Monday, June 30, 2008

Family Canvas

Here is a sneak peak of the 'Family' canvas that I will be teaching at Tomorrow's Memories in the next class schedule.

As you can see the canvas is quite dimensional and is made with quite neutral colours sure to match in with anyone's home. There are many techniques I will be sharing in this class including working with UTE, turning paper flowers into porcelain looking flowers as well as distressing and metallic rub-on for a aged battered look. The canvas is 12 x 12 in size so sure to be something special to showcase that perfect family photo!
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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Dress Form Swap

I am currently working on my dress forms for the swap at Tomorrow's Memories (amongst everything else!!) and as there were small and large dress forms in the packet (which are by Collections), I have decided to use the smaller ones to proto-type my final creation. (the larger ones are needed for the swap).

At the moonlight on Friday night, I made proto-type 1 (which may end up being 'the one' who knows) It is a bit of an 'evening' theme dress. The upper skirt is made with bonsai wire which I have twisted to keep get a 3-D effect. I cant wait to give up 10 of my 11 to receive 10 different ones back!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Father's Day / Male Cards

Being my first month on the Design team at Tomorrow's Memories, I have been asked to do a couple of classes in their next Class Schedule. I am really excited to have been given this opportunity. It is a real change from putting all my energy into doing one card and layout each month for the competitions - to creating 4 cards and a canvas for my classes. I am absolutely loving the challenge of it and I am looking forward them.

Today I finished the Cards for my class of which I promised a sneak peak.... so here goes. Each of them are Acetate cards so thought needs to be given to hiding evidence of glue and double sided tape!

This card includes some distressing and embossing with pearls and UTE powder. We will also be doing some layering with paper for a more dimensional effect.

On this card we will be using the cuttlebug to add texture to the paper and eyelets for some embellishment without all the 'frills'

On this card we will be doing some stamping and embossing with pearls, and embossing on aluminum sheet. There is also a really beautiful poem contained in the card

On this card we will be exploring some more embossing techniques and how versatile stamping and embossing can be. We will also be doing some embossing with UTE powder which adds a great deal more dimension as well as colour.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Recent cards

Sorry I have not posted much new stuff over the past week or so, I have been really busy getting work done, as well as designing pieces for my upcoming classes at Tomorrow's Memories. I will be doing two classes, one is a canvas and the other is a selection of Male cards (one specifically for father's day). I will post some sneak peaks of these soon, but if you will want to see the whole of the piece, you will need to pop into Tomorrow's memories where they will be on display.

Anyway, thought I would share with you some of my not so recent cards.

For this card, I used my knife to cut out parts of what was a really detailed paper, it gave a really nice effect. The back of it looked a bit like lace before I stuck it down!

For this card I used glossy accents to bring out the flowers a little more.

In this card I used paper I had previously cut out daisy flowers with the sizzix as a stencil and sponged over it in white and pink paint to create this background effect in the centre of the card. I didn't actually use any patterned paper at all, so it was a great idea for when you can't find paper to match what you are wanting... CREATE IT YOURSELF! Again, I used glossy accents on the flowers to give that more porcelain effect.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Mini Travel album

It is a great idea to make a little album for someone who is going on a trip. You just decorate with paper and decorate the cover, then leave it to them to put their photos in. I did this little one for my mother in-law as she is leaving on her trip soon.
As she is starting to get into Scrapbooking I left the pages inside blank for her do herself in her own favourite colours, and she can do it as she travels as she has taken supplies with her. It will be nice for her to have an album as soon as she gets back with photos to share with everyone.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Mini house charm

Get miniture with houses. I love seeing how small i can make things....

I made this little charm for my mother in-law who is off on a trip and wanted some little trinkets to put in her van to remind her of everyone. The frame has been embossed to get this battered metal look, it is a great effect if you don't melt the embossing powder too much. The frame part (not including the top embellishment) is only about 2 inches high, and the houses, well they are just TINY!!.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

New cards

I have been busy making some cards and working on some layouts that are not ready to share yet. Here is a card I finished last night to send to my friend's little girl for her birthday. Hope she likes it!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Mini Collections Frame

A couple of weeks ago I got this collections pack to make a mini frame, it didnt come with instructions, but I did have a picture to work from. It is now finished, so I thought I would share. You can get some nice dimension out of the collections flowers and butterflies if you bend them around a little. This frame is only 6x6 so it is a nice piece to hang on a small wall or place on a piece of furniture.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Thank-you cards

I have decided to make a few more acetate 'Thank-you' cards, if I have them there, I am more likely to give them. I will keep adding to this blog entry with some more as I do them.

You can often change a little of a design or the materials used to get a different looking card. I liked the design of the card I made with the challenge pack, and so decided to make another using acetate as the base of the card. I really like the effect it has with the metallic paper behind it.

Some new cards

This card was made using June's Card Challenge pack. One Thank-you card READY TO GO!

This is the card I recently gave my Mum for her birthday.

Some new houses

This weekend I got to teach my mum how to make some 2D houses. She really enjoyed it and said that she learnt SO much in the little time we got to spend scrapping together during my visit. I think that she did a fantastic job (Mum's is the one on the left), and I left her with some supplies to make more. We made them into magnets, and they are now proudly displayed on her fridge. Can't wait to see a Village when I visit next!

Here are some of the Collections 3D houses. I have made these for Tomorrow's Memories and are now displayed in the store. I really enjoy making them as it is fun trying to come up with something different for each house. Hopefully the village is finished soon!

Prize May Card Challenge

This month I am VERY lucky to be the winner of the May Birthday Month Card Challenge. I won this awesome prize of an M&M tote and the next card challenge pack. The girls once again have been VERY generous with the prize and there were SO many really creative and different cards this month. Although I put a great deal of time and effort into mine, I was still really chuffed to won, as all of the cards were done to such an exceptionally high standard.

The tote also came full of all these goodies...... I LOVE EMBELLISHMENTS!!!

Thursday, June 5, 2008


When I started making cards, I did so for the reason that I wanted to give more thank-you cards. I have been pretty slack at doing this over the years and not given anywhere near as many as I would have liked to. So to make sure I start taking more time to say thank-you, I am going to give a minimum of 1 thank-you card EVERY month.

The first of my thank-you cards for a while will go to my parents for always giving my husband and I a place to stay and a car to drive around when we are in Melboune, even if it is at short notice.

Thanks Mum and Dad!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

April entry - Layout

This layout is of one of my dogs Kujo that I did for the April Scrap Challenge. It was funny working with this paper because it was quite busy (EVEN FOR ME!) and to get dimension in it (which I love) I raised some of the dots. I really enjoyed doing this challenge as it was paper I would not have ordinarily picked, but absolutely loved in the end.

Challenges are a great way to make you step out of your comfort zone which I love. They really make you try to do something different or work with colours or paper you otherwise may never have chosen. Sonya does a wonderful job a putting together the challenge packs each month, and always chooses some interesting papers and embellishments!

Weekend Away

This weekend being a long weekend in WA we headed away with some friends to Nannup. We had a great time and enjoyed watching our friends compete in a speedboat competition on the river. Nannup is really pretty and it was such a relaxing weekend. While we were there the girls and I went for a drive to Bridgtown to check out a little Christmas shop that was recommended to me by the lovely Tracey.

I was so excited upon entering as they had SO many SNOWMEN which I have a bit of a collection going of..... Here is the latest addition to my collection.

Isn't he cute!!