Monday, October 31, 2011

Melbourne Cup Day and alcohol

Technique Tuesday on cup day is about the coloured stuff but not the pink champagne/sparkling wine alcohol sort. Although the collection does come with mixers or rather mixatives to add sparkle!

My bag of samples is packed and ready for tomorrow morning's class. Late entries will have to be quick off the mark just call Marisa on 03 5222 1449.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

using up your Christmas paper

Do you have bits and pieces of Christmas design scrapbooking paper left in your stash?  Or perhaps whole sheets that you might just be falling a little out of love with?

I came across this really simple design for tree ornaments here.  The instructions help both with using double sided paper or using combinations of paper in a pattern.  If you have a Cricut you can really get the cutting of the circles done quickly.  Sizzix die or circle cutter?

They could also be used to decorate a gift wrapped in say, gold or brown paper and ribbon.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

a big birthday with big numbers

In about two weeks the St Kilda Botanical Gardens will be celebrating its 150th birthday. On Wednesday evening 16 November its friends are putting on a birthday party for the gardens. 

This garden is a beautiful living gem surrounded by but not over looked by lots of housing. A much needed open space. Although 150 years old the garden is a living changing entity.  Stunning new iron gates have been installed at several of the entrances and the entry fee for the party will go towards funding the replacement of the fence.

As part of the party decorations I was commissioned to create a set of numbers, each standing 75cm high.  The shapes are painted in a shade called geranium. Just tinting and no tweaking was required when the colour was mixed.  There are so many shades of red to choose from and this one turned out just right, not too pink and not too orange.

The final result when the bright flowers were added is a set of very happy looking numbers. Just right for a party!

Friday, October 28, 2011

so many ways to add your creativity to chipboard

This week's Technique Tuesday class started as three ways to decorate chipboard (i.e. cardboard). Ha!  Well there are a few more and in the class earlier this week the tag came together as a arrangement based on Tim Holtz's sewing room die.
Starting with the decoration of the basic tag shape as the foundation, each chipboard shape was modified in a different way.  We had a full classroom and lots of action as the kraft coloured chipboard was transformed.  The finished tag has become a sampler and reminder of the techniques demonstrated.

This topic will be repeated Tuesday 1 November at 6.30 pm. Yes, it is Melbourne Cup Day.  Please ring Marissa at Create on Ormond on (03) 5222 1449 for more details and bookings.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

changing colours to match

This week I had an order for two custom cards.  The shoe shaped card was to be in bright pinks, green and purple.  I chose Recycle from the Basic Grey collection green at heart.  Not an all over bright design it has bright flowers set on a fawn background.  The shoe needed some roses and a large ribbon bow.

The roses were custom coloured with alcohol inks.  The pink with some highlights in Copic airbrushing and the other shade created with Adirondack alcohol ink.  Playing with the behaviour of the ink I was able to get a two tone purple rose. This fit so well with the colours on the paper.  Just start with a plain white rose

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

its not always about T!m

Yes there was some discussion about Tim Holtz's Distress Inks. Then I went on to share information about Versafine, VersaColor, VersaMark, StazOn, HA Shadow ink, Brilliance, Archival Ink and Memento.  Yesterday's Technique Tuesday morning class at Create On Ormond was about the difference between inks.  This topic will be repeated Tuesday 18 October at 6.30 pm for those of you who missed it and would like to be more confident with your stamping.

Drop in to Create on Ormond at 38 Ormond Road, East Geelong to book your place for the evening difference between inks class then check out the up coming topics such as using punches and ways to decorate chipboard. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

over the garden fence

This bottlebrush tree is now taller than the fence and has become part of our view north.  The wattle birds love the blossoms.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

new activities

Coughs, bugs, tests, lots of antibiotics and recovery.

Spring is suppose to be a time for renewal.  It is now spring, not winter, as it was when the disease started.  Well late spring now and time to get moving. The garden as well as the calendar is telling me spring has sprung

One of the "get back into" aspects of life is I am back into teaching about paper crafting.  This week I conducted the first of the brand new Technique Tuesday classes at Create on Ormond.  An hour of instruction and lots of hands on to understand how to use your paper crafting tools and supplies.

The daytime version of this class starts 10.30 am. while the evening sessions will start 6.30 pm.  Sessions will be conducted by Shelley, Rachie and myself.

My first topic this week was Tim Holtz Distress Stains.  This topic will be repeated Tuesday evening 11 October.

Technique Tuesday morning #2, 11 October, will be covering the difference between inks and when to use them. 
Drop in to Create on Ormond at 38 Ormond Road, East Geelong to book your place and check out the up coming topics such as using punches and ways to decorate chipboard.   As you approach look out for the green, pink and orange flags flying from the fence.  Once you see them, you will know you are in the right place.