Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pack Your Bags!!

I finished the other recipe book that I said I was making, this one is for my cousin who loves to travel and cook.
The papers are from Kaisercraft Pack Your Bags collection which I thought was quite appropriate for Michael. I used a Martha Stewart punch called Iron Gate border that I've had for some time and hadn't used. I love it. I feel it added an Eastern/Asian look to the cover. Again I used the die cut elements that go with this paper for the divider tabs. One of the papers in the set has different journalling pictures so I cut them out and with the left over die cut elements added them to the dividers for added decoration. This time I've taken pics of the different dividers I made for him.
Each one has a pocket made with the contrasting papers. The dividers for this book are all two pieces of dp joined together.
The letters I used on the cover and my own cover are some that I've had for years. They are by Cloud 9 Design and are called Alpha Rain Dots. Goodness knows whether they even still are available. I used the white letters on my recipe book and for Michael's I used black letters. I thought I'd add a 'Leigh' touch by having the words go 'round the world' so to speak. Actually I'm much happier with this cover than I am with my own.
Thanks for visiting and hope you all have a happy day.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tea at Elsie's Recipe Book

While I was in Brisbane at the Scrapbooking and Papercraft Expo I did a class with Alison Hannah from Kaisercraft. It was to make a recipe book. We were provided with a kit which included papers from the Tea at Elsie's range, Chipboard journal (includes pages), ribbons, diecut elements, chipboard letters, rings etc.
I finished mine at home because I like to use 'the glue and file the paper back' technique to cover chipboard. Here is the finished result. I've put a 'Leigh' touch to my recipe book and added many more dividers than the original. The dividers can be made from single sheets of co ordinating papers or as some of mine are, two sheets taped together. The tabs are just the die cut elements folded in half and attached to each divider, ascending so as not to overlap each other, much like a set of tabbed dividers you buy in the newsagency.
The letters I used for my titles are black peel offs because I wasn't fussed on the ones that were in the kit which were letters on a square white sticky background.
I made pockets for some of the dividers with the co-ordinating papers, then used up the rest of die cut elements by decorating some of my dividers.
Easy. The only thing to be done now is to mod podge the covers, front and back to protect them.
I didn't photograph every divider, very tedious but I'm sure you get the idea but if you want to know more, please email me. :)
Thanks for visiting today and happy crafting.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

All a Flutter With Thanks

Inspired by this card by Wendy Janson, I made a thank you card for a friend of mine. I used exactly the same sketch, colours and punch but changed the stamps, ribbon, greeting and added bling instead of stickles. I coloured the butterfly with Really Rust and Barely Banana adding shimmer paint to give the butterfly some shine. I stamped him twice but cut one out after I coloured him and moulded the wings with graduating foam squares to 3d him. Trés Chic is the background I used, positioning it using the stamp-a-ma-jig so the two stampings came out even. The ribbon is gorgeous and is out of the Valet set of ribbons. Along the punched line, I've added little bling but it's not showing up very well in the photo.
Yesterday I worked on my recipe book using a Kaisercraft journal and Tea at Elsie's papers which was a class I took while I was at the Brisbane Papercraft Expo. I've also started another one for my cousin who loves to cook and travel using the Pack Your Bags papers.
So hopefully I should finish at least one of them today.
Thanks once again for visiting.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo Brisbane

I'm back and still very tired. I had the best time at the show and it was so great to meet up with people I knew in person and others that I only knew through blogs...waving at you Kathy and Tracy.
Jane, it was fabulous to see you again, wish we had longer to chat. Here are some pics that I took on the very last day.

Kathy and I at the Copic wholesale stand where Kathy, Mandy and team were demoing copics all weekend. After many months of commenting on Kathy's blog I finally met her in person. Wonderful to meet you Kathy. I did one of Mandy's classes and really liked it. Thanks for all the help you gave me Kathy and Mandy especially Kathy when we sort of took over the copics display at Arnold's!!!

The Stampin' Up stand where the girls still managed to smile. Thanks for all the cloak room service girls, luv ya!!

This is Tracy from My 2 Angels on the Gold Coast. I have bought quite a few charms from Tracy and it was fantastic to meet her in person.
Last but certainly not least at all, this is Michelle from Michelle's Cards and Stamps. Her range of stamps is phenomenal. I'm quite fond of shopping here. rofl
Thanks Michelle and also to Robyn and Michelle's Mum and Dad çause they are always very willing to help me.
OK that's it from me until Friday. I'm working all day today.
Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bird Clock

Here is another clock I have made. This one is for a girlfriend's mother-in-law. It's her birthday next week. I'm not as happy with it as I could have wished. The rubon moved when I was rubbing it on and then after using my Crystal Effects to glue the flowers and leaves on, I stood it up. Came back later to find the jolly stuff had run down the inner square edge and formed a big blob!!!! Panic!!!!! So I added some more pearls to the edges of the square, the rubons in the other square and just hope that it looks alright. I couldn't add any rubons because there wasn't enough room and I like to seal them under a coat of mod podge before adding embellishments.

I fly out tomorrow to Brisbane for the Scrapbooking and Papercraft Expo. Kerry and I have classes booked and are so looking forward to seeing everyone we know to have a chat, coffee etc.
Waving at you Kim, Chrissie, Jane and everyone else.
So see you all when I get back on Tuesday.
Thank you to everyone visiting my blog, all your visits and comments are very much appreciated.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Blue and Green should never be seen????

Well I don't know about the old saying but I do like these two colours together. Glorious Green and Tempting Turquoise were the colours used on the Fifth Avenue Floral rose doing the reinker float technique. I used shimmer white cardstock because the shimmer in the c/s shines through the ink when the colours are dry. Now the combination of colours and basic sketches are attributable to Alisa Tilsner who was published in a papercraft magazine with a set of cards similar to these.
A friend of mine had the article and wanted to learn how to do it, but she didn't want to use different colours. So to make sure I could do it properly, I made my own using just the rose and instead of the watercolour paper, shimmer c/s. Sue was thrilled with the technique and absolutely loved playing.
I've changed some of the embellishments, used a textured impressions emb folder and different sentiment stamps to make the cards more "me".
The shimmer c/s was stamped with versamark and them white embossed. After doing the colours I let the whole sheet of completed flowers dry and cut them out closely to the embossing.
The first card was completed without the embossing, then after another friend of mine suggested something on the T/Turquoise background, I did the rest using the embossing folder which makes them look heaps better.
Thanks for visiting again today.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bella Rose birthday

A birthday card for a daughter of a friend of mine. The inspiration for this card came from this card by Valita.
I have seen these scrunched flowers around so much and hadn't tried one for myself until this afternoon. After I had actually made one, I was quite happy with it. The colours of the card were determined by the dsp I used for the flower which is Bella Rose. Base is Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette has the border from Vintage Vogue stamped in Chocolate Chip on it then another layer of CC with strips of Bella Rose dsp layered. The ribbon is Riding Hood Red taffeta.
Leaves are the sizzlits die that is in the latest Autumn mini catalogue and I also used the tag punch and Teeny Tiny sentiments that are in the same catalogue.
Thanks for visiting and good night.