Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Workshop with Sue Wilson

I had a great day on Sunday with Sue Wilson at the Creative Expressions warehouse in Kettering. Apart from learning great techniques a child in a sweet shop. We made four cards and was also given a project to make at home - of which I have yet to start.

The first card that we made was with ribbon and fake pearls. It was amazing just how much ribbon was used to make this and to see Sue demonstrate looked so easy but first attempts were not as easy as it looked.

This is one that I obviously need to practice to get perfect and for it to be quicker that the time that I took.
The pearls are in fact dried Cosmic Shimmer white glue dropped onto wax paper, left overnight to dry and the dusted with Cosmic Shimmer Mica powder. They certainly work out much cheaper than buying the pearls to go onto the cards. The stamp is from the Postcards set by Sam Poole, as are all of the stamps used for all four projects.

The second card was made using eco friendly acrylic paint. Blobs of the paint were put on the top of some card and using a credit card or similiar object, the paint ws pushed down the paper in streaks. You had to be careful that the streaks did not go murky and also ensuring that the paint was put on evenly. Once dried it was cut out, stamped onto and then mounted. A bow and gold thread were added to finish it.

It was quite a quick card to make and although I was not keen on the mess, I did like the effect that it made so although whilst making it, thought that I would not use that technique again, am not not so sure.

The third card was made using domino tiles. The reverse side of the tiles were used and these were mounted onto card. Once the glue had dried, they were coloured with alcohol inks and then stamped onto. They were then sprayed with a varnish to prevent the stgamping from coming off. The background behind the dominos was stamped with distress inks and then stamped and mounted. The dots around the black card was made using inkessentials white pen.

The last background was just stamped onto a light blue marbled type card with the sprig stamp using perfect medium and then the greeting was stamped in black. The ribbon was added with the bow to finish the card.

Although quite a heavy card, I thought that the overall effect was really good and was very pleased with it.

The last card that we got finished on the day was made with Shaving foam and again the effect was really lovely for something that was so easy to do. Shaving foam was put into a container and a blue and silver Cosmic Shimmer Mister sprayed onto of the foam and then worked into the foam with horizontal lines. A circle was laid onto of the background card with a temporary tape.
Once the required effect was achieved, the card was laid down onto the top of the shaving foam and the foam was wiped off with a ruler. The circle was taken off straight away to avoid it sticking permanently.
That left a fantastic background and then was stamped in black with the holly creating a hill and the deer, sprig and greeting stamps in black. It was then distressed around the edges with Black Soot distress ink.

This background was then matted and mounted onto another background that was stamped with faded jeans and then perfect medium and mica powder brushed over. The ribbon was added with a knot put it in midway and then glints added to finish the card.

This was a great day and I really could not say which was my favourite card as I liked them all and the company on the day was fantastic fun. I am really looking forward to the next workshop that Sue does and the techniques that she teaches.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Crafter's Companion Challenge 5

I just managed to get this finished in time for the fifth Challenge of Crafter's Companion, despite having it planned for a few weeks. I liked using the stamp and decoupage image on the workshop with Jayne so thought that I would use it again for the challenge.

The staircase image was from the Adorables range rubber stamps and the plaid background paper and decoupage was from the Adorables CD. I used roses from my stash but coloured some ivory roses with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I used Walnut Stain to add to the background of the plate and also to colour the darkest piece of brown background paper. For the lighter piece of brown background paper I used a mixture of Walnut Stain and Antique linen. I was very pleased with the effect that the ink gave, especially with the two colours together and will now experiment with using different colours to get a nice choice of background paers to use. Both were then mounted onto gold card.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Workshop with Jayne

I had a lovely day last Sunday with a workshop with Jayne Nestorenko. Jayne's workshops are always good and the three course meal that we had at lunch time was the usual great quality as well. I like the way Jayne brings different ideas and of course it is always good to be able to see all her samples which she put around the room and is quite happy for you to take photos of as well. This time, we made 3 items - 1 card and a bird house from the Unmounted Stamp Set Bird House range and a plate card from the Adorables range.

We started off making the card with a bird house on the front and I thought that this was a nice card for Christmas. We used the Pointsettia Birdhouse stamp plate. While most chose to use red and green, I thought I would just liked the fact that it was not the usual view that you get for Christmas and was something different.

The second item was the bird house - using the Holly Birdhouse Stamp plate. These were lovely to make and instead of sealing the roof, we left one side open and used a velcro spot to keep it closed so that you can put a gift or sweets into it. This way, you could either put a new item in each day leading up to Christmas or even make one for each day of Advent. It was painted using the Cosmic Shimmer watercolours. Although it can't really be seen in the photo, it was cream and orange. Jayne had quite a few samples and one done in gold on cream was stunning. There was also a sample made with acetate, which would make a great treat box.

The last item we made was a plate from the Adorables range. The decoupage was from the the CD but we stamped the bannister from the rubber stamps in distress ink to put the girls against. The template for this comes from the Adorables CD and it even includes the template for the stand, which can also be used for other cards - not just this plate card. The photo does not do the plate justice but the hollies on the outer plate are glittered, as it the outer edge. The inner part is separate and attached with foam pads to give it some depth.

All in all, a great day with great crafting, great food and great people. I will certainly be attending some more of Jayne's workshops next year.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

It's a Man's World

I can finally put this card up without the worry that my husband might see it before he should. This was made for his birthday and wanted to do something with F1 as previously I have done football and computers and wanted something different - and he does like F1.

The card is a silver pearlescent matt and I used Spellbinders Curved Rectangles in black and grey and I also went around the outside of the shapes with a silver pen.

The image was from a page of 3 car images - all in monotone and then just used silver sentiments to finish the card. I thought it looked great for a man's card and my husband thought so as well.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Crafter's Companion Challenge 4

Well, actually managing to keep up with the challenges at the moment and this is my entry for Crafter's Companion Challenge 4. I have used an image from Jayne Nestorenko's Adorables CD and Spellbinbinders Nestabilities scalloped circle die. The background paper is from Crafter's Companion Luxury Enveloper pack Icy Xmas that I bought some time ago. I also used an EZ Success Lattice Chain punch to create the middle section. I think that Jayne's designs are beautiful and love the images that she has done for this series. Each time I think that she will not better her last, she then goes and prove me wrong.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Beatrix Potter Challenge

I finally got some time to craft and thought that I would just make some of the old challenges from Crafter's Companion and liked this Jemima Puddleduck picture that fitted nicely into the oval nestabilities. I also used the new nestabilities labels seventeen and finished it with paper roses made using a 1" paper punch and the left over card from the matting. As it is a Beatrix Potter card and has not been submitted before, I thought that I would enter it into the current Beatrix Potter challenge.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Not been too good at updating

Well, I have not been too good at keeping this up to date - the time just seems to fly and all good intentions with it. Since my last posting I have not made too many cards but have been to a few workshops. I went to Doncaster for Summer Crafting in July and did four workshops there. I also went to Jayne Nestorenko's VIP workshop in August and really enjoyed that.

Since then I have fitted in a quick holiday to New York with my husband and that certainly was not long enough. I did not find many craft shops apart Michael's and one that I had not been to before - A C Moore - which is very similar to Michael's so did not spend too much on crafting goodies there.

But we did get to see and do a lot of things such a riding on "The Cyclone" at Coney Island (although husband was not prepafred to do that), watching baseball at Yankee Stadium and Citifield. We also went to Atlantic City, Ellis Island, observation platforms at Top of the Rock and Empire State Building and climbed to the Crown at the Statue of Liberty. We also did a food tour of New York where we got to taste such delicacies as freshly made mozzarella, italian salami, Garlic Wurst, Key Lime Pie, Russian dumplings with sourcream and a few others.

Hopefully, now I will be able to get back to cardmaking although with the football season in full swing, that might not happen as much as I like. I have got a couple of workshops coming up in the next few months so hopefully will be able to get some quality time crafting.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

My first post

I thought that it was about time I got into this blogging malarkey, especially with so many challenges around that seem to want your entry put onto a blog. How often I will get time to blog, I am not sure but will see how it goes. My favourite form of crafting is card making, although I started off with quilting but just do not seem to get time for that now. I still have my stash so hopefully will get back to it one day.

I particularly enjoy parchment craft and qualified as a Pergamano Tutor. Although it does take a long time, the effect is worth it and the fact of not using preformed templates and grids makes it all the more worthwhile to me.

I thought that I would start my blog off with the first challenge card that I have done,which was for Crafters Companion Monthly Challenge Blog. I had to send this entry in by email but hopefully next time I can just link it.