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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

quick projects

A Quick Make and Take 
with Artsy Treasures 

Make two sweet vintage projects, a card and tag, using Artsy Treasures by Sue Smyth, a range of hand selected elements perfect for mixing and matching with any paper range. Suitable for cardmakers, art journalers and Scrapbookers alike, and in a never ending variety of themes for all to enjoy.



Tag, patterned paper and ephemera sheets
Ribbon, trinket, paper flowers, muslin, rhinestones, dimensional magic
Inka gold platinum, scribble sticks or gelatos. Dimensional tape.

Trim tag to fit patterned paper panel. Trim out corset lady tag and paint with gelatos or scribble sticks. Punch hole in tag and tie off ribbon.

Roughly cut out butterflies, frame and key. Colour in the butterflies with gelatos or scribble sticks and fussy cut key. Cut centre out of frame with fine scissors. Apply dimensional magic over frame, smear out with fingertip and allow to dry.

Adhere lace to bottom of tag. Cover butterfly with dimensional magic too and allow to dry.

Adhere panel to tag with 3 d foam tape and tuck key into the left side. Layer frame onto left side, adhere muslin over top and cluster flowers and small sequins. Add trinket and gem. And then adhere both butterflies to finish. Add a small pearl to centre of key

Next is a simple card

White a5 card, patterned paper, ephemera sheets
Butterfly trinket, ribbon, and dimensional magic and white glitter, foam tape

Adhere patterned paper panel to front of card. Cut out lilac panel with deckle scissors and adhere to side of card with 3d foam tape. tuck ornate frame underneath on the right side. Fussy cut floral element, take of the finer flowers as pictured.

Fussy cut bee, smear dimensional magic over top and sprinkle with a little white glitter. Trim out part of the bee panel as pictured. Adhere floral element to right of card with 3d foam tape. Tuck bee frame piece under the bottom and another to the top as pictured.

Tuck piece of ribbon to the left of card. Adhere bee over raised flowers, add metal trinket butterfly to finish. 

Happy Crafting 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

show business with Sue Smyth

Show business 
By Sue Smyth 

I can finally share the projects I taught at the Brisbane Papercraft Expo this year.
Of course each project featured Imaginarium Chipboard.
It makes designing a class so easy. The 
first class is a Dragon book, yes yes I know I like dragons
and you all might get bored with them but I dont lol
I have made a platform for the dragon with Imaginarium corners

Then filled the cavities with rhinestones and micro beads etc
I like to put them in place and drizzle Dimensional magic over the top
to adhere in place.

I love the Imaginarium chipboard sword, which 
I have added dimension to with liquid pearls and black gesso.
I have shown this technique in previous posts.

I love the corners in this book they are so medieval.

A neat close up of the seed beads and rhinestones.

The second project, is a canvas, featuring Dragon flies.
I have used a generic one for the large dragon fly and a resin one to match the 
lacy Imaginarium dragon fly.

I have covered the entire wooden shape with rhinestones and 
then painted black, dry off and layer over lots of metallic colour.

Love adding a resin shape and metallic colour

The dragon fly rests on a Swirly frame again simply 
painted black and rub over inka gold metallic paint

Love this little Treasure chipboard and you can see
I have flicked chalky teal colour over the top for interest.

Dragon fly heaven!!!

The third project is a framed canvas, the frame was part of the kit,
we just removed the glass so the dimensional panel could fit
right in.

This sweet little unicorn is just a eraser that is painted
black first.
Always look at things to see if they have a nice shape
and if they can be painted.

I have placed the Unicorn on a frame again
and filled the gaps with pearls.

The I have added a gorgeous trinket at the base with lots of rhinestones

A resin wing added 
to the top make this a Pegacorn, not a Unicorn,
or maybe it is just a flying Unicorn lol.

This was my favourite project from the show
a little fairy babe sitting in a mossy nest on a heart shaped 
door hanger wrapped in brown paper.

An ordinary butterfly cut in two makes the wings
and simple metal feathers the top of the wings.
The baby is a resin shape 

He sits cradled in an oval swirly frame,
with trinkets and resin roses tucked under it.

I love the tinsy lady beetle too, clustered 
around some wheat stalks, chipboard and green berries.

Doesn't he have just the sweetest little face.

I hope you enjoyed looking at the projects I taught.
I deliberately made them different colour stories and a variety 
of items, books, frames, canvas and door hanger (which could be converted 
into a canvas easily) so that if you came to all 4 of my classes
you did something different with a new technique each day
and I did have some lovely ladies who came to all 4 and lots came to 2 or 3
we had a lovely time.

Happy Crafting 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

mermaids and bugs rule

Mermaid Canvas
and Nature layout 

Recently I taught this mermaid layout at a retreat that was themed around the sea.
What better element to use than a mermaid, sitting in her own grotto and calling to the 
ocean around her with her shells and hand made anemones. 

The anemones are hand made from paper clay, painted and then mico beads 
I have then added lots of resin elements too.

The mermaids tail comes up nicely with all of the inka gold paints and shimmer paints

I love to texturize the swirly frame with black gesso,
simply add lots of layers of gesso and heat in between to blister
and bubble, then when cool rub over with a gold wax or inka.
I have stuck black cardstock on the back for a neat base for the 

Natures Girl

Next is a layout, using my ephemera sheet. Layouts are not something I do 
a lot of lately as my kids are grown and I dont take a lot of photos anymore
But it is nice to revisit special photos of the kids when they were young and use
them in new ways.

I love using ID small chipboard letters, they are small enough to 
fit anywhere and you can make up your own titles easily.
Simply paint them black with ink, gesso or mat spray paint.

I have fussy cut some flowers and clustered them together
with paper flowers and YES a few bugs and butterflies.

For the chipboard, one of my favourite tricks is to 
apply liquid pearls over the top of the chipboard
then paint black, dry off and rub over with a gold wax. 
It looks so old world then.

Lots of pretty fussy cutting and clustering to complete the 
layout along with an altered bug.

I finished with a little trinket and tag.

Happy Crafting