Monday, April 25, 2011

Cuckoo Clock (Kaisercraft)

It has been a while since I completed a board project.  As soon as I saw this clock at the Kaisercraft store at Browns Plains, I knew this would be my next project.  I went to the store to check out the 'Secret Bird Society' patterned papers, so naturally once I found the paper and really liked it, the clock was the next logical step, for me anyway.

Had so much fun during the creation, trying new techniques and sanding away.  How relaxing!

Couldnt successfully get a full photo of the clock with the 'chimes' hanging from the chains in the garden setting, and the colours were lost once hung on the wall, so I took a separate photo of the 'chimes'

Attached the chains to the clock and 'chimes' with long stemmed brads and then sealed the back of them so they would not shift

Another view from the back deck

Decided to keep the bird, butterflies and tree in their natural form rather than paint or stain and quite like the finished look - suited the paper without being overpowering

These are the initial work in progress photos.  Rather than paint the frame and accessories, decided to stain with Tim Holtz Distress Stains.  This worked out well as I was able to obtain the rustic look I was after and the drying time was simply amazing!

It wasnt until I looked at the picture which accompanied the clock that I realised I had placed the 'clock face' behind the main board, rather than in the front.  It was far too late to pull it all apart!  I don't think it makes a noticeable difference to the finished clock .

To complete the clock I used:
Kaisercraft Secret Bird Society patterned paper
Kaisercraft wooden bird on a branch
Kaisercraft doiley (mounted the bird on the doiley so I could add 3 feathers behind)
TPC Studio - rub ons and metal charms
Scrapmatts tree and leaves; random butterflies from stash; chain from jewellery section at Spotlight
Tim Holtz Distress stains Walnut and Vintage Photo
Pearls from stash coloured with Copic markers
and . . . lots of 'baby wipes' for my hands and a very big apron :) 

 loving the public holidays - time to complete works in progress and to commence new projects!
I thought I would try dyeing my own 'crinkled ribbon' to match my projects rather than buying on Etsy and waiting to come from O/S.  This is my first attempt and was not completely unhappy with the outcome (I followed Sherry Cheever's tutorial).  Even bought the seam binding ribbon from the store where she obtains her supplies (could not obtain in Australia - not the type I was after anyway)

looking forward to perfecting and dyeing with different colours and using on my projects

Friday, April 15, 2011

Mixed Media Canvas

I was very inspired by a canvas demonstrated by Christy Tomlinson (Scarlet Lime) titled 'Love is in the air' and the fabulous video tutorials she prepared  (see link to her blog).  Christy demonstrated a 10"x10" canvas, but being my first mixed media adventure, I decided to try a smaller version so mine is 6"x6".  I had so much fun with this (albeit very messy) and will try a couple more of her tutorials soon . . . so much to learn!.

This is how mine turned out:

another full size view - taken in natural light

Full size
the words say: 'these are the days of miracle and wonder . . . '

Bottom left hand side

bottom right hand side

top right hand side

top left hand side

I used a 6"x6" canvas and followed Christy's instructions for sealing etc.  Background paper is Basic Grey Ledger paper.  Flags, tree branch, flowers, and little people all cut from Prima Jack n' Jill paper stack.  Mixed rub ons, teeny flower punch, mesh for stamping background, stampin up roller for yellow paint, misc ribbon, Making Memories paint, baby wipes, Mod Podge glue and a 0.3 Copic multiliner pen.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Canvas for me

I have finally finished this project which commenced at a scrapbooking retreat I attended at the end of March 2011. 

We had to complete a layout (could copy or alter the layout provided), but the challenge was to decorate the bird, the main criteria being the use of identifiable paper from the kit provided and then anything that took our fancy.  Prior to the challenge I thought about what I wanted to do and then one morning awoke with the design in my head (a friend thought it was an ephinany?).  Then I set off to find all the goodies to try and replicate the design I had thought about  (not having seen the kit at this stage).  I bought some feathers used for fascinators and was staggered at the cost of them . . . but well worth it.

This was the challenge:

I was thrilled that the colours of the papers in the kit incorporated pinks, greens and browns!

This is my completed project - finally finished today - mounted onto a canvas and using a couple of layers of distressed art paper behind the main layout:

I didnt want to photograph with the light box, so took it out on the deck - quite like the look although not of photographic quality

The die cut is one I borrowed at the retreat (Marianne Creatables) and seemed to really suit the layout and the sentiment I wanted to hang from it (I printed onto some cardstock and then coloured with a few Distress inks) and I hung from the die cut with some twine

The photo of the tree and fence is a bit blurry unfortunately.  As part of the challenge, we were provided with the cut out of the tree and fence and I added texture paste, let it dry, and then stamped with distress inks and sprayed with a couple of different colours of Glimmermist

This is the finished bird, the photo I used (couldnt believe we had to use a 'brick stamp' and there were bricks behind me in the photo (me you say - yes, me - taken in 1968 at my brother's wedding)

This is the bottom left hand side of the finished layout.  I made the flowers and added buttons mounted on top of each other and some of my simple stick pins

here are a couple of close ups of the bird:

This a close up of the wing (which was added separately)

I took this photo by leaning up agaist some flowers (not part of the layout)

Doiley cut up and gathered, and coloured with Distress inks to suit project

better close up of textured  tree trunk and fence

Bottom of canvas showing lace and layers stamped, torn and distressed

PS:  thanks Shan for a terrific challenge and a great retreat!
I love birds, so this project meant a lot to me, as does the photo

Canvas for Abi

I am really loving working with a shabby chic style at present.

The canvas was done as a gift for baby Abi and she was 10 weeks old before I got cuddles and was able to give her mum the present. I am really happy with how it all came together and used her mum's favourite photo of her (hard to choose really.

Put it all together with some of my favourite elements (this week anyway) i.e. gesso, handmade flowers, lace, ribbons, stick pins, torn paper edges, stamps, hand sewing, punches, bling and an ippity stamp which is a great sentiment for many occasions.

Baby card for Ava

Unfortunately did no use the light box to take photos, so colours are not very good. 

Coloured with copics and outlined with distress inks.  Patterned paper from Prima's Jack n' Jill collection. Martha Stewart punch and ribbons and flowers from stock