Tuesday, 13 December 2011

12 Tags of Christmas Snowman

Here is the second tag I made using Tim Holtz ideas. I had to adapt the background for this tag by using faded jeans distressing ink and seafoam embossing powder this give the background the feel of snow. I then stamped with snowflake stamp and embossed. The snowman was made using faded jeans ink and then embossed with seafoam powder. I used the buttons on the snowman and added a punched out snowflake to his hat. Really enjoyed making this tag and learned alot of how to adapt using different methods. To complete I added a little silver edged lace for a trim.
Happy Crafting all

12 Days of Christmas Tags

Well I tried to attempt a couple of the wonderful tags Tim Holtz has been creating. This is my adaptation of the Reindeer tag. The background was a paper and inked using the walnut stain distressing ink, then I used the clear embossing ink and added seafoam embossing powder to give the effect of snow. I then stamped in clear embossing ink some snow flakes and covered with the seafoam embossing powder and heated. I found a reindeer and used the walnut distressing ink to give him some colour and shadow. The neck tie was a christmas pipe cleaner and added a bell. The holly leaves I cut out from paper and coloured. Then added a tiny tag for decoration. The base is a piece of grunge board and used some coloured brads for decoration. Really enjoyed making this tag. My attempt at the snowman was not as good but will add it here.
Happy Crafting and a Merry Christmas to all

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Altered Rummikub Tile

I managed to find some unwanted rummikub tiles and thought I would attempt altering one. For this design I used alcohol inks with thick gesso. I added the gesso to make a sand effect then let it dry in the sun whilst I carried on with others I was making. Once dry I used tarnished gold paint and using a greenish rub on over the bumps. I added a tiny shell I found around and placed a glass pearl in middle. The hanging items are just small bits of chain and a bluish bead to give the effect of sea themes.
I enjoyed making this tile there are more I have made in my flickr page if you want to view them.
Happy Crafting

Monday, 25 July 2011

Lancet Arch Notebooks

I seem to have gone notebook making crazy the past few weeks. These were used by working on canvas boards cut to the size I needed, then using alcohol inks and stamping using stazon ink. Adding pictures and giving them an arty look. To bind the notebook together I used assorted ribbons. To lock the books I used ribbon flowers painted with metallic paints then added charms etc.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Little Note Books

Another I have been working on is covers for little note pads. This one I used old cork tiles cut to size, then covered with some fantasy scrapbook papers I had laying around my craft room. The corners I cut out from old thick card from the back of a note pad and painted with metallic acrylic paints. The paper flower is made from old scrap paper and coloured using whispers stroke pens. Then wet with plain water and scrunched up to hold it together I used a brad, I covered the brad using a ribbon flower also coloured with the pens then added some glaze to protect it. The little cat I found in my odds and bobs tins someone had given me and used it as a tie holder

New Creations

Summer has arrived so time for crafting in the conservatory. As a gift for someone I decided to make a wall hanging for them. I used the backing board of my scrapbook pages as a base. Covered with some cloth I found from an old outfit that was sort of cotton cheesecloth style and painted it with metallic acrylic paints. The shapes I bought ages ago from the Range and painted them to resemble cloisone beads and the paper flowers I painted to match. The large flower is made from paper coloured with whispers stroke pens and water added to wash it out slightly then added some old gold metallic paint. The lady picture I found in my scrapbook of decoupages and when put together glazed over it. To finish I added a little lace and ribbon to hang. Really enjoyed this project.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Where does the time go!

Since I last added anything on this blog so much has taken place. It's been almost 3 months since loosing my beautiful dog Mollypenny, and only now can I feel like placing a small part of of her life on my blog without floods of tears. Molly was part of our lives for over 10 years she was a true welsh border collie with all the traits. She was a loveable dog and is missed by so many in the family now. She gave me lots of love and much comfort when times in the past have been so hard to bare at times. Molly was so very special. She would always be there when I got home and would always greet me in her own way. The time when she became ill I knew it was time for her to finally have some rest and go in peace. She was my life for so many years it is at times difficult to realise she will not be here when I get home from work, or there to wake me up if the alarm does not go off, of which in the past has happened and she has saved me many a time from being late. I have thought of another dog but I feel it would be hard to replace the space she has left behind. The house is so quiet these days and many a time I never know if anyone has called she was always the guard dog for the front door. Molly was and always will be the best part of my life as I got older I just wish our animals could stay with us a little bit longer. God bless you Molly!

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Latest Crafting

I thought it a good idea to raise money for my work funds,by making some craft items. I set off to buy some Bare Basics frames by Papermania. I bought these last year and made family members a special photo frame each.
The frame shown in the photograph is the larger frame, I started by giving the frame a good coat of normal matt emulsion. You can use acrylic paints and many others, but this seemed to give the frames a good base. Once dry I used rub-ons, this was to give the effect of wood grain. You may be able to see this in the larger picture. Once dry I covered with Anitas embossing fluid. (This I have since discovered has been discontinued dissapointing really) Once the varnish was dry or while it was drying I adapted some deep red petals into the shape of poppies, using buttons for the centre. I used plain white rubbed down with a nail file to remove the shiney surface, then used black acrylic paint.
The shapes are once again bare basics and you can find this set in most good craft stores. These were painted with gold acrylic metalic paint then brushed with glitter glue. The petals are available from Hobby craft they come in all colours, they also do a plain white, of which can be sprayed or painted different colours. This is the cheepest option.
All of the frames sold very well, a good way of making some money I raised £30.00 less the cost of the frames, they are not that expensive.
Hope you enjoy making a little project like this.