Saturday, May 16, 2009

Recycling Art - Scrapping, Altered Art and Book Page Flowers

I've discovered JeNi cAlKins on Spellbinders, and her great use of recycling for the cause, lol, bee-cause we all need a little of that in our art - the more, the better actually.

Jeni does these fantastic recycled book pages "flowers" {can't help it - I am in a flowers-sort-of-mood these days!}.......are they not sweet?

She also mentions that she takes papers that she bought for less, and ups their attractiveness levels by spritzing on colour with water-based mediums {i.e. re-inkers, etc.} - which I have also done with sponges and regular paints myself. So a little ingenuity can go a looooong way!

Anyways, Jeni has some really great ideas going on - zoom by her place - you'll be happy you did!

All works by Jeni Caulkins images: 12x12 layout,card as seen on,

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

More Brilliant Flower Tutes! "PAPER ROSES"

 demo'd by Maria over the pond there......amazing what we can do from such simple beginning.....enjoy her tute HERE {if does not work - I'll come & check soon to fix}

You can see that by cutting a bit, rolling & gluing, you can achieve a great effect! Congrats Maria for your 1rst blog anniversary!

The flower 'group' picture [top] is what a pal of mine, Becki, from my ol' CB forum is doing for her upcoming wedding! Be nice to see what her finished pics will be! CONGRATS Becki & Alan on your upcoming nuptials!

*PS - I have seriously sore wrist & can't type much, so I may be offering a string of tutes for awhile & less typing.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

fLowER HaiR cLipS !!! MusT hAvEs!

I do not usually post too many of other talented posters but once in awhile I see something that is too cool not to share – and here is one!

Makeesha Byl  who is a top SU! Demonstrator in Australia has a fabulous tutorial for making delicious “flower hairpins”   - - - and since we are starting with that kind of weather here in our happy homeland and maybe a few weddings could be on your calendar, I thought how great it would be to share it here.  I haven’t made one – too bad, we just bought flower hairpins – I kid you not, 2 weeks ago for a wedding April 18th – oh well, next time and so I WILL be trying this out!

You’ll need:  Stampin’ Up! Pretties Kit (109114), ink refills, glitter, crystal glaze, paintbrush or Aqua Painter (103954), hair clips or bobby pins.

Let me know if yOU do it - - luv to see em!    Click on the link below:

Makeesha's Flower Hair Clip Tutorial

Flower Hair Clips

Flower Hair Clips 2

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Birthday Stamp Camp – cards galore!

Hi everyone!

I have a minute to go over the results from our stamp camp – boy, it was a rush to go through all those cards, but hopefully everyone now has a small lovely stash of birthday cards or a complete gift set to give to someone special!

Here’s what we did:

6 birthday cards, 2 each:

- children’s Sock Monkey card (girl style, boy style)

- Happy card with flower petal border

- B is for Birthday card (2 different coloured backgrounds)

…..and all wrapped up in a clear box, with a scalloped flower belly band.

Supplies by Stampin’ Up: cardstock, ink pads, Versamark Pad, white embossing powder, pastel chalks, markers, glue, stamp sets {Just B; Sock Monkey; Frames with a Flourish; greeting stamp of choice}, Heart to Heart Punch(#28), Horizontal Slot Punch(#17), grosgrain ribbon.

Favourite Technique: embossing powder technique!!! It’s always a blast to watch the transformation from a clear sticky residue to a beautiful ‘flower’ – or whichever image you’ve stamped! Just has that “WOW” factor – there – I’ve said the ‘wow’ word!

Hope you all had fun – I think my cake went over well even though its just a cake mix, lol! Its my simple icing that’s the trick! :)

Special Hi and Welcome – goes out to Candace – hope you had a nice time, and it’s nice that you joined us!

Special Achievement – goes to Gladys for doing some of her cards with just 1 hand (as she held a curious toddler on her lap)

Special Thanks – to my daughter Alexandria for putting up with me all the time, and for being my main helper for the entire time – 5 stars!

Special Thanks – to Margaret and Emily – for dropping by even though Margaret came from a ‘final exam’ and were on their way to go to their younger sister’s school concert – talk about being rushed!

Special Mention – Pam – our ‘Winner’ of the recent Aqua Painter Basket prize – collected her prize up – hope to see some nice stuff come from your goodies Pam! Enjoy!

Special Mention – Leanne – for being collected and cool! Always ahead of me and has some keen observation skills!

Special “TLC” – goes out to Elaine – hope you’re feeling better!

(post pics later…..:))