Saturday, December 20, 2008

Busy creating

I have been trying to make this a handmade Christmas. Finished the last of the Christmas cards last night. Lots of presents have used paper and .... Can't tell all and no photos to show yet as the presents haven't been delivered to their recipients.
Shall be back after Christmas with some show and tell.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Birthday Recipe - no calories

Over the weekend I was designing a birthday card for a lady soon to be 83.
What to put in the mix? Nothing too sweet. Nothing too fussy.
I finally decided the design would be based on the card class which looked like this.

For the ingredients I chose the new KaiserCraft paper series Spirograph. Mixing papers Spiro and Rosette with ColorMates Light Luscious Lime and Deep Aweaome Aqua this is what came out. The overall look is mint green.

If only I still had my Spirograph set so I could add some custom highlights inside the card.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Shaker Cards

Making a shaker box for a card was the focus of the last Christmas card class of the year at Chandon Craft this week. Though the design threw up some challenges for class participants not a single microbead was spilt in the making of the shaker boxes!
Here is another card to show the use of the construction for a different event in the year to come.

I finished off by decorating the inside to match the shapes and colours I used on the front of the card.

So what Frinkles and microbeads do you have lurking in your stash? Let them see the light!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Little Further Along the Path Less Travelled

Here is a tree cut from balsa wood stained with the green Distress Ink shabby shutters.

The die is Sizzix Original Tree, Christmas #2.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Uncommon materials

The Bigz and Original Sizzix dies are robust dies. The latest die to join my collection is the Flower Layers #3, a medium sized flower shape. The promotional blurb tells us we can cut paper, cardstock, foam, foil, chipboard etc. Have you tried any of the uncommon materials?

Last night I was playing with a sheet of fine balsa wood. It cuts very easily in these dies. The one negative is that it is quite fragile and fractures along the grain. My solution for this is to glue a sheet of copy paper to the back of the balsa wood with a glue stick like Power Pritt.

Leave under a telephone book or heavy dictionary for an hour to reduce the buckle and then cut with the die. No I didn't wait. There was too much experimenting to be done! I went straight on with the cutting.

You can stain the wood before you cut or after. No point in using paint, might as well use chipboard for shapes you paint.

The Tim Holtz Distress Inks allow the grain to show through. Just rub the ink pad along the balsa.
  • Antique Linen (for a woody shade)
  • Milled lavender
  • Tattered rose (pink/peachy shade)
  • Shabby shutters (green)
  • Weathered wood (for grey)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

In your stash

Do you have a sheet of Fancy Pants Designs - Make Merry paper in your stash?
With this double sided paper you can make a bright and easy greeting card. Just add some lime green ink for edges, self adhesive pearls and rhinestones. Lots of rhinestones! Maybe some rubons for a greeting.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Been Told?

Were you told not to play with your food? After taking photos of walnuts with their shell on and shell off for someone to use on Jupiter's Acorn I decided I would play with my leftovers. Creating the old classic, I made a pin cushion or two from the walnut shells.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Card Classes

This week I ran my class: Christmas Card with Spinner at Chandon Crafts. Although designed with a Christmas theme many participants were already planning what other stamps they could use with the card design by the time they left the classroom.
The class gave everyone an opportunity to use the large Sizzix scallop die and the Coluzzle circle cutting system. The stamped images were created in ColorBox Fluid Chalk Warm Red ink. It is a lovely bright Christmas red. The ink will be used in the making of the last Christmas card class of the year on December 2. This card is a shaker element design.