Sunday, February 26, 2012

The train has arrived . . .

Over the last couple of weekends a friend and I decided to complete the Kaisercraft Train Caddy which I had decided to put together for her grandson when he was born . . . he is now almost 3 ears old, so we decided 'to get it done'. A real change to my latest projects I must say, as well as working on all my online projects too.

Cheryl  sanded and painted the base of everything and then we got paper cutters, glue, rulers, pencils, matching embellishments, REALLY old things from my early scrapbooking days like a 'steering wheel' and some press clips that we decided to use on the train wheels to make them look 'realistic' and some other rivet clips for 'lights' for the train.  Trying to think what a 3 year old boy would like is a bit hard for me these days  we were happy with the overall completed finish.

As her grandson loves trains, she is looking forward to him discovering some of the little hidden treasures on the train and what uses he will find for the 3 x caddies.

Papers and embellishments -
Kaisercraft - Fun Fair series
I even found a little key in my stash for the engine driver

Joined with some rings I had in my stash as well

Name on back with some more 'lights'

Looking forward to see what he thinks when he receives it!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Week 2 - Marks All 'Painting'

I finished this 'painting' last weekend, but only had a chance to  frame it today.  I found an old brown frame with a touch of silver around the centre in my stash.  Painted with cream paint and then covered with Tim Holtz tape to give a bit of an 'old world' effect.

This was quite a detailed project which involved Marks All 'Painting'.  Searched everywhere for these pencils, but found some at the Art Shed.  They are called Scribe-ALL (all surface pencil).

The work was done on Watercolour paper to enable machine sewing.  Lots of Mixed Media techniques were  used as well as Scribe-ALL pencils, charcoal, inks, Faber Castell markers, old book and music paper (as first background) painters tape to mask sections etc. 

Finished picture size (before framing) is 16" x 11.5"

Close up bottom left hand side
can see straight and zig zag machine stitching

close up bottom right hand side
I like how the background is not completely covered with paint/ink/pencil

Close up middle left hand side
The words say listening to the whispers in my heart
Printed the words on to sticky back canvas and then sewed around the edges

close up - top right hand side

close up top left hand side
butterflies were cut from old music paper using Martha Stewart butterfly punch
machine stitched through the centres and then 'joined' all the butterflies together with machine stitching

On to my next project . . .

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Altered Journal - Week 1

This is my take on the Altered Journal in week one of the Creatively Made Workshops by Jeanne Oliver Designs.  The processes are fabulous and learning a lot along the way.  I have had this completed for a little while and am slowly working through the other tutorials as time permits.

The journal is 12 x 8 1/2"
I used an image from Dover Publications which was part of one of their weekly samplers.  Increased the size of the image to suit the journal and printed in black and white

This is a close up of the top - better view of paints, inks, spray, texture etc

close up of the side elements
the 'string' is some embroidery cotton I found in my stash

Close up of the bottom with texture, inks, paints etc

Friday, February 17, 2012

Creative Color Workshop - Christy Tomlinson

This is my last project for this Workshop.  Very colorful indeed.  Had lots of fun creating this piece . . .
Side view
whilst I really like pink and green, yellow is a colour with which I am using a little bit more of these days.  Lots of fun elements in this piece

front view of 6x12 canvas
Words: she saw wide-open spaces and took flight

also used a scrap piece of wedding  coffeee coloured wedding dress fabric embroidered with beads in the top left corner.

Whilst this is very colourful for me, enjoyed the process . . .

thanks Christy for yet another great on-line course

Hearts on Canvas

This is a project I have been trying to complete for some time and put the finishing touches on the three canvasses today (which were made as a set). I think Christy's original tutorial called for either 5x5 or 6x6.  I used 8x8 as that was all I had in my stash at the time.

The hearts were created by dying white tissue paper with Adirondack Color Wash Sprays in Cranberry, Sailboat Blue and Lettuce.  Christy gives a good tutorial on how to cut the tissue into little squares and adhere to a piece of heart-shaped cardboard..

I decided to add lace from an old dress (bought on ebay for craft purposes) and added a little to the front  and then all round the sides.  I am happy with the overall effect the lace gave to the project.

Tissue paper dyed with Cranberry
The background on all the canvasses is  very old book paper

Tissue paper dyed with Sailboat Blue
NB: 26 Feb - changed word to Family

Tissue paper dyed with Lettuce

All all canvasses, added some Tattered Angels Glimmermist of varying shades to the tissue paper  as well as some stickles. Printed the words on sticky-back canvas. added a little brass heart to each of the large hearts. Dotted the finished canvasses with drops of Adirondack sprays in the 3 colours and 'smooched' around the edges.  Used a variety of stamps on the backgrounds as well.

PS: 27 Feb 2012
Delivered canvasses which are aptly named Family, Love, Comfort,  to a new and very deserving home.

Project for Scrap Elegance Scrapbook Supplies

This is a project using buttons, ribbons, twine  and doiley embellishments from Scrap Elegance Scrapbook Supplies.  Sales event commences 22 February.

This is full size on 12 x 12 canvas

Bottom left hand side showing machine sewing (cotton threads left hanging on purpose) and rub-ons

close up bottom right hand side

close up top left hand side

Close up top right hand side
the word 'welcome' was mounted on ribbon and then stamped with Staz-on Ink

Close up of side view

Materials used:
12 x 12 canvas
Patterned paper - Basic Grey - Kissing Booth collection
Pretty in Pink Artist paper (Robin-Marie Smith) behind photo
Misc papers from stash
Papertrey ink dies for banner
Crystal Ice Stickles on flags
Faber Castell Raw Umber marker pen on sides of canvas
Machine stitching and rub-ons
Maya Road Pink Grapefruit Metallic Mist
Jo Sonja's texture paste
Crafter's Workshop stencil
Misc stamps, alphabet, roller stamps
Embellishments: Scrapbook Elegance Scrapbook Supplies

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Busy, busy

I am busy at both my jobs, so finding very little time to 'create' at the moment.  Meeting some craft friends on Friday and Saturday, so hope to have some on-going projects finished by the end of the weekend.
Currently working on one of Christy Tomlinson's Creative Color Workshops' projects involving the '3 hearts' canvasses.  It has been quite time-consuming over the last few nights dyeing the white tissue paper, waiting for it to dry, and then producing a project twice as large as the one Christy demonstrated.
The end result will be well worth it . . . just wish I had 'block' hours to sit down in my craft room and complete.
However,  real life is taking over my 'creative world', but I am happy to say that I do find at least a few minutes each day to spend in my 'haven'

Hope you are all well, happy, and settling in to all things that 2012 is bringing our way.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Chicken Wire Stamp

I have FINALLY found a 'chicken wire' stamp that I have been looking for for quite some time . . . and was able to source it from . . . The Stamp Trap in Geebung, Brisbane - so excited! - received today - fantastic service and product well wrapped for postage.  Here is my first 'try' . . . I do not know what it is about this stamp that I love so much . . . but it is PERFECT.

Stamped on a previously painted Journal page that was
'waiting' for 'just the right' stamp - looks great!