Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Good! This one's awake.
This one is soundly tucked up on a skinny branch, amazing how they can sleep like that.
This is Chickadees, a design by Ellen Brown and available on her website mentioned in my earlier post. Cut with a craft knife from an unknown but sturdy weight white textured paper, adhered with aerosol glue onto green Bazzill cardstock and a decorative burgundy leather-look paper.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Firstly, this is the terrarium that became a "home in waiting" for the past few weeks, while we waited patiently for a licence from National Parks and Wildlife of N.S.W.
When this paperwork finally arrived we were able to go pick up the four "babies" we'd ordered from a licenced breeder, and bought them back home only last night.
These Centralian Tree Frogs are just four months old. This species originates from the MacDonnell Ranges of Central Australia and will grow upto 110 mm (3-4 inches). Their diet currently is three small crickets or wood-roaches, each 1-2 days.
If you're interested to know quite what it takes to set up a frog terrarium, all my learning curve details are documented in this article on Helium website.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Next is one of Crimson Bottlebrush flower stems, another of our Australian native flowers. I found inspiration for this design in Jean Woolston-Hamey's book titled Quilling Australian Native Flowers.
My Helium article on The art of Quilling is here for further reading if you like.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
For each of these Oriental themed cards I've used images from a Singaporean newspaper article relating to Chinese New Year.
To isolate any parts of the image that you don't wish to show up in the background, paint over with white gesso.
For added interest I've also brushed some gold acrylic paint.
To eliminate a parched, dry feel to the finished background, just lay a sheet of waxed paper on top and iron with a moderately hot, dry iron. Be ready to peel it back before it grips to the paint though.
Complete your card with chosen elements.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
For this notebook I've used an Oriental theme, one which I work with often for my cardmaking too.
Further reading on making this notebook is here in my article written for Helium. I hope you might be inspired.