Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Having run the Hocus Pocus card through the Cuttlebug, I started thinking about other ways it could be distressed. So here, I've lightly crumpled it and then sandpapered the ridges. This piece is from the Spell Caster Collection.But I didn't stop there - I also rubbed and inkpad across some of the ridges just to add a little more interest. There seems to be a slightly glossy finish to the Core'dinations card stock and my usually trusty Encore! gold inkpad seemed to smudge so I used Brilliance Galaxy Gold to highlight.
Here's the finished piece with a few gold highlights. I used it as the background on a card I submitted to a challenge, so that card is under wraps at the moment but check back later and I'll post a different card using the same technique.
This post edited 31/5/08: I've just had word that the card I made this background for was published in the June issue of Vamp Stamp News. I'll post a pic later in June.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I wanted to try sandpapering the surface to see what sort of effect I'd get. Nothing technical about this - just scratch the surface with the sandpaper to reveal the hidden colour!
Well that worked, so I pulled out the Cuttlebug and an embossing folder and ran a piece of card from the Hocus Pocus collection through. Once again the front is black and the back and core are another colour. I used 180 grit paper, but you'll get different effects with different grits.
Because of the linen texture, it didn't completely remove the black surface but it still revealed the core colour in a distressed sort of way. I used the same card to die cut the letters and also to make the card. The back of the card is about 1cm wider than the front so that you can see the inside card colour which is black.
The flower pic is a Rachel Greig black and white image from Stamp-It and I've used chalks to add just a hint of colour to it. To see how to tie the bow, check this earlier post.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
And look at the lovely linen texture.....
I'll play with this some more tomorrow and post a finished card or two.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The Expedit bookcase comes in a range of sizes but I went for the 4 x 4 option, mainly because they were out of the 5 x 5 option when I was in store, and I was in desperate need of an organising solution for my cupboardless (is that a word?) studio. Anyway, it's worked out really well, especially as I'm vertically challenged and I wouldn't be able to reach the top row of shelves anyway!
But I hit a snag when putting this piece of furniture together.The second last piece to be assembled needs to be hammered on dowels which sit at right angles to each other. It's not easy to hammer both down and sideways at the same time!! Anyway, as I wanted to protect the bookcase whilst I was hammering, I placed a cork mat over the surface and used a rubber mallet instead of the hammer. "How clever!" I thought to myself. But this is the result!!!
Thank goodness we felt it give before we did too much damage.
It's not a support piece so it hasn't affected the stability of the bookshelf but it's not a really good look. Luckily it's near the bottom, where it can be hidden.
Ikea were really good about it and offered to replace the damaged piece (after all, the instructions do tell you to use a hammer!), but I opted for a credit towards a future purchase. I will probably buy another Expedit bookshelf sometime in the future....... but I think I'll leave it to one of their experts to assemble it!
Monday, April 7, 2008
You can find the full instructions for the Funky Thongs (including a template) in Issue 57 of Australian Paper Crafts.
By the way, did you know that zori is the name given to the woven straw-soled sandals worn by Geisha. Those gorgeous wooden clog-type sandals with the little platforms are called geta. I love shoes, but I have no idea how you would walk in these - hats off to the Geisha who move so gracefully in them!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
I seem to have the oriental bug just lately!
After turning the Polished Pigment backgrounds into a set of Asian inspired ATCs last week, it seeemed logical to make a box to house them.I found a diecut pattern at my local stamp shop which was designed just for this purpose, and an oriental themed serviette from my stash in just the right colours. Add a few embellishments and some gold and black peel off stickers and you have a really neat box for storing the ATCs in. The black and gold symbol on the back is a Krafty Lady art mould (AM042 Asian Symbol No. 2).
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
So, how do you get the tails of the bow to sit in a straight line with the bow instead of having the tails dangling down? Here's how I do it........
Follow the tutorial on how to use Bow-Easy up to Figure 9.
Hold the tail in your left hand and pull it up and over the loop. The tail is actually underneath the loop so with a little bit of manoeuvering, you will be able to get it to sit on top.
Now it should now be aligned with the bow loop.
Tighten the tail on the right hand side (as in Figure 12 of the tutorial) and then pull it in line with the loop. This is easier to do with the right loop than the left because it is already sitting on top.
And then the bow will sit in line with the ribbon!
There's nothing difficult about these invitations (a bonus considering this was Christmas); and yet they are sophisticated and elegant. But then there were the 60 bows......
So later today, I'll post instructions on the little trick I use to get the bow to sit "in line" with the ribbon.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I've been playing around with my bow tying tool this morning. I usually make pretty good bows without using the tool, but when I need to make dozens of perfect bows (as was the case recently for my son's 21st birthday) then I reach for my Bow-Easy tool. I remember buying this tool at SDU (Stamping Down Under) many years ago. I got a great demonstration from the lady who sold it to me, but when I got it home I was baffled by the directions that came with it and I just couldn't remember how she'd done it. I've pulled it out a number of times since then and had a go, but more often than not, I didn't make a bow of any sort, let alone a perfect bow. But when I had to make the 60 bow ties for the invitations, I managed to work it out. Seeing as those instructions were a little difficult to follow, I decided a tutorial was in order. So if you'd like to see what a Bow-Easy is and how to use it, then click here.