Monday, June 28, 2010

Burtonesque Dolls Challenge #8

Wow where has the past week gone? I can't believe how little I achieved last week. Hopefully this week will be a more productive one. It's the beginning of school holidays, so we will see.
I really enjoy participating in the challenges over at the Burtonesque Dolls, so I made the time today to get my tag finished for this week's challenge.

This week the challenge was to make a tag inspired by Beetlejuice. I really wanted to incorporate some black & white stripes into my tag, but instead went for a black, white and red colour scheme. The stamp I've used is Gossmere from Tiddly Inks. I made the tag from a bit of black Bazzill that I previously embossed using my spiderweb Cuttlebug. I backed this onto some white Bazzill and then gave it a spray with Pearl Glitter Mist. I've trimmed the base of the tag with some glittery braid. The flowers and the diamantes in the centres have been coloured with my Copics.
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Monday, June 21, 2010

A Freakishly Fun Birthday

Here is my submission for this week's challeng over at The Burtonesque Dolls. The theme this week is " A Creepy Birthday to You" and the challenge was to create a card or project fitting for a Burton Birthday.
The stamp I have used this week is Pinky, another from the Gothic Cute range over at Tiddly Inks. The flowers I made are from a soon to be released cutting file over at Platypus Creek. I cut two flowers at 2" and one at 3". I've distressed them by wetting and crumpling them, before drying with a heat gun. I've sprayed them with Pearl Glimmer Mist. this looks fantastic but is difficult to see in the photo. I've used my Cuttlebug spider web embossing folder and added a little black spider. The greeting "Have a Freakishly Fun Birthday" was printed using A Nightmare Before Christmas font.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Another Free Cutting File

Here is a card I made today using a cutting file I designed for a flower. The flower has been designed so that you can weave the petals to give a dimensional look. The butterflies and the scalloped circle were cut using Spellbinders.
To make the flower you need to cut two sets of petals. Take the two sets and place one on top of the other. Rotate the back petals until one is visible between each of the front petals. Gently bring these petals up between the front petals twisting slightly so they slip into place.
The file is in both svg and scut2, and can be downloaded free by clicking here.
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Birthday Wishes

Here is a card I made today using a technique I learned on Tuesday when I attended a Copic Certification workshop. The technique is called feather blending and I've used the technique to colour the dress. I've also used my Copics to colour the pink flower and all the brads as I didn't have the colours I wanted in my collection. The stamp is from CC Designs.
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Monday, June 14, 2010

Sneak Peek

For the past few months I've been working on designing some cutting files. I thought I would share this birdhoues card that I made yesterday using one of my new files . The file will be released later this week over on my Platypus Creek website. I will be releasing at least seven files this week with more to come soon.
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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Burtonesque Challenge #6-Sweeney Todd

Here is my take on this week's challenge -Sweeney Todd over at The Burtonesque Dolls. My inspiration was the colour of Mrs Lovett's dress from one of the photos. I've incorporated some designer paper that reminded me a little of vintage wallpaper. I couldn't resist placing a meat pie in her hand in place of the skull that is in the design.

The stamp is Drama Queen from the Gothic Cute range over at Tiddly Inks. As the challenge was to use tools such as decorative scissors or distressing tool, I used deckle edge scissors to cut around the image. I've coloured the image with Copics. The flower is cut from Raven Bazzill using Spellbinders Blossom die and then I've wet and crumpled it to give it a distressed look.
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Shoe Set

I've been spending quite alot of time lately creating cutting files to use with my Cricut machine. I thought I would share one of my files with you here.

The file contains a shoe card, a shoe and a layered flower. The files are svg and scut2 and can be downloaded for free by clicking here. If you would like the digi stamps that I've used these can be downloaded for free as well over on my website.
The verse on the shoe was printed onto rub ons paper and then transfered to the card.
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Another Christmas Challenge

Here is the card I made for the monthly challenge over at Christmas Cards All Year 'Round. This is my first time playing in this challenge. You are required to make five cards. They can be all the same or different. The challenge this month was to use at least one bright colour and a favourite embellishment. I chose to use a bright theme for my design and my favourite embellishment is ribbon.

The stamp that I used for the card is from Stamp It. I coloured in the baubles but then decided to glitter them using Baby Pink Art Institute Glitter. I had a few bright pink brads so added them as well. I was quite pleased as everthing I used today came from my scrap pile, even the card bases. I will eventually get that pile down to a manageable level.

This is the set of five cards I made. I will probably make some sort of holder to put them in and use them as a gift set. We will be in Canada spending Christmas with family, so it should make a nice gift for one of my sisters or nieces.

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Christmas in June

Having grown up in Canada, winter images always come to mind when I think of Christmas, so for me there is no better time to start getting serious about making all those planned Christmas crafts than during the Aussie winter.

I made this card for this week's challeng over at Winter Wonderland. The theme this week is Love at Christmas. I came across this Penny Black stamp yesterday in the bottom of a drawer. I've probably had it for a couple of years, but until now it had not been used. I'm not sure where the greeting is from, as it is a clear acrylic set I've had for some time.

The image was stamped with Brilliance and coloured with Copics.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Warm Wishes on a Cold Day

Here is another card I made today. It has been pretty cold all day, so I was inspired to use wintery colours again. The stamp is actually a Christmas image from Sunsihine Designs. I've used one of my Cuttlebug embossing folders to emboss the brown strip. Ive coloured the image with Copics.
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Bright Floral

I decided to have a dig to the bottom of my scrap pile this morning and see what treasures could be found. I came across this brightly coloured piece of striped paper and thought it would be a good colour scheme to use to create my first card for the day.

The paper is from KI Memories, and is most likely an old design. I managed to find a scrap of Bazzill that was a perfect match to use as backing. The stamp is from The Artful Stamper, another image that I haven't used in ages. I masked off the flowers before inking the stamp as I didn't want them showing through the paper flowers. I coloured the basket with my Copics.
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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Winter Fairy

Well it's not too often that I manage two posts in one day, but I finished this card and since there was still enough light to go outside and take a photograph, I decide to share this one with you today.
With winter officially here I wanted to make something with a winter theme. Since most of my wintery stamps have a Christmas theme, I decided to go with a winter colour scheme.
The stamp I used is Capri from the Enchanted Hollow range from Sunshine Designs. I've coloured the image with my Copics and then added a little Ice Stickles to the wings.
Its hard to see, but I've embossed the darker blue strip of cardstock with my snowflake Impressabilties.
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Burtonesque Dolls Challenge 5

Last night I stumbled upon the blog The Burtonesque Dolls. Being a big Tim Burton fan I couldn't resist taking part in the current challenge "Sleepy Hollow."

My card is quite simple. I printed out the background onto some Steel Blue Bazzill cardstock. I printed out a second bat and raised this up over the base image with some scrap dots.
The stamped image is a digi stamp (Gossmere) from the Gothic Cute range over at Tiddly Inks. I just love these stamps. I will definately be buying some more very soon.
I applied some glitter around the edge of some Purple Bazzill and used this behind the image.
The image was coloured with Copics.
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010


I spent some time yesterday sorting through a box of stamps that I removed from their wood blocks some time ago. I came across this stamp from Sunshine Designs so thought I would put it to use. It has probably been a couple of years or more since it was last used.

I've coloured the image using my Copics. I'm not sure if I actually like the colouring, as it is a little bit brighter than I had planned. I really need to experiment more with the pinks to achieve the results I'm looking for. I didn't have any brads that matched the green paper so I used my Copics to colour some white brads and managed to get a colour pretty close.

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