Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Gifts to try!

Hi everyone

Yep...Christmas is just around the corner, YIKES!! how did that happen??! I am soooo not ready, looks like I'll be running around at the last minute in a state of frenzy once again!! Seriously though...I don't think I have EVER been this far behind, at least half of my family will be getting presents, but the rest.... well lets just say I had better buy lots of wine and lollies to make these gifts on Christmas eve he he.

This is a class I recently taught, you never know it may help you out as well for a last minute pressie.

The gift wine bottle is very easy to do. One handy hint is the have your bottle of wine/sauce/bubble bath in front of you so you can adjust the height and width.
I used cream card measuring 12x12in, scored vertically at 50mm intervals, measured 50mm down from the top and scored this horizontally, I cut triangles out of the top square sections then punch 1/4in holes in the tips. Scored 40mm up from the bottom then cut along the vertically folds for tabs, secured the tabs together to make a base (I also taped it to more cream card and cut around it(looks neater and adds more strength to the base). I decorate the bottom with 2in tree border from green paper using my Cricut machine and the Winter Frolic cartridge, the Santa is cut from K&Company Very Merry Santa paper (already has glitter on it) the wavy snow is hand cut from white paper, then I wrapped sheer ribbon and a punch strip of green paper. I threaded sheer ribbon through the holes that I had punched at the top, pulled them together and tied it in a bow, the tags are cut from the same cartridge as well.

I'm so happy! I have been playing with my Cricut Expressions machine a lot lately, it's been sitting there for over a year!!

The bag is very simple to do as well, it's just a 4 x 12in strip of cream card, folded with a folded 15mm tab at the top, a bag of lollies was inserted inside it then holes were punched through the top and ribbon tied through it. I decorated the bag with 4in trees cut using the same cartridge as the bottle gift and same papers and punch.

Well I hope that all made sense LOL. Please just ask if you need help.

Cheers and thank you for looking

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Glimmermist class this Saturday 12th Nov

Here is a sneak peak of one of the cards I will be teaching 10.30am this Saturday at Stampabit.

Come and discover the many applications that Glimmermist can be applied. Two cards will be completed with all materials supplied. Email for further details, limited places available.

Jane xx

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Update at last!!

Hi everyone

At last an update!! Lots has been happening and I have lots to share too!!

Here are two cards from techniques classes that I have recently taught.

This is a close up of my Faux Rusty Enamel Technique that I taught at Camp Mojo (Scrapbooking retreat) in June and at Stampabit. I love teaching this one as everyone's piece turns out differently and they ALL look just like rust!

This is one of the cards!

This is a close up of my Faux shabby tile technique that I taught at Stampabit, once again in this class the students pieces turned out differently but all fantastic!!

This is one of the class card. Products used: Flourish with a Bling Jasmine white florish, Scrapware cogs and Green Tara flowers, the cuttlebug plate was clockworks.

Okay that's just a taste, more to come!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Class this Saturday 10th September

Hi everyone,

The class I will be teaching this Saturday at 11am at Stampabit Quakers Hill will have you creating two beautiful cards, all materials are supplied. Discover how to create this gorgeous background using a Cuttlebug embossing plate, gesso paint, distress inks and clear embossing powder. It's easy and it's fun!! The cards are then embellished with gorgeous Flourish with a Bling flourishes that add the perfect sparkle along with Scrapware chipboard cogs and flowers.

Here are a few sneak peeks!

Only a few spots are left, email for enquiries.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A few cards to share

Hi everyone, yes it's been a while, sorry about that, life has just been busy. Here are three cards I wanted to share with you.

First one was for my niece Sophie's 10th birthday. I used Copic markers to match the paper.

This card was made for my Goddaughter Sarah, we share the same day but just a few (many) years apart LOL, how special is that!!

This last card was for a class I taught (I've already given the other one away) I was given a hang punch to work with and this was one of the cards. The punch is so cool, it has tabs at the top that you fold over and secure around the string!

Lots more to come!
Thanks for looking :-)

Cheers Jane

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Scrapbook & Papercraft Convention

Hi everyone,

I thought I would share some pictures from the Scrapbook & Papercraft convention in Brisbane. It was a fantastic weekend, I taught two classes for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft and Scrapbooking Memories magazines. All the classes sold out!! I was so excited about that, they were such fantastic kits, thanks to my sponsors!!

Here is a picture of my Tutor display area. Trying to fill such a large wall with small cards is an enormous task, so this year I decided to have long strips of calico with huge bows at the top, I thought it turned out okay :-)

This is the beautiful kit sponsored by Kay's Company, GCD Studios which included a gorgeous 8x8in paper pad designed by Donna Salazar. We made five quick cards and there was so much left over to make a hundred more!

Here is a picture of the five cards, The aim of this class was to show my attendees how to make their own embellishments. You know when you make up a card and you haven't got the right ribbon or flower, well I got the chance to show these ladies that there is no more stressing, and how easy it is to just create your own to match perfectly!!

This picture shows the Stampin' Up! class goodies bag, it was jammed packed with yummy products, over $180 in value!!! The ladies were so happy, it brings a smile to my face just thinking of it.

Here are the two cards they made. I taught them a simple gesso technique that makes that stunning distress look, easy and very achievable whatever level of cardmaker you are.

I always love this show as it gives me the opportunity to catch up with wonderful friends and to make some new ones. I would love to thank my sponsors for your kindness, generosity and giving me the chance to teach with your wonderful products :-)

Thanks for stopping by
Cheers Jane

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Rubber Cafe stamps

Hi everyone,

Long gap since last post I know but life has been busy, in great ways of course!!

When i was at CHA in January I met the lovely Candy Rosenberg and I was very lucky in that Candy gave me a set of her yummy stamps that she had just released YAY!! This was my first CHA experience and the generosity of everyone was outstanding.

Here's a card I made using the stamps and a picture of the stamp sets as well. You can purchase the stamps at The Rubber Cafe, check out all the other designs.

I stamped the bodice stand on blue patterned paper then coated the image with Mod Podge, I then layered an old dressmaking pattern on top to add texture. The wings were stamped on an old text book. Papers used are Prima Madeline collection.

Well I'll be adding these stamps to my favourites. Thank you Candy for making my introduction to my first CHA a wonderful one XX

Cheers and thanks for looking everyone XX

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Teaching Quilling

Hi everyone,

I will be demoing and teaching quilling at Henny's Papercraft this Saturday 16th April from 9am. I will be starting the morning off by showing you the basic beginner steps of quilling and how you can make the pieces look stunning on your cards. Why not take the opportunity to create two beautiful cards in the quilling beginners class, cost is $10 with all materials supplied. No tools required.

Here is a sneak peek

Don't forget Henny's Papercraft has great bargains too!!

1st Scout Hall, 99 Bungaree Road, Toongabbie. 3rd Saturday of every month, 9am till 2pm.

See you there

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Attention Graphic 45 fans

If you are a big fan of Graphic 45 like me then you won't want to miss this event!! Dianne and Aimee are just the most gorgeous ladies I know, they're great teachers and very inspiring!

So don't miss it and book now at Your Creative Journey!!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Meeting Lisa Kettell

Hi everyone,

Lisa Kettell is one of the talented ladies I met at CHA. Lisa has her own book called 'Altered Art Circus' which I bought and absolutely love!! Plus I had it signed for me he he. Lisa was lovely and sharing of her talent, showing us a very simple way to create a rosette/badge from her vintage crepe paper (see I do remember Lisa lol). I was very fortunate in that she gave me some of her own designs of images and papers. This is a card I made from them, hope you like it.

Thank you Lisa for the goodies and your inspiration!!

Cheers everyone

Sunday, February 20, 2011

More on CHA

Hi everyone,

I can't sleep so what better way to spend my time than to do a post on my blog lol, so here are some of the lovely people I met at CHA

The gorgeous Diane and Aimee from Graphic 45, they are the sweetest ladies you'll ever met and I just love, love, love their designs.

This is the talented Claudine Hellmuth, I admire her work greatly!

This is Lisa Pace, I purchase her book probably a year ago and have found it so inspirational when my mojo is lost. I can't wait until the next one comes out in January 2012.

I also got to met the talented Jennifer McGuire, I so adore her work too!

It was like a dream meeting all these talented people that I have admired for so long.

Okay I'm off to bed and hopefully I'll get some sleep this time.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My highlight of CHA Winter 2011

Hi everyone,

Well I decided to go to CHA in Los Angeles US at the very last minute thanks to some very heavy persuasion from my friends!! I have always wanted to go but always made excuses and said maybe next year or we haven't got enough money etc, but a friend said to me 'life is too short, just do it!' so I did!! LOL. I had an absolute ball, but the most wonderful thing for me was having a dream came true. I got to meet my idol of the cardmaking world 'Tim Holtz'. I know I sound like a teenager but I was over the moon with excitement meeting him, my friends will validate this he he. I had decided to take one of my magazines that featured my classroom feature using his Grungeboard product, teasingly I said I could sign it for him (tongue in cheek!). He was looking through the mag and said 'how cool' I was just blown away but wait... he then handed me his pen and asked me to sign it for real!! OMG!! Pick me up from the floor would you please? LOL. Anyway that was my highlight and I'm soooo happy! Here are some pictures of the special occasion in my life.

I got to meet so many talented people, I will share more posts, it may bore you to tears but for me it was an experience of a lifetime and I'm so happy I took the time and did it!!

Cheers and thanks for reading my dribbling LOL.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Rusty 'Junk Art'

Hi everyone,

As I mentioned before... I'm really into rusty things at the moment, love, love, love the textures and colours. Last week I went to the 'JunkYard' in Windsor NSW, this is an amazing place filled with everything imaginable - sinks, chairs, train carriages, old books etc. I came across this rusty cupcake tin and an idea popped into my head he he, I can fill it with all my favourite bits of jewellery, little doiles and pictures then fill each compartment with resin, well that same day I did it, Sherry Mendoza helped me with the resin as I haven't used it before and also made her own wonderful creation! Here are some pictures of the final piece, I must say I was very pleased how it turned out, even if I say so myself he he.

I have decided to donate this piece to an Auction for the victims of the devastating floods in Queensland, this auction Your Creative Journey Silent Auction for QLD Flood Victims it can be found on FaceBook, you're very welcome to bid or watch if you have a Facebook page. Fantastic work has been donated by many amazing artists and at the moment the organisers - Sherry Mendoza and Tracey Shenton have raised over $4000, WOW what a great effort and well done ladies!

I'll end this post with a few pictures of the JunkYard taken by Sherry Mendoza, enjoy!

Thanks for looking


Saturday, January 8, 2011

My Art Journal

Hi everyone,

I've decided to join this fantastic site Balzer Designs to help me keep a diary of my thoughts, techniques and inspiration (hopefully). I've been working on a special project for darkroom door for the last few days, the cardstock I was using as my mat left such a lovely creative mess that I decided to cover my journal with it, you know....if I had tried to create something like that it would not have worked out!!

I'm using a 6in x 8in watercolour paper book, so it should stand up to the many techniques that I have in mind.

So are you wondering what my darkroom door project looks like? well you'll have to wait for that he he, sorry, I will let you know :-)

Okay well that's the front and back cover done, now I MUST complete pages inside!!

Cheers and thanks for looking

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Rusty Nests

Hi everyone,

Last Monday I had a wonderful creative day with my best friend Kim whom I've know for the last 31 years, YIKES that's right! We started our cardmaking together many years ago and still love getting together and creating. We don't get a chance to do this much now as Kim is always moving, at the moment she lives in Wodonga Vic. We both share a passion for birds and all things old, it's funny how we can be so many miles apart but our tastes are always in sync!

These are our rusty nests we made, hope you like them.

This is my creation

This is what the rusty tin and gold sequin bird looked like before we altered them. We sprayed the bird with Glimmermist tattered leather to antique it and also to tone down the brightness of the gold. The bird quote is a darkroom door stamp.

This is Kim's creation, isn't she clever!

Thanks for being a dear friend Kim, I look forward to our next catch up xx

More creations coming soon, yep I've been busy he he.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Antique Shop in Walcha

Hi everyone, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

I've just come back from visiting my Dad in Glen Innes and my brother in Armidale for our Christmas get togethers, they're such lovely country towns.

As usual for the last nine years we stopped at Walcha NSW for our morning cuppas on our way home, needing to stretch my legs I decided to go for a little wonder around the town and stumbled upon this fantastic antique shop, OH MY GOSH it was filled with all sorts of wonderful treasures, why haven't I seen it before?

This is what I had time to grab, trust me... I could've filled up the car!! A rusty money tin - the lovely owner told me that unfortunately you won't be able to get the rust out, 'I love the rust, rustier the better' I said LOL, she threw in the rusty tin and a few other pieces! The circus tin grabbed my attention, I have no idea what I'm going to do with it yet. The little lamp is so cute isn't it, that I'm going to decorated with a few flowers I think, same with the other boxes and billy can.

This picture is only showing a third of the shop, you need at least three decent hours I reckon to hunt around properly! Oh the joy!!

Hence we will be stopping here longer from now on, much to my hubby and kids dislike. I will probably be known as the crazy lady who loves all the rusty stuff, maybe I should show them pictures on my next visit he he.

I shall be back tomorrow to show you some creations I have made, rusty ones!!

Jane xx

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