Mixed-media paper crafter; stamper, freelance craft tutor, designer of PaperArtsy JOFY stamps

22 July 2011

ooooh I do love a box canvas!!...

... but I'm not fussy - I think canvas (any type) may be my new favourite surface to work on...

Back in June I showed you this:
and teased you that I'd made something else but couldn't show you what it was... well I think that was a bit rude of me! and so here is what I created..... 
Its a box canvas created with Claudine Hellmuth's Bloom stamps - clear and foam. Love these stamps.  Paints are PaperArtsy's Fresco Finish.
It makes me smile each time I see it - so summery and pretty... and I think, judging by the amount of rain we've had recently, this is as close to summer as we're going to get at the moment! lol


21 July 2011

When is a tshirt not a tshirt??...

... when you've read the latest copy of Molly Makes ( @mollymakes ) and it inspired you to turn it into a scarf!! (and possibly wrist warmers/cuffs):
Before, tshirt's nice but was going to charity shop as sleeves were a bit short (you know that point when they're not 3/4 length and not quite full length (annoying!!))
After, cut up as per instructions - can be worn once around neck, or twice... not too bad for a first attempt!
no tshirt is safe! lol  I was left with 2 arms from the tshirt which I'm thinking might make nice wrist warmers - bit of gathering, some buttons.....

16 July 2011

Good Luck!!

... is the theme of my Project of the Day over at Banana Frog.... Click HERE to go there.

15 July 2011

A little bit of Sherlock does you good!

Loving the look of this - shame we have to wait until December!!

14 July 2011

Get inky painty with me...

... at my next set of classes at Imagine That (Upminster)...
I have 2 classes this term - not as many as previously - had to factor in some time for a house move. (fingers crossed! lol)
Damsel in Distress is a class using the ooooh so lovely Distress Stains (did you hear that Ranger/Tim Holtz launched 12 new colours at CHA this week - be still by Distress Stain loving heart! lol) - we'll be making 3 cards with several techniques, this time with a much 'daintier' finish....
In Fresco Finish we'll be using PaperArtsy's Fresco Finish paints to decorate a frame (and card)... we'll be working with the Crackle Glaze - this is a fantastic product that gets great results every time... LOVE it!
The classes are on July 27th & September 22nd - hope to see you there!  Contact ImagineThat to book your place.


11 July 2011

Exciting Plans...

Back in May I went to Spain for a few days to discuss teaching residential courses at Artizan...  This is a new venture, run by the lovely Karen Dawton, to offer a variety of residential courses based in Gerona (in Catalonia, Spain).
The venue is a fabulous Spanish farmhouse set in a valley of lush forest where the only noise is birdsong - seriously - no. other. noise!  Apart from, when classes are in session, the sound of a good time being had by all! lol 
The venue is easily reached by air - only a short flight (2hours).  (I travelled with Ryanair who were good but don't get me started on the 10k of carry-on luggage - 10k!!!!!!!! imagine me pulling 'the scream' style facial expression... lol)
The farmhouse has been beautifully refurbished - 12 rooms most with en suite - and when its time to relax after (or before) a 'hard' days crafting a quick dip in here will do wonders...
I'm going to be teaching mixed media classes - the first course is planned for September.  This residential (all inclusive) course will be for 3 days (4 nights) and among the projects we'll be creating is a box canvas, and a masterboard to use as a base for other projects. 
A trip to the nearby beautiful Mediaeval town of Besalu could also be factored into your time at Can Jan - its well worth a trip!
Here are some sneak-peeks of the canvas options to wet your crafting tastebuds :o) 
 If all the above sounds tempting go to the Artizan website for more information about the courses, venue and area http://www.artizanonline.com/
I'm really looking forward to teaching these courses - hope you can join me!
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