Thursday, December 26, 2013

Out of 'crafting' action

Have been working full time in the city since mid-October.  Had no time to spend time in my craft room after long, long days. 
Whilst my assignment was very enjoyable,  added 1.5 hrs travelling each way on the bus. I became used to the travel and was pleased to have my e-book in my handbag and must admit, met two 'bus buddies' to chat with every now and then.
Am actually undertaking some online journal classes over the next few days to re-gather and regain my creative mojo.

Hope to post something soon.

Until then, wishing you and your family a very happy, safe and enjoyable Festive Season

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Deb's Journal

I taught a fabric and lace journal cover class at Bella Paperie recently.  Of course, no two finished pieces were alike. Great fun indeed. Deb chose the image and colours for this journal, and given time limitations for her, I offered to complete her journal - very enjoyable with a beautiful outcome.

Completed Journal with ribbon closure 

Front of A5 journal
The cover can be removed when using journal or to add to a new journal at a later point

Close up of front
Image is from Pinterest - French and Sparrow

Close up of flower embellishment
Base - old doily, then gathered a lace strip to form a circle,
next a flower cut from another doily, then the middle of a flower I pulled apart with a
beautiful pearl embellishment to complete

Close up of layers and bottom of journal

Back of journal 
used double sided satin ribbon with an ivory strip of 
seam binding ribbon over the top

Monday, August 12, 2013

Hot Glue Gun Stand

I have finally got very tired of my hot glue gun 'falling over' when I am trying to use it for a project!  I found the oddest little dark brown tray at a reject store with 'another piece I have no idea what it was meant for' for about $3.00.
Decided to re-purpose this purchase for something useful.  It is very helpful having a 'hands-on' spouse.

Hence, the creation of 'THE HOT GLUE GUN STAND'!

Unfortunately I did not take a 'before' photo of the tray

When 'the man of the house' added the unpainted dowel to hold the gun, and the tile to collect the glue drops, the project still looked a bit 'sad'
I then proceeded to paint the tray with gesso and white paint - a couple of layers, until all the very dark brown wood disappeared.

Next, I covered the painted area with 'washi paper' offcuts - so easy and  'hot glued' a cute little pink vase from Pillow Talk to hold the spare glue sticks - love it!!! . . . and what's more, it works!!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Notebook for handbag

I always carry a notebook in my handbag, I am a bit of a list maker and keeper of schedules :)  I decided to revamp my latest acquisition to make a pretty addition for my bag.  

Bought a very reasonably priced notebook (approx 10cmx15cm) for about $2.95 and proceeded to cover with fabric canvas, lace and a beautiful image (printed on to sticky-back white canvas).  Sewed the lace to some damask cream fabric and then layered cream lace over the top.  I then added the printed image.  Stamped the word 'notes' to the right hand side of the image using Vintage Photo distress stain - actually like the uneven inking.

Added some beautiful dark pink and green rayon crinkly ribbon and . . . done!!

What a beautiful way to record my day to day reminders!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Fabric & Lace Wedding Album

I decided I would like to keep some 'happy snaps' of my daughter's wedding in a beautiful folder. 

I used a plain two ring A5 folder from a stationery store and proceeded to cover as I have done with previous albums and journals.  I wanted to achieve a lighter colour tone for the cover and am very happy with the end result.

I searched Pinterest for an image and found a beautiful Harrison Fisher illustration (early 1920's I think).  It is just what I was looking for.

Base of book cover constructed, and now comes the fun part . . . placing, pinning and sewing the fabric, lace and ribbon

Finished front cover

Close up of the image surrounded by ivory white crinkly rayon seam binding
I just glued it as it fell on to project
I printed the image on to white sticky back canvas and really like how the texture shows through

View from the bottom, showing the top and back layers of the album
so pretty and delicate looking

Close up of the top right hand side - used Swarovski embellishment for the middle of the bow

Close up of the left hand side of the image
Found the little hearts in my 'Pearl' box - cant remember the brand

A beautiful album to hold treasured memories of a magical day 


Reception flower arrangement

I was able to bring home one of the table arrangements from the reception (fresh flowers in the front of the photo).  The  flowers were lovely to view on the corner table each time I walked down the hall for a few days, and the aroma was divine. 
Close up view of the arrangement

Wedding Card

This is the card I made for my daughter's recent wedding.  I was thrilled with the finished project - really suited the theme of the wedding, which may I add was a magical and wonderful day.

Lighting not the best for this one
Mounted pre-embossed card stock on to plain silver card and used a 
Spellbinders heart die for the two hearts

Although overall colour still not good - the Swarovski embellishment shows up quite well in this photo
I embossed plain white and silver card stock using a roses embossing folder 
The flowers are an eclectic range from my supplies

True colour of the front of the card
The bow was made using a an MFT die

I placed the finished card into a clear box and finished off
with a grey/silver ribbon


Saturday, July 13, 2013

'Thank You' folder

My daughter and I collected her wedding dresses and the bridesmaids dresses today.  I collected my mother of the bride outfit last weekend.

In order to thank our fantastic dressmaker, Jeanette McCullough, I made a vintage type shabby folder with our thank you note and payment added to pockets on the inside. I really enjoyed creating this project, and it was our way of saying 'thank you' in a memorable way.  

Jeanette is an extremely talented dressmaker, and an absolute joy to work with.  My daughter and I did not worry about the outcome at all knowing all of our dresses (including outfit for the mother of the groom) were in safe and capable hands.

I did not measure the final size of the folder, but it is approximately 8 1/2 " x 4"
Front of folder pre-ribbon addition
I obtained the vintage image from Pinterest and once again, perfectly suited this project
(my mother of the bride outfit has similar colours)

Finished project with the ribbon
I 'made' a chipboard template for the folder and covered with fabric canvas and then 
added another chipboard spine on the inside to strengthen

I used some damask ivory fabric from my stash as the next layer and then added a layer of white cheesecloth over the top (I find this gives a lovely 'cushion' effect for the next layer)

View of back 
At this point I lay the damask fabric flat and commence building layers of fabric and lace and intermittently add to base to check placement of lace layers etc (I sometimes use other embellishments on larger projects)

This is a view of the inside cover with a tag I distressed with inks and finished off
by printing our thank you note onto sticky back canvas and adhering to tag.
Added some beautiful soft pink crinkly ribbon to the top of the tag

So glad this project has gone to a fabulous home, and once again,
our very sincere thanks Jeanette :)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

MIA (again)

Currently working after a little break, but managed to create 5 backgrounds for some upcoming Mixed Media pieces during my short time away from work.
Also preparing for my daughter's wedding soon.
Whilst she and her future husband have done 99% of the organising, there are still some little bits and pieces for me to complete.
It is hard to fathom that our beautiful daughter will be married in a week and a half.  We are so blessed with her choice of life partner
Back to my creative life soon x

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Journal cover for Deb

This is a journal cover I created for Deb at Bella Paperie.  Whilst I used a number of items from my own stash, all of the beautiful lace was purchased from the store.  My brief was to create one of my special journal covers, with a postcard theme.  I really enjoyed this project from the outset.

The actual journal is feint ruled and is A5 in size, spiral bound on the inside, but with an outer hard cover, perfect for this project.
The image above shows the cover of the journal with the fabric canvas slip cover attached, ready for embellishment
At this point it is important to note that I removed the cover and added a number of layers of cheesecloth and muslin edges prior to the additions of the lace layers.  This gives the overall journal a much more aesthetic look and feel.  The layers are what I believe, really 'make the journal'

This is the completed embellished journal

Close up of the image used - from Pinterest
I had the 'perfect' lace fabric offcut to complement the trim on the bonnet - so attached to the bottom of the journal
I stamped the word 'Post Card'  on to a separate piece of sticky-back canvas and inked with Tim Holtz distress stains, as I had done for the image and layered the image over the stamped canvas.
For this journal, I also added extra fabric canvas pieces behind the main image to 'lift it up' from the lace embellishments.  

Close up of the flower and lace and velvet leaves on the front of the journal

View of the back
I found this beautiful image of a vintage envelope back which was 'perfect' for this project
I copied this on to sticky-back canvas and inked around the edges  in a similar fashion to the images on the front of the journal
I also used some pre-dyed rayon crinkly ribbon which I sewed randomly around the envelope, together with some more beautiful lace from Bella Paperie

Close up of back of journal
also depicting some lace from my stash

Inside of back cover of journal
Cover can be removed to add to a new journal, or to protect the cover whilst using the journal

Note:  The concept for this journal is 'shabby chic', so the edges of the journal are deliberately uneven, often showing raw edges and loose threads.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Journal and Album for Becc

Becc, the owner of Dextress Hair asked me to make a journal cover for her mum for Mother's Day - we got our 'wires crossed' because she actually wanted an album with inserts instead.  I ended up doing both.  Colour theme purple/lavender/mauve and cream.


The colours are quite deceptive in the photographs.  They all blended very well for the project.  I tied the journal with some crinkled rayon ribbon (easier to keep loose papers inside the journal if necessary).

This is the best photo with regard to the true colour
Full front of journal with bookmark
I bought the two-toned purple lace from Fabric Collection

Another view - Mother & Child image found on Pinterest

View of back of journal - once again the purple flower is a much nicer shade than depicted here - I made this using a Tim Holtz dye which cuts through the fabric very easily

 close up of front 

 close up of back

Close up of bookmark on the inside cover of the journal


the finished photo album is 6x6 but looks larger because has a wide spine
Beautiful lace is from Bella Paperie

Close up of back of album

Close up of spine

 View of front including spine

Inside front cover of album

Inside back of album with bookmark

Another view

View from bottom

Wrapped with tulle and 'ready to go'