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Monday, August 28, 2017

Magical Moments......

Hi Peeps, ever have one of those magical moments? The hair stands up on the back of your neck and the skin gets goosebumps? I have have that a few times: once when I visited Flinder's Island and went to Settlement Point - that is where the small settlement of Emita was created.  Emita is home to the historic Wybalenna Aboriginal Settlement, where the Tasmanian Aboriginal population was forcibly relocated from mainland Tasmania in 1833. We do have a dark history of shame in Tasmania as well as many beautiful places.  I am not aboriginal but I felt their sadness there....in such a beautiful place - almost magical but not quite........

A magical capture from Settlement Point on Flinders Island thanks to Chasing Light - Photography by James Stone 

Again, Flinders Island is an island off the north east coast of Tasmania (an island of the south of Australia - another island!) Can you see a theme emerging this month?


I am not sure if the current challenge at Unstampbelles is creating too many magical moments for people but you can use the challenge to remind you of one, like I did!

Collage, collage, collage...

TWIST venture into multi- media too


Random Number Prize

Collage  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. 

My base is a sheet of white paper 12 x 12


The subject is my Granddaughter Hettie


The collage is mostly tucked under the photograph - strips of torn paper and some cardboard, as well as die cuts. The multimedia is the Dylusion's paint smeared across the page and stencilled onto it. 


The place was Germany in winter


The reason was a Tattoo for the New Zealand Army Band, of which Hettie was a member and one of the main singer's for this particular act. She was just 19 yrs old.


She loves the stage!

The magical moment for me was seeing her on YouTube and watching her own that stadium in front of a huge audience and hearing her sing - hair raising stuff! 

So I created a scrap page for the moment - to freeze it in time!

What can you make to fit this theme?



Saturday, August 26, 2017

Happy Birthday to all my fellow Leo's!

Although I never know when these star signs end and perhaps we have moved on! Anyway Happy Birthday to all who have a birthday in August!

Hilde has one - and she has challenged us to produce a card with a cake on it 
for Challenge #88 at Crafting with Dragonflies!

I cheated a little as my cake is a facsimile of a cake!
Almost a skeleton of one.....
...but there is s surprise inside.........


SU embossing folder and die cut 



See! There is still a piece of cake left!


That is spring sunshine getting into the picture - to highlight the washi tape behind the cutouts!
The stamp set is also one of SU's as is the die again - both the front and inside die come in the same set and the embossing folder and stamp set compliment them. 

Here is Hilde leading us Dragonflies a merry dance........


I got it from Google Images - Happy Birthday (again) Hilde!!
(Birthday's always last at least a month don't they? Or is that just for those born in August?)

Why not go over to Crafting with Dragonflies and see what else is going on......



Monday, August 21, 2017

Midway at Unstampabelles


‘There’s something about staring deep into the unknown’ 

A brilliant capture of our Milky Way from St Helens, near Peron Dunes, thanks to Adrian Speers.

www.instagram.com/speers_images


Time to stare into the unknown and start to create a collage!

Over at Unstampabelles , they are asking that you 

Collage, collage, collage...

TWIST venture into multi- media too


Random Number Prize

Collage  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. 

So I made a couple of cards to showcase how to use both a collage technique and multimedia in the same card. I tried to keep this fairly simple as I wanted to not scare off crafters from entering - they find it difficult enough to create without using stamps!

In the first one, I torn random pieces of scrap paper I had kept and used them to create a backdrop. the sky was from using Dylusional sprays on another project.  I then used some texture paste and a stencil to create the sun, by adding some TH Wild Honey paint into the paste first to colour the rays. The centre of the sun is kiddie glitz glue.

I die cut a branch from some music sheets, and added the leaves and birds.
My sentiment is also diecut


In the second one, I used my Dylusional paints to create a backdrop and then die cut the trees from the music sheet and glued it on top


Two Christmas cards done!

It doesn't have to be that difficult to mix collage and multimedia - I got my inspiration from Pinterest but neither card looks like the card I got the inspiration from - it was merely the starter for the journey.

You can go to UNSTAMPABELLES and enter your contribution by the end of the month!


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!