Saturday, July 30, 2011

a little bird told me

If I Goggle the question will I get the answer?

Yesterday's appointment in Melbourne gave me a chance to visit L'Uccello in the Nicholas Building. By the way l'uccello means bird.  This is a wonderland.  A one room shop full of vintage haberdashery along with new ribbons, threads, fabric and gifts.

If you go to the shop blog you will see pictures of goodies like this.

My purchases were packed in beautiful printed paper bags.  I got to wondering why paper bags are made with zigzag edges.  A Google search came up with a comment on a Japanese online journal.

"Sho pointed out a random man walking past and that the edge of his paper bag had those zigzag edges, saying they were so that you didn't cut your fingers."

Seems reasonable and that was all the search had to offer.

Friday, July 29, 2011

on the inside

Here are some more photos of the inside of the birthday card from the post here.
Some details are creations from the computer and some are inspired from the printed scrapbook paper such as the wonderful lead pencils standing in their pop out container.  I created some ruled pad pages for our personal greeting that went inside a rather small envelope and a page of lead pencil scribbles.
These alphabet lead pencil epoxy stickers have been a treasured part of my stash for a while and this was the perfect time to use them: the right design element and the right scale for the card.

 The "N' is a popup design.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

with a new twist

Remember the Christmas treat parcels or humbug sachet  I showed here.

I came across some instructions for sachets with all seams sewn and no adhesive.  This idea here has the greeting and some decorations printed onto the cardstock.
 All the written instructions can be found here.

Monday, July 25, 2011

birthday card with a touch of everything

A birthday card for 11 year old member of the family has been presented so now I can do a reveal.  The card is acutally a 3D book highlighting his interests and the focus of his birthday gifts this year.

Yes it was presented with a bulldog clip to hold it open.  I considered the Basic Grey magnets but I wasn't sure they would hold the card open. The card has a tendency to close itself so I opted for the security of the bulldog clip.

On a later post I will show you some of the details.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

rich velvet

There has been a lovely pleated round velvet embellishment on the market for some time.  Having rediscovered  the crimson velvet ribbon I was going to use for velvet embossing I decided to try to make one of them.  Not a flower and nor a rosette I have chosen to call it a rondel .. i.e. something round!

To make a rondel with a flat outer edge the pleating has to give you enough ribbon length to suit the circumference. After pulling out the gathering thread half a dozen times I had my first success.  Before finally stitching up the cut ends I lightly singed them with a gas lighter to stop them fraying.  One soon became three.
 Then looking at my work table with the crimson rondels laying near the new bottle of Stickles silver glitter I knew they would go together .  This Stickles has the old world glass glitter look of antique German Christmas decorations.  A bit like its sister range Distress Stickles rock candy.
I love the look of glass glitter but, yes there is a but.  Ever since I had an incident of cleaning off one of the classroom tables with a sweep of my hand and feeling the sting of a glass cut, my reservations were confirmed. Little invisible shards had fallen on the table during a previous class. My jar of glass glitter is still sealed.

So glass glitter is best for art out of reach from knocks and hands, up on the wall, not handled like cards are. It is after all still glass and these rondels just invite touching.  Stickles keep them safe.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

colour reflections

Since seeing the KaiserCraft paper Sky (reverse), a paper with a grey background and very small cream dots, I have been mulling over these colours for a card design.   
Today an email came in with the Blue Bazaar newsletter.  There are new product ranges in from Margie Romney-Aslett's Authentique Collections. I keep an eye out for her collections as she usually does some great word print designs.  Yes, in amongst them is a grey and yellow range, and one in pink and grey.  Lots of choices in grey prints across the ranges.
A little blog hopping showed up that same yellow and grey colour combination in homewares too .
I like the brightness of the yellow in amongst the greys.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

this week's tools + techniques workshop

On Saturday I will be running the workshop on resist embossing and using Tim Holtz distress inks.  The techniques can be used for a variety of applications.  You can customise scrapbook pages and create very indiviual cards.

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.

Friday, July 1, 2011

fabric to flowers

One of my favourite braids is the strand of fabric roses sewn along a base of netting.  They can be from 15 mm to 40 mm in diameter.  Loved the small cream and white braids but they didn't get to my stash.  I have the Ruby Rocket version in the large cream.
Yesterday I found one of miniature printed flowers on cream at Joy's Warehouse.
Michael also has a wide rose braid in cafe latte that is 6 rows wide with rows in 15 and 20 mm.  I have trimmed it into separate rose strands.
I have worked out the path of the stitching that makes this look and would love to see the fabric go through a sewing machine to see this braid actually being created.