Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Tree hanging house

Another group I'm a part of decided to make a 3 x 3 inchie for each other to be used as a Christmas decoration.

I decided to assemble mine in the form of a house.

Christmas card

 This is my general card for this year. I love my new bird statement stamp by RedLead 

Christams card for Kasha

This year I drew Paper Princess Kasha to make a Christmas card for. The decoration can be removed and hung on the Christmas tree. 

Below, is the back of the ornament.

Bright star and Reflections

Made these two blocks this week. Reflections for my boss Lisa, which seemed to suit the year that was for her,  and Bright new star for Deborah who I work with.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Nest card

My new Paper Bag Studios unmounted stamp sheet arrived and just had to use one of the houses somehow.
So I came up with this odd bird nest themed birthday card for Annette Husband.


Chairs are becoming so popular lately in collage sheets and rubber or clear stamps.
Kasha and I decided to challenge each other with some chair art. This is my little hanger.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Wax creations

I've recently received my new encaustic iron and some wax to play with. Have been playing with them the past couple of weeks and wish I bought them long ago.

First experient was to wax ironed a seriette onto a card, and also the centre image. The black netting was also melted into the wax and onto the serviette background. This card was made for my dear friend Marilena for her birthday earlier this week.

Then I thought I would try a simple canvas, applying wax to the sides, top, bottom and of course the front. Using my new iron, I found it easy and a lot of fun. The photo used is a relative of a dear friend of mine, Judy from Toowoomba. Not sure if it's her Mother or Grandmother. Isn't she beautiful.

Then I decided to make something for the Art of the Month swap that was due using the wax. I love birds still so came up with a free standing bird and was happy with the results.

Friday, September 10, 2010


The background in the centre was started some time ago during a technique demo. Once home, I decided to make use of it. A few additions to the background, a lovely vintage photo mounted in the centre with the lower half covered in crackle paint to aid in the vintage look. All mounted to an antique book cover with some other bits inbetween. All ready for sale at the fundraiser that was later cancelled. Oh well, next year perhaps.

Memories book cover art

This was my first in the book cover art series and made back in May with the intention of selling it at a local artists fundraising event, which was later cancelled. I decided to make another similar for Kasha's birthday in July.

Birthday art for Kasha

Making this little piece was enjoyable and the old book cover was perfect for what I had in mind. This was my second of its type and hoped Kasha would like it for her birthday. Mounting art on old book covers adds so much interest.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


A couple of vintage style hanging art pieces made for fun. One was made using a wonderful photo of my friend Judy's grandmother. What a beautiful lady she was.

Birthday art for Marlene

This hanging was fun to make for my Brisbane friend Marlene for her birthday. She received the most wonderful and inspiring art from fellow art group friends on the night.

More book pages.

Here are the next pages for our lovely group, Page Dwellers.

Page 2 is Zetti plus Ribbon, Page 3 was Man or Boy plus a cigar band and Page 4 was to use any Oxford Impression stamps and some metal embellishments. Sadly, only two pages remain for this swap which has been so much fun.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Little Art of the Month

For May I had drawn Kasha to make for in our little monthly art swap group. This hanging was made using various fabric strips sewn together. The centrepiece is a lovely old vintage style image with a stamped transparency, that I had made sometime before, then sewn over top. This was then mounted onto an old book cover.

Some open weave cloth and then some lace was then added to the bottom of the background fabric piece, before gluing the book cover centrepiece in place. Various embellishments finished it off.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Birthday art for Margaret

I made this canvas for Paper Princess Margaret for her birthday late April.

Page one of 2010 book

This the my first page for our latest little book for a small group I'm a part of. This month's theme was to use stamps from Paper Bag Studios and a number or letter.

May US card swap

These cards are made using a brass stencil and embossing on card for the background. My dear friend Kasha taught me this technique. These were a lot of fun and hope the girls overseas like them.

April Art of the Month

This month I had Julie to make for. Last month it was Julie's turn to make for me and I was so fortunate to recieve the most gorgeous arty cat. Have a look at her blog to check him out. Anyway, knowing Julie loves cats, I made a hanging canvas and the cat was slightly raised in different levels.

All wrapped, ready to go.

US friends April card swap

My latest card swap.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Art swap for March

A little late getting this away for March, yet again I have taken on more than I should for April. So hard to say No!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Collage in a box

I picked up this shabby little box frame at a second hand store. It had a piece of glass at the back with an ugly butterfly stuck to the centre. Once home, I pulled it apart, sanded and aged it a bit, adding some old bits of paper here and there. The back glass piece was transformed as I added my own simple collage as inspired by a recent class I took with the lovely and talented Jen Crossley. One photo is hard to see here, but it a tintype photo of two boys.

Shabby flower effort

Well, I had a go at making one of those fabulous shabby flowers as per Roben-Marie's instructions posted on her wonderful blog March 17th, but failed miserably when it came to the centre flower piece. In the end I gave up and attached a button instead. I think the glue has a lot to do with the success of these centres but have not been able to locate it here as yet.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


This Koala lives around our home and the farm joining the rear of our property. I heard the loud grunting/mating noises last night and knew I would find him nearby today. Turns out he decided to spend the day in the gum outside our bedroom window, just 5 metres from the house. The bark below him is naturally that way and not a mess made by him.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hanging for Gaye

I made this hanging some time ago and only recently sent it to Gaye.

Latest card swap

This simple card was a lot of fun to do though still keeping with the vintage style I seem to have trouble stepping away from. My card swap buddies in the US will receive one of these soon.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Altered Light Switch Cover

This is my 12 days gift that I somehow managed to get made in time before our holiday later November.  I picked up a dozen light switch covers from Bunnings in a throw out bin and decided this was the starting point for my 12 days art project.  The cover is covered with alcohol inks first and when dried, stamped with a text stamp in black in patches.  My husband made the backs for me which I could collage for the inside. Clear lacquer covers the image and various fibres, paper and lace complete the little project. 

Italian holiday over

Our five weeks in Italy was wonderful and though we have only been back a week, the planning has commenced for our next European holiday though we may only visit a few places in the north of Italy next time.