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Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo ~ 2015

 You might have heard a little rumour by now that I am teaching at the Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft EXPO again this year on the 6, 7 & 8 of June 2015. Not only will I be teaching I will also have a stand and will have some pretty awesome new products and lots of kits available.


We are getting so Excited!!! Places are filling really fast and the
Expo Mag should be out in the this week. So if you want to beat the next
rush of bookings you might want to get in now!

Session 1 Painted Effects by Heather McMahon
Session 3 Innovative Stamping Preview by Fiona Paltridge
I am already booked out on the Saturday with Monday almost fulltoo. I also have Fiona Paltridge  & Heather McMahon teaching for me too, their Classes are also filling quickly.

You definitely wont want to miss these!
You can book into the classes here:…/brisba…/expo-classroom-7-2015/

Don’t forget we have an awesome Prize draw for those that book into all
3 classes in Classroom 7. (doesn’t have to be all on the same day) You
definitely want to be in the running for those, it will be win win then,
3 Awesome classes with some pretty exciting new products and inspiring
techniques. We can’t wait!!!! We will also have more prizes to give away
from our Amazing Sponsors in each class too.

To get more sneak
peeks (coming this week) and to get to know your tutors make sure you
like, comment or even share our Facebook page so that it continues to
show up in your news feed.

Studio M class 7

Check out our facebook page Here for Classroom 7 –

 Thank you for dropping by ! 🙂

Easter Card and Challenge ~ Mepxy Markers & Canson for Crafty Crusaders

  Happy Easter to one and all! 🙂
Are you looking for something for the kids to do this Easter?
better way to keep them busy than to set them a challenge to design and
colour their own eggs and make a card. Heck this is even fun for the
adults to do too.
These are super easy to create and so much fun, you can really let the imagination go wild!
I have included a blank egg template that you can print out and create your own designs
as well as the printout I have designed for you and you can also download the coloured version too.
Step 1: To create this fun card and to create your own egg designs all you need to do is draw some egg shapes or download the black egg template PDF and draw some patterns on them with a black pen.
Step 2 – Once you have drawn or printed the designs then you can colour them in. I have used the Mepxy Basic Design Markers and the Pastel Brush Markers to colour in these eggs.
The colours I have used on each egg has the codes beside the coloured eggs.

  Step 3 – I have used a white gel pen to add a little more detail to some of the designs.

Step 4 – Now to Create the Card. Cut a piece of the Canson Coloured Card (A4 White 185gsm)
to 7″x8″ and then from one end score 2 lines 1″ and then 2″ and score a line 5″ from same end.
Step 5 – An easy way to score a straight line is to use the groove in your paper trimmer and a stylus or a retracted pen to run along the groove. Super easy Scored straight line.
Step 6 – Fold the card along the 3 scored lines.
Step 7 – Add the cut out eggs to the front of the first folded peak and also to the back fold. Making sure that the back eggs go up to the top of the card.
Step 8 – Cut around the bottom and top of the eggs. Making sure some of the top stays attached to the back fold at the top of the eggs.
Then you have a fabulous 3D card that stands up and gives the eggs a 3D look.
Now it is your Turn!!!!
We would love to see your fabulous egg creations!!
Make sure you share them with us over at the
Crafty Crusaders Facebook Page!


“Mixed Media Canvas with the NEW Kaiser Mists and Love Quarters Stencil”

Kaisercraft Tuesday Tip by Michelle Grant
“Mixed Media Canvas with the NEW Kaiser Mists and Love Quarters Stencil”
(With Video from start to finish)


Kaisercraft Materials Used: Kaiser Mists – Yellow KM103, Peach KM107, Lime Green KM104 | Templates – Love Quarters T622 | Pocket Stickers – Sunshine CM505 | Clear Stickers – Butterflies ST915 | Clear Stamps – Edges CS155, Arty.

Other – Canvas, Permanent Black Ink


Blog Signature Jan 2014 creative journey

Crafty Crusaders ~ “Rise From the Sea” Pebeo Vitrea 160 Glass Painting

“Rise from the Sea” ~ Pebeo Glass Painting with Vitrea 160
I am loving the chance to explore all these new mediums with the Crafty Crusaders Design Team!!
I have loved everything so far and these Pebeo Vitrea 160 Glass Paints are no exception.
This was so much fun and so easy to create! You really are only limited by your imagination and if imagination is a problem there are so many different designs out there and online to inspire you.
I have drawn this design from scratch that you will be able to download and printp out too. I have left sections in this plate design clear, I like how it changes the look of the plate depending on the background that it is sitting on. When I finished this design it reminded me of elements from the sea, turned different ways I could see a turtle, starfish and octopus legs and then the yellow sections remind me of the sun, so rise from the sea it is! LOL

When you are working with new mediums and colours for the first time, a handy tip I find helps me to get to know my colours and mediums is to create a colour template.
If you create it on a piece of acetate you can place it over different things to see how the colours look next to each other. Paint your mediums on the acetate over a piece of white paper. I store them by hole punching the acetate and adding it into a ring binder folder with the white paper in-between.
Don’t forget to name the colours as you go so you can easily find what you are looking for.

Colour Template on an Acetate sheet.
 With the Acetate over Grey paper to see how they change with different colours.

Now for the fun part lets make a pretty plate….

 Step 1: Draw a design that you want to use. I started with 2 circles and then drew 4 squiggly patterns to go out to the corners of the plate. Add some lines and circles and overlap patterns as you go.
Step 2: You can use a black pen to draw your design then use a white out pen to change some of the overlapping lines.
 You can download a PDF of this template to use HERE
Step 3: Outline the back of your plate design with the Vitrea 160 Black Pen. Because my plate is slightly curved I have a piece of foam under the plate to hold the pattern against the class, I have also used a little double sided tape to hold it in place.
Step 4: Go back over some of the lines if needed with the black.
Once you are happy with your design you can start colouring it in, 🙂
Step 5: Apply the Azure Blue to the section below. I found it easier to add blobs of the paint by pressing the end down and then spreading out the colour.
If you want to experiment with colours before trying it on your glass products you can place a piece of acetate over the design and play with different colours first.
Step 6: Using the Vitrea 160 pens, Apply the Turquoise to outline the other pattern then colour in with the Sandlewood Green.
I have also applied the Sandlewood Green to the small sections outside the center circle.
Apply the Aniseed Green to the spots and 4 leaf shapes around the middle.
Then apply the Citron Yellow to the center pieces and the outside shapes.
The rest is left clear at this stage.
 Step 7: Using the Brilliant 20 Veil White apply over the aniseed green with a brush on the dots & leaf pattern to make them less transparent and to make the colour more vibrant. Also apply white over the small circles down the pattern.

Step 8: Brush a little of the white over the yellow from the center out to add a variegated colour from opaque to transparent. this gives the colouring more depth too. I also applied white around the yellow outlines and in the center line patterns.

Step 9: I then decided to cover the blue center pattern with the white to make it more opaque and to make the colour pop a little more.
Step 10: I applied the Aniseed green to the outside edge frame and also added white over that.
Step 11: Leave to fully dry in minimum 24 hours then bake in an oven for 40 minutes at 160°C (325°F) (steady temperature) Place in a cold oven then when the temperature reaches 160°C bake for 40min then leave to cool in the oven. Is Dishwasher safe, washed on economy.
Love the effect it has up against natural light 🙂
Thanks for Looking xx
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