Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Mixed Media Mini Book Workshop

Hi Folks

Just a quick note to tell you about an exciting new workshop series we have coming up later in February, which will take place over 2 consecutive weekends (Saturday 22nd Feb and Saturday 1st March) in Berwick.

You'll learn new techniques, including how to make card look like leather,  using texture and mixed media (fabric, metal, paper, to name a few) to create a double mini book with a nature theme. You'll be making your own embellishments, including the use of some natural materials - I've already seen the book made up and it's an absolute treasure ! I'm itching to make one myself  as this project has a real twist to it, and the techniques can be applied to bigger projects once you've learnt the basics.

The cost includes materials, so just bring along yourself, your lunch and your tool kit and be prepared for a busy day !

As there is a lot to this project, the two workshops will run from 9.30 am through to approx 4.30 pm. Pop along to the website and book quickly as places are limited - you will be delighted with the mini book that you make, you'll get to meet a new & talented Tutor who has joined our team in 2014, and as well as having fun, you'll learn a lot !! Go here  to book your place !!

Here's some photos to give you a sneak peek of what's to come

See you soon. ...


Monday, 27 January 2014

How to make a Grunge Flower using Paper Artsy Dies & Metal Card

Hello Everyone from Joan

I love nature and in particular flowers, so when I saw these dies and the matching stamp I just had to have them.  The grunge flowers are easy to make and can be made out of design paper, card or metal shim.  The metal backing card makes the flower more flexible and helps to hold it's shape.

 Requirements - all found on the  Crafters Cupboard website.

1.   Mark an arrow (if not already done) at 1 o’clock on reverse of the ezymount on the back of the Hot Picks Flower Stamps so you can line up the die and the stamp later.  

2.   Glue the piece of metal on card to the paper or card that you are going to use.   Use a substantial amount of glue as you don’t want the layers to split, however you don’t want glue squeezed out onto your Big Shot when you run the dies through it.

3.   Place dies onto top (face down) of paper.  Secure with tape if necessary.  You need to cut one of each size (Dies 1,2,& 3)

4.   Run through Big Shot twice

5.   The die has a tiny notch that you need to align with the stamp.  Put a pencil mark at the notch BEFORE you remove the die.  It is really hard to line this up after, believe me.

6.   Line up the stamp with the arrow to the pencil line and stamp.  You don’t need to stamp at all and I have stamped the top and bottom only.

7.   Cut the smallest top petals about 0.5cm towards the centre.  The middle and largest bottom petals cut 1.5cm towards the centre.

8.   Manipulate the petals by folding them up towards the centre and squeezing them together.  They don’t roll like roses!

9. Layer the flowers, using foam dots or silicon.

10.  Add an embellishment to the centre.  These are some that I have made. 

     The blue and orange one is made using Paper Artsy paint.  These are fabulous embellishments for many projects and you can make them out of so many different mediums from Design Paper to Card to Canvas. Well worth a try and with a bit of practice you will be making fabulous flowers to decorate your many different projects, or even to embellish a beautifully wrapped gift for somebody. Give it a try !!

Until next time, Happy Crafting from


Sunday, 26 January 2014

Happy Australia Day - We have a SALE to celebrate !!

Hi Folks

Hope you've all had a great Australia Day - and hasn't the weather been fantastic ! Certainly here in Melbourne it has been just glorious with temps in the 20's and blue, blue sky !

It's not often we do this - in fact this is a first ! Crafters Cupboard are having a Sale, just to celebrate this very special day here in Australia (and also because we have some FABULOUS new stock on the way and we need to make room for it in the stock room - but more of that to come in the days and weeks ahead - trust me, it's exciting stuff !!)

So - here's the Sale deal:

10% of all and any items that we have in stock on the Web

Sorry -  doesn't apply to out of stock orders or any other offer that we may have.

So - for all you Paper Artsy fans out there, make the most of this little bonus in your shopping cart. Don't forget all the other great products that we have in store too to help with your scrapbooking, card making, journalling and other projects !

When you get to the checkout, please enter Coupon Code AUSDAY to get your 10% off your order. But be quick - this offer is only open for the next 5 days until Friday the 31st !!

Log in here to start your shopping   www.crafterscupboard.com.au

Journal Cover Inspired by Finnabair

Hi everyone - Liz here today...

Well, Christmas is over for another year, and I am still recovering from the festivities! 
I thought I would share with you instructions for the Finnbair inspired pieces I was doing on the Crafters Cupboard stand at Paperiffic.  I have turned some of these into journal covers.


·       A small piece of book board or a cabinet card if you have one.
·       Masking Tape.
·       A face stamp  – I particularly like the Lynne Perella No 15
·       White cardstock.
·       Black Archival Ink.
·       Grunge paste.
·       Stencils.
·       Discarded bits of lace.
·       Bits and pieces from your stash – buttons, old bits of metal, laser-cuts, cardboard letters, ball chain –anything that has shapes you like.  Colour is not a problem.
·       Glue Gun.
·       Glossy or Matte Accents.
·       Gesso.
·       Fresco paints.
·       Dylusions.
·       Treasure Gold.
·       Fixative
·       Gloss Varnish.


Step 1

Use masking tape to completely seal the edges of your piece of book board or cabinet card.
Stamp your face stamp onto card cut out and adhere to your board.
Use grunge paste through your favourite stencils to add base texture onto the board and the card.  Adhere lace or other fabric as desired.  Dry thoroughly.

Step 2

Arrange elements from your stash in a pleasing design, focusing on the shapes.  Adhere with glue gun for the major elements, and smaller elements with glossy of matte accents.

While the picture below is from a different project, it gives you a good idea of how to lay out your elements. The colours are irrelevant as you will see in the next steps - it is the design that matters.

Step 3

Protecting the face with a piece of paper towel or a baby wipe, cover the entirety with a couple of coats of gesso, ensuring that as much of the colour is eliminated as possible.  Dry thoroughly.

Step 4

Using your chosen fresco paint colours, (I have used zesty zing and mermaid) put colour onto the piece in sections, blending thoroughly at the edges.  Make sure that you get the paint into all the nooks and crannies.  Dry thoroughly.

Step 5

Using similar colours in dylusions, thoroughly spray and mix over the piece to heighten the colour.  I did 2 coats, heat drying the first (that helps to crack the gesso and paint), and then let the second coat puddle into the back of the pieces and letting it air dry.  This helps to add depth.
Use treasure gold to add highlights. Add a little colour into the face with acrylic paint (cheeks & lips).
Spray with fixative to seal the dylusions before covering the whole with a glossy varnish to completely seal.

Till next time!
~ Liz