Monday, January 31, 2011

storage for small items

Sometime ago I came across the Altoid toolbox tutorial on alphamom.  Brenda Ponnay painted several tins in fire engine red, attached handles to the lid of an Altoid tin and wired several together to make a wonderful miniature toolbox .

No Altoid tins in my craft room but looking at the sour drop sweet tins that were starting to accumulate I thought I would make a miniature bento box ... or two.  No painting required as the colours are plain and bright.  I tried gluing the tins together with a solvent glue but once the surface had skinned over it was taking way too much time for the rest of the glue to set. In the end the layers are stuck together with craft silicon which also helped with the fact that the lids are embossed.

What is a bento box?  It is a Japanese lunch box. Some have a single layer with multiple compartments while others have stacked layers with compartments. They keep the different parts of your lunch separate until you are ready to eat them.

 Miniature, yes, at 6.5 cm in diameter and 7.5 cm high.

So with silicon, a 1.5 cm brad, a small bead (to go under the brad), patterned paper, Copic pen with airgrip and Cricut machine the bento boxes are made and ready to be filled.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

February card class you ask?

Who Wants Cake?
This class will be combining the fun of using one of the very fine laser cut chipboard shapes from Dusty Attic and some bright glittery birthday paper from Art Stamps Australia.

I enjoy making cards from this style of glitter paper as the glitter isn't loose as it is encapsulated in a lacquer.  The lacquer makes the paper cleaner, easier to work with and it can be altered.

This class will be held on Tuesday 15 February from 6.30 to 8.30pm.
Bookings can be made in store, by email to or by phoning 5223 2003.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

signed, sealed and delivered

more unpacked. signed in and put on the table.  With some help from a friend, on Sunday I delivered my entries to the Linden Postcard Show 2011.

The items entered are for sale and there are a series of awards to be won:
   Linden Award $5,000
   Palais Theatre Management Artist Support Award $2,000
   Yarra Trams Award $1,000
   St Kilda Art Supplies Award $1,000 worth of art materials
   6 Postcard winners each receive $250 and have their work reproduced as Linden Postcards.   

All will be revealed 1.30 pm on Saturday 5 February at the opening.

So if it has seemed a bit quiet around the blog lately it is because I have spent time completing the pieces and getting the February card class designed.