31 August 2007

Australian Paper Crafts 68

Today I received my copy of the new Australian Paper Crafts magazine. Lots of inspiring projects and techniques in this issue! I really enjoy the collage, mixed-media and art stamping feature, which comes out every third month. In this issue I have a set of six altered laminate tiles. The tiles were samples from our kitchen renovations, and I decorated them with beads, metallic cord, Collections antique photographs and altered book words, Opals embossing enamels, and lots of bits including buttons, rhinestones, flowers, lace and ribbon. I think they'd look great tied to gifts, so I'll be giving these away instead of hoarding them for a rainy day, LOL.

14 August 2007

Stamping & Papercraft Vol.12 No.11

Great mail day today! I received the latest issue of Stamping & Papercraft with two of my "Doll Face" ATCs in the gallery (top centre and bottom right). I made these cards using canvas paper, acrylic paint, Collections altered book words, rhinestones, Twinkling H2Os, and assorted beads and charms. Stamps by Hero Arts, Paper Artsy and Catslife Press.

13 August 2007

21st Birthday

I think I might have mentioned that my sister, who deals in antique and vintage jewellery, sometimes gives me bits of broken jewellery? Well, I made this birthday card for her using several "hand me downs", lol. The beautiful resin face was a brooch in a previous life. The piece of burgundy fabric is original, but I replaced the scrap from around her neck with lace. I also added a Making Memories crystal brad, a Prima flower, and a small vintage rhinestone strung with embroidery thread to create a necklace. Every girl needs her bling! Other embellishments include Wild Asparagus patterned paper, silver brads, ribbon, Making Memories rub-ons, and Daisy D's butterfly wing stickers from The Stamping Queen. I love this card so much I want to keep it for myself :-)

12 August 2007


This is Lily, the companion piece to Walter. The only real difference is the embellishments. For Lily I used Prima flowers, an old button, ticket stub, found key, ribbon, embroidery thread, mesh, beeswax, lace, brads, Carolees Creations alphabet stickers, and a broken piece of vintage jewellery as a crown. The trick is getting the canvases looking sufficiently different without compromising the fact they're a pair. I hope I've succeeded :-)

10 August 2007


Well, I am on a roll with these Ancestral Home canvases! It feels good to get one Xmas present out of the way *and* I'm 4 months in advance LOL. This time I've used a photograph of my great-grandfather, Walter. I think this picture was taken in Sydney in the 1920s, not long after he'd emigrated from England. As with all the other canvas panels, I painted the surface with acrylic paints (lots of layers!) and aged the photo with Distress ink. Embellishments include acetate, Nostalgiques stamp, ticket stub, miniature compass, brads, K&Company patterned paper, nuts and washes antiqued with verdisgris embossing powder, found key, mesh, wire, ribbon, Collections postcard, and Carolees Creations alphabet stickers. OMG, I am dreading buying all the frames!

03 August 2007


This is Archibald, the companion piece to Isabella. Archibald was Isabella's husband and my great-great-great grandfather (I think I have the number of greats right, LOL). This canvas panel is painted in the same manner as Isabella but the embellishments are a little different. I used a found key, silver wire, beach glass, ball chain, a silver spring which I 'antiqued' with verdigris embossing power, Nostalgiques alphabet sticker, Catslife Press bird stamp, eyelets, a medallion from a bottle of Cointreau, page from an old book, beeswax, and Wild Asparagus patterned paper.