Monday, May 28, 2012

Somewhere to Scrap retreat - Mt Tamborine

I attended the Somewhere to Scrap retreat at Mt Tamborine on the weekend with Ang and also met a couple of wonderful crafters and artists (lovely to meet you Alicia, Sally and Deb).  The trip up the mountain on Friday night was horrific with the rain, fog, and the inconsiderate motorists, and it is something I would not want to repeat any time soon - thank goodness we all arrived safely.

I actually organised myself this time and 'downsized'.  Prepared layout pages and took the minimal tools, paper, etc.  Thanks Ang for sharing - and I will replace some of the bling I used that you had 'in stock'.

I won the 'shoe' competition.  We received a template for shoe ( original template was designed by Stacey Cohen)  and the rest was up to us.  I decided on a monochromatic theme and was very happy with the end result.  I added a 'back' as well as 'sides' in the form of a lace trim.

The winning prize was some beautiful Basic Grey paper and embellishments to match as well as a magazine.

Here is my 'winning' shoe . . . I thought of it as a 'Cinderalla Shoe' and that was the general opinion :)

The 'finished' shoe is 7" or nearly 18cm from tip to heel.
I created the shoe from wheat Bazzill cardstock for the upper and Kraft for the sole and
added Kaisercraft rhinestones to the front and heel of the shoe which were added over the Webster Pages silver lace netting

I also added an 'extra' heel piece and to give it some dimension, ran the Wheat Bazzill cardstock through an embossing folder which gave it a beautiful effect, and 'painted' the inner shoe with Liquid Pearls Dimensional Pearlescent Paint called Platinum Pearl
The beautiful 'silver' flower was courtesy of Ang, but not showing up very well in this photo - thanks Ang for being so generous :) x

added the lace around the outside to 'fill in' the shoe and was very happy with the outcome, and thrilled to win the competition - ( thanks to everyone who voted for me :)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Julie Nutting 'How do I look?' girl

This project took  a long time to complete - because I kept changing backgrounds and adding and removing elements  - building the background as per Julie's instructions in her Collage Courture book, and because of the size  of the canvas, added a few extra embellishments and textures.  i.e. added chandeliers to the top of the canvas and a handbag at her feet as well as quite a bit of texture over the whole canvas.

Julie's girl was A4 in size and had shorter dark hair - I added extra elements to balance the size of the canvas.

I called this canvas . . . dream in colour, live in wonder, believe in magic - one of my favourite quotes . . .

Full canvas size is 12x24" or 30x60cms
This is the full canvas taken in full light - doesnt really depict the true depth of colour

Full canvas taken in a different light setting

the bottom of the canvas showing the texture and the handbag I added to complete the piece

full picture of the 'how do I look' girl.  added pearls to her skirt, belt and headband

Added the chandeliers cut from a cricut cartridge, inked and the added Inkessentials Crackle Accent to give a bit of a shine and old age feel

Canvas 1 of Donna Downey Canvas Create Series

I joined Donna Downey's Canvas Create Series at the beginning of the year.  Each month you pay for and receive a tutorial video covering all different mediums, in varying sizes for the completed projects.

This project titled 'inspire' was the first one in the series.  I did go on to complete the 2nd one, but didnt like the outcome so will do this one again.  I now have 3 more to catch up on before the May tutorial arrives.

The canvas size is 14 x 16" - free hand creation of background and flower

close up of flower and background

prepared the word 'inspire' in word processing programme and then cut around it before applying to project

close up of background which was created with tape, inks, paints and markers

close up of flower

Christy Tomlinson - April Mixed Media

I wanted to do a simple project and found Christy's Behind the Video - April Mixed Media Kit and really liked the concept of the 3 separate canvasses.  Christy used 6x6", but I only had 7x5" size.  Rather than hanging on wall side by side, will hang one under the other.

The colours are very peaceful and what better location to photograph them than in the garden.
I just stacked them one on top of the other for the photo, but will be hung properly on the wall allowing a little space between each canvas

I used stencils which were circular in shape to depict the flight of the butterfly 

close up of top canvas

This photo was taken in full sun in the garden

I found the quote on the Quietfire Design blog and wanted to use it in a project.  The discovery  came first and then I found a way to use it - very appropriate.  It says:

May the wings of
the butterfly kiss the sun
and find your
shoulder to light upon

Irish Blessing

My take on 'Denim Girl'

This is the first of my 'girls'  based on 'Denim Girl' from Julie Nutting's book Collage Couture.  The instructions are simple to follow and very enjoyable - quite different to undertaking online classes.

Size of canvas is 30cm x 40cm or 12" x 16". Julie's book is A4 size, so I photocopied to an A3 size so I could cut the correct size patterns for my canvas.

Instead of a plain red bird, I added a couple of different feathers and a little resin flower

Also added some rub-ons over whole of canvas using 'dream' words and quotes

Building the background

I am really enjoying learning the processes of Julie's 'Fashionable Art'.  Hope to eventually create a girl in my own style and see where that path leads.

PS:  will upload more finished projects during the weekend

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Projects nearing completion

I have about 10 projects in varying stages of completion.  I am really enjoying the eclectic array of works - all quite different.
Have been feeling quite poorly since the weekend  and with a day absent from work today, was browsing Pinterest and found this great photo which bought a smile to my face.


Will upload my projects soon