Darkroom door oval garden card

This is one of the cards I have made for the January issue of Stampers Quest.com using a masking technique and some new stamps. For details on what I used and how I did it, go on over to Stampers Quest. From tomorrow (01/01/09) check out the other cards that have been created. (I'll add the other cards I made over the next few days).

Stamps used: wildflowers by darkroom door

Mary-Jane has made some cards like this - go over to her blog - Chookarooni1 and have a look - they're gorgeous.

Willow's Desk Calendar

Fellow StampersQuest reader Willow Ciarrochi made this calendar using directions from the Christmas Blizzard at StampersQuest.

I love what you've done Willow! Thank you for sharing.
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Stampers Quest Christmas blizzard - calendar

Another project I made for Stampers Quest Christmas Blizzard - check out all the details here

Stampers Quest sketch challenge - December

Here is my version of the sketch challenge for December at StampersQuest.com

Check out the different interpretations from the other guides at here

Stamps used: "little dreams" from darkroom door
Inks used: various adirondack

Stampers Quest Christmas blizzard

My first Christmas project has been published on StampersQuest.com go here for the instructions.

Stamps used: Rubbadubbadoo - C287L Let Your Dreams

Swap returns - Darkroom Door photobooth

These are the Atc's I received back from the Darkroom door Photobooth swap I joined. They are all so gorgeous in real life - as you probably know the scanner just does not even nearly do them justice. These were made by...
Me, Sandra De Marchi, Damaris M
Pam Tucker, Sherri Field, Sue McGettigan
Rachel Greig(hostess), Cheryl Townley, Janet Hamblin.

It was a cool challenge to work withthese little images and now I have lots of ideas of what to do with the ones I have left (and the ones I'll get in the future)- Thank you ladies.

Christmas Music Card

I realised that I haven't posted in over two weeks (and I expect that will continue or get worse until after Christmas) I've been busy with work but also preparing projects for StampersQuest.com and classes at Scrapbook Corner. Today, I decided to join in the challenge here at CreatedByHandChallenge and this is the card I have made. (Please ignore the sticker sticking up - it has been remedied -honest)

I've used up peices that I was experimenting with in preparation for a class at my local - Scrapbook Corner.

Stamps used: well actually none

Inks used:alcohol and various dye

Techniques used: sponging through sequins scrap, peelcraft stickers

Stampers Quest sketch challenge

Here is my interpretation of the stampers quest November Sketch challenge which also fits in with the theme at the created by hand challenge

Check out what the otherstampers quest guides came up with and post a comment with a link to your version on the sketch post site.

Stamps used:
Hero arts, stampendous and sugarloaf

Inks used:
Black archival and alcohol inks

Techniques used:
Alcohol inks on acetate and gloss paper. A little masking of the script stamp. Distressed the edges of the black card with scissors.

In the jungle...

Well the jungle that is my craft area....

Just a quick post to show off this gorgeous stamp I got from Rubbadubbadoo this week - New Zealand shopping is the only way to go at the moment (with exchange rates the way they are). Overseas shipping is about NZ$ 15 for up to a kg.

I have sooooo much planned for this lion. This is a quick card I did to try him out. It took about 8 minutes all up. I coloured in with the kids pencils that were out on the table, added some sponging then the extra sponged layer and hey presto! I'll add a word or embellishment of some kind (not sure what exactly) before he gets sent away but isn't he magnificent!
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Guest artist at Stampers quest e-zine.

Wow - check out this tutorial by Jill Meyer at Stampersquest.com.
I love a new technique and this one is going to be fun... go have a look here.

Design Team At StampersQuest.com

Just a quick post to let you know that I have very proudly been chosen as an artistic guide at www.Stampersquest.com.

I've started working on a few things already and it'll be there soon - in the mean time have a look at what they've been doing so far.

See my version of the November sketch challenge there and here on November 10. I had fun making it so come back and have a look then.
Here's a couple of A.T.C's I made recently - I was having a bit of a vintage inspired phase (which I think I'm still in). The left is me practicing making my own collage and the one on the right was done for a swap. Both used photo stamps.

Here's something that I did a little while back - as close as I get to scrapbooking this is. I think it's too pretty to hide inside a book - so it's been on the wall until K made her own one to display.
Stamps used: Stampington and amazing creations
Inks used: white brilliance
Techniques used: painted clipboard metal painted with neo opaque


The challenge at Innovative Stamp Creations Blog this past week was to make a card using this sketch here. I have to say I did not like it at all - It took me to the darkside (using preprinted papers) but without it I wouldn't have this card, which I do like in real life.

and guess what technique I used for the butterfly...
Yep - you guessed it - more resist.

Stamps used: ISC "about me"
inks used:versamark and distress faded jeans, black soot and shabby shutters
techniques used: pre-printed papers from 7gypsies, prismacolor pencils, powder embossing resist.

It was so nice to use some different colours.

more resist atc's

Stamps used:
ISC "about me" and "Atc elements II"
Rubbadubbadoo "Classic lady"

inks used:

Distress, versamark and versafine black

techniques used:
resist - powder emboss, sponging

Earlier stages:
This was done the same as the "fly" atc below - using some different stamps for a return for a 1-4-1 swap. I'm already planning how I'll do it different next time. I like this one - but I can see it going further too.

I've decided to try out some bleach on the face as I really like the look of the one below that I've made with masking (I'm now also bleaching the neck and when that's finished I'll see what I need to do after that) see above

I love the way this one has turned out!
Really love it!
I think I'll play some more with colours...

ATC turned card.

OK I've turned this ATC into a card for Adele - I don't think she would have a use for and ATC but I'll let her know she can deconstruct it and frame the ATC to hang on her wall in the lounge. (hehehe I might really just tell her to do that - of course she'll just laugh at me!)

Stamps used: All ISC see post below
inks used: see post below
techniques used: see post below: and the orange ribbon isn't as scarry in real day life.
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Swedish Collage...fin!

Oh here's my "swedish collage" - see previous post.

Wow it was fun to do - I think of it as the best friend that you have that no one can understand why you're friends with them - these friends are often the ones you can really depend on when it really matters - and I'm assuming this card will be the same.

It was great to get stuck in to that stash box!

Stamps used: Hero Arts clear alphabet sets - O,Q,Y,U,K.
inks used: colorbox ruby, versafine black, adirondack wild plum handmade background papers
techniques used:The shoe and hand bag are stickers on acetate that were coloured in with "sakura glaze" pens by my dear little K and the rest is just a bit of ripping, a bit of glueing, a bit of inking edges, a bit of punching and 'hey presto' you're there! I haven't used any buttons or staples though so it may need adding to - after all "more is more".

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Some thing new to try

Oooh I think I'm going to give this a go swedish collage challenge go and check it out - looks like a fun way to use up papers and get blood flowing to a different part of my brain. hehehe. Have until 1st October to join in - so one week eek!

"There are several key points which regularly appear in swedish collage style stamping...

* the shape of the card is SQUARE

* a bold mix of PATTERN PAPERS is used

* CHIPBOARD titles (in any language!), BUTTONS and/or STAPLES are often incorporated into the design

* COLOR COLOR COLOR the more color the better! (this is not your regular vintage style collage frequently done in the states! Ban the brown!)"

My Budding stamp artist...

My Darling Daughter (8) has been joining in this week and has made her own atc using resist (see the sponging over the embossed flowers) she is loving the skeleton leaves and the colour blue at the moment and chose this 7gypsies paper and sticker from the mess that is our craft room. She was so proud that we've decided that it should be blogged - so here it is.

iscc13 atc resist techniques

The challenge this week at Innovative stamp creations was to make 2-4 ATC's with a resist technique. Now I was lucky as I have just done two this week with this technique so here they are...

This was inspired by “Adele” my very cool step-sister-in-law who is now a published writer and who strove to achieve her dream through all the “poo hooing” of the people around her.
Resist method
Ink crackle background in versamark and clear emboss.
Sponge a mixture of dye inks over (I’ve used red pepper caramel and a little stonewashed adirondacks)
Then I ironed (with paper towel) the background to remove the clear emboss
Stamped “fly” and used black emboss powder
Stamped pen nib on scrap card black embossed and added colour with sponge
Stamped “wings” and sentiments in black onto scrap and coloured with spongeing
Then layered it all up.

Resist methodThis next one was done for the "men" theme at inkurable blogspot - go have a look and join in - there is so much inspiration over there.
On gloss cardstock I stamped the torn paper stamp with versamark and then sponged with esspresso and maybe a little caramel (or butterscotch) for some depth. I then stamped the film strip four times down the length of the card with sepia archival ink. Sentiments are in black archival ink – I used second generation stamping to avoid too much ink from pooling on the gloss and causing the stamp to slip if I pressed too hard.
The slide mount was found at the bottom of the sticker drawer and sanded back, a little plastic peeled back a little, inked with ginger and then some "fire adobe” emboss powder sprinkled over two corners and melted then scratched a little of it off and inked again (it used to be very black and white)
The bottom peice was a chipboard sticker which was sanded back – it had a much easier surface this one. I inked with browns and blacks until I liked it. I stamped the "family" with black but it just soaked in so I put some brilliance white overtop and tried again. The ribbons are a strip of white card, inked black and brown then corners cut and taped on. I like how they look like old dark leather.
Resist method
This last one was done with a cuttle bug and wax. I think that I scraped candle wax into the cuttlebug first then gave it a bit of a blast with the heat tool, squished it. Sponged and spread esspresso and caramel ink (with plastic) over the top and then stamped with archival ink. Now I don't think it's finished but my dh does, so I'll add to it when just the right thing pops up. I think it needs a long tall key or key hole to go with the opening of creative doors and beginning of artistic journeys... (Edit - I have made the keys from chip board diecuts from my local and I like it - I'll add a photo this evening - let me know what you think...)

Edit - well my dh also prefers it with the keys now that he doesn't have to imagine it. I like the middle picture with the keys on the left so you can see more of the resisting

All stamps used on these ATC's were from Innovative Stamp Creations : About me, ATC elements and art4framesII. go and check them out here

ISCC12 - scketch challenge

Here it is for Melissa because I did give a tease earlier today...
This is for the blog challenge at innovative stamp creations (See my previous post for a pic of that gorgeous rubber)

I will take some more pics in the daylight tomorrow so that you can see the butterflyies standing out (the scanner is a bit squashy) and the colour's a little better - the scanner really shows the white in behind the colours.

Stamps used:
Innovative stamp creations - about me and art4framesII

inks used:
memento dandelion and tangelo; adirondack red pepper and stonewashed; versafine onyx black

techniques used:
I cut the strips from white cardstock and ripped the ends, then attached them to the card. I started with the red dandelion head then orange then yellow and sponged a little colour into the gaps. Then I wiped the black card clean (it is a little shiny). Next I stamped the butterflies randomlyish to be flying from the bottom left to the top right. (wipe clean black again). The sentiment was a solid background stamp with black embossed "thankful" matted onto black which matched the card.
Instead of brads/eyelets I stamped butterflies with black on manilla card and colourd dtp with stonewashed; they are attached with a little folded peice of card to make them float on an angle above the card.

This was the third draft of this card - I learned that if you stamp the paper up and then cut and split it your brain doesn't like the gaps if you've cut a butterfly down the middle and spread the gap and that if you stamp and then rip the bottom and try to adhere to the card it looks funny with gaps on the top and bottom or patterns on an angle (looked like a bad wallpaper job). But this one I liked!

here's that new rubber...

Does it get any better than this? Not much I don't think!

Another Wooo Hooo

I am so excited - I won a prize of five stickywords sheets on the inkurable stampers blogspot challenge for August which was to make a card using flowers - I entered the card that I had made for a sick relative - (who is a bit better now). I sugest that you look in - there are many many inspiring cards , atc's and even scrapped layouts made by some of the talented people out in stamping land.

Why not make an entry - this months theme is men.

Here's the details from the blog...
Participating is easy! Simply create a project of any type - e.g card, ATC, scrapbook page, OTP item, altered art etc - based on the theme for that month. Your project must use at least one stamp to be eligible, and must have been made in the same month that the challenge is run.
Upload your creation to your blog with a link to Inkurable Stampers, and leave a comment here with a direct link to your post, and then Email me a photo / scan of your entry by midnight on the last day of the month to be eligible for the prize. Don't have a blog? No worries! Just email me your pic!
Images must be no larger than 160kbs, and only one entry per person per month will be accepted.
Prizes will be allocated by random draw, from my 6 favourite entries this month."

Woo Hoooooooo

The postie has been and gone while I was out and left me the most wonderful present, well it was 1/3 present from Betsy at Innovative stamp Creations for participating in one of the challenges on their blog and 2/3 present from me - cause I'm like that! No part of it actually came from the postie - but I do love the work they do here!

Anyway, you should check out the blog - it's not about being the "best" it's all about doing your own best and finding what it is that you can do - The design teams work is really, truely, inspirational too, but I also like to follow the links and see what people just like me are doing and seeing how fabulous stampers are (they really are the best kinds of people)

I'm going to add some photos of my new rubber soon (before I spend hours cutting and mounting it - which by the way I do by following the method I found here on "Lisa Vollraths - GoMakeSomething" site. Got my Vinyl from "spotlight" - it was the plastic table cloth stuff - I've seen it at "plastic box" too - works brilliantly.

Where is that postie?

I can see my letterbox from here and it's empty - I'm waiting for an order from isc (admittedly it's only been seven days since my order confirmation (but that's how long the last order took to get here and I see no reason why this one shouldn't be as super fast!)) Pleeeeease universe - come and play my game!

Oh well maybe tomorrow - I've been playing with the dragonfly stamp a little so if it turns into anything I'll let you all know. hehehe by all I mean me------------don't mind me this is just the crazy rambling part I knew would make it's way to the outside world.

1.30pm - ok have mail but no rubber - yaaaah tomorrow could be the day!
Fri - maybe Saturday
Sat -

Latest card creations

This is the card I made for my brothers 20th It was pretty simple with some card distressed with antique linen ink and a green gold twinkling H2O and some peelcraft stickers coloured with brown sharpie for a bit of textural variety on a readymade background paper with a few clocks stamped on for good luck - (well actually cause I liked it).

This is the first stage of a 2 year old birthday card - I know that it's not completely appropriate for a two year old but she won't be very interested in the card and I needed to play with the new rubber after I had so carefully cut and indexed the sheet.

The stamps are from the elegant artsy swirls sheet coloured with twinkling H2O's - also a relatively new aquisition (after hearing about them for so long) and the background diamond pattern was stamped with versamark and covered with pink pearlex - I've since seen a beautiful use of this stamp here if you're interested in seeing it.

This is the card finished with Rubbadubbadoo greeting and a shrinky necklace to fill the gap - made pretty much as we were walking out the door to the party.

And this bright beauty was for a five year old (obviously) the boat and bee squares are doors which open upwards to reveal a happy birthday message, soe of the squares are recessed and some ome to the front - it's the grid from the art 4 frames sheet and anything I could find that I thought might interest a five year old. If I do a similar style card again I will put little shaker windows too.
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Here are my ATC, Moo and Inchie

  • Caramel and raisin alcohol ink
  • ginger adirondack
  • dandelion momento
  • sunshine whispers

  • ISC art for frames butterfly and solid

  • alcohol onk background
  • direct to paper butterflies and edges of atc

I used the art for frames sheet again and used only the butterfly and the solid square.
Alcohol ink background of caramel and a tinge of raisin and swiped the edges with momento dandelion

I used the dandelion on the solid square and centre butterfly on the moo, on the outside of the square on the other two.
I used whispers ink - sunshine inside the square on the atc and inchie and to colour the butterflies on ATC direct to paper.
The ATC has been mounted on a brown bazzill caardstock.

I wanted to make something light and simple - it's hard to see in the picture but I have the words fly down the bottom and soar up the top on each piece - I've been thinking about achievements, efforts and growth lately and wanted to reflect that in this piece too. I wanted them to have a little bit of a message, a point to being.
I learned a valuable lesson making these - if you let your 8 year old use your stamps on their own - check that they've been cleaned properly before you use them!
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Feel better soon

  • Here is a card I made using my favourite stampington stamps with a shaving brush background inspired by the art of my DD(8) I love the way it turned out - it was even better in real life - now it has gone to it's recipient in the hope of making her feel much better very soon!

  • I also used resist embossing from the Tim Holtz blog (it's nice to be reminded of those techniques we used to use) which I think made a nice balance.
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ISCC10 mini book challenge

I have made a cover for a sketch book using ISC stamps from the Elegant artsy swirls sheet
I used the diamond stamp too but it is too pale to see on the scan.

Here's the bones of my wee mini-book which was my origonal creation for the challenge this week at innovative stamp creations.

I've used the art 4 frames sheet for the actual page size. I'll be using some of the little inch size stamps to decorate some pages with my own writing on other pages.

It's going to be a love messages book for my dear daughter - so that if she ever thinks I don't love her she can look in the book an it will have some of the wonderful things I know about her. It's nice and small so she can stash it somewhere secret if she wishes! She's got a prototype which is decorated with four pages but I can't find it in her room to photograph - maybe tonight?!

This one is going to be in a blue theme as that is currently her favourite colour.

the grids stamped on blue cut and then decorated ready to go into the booklet.

and added a bit of decorating to the mini book - still needs a bit more though

OK the proto type has been bought out of its special hiding place so that I can make some repairs to the spine and have its pic taken

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