Friday, September 16, 2016

Veels Geluk (Congratulations)

Time for a birthday card again. I was going to say this is for someone special, but all the cards I make are for somebody special, so that seems to be a rather pointless observation!

I used pigment inks for the watercolour look on the background. I find they blend pretty well with water, if not as readily as the dye inks. And I'm pleased with the results I got. I apply ink to the work surface, spray with water, mix it in and just press the cardstock into the mixture. The last step was splattering gold paint over the entire surface - only a little though! I just wanted a hint of gold on there. Finally I trimmed the card front a little smaller than the card base and inked the little strips on either side of the panel using the same pinkish red ink pad (ColorBox Ruby) For drying I like to put it into or underneath a book to dry nice and flat.





For the cut out I used a Silhouette Studio Design Store file by Jamie Koay called  'Roses Bunch Lace'  . The sentiment is stamped and white embossed onto black. (I think the white powder is getting old - it's looking a bit 'creamy' to me. Yikes!) and sandwiched a bit of black thread between the sentiment strip and the card. The thread is squiggly, did you notice that? I was replacing a zipper in a garment last week and thought how cute the squiggly thread look - and it ended up on the card front. Just a variation on the pristine new thread look one normally sees. I also stitched the tag to the edge of the card just to add a bit of interest.

A trio of sequins finished it up and the card is ready to be sent!



I'm off to write a little letter to mail with the card...see you soon!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Starting Our Homeschooling Journey

It seems like light years ago now. And I guess in a way it is a long time ago. 19 years ago we started our homeschooling (or home learning if you prefer) journey.

It was "interesting" Ha!



I used Cathy Krenek's new "It's All in The Numbers" Bundle for this page -




Of course I always change the LO for my pages to accommodate the different format that I have our photobooks printed in. I keep both formats because one never knows when the available formats for these books might change. It seems to happen often enough. So here is the 9x12" version of this page.



Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Space Museum - Kona

Here's a bit of 'history'. Family history anyway!

The little school at Makapala on a field trip to the Space Museum in Kona, Hawai'i. This was late 1993 or maybe even early in 1994.

Oh my, does that ever bring back memories...




I used Cathy Krenek's new "Reach For The Stars" kit for my page. (the different parts of the bundle are available in separate pieces too. Find them in Cathy's store HERE)





Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer Time Chillin'

Cool Cat. What more can I say...what more do I need to say?
Not much beats sipping a cool drink while floating on the water on a hot summer's day.



I found this delightful digital stamp image over at Hambo Stamps - 'Cool Cat' . I filled the shaker portion of the card with a variety of sequins. When you shake the card the cool 'water' splashes all around the reclining feline...aaaah that's the life! 
A warm sun, sponged in with pigment inks on the background layer, reminds us that it is indeed a hot day.




I added a lot of details on the card front - Tropical flowers from the SVG Cuts - Summer Holiday collection (affiliate link) and Plumeria (frangipani) blossoms from Miss Kate Cuttables . I also added paper castings of a shell and a pair of flip-flops. The sandals were coloured to match the ones the cat is wearing, down to the daisy on the straps.



Here they are closer-  I used a Polymer clay mold to make the shoes and the daisy is a tiny punch. The daisy center is a single foamy polystyrene ball. Tweezers are so very handy in the craft room I find! 



I coloured everything using Momento Dye Inks. I really like the beautiful water colour results it gives me.




After I had finished the card I decided to change it up to my original idea of an easel card. It simply displays better that way. On this image you can also see the shimmer platters and embossing added to the blue frame. I sincerely hope our friends enjoyed their much needed vacation!



Until next time...have a great crafting week!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Summer Time and Flowers

It is so very nice to have an excuse to make lots and lots of flowers and since it has been a while, I found twice as much enjoyment as usual from making this gift box and card combination for a friend's birthday.



The box was just an empty chocolate box that was exactly the size I needed. I simply opened it up and copied the pattern. The papers are by Graphic 45. The colours from the paper set the colour palette for the rest of my embellishments. I coloured the light sand coloured cardstock doily, flowers and leaves with Memento Dye inks.
The leaves and flowers are a combination of punches and cutting files. There is also the odd 'petaloo' flower (I am not a fan btw) Links at the bottom of this post.









The card started off with an easel card base. I used an embossing folder for the texture on the background panel. It provided the perfect understated elegant detail I was looking for.








My Scrap Chick - Easel Cards
Flower Cut Files  and Leaf Cut Files - Sheri McCulley (affiliate link)
Cut Flower Vines only (affiliate link)
Cut Flower Scallops - flowers only (affiliate link)
Embossing folder - Anna Griffin's 'Pirouette'

Saturday, July 23, 2016

It's a Pencil, It's a Box...It is FUN!

OK I must have been somewhere under a rock, as I was unaware of the existence of My Scrap Chick. What a fun store, full of fun designs!

But when I saw this project - I fell in love. Just like that. Pencil Box 3D



Well now really...who would not like such a fun box or decor item? I know I do. Yes please, just give me a shelf full!

Seriously.

Now as an artist and one who works mostly in coloured pencil, well the graphite pencil is really nice, but I decided to turn it into a coloured pencil. The original pattern makes a finished pencil of 12.25" tall



Actually...a few coloured pencils... ps all the pieces in the back are done with coloured pencils. The florals not by me, but all the rest of them are prints of my work. The originals having been sold, I'm 'reduced' to having prints of them on my walls. Ha! If you'd like to see more take a look at my art blog here : Reflections Fine Art Studio. (I working on a website)




A few process pictures for you :

The body of the pencil, scored on a score board, rather than with the Cameo.



The pencil 'lead' ready for a quick bit of inking before attaching it to the 'wood' cone



 The 'wood' cone with the 'sharpener' details attached



And the detail pieces glued onto the surface of the cone - now I can add the coloured nib.



Instead of adding the pink eraser and metal strip details that the original pattern has, I added this wooden base with the coloured core so it will look like a coloured pencil.




Now I am ready to draw...or maybe not, the colour doesn't work with this piece I'm currently working on...





But they might have worked with this colouring book page. Ha!
The page is from the 'Medieval Tapestries' colouring book published by Dover. I copied and enlarged it to make a decor item for my craft area. Maybe I should arrange the pencils around it on the wall...oh the possibilities with these fun pencils are ENDLESS!




I made these all as boxes so they may be used for decor, or they may become containers. They would make the BEST gift boxes. Imagine : a colouring book and a pencil box full of pencils! Great gift, don't you think?

Wellness Oasis

I'm making a photo book for a friend, hence the blurred faces... but I did want to show you this mini kit by Cathy Krenek - One Fine Day.





It is bright and cheery and just right for those fresh spring and summer LO's!