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Thursday, 30 December 2010

How Time Flies!

Wow! What a time! Where has it all gone too! I can't believe how long it is since my last blog and yet it feels like no time at all. Between work, prepping for classes, on-line challenges and the all consuming pile of christmas card makes, my poor blog got neglected........aaahhh, I hear you say! Well, here I am to rectfy the situation.
My new year resolutions include finishing my on-line Claudine Hellmuth course (which I have just loved) and paying more attention to my on with the task!
Towards the end of the year I joined UK Stampers on-line forum and have been taking part in their ATC swaps which I had never really done before, and am really enjoying. I love the challenge of creating a piece of art to suit a theme and the excitment of receiving the parcel in the post with your atcs and seeing what others have created! Here are my first 4 swaps;
Stamped collage -"Dreams of Paris"

Three of a kind-"Words of Christmas"

Shades of Blue-"Creativity vs. Art"

Halloween-"Bewitching Night!"

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Embroidery Hoop Photo Wall Hanging

This is the week 4 handout project in Claudine's @ home course. I really enjoyed making this project. it was relatively quick and very easy to do. I love the technique of transfering pattern paper design onto the back of sticky back canvas and ending up with a patterned fabric! The possiblities are endless. My mum had recently sent me a cd of family photos and on it were pictures of my great grandparents so this project just seemed made for them. My new favourite obsession are Prima Marketing products, especially the flowers and pearls, so I incorproated them into the design as well to added dimension and an aged, antique feel. Hope you like as much as I do.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Week four of @ Home with Claudine

Am beginning to catch up with the class and have completed almost all the pages for weeks four and five. But just when all looks good I have gone and run out of, wait for it.............sticky back canvas! Just my luck and poor planning! Well here are my efforts for this week. My favourite technique this week was the transfer onto the back of sticky back canvas. I will definetly being getting extra supplies of that at the harrogate show on the weekend!

Sunday, 5 September 2010

I love you Aunty Jude

At the end of this month a memorial service will be held for my Aunty Jude, who died a week before Christmas last year, in Perth Australia. I currently live in Edinburgh with my husband and family and will not be able to make it back for the service. I will miss being able to see the family and take part in the service so as a contribution on my part I offered to make some bookmarks that my Mum wanted to give to the guests who came.
I hope that thay are good enough and that everyone likes them, and as a result are able to take a part of Jude home with them. I certainly will never forget her.

@ Home with Claudine - Week 3 Handout

The Chandelier Canvas
I absolutely loved making this piece and can see myself making many more pieces like this or using these techniques.It was so simple to make and yet it is so striking!
Hope you guys love it as much as I do.

It's Birthday Time!

Last weekend it was my husbands birthday. He turned 43, but ssshh don't let him know I told you! LOL! I didn't have any idea what to get can be so difficult to buy fo and then I decided to spoil him with some of his favourite food from an italian deli in town that we would never normally shop at, as it is too pricey. Well if you can't get spoilt on your birthday, when can you?
This is the card I made him. He is madly into his poker and I thought the this would be an ideal card. It is my first attempt at an easel card and I am really chuffed with it , I will definetly do this type of card again.
Hope he liked it.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Week 3 of Summer with Claudine

So I have finally managed to finish week three techniques! Once again I really enjoyed doing these and know that I will use them in my crafting, especially the reverse stamping technique which is my new favourite technique!
This week we tried Extra Time Reverse Stamping, Extra Time Tinted Paper and Extra Time Faux Paste Paper.
Currently I am working on the project for week three which incorporates all these techniques so I am looking forward to finishing it and sharing it with you all.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Claudines Mini Projects

These are two mini projects I have made using techniques taught in Claudine Hellmuths course. I have really enjoyed making them and am quite proud of the way they have turned out. I look forward to using this techniques in my future projects.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Crackle Paint Class

On Saturday I demonstrated some projects I had made with Tim Holtz Crackle Paints. I really enjoy using any of Tim Holtz's Distress products but found the crackle paints to be really inspiring and I got some ideas for techniques from the Ranger web sight. I really love the resist crackle technique that I have done in the tags above, it looks so effective but is so easy to do. The photo frame in the bottom left was one I had done a while ago by just putting a coat of crackle paint on a papier mache frame and then distressing it with vintage photo distress ink. It has a photo of my daughter in it and she just had to have some fairy wings!
And the last frame I got inspiration from an article in the latest Craft Stamper magazine. I saw the article and just had to make my own version of it. Rock candy crackle paint with shimmer inks sprayed on it and embellished with prima flowers and idea-ology metalwork. In the frame is a collage of stampers annonmymous stamps using co-ordinating distress inks. I am very happy with the outcome.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Summer Sunday

What a lovely Sunday! The weather here in Scotland was just gorgeous and I spent the day with friends at the Ayr Flower Show which was great fun! The only down side was that I had a flat tyre on the way home along the motorway, at least I can change a tyre though so not much time and we were off again. Was quite restrained and only bought 3 plants and a few bits and bobs (much better than I am when it is craft involved!) but am looking forward to being able to get the garden in shape.
Now on to important things.....I am slowly catching up in Claudine's class and this is my attempts at week two techniques. In order of photos there is, acrylic paint stamping, watermark resist peeled paint, and watermark resist stamping. I loved the acrylic stamping the best this week, though I do think the resist stamping is very effective.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Creating with Claudine

I am so LOVING this course with Claudine Hellmuth! I have never realyy planned with paints like this and I am enjoying it so much! It's just a shame With work and hoem commitments at the moment I am so behind. I can't decide which technique I love the most as each time I try a new one it then becomes my favourite! Week ones techniques were gesso etching and gesso image transfer. Here are my attempts at them. All I can say is that the gesso image transfer definelty works better with a photocopy image as an inkjet image gives a much softer result.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Week Three of Claudine Hellmuth @ Home

I am so excited! My chipboard book has finally arrived and I have spent the last not quite week catching up on all the techniques in the class. I am having so much fun and I can't wait to show you all.....just have to wait for the paint to dry and then try and photograph the pages. I am learning so much and making a huge mess at the same time! Now isn't that what you call heaven? Except when my husband unwittingly puts his elbow in things and I have to re-do it.... really it's just another excuse to play with paint! I can now see why my daughter loves playing with paint so much! Roll on next week!

Sunday, 11 July 2010

I'm so Excited!!

I am one week into a twelve week on-line course with Claudine Hellmuth, and I am so excited about it all. The first week was fab!!! I have only done the two extra projects as I am still waiting for my chipboard book to arrive. Isn't it typical, I was so sure that I had one that I didn't bother looking for it until the class started.....and low and behold I couldn't find it! I have learnt so much already and am really enjoying geting my hands dirty! I've never done an on-line course before and can't believe how widespread everyone is, it seems that there are people from all over the world! I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and am enjoying looking at everyones blogs and reading all their great ideas. The quality of everyones work has been so high. Can't wait for the rest of the course.
Here are some photos of my attempts; the first one is a painted wooden bangle with rub-ons and added bling and the second is a gesso transfer and etching on canvas.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Happy Birthday Mum!

I can't believe how many birthdays I have this month! And my Mum's and cousins are on the same day!
I love these stamps and think they are great for a birthday. I found the one of the couple in the car in a discount bin years ago and was just waiting for the right accompanying stamp which I found while I was at home earlier in the year. I simply stamped them on card in rust brown and layered on brown card, used gems and flowers to embellish and a patterened paper as the background.
Simple but effective I think.

Happy Birthday Bree!

A nice but quick and easy card to make for my cousins birthday. I like a bit of decoupage and I think that this Kanban kit is nice and stylish. I love the colours and the soft muted tones.
Happy birthday couz!!!


My baby cousin's engaged!!! Not that she is a baby anymore! This is fantastic news and I am so happy for them both! So I made this card.
I used the Tim Holtz die and then painted the pieces with crackle paint and lined the back of the heart with sheet music. I covered half the card with a making memories definition paper and inked it with distress inks. The join is covered with ribbon and a Heidi Swapp banner stamp used. Then the whole thing is embellished with lots of bling!
Hope they love it!

My Favourite Flower!

I just LOVE frangipanis! They are my all time favourite flower and remind me of home! I took this photo at my cousins house in Western Australia and she has quite a few frangipani plants. I am soooo jealous, I wish I could grow them here in Scotland!

Happy Birthday Marisa!

I used Papermania capsule collection papers, ribbons and gem stones along with distress inks and cupcake creative expression stamps to make this cute card for my cousins birthday.
Hope she liked it.

Stamped Canvas

I saw a similar design being demoed on Ideal World and just had to give it a go myself! I am quite chuffed with the results and really pleased with how easy it was to create such a presentable piece.
I used distress inks to colour the canvas and stamp the image with a set of creative expression stamps. I then used the crackle stamp on the edge of the work and embossed with gold embossing powder. The shadows were created with a water brush and distress ink. The image was stamped on card and then adhered to the canvas.
Hope you like it.

Christmas Shaker Box

I made this for a class I did last christmas and i just came across the photo as I was uploading all the photos from my camera ( I know that punctuality is not my strong point!). I was really happy with how this turned out and think it makes a lovely christmas tree decoration.
I used the inside of a large empty matchbox and cut a frame using a sizix die. Coloured it with cosmic shimmer inks and glitter glue and used a complimentary ink with a woodware stamp set. Constructed it and put glitter in side it.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Back from Oz

We have all arrived back from Australia after our volcanic enforced longer holiday (but who is complaining! I love being back home!) And I have logged on to my blog and come to the realisation that I have been rather slack at maintaining it! So I have come back with my head and suitcase full of ideas and plan to try them all out. Hopefully they are successful, but the fun is in trying! Watch this space!!!