Monday, August 31, 2009

tools + techniques workshop #3

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tools + techniques workshop #3 will a Cricut Experience
Not the bat and ball type or the bug type. More the Cricut Expression electronic cutting machine type. The workshop will be held Saturday October 3 here.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

from my desk

Rather than use my new crystal clear acrylic egg holder for eggs I have chosen to use them to store some of the bits on my card making desk.

Well, actually it wasn't bought to hold eggs!

My egg holder was bought here.

Friday, August 21, 2009

tools + techniques workshop #2

The next tool + techniques workshop has been scheduled for Saturday 12 September.
We will be creating Love + Happiness Memory Book using the Bind-It-All tool.

All the printed pages of the book come from the Fancy Pants Sweet Spring collection, including the journaling and quote cards. Look for the Winnie the Pooh quote! I really like this collection as the colours are both bright and smudgy.

Details of the class to be found here soon now .

Thursday, August 20, 2009

desk diary with Bind-It-All

Knowing I am one for 'checking out the shops', early this year a friend asked me if I had seen a diary that was bound at the top with the pages flipping over to the back. It wasn't a design I had come across. The months passed and so did my birthday. One of my gifts was a Bind-It-All machine for binding my own custom sized books.

Last weekend all the pieces fell into place. I bought a normal A5 diary, stripped the cover off and trimmed the pages. Next I applied my book binding skills to create the cover. The diary lies flat for writing in and can then stand up on a desk to show the day's commitments.

I was able to make a birthday gift using my birthday gift and it was a lot of fun to make.

Diary stand detail

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

show and tell ...

For the ladies who attended last night's card class, Spring Wisteria here is a photo of the flowers I mentioned during class.

The 'chrysanthemum' on the right is made from Kaisercraft daisies and the daisy on the left is using a lovely Green Tara flower and some small five petal flowers. The luminous yellow centre is created by colouring white flowers with alcohol ink.

Monday, August 17, 2009

for the cricket fan

Yes, cricket , not Cricut!

This was created for the cricket fan in the family as a birthday 'card'.

The bales, bat and pads were cut from a second sheet of paper, glued to heavy cardstock, cut out then attached to add 3D detail.

The card had ten pages in all. The pages were tied together with some twill tape which is printed with shoe prints. Don't ask me where I got it. The tape was one of those embellishments I knew I would use one day.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

street philosophy

This quote is to be found this week...

on the board outside this pub, the Sir Charles Hotham.

Can't comment on the beer and food but the brickwork is special. Not quite polychrome, the diamond patterns and edge details are created with glazed bricks. Great to see it wasn't painted over.

designed to slip through the cracks

I am waiting for these narrow plants to flower so I can find out what they are.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sunday, August 2, 2009

crunchy glitter

I like the look of the antique crushed glass glitter, i.e. crunchy glitter.

After designing cards for classes and making lots to give away last Christmas I decided the Tim Holtz Distress Stickles (crunchy glitter ) range was missing a plain white glitter. Instead of sitting and muttering about it to my computer I emailed the suggestion/request to Tim Holtz. I got a reply and it said "wait".

Yesterday in the first Tools + Techniques class we were using peeled paint crackle paint and that made me think of checking back on Tim's blog to find out what has been happening in his distressed world.

I have rummaged around and found out, its out. No more wait. Picket fence (white) and rock candy (clear) have been added to the Distress Stickles collection.

picture from here
And there's more ...

The Distress Crackle paint range now includes Clear Rock Candy.

picture from here
The waiting is actually still there as I am now trying to find out who has some supplies of these pots of magic.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

a window with personality

Pakington Street has many small retail shops housed in very old buildings. Although the old facades can be seen above the verandas, the windows have been replaced with large sheets of plate glass.

After noticing an interesting window the other night I was back today to photograph it. Nestled behind the plate glass is an old bright yellow sash window with its flower boxes. Mind you I am pleased I don't these windows on my house any more!!!

Muse(1) shows its dress mannequins to the main street and this quirky interesting window to those passing by a little slower ... or waiting for the lights to change.

Hanging on the line is a tea towel and handkerchiefs by Third Drawer Down., art on a tea towel. There is lots to check out inside too but I'll do that on another visit there.

Muse(1) is to be found at 1/226 Pakington St, Geelong West