Friday, April 26, 2013

Polymer Clay Class

I am so glad to be working with polymer clay again.
We are teaching a class on Saturday 18 May and at the
moment this is what is happening in the studio!!
The canvasses are out,
the rubber stamps are out, the paint and perfect pearls are out.
The clay tools are out and we are having a ball.
Not that everything is going according to plan....
no... I burnt the batch I baked yesterday!
Now I know exactly how to get this look, not bad.
That's what I always say. You need to make mistakes, so when your
clients make them, you know how to rectify them.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mother's Day Gift Class.

This is a gift for a friend, your mother, your sister, grandmother
or any spacial woman in you life.
Join us for this class on 
11 May 2013.
09:00 - 12:00
Elna's studio, Moreletapark
Bring your double sided tape, trimmer and scissors.
We will be using alcohol inks, distressing paper, and embossing paper.
To book your place contact Elna

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Recipe Book with Mason Jar and Shadow Stamping

Hi there everyone,
welcome to our blog and to this post. Today I am sharing with you, my Recipe book.
The book was inspired by my clients who wanted to make a recipe
book and by this beautiful colourful paper by Echo Park Paper,
and of course by the mason jar picture on one of the papers!
 I painted the chipboard letters with Distress paint from Ranger
and then changed the colour with the Distress Stains.
(also from Ranger)
This shows you how I placed the double sided tape to stick down the
inside of the front cover. You can use your favourite glue of choice.
On the left hand side, which is the inside of the front cover,
 you can write down the index of your Recipe Book.
I used a Mask from Prima and sprayed the blue card stock with
glimmer mist.
The rosette was cut with a Spell Binders Die. The front part cut from
white Bazzill card stock and the back side form the Echo Park paper.
The doily was sprayed with glimmer mist.
The Mason Jar stamp is from Hero Arts.
To do shadow stamping is quite easy.
Stamp the mason jar on the piece of Vanilla Card stock.
Stamp another image onto a piece of thin paper and cut
out the image with your scissors.
Place the image onto the first stamped image and stamp next to it,
but it must overlap.
So... if you look at my picture, you first stamp the image
on the right hand side and then the image on the left hand side. 
The fork is a printed piece of cotton ribbon. Some papers were left 12" long,
and just folded in half and wrapped around the edge of the page and glued.
The green card stock was sprayed with glimmer mist and I used
another mask from Prima.The small flowers were punched with
a McGill punch.
The back of the yellow card stock was also sprayed with
glimmer mist.
Punch 5 tabs out of the remaining pieces of card stock and stamp numbers
onto them. Put double sided tape onto the tabs and stick to the
outside of the plastic A6 page protectors.
Start by placing number 5 and 1 in the correct positions.
Space the rest of the numbers and remove the backing of the tape to stick them down.
Put all 5 pages into your page protectors. 

For the envelope: Cut off a piece of the top back side.
Fold the remaining front flap over to the front. Fold open again and
use a die cut to create the border. Stamp the two images and use
washi tape and bias binding at the bottom.
Bind the book together with three metal rings
and you are done!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Afrikaans Words for Stamping

Hi everyone
My home language is Afrikaans. My second language is English.
You all know I love card making. Whenever we make cards we want
to give to our friends and family, we have to make do with
English wording on the cards, or computer printed
words in Afrikaans. BUT last week I met two brave girls
who decided to create their own stamp range with
beautiful words from the heart, in Afrikaans!
They know that they have a limited market for these stamps,
but went ahead anyway. I know there is a huge need for these stamps.
When I got home after the launch, I wanted to make cards and put these
words on the cards!! But I had a mental block.

My clients has been asking me for smaller cards.
Ones that they can easily post, but I
love working on 15cm x 15cm cards. So, I was stuck for a while.
 I then did what I normally do with patterned paper, but just on 7,5cm x 7,5cm.
So this was the result.
 After that I played around for a while with the words and some other stamps
to create these cards. It felt so good to do some plain and simple
stamping after so long. Smooth, white, semi coated 200g paper is ideal for stamping.
When you have decided on a design that works for you,
you can make lots and lots of these small cards to keep, or give away as a set.
The supplies I used for the feather card.
White card stock
Polymer stamps
Acrylic block
Archival ink (any colour)
Stamp cleaner
Wet sponge
Thank you Debbie and Mandi!!
I think you both did great.
I am very grateful.
( the stamps are available from me at R170.00 )

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Winnie the Pooh birthday cake.

On Sunday we celebrated Marocé 's first birthday
When it was her birthday on the 29th of March, her Grandma and Grandpa were out of town.
( Grandma running the Two Oceans Marathon! )
Great Grandpa immobilized after an eye operation and Great Grandma
taking care of him.
So Sunday was our first time together with everyone back in town and fit enough to travel.
A friend baked and decorated the cake.
It was absolutely STUNNING!
I saw a Winnie the Pooh cake on Pinterest and knew we had to have one for her birthday!
There were toadstools and snails, butterflies and lady birds, flowers and bees.
The cake was just perfect. I got the cake on Friday and had to keep it a secret,
because it was a surprise to the mom and dad and of course Marocé,
But I took lots of photographs.
I think the cake ..... and of course Marocé was the hit of the day!
Thank you Albertha!
(yes, there are photos of the baby and the cake.... but I don't have any.
I was to busy organizing everything and everybody!!
I will see if I can later post one of the birthday girl)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Magic of Cotton Canvas Sneekers.

As I said before, this class is magic.
I think we must have this as a standard class
every two months.
On Saturday Nicolette, Else, Marlene,
Michelle and Marlene had great fun.
These tiny, tiny baby tekkies were gorgeous!
Decorated with Beatrix Potter pictures, everyone
wanted to have them and they were the hit of the day.
The music notes were popular and as you can see,
most of the girls used them.
Using a black and white serviette can also be very effective.
This can be combined with a little bit of gold and silver paint
for extra interest.

To colour the shoe laces, I sprayed each pair with some water and then
sprayed the Sun paint onto the laces.
By squeezing the paint into the laces, you use less paint and
your drying time is much shorter.
A contrast colour for the laces looks stunning...... 
But as you can see, the same colour also is a perfect match!
The next class ia a Recipe Book at Sweet Scrappins.
Thanks for visiting!