Wednesday, February 24, 2010
. . . .in paradise. It's just gorgeous here again. The sky is soooo blue and the sun is shining making it very warm outside. Summer is trying to make up for lost time I think. It is really far too nice to be inside but I felt a slight stirring in my Mojo this morning and completed this before going for my swim at lunchtime. I have been researching handmade flowers recently. I have decided to put together a class making several different kinds of flowers and see what it turns out like. There are some great tutorials out there on the Internet (where would we be without it?) The roses at the bottom right of this card are my first attempt. (Don't say "Yes I can tell" because that's not nice LOL) I think the double sided card is perhaps a bit too thick so I have tried some with copy paper. They were certainly easier to model so perhaps I'll do some more, but flash them up a bit next time. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you too have a lovely day where ever you are
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I'm back again with something a little more worthy this time. I went back to my brayer and beloved trees for this one. I haven't done a brayer scene since before Christmas so I really enjoyed it. It's maybe a little too big for a card so I might just frame it and give it as a picture gift. (The black background isn't part of the artwork. I just lay the artwork on it to take the photo.) It's whetted my appetite for my brayer again so who knows what tomorrow may bring. I'm off to bed with my book now (once I've cleaned up my inky fingers that is!!) 'Night 'night.
I can't believe a week has gone by since I posted something and I don't have much to show you either. I have been busy - honestly I have. I have been writing and testing class instructions which takes forever. I have also been watching The Olympic Games on TV. I love my sport so I have been enjoying that. What else? Well on Saturday a dear, long time friend who deserted these shores for Aussie some 30 years ago came to visit with her husband and the four of us had a wonderful couple of hours catching up over scones and a cuppa. Sunday I drove up to see our eldest daughter and our two youngest grandchildren (8 and 6) so that was a delightful day as always when I see them. Then yesterday I met our eldest grandaughter (20 and sibling to the other two) in Wellington and we went to The Anne Frank Exhibition at Te Papa and then had lunch together and a good chat. She is great and I am so proud of her. She starts uni next Monday studying early childhood education. So here we are a week on. These two cards are an experiment with shadow technique. It is much easier to do with clear stamps but it is still possible with wooden block stamps and a stamp positioner. So nothing exciting to show you but I am still working at my desk so I might manage to come up with something this afternoon. If I do I'll post it later. Thanks for visiting today.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Well black and white fern actually. I told you this format would look great with a NZ fern as the image didn't I? I think you'll have to agreee that it does. I had a day off from crafting yesterday but I have been busy today writing class instructions and completing this last black and white card ready for classes to begin in early March. The instructions take forever to write and check and I'm glad to say that I only have one more set to write which I hope to do tomorrow as it's almost bedtime - again!!! 'Night, 'night, sleep tight and thanks for stopping by.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Hi again. I just had to share this wee cutie with you tonight. Yesterday I was browsing the Internet looking at demo videos, saw this little lady (or one very like her) and fell in love with her. So this afternoon's fun was trying to remember the demo and make one of my own. She turned out quite well but I will be ready for a couple of tricky bits when I make her some friends.
. . . .today. We didn't get to do our coastal walk yesterday either because it was wet so we went to the movies instead. We saw My Sister's Keeper.My friend Di was a complete emotional mess by the end. I managed to hold it together for most of the movie. Just twice I had a weep. A good movie even though they did change the end. More wet weather today but with strong winds as well. My husband played Interclub golf - the first match of the new season so it certainly wasn't a good day for that. Whilst he was away this little mouse had a good play!! Again something a bit different, from one of my many magazines. We are fortunate to have a glass etching shop where I live and the lovely lady there GAVE me two pieces of sandblasted glass to have a play with. Wasn't that nice of her? I have promised to take my creations back to show her. You get to see creation number one before her as she doesn't open on Saturday. As I told you it is done on a piece of sandblasted glass and I worked on the rough side. I tore myself some hills from scrap paper and used the torn paper to mask off the lower portion of the glass while I 'painted' the sky with a Brilliance Ice Blue pad. I set the ink with my heat gun and when the glass cooled down I added more ink, repeating the process until I was happy with the colour. I used the hills mask again to protect the sky and 'painted' the hills with a Brilliance Copper pad. I then 'painted' the very bottom of my piece with a Brilliance Ivy Green pad. Each time I heat set the ink and kept adding layers until I was happy with the colour. I had worked out my stamp placement ahead of time by doing a mock up on scrap paper so then it was easy to use Timber Brown Staz On to stamp my tree branches, butterfly, verse and grasses in place. I found a little bee charm in my stash and attached him with Dimensional Magic. I cut two pieces of 4mm dowel slightly wider than my glass. I twisted gold wire to make a hanger and attached it to the top dowel holding it in place with Dimensional Magic. With the bottom rod I just added twisted gold wire at each end and added a little butterfly charm onto one of them. The butterfly was silver so I rubbed him on the brown Staz On pad and heat set the ink before attaching him. I used Dimensional Magic to attach the rods to the top and bottom of the glass. You do need to be patient and give one time to dry before attaching the other one. You also need to be patient after heat setting things otherwise you will have burnt fingers. Ask me how I know!!!!!!!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Well it's only mid afternoon and here I am posting today's effort!!! AND I was at the pool all morning for my swim and then Nifty Fifties aquaerobics, Oh I am feeling so self righteous. I can just hear my Mum saying 'Pride comes before a fall my girl!' and she was usually right so I'd better get on with it. Am I pleased with this card? Yes I am. It takes a little while but it is quite soothing making the sixteen little 'pillows'ready for the assembly. The hard part is choosing which gorgeous washi papers to use. I think the next one I do I will use pretty pastel papers. I think this could/would be a good technique for a class. It is certainly different and I like different things. It stops us getting in a rut and always doing what we are comfortable with. Step outside your comfort zone every now and then. Don't think I'll talk to you tomorrow as we are going on a coastal walk which takes up most of the day. I hope the weather plays it's part as the tides are just perfect for doing the walk. I'll probably talk to you again over the weekend. Make sure you enjoy the weekend especially if you are a worker. Bye for now.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sorry to be so late again but I've been talking on the phone (craft ideas of course) with my good friend Ali and now here we are at almost bedtime again. And it was such a busy day that I only got this simple card done when I had intended to have two to show you. Never mind tomorrow is another day as they say and I hope I'll have the more complicated one for you then. The technique is to make little 'pillows' using card, very thin foam and Japanese washi papers. I have loved these papers FOREVER and was pleased to find this technique to use them in a different way. I did this simple card first to be sure I was getting the assembly of the 'pillows' right so now I will do the more complicated version. Thanks for visiting.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Hello again. I guess the house seemed a little quiet today with all our visitors gone but I had a very busy day. We (Harold and I) got up at 3am and watched one of my favourite stampers, Barbara Gray, live from UK TV, on our laptop. We watched fascinated for two hours whilst she stunned us with more wonderful creations. I'll be trying some of her new ideas for sure. Isn't my husband great to get up with me at that hour to watch? We fell back into bed at 5 to catch a couple more hours. Harold then went off to golf for the day and I cycled to the pool for my swim. This afternoon was spent researching materials (stamping of course) on the Internet and then this evening I have created another black and white card. I love this technique. This feather quill is the only long stamp I have but I might just have to buy a silver fern for this card. Wouldn't that be just the best stamp to create this card to send to someone overseas? Keep on enjoying the beautiful weather and thanks for visiting.