Monday, August 30, 2010

Heart Flower Tutorial

Punch or cut 10 hearts in double sided paper and one circle.
Fold the hearts in half and begin gluing them  from the centre.
Keep gluing the folded hearts until you have covered the circle.
Roll one edge of the heart to expose the colour on the back of the folded heart.
I used Gel Medium as the glue. I then put a button in the centre after the flower was finished. There are so many possibilities for this flower.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Harrow Cottage in The Blue Mountains
This is where we stayed for our 28th Wedding Anniversary.

Blue Mountains

Me in the Blue Mountains. Brian and I went up there from Friday until Sunday. On Friday we had a Japanese meal at a restaurant in Leura. Then we went to Blackheath and booked into Harrow Cottages. We had a lovely time there. On Friday afternoon we went to Evan's Lookout and viewed the Grose Valley. Then we went back to our cottage and walked into Blackheath and had a coffee. Friday night we had prawns and salsa and wine.

Heart Flower

This flower is so easy to make with 10 hearts and a circle. I will do a tutorial on it tomorrow night when I have some time. I will be showing the ladies how to make these at my next crop in 2 weeks.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Year 11

Look what my students made for me the other day. A few of my year 11s did this. How sweet. Made my day. They put effort into making this. This is what teaching is all about,making a difference.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tim Holtz Alterations and Flower Combo-

This tag was cut using Tim Holtz Alterations. I used cream metallic cardstock from SALT and inked it all over with Scattered Straw Distress Ink. The flowers were cut from cream metallic cardstock also and inked with Distress inks. The flowers were cut on the Cuttlebug from a Spellbinders die. The pearls and sentiment are Kaisercraft products.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Jessica, Melanie, Chloe, Cooper.
Brian and I spent the day today at the park with our 3 grandchildren and Melanie. We had a picnic and with such beautiful weather we had a great day. We finished in the park with a coffee. It was so nice seeing the grandchildren having such a good time.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Tissue flowers

I was showing a lady at a crop a few weeks ago how to make tissue flowers out of circles. She came up with making them out of squares. Very affective done with squares.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Joy Fold Card

I have decided to play with all the folded cards. These folds make life very interesting. There all sorts of messages and photos that can go into these cards to make the receiver smile or be delighted with every unfold.

I have heaps of cover pages from Basic Grey paper packs and they work so well in making cards. Teamed up with the Cuttlebug and Bazzill cardstock they work well together.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Donna's pages

Here are Donna's pages for our circle journal swap. I had to redo them as my grandson Cooper had tried to alter them.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rose-Anne teaching

Rose-Anne teaching Check out this link for the full story behind the serviettes. photo shows me making a flower from glimmer misted serviettes.
These photos were taken by Daphne from Daph-a dils Photography. They show me teaching a flower class in May.
Daphne takes lovely photos and if you want to hire her just send me an e-mail and I will pass it onto her.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Beauty Friendship Books

These are the friendship books I made for some ladies in a swap I am in.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tim Holtz, Cuttlebug and Spellbinders-

Love these die cuts that Tim Holtz designed. I have used metallic cardstock to cut them out and the same with the Spellbinders flowers. I have used Tim Holtz distress ink to ink the flowers and Kaisercraft bling to add accents. Also Kaisercraft wooden stamp for the sentiment.

Tim Holtz, Cuttlebug and Spellbinders.

What a combination!!!!! They all get on so well together.

The background was done the same way as I did the other ones. I used Tim Holtz , Rays Embossing folder over the top of my recycled background.I inked the embossed card with Tim Holtz Distress Ink called scattered straw.
I used white metallic cardstock from SALT to cut my flowers out from Spellbinders, Shapeabilities called Flower creations. This cardstock inks so nicely with Tim Holtz Distress Ink called marigold. I used Kaisercraft pearls for the centres.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Tim Holtz and Cuttlebug Stamping

1. I used a foam block that I heated and then pressed into a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

2. I inked the foam with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and stamped on cardstock. I used 2 colours and stamped alongside each other to look like a blended piece.
3. I ran the stamped background through the cuttlebug using Tim Holtz Alterations Texture folders called Rays.
4. I inked the raised sections of the rays lightly using Tim Holtz Distress ink.
I layered synthetic flowers on top of each other.
Put a brad through the centre.
Heated each layer with a heat gun.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Mixed Media on Patterned Paper

1. Spread Gel Medium all over the patterned paper and lay the negatives on top. The trim to fit the page.
2. Ink with Walnut distress Ink all over. The Gel Medium forms a resist and the patterned paper under the negative butterfly does not accept the ink.
3. Close up of the inked sheet. I like how the joins appear darker. Adds interest.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mixed Media with the Cuttlebug-2

This image shows a close up of the altered Cuttlebug negatives and positives that I played with other night. There are so many possibilities with these negatives.

1. Experiment with different colours.
2. Experiment with different coloured paint on top of the glued sheets.
3. Use ink instead of paint over the top.
4. Use for Scrapbooking pages.
5. Cut out shapes after the pages have been completed.
6. try laying the negatives over patterned paper.
7. Use the negatives as stencils and ink, chalk, colour etc the shapes on a blank sheet.
You are limited by your creativity.

Mixed Media with the Cuttlebug3

I inked with Straw distress ink to add some extra colour.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

In Memory of my Parents

Every year I think of my parents when these flowers bloom. My Mother loved her flowers and this tree was in our yard at Warner's Bay where I grew up. When we all moved down to Sydney they brought it with them. My Mother decided to throw some of the new plants out and my father always did the big pruning. I salvaged this one out of the Otto and brought it home and planted it in a pot. It hasn't grown into a big tree but big enough to get blooms every year. Not a day goes by that I don't think of them and miss them.

REST in PEACE precious parents.

Mixed Media with the Cuttlebug

5. Assemble the card as you wish. I have used all SALT cardstock in this card and Kaisercraft bling.
4. Using the cloth or wipe from the previous step, wipe over the Cuttlebugged shapes that will go on your page and allow to dry.
3. Paint the whole page with Gesso and then with a damp cloth or wipe , wipe as much of the Gesso off the page as you want. This will tone down the colours and make them more subdued. Don't throw away the loth or wipe as you will need this for the next step.
2. Trim the overlaps so the page looks neat and tidy.
1. Run Gel Medium (glue) all over the page and then lay the negatives on top of the wet glue page.

Circle Journal from Sharon

I love these circle journal pages from Sharon. I also love the complimentary colours she used.

Sunday, August 08, 2010


Here is the boy version of the lesson I taught yesterday. The ladies did the girl version. Everybody enjoyed making the flowers.

Riverstone Crop

I had a great time yesterday at Riverstone crop. The ladies loved their make and takes I did and the kids enjoyed making the mini album. Here is the table with some of the work from 4 of the ladies. We did the girl layout I showed the other day.

Elissa Rose

In loving memory of my granddaughter Elissa Rose