Monday, March 28, 2011

a very special red spot

The Linden Postcard Show 2011 closed on Saturday.  Yesterday and today were the days for artists to collect unsold artwork from Linden Gallery. 

Once a piece is sold a red spot is placed in the wall next to it.  When I was allowed in to collect my work one piece was missing.  There wasn't a spot or the paper dressed doll.  Since my last visit to the exhibition she had been bought and by the time I arrived today she had been collected by her new owner.
  So 'Out and About in Melbourne" is now  .... out and about in Melbourne, or somewhere. Oh, I do wonder where!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Cricut Learner's Licence

The Cricut class- Cricut Learner's Licence is on next Saturday 2 April.
 If you have been using your Cricut machine and thought it had a mind of its own this is a chance to understand what is happening and master its use.
When it comes to assembling your manual I will also cover some colouring techniques for use on and off the mat.

Cricut Class will be Saturday April 2 at 10.30 am.  Bookings can be made in store, by email to or by phoning 03 5223 2003.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

in and out of the studio

It is card class tonight,  "Ledger of Life".
 and that means I should have the sample ready for next month's class.  

The April card will be ready for display when I arrive at Chandon this evening.  Its title is Flower Boxes and uses the soon to be released KaiserCraft Chanteuse Collection.

With a little smoke (a template) and mirrors the card opens up to present ... pop-up boxes full of rubon flowers and a mirror on the wall.  

Even the instructions are well on the way.  Now that this design is sorted my mind is considering other variations and themes using the same construction principles.  I also want to get back in the studio to work with my Spellbinder dies just for the fun of it.  They are calling to me.

Card Class will be Tuesday April 12 at 6.30 pm.  Bookings can be made in store, by email to or by phoning 03 5223 2003.

Monday, March 14, 2011

growing up

The pot full of flap jack succulents is now very top heavy. 
 Each of the squat plants is flowering on stems about 50 cm long.
The individual flower spikes look like paint brushes. There are between 12 and 20 flowers on the spikes.  Now I have seen the first tentative flower it will be interesting to see if they flower consecutively or all at once.
This spike is photographed in front of the weeping mulberry.  The lush green leaves aren't acknowledging that autumn has arrived.  None have changed colour and dropped.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cricut things

Have you noticed some of the newer Cricut cartridges?  Ornamental Iron and Paper Lace?  You can see the beginnings of these designs on some of the older cartridges like Heritage and Mother's Day 2010. These new designs are more delicate.  It almost looks to me as though the fine laser cut chipboard shapes of fences and gates from Dusty Attic put up a challenge to Cricut designers to make the designs a touch more refined.

Cricut has been on my mind lots lately as I have been developing the next Cricut class. The class sample was delivered to the shop yesterday and it is now confirmed that I will be running the Cricut Learner's Licence on Saturday 2 April.  

More details here.  The workbook will help remind you later of what you and your Cricut can do.

Monday, March 7, 2011

an experiment or a challenge

In the last post I spoke of wanting a blank border to go behind the MS Doily Lace border.  I went ahead and tried some fussy cutting.  I created a length of punched border then used it as template and drew along the edge with a pencil.   The scallops are quite small and my cutting was not up to scratch.

My next attempt was to create a cutting file by working through scanning, Inkscape file conversion to SureCutsALot then finally cutting on the Cricut.  Not happy with that result either as the whole process smoothed out the scallops too much.

It was a good challenge. Something to work on again and refine some other time.