Friday, 31 July 2009

Windshield Wiper Card

Good morning ladies,

Here is a windshield wiper card I made yesterday. Cheryll thinks it isn't good enough...there should be a video showing me opening and shutting it with great glee watching the wipers do their thing! I agree with her that it misses something just as a flat photo....but no way am I putting a video of my mug up here!

For those who do not know what a windshield wiper does....when you open and shut the card, the two little wipers (flaps here with the Cheers Chick and Red Wine Glass) work just like wipers on a car. Really cool to see actually.

It isn't QUITE finished....I have to go snaffle a scallop punch from someone to layer under the wording "Aged perfectly".

All colouring was done with Prisma Pencils and Derwent Watercolours with Odourless Mineral Solvent. I also paper pieced the roof with Kaiser Paper scraps.

What do you think?

Monday, 27 July 2009

Nostalgia Camp ATC

Hi everyone,

Whilst you read this, I will be off playing in the snow for the first time. I am sooo excited to finally go to the snowfields...Grace says I am not allowed to whinge about the cold or she is going to slap me...Now, This MAY be sound advice, but I can see a snowball or two as revenge if she comes anywhere near me!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROFL. We have toboggans to lay with too...Have a full couple of thousand on the camera to use up, so I am all set. We are hiring all the cold gear, which we are just about to go and collect.

This is my ATC for camp. I have made 40 of them and need to scrounge another few primitive heart brads to completely have them done and dusted. Love the photoart stamp from Stampsmith. Yummy!

Fingers crossed the auto post works.


Sunday, 26 July 2009

Kaleidascope Card

Good afternoon everyone,

I have had an exciting couple of days here in our chilly nation's capital (Canberra to non Australians), and today will be no different. We are off to the new mini catalogue launch for SU in the next hour, so will have an opportunity to catch up with even more people from around the ridges! (Yes, I KNOW! This can only be exciting to a fellow stamper!).

We toddled off to Queanbeyan this morning to visit Spotlight on a button mission for Grace to finish off her camp ATCs. Spotlight in Canberra has Martha Stewart stuff....very good to know and keep in one's memory bank. (I bought a punch....I have no control, I know!) I find it hilarious that Spotlight is SOOOOO FARRRR away and it is a real mission to get there...It is 20 minutes in the car. I drive that every time I get in a car to go anywhere! Perspective is a funny thing.

Here is another Kaleidascope card made when showing Grace how to do one, yesterday! The papers are by Kaiser and I haven't a foggiest who makes the stamps! I am going to try a prescheduled post for tomorrow in a tick, because we are off to the snow before dawn on an all dayer.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Paper Piecing Cake

Good morning ladies,

Here is a little paper piecing number made this morning with young Granny Grace. Grace had a challenge to do for her secret sister here in Canberra, so I played along too! (Not so secret now, eh?)

The challenge was confectionery with the main colour being brown. Seeing as Grace is just a wee confectionery deprived (stamp wise....not stamp session wise)......we went looking and found a very lonely cake stamp.....So, here tis!!! A delicious chokky cake...sort of! We DID use lots of brown though.

Stamps: Creative Living (Cake)...Yeah I know..WHO are they?? Stampa Rosa wording Cardstock: Bazzill Other: Kaiser Papers, Kindy Glitz,Liquid Pearls, Cuttlebug and Nestabilities, Brown Grosgrain, DSFT, Chalk Pencils and Odourless Mineral Solvent

Monday, 20 July 2009

Cooking Anyone?

Good morning people,

Today, I have my last task for my Secret Sister...for those who are involved with this ....I have not done them in order! This last task was to make a shaped card. Seeing as I seem to be in the kitchen more times than not this last fortnight, I thought I would make a simple little apron! Very symbolic for me! I am feeling somewhat the domestic slave not the domestic goddess right about now. Mind, this is my own doing, as I want everything just so before I fly out on Wednesday!

The paper used is from Kaiser and the stamp is from TAC.


Sunday, 19 July 2009

A Construction Card

Good morning everyone,

Here is a little slider card for you today. It is destined for my Secret Sister in America which I will be posting before I leave on Wednesday. I love these double sliders. I think they are awesomely clever in the building! I sometimes wonder about the people who make these things up!

Anyway, a busy day ahead of me today, so must away! Enjoy!

Materials: Stamps: I Brake For Stamps, Pink Cat Studios, "Surprise" Unknown Inks: StazOn Black Cardstock: Bazzill Other: DSFT, Pop Dots, SU Window Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 1/4 Circle Punch, Prisma Pencils, Odourless Mineral Solvent, Blending Stumps

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Challenge 1 for Ladies INK A 3D Project

Good Morning everyone,

I have not been very active this week stamping wise. It is tax time in these parts and I had two businesses to get ready for that, cook three weeks worth of main meals for my DH, run to town a few times, pack a load of goodies to send ahead of myself and actually get that in the post, a major bad hair day visit to the hairdressers and to top it off, my puppy has been ill. One of THOSE weeks.

Today, I have put aside to doing some of my commitments stamping wise, and like a nit, have decided to work backwards! (Actually working with an idea which came to me last night...and you DO have to go where the mojo takes you, right?)

Here is my Ladies INK inaugural challenge set by Christyne. It had to be a 3D project and mine is a recipe stand. I have taken a few piccies so you get the idea a bit better with it. I am extremely pleased with how it turned out and could easily do a few of these because it was a lot of fun!

Stamps: Wordsworth Alphabet, Alota Bees Cardstock: Chipboard, Kaiser DS Paper, Bazzill Inks: StazOn Black Other: Prisma Pencils, Odourless Mineral Solvent, Blending Stumps, Rings, Recipes Holders, Grosgrain Ribbon, Liquid Appliqué, Crystal Kindy Glitz, Magnet Strips

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

My Trial Wallet

Evening ladies,

Well, I tracked down the magnetic tape so I could finish off my trial wallet here. Now I am confident in the process, I will make another couple. I really like them....probably because they are just that something a little different to the norm.

This wallet features faux stitching...lots of faux stitching (using a glitter gel pen)! I have stamped StampIt Dotty Mesh as the background and Hero Arts A Great Big Hug as the wording on the front of the wallet. Everything was stamped and sponged using Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue.
What do you think?

Monday, 13 July 2009

Pierced Spotlighting

My, oh, my...hard it is to get a good photo late at night!

Here is my meagre offering for today (just made now before bedtime!) An example of pierced spotlighting...not the best...but hey, tis late. The stamp is a Stamps Happen and is guaranteed always to put a smile upon my face. The patterned paper is by Kaiser. And seeing as most of my Nesties are on their way to Canberra, I have been reduced to using the circles...which, I have to say, are usually my least used of the entire collection!

Good night all and to all a good night.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Blog Awards

Hi there,

No card today...I am almost finished a wallet, but have to grab some magnets tomorrow in town, before I can close it up and photograph it.

I was so very fortunate to receive this lovely award from one of my blogging group friends, Michelle Forrest . If you have the time, wander off and have a peek at Michelle's blog. It sure is worth the visit as she is a very talented young lady!

Now here are the rules:
1. By accepting this award you recognize that the giver ‘LIKES YOUR STYLE’.
2. You agree to display this award proudly on your site, and include a post linking back to the giver.
3. And because there are so many blogs out there whose style you like, you will share this award with them… however many that may be.

I would love to recommend a few blogs for inspiration...

1. Jennie...who is an amazing stamper and a constant inspiration to me

2. Ilina...

3. Chris...because she does stuff totally different to me.

4. Joanne...from one of my old blogging groups...she always does lovely stuff.
Of course, ALL the ladies in Ladies, Ink needs to have one of these awards too!!!!

I have not been able to do much blog surfing this last few weeks, to present any really new blogs.

I was also awarded this one from Cathleen...who has the most amazing talent
I don't have 15 blogs to pass this award on to, but I am in a new blog group....all the links are in the left column on my blog. All these ladies very much deserve to have this award.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Using Liquid Appliqué

Afternoon ladies,

I am taking time out from all the chores I have on my plate to post this quick card I made last night.

The patterned paper is from Kaiser, the stamp from Lucy's and the the tech is Using Liquid Appliqué. If you click on the card you can see the texture created from the Liquid Appliqué which I brayered onto plain white cardstock. (Oh, and I am loving the Nestabilities for the sheer ease of getting layers to lay beautifully without forever trimming!)

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Post It Note Holder

Good evening ladies,

I apologise for the quality of the photo, but I am just home from town (way after dark) and have had to take it inside.

This is a little post it note holder. I made the background paper using good old computer paper and Brilliance Inks....Yummy sheen! The chipboard letter "K" has been Opalised and just after the last heating I have impressed the wording stamp in Gold Brilliance. I have also used pretty pink organza ribbon to tie it altogether.


Tuesday, 7 July 2009

A Lady With Attitude

Evening ladies,

Just something really quick for tonight. Life has stepped in the way of my stamping this last week and will continue to be hectic for the next two weeks. I will, however, endeavour to post as frequently as possible.

All stamps are by Hero Arts . The background was the bleeding tissue technique on glossy cardstock. Enjoy!

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Blinky Bill

Morning ladies,

Bright, early and a little chilly here.

Here is an image (Blinky Bill from Stamp It Australia)I found all neatly coloured in with gel pens which I finally mounted to card last night during my "free" time. The distressing tool used on the layers really does suit Blinky Bill, don't you think and gel pens are just wonderful with cork. I have tried lots of other things but gel pens rule!

The little sentiment is from a great set made by TAC. It is great because all the wording is little which is sometimes a bit of a hard job to find.

Friday, 3 July 2009

Watercolour Expressionist Agapanthus

Well, it is nigh on midnight here and I should be blowing zeds!!!!

Here is a card I just made using the watercolour expressionist technique. The tech is so simple and makes for a very effective image. I have used the Stampendous Agapanthus stamp once again with a Kaleidacolour Inkpad.

Ok...Off to bed I go. I hope you like this small offering.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Wood Grain Panel

Afternoon all,

I have had quite a few requests to explain this technique....Dragana....I have not seen the SU wood grain stamp. I wonder if it is even available here in Australia!

You do need to have dye reinkers. I used the following: Adirondack Espresso, Rust, Caramel and Impress 52 Chocolate. I didn't have a grey reinker I could find, so I used Ancient Page Stone Grey inkpad which worked just fine.

This is soooo simple.

1. In one of those paint palette thingies (you know the ones with little wells in them), put a two or three drops of each reinker into separate sections of the palette.

2. Then, using the toothbrush, just smooch the bristles into the darkest colour reinker to pick up the colour.

3. Use a sweeping motion (much like "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" from Walt Disney, swipe over plain white card (nothing fancy...just grain card). You do not want to fill up all the white space! Don't worry if it blobs in places if you are a tad heavy handed...that will just look like a knot in the wood!

4. Repeat with the other colours...ending with the grey inkpad and all I did there was swipe it over the card a few times.

5. Use a sponge and one of the lighter colours or the grey ink....fill in any white spaces left over.

6. Draw in the lines, the nails and the split bits of wood with a black Sharpie.

I first saw this technique accomplished this way in one of the really early Tech Junkies magazines (and I AM talking years and years ago!). If you have them all, as I do, sometimes it is an interesting journey to go back and revisit stuff.

It is wonderful to see a lot of the old techniques now being displayed anew on lots of the blogs and places like Stamp TV as they are so much fun to play with.