Monday, September 15, 2014

A Gelato Lesson

I took a class last week at Bizzy B called "Yummy and Delicious Gelatos".  Sadly, it did not involve the tasting of any Italian ice creams of the same name. It was all about the lipstick-shaped tubes of colour made by Faber Castell.  You can see some of them in bottom left corner of the photo below.
The class was taught by Daniza, who kindly agreed to let me be the 10th person when I called the day of the class to sign up.  Obviously, gelatos are a very popular topic!
We made four cards, each using a different technique that involved the gelatos, two of which are shown below (both made by Daniza).

For the most part, my cards turned out almost identical to her samples, with just a couple of notable exceptions.

The card shown below was my favourite. It involved making an image with embossing powder (in this case, the white swirly pattern, which is the "stamp of the month" at the store for September) and then adding colour using two or three shades of gelato, creating a very dramatic effect.
For my version, I positioned the card vertically instead of horizontally and added the text at the top of the card, rather than at the bottom.  Plus my colours turned out less turquoise and more greeny blue than Daniza's, but of course, any combination of shades would work with this technique.

For this birthday card
Daniza's version
I had some trouble with the stamped doily and ended up with an incomplete image (and a rather botched image in the bottom right corner, although the idea was that the stamped image should be slightly imperfect, to add to the vintage look of the card. Ah well.)  In order to hide the gap, I added a strip of matching ribbon down the left side of the card to make the blank space less noticeable.
My version
I was so enamoured of the various techniques I learned in this class that I spent a few hours yesterday making several more cards on my own at home.  I'll share those with you in tomorrow's post.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Haiku My Heart Friday: A Chill in the Air

The air grows colder
Birds gather to plan their exit
Winter is coming.

There was a different feel to the chilly air today, an ominous portent of the season that is coming. The fall has so many wonderful qualities but I must admit that I would enjoy autumn so much more if I didn't know what was going to follow it.  As it's not even halfway through September, I can only hope that the warm weather has not quite left us yet, that this spell of unseasonably cool, wet weather in our immediate forecast will soon be replaced by warmer temperatures before we must pack away the lighter clothing and open-toed shoes for good.

The older I get, the more I'd like to be able to fly south for the winter as many of our feathered friends do!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

We Can't Forget

For those of us who experienced 9/11/01, it remains etched in our memories.  Where we were when we first heard the news, how we spent that day and night glued to our computer and television screens, the horrific images and stories that were so unbelievable and yet, sadly, so very true.  We can't not think of that day whenever the anniversary comes around.

I found the above photo here, with an interesting article about teaching children about 9/11.  If you are so inclined, you may wish to take a moment to read my blog post about visiting the World Trade Centre Memorial in New York City last year, which you will find here.  

Whatever you do today, please take a moment to remember all those who didn't come home that day.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Making Cards With Daniza

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned in this blog post that I was going to be taking a card making class at Bizzy B. I can't believe how the time has flown by since then but here are some pictures of the cards we made that night, as made by the very talented Daniza (the ones we made in class were virtually identical).

I enjoyed making all of them (and sent two of them out in the mail almost right away!) but I have to admit, the Christmas one is my favourite.  We used an embossing folder to create the raised words and a Sissix die to cut out the petals of the poinsettia flower.  We used dies on all but one of the cards, to cut the words "Happy Birthday" on one and the the turquoise dragonfly and circle shapes for the other.

There is another class tomorrow night and I am tempted, as she is going to be teaching how to use gelatos, which are "lipstick-size tubes of luscious, yummy, and creamy water-based colours".  I have a set of 24 colours and rarely use them, it might be helpful for me to know what to do with them!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Journal Junkies September (Continued)

The main theme last night's Journal Junkies session at Bizzy B was "unusual words" and most of our group members used that theme for their pages.  (As you will see, I've been playing with Picasa's text feature to add everyone's name to the photo, so you will be able to see at a glance who did which page.  Apologies for those instances where the text conflicts with the "Cynful Creations" watermark, clearly I haven't quite mastered the technique of combining the two!)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Journal Junkies September

This month's theme was unusual words but I chose to do the alternate topic, which was "Phases of the Moon".  I used a couple of pages I had put together previously, using a background make using acrylic paint, stencils and a gelli plate on the right hand side and a page torn from a book on the left.   I really liked the text on the book page and the way the designs came together on the painted page but I wasn't sure how to finish the pages back then.  When I heard the phases of the moon theme, I had a light bulb moment, knowing that theme was exactly what I needed to tie these two pages together.

I was able to leave the left hand side pretty much as it was
and simply add text to the right hand side, which reads, "There is more to learn about the mysteries of our universe than just the phases of the moon."

Tomorrow I'll share photos of the pages made by my fellow Journal Junkies from tonight's gathering at Bizzy B.

And speaking of phases of the moon, did you see that super moon rising in the sky tonight?!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Haiku My Heart: Safe

Step on a crack, break
Your mother's back, unless saved
by a green bandaid.

Haiku My Heart Fridays hosted by recuerda_mi_corazon.