Friday, July 30, 2010

Old Truck Photo Stamp.

Have you seen the Darkroom Door Old Truck Stamp?

Wanna win one? Then read on to find out how! :)

The Darkroom Door girls and I have been creating with the Old Truck Stamp, and this week our creations have been showcased on the Darkroom Door Blog. Here's a sneak peek of the 2 cards I made using the stamp:

I've used lots of yummy Distress Inks and Distress Embossing Powders, as well as the Harlequin Background Stamp, and quotes from the Vintage Automobiles stamp set.

You can see lots more photos, as well as a detailed description of how I made these cards on the Darkroom Door blog here.

You also have to see the fabulous creations that the other girls did:

* Godelieve and Michelle
* Melissa and Jill

For your chance to win one of the Old Truck stamps, check out today's post on the DD blog that features my cards and a card from Rachel, and leave a comment there to win! Too easy! But hurry - the winner will be picked tomorrow!

Good luck!


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Metallic Fairy Card.

Hi there!

I've got some very masculine cards to share in tomorrow's post, so today I thought I'd share something pretty and girlie!

I made this card a while back for our Metallics challenge over at Inkurable Stampers:

The background paper of my card was stamped with Darkroom Door ornate background stamp from the "Ornate Elements" set, and then heat embossed using "Pewter" embossing powder.

I used a silver Krylon pen to outline the background paper. I attached some beaded trim to the card, and wrapped some silver German Scrap border around the fabric part of the trim.

Here is a close up of the card:

I adhered a thin metallic silver ribbon to the centre of the top part of the card. I cut out a fairy collage image and attached a silver Making Memories Circular Tag Maker Rim around the outside, and then mounted it to the front of the card using double sided foam mounting tape.

I hope you're having an inky day!


Monday, July 26, 2010

Shabby Chic Vintage Card.

Moxie Fab World are currently running a Card Style Week Shabby Chic and Vintage card challenge so I thought I'd give it a try!

I've always loved the shabby chic look, and I'd love to have a whole house decked out in the shabby chic style (like this one! OMG - LOVE IT!!! Click through the slideshow - totally worth a look!) but it's not a style I usually create with, and I really struggled with this challenge! I'd love to create gorgeous shabby chic things with ease like Melissa Phillips does, but it just doesn't come naturally to me. It took days before I found the right mix of elements and I was happy with my card. Here it is:

The base card is cream coloured Bazzill cardstock onto which I stamped the Darkroom Door Floral Background Stamp with light blue ink. The next layer is a piece of October Afternoon patterned paper with dictionary meanings on it. The pink paper is from Darkroom Door, and the next layer is a piece of cream Bazzill cardstock which was stamped with the Darkroom Door Roses Photo Stamp in light blue.

The doily is a Kaisercraft stamp that was stamped onto the pink paper from Darkroom Door, then heat embossed with white embossing powder. The vintage image is one of the lovely ladies from the Darkroom Door "Hats" Photobooth sheet.

The "Best Wishes" stamp is by Fiskars, and I stamped it onto cream bazzill cardstock with pink ink, then mounted it to the card front with foam mounting tape.

Here is a close up of my card:

The music notes came from a real piece of old sheet music. The buttons are by Basic Grey, and I tied some string from a shipping tag through them before sticking them down. I also added some small Kasiercraft pearls to my card to add to the vintage feel.

The edges of the papers were inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink, and some were distressed using an edge distresser.

If you'd like to give this challenge a go, pop on over to the Moxie Fab World, and check out the challenge details plus the gorgeous inspiration from the Card Style magazine!

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Play Date Cafe - Challenge #39.

The Play Date Cafe's challenge this week is neutral tones - here is this weeks inspiration:

I only just realised that by blog design fits in perfectly with this colour scheme! LOL!

This week I made a card using papers from Graphic 45. Here it is:

The base is black Bazzill cardstock, and the papers and images are from the Graphic 45 "Communique" and "Fashionista" collections.

I inked around the papers and elements with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The nibs, the ink bottle, and the calligraphy pen have all been coated with Dimensional Magic to give them a glossy raised look. Here is a close up:

The tag and the bottle were attached to the card front with double sided foam mounting tape for added dimension.

I can't believe I actually made a card without using stamps! That doesn't happen very often! LOL!

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Altered SD Card Case.

I had a spare SD memory card case sitting on my computer desk for ages, and one day I had the idea to alter it and make some mini art out of it! Check it out:

I coloured the plastic with alcohol inks, and adhered a piece of book page, a stamped butterfly, and a Photobooth lady to the cover.

Here is the inside:

The inside looks shiny because it was coated with Glossy Accents.

For more photos, and a detailed description of how I altered by memory card case, check out this post on the Darkroom Door blog.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Sky Watch Friday - 23rd July 2010.

Hello skywatchers! It's Skywatch Friday again, and today I'm here to share some pics of some lovely clouds that I took back on the 4th of March 2010. (Click pics to enlarge).

Can you believe - these photos are not black and white?! They are colour photos - see the orange at the bottom of the photo above? You can even see some blue in the sky between the clouds.

It was approaching sunset, and these lovely clouds were reflecting the light in such a pretty way - it made you want to reach out and touch them!

Heres another pic:

The view is from my back deck - don't you just love it when Mother Nature puts on a show like this to watch from your very own home? :)

To see more lovely sky photos from around the world, pop over to Skywatch Friday!

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thank You Card.

The Town Scrapper is having an Anything Goes challenge this week, and the DT have just posted their "last post before Labour Day" as they are going on a Summer hiatus until September 10th. Check it out here.

For my entry I have created a thank you card (click pics to enlarge):

As you can see, I'm very taken with the purple and green colour scheme lately! LOL! (If you are too, check out this month's challenge over at Inkurable Stampers).

I have used the very cool "Charlotte" stamp from Kraftin' Kimmie, which I coloured with Copic Markers, and the words are stamped in Violet Versacolor ink using Darkroom Door alphabet stamps

The "thank", "you", and "friend" were attached to the card with foam mounting tape which gives the greeting some nice differing dimension.

I used my new favourite clear Spica pen to add sparkle to her headband, the ruffle on her skirt, and her chocker, but you can't quite see it in the pics. 

Here is a close up:

The green background was created using a Cuttlebug embossing folder, and I punched the edge with a Fiskars border punch.

I don't know about you, but every time I read the quote, I start singing the theme from The Golden Girls! LOL! This card is off to a new home today for someone who has been particularly golden to me lately, so the quote was perfect! I hope she likes it! :)


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mail Art!

The theme over at The Three Muses this week is Mail Art, and I thought it would be a good excuse to show off the mail art I have been creating lately!

Last week I sent off some ATC's to Belgium (to Aisling (aka Julie) who sent me the most awesome ones in return!) so I thought I'd decorate the envelope as a surprise! Silly me forgot to take a photo of it before I sent it off, but Julie took some when it arrived and has kindly let me use her photos here! So here is the front of the envelope:

First I stamped a journaling spot from the Darkroom Door Journal stamp set onto the envelope with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. I then inked over the whole envelope with 'Peeled Paint', 'Broken China', and 'Worn Lipstick' Distress Inks, before stamping in black ink. The colours are a bit off in the photo, but it looked very vibrant and colourful in real life!

Here is the back:

The flourish is a Tim Holtz stamp, the butterfly is from the Darkroom Door Butterflies stamp set, and I also used stamps from the Darkroom Door Mail Art stamp set.

Creating mail art is so much fun - but it's even more fun receiving it! I love the look of it after it's been through the post - with the postage stamps, and postal markings, and the slightly crumpled look. I have received a few lovely mail art items, and I will treasure them always!

Speaking of mail art, I held a mail art challenge at Inkurable Stampers in May, so if you're into Mail Art, check out all the entries for that month in the slideshow here.

I also created some Mail Art as my Creative Team projects for Darkroom Door that were showed on their blog in May:

Urban Lily Secret Keeper Card Mail Art:

You can see lots of photos and full instructions on how I created this piece on the Darkroom Door Blog here.

Red Letter Mail Art:

You can see lots of photos and full instructions on how I created these envelopes on the Darkroom Door Blog here.

As you can see, lots of masking and collage stamping there - so much fun!

So - do you create mail art? Have you ever received any? Are you inspired to give it a go? Let me know in the comments section - I love hearing from you all! :)

Thanks for looking!


Christmas in July!

The latest theme over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog is "Christmas in July"! I've been meaning to do one of their challenges for ages, so this gave me a great excuse to use my previously un-inked Noelle and O Joy stamps! (And yet another excuse to play with my Copic markers! LOL!). Here is my card:

First I stamped "Noelle" and "O Joy" next to each other onto white card with black ink, then I coloured the pair with Copic markers. They looked a little strange floating in mid air, so I decided to give them a floor to stand on. I drew it in myself after having seen this great tutorial on how to do it. Mine's not fabulous, but pretty good for my first attempt I think! :) The plain white wall looked a little stark, so I coloured it with the E000 Copic marker to soften it up a little. It's very close to the colour of the walls in my house!

Of course, I couldn't resist adding a little bling with my Clear Spica pen, so I glittered up their outfits:

I inked around the edges of the picture with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, then matted it onto Candy Apple Bazzill cardstock. The card base is a really cool tie-dyed looking piece of handmade paper that I've had for ages! Was great to be able to use up something from my stash! :)

Don't they make a cute couple:

I love how they're all dressed up to party, but look beaten from the season! LOL!! It definitely gets that way sometimes!

Thanks for dropping by!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Most Amazing Blog Candy...

The ultra-talented Kellie Winnell is having the most amazing blog candy giveaway on her blog! Check it out:

Having only recently started using Copic Markers, I don't have a real lot of stamps that I can colour with them! Winning this candy would be sooooo awesome - I can already see stamps there that I have on my wish list!!

What a generous giveaway! Once you've picked your jaw up off the floor, pop on over to Kellie's blog and check out her gorgeous work!

Thanks Kellie for the chance to win! :)


Play Date Cafe - Challenge #38.

As you know, over at Inkurable Stampers this month my challenge is "Lavender and Lime". I showed you my example for that challenge back in this post.

I absolutely love this colour combination, and was excited to see that this week's challenge at The Play Date Cafe was "Purple, Lilac, and Lime" so I couldn't resist getting out my supplies and making another card using this colour combo! Here's the colour prompt from TPDC:

And here is the card I created for the challenge (click pics to enlarge):

As you can see I've been playing with my Copics again! I think I'm starting to get the hang of it, thanks to my friend Dawn Lewis who has been giving me lots of tips!

I coloured the "Lil Bug Emma" CC Designs stamp with Copic markers in purple and lime colours, then coloured over her wings, shoes, and antennae with my new Clear Spica pen. Check out the sparkles:

LOVE LOVE LOVE my new Clear Spica pen!!

The "Best Wishes" is from a Fiskars stamp set called "Cameo Ovations". I stamped it on white with Violet ink. The butterfly girl and the Best Wishes sentiment have both been attached to the card front with double sided foam mounting tape.

The background is lime green bazzill that I embossed using a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I attached a strip of "Broderie Anglaise" lace down the left hand side, then a piece of wide ribbon which was originally a cream colour, but I coloured it with my Copic Marker (V17). I ran the wide ribbon through the Cuttlebug embossing folder after I'd put the double sided tape on the back of it, to give it some texture.

It was so much fun being a challenge participant again after being a Challenge Master at Inkurable Stampers for so long! LOL!

This is my first entry for a challenge at The Play Date Cafe, so if you've come here from there thanks for dropping by! Please leave a comment so I know you've visited!


Monday, July 19, 2010

ATC Royalty.

I love creating and swapping Artist Trading Cards (ATC's). The 2 ATC's I'm sharing today have just gone to a new home in Belgium!

His Royal Highness:

I made this ATC way back in May 2009 as an example for one of the challenges over at Inkurable Stampers.

For the background, I stamped a Stamp-it Harlequin background stamp onto white cardstock using black ink. I then got a mini King of Spades playing card (which I got from Big W) and cut out the picture of the king using fine tipped scissors, and stuck the frame to the background.

I reversed the King picture, revealing the red pattern on the back of the card, and stuck it back in the hole where I'd cut it from.

I stamped "Rocky" onto red cardstock and embossed with black embossing powder. I coloured his face, hands, and shoes with bleach.

I then stuck my Rocky stamp cut out to the ATC, attached a gold crown brad, and the letters HRH (His Royal Highness) to finish.

Queen of Her World:

For the background I stamped a Darkroom Door stamp (from the Ornate Elements set) onto a Scrapmatts ATC base and heat embossed with black embossing powder. I then coloured the background with an Orange Copic marker (which made the black run a bit, giving it a more distressed look).

I tore a piece of gothic script book paper and attached it to the bottom of the ATC. The little girl is a digital collage sheet image (from Enchanted Mercantile - unfortunately no longer operating) that I printed out. Her crown is a chipboard shape that I coloured gold with a Krylon pen.

I stamped a stamp that had "Queen of her world" in the design onto cream paper with brown ink, then cut out only the words to use on my ATC. The edges of the words and the ATC were inked with black ink.

Thanks for visiting today!


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Gothic Arches - Part 2.

First let me say a huge thank you to those of you that have been coming here to visit, leaving comments, and becoming followers through Blogger and Facebook - I really appreciate it! I also love coming to your blogs to check out the amazing work you are doing, and have found a few new faves lately!

OK - so a few posts back I showed you my first 3 Gothic Arch examples for my Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch Challenge. Well, today I'm here to share the next 2!

Challenge #4 - Hands.

I used Kaisercraft patterned paper as my background. I stamped the gothic sun shape (from Green Pepper Press) onto the background with Scarlet Versacolor ink, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

I stamped the sun again in black ink on white cardstock, and heat embossed. I cut out the centre circle and stuck it onto the centre of the red sun. (Yes! I know it's upside down! I fixed it after the photo was taken, but never took another pic! So you'll just have to imagine it's up the right way! LOL!).

The hands (again from Green Pepper Press) were stamped in black ink onto white cardstock, cut out, and then adhered to the background. The word "Worship" is a sticker from Kelsey's wordsheets.

The red flourishes at the bottom are Kaisercraft rub-ons. To finish, I attached some beaded trim and some thin red ribbon to the bottom of my arch.

Challenge #5 - Hats.

For my Hats themed arch, I was inspired by The Mad Hatter (played by Johnny Depp) from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland Movie! here's a quick pic for reference:

And this is what I came up with for my arch:

The background was created by inking white cardstock with Dusty Corduroy and Worn Lipstick distress inks using a foam blending tool. I stamped a Green Pepper Press gothic Script stamp down the left hand side and heat embossed with black embossing powder. The right hand side was stamped with a Stamp-it mesh stamp in black ink.

The hat is a Green Pepper Press stamp that was stamped and heat embossed with black ink. It has been mounted with foam mounting tape.

The head (also by Green Pepper Press) was stamped with black ink onto white cardstock, and I coloured in the lips, eyebrows, and eyes.

The hair is a Kaisercraft flourish stamp that I stamped with red Stazon, then coloured with Spiced Marmalade distress ink using an Aquash brush. I cut out pieces of it to create the hair shape.

The quote was typed on the computer, printed out, and attached to the arch.
If you're interested in joining in with my year-long Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch Challenge, check out the details here. All welcome!


Friday, July 16, 2010

Dashing Gents Cards.

How often do you make masculine cards? I bet it's not very often! People are always saying how hard it is to create masculine card designs for the men in their lives, and the poor blokes often miss out on a hand-made creation! Do they care? Maybe not! LOL! But I'm sure most guys out there will appreciate the effort and enjoy getting a card from you.

I made these Dashing Gents cards recently for a class I taught at Erina Scrapbook Store (click to enlarge):

I used the very vintage Dashing Gents stamp set from Darkroom Door, some Cuttlebug embossing folders, and papers from Kaisercraft.

I also used lots of foam mounting tape for dimension:

See more photos, and read all about how I created these carrds here on the Darkroom Door blog. :)


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Gothic Arches.

I was always a fan of the Gothic Arches challenge blog that was on Wordpress - I just loved seeing the gorgeous little mixed media collage artworks that people were creating with different Gothic Arch shapes. That blog eventually ceased and turned into a Ning group, and then came back to Blogger! (At least I think it's the same one - correct me of I'm wrong!). The Gothic Arches Challenge Blog is run by the awesomely talented (and super nice!) Nancy Maxwell James, and she has recently released a free downloadable Gothic Arch eBook, featuring lots of fabulous arches from herself and other artists. Check it out here.

So why am I telling you all of this? Well, I was always so fascinated and inspired by these arches, but had never given one a go. I knew I mustn't be the only one, and I thought the stampers over at my challenge blog, Inkurable Stampers, would like to have a go too! So began the Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch Challenge! It's a year long challenge for 2010 only that runs alongside our regular monthly challenges at Inkurable, and you upload your creations to our dedicated Flickr Group. There is a new theme every fortnight until the end of the year, and at the end you'll have a collection of 24 Gothic Arches to do with what you will! I'll be making mine into a book, some people are making ATC's - the choice is yours! It's never to late to join the challenge, and everyone is welcome! You can use any medium you like, as long as you use at least one stamp. Check out the details here.

We've had 12 themes so far, with another 2 due this Sunday (I'm a bit behind!). So as not to bombard you with all 12 at once, today I'll share the first 3! :)

Challenge #1 - Butterflies.

I kicked off with an easy theme to get things started. Here is my first ever Gothic Arch:

I have used the following Darkroom Door stamp sets: Butterflies, Little Dreams, Wildflower, Floral Background Stamp.

To create the background, I stamped the Floral Background stamp onto white cardstock with Broken China Distress Ink, and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then inked over it with Peeled Paint Distress Ink, then wiped over with a baby wipe to remove the distress ink from the embossed parts.

I stamped the lady from the Little Dreams stamp set with black ink and embossed with black embossing powder. Her wings are made from the large Butterfly from the Butterflies stamp set. I stamped and embossed in black, then coloured with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.

Her hat is a triangle cut from the background of the lady stamp that was removed when I cut her out. It has also been coloured with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.

The black butterflies and wildflower stems were stamped straight onto the background using Stazon Ink. The white butterflies were stamped onto white cardstock with black ink, cut out, and adhered to the background. Some Kaisercraft Rhinestones were added to their bodies.

Challenge #2 - Lace.

I have used:

* Darkroom Door Roses Photo Stamp.
* "Dream" stamp and Lace stamp from Darkroom Door "Little Dreams" set.
* Lil Davis stamp from "Crillon 2" set.
* Lace, silver brads, silver star brad.
* Vintage Photo.
* Pink Collage Press scrapbook paper.
* Red Stazon ink, Pinecone Versacolor Ink, Black Stazon, White Brilliance Ink.

First I cut my arch shape out of the pink paper and stamped the Roses Photo Stamp with Red Stazon ink. I inked around the edges with Pinecone ink. I then stamped the Lil' Davis stamp onto the same pink paper using Black Stazon, and cut out. I swiped Moonlight White Brilliance ink over the top of it to give it a softer look. then I attached it to the arch.

Next I adhered the lace across the bottom of my arch, and attached 3 silver brads. I then adhered the vintage image onto the arch and stamped the Darkroom Door lace tamp with Black Stazon. I stamped "Dream" onto white paper, cut out, and then mounted it to the arch using double sided foam mounting tape.
Challenge #3 - Crowns.

The text background stamp and the fairy stamp are from Stampotique, and the tree branches and flying birds are Tim Holtz stamps.

I coloured the background using Aged Mahogany and Black Soot Distress Inks on a craft mat, and stamped the 3 stamps in Jet Black Stazon Ink.

I stamped the fairy onto white cardstock with Blazing Red Stazon (which I think is more pink than red, but hey, that's just me) and then outlined the details with a black Sharpie. I used Rock Candy Distress Stickles on her wings, and her crown is a Scrapware chipboard crown that I coloured with a silver Krylon pen. She was mounted to the arch using double sided foam mounting tape. Here is a close up:

The fence is Scrapware chipboard which I inked with Black Soot Distress Ink. I added some black German Scrap Border to the bottom of the fence for some added depth and detail.

The words were done on my computer, printed out, and then adhered to the arch. I then outlined each word with black pen.

I'll be back tomorrow to share some more with you!

Thanks for hanging in there on such a long post! LOL! :)


Monday, July 12, 2010

Joy Fold Card.

Hi everyone!

Here's another card that I made back in October that I shared over at Inkurable Stampers but am yet to share here. It's a Joy Fold Card that I created for the 2009 Darkroom Door WCMD challenge (click pics to enlarge):

It has 2 different sized flaps that open out - for my card I secured the front flap shut with a magnet, and attached a ribbon tab to pull it open. Here's what it looks like when the first flap is opened:

And here is what it looks like fully opened up:

Of course, you could put paper on the back of those 2 flaps for extra writing space, but I chose not to. :)

Here is a close up:

I have used papers from Graphic 45, Bazzill cardstock, and stamps from Darkroom Door (from the following sets: "Butterflies", "Prague Vol 1", "Journal", and "Wildflowers Vol 1"). I used Kaisercraft pearls for the centres of the butterflies. I masked off the journaling lines in the journal block stamp to create a frame for the butterflies and quote. I love finding new and different ways to use a stamp!

Such a fun and easy card to make, and the design is sure to delight the recipient!

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tri-fold Shutter Card.

Back in October last year I created a Tr-fold Shutter Card for a WCMD challenge that I held over at Inkurable Stampers. When I was looking back over my archives today, I realised that I hadn't yet shown it here! So here it is (click pics to enlarge!):

For this card I have used stamps from the following Darkroom Door stamp sets:

* Butterflies
* Little Dreams
* Wildflowers Volume 1
* Ornate Elements
* Prague Vol 2 set.

Here is what it looks like when it is fully opened up:

The base card was made from black Bazzill cardstock. I used plain while card stock for the matting, and some stamping, and the coloured background was created using the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique with Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress inks. The images were stamped with black ink and Broken China distress ink.

Here is the view from the top so you can see how it works:

And this is what it looks like standing up:

The idea is to write in the centre piece (where the big blue butterfly is). I stamped the large butterfly onto scrap paper first, then stamped it onto the white card without re-inking for a muted effect so that I could write clearly over the top with a black pen.

Let's not forget the close up:

There are Kaisercraft clear rhinestones in each corner of the frame, and inside in the centre of the smaller butterflies.

To make your own Tri-fold card, check out this tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers.

Thanks for visiting today!


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Makes you think.....

Here is an ATC I created which was inspired by an ATC by Shelly Hickox that she created for a  Wednesday Stamper challenge theme back in January 2009. I loved the idea so much I knew I had to try it out, and that the Gentleman from the Darkroom Door 'Dashing Gents' stamp set would be perfect!

Here is a close up:

I glued tiny watch innards (cogs and such) to the ATC as if they were flying out of his head (or are they flying in??!).

Makes you think........