Sunday, June 29, 2014

All tied up...with Opus Gluei

I had such plans for this challenge, amongst which was getting it finished early, but that came to nothing!!  

My desk is littered with half-made zombies with black sack dresses and string belts, and their brothers (also half-made) with big boots and string vests, but sadly none of them are yet up to scratch to share.  Today I spied some intricately sewn versions that I think I'll try instead..........but none of this helped with the OG Challenge, and the deadline loomed, so........... is a tiny contribution, an ATC with scraps of twine and old Stampin' Up paper and a lovely kaisercraft nesting doll with some extra glitter on her apron.

There is definitely a small piece of string there, and that's what counts!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Movie postcard

Had the chance to join in a swap with a some crafty friends and the topic this time was a movie themed postcard.  My friends will know that I have a quiet passion for the Blues Brothers, dating back long before I began papercrafts.  I think the first time I watched it I was totally bemused, but now I'm one of those crazy theatre-goers at The Astor who dress up, sing all the songs and recite all the lines.

Here's my entry

...and of course its photographed tucked in my son's hat, part of my costume at every screening.  Its a tribute to you Si that you chose such an enduring image that lives on through so many productions.  I'm pretty sure you wont mind that I rebanded the hat - that white ribbon did get just a wee bit tired after so many wearings.....

Vale Simon C Thomson, Blues Brother extraordinaire.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Welcome to the zoo...

....well, maybe just to the Butterfly House, which only makes sense if you live in Melbourne where we have a beautiful one.... 

 Here are a couple of ATCs for the latest Opus Gluei challenge which is to use animals, real or imagined, in our work.  It would have so easy to find a cat to use...........many many many here, but I found this paper and went with it instead.  I think the butterfly one is just a bit too extreme, but I like the bird on his branch.

And I had to sneak a cat in too, even if just as a prop for the photo.  

Details: paper is Kaisercraft "Secret Bird Society Collection", the branch is cut with a Taylored Expressions die called "Leafy Branch" and run through the cuttlebug, and all the other oddments are from the busy room boxes.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Happy Birthday Gaye

Making a card for my sister-in-law is a tricky business because there are colours she likes and ones she doesn't, and  it shouldn't be too girly, and it should have a small message if possible.........mind you, these are restrictions I put on myself, she's be mildly horrified to read this I'm sure.

So I combined all the parameters with some things I picked up at the new and beguiling Kaisercraft warehouse shop, and this is the result.

Very simple, very clean..........and just a small message.

Restrain black & white & one other colour.....

When I started this card in my head, it was black with little bits of white and yellow...........and then the fingers took over from the head, and look what happened.......... became yellow with a hint of black and white.  Ah well.

As always, I am seduced by the paper, and when it came to finding something black, this small piece of embossed card fell out of the pile on my desk.

So I tried again, just to see what my head and fingers would come up with, and this is the result.

Not strictly black and white...........but I like it.  This is another challenge from the team at Opus Gluei, so its well worth a look to see what other designers have created.