Wednesday, May 30, 2007

I'm a bit late...

It was Johanna's birthday yesterday? day before? the 28th even, lol. So here's my card for her, using her stamps of course! The scalloped edge was done with the SU! slit punch, all the owls and the flowers have Kindyglitz on them, who'd have thought I'd pull that off the shelf!

I also made the Big Al card for a display on Saturday. The branch rubon is by Hambly, and a little owly told me that these stamps and the rubons will be in an A la Tarte kit ;)

Friday, May 25, 2007

Transfer techniques

I haven't got photos but I'll try and do some step by steps on transfer techniques that I have used.

For all transfers you should use a photocopy of the image, or you can use pics from magazines. Prints straight from the printer will just smudge.

Cold laminate or packing tape transfers.
Place the laminate or packing tape onto the image and burnish it on well. I use the back of a spoon. Now pop it into a shallow dish of water to soak, before rubbing the paper off. I'm quite impatient though and actually use a little warm water on my finger tips and just rub the paper off. Keep rubbing until all the paper has gone and you have a transparent image. Let it dry. If you get milky areas, just repeat with the water. With cold laminate you can be quite hard in the rubbing. These two also retain their stickyness so you can just stick them onto your project. For the card in my last post, I used cold laminate. I buy it from KMart.

Then you can do gel medium transfers.
For this you coat your image up to six times with gel medium. Each coat needs to be dry before the next is applied and each coat goes in alternative directions. Leave to dry overnight and then you soak to rub the paper off as before. Use gel medium to attach. I used this technique using a photo for this canvas.

Then I have recently discovered acrylic paint transfers, which is what I used on the two atcs in this blog post.

Queen Elizabeth was a newspaper image and she smudged a little bit, see how her nose is missing, lol. The poppies were from a gardening magazine.
To do the acrylic transfer, I painted a piece of chipboard with a thin coat of acrylic paint then quickly laid the images face down. These dry pretty quickly so within 5 minutes I started using a wet finger to rub the paper off and voila! With this type of transfer the image is back to front, so don't use words.
Any questions, just yell at me :)

Okay, this card isn't a transfer of any sort, but I whipped it up tonight as a sample for tomorrow. The gorgeous floral border is by justjohanna and the alpha is by Purple Onion. Both of which you can buy at Lime Tart, lol, they aren't on the web at the moment, but you can email me.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Quick post

Just a card I made for a challenge. We were given the stamped image and had to create something. I did a cold laminate transfer with mine. I stippled the background with different coloured inks onto a piece of tissue paper, adhered it to patterned cardstock with gel medium and then popped the transfer over the top. A bit of sewing, some more pp and rubons and voila! I hope she likes it :)

Other than that, I'm busy packing boxes and unpacking boxes, lol, oh and trying to get my washing dry. Even though it's sunny, it's just too cold. We need a new electric blanket after Peggy pee'd on ours last year, lol, even after cleaning it it would smell when you turned it on, yuk!

So on that aromatic note.... I'm off to pack more boxes....

Saturday, May 19, 2007

New ATCs

I had fun last night making ATCs for some swaps. This first one is for a one on one swap. Background is using my new justjohanna stamp ;) The lace is leftover from the torso that I made and was dyed with coffee. Butterfly was printed onto acetate and when not squished on the scanner, it's wings sit up like a real butterfly.

The second one uses Big Al by justjohanna. I used the credit card technique for the background. Quote was printed on acetate and sewn on. Chipboard is brand spanking new small Botanicas by Buzz & Bloom (but with the flower heads cut off, lol), then a few little beads thrown in.

Friday, May 18, 2007

New Buzz & Bloom chipboard!

This stuff is so nice!

Check it all out here.

Lime Tart have some in stock, with more coming.

But shhhhh, some things haven't been uploaded to Lime Tart as they might, just possibly, you didn't hear it here, be in the June kits ;)

If you are after something in particular, let me know and I can get it in, I have the contacts, lol.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

New Zest blog

We've made a few changes in the blogging world of Lime Tart and have created a blog just for Lime Tart news & projects. Go check it out, there are a couple of small competitions running there at the moment.

This blog will undergo a makeover and become just mine :) Please keep visiting here too.

The new ZEST blog will fill up quickly with free (lol) step by step projects and sketches with loads of examples from the design team.

Other than that, I am working on some cards for APC, due in to their office on the 21st of this month, lol, I started yesterday! Nothing like the pressure!

I received a gorgeous box of stamps from the US yesterday, but I can't show yet as they are for the June A la Tarte. Don't you hate when people tease like that? Sorry.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Scrap & Stamp Fundraiser

If you are in Canberra and would like to come along to a fun day of scrapping, stamping, eating, classes, goodie bags, excellent prizes etc etc on the 17th June. Click here to download the flyer with all the details. Any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email me :)

So far, prizes have been generously donated by
Australian Papercrafts,
Dawn Star,
Stampin' Up,
Lime Tart,
Really Just Ribbons,
Made Upon Memories, &
Treasures for Angels.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Mother's Day present

I did Wendy's Not Just a Torso class at Kiwiscraps, but wasn't overly happy with the shape of my torso's boobs, lol. I bought a second torso to play with here at home and this is the result. I did make a huge torso last year for Buzz & Bloom, you can see it here. I used a slightly different technique to Wendy.

This torso was sponged lightly with Distress Ink Milled Lavender. I dyed tissue paper with 7gs dye, then stamped with Staz-on ink. I then adhered torn pieces to the torso using gel medium mixed with a little purple pearlex. The lace pieces for the skirt were dyed with coffee or 7gs dye. I also inked the base with black Staz-on. The pearlex gives it a very delicate sheen. Then I made a card to match, all stamps are by Hero Arts.

Now I'm off to Mum's....

Monday, May 07, 2007

Layout from Kiwiscraps

This is the layout that I did in Nic's class. The class sample was a 12x12 but I cut mine down. I didn't do a lot in class but did have a free hour in my hotel room where I got into the zone and relaxed and beaded. I have since added a little bit of journaling too.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

I've been tagged

Finally, here is my tag response for Manon, Mel, Sarah & Dawn:

Each player starts with 7 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their seven things, as well as these rules. At the end of your blog, you need to choose 7 people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged and to read your blog!

Well here goes:
1. I freak out in crowded situations, I need personal space and quiet, thank goodness for human contact through the internet, lol.
2. I thrive under pressure and deadlines, although I will complain about it, I do love it.
3. I miscarried our first baby at 13 weeks.
4. I only bake, I can't cook every day food.
5. I grew up in Tasmania and left home at 18 to join the Navy.
6. I have screws and staples in my left knee from a full reconstruction due to playing a social game of volleyball.
7. I love flowers, particularly daffodils, oh and it's my birthday this month, rofl ;)

I also found this on Dawn's blog for a bit of fun.

You Belong in 1987

Wild, over the top, and just a little bit cheesy. You're colorful at night - and successful during the day.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Whirlwind week

Well I'm back from Kiwiscrap, obviously, lol. I ended up leaving early on Sunday as I was just so tired, and believe it or not, eager to get back to the family. Yes, insane, I know. I missed my last class but I did get the class pack to complete it at home, although there seems to be quite a few bits missing from it, lol.

I had fun, I didn't learn a real lot, but it was nice for a break and to chat with friends. I haven't yet unpacked everything but you can see some of Gabbie's gorgeous projects on her blog.

So Monday was spent at a few eye appointments. Mary has a wonky eye, lol, and needs checking up on every now and then. We have exercises for her to do. Then I had one too, I've been seeing black spots, so got it checked out and I'm fine but I was told it's aging! They did put drops in my eyes to do the test and they open up the iris. They sent me off to do some shopping while it worked it's magic and omgosh it was so funny, everything starts to go blurry. Then I get home and look in the mirror and I honestly looked like that cat out of Shrek!!

The kids were tested at swimming lessons this week and they all went up a level! I am so proud, they have done amazingly well in twelve months. We are now swimming at Kings and I highly recommend them.

May kits are being sent out, most have gone. They are selling very fast this month. June stuff is coming in and it is NICE!

I'm selling off some old stamps if you would like to take a look here. They are second hand, but some have never been used, or simply inked to 'test' them, lol.

I'm also organising the school scrap and stamp fundraiser again this year on the 17th June, so if you are in Canberra and are interested in a full day of scrapping, stamping, amazing prizes, goodie bags, delicious lunch and a free class, then email me. Prizes have been generously donated by
Australian Papercrafts,
Dawn Star,
Stampin' Up,
Lime Tart,
Really Just Ribbons,
Made Upon Memories, &
Treasures for Angels.
Top50 Scrapbooking Kits