Wednesday, 29 July 2009


My final THE STAMPING QUEEN'S 'For the Boys' sample is a tag. I've taken a large chipboard arch (Collections) and formed the piece around this. The arch was put through a Cuttlebug using the Traffic Jam embossing folder and colour was added with Brilliance ink. The chipboard branch (Collections) was also coloured with Brilliance ink and then brass coloured eyelets added at the base of each leaf.

Both stamp images are by Queen's Dresser Drawers. I've cut the clock from 'Pensive Philip' and the men are from 'Checkered Pasts'.

Don't you love that rusty old key! You might find some here.

I tainted German scrap vines with ink to help it blend with the aged appearance of the piece. And there's a Collections word to finish it off!

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Picnic Anyone?

I think most boys (both young and old) like to go on picnics, especially if there's a great place to explore. Spitting watermelon pips is good fun too! Here's my next 'For The Boys' piece for THE STAMPING QUEEN.

'Company Man' by Queen's Dresser Drawers has been stamped twice on Basic Grey papers. The 'man' and 'Company Picnic' sections were cut from lighter coloured paper and affixed to the green stamped paper. A small section of Old Papers (Collections) National Fair programme has been inked and added to the left hand side of work.

The 'Company Man' has been collaged with Collections word and vintage butterfly, along with fabric scrap and buttons.

A German scrap flower has been 'tarnished' with Brilliance Lightning Black ink and layered with button, paper leaf and fabric strip.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

The Reward

Well I'm having fun with THE STAMPING QUEEN'S latest theme 'For The Boys' and here's another card using a Gentlemen's Photobooth image by Dark Room Door.

Lots of great TSQ products have been used on this piece. Behind this handsome fella is a stamped black frame - a section of 'Seventy-Two' (Paperbag Studios) on Collections 'Vintage Paper'. German scrap stars, a small section of measuring tape, 'Tag 105' circle (Paperbag Studios), black felt flower (Collections) and square brad were used to frame the focal image. Most of the background papers are from Collections 'Vintage Wallpaper' and 'Tag 105' and 'Figure 184' have been stamped using rustic coloured inks to add more depth and grunginess to the background. The quote 'The Reward' is by Paperbag Studios.

Thursday, 16 July 2009


My Design Team pack from THE STAMPING QUEEN arrived today and I've set straight to work on the theme 'For The Boys'.!

The photo image is from Dark Room Door's Photo Booth Gentlemen - loads of great male images (some pretty good looking blokes too, I might add!)

I've layered some branches and leaves rub ons by Kaiser behind the photo, along with Basic Grey and Collections papers.

The 'Military Truck' (Art Declassified) was stamped in sepia - it came in the cutest little cd holder and already mounted on a static cling foam, so it's really convenient to use. '995' (PBS) has been stamped around the edges of the card using black ink helping to grunge it up a bit.

TSQ Products: Military Truck (Art Declassified), 995 (Paperbag Studios), Elegance rub ons (Kaiser), Photo Booth Gentlemen (Dark Room Door), Old Papers and Word Melange (Collections), brass photo hanger and small brad

Theme Thursday's challenge with week is to use 'STRIPES'. Stripes can be a great addition to male.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Dreams of Youth

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Can you tell I'm on holidays? I've been having a lovely time the past few days playing with my stamps and doing a little surfing on the net! I found another challenge blog that caught my eye and thought I'd make a piece for Tag Tuesday this week. The challenge was to create a tag using only stamps and ink - no printed background papers or embellishments allowed! I did wonder how I'd go, knowing how much I love using those types of products. And this week's Wednesday Stamper theme is 'Dreams', so I guess this piece fits the bill for both challenges!

Anyway, I pulled out the very gorgeous Paperbag Studios plate 'Stitched and Tied' and put ink to many of these stamps for the first time! The focal image is 'Grace', the words are from 'Keep True' which are also both PBS stamps.

Keep true to the dreams of your youth... time to reflect and think about what they were.. I remember always wanting to sing - and I do, pretty much on a daily basis with my students and at church. How about you??? Will you share a youthful dream or two with me - one which still plays a role in your life today?

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Night Flight

Over at Think Monday Think ATC the challenge for the week is 'FLY'. Here's my take on the theme and again it's combined with the theme 'WIRE' for an ATC swap group. Can you see the way I've wired some beads together to form the body of the butterfly? I've used a number of lovely stamp images from Stampington's Clearly Impressed collection called Stamp Sampler and they are available from THE STAMPING QUEEN.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Sweet Dreams

I came across another challenge blog this week - Saturdays Workout. Their current theme is 'Circle It'. Here's an ATC I've been working on today - it fits not only SaWo's theme, but also the theme of 'sequins' - again for an ATC swap group I'm involved in... I've had a bit of catching up to do and I'm nearly there! I've made so many ATC's in the past couple of days and it's a great feeling to know that I'm nearly all up-to-date - well with ATC's at least!

As you can see I've been playing with those gorgeous new Paperbag Studios images again. I just love them :)

Friday, 10 July 2009

Home Sweet Home

The theme over at Paperbag Studios, for the July Stampers Challenge, is 'Home Sweet Home'. Go here to find the details and if you enter the challenge you might win a $10 coupon to go towards the purchase of some PBS stamps!


Roben-Marie has posted some gorgeous samples by some of the PBS Creative Team and I found them so inspirational I had to make one for myself!

This piece represents one of my first childhood homes - filled with many warm and wonderful memories. This is where I learned to count and read and write. Where I spent endless hours playing in our sandpit and swinging to my hearts content underneath the weeping willow tree. Here I learned about God and love and warmth and joy and family. Some of my earliest memories bloomed in my soul here - many exist in reference to colour, texture and the joy of creating. I can remember coverting my neighbours Christmas present one year - she received a new packet of textas that must have contained at least 36 different colours (a far cry from the traditional 12 that I probably received)... I especially wanted to take the aqua one home!

All stamped images used are from the PBS plate 'Addison'. I look forward to seeing how others are inspired by this wonderful theme, 'Home Sweet Home'.

MMM - Beads

This week's theme over at Mixed Media Monday is 'Beads' - which is also a theme for one of my ATC swap groups. So once again, I've combined the two challenges together to make an ATC using some beautiful images from the Oxford Impressions Marie Antoinette plate.

It's a little difficult to see, but I have used a silver metallic pen to highlight sections of the flourishes, crown and dress.

It's very wet and overcast here today. A perfect day to stay indoors and create!

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Wednesday Stamper - Colourful

Yay, I've finally found the time to work on a Wednesday Stamper challenge - it's been ages since I've participated. This week's theme is 'Colourful'.

When I saw the theme I immediately thought I'd use a vintage Colour Bingo gameboard as the background. I found the game at an op-shop recently and love the colour tones. A small ATC swap group I belong to is working on the theme 'Game Pieces' this month, so it was great to be able to incorporate both themes together.

The rubber stamp images are all Non Sequitur.

Saturday, 4 July 2009


Here's my final piece for THE STAMPING QUEEN'S June samples (yes I know it's July... oops!). I've used one of my favouite Designs Galore images for this piece.

Behind the arch (Collections) is a section of 'Vintage' transparency and 'Vintage Paper' (both by Collections). The chipboard arch has been put through the Cuttlebug using the textile embossing folder (my absolute favourite folder!) and then coloured with ink. A section of rub-on (Kaiser Craft) has been affixed to the Designs Galore image.

Just below the arch I've added a couple of layers of Shabby Chic Vintage Paper (Collections) - distressing the edges with a scissor blade and a touch of ink. To finish it off, I've added a small section of a rub-on scroll design to the papers and added a small flower. The word (Collections) was gently distressed with sandpaper.

The Stamping Queen supplies: Chipboard arch, Vintage Paper, Shabby Chic Paper, Vintage Transparency and word (all by Collections), Vintage lady image (Designs Galore), Rub-ons (Kaiser)

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Paperbag Studios - NEW STAMPS!!!

I'm really excited to announce the release of some new rubber art stamps over at Paperbag Studios. The designs are really gorgeous and are available either mounted or unmounted.

Here's some samples I've made using the images from the 'Little Feet' rubber stamp sheet.

'Naturally Sweet'

Lots of layering and texture here (fabrics, paper, card, fibres and trims). I've even done a little hand beading! If you look carefully at the little round embellishment you might be able to make out the stamped flower image on it. It was originally a plain white button!

'Seeing Within'

I love this quote! The flower frame has been machine stitched and coloured with different inks.

'Sweet Friend'

Machine stitched leaves for these lovely patchwork flowers and finished of with the sweetest little buttons!

'Log Cabin'

A recent purchase of some lovely new fibres gave inspiration to this piece, along with my love of patchwork.

'Love You'

The old worn velvety brown button was a special find on my trip to Melbourne. Cross stitch and beading add a subtle effect to the stamped image. The lovely red fridge adding warmth and softness.

'Baby Daughter'

I played with gesso and paint to create some of the background.


Here's another piece I've created using the gorgeous 'Alice in Wonderland' stamp images by Tuscan Rose that are part of my The Stamping Queen stash. I've once again used 'Trees on Film' (Paperbag Studios) to create frames - it's such a versatile stamp and looks great in turquoise.

I've cut some of the rub-ons (Kaiser) into smaller sections to fit the piece. There's another bit 'o' bling brad sitting in the middle of a flower sequin. It's barely visible but under the top Alice image 'Chere' script (Paperbag Studios) has been stamped and Brilliance Moonlight White has been swiped on it to tone it down.

Glimmer mist (Garden Fairy) and turquoise ink has been added to the Collections word. There's lots of layering with small scraps of papers and card.