Friday, 13 November 2015

Finnabair Over Emotional class

I know this post has been a long time coming...  Life got in the way! It is hard to believe that this photo was taken 2 weeks ago!

We booked this event way back in January.  Then we found that a total of 9 Capetonians were going up and so we got together as often as we could to craft as a group to get to know each other better and called ourselves the Finnaberries!  (We found more Capetonians when we got there... it was nearly a take over!)
Finally the day dawned and I took a road trip up to Jeffrey's Bay with a friend called Jo (seen above looking bright eyed and bushy tailed at 6am!) to join 5 other Finnaberries to do a class with Finnabair.

Two of the Finnaberries did the class before us on the Thursday and Friday... We managed to catch them for a photo when we arrived in JBay

The event was everything I had hoped for and more.

 We were spoiled with gifts on our tables from the Scrapbook Studio who hosted the event.  Here are the various things set out on my guest house bed below:

Here are the 3 Basson girls (not related, unless you consider that distress inks run in our veins...) all in the same room, brought together by Anna from Cape Town, Secunda and JBay.  It was a really special moment.
  This is Patricia Basson with her Finn style headband!  We have been online friends for a long time, so it was lovely to finally meet in person!
How awesome is this kit we got to build our canvas from?
Here Anna is showing us how to make the drips.
  What would an event be without some retail therapy?
  In my element!
 Off to make my drips on the canvas... looking a little sad as the day was coming to an end.
 The Finnaberries in the aprons I made for each of us and Anna
 I was put under the teacher's nose... I think that was to keep me good!
Here is my finished canvas
 Day two was taught by Cariena and Jowilna
Jowilna taught us lots of lovely tips and tricks and I even managed to stick to the page layout and finished a page as it should be... well, almost! 

Cariena had us playing with Zig markers to colour stuff.  Well I clearly had lots of fun in this class!

 This is the awesome team behind the event.  They work tirelessly to make sure that it all runs smoothly.  They are truly fabulous!
Thanks to Precilla and her camera, I actually exist in photos.... a rare occurrence and much appreciated!

Monday, 19 October 2015

My attempt at a Finnabair canvas

Hi there

I am attending a class by Finnabair in two weeks time at the Scrapbook Studio in Jbay, here in South Africa!  I am counting the sleeps!  However I am known for not sticking to the class and did not want to be distracted in this class so needed to get this out of my system!
I know we are doing the emotional class and so I did some searching of her images and found this one which I liked....
I decided to try it for myself at home to see what I could achieve so that when I am in class I can ask questions based on what I have discovered.

I drew some lines on the canvas for me to follow with a glue gun.  I started at the bottom of each drip and made a blob and then drew up the drip.  I heated it with a heat gun to melt the line a bit more and make the drips softer.

Then I added a piece from my dead printer which I took apart which you can see here just below the heart!
Using a stencil I put some texture paste at the base of the canvas as well as the top, while this was drying I used the Finnabair gold crackle medium on a clear two part heart which was a DIY Christmas ornament...
I laid out the cogs and flowers from my stash of embellies...  The worst is having to glue it all down once you have it where you want it!  I used half a tube of B7000 glue!
Then waiting for the glue to dry!  Which thankfully doesn't take long with this stuff!

I completely cheated (I don't have black gesso) and sprayed the whole canvas with black spray paint and added some black acrylic where the spray could not get to.

Once that was dry I clipped the surface of the drips and flowers etc with some Viva Gold (orange gold).

Here is a close up of the heart area so you can see the detail.  The brown shimmer you can see is also a Viva Gold paint called Kakao which I added to the background and to some embellies to create a shadow.
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It has quite a brown/red shine to it once on your project.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

What's on my Workdesk Wednesday? 3.5m Airship

Well in truth it is not on my desk, but in my car port!  It is however for Truth!  Truth Coffe!  The place Tim Holtz went mad for when he came to South Africa last year!

Here is how it started.

I started with some hoopla hoops, electrical conduit and cable ties.

Then used packaging tape to hold the ends together.  Added the vuvuzela for a nose cone and tested the heavy metal fan I had bought as a prop.  Had to can that idea as it was too heavy and I could not attach it safely to the structure.

Here she is half covered with her fabric skin.

Then I painted her

And added a fluorescent strip light, McGuyver style!

she flies!

And even glows in the dark!

Here I am making the prop and the huge cogs which will be on the wall behind her.

This is what will hang under her... It is the top half of Truth's building.
Here are the finished "wing like" stabilizers modeled on their logo and the finished prop.

Now I have to put this all together and do her final coat of paint and add cogs...

Only the weather is horrid, nothing is drying, so I am waiting for better weather to continue.

So that is me this week!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

What's on My workdesk Wednesday 327? Metal embellies

Hi there fellow Desker from Julia's place over at Stamping Ground.  Welcome to my desk where a little sorting is going on.

I am tired of hunting down my bits and pieces in the tub into which I tipped everything in a fit of flurry while getting annoyed with the packaging that each set of things was in.  Now I have a nice box with dividers in it and am busy separating the items into like size things.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Mini Album for Frank Garcia's class

Hi there

Some of you who know me, might know that I don't like making mini albums at Conventions... Why?  Cos they don't fit my photos... So...  I set about making a mini album to fit the photos for a recent trip to Johannesburg  where I attended an event run by Cariena Basson who hosted Frank Garcia from Prima Marketing..  He taught us the most amazing techniques which we did on a "canvas" of chipboard.

The one on the left is my creation, on the right is Frank's sample.
This is a photo heavy post showing each page and its flip out pages... as well as my step by step cover creation

You could be here for a while!

I have put the album together in chronological order...
The pink paper is from the gift box we received with our names on when we were seated and I added my name tag for good measure...

Having flown up to JHB with Jo and Carolyn on the Friday morning, we arrived at Helderfontein and checked in at 1pm.  Jennifer met us at reception and introduced us to our driver for the afternoon called Rocky!  He took the 4 of us to Pretoria to do some retail therapy at Aquila followed by Scrap a Doodles.
I could get used to this chauffeur driven lifestyle!
This was the MOST amazing store, it had so many products all beautifully displayed.
You know you are in trouble when they supply you with a shopping trolley at the entrance!
Lots of flaps on this page.

Lots of pages to open here too...
Jennifer then kindly entertained us for the evening in her home where her dear hubby organized cup cakes and pizza.  I started with a cup cake of course!
Our day with Frank Garcia began with us all taking photos of each other taking photos!  
Open the flap and here we are again!
Below is Frank Garcia, Cariena Basson the organiser extraordinaire and Franks friend Janel who came to assist with the class.
This was our table together with Linda King who I met on line and was so nice to finally meet in person.

Above is Frank's project and then you open a flap to see my version which was quite different.
Opposite the projects is a flip, flap, flop set of pics all held down with a charm from Tim.
Here is Frank helping students and standing with my friends Jo and Carolyn
 You might have to click on this one below to make it larger.  It was freezing and we had a room gas heater going, so some of us used it to dry our texture paste instead of waiting in the Q for the heat guns...
 My friend Jen and her trolley called The Beast, designed to fit and hold all of her crafting tools and inks etc.  She got Frank to sign it.
 Then Jen took us off to dinner at Licorish.  Where once again I started with desert...  by the end of the week-end, I had most people doing the same thing!
 The staff here were amazing and we had awesome food and brilliant service.  It might have had a lot to do with the great company!
 The menu
 Sunday morning was icy cold and I had wet hair cos I did not bring my hairdryer due to space and weight issues... so coffee and gloves it was to start the day.
 Here is breakfast in the dining room with a HUGE fireplace and fire.

Below is my page in the book by Jowilna as I created it... sort of like hers, but nothing like it really...  I bought new papers to go with the colours in my photos and used the stickers and lazer cuts from our gift packs as well as the rope thing in brown which was in the kit we were gifted.  I did however use the techniques we were taught, but used them on other shapes and with different embossing folders. So you see... it is same same, but different!   Jowilna's layout is the 1st birthday seen here.

I decided not to do Cariena's Get Away page as I wanted the papers for this album.  I have used every little bit of her kit in this book. There are very few tiny scraps of paper left over.  I also used the time to pack my tote bag like a jig saw puzzle cos I was traveling back to Capt Town that night with only overhead baggage and I had a lot of shopping to fit in with my kits and my clothes...

This is the final page with me on the plane, having evaded the overweight baggage police...

This is how I made the cover...

I decided to use the same techniques learned in Frank's class to make my album cover and watched a video by Kathy Orta on how to do the binding.

I created my own cover by using gel medium to glue some fabric over chipboard pieces.

It is upside down in this photo below as I first did the front, then liked how it came out so much that I decided to do the spine and back in the same style.
This is a close up of the stamping I did into the texture paste (local brand by Dala).
Here it has been colored with distress inks and archival inks.
Below you can see the difference before you add the crackle paint on the right and after on the left.  The crackle makes it much richer in colour.
To seal it you use distress crackle paint in rock candy
I also put the rock candy crackle paint on the chip board compass.
Then I used the texture paste through the stencil we were given and added random blobs of crackle paint.
Now I am starting to assemble the parts of the front.
I added lots of Prima metal goodness and some lazer chippies all bought in JHB or received in my kit.
 This is the back of the cover where I used a Cogs stamp and some crazy crack round the edge.
 I used a crazy crack stamp on the spine.
This was truly a wonderful week-end for all the right reasons and I am just loving re-living it through this album.  A huge thanks to all who made it so special.