Sunday, July 28, 2013

Scrapbooking page - dad love you for all time TJ

Hi everyone, I have been busy as usual with a new Twiddleybitz project, today I have used this fantastic Xmas border corner, but in a non Christmas way.  My father n law (BJ) and his youngest son Terry (TJ) are this weeks subjects. 

I painted the corner silver, and then adhered down, I added the clock and the record under the music notes part of the flousih.  I put some cotton fabric down and made the edges shabby.  Then I added the photo.  I then played around with different layers, and added the text using different lettering styles.   I found these little red wine bottles and glasses that I left in the surrounding packaging chipboard and I made a little flag from that.  I used crackle on the clocks both the chipboard and the paper ones.


I used some flattish flowers from Prima and a few leaves and spirals to add some colour as it was a little flat.
So this is TJ & BJ.  Hope you enjoyed.     

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Off the page project - Mirror Mirror on the wall

Hi everyone, today is a challenge set by Scotties Crafts in Auckland, New Zealand. 

We were offered a free gift if we went to the Scotties crafts stand wearing pink. which I had a pink apron on, So that meant a free gift, with a catch though.

I got this adorable (not) pink princess photo doll, and we had to make her into a piece of art.  So first up a coat of gesso, to get rid of the whole pink thing.  Then it was a matter of deciding who this princess wanted to be.  After a bit of research I decided she was Regina from "Once upon a time - the evil queen". 

With a bit of pleating and major stress with her hair, and then some fantastic Twiddleybitz, I made her outfit.  I pleated graphic 45 paper, and made this coat, and vest, and then hard to see tissue shirt.  A ruffled collar, to help with the image.  I painted the crown and added purple bling.  The hair, what a nightmare, thanks to a friend who sat patiently while I tried to make a bun without pulling all the hair off the polystyrene head (a cheap doll from the $2.00 shop lost her hair). 

I added the mirror in her hand, unfortunately it doesn't show up as well as I would like, the poisoned apple, had to be here as well. 

The mirror, that I made, was interesting, and I wasn't really sure how it was going to turn out, but I was glad about the final result.  Though it took three days to dry in this weather. 

I wanted to make a crown for the top of the whole project, so I made this Mirror Mirror on the the wall sign using upside down banners. 

The inside of the project, started to all come together, with this painted wall, the cauldron with Graphic 45 stickers, and some film strip washi tape.

So here is my entry for the competition, it was an interesting challenge, and really made me put my thinking cap on.  

Friday, July 19, 2013

Off the page - Storage Chest

Hi everyone, Jo here with a new blog for Artfull Crafts in Timaru, it is just about the end of my stint with them, and I must admit it has been fun meeting a whole group of new people.  I have seen photos of people on our Face book group, and obviously we comment on each others work, but it is so much fun meeting them in person. 

Today's project is a Kaisercraft Shadow Box, but I thought lets try something a little different.  What can I do that is going to make this pop? so I made it up, and then sat and looked at it for a month.  It just wasn't happening, yes I could cover it with paper, yes I could make the shadow boxes have something inside them, but then after working on a recipe book, I thought, why don't I make a shelf full of mini books.

But then I was hunting through my room, collecting bits and pieces, and I found this earring I purchased for the $2.00 shop, and then I put it up against the box and then I was off, goodbye mini books hello top shelf.

The Kaisercraft Shadow Box Unit available from Artfull Crafts

There is black paper inside of the unit, I tried just spraying it, but it wasn't dark enough, and I wasn't painting it this time.  After I put the paper inside, I sprayed with black glimmer mist to give a distressed sort of look.

 The two drawers have ribbon, flowers and Tim Holtz sayings on them.  

The butterfly added a touch of whimsy and of course a key.

The top started off with the big black earring at the back, then i built it up from there.  

This ended up being hard to photograph as a whole piece, but I think you get the idea.
The paper is a Kaisercraft 75 cents .  The sides were also covered, and then sprayed and distressed.  
Kaisercraft flowers were added to give some more dimension to the project.  
What is going inside the shelves? I have no idea, but something will find its way in to here.   




Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Scrapbooking page - Best of mates

Hi everyone, and what a busy couple of weeks.  My daughters 19th Birthday party ended what has been a crazy month for me.  I have been busy working on so many projects that I have ended up missing a couple of deadlines, but never mind can't be perfect all the time, no time for playing otherwise.
Today I have a page for Twiddleybitz that I really love.  We had to use the mini houses in July, which was heaps of fun, but of course I decided to cut mine up and make a layout using one that I had leftover from the castle picture.   

I love this layout, I think the paper from Prima is stunning, It is called engraver, and of course the Twiddleybitz chipboard is always fantastic to use.  I wanted to do a page with my nephew and my daughter in it that wasn't to flowery and pretty but still had some dimension, so I sneaked a few flowers on to the page.

The chipboard nero corner is always a great piece to start with, as well as a few dimensional butterflies and of course the little house on the left hand side of the page.

Twiddleybitz have been doing some amazing new chipboard pieces,  I am so excited to get my hands playing with a few of the pieces, hopefully in the next day or so, check them out here at  Enjoy the week everyone.    



Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Litte enchanted book and card

Hi everyone Jo here, back home after a few days with the girls at the Artfull crafts stand, as well as a couple of hours spent restocking Washi tape for Paper Vine.

It was a great weekend, and I was really happy that I heard very good things from people about the classes I took.  it is always nice to hear you are doing a good job.  It was also great to catch up with some people I have spoken to on the Artfull crafts design team face book page, but never met.  So that was great.   

Today I am showing you my project, a book full of fairies, pockets and tags for Artfull Crafts.  This project is using Kaisercrafts Enchanted garden range.  I cannot show you to much of this book, as it is a kit.  It will be one of the school holiday projects, but if you want want for yourself to do at home you will need to email Artfull Crafts directly.   

This book is designed to use both sides of a page, so when you get those papers that are two sided and you cannot decide which one to use, this is the perfect book for that. It is a very girly project, with lots of fairies, flowers, butterflies, but it is fairly easy to make.  The kit has full pictures and instructions. 

The kit also includes a card, and as you can see in the picture there is a bird and cage hidden inside, this slips into one of the pockets for someone special to find.

Now this paper is stunning, and I really wanted to make a lot more with it. So even if you don't get a kit, get the paper, have a play there is lots of special things in the collections pack as well. 

Have a good week.  

Monday, July 8, 2013

Classes I taught at Senz 2013

Hi all,

Today is just a quick post to report back on Senz for 2013.  It was a great experience.  I taught two classes,
both for Artfull Crafts.  I did a Mixed media butterfly project.

This was a fun, but messy classy.  Everyone did really well, and the results were all so different, which is exactly what I wanted.

The 2nd class I taught was a concertina layout using Miss Empire paper from Kaisercraft.

So it was a busy time, and this layout went very very well.  I managed to get everyone through making this, without any issues.  That is always a good thing.  It is a very complicated set of instructions to make this, but we did it, so that was great.

I enjoyed the experience, and now I am enjoying being back at home.

I just want to do a quick promo for Artfull crafts and also for Papervine.  If you haven't checked them out, you should. and 

Well that is it from me today. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Off the Page - Castle

Hi everyone, Jo here with a canvas using Twiddleybitz products.  I have to say I love these bits and pieces, and how quickly you can make a really awesome project with them.

This months theme is the mini houses that Twiddleybitz makes.  However I cut mine up and used on this canvas, I love their little houses, and I have used them lots of times, including projects at Senz in Hamilton last year.  So this time I thought I would try something different.  I thought they would make a great castle, so after a bit of playing I came up with this design.

The brick wall is a new release from Twiddleybitz, and I also used the grab bag to make the stepped up parts of the castle, the little houses are on top, and then I used this cool horse and carriage which was embossed, and the lamp posts (embossed and kindy glitz) and fence (distress stain).  The fairies were hand painted and little flower skirts added. The birdcages are metal charms I picked up.  Lots of flowers added to complete the page.   I had left over brick pieces form my gingerbread house, and I also used windows from that project as well. 

For the brick wall, I firstly added gesso randomly around the bricks.  Then I put distress stain in three colours onto the bricks, then I went back and put more gesso onto the brick shapes again.
As you can see some of the ink has bled through the gesso, and so I ended up with these shaded bricks.  I then added some brown distress ink all over, to give a slightly browner tinge to it all.

One fairy castle, I hope you like it.  A great project with kids to do.