Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Poor neglected blog!

it really has been too long since I posted here! Sorry! Life has been so busy and I don't really know where the time goes.

Those of you who know me will laugh when I say that I am always at Scraptivate....I can always be found in a workshop or class!

on Saturdays I am in both Kelsey's ATC class in the morning and Natalie's Mixed media class in the afternoon! To get things rolling here on my sad little blog I would love to share with you my cover from the  mixed media classes. I have decided to work from a book instead of loose pages, I hope you like it.

 journal front cover

journal back cover
( notice the title of the music paper I was given! how could I cover it up! )

i promise i will share again really soon

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Yummy! yummy! Scrapware!

Anyone who knows me will understand my crazy art pursuit, and how much I love off the page projects.
So you can imagine my excitement when I unpacked this months DT kit from Scraptivate. Yay! Lots of fantastic new goodies from Scrapware. I love the new house shadow box.

The mini rosettes have been made using the Tim Holtz Alterations paper rosette die and the new collections tissue paper, all I've done is cut down the rosette strip before folding it up.

I have mounted the rosettes on die cut flowers and glued a little pearl bead in the centre.

The number 17 is from the Tim Holtz idea-ology range, Plaquettes , and attached with the long fasterners  that are included in the pack.

The paper used to cover the entire house are a variety from Bo Bunny, I have distressed them with ' both gesso and paint.

The Street lamp , gate, leaves, Fleur-de-lis and lettering are all from Scrapware.
I have trimmed the house with german scrap and gauze, both have been inked a little so that they aren't too white.

Drop into Scraptivate and have a look at the new collection of Scrapware, collections and Tim Holtz.  They are fantastic!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

What did you do today?

Having spent my entire Saturday in Scraptivate with friends, I do love Kelsey's ATC  and Natalie's Art journal classes, I have felt very creative. Nothing on the calender, so a arty day at home........ that's what I did today.

I really wanted to work on a fantastic Scrapware frame and after several days of planning and messing around with my Cricket I finally pulled it all together.
The Lattice background and flowers were cut out with the cricket in various papers and sizes. I have had my cricket since November and am really starting to explore what I can do with it. I have never been a "simple" paper-crafter, I love depth and texture in my work.

The flowers have been spritzed with glimmer mists and curled and shaped, then left to dry in their new shapes.

I have layered some of them and glued beads into their centers.

the shadow frame has also been covered in printed papers and stenciled  with texture paste in random spots, then spritzed with glimmer mists.
You can get all these products from Scraptivate.

Mmmm I think I need to add a word to the frame. What do you think?
I have finished three other little projects this weekend using Scrapware products.....

That reminds me! If you are just hanging about on Wednesday with nothing to inspire you, come on down to Scraptivate and do some make and takes. Ange Connolly of scrapware will be there!

I know where I will be on Wednesday!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

So now its May...... Keep up!

I just don't understand where the days go! They must be going somewhere as now it's May and before you know it , it will be Mothers Day.
I hope you all enjoyed your Easter break and have recovered from all that chocolate consumption!

I have been on a creative no go, i sit and stare at my desk and create nothing. So to get into the flow again I decided to work on something little. I have decorated a Scrapware 4" x 4" shadow box.

The base of the shadow box is covered with the gorgeous new 7 Gypsies tissue paper, the front frame i have coloured with Tim's new Distress Stains in walnut ink and vintage photo. I have then run it through the cuttle bug to emboss the cogs on it. to bring out the design i  have used gold rub n' buff .

The Scrapware watch cogs have also been coloured with distress stains and rub n' buff. I have added an old watch face too.
The cogs have been set on long screws and spaced with little metal discs called heishi's, these I had in my jewellery making stash.

The little Time word is an old style collections stamp....... You remember those! tiny little wood mounted word stamps!
The side edges of my shadow box are edged in German Scrap.
Go in to Scraptivate and see the lovely staff there to stock up on all these products.

Oh! I almost forgot to mention if you love Scrapware products as much as I do you MUST head down to Scraptivate on Wednesday May 18th. Ange Connolly ms Scrapware herself will be in-store.

It will be a fantastic day of demos and make-and-takes! I think it will be one not to miss.

next time you visit i will show you another book project that  I made a few years ago, i love this board book and it sits on a shelf in my studio space.

Thanks for dropping in.... Bye for now

Sunday, March 27, 2011

An Old Favorite

After a wonderful day going to curio, junk and old bookshops with the lovely Svetlana..... and pretty much doing no house work either..... I thought i would share with you an old favorite altered book that I made some time ago.

I will have to say that as much as I love to paint, i still really love to make and alter books. Today we found some great old books for a future project. I am doing a few workshops later this year and early next year so I am starting to collect goodies together for the projects.

The book is basically an old hard bound book that the pages have been taken out of and replaced with beautiful italian watercolour paper. I have covered the entire book cover with a fine chiffon fabric. I have then distressed and glimmer misted the covers. 

The beads, charms and found objects have been wired onto the spine of the book and I have used wire and eyelets to attach the found objects to the cover.

The inside pages are distressed with walnut ink and stamped.

The theme of my pages is simply wings and flight.

The small journal on the inside cover can be removed and opens to reveal stamped pages, this little notebook is about ATC size.

Thanks for dropping by......I hope you liked this project.

Monday, February 14, 2011

family memories

So here it is! I have made a chipboard book using old family photos from 1929 to 1940 as my inspiration.My project is for my Design Team pack from Scraptivate, the main products in my pack were Graphic 45 papers and collections chipboard frames.

front detail

 I have printed all my wonderful old family photos on transparencies and distressed all the edges by  melting and burning the edges with a candle.

I have used a few different ways to layout each photo, some have been attached with brads and others are stitched with a couple of stitches in each corner, and the rest have been put through the Xyron and stuck down to a background.


 some scrapware used on the pages: small hinges, CH fancy brackets, Alyssa flourish, crown flourish, diamond flourish, vine branches, garden fence,  marilyn blooms, some stars and letters!

Each page has various designs of german scrap on it. I have uses a cream coloured paint on all the chipboard and german scrap, to colour it up I have used Rub n Buff in Spanish copper and antique gold to add dimension. You can get all these goodies at Scraptivate, so call in soon

I am really pleased with the finished book, I hope you like it too!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Wow! Post number 2

So let's have a little fun! I think we can do some "blasts from the past". Over the next few weeks I am going to show you some projects the I have done over the last couple of years but as I'm new to blogging, they have never really been seen.

I will warn you they are all a little different and some have even been inspired by some amazing, and even well known teachers. I'm not going to drop any names yet! You will have to just check in and see what pops up!

Here is a little project the I did last year around November using the pretty little scrapware shadow box. I love this little size as it's only 4" x 4" and don't the sizzix roses look fantastic!

All of the little bits and pieces can be found at Scraptivate .
I love the collections paper and dress form!

And you just have to love the german scrap too! I have colored it with smooch snickerdoodle.

Now a sneak peak of my next DT project.........just a peak!

Mmm more pics to come I will let you see the rest when the next Scraptivate Newsletter is out mid month!
Bye for now.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Yay! I have a blog

Happy Australia Day everyone! I hope you are enjoying the sunshine and great weather we are having here in the West. Today has been fun and exciting for me, a little scary too! as I am now official, yes officially a blogging member of the Scraptivate crew.

Natalie thank you so much for all the help you have given me to set up my blog! You rock girl!
I am so excited that I can now share my art with you and all the great challenges we receive in our design team packs. keep watching this space. 

I thought I would share with you the cover of my art journal that I am making in Natalie's art journaling class. we will be getting together every second Saturday afternoon to work on these journal pages. Go to the Scraptivate website for class times. I am loving what we are making here and we will bind these books up once we have made pages. Mmmmm better hurray up an make some more!

detail photo of front cover

I chose to paint an image on the front of my journal using Golden paints and watercolour crayons. The background is paper collage and painted with gesso and even though you can't see it in the photo, allot of Dazzle wax. You can get all these products at Scraptivate.

the front cover

Anyway....... This.is just the beginning of many more adventures in my creative space!
Come and visit again!