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Thursday, May 31, 2012

technique class news

The evening techniques classes will soon be moving to Thursday evenings fortnightly.  They will alternate with Kristina's card classes.  The first session is scheduled for 21 June at 6.30pm.
The last two evening Technique Tuesday classes will be Templates and Stencils on 5 June and Fussy Cutting without the Fuss on 12 June.
Every week Technique Tuesday at 10.30 am will continue to be held.
Check out the list of topics for each session through the tabs just under the blog banner above.



Tuesday, May 29, 2012

paper gardening

A friend loves and grows water lilies.  For her birthday this year I created a card with this in mind.

I like to think I have a gardening green thumb and after airbrushing the lily pad I also had a papercrafting green thumb!  The flower covers up much of the lily pad so I repeated it on the back.
This is the front before the flower bloomed.

And the back of the card with more lily pad.

Unlike the real lilies this lily sits in a pool of very clear water!  This paper is one of the first printed papers to join my stash quite some years ago. It was a feature of a port hole card I designed, all brass, bolts and watery views.  Hmm, might revisit that one.  It would be a lot easier to make with the circle cutting tools available now.
 

Monday, May 28, 2012

tools for technique tuesday

Tuesday 29 May 

Morning session -Stencils/templates and masks- Non-stick craft mat. Then if you have them, a stencil or two, paints, paint dabbers, sprays, Distress ink and applicator or possibly a stencil paint brush.  Cloth for cleaning you and tools!

Evening session -  Rubons - putting them on and taking them off.  - Bring along rubon application tool and rubon eraser, light/medium shades of Distress ink and applicator, e.g. shabby shutters, Victorian velvet, antique linen and non-stick craft mat.

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, May 27, 2012

etherial butterflies

What came first the chicken or the egg?

Was it the design of two commission cards or the classes I presented using peel off stickers?  I now have both cards completed, all  loaded up with gold, glitter and shimmer.  Different colours for different personalities.

The cards are designed to be presented in customised sleeves.
 

 I really like the 3D butterflies floating over the cards.  Acetate plays a big part in each butterfly's shape.



Whilst acetate helps them fly it is the transfer tape that helps get the stickers from their base sheet to the acetate easily.  Marisa has packets of my transfer tape for sale at Create on Ormond. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

tools for technique tuesday

Tuesday 22 May 

Morning session -Rubons - putting them on and taking them off.  - Bring along rubon application tool and rubon eraser, light/medium shades of Distress ink and applicator, e.g. shabby shutters, Victorian velvet, antique linen .

Evening session -  Application and decoration of craft (peel-off) stickers.  Non-stick craft mat as a foundation.  Colouring tools: gel glaze pens, alcohol inks and Copic pens (just a couple i.e. a light and dark shade of one colour. Sharp tools: small trimming scissors to tidy up + craft knife or pricking tool

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.

Friday, May 18, 2012

repair + reuse ... or continue using

The Age newspaper printed a story last week on the Dutch 'Repair Cafes'.  On each open day at the Repair Cafe a group of volunteers repair household objects so they can continue to be used and not sent to landfill.

In this spirit a friend and I  were out looking for a nut and bolt for a folding pruning saw.  After three tries the lady at Faggs hardware had to admit defeat and we were sent along to Bolts and Nuts or National Nuts and Bolts depending on which sign you read.  The necessary bolt and locking nut was fitted and tested ... and spares bought just in case.  You can buy one bolt, if one bolt is all you need. No plastic packets.

As that really wasn't a challenge to the service person, yes, this place is ALL about service, I asked for another bolt.  As I was guessing and didn't have the precise measurements I had made several months ago I asked for 3mm bolt with parallel thread and estimated length of 20 mm. With internal hexagon head, a locking washer was needed too. Too easy, they had one and probably many more in the box out the back.

So for those of you needing a replacement bolt for your Cuttlebug handle I know where to buy one. It needs to be 3 mm diameter and just 16 mm long (not 20mm.)  It looks like this.

I will need another visit to Nuts and Bolts for a replacement nut for the gardening secateurs.

So to get your equipment back in use a visit is well recommended!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

rusty iron lamp post gets a makeover

Time for a little maintenance for the rusty iron lamp post.  Grit blasting perhaps or buckets of Kill Rust.

With the help of some gilding I created two styles: Bling and French Empire!  I used both positive and negative parts of the gold stickers.

Here is Bling with lots of white paint i.e.  die cut from bright white heavy cardstock. Made into a greeting card not a shelf decoration like the Rusty Iron Lamp Post.



The two card fronts and the inside decorations came from one sheet of designer paper.
The second rework of the rusty iron lamp post is French Empire meets gaslight.
Below is the pedestal decoration. I like this photo, it makes it look like the light is on!
 
 The flaring off the gold stickers was playing havoc with the camera focus even without the flash.
 Rusty iron lamp post Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz die-  Holiday Lamppost 
Prima Pastiche Collection 'Quirky'
Gilding provided by gold stickers (peel offs) Starform # 1082 and #847 and unknown # 485.

Monday, May 14, 2012

tools for technique tuesday

Tuesday 15 May 

Morning session - Application and decoration of craft (peel-off) stickers.  Non-stick craft mat as a foundation.  Colouring tools: gel glaze pens, alcohol inks and Copic pens (just a couple i.e. a light and dark shade of one colour. Sharp tools: small trimming scissors to tidy up + craft knife or pricking tool.

Evening session -  Using water brushes with various colouring media - Bring along a water/aqua brush and some Distress ink pads, water colour pencils, water colour crayons if you have them.  And a non-stick craft mat of course.

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, May 13, 2012

tousled

Four days ago the buds on the tree dahlia were tightly furled and green. Today, after much wind and some rain the flowers are out. Well, half the buds have bloomed.
Our tree dahlia flowers in May.  The leaves and flowers are quite tender.  The leaves are easily burnt by both the hot north winds of summer and the frosts of May. No frosts so far this year.
I spotted these blooms during a blue sky moment today.  It is windy so I used the sport setting on my camera to get the best shots.  There is a lot of movement as the flowers sit at the end of long canes that are up to 3 metres tall.
The plant has been able to stretch itself this year as it is no longer shares water, root space or grows in the shadow of the big cut leaf maple which was removed last spring.

Friday, May 11, 2012

yum, snack time

Potato chips perhaps.  Plain salted I hear you say?  Crinkle cut?
 Then you can try pizza flavour ...
 Maybe not when you find out what creative chemistry I used to make them.
Just a little paper trickery that came out of a discussion with Marisa about paper crimping tools.  From corrugated iron fences and roofs shown here to snack food.  Wonder what else the crimper will inspire?


 

Monday, May 7, 2012

tools for technique tuesday

Tuesday 8 May 

Morning session - Using water brushes with various colouring media - Bring along a water/aqua brush and some Distress ink pads, water colour pencils, water colour crayons if you have them.  And a non-stick craft mat of course.

Evening 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),


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.