Monday 31 August 2009

Makes from a recent Sheila Oliver Class

On the 18th August I went to a cardmaking class with my crafting buddy Jo. The tutor was the very talented Sheila Oliver. This is the second of Sheila's classes we have been to but for this one we indicated to Sheila the techniques we would like to have a go at and she tailored the class specially for us. Two other ladies joined us on the class and we had an absolute blast! Customers going into the shop (Monk's Den at Ashby-de-la-Zouche) downstairs kept asking what all the noise and laughter was. It was an absolutely brilliant day so thankyou Sheila and if you check out her blog here you'll see what I'm talking about.

This first card was using Cuttlebug embossing folders on card and chipboard shapes. We used a mixture of inkpads, acrylic paint, Rub n Buff, gilding flakes, embossing powder and stickles to colour and texturise the various elements.

The second card was beautifully simple and so effective. Again we used CB folders but before placing the card in the folder we tapped embossing ink inside the folder and then embossed. We then covered the embossed area with clear sparkle EP and heated. Result - gorgeous!!! We used a single large snowflake folder for the top part of the card. I absolutely love this Christmas card.

The third card uses CB folders as well but this time with wax paper. We ran a piece of wax paper through the CB in a folder and then ironed it onto a piece of semi-gloss card. We then blended ink onto the card and the wax created a resist. Finally we stamped and embossed our image.

The final card used a totally new technique to me in the final stages. First of all we built up a collage of images and once we were happy with it we covered the whole piece with Bond-a-web and heated it with a heatgun until it bubbled and the bubbles burst. This meant there were areas where you had the shiny melted Bond-a-web and bare areas of card where the bursted bubbles were. We then blended ink over the whole piece and, of course, it settled into the bare areas to leave you with a sort of faux rusted tin effect.

I you click on any of the photos you can see a closeup of the techniques used, especially the sparkly snowflakes and the faux tin. Sheila's classes are so enjoyable and she's a really good tutor. I only wished we lived closer so that we could get to more of them.

Finally, I want to show a pretty pair of earings which were a RAK from Kathryn. She and I shared a series of workshops at Once Upon a Stamp earlier this year. She's been making some really beautiful jewellery and hasn't been blogging very long so please pay her a visit here and leave a comment.

Thankyou for the gift Kathryn, I shall enjoy wearing them.


Jules said...

Gosh Lesley.

Such a lot of lovely inspiration in this post.

Your sessions with Sheila always sound such great fun and you appear to do lots of different techniques with her too.

Thank you for sharing.

Love Jules xx

Sally H said...

Wow, Lesley! What stunning cards! I feel a trip to Ashby de la Zouch coming on...

Kathryn said...

I love these cards, i especially love the snow flake one, the workshop sounds like lots of fun.

And your welcome to the earrings i enjoyed making them and am glad you liked them

Suzi B said...

Tese are gorgeous Lesley ..inspiring!
I'm going to my first workshop this month with Sue Roddis can't wait.
Sue B x

Sheila said...

Gorgeous cards Lesley.......I shall have to go there for a class.......LMAO!!!
Seriously was such a fab day and I can't wait until you come again.
Love and Hugs

Suzanne C said...

Thanks for all the inspiration. Love the earrings. Great gift. Love the techniques. I have never heard of the Bond-a-Web and it looks really interesting. I will have to do some research!

veronica said...

lovely cards Lesley - sounds like you had a really good time! Especially like the bondaweb one, a really unusual effect

Christine said...

Gorgeous cards Lesley, I too have been to classes with Sheila and often pop into Monks Den for a chat with her.
Nice to see you are a 'sheenie' also.
I did read via Sheila's blog what a 'hoot' your class was.

Shirley said...

I couldn't begin to tell you which cards I like best and you really know how to get the creative juices going. They are all stunning and gorgeous.

Beryl said...

Thanks for sharing these lovely cards with us and reminding me of a couple of tequniques I've tried and then forgotton about - the wax paper and the ink in the embossing folder. Makes me want to go and play now.
Beryl xx

lisa said...

It sounds like a fantstic day and I love the cards you've made. There are some really interesting techniques here. I especially like the snowflake Christmas card, that is really elegant.


Aquarius said...

Looks as if you had a good time at your workshop and made some great cards

Val said...

Hi Lesley

Love these cards and all the examples you have here. The bondaweb spray sounds interesting. Certainly gives you some different effects.
Love Valx

themessycraftroom said...

Wonderful cards and very inspiring. Sounds like you had a great time.

Maya said...

Ohhh my!
So much gorgeousness!!
The colours and the different looks,it is just perfect!
Love them!
Hugs from Maya :)

Isabelle Norris said...

Beautiful work! love what you did with the first one.

Moira said...

Hi Lesley, what a pleasure to catch up with your blog, you have been busy. These cards are fabulous, you have a lovely style so elegant.

Val said...

Hi Lesleu
Cograts on winning a prize in the Licy Dip at Manic Stamper.