Monday, March 10, 2008

Faux Cloisonne, My Caardvark Winnings and Some News!

We learned the most fun technique on Split Coast today - Faux Cloisonne. It's really very simple and looks so wonderful! We had to pick out a glossy picture from any magazine -
I used a picture from a Martha Stewart of framed pictures on a wall in white, yellow and grays.

Then I stamped the flowers and leaves on the page with my clear embossing pad, poured gold embossing powder over it - tapped it off and heated it with my hot gun. Then I just cut out the flowers and leaves. Voila! Faux Cloisonne! I did use the suggested Paper Glaze over them but I don't know if it really made much difference - might have given it a little more sheen and added some sturdiness to the paper. Some of the flowers and the sentiment are up on dimensionals. I sponged the edges of the card with Close to Cocoa.

I just received the green designer paper (K&CO) as part of my prize package that I won for a friendship card challenge over at Caardvarks that I showed you on a few entries down on my blog here.

Look at all the great things I got for my winnings!
There were even more pieces of designer paper - I couldn't fit it all in and the flowers are just terrific - there are huge brown ones and felt purple ones - and even a little set of metal silverware! There's a stamp set from Queen Kat Designs. So go over and check out the Caardvark challenges. You could win too!
Ok - now for my exciting news I mentioned last night. I've been invited to teach some card stamping and paper crafts workshops at a great little antique/gift shop called the Cooperage in Townsend, MA near where my sister lives! I went over there to see if they would be interested in selling some of my cards and they ended up buying some cards and asking me if I'd be interested in teaching some workshops! So I'm going to do four in April and we'll see how they go and maybe I'll do more. So I'm actually going to make a little money from my very expensive hobby!! So if you live anywhere near Townsend - leave me a comment - maybe you can come by and take my class!!
Thanks for coming by again - I so appreciate your looking at my 'stuff' and sharing my news!

Stamps: Mixed Bouquet: SU, Circle and Sentiment: Verve Visual, Scroll: Papertrey Faux Ribbon
Paper: Blush Blossom, DP: K & Co, Basic Grey: Lily Kate
Ink: Close to cocoa
Accessories: clear embossing pad, gold ep, heat gun, magazine picture, dimensionals, Aleenes Paper Glaze
Techniques: Faux Cloisonne, embossing


Linsey said...

Oh, Julia, what fantastic and exciting news!! You didn't disappoint, this is so cool! I know how truly talented you are and now you are going to share that thru actual teaching of classes--how wonderful! Hmmm, airfare to MA from WA...approx.$500, rental car, the class--won't have any money left, can I sleep at your house? LOL!! If I were anywhere near you, I would be running to get my spot! You are certain to be a tremendous hit and I foresee you being in extremely high demand as an instructor after they see you in action! And CONGRATS on your Cardvaarks win, that looks like a grand prize! Can't wait to see what fabulousness you make with it! Great big hug to you tonight! Enjoy the bliss of your great news and thank you for sharing it with us! It makes me so happy to hear that someone as wonderful and yourself has such blessings happening!

~amy~ said...

Gorgeous Faux Cloisonne card...Fabulous winnings and GREAT news!!!

Anonymous said...

Julia, I've been viewing your posting for a few weeks now and am so embarrassed I haven't told you until now how wonderful and creative your work is. I love the cloisonne card and every other card you have posted. I'm a California girl, so your messages are waiting for me when I get to the computer about 6:30 am PT. I work from home doing a global job, so I have about 40-50 messages waiting for me every morning that came in from Asia during the night, but I look for your blog instead because it's so inspiring! Thanks very much for taking the time to share your work. It's greatly appreciated! --Jan

Donna said...

this is just lovely. congrats on getting the teaching job! hope it goes well.

Beverly aka beestamper said...

congrats.. that is so cool! I can't wait to see what you create with your winnings!
...and why do you have to live so far away.. I'd love to sit and learn from you!!