Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Let's visit our Mixed Media Workshop

On Sunday 11 September we had the pleasure of presenting our first Mixed Media Workshop and, what a fabulous day we had with all our workshop lovelies. 

The day started with a some gorgeous kits and samples to show off the projects along with some other ideas to get the 'mojo' flowing.

Don't you love our Owl he was our inspiration for one of our projects!!!

Miss Lisa out did herself with the beautiful hand stamped name tags on our kit boxes.  Nothing like a beautiful Suzy Blu stamp to get us started.  Now anyone who has been to one of our Workshops knows that our kit packaging more often than not becomes part of a project - nothing like repurposing ... so those gorgeous boxes and calico ties were destined for more....

We started working on our gorgeous Owl Notebooks - nothing like a bit of mixed media on a fabric covered notebook and such a practical project.  We just loved that our Workshop Lovelies took to our original 'recipe' and added their own interpretation - the finished projects around our workshop room were just fab! 

Check out the lovely Cassie McCumstie's beautiful interpretation of our mixed media owl notebook - well done Cassie we just love it to bits (Jessica  (Lizzie's 9 yr old DD) is still asking when she can scraplift this for her own).

We started our notebooks with paint and modeling paste spread over some punchinello (sequin waste) to give a great effect... we added some stamps, rubons, woodgrain contact paper, twine, antique book paper, hessian, buttons and trim that made up our beautiful handmade owl (notice that calico).  We finished off using some great alpha diecuts from Stampin Up to add a title - there really is nothing like raiding your stash and playing with paint and paste to start a workshop day!

We finished up with a gorgeous mixed media canvas to display a favourite photo and again we loved the way our Workshop Lovelies took up the 'freestyle' challenge... check out these lovely samples by Aliesha and Janelle - just gorgeous girls!

Lots of painting, stamping, mod podge, dressmaking pattern paper, gorgeous Basic Grey papers, tags, muslin, rubons, antique dictionary paper, doilies, notepaper - the kits just had such a great eclectic mix.

The idea behind our first mixed media workshop was to get our Workshop Lovelies comfortable with the basic techniques and to adopt that freestyle approach that is such a refreshing part of this 'art scrapping'.  Everyone seemed to enjoy all the new techniques and how they easily incorporated so much we already have in our scrapping stash.

Here are our lovely friends Jen Hall and Cassie McCumstie getting 'down and dirty' with their projects on the day.... thanks for attending girls, we love having you at all our Workshops!

And to finish up our day, Miss Lisa (aka Lisa Greedy) put together a beautiful bonus kit that incorporated all the new mixed media techniques to create this stunning scrapbook layout... nothing like a layout done on the lid of a Pizza Box.... told you we love to repurpose our kits.

Well we hope you have enjoyed our latest workshop 'wrap-up'.  We will be back soon with updates on our final Workshop for 2011 - our "Hybrid Workshop" to be held on 30 October 2011. 

Ooooh but wait there is more.... if you are interested in a Mixed Media kits @ $40 each (this will include our bonus layout kit - but excludes postage costs) from our Workshop - we have a couple of extras that we would be happy to sell, so please email us at Embellees@bigpond.com and we can sort something out for you.  All kits come with full instructions and the majority of products to complete your projects (no stamps, rubons or modelling paste).

Be back soon.

Lizzie and Lisa

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Mixed Media Update

The countdown is on and we are only a week out to our Mixed Media Workshop being held on
11 September 2011.

We are really enjoying getting stuck into the new techniques we have been experimenting with and, are so looking forward to sharing these with all of our Workshop Lovelies!

The Embellees Team have a reputation for making sure our Workshop Days are full of great projects, along with introducing new techniques and kits full of lots of different products and goodies to please even the die hard crafting enthusiast in all of us.

As you will see above, I (Lizzie) have been busy playing with some mixed media techniques and products we have been sourcing for future workshops.  As most of our regulars know I have a real thing about all things dress forms and have done for sometime now... so check out the gorgeous laser cut image I included on this fun project.  Just love how this $3.00 notebook from Target has been transformed.

As promised we also wanted to show some sneaky peaks for our Workshop next weekend.  In our Mixed Media Workshop we will be exploring some great techniques on a beautiful canvas project that Miss Lisa has designed, along with a fun notebook cover.  Miss Lisa has also been busy with a gorgeous 'bonus' layout kit that will see our Workshop Lovelies being able to adapt the techniques taught in the Workshop to complete a fabulous layout with the most gorgeous mixed media background.

If you are interested in joining us for our Mixed Media Workshop here in Newcastle, NSW next weekend we have a couple of spots that have opened up (sadly the cold and flu season are upon us and some regulars are not very well)

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We will be back soon with lots of other projects and updates.

Lizzie and Lisa