Friday, 23 July 2010

Craft & Quilt Fair in Melbourne

I had a great day yesterday, & finally got a chance to catch up with my cyber-friends SANDIE & Helen. We email regularly, but I hadn't seen either one of them for a couple of years, so it was great to be able to chit chat over a coffee!!! I also met the lovely NICOLE (CRAFT QUEEN) who had her mum helping her out at the stall, & I have to say I was mighty impressed with her product range, things look so much nicer in real life where you can touch them LOL, her range of ribbons & buttons is just amazing, & she has a whole lot of paper crafting products too. It was great to put a face to the name LOL.
If you get a chance to go to the fair, you'll find lots of great products, some great show promotions, & lots of hands-on tutorials. My only regret was not taking any photos!!!! Oh well, there's always next year :)

#11 & An ATC Box

This is my take on SARAH's Gothic arch challenge #11, paint, I actually got it done this past Monday, but I hadn't had a chance to photograph it until today. I started by covering my arch shape with an old book page, & giving that a light coating of MMs (lemon)acrylic paint with a dry brush. I then used a piece of bubble wrap & some red & orange acrylic paint for the background. I let it dry, & then stamped the Stampers Anon/Tim Holtz image of the umbrella man using Archival's ink, & covered the image with clear embossing powder, doing the same with the beautiful quote (an old one from Studio Astarte), & with the arch edges. Another arch done & dusted : )

& here is my entry for the current monthly challenge at INKURABLE STAMPERS. This month, SARAH has chosen a great colour combination for us to play with, & one I use LOTS!!!!
I started by working out my own template to make the pouch, to which I added a window by using one of my nesties, & covered the section with a piece of clear acetate. I then used some gold ink & a gold pen to do the edges, adding the Collections scroll, & the butterflies (from DARKROOM DOOR), which were stamped with Archival ink onto some sraps of previously painted (with purple & lime acrylic paint) watercolour paper, covering them with DM. I finished the piece with a word from a DD word strip, & some ribbon. I then got to work on a STAMPBORD tile, 3.5"x 2.5" ATC sized :) I used all DD stamps from various sets, Adirondack ink (lettuce) for the background & Archival ink for the images. If you've never had a chance to play with a Stampbord tile, have a look HERE for the basics, & HERE at my tutorial (sorry, I couldn't help myself LOL!)
I edged the tile with a gold pen, added some pearls & a word from a DD word strip. I really enjoyed doing this project, & it was made so much easier since I purchased one of THESE. I didn't measure a thing, I only worked using an ATC as a template, & guesstimated how much depth I needed. I think I'll be making a few of these in the not too distant future :)
As always, thanks for stopping by, & don't forget to join in & create something :)

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Where's #11?

LOL, I jumped the gun & did Gothic arch #12 (fabric) for SARAH's year-long Gothic arch challenge over at INKURABLE STAMPERS...but I will get to #11 eventually : )

I started my arch by cutting out an arch shape from interfacing (the grey woolly stuff), I then stamped the tree(from this DD set) using timber brown Stazon ink onto some light-weight cream cotton, & used some vellum spray to stick it down. I then added the leaf-shaped sequins (from CRAFT QUEEN, aren't they gorgeous?) & the red ceramic beads (from my stash of findings). The quote (from THIS DD set) was stamped onto green cotton fabric with Archival ink, & stuck down using the vellum spray, & the tiny piece of blue silk was added to pick up some of the colours from the interfacing. I then stuck the whole thing down to some stiff card & added the beads (also from my stash). I've been meaning to try my hand at doing some fabric ATCs, so that will be next on my ever-growing "to do" list LOL.

With all this talk of fabric, I just remembered, is anyone (in Melbourne!) going to the Craft & Quilt Fair? I'm hoping to meet Nicole (from CRAFT QUEEN) who is one of the exhibitors, & will be catching up with my friend Sandie as well! & speaking of Sandie, she has a "Christmas in July" card challenge happenning in her blog. I signed up, & still have to make a start, but I think it's a great idea, as every year Christmas seems to come around quicker than the previous year!!! So, no rest for the wicked : ) Enjoy your day, wherever you may be in this big, beautiful world of ours, & thank you for your visit : )