Wednesday, July 29, 2009


This card was a commission card requested to celebrate the happy arrival of a baby girl joining her three brothers. Pink was definitely called for in this case and the string of tags holding the foam letters was used to allude to the constant washing of baby clothes.

Supplies & Tools: Sizzix tags die, Spellbinders oval & scallop oval, Martha Stewart doily border punch

Sunday, July 26, 2009

location, location, location

You either get this photo ...

...or this photo ... with TV aerial

Solid South Australian architecture surrounded by a garden that can withstand the heat of summer. It looked so cool and inviting on the day.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

so what became of the matchboxes?

What became of the ten white matchboxes I bought?

Well I was inspired by the chest of drawers designed by Tejo Remy in 1991. Standing about 1.2 metres high, it is manufactured and marketed by Droog.

When first exhibited in 1993, Remy's design was titled 'An accummulation of drawers without a cabinet'. A lot more of its story can be found at D*Hub.

I understand the chest of drawers is still being made to order. They might also look like this:

They vary as they are suppose to be made from recycled drawers. The drawer cases are loose and can be arranged to suit your own needs.

I thought I would create my homage to the design using my favourite medium - paper. The matchbox version looks like this.

.. and stands 0.12 metres high.

Celebrate our State of Design.

Monday, July 20, 2009

special interest

Focusing on J's interest in Egyptian archaeology I made his birthday card using one of the Dufex Decoupage pages of diecut images. The Egyptian page has pieces to make a Tutankhamun and a Nefertiti themed card with 3D layers. It was fun looking for the right sort of interesting paper to co-ordinate with the design.

I, of course, don't just have the red Japanese stippled paper (the proper name escapes me) but a bronze and steel blue shade in the stash now too.

The card was presented in a cellophane box to keep it fresh (uncrushed).

tools + techniques workshop

On Saturday 1st August I will be running the first of the Saturday tools + techniques workshops. The focus of this first class will be Flower Soft, a lightweight soft foam used to create flowers or texture on scrapbook pages or cards.

Whether you are curious about the product or have already bought some of the colours this is a great chance to learn how to work with the product. You will create a pot of flowers sitting in a crackle paint frame and a collection of flower shaped embellishments to add to your art work later.

Book in store or phone Chandon Craft on 03 5223 2003. Class starts 10.30 am.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

once upon a time ...

... households would collect matchboxes, cereal boxes and toilet roll tubes then send them off to kindergarten and school for the art class and engineering construction. Now you can buy clean tubes, small white plain cereal boxes and blank canvas matchboxes in multiple packs at Riot Art and Craft. When I saw the match boxes I knew I wanted to make something from them.

Avoiding the temptation on that first visit I did go back and get them.

What were they saying to me?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

some other versions of the matchbook card

The matchbook card for last week's card class was made with a masculine theme. Here are two other versions showing how the design looks with some K & Co papers.

Ancestry ...

and Que Sera Sera

Thursday, July 16, 2009

let there be light ...with low energy LEDs

A friend's interest over the last few years in LEDs (light emitting diodes), as a source of light, has lead me down some fun paths.

First came the party balloons lit from inside with a couple of button batteries powering a LED. On his birthday night we tied a cluster of these to N's front door, knocked then hid.

The next was a gift of a tea set with LEDs. This took quite some time in the planning and gathering. The light set came from disembowelled foam 'cheerleader' batons. These inexpensive preassembled circuits came with a battery mount, switch, 3 x LEDs and flashing circuit.

The transparent glass teacups and saucers were a boxed set of six found in an op shop. What a find!

The inner workings. No that's not a tea light, its a battery pack and switch.

All a glow

The pressed glass was textured enough to hide the inner workings fairly well and the design of fruit and leaves showed up when lit. The saucers and cups were glued together and mounted on some black painted plumbing fittings made into a stand.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

a little snip here, a little snip there

Have you ever looked at stamp designs, either rubber or polymer, and decided that you would like something to be a bit different? It is hard (well nearly impossible) to add something into a stamp design but oh, so, easy to remove pieces.

Last week I bought 'A is for Apple' by Snag'em. It is an apple with a cheery face.

Very much on the cute side, I could see value in using it with the new Cosmo papers: Early Bird. Out came the sharp scissors and I did a little 'poly-dectomy. I cut away the face but kept it for 'possible' later use.

An old wood mounted rubber flower stamp with extra fussy lines has had a trim. That was a rubber-dectomy. It will be good for stamping on pattern paper and making layered pieced flowers.

Of recent months a set of Kaiser stamps - Flourish Journals, has had the journaling lines removed too.

I bought two each of the Snag'em Stamps - Summer Flower and Cupcake. With Summer Flower I removed the inner flower on one to enable me to create layered stamped images.

One of the cupcakes no longer has a circlet of spots. I like the idea of the spots for some designs with some rhinestones or pearls added. Still in question is the candle. Snip or not to snip? A large red pearl for a cherry on the top would look just right!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

rich saturated colours

Here is another of the Graphics 45 papers in use on a 18 x 13 cm card. It is a collage design so I cut out different areas of the paper and brought them together in the design. The butterflies are layered and ready to fly. I will take another photo that will show this off more. The red background is distressed Basic Grey Lime Rickey Cherry Cola wiped with DI Spiced Marmalade.

I will be able to make several cards from the rest of the collage pieces including a seashore theme and one of botanical art.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

fashion plate

Some time back I posted about this goes with that using the Graphic 45 paper. Here are some of my creations.

Supplies & Tools: Fiskars border punches Scallop & Effervescent, Ek Success corner rounder

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Philosophy 101

No matter how far you push the envelope,
it will always remain stationery.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

its just not paper

For your copy of the book you could go here. They also have project supplies in kit form here.

Did you know that duct tape comes in other colours now?