Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Cottage Flower Garden

Hi, it's me again,
this time to show what I made in the make'n'take
at the Stitches & Craft Show last week. 

I've often admired this type of mixed media
so it was great being able to have a play without having a big outlay of products.

The base is a piece of chipboard,
and we used a stencil and paste which was fairly quick to dry.
Next we pushed black airdry clay into molds, which is quite easy 
although initially I had too much overhang, so less is better.

Once we'd finished using the airdry clay, we fossicked around in a big jar of findings,
then arranged all the pieces and glued them down.
Next we drybrushed Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint over the whole design
including the base card.  The colour I used was violet blue which was quite fascinating as when it went over the black it became violet, but over the base and the white paste, it became blue!
We then used a second colour to highlight different pieces, I think it was a champagne sort of colour, then to finish we used a bit of gilding wax.

What I like about make'n'takes and classes is that you get to try things out before spending up big.
Just the silicone molds for this were quite expensive but I'm sure I could get a similar look using bits'n'bobs from my evergrowing stash.
Looking back over the last couple of weeks, I've played with
paint pouring, japanese book binding and mixed media.
Lots of fun with each of them and something I would definitely like to play with more.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Japanese Book Binding and More

Over the last few weekends I have been to the  
Sydney Planners Market, Craft Alive and yesterday
The Stitches & Craft Show.
Each one was different and I enjoyed them all.
Although I didn't spend very much at any of them,
I did, however, learn some new skills by doing some make'n'takes and a class.


 Japanese Book Binding was a class taught by the lovely Michelle
from Paperazzi Design Studio.

We started with the design on the left and built on those skills with each of the following three books.

I really enjoyed the process of making these books, and from just a few sheets of paper, we turned them into something pretty and practical.  
I think the hardest thing about these books was threading the needle!
On my next post, I'll be showing you the make'n'take I made,
so please come back and take a look.
Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 10 February 2019

Original Masterpiece

Original Masterpiece?
..... for me, yes!

Last Friday, I headed off to Penrith with a crafty friend,
to Craft Alive, which is a regional craft show.  

The majority of the stalls were selling fabric for quilts etc, however there were a few papercraft stalls as well including Scrapbook Fantasies.

There was a table set up for curious people
to have a play with paint pouring.

We added layers of paint in a small plastic cup,
then upended it onto our canvas and waited for the magic to happen.

Each and every canvas (or whatever you choose to use) would come out looking different. I think it would be impossible to exactly replicate a canvas, no matter how hard you tried.

We had a lovely day out and both agreed that our little masterpieces were the HIGHLIGHT of our day!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

When you are completely lost

I treated myself to a little present just before Christmas,
but until today I hadn't found the time to have a play
as I was busy with a couple of other projects .... more on them soon.

Not only did I get myself a new toy, but I also managed to find
the new range of "Alice" paper from Stamperia.

I set about to make a journal using 
the Eileen Hull Travel Journal die [my new toy]
which I cut from chipboard.

I then ran some of the papers through the Cuttlebug with the same die
to make the front and back covers along with insides for both covers.

Rummaging through mum's old sewing basket, I found some hat elastic to hold the signatures in, and the outer closure has been in my stash for quite a while just waiting to be used.

I find extra pockets really useful in journals, 
these ones have a little concertina to make them more roomy.

 Each signature has five folded pages and were cut from a pad of watercolour paper.

Three signatures fit perfectly, allowing room for extra bits & pieces
on the pages and also in the pockets [as mentioned earlier].

This journal was a lot of fun to put together
and I can see myself making more of these, 
especially as there are SO many gorgeous papers on the market.

[The current theme on the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is
"B is for Books" - do you think this counts?

I'm going to sneak it in and see what they think, hehehe!] 

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Looking back ...

So, as another year draws to a close,
it's time to reflect on the different cards and projects
I've embarked on during the year.

'Friends are the Best Gifts' was my first entry in the'
Royal Easter Show and although it didn't win any prizes,
it was thrilling to see it on display.

'Be Awesome' is still sitting on the easel on my desk,
and I never tire of seeing him.

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be part of a design team
for a local papercraft store,
which only came to an end when I went on my long awaited overseas trip.

This 'book card' was made to celebrate a good friend's 60th birthday.

Son #3 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree
- this little chap was perfect and my son loved it.

One of the last cards of the year, celebrating a 40th birthday.

Thank you to all those who visit this blog
whether occasionally or on a more regular basis.

I wish you a happy, healthy and crafty 2019


Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Not until I've had my Coffee

It's a wet, stormy and humid night in Sydney,
dinner is eaten, the dishes are still waiting to be done,
but not until I've had my coffee.

In the meantime .....

It's always good to have a couple of stamps in my stash
that are perfect for when you forget  ahem .... overlook a birthday!

The background is a combination of Distress Oxide inks, 
along with a stencil and a bit more of the same colours.

I stamped the pooch directly onto the background and again on white card.
My favourite washi tape was added, then the fussy cut pooch adhered directly 
over the first image.  A light touch of colour was added to the fur and his collar, 
then yellow Gelly Glaze pen gave the coffee mug an enamel look.

Katzelkraft - Enervy
Stampendous - Birthday Wishes

Until next time, the pooch and I will enjoy our hot beverages!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 9 December 2018

You put a Spell on Me

Another day passes ......
another birthday to be celebrated!

The birthday in question, was a few weeks ago,
however, as my blogging is a little behind,
here is the card I made with a Harry Potter theme
[better late than never, eh?]




They are, of course, dressed in the Gryffindor colours.

The panels along the top and bottom of the card are foil papers in red and gold.

The stamps are "Wizard Friends" by Kindred Stamps
and coloured with Prismacolor pencils.

Happy Crafting!