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Friday, July 21, 2017

imaginarium post for July

Christmas in July,
Birds and Bugs 
By Sue Smyth 

It is always a good idea to get ahead of the Christmas rush, so 
what better way than to make a Christmas in July project. 




If you are like me you have bucket full of Christmas photos.
Some good some not so good, this little mini pocket 
album is just the ticket, it holds 100 photos, so 
has swallowed up a lot of my excess Chrissy shots.


I have covered the surface of the book with 
scrunched tissue paper, adhered with 
gel medium. Over the top I have added
imaginarium chipboard corners.
Then spray with turquoise glimmer style mist, for extra
glimmer I have applied iridescent medium with 
a fan brush to give a transparent glaze.


I love to team red with turquoise, so a poinsettia flower
surrounded by natural seed pods, gives a great 
woodsy christmas feel.
To frost them dab a little white gesso over top.


I have embossed the chipboard window with aged
gold embossing powder and then 
spritzed with White linen Dylusions 
to give a kind of snow look.


I have made a simple scroll and stamped with a greeting to 
finish the front. 




Well enough of Christmas lol. Back to bugs.
These cute little post it note books
are just begging to be altered.
And make a great small gift.

They are the perfect size for the plastic bugs.
Again it is so easy to apply tissue paper scrunched
up over the cover with gel medium. Add
your chipboard corners.
Paint with black gesso and when dry
paint with your favourite colour
of Dylusions paint.

Then rub over inka gold, turquoise,purple cobalt and gold to finish.


Once the cover is altered, layer up more 
chipboard, trinkets and bugs.
Here I have gold foiled the chipboard 
with the Go press and foil machine.


The bug is painted with black gesso
then 2 contrasting colours of inka gold
is applied with your finger tip.
Dry off then add a final layer of gold inka to 
blend the bottom colours together.

Last post I shared this little bird that I made 
for Jane, so she could display it at the June Expo 
here in Brisbane. Jane
had lots of faux birds and during the 
expo asked me to make up a sample with 
the white feathered swan!!!


So here is what I came up with, remember
I had about 2 hours and limited materials 
as that night I was staying in town. 
So I went shopping and scrounged a piece of 
chicken wire. 


And came up with a gothic swan, my inspiration 
was the movie the Black Swan, I have not seen it
but the title gave me the idea of a swan like a ballerina.


I have twisted a vine and added turquoise beads to the 
chicken wire "nest"


The crown is a trinket that has been cut down and adhered
to the head.


To alter the swan, I have painted with black gesso
and dried it off. Then apply
turquoise, cobalt and purple inka gold to 
the surface. When dry add gold paint (or inka gold) 
to the surface to blend in all the colours.


I have bent a trinket to cover the front of the 
swan, so that if you take it off
the nest it is still pretty.



Happy Crafting 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Imaginarium designs Sue Smyth post


Altered books, Birds and eggs 
by Sue Smyth 




You all know I love to alter a book or Journal
I was cleaning up my workshop 
and found an old jigsaw puzzle
and thought how wonderful this would look 
on a book!



So I set about adhering jigsaw to a book cover 
with gel medium


I have used assorted trinkets and painted them all black
to create a blank canvas to work on,
even one of Imaginariums tiny bead skulls ..
can you see it ?


I love the spine, here I have used flat backed 
pearls. Again once painted black they look like metal 
when you add metallic paint.


Love the sprinkle of micro beads too.


With the Scrapbook Expo recently, Jane Tregenza
challenged me to create something with 
her pretty birds on sale.


Of course you can use them as is, but I 
thought what if I do the same thing
to them as I do a book,


So I have painted the bird black with gesso
and rubbed over inka gold in various colours to 
pick up the wonderful texture of the wings and feathers.
Then I have made a nest and added some of
the little mushrooms too.

They are great painted black too. Heat 
the with the heat gun and they will
blister and crack.
Then add your lustre with inka gold




These dragon eggs dont actually use imaginarium 
chipboard, but they do use the same process 
as the above book and bird, so I thought
you might like to see them too


I think a trio of them looks great.


This one uses chipboard squares that
are pinned and glue to a styro egg.
Then painted black with gesso.


This egg uses wood fibre, that is wadded
down with gel medium. Apply lots 
and cut off the excess.


This egg uses cracked egg shell
that is adhered with gel medium.


A quick look at 
what the journal cover looked
like with raw jigsaw all over
 it. I think this will be a 
class somewhere in crafting land lol.



Happy Crafting 


Scrapbook and papercraft Expo 2017




Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo 2017



Well another year is over and as usual the show
does not disappoint.
I always have such fun among hard work and 
lots of teaching.
This is our room, for the lucky ladies 
who do our classes, they get to see even more 
of our work and take photos too.
Oh and we had cupcakes too lol



Tables were decorated in a Rambling Rose 
style. Each kit came in a gift bag 
decorated by me, I thought this 
would be far easier to carry than a pizza box.


I was also chuffed to have not only
Rambling Rose at the show but also
my new range The Ritz 



Katrina teaching up a storm


Katrina's, winning display 


My Display 


Tina's Display 


Time for a pic with my display 



Katrina and I


The Dream team 



Ah a sweet lady gave me this,
for those who love chocolate you will
know how special this is !


2 Free demos a day, x 3 days
my voice needed help !!



Tina on the Arnold's Stand
doing demos


A casual shot, with lovely ladies in the industry


Here are some close ups of my project


Altered frame and birdbath


Die cuts and layers


Wooden birds fly by.


and of course my favourite a butterfly 



The entire project 

For those that came to my class a great big thank you.
Also Katrina,Tina and Karen, we make an awesome team
and cannot wait to do it again next year 

Meanwhile 
Happy Crafting