September 30, 2010

Camp Breakaway samplers

I am off to camp tomorrow on the New South Wales central coast, while I'm there I will be a demo girl, and the attached pictures show what I'll be sharing...if you are coming along you will learn about faux wood effect, faux metal effect, fusible film, faux rust and easy texture.

September 27, 2010

Divine shrine

I wish I had a better camera so you could truly see the work in this piece. The shrine/frame is one of WOW's MDF pieces. Other WOW products used are the gates and silhouette trees.
The piece has been flooded with resin and the image is actually standing upright after some careful manipulation of the bottom of her dress. Her wings are white vellum. There is some gauze at the base of the trees, stained and then embedded in the resin.

The crown of a WOWzer

Last week I recieved a rather large parcel of wonderful goodies from WOW (Words Or Whatever). They have adopted me as their mixed media contributor. The quality of their chipboard is brilliant and takes all sorts of artistic abuse whilst retaining it's shape and consistancy. WOW is an Aussie company and if you don't have it in store I suggest you nag your local scrapper or craft shop to look at getting it will see me using it quite a bit :)
They are on Facebook and are having a give away once they reach a certain number of fans, ANYBODY can's their page link...WOW on Facebook
Now back to the crown...the base of the crown is one single flourish, as soon as I saw it I ear tagged it as my next crown. Other WOW products used are their lovely flowers and butterflies. The paper flowers and skelleton leaves are Green Tara products.

September 22, 2010

Scrap tents required

some times we just have to leap in to the unknown and take chances and shake hands with strangers...I have been doing this for a long while and there have been no regrets, this month in itself has been very full on...but at the end of the day it has all turned out for the best. A friend has been posting about a camp she and another lady are running next month and for no known reason I said I would like to go...I think I suprised myself. As far as I know I am only going to know one person there...and they are all scrappers and card makers...will I be out of place? who knows? maybe...but what does it matter? I guess I really am living up to my belief of taking a chance and just winging it.
So early next month I will be driving by myself to the Central Coast to attend the Scrap Escape.
And no I won't just sit there and twiddle my thumbs...I'll be sharing my fave techniques with all those who want to get their hands dirty. Are you going?


ok stupid title but I was trying to think up something funny...failed eh? oh well.
Here's another sneaky peek at a future class at Scraploot...gee what could they be?...unique and interesting..will your creation become an heirloom?
Call Scraploot for class details

Steampunk fun

Can you see it? can you see the fun in this?...good clean fun? perhaps not but after all I am all about getting my hands dirty. This little preview is of a class I am running in November at if you are curious, pop in and bribe the boss lady with chocolate and coffee and she might let you have a looksee...and while you are there...sign up for the class and come and get dirty with me

September 17, 2010

when two worlds collide

my good friend Gillian Lester is an amazing scrapper and we have been talking for a while about collaborating to create some layouts, and so we spent the better part of a day doing just that. I can't show the whole thing just have to wait and see

My competition entry for Green Tara

Green Tara is an Aussie wholesaler of one of my fave things...paper flowers, and currently they are having a competition where you can win a basket of their beautiful flowers just by creating a piece of art that uses some of their products. I am really pleased with how this turned out...I love the white doodling on the black cardstock. My skeleton leaves have all been embossed with an antique gold embossing powder. The colour of the blooms are a mix of sprays and spritz (Lindy Stamp Gang of course!!!). The butterfly was created by layering halved flowers and skeleton leaves.
The one little piece of chipboard you can see on the side of the photograph is my last piece of chipboard that Andrew from Scrapmatts gave me at Melbourne Paperific. I think it totally finished the entire look of the piece.

September 12, 2010

WOW...I'm inspired

being an unrestricted freelance artist has opened a lot of doors for me and allowed me to meet some great people and work for some top companies. Last week I met Suzanne Webster from chipboard company WOW, I was invited to create with their products...of course I said yes and this is one of the pieces I put together using one of their products, I used the floral is soooo delicate!
I used PVA to get a nice texture on the frame and the Martha Stewart glitter pens to colour the tiny flowers and vines.
Don't you just love the green at the bottom?! Do you think you know what it is?'s resin!
I don't ever watch online tutes of scrapbooking techniques but this one time I did, Louise Williams was playing with glaze and alch. inks and I was totally inspired to have a play...but I decided to use the resin that was lining my mixing pot. I used my finger nail to lift a corner and pulled the entire piece away from the pot, I then tore it into smaller pieces and spotted it with drops of blue and green alch. inks. The blue flower is Dimensional Magic over acetate with electric blue German Glass Glitter sprinkled over it, dried and punched out with one of my whale punches.
Louise is a very talented artist...although she says she doesn't consider herself an artist, I say she is and I thank her for being so generous in sharing her techniques. To check her out jump over to her blog...