Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Play Date Cafe Challeng # 35 - Sunset

Look at the picture Sarah selected as the inspiration for this weeks challenge at the Play Date Cafe Challenge. So very fun!

I loved the colors together and the streaking on the chairs. It inspired me to pull out my dye inks and a sheet of acetate.  To see if I could achieve the streaks of color.  I made around 6 different background papers but I ended up using this background. 

  1. Start with your lightest color first, for me this was the blue ink pad. Turn the ink pad so you can drag a corner of the ink pad across the acetate. This will leave a nice streak of ink. Repeat a few more times with the same ink and leave room for other colors in between.
  2. Take your next color (mine was orange) and repeat the dragging of the ink being careful to leave space between the stripes. 
  3. Repeat the inking process with the remaining colors (red, brown).
  4. Spritz the ink with water over the entire sheet of acetate to get the ink fluid. 
  5. Lay your paper on and pull off.  You can also flip the acetate and move the ink with your fingers.
  6. Let dry.
  7. Stamp images and sentiment using brown pigment ink.
  8. Stamp butterflies using teal pigment ink and add stickles.
This week I am sharing a few pictures of my crafty space.  My craft space is in our former office area with the family computer.  This means I have many visitors in my craft area including our two dogs (Emma and Harry). 

My craft space is in the midst of some re-work. My DH has promised me some storage which won't get created until winter. (Indoor projects as he calls them) So be prepared for some overflowing containers and a little chaos.

When you come into the room on the left wall there is a book shelf and  next to it a variety  of plastic storage containers.

The bookshelf contains my flowers, sprays, copics,  mists, re-inkers and some of my punches. The plastic containers hold cardstock, embossing powders, stamps, punches, extra inks, scraps from cards that never got completed, more stamps and misc embellishments. 

The area directly across from the doors is my main desk area and a shelving unit. 

My desk is made from a piece of countertop that is awaiting the storage my hubby will make.The plastic containers under the desk contain stamps and 12 x 12 pattern paper/cardstock.  The bins on the right contain ribbons, punches and envelopes.  Where my feet are supposed to go you will see two scrap bins, one for white scraps and the other is all different colors sorted by colors. 

On top of my desk I have an inkpad holder that my DH made and I love it! I probably could use another one. I try to keep the supplies I use all the time on the desktop. I still have plenty of room to work with.  (from this picture you can't see that. :) 

On the right side of the room the embossing/cutting station and the family computer are located.

Hope you enjoyed the tour of my crafty space. 

  Lucy Abrams  is also joining us in the challenge this week as our guest designer! Lucy is fantastic and I was so happy to find out that she was guest designing for us.
The rest of the design team also created some beautiful projects using the inspiration colors. 

Last weeks challenge entries were all wonderful and can't wait to see the entries this week.



  1. Oh wow Suzz!! Totally amazing background, love the tecnnique you showed on streaking the colors across like that! Can't wait to see more pics when your craft space is completed!

  2. That background is so serene, Suzz! Just love it! Gorgeous card and I'm glad you shared the technique...... thank you! So fun to see where all your amazing creativity takes place!

  3. So pretty, love the sunset background you created! Thanks for a peek into your crafty space!

  4. Pretty much looks like my workspace, Sue! The card is unbelievable! I love how you worked with the colors to imitate the paint and rust : )

  5. Love you card Suzz... great technique - can't wait to try it out. your space look perfect!!! So much Space!!!

  6. I didn't see your name with your card over at the PDCC but I knew this was yours - excellent color match and beautiful, beautiful summer card - gorgeous work!
    Have a great day Sue!

  7. Thanks for sharing this fabulous technique Sue. The card is absolutely stunning. I love inky backgrounds.

    Thanks for sharing your lovely creative space with us too. It looks to have such a happy relaxed atmosphere. Just right for creating!

    Lesley Xx

  8. Stunning, stunning card, Suzz! Just love it!

  9. I saw your card on Julie's blog too and it's a great inspirational piece of art for this weeks challenge!!

  10. This is beautiful... I love that background color, thank for sharing how you did it, I have never worked with acetate. Looks like it would be fun.. What a fun room! Isn't fun to have a DH that can make stuff for us...I would love to play in your room, Looks like so much fun stuff to play with....
    Thanks for sharing!


  11. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW! I love your card! I just love all the details that you put into each card--the glitter, the string, the layers....beautiful! I love it:) And I Love love love your craft room---it looks like there is room for me:) I can totally come over and play! I love that roll cart that you have--I wanted to get one, but it wouldn't fit under my I want it even more:) So fun to see a peek inside your room! TFS:) Great stuff as always--LOVE the PDCC:)

  12. Thanks for explaining how you made the background. The colours are just incredible and thanks for letting us take a peek into the place where you create your masterpieces!

  13. Love your super background I must give it a try as your card is stunning. Love to see your craft space you have so much yummy stuff, would love to have a play there!!

  14. This card just blew me away! It is so gorgeous. The background is just breathtaking but all the other elements you added just make it even more spectacular. Thanks for the instructions and for sharing this beautiful piece of art with us.

  15. Gorgeous card, Sue! Love, love the fabulous background you created - just stunning!

    Love your creative space.. I see lots of fun things to create with, too! The inkpad holder is really cool!!

  16. great picture choice by Sarah and I love your interpretation Suzz, - gorgeous. Always like a nosey at other people's craft spaces. Clever DH.

  17. absolutely gorgeous background! thanks for sharing the technique and thanks for the tour to your craft room! i love that ink pad holder!!

  18. I saw your card earlier on Flick and absolutely love it! How fun to see the inspiration behind it - I'm amazed with what you came up with!!

    Love the tour around your craft room too!

  19. Stunning card, I love how the colours have blended, absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the snoop around your lovely crafting space too, you have lots of yummy stash LOL. Have a good evening, Tracy Evans x

  20. I remember those old lawn chairs. Boy did they get hot in the sun! You captured the color combo of them perfectly. Your background is stunning and makes a lovely sunset to your silhouette images.

    It looks like you have some organization system for your craft room. Husbands... it's always something that keeps them from helping us with our projects.

  21. Such a pretty, tranquil card. I love how you've made the colours work so well. Lovely!!! I really like the circle behind the main image too, it looks swell. What a great tutorial with your inky card! I must try that, these inks are all quite new to me. It was fun getting a sneeky peak into where you create! Hope your DH gets that last bit finished for you soon. I'm waiting on a few bits from my other half too!

  22. What a unique card Sue - really beautiful.
    Lovely to see pictures from your craftroom - looks perfect!!!

  23. What a fun place to create! Love all your supplies & goodies :) This card is fabulous Sue! Love the watercolor look & the shimmery dragonflies!

  24. I have got to try that technique!!! Your card is amazing! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE (did I mention LOVE?) it soooo much!

  25. LOVE seeing your craft space. It is nice to see that amazingly creative people don't have to have fancy surroundings. LOVE your card--will have to try that technique.

  26. Beautiful card - the background is fab!


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