Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Painted Ladies

Phew! Just finished three new bird houses painted true to the Victorian/Edwardian "Painted Ladies" style. "Painted ladies" is a term used for Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. I really enjoyed making these, with the help of my partner and his wood working tools, I made the houses from 3/4" outdoor plywood. Each house has two homes for small birds and they are suitable for placing inside or outside. The worst part of making these is the drying time wait.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


A birthday card for my sweetie and a couple of christmas cards and matching tag, early I know but it is always a mad rush come December.

From Locust to Lotus

At last I have discovered what it is that is eating my Crinum Lillies, a locust (they call them grasshoppers here), but he is a beauty. We have had no rain here for months now and the large pond that is usually 12 feet deep in the summer is completely dry. However it has given the Lotuses a chance to bloom, and how magnificent they are this year.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Carte a Jouer #17


Thème : Souhait - Desire
Technique : Foiling - Tin foil impression
The background of my card was embossed foil through my cuttlebug but that looked just like embossing and not the idea of the challenge. So I added a band of lace edge paper stamped with the sentiment and a coke can butterfly coloured with mica powders. For the tin foil impression down the left hand side I cut two layers of thick cardstock and punched them both with lace punch and stuck them together. I covered this with tin foil and pushed the tin into the holes of the cardstock which left their impression. Then I lifted off the foil and turned it over and highlighted the raised lace surface of the foil with rub-ons. I decorated a small tag with lace and a definition and attached it to the card with a brad.