"We lead,and others follow"

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


(Thanks to Splitcoaststampers for inspiration.)

This very cute card was made from scraps of cardstock and patterned paper, and embellished with odd ribbons and buttons. The sentiment on the outside tag and on the insert can be changed to suit the occasion. This card is so darn cute it doesn't even need an envelope! Have fun and play nicely!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Victorian Lady

This stunning canvas was brought to life by incorporating several elements like stamping. The organza roses on her dress add a special dimension.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Craft Conference 2009 Program

Day 1: Saturday, 31 October

08h30 Registration Collect your gift hamper and enjoy coffee
09h00 Welcome
09h15 Personalised Table Décor Surprise guests with your own
             hand-crafted table décor items or create that special table
             setting for your Christmas Lunch.
11h15 Refreshments
11h30 One Page Wonder Cardmaking Make multiple designer
             cards from 1 single sheet of pattern paper.
13h00 Lunch
13h30 Beautiful Blocks Art Canvas Be the envy of your friends
             with this stunning piece of artwork - using at least 6
             different techniques.
15h30 Refreshments
15h45 Decorative Tree Ornament A fun conversation piece for
             your home.
17h30 Cheese and Wine

Day 2: Sunday, 1 November

08h30 Registration for Day 2 delegates only Collect your gift
             hamper and enjoy a coffee.
09h00 Welcome
09h15 Shadow Box Fun, miniature display case to intrigue
             your visitors.
11h15 Refreshments
11h30 Beaded Chandelier A novel décor item or a delightful gift
             for that someone special.
13h00 Lunch
13h30 Gift Presentation Spoil everyone with beautiful presents
             that have a fresh new look!
14h30 Refreshments
14h45 Artist Trading Cards An interesting introduction to these
             miniature works of art.
16h30 Closing

Lucky Draws in each workshop!

Additional products & workshop kits will be on sale during the conference.

Monday, September 14, 2009

A Beautiful Picture Tag

This is another tag that I've created using the "Keys" stamp set. I've had so much fun with inks while creating this tag.
Here are the steps.
1) Use a cardboard as the base for this tag. I've actually recycled an old clothes tag to create this tag. Distress it's edges using the scissors distressing technique and ink all over it with distress ink.

2) Cut a rectangular piece from a white card stock and layer a small piece of pattern paper on it's lower left corner. Stamp on it's left border with the "hinge" stamp and black solvent ink. Stamp again on it's top using a "compass" stamp and distress ink. To colour this piece, use the "Crayon Resist" technique and distress it using the water distressing technique. Then, further distress it's edges using the scissors distressing technique and ink it with distress ink. Add it to the tag. Add a brad to the compass and highlight the "hinge" image with a gold pen.

3) I've added some stamps that I've collected to it and ink them a little with distress ink to create that distress look.

4) Stamp the "key" onto black card stock using perfect medium and dust over the image with some perfect pearls. Set it with a mist of water and let it dry. Cut it out and highlight it with a gold pen. Add it to the tag with a brad and a small metal charm.

5) Punch some holes on the left border of the tag and do some twine threading.

6) I've painted a paper clip/holder with some alcohol ink and add it to the tag.

7) Punch a hole on the top of the tag and add an eyelet to it. Tie a rope to it and add a pin with the title of the tag to it.
Hope you all like this little tag and start having some fun with more inks and stamping.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Artist Rendezvous

At  Cherry Lane we pride ourselves on being leaders rather than followers and in that spirit we are proud to bring you the following great news.

We have collaborated with International and Local artists who are just as passionate about sharing ideas and techniques with you to enhance your creative spirit.

We would like to welcome our first guest artist Irene Tan from Scrapperlicous. Irene's bona fide masterpiecs have a clearly unique flair which we are sure you will find delightful.

Santa.s List ATC

Santa's List ATC
This is a little fun ATC that I've created lately. I know it's a little too early for Christmas but each of us can always have a little Christmas in our heart throughout the year. I've used Clear Scraps acrylic ATC to create this.
Below are the steps to it.

1) Use a Clear Scraps acrylic ATC as the base for this ATC. Cover two third of the acrylic ATC from the back using a pattern paper.
2) Stamp on top of the ATC using an angel stamp and some black solvent ink. Dress it up with Stickles.

3) Stamp another image (boy and tree) using black solvent ink on a white cardstock. Ink the image with some distress ink and use "Water Distressing" technique on it. Add it to the ATC and detail it with Stickles and a star.
4) Add a strip of lace, flowers and crystals on the left of the ATC.
5) Print out a santa's image from the computer and cut it out. Ink it's edges with distress ink and add it to the ATC with some foam adhesives. Dress it up with some Stickles.
6) Use a label maker and some cardstock to create the word "List" and add it to a felt tag. Detail it with liquid pearls.
Hope you all like it.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Cherry Lane Craft Conference

You are invited to join us for an unforgettable, inspirational crafting experience! Not to mention great fun, great food, great friends and tons of laughter. Discover your own creativity as we teach you some very interesting art & craft techniques used to make exquisite gifts, as well as home décor ideas.

Date: Saturday, 31 Oct & Sunday, 01 Nov 2009
Venue: Panorama Park, Illovo Beach

DAY 1: 8am – 8pm
Registration & Welcome
4 Craft Classes
Refreshments, Lunch, Cheese & Wine

DAY 2: 9am – 5pm
4 Crafts Classes
Refreshments, Lunch

Conference Fees: Full package - R1200
Day 1 only – R750
Day 2 only – R750

Includes: All of the above, Craft Kits, Complimentary Goodie Hamper filled with product.
Bookings: Email your details to cherrylanecrafts@vodamail.co.za
Bookings close on 30 September 2009

Group bookings (more than 5 ladies) will qualify for a 10% discount

Payment options:
Deposit: R250 to secure your place
Early Bird Payment i.e. pays in full by 5 September and receives a free gift worth R200!
Other: R400 end of Aug & R400 end of September & R400 by 15 October
Credit card payments on straight or budget plans will be welcome.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Scrapping - Flowers

A really simple but effective layout using ric-rac and flowers with a difference.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Scrapping - Heaven Sent

This baby page layout can easily be adapted to suit almost any photos.
On this page we used a "bleach" stamping technique which is a fun and easy way to use your foam stamps.
Paint or dip your stamp using normal household bleach, immediately stamp onto your cardstock. You will notice the "bleached"  effect it creates. Be sure to rinse your stamps immediately after use  
       We used this technique on 5 different size cirlces which we used for parts of our mattting and even as embellishement on its own.

Here we matted our paper onto a piece of cardstock and added fibre,buttons,words and a tag to create our own embellishment.

Note how we used one of our circles partially under our photo mat with ribbon under the circle - the stamped image shows up nicely to give almost an antique look.

We used a few different ribbons which are glued quite flat onto the page and then added buttons,washer,flower and the heart which is attached again to one of our circles.
I dont know about you but I much prefer using bleach in this way than what it's originally meant for.

Canvas Art

Working on canvas is such fun and a great way to use many techniques used in scrapbooking,stamping and painting.

On this canvas we started by painting the entire canvas with a linen colour craft paint. Once dry we glued a page from an old encyclopedia onto the canvas.
We then used a stamp with squares and stamped using a bronze paint on the top half of the canvas and over the newsprint.

Using green craft paint and two different font stamps we stamped the word LIVE.

We sprayed diluted walnut ink using a spray bottle all over the canvas. Once the ink was dry we resprayed certain areas to create a distressed look.

We sparingly used gold leaf to highlight some of the stamped blocks

A friend of mine who does framing gave me some of her off-cuts which i used to create this corner embellishment

Using a piercer we gently pierced holes through the canvas and tied our ribbon bows.
The feather,leaves and photo were the final elements to add to finish off our creation.

We hope you enjoy trying your hand at creating a canvas.

Beading - Turquoise necklace

This necklace was created using silver findings and a few pearls in between to give a lovely classic look.
The pendant was done using chain and a headpin to attach the bead. Small charms were attached with jump rings.

Papercraft - Notebooks

These notebooks are such a fun and inexpensive way to keep kids occupied.
They love decoratig them and its a great way to get rid of some of the scraps we are always hoarding.
Nice idea for Christmas for teachers gifts.

Scrapbooking,Cardmaking - Paper Dolls

Here are some adorable paper dolls we made with our cricut machine using the paper doll cartridge.

These can be used on cards as well as Scrapbook pages and are so much fun to create.