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Saturday, June 30, 2012

almost too perfect to use

This is a collection of Meyer lemons from the miniature lemon trees.  They look so clean and unblemished. In fact they resemble the plastic lemons I used some years back for a window display in the bookshop Hill of Content in Melbourne.   Actually those looked so real a little someone tried to take a bite.  After dismantling the display and waiting for somewhere to store them I left them in a bowl on the kitchen bench.  One day I noticed the imprint of a set of top baby teeth.  That someone is now 14 years old and the baby teeth are all gone.

On the scales weighing in at 1.234 kg they are just the right amount for a batch of marmalade.  Not really a lemon but thought to be a cross between a lemon and orange they were found in China by plantsman Frank Meyer back in the early 1900s.

When I bought the plants I thought a lemon was a lemon.  I love my Lisbon lemons so full of flavour and acid tang.  These are much milder but I can now say make a beautiful marmalade and I have a Meyer lemon cake recipe seen many views ago on the net to hunt up.

Monday, June 25, 2012

tools for technique tuesday

Tuesday 26 June  10:30 am
Shaping punch and die cut flowers with embossing tools
Useful tools to bring are foam mats - thick and thin, and any ball ended embossing tools you may own. White glue such as Tombow  Mono-Multi, craft glue
  
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, June 24, 2012

chevrons

There are a lot of printed papers out now using chevron designs.  Check out the backs of recent October Afternoon prints.
I have been manipulating papers to make my own designs.  One used a striped October Afternoon print and the other an old Kaisercraft print from Hello Birdie. Using double sided Jac paper makes for both an easier technique and a way to reduce bulk as you go through 2 steps of cutting and laying down narrow strips of paper.
My first attempt ended up as a  chevron with a random design as a "oops recovery" as I had stuck down a strip out of sequence.  This is less likely to occur if you use three different prints or colours repeated over and over. Heck why not start with the complicated first!
  Then keeping my paper strips more organised and regular checking I was able to create this
 They have yet to get their final cuts into strips to go on some cards.  I was more interested in trying out the technique.



Monday, June 18, 2012

tools for technique tuesday

Tuesday 19 June  10:30 am
Embossing with die cuts - new technique and a bit of a refresher for die cutting!
Useful tools to bring are die cutting machine, all cutting plates, rubber mat and spacer for spellbinder die embossing sandwich

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.

Monday, June 11, 2012

tools for technique tuesday

Tuesday 12 June 

Morning session - Useful tools to bring are pricking/piercing tools (thick and thin), stitching/brad templates, steel ruler, writing gel pens e.g. black, white, colouring gel pens,  foam mat - thicker the better

Evening session -  Useful tools to bring are a craft knife with a new blade, small sharp pointy scissors and water based markers such as Tombows or Memento in tan and black. Your non-stick craft mat may be used after the cutting is out of the way. 

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, June 10, 2012

pulling the pieces together

This is the inspiration card I created for last week's Technique Tuesday class on fussy cutting.  The front of the card is made of two panels that draw images from several areas of the Graphic45 paper Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection - Genuine Article.

The fussy cutting was simple for the blue glass bottles and then fine and detailed for areas like the pince nez spectacles. I didn't even think about cutting out the wire bridge between the lens although I did think about bending some real wire to add to the detail.

Monday, June 4, 2012

tools for technique tuesday

Tuesday 5 June 

Morning session - Useful tools to bring are a craft knife with a new blade, small sharp pointy scissors and water based markers such as Tombows or Memento in tan and black. Your non-stick craft mat may be used after the cutting is out of the way.  Glues to use are Tombow Mono-Multi, 6 mm double sided tape, Scrap Dots silicon, glue dots etc.

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

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, June 1, 2012

looking at your paper differently

The Tuesday Technique for June 5 is about unfussing fussy cutting.  What the session is also about is looking at ways to create your own co-ordinating embellishments from a piece of printed paper.  You will be cutting and shaping the paper to make your embellishments from a flat sheet of paper.

Everyone will get their own sheet of Graphic45 paper to work with in class and then it is best to bring you own craft knife and small sharp, pointy scissors.