Wednesday, 20 August 2014

What's on my Workdesk Wednesday 272? iPad pieces

Hello fellow Desker from Julia's place.  Welcome to my desk in a sodden Cape Town, South Africa.
This is the page I have just finished planning for my next class layout and it is hard to remember the heat of our summer as I write, cos the sky is leaking bucket loads right now, it sounds like a waterfall coming off my roof!

My son dropped the iPad...
My husband ordered the new parts and so we are at the stage where the screen is off and in taking it off we damaged the volume now he has to order one of those and then we can re-assemble my favourite toy. So for now, my desk is a repair yard.  Now to dispose of all those tiny shards of glass!

That's me for today, off to see what I can see on your desk!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Compendium Of Curiosities 3 Challenge 9

This challenge is to use stamps and framelits on page 53 of Tim's book.  Unfortunately, I don't have any of Tims sets so am not eligible to enter this time round...on my wishlist is the cupcake set...but  none of the sets seem to be available here in Sunny South Africa.  I think I might just take up the offer from this challenge's lucky draw sponsor Inspiration Emporium for 10% off my online purchase if you participate in these challenges.

(edit...Clearly I have good taste...the cupcake is out of stock, both at Inspiration Emporium and Funky Junkie Boutique!  Will have to wait till they are back in stock to place my order!)

I thought I would link up to Linda's StudioL3 anyway to give you another idea as to how to use framelits...using Shrink plastic!  My set of stamps and framelits that I own has very solid stamps, but if you use Tim's ones you could colour them with alcohol inks before shrinking them and that could be so cool!
Use Archival ink to stamp with as it sticks to slick surfaces and Don't forget to let the stamps air dry before you cut them as you can't heatgun this SHRINKS!
 Yes!  These thin dies do cut the shrink plastic really well!  It makes using the shrink plastic so quick and easy!
 Don't forget to punch a hole in your shrink plastic BEFORE you shrink it so you can pop a jump ring through it later!
 Here you can see where I have put the shrunk items inside the die cut area!  They are so dinky now!
 I popped jump rings through the the holes and added them to my trinket chain on the back of my Journal that I made in Tim and Paula's class, earlier this year.
 I made sure the chandelier hung above the chair as I figured this how it would be in real life...yes I really had that thought as I did this.  Go figure! LOL!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

What's on My Workdesk Wednesday 271? Page Layout and Snail Mail

Welcome to my desk in Cape Town, South Africa.  I have been AWOL for a few weeks while life got the better of me...Now I am BACK!

The last time I joined in two weeks ago There was a half dressed steampunk dress form at my she is finished and living in my lounge where I see her every time I walk down my passage.
On my desk is the page I will be teaching in September.  This is going to take a while to kit up as I used 7 different dies and two alphabet dies!  My Vagabond is going to be working overtime!
Then yesterday I got two snailmail letters in my post box, one from Hettiecraft and the other from Christine.  It would seem that the African snail is a speedy eater!  The one envelope was clearly tasty and got some what demolished on one corner...takes snailmail to a new height!
So this is me for this week, now I am off to see what you have to show me on your desk.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

CC3 Prize has arrived! Plus an embossing folder tip!

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A few weeks ago I entered my Truth canvas into the Compendium of Curiosities book 3  challenge 4 over at Linda's place called StudioL3.  I was the chosen winner for the prize sponsored by Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi!  It has taken a while to get here because it would seem it has had a bit of a history!
Linda emailed me two weeks ago to say she had relieved the parcel back in a plastic bag from US mail and it looked rather like they had heard a noise and reversed back to see what it was...thankfully she had some extra prizes and replaced the damaged items in the parcel and re-posted it to me.  I am most grateful to her for all her effort.  Customs on this end had no respect for the pretty tissue paper she had wrapped it in and ripped that open to shreds to see what was in my gift!  If only they knew that it was not JUST WRAPPING PAPER, but rather a highly prized art material!  They kindly put the few shreds left back into the parcel and re-sealed it, bunch of uncouth rotters!  But I digress!

One of the lovely items in my parcel was an embossing folder that I have had my eye on for quite some time.  I don't know about you, but when I get something new, I have to test it right away!  So I rushed to my Vagabond and ran a piece of white Bazzil cardstock through both folders in the set called Collage & Notebook.  The collage one worked perfectly, but the notebook one cracked.

So I tried doubling up the paper to see if this would help which it did up to a point.
Below is a close up of the right hand side where you can see that the raised lines are not smooth, but a bit cracked.
Below is a close up of the left hand side where you can see that it still cracked slightly between the lines.
Then I remembered how we used to damp our paper for printing etchings to stop the paper cracking where the plate edge was and so I spritzed the paper LIGHTLY on both sides with water, let it sit for a few minutes to soak in and then ran it through my VB.  VOILA!  success!  It came out PERFECTLY!  so there is a little tip for you if some of your embossing folders are cracking the paper!  Below is a close up on the left and the full sheet I spritzed on the right.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge 8

Over at Linda's place called Studio L3 she is challenging us to use Tim's latest book CC3 (for short).  This weeks challenge is No8 on page 58.  Every week Tim and Mario sponsor a prize for the project deemed worthy by the Creative Crew.  To be eligible for this, you have to comment on all the Crew's inspirational pieces.  I was lucky enough to win this prize a few weeks ago, but due to the US postal service having a mishap, I am still waiting for it to arrive...Poor Linda has had to post it twice as it got returned to her, I do hope they reimburse her for the first postage!  You will be the first to see the prize when it does arrive!

Then being the week of the even challenge a prize is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique for a randomly drawn entry.

I saw two people (Marianne Hagen and Jassy Veale) cover tins with foil for the last Challenge to house their stationery.  I thought this a brilliant idea as I am running out of wall space for yet another canvas, am all tagged out from doing the challenge on Tims blog from 1 August and could do with something to put my paint brushes in.  I don't think I have done their inspirations justice, but hey, I had fun, I now have a useful tin and that's what counts!
 As luck would have it the two pieces fitted perfectly round the tin with no extra bits required to join them.

Tim's 12 Tags of 2014 - August

I know I have said this before, but I really do look forward to the beginning of each month like a kid just before Christmas because on the 1st of each month Tim Holtz does a new tag for our inspiration.  This month is no different and so here is his tag.
I did not have the patience to put texture paste on my tag as this would mean I would have to leave it to dry...we are in the middle of winter so that would take an inordinate amount of time and so would blow drying it so...I dispensed with said embossing paste and carried on with the rest of his tag.  Oh and I don't have that yummy embossing powder, so that does not feature on my tag either, though it is now on my hunt it down and buy it list!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

CC3 Challenge 7 page 46 Painted Industrial

Seeing as this has been Steampunk inspired by Truth coffee shop, grab yourself a cup of joe and get ready for a photo heavy post.

This has been the most fabulous piece to play with!  I started with the life size blank traditional dress form which I bought from my local fabric shop.  I scribbled on her with white board marker to give me an idea of where I was going, not that I stuck to the design much, but it helped as a jumping point, and the fact that I could just rub it out and start again was so stress free!  I needed this as she was quite dear.
I then set about steampunking her using the Painted Industrial method shown in Tim's book called Compendium of Curiosities 3 on page 46.  Linda is hosting a challenge based on his book and chooses a different technique for each challenge.  You can read all the rules and join in here.  Every challenge has a Curiosity Crew's Choice winner where the  prize is sponsored by Tim Himself and then every odd numbered challenge like this one is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium.
This was how I started making her "skin"
I used a total of 5 different embossing folders.

Below you can see how I have distressed her skin with Black Soot Distress Paint after following the instructions.
To make the corset different from her skin, I decided to use the Walnut Stain Distress Paint and you can see how I constructed her corset below.
This is her in all her final glory!
I cannot tell you how many metres of sticky backed foil I have used on her, all I can say is a LOT!  My dear Vagabond ran overtime making all the embossed bits for me to stick in place.  

A bit of "skin" visible through the corset.

A close up of her chest where you can see I have added a game spinner from Tim's idea-ology line and some die cut cogs from his Gadget Gears die by Sizzix.
I wanted the back to look a little different from the front so I have made the clock embossed folder rather more aged looking by layering some of the antiqued bronze and walnut stain under the Black soot for extra colour and then took most of the black off the large cog folder so it shines out more on top of her blackened "skin" where I left more of the paint to dry before I stuck this cog on
I put her on a lazy susan and spun her around for this video I shot on my phone so you can see the whole effect in 3D.
I can't wait to take this in to the little habby shop where I buy all the trims, zips, thong and buckles as they do ask what I need all these things for if I don't sew and it was kind of hard to explain...I said I would have to show them when I was done!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

What's on My Workdesk Wednesday 268? A Dressform

Hello fellow Desker from Julia's place over at Stamping Ground.

Today I am showing you the partially finished life size Dressform that I am busy with for this ongoing project.

I am also entering her into Linda's CC3 challenge as it is page 46 called Painted Industrial.  Hopefully I will have her finished in time.  I still have to do her clothes on her left hand side and her back.  Her "skin" is done.

So this is me for this week, now I am off to see what you have put up for perusal in your creative space.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

What's on My Workdesk Wednesday 267? Lots of Cogs

Hello fellow Desker from Stamping Ground.  Today I have a pile of cogs on my desk.  Still busy with a huge installation project that I am doing samples for.  These are to go on a mannequin.  You might get to see her next week all decked out, but for the moment she is in her all-together...My friend suggested I should run a competition to see how many cogs go into this mammoth project...that means I have to keep count too! oops!

For those who have always been interested in my phone on my desk.  It is a clock and a light!  It runs on batteries and is such fun.  I got it at Typo in November last year.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

CC3 challenge 6 on Page 37

Let me start by saying thank you to the Curiosity Crew for choosing my Truth canvas as the winner in challenge 4.  I am looking forward to receiving my stash of Tim products, kindly sponsored by him and Mario.  This week they are sponsoring the prize again and The Funkie Junkie Boutique is back to sponsor Challenge 6, and lovely owner Linda Coughlin is offering a fabulous $25 shopping spree to one very lucky CC3Cer!
I missed out on the last challenge because 2 weeks flew by before I had the chance to even get going.  I was not letting this challenge get away from me!  Challenge 6 is Page 37 from Tim's third book of Compendium of Curiosities on Linda's blog.

Sadly, the burlap canvasses are not available at any of my local craft stores so I had to make do with a Typo (Australian home decor shop which we have in South Africa too)  find of a finer burlap type canvas with a pre-printed letter on it.  In this case it was a Y.

I covered the letter with gesso, but it has shone through...this only happened when the whole lot had dried after I had added my tissue paper which I did while the gesso was damp as I was I carried on (after 2 days of pondering what to do, I might add) as there was no going back at this stage cos I didn't have another canvas or any more tissue paper!

Here you can see the Y shining through the paint and the tissue paper, the 3D heart and butterfly sticker that I used on the canvas.
I found this dinky jar of glitter at a toy store.  I think it was being sold as "fairy dust".  I liked the scale of it and added it to my stash months ago which was perfect for the words I had chosen to use on this project.  I glued a heart on its lid to go with the theme.
I love using the drop shadow technique Tim taught us at the convention in March, I even add it to stuff that will throw its own shadow.  The butterfly below looks like it is really thick, but is in fact a sticker.
 Below you can see how flat the sticker is in comparison to the heart, glitter jar and metal embellies.
I was given these lovely circular metal word embellies by a friend and I use them sparingly cos they are precious.  You can see its fake shadow as well as the hearts.  I think they look really real in real life!
In the end, you can't see the Y any more and I learned my lesson...SLOW DOWN!  Over all I am happy at the end, but it was touch and go at one stage and nearly went in the bin!  That was my other lesson from this project.  Persevere, you can't tell what it will look like till you are finished!  I am not usually one to give up easily, but the Y really threw me for a day or two!