Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat

Hi there,
Ha! Yes the title of this post is weird. Its the first line of a song that Miss Piggy sang on the Muppet Show way back maybe 20+ years ago. (Shows my age). I can't remember the rest of the song but that line has stuck in my brain for all these years, and I guess more to come.

I have a new page to show you, but as it is a gift for two special people I don't want to reveal too much just yet. It took a long time to work out just what I wanted to do, but with a little help from a friend (thank you Dianne Hansen!) I got it finished this week.

Here is a sneak peak.

I hope your Christmas plans are all in place - mine are somewhat delayed this year. Just keep finding excuses to be doing something else. This weekend I promise to make inroads into the plans and I've even flagged away athletics to ensure it gets done! Also, given that the last 3 or 4 weekends have involved athletics, and I'll be away again next weekend (off to Melbourne for 34 hours) I owe one to Rodney. :-)

Have a great weekend and catch you soon.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

First Post from Our New House

Hi there,

Yup, it has been a while since I last blogged (what's new?!) and it's not that I haven't been busy it's know. Anyway, was sitting in the craft room on the 'puter when I saw the most gorgeous view as the sun was setting. The photo doesn't quite do it justice but you get the drift I'm sure.
While in the throes of shifting house my scrap stash was hidden away but I did manage to do some stuff so I didn't go totally crazy from lack of scrappin'. I made this for Mum and Dad as a thank you for having us stay with them while we were in-between houses.

The four pics are us kids - these very pics have been on the wall in the hallway at Kauri Street for what seems like centuries but (even this sounds bad) decades is more accurate. They're all taken when we were around 18months-2 years old. For some reason the proofs of Russell (top right) went missing years ago so that's why his one is slightly different from the others in terms of framing.

I've used many different elements in this one - and it's glued onto a canvas so that it can sit unaided on a shelf - from Dusty Attic to resin flowers and butterfly to metal trinkets to miscellaneous flowers and other tidbits. There's also some lace tucked in there too.

Hope you're having a great week. Catch you soon.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Happy New Year!

Hi there,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great festive season and a nice relaxing break. I worked all the stat days, but it was actually quite nice to do so.....people tend not to be grumpy at Christmas. And I'm enjoying the benefits of working those days with the extra dosh in my pocket!

As I type, the nor' wester is blowing very hot outside. This is when I am rather thankful for the house we live's a very pleasant non-humid place to be on days like today.
Anyway, thought I'd post some pics of the canvas calendars I did for Christmas pressies....sneak peaks were in my last post.

This first one didn't get a sneak peak though. Another take on Dianne Hanson's heritage page (the class at the 2012 Spring Raincliff retreat). I glued it onto a canvas and the final product went with a little easel to Rodney's mum Iris. The photo is of the 5 Fraser kids when Rodney was about 12 months old. Hence the title "heritage" !!! :-)

This canvas was given to Rusty and Jill. I chose the red and sort-of black colourings to represent the Canterbury region.


The little group of bits and bobs in the bottom left corner has several different elements; the cat, heart and larger flowers are made from my resin molds. The flowers and heart painted red and then spritzed with Perfect Pearls Black Magic. The cat was inked with Ranger's Espresso alcohol ink. I used my new D-lites spellbinders dies. There are a few little red paper flower buds in there too.

The background has several different things to create the texture - Paper Perfect (kind of like modelling paste but it is lumpy rather than smooth to apply. It's great stuff. I also used the last of some weird paper I bought a while ago - it has a semi-sheer backing with random swirls of a string-like stuff. (No idea how to describe it sorry!). And there's some mesh tape in there too.
This one went to Robyn and Craig. Apart from the obvious green and red Christmas colouring, there was no real reason for it...I just liked it. :-)
The background is covered in the Paper Perfect and then spritzed with two shades of green Perfect Pearls (sorry, forgotten which ones. I'm hopeless). I then sprayed gold Krylon Webbing Spray in blobs. It's supposed to be more spread out and stringy, but I was a bit out of practice. You have to get the right distance away and it kind of goes all over the place.

The embellishment bits were some more resin molds (roses and butterflies) and some Make It Crafty chipboard pieces (branches and butterflies - small ones).
This last one was for Paul and Ann. Paper Perfect again on the background, along with the Dusty Attic brick wall pieces coloured with a mix of blue and yellow Perfect Pearls sprays. 
The embellishments are a real mix of things. Dusty Attic vine, with "grapes" made of purple seed beads, resin butterflies and small flowers, a trinket clock (spritzed with Black Magic Perfect Pearls) and some leaves. 

So there they are. The calendar part of the finished product is replaceable so the theory is I only have to print off a calendar for next Christmas. Maybe I won't have so much creativity on the go.....chance would be a fine thing.

Hope you're having a great week. Catch you later.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

7 More Sleeps to go....

Hi there,

A few more sneak peaks but again I can't give much away until the recipients receive their pressies.
I had an "epiphany" (or whatever) regarding a certain 13 year old nephew and came up with this. The same KaiserCraft Wishing Well. Not too cute for a 13 year old? Manly enough for a good kiwi bloke? I hope so.
I hand-made the tennis racket, bucket (out of balsa wood - and fiddly!!??!!) and fishing rod. There's even a wee hook on the end of the line.
 A lot of texture paste & paper, resin molds and some fab new dies make up this wee embellishment cluster. 

A clan of Fraser kids.

Make It Crafty butterflies and leaves, along with some more resin molds.

Beads to make grapes on a Dusty Attic vine.

Here's to a smooth lead-in to Christmas......wishing you all a fab Dec 25th.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas crafting in full swing

Hi there,

Yup. I have been flat out making pressies in the last month or so. I can't post all the pics just yet as that might give the game away, but I couldn't wait to post this one. I won't name names, although you can read the recipients name in one of the pics and she loves pink. :-)

This is a Kaiser Craft wooden wishing well. I was eyeing one of these for some time thinking it would make a great pressie. The papers are from Prima (a 2010 range). I used Distress Paint on the side pieces 'cos my original paint job was not that flash. The hard bit was trying to get up under the roof as I'd already assembled it before I decided on the distress paint. :-)

And I have to say I am very very pleased with the final result. So much so that I am about to start on a second one - the challenge being it has to be more "manly". No flowers allowed!

Its a good thing I don't have any athletics commitments this weekend.....


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wedding #3 Revisited

Hi again,

Two posts in one week! Don't worry it probably won't happen again (at least not too soon).

As mentioned in my last post, I revisited Mum and Dad's Wedding #4 page. I loved the layout but the colours just didn't gel with the other 3 pages. So I pretty much stuck to the layout plan with a few minor tweaks.

I had just enough of the wider lace left, but I've got to tidy up the ends as some little bits of thread stick out the side.
The orangey version had a pre-cut scalloped paper which was a small challenge to replicate. With a bit of tracing paper and a lot of patience I managed fair attempt and I don't think anyone will be looking too closely to notice that the scallops aren't quite equal in size. :-)

The Make It Crafty swirl and photo corners have been inked with Walnut stain (Distress Ink). I then used Perfect Pearls pearl on the swirl and Platinum Liquid Pearls on the photo corners and the circle of dots is also Platinum LP. I used some leafy diecuts from Make It Crafty (inked with Forest Green distress ink) and Prima flowers and the usual rosebuds round off the embellishments.

So there you have it. Four Generations of Weddings. The final setting still to be decided.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wedding #4

Hi there,

So I have completed #4 - yours truly and Rodney - and the series is almost complete.....however I decided that while I loved the #4 of Mum and Dad the colours didn't quite look right for the 4 pages to go alongside each other. So I made a second version using some Kaiser paper from a few years back. I very much like this version as part of the series. I'll have the photos of it in my next post. The first one will find its way into a scrapbook, or maybe I'll give it to Mum and Dad. Not sure yet.

Also to be decided on is how the pages will go on the wall. My original thought was to glue them to a canvas, but I just know they'll attrach dust like bees to a honeypot so I'm thinking of some box thingies - shadow boxes?? - if I can find a way to buy or make without too much expense.

So for wedding #4 I used some gorgeous paper with glittered swirls on it that looks a little like the wallpaper in our bedroom.

It took ages to find the right objects to get the large circles as I wanted them. I have a great circle cutter, but it only goes to about 4 inches radius. One day I will find the perfect cutter of circles. :-)
Instead of using lace from my grandmother's stash, I cut up some of the ever-dimishing store of left-over lace from my wedding dress. It was expensive so I'm glad I'm getting extra mileage out of it!

To complete the layout bits and bobs, there is an oval shaped metal trinket half hiding behind the blue flowers. Its one from my wee (make that huge!) goodie bag from Nic Howard.
Hope you like this one.

Have a great week.