Monday, August 29, 2011

Simon Says Travel

Simon Says Stamp and Show Travel.

This is the entry for the challenge

I was inspired by 'Decorative Tape' technique in the July Craft Stamper (UK).

Lay strips of Sellotape onto NON STICK craft sheet.
Few drops of alcohol ink onto blending tool with a little blending solution.
Drag the ink across the tape. It will dry on the tape.
The article says to use Archival ink, but I used Staz On in black.
I stamped a Paris Postcard stamp by Stampotique several times across the length of the tape.
I had laid out a few strips of tape to about the same size as the stamp.
The alcohol ink colours I used were Sail Boat Blue,Watermelon and Citrus.

I attached the tape to white card.Applied distress stain in Old Paper to rest of the white card.Sponged some Frayed Burlap distress ink.
The 'mini postcard' was trimmed,distress edges and 'scratched' with scratching tool.
Frayed Burlap distress ink on edges and over scratches to highlight.
The Chic Lady from Darkroom Door 1920's Chic set was stamped on scrap white card in Versafine black. Coloured dress with Blue Lagoon Viva Metallic paint.(Rachel Greig gave me the tip).The collar,belt and bow coloured with Frayed Burlap distess ink.
Matted on light blue,then folded brown card.

For all you TYPO fans out there. The mini postcard I used comes in a set of 52 different mini postcards called 'Message in a Box' They are stored in a cute little silver tin with a hinged lid.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Inkurable Sketch Challenge

WHOO HOOO! Sarah is back with a new look blog and another awesome challenge!

Check out the sketch challenge at Inkurable Stampers

I thought it was time to add to my slow growing collection of Christmas cards

All the pattern papers are from Bo Bunny Blitzen Collection 6x6 paper pad.

The cute row of reindeer was my inspiration to use this paper for the sketch.
All the pattern papers were edged with Walnut Stain distress ink.
The scallop edge is a EK punch.
Embossing folder from Basic Grey used on the white layer of card.
'Merry Christmas' stamped in Walnut Stain. Die cut with a Quickuts die. Dabbed Tumbled Glass distress ink over it before removing white card from die.
"Peace,Love Joy" stamped in Walnut Stain and punched out with circle punch. Edged in Tumbled Glass.
Green fibre from Making Memories.
All layered on to brown card
Both stamps from Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer stamp set.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Another Book Page

Three blog posts ago, I showed a card in which I altered a book page.
I enjoyed this technique so much I made another card.

Applied gesso to book page.When dried applied some distress stains (forgotten which colours!)
The large branches is part of a Unity stamp. I actually stamped it with Distress ink in Forest Moss,but it looks more like blue/grey. Could it be because it was stamped on top of gesso and distress stains? I don't mind it.
I stamped some small flowers (Savvystamps)in Spiced Marmalade distress ink and created some grass in Peeled Paint (I think!)with the stems of the flower stamp.
Click on photo to get a better look. I kind of like the 'washed out look' LOL!
The birds inked in black versafine as usual.Darkroom Door and Typo birds of course.
Vintage Photo distress ink applied to edges.
Thanks for taking the time to visit and I love and appreciate your comments!

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Look what I found on my door step two days ago

25 yummy colours of Distress Stains!

I added these to my first collection of 12 (basket on right)

The other basket contains some Glimmer Mist. I found the set of 2 white baskets ($2)from KMART fit nicely in my drawer.

To find the colour I need....

I punched out 3/4in circles out of jac paper ,peeled off one side and adhered the sticky side to the lids. I then had the fun of applying the colour to the circles.
How cool do they look?

I can easily remove the basket out of the drawer and take to my desk when I want to have a play.

Another idea is to try and keep the colour groups together.
Blues,browns, reds etc.

These colours match the 36 colours of Distress Inks plus one new colour Picket Fence

Do you have a great way to store your Distress stains,inks or other stamping supplies?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Just For Fun.


Last night I had the urge to get inky when I should have been thinking about getting some beauty sleep...since I had to get up early next morning!
Does this happen to you?

I was trying really hard...erm..'cough' to tidy up my desk when I came across a manila tag that had been sitting there for a couple of weeks. It had one strip of tissue tape on it.
I decided it was time to add a bit of this and that and this is the end result.

I started by applying distress stains in Barn Door,Vintage Photo and Spun Sugar.
Added more strips of tissue tape. A left over thin strip of music pattern paper was coloured with Antique Linen distress stain, cut into three and added to tag.
Vintage paper image of Lady completes the tag.
Edged tag in Walnut Stain ink
It turned out better than I was it and had fun along the way.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Book Page Background

Stampotique Designers Challenge is to Alter a Book Page.

You can use any stamps, but I just love Moth Fab from Stampotique.

Its not the best photo. Had to take the photo while the sun was shining before work.

This is the first time I have used a whole book page for a much fun!
I applied white dabber paint lightly over the page.When dried sponged different colours of Pan Pastels until I was happy with the look. This is my first creation using the yummy Pan Pastels and I LOVE them!

Stamped the Stampotique fence onto page in Versafine black. Coloured the fence with more Pan Pastels and outlined with a black pen. The little hearts on the fence were filled in with black gelly pen for sparkle.
Moth Fab was stamped onto book page and again on scrap card. Coloured the scrap card image with pens and gelly pens,cut out and adhered over the first image on page.
Added stickles to Moth Fab's waistline.
I had previously attached the page to scrap card for stability.
Matted on orange card and then folded black card.

I am also entering this card for Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Bling!

Stay tuned for more book pages!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Tree Tag

Try it on Tuesday's challenge is to show a tree on a tag.

To create the background I used Distress Stains in Faded Jeans and Wild Honey.
I received some fabulous new stamps in the mail this week from Unity. One is called
'Free to Be'.The branches and the sitting bird is part of this large set.
The owl (on top branch) and the three flying birds are from a small set of bird stamps from Typo. One of my favorite and so versatile. The words are from Darkroom Door 'Love Birds' stamp set. All stamps inked with Versfine black.
Walnut Stain Distress Ink sponged on the edges of the tag.

Monday, August 8, 2011

First Stampbord.

I mentioned in my last blog post that one of my good blogging friends, Vicky, sent me some stampbord.

Well, it took me all day Sunday to find the courage to use it. I was afraid I would 'mess' it up.To my surprise and delight it was fun and easy to use!
It`s only my first attempt, so don't be too hard on me! LOL!

It's the first time I have used this adorable owl/girl image. I bought it cheap on ebay.
I stamped it in Versafine black. Distress Stains in Faded Jeans,Wild Honey,Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain were used.

The bird is from a small bird stamp set from Typo.

I had originally masked a circle for the moon....but had a mishap. So I have just punched a small white circle for the moon instead. I applied some Iridescent Medium over the moon to give it a 'silvery' shimmer. Hard to see in the photo.

White gelly pen used to create some stars.

Sunday, August 7, 2011


One of the best things about blogging is that you 'meet' some lovely people.
Vicky is one of my blogging friends. A couple of weeks ago I was lucky and thrilled to receive some awesome happy mail from Vicky. Just looking at the envelope put a smile on my face.
In the envelope were a few different size of Stampboard,a quirky atc and a fab card.
I have been impressed with Vicky`s creativity using Stampbord and cannot wait to create something with it too!
To see some items Vicky made using Stampbord, have a look here
I am off to create something...with Stampbord!



Red Yellow Orange is the theme over at Stampotique Designers Challenge blog.

I created a simple (but fun!) background for this card.
Randomly applied Gesso to white cardstock.When dried, applied Distress Stains in Fired Brick and Wild Honey.Then sponged some More Mustard distress ink.
Spiced Marmalade distress ink sponged around the outside edges.

'Gooseneck' stamped in black Versafine ink once onto the background and again on scrap white card. Coloured the scrap piece with orange gel pen (Papermate) and gold gelly pen.I then cut out the face/bow and from the shoulders to boots. Glued these over the first stamped image on card.

Stamped the sentiment (which I think so suits the image!)on scrap white card,cut out in three parts,sponged with More Mustard distress ink and glued to card.
Attached background to black card.

I am so loving my 12 Distress Stains....cannot wait for the rest of the 25 colours to arrive! Should be any day now :)