Wednesday
Oct272010

Lush Letterpress-I'm in heaven!

My beautiful friend just reminded me (on the Simply Rouge Facebook page) about the beautiful letterpress of dolce press and I got inspired to post that link to their website and while I'm at it here's a couple of photo's of my newest letterpress business card I made for my stationery company  Simply Rouge...

 

 

I have an Adana 8X5 and he (Vince) is a very good friend but I would very much like to make friends some time with his mate 'The Arab'!

 

 

Wednesday
Oct272010

Weee, Yaaay! (again!)

Cool, my bevel edged business card has now also been featured on 'the design inspiration.com'
I'm so chuffed! AND... I'm so inspired just looking around their site, I feel like a creative conduit that's about to blow :-o

Sunday
Oct242010

Card Observer

Yay!  Weeeeeeee! Ye-Ha!!!!!!!!!  Card Observer.com featured one of my business card designs on their website!
I've been hanging out at Card Observer for yonks, drooling over the many amazing and very inspiring designs there.

They are exactly how they describe themselves...
'A gallery and showcase of the most beautiful, cool, and unique business card design.'

This is the card they featured but it's worth popping over to their site (at least once daily) for some paper/cardy inspiration!

        

Tuesday
Oct192010

Wedding show display...

In preparation for the show I punched 600 paper leaves with an embossing punch so they each had beautiful embossed veins.

Then I strung them from soft white wool in a random criss-cross pattern to create a leafy paper-craft canopy.
I was delighted when the show organizers turned the lights on because the leaves cast a beautiful dappled shadow onto my display boards...

 

 

I also strung random, crumpled leaves on invisible thread to appear as though they were falling...

              

The Kings Hall was warm and with all the people moving around,  the canopy gently moved and swayed,  I just couldn't keep my eyes off my own creation!

The boards displayed floating sets of stationery all layered above the board to create subtle drop shadows. 

  


 

 

The Simply Rouge logo sign was raised on double foam board and flanked either side by a floating hand-cut filligree ornament in ruby red card and the logo was adorned with a pearl and crystal shank button.  (The filligree ornament on the sign was also used on the flyers.)

 

 

  

The folios were displayed on home-made readers to raise them at just the right angle for viewing.  Each page was custom covered in gorgeous 12x12, textured cardstock to match the feel of the invitation.  I even managed to figure out how to set the corners with lovely little protective metal covers which I clamped on with my heavy-duty eyelet setting machine.  This made the folios tough enough to take the wear and tear of thousands of brides and also made them look professional.

 

Tuesday
Oct192010

Wedding Journal Show October 2010

This was my stand at the Wedding Journal Show at the King's Hall, Belfast a couple of weeks ago...  

 

The show was amazing and I enjoyed it sooooooo much. 

My new range of stationery made is debut in the form of two beautiful folios,
one featuring folded invitations and the other flat invitations...

Folded invitations folio... 

     

Flat invitations folio...

  

I made the tree from heavy pulp board and covered it in a woodgrain zentangle.  I made a leafy canopy from pure white paper leaves and strung random wafting leaves on invisible thread.  It was so great to see the canopy gently rippling as people milled around the folios.

I crafted invitation sets and floated them on large display boards Martha Stewart style.  Each piece was raised and layered so it had a subtle drop shadow.  I also felt this set my display appart from the usual boards which are plastered with invites pasted directly to the board.

I displayed for the first time my new developments in thermography and letterpress printing which will be available very soon! 

Stay tuned for more on this fun project...

Tuesday
Sep282010

Falling rocks...

Saturday
Sep182010

Designer Tea-Bags...

Have a look-see at these fantabulous creative tea-bags on www.whitenoiseofeverydaylife.wordpress.com   I loves them big time!

Saturday
Sep182010

Lines, dots, tension...

It's amazing to see when you're zentangling how tension builds up as you put lines close together... and how adding dots to break the lines also breaks the tension...

this is from one of my zentangle ledgend pages and is a perfect example...

Thursday
Sep162010

Origami box...

I followed an internet tutorial on how to make a paper tray from a post-it, then I tried it with some of my beautiful papers (my studio is brimming with ridiculous amounts of stunning papers from all over the world).  Then I thought if I make two trays and make one of them smaller then one could be a lid! 

Since then my origami boxes have proliferated like Tribbles (Star Treck reference).

This one was made from 12x12 cardstock and tied with a lush chocolate coloured bow.  I put a vertical insert inside so that the lid would only go down so far and the contrasting base would show...

    

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Sep162010

Dreams...

Here's a beautiful poem/quote (I have no idea who wrote it)...

Dreams, they are trying to take you airborne,

             Above the clouds,

                              Above the storms...

                                               If you will let them.

Thursday
Sep162010

Handmade paper bags...

My beautiful friend Lucy taught me how to make handmade paper bags last week.  I can think of no better way to spend an evening than sipping tea in a cosy cafe, catching up with a friend while we try to make sense of some dodgy internet paper-folding instructions!

So here's the original bag we made in the cafe...

Lucy wasn't so happy with the stories on the newspaper, personally I think Charlotte Church is talented and inspiring but I must admit the bed advertisement on the other side of the bag is less than glamorous.

So I played a little with some other papers...

First I used some craft paper and made small bags (smaller is more tricksey by the way)...

Front...

   

 

Back...

 

 I closed them by folding the top down twice, punching two holes (using my ever faithful 'cropadile') and weaving a bamboo pin through them (you can get these online and in Asian supermarkets).

Then I moved on to some beautiful pearlised cherry-blossom wrapping paper and a larger size...

      

         

 

  

 

Thursday
Sep162010

Autumn leaf cake decorations...

Here's part of what we did in our cake class on Monday...

A variety of leaves were punched from wafer paper (you can get this in the supermarket in the baking department).  We used paper-craft punches, some of which had an embossed vein patern which picked up the colouring very nicely. 

     

     

     

 

The leaves were placed on a piece of cardboard and painted with food colourings.

The food colourings were paste colours and we diluted them with 'dipping solution' (rubbing alcohol solution which you can buy in most cake decorating shops but one of my lovely students said you can also buy in some old style chemist/pharmacy shops).  When paste colours are mixed with dipping solution they become like water colour paints and can be applied to dry icing sugar and wafer paper with a soft brush just like watercolours.

The dipping solution evaporates quickly and won't make the sugar or wafer paper go soggy...BUT...
I learned during Mondays class that if you don't dilute the paste colours enough then the water content in them is enough to disolve the wafer paper. 
So we had a few beautifully painted leaves which were firmly glued to the cardboard!!!

A good way to build rich colour on your leaves is to use a watercolour painting technique (and even oil painters do this) where you layer colours on top of one another to create warmth and depth.  To do this, first apply a yellow coat and while the leaf is still wet with paint you can add a deeper yellow and then a warm orange and then move into your reds.  You can apply each layer in a mottled way so as to allow previous layers to shine through.  You can stop at any layer and have a lighter leaf too.  I'd love to see what other people have done with this technique.

These are some of my leaves...
     

 

Tuesday
Sep142010

New designs at Simply Rouge...

I'm working 24/7 at the minute on a new folio/ordering system to be launched very very soon!!!!
Soon you will be able to view sample folios and swatchbooks in-store at Equinox Shop and place your order instore too.  There's also a scrummy new gallery about to launch on the Simply Rouge website along with a helpful advice and resource section on all things wedding stationery related. 
I'm super excited about it and I'm loving all the new designs and sparkly, colourful, beautiful materials arriving at the studio every day. 

So here's a sneak-peek at one of the new designs, it's called 'Hello Sunshine' and features slate-grey and sweet-corn ink on a fresh white-pearl board with my exclusive deep bevelled edge...

 

      

 

Below are some of the different colour combinations available but I have ooooooodles of ribbons and papers to choose from to create your own unique combination and colour scheme...

            

 

 The filligree pattern and text can be printed in a stunning rainbow of colour choices too...

    

 

And of course there's an entire matching suite of stationery for that part of us girl's which has simply
got'ta match!

 

 

Tuesday
Sep142010

My beautiful cake girls...

Thank you to my beautiful students who turned up yesterday to the first cake class for this term!  We made wafer paper leaves with craft punches and painted them beautiful colours.  We also made sugar paste leaves and some blossoms.

These photo's are to show you how you can arrange your leaves (or other autmn-ish things) on your cake...

This one is from www.blog.pinkcakebox.com

 

There is a good flickr photo stream of cakes here  and it's where I found the next photo by 'wild cakes'...

 You can simply paste them flat to your cake too like this one from www.realsimple.com

 

 

Monday
Sep132010

Letterpress Love...

Have a look-see at this beautiful letterpress baby announcement!  The colours are so bright and rambunctious (I soooooooooooo need more opportunities to use that word) it's not the usual soft baby/gooey/insipid colour scheme. 

It's over on www.mattsoncreative.com along with some of the most inspiring design work I've seen...lots of clean lines and 2D/3D structural, bold, clean graphics...

Monday
Sep132010

Surrender...

Here is a beautiful quote from a book my beautiful friend Anne gave me a lend of.  It's such a beautiful powerful book that I got myself a copy, its called 'Boundless Love'  by Miranda Holden. I went to one of her workshops which was so simple and amazing, if you ever get a chance I definitely recommend going to one.  

Surrender

When you are weary, let go, and I will catch you.
When you are frustrated, step back, and I will hold you.
When you hurt, fall inwards, and I will heal you.
When you feel alone, listen, and I will speak to you.
When you cannot see the way, trust, and I will lead you.
When you let go, grace draws you back to the Real
There is nowhere for you to dwell but in my embrace.
Here you are happy.  Here you are home.
Surrender, cease resisting, and
Fall into the arms of love.

Friday
Sep102010

Bevell edged business cards...

More lovelies for my business cards.  These ones feature a slightly larger logo plate than the last ones.  This was so I could fit a beautiful classic border on them.  Again, this is in the style of one of my invitations for Simply Rouge and I just love the classic simplicity of it.  I was inspired by Jo Malone . It looks amazing on a pearly lemongrass topping sheet with this jet black bevel and jet black border  (on display in the Simply Rouge album/folio at Equinox Shop Belfast).

 

 

Monday
Sep062010

Rainbow zentangling...

Linework zentangling lends itself very well to quilling, I'll do some soon. 

Friday
Aug272010

Bevell plate business card...

Here's a lovely little play session where I created a business card with a tiny little logo plate (about1.5cm square) with a jet black bevel core and a crisp white pearl topping featuring jet black printing.  The plate is mounted on another black core bevel card...very lush!

 

Monday
Aug232010

Eyeballs on strings...

Who knows what must be in someones subconcious... untill they start to zentangle you may never know...