Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tim Holtz Tag

Well in the spirit of Tim and his Christmas tags I have made one of my own!

I purchased the tall pines texture fades embossing folder yesterday and tonight I thought I would have a play.

So I got the cuttlebug out and ran a Kaszazz chipboard tag through and embossed the trees on the tag.
Then I got my favorite inks out. :) Yes you know it.

Tim Holtz Distressed Inks.

I coloured the whole tag with broken china using the blending tool, then got a little impaitent and slapped on a bit more ink direct from the pad.
Then gave the whole tag a spray with the Kaszazz Smooch Spritz Electric Blue.
Then direct to tag again with the crushed olive just over the trees.
A little brushed corduroy over the trunks. Then a little blending around the edges of the tag with the blending tool and brushed corduroy. the Moonlight Smooch out and dotted all over the 'sky' area. Hey it needed snow. :)
Got the 'A Very Merry Christmas' stamp 1865LE (only available from Kaszazz) and stamped it on a scrap of white card and cut off the start of the words. I used the brushed corduroy to stamp it. I trimmed the card to look like a banner, then inked over the card using a blending tool with Barn Door. Then wiped a smudge of brushed corduroy over the whole banner. I shaped the banner and put magic mount under the raised parts to give it support.
I found a couple of ribbons and needed a red so I coloured a white ribbon with barn door and brushed corduroy to give continuity to the tag.
Got a aged bronze spiral out and stuck that on the side with a rhinestone in the centre. I particularly like the Kaszazz rhinestones as they have a great sparkle to them.
Now I did go a little nuts with the ice stickles, crystal ice. I applied it thick and lumpy, I wanted the texture.
Well that is it. Hope you like it.
Oh BTW if you would like to see Tim's work.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ezy-Press Glossy Accent Tags

Well I have been playing with the new Ezy-Press tags, glossy accents and a few colorbox reinkers.
The following pictures are the result.
 Both of these tags are stamped with the 4331KD Flower Vase unmounted stamp using black stayzon on to plastic.
Then on a scrap of plastic I put a puddle about the size of a 5c of glossy accents. Then a single drop of dark blue colorbox refill ink. I very gently mixed it with a fine pain brush. You don't want Bubbles. On the reverse side of the stamped plastic I painted the colour onto the vase. The top section of the vase is the same colour but just a lighter smear. I repeated this with other colours Raspberry, lilac, orange and lime green for the rest of the flowers. Be careful not to mix the colours on the picture and if you are not the neatest of 'colour-in-ers' then maybe wait till the single colours are dry before painting on the next 'touching' colour. Just rinse you brush out with water. Don't allow it to dry on the brush, or you will ruin the brush.

Then you need to let the picture dry. It probably takes between 15 min to 30 min depending on how cold the room is. Once it is dry you  need to do the background.

The first one I coated the back of the tag with glossy accents with a brush then sprinkled it with rainbow super fine glitter. Tapped off the excess and let it dry.

The second tag I put 10 or so 'dobs' of glossy over the plastic and pressed on a piece of kitchen alfoil, which I had carefully scrunched and then flattened back out. Put it on shiny side showing through. Also be careful when you are opening it back out as it can tear easily.

I think the alfoil one is my favorite as it has more of a wow factor.

Anyway when these are dry, about 15 minutes, run them through the ezy-press and cut out the tags.

You can experiment with different things on the back, I tried embossing powder but didn't like the look and I have one drying with crackle paint.....jury is still out on that one. It is also taking a very long time to dry. I am using the bronze...maybe that has something to do with it.

I will probably make some cards with these, I would suggest trying this with different inks like a vivid or chalk just to see the effect. The drying time with these is a little bit of a factor. But if you are paitent they are definately worth the effort.

Also you might like to rub an alcohol ink or maybe a dye ink over the alfoil for an interesting effect.......hmmmm the ideas are endless. I would love to see and hear ideas you come up with. Hope you enjoyed reading how to do this and go off and try it out!
Happy Crafting. :)

 The paint finally dried. It didn't crack very well. But it still looks good. Very shiny.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Smooch Angel Tin

Well I have been inspired at the Adelaide Craft Show to play with my SMOOCHES!
This is a tin I made up this evening. I have embossed the beautiful angel image using Amazing Glaze and Black colorbox ink. Then I added smooch. This gives a wonderful shimmery effect that is lost a little on the photos. Unfortunately I am not a professional photographer with the perfect lighting etc.....
In real life this is a beautiful shimmery gold tin, with wonderfully vibrant colors that have a luster and depth that are not properly displayed in the photos.
Saying that I hope you like this. I am thinking about doing this as a class.....I will look forward to your feedback and this will help me decide if I should teach it.

Happy Crafting.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Quilled Page - Winter 1978

Well 6 years ago I learn't how to quill.....I have made many cards over the years, but the reason that I learnt how to do it was to do a scrapbooking page.....funny thing is it never happened till now. So here it is. It is a picture of my sister and myself in our backyard.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Beautiful Boy Butterfly layout

Good morning everyone, well it has been a very busy couple of months and I haven't had a chance to up date my blog.
Yesterday I sat down to play with some of my new toys, Martha Stewart 'doily lace' border punch, Tim Holtz movers and shapers die 'ornamental' and 'Elegant Flourishes' , cuttlebug embossing folder 'textile' and Kaszazz butterflies rollergraph with water mark ink. Also the new Bellish ezy press alphabet die and using the NEW Bellish ezy press machine.
Also my beloved Tim Holtz distress inks, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose, and Tea Dye. I used the blending tools to apply the ink.
The Butterflies are coated with Glossy accents. You will also learn how to make this lovely rosette. They are so much fun to do and very easy when you know the trick!
Now I intend for this to be a class but I haven't picked a date as of yet. So let me know if you want to do it. It can be here or at your place.
This is suitable to all levels. There are some fiddly bits and some 'fine' cutting out so a good pair of scissors suitable for intricate cutting is a must.

I plan to put pictures of Riley as a baby on this. But you never know I might find something else I like more. You can put what ever title you like on this.
Also if you would like to learn about die cutting and embossing with the new Bellish  Ezy Press machine let me know and we can make some time.

This is a link on the NEW Belish Ezy Press Machine

Friday, September 3, 2010

Spin me round round baby, one more time!

Yes I know I am a worry, but here is a photo frame I am doing for a kids party. I needed to design something that 11 year olds could handle, but I still wanted something funky.
I am sure they will love it. Hope you all do too. I will submit this one to Kaszazz so it will be available as a $25 class with consultants. I will be able to provide this as a kit for those who would like it. $25 plus postage. :)
The picture is of my beautiful friend Julee who passed away February this year from Motor Neuron Disease.
I think about her often and this sort of color combination would have been to her liking. She was such a splash of color in this world and her smile and laugh would light up a room.
So I hope you all like this and if you would like to know more about this mongrel disease please have a look at the link below.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Spin me round round baby!

Well I just have to say I LOVE SPINNER CARDS! These are so much fun to make and then even more fun to play with. The candy birthday card I did tonight and the Christmas Card I did a little while ago.
The center pieces spin as they move across the card.
My son has set a challenge for me. He wants a long one to play with. I am thinking 60's psychedelic theme. I will be doing a few more of these so watch this space.
Also check out the link below to see some fantastic creative work from Simon Says Stamp and Show.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Shabby Chic Door Hanger - THE Wendy Vecchi - Studio 490 Style Challenge

This is done with velum and my favorite inks.....yes Tim Holtz. I really enjoyed using the alterations dies that Tim has bought out. They cut through chipboard with out a second thought. Looking forward to buying more.
I have a page that I have created too using this as inspiration. I will post this a little later.
follow this link to see more of the challenge entries.

Close up of the flowers

Monday, August 16, 2010

Scrapbooking at the Beach Weekend

Some of Sue's pages
Leah's altered little golden books
Angela's work. She obviously worked hardest!
This is Kate's work. This is her 1st time doing craft.
Amelia's work. She patiently taught Kate everything she knows!
This is everything we all did over the weekend.
This is my contribution to the weekend.
Everyone hard at it.
Nicola's work

Kirsty's work

Well the weekend away was a success. Everyone had a wonderful time and got lots of scrapping done.People arrived from 3.30 on Friday afternoon and the last to arrive was about 8.30pm that night.
The tables were quickly covered with tools and projects and everyone was off and running.
We scrapped till about 12.30am and went to bed, then were up and at it from 7am the next morning. Some ladies took advantage of the sleep in. No kids to wake them. lol.
We had a great dinner our Saturday night and the food at the Coobowie Hotel is a big thumbs up.
Sunday we started packing up at about 1pm and were on the road by 3.30pm. All up it was a great weekend away and I want to thank all you girls for helping to make it such a fun weekend away. We will look forward to planing it again next year.

Leah and Samantha (me)!/album.php?aid=196397&id=572762946&ref=mf

Monday, June 21, 2010

Distressed Little Golden Book

I made this up for my lovely girlfriend Michelle as per her request, so I thought I would share it with you.  It now has a swirl or 2 to go on from the wonderful Tim Holtz Range and the inside pages are done. It just needs photos. This will also be a class. So I will be interested to know who would like to do it and will run it either privately or as a Friday night class. Sorry for the orientation of the inside pages. For some reason only known to the web page it would only display the pictures this way. So just tilt you head!