The Pinterest Challenge

So … in the wee hours of the morning a little idea planted itself in my mind … a Pinterest challenge!

The aim of the game is this … you look around Pinterest, or perhaps refer to your own boards for some cardmaking inspiration.  Send me as many pins as you like with the very handy ‘Send’ button (you need to be following me to use this, there’s a link below), or just email me a link.  On Friday I will choose one pin, and use it as inspiration for a video tutorial.  If I choose the pin you sent me, you will receive the finished card from the tutorial as your prize.  If more than one person sends the same pin that is chosen, I will do a random draw for the finished card prize, or send multiple prizes if I make more than one card in the process of making the tutorial.  Currently Australian entries only (due to postage costs overseas).

Warning … if you have never been on Pinterest before, you might want to set a timer to make sure you don’t lose track of time while you peruse all the beautiful pictures.  And perhaps make a cuppa.  I hold no responsibility for time lost on Pinterest LOL.  You have been warned!

Challenge info

CLICK HERE to go directly to my Pinterest boards and click ‘Follow’

No interest in being on Pinterest?  That’s ok too.  You can still look around without an account, and just email me a link to your inspiration photo to be in the game, enquiries@dawnlewis.com.au

If we love this game a lot, then we might just have to play it again!  I can’t wait to see what you’re loving on Pinterest :D  I will close this comp after 3pm on Friday, but am not sure of the exact time because my days can get a little busy, depending what’s on the schedule LOL.

Dawn xx

Sewing Cupboard Overhaul

When we extended our home to add a multipurpose room, hubby agreed that a 5m wall of floor to ceiling cupboards was a great idea.  The theory was that I could have power and lighting over the desk section, work in the cupboard, then close the doors when I was done.  Yeah … it didn’t quite work out that way.  Recently my sewing cupboard had gotten way out of hand.  I pulled everything out of my paper cupboard earlier this year (in preparation for Scrap It TV work … you can see that blog post HERE).  It was time to do the same to the sewing cupboard.

I’d been talking about it for months, thinking about it seriously for weeks, and just mentioned on Friday to my good friend Ms Frankensteins that all I needed was an evening with hubby out of the house and I could get it done.  As luck would have it … the stars aligned and hubby suddenly decided to head out last night.  Thank goodness for Facebook PM’s, because I made quick plans, and picked up Ms Frankensteins on the way home from the train station.  A quick & yummy dinner bubbled in the Thermomix while we surveyed mess, and once the fettucine was consumed & ciders cracked open … we were on the job!

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On the surface you might be thinking it doesn’t look all that bad.  I mean … I have lots of tubs, right?  Yeah … well, I couldn’t really get to them, and with all the stuff on the floor I couldn’t even sit at the desk.  It really was a nightmare.  Shelf by shelf we pulled everything out.  We lined up the tubs on the floor, and started sorting.  Quite a few things are heading to my Hand-made shop in the next week or so (scrap bags & bargains anyone?), 4 bags of rubbish went in the bin, and hard decisions were made.  3 hours later …

26 July 2014 Sewing cupboard after reduced

Ta-daaaaaaaaa!

There is nothing more appealing to me than a clean work area.  Now I have the space and clarity to work on magazine projects that are all due frighteningly soon!

Darkroom Door + Copic Colours = Printables

So … who has been drooling over the gorgeous new Darkroom Door stamps I posted on Tuesday?  I know I’m itching to try a different colour scheme on a few of them, especially Crafty Lady.  As promised, here are the printable copic colour charts to go with each image.  Just save to your computer, and you can print these as a 6×4 photo (or on your home printer, of course).

Leafy Lady copic colour printable

Crafty Lady copic colour printable

Strawberry Lady copic colour printable

Tropical Lady copic colour printable

Cherry Apple Lady copic colour printable

Flower Lady copic colour printable

Looking for the stamps?  You can find them on the Darkroom Door website, or at your local stamping/scrapbooking stockist.

CLICK HERE to be whisked to Darkroom Door.

Looking for Copic markers?  I stock them in my store, and if you want a colour that I don’t have, I can get that for you :)

CLICK HERE to peruse the Categories & discover Copic colour groups.

Darkroom Door – the secret is out

Last week I was doing some top secret colouring … and all I could do was show little sneaky peeks.  BUT … today, I can reveal all!

Darkroom Door has released their new line art stamps.  These stamps were incredibly fun to colour, and there are plenty of ways that you can level up the colouring challenge!  They would also be brilliant for collage techniques, mixed media projects and more!

DDLA002_LineArtStamp_FlowerLady Flower Lady reduced

Flower Lady

DDLA004_LineArtStamp_CherryAppleLady Cherry Apple Lady reduced

Cherry Apple Lady

DDLA006_LineArtStamp_TropicalLady Tropical Lady reduced

Tropical Lady

DDLA005_LineArtStamp_StrawberryLady Strawberry Lady reduced

Strawberry Lady

DDLA003_LineArtStamp_CraftyLady Crafty Lady reduced

Crafty Lady

DDLA001_LineArtStamp_LeafyLady Leafy Lady reduced

Leafy Lady

This gorgeous range was drawn by Lucrecia de Silva, and my favourite to colour was a definately Leafy Lady!  There are links to the stamps in the Darkroom Door store below each set (just click the stamp name to be whisked to retail heaven!).  I will be putting up printables with all the Copic colours I used tomorrow, so tune in for that one!  Big thanks to Rachel Greig for letting me play with her new stamps, and I look forward to trying new colour combos on these beauties soon!

A new school term, a new location

No … I am not moving house (I’m a bit nuts, but not totally crazy!).  I am, however, moving the blog over to my website.  This content will stay here, but new blog posts will be over at DawnLewis.com.au

Now that I’m playing with so many social media platforms, I think it’s time to streamline.  Add to the mix … writing my first book, Secretary for Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies, 2 kids still struggling with high school, planning 2 overseas vacations (sadly, not for myself), and trying to make time for all that day to day stuff … well … I’m a teeny bit busy (and loving it!!!).

You can find the new blog HERE, just click the ‘Blog’ tab up the top.  There will be some old projects there, but new stuff too :D

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Video – Zombie Bookmark

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I have been trying to get this video done and uploaded for daaaaaays!  My poor computer is sick … I think it’s time for it to retire :(  Ah well … at least I won’t have to worry about it coming back to life as a zombie computer *smooth segue, hey?*.  So … as I sat at my desk, with 2 pieces of scrap cardstock in front of me, and my new zombie stamp set groaning to be used … I decided to make it up as I went!

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Ingredients …
Memento Tuxedo Black inkpad
Distress Ink – Fired Brick
Dylusions Ink – Postbox Red
Distress Ink blending tool
Double sided tape
Acrylic block
Sweet Stamp Shop – Zombies
Fine scissors
Copic markers – W0, W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, R20, R21, R22, R24, R30, 0
XPress It Blending Card
Red cardstock 6″ x 2″
White cardstock 5.75″ x 1.75″
Non-stick Craft Sheet

It took me about 25 minutes to make (including fussing about with the camera, so maybe less actual creating time).  You can find the Memento Ink, Copic markers, acrylic blocks and the Zombie stamp set by Sweet Stamp Shop in my online store HERE.

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Crafting for a Cause – Angel Gowns

11 June 2014

Last week, as I surfed around Facebook, a single page kept popping up in my newsfeed.  My friends had been tagging it, sharing it and commenting on it … someone even sent me a PM about it.  It was Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies who have Grown their Angel Wings … yes, it’s a quite a mouthful, that title … but it tells you exactly what they do.

You see … they were looking for seamstresses, knitters and crocheters to create tiny little outfits which will be donated to families who are grieving their angel baby, as well as NICU and SIDS babies.  I may not be much of a knitter, but I am pretty darn handy with a sewing machine and a crochet hook … so I signed up to help.

At the moment it is all consuming.  I am working on a particularly large crochet order, aiming for 100 keepsake pieces by the end of this week (and I’ve already posted 100!).  At this point I’d like to say … thank you Spotlight for your 40% off coupon … the timing couldn’t have been better!  I have also made some teeny tiny micro-premmie bonnet & booties sets.  They are smaller than you think.

This is a task which carries a large swag of emotions.  There is sadness for the families who are enduring such sorrow and loss.  There is satisfaction in every piece completed, knowing it will go to a family in need.  There is pride in seeing a community of crafters come together to help others.  There is despair in knowing how many pieces we need to make.  I have participated in a similar program with the FDAA (Folk & Decorative Artists Association of Australia), with their memory box program.  Sadly, I have seen first hand what it means to these families to receive something hand-made, just for them, during these dark times.  Seven years ago my best friend passed away, and her unborn baby passed the next day … that kind of grief can’t be imagined, it can’t be soothed, and it can’t be hurried.  But I will never forget how touched her husband and MIL were at receiving that handpainted memory box.  It wasn’t the best paint-job in the world, but it was painted with love, and gratefully & humbly received.  A little kindness and thoughtfullness goes a very, very long way.

And so … this is why I am now crocheting like a crazy lady.  I am also glad to have some computer skills that are helpful to Sarah, the amazing lady who coordinates this Australia-wide effort.

On the seamstress side of things, Angel Gowns also gratefully accepts donated wedding dresses.  These are deconstructed by hand, every piece cared for and collected, and they are turned into beautiful gowns & suits for angel baby girls and boys.  Many people donate their wedding or deb dress in memory of their own angel baby.  You can read more about the organisation on their website HERE.

If you are thinking that you’d like to do something to help … that would be amazing!  There is a page on the website where you can contact them about donating a gown, or supplies.  You can follow the Facebook page HERE and keep up with the latest news.  Sometimes there is an auction, with funds raised going toward postage costs and materials needed by the volunteers (like ribbon, thread, etc), and be assured that this not-for-profit organisation does not pay its organiser or volunteers.  We do it because we just want to help.  If you would like to volunteer, send them an email or a Facebook PM.  Don’t sew, knit or crochet?  No problem.  You can spread the word, let people know what this organisation is doing, make a donation of cash, a Spotlight gift card or things like ribbon, thread, crochet cottons.  There are lots of little ways that everyone can make a difference.