Wednesday, September 29, 2010

selling ice to the Eskimos

This stamp set of snowman and heart has been part of my collection for a long long time.  Just now with craft supplies like Rock Candy, Copic AirGrip, Spica glitter pen, tiny buttons and Dimensional Magic it has seemed so much easier to decorate.

Yes I know Dimensional Magic has been around for ever but when it was used over water based pens the colour moved.  With alcohol based pens under the Dimensional Magic  (or Gloss Accents etc) the colour stays bright and the detail doesn't change.

As our weather gets warmer this card is off on travels to the northern hemisphere where I am told the days are getting cooler.

Friday, September 24, 2010

... the bug has bitten ... Cricut III workshop is on

The sample for the next Tools + Techniques Workshop - Leaf Curl - Another Cricut Journey is now at Chandon Craft. The workshop will be held Saturday 30 October at 10:30 am..
Working only with the Accents Essentials cartridge you will make use of functions such as fit to length,  flip, selecting blade locations and sizing.

The papers used in this workshop come from the Kaiser Lush collection.  You will be making use of the almost plain backs and the patterned fronts.  This gives variety and colour co-ordination.  The elements will be finished off with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and rhinestones.

Please be sure to bring to class your Cricut Expressions machine, medium tacky cutting mat, Accent Essentials cartridge, book and keyboard pad.  Please avoid a brand new mat for this class as this may lead to tears and tears.

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

Thursday, September 23, 2010

tempus fugit .... time flies in any language

Yes, I know a second is a second and it actually translates as "time flees".

I was informed today that it is 13 weeks to Christmas.  Nearly sorted, just one more card class to design!  My own cards, well that is another design at another time.

More importantly time has gone so quickly that it is also nearly time for the Paint These Gardens Competition at the St Kilda Botanical Gardens.  It will be on the weekend, 9 & 10 October.  Lots of information here and here.

The gardens have seen 150 years go past and they (people) are making some changes (with plants there are always changes) to the infrastructure, some new steel gates for a start.  Quite a step away from the chain link gates I am familiar with.  Interesting photos on their blog.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Envelopes to fit

In last week's card class, Slip Sliding to Christmas, the base card was A5 (21 cm x14.8), i.e. an A4 sheet of cardstock folded in half.  This is a standard stationery size from what is called the ISO A series..  I was asked about envelopes to fit. Standard paper sizes are identified by A4, A5, A6 and so on.  The matching envelopes are identified by the label C4, C5 and C6.  Europe and Australia work the same standard paper sizes.  America has a different system.  Be aware that the embossing folders from Cuttlebug labelled as A2 are not from the same A series.

White envelopes to suit these cards are available at Officeworks.  Yesterday at Borders Geelong I came across a half price sale of packets of Paperchase envelopes in pure white and ribbed manilla (light brown paper).  These are peel and seal.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


The leaves of the plum tree are smooth, lush and green.  I think they are past the risk of leaf curl infection. Why?
  1. too cold
  2. too early
  3. too wet

There was a mass of flowers last month but there won't be many plums. Why?
  1. too cold
  2. too early
  3. too wet

Saturday, September 11, 2010

not this week

New York Fashion Week is on or so I have been told.  Not planning on playing along ... not so soon!

Instead I will share a little of what went on behind the scenes to prepare my models.  The braid on the waistline of Pearl's dress was coordinated by colouring the cream ribbon braid with two shades of Copic marker and using a Copic AirGrip.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

October card class

I am on a (paper) roll at the moment.  The design for the October card class is complete.  The time is 6.30 pm, the day is Tuesday and the date is 12 October.  There will be some extra samples to share on class night to help inspire your Christmas card making.

The Spot on Christmas sample will arrive in store on Saturday 11 September for you to check out. 

We will be using the EK Success 1.25 and 1.5 inch circle punches and an old favourite Fiskars scallop border punch.  You know there is always lots to be done on card class night so you might find it easier to bring your own punches to work with.

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

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Nature's glitter

This is nature's KindyGlitz or if you are a follower of TIm Holtz, then Rock Candy.  Out checking the recent rainfall I found the rain gauge covered in dew drops this morning.  In the low morning sun the drops were actually the colour of the rainbow but the camera lens filtered the polarised light.  So in real life with the naked eye it was more like KindyGlitz and on film Rock Candy!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Tools + Techniques

The September Tools + Techniques will be on next Saturday 11 September starting 10.30 am.

With the theme of Running on the Edge we will be manipulating and altering paper edges both for cards and scrapbook pages.  Come along and build on your skills and knowledge.

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

Friday, September 3, 2010

... MSFW Friday ... finale

What ever plans I had for dressing the last model were replaced when I saw the new Prima Marketing paper range Fairy Flora Collection. These papers are quite heavy and very suitable for being the body and decoration of a card.

My choice for the design was the paper Pixie Garden a pattern just right for a skirt.  Yes once again it is pleated, just pencil pleats and lots of them.  With the weight of the paper I couldn't have squeezed any more in around her tiny waist!

So now I present La Primavera in all her cut work finery.

Printed paper Pixie Garden Fairy FLora Collection by Prima Marketing
Hair Colour by Model's Own
Rhinestones by KaiserCraft
Pleating by Martha Stewart Scoreboard

Thursday, September 2, 2010

... MSFW Thursday

This creation is Lily wearing papers from K & Company's Wild Saffron collection.


There are events large and small so if you would like to plan to attend an event on Friday details can be found here.

Printed paper Wild Saffron Collection K & Company
Hair by Copic Sketch
Flowers by EK Success + Carl Punches
Pearls by KaiserCraft with colour by Copic
Pleating by Martha Stewart Scoreboard

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

... MSFW Wednesday


Today I am introducing Pearl

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

Printed paper Classic K McKenna by K & Company
Hair by Copic Sketch
Lace overlay by Cricut
Pearls by Scrapbooking Bitz and KaiserCraft with colour by Copic
Pleating by ScorPal