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Monday, April 30, 2012

tools for technique tuesday

Tuesday 1 May 

Morning session - Distressing and sanding Core-dinations and other papers.  Useful tools to bring if you have them are non-stick craft mat, Tim Holtz colour applicator/foam pad/ Distress inks, sanding block and sandpaper, edge distresser(s),

Evening session - Making and Colouring flowers from oval punch shapes.  Flower will be created with EK Success Oval punches   3/4" x 1 1/2" and 1 1/4" x 2".  You may bring yours if you own them. The other tools are white PVA tacky glue,  ink applicator + foam pad for pink dye ink or deep green dye ink, piercing tool and foam mat (hint - same as brad class and eyelet class).
Bring a damp flannel/washer for wiping the glue off your fingers. 


The advantage of working with your own tools is you are already familiar with them and you have an opportunity to learn more about their use and care.  

For class bookings and payments please call Marisa at Create On Ormond on 03 5222 1449 or email info@createonormond.com.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

using your technique tuesday skills

In an earlier Technique Tuesday session of Die Cutting Sandwiches we used some balsa wood and then last week the topic was How to use Eyelets and Brads.

Did you buy a supply of balsa wood sheet to play with?

Here is a suggestion for combining the two.  Wood is becoming more popular for page and card elements so now with your knowledge from class you can create some custom elements that really match the theme of your art.

 Balsa wood diecut using Spellbinder tag dies with a little Copic staining.
 Or stamping followed with Copic colouring.  Then you can add some rubons but that is the Technique Tuesday topic on 22 May!

Friday, April 27, 2012

playing shop

Now the card has been presented for J's birthday I can show it to you.  For a guitar player I thought the theme for this year's birthday would be a collection of guitars for sale in a shop called No Strings Attached. 

The design incorporates an old shop with a corrugated iron roof, windows with sign writing, modern slat walls to display the product, a poster wall and graffiti on the back fence.  Our greeting was a shop receipt stuck to the inside back wall beside the ads and album covers.







Thursday, April 26, 2012

under the spell

A request for some Mothers Day cards had me dabbling with some Label 20 Spellbinder dies.  Finishing off with the embossing step was the magic.


  Over the 'Happy Mothers Day' greeting on the inside I stamped the large label  from the  co-ordinating set 'Kindness' by JustRite stamps. It reflected the label shapes I used on the front.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

yarn bombing has come to my town

I was absolutely tickled to see some yarn bombing installed on a bus stop pole in East Geelong.  Yarn bombing is decorating public spaces or equipment in public spaces with knitted, crochet or lace panels. When I explained the idea to some friends one suggested the artist could have left the needles and wool for anyone waiting for the bus to add to the installation.  Knowing how irregular the buses can be there could have been an bundle of knitting done! 
When was it stitched onto the pole, in the dark of night, by torch light, perhaps just by feel?

Nearby at a five way intersection another piece of very detailed knitting has been installed too. Rather than abstract lines this one is a garden scene complete with sky, clouds, grass and flowers.


 
 For all the weeks these have endured the weather and wear they still look fresh.

Monday, April 23, 2012

tools for technique tuesday

Tuesday 24 April

Morning session - Making and Colouring flowers from Oval punch shapes.  Flower will be created with EK Success Oval punches   3/4" x 1 1/2" and 1 1/4" x 2".  You may bring yours if you own them. The other tools are white glue (like TomBow mono adhesive), ink applicator + foam pad for pink dye ink or deep green dye ink, piercing tool and foam mat (hint - same as brad class and eyelet class).
Bring a damp flannel/washer for wiping the glue off your fingers.

Evening session - Using brads and eyelets ... and altering brads.  Bring along any hole makers/punches, piercing tool, eyelet setter, eyelet setting mat, Cropadile that you might have


 The advantage of working with your own tools is you are already familiar with them and you have an opportunity to learn more about their use and care.  

For class bookings and payments please call Marisa at Create On Ormond on 03 5222 1449 or email info@createonormond.com.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

it is all in the timing

A local builder has proudly put up his sign to promote his building project.  A clear sign and very visible.
Standing proud on the lot.
The timing issue? The old units on their last legs are still there.  The view around the sign sends rather a mixed message about building quality!. 
 
The enormous rubber tree that probably once started life as an indoor plant in the house has pushed its brick edged garden bed apart. I wonder how soon the demolition will start?


Saturday, April 21, 2012

yet another garden treasure

This is our garden ...
and there in the centre of the photo ... someone else's treasure.  We are a rest stop on the M1 highway for the wandering neighbourhood cats.  Wandering and unregistered neighbourhood cats I might add.

Monday, April 16, 2012

tools for technique tuesday

Tuesday 17 April

Morning session - Using brads and eyelets.  Bring along hole makers/punches, piercing tool, eyelet setter, eyelet setting mat, Cropadile

Evening session - Resist stamping on glossy paper using a brayer.  Bring a non stick craft mat to work on, brayer if you have one and any dye inks.  eg Hero Arts Shadow inks, Memento colours, Ancient Page, Adirondack Dye Ink


The advantage of working with your own tools is you are already familiar with them and you have an opportunity to learn more about their use and care.  

For class bookings and payments please call Marisa at Create On Ormond on 03 5222 1449 or email info@createonormond.com.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

another garden treasure

Captured in the late afternoon sun.  The bloom is about 15 cm in diameter.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

the outcome

 




Last November when I showed the flowers on the blueberry ash I admired the fact that they withstood the constant rain at the time.  Though the flowers stayed on the branches for a long time the insects stayed out of the weather and therefore there was little pollination of the flowers.




There are only about a dozen little fruit to be seen over the whole tree. They are about 7 mm in diameter.
Look carefully!