will be included in your kit!! Class price = $45.00 which includes all materials.

11:30am - 1:30pm - Pop-up Cards Class:

Join me in this class where we will make 4 striking 3-dimensional cards using the Utopia range of stamps and papers from Kaisercraft! Class price = $29.50 which includes all materials, including a set of Kaisercraft stamps!

2pm - 4pm - Sympathy Cards Class:

In this class we will be making 6 classy cards suitable for use as Sympathy cards, or other special occasions, using papers from Kaisercraft, as well as Photochip images from Darkroom Door. Class price = $24.00 which includes all materials.

If you cant make it to the classes on Saturday 19th, the classes will also run separately on the following dates:

9am - 11am - Recipe Album Class: Friday 18th June - 7pm - 9pm.
11:30am - 1:30pm - Pop-up Cards Class: Wednesday 16th June - 7pm-9pm.
2pm - 4pm - Sympathy Cards Class: Wednesday 23rd June - 7pm - 9pm.

I really hope you'll come along and join in the fun!

Please contact Erina Scrapbook Store to book your place!

2/203 The Entrance Road, Erina NSW 2250 Australia.
Ph: (02) 4365 0770
Fax: (02) 4365 3228

It also happens to be Erina Scrapbook Store's 2nd Birthday, and they're having a sale!! So why not grab a bargain when you come to a class?!

Saturday 12th June - Wednesday 30th June
* Discounts are storewide, including already discounted items and class kits. Discounts valid on stock items only, no rainchecks or special orders. Not valid with any other offers. Class payments do not count towards $100 minimum to qualify for 30% OFF.