Saturday, May 2, 2009

Sheer Heaven Transfers & Victoria (flower alert!!!)

Today is my first atc class with the Sheer Heaven Transfers, well not actually the first one as I've done this technique before in my classes, but it will be the first time many of my students will have used this fantastic product! It's got to be the most fool-proof type of transfer one can do. All you need is a sheet of Sheer Heaven (available at Scraptivate of course), a teaspoon and some 70% Isopropyl (rubbing alcohol). I also like to use watercolour crayons to add extra colour around areas where the transfer doesn't go so the transfer blends fairly seamlessly onto the background.


It does need to be transferred onto a porous surface, watercolour paper, card stock, scrapbooking paper, book paper or even fabric! Definitely a non-coated surface, though you can use inks to colour your paper before hand if you like, just keep the colours light so you can see the transfer. Jessica is the creator of this product and she has a wonderful website where you can learn about all the different things you can do with it, here's the link.



"Secret of Life"...

"Beauty"...

"Trouble"...

"Accursed"...

"Classic"...


Towards the end of our trip last year we visited a wonderful city called Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Of course a visit to the famous Butchart Gardens was an absolute must. I DO like real flowers, really I do!!! I have an aversion to flowers that are used in abundance on scrapbook pages as fillers and as I'm not a frilly, pretty type of person (my style I'm talking about...lol) you won't see flowers appear on anything I do. But hey, I'm a Gemini (yep a BIG birthday coming up soon) and I'm quite within my rights to change my mind. You never know, I could end up with grand-daughters one day and I might go all "florally"....but don't hold your breath. ;-)

So back to Victoria, we also visited the Butterfly Gardens before Butchart and was amazed at the beautiful habitat where butterflies flit around in an enclosed (humid) garden and the visitors can walk through to be amazed by their beauty.

The first picture gives you a glimpse of what lies on top of those glorious wings....we followed this one around for ages trying to get a picture of it when it landed but it kept flying away. So we sat for a while, it landed on the seat and Grant put his hand out near it and it opened up it's wings for us. What a tease!!! Fabulous colour!








Butchart Gardens is 55 acres of lovingly maintained gardens, pictures speak louder than words....










I have culled my photo's from the trip and I have 103 of Butchart Gardens alone! That gives you an idea of how fantastic this place is, if you go to Victoria...it's a must-see place.

On a final note, my friend Joan turned 50 last Sunday so we had a little get-together at Michael's place to celebrate her birthday and catch up with everyone again who attended her funeral. Joan was always 2 months older than me which was always a cause for a little ribbing here and there about her being the oldest. I had decided that it wasn't particularly fair she should stay 49 forever so she is going to age every year, as I do. There won't be any more birthday celebrations at Michael's, but I'll be having my own little "happy birthday today Joan" day on the 26th of April each year. It would also have been their wedding anniversary which makes it doubly difficult for Michael. But she's still around, floating somewhere on the edge of my consciousness all the time and occasionally I catch a glimpse of some "thing" at the corner of my eye.....you never know!!!!

15 comments:

Sam Marshall said...

Hi Kelsey,
Your ATCs are just amazing- love this technique.
The photos from your trip are so beautiful, just love the gardens.
What a lovely way to commemorate Joan.

Linda Cain said...

Everything is stunning! TFS!
Linda

Mel Connell said...

Love the garden shots!!! Real flowers are Ok Kelsey! xxx

lisa_crofts said...

i luurrvvee that black and blue butterfly. thanks for putting up the sheer heaven transfers atcs.

KatieScarlett said...

Wow - what synchronicity!

I just purchased my first package of Sheer Heaven this week AND I'm going to Victoria on May 18. I'm going for a conference but I added an extra day to my trip to explore and I'm guessing Butchart Gardens is where I'll end up! Thanks for sharing.

And your ATCs are great inspiration for me as I ger ready to try out my new magic paper.

Kathy

Audrey said...

The colours are spectacular Kelsey.
Thinking of you and Joan.

Hugs xx

Jen Crossley said...

Dear Kelsey,
how Im thinking of you and of course Joan you were lucky to share such a close bond and a wonderful trip of a life time.
Jen

Chris said...

Kelsey, what a touching, beautiful post. You know I love me the gardens. This is some great camera work you got going. I'm with you on the flower thing, but as long as it's the focus and not filler, I love to put them in my art. Your cards are impeccable, as always! I still have your giftie to me in a place of honor on my antique table.

The butterflies? Holy Moly!
Thanks for the prettiness. And happy birthday to sweet Joan!

Carol said...

I'm a grandmother Kelsey, and I haven't turned flowery yet (except in my garden). Loved the garden photos, sounds like a place to visit if I ever get that far again. I'm encouraged to have a go with my sheer heaven which has been sitting waiting for me to be inspired for about a year now.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Kelsey, I'm originally from Vancouver and have had many happy trips to Victoria. Of course, that was all before I got into this mixed-media stuff, but I could still appreciate the beauty of the place. Anywhere that starts counting flowers in February is an amazing place.

vivian said...

such wonderful pictures, loving the REAL flowers too as well as the butterflies... such precious creatures..

Genevieve said...

Lovely works of art as usual, beautiful pictures showing the magic of nature. I'm sure that Joan is shadowing you everywhere you go and ensuring that mischief is not too far away.

Cheers!

Charmaine Black said...

Hi Kels, I love your photos of Buchart. We loved those gardens too and like you took way too many photos of the wonderful colours. I hope your week goes well and your memories warm your heart. Lots of inky hugs from Charmaine xx

mary schweitzer said...

These are all lovely, but Secrets Of Life took my breath away. Hauntingly beautiful!!
Mary

Elizabeth Golden said...

I have been dying to go to those gardens - they are on my bucket list. After seeing your pictures I think I am just going to have to do it - soon.