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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 


Monday, June 5, 2017



Imaginarium Mood Board Challenge 

Join the Imaginarium Designs team this month with this Gorgeous Mood Board Challenge. There is an AMAZING Prize Pack with all the newest ID chipboard - Over $60 worth plus a plenty of random draw prizes weekly to say THANKS. So how do you enter? There are a couple of easy ways!
**Create a project using the Mood Board for inspo ... it MUST include Imaginarium Designs Chipboard
**Upload it to the Imaginarium FaceBook and/or Instagram and you must include the hashtag #idjunechallenge @imaginariumdesignschipboard
It's that easy!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo


Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo 2017
By Sue Smyth



Here are some close ups of my project 



I am creating with you a plaque or flat canvas,
with lots of layering and just a bit of fussy
cutting...


Of course there is a little mixed media, we embellish the frame
with gesso 


We use lots of die cut shapes.


We alter the blue birds, with liquid drops 


and create beautiful butterflies 


We colour some flowers a special way and make moss 
fibers with muslin

If you want 2 hours of crafting fun, come and join me.

In your kit you will receive 1 die, all of the Rambling Rose 
papers, one pack of ephemera, one flat canvas, all the mediums, glitter
and gesso,
 1 pack of the Rambling Rose wooden shapes.
You will have enough to make a dozen more layouts 
when you get home...



Sunday, May 28, 2017

Imaginarium theme post

Imaginarium theme post 
By Sue Smyth 


Every month on the Imaginarium design team we do a 
theme project. 
This months was of course Mothers day.
And conveniently a new baby was 
born in our family just days before 
mothers day, so I had the opportunity to 
take lots of photos.
I chose this one as it shows 3 generations in one photo.



Here is a Rambling Rose butterfly from my latest
paper range, see how I have coloured it in the 
centre to match the papers, with apricot ink, this is what I
designed it for and the reason the butterfly is white.
I also like to add tiny 2mm rhinestones for 
a bit of bling to the wings also


A soft title can be achieved, I have painted
it white with several coats of white gesso.
Then I have inked the top and bottom
with an apricot ink pad.
Then smear all over with dimensional magic
and sprinkle with lots of fine white glitter. 


More Butterflies resting 
on a trinket that has been painted white also.


I have included a lichen stick from the garden
which I have twisted the floral branch 
around. Then tie a bow and add fern 
leaves and more of the flowers. I love
using found objects in my work.


The border I have painted white with gesso 
and heated until it blisters, (but not so much)
then rub lightly with gold metallic paint.


Other flourishes are just painted white with gesso
sometimes you might have to do this 2 or 3 times
to get that nice matt look.


First Glimpse is painted white with gesso again
and then gold with metallic paint.


I have added matching large pearls for a shine


Happy Crafting