Monday, March 3, 2008

Birdhouse, Cards & Scraptivate shop & 6 things

I hope you're all ready for lots of photo's in this post!

I thought I'd start off by showing you the wonderful store where I work and teach, Scraptivate here in Perth, Western Australia.

This is what greets you as you walk in the door, our display table, full of wonderful Collections samples, as well as some other bits & pieces.....mostly chipboard goodies that have been decorated to the hilt!

Here's the Collections products you can see, lots of lovely chipboard for altering...these are available online at Scraptivate and yes, we ship worldwide!!! If you've seen the lovely houses that Linda has had on her blog, they are part of the fabulous Collections range of products.....oooooh, don't I sound like an advertisement for Julie....she's a lovely girl (the designer of the Collections stuff and better still - a local!!!!).

Here's where we display all the upcoming classes.

Next is all the lovely German Scrap that we have for sale.

Anyone for a bit of patterned paper???

The tools and paint stand with a view into the classroom.

The ink/mists stand, rubber stamps are on the other side of this. This is not all of the shop, just a few of the stands, we have lots more!!!

We recently received some wooden birdhouses in the store for sale and we were asked if we wanted to take one home to decorate. I think there is about 6 of us who have them to alter and I've finished mine so thought I'd put the pics up.
The things that went into this are:

  • texture paste
  • gesso
  • Pearl White metallic paint
  • Dove Grey Stazon
  • Patina Glimmer Mists
  • Graphite Glimmer Mists
  • stamping on tissue paper
  • gauze
    shrink plastic (whoops, lost my bullet point on this one???)
  • metallic paper
  • antique pewter embossing powder
  • mica
  • brads
  • mouse cage wire
  • chipboard
  • sharpies & treasure gold
  • my clear words
  • a fuse
  • my own poem
  • and finally, clay wings.
Shrink Plastic Stampotique stamp...

The eye is stamped on mica...

The fuse and more shrink plastic (heart)...

The clay wings on the top of the house with my clear words, texture paste is on every 2nd square on the roof...

Front & left side view...

Front and right side view...

The fuse...with the backward "E". Sometimes you do things that you don't mean to do, but they turn out okay....I've had this "E" issue before!!! lol

A final close-up of the front panel...

So that's it for the birdhouse, now onto some cards that I have coming up in the March issue of Australian Stamping & Papercraft. I've had some atc's published 3 times before in this mag but I was asked to take part in a stampers challenge using a Stampers Anonymous stamp of a maple leaf with text. I know that Debbi is also doing this challenge so I can't wait for the issue to come out as Deb always does outstanding work! These are my 3 cards.

Spotlight technique using twinkling h2o's to colour sections of the leaf.

For this one I've alcohol inked the background gloss card, then done the soot technique on top.

Last one is shrink plastic tiles. I coloured the shrink plastic tiles first with alcohol inks, then stamped, then shrunk them.

So I'm not a card maker (can you tell??? lol), but I wanted to do something that incorporated some of the things that I teach in my atc classes. Now I can say I'm "published", not that it is a huge deal to me but for teaching purposes, every bit helps. ~grin~

Apologies if I've worn out your eyes with all these pics, also sorry if you're dealing with dial-up speed - been there, done that....what a pain! I know for some people, they have no choice....better slow speed than NO speed!

Finally, Sam tagged me to tell 6 non-important/quirky things about myself. I've done this before but it was 7 and I think I spilt my guts a little too much in that here's some banal info about me...
1. I'm not a fake flower lover!
2. I used to tap-dance, do modern jazz as well as acrobats, AND I have the trophies to prove it!
3. I have 1 tattoo, got it when I was 15.
4. I love sharpies!
5. I have all my internal organs, except my gall bladder.
6. I am old, older than you think! (You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely!)

I know I'm supposed to tag 6 people but I did this before so won't do it close your eyes.....sleeeeeeep.......sleeeeeeep.......sleeeeeeeep......


LizzieA01 said...

WOW - the shop looks fantastic! When I next come to Perth to visit the family I will have to do a drop in (with class of course!)

love the birdhouse too. You are very talented

Natalie B said...

Love the birdhouse Kelsey. It's still in your 'style' which is fabulous. The shop looks so inviting :-) can't wait to come and take a peek.

Jen Crossley said...

WOW The shop Looks amazing I want to shop there!!!
Love your bird house Kelsey Very COOL
YOu are one talented tattoed,tap dance,no gall bladder woman

Sam Marshall said...

The shop looks amazing- your work is INCREDIBLE!!!! That birdhouse looks awesome.

Sam Marshall said...

Oh, and I love your banner!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi K,
Fabulous cards! (they are only slightly larger than ATCs after all lol!) and you rreeaally aren't that old! hehehe

vikki said...

OMG, that birdhouse is just exquisite. Can't wait to see what the others come up with.
I love Collections products too. Julie Rocks!!

artisbliss said...

Found your blog via Debbi's and had to say I love the birdhouse. What a great place to work, too, although I'd never stop playing long enough to help customers, I'm afraid!

mary schweitzer said...

What a great store!
And the birdhouse is wonderful!
I have been having such fun reading everyones tags. I never knew you played tag online!

Natalie Wolfe said...

LOVE that birdhouse Kelsey,can wait to see it in real life!

Linda Cain said...

You are an amazing woman! Thanks for the're too kind. Your latest entry on the blog is fabulous. EVERYTHING is terrific, and the BIRD HOUSE..I wish I was in Australia! NOW!!
Keep up the wonderful work, and thanks so much for sharing all that you do!

Your Friend in ART!

Lori Roberts said...

wow you have been busy!! I love all of them!!

me said...

these are fantastic... love the bird house!

ScaryCheri said...

Kelsey what a fabulous shop to work in. Makes our Hobby Lobby scrapping area look really sad. I adore your bird house. How fun. Those wings add so much to the top and love the texture squares. The whole house has so much trexture. I have a thing for bird houses. I eventually want a bird town in my yard, lol. Not the birds so much but definitely the houses for whimsy. Thanks for sharing. Hugz, Scary

ScaryCheri said...

oops I forgot to add that I could never tell you weren't a card maker. Congrats on getting published again. I love the cards. They are just fabulous. I didn't know they made shrink tiles? How cool!!!! Comment from my 6 year old Granddaughter, Arianna:"I like your bird house." She is making me scroll back and forth to look at it. Hugz again, Scary

Julie H said...

Wonderful eye candy. That birdhouse is just gorgeous - can see it hanging in my entrance...not that I am hinting, just planning one for me.

Congratulations on being published.

Scarlett said...

I have not been in a scrapbook store before, wow, that is amazing!

And I love, love, love that box, I love the elements of the car fuse.

Jacky said...

I wish Perth was closer to Victoria!!! I love Scraptivate and had a ball in there last year after the Stamp Camp.
Your bird house is fantastic Kelsey!

bockel24 said...

Love your wonderful birdhouse, Kelsey, and thanks for posting the pics of Scraptivate - they really make me envious!

Cathy Wegner said...

Very cool birdhouse and you are so lucky to have such a wonderful store. Ours here keep closing. I always enjoy your blog.

Genevieve said...

Ahhhh, Scraptivate, if only I lived closer - my second love (after my DH!!!) Great bird house, such detail, and congrats on getting to do a Stampers challenge - such good fun and a free stamp to keep too.


Dot said...

Ooooh....what a yummy post! I was so impressed with Scraptivate when Jacky and I visited last June. Such a wonderful shop and so many beautiful goodies. We don't have anything like that over here.

And your bird house is perfect! So many lovely details...

Dot said...

P.S I loved your comment about staying immature indefinitely. I don't have any problem with that he hee....

Debbi Baker said...

Hi Kelsey - what a fabulous post! love it all and need to get to Scraptivate in person sometime (soon!) Your birdhouse is stunning - I love all the details and your S& P cards (!!) are fantastic - I especially love the first one. Cheers,

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