Sunday, April 13, 2014

for the love of flowers

We have just handed over a birthday card to someone who loves roses.  As she has been tending a hydrangea and successfully ridding it of its powdery mildew I designed this year's card around some molded paper hydrangea flowers. 

They were hand coloured with a Copin pen to co-ordinate with a pink Bazzill linen paper I used for the label shape die cut.  As the Copic has an alcohol solvent base the fine details in the flowers didn't swell and disappear as would happen with a water based pen or paint.

The Spellbinders dies used with the additional embossing step add polish to the die cut shapes.  The gold mat on the greeting is not seen until the card is opened.
The openings in the front of the card and the No 17 labels were die cut with one of the matching oval dies.  The alignment wasn't done but eye!  A few measurements, some maths and pencil lines were needed for the right positioning of the dies.

Monday, March 31, 2014

even more washi

After using washi tape to decorate the paper strips that I made into rosettes I added more to the card bases.  Here are three card designs.
 Washi strip with a punched edge.  Rosette on a mat of Spellbinder pinking circles

Rosette strip has band of washi with scalloped punched edge and Spellbinder Scalloped Circle mats. Open edge of the card has Martha Stewart scallop punch edge and blue scalloped mat.
 Tape down the edge of the inside of the card can be seen when the card is closed.
Washi tape placed on the outside edge of the paper strip before it was scored and folded then assembled into the rosette using the hot glue gun technique.  For the tails, two lengths of the tape were stuck to white card stock then trimmed to shape and given oversized mats
Tape highlights under the greeting and along the outside edge of the card

Sunday, March 30, 2014


An autumn crocus is now flowering.  I thought I had cleaned all the bulbs out of this bed when I transferred them to a new location.  Nup! There aren't as many other plants in this bed, crowding them in so that's alright.

Pumpkins that are suppose to to be picked in autumn just fruiting and nowhere near ready for picking for an autumn harvest festival!  If the May frosts don't eventuate then perhaps the pumpkins will continue to ripen. I plan to leave them in place for now and some I will have to mow around.

Butternut pumpkin seeds germinating.  They do love a compost bin for warmth.  Can I keep growing them on until spring?  I will see.

Now to check out the jalapeno crop.  Are red jalapenos hotter than green?

Friday, March 28, 2014

using washi tape

Here is another idea for creating with washi tape following on from my last blog post.

This one is easy bunting with the flags attached to the string as you make them.

Tear off a length of tape a little longer than twice the final length of a flag.  In my case 9 cm.

Precut the card stock strips to the width of the washi tape you are using. These flags were 3.5 cm long before trimming.

Press the tape to one side of the length of card stock, then over a mounting string and down the back of the card stock.

When it is all firmed into place trim the covered card stock with a point or two.
I created a template to help with evenly cutting the points.  Final length of these flags is 3 cm and of course there is an odd number of them!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

wondering what to do with washi tape

Did you let some of those tempting rolls of sticky colour into your stash.  They are a cross between stationery and a craft supply.

Some uses:
1.  Stick your artwork to photo background sheet.  Peels off easily!

2. Attach it to tissue paper so it behaves more like ribbon  than sticky tape.  The colour of the tissue paper will tint the washi tape especially if some areas of the design are translucent.

3. Attach it to card stock to stiffen it, easy to thread through buckles

4. Attach it to tissue paper to remove the stickiness and then sculpt it and pleat it up. I attached it to a length of double sided tape ready to decorate a card.  Use a tissue paper colour that compliments the design.  I used white for this sample.
5. Co-ordinate the seal on envelope flaps with the embellishments on the card inside

More ideas later.

Monday, March 24, 2014

seed cycle

Last September the Hakea Laurina flowered displaying these blooms.
Now, in March, I have spotted the seed pods attached to the branches.

Curiosity, cats, satisfaction and all that got me wondering what the pods carry.
 One seed, two seeds or more seeds?  Seeds as small as poppy seeds?  I heated a pod over the stove flame.  It cracked open a little and I helped it the rest of the way. Inside were two mat very black seeds. Had the flame licked inside and burnt them?

That question lead to another test where I applied heat but not a naked flame.  The seeds were still inky black.
How many?  Just two seeds.  They lay tightly side by side, the contact faces are flat with the germ molded into a dip in the seed pod. The larger pair of tear drop shaped seeds, from the second pod, are 12 mm and 22 mm long.
Most of their size, though not weight is due to the wing.  Designed to be caught by the wind I suspect.

Friday, February 28, 2014

just hanging on there

Decided to take some quick shots of a bit of local wildlife.  Here is a moth casing hanging by a bare silk thread.  Perhaps it belongs to an emperor gum moth.

It was the two light coloured leaves chosen to 'aid' the camouflage that gave it away.  They are the wrong shade for the tree bark and its own leaves and must have blown by from a garden several houses away.  The casing is attached at only one point on a fine silk thread.  The casing gets caught in the wind blowing around the tree.

Friday, February 21, 2014

found a little glass treasure

Well it's not so little. I spotted it across a crowded op shop amongst some other jars of a similar size.  The jar stands 25 cm tall and 12.5 cm in diameter.
It is a Fowlers Vacola No 65 preserving jar. 

I have preserved a few batches of fruit in Nos 20 and 31. The No. 65 would be great for preserving whole peaches I guess. 

Thought I should add a photo to show the scale of the jar.
That is a 20c coin standing next to No. 20 jar of this year's nectarines.

One site on the web says Fowlers stopped making this size in 1975.  I wonder how long it had been sitting in the back of someone's pantry before the final clean out occurred?