Saturday, 28 December 2013
Its a lovely time of year and I've just come in from the garden where we have an abundance of berries to pick this year. We didn't have so very many last year and totally neglected the plants with a view to removing them this winter.....obviously this is the key to success as the strawberries, raspberries, and currants (black, red and white) are all outdoing themselves this season, with lots of bramble berries to come (if we beat the birds to them).
Anyway (who can tell I'm in holiday mode?) this is not "Garden trek" but "Papertrek" and this weeks sample are a couple of little motifs made with a combination of Cuttlebug die cuts (from thick cardboard/chipboard), and Dimensional Magic. I've used scrapbooking paper on the top one, and Kaiser pens (I assume any alcohol marker would work) to add colour to the bottom. the end result is quite a solid little ornament that could be adapted for jewellry or to hang on the tree next year!
Saturday, 21 December 2013
There have been a lot of lovely patterned papers around lately. Quite apart from various ways they can be used in their own right , sometimes they can provide the inspiration for other projects. The thought process for these quick cards was provided by Kaiser's Sweet Pea range - even although they haven't really ended up as "obviously related". As you can see, I'm loving the look of stamped Versamark Dazzle on Botany/Kraft paper for backgrounds at the moment.
Saturday, 14 December 2013
Saturday, 7 December 2013
The second example is more formal, with the ends hidden on the back and the border emphasized with different sizes of diecut daisies.
In both cases, after weaving, I added tape to the back to make sure everything stays in place. The messy back is hidden when the third panel is secured over the top. These examples have both been kept monochromatic - they are made from Botany (Kraft) card, (browner than they appear on screen) but it would be fun to experiment with different colours.
Saturday, 30 November 2013
|ORIGAMI CARD AND BOOKMARKS|
Saturday, 23 November 2013
|PAGE TAPED TO A4 PAPER|
Saturday, 16 November 2013
I cut six circles of the same size out of very thick card with my Cuttlebug. I then stuck some text scrapbooking paper to another piece of the the card with double-sided Jac paper, and cut two more circles.
The circles were then divided into two groups and stuck together with Jac paper to form a really thick base.
A thick coating of Dimensional Magic was put on top of the patterned paper, and when it was dry, and earring post was glued to the back.
I decorated the top of a paper mache box with a book page, and smudged some brown ink over the top. The rosette is made with layers of punched flower shapes secured in the middle with a split pin, and the packing is scrunched up book pages.
Saturday, 9 November 2013
|BOX WITH EMBOSSED PAPER AND PAINTED EDGES|
|BOX WITH HANDMADE PAPER WITH LEAVES AND FIBRE|
The first box was edged with gold paint and covered with a highly embossed paper. I used doublesided Jac paper to stick the paper, which worked really well. The only issue was that as the paper was quite highly raised, it didn't sit nicely on the bits where it joined the wood. A lot of sanding with an emery board and retouching helped a lot but I think gorgeous as this paper is, I'll use a flatter one in the future.
The second box was a real surprise. I had some small squares of different coloured handmade papers with leaves and fibre that were not big enough to cover any of the panels. I didn't think obvious joins would look good so I ripped it into small pieces (with hindsight not the easiest thing to do to paper with so many "solids"), and stuck them to the box with Mod Podge, each slightlty overlapping the other. The "surprise" element was that whilst the coloured papers covered the surface, the the white paper disappeared completely once the glue was applied, so that the "raw" box was visible with the leaves etc appearing to sit directly on the surface. It added a really interesting element. I finished off with about three coats of Mod Podge. I hadn't really factored "disappearing paper" into my plans but will now test all papers if I'm gluing them on to a particular surface. If I can find enough of the paper I might have another go at this one as it has potential.
The third box is painted, and decorated with a Kaiser wooden flourish. The "paper" bit of this one is the lining - simply suede paper applied to very thick card and cut to a very snug fit so glue is unnecessary. I did this in case the lining needs to be replaced at some stage. (Its not sitting quite straight in the photo but it just needs a little push on the front edge to fix it). The edge of the cardboard looked surprisingly brown (I just used packing board) so I ran around the edge with a marker (permanant) in a green to match the box.
|SUEDE PAPER BOX LINING.|
Saturday, 2 November 2013
|VERSAMARK AND KAISER PENS|
Saturday, 26 October 2013
The end result reminded me of old-fashioned white wicker baby bassinets, so I put the panel under a Regal teddy bear cut-out to make an interesting base for a baby card
I soon worked out that the easiest way to do this was to anchor one row of strips with double sided tape on one side of the aperture of the card with a small space between each piece. Then run another row of tape at right angles and anchor each of the subsequent strips (running the other way) as I went, leaving the ends of each unanchored until the weaving was completed to make it easy to adjust . When everything is neatly in place, run normal tape around all the edges to secure (It will be hidden under the third panel of the card.)
I will probably add a bow to the teddy's neck and an appropriate greeting to complete the card, and for the time being, the the little white strips have saved themselves from a second trip to the rubbish.
|WOVEN TEDDY BEAR|
Saturday, 19 October 2013
I have a bit of a tendency to use fairly "safe' colour schemes, and think that maybe its time to branch out a bit.
All I've done here is use the eyedropper tool in Elements to select a few colours from each photograph, by way of inspiration.
The country and spring colour schemes are fairly conventional but the autumn example throws up some fairly interesting combinations.
The next step of course, is to stop playing with the charts and actually translate the colours into papercraft projects!!!!
Saturday, 12 October 2013
Saturday, 5 October 2013
Saturday, 28 September 2013
|STAMP FROM EMBOSSING FOLDER|
The example on the left was done with the Rub-it Scrub-it and an embossing folder. The example below was made with my old heat-foam stamp with the imprint of a crystal dish.
|STAMP FROM CRYSTAL DISH|
Saturday, 21 September 2013
|TEALIGHT CANDLE HOLDER|
Saturday, 14 September 2013
|FRONT OF FLAG CARD|
Because I was making this one as a sample, I cheated and used some paper sample swatches for the "flags" and just popped on a punched shape to decorate. In other words I wouldn't actually plan to give this to anyone, although I do prefer to keep the cover plain when there is an interesting middle.
As I was making it, it did occur to me that a slightly larger version of the flag card would make a great little mini album.
|INSIDE OF FLAG CARD|
Saturday, 7 September 2013
|BRUSH MARKERS AND STAMPS - EXAMPLES|
I have used my new set of Art Stamps Australia brush markers for these images. These pens are water based (i.e. not alcohol based like the new Kaiser pens or Copics).
They are suitable for colouring straight onto stamps before stamping BUT they work best on rubber rather than acrylic.
The solid "LIFE" (Kaiser) stamp was the worst result - the colour beaded and went distinctly splotchy.....I guess if you're after a distressed result it might have applications. The butterfly outline stamp (also Kaiser) was a bit patchy but worked OK.
I wasn't overly keen on the results on the rubber (Rubbadubbadoo) trees either - once again the ink seemed to bead. this might have been my fault, however, as I think I might have used too much ink. A lighter touch on the strawberry (also Rubbadubbadoo) worked much better. Finally the result I was seeking!!!!
The best outcome though was actually colouring in a prestamped image (Judikins). I just put a tiny bit of colour on each petal of the flower and dragged it using a damp paint brush and "ta da"...instant shading! I think this is how I'll be using the markers from now on.
Saturday, 31 August 2013
I did a demo at work this week with a 70s theme. I'm not sure that anyone else liked this, but it was my favourite - an adaptation of the "Neverending Card" as a Rubiks cube card (and yes I know I've forgotten the orange!).
There are lots of different instructions available for the neverending card - some can be horribly confusing.
http://www.victorineoriginals.com/images/samples/instructions/neverendingcard.html has great easy to follow steps. Obviously there are more conventional ways to decorate these cards.
Saturday, 24 August 2013
|ORIGAMI SHIRT CARDS|
This shirt is one of my favourites as it can be modified in lots of different ways to suit the particular occasion - add buttons or brooches, ties or scarves, colour in various ways etc. Add a pocket and fill it with various items (hankies, tools, pens etc.etc. There are a so many things you can do. I've just made a couple of quick examples.
This shirt pattern is from Start Origami by Mark Bolitho but lots of other variations are available on-line
Saturday, 17 August 2013
|ADD TO AN EXISTING DISPLAY|
I rescued the dictionary from which these examples are made from the bin at work, and rather liked them, so I'm putting my mind to thinking about how to display little bits of origami around the house in such a way that it doesn't look like a tip.
|DECORATE YOUR POTPLANTS|
The motif is made from interlocked waterbomb bases with a split pin in the middle.
The butterfly is the Yoshizawa butterfly. You'll find lots of instructions on-line if you want to make your own.
Saturday, 10 August 2013
|BREAD TAG MONSTERS|
I promised to do a couple of kid's cards for an upcoming demo, so here is my version. I've kept it very basic. The white ones have two eyes, the red ones one eye and the blue ones three eyes. You could do all sorts of "educational" things to do with counting, colours and storytelling, but just making them is fun.
If sticking the googly eyes on is too difficult adhesive pearls would be fine and/or if really little people might eat them you could draw them on with a permanent marker. ( Be aware that bread tags could be swallowed too!)
Saturday, 3 August 2013
Saturday, 27 July 2013
|SOME THINGS TO COLOUR WITH KAISER FUSION PENS|
So far.....they work well on peel-off stickers and silver rhinestones but the colour is affected by the surface so in this case both turned out several shades lighter than the tomato red marker marks on white paper.
The colour was "truer" on the gold split pin, although this was harder to colour than I had anticipated - there may have been a coating on the metal?? Some "blingy" trims (Green Tara) coloured really well (and yes I did use purple for the second one, it isn't a weird colour effect!
Overall I was pretty pleased with the results but have made a note to myself to colour test first if I'm colouring an unusual surface to make sure the results will be what I'm seeking. I'll be experimenting more in the near future.
Saturday, 13 July 2013
Saturday, 6 July 2013
|CIRCLE STENCIL STAMPING|
Saturday, 29 June 2013
Saturday, 22 June 2013
|EYESHADOW/CHALKS ON BLACK CARD|
Saturday, 15 June 2013
We had a weekend in Melbourne and rather than consign the photos to the "Gunnadoo" pile I decided to do something with them straight away. I'm not at avid scrapbooker but quite like the concept of mini albums which in my household are more likely to be looked through than 12 x 12 epic productions.
Luck (good or bad I'm not sure which) would have it that I only took my little pocket camera with me and somehow in re-setting the light sensitivity I also changed the image quality to small.....no more that about four inches at 300dpi. That meant I didn't have to agonize about appropriate sizing - basically everything was edited to 2 x 3, 2 x 2 or 3 x 3 (inches). This also made layouts simple as the pages were cut to fit these sizes I used textured ivory off-cuts. I kept to a simple colour scheme - ivory, black, red and silver. As the aim was to undertake this project immediately while events were fresh in my mind and before it became just another thing on the "to do" pile I decided to try and finish within a week (bearing in mind I work full-time so we are talking evenings). As a consequence rather than play around with fancy binding I made a template to ensure that all the holes were cut in the same place and simply punched a hole in the corner of all the pages and fixed them together with a screw post. I used my Cuttlebug to die-cut the front page title but other than that all the rest of the journalling was handwritten. (This was actually the biggest challenge as I always feel that my writing is never neat enough even although intellectually I know that this is not the point). I used my score board to score lines onto ivory card before writing so that I could keep the text more or less straight and I didn't ruin a whole page if I made a mistake. I cut most of the journalling blocks with a 2 inch square hole punch.
Everything that would fit went onto the pages- over 100 photos, footy and movie tickets, boarding passes etc and yes......it was finished withing the week!!! It won't win any prizes for neatness or originality and I won't be bringing it out to show the visitors........but I didn't make it for them. In 10 years time hopefully I
can browse through the pages and remember a really lovely weekend away. So my advice to myself is don't always put it away until I have time........JUST DO IT!!
Sunday, 9 June 2013
|CHIPBOARD WITH DREMEL DECORATION|
Saturday, 1 June 2013
|EMBOSSED SOFT DRINK CAN|
Saturday, 25 May 2013
|PHOTO OF CROCHET MAT|
|GLOWING EDGES FILTER|