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Monday, August 14, 2017

Collage for Unstampabelles - week 2!

Hi Peeps, weather has been a little wild and windy lately - this shot was taken by Andy Chisholm down the bottom of the island of Tasmania, offshore, and a place where the master surfers go when they are on an adrenaline junket - it is near a place called Pedra Blanca....look at those seals master the wave too! What an amazing photograph! 

I have been on a fishing boat catching tuna there - it was calm and oily and I was seasick! I have flown over it in a small plane too - it was windy and wild that day as well and yes, you guessed it - I threw up there as well! The plane had to turn back (not because I was airsick, it was too rough to land)  and when we flew back over a few hours later and things had calmed down in the air at least, I got some amazing photographs of the coastline with massive waves pounding on them - must see if I can located a few!!!

Eddystone Rock

Anyway, I am snug and warm and not ill in my craft space, and have created a project for today to showcase some collage - over at Unstampabelles we are asking you to use some collage skills and make something and while you are at it - thrown in some multimedia as well for the twist!

Remember last week I diecut and layered a butterfly onto a printed piece of paper with newspaper ads on it? I then used powder paints and water to create a mess - and when I lifted my diecut off the sheet the outline of the butterfly was left? I then replaced my butterfly with the blue one for that card which left me with a white diecut butterfly all covered in lovely sparkly paint and mica!


Here it is - I added it to the top of my repurposed container below - after I gussied it all up!


First I took off the wrapper from the container and then painted the inside of my plastic container with white gesso - it got several layers. You cannot actually see it now unless you take the lid off!


The lid got some paper inside and outside, a metal frame and some flowers, plus my mm butterfly!


The side of the lid got some washi tape treatment


It does look pretty I must admit with all that painterly goodness on the die cut!


The sides got some torn bits (left over from last week's work again) of the newspaper that still had spots and globs of powder paint activated by the water. I glued them on with Modge Podge. The lace was added also with the Modge Podge and then I added the strip of beads. The MP makes a great glue for things like that. 

I am not sure what I will keep in this but it will be precious!


There is a prize on offer for the challenge at Unstampabelles!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

CWD's wants to see some embossing for this new challenge!

Crafting with Dragonflies - newest challenge
Wet and/or Dry Embossing!

Remember - always a card thanks!

You can use dry embossing or wet embossing or if you are a crazy fool like me you can do both!



Blame it on Pinterest! Saw something there that got me thinking......

I used an embossing folder on some copper card; then added randomly some silver and gold embossing powders; wanted to make it a bit grunge so added some black with sparkle as well. 

I put all that aside and then took some small wooden gears, and gussied them up with a metallic paint - they looked a bit too shiny and new so they had some Ebony EP put on them too but just a sprinkle!


The sentiment was stamped and embossed with copper EP and layered onto the various cards - black, gold and vanilla.


It can be a Father's Day card (our Father's Day is celebrated in September), Birthday or Celebration or Congratulation..........

You can see the smooth copper I started with in the bottom right corner (after the Embossing Folder had been applied). It had lovely texture - feels rough and rusty and old. I had trouble attaching the gears at first and when I finally got them to stick, my nicely random layering had gone and they were almost in a line up the page - bugger! This time they were stuck good so no can move.........

You can go to Crafting with Dragonflies and see the excellent work done by the DT and then get stuck into something to enter into the challenge!

I will enter this in the following:
Twisted Thursday at The Outlawz: Layers and Dimensions 
Creative Fingers: Anything Goes

We are into Spring regardless that it is early - and so the wind has arrived today - some rain also but not enough for us in the south-east of the island. However, there is lots of spring activity! Here is one photo taken recently by S Climie on Maria Island from the top of a mountain. I have climbed there myself in the early days and agree it is a lot longer down than it looks and the way down is behind these two not in front! Maria is an island off the coast of an island (Tasmania) of the bottom of an island (Australia)!


A stunning view from Bishop & Clerk on Maria Island thanks to Samantha Climie who says:

One of my favourite spots in Tassie. It's a lot further down than it looks.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

What is Collage???

Hi Peeps - Welcome!

Remember I mentioned a few post ago that the parrot's were making a mess on the steps eating the Cotoneasta's berries?

Guess who's back!!!!



However, in the scheme of things - small problem, eh!

There is a new challenge #71 for August at Unstampabelles.

Collage, Collage, Collage
TWIST - use a bit of multi media

I made card but it can be a tag, a page, an off-the-page item - as long as you don't use stamps!

My idea came from something I saw on Pinterest but it ended up nothing like 
The idea was to die cut something and then lay it on another sheet and using sprays, or colour bursts, create a silhouette. I used an SU die of a butterfly, cutting it out of white card and taping it to the printed sheet before using colour bursts and water to create havoc.


Then I trimmed the sheet and used a gold mount to start the front of the card.
I diecut the butterfly again out of another paper (blue). My white one was laid aside to be used on another project. 


My collae was of flowers and I glued them into the top lhs of the card .
I wrapped some gold cord around my butterfly and attached one end under the button with the sentiment. I punched out three more smaller butterflies and added them (with a pearl) to the card. 


It has shimmer and shine and the wings tremble as you hold the card.





The silhouette of the butterfly underneath adds dimension somehow.


There is no torn paper on this one, but there is a page of an old newspaper, glue, paint and mica stirred up by the water added to it, some twine and some flowers glued down - collage according to the definition!

Collage (from the Frenchcoller, "to glue";[1] French pronunciation: ​[kɔ.laʒ]) is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.
A collage may sometimes include magazine and newspaper clippingsribbonspaint, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas.

Why not go over to Unstampabelles and see what the rest of the DT have come up with!