Thursday, February 26, 2015

One of my favourite cards

Hi everyone, today I'm sharing with you one of my favourite cards that I recently made and I was very fortunate that it made cover too!!  It's a Prima Jamie Dougherty Bloom Gardenia stamp and I just love it! I didn't realise, well actually I didn't check how big this stamp was, for a cardmaker that is! The image itself is 5 inches in height and 7 1/2 inches wide. It was a Stampers Challenge for this issue and you should see everyone's gorgeous creations, they are awesome!!

I stamped the image on XPress It Blending card using Memento cocoa ink and coloured her with Copic markers, now I'm not a master at these markers by no means but I was very happy with my result! Just a little pat on my back there LOL. I stamped the flower in her hair a few more times, coloured them, cut them out and layer them on top.

I marked the centre of the card then cut around the outside of the image on the right-hand side, I used a scalpel for the inside areas. I placed cloud paper to the inside back area so when it closed it would create a whimsical looking feel to the card

Even though I've been making cards for over 15 years now, I still get a kick out of making them, I hope your cardmaking creates the same joy for you today!

Happy stamping and thanks for looking.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Rusty Papers Altered Book

Hi everyone,

Sometimes my creativity just baffles me, I taught a fabulous bunch of ladies this morning in making very pretty cards using vellum, but straight after the class had finished and all the ladies were gone I went off into another world and create this altered book cover! I had the urge to pull out my collection of rusty papers that I create a few years ago! Why? you go and figure that out, I can't, I just don't know what my style will be from one minute to the next! 
I just love it all.

Here is a picture of my gorgeous collection of rusty ephemera I made. I sprayed my papers with vinegar, placed metal objects on top, mine were already rusty because I left them out in the rain for a few months. I used washers, nails, bolts and screws, I let them sit on the papers for a few days then when I went back to check on them they looked like this!! YAY!!

Here is my 'I See You' altered book cover, I seem to be getting quite a collection of these altered book covers now. So it is a big change from creating pretty cards don't you think? It's messy, arty perhaps? I think my creative brain likes to go on holidays every now and then, that's the only way I can explain it.

I hope you have enjoyed my share today, let me know if your brain goes on holidays and what creations you come up with!

Happy Creating!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

First class of the year - 'Faux Ceramic' sneak peak!

Hi everyone, well I've decided to get back into teaching classes, I've missed the interaction with students and hearing the happy chitter chatter in my studio! 

This Saturday I'm teaching my 'Faux Ceramic' class, here is one of the embellishments that will be made, I just love the vintage effect. I used Hero Arts Three Ferns stamp and Plaid Mod Podge Nature moulds. My mind is racing with ideas with these 
embellishments -brooches, wall plaques, magnets, necklaces etc etc!!

So if you live locally (Quakers Hills NSW) and would like to attend one of my classes then please send me an email and I'll forward you my timetable. 

Happy creating everyone!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Faux Ceramics technique

Hi everyone, I thought I would share this card and this very easy technique with you today. 
I just love the look of shiny ceramics, so I decided to turn my paper moulds into them, well they look very much like ceramic pieces but without the weight!

Look how shiny they are!!

I used Fimo light air modelling clay, you can use any air dry paper clay you have in your stash. The silicone moulds I used are from Martha Stewart, they are just gorgeous, this set has a quilted heart and a larger flower in it as well. I also used Copic markers to colour them.

Step 1. First I pressed the paper clay into the mould and let them dry completely.

Step 2. Once they're dry colour them with your Copic markers, please be aware that this step may damage your markers as they may be contaminated by the paper clay, just keep checking them. I have a set of markers set aside that I use for rough stuff and also have replacements nibs on hand.

Step 3. Shade them as normally, they will still blend together nicely, if you don't like the colour just colour straight over the top again or bleed the colour out with the blender.

Step 4. Once you're happy with the shading you can coat the piece with a few layers of gloss varnish, let each application dry completely before doing another. 
You can use Glossy accents if you like for this step. 

These faux ceramic pieces are easy to attach to your cards, just glue them on, plus they won't weigh your card down and make it fall over!!

Off you go, create some today :-)

Happy creating, Jane

Saturday, October 18, 2014

My Favorite Things Lightbulb die-cut card

Hi Everyone,
Just a quick share - I made this card for my husbands birthday, I used the My Favorite Things LLD Lightbulb die-namics dies and My Favorite Things LLD What's up! stamp set.

Happy creating!

Pop up box card

Hi everyone, 
I recently made a pop up box card for a friend who wasn't well. I used Fancy Pants Designs Park Bench collection of papers. you can find the instructions on Split Coast Stampers, I had lots of fun creating this one and will be making many more. Have a go!!

Happy creating!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Imagine Crafts irRESISTable Pico Embellishers

Hi there, today I'm sharing a card I created using Imagine Crafts irRESISTable Pico Embellishers, I love working with these inks, they're vibrant, translucent and add great dimension to your cards. They have a fine nozzle which is great for writing or colouring small areas, it has an inbuilt anti-clog system and they can be mixed with water! 

            1. Stamp your image on acetate using StazOn jet black ink. 

2. Apply an amount of irRESISTible Pico Embellisher Love Letter to the reversed side of your stamped image and spread it out using your finger tip.

3. Let the first coat dry then add more ink and repeat for deeper colour and to fill in any patchy/uncovered areas.

4. The Pico Embellishers have a fine tip applicator that's perfect for filling in small areas. Cover the whole top bud section 
with the Dandelion ink, if you have any bubbles just pop them 
with the nozzle or a pin.

5. Dab down the stem with the Bamboo Leaves ink and let dry.


6. One your ink has dried cut around it leave a small border around the image.

7. I glue the image to my card using small glut dots and ran a sticker strip along the bottom to keep them in place. The blue background is using the Pico Embellisher Summer Sky with water and directly washed it over the card. The clear dots is the Shimmer, the inks will dry with dimension giving added texture to you card. I just loved working with these!!! I hope these steps will give you some ideas and get your creative juicies flowing! 

  • Imagine Crafts irRESISTable Pico Embellishers - shimmer, summer sky, love letter, bamboo leaves, dandelion
  • Stamp set: Stampendous Loopy Blooms
  • Ink pad: StazOn jet black
  • Card: Bazzill white
  • Acetate
  • Green border sticker
  • Adhesives: glue dots

Cheers and happy stamping!