Sunday, August 26, 2012

Busy with the Online Store

I am afraid there has not been any craft happening in my world for the last couple of weeks.
I have been buying for my online store, and with that comes the task of pricing, and loading it to the store, and then my least favourite part, packing it all away.

I have added some wooden message tags to the store, this is a new range for me .. and my sister has used one on a card.

This is the tag before ...

Then this is what it looked like after it had been stamped and mounted on a Kraft card.
The wooden tags and buttons are fabulous as you can leave them raw, paint them, stain them, or as my sister found out, even stamp them.  Check out the message tags and other wooden tags here
The other new products that she played with was the Tilda paper roses and Tilda bird buttons.  This card is absolutely gorgeous
You can find the products used for this card here
I have a friend that is coming to help make the Breast Cancer Drain Bags with me .. so I should be able to get back to being able to make and donate my usual six bags per month ... I promise Belinda!  I already have 3 cut out ready to go. 
We only have one more week officially of Winter, and I am really looking forward to Spring and the warmer weather.  More time to get outside and get active!
Until next time
Enjoy your day and your crafts


Friday, August 03, 2012

Thank You

Thank you for all the kind words that you left for me following the sudden passing of my Mum.  It helped to console my heart and I am grateful for the many friends I have in cyberspace. 

I have not been in the mood for any craft until this week, when I decided to try and convert my parents photo onto canvas.  I had read of many ways to achieve this and the easiest one I thought was the one that was explained on Sarah's Never-Ending Projects Blog here.

Printing on tissue paper?  How hard could this be!  Well, following the instructions, I tried .. all seemed to work fine, until I went to glue it on the canvas .....

Sorry about the quality of the photo, I was not aware it was in the shade when I took it, and when I saw it, I thought, oh well, in keeping with the mistakes on the photo. 
Can you see the problem(s) - the tissue paper had creases in it, when it went through the printer.  Then when trying to get it smooth on the canvas, it left big white stripes. Sorry Dad!

So I tried again, a better result this time, but I still think there is room for improvement.  Using the tissue paper, the grain of the canvas comes through giving a lovely effect

Can you see the bottom right hand side corner, where I did not centre the photo, and then had to touch it up with paint?    I am going to have another attempt to see if I can better the results, ensuring that I get all the creases out of the tissue paper first.  One of the other steps that I changed in the second photo, was that I ironed the tissue paper onto Freezer Paper, just as if you were going to print on fabric - it seemed to create a smoother finish, although you must work slowly to remove the tissue paper from the freezer paper after printing.  Another hint, wait a little while before doing this, so that you give the ink time to dry.

I have many more ideas using this technique, so I want to be able to perfect it soon.

I also added another toy to my craft supplies, check out this beauty ...

Come back soon, to see what use I have put it to ...

My brother and family are coming home this weekend, so I am hoping that I get the children for a craft day.  They motivate me so much with their enthusiasm, and ideas.

Wishing you all a great weekend