15 Dec 2013


didn't have much time for crafting this week as I felt very poorly for four days..so I am sooooo behind for Christmas. I decided to have a go at one of the bagalopes that Joanne Wardle had done on the paper artsy blog this week....she did some lovely christmas projects..you should pop on over and have a look here..I fillowed Joannes instructions but have come to the conclusion that a heavier weight envelope would have been much better!!

I used crushed olives distress ink around the edges and stamped some holly with the same ink. I used one of Darcy's christmas sets for the bow..coloured it with prismas and cut it out. I then put a layer  of pearl glaze over the top. stamped merry christmas in fired brick distress and done!

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9 Dec 2013

A New Baby

I think a new baby is something that puts a big fat smile on most peoples faces..so when little Gabriella arrived I wanted to do something special. I have admired Finnabair's style for a long time but have yet to attend one of her classes. I have watched loads and loads of tutorials on you tube of pieces inspired by her so decided I would have a go..

So off to Boot's I went to get a real photograph printed. I chose one of her lying on stomach and set to work.

I took a piece of grey board 10x10 inches and gave it a coat of snowflake, then decided where to put the photograph. then it was just a matter of placing loads of embellishments.flowers, buttons,filgree wrap,die cut...what ever came to hand. The layout was inspired by Gabrielle Pollacco, you can watch here

                                             Work in progress

               Then when everything was stuck down I painted it all white.

Then it was time to add some colour so I watered down some butternut and some very berry and sprayed it randomly making sure to dry in between sprays. I added some glimmer mist in toffee apple mainly around the embellishments. Dried that and added some more very berry to the bottle and concentrated that around the embellishments.Next I used chocolate pudding to add a bit of a shadow around the raised bits and dried that off

Once that was all dry and I was happy with the colour I dry brushed  all the raised bits with snowflake to bring them all to the front again...

                                     Here are some close ups...

                And here is the finished piece!! Isn't she just too gorgeous :D

I absolutely loved working on this project because there are no rules!! and I am very happy with the finished piece which is not something I often say, and the proud new parents loved it!!! and that is what I wanted..so as they say job done!!!

I will blog some more piccies of the baby and family soon...

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4 Dec 2013

christmas card

Well I have made in total 4 Christmas cards lol!! Really need to get my act together..this is one of the first one's I made but didn't photograph the other one before I gave it away doh!!!

So here it all white on white.....

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3 Dec 2013

Sculptered Book

I have been seeing these books in blog land and also on you tube..they are also called book art or origami book art....you should check them out as some of them are amazing!! So I thought I would like to have a go.

I used an old Dickens book which had nicely discolored pages and set about folding them back on each other into the centre. You don't have to glue them they will stay in place. I then very lightly inked the edges with some walnut stain distress ink.

Next I chose some paper to line the insides...I believe it is my minds eye from a Christmas stack. I distressed the edges and inked them and stuck them in leaving the edges curled slightly.

On to decorating..I used some lovely green velvet ribbon to hold the book at the angle I wanted it to sit. I coloured some lace with watered down green olives fresco and stuck that onto the edges of the pages.

From a selection of movers and shapers dies I cut three reindeer and the number 25.I painted the reindeer with a combination of brown frecos and the 25 with claret and london bus.

I then used antiquities from ranger to give them a slight frosted look. I stamped the holly leaves onto some christmas paper, heat embossed them and cut them out. These were shaped and placed onto the book with silicone glue and some pearl beads coloured with red pepper alcohol ink were placed in the middle.The reindeer were stuck in.

I found the poem 'Twas the night before Christmas' online and printed it out onto parchment in as small a font as I could. I distressed it and concertina folded it into a little book I had made from grey board and grunge paper. This had a filgree wrap cut in half with a metal bead spacer as a closure with some wired thread.

This was stuck securely on the bottom of the book.

I had bought some really cute wooden tags and stars from Ally Pally in September and thought they would finish it off. I stamped joy with crimson archival onto the tag and put some red wire through the top.
The stars had the antiquities on them and were put along the bottom of the book

                               So here it is finished........

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*What I didn't write in this post at the time was that the book was going to my sister in the USA!! I posted it off on the 14th December..paid a whole lot more to have it delivered in 4 days and did it arrive?? NO!! It finally arrived on boxing day..which happens to be her birthday and I was talking to her on Skype when the postie knocked on the door...so saw her open it too which was nice :D she loved it!! so all went well in the end and she has something I made out of something that belonged to our beautiful mum to bring out every Christmas!!! Hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and a happy new year to you all xxx*

1 Dec 2013

Inspiration from Jo

Well it was Jo Myhill's last week on the Paper Artsy blog and she came up with some cracking pieces again!! Some of us were in York this weekend for a visit to @pinksparklegirl and a trip to the Christmas market..(but that's another blog post lol). You can pop over and see Jo's work here...beautiful.
I loved the project on day one so popped out to my shed this morning to make a canvas inspired by the piece she did on day one. I actually managed to use liquid leaf without gassing myself!! I more or less followed along with what she did so won't bore you with all the details apart from I used ferro instead of treasure gold and a mini canvas instead of the heart. I used snowflake and nougat frescos.

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