The 'Three Sisters' & the Jameison Valley ...... one of the 'touristy' spots in the Blue Mountains National Park.

Whose 'Creative Corner' I hear you ask???

Hi, I'm Chris Bennett AKA 'Chris in Oz'. I live in the beautiful Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (affectionately known as 'Oz' or 'The Land Down-Under'). I'm in my mid-50's, have been married for 30+ years to THE most wonderful man and I'm the PROUDEST MUM of 2 grown children. My DS is into photography and has taken some amazing shots. You can see some of them in 'Simon's Gallery'. My DD is a High School teacher who is committed to educating our youth of today. I was a Teacher/Assistant Principal in the field of Special Education for over 16 years until I retired in June 2004.

I've been involved in art and craft activities for most of my life and I became a 'stampaholic' and 'technique junkie' to 'save my sanity' after an injury in 2003. I began by making cards and slowly, but surely, became addicted to ATCs, hand-made books, altered books, boxes, bottles, tins, jigsaw puzzles and anything else that stands still long enough to be altered. I love texture and colour and I'm gradually stepping outside my comfort zone to experiment and explore other media and styles. Check out 'My Gallery' to see some more of my work.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I also take photos, I don't know how 'good' my photos are, but I just love to take them ...... so every now and then I might just sneak one in ...... I hope you don't mind!!! Well, not too much!!! LOL!!!

Saturday, 18 August 2007

Challenge Sites...

Here's my first attempt at one of the challenges that I'm 'HOPING" to complete each week.

Daring Card Makers - Frilly Bits...

This is actually going to be a page for a collaborative 'chunky book' to celebrate a good friend's 60th birthday. I began with a 5" X 5" piece of Bazzill and attached a smaller square of Textured Alcohol Ink background (Trish Bee Design Studio). I completed the page with a photo image stamp from The Stamping Ground (Wasn't Me - #10107), one of my favourite quotes from Penny Black (...angels... 2701F) and some golden lace and a wing. I was quite happy with the result and I'm confident my friend will love it!!! Well, I REALLY HOPE SHE DOES!!!

Until next time......

Chris in Oz

Friday, 17 August 2007

Black & White ATCs

I made 10 of these for an ATC Swap over on CCSwaps.

The theme was Black & White and I'll receive 9 different ATCs in return. I began with a black gloss backing card and added a slightly smaller piece of white c/s that had been sprayed with Black Webbing Spray. I stamped a Lucy's Stamp image (Serenity - sml 1591LG0) and a quote from Stylish Images (C2230) on a smaller piece of c/s again and distressed the edges of this with black ink. I added the little stars because I always associate stars with wonder??? I'm not really sure why, but I think they're the perfect 'finishing touch'!!! LOL!!!

Until next time......

Chris in Oz

Sunday, 12 August 2007

Altered Book - Art Shrine

I made this for my friend Jessie for her birthday.

I'm so glad she liked it!!!

Jessie's 'Art Shrine' began life as a small diary. Gel medium was painted along the edges of the book pages and a niche was cut from the middle. I painted the whole book with gesso followed by a combination of 'Metallic Gold' & 'Old Brass' Lumiere paints. I also added Stewart Gill 'Seraphym' Byzantia with a sea sponge to the front and back covers. I decorated the front with gold embellishments and gold embossed text & swirl stamps.

The image (front & inside section) was altered using Photoshop, to change the tonings from sepia to a combination of magenta/cyan. The 'goddess' torso bellie was made by mixing 'Eureka' (gold) & 'Macquarie' (turquoise) Opals from Pipe Dreamink and poured into a Krafty Lady Art Mould. The niche was lined with scrunched tight-weave netting and gold micro beads were spread around the mould.

The swirl images were stamped in Stazon and the shrine (Stampers Anonymous) on the inside and back sections was stamped onto acetate and embossed with 'Midnight Teal Obsidian' Two-Toned Moon Glow Embossing Powder.

The quote on the back is from Stamp-It (embossed with the Midnight Teal Obsidian) and says :

"The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls"
Pablo Picasso

Until next time......

Chris in Oz