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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Decoupage Project: Gold Leaves Frame

Today's colour theme: BLACK

It's originally off-white. To create the cracked effect, I used Americana's Weather Wood crackle medium and Plaid's Folk Art's Licorice as topcoat. It works just fine.

The scattered leaves (leftover from various projects) are glued with glaze and then outlined with gold paint marker.

Close up

Will try to get a better close up later. Yes, I'm putting away all my pinks. It's about time, I think.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Decoupage Project: Classic Rose Kendi/Washer

Warning! This is an image heavy post.

Full view

It's my first time working on a washer - I admit it was quite a challenge.

The other side

View from above

Initially I want to leave it blank and only shaded it with Baby Pink but it looks too empty. So I added more. In total I used 2 & a half pieces of IHR's Classic Rose.

For the cover, to balance out all the roses on the body, I was inspired and came up with this idea.

Yes, you've seen this before.

I traced the pattern from Tender Moment's border. Then redid it in Burnt Umber.

Keeping with the same pattern but I started to grow bored by this time.

So on this side, it's totally free style but still conform to the pattern. I seriously had more fun with the shading.

The washer is now with the owner.

Overall, I think I did quite a good job for this project but honestly I don't think I'm up for another.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Decoupage Project: Cath Kidston Combo Pink part 2

As promised earlier, this the the heart shaped FM from the same batch.

IMO, I'm not feeeling this one (hence it took me a while to post this). The 2 roses makes it looks a bit crowded and I've had too much pink lately so, yes, it's not a favourite.

Definitely for sale - please enquire for details!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Artist Trading Card: Kitchen Roses # 4

The last card.

# 4 of 4- Flower Stripes

I've always like the rose in this napkin (yes, it's not tissue as the previous 3) design therefore here it is.

I will post the complete set tomorow.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Artist Trading Card: Kitchen Roses # 3

Another one..

# 3 of 4 - Summer Blossom

For these ATCs, the base is black mounting board (from another project) cut to size. It helps that the cutter has a fresh blade as it is quite thick. (Scissor will ruin the edge somehow)

I'll post the last card tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Artist Trading Card: Kitchen Roses # 2

As promised!

# 2 of 4 - Rose Classic

An ATC is only 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches big (or small). So I'm using the smaller cut out from tissues instead of napkin.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Artist Trading Card: Kitchen Roses # 1

I've been wanting to make an ATC ever since I saw a project in Marie Browning's Creative Collage book (if I'm not mistaken). I came across Swap-Bot during a blog-hopping session and decided to join a beginner swap.

For this swap, participant is required to create 3 cards for a partner.

# 1 of 4 - Rosabelle

I made a set of 4( I kept one as a momento), decoupage style, using my favourites designs, of course.

It was a good experience - I'm planning to make a few more soon.

(Very unimaginative title, I know, LOL!!! - really need to work on that..)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Blue Damask's Fabulous February Giveaway 2010

the prize

At the beginning of the year I had this "GRAND IDEA" for this blog's first giveaway.

Well, as it still is a "grand idea" so I guess am sure it'll keep until some other time in the near future (whenever that may be..) But I'll definitely use the title.

So for this round - the first ever House of Blue Damask's Fabulous February Giveaway of 2010, I decided to keep it simple.


take this!

Grab this button - copy the code & paste it somewhere visible on your blog.
Make sure the link is working (it redirects to this blog upon clicking).

Once done, say hello & let me know by leaving a comment* or a short message at the shoutbox. Either way make sure it has your blog's URL - otherwise I won't be able to track you.

* The comment function is now fixed, yayyy! (15/02)

That's all.

No, you DO NOT have to make an entry on your blog about it. Well, it would be nice if you do, but it's not necessary.

Oh, you can be a blog follower if you are not (and want to be updated with whatever I'm up to - craft projects and what not or the result). That is totally optional. (Thank you!).

The Important Stuff:

This giveaway starts from today until the last day of February 2010. Please keep the button throughout the duration.

It is open to anybody (as long as you're human, in Malaysia or elsewhere) with a blog - one entry per blog, ya!

The winner will be decided by Random Number Generator, announced and notified (insya-Allah) by 1st of March 2010.

More Important Stuff:

There will only be ONE WINNER.

As for the prize - you can refer to the photo at the top. It'll be those (yup, all of 'em) and possibly MORE!

So, thank you for participating and good luck!

Edit: I really appreciate your enthusiasm in this giveaway... finally have the time to make my rounds to all your blogs today and updating the participants' list. So far, 11 blogs already qualified (15/02).

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Decoupage Serviette: Pastel Stripe Pink

Pastel Stripe - Pink

I added this Cath Kidston's napkin to my collection weeks ago but neglected to post it. I've already made a few projects with it, this frame and more recently, these FMs.

The blue version is here. Also available for the FM kit.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Decoupage Project: Summer Blossom Coasters

Yes, I'm on a roll this week .. enjoy!!! :-)

You don't have to agree with me but I think it's very nice..

Previously a generic store bought square cork-backed coasters. I spent some amount of time peeling the original cover and smoothing the surface using fine sandpaper.

2 pieces of Summer Blossom (napkin : 33cmX33cm) were sacrificed utilised for these coasters. One yield 3 motifs, the rest goes to the scrap file for future project.

All 6 of 'em

The background is diluted Baby Pink. The dotted border is Metallic Champagne - I'm growing very fond of this acrylic paint. Both are Plaid's Folk Art.

They still need at least 2 coats of varnish.. :-) OK, one last photo, just because..

I still have another set of blank coasters.

Any takers? Do let me know.. any reproduction will be based on these but with slight variation of course.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Decoupage Project: Cath Kidston Combo Pink

A pink version for this FM.


Oblong (OOAK*)

I will update with the heart shaped soon. Open for order or you can DIY by ordering the KIT. Just click on the link or e-mail me for details.

* One Of A Kind.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Decoupage Project: Rose and Lace Heart Bag

This heart shaped (ply)wood bag was meant for the WMC's 4th Exchange last year but I was not inspired. It has been sitting in my WIP box all along until last (productive) weekend.


The background is a very sheer Sheer Blossom. I used bits and parts of Rambling Rose. The lace part (which is not as elaborate as I want it to be - I might redo it later) is Metallic Champagne.

Top view

I lined the inside with pink wrapper cut to size and glued with mod podge.

Side view

Yes, I was being very thorugh this time.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Monday, February 01, 2010

Needlework: Shuttle Tatting part 1

Keeping up with my resolutions, I'm learning something new.

I spent the weekend going through the basic from a book borrowed from the National Library (will update with the book once I have access to the scanner). Learning on your own can be frustrating sometimes but the line drawn patterns and clear instruction make it less daunting.

I do not own a shuttle so I improvised with the no.13 tapestry needle and make do with the DMC's verigated cotton perles I have. Until my next trip to the craft shop supplies that is.. ;-)

Tatted Butterflies
I did the yellow first - it was a bit lopsided so I did another one. The pink/red is much better.

Not too bad for a beginner - but definitely needs more practice, yes?

It's interesting that I managed to keep up my enthusiasm (so far) cos I remember trying to crochet once and failed miserably...

Any local tatters out there? Do say hello at the the box.. (I want to pick your brain)