Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Well goodness, gracious me...scrape me off the floor...'tis a miracle. After many mummy months of missing in action I am returning to the realms of WOYWW? I have always been a very much 'on the go' type of gal, had a career in theatre and I really thought I knew what tired and busy felt like. Then I had a baby... Which has caused me to redefine rather a lot of words in my dictionary of life. Tidy being top of the list... I must say my house is not quite as bad as my desk but I wouldn't put any money on it long term....
After a fabulous long stint of designing for Simon Says Stamp & Show, I have decided to step down from DT land, go down a crafting gear and just be a mum.... AND rekindle the pleasure of doing a bit of inky stuff just for me. I really hope I can find my WOYWW groove again as it is always such a welcoming and fun place to hang out in! Whatever state life and crafting finds you in...

My fingers are still recovering from many years of vintage, grungy crafting so I  decided to visit the opposite spectrum and with a CAS card for an old crafty haunt of mine "Less is More". .
I figured I could soon whip up a card in my ultra-skinny free time but I had forgotten that white space and my desk had parted company many moons ago. The theme is a birthday card for Jen Nelson. Very different to my normal style but I loved it all the same and it was all for fun, so that is a good start to my new 'go with the flow' crafting journey...
And here is the reason for the shift in my universe... a familiar face to many vintage WOYWWers... my Ruby who just turned one last week Loves to clap, hates to nap, on the go, never slow, can't stop talking and started walking! Still a charmer and full time bag of beans until late each night. Yaaaaawn. Gets away with everything with that face.
Well, I am still in shock that I have managed this post so I shall depart in a state of elation and see you all soon...
Happy WOYWWing to all! Sarah.

Monday, June 17, 2013

A Crafting Curtain Call...

Hello there! Well, this weeks post is both a little inky and teary as this will be my LAST design piece for Simon Says Stamp & Show. Sniff, sniff and gulp indeed.
After much thought and quite an emotional struggle, I have decided to take a break from the fabulous but also demanding world of DT life and spend more time with my family. Not any DT though.The amazingly, wonderful, awesome team here at Simon Says Stamp. I have had THE most incredible time and I couldn't have wished for a more rewarding and fantastic creative journey. I am truly honoured and thankful for such an opportunity. I just want to say a HUGE, heartfelt thank you to Heidi, Steph, May (and Linda Elbourne!) and all my wonderful team-mates who have become good friends. I will miss them dearly.
As many of you know, I became a mum to Ruby last year and she will be one this week already! Everyone warned me that my crafty time would be scarce. I was ready for that, but I wasn't quite prepared to completely lose my heart to my little gal! Also, as much as I still adore designing, I have found it increasingly difficult to combine family life and quality time to create on a level with which I am happy. Yes, I am a self-confessed perfectionist. My uber-fab hubby works long hours so I can be a SAHM and we need more time at the weekends to all be together. As I said to my team-mates, my ink-pads will wait, but Ruby's baby days won't. I still plan to create, just in a lower gear, so hopefully it is just farewell, not goodbye.
With that, let me make the most of today and share a bit of Krafty crafting...
This week is all about Kraft - in every shape and form. Be it some yummy cardstock, an office envelope or even a lunch bag, let the brown tones rule! I ended up dabbling with Kraft tags, corrugated cardboard and some Amazon book packaging!

I decided to break open my still uninked set of classic Tim stamps and pondered how to combine the three images in one piece. A pear, a dragonfly and a compass. Hmmmmm. After thinking on a more symbolic level and using wording, I thought they all could represent phases in life. How apt for my own moment in time!

I started by stamping the images onto scraps of Mica sheets in Archival Ink. I heat set them and also let them dry overnight to avoid smudging.

 I didn't worry if the image was incomplete. I like the fragmented look! Then I set to work on creating the tag bases. Good old stitching and stamping!

To create more dimension and to allow the images to stand out, I used torn cardboard to create layers adding gesso for more contrast. They needed a bit more interest and depth so the string was a good trick to achieve that and give support to the Mica.
If you don't have any Mica you can use a roughly cut piece of Acetate sheet and colourize it (on the back so as to protect the stamped image) with a little Alcohol ink. I glued the mica to the tags with Matt Medium. I  carefully applied small dots on the back where the stamped image was so it would not be seen from the front.
These are definitely my favourite and signature tones so I just had to dive into my Idea-ology stash, grunge them up and let myself get carried away in metal fun
Trinket pins, Philosophy tags and Swivel Clasps are all so versatile and great to play with. I have used Alcohol Inks to darken the metal.
The base for the tags is a piece of Tissue Wrap which I have white washed with Gesso and then aged with Distress Ink and splatters... I added a length of old crochet lace for texture and what I call "grounding" for my tags. The lace connects the tags to the base...
Here you can see the words I added to each tag to create the right mood and connection. I used my typewriter which gives me all the wordy freedom I could wish for....
Seasons, grow, fleeting, flight, destiny, journey... plus a few vintage buttons and inky ties for good measure.
The white base is then set on a piece of sturdy cardboard. I think the Amazon book packaging is  fabulous for this kind of thing. It is so sturdy! They breed under my crafty table... as do dirty stamps and ribbon rage bags. I finished the piece with the word 'Voyage" which really tied it all together.
Here is a more angled view to give you an impression of the layers. I really enjoyed creating this piece and felt very inspired... and happy with the finished piece. That was a great way to round off things, don't you think? On a high...
Let's stay on a happy note and allow me to say such an enormous thank you to ALL of you. So much support, so many wonderful visits, loyalty and compliments. You are all so good to me. I appreciative all your time and words. Thank you is not enough. I just hope you have been inspired along the way. I will now love you and leave you with a picture of Ruby, which kind of says it all. She is my joy and I am so blessed to have been given her.
So now it's over to you and time for you to get busy with some Krafty Crafting! Take a look at how the rest of the Design Team played around with the challenge here! All their creations are fabulous as always. Do join in! Simon says Stamp are on the hunt for the top three artists and there is this very generous $50 voucher to be won too.

As I said, farewell, not goodbye. Until the next time. Stay healthy, happy and inspired!
With much love,

Monday, June 10, 2013

Cute as a button...!

Hello Monday! Do not adjust your screens - yes a cute flowery owl!  The new challenge theme over at Simon Says Stamp & Show is all about buttons and for some unknown reason Wendy Vecchi's Blossom Bucket flowers and a sewing bug got partnered up in my craft room.
I had some unbleached calico 'in stock' and decided it would be fun to create my own custom stamped fabric. I grabbed a selection of delightfully girly ink pads and set about stamping my fabric.
I don't usually do much with purple but it was a nice contrast with the blue with a touch of Spiced Marmalade dots! Once all stamped, I drew my own owl pattern onto paper, cut it out and got stitching! Then I spent a while playing around with the eyes, decided how 'owly' to make them! Don't you love the flowery stare?
I thought a little belly was a nice contrast so I stamped a little extra fabric in a different design, added some zig-zagging and ironed it to the front piece using Bond-a Web.
Will I ever create a project and not add a word? It seems not, but this twit-twoo is seemd just perfect! I'm not quite sure if this chubby fellow will fly far... but then again, he feels quite at home perching on my kitchen shelf at the moment!
Girly, cute and lots of inky fun indeed... and why not? That was my tongue in cheek take on this weeks button theme. What will yours be??? Take a look at how the rest of the Design Team played around with the challenge here!
We are on the hunt for our top three artists and there is this very generous $50 voucher to be won too. Do join in and share your buttons and creativity with us.

Right, I must twit-twoo away myself... I've got a very busy baby that needs to vent at playgroup!  Thanks so much  for dropping by. Enjoy your week!