December 1st, 2013
This was for my friend B’s birthday, which was celebrated last night in a Doctor Who themed party.
Cream cardstock folded to a square. Piece of Bo Bunny ‘Timepiece’ Paper on the left, and Coor’dinations Chocolate Box cardstock embossed with Tim Holtz Steampunk Texture Fades embossing folder, sanded back to reveal the core colour, both edged in Raisin Adirondak ink.
Craft cardstock was stamped with Finnabair Vintage Vanity Circles and the gears and butterfly stamps from the Graphic 45 Steampunk set (by Hampton Art Stamps) in Tatter Rose distress ink. Overstamped with the winged dressform from the Graphic 45 Steampunk set, and the words Time and Machine from the Oxford Impressions Steampunk Works sheet in Raison Adirondak ink. Piece was edged in Raison ink and layered onto the square card.
Smallest flower die cut from Tattered Flowers and smallest gear die cut from Gadget Gears, both sets from the Tim Holtz Alterations Dies collections. Edged in Raison ink and layered together. Copper Kaiser craft pearl added to the centre.
November 11th, 2013
I have a few posts to catch up on all the cards I have been doing. I will hold off on posting my steampunk Christmas design for now, but I am pretty happy with it so far. I need to make a few adjustments and I think add a contrasting coloured ink, but other than that I think this design (a variation of the one I was going to do last year but the stamps didn’t arrive in time) is a go.
I also have a design in mind for my New Years cards, which I give / send out to those I don’t see at Christmas time. I found a perfect text / sentiment stamp in a bargain bin at a craft show last weekend. I wasn’t looking for something like that but as soon as I saw it I knew it would be great. And then I was looking at a craft magazine this week and saw a design I really like, with a similar sized text panel on the front. I will need to adapt it a little but I have a good idea of what I want to do, I just need to play around a bit.
Anyway in the mean time I had the idea of posting up a few cards I have done that I like but for some reason I don’t think they quite work. I know some people who see these posts do their own artwork and have a good eye for colour and design, so perhaps there will be some good suggestions as to what might make improvements.
First up: One sighted / Illusion
November 11th, 2013
The lovely receptionist at work recently went on maternity leave, and our team gave her a farewell morning tea. This is the card I made for her.
A4 Pink cardstock folded to A5 size, front edge punched with lace punch border. Kaisercraft pattened paper (Bonjour Paris collection), right edge trimmed off, then layered on gold paper. Stampington solid butterfly stamped in Victorian Velvet distress ink, then overstamped with Anna Griffin butterfly. Layered on pink cardstock on an angle. White flower swiped with Victorian Velvet ink, adhered to card in corner, then three pink pearls added to the centre. The inside was white parchement paper that was torn on the edges, swiped with Victorian Velvet ink, and ‘Congratulations’ (PSX stamp) on the right side.
October 2nd, 2013
This was for our new teammate who had her birthday last week. A quick office poll showed that her favourite colour is coral so I did my best to work with that palette. And she has also just come back from a trip to Europe (for a wedding) so I wanted to tie in with that. And Mel always has big bows and clips and ribbons in her hair, I wanted to draw on that inflence too.
Buff cardstock, A4 folded to A5 and edged with Vintage Photo distress ink, piece of marbled paper layered on top. Decorative paper cut down, edged in Vintage Photo distress ink, layered on gold paper. Orange Cor’dinations cardstock embossed with a cameo design, distressed to show the the core colour, and the swiped with Vintage Photodisgress ink. All layers assembled together and material flower folded in half, decorative brad added, and then secured to the top left corner.
September 30th, 2013
This is a steampunk style card I made using the Graphic 45 ‘Old Curiosity Shop’ papers. Was for a male friend, and I was really happy with the final result.
Cream A5 cardstock folded to A6. Background stamped with honeycomb pattern and also crackle stamp in Aged Mahogany Distress Ink. Two images cut out from the Old Curiosity shop paper pad (Apothecary and Deth Microbes) and trimmed closely then edged in Aged Mahogany and mounted on gold paper.
Background paper is from an A3 sheet I made using cold pressed water colour paper, various water colour sprays, and stamps and background text. I selected a portion that had the colours and types of images I was after (flowers to go with the apothecary theme, as it they were used for the contents of the jars). This was distressed with a distressing tool, mounted on gold, and then mounted on the cream cardstock. The two vintage images were placed on top at various angles. In the left corner I placed a dye-cut cog and flower, with a burgundy gem at the centre.
I don’t have a scan of the inside, but there was more crackle background and distressing. I really like this, I want to track down a set of the Apothecary bottle stamps from Hampton Art (which were released to go with the papers). Of course by the time I tried to look for them, they were all sold out, so will need to keep an eye on ebay I guess.
September 30th, 2013
And now for something different …
My manager had her birthday on the same day as the super major event I was project managing (was on 14 September, we had an estimated 12,000 – 13,000 in attendance. I am ready to collapse in a broom cupboard now).
Anyway, I had been saving up some special papers and stamps to use on a card for her, because I know how much she loves Wicked. I actually got them last year, but was saving them for a special occasion, and then was feeling inspired a few months ago when I did ‘And Your Little Dog Too’ a few months ago. I used the same Graphic 45 papers and stamp set, but obviously this was a very different palette.
Edited to add in the name of the paper and stamp set: Magic of Oz by Graphic 45
Size: A5 (A4 folded) Graphic 45 Magic of Oz papers and chip board poppy edged with ink, mounted on gold paper then on purple cardstock. Magic of Oz images stamped on gold paper with Wild Plum Adirondak ink.
August 27th, 2013
Shannon Curtis – coordinator
Jennifer Brasel, Keziah Hill, Paula Roe, others
7 – 10 August 2014
Theme: Romance Rocks
Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush
- James Scott Bell (Plot and Structure, also zombie legal thriller series)
- Cherry Adair
More will follow, stay tuned!
- Thursday – Professional author day
- literacy high tea
- Friday – craft workshop – James Scott Bell
Saturday and Sunday conference program
Looking for Rocking Romance Roadies to assist with organising
August 27th, 2013
Sarah Wendell – You gotta catch a wave
Title is a tribute to a Beach Boys song
- make sure you say thank you to the people who assist you
eg sponsors who give chocolate and free wifi
- don’t forget to look behind you – see what you did, be proud of what you have done
- look forward and have faith
So many people want to write a book, it is amazing if you actually do write one.
Thank you for not listening to those who say writing romance is not a good use of your time, because they are full of crap
Don’t listen to people who say that Australian stories and Australian settings and Australian voices don’t sell.
August 19th, 2013
Kim Hudson – Does Fear drive us?
can’t be in a fear based world and a love based world simultaneously
fear based = heroic
loved based = artistic
- be the best you can be
- hold that in your heart as you write
- in the love based world, very internally motivated ‘how does that feel to me’
– if you can connect to yourself you are free – no fear if you can connect to yourself
people who play heroic roles (eg in games) do gain confidence
fear-based world is ‘either this or that’, whereas love-based world is ‘and’ and ‘inclusive’
the happy ending is about letting guard down and allowing someone in – overcoming fears to allow love in
August 19th, 2013
Ken Milling (Psychoanalyst, Jungian): Confessions of a psychopath – what writers get wrong
Books, tv and film are filled with stereotypes and common misportrayals of bad guys, broken families and other dysfunctional characters.
- how writers can look beyond the same-old-same-old of dameage and disorders for the really gritty and interesting aspects of what turns a perfectly functional personality dysfunctional?
From a clinical perspective, highly unlikely for a therapist to meet a psychopath, as they would not go into therapy (particularly white collar).
- violent psychopath is actually easy to stop to a degree
- white collar psychopath is much harder to detect and therefore to do something about
- higher rate of males than females, but research is thin on the ground
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