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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Swinging and rocking and rolling

Gee it sounds like we are going to a dance instead of a card class. This months class is showing the Rock and Roll technique and also showing how to make a Swing card.

May classes – Please BYO basic tool kits and adhesives Wednesday 1st - 10am "Swing card, Rock and Roll"
Wednesday 1st - 7pm "Swing card, Rock and Roll "
Friday 3rd - 7pm "Swing card, Rock and Roll"
Wednesday 29th - 10am "Childrens holiday class" $10
Friday 31st - 10am "Childrens holiday class" $10

There may be some cutting required so if you have a cutter, bring it along to save a bit of time.

Please RSVP so I know how many kits to prepare.

My weekend jaunt

Our very best friends who live in New Zealand invited us to their 50th Wedding Anniversary. We could not say no to such a milestone. So we had to make a few quick changes in class timetables and book rental cars and flights.

It was only a short visit Thursday to Monday but I wouldn't have missed it for the world. We laughed and we cried and caught up on over 40years of memories. Now what do you give a couple who have everything? I decided to make a heap of Thank You cards for them. I needed a box to hold them and so I upscaled our lovely Paper Angel, Anna's box pattern to make it fit my cards. I scanned the invitation photo and then did a bit of playing around on the computer to get it to sit just so. I then printed the pieces out on Sahara Sand Card. The little cards were made using Sahara Sand card and Stamped then punched out with the little Curly Label punch. They loved them.

Who loves Masking and Sponging?

I love Masking and Sponging. It makes everyone a bit of an artist and who doesn't like to think of themselves as a modern day Monet. We did three styles of this technique. The first using our beautiful and very large Swallowtail stamp. It was embossed with black embossing powder and then sponged using sponge daubers and three colours. Then a mask of the  butterfly was placed over the the stamped image and then the outside was sponged to make the butterfly pop.

Yes I know , you are probably saying "that looks like silver embossing to me" Yes you are right. I did many samples using all the different powders and this one took the best photo.

The next style of masking is one of my favourites. It always looks so difficult but the consensus was that it was the easiest and made a really WOW card.

I ripped some scrap paper in half to make two ragged edges. Then this is placed on the card leaving an area to sponge. The sponging in this technique uses a sponge rather than sponge daubers. I still like to use three colours for the first layer. Then I randomly stamp a few shapes or writing in either Early Expresso or one of the sponged colours, depending on what effect you are after. Then the scrap paper is removed and  WOW!

This is called Reverse Masking.

This one here is a mixture of Reverse masking and masking. If you look closely  you will see the leaves have been masked and then cut out. I got the background effect by ripping a hole in a piece of paper and then applying the ink the same as the one above.

Lastly we did this little cutie. I love this style of masking but it can, be a little frustrating to get the mask just right. The secret is to use very thin paper, something like post it notes, and the more you use it the better, as it makes the mask paper thinner. Another tip is to cut the mask a sliver smaller than the image so that you do not get the white halo around it.
With this one the bashful blue heart was stamped first, a mask was then placed over it. Then the Crumb Cake heart was stamped slightly over the mask. Another mask is then needed for this heart. Finally the Always Artichoke heart was stamped and then the masks removed. Now it looks like the blue is in front and the green is at the back.

So what do you recon? Going to have a go at masking? Go on have a go and let me know how you went, I think you will love it.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

A new day time class

Due to popular demand I have decided to run a daytime class as well as the night time ones. So if coming out at night has stopped you from attending then here is your chance. So our first day time monthly class will be Wednesday 17th April at 10am. Please email or phone to book in.

April  – Please BYO basic tool kits and adhesives
Friday 12th - 7pm "Mothers Day and more" $10
Wednesday 17 th - 10am "Mothers Day and more" $10
Wednesday 17 th - 7pm "Mothers Day and more" $10

May  – Please BYO basic tool kits and adhesives
Wednesday 1st - 10am "To be advised "
Wednesday 1st - 7pm "To be advised "
Friday 3rd - 7pm "To be advised"

June  – Please BYO basic tool kits and adhesives
Wednesday 5th - 10am "To be advised"
Wednesday 12th - 7pm "To be advised"
Friday 14th - 7pm "To be advised"

July  – Please BYO basic tool kits and adhesives
Wednesday 10th - 10am "Stamp n stack" Christmas in July  $25
Wednesday 10th - 7pm "Stamp n stack" Christmas in July  $25
Friday 12th - 7pm "Stamp n stack" Christmas in July $25

August  – Please BYO basic tool kits and adhesives
Wednesday 7th - 10am "Fathers day and more" $10
Wednesday 7th - 7pm "Fathers day and more" $10
Friday 9th - 7pm "Fathers day and more" $10

September – Please BYO basic tool kits and adhesive
Wednesday 4th - 10am "To be advised"
Wednesday 4th - 7pm "To be advised"
Friday 6th - 7pm "To be advised"
Wednesday 25th - 10am "Childrens holiday class" $10
Friday 27th - 10am "Childrens holiday class" $10

October  – Please BYO basic tool kits and adhesives
Wednesday 9th - 10am "To be advised"
Wednesday 9th - 7pm "To be advised"
Friday 11th - 7pm "To be advised"

November  – Please BYO basic tool kits and adhesives
Wednesday 6th- 10am "Stamp n stack" $25
Wednesday 6th- 7pm "Stamp n stack" $25
Friday 8th - 7pm "Stamp n stack" $25

December – Please BYO basic tool kits and adhesives
Lets party while we have fun.
Wednesday 4th - 10am "Christmas gifts" $20
Wednesday 4th - 7pm "Christmas gifts" $20
Friday 6th - 7pm "Christmas gifts" $20

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Gone to China

Back in February you may remember my post Love from China when my cousin Penny brought me back some fabric. 
Well she took the scrapbook page I made as a thank you to the lady in China. Here is a photo of the lady happily showing off my framed scrapbook page that she is going to hang in her little market shop.

I am rather thrilled at knowing that a piece of my art work is in China and being viewed by heaps of people just wandering around a market.
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