Friday, May 27, 2011

I am a Guest Designer at the Colour Room

All the ladies on the Imaginarium Designs Team are being Guest Designers at the Colour Room. This week it is Askua and my turn. If you haven't visited Askua's blog then make sure you do. She is the most amazingly talent lady I have seen for a long long time. It was really hard having to put my work along side hers.
I had trouble with this palette as the colours were hard to find. I loved the blue/grey/brown colour. You can see I had trouble with this colour, I can't even describe it properly! Again I had no photo in mind, but when I was looking for the perfect photo, I remembered this one of my Grandfather and me. His suit was nearly a perfect match and I love the photo. I am about 2, my Grandfather died when I was 8, but I still remember him. The rocking chair we are sitting in is my Great Grandmothers, and will be mine one day. I have photos of my Grandfather, on the other side of the family, sitting in it, holding his first great grand child and my first child. Will have to to another page one day just on the rocking chair.
Heather and Steph have been encouraging me to leave some negative space on my pages to "rest the eyes" as Steph says. I struggle with this as I need to fill my pages and if there is space left, I feel I have left something off!
Anyway, I have a tutorial on the Imaginarium Designs Blog on how to use perfect pearls and chipboard if you are interested in looking. Remember to vist Auskas Blog, and the Colour Room Blog. I have created links for you to click.
Colour Room

Imginarium Designs Blog

If you leave a comment here and at Imaginarium Designs Blog, you double your chances of winning some of their amazing Chipboard.

I will have some Graphic 45 projects to share soon and some altered art projects as well.

If you have not booked into a class in Brisbane yet, with me and would like too then click on the link on the left and book in now. The Classes have been extended to 30, so as of yesterday there were spaces in all of them.

Can't wait for the Expo, it will be a new experience for me and I hope to see some familiar faces, old friends and more importantly make some new ones. If you are visiting the show, please make sure you come and hello.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Creative Block in Brisbane at Printblocks

I got to catch up with the Lovely Ladies from Graphic 45 over the weekend at Printblocks Creative Block. It was so nice seeing them again, and having lunch together each day.
I was attending as part of Imaginarium Designs stand. I spent the three days doing make and takes with lovely ladies from all over Australia and New Zealand. It was so much fun sharing and teaching lots of different techiqunesss. We did a different style of tag each day. I have been asked to teach at stores in NSW, VIC, WA and Tasmaia. The biggest surprise was being asked to teach in New Zealand by some of the store there. I would love to do that, as I was born there and have not been back for over 25 years.

I thought I would share a layout I did for Creative Block and Graphic 45. I love this photo of Anna and Kate, taken at their Grandma's 70th birthday.

I used papers, stickers and some of their staples from Graphic 45. I added some Prima flowers and crystal flourishes. I love the BoBunny Timeless embelishments which work so well with this layouts.
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Monday, May 02, 2011

I'm a Guest Designer at Once upon a Sketch!

Once upon a Sketch is a international sketch challenge blog which encourage everyone from all parts of the world to take part in their fortnightly sketch challenges. They have an international design team who create projects based on the fortnight's sketch and Criteria which will hopefully give you the push you need. They invited me to send in my take on their sketch and here it is.
I decided to do a tom boy page on my daughter Leah, who as a child loved playing with mud and water. I have lots of photos take of her over the years happily playing in mud! I love the look on her face when we found her. She seem to know that she had been wicked but the face shows how much she had been enjoying herself.
I used some cogs and borders from Imaginarium Designs. The vine and border I inked with Tim Holtz Peeled Paint. For the vine I stamped over the green with a random number stamp using black soot. Peeled Paint is one of my favorite colours. The cogs I inked with Tim's black soot. Some of them I sprayed with Stewart's Superior memory mist in Sparkling Silver. If you have never used this product I suggest you give it a try. It is magic for misting or spraying chipboard.
For the title, I inked it with Aged Mahogany and then sprayed it with cream spray paint but only lightly, this allows the mahogany to still show through and gives it an aged look. I used a sheet of Prima and one of their flowers, I also used some decorative brads from Making Memories. I like my layouts to be uncluttered and the photos the focus.
Make sure you visit Once Upon a Sketch and have a go that their fortnightly sketch. I have made their logo at the top a link which will take you to their blog.

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