Sunday, October 31, 2010

yesterday's iris

It didn't seem like it would stop raining yesterday so I stepped out into the garden with an umbrella in one hand and a camera in the other.

This iris was being shy and retiring, its petals furled against the rain.

 I couldn't resist folding back the petals and having a look inside.  Incredible details.  Too wet for the bees!

 I put the petals back hoping it might help the flower withstand the continuing rain, another twelve hours of rain in fact.  Today it is dry, open and quite wind blown.
Edit: additional photo
The windswept look today

Friday, October 29, 2010

a rosette for another occasion

This card was made for a family 60th birthday.  Using the smudgy Cosmo Cricket and Basic Grey papers from a couple of years ago it had the right tones for a male card. The Spellbinder pinking circle dies and EK Success border punch Arrow, provided spiky circles for a male look rather than scallop edges used with a previous cream  rosette card.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

a rosette for every occasion

This card was made for a Deakin University graduation last week.  It has a similar structure to the birthday card I made for a family 60th birthday.  My degree certificate has a seal rosette embossed in it and this provided the inspiration for this card.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

how (bio)degrading

The polar cap on the Wollemi pine is becoming very unsound.  Looking very grungy.  I want to help it on its way but that may damage the very new shoots.  Last year there was a stage where parts of the polar cap resin stuck to the new shoots and deformed them.  If this happens then maybe I will help.

Monday, October 18, 2010


I collect fabric, paper, books, paper crafting tools and Copic pens.  As in I am still adding to the each of these collections.  I have a collection of Prisma coloured pencils and Tombow markers. These I haven't added to for sometime .... years in fact.

Doing a little blog hopping from Heather Moore's personal/professional artist blog skinny laminx to the one she writes for SA Elle Decoration I discovered this pencil collection. I could start collecting pencils all over again.  It would  fill in some of the gaps too. 

They kindly offer a subscription for purchasing the full collection of 500 pencils, 25 pencils for 20 months.  Then they have been so thoughtful to provide several storage/display units to answer the "where do I put them when they arrive" question.

Friday, October 15, 2010

polka dot rosette

Along with the strawberry rosettes made from the 'right' side of the paper I have been making some from the back of the sheet.  The back of Cosmo Cricket - Garden Variety - Strawberry Fields has a multi coloured spot with lots of possibilities.  I have picked up the red and teal colours for highlights.

Printed paper - Cosmo Cricket - Garden Variety - Strawberry Fields
Cardstock - Keaycolour china white
Dies - spellbinder nestabilies scallop
Copic pen 
Martha Stewart - scoring board
Fiskars border punch - threading water
EK Success - button punch

Thursday, October 14, 2010

gold rosettes + punch + spellbinder dies

There aren't too many Alison Ellis papers in my collection but I have taken a liking to the gold on cream and gold on pale pink papers.  The gold really shimmers with all the folds of the rosettes.

Printed paper - Alison Ellis - Eastern Elements Earth swirls
Cardstock - Keaycolour china white
Dies - spellbinder nestabilities circle + scallop
Copic pen E43
Martha Stewart - score board
Martha Stewart - punch around the page - string lace
Craft stickers - gold line + scallop

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

matching Distress ink colours

Just a reminder for the women at card class last night about the Distress ink colours that go with the KaiserCraft 'Tis the Season collection of papers.

Forest moss - green
Fired red brick - red
Vintage photo - brown
Rusty hinge - burnt orange

playing with rosettes

... and it definitely feels like playing.  I have started making paper rosettes to put on cards.

It is a very simple technique but then I started looking around at how I could apply  other papercraft tools to add to the embellishment.

 Rosette + Copic colouring + spellbinder pinking circle x 2 + embossing + Alison Ellis paper + gold edging =

Printed paper - Alison Ellis - Eastern Elements Wind Swirls
Cardstock - Keaycolour china white, gold card
Dies - spellbinder nestabilities pinking circle
Copic pen 
Martha Stewart - scoring board
Craft stickers - gold line

Friday, October 8, 2010

view on Christmas

In November's card class we will be decorating acetate windows with epoxy stickers and coloured KaiserCraft rubons will add the finishing touch inside.

The tools that make the windows possible are EK Success' nesting square punches.   In this class you will learn to make the most of them.  If you have sizes 1 and 1.25 inch you are welcome to bring them along to help you in class.

It will be held Tuesday 9 November at 6.30 pm.  To join the class please contact Chandon Craft by dropping in, emailing or calling 03 5223 2003.

card class on Tuesday night

We are making the Spot on Christmas card for the next card class at Chandon Craft on Tuesday 12 October at 6.30 pm.

Those of you attending, you know who you are, I suggest if you have the EK Success Circle punches diameter 1.25 and 1.5 inch that you bring them along to help you on your way through class.

After you have finished the card there is a little trick to learn for presenting it.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

biodegradable shelter

The polar cap on the wollemi pine has started to discolour and breakdown.  The young shoots are starting to put pressure on it from the inside and perhaps the increasing levels of warmth and sunlight are affecting it too.