Tuesday, March 27, 2012

More cards

This is card class I did for my Parnell Community class and also for my club classes. I have used River Rock cardstock as the base and matted with Concord Crush and Bashful Blue. I think the pansies came out particularly well:) If you missed this class and would like a kitset with full instructions, please email me. (Cost of kitset is $15)

Monday, March 26, 2012

stamp camp swaps

Some of you know that recently I attended a demonstrator Stamp Camp in Rotorua. I made butterfly necklaces/pins for my swaps. I have to say my first attempt at these was a bit of a disaster and I was seriously running out of time to make them (mainly because I had left it to the last minute and I needed to prep for the class I taught at Camp also). I had a few rejects from further attempts too so I had none to give my fellow demo teachers as well as none left over to show my club people or to blog, so I had to make some more last week. The thing about trying a new technique is that the more often you try it, the better you become at it, and often you find better ways of doing it.

Anyway, these are my latest butterfly necklaces.

Thanks to  Bekka Prideaux for the idea and the instructions for these little gems.

I think I still need a little practice as I think hers were a lot better than mine but practice makes perfect as they say.

If you would like to have a go at making these, you will need thick acetate, Stampin" Up!'s Crystal Effects, reinkers and shimmer paint. I found the Crystal effects to be quite runny in warm conditions so this might be a good winter project. I did mine slighly differently to Bekka:
Runa piece of the acetate through the Big Shot using the small butterfly of the "Beautiful Butterflies" Bigz die to get your cut out butterfly. Puddle some Crystal effects on an old (no longer to be used for anything but crafts) saucer, drop on a drop of reinker and a small drop of shimmer paint, swirl with a toothpick and paint onto the butterfly. repeat with a different colour. Let it dry overnight and repaint with clear Crystal Effects and let it dry overnight again. Punch a small hole in the middle near the top (you can use a paper piercer). I prepared mine on the back of a cutting mat but I did get CE stuck to the mat. Dont be tempted to prep them on paper as the paper will not come off the back once dry.
I bought the necklace 'clips' (not sure of the correct term) from my lcal beading shop.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Punch Art Gardener

This is a punch art card I made for my friend Vicki who is a keen gardener. I CASEd the card from Inkin Blinkin Thinkin
If you would like to learn more about punch art, please email me for details of my next punch art class.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Some cards to share

Hi everyone,
I have a bit of a backlog of photos from my non-blogging time so will start blogging some:)
This was part of a card class I did prior to Valentine's Day. I figured it could be used as a Valentine's card but equally useful for a wedding or anniversary card.
I have used Pool Party card stock (one of my new favourites) with black. The image is embossed in silver. The stamped image is from the current Summer mini and is called "You are Loved'. If you want this set, you will have to be quick as the summer mini finishes next week. click here to email your order. The DSP is from the Mocha Morning paper set. And the sentiment is from the 'Perfectly Penned' stamp set.
If you like the ribbon flower you can google 'Stampin Up heated ribbon flower' for many sites explaining the details. I used Stampin Up's white organza ribbon.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Stamp camp

My apologies for leaving it so long since I last blogged. I have been very busy caregiving for my friend who has had a hip replacement. Also I have been making swaps and designing and preparing madly for a class I taught at Stamp Camp in Rotorua last weekend. (not to mention the same for my club classes).

Anyway, I had a great time in Rotorua, made some fab projects and really enjoyed being part of the teaching team along with fellow demos; Delys, Ria, Vicki-Lee, Rachael and Bev.

I taught the 'polished stone' technique as well as how to resize the Framed Tulips embossing folder.