Saturday, 3 November 2012

A Dream....weaver Christmas

Hi everyone.

This has been a very busy year personally for me with the grandma duties being first and foremost on the list. I have been dealing with a bad case of tennis elbow since June also. Not from playing tennis though but hauling heavy reps cases around the stores. No where near as much fun, lol.
We have had a Christening which I catered for and did the cake and more recently my youngest son Aaron got married to lovely Danielle. It's funny that I had two sons but because of what I do I did a lot of the work for both of their weddings. I added extra pressure to the last one by doing the cake which I finished at lunchtime on the day the kids got married. 10 members of my family filled my house so Ian and I went to my oldest son's house for the duration. Now Christmas is fast approaching and I am just getting to do samples using the latest Dreamweaver stencils.

The last sample is just stunning. I used various colours of gold glitter on different sections. Then when it was dry I did this........

I used a Spellbinder Tea Set die and the stamp is from Lily of the Valley.

I have a few more Christmas ideas to play with yet but at least I have made a start.


Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Animal Spirit Stamps

 I am very lucky to have been given these two cards by a store owner who has just started to purchase Dreamweaver Color Solutions Alcohol Inks and EarthArt International Animal Spirit Stamps from me. Her name is Barbara from Stampers and Scrapbookers Wonderland here in Logan. Each bee was done a little differently as were the backgrounds. All the bees were put onto wobblers so they shimmy when touched.

The next three cards were created by friend/ student Lyn Edwards. Lyn came with me to CHA this year and did the EartArt workshop. She was very supportive of me becoming the Australian distributor of this range of stamps as she loves them and had already purchased some on one of her overseas trips......I think she said it was Canada.

This one was stamped onto gloss card then mica powdered. The beige die cut mount and brown ribbon complement the card brilliantly.

This one was stamped with red ink, die cut and matted on red card then mounted onto a multi stamped background using the same stamp then completed by attaching to a red card.

This idea sprung from a class I taught where low tack tape was used to create a frame on gloss cardstock and ink used to form the background. Lyn has created triangles of varying sizes instead of a standard rectangular mat then stamped with India ink.

Thank you to both ladies. Your work and generosity in giving me these cards is very much appreciated.


Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Mica powders with black Stamp and Stick gluepad

Now that Easter is over and my trip to Melbourne for Paperific is also past I can concentrate on classes etc and posting on my blog.
These cards have been created as Make and Takes for Photo Continentals 'Silly Sunday' on April 15th. Come and say hi and sit down with me to make one of these cards. All have been done the same way with just a few minor changes. All have been embossed then coloured with Stewart Superiors black Stamp and Stick gluepad. Mica powders were then brushed over the glue to add a beautiful metallic sheen which is very hard to photograph.

Card 1- Gecko

                                                   Card 1 - Background

Card 2 - Grapes

 Card 2 Background

Card 3 - Horse

Card 3 - Background

 Card 4 - Turtle

Card 4 - Background

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.


Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Animal Spirit Stamps

Jeanette Trappet from the Stamp Trap and I had a mad moment and decided to colour these new to Australia stamps with Prisma pencils and La Plume markers. If you love to colour then these beautiful stamps present a real challenge. Keep an eye out though for more cards that I will create with these stamps using other techniques that are more in your comfort zone.

Jeanette coloured the bat. I don't know if you can see a lot of the details but the stamps are designed using natural elements that surround the animal. Either what they eat, what eats them, where they live etc.

Let me know what you think. There are another forty or so designs that will be available soon.


Saturday, 21 January 2012

Crazy about cameo's

 I have finally gotten around to playing some more with Dreamweavers LL3017 Cameo stencil. It helps that these cards are the inspiration for some classes.

The first card is simple but elegant. White embossing medium on a bronze metallic cardstock was the first step. Because there is a large open area on this stencil I used the thicker cardstock so that it would buckle less. When it was dry I mounted it onto the white card base.
 It's not a great picture but you can see the embellishments. They just aren't sparkly as in real life. I used white cotton trim across the card then added off white paper roses. The flourish is a rhinestone design.

This second card is foiled with left over scraps of foil and black flock powder..
White opal glitter was added to the background but in order to make the cameo stand out I coloured the white glitter around the outside of the cameo with black ink.

For the second set of cards I wanted to use a stencil that worked well with the stencil used in the preceeding class. I chose Dreamweaver LL3002 Rose Bush.
The cameo was embossed with a mixture of clear and white embossing medium. This allowed the colour of the base card to show through in some areas. When it was dry I cut it out with a circle die. Crocheted lace was attached under the edge of this circular piece.
The blue square base card was dry embossed with the rose stencil. I then went over the raised design with white pigment ink and a finger dauber. I then went back over the leaves with blue pigment ink to help highlight them. The cameo was mounted onto the card with foam squares and the ribbon added to finish the card.

Black embossing medium was used with the cameo on heavy white cardstock. While it was still wet gold glitter was added to the frame only. When it was dry I stenciled the rose design around the cameo fading with the ink as I got closer to the cameo. I added the black ribbon and bow then mounted the topper onto a metallic black card base.

By using the stencil from two classes together I hope to encourage my students to use their stencils in more than one way. Even though the rose stencil is great as a stand alone image (see above pink card) it is a beautiful background design.

Have fun creating.