Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
The first was for a friend who won a national award with her employer yesterday. The next bunch are 9 I made for my husbands' clients. The tall one is for my boss from all his staff, and the next is for my parents and the tree cards were my previous US swap cards.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
My dear friend Mary has also had recent surgery and I made this card for her.
I made these bags from painted brown paper sheeting. Layers and layers of paint using various techniques and stamping. The painted sheet was then covered in clear contact and a bag pattern and straps were cut from this.I've then sewn them into handy carry bags for the birthday girls, Judy and Marilena to that contain their gifts and is usable afterwards as well.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
I used what supplies I already owned rather than buying more gear in hopes of and getting use out of supplies sitting around my craft room collecting dust, so my efforts look different to Jodi's.
However, I will try again soon and hopefully achieve an end result similar to the class sample, still using the same supplies used before. I think it was really all in my technique rather than the supplies that made the difference.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
My dear friend Kasha organised a birdie swap that consisted of nine participants. This was my contribution and gift presentation. The bird consists of two layers of cardboard with wire wrapped in between for the hook. Then this was covered in vintage text and music papers before stamping the swirls over top. Finally, wax was applied for a smooth and soft vintage feel.
Friday, March 18, 2011
I made and bound this book for my friend and colleague Deborah for her surprise 40th Birthday party to pass around and allow her guests to write something meaningful for her.
I used a coptic stitch in sage and stamped the front of each signature with various lovely vintage images, like bird cages, a lovely filigree heart, a tree, butterfly flourish, chandelier etc.
She loved the book and has it has become a wonderful memento of the occasion for her.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Last weekend I enjoyed a wonderful visit to Queensland to catch up with my arty friends. During my stay with Kasha, we found time to play and made these cards using some new stamps. We thought it was time they got inky! The houses are from Crafty Individuals, the wording from Hero Arts and the the others from Art Journey. Thanks Kasha for a lovely weekend with you.
These were made using a lovely serviette I came across and are my latest cards to swap with my dear US card swap pals. The disk stamps are from Inkadinkadoo and the centre letter from 7 Gypsies. With some leftovers I made an ATC using a lovely stamp from Alpha Stamps.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I'm not sure what Gaye really thought when she unwrapped this quirky doll, but she was sure fun to make. She is probably almost 30cm (12 inches) high and her "backbone" is a vintage tradesmans' rule that my friend Judy bought for me at a local market. The face is a jar lid, the middle is a belt buckle, with the round centre a children's game piece. The rest are bits and pieces I've been hoarding for some time and finally came in handy.
Well, I just had to play with some new stamps and decided to use them together in the one card. The background consists of Dressmaker tissue paper adhered to dictionary paper, then gesso applied over top. Finally, a thin layer of Golden fluid acrylics swipped across in pinks and golden tones. A tab was added as well, since it arrived the same day and just had to be incorporated into the card somewhere. This was such a fun quirky card to make and just adore my new supplies.