Monday, May 30, 2011

tool + techniques workshop - heat embossing + distress inks

This workshop is a lot about how you can use distress inks and also about resist stamping.

You will be learning three colour application techniques with Tim Holtz distress inks: stamping, watercolour backgrounds and smudging.

All these techniques can be applied to card making and scrapbooking (one just uses more ink).  With the knowledge from the workshop you will be able to apply these techniques to scrapbook page backgrounds and embellishments to create your own individual designs.

Once you have created your workshop samples they can be assembled into three cards with the kit provided.

The workshop will be help Saturday 9 July from 10.30 am - 12.30 pm.  Bookings can be made in store, by emailing or calling 03 5223 2003.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

sunshine + surf

Using the Bird Song card class design with some customisation to suit the paper I created this card.

The card back and decorations all come from the one sheet of printed paper.  The backing is two layers cut from My Minds Eye*Good Day Sunshine*Boy Boardwalk.  The accordion mounts and surf come from MME*GDS*Seaside Strip Paper, the spotted side. 
 The station wagon on the back has brad hubcaps and acetate windows.   For the sand I found a sheet of KaiserCraft*Seaside Collection*Rock Pools was the best option as it has a light two tone print in sandy shades.  The sand was enhanced with the Printblocks speckle stamp and some Ancient Page sandalwood ink. The foam on the top of the waves was created with Distress Stickles Picket Fence (white glitter).

Monday, May 16, 2011

best foot forward

Today I finalised and photographed the June card class sample.  It is a design that has been on the drawing board for some time.  The new Basic Grey collection "sweet threads" helped it pop into focus and here it is.
Put your best foot forward ....
..... and come and join the class.

The class will be held on Thursday 16 June 2011  6.30- 8.30 pm.
Bookings can be made in store, by emailing or calling 5223 2003.

Sunday, May 15, 2011


The bird in a cage card class "Bird Song" is on this Tuesday night.
As I mentioned here I had got an idea for another card from the My Mind's Eye Good Day Sunshine collection.  I have finished an inspiration sample to take along on Tuesday night.  I will post the completed card later this week.

Friday, May 13, 2011

the next big thing ... or one of them

Half my magazine shelf is real and the other half is virtual.  I subscribe to online magazines published by Northridge Publishing like Cricut Magazine.  This form of magazine leaves more room on the shelves for other forms of paper and tools!

Northridge of course have a blog create which I was reading and then got to watching.  One of the significant names in scrapbooking Heidi Swapp was talking about the next big thing in scrapbooking.  For Heidi it is bows or to quote her "bows are the new flowers".  The video shows how to make some quick paper bows.  The lines of the bows were a bit too straight for me so I made my own template and created some bows and tried them out on some cards.  The 3D effect will get a bit squished if the card is mailed in an envelope but I love the look of the bows.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

buttons on the inside

While I am storing buttons in the bobbin, it is also great for looking after this fabric rose trimming.  I have had it hanging from a hook to stop it being crushed with the other braids.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

well might you say ... not another bobbin

The cardboard roll mentioned here has been made into a large bobbin.  I used the same paper series as I used for the small bobbins, 7 gypsies conservatory paper.
 The Cricut was used to cut the 15 cm disks for the bobbin ends and the Cuttlebug along with a Sizzix circle die for the disk that holds the the lid in place. The layers of card and paper were glued together with Tombow Mono Aqua glue.  As I think I have said before the applicator tip is perfect for covering large surfaces with glue and no washing up of brushes after.  Of course I should mention the part the dictionary, encyclopaedia and gardening book played in keeping the cardboard sandwich flat while the glue dried!
 Trying to cut different cardboards using the Cricut was an interesting learning exercise.  There is a standard "Cricut" cardboard (chipboard) with a white surface.  That wasn't appropriate as the two surfaces, cardboard and white paper would have absorbed the glue in different ways and lead to buckling that would have been harder to control. Like paper, cardboard has a grain and the Cricut blade likes cutting with the grain better than cutting across the grain. This was much more noticeable than it is with paper but something I will keeping mind with troublesome cuts.

The bobbin is of course big enough to be a container and is in fact big enough for the little bobbin to fit inside.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

a creative month

April is THE month for family birthdays.  We handed over two cards yesterday.  The first was for a frequent train traveller.  The A5 sized card was shaped like an old fashioned train ticket with sections punched out to validate it. This was a ticket to some birthday fun but not a ticket to ride! The card was also the packaging for the gift with a digitally cut paper zipper in the back.
The creative seed for the second card I am sure goes back to walking across a park the day before the Moscow Circus was due to arrive and take over for the month.  The groundsman was carefully clearing away the fallen branches after some strong winds and mowing the lawns.  He was determined to do the job right and proud of what he was doing. We had a great talk before we both moved on in opposite directions.  I didn't get back to see how they shoehorned the tent into that small park.
The arrival of the Graphic45 papers Le Cirque Collection provided the paper resources for the card.  The stripes of Circus Parade were perfect for the sides of the tent and the small characters on Dazzle and Delight  were just the right scale for the scenery on the inside of the tent.    

Our greeting was written on the back of one of the circus posters from Greatest Show on Earth. These product pictures give the papers dark ochre overtones when in fact they are rich reds in real life.