Friday, 27 May 2011

What Happened?

Remember this domino?

Well, I stamped a couple of images onto it, and then covered it with Dimentional Magic...and by the time it was dry, it changed colour from a deep pink to a warm red!     I love the look of it, but as I already had my card prepared (all in pinks, creams, and browns), I had to do another domino, but I still wanted the shiny surface.  

So, I once again covered a domino with the StaZon (blazing red), I stamped an image from THIS Darkroom Door set (with StaZon timber brown), stamped the sentiment from THIS Darkroom Door set (with StaZon jet black) onto a piece of acetate, and stuck it down using a dab of white PVA glue.   I then added the tiny pearls, and stuck the domino to my prepared card.    The pp is the cover of a Collections paper pack (minus the door image, which I used on another card, but which was easy enough to replace with a small piece of pp from the collection), which you can find HERE, I also used the splatter image (from THIS Darkroom Door set) around the outer edges of the pp with StaZon ink (blazing red),  the black and white label is from a Collections Ephemera sheet, and you can find the white vine here, the metal flower here, the organza flower is just new so I don't think Nicole's had a chance to upload it to the site yet, the brown crochet lace here, the white flower lace here, and the muslin (also from Collections) here.    

My apologies for the very dark photos, but it has been a bit of a grey day here in Melbourne today...but I just read THIS post over at Crafty Individuals Challenge blog, which needless to say has conciderably brightened my day...   Now I better go do something about dinner : )

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Inkurable Stampers May Entry

I've said it before, there's never enough hours in the day to do all that I WANT to do, but I try !  
Finally, here's my entry for this month's great theme of "Food, Glorious Food" over at INKURABLE STAMPERS.  
A while ago I came across a small boxed set of recipes at a garage sale (I'm no great cook, so I love the fact that I can pretend to be one by keeping lots of cookbooks around, but they take up a lot of space, so this was perfect for me LOL!)

I started by cutting out my own template for an ATC-sized box, and covering it with some plain white tissue paper which I had stamped using StaZon ink, I then added some Distress ink (Vintage photo) and cut the postage shape out with a CB die, and the closure edge was cut with an Alterations die, I then added magnet strips for the closure.     I stamped the "top secret" image onto a piece of acetate using StaZon ink (royal purple) and stamped the teapot (Oxford Impressions Classic Alice) onto the box before assembling.      I then stamped various images from THIS fun set ( by Darkroom Door ) onto some white cs, cutting them & adding them to the assembled box (there's nothing like new rubber to get you in the stamping mood : )       I then remembered a own a fork and knife clear stamp (an old set from Studio Astarte) so I used some Versamark ink and some pewter embossing powder, and added these to my finished box, and here's the result... 

 I think this looks way better than the original box, don't you think so?     There's still a few days left to enter this great challenge, all you need is to follow the theme and use at least one stamp of your choice, couldn't be easier : )    For all the details, follow THIS link,  you have until the end of the month to join in, and as always, Sarah has three very generous sponsors who provide great incentives for you to play along, so go forth and CREATE, your stamps will thank you : )

Playing With Dominoes.

A few days ago I used a stamped domino for my entry into this month's Crafty Individuals challenge HERE, and Shirley wanted to know how I prepared the domino...   It's a very simple process, just get your domino & wipe it over with some window cleaning fluid (I use Windex, which is also what I use for cleaning my stamps, funnily enough I don't do windows with it, LOL)    I'm sure you could also use something like methylated spirits, but Windex work really well, as all you're trying to do is to get rid of any oily finger marks etc.
These are the dominoes I have (picked them up at a garage sale for $1) and they have a tiny screw which I removed fairly easily with a pair of pliers prior to cleaning, to make it eazy for the domino to sit flat on my card...

 So, after removing the tiny screw, I just wiped the domino with some Windex, let it dry, and covered with StaZon ink (you could also use Sharpies to colour your domino, alcohol inks, or even acrylic paints)

I gave the ink a few minutes to dry fully, and then stamped my image by inking my stamp with black StaZon ink, just make sure you stamp the image and LIFT it straight off to avoid smudging.      I then allowed the image to dry and gave the domino a coat of Dimentional Magic (keep a pin handy to get rid of any bubbles) then just allow the DM to dry and add the domino to your chosen project, I stuck mine down with PVA glue, as it dries clear.      I'll be back with a finished project using this pink domino as soon as I get a chance, but in the meantime have a look at Kimberly Crick's website, which is filled with some great information, and has some gorgeous galleries full of beautiful projects (unfortunately she doesn't sell to overseas visitors, but I live in hope...)    In the meantime I will "Keep Calm, and Carry on"

BTW, are you a fan of STAMPBORD tiles?    Did you know they are having a great competition?    Have a look HERE for all the details, and just in case you've forgotten, they also have a great archive of fun projects HERE


          Planking...Snoopy started it !!!!!!!!!

I just received this as an email from Shirley (Thanks Shirley), and I had to share...Snoopy was way ahead of his time LOL!!!

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Crafty Individuals Challenge Entry

There's never enough hours in the day, is there!?      Here is my entry for this month's challenge over at the Crafty Individuals Challenge Blog         Check out the details for this month HERE

For my entry, I started by gluing some raw silk fabric for my b'ground, I then added a trimmed turquoise piece of cs roughing up the edges & using an Alterations die for the lower edge.   I then stamped THIS stamp onto white cs as well as onto a prepared domino (I used StaZon Teal Blue) and THIS stamp (the smaller image) onto some kraft card.     I stuck everything into place & then added some white lace ribbon and some musical notes printed twill (both from Craft Queen, of course LOL)   As a last detail, I added the tiny pearls to the butterfly, and a coat of DM to the domino.      There's still a few days to enter this great challenge, if you hurry : )

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Craft Queen Sale

Visit HERE to find out more details, and don't forget to comment HERE as well, for a chance at winning a surprise pack : )

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Happy Mother's Day

A quick post to wish all mums out there a very happy day, and to those of you who are not mums yet, keep practicing, it's fun!

Craft Queen April Card Kit
You can view more photos of this beautiful kit HERE, in the meantime, enjoy your special day.