Friday, March 18, 2011

Canvas Art

I made this hinged mini canvas Triptych for my daughter who loves to dance.  I used some of the techniques I found on the Tim Holtz Journey DVD.

Supplies Used

  • 4 x 4 prepared canvas
  • Distress Inks
  • Versamark
  • Copper embossing powder
  • Grungepaper die cut with Tim Holtz Bigz dies and pre cut grungeboard shapes
  • Glossy accents
  • Charm
  • Flower made from fantasy fibre cut with tattered floral Bigz die
  • 2 Small hinges
  • Beeswax


  • Sponge various colours of distress paint over the canvas including the edges.  Wet a sponge but don't wring out and blend the colour over the canvas
  • lightly touch Versamark to the edges and heat emboss with copper powder to give a distress look 
  • Brush with melted Beeswax all over to give a nice covering
  • colour the embellishments and coat with glossy accents, leave to dry - sprinkle with glitter or sparkle dust if you want at this stage
  • join the pieces with tiny hinges before you attach the embellishments
  • use Glossy accents to stick on the elements, flowers and charms
  • Display

You could always join the pieces with chain or similar and have them hanging down for a piece of wall art.  Hope you like this it was fun to do x

Monday, March 14, 2011

Birds in cages

The flowers are wired together to make a swag to drape over the cage. The bird inside is grungeboard which has been triple embossed to give it more substance. I used shrink plastic to make some smaller birds and buttterflies, drawn freehand and then I used glossy accents to make them shiny. I hung some charms and keys and also used the Tim Holtz birdcage die to make some tiny shrink plastic birdcages.

Configuration boxes. Painted with acrylic paint mixed with pearl lustre to give it a nice shine.

A frame with flowers and charm, Tim Holtz accents. Metal adhesive tape covers the box joins as I don't yet have any tissue tape. I made another swag of flowers for the top. I am still deciding whether to put the feet on or leave it to hang on the wall. The birdcages are charms and a necklace that I got online.
Ornamental border from grungepaper cut on the Cricut using the new Ornamental Iron Cart, inked and glossy accents.
Tiny birdbath is from a dolls house furniture collection.

I have gone a bit mad on the birdcage theme. It all started with a little cage for nightlights that I got in the charity shop. Then I went shopping and got some of the new Tim Holtz Configuration Boxes an dies that just came out.

Ornamental Iron

I got my new Cricut Cart today called Ornamental Iron. It's amazing and I can see it getting a lot of use.

I couldn't resist making a book of some of the items the cart cuts for my own reference as the overlay is a bit small to see what your getting in some cases. I used my bind it all, some metal for the cover and a lot of hardware elements to finish it off.

The first card was for a friend who was going into hospital for surgery. I used the arch as a flower arbour and embellished with flowers and vines.

The second card is for my Mum for Mothers Day on a similar theme.

Noah's Birthday

I went with a dinosaur theme for the party, most little boys like dinosaurs. This is his card, A3 It's cut with the Cricut Paperdolls cart .
My feeble attempt at a caveman :-(

I couldn't decide which cake I liked best so he had four!!

I saw these on the Martha Stewart site and adore the idea of little piggies and lambs cupcakes

I can't believe my Grandson is 3!! Where did that time go to. He is the joy of my life and I had a gret time getting his party ready. I wanted to share some images of the Card, food and birthday cake. we had a fantastic time, lots of games and a finale of fireworks. Quote of the day which he said to his Great Granma, my mum, was " isn't this food fantastic, but I don't like it" Bless him he is going through a stage with food :-( I spoilt his favourite Salmon Mousse by garnishing it with cress, he doesn't "do" green