What do you think

have had some concepts going on in my head for a while and like most we all have dreams and aspirations or commonly none as BIG IDEAS

well here is my concept:

A design that needs fine tuning

and turned into this

same concept but turned into cards

Published in: on January 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Storage Space

Just recently I was talking to some dear friends who share the passion for card making and scrapbooking  like myself our discussion was on the storage space we have for our tools everyone has similar problems and sometimes different answers so therefor I decided to post my workspace I share a room which we call the study. So I have limited space, and I do like to have everything within arms reach.

I have draws under the curtain which I am wanting to replace later  for a more modern version

the top draw was turned into a light box

cardstock and pattern paper to my left. I keep my pattern paper grouped together in plastic bags in their own family range

all my stamps to my right the unmounted stamps are kept in the folders

jars are full of ribbon, the idea for the punches hanging on the wall came after my conversation but I need another one and have run out of wall space

I just wish I could keep it this clean all the time

Published in: on January 27, 2010 at 10:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

whats new

Happy new

a long time between posts have been on holiday and just trying to recover from the Christmas and NewYear  have not been idle thou have been planning ahead for the new year will give a small preview of things to come for classes and workshops have desided that occasionaly I will add paterns or small tutorials occasionaly  of some sort.

Iam feeling excited about whats ahead for new year last new year I will admitit was a little sad to see it go.

But lets move forward                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


Published in: on January 15, 2010 at 10:01 am  Leave a Comment  


basic knowledge

Things everyone thinks you should know but forgets to tell anyone to start with and you are afraid to ask for the fear of seeming  dumb:


Pigment ink

Pigment ink is a slow drying ink commonly used for  wet embossing, is acid free and fade resistant. Pigment ink can be used without embossing as long it is given adequate time to dry, can be improved using a heat gun to set the ink

Dye ink

Dye ink pads are a water based quick drying ink they are acid free permanent and sometimes waterproof if indicated on label. Dye ink cannot embossed unless you add a clear embossing ink to it. Dye ink is used for distressing with distressing blocks also combined with blender pens or aqua painters is great for colouring instead of markers.

Chalk inks

Chalk inks are a fast drying ink providing a rich saturated opaque result, chalk cannot be wet embossed. Acid free is resistant to smearing, bleeding and fading. Works well on dark cardstock.

Stazz on ink

Stazz on ink is a solvent based ink that can be stamped on most surfaces the result is a permanent waterproof stamped image. Use on outlined stamped images if using aqua painter or blender pens, cannot be embossed or distressed as the ink will dry on the stamp if not used immediately. To remove ink from the stamps a special cleaner needs to be used

In conclusion:

There are many different types of inks around and with different names I have only covered the basics when looking at purchasing ink all you really want to know is what type is it a Dye, pigment, chalk or permanent and of course if scrapbooking acid free. For years most of my inks I used were pigment or chalk but now I have a large collection of dye which I use all the time, the only problem I have found with dye is they do not work well with my clear polymer stamps or stamp well on vellum, so then I have to switch to pigment or chalk. I think it’s about what colour result you are looking for what stamp and where are you stamping, which will determine what ink is bet for the job.

 When distressing with a block I mostly use dye ink but there are occasions when chalk or pigment may need to be used the result maybe slightly different but it is perfectly fine to do so the same applies for when painting with my aqua painters.

Happy crafting

Published in: on January 15, 2010 at 8:59 am  Leave a Comment