Sunday, July 29, 2012

My entry for Lessology challenge 16.......

This has been a wonderful experience as I have found myslef exploring new techniques and being amazed at the effects that resulted.

I will never ever throw out bubble wrap and my supply area at work will be saving it for me!
The cards are feminine but naive in nature...I hope they meet the criteria for the challenge?


There are several techniques which I discovered.        
The first was making the flower head. I found if I separated the layers of the larger bubblewrap it left a crater in each circle. So I trimmed the shape and filled each crater with embossing powder...brown in the centre and mustard for the petals.

Take care when heating as clearly the bubble wrap has a low melting point....hence the quite rustic result!!                                           
Another effect was to iron one layer of the bublle wrap and this created a fine paper like sheet which I cut out groups of the circles to use. I discovered that it was necessary to use ink such as stayz on....then I tried small amounts of my rub and buff which is the gold areas of circles in the backgrounds.
I also used rubb and buff antique white on the manequin circles.
These are the inserts in each card. I discovered that by ironing the full thickness bubble wrap (with paper either side to protect thh iron and ironing cover.....(and lots of giggles listening to the bubbles popping) creates this paper effect.
It was perfect to stamp on and as I played I discovered placing a lighter coloured card behind the image made it more prominent.

Other items used for recycled fine gold webbed netting, a punched (Martha) edge, some opshop vintage jewellry ( a gorgeous clip on earing and a part of a chain), and in the floral card some leaves which I embossed and added a little glossy accents to.
The background of the floral card is embossed a bit of Tim.

Regards Robyn

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Strut Your challenge card 2
Here is my second card for this challenge....has been fun making lots of various comments from the family!
I apologise for the quality of the photo...
The carts I used were Rock princess, plantin school book (ricrac), celebrations (stars) and art philosophy (writing).
Gypsy used to rock and roll the writing.
There is embossing on the boots, guitar, writing, stars and the hair is painted with gold paint.
The banner corners are punched (Marthat Stewart).
Buttons on boots and jacket are Folk Art dimensional paint.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Handy hint for glue storage....

I bought these two icypole trays for 20cents each at the opshop...I knew there was a reason and today whilst cleaning up my craft room I found it.....

The glue sits comnfortably in the tray and if it leaks will be can be stored upside down ready for use.
The other one holds Tims inkessentials comfortably and until I get more the glue sticks are in the other spots..

Blog candy winner........

Drum roll......its........Deena Otway!

Congratulations Deena, I hope you like your candy! For those who do not know Deena, she is an active member of our ATC group and talented lady!
Here is a photo......

I think I have your address already but will email. The pack includes, stampin up 6X6 paper pack, vintage type envelopes, lots of seam binding, lace, gorgeous beaded edging in four colours, bling plus bling, cricut sticky note book, gorgeous bird in wire frame to hang or alter, some laces......enjoy!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Strut Your Cuts Challenge at Scrappy go lucky blog spot...

Mandy is kindly running another challenge with a fabulous prize of the new cricut Christmas Cartridge...

The challenge is a great idea - to make a Christmas card using cuts that are not specifically designed for Christmas. These challenges are fabulous as they make us think outside the square and encourage utilisation of cuts we may not have previously used.

Here is my entry....


I have used art philosophy for the card box, the bird and the foliage. I used ribbons and rosettes for the rosette. I used Plantin Schoolbook for my fine ricrac.
The cards are sized for either tag size or gift cards. The inside is plain with a simple cluster of stamped stars in Brilliance gold.
My favourite part of this card is the op shop very fine ribbon which I got this week for 50 cents...its hard to see but I think dates around the 60's and is sheer which provides and interesting effect. I also got baby pink and blue colours and went back today to get more!
I have carried the dotty theme through the card with the embossing, my new Tim Holtz background dots stamp and the bubble card stock.
The little bag of cards hangs on some wrinkled seam binding.

Day of fun with our bird cage decorating!

A few of us got together to decorate some birdcages - and just play really!
It was loads of fun and what a mess we made!
Here is a photo of one that I have yet to complete........
Close up of the cricut flowers....

Both flower centres are pieces of old them...unfortunately only had one of each!!

I particularly like the colours of the flowers and also the use of op-shop jewellery finds to decorate with.
The dyed fabric draped beneatht he flowers is muslin - torn and dyed using Tims inks.
 I have a number of pages of various shapes and sized flowers on my gypssy now and every now and again I just cut more out, place them in a container and when I feel like it I emboss and crease them ready to assemble.

Thanks for looking.....

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Blog Candy.....

I am going away for a week tomorrow so will wait until I return to draw the blog candy.....good luck!