Gift, OTP Off the page, Paper Flowers, Scrapbooking

Work of He{ART}

This is the Canvas I created for my entry at the local A&P Show recently. It received not only a First but a special prize too : ) The canvas had to be minimum 8X8″ and have a 5X7 photo on it. Well the only canvas I had left in the cupboard (after Miss 15 nicked off with the rest to paint on) was a huge 18X18″ one so that was it. Then it was down to the thinking stage. What was I going to do to fill up such a huge space!

 Its hard to appreciate the detail in this project. Each piece of the houses are hand drawn and cut then outlined and sponged. I started by Sketching out all of the houses straight onto the canvas then tracing each piece off and onto the various patterned papers.

I painted in the foreground and sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamonds, working it in a little in sections while the paint was still wet. The frame was finished with  a fabric trim and buttons on all four corners. To create the tree and grasses I snipped a fringe into small pieces of card then folded up the unsnipped section and glued in place behind the fanned out fringe. The flowers a punched using the Itty Bitty Punch Pack and then given some dimension with tweezers. I made wee “bricked” planter boxes for the peach tree and grasses.

Dont you love the wee froggy button in the corner. I enjoyed putting interesting wee touches for people to discover as they looked at the canvas. Spread over the canvas are 4 black cats, we do have 4 but they arent all black!

 I sponged in the sky and then painted in some clouds which were again sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds. The basket of the balloon was created with a dimensional paint which I also used for some of the house and fence detail too. All of the tree pieces were embossed using the new Woodgrain embossing folder.

 The most important part of course is the photo which takes pride of place in the middle. I used part of a quote, stamped and embossed with White on Early Espresso COREdinations cardstock to frame the photo. The rest of the quote 3rd photo. The alphabets are Broadsheet Alphabet and the retired Rough Type one. Now I just have to get it hung up in my room so I can see my families smiling faces every morning when I wake up.



Papercrafters Fun Day on Sunday

This Sunday November 20th 10- 4
Leeston Bowling Club
**PaperCrafters Day**

Work on your own projects in a fun friendly environment.  Try out the Bigshot. Bring something for a shared lunch and $5 entry. I will be doing 2 demonstrations during the day and in the afternoon (1-3pm) teaching a “Scrapbooking for Beginners” class we will complete a page the cost for this will be $10 inclusive. So come for the whole day or just for the scrapbooking class  give me a ring or email me to book your place.
p.s If you have other crafts you want to work on on the day you are more than welcome to bring those along too.
This is a double page layout I did recently I had no papers that went well with these photos so I created my own and then used stamps and some markers to doodle all the designs together. I used Soft Suede and Island Indigo inks with stamps from For Everything and hostess set Array of Sunshine plus the Broadsheet Alphabet. Amazing what you can achieve with so few supplies!
Cards - General, Cards Fancy Folds, Gift, Punch Art

What a great day!!

Yesterday we had a Stampin’ Up! Regional Training Day in Christchurch and it was Great! Actually it was beyond great. It was lovely to catch up with and meet so many of my fellow team members and other local demonstrators. And along with the usual great WOW! demonstrations and make’n’takes there were some surprises too. Its great belonging to the Stampin’ Up! family as there are so many lovely ladies (and men) involved. A big thank to Emma and her helpers  who made us a flower folds brooch each and to Helen McEwen from Inglewood and her team of helpers who made everyone a special surprise too. It’s funny that the first things to sell out at our local supermarket after the earthquakes were milk and …um… chocolate. But everyone including  Helen knows that  a Stampers best friend is CHOCOLATE . Thanks ladies for these special touches to out day!

Anyway there was a name tag competition and guess who won it…..ME! I was so happy because I get to choose a free stamp set as my prize. I used a brand new product called Bevelled Windowpanes so look out for them in the new Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue due for release April 1st and my favourite Broadsheet alphabet. The Chantilly Lace is in the Summer Mini catalogue which means it is only available until March 31st!!

Here is my swap card. Its a little bit different as it is a gatefold but the picture has been punched so each alternate piece  opens a differnet way to separate the picture. Easier to show you with a picture. No doubt there is a fancy name for it but I dont know. Thanks Christine who showed me a card that inspired my one. The tassels on my key are made by unraveling some of the in colour ribbon

Thanks for your advice on yesterdays card ladies I will wait till next Friday to draw a name from the comments to get a little piece of “happy mail”.

Cards - Babies and Kids, Cards Fancy Folds, Punch Art

New Beginnings

Yesterday was my birthday and Tuesday was my little girls birthday. With recent events in Christchurch I am so grateful to have my family safe and for Aliyah and I to be able to celebrate another birthday. As more names of the lost are released my heart breaks for their families and sadly there are many more to come yet although it was wonderful to hear that no lives were lost in the Cathedral .

Like many others I’m sure, I feel guilt in finding joy when so many are suffering but for us life is going on as we try to find a way forward from here. A few days before Feb 22 friends of mine had a beautiful baby girl, Isabelle, and in all the upheaval since then I havent shared the card I made for her. So here’s to a new beginning….



Another Manic Day In My World

Sorry folks I had the best of intentions getting a post up tonight (its 1.30am as I write) I have to confess “The computer ate my homework Miss” I thought I would be a good girl and do a total close down and install the updates unfortunately it killed the computer completely and I was panicking BIG TIME! thankfully after three hours working at it the MAN was able to work his magic and make it work again.  We are kind of making do at the moment as the Earthquake  wreaked our laptop and other computer. I finally got as far as placing a claim today so hopefully they will look favourably on us and we might be able to replace the broken space. Everything else just kind of bounced but not the electronics strangely!

Anyway here is the Christmas Card I made for our last Team Swap. My first real go at heat embossing thanks to the lovely Sarah who leant me her heat tool thingee.

It is a 4″ Square card in Baja Breeze. I used Baja Breeze Ink to stamp the snowflake from Winter Post evenly over the whole card front. I did all the embossing using Whisper White Craft ink and White Embossing powder. The Reindeer is also from the Winter Post set; the vine along the top is from Vintage Vogue and Santa’s sleigh? Well its the “U” from the Broad Sheet Alphabet. I bet you don’t recognise the houses! That was a bit sneaky but I used the Neighborhood Wheel. I rolled out a strip on some scrap paper and then cut around the houses, removing them to create a stencil which I used with more Whisper White craft ink and a sponge. I loaded up the sponge with ink and sponged it over the stencil to create the border along the bottom. I stamped all the white bits first and then applied the embossing powder to the whole front at the same time. Craft ink is thicker and takes longer to dry than Classic Dye inks so this worked well.

I added rein details to the deer with our White Gel Pen. The sentiment is stamped using Concord Crush with the Merry Christmas Sentiment from Contempo Christmas on Baja Breeze, Punched out with the Scallop Oval and then the edges were sponged with Whisper White. I  mounted it using Dimensionals onto a Concord Crush Wide Oval which was stuck straight on to the  card.

I was really pleased with the results which I think were reasonably unique and very pretty. Not the usual Christmas Colours maybe but still effective.