Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Upcoming classes & Paper Secrets Birthday bash.....

This Friday I'm teaching my  Graphic 45  "Mad Hatter" layout at Greenbank Scrapbook Shop at 9:30am.  This class is only $12-00.    This can be adapted to formal/wedding photos (with a top hat), fancy dress parties, or kids birthdays depending on which papers you choose.  Here's a sneak peak....

Then on Saturday I'm teaching an interactive multi-photo layout that utilises a heap of techniques.  You'll use metal foil, leather, alcohol inks, embossing, distressing,  paint, and rust techniques.  This class costs $17-00, which includes the use of many different products. Call Lisa at the shop on 07 3200 1832 to book your place. 

And for some further scrapping inspiration this weekend....

Monday, March 28, 2011

March Challenge entries

I've entered a few challenges this month, so I thought I'd share a few with you.
This is my Vintage Victorian Gift Card holder for the challenge at Bella Creations.

Berry71bleu has a vintage challenge this month....YAY!  I love  vintage!  Here's my layouts.

For those of you in Brisbane, I'm teaching this Saturday at Greenbank Scrapbook Shop.  
And......I've posted a couple of tutorials over at the Artfull Crafts blog, so go check it out.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Scrapping those Birthday pics

Sometimes it can be hard to scrap all those birthday photos.  If you're anything like me, you take a hundred photos!  So what did I do with these ones from my daughters 9th birthday?  I ended up doing a heap of multi-photo pages, so she has all her friends in the photos, and can remember all the fun.

The paper was quite busy so I kept the layouts simple so the focus stayed on the photos.  I used a hidden journalling pocket to include extra information.

I used paint to create a base for my journalling and title on two of the pages.

I hope this has given you some ideas for scrapping those events with lots of photos.

I made a card using Kaisercraft's English Rose papers....

And discovered I could make decorative strips with my Martha Stewart Deco Fan punch by flipping my paper over .  You could also make individual "flowers" by cutting them apart.
 I used it on this layout...
 I love this "Once upon a springtime"collection by Graphic 45.

 I used Stickles and Kaisercraft bling in the flower centres.

Till next time...

Monday, March 14, 2011

Birthdays and Blooms

In keeping with our theme of "Birthdays and Blooms" at Artfull Crafts, I thought I'd post a few pics for you.  The first is a card or photo holder ( I haven't decided which yet) using Kaisercrafts Recipe Box.

I used K & Company Que Sera Sera papers, Creative Imaginations rub-on, Prima bling, and lots of flowers, some of which I have spritzed with Glimmer Mist, or applied Stickles, or Diamond Dust.
I will place some photos in the 'windows' once I get them printed.  This project took around 6 hours to make, but I do love how it turned out.

I was using up my scraps with this layout.    It is based on a sketch/recipe from a challenge blog (but I can't find which one, so if you know please leave me a message so I can give them credit)
I made a flower from a strip of muslin, folded in half, using a running stitch to gather it.  I added a button to the centre.  Other flowers were made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, I stamped on one with pink ink.

 I hand-dyed a doiley using Glimmer Mist, and used this as a flower with part of my title as its centre.  Dyeing it gives a different look than just spritzing the doiley.  I usually do a batch and dye doileys, old lace, and seam binding.

My next layout is my DT project for Scrappassion Challenge Blog International where we had to make a monochromatic layout with at least four photos.   
There's prizes to be won, by either joining the challenge, or by becoming a follower, so head on over to the blog after you've checked out my pics.
I used a Martha Stewart punch, and I coloured almost everything with Glimmer Mist (I'm sure I told you I love that stuff!)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Blooms, tips and techniques!

Hi everyone,   The theme for the Artfull Crafts Design Team  this month is "Birthdays and Blooms" so make sure you check out the blog to see all the wonderful projects, tips and techniques the girls will posting.  As you've probably noticed, I love adding blooms to my projects,  it gives depth and texture, and they are so pretty!

First I have a card I made, based on a sketch by Tanya Leigh.  I used Kaisercraft's English Rose collection.  I love that the reverse of the barcode strip is decorated...very sweet.  I used Kaiser's new Paper Blooms  and Sullivan's mini roses on it too.

My layout was made using Graphic 45 "Once Upon A Springtime" paper.   These papers are seriously gorgeous with lots of flowers and fairies.  And the paper is a really, good quality, fantastic for layering and fussy cutting.
 I used Tim Holtz filmstrip, lots of lovely flowers, and Graphic 45 diecut tags and frames.   I added a little extra glitz with some Stickles

 I love making my own flowers so will be posting a few tutorials over the next few weeks.   As they say....Stay tuned!

Dimensional Magic is a very versatile product, but many people are unsure how to use it. I use mine all the time, and find it lasts for ages.   For me it's a necessity alongside tape and  ink.  Here are a few of my favourite ways to use it.

1. As a strong glue! It's fantastic for glueing buttons, shells, plastics, acrylic, and metal.   I use it on acrylic albums because I want it to last, and I know it will hold.

2. As a glaze on chipboard or other embellishments to give it a glossy look.
 It was hard to capture this, but the doodled flowers, & yellow icing are glossy.  I also highlighted every second line on the wrapper of the cupcake.

3. To create "dew" on your flowers, add a few little droplets on the petals

4. It's brilliant for attaching glitter or Diamond Dust to your projects. Simply put Dimensional Magic where you want the glitter & sprinkle the glitter on. (N.B.  It works great if you dip flowers into the Diamond Dust, gives a nice and chunky look.)

5. To highlight a pattern on paper. It has a pointed tip which allows very precise application of this product.
The dark part of the bracket was covered in Dimensional Magic, and provides a nice contrast  to the flat background. 

 I highlighted "Sisters"on the title, and parts of the patterned paper.

 I've used Dimensional Magic on the guitar,  faux photo corners, and title .

6. To create texture on acrylic albums. Create your own swirls, grid patterns, etc.

7. To attach small items such as beads, microbeads, & Flowersoft.

8. It can be used in the same manner as Glossy Accents (which is used by Tim Holtz in many of his videos, & books)

9.  Creates a cool 3-D effect when you mix glitter into it on your chipboard.  I use a pinhead or toothpick.

10.  You  can make jewellery by using it in the same manner as resin.

11.  Use it to create a resist, allow to dry.  Distress Ink or Glimmer Mist over your paper, then buff off the excess.   (I will do a quick tutorial on this in my DT post next week.)

Tips for use
Do not shake the bottle.  This will create bubbles (use a pin to pop them while still wet)
Use a needle or pin to unclog the nozzle.
It is a little cloudy when wet, but dries clear.
Turn bottle at angle and squeeze gently to release liquid.
Use the pointed tip for easy and even application.
Outline your work, then fill in.
Allow to dry for 24 hours before handling  (It will dry alot faster in the Queensland summers)
Keep out of extreme temperatures or humidity while drying to prevent cracking.

Please let me know if you found this helpful.

Happy Scrapping!


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