26 February 2008

Shabby Chic Owl

Phew! My last Collections owl, done and dusted. I'm so happy with this one, I love the shabby chic look and feel of it. For the body I used a combination of paper and card stock and then added lace to the wings for a spot of texture. The eyes are large milk glass gems that I swiped with black and brown inks to highlight the facets. The base card is stamped with a sweet paisley design and finished with ribbon. I hope you've enjoyed my trio of owls!

Stamp - Purple Onion 
Ink - StazOn jet black, StazOn timber brown
Card - Bazzill
Paper - K&Company
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, organza ribbon, lace, faceted milk glass gems
Other - sandpaper

24 February 2008


I love this funky stamp by the Queen's Dresser Drawers! I adore the old world look of the ink bottles and fountain pens. I had so many ideas swirling through my head when I spied this stamp! The image itself is lightly tinted with watercolour pencils and layered on 7gypsies text paper. In keeping with the theme of ink and writing, I dropped a little black ink on the paper and used Collections scrabble tiles to spell 'words'. An old pen nib finishes it off.

23 February 2008


I'm back with another Collections Ozzie Owl! This time I've turned him into a cute little hanging ornament using bits of old chain, jump rings and a funky brass ring. The owl itself is painted using the credit-card technique, and I had a few scary moments applying the paint, LOL. The eyes are painted black and over stamped with Lost Aussie Designs start burst using white StazOn ink. Other bits and pieces include Collections bird text, ribbon, a small cats-eye bead and silver nuts from Bunnings, LOL. Collections products and Lost Aussie Designs stamps are available from The Stamping Queen.

17 February 2008

Wednesday Stamper - Valentine

For this week's Wednesday Stamper valentine challenge I've eschewed traditional red for chocolate, copper, black and a touch of mustard! The sentiment, however, is very appropriate - "the heart's memory". For the background I used a scrap of painted paper and built the card from there using one of my favourite romantic stamps and plenty of odds and ends from my stash.

Stamps - Inkadinkado
Ink - StazOn jet black
Paper - watercolour
Card - Bazzill, Canson
Embellishments - Pebbles Inc. number sticker, buttons, braid, found brass filigree frame
Other - LuminArte twinkling H2Os, watercolour pencils, black staples and stapler

16 February 2008

Angel Pins

These little pins were so much fun to make! I was rumaging through my stash, looking for inspiration, when I spotted two large Collections chipboard keyholes from The Stamping Queen. Bingo! They were the perfect shape and size for miniature art dolls. So, I covered the 'body' of the keyholes with Basic Grey paper and used my new Queen's Dresser Drawers stamp from the TSQ to make the faces (I just used a circle punch here). Next was the *really* fun bit - embellishments! A rusty old key, vintage bread token, bits of lace and ribbon, beeswax and beads from broken old costume jewellery. And because every angel needs a pair of lovely, shiny wings, I used gold and silver satin, frayed around the edges for a distressed look. Fun, fun, fun! LOL.

13 February 2008

You're A Hoot

Woo hoo, I'm back with some fresh new art for February! My DT kit from The Stamping Queen arrived on Tuesday and inside was a Collections Ozzie Owl. I was a little scared at first, Ozzie is not only a LOT of chipboard but he's in parts that needed to be assembled. Well, I needn't have worried because Ozzie was lots of fun! I can see lots of possibilities for this little guy :-) Other TSQ bits include the Purple Onion paisley stamp and Collections chipboard arrow and bird text. Paper by Basic Grey and Design Originals.

Daisy Bunnies

There was a nice surprise waiting in the letter box for me this morning: the latest issue of Stamping & Papercraft magazine. I have a set of bunny cards in this issue, using a very sweet Penny Black stamp. Normally I find cute/kidsy images very hard to work with but these cards came together without too much angst.

Stamp - Penny Black
Ink - StazOn timber borwn, Distress vintage photo
Paper - Basic Grey
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - K&Company shadow box stickers, Prima flowers, rhinestones, acrylic beads, brads, shaped clip, lace, braid, ribbon
Other - coloured pencils