Saturday, November 27, 2010

have you wondered

where old rubber stamps go to die?  Mine certainly haven't perished. They are all still with me. I went looking through some of the boxes of wood mounted Christmas theme stamps wondering whether to design this year's cards around some old stamps and new papers.   In the end I chose new punches and old papers.

Getting a little distracted on this journey I rediscovered two of my Hero Arts stamps called Small Square Background Edge (4 cm x 4 cm) and Square Background Edge (5 cm x 5 cm).  I think they were the inspiration for some of the current collection such as Aged Print Frame.

I can see all of them being used with Tim Holtz Distress Powder over some small printed images or other stamp designs.  There are plans to go back into the boxes and get out the solid shadow stamps that go with these shapes.

Friday, November 26, 2010

January 2011 Card Class

This is a shabby chic card however the techniques to be learnt are great for applying to other card themes and pages for both the male and female recipients of your paperarts.

So you have been collecting chipboard pieces?  Dusty Attic's barbed wire? Iron railings?  Locks and keys?  Wind mills?  Tim Holtz's Distress Powder is not your usual embossing powder.  Trying different ink colours and powders is a lot like alchemy and quite addictive.

So here is the January 2010 card class sample Iron Camellias.

The class is on Thursday January 13, 2011 at 6.30pm.
To join the class please contact Chandon Craft by dropping in, emailing or calling 03 5223 2003. 


Wednesday, November 17, 2010


It has grown in height about 25 cm since the end of its winter. Not our 'winter' ending in August but when the tree detected the temperaure had started to rise and the daylight was increasing.  The resin of the polar cap has ben shed and the tree has thrown its new branches wide open to the sun.  I must now watch out for the growth at the end of least season's branches.

On the left a photo from 8 November.  I blinked and now the tree today on 17 November
Last season's branches are the darker green leaves at the bottom of the photo.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


These paper decorations would definitely have my Christmas decorations sorted if I decorated for Christmas.

Photographed in Tokyo you will see this on photographer Zhang Jingna's blog.

Friday, November 5, 2010

layer upon layer

The sample for December's card class is now on display in Chandon Craft.  It is the final Christmas card for this year and the last card class of the year.  The design is about creating a variety of looks from die shapes such as frames, labels and brackets.

The class is on Thursday December 9 at 6.30pm.
To join the class please contact Chandon Craft by dropping in, emailing or calling 03 5223 2003. 

PS. Make a note your diary.  The first card class for 2011 will be Thursday 13 January at 6.30pm.  I will post a photo as soon as the sample is complete.