Friday, 16 December 2011

Christmas Displays

These Dusty Attic 3D Displays were made by combining both the Santa Sleigh and Christmas Trees sets and they turned out to be great little Christmas decorations, if I may say so!

The sleigh display has pattern paper covered houses, sleigh and reindeer but I think brown paint would have sufficed for the deer because it is hard to see the pattern anyway and they were very tricky to cut and sand. You could always paint the deer brown and still use some red pattern paper for the sleigh. I also put some Glossy Accents on the reindeer and sleigh to make them stand out a bit against the houses.

The trees are painted with green Jacquard Lumiere Paint (which has a beautiful shimmering, metallic look to each gorgeous colour) then dabbed with Oregano Alcohol Ink to give them a bit more of a grungy, mottled look. There are transparencies glued behind each window.

The second tree farm display was made using the left overs from both kits. I made the trees and houses in the same way as above but I put some Tacky Glue randomly over the trees and houses and sprinkled on some Polar White Flower Soft.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Possibility to Imagine...

I whipped this up today using the new Tim Holtz District Market Burlap Panel - Memoirs. They are a great starting point and are way more interesting to look at than plain canvas.

I used Tim Holtz Corners, some TH Lost & Found paper mounted on some chipboard, 7 Gypsies Tissue Paper, Filmstrip ribbon, Stamps - Curiosities and Stuff to Say, die cut flourish Grungeboard that has been sprayed with Distress Reinker and Perfect Pearls and a few bits and pieces I had lying around. The two coins are just a penny and a three-pence from the 40's that my dad gave me.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Vintage Suitcase

Check out this awesome project! I keep an eye on Follow The Paper Trail on you-tube and when Laura showed this vintage suitcase I had to make it straight away. You can buy the pattern at Laura's site and she shows how to make the suitcase and decorate inside on her u-stream channel. Also check out the Trunk Full of Memories project too... it looks excellent!

The straps are made from Grungepaper using D-Rings and Hitch Fasteners.

The top has a Grungepaper pocket and I have put some Pen Nibs, Vials, Film Strip Ribbon, Hinge Clips, a Pocket Watch with a Timepiece and Game Spinners.
Laura's pattern has a mini album in the bottom section but I made some postcards using Tim Holtz stamps sets, Postcards and Stuff to Say. There are also some pieces of 7 Gypsies Mini Ephemera.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Wishing Well

I made this fun little project using the Make It Crafty Wishing Well Kit. It is so cute and it actually works lowering and lifting the bucket with the handle. The chipboard has been cut so precise and everything fits together perfectly it is great for people like me who like everything millimeter perfect!

I covered all of the pieces in Basic Grey and Imaginisce pattern paper, put some flowers on and some artistic wire poking out. There are also some little faux bubbles in the bucket too.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Clay Creations

I wasn't going to post my clay creations on my blog but I decided to after all... just because. These little guys are made from Sculpey clay and the original dragon in an egg was made from a tutorial that I got from Clay Lessons.

My baby dragon isn't as baby like as the tutorial but it was my first real attempt at scuplting so he turned out pretty well.

The little dragon above is my toddler dragon and he was my third attempt at sculpting and I decided to go with what I knew and made the face similar to the baby in an egg.

I have no idea where I was going with this guy for my second attempt at sculpting but I call him 'The Troll' for lack of a better description of what he could possibly be! I made a little rabbit hole with grass, moss, rocks and a stick for him to come out of because MAN was I struggling to sculpt hands and feet!

Each one is sculpted from scratch except I did cheat and when I finally made on arm and hand that worked out, I made a mold of it because I spent days trying to get two the same and it just wasn't happening!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Plywood Mansion!

This was one monster of a project but it is now complete... after only five days and three trips to get more paper! (You can click the pictures to see them larger)

My friend called me the other day and said that Cotton On Kids in DFO Cairns has plywood doll house kits marked down from $39.95 to only $5.00! I raced in there (luckily I was parked just on the other side of the road anyway) and picked one up. I had NO idea how big it was! The picture on the box was only a black and white sketch and there were no real instructions so it was quite interesting seeing it take shape. Quite a surprise to find it had a bay window on the side because the box didn't have one of those!

So anyway, I covered it all in Ruby Rock It paper and put some transparencies in the windows and some artificial vines on the sides with some little paper flowers.
The mansion before:

Friday, 19 August 2011

Top Secret

The final Rock Chic card is Luscious Linda! The background stamp is Bricks and the sentiment is from the Darkroom Door set, Mail Art.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011


Say hello to Rock Chic card number 2! This stamp is called Star by Whimsy Stamps... again, colouring her hair was sooo fun! I really enjoyed not making a 'cute' card for once! The background stamp is Bricks and the sentiment is from the Darkroom Door set, Mail Art.

Monday, 15 August 2011

This is Art

This is a great stamp also! It was so fun colouring Kitty Katastrophe by Whimsy Stamps... I could go crazy with the hair and bold colours. I made this card as a set of three. The background stamp is Bricks and goes well with the theme I was going for. The sentiment is from the Darkroom Door set, Mail Art.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

1000 miles and a parking space

I just finished covering a high heel in Ten Second Studio Metal and I am so excited by it I had to post immediately! The inside of the shoe says 'A journey of 1000 miles starts with finding a parking space'.

I made a rough template of the side of the shoe from tracing paper then embossed the silver side of the metal with the new Kabuka Mold #15. When I had agonised over the colour for about two hours I jumped in and inked it with Cranberry and Lettuce Alcohol Ink and burnished the raised areas.

Then came the fun part! Had I have known before I started I wouldn't have spent so many hours trying to make my first template of the shoe and just got to work but I put some Humungo Killer Adhesive on the back of the metal which is CRAZY strong then pressed it into shape. Turns out, you don't need the cut lines exactly right, just lay it on with some overhang then use a craft or stanley knife to cut it to shape. The part where the shoe and the sole come together is really thick so you can use that groove to cut a nice clean line without cutting into the shoe.

If you are new to Ten Second Studio, they have a bunch of great videos on how to work with the metal.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Paris, New York, London

I'm back! There has been a massive gap in my crafting and blogging recently because I have done some damage to the nerves and tendons in my wrists and hands making pretty much everything difficult so I have spent some quality time with the TV for the last couple months but things are looking up so I am hoping to get some more craft projects done! I have heaps in my head... now I just need to actually do them!

I made this tag way back when Tim Holtz first released these new stamps but typing is quite hard with my hands so I have been a bit slack posting it. I used the Haberdashery and Urban Tapestry for the background stamp which can also be found in the Shabby French set.

The main picture is stamped in Aged Mahogany ink with Walnut Stain dabbed over the edges before I stamped it. I then covered it in Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. There is also some hand stitching and muslin that I dyed with some Antique Linen reinker and finally, the Paris stamp from the Papillon set that I embossed in Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder so it looks aged!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Dancing Girls!

The lovely dancing girls are now in print in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft Vol 17 No 1 which is on sale at the moment. They look like they are having a whole lot of fun hey!

This gorgeous babe is Suzette:
And the lovely Babette:
And Vivienne!

Monday, 21 March 2011

Ribbon Spools

I made these ribbon spools using a Collections Elements Ribbon Spool kit and a whole lot of paper, ribbon and other bits and pieces.

It is also now available for purchase as a class at Stampin' Stuff and it comes with a kit and private link to the class instructional video so you can take part no matter where in the world you live!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Heard you were a little dragon

I made this card for a friend of mine that was really sick just after new years. There seemed to be a lot of sickness around then. I spent two of the three weeks I had off from work sick!

This is Seymore's Sick Day and Tail Not Waggin' and I made it as bright as I could while still managing to fit in as much of my beloved olive green as possible! At some stage I will try and move away from olive green but it is my favourite colour so that is tough!

Saturday, 15 January 2011

NEW STAMPS and you can win some!


Get ready for the Limited Edition Very Punny Collection of stamps from Stampin' Stuff! There are six stamps to choose from covering a range of occasions and everyday 'just because' themes. Check them out here!


They aren't your ordinary background stamp though, this stamp size is big enough to completely cover a 5.5" x 5.5" square card and also an A2 card (A4 cut in half and folded). No more trying to line up that stamp again to fill the entire piece of card!

Check out all of the new stamps at Stampin' Stuff!


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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

High Hopes Challenge #100

The gang is back with art and MEGA PRIZES!

  • 1st prize is $100 worth of High Hopes Stamps*
  • 2nd prize is $50 worth of High Hopes stamps*
  • 3rd and 4th prizes will each receive $25 worth of High Hopes stamps*
* retail value. Unmounted or cling mount.

This week is the High Hopes Challenge #100 and it spins me out because I remember our very first one! I haven't joined in in a challenge for quite some time but for this one I didn't really want to make a card. I have been a bit hooked on 3D stuff lately so I made a little scene on a mini canvas.

To cut a long story with a craft knife short, I used the cutie Dwight, Remembrance Tree and Rocks and cut them all out! I always start these things before I realise how long it will take to do it. For a tutorial on how I watercoloured the little guy, click here.

TO THE BLOG HOP! The next person on the list is Andrea so head on over to her blog. If you have come in half way you can find the details on the hop at the High Hopes Blog.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Houses for Birds

No one said that the houses had to be for mini little humans! How about mini little birds? This project evolved and seemed to get more complex every day but eventually turned out really fun and really quite constructive.

The birds, flowers and grass are cut from chipboard using my Circut that I got for Christmas. Gee that machine is fun!

The houses are house kit #1 from Collections Elements and the leaves are the Leaf and Swirl Magnolia Doohickey die.