A Birthday Puzzle

  Recently my oldest nephew turned 7, and I had promised him a ‘very special card’ for his Birthday.  He loves trains, always has, and so I thought this chipboard train would be perfect. I found in my stash, a wooden puzzle I had already prepped with gesso, and that was the perfect base of…

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014: June to August

I spent a happy few hours this afternoon catching up on my Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 – I was a couple of months behind! I started out with the June Tag, I love the colours on this tag.  I was able to follow mostly what Tim did on his tag – using the…

March to May Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014

Got a chance to catch up on some Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 this afternoon (yes, my fingers are looking a funny colour with all the inks and paint). For the March Tag, the technique was Smudge Stamping, and I did both the “first-generation” and the “second-generation” stamping tags, I used my favourite colours…

…and wear cute shoes!

My second project for Imagine If Design Team is the boot, this comes in three pieces, the whole boot, the foot part and the heel. I started out by covering all parts with white gesso, giving a good painting surface.  Then I chose a quote from the Fashion Quotes sheet and cut a window in…

February 2014 Tag

The February Tag from Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 is based around Love and Valentines with some great techniques involved.   The background is Distress Stains onto my craft mat and swipe the tag through, spray with water and dry off.  This gives a nice base without being too strong. Next it was time…

Layout from a Sketch

I found this sketch online at Scrap Friends website (http://blog.scrapfriends.com.au/2014/01/sketch-challenge-21.html) and I really liked it, so I posted the link to our NZ Papercrafters group on Facebook. This is my take: I started out with a piece of white cardstock, and ‘splatted’ my Distress Stains on to make the splashes.  Once this was dry, I added…

The completion of the 12 Tags of 2013

I have completed all my tags for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 challenge.  However I have just realised that I haven’t blogged about them since March!  I’ll work backwards through the year. For the December Tag, it is of course seasonal for Christmas.  However, Tim used Clearly for Art and Frosted Film, I tried…

Christmas Gifts

This year has gone flying by – I can’t believe it is Christmas already, nor that it is so long since I blogged! For a small gift for some friends, I decided to create some pillow boxes and make some fudge to put in them. I started out with some clear sheets of acetate, and…

Techniques Toolbox with Claudine Hellmuth

Online classes are a great way to learn new ways to use the products you already own, and I recently completed a five week class with Claudine Hellmuth on Big Picture Classes. In this class we were adding techniques to our toolboxes, both figuratively and literally, so we started out pre-class with making a tool…

Samples for PaperVine

This weekend just gone, I was helping out Lowri and PaperVine at the Dunkleys Great NZ Craft Show.  My main job was the Make’n’Take, using tags, washi tape, twine and embellishments, so I thought I would share my samples with you. There are three sizes of tag stocked by PaperVine, #3, #4 and #8.  The #3 and…