Sunday, December 22, 2013

Glitter on my sneakers

Last night I painted the sneakers and it was a surprise to see them this morning. 
Normally I use Dala Sun paint on the sneakers, but I wanted this colour 
and couldn't figure out how to mix it. So I used Acrylic paint.
 Dala Sun paint is very fluid and the canvas of your sneakers doesn't
become hard or stiff when it is dry. 

I used the excess paint to stain the laces.
They have a very distressed look to them.
Now I need to do the bling!! 

I like the colour and the glitter. 
Shiny but not to shiny.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cotton Canvas Sneaker Trouble.

Glitter, the trouble is glitter!
You need sparkle in your life and you need to
 leave a little sparkle where ever you go!

So the next thing is glitter for my tekkies.
I am still figuring it out how to get the glitter to stick to the tekkies
so that my you won't be able to follow my glitter trail all the way home.

Fabric medium or Gel medium will surely do it.
I hope to get them done before next week.
Will keep you posted !

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

French Blue

Any one that knows me, knows that I love blue.
Quite a while ago I made three cushion covers, but I still need two more
and I had to use blue. Blue Stencil paint and blue lace This colour was the closest to 
Woad and to me Woad is the perfect colour blue.


I could really sit and do this for hours, I just need someone to bring me 
some coffee once in a while! 

 I added a little bit of silver on the crown.
Then I took another design and did it in red. 

This is all the same colour red. Just add more or less paint.
 I will cut these two designs smaller and stitch them onto the bigger covers. 

Then I will add some ribbon and lace.

OK, now for the confession.... they are still under construction
and when they are done I will post the pictures.

What I have done in the meanwhile.... baked some Ginger biscuits,
some Soetkoekies and Lebkuchen. 
Completed the last card class for the year and wrote two 
articles and completed the two projects for magazines
 that are to be published in 2014.
That is why there were no blog posts.
Sorry guys! 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Stencilled Shopping Tote

A lot of family and friends are celebrating their birthdays this month.
So it is time to make gifts.
Decorating this cotton canvas tote was quick and it was fun.
You don't need a lot of supplies and there are so many
different ways with paint, oil paint sticks, Sharpie markers,
Ribbon, lace, buttons and.....
Always have a piece of fabric at hand that you can practice
your skills and colour combinations on.

If you think it looks a bit plain, zoosh it up with
a little bit of French ribbon,

If you want to die the tote, wash it to get rid of all the starch.
Then die it while it is wet. Colours blend better on wet fabric.

Have a good week.
Create and have some fun!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Space!

I am slowly moving into my new space and I am loving it!
The sun is still shining through the window, the music is playing and
there is paint and paper and glue and stuff...
what more can I want?
It is so easy to fill up a space with craft supplies.
I also had my first class last Saturday.
A tekkie class! Here are the girls creations.


Here is the project for the class on 
Saturday 16 November at


Christmas Door Hanger.

09:00 - 12:00
Techniques: Stamping
Die cutting
Colouring with Distress markers
Spraying with Glimmer Mists
Contact Carla at: 012 329 9175

Monday, October 14, 2013

Altered Cigar Box

Sometimes you just have to make something, just because
 you want to, or as Benice says: Just because you can!
Cigar boxes are wonderful to work with and a excellent object to alter.
This is what I have done with mine.

Remove all the existing paper. Take the all the measurements and cut
the paper into the different sizes. I took my guide from the box itself.

Plan the cover carefully and don't glue anything down until you have a
place and a space for everything.
Move it around until you are happy with your layout.
I used:
Prima Paper
Silk ribbon
Antique lace
Distress stains
Distress paints
Glimmer mists
Embellishments from my stash
A sneak peak of the indide of the box.
You will find more detail in the latest Scrapping & kie
magazine. Issue 57.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

More Cards For Men.

Time really flies.....
The doors are in, the glass of the windows has been installed,
the ceiling is up and I am smiling. The builders are here every
day and they are making good progress.  
My mom and Dad are moving in less than
a months time and there is still a lot to do.
I have been working on a altered Cigar box that I
brought back from France a year ago. Liezel from Scrapping & kie
asked if I have anything Mixed Media that
she could put in her magazine... so the Cigar Box ended up with her.
On 28 September I will be teaching
the Altered Cigar Box class at Sweet Scrappins. Send an email
to book your class.
Here are the Cards for men from our last class.

Enjoy the day!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The cutest little boxes!

A while ago we had an assignment to make something French.
The boxes we received were the cutest little things with huge potential.
All the boxes and the whole step by step tutorial has been published in the
Bead Book. Issue 43.
The Bead book will become CREATIVE HOBBIES in the future.
Book of Thoughts
 Button up my heart

 Bobbins and lace

Petit Perfumes

Lizette also made two boxes.
I will see is I can upload her photos. They are also super cute!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Cards for men

Here are six cards designed for men.
To create these cards I had to make a little bit of a mind change,
a colour, theme and embellishment change.
I hope you like them....
This card is 5" x 6".
Colour the Tim Holtz Tissue paper with the Distress stains of your choice.
Remember you can always add colour, but you can't take it away.
Die the twill tape with Adirondack Colour Wash.
Use the ink blending tool to colour the background of the stamped image
with Distress inks. The gear element is embossed with one layer of
pewter embossing powder.

Stamp the image with Archival black ink. Colour the scarf and the hat
with Distress markers and blend with a water pen.
Use a Spellbinders die to get the torn note book effect of the rust colour paper.
Emboss the sentiment with a double layer of charcoal embossing powder.
The gear embellishment only has one layer of pewter embossing powder.

This easel card is easy if you measure carefully.
Start with a 12"x 6" brown card stock.
Score and fold in half. Now your card is 6"x 6".
 Then score the front page at 3 inches and fold back.
The rust pattern paper with the stamps and the rust pattern paper with the
Eiffel towers need to be the same width.
The green card stock for matting and the rust card stock
for matting also needs to match as well.
Mount the piece of paper with the stamps on foam squares
so that when you open the card it will stand on its own.
I hope the instructions are clear. It is sometimes not that easy to explain
things in another language.
I also have a little trouble loading the photos of one of the cards,
but as always.... will try again and
hopefully will publish it soon.

This card is also 6" x 6".
Start by placing the four picture squares onto the brown pattern paper.
Measure and cut. Then mat the brown pattern paper onto the red pattern paper.
Get the measurements for the cream card stock.
Put the four pictures on foam squares to get dimension on the card.
Stick the two embellishments to the bottom left picture.
For the younger guys, something more funky.
Not as busy as the previous ones, but still interesting.
I used stamps from my 7Gypsies collections.
This was the photo that did not want to load onto the blog.
At last!!
The dies I used for the green and white card stock, are from Sizzex.
The stamp pad is from Ranger. Archival Coffee.
Today I am getting some Tim Holtz stamps that I ordered.
I am excited, it is stamps I can use to create more cards for the men.
Keep Well!


Monday, July 22, 2013

Cards with a vintage look

Today is actually a big day.
They started building my new studio.
For the next three months it will be dusty, noisy and busy.
Everything is charged, me and the battery of the camera!
I love this look for winter and on these cards I don't want more
embellishments or elements. Dry emboss the pink card stock
and then colour it with Distress inks.
I used Spellbinder dies and Sizzex dies with these cards.
Here is a list of things you might also need to complete the cards.
Chalk ink
Different dies
Archival ink
Paper distresser
Glimmer mists
Distress Stain
Distress inks
Double sided tape
Foam tape
Mist the card stock (which is behind the picture)
with pink Glimmer mist before gluing the picture
to the card stock.
You can also colour the seam binding tape with your
Distress stains to give it a darker colour.

The lace tape is like a sticker, just peal off the backing and stick down.

Maybe... a small doily behind the brown piece of paper?
Enjoy making the cards.


Vintage look for winter cards..

Hi There everyone,
Sharing my cards with you is always a pleasure.
As I was editing the photos for this post, I saw that I need to
retake two of them. I set up everything and then the camera battery dies!! 
So here is what I have at the moment, the rest is coming later!
Thanks for being patient. x

Cards made with Love

Spray and Stamp and Cut and Sew. All in a day's work.
I love using doilies on my cards. From now on
I will be layering the doilies as well.
Big and small and in different colours.
This is my favourite card of this bunch.
When I look at these photographs, I can see what extra I should have put on.
The cards that I see on the Internet has lots of die cuts and
labels on them and they look gorgeous.
The green card stock was stamped with shadow ink
and the edges were then distressed.
The bobbin label was stamped separately, cut out and glued down.

Grandmas nails were done with some pink Stickles.
If you have Distress stains or Distress Inks, it is easy to colour in the stamped image.
Wet a small brush, wipe off the excess water and pick up some ink and colour away.
The wording was coloured with Silver Distress stain. Perfect for chipboard.
Dry emboss the pink paper and the sand it lightly.
Plain Bias binding are very versatile. Colour, cut, crinkle and stamp.
Here I used some green embossing powder around
the edges of the green card stock.I sprayed the paper with
Glimmer Mist and dry embossed the paper.