Tuesday, August 31, 2010

... MSFW Tuesday

Today I present Fleur to you


with accessories

There are MSFW events large and small so if you would like to plan to attend on Wednesday,  details can be found here

Printed paper vintage K & Company vellum
Petals by Cuttlebug + Sizzix large oval tag die
Petal tinting by Copic Sketch
Hair tints by Copic Sketch
Rhinestones by KaiserCraft

Monday, August 30, 2010

... MSFW Monday

Today is the start of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

My models have been ready to attend makeup, hair and wardrobe for ... well ages   I have finally put my collection together to coincide with Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2010.

Monday's MSFW events are here
There are events large and small so if you would like to plan to attend an event on Tuesday, details can be found here

Printed paper Scarlet's Letter - Fare Thee Well by Basic Grey
Hair by Copic Sketch
Roses by Green Tara
Jet beads by Scrapbooking Bitz
Lace Doily border punch by EK Success for Martha Stewart

Friday, August 27, 2010

..., + another way to colour the skeleton leaves is to use

The Copic Airbrush system is a very addictive way of colouring papers, flowers and metal embellishments.  Using the airbrush is also a quick way to colour skeleton leaves.  Working with Sketch and original Copic markers it is very quick to change colours and keep creating.  

The leaves, like lightweight flowers and embellishments will need to be pinned or held down so you don't blow them away.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

.. some more of this goes with that

Some of the papers from the new Kaiser collection: Secret Bird Society are now in my stash.  I like the teal green of Mystery and Undercover, the words on the flipside of Disguise (of course) and the flipsides of Conceal, Shh, Classified and Mystery.  Yes, that is just about all of them!

Reading through the matching Workshop Magazine, page 3, I found that skeleton leaves are part of the Kaiser collection. This had me making a quick trip to  ... my stash for the skeleton leaves that are already part of my supplies.

Using Copic markers YR24, E74 and B41 I coloured some of the leaves to co-ordinate with the Secret Bird Society papers.
To colour the leaf put it on a piece of plastic (plastic wrap works) and gently press the brush end of the Copic marker on the leaf veins.  By using the plastic rather than paper, the ink is available to be absorbed from the underside of the leaf.  It also reduces the time and amount of ink needed to colour the leaf. It is fun to watch the veins soaking up the colour.

My leaves have a pale straw colour so this affected the final shade of the leaf when adding ink.  My collection of Copic pens doesn't include the teal shades but the leaf ended up matching well.

So that is how you can make this (your skeleton leaves) go with that (your paper).

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

... this MM braid goes with Secret Bird Society papers

At the time I was buying Secret Bird Society (SBS) papers I found two old Making Memories (MM) braids that go really well with SBS paper.  The velour scallop goes with Mystery and the flipside of Disguise, while the chenille ricrac goes with the flipside of Shhh.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

instructions for a humbug sachet to hold sweet treats and gifts

I used this design for the gift of chocolates I gave to the participants of the last card class of 2009.  Like the September 2010 Card Class design these containers are useful for lots of party or gift giving occasions.
These are based on the shape of the old fashioned aniseed flavoured humbug lolly.  I have a pattern for making it in fabric with a zip as the closure too!

Here are the steps for making the packages.
An economical use of paper is to remove the product code then cut a sheet of 12" x 12" scrapbook paper into 4 squares 6"x 6".  It is best to make a sample from scrap paper so you can work out what size treats fit into the humbug.
 Fold in a tab about 1/2" wide along one edge. Place double sided (DS) tape along the tab close to the fold.

Bring the opposite edge over and align with fold.  Remove backing paper from DS tape.  Press layers together firmly.

 Seal one end with DS tape, staples, brads, hand sewing or sewing machine stitching.  Please note that some tapes don't like being used for this purpose.  Technically it is called being under tension. The tape join pops apart spilling the beans which is why from my own experience I suggest using sewing. *  You may like to put a length of tape along the edge until you get it stitched.  Make sure you are not stitching through the tape.  The sewing machine needle will push glue through into the mechanism of the machine.  Keep this hint in mind when you are decorating scrapbook pages or cards too.

 Fill the humbug with chocolates or gifts.  Press the open end together as shown in the photograph above.  Seal with your choice of stitching, staples etc.

 Decorations and labels can be added to the side of the humbug.

* Inkssentials Wonder Tape might the solution to keeping the humbug sealed after you have filled it

Monday, August 23, 2010

byo pattern

Awhile back I was asked to make a protective cover for a DSLR camera.  Voque and Butterick don't make patterns for camera bags!  I have them for overnight bags, suit bags and door stops.
The camera was there and in use every day.  I am here and don't have on hand a similar DSLR.  I wanted to know what it was like to hold the camera and put it in the bag, how the camera would sit in the bag and what size it was.
To solve this the bag fabricator (me) needed a pattern.  The draftsman (me)  requested the engineering dimensions of aforementioned camera.  Then the draftsman sent the drawing to the patternmaker (me).

This is the 3D pattern made to assist in the creation of the cover.  I created the cover from the base up solving each issue such as size, height, closing and handle as I went.

 Yes, this is the paper pattern for the camera!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

... play well ...

Wikipedia says " The word Lego is derived from the Danish words "leg godt" which in Danish means "play well". 

This birthday card was made for a young Lego engineer.  I don't think the card is as robust or long lasting as the plastic Lego but for the paper engineer it was fun to make.  A lucky find, the paper was bought months ago ready for this July birthday.  It is embossed with the texture of the blocks.

paper: Creative Imaginations #24645 red brick + #24644 yellow brick

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

..slip sliding to Christmas ...

... first Christmas themed card class for 2010.
The September card class uses the soon to be released Kaiser Christmas paper collection 'Tis the Season. This design with the sliding element is useful for many occasions between now and Christmas.

Class will be held 6.30 - 8.30 pm, Thursday 16 September.

To join the class please contact Chandon Craft by dropping in, emailing
or calling 03 5223 2003.

Monday, August 16, 2010

the Bermuda Triangle

At last my craft room has lost its title as the place of lost tools.  It has given up the last two items misplaced this month: the Copic Sketch marker Y38 has reappeared and the satchel of class pencils have once again bobbed up to the surface.

Big sigh of relief.  Now there is a birthday card to be designed.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Say it with flags Version II

In the card class Say it with Flags on Tuesday night we made a card with Basic Grey's Max and Whiskers papers. 
  Based on the same design I created a card for a friend using Kaiser's Up,Up and Away series.   I used to crew for hot air balloon pilots in the Barossa Valley and I still have a soft spot for balloons designs  This paper series reminds meof the older fantastic smudgy Cosmo Cricket designs.

Now I want to restock these papers in my stash!

rubon letters - American Crafts miniMARKS - Fred
papers - KaiserCraft - Up, Up and Away Collection - Moon Ride + Bumpercar both sides

Saturday, August 7, 2010

.... me first

the leaf and flower buds on the plum tree are in a race to Spring.

Friday, August 6, 2010

... if you wondered what

you could be using the Sizzix extended cutting pad for or the adaptor mat B for the Cuttlebug then this is one of the possible answers.

 I have this Sizzix die.  Now I already knew that Sizzix cutting pads don't fit through the jaws of my Cuttlebug.  Just 5 mm too wide.  This long die entered my craft domain before Provocraft had released the long mats for the Cuttlebug. In order to get going I had a set of long mats made for use with my Cuttlebug. Not too big and not too small.

The first cake I made wanted to lift off the base card and then collapsed like a sponge after the oven door had been slammed.  A bit of YouTube watching and Googling brought up some improvements. After releasing the die the designer Karen Burniston posted a four page PDF of ways to improve the loft of the popup cake. 

The two keys to a taller cake are stiffening and the right adhesive tape.  I added some of my own learnings and now my latest creation is this cake ... card.

The candles are part of the die, with the doily and circles made on the Cricut Expression machine!

For those of you attend my card classes, yes, I used the speckle stamp on the front of the card.  Come to think of it the stamp would make good "hundreds and thousands" on the cake icing.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

... paper + writing = perfect for making my own flowers

There is a great paper in the Basic Grey Basics collection, Glossary,  brown writing on a cream background.  It has the feel of a page from an old book without the guilt.

I had a enjoyable journey cutting out some flowers from this paper.

 The next steps were colouring the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Victorian Velvet, reshaping and then finishing off with ... antique rose coloured rhinestones.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

.... the eyes have it

Some time back I bought two boxes of Petaloo brand Palette of Petals.  This is a box of flower petals you can assemble into flowers: daisies, roses and hydrangeas.  From the pink box I made a daisy to which I added artificial flower stamens. This was a pretty flower that looked lovely with a rhinetsone initial on a birthday card.

Continuing in this rhinestone phase and working with the bronze petals I fixed self adhesive rhinestones to a large brad and used the brad to hold the layers of bronze petals together.

There were enough petals to gave me these two flowers.  I think they would make wonderful eyes for an owl picture, a very large owl picture, as the flowers are 7 cm in diameter.