Monday, July 18, 2016

TALES OF US- scrapbooking page with Sharon

Hi everyone

Sharon here with another mixed media scrapbooking page for you to look at. 

In this layout, I used a photo of my daughter with her new husband . 

I was inspired by the cathedral window chipboard piece , and it was the perfect size to layer over the top of their wedding photo. I foiled the window in gold, then sanded some of the foil away to make it look a little "less clean". I then layered over the top of this photo assembly, the floral corner which I had painted white, then added prima mica powder to the flowers to give them a little sparkly colour. 

The next step was to find a paper to work with the photos, and I luckily had the recent prima collection “tales of us” in my stash. I loved that the images in the paper are almost echoed in the chipboard piece I used at the left of the page. This cut is so very fine and delicate, it suited my page just perfectly. 

Thanks for looking


Imagine If Birdcage - Ngaere

My latest project uses a gorgeous chipboard bird cage from Imagine If. I got so carried away with making it I actually didn't take a lot of work in progress photographs. Here is the finished project.

I began with the bare birdcage which I painted with black gesso. Once the gesso was dry I drybrushed the cage with Rusty Paper paint and Lumiere brass paint. I then sprayed it with Lindy's Stamp Gang gold shimmer spray.

Once the cage was painted I draped the back and top of the cage with muslin dipped in Powertex which I then painted in the same manner I had painted the cage.

From there I added on a chipboard flourish and chipboard leaves and flowers and leaves from Imagine If until I was happy with the way it looked. I added a wooden piece to the top, (I think this came off an old wooden paper towel holder).

Then I had to find something to put inside the cage. So having no birds in my stash I decided to put a little fairy inside.  I altered a small plastic doll I had found at a garage sale. I made her a dress out of muslin, gave her some butterfly wings and placed her in the cage.

I then glued the cage to an altered candlestick and added some beads around the edge of the cage and the project was finished. I hope this project has given you some inspiration to create your own masterpiece and remember that all the materials can be obtained from Jo at Imagine If.

Bye Bye Biplane - Ngaere

I am excited to bring you this project using an MDF biplane designed by the clever folks at Imagine If. I decided to make an altered tin incorporating some of the chipboard pieces and using a faux rust paint technique.

Here is the place before it was assembled.  I know it looks a lot of pieces but it is really easy to put together and due to the precision of the cutting everything slots together really easily.

I covered the wings with pieces of aluminium tape and ran over the joins with a fabric marker wheel to make the broken lines.

I painted the assembled place with black gesso.

I then found an old tin and painted it with black gesso. Then I used a combination of black, brown, orange and red paint to give a rusted appearance to the plane.

I added some circles and stars to the wings and tail of the plane.

I then found an old tin and painted it with black gesso.

I layered tissue paper on the tin, spread coarse texture paste randomly over the top of the tissue paper then added large gears from Imagine If and a diecut. I spread coarse texture paste over the gears and then I used coarse texture paste through a stencil to give more dimension.

I used the same combination of black, brown and orange acrylic paint on the tin to give a rusted, aged appearance.

I created a broken asphalt runway on the top of the tin using texure paste and black acrylic paint.  The grass poking through is from a piece of flower arrangement.  The effect I was gong for was a rusted, neglected plane left abandoned on a runway.
Anyway this was a great masculine piece to make and I hope it inspires you to try making a project with the gorgeous little biplane from Imagine If.

July newsletter

Hi all,

Can you believe July is here, and we are mid-way through 2016. Before you know it we will be singing Christmas carols, and rolling out all the Christmas decorations. Of course if you went to Senz, you will know that at Imagine If we do Christmas all year round.  We had an awesome Senz, with amazing feedback on our classes, and once again had lines of people ready to purchase all the amazing chipboard and mdf designs.  

Our next big upcoming even is Paper Arts in Wellington on the 20th and 21st of August!

Check out the website to see the other exhibitors going along:

This year we are teaching two classes at Paper Arts:

Class 1 - It's all about Metal with Jo $50.00
A three page scrapbooking class with a metal theme

Class 2 - Christmas House with Aly $65.00
An off the page class creating a Christmas themed printers tray house.

If your going to Paper Arts and want to come to one of our classes you will need to be quick as spots will fill fast - click on the link below to book and pay through our website and secure your spot!

After that in September we will be heading to yet another show (we really are squishing them all in this year!) on the 24th and 25th -  The Tauranga Craft and Design Show!!

So it will be a busy few months coming up. We will also have some new classes being released, and these will be out next newsletter. We will be doing a mixed media class, as well another 9 pages day, and a book class!!!

New stock
We have some new "Little Book of..." mini paper pads instore! A5 in size they are perfect for all kinds of cards, scrapbooking and decoupage projects!

There are a range of themes:
- Quotes and Words of Wisdom
- Christmas
- Butterflies
- Flowers
- Shimmery
- Occasions
- Collage 

We also have these new Metal earth designs 
 and some very cool moving 3d projects.


Weekly classes:
- Wednesday Scrapbooking class 10am - 12pm
One space open at the moment $20.00 per class, everything is supplied, just bring your own tape, glue and basic kit.  FULL

- Thursday night 6pm - 8pm - Full

- Every 2nd Friday Card class 10am - 12pm
We have a couple of spaces in our card classes  $12.00 for 2-3 cards, everything supplied.

One off Classes coming soon:
Dates to be confirmed in next newsletter
- 9 Pages in one Day Class
- Mixed Media Class
- Book Class

School Holiday Programme - We have had many people asking but no we are not doing a school holiday programme these July holidays as we are very busy prepping for the upcoming shows! However we will be doing a programme in the next holidays so keep your eyes out for the newsletter just before that!

Phone 078897838 for bookings or email us on