Sunday, 18 April 2010

Darkroom Door Photochips

Here are my entries to the current DARKROOM DOOR competition, where all you need to do to enter is use the photochips in a project, how easy is that!!! & Here are the ones I prepared earlier:The top photo is a close-up of the sewing & stamping & inking. After I chose my photochip, I wanted to add some texture, so I started by machine sewing (I already had my machine out, & it already had the red thread, so it was meant to be LOL), I then distressed the edges, & used some red (Marvy)ink to add the colour to the edges. I then got the Artist set of stamps, & inked up the spots image. I was going to go with a plain white base, but I find it hard to do plain white, so I went for colour, & used one of my favourite colour combinations of purple & green, a scrap of red tulle, some colouful ribbon (which I've had forever LOL) & the gorgeous thin velvet ribbon (from CRAFT QUEEN) To finish off my card I used the sentiment from a WORDSTRIP, distressing & inking the edges, & mounting with foam tape.
The next one is a card I made a while ago, but had not shared: A photochip from the music collection, a word from a wordstrip, some ribbon & you have yourself a card :)

For the next card I used my nesties label 1 to cut the shape out of the photochip, distressing the edges & adding the tiny words (from an old book page) & set aside.
I then got a piece of teal cs, & some velvet fabric & again, put my sewing machine through its paces, I sanded the edges of the cs, added the glitter ribbon (from CRAFT QUEEN) & stuck it to a base of black cs. The music word is from a wordstrip (surprise, surprise LOL).

As always, thank you for taking the time to visit my humble abode, & I hope I'll see you soon, & my apologies to those of you who have visited me & left me comments...I truly appreciate them & I WILL visit you soon, I promise :) In the meantime, take time to create!

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

A Quick One...

I'm back with my entry to the third INKURABLE STAMPERS 2nd birthday bash challenge...try saying that a few times LOL.

For this challenge, SARAH asked us to use the spotlighting technique, which I have used before, but didn't know that was its name. I had to make a card for a friend who just finished his apprenticeship, so I thought this would fit the criteria :)

I stamped the door image (from Darkroom Door funnily enough LOL) onto some kraft cs using brown Versafine ink, The puzzle piece was cut using a cb die, & I then used black Versafine ink & stamped the door portion of the image onto the puzzle piece. I tore & inked the edges of the kraft cs, & stuck it to a folded black card, inking the edges with Encore copper ink, & stuck the puzzle piece down with foam tape for dimention...The sentiment is from a word strip (also by Darkroom Door) stuck to some black cs, with some fibres added for good measure. The top photo shows a side view of the puzzle piece. Thanks for peeking into my crafty life, see you soon :)

A Fun Weekend...

The INKURABLE STAMPERS 2nd birthday celebrations were a real blast, SARAH had lots of fun games at the ready for us to take part in, & that was just in the chat room, thanks Sarah, & thanks also to the lovely ladies who were able to join in, though I have to say, my typing skills are sorely lacking LOL!!!!
You still have until midnight tonight Wednesday April 14th, to join in with the 3 challenges set by Sarah, of which I've only done 2...but as soon as I've finished this post I'll be getting onto the 3rd one :) time sure flies when you're having fun!!!
The top project is for challenge #2, which is to make a 2"x4" piece of art, I've never worked with that size before, but it's a fun size :) I started by cutting a piece of cs to the required 2"x4", & stamped the TH image using Versafine black ink, I then masked the image & stamped some AL flourishes on the corners using red StaZon ink. I used a texture cube (Judikins) & stamped with rust & forest green StaZon & overstamped around the edges with a tiny script stamp (Delish Designs). I stamped the sentiment to a torn piece of vellum using brown StaZon ink, & stuck the vellum down using ds tape on the back of the 2"x4"cs, I then stamped the b'flies onto scraps of vellum, & stuck them into place with ds tape, adding the tiny rhinestones as a finishing touch. A very cute size to work with :)

For challenge #1, we had to interpret a sketch. I started by turning the sketch upside down, & going from there... I used a combination of stamps on the cb cutouts (which were left-overs from a DD ATC swap!) so all the images are Darkroom Door stamped onto a spray-mist b'ground. The b'ground on the dark brown cs was made using an alphabet stamp (Victoria's Secret), Versamark ink, & Pearlex powder.The kraft cs b'ground was made by stamping the alpha stamp (VS) & a clock face (Non Sequitur) with versafine ink & CEP. I then lightly covered a piece of STAMPBORD with a combination of teal & brown StaZon inks, & stamped the clock lady (Stamp Camp) with black StaZon ink, & scratched out some highlights using some great tools especially made by the STAMPBORD people, but more on that in my next post ;)

The sentiment was stamped using a VERY old set of Leaves Memories rubber stamps, mounted onto some fabric, then mounted again to some teal pp. I added some beautiful double-sided ribbon (from CRAFT QUEEN) & some cotton string & fibres. The holes were made using the WRMK crop-a-dile, & I added eyelets to the top holes for strength, the kraft cs is stuck down to a sturdy piece of chipboard. I'm very happy with how both of these turned out, & I can't wait to see what others have done for their entries...Now, I better get a move on & do the last challenge LOL.

If you get a chance to, have a go & create, there's some gorgeous incentives up for grabs, but like I always say, you've got to be in it to win it :)

Thanks for patiently reading through my essay, sometimes it takes me longet to actually type in all the information than it takes to craft it, but I enjoy reading other crafters' blogs, & I figure other people may learn something from me, just like I have learnt from others...If only there was some way to create ALL the ideas that are often swimming in my head, usually ALL at the same time LOL. Oh well, it's not the destination, it's the journey, & the stamps you pick up along the way :)

Thank you for visiting, & I hope you've enjoyed your stay, I shall be back soon, but in the meantime, create something, it's good for the soul!

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Another Arch...

For INKURABLE STAMPERS GOTHIC ARCH #5, the theme is Hats, ( check out the FLICKR group HERE)& I had heaps of fun using a stamp that until now had never seen ink! I actually bought the Oxford Impressions plate at a Paperific show about 3 years ago, & this is the first time i've actually used the little boy/girl image, I know, how terrible am I LOL! Well, this is the reason I join in when I can, so my beautiful stamps don't just sit there gathering dust :)

Anyway, I covered my arch shape with an old book page, & using chalks & a cloud template I added the cloudy b'ground. I then used the street scape (from THIS set by Darkroom Door stamps) stamping it onto some white cs, tore the edges & coloured in the image using wc pencils, I then added the German trim, & painted & KG heart, & then remembered that the theme was hats LOL. I remembered that I had this image, & thought it was perfect for the theme, so I stamped it onto a scrap of white cs, cut out & coloured with a mix of wc pencils & chalk, added some KG & stuck down using some foam tape. I then stamped the banner (from THIS set by DD ) & cut out, & added the words (a sentence from THIS set by DD) & again stuck down using foam tape to add dimention. I'm very happy with how it turned out, & I'm happily rediscovering some old friends & mixing with some new ones LOL.

BTW, INKURABLE STAMPERS are celebrating 2 years of challenges...Wow, I can't believe it's been 2 years already, & I'm so happy to say that I have joined in with every single theme/challenge in that time, making new friends, learning new techniques (& revisiting some old ones as well) & all along, using my stamps to create (& on some occasions I've even won!)...So it's big cheers from me to INKURABLE STAMPERS, & here's to many more fun themes/challenges. Make sure you join in with the planned CELEBRATIONS, I'm sure Sarah has lots of fun things up her sleeve :)

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Easter Already...?

How time flies when you're having fun, I cannot believe it's Easter already...
Anyway, I thought I'd share my entry to this month's great colour theme over at INKURABLE STAMPERS, you can check out the details HERE.
I was going to do just the one ATC, but I couldn't stop at one, so I ended up making a set of three LOL.
For the first one I stamped & CE the squiggly image (from a set by Opulent Opals Images) I then overstamped the rose image (from THIS DD set) onto a red cs piece, which I then trimmed with some edging scissors adding black ink & CEP to the edges. I then stamped & CE the script (from Non Sequitur) & overstamped with a torso image (from My Stamps) cutting it, adding the rhinestone & the sheer ribbon & mounting it to the ATC with foam tape. The "be" is cut from a quote stamp (Catslife Press from TSQ) & mounted with foam tape. I added the clear rhinestones & stuck the whole thing to a white ATC sized cs.
For the second one I again used the same squiggle stamp, an art definition stamp (Victoria's Secret), the pen image, the big splosh & the tiny drops are from THIS set by DD, the girl is a Stampotique image trimmed & mounted with foam tape & added to a red base.

& for the third ATC I used the leftover white cs which had the rest of the embossed
squiggle stamp, added a couple of sploshes (from THIS DD set) & the quote is a stamp by Catslife Press (from TSQ) which I stamped once with black ink, & once with red ink (Marvy) punching out the circle & mounting it with foam tape. I trimmed the white cs with zigzag scissors & stuck it onto a red cs base. I then used a punch to punch out the tiny rectangles & added a scrap of white cs to the back to show the contrast.
That's it from me, for today. I hope the Easter bunny brings you & yours lots of chocolate eggs, stay safe & create, & thanks for visiting :)