Friday, January 16, 2015

My son takes after me!!!

I'm proud to display the very first "proper" card my son, Alex, has made. He's going to a birthday party for his "girlfriend" and he wanted to make her a birthday card. So I asked him about colours, embellishments etc he wanted to use and then sat down with him and made a demo card (just to give him an idea of how the pieces go together). I then left him to it! I love what he achieved by himself and also that's it's nothing like mine - so he extended his creativity and went with what he felt. He even then sat down at the computer and created a little rhyme to go inside the card, that we printed off, cut to size and glued in place.

Can you guess which one is his? I love how he's sort-of bracketed the sentiment tag with the flowers and heart rhinestones. :D

That's all for now,

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year (and another video tutorial)

Happy New Year to All! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and a slightly sober New Year's Eve. :)

I was fortunate enough to have my stepdaughter up for a week over the Christmas break. It was lovely to spend time with her and to have her share in some family activities with Darryl and Alex (as well as all of the rellies over Christmas and Boxing Day). One day we drove up to Maleny (in the hinterland mountain range of the Sunshine Coast) and we had a wonderful lunch at a little vineyard called Flame Hill Vineyard. We had this amazing Charcuterie platter that had various sliced cold meats, pickled vegetables, chicken liver pate, meat terrine and an assortment of relishes/pickles etc and breads. YUM! I was also introduced to two wines Summersalt and Wild Child - DOUBLE YUM!

I'm happy to report that I have finally finished my second video tutorial. This is about a technique called Black Magic which uses white inked stamped images that are then coloured with coloured pencils. If you want to find out more you will have to go to YouTube to see more. Once again, though, I must apologise for being long winded, the tutorial covers two videos - one showing the stamping process (though I also go through stamping and masking techniques) and the other going through the colouring technique and construction of the card. I'm going to have to work through making things more simple. I think it stems back to my time as a teacher when I worked in 30 minute blocks of tuition.

Links to my videos are below:

Black Magic technique (Part 1)

Black Magic technique (Part 2)

I learned this technique for a commission I've just finished for Practical Publishing. It gives a lovely result with the colours against the black cardstock.

I hope you enjoy it.

Bye for now,