Friday, February 27, 2009

In Reply

One of my blog readers left a question in the comments a few posts ago.
Do I have an Etsy store? So this belated reply is no ...not yet!
The question has been asked a few times by friends and I will be considering it soon.

Dear Anonymous, what was it you were interested in buying, the chipboard disks or the finished decorations? You may choose to email me.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Basic Grey Boxer Tin

For Christmas last year I decorated two tins. Shown here is the one using the paper, rubons, stickers and chipboard from the Basic Grey 'Boxer' collection. The die cut sticker strips were really useful for the edges of the lid and the tin. A few of the chipboard stickers found their way onto the hanging decoration on the handle.

The front view and ... the back view

The stickers centre front and centre back hide the joins in the paper sheets used to decorate the sides of the tin.

The purpose of the tin was to hold an ever increasing collection of pins. Six sheets of heavy cardstock were cut and trimmed to fit inside the tin. These were embellished with images from the Boxer Olio rubon book.

It was enjoyable working with the full suite of coordinating papers and embellishments finding out what works for me and what doesn't.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

March Card Class

The design of this Swirls and Circles Window card covers those needing Easter greetings or birthday wishes. We will be using the Coluzzle nested templates in eggy ovals and circles.

Participants will choose to work with oval cutouts on a rectangular base card or circles on a square base card. With a intricate finished look it has a few secrets for ease of construction. Come join the class on 17 th March 2009.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Raw Materials

Raw chipboard has so much potential.
To finish off a metal box I had decorated with the Basic Grey Boxer collection I chose to use some Bella chipboard alphas. This design enables you to use both the letters and the disk with the negative image of the letters. The set included some unwanted &'s and ?'s, so these became the blank disks.
They started out like this ...

but with layers of paint, papers and rubons they were gradually transformed to this.

Their front view ................ and their back view

The decoration in place on the tin's handle strung on a silver ball chain.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Single sheet of designer paper (DP) No. 2

Last week I got to look through a stack of cardstock out for half price. Many were not worth a second look but there were a few that stood out as having potential especially for the technique of, shall we call it, 'single sheet DP' cards. Taking this now discontinued stock, last year's paper fashion, I wanted to give the image some life and movement.

I cut out parts of the leaf, butterfly and flower then shaped them to helped them stand out from the base card.

The butterfly has some texture added with Tim Holtz Distress Stickles. As the colours of the card are dark smudgy colours this type of Stickles works well. It doesn't have glitz using particles that create light 'interference' but adds a crunchy coarse texture and still reflects the light. I find it is best used in a thick layer and think it would work well for heritage art too.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

A good foundation

The cardstocks, Keaykolour Pure White and China White, which I buy in A4 size are very good for using as the base for cards. At 250 gsm, Keaykolour is a heavy card that scores well and stands straight on a shelf when displayed once given away. With a slight texture it has a rich feel and stamps need to be well inked to create a good image.

China White is actually a lovely cream shade. Some designer papers look right on a white base and some look better set against a cream base, so the two colours both have a purpose in my collection.

I also enjoy building cards up using the coloured cardstocks such as ColorMates that come in 12 inch x 12 inch. This is a much lighter weight so benefits from construction folds and layers of designer papers or stamped images.

Another type of cardstock I love to create with is the double sided heavyweight designer papers, otherwise known as printed papers. I have fun making cards from just a single piece of paper. First trimming it to size, I then cut out the printed details to make co-ordinated embellishments, punched borders and die cuts.

Well maybe I add a few pearls, rhinestones and ribbbons too as with this card from an earlier blog post.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Listening skills

Some people, they say, talk to the trees but I find some paper designs talk to me. And I listen!
A few weeks ago I noticed the Iron Orchid Designs paper 'Angel Kisses'. It has been in the shop awhile but had been moved to another stand and was more visible to me.
The design has interesting scribble roses in maroon, scrolls in teal and leaves in lime green. Many scrapbook papers have significant design elements in the bottom left corner so finding design elements along the right hand edge made it more useful for the card construction I had in mind.

I gathered together sheets of ColorMates Light Awesome Aqua, Dark Awesome Aqua, Deep Racy Raspberry and then some black Doodlebug Designs Paper Frills so I was ready if the creative bug bit late one night. Even online stores don't deliver at that time!!
This is the first card I have made from this paper. There will be more to come I am sure!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Not one but two 'happy' accidents!!

I had in my hand, a sheet of the new My Mind's Eye Bellezo Wild Blossum Paper. It is very new, freshly shipped out here after the CHA show and I knew in my mind's eye what I would do with this sheet of paper.

It was cut then folded and I was onto decorating the inside of the card. Many double sided tapes give you a second chance to lift the embellishment and reposition. Nup! I had chosen the one that sticks fast first time round when I found I had put the paper decoration on the wrong part of the inside of the card. A quick addition of another short length and no-one would know it wasn't planned!!! Shhh!

To add some dimension to the front of the card I partially cut out the leaves and brushed green Tombow marker along the cut edges of the leaves, ever so carefully, a scrap of paper to protect the adjoining card. However in rotating the card I brushed the marker on an unprotected area of the card.

Now my DL sized card once 10.5 cm high and 21 cm long will become 20.5 cm long. Phew!!

Here is a photo of the finished card before the final cut. Then again I do have another sheet of the paper and there is that single flower part way up the righthand border .......

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Whisper Lace's Secret

I was designing the card for my March Card Class. Having settled on using Kaiser's Spirograph papers the search was on for some suitable decorations. To match up with the fine swirls and circles of the paper's pattern I chose to use some Whisper Lace.

Although I have used it flat on these cards, both back and front, there is a secret to this lace.
It comes with its own gathering thread.
This draw thread can be carefully removed if not needed or it can quickly assist with gathering and holding the lace. It looks great under scalloped die cut shapes. The threads of the lace are fine so be careful when manipulating the gathers.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Coming up next Tuesday

Next Tuesday, 10th February, is the February card class Wildflower Watercolour. It is a really fun and relaxing card to make. The technique you will learn is great to transfer to other stamp designs with heavy lines or solid blocks of colour. Think damask images like this one , solid flowers and scrolls. To learn another way of using your stamps for both card making and scrapbooking check out your stamp collection then come and join us.
To book you can phone Chandon Craft on 5223 2003, or email