Thursday 11 April 2013

Neon and Aquamarker Cards

Blogging my last class of the retreat now - with a wee taster of the water based markers from Letraset. We used Neon markers and Aquamarkers and the embossed resist technique in 2 different ways to make these cards.
The first one, we simply used white embossing powder to emboss the image onto watercolour paper then coloured the image with neon markers
and the second one.... we coloured the newspaper background stamp with an aquamarker then clear embossed another image over the top, then cloured with aquamarkers
All stamps and greetings are Hero Arts.
Debz x

Wednesday 10 April 2013

Bonus Evening Class

For all the ladies who had booked the accommodation package for the Craft Retreat, we threw in an optional bonus evening class, so this is where we had our evening meal and then our class....
But before we got crafty, we got to stuff our faces - wasn't going to bother with dessert, but decided the Bailey's Chocolate Pot needed some love.....
So for the bonus class I decided to introduce the ladies to some quick and easy water-based marker techniques using Letraset Aquamarkers, Neon markers and Metallic markers. Here's the first sample I made using Neon markers, the Tim Holtz Fanciful Flight die, watercolour paper and I used some PB stamps but the ladies used Marion Emberson "Sunshine & Flowers" stamps...
the ladies had free reign to use the aquamarkers and neon markers and here are some of the lovely samples they made with these stamps and the butterfly die... from Louise, Anda and Meg (please click on each to see them larger)
for the second tag, I went for a grungier look using Metallic Markers, Tim Holtz mini blueprint stamps and Tim Holtz Gadget Gears die cut grungeboard.
and here's some samples from Louise and Meg....

Debz x

Tuesday 9 April 2013

Gorjuss Journal

Back again with more pics from the retreat and another project. This was my second project on Sunday, my Gorjuss/Promarker/Flexmarker Journal...
We used the Docrafts - Gorjuss New Heights stamp set...
and some Promarker and Flexmarkers to colour it.
Here's Pearl trying to behave herself and Meg concentrating hard...
 some more of our craft retreaters hard at work...
 Marion, Anda and Louise with their heads down, hard at it...

Back tomorrow with pics from the bonus class that was only available to guests staying at the hotel with the accommodation package.
Debz x

Monday 8 April 2013

Done & Dusted

Well it's all over - after months of organising, weeks of prep and loads of sweat and one or two tears, but thankfully no blood, the Craft Retreat seems to have been a huge success.
Thank you to all the ladies who attended, we hope you had fun.
Charlotte took a fantastic paint techniques class on Saturday morning, all the ladies made stunning painted wooden storage boxes shaped like books, see Joyce, Tina and Meg paying close attention...

My first and probably the most controversial project of the weekend was my alcohol ink owl project. 

We used Letraset inks to colour some glossy card and canvas, then stamped loads of circles and ovals from the Build a Flower/Marion Emberson set of PI stamps onto the coloured surfaces and cut them all out to layer up. We made the wings and face separately to give him more dimension.

Will be back tomorrow with more pics
Debz x

New Baby 1

My boss at work, and friend Charlotte recently had her first baby so I had a few baby cards to make, on for Charlotte and her husband James,...