Saturday, 19 April 2014

All caught up on the Tim Tag front!

This year has just been crazy so far and each month I have not had the time to do Tim's tags.  It being Easter week-end, I am making the time to play catch up.

I started yesterday with April's tag and slowly worked my way backwards through the year.
Here are all the tags together, in order from Jan to April:

This is January and you can find Tim's instructions here.  I changed the fob watch die for the clock as I thought it was more funky...I do actually have the fob die!
For February I don't have the hearts stencil so I used the stars, cut my own heart to put glitter on and used the clear instead of the distress as I don't have any...The stamp was one I did extra on packaging while at Tim's convention in March as I don't have that one either.  This was just a lucky find in my stash after the convention!  Tim's original is here.
 March's tag was a tad tricky as it mostly revolved around a stamp set I don't have.  I do however have the stencil and the spritzer which was a real boon!  The feather is one I made from kraft paper and the feather stamp is an ancient PSX one.  The corner boarder is from Gorjuss and the nest is off an unlabeled set of stamps.
So here I am half way through April and finally ready to do May's tag when it arrives on the public holiday.  I should be able to do it straight away!  Whohoo!  Can't wait!

Thanks for the visit.

Bella


Friday, 18 April 2014

Tim's April tag of 2014 - Playing catch up!

This is the first of Tim's tags that I  have done this year! Yes, scrape yourself up off the floor stuff I know!  I am playing catch up this week-end.
I decided to start with the April tag and work backwards to January.

You will find Tim's instructions on his blog here of how to make this tag.
This is my version, as usual I don't have all his dies and papers etc. (more fall on the floor stuff...his biggest fan  - my friends call me a groupie - and I don't have it all!) I substituted his trellis die for the spelbinders one I have that is similar.  I had his pinecone die and I also used some of my special stash of his ribbon (which I was gifted) for this tag as I am no longer teaching these tags, I can use my real stash of stuff.  When I was teaching Tims tags at a local store before it closed, I had to use local substitute ribbon as that is all that was available here and my sample could not look different.

Thanks for the visit.

Bella

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

What's On My Workdesk Wednesday 254? Gorjuss

Hello there fellow Desker from Julia's place over at Stamping Ground.
Welcome to my desk on a Sunny Autumn day in Cape Town, South Africa.  The Gorjuss Tutorial is as it was a week ago, but while uploading photos from my phone to show you my market table, I came across these:

This was Marmalade when he moved himself in at the end of December...a rather scrawny motley coated cat.

This is Marmalade now, a sleek furred, somewhat filled out, contented cat!  He clearly chose the right house to adopt!  Food and love on tap!

My pink hair...can be parted further over, then you don't see it so much.  This is at its MOST visible pink.  Did it when I lost my best friend Claire to breast cancer in December...just had the roots done on Friday again.  Having fun with it as it makes peeps smile when they see me.  Had to buy the top to match as all my other pink things look faded next to my hair! LOL!

My table at the market at the local library last week-end where I did quite well.

The other side says the usual...Keep Calm and carry On.

I like this side better!

That is me this week as my desk is boring.

Bella

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

What's on My Workdesk Wednesday 253? Cutlery Pouch and lots more!

Hello dear Desker

Welcome to my desk in Cape Town, South Africa.

I am in the middle of lots of things...doing a step out post of how to colour Gorjuss...still manufacturing the cutlery pouches for Saturdays market and I have put the Pratliglo (like a resin) onto the tray for one of my students who did the paint technique and the decoupage cups.

Below you can see a finished pouch and how it will look with cutlery in it on a side plate.
So that is me this week, busy with lots and achieving nothing! Well, that's how it feels, though I am sure it will all get done in time.

I am keen to do extra ATC swaps for our WOYWW celebration, let me know if you are keen too.
Bella


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

What's on my Workdesk Wednesday 252? Cutlery pouch and window

Hello fellow Desker, welcome to my desk in a wet and miserable Cape Town, South Africa.

Surprisingly you can actually see my desk...I have been flat out busy making card kits for a birthday party of eight 11 year olds at the store tomorrow and then kitting up for the double scrap page I am teaching on Saturday

Left on my desk after the kitting flurry is the new die from Couture Creations which I bought yesterday and the card I made with it as shown below and then there is the cutlery pouch which was a sample I made to test a theory and it worked, so now I will be making lots to sell at a craft market next week-end.
Thanks for the visit.

EDIT!  Stop press!  Look what was in my post box when I popped in at home at Lunch time!  My RAK from Nikki!  How awesome and I have the afternoon to play with it too!  Thanks so much!
Bella

Monday, 31 March 2014

Step Card

I was asked to make a card for someone who is moving to a new home.  Here is what I made and how.
First I cut all the bits using Sizzix and Tonic dies as well as MS 5 blade scissors for the grass.  Ran the sign through my printer and stamped it with Tim's wood grain stamp.  Hand cut and rolled the roses and die cut a piece of acetate from Tim's brick die to make a stencil for the base card.

I worked Gathered Twigs through it and repeated the pattern up the card.

Then I set about adding all the bits I had cut and the card was done!

Thanks for the visit.

Bella

Friday, 21 March 2014

My take on Finnabair style

My friend Ali H from Wales came to visit last week-end and we spend 2.5 hours playing in my study.  She brought me two pots of Silks to play with on a Finn style canvas.  You can see what we made here.

I went looking for similar paints to the Silks as they are not available here in South Africa and I found some Viva Maya Gold in Magenta to play with.

Here are the steps I took to get to the finished canvas.
First I stuck tissue paper to the canvas and used Tim's Distress paints as a base.

Then I glued on all the bits and bobs I had collected together with some of Ali's trinkets.... These range from my ink jet covers off the new ink cartriges (in orange) to parts of my sons toys from the Kinder Joy eggs... 
Added the Magenta paint over the whole lot.

I added the blue silks paint

I decided to add some more pretty bits and covered them in more paint and the final finished canvas is at the top of this post.

These are so addictive to make...Thanks Ali for showing me how.
Bella


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

What's on My Workdesk Wednesday No250? Tim Holtz and Finnabair!

Well dear Desker, the truth is that I did ask Tim to pose on my desk for a WOYWW photo, but alas he declined!  At least I can say that I asked!  So instead I have lots of his products, a HUGE cup and saucer that I bought especially for my desk (inspired by Nikki Davey's post here) and a canvas that I am busy with in Finn style.

Ali H from the Craft Cauldron wont be posting her desk today because she is in my neck of the world...She came for a play date on Sunday and taught me Finn techniques and brought me the best gift EVER!  Two pots of Silks paints and some trinkets to put on a canvas.  We played for 2,5 hours (not long enough, I need to move in next door to this lady!) and this is what we made.


 Here is the very special ATC Ali made me, I forgot to give her the one I made to swap, so will have to post it.  There was so much I wanted to show her, but alas, time was against us.
thanks to all who commented last week on my desk...somehow I managed to delete the post while trying to do something else...so if you went looking for it after Wednesday and it was not there...That's why...technochallenged moment!

Bella

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Look who came for a play date from Wales!

Ali H from the Craft Cauldron came to Cape Town on business last February and loved it so much she brought her hubby out on holiday this week!

Today we met for lunch and then came home to my house... while the men were watching the footie on the telly...we made a dash for the study and Ali taught me how to do a Finnabair project.  The trick is in the paint!  I am very grateful for Ali's generous gift of two pots of silk paint.  One beautiful blue called Bolivian Blue and an electric green called Key Lime.  She also brought some Finn bits and pieces from her own stash and some other special things she had collected as well as two scrapbook mags to read. (I am keeping her special ATC to reveal on Wednesdays WOYWW)

I had an incredible 2.5 hours at my desk playing with Ali.  She is a brilliant teacher and I am so sad she lives so far away.  I could get used to a crafty partner like her around.
 Ali has the pics of me working on this canvas on her camera...I guess she will blog them when she gets back home!  So for now, here is Ali drying layer one and then adding the silver highlights with her finger.
Below is the finished canvas.  I am so thrilled with it and am going to find a place in my study to hang it, so I can be inspired every day and remember this very special afternoon spent with a wonderful blogland friend.
Thanks for the visit

Bella

It's Always 3 o'clock Somewhere

When I knew Tim and Mario were coming to town again, I asked a friend who was going to the USA to bring back some Starbucks stuff for me to use on a gift.  She managed to bring me a handful of serviettes and two cup holders.

After much thought about what would be personal and appropriate, I came up with the idea of a clock that says it is 3 o'clock at every hour because Mario makes a Starbucks/coffee break at that time of the day nearly every day!  I know this cos he posts his yummy looking beverages on Twitter and Facebook!

I got a decoupage clock blank,  the mechanism and hands.

I first glued the lettering and cogs onto the clock and then covered the whole thing in Gesso.  When that was dry, I glued the serviette onto the clock.

I painted in the Starbucks logo onto the front of the clock and when it was dry, I sanded it back to reveal the creases in the serviette to give it a worn look.

The numbers were die cut, glued and drop shadowed and the hands added.

Finally, I nailed the hinges and the game spinners onto the back of the clock.

The mechanism is small which left lots of space within the clock to add a mini book on a clip binder.  Here I added some (Behind the Scenes) photos which I had printed off Tim's Facebook page.