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Crackled Trinket Box

Sunday means FSC time and can you believe that we are one year old on Tuesday … another year where time just flew by and left me standing.

Had fun fun fun with this DT piece an altered wooden box, they come in a set of two, this is the smaller.

Painted with red emulsion … oh my what a lovely mess, then added the crackle glaze … very sticky fingers … not the sticky toffee ones so resisted the urge to lick. Waited until dry before adding another layer of emulsion this time white … should have seen the mess on my fingers after this layer of paint, still having fun though.

Sanded all edges and corners to distress even more … by this time even my hair looked distressed, dry, brittle and frazzled.

Stamped over with various designs to add lots of interest plus I added the little paper stamps which are from a Graphic 45 collection. Finished off with Vintage Photo DI … I was on such a high by this time even the dogs were looking good for me to paint. Guess what I did to glaze the top layer … yayyy good ole clear nail varnish … only the good stuff mind none of your cheapo rubbish.

Don’t even know if what I did to alter this box is right but it all worked for me plus it looks good so in my book that’s what counts.

If you think I had fun making this then check out all the DT’s creations they look fantabulous.
Paula’s looks an interesting piece to alter can you imagine the mess I would get in if I attempted to alter her piece. Mmmmm might just give it a go.


Saturday Morning Pictures

Can you remember, way back in the past, waking up to that feeling of excitement because it was Saturday and what did that mean … wahoooo Saturday Morning Pictures or even the flicks (never used that term … to common). 😉

OK you youngsters reading this will automatically think of photos but going to the pictures is how we referred to the Cinema!!!

I can remember it so vividly, running off to the Ritz or the Empire (on my own no being driven in a 4×4), waiting in those huge queues just to see Flash Gordon (swoon xoxoxo … my hero), Heidi, Lassie or even Bugs Bunny. Now I really sound like my Mum I am about to say … those were the days … Yipes.

Now my Saturday mornings wake up excitement is to see all the girls at my craft class … how things change!!!
Just joking girls I definitely prefer all of you to Flash Gordon. 😉

The card today is more about the colouring in with Distress Markers or Inks on watercolour paper, so I picked a really easy image with no fiddly bits. She is from the Cavendish Collection at Kanban, there are a set of six ladies and all are gorgeous but can’t seem to find them anywhere except ebay. The rest of the card is mainly showing the girls how to use two different ribbons …Satin and Chiffon, make two bows and sit them neatly on top of each other. Only a little bit of inking the edges girls, scouts honour … dib dob, stick my finger in my ear.


Distressed Flowers

What am I like, started making my card for tomorrow’s class and then went off on a complete journey of my own. This is where that journey took me, I love it but not sure that the girls will !!!

Oh well back to the drawing board. Will use the same elements but probably make the card a wee bit prettier and more colour!!! Anyway pop back tomorrow and see what pops out of this little head.


Sweet Sleep

Image transfer … never ever tried this before because I have a laser printer and everything I have read about the transfer technique says you need to use an inkjet. This piece started as a play around but guess what the image transfer worked!!!! Not only that but I have been experimenting and using lots of different papers, fabrics, glue mediums and all the results have been amazing. Wahoo one very happy bunny here with another new thingy to muck around with. Still playing with the Frantage such a super cool product plus all the different stitches on my machine.

Don’t you just love it when you find a beautiful border stitch then you end up covering it with loads of embellies … crazy eh, all that work for nothing!!!

The first pic below is the transfer which I did onto a piece of fabric, image is a die cut tag from the Graphic 45 LĂ© Romantique Collection. After I had exposed the image it was a little light so I dipped my finger into some diamond glaze (as you do), ran it over the image … whoa it just popped off the page like magic. Not only that but it felt like that material which has been coated with plastic. Another plus it became very pliable and no cracking.

Lots of images in the draft stages … just waiting for my little fingers to rub off the paper … yuk this is the only part I don’t like …
hummmm wonder if I can convince hubby that he likes it!!!

Entering for: Paper & Such – Just Stitch It
Papertake Weekly -Make Your Own … made my own flower and fabric image.
Shopping Our Stash – Something New … eh wonder what that could be!!!


Time For Tea Me Thinks

Saturday and we all know what that means playtime with the girls.
Sadly a few away this week due to other commitments but my card for the class today is a very girly and pretty card … just what the girls prefer to make me thinks, no distressing or inked edges just old fashioned stamping and colouring.

For all those who know me tea is the one thing I can’t stand … never drink the stuff.
Here is a close up of the card and also the doily lifts up to show more tea cups and a sentiment.

Today the class is more about using the Tim Holtz markers for colouring. All the stamping has been done with white embossing powder and then coloured with the markers. Used Scattered Straw, Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters. The stamps are from Stampin Up called Tea Shoppe.


Butterflies Galore

When you start making something do you get that feeling where you know everything is just going to fall into place, well that was the feeling I got when making this tag. Mind you I think it helped because it’s pink and purple.

Used the freebie butterfly from Craft Stamper again (only because it was still on my desk from yesterday) also the dress form again surprise surprise because that was still on my desk from Saturday. The two butterflies with the buttons on were both stamped onto fabric but the third was stamped onto watercolour cardstock. I first inked with various TH DI and then flicked water on … well threw it on actually because the dog jumped up at the exact time I was delicately dropping it. Stamped the butterfly with a Brilliance Ink, Twilight, which is a tri-colour. Waste not want not I say and with the leftovers I stitched it behind the dress form.

Had a play with my sewing machine again and everything on this tag was stitched, didn’t use one bit of glue apart from the little purple rope which has diamond glaze on it.

Used my fave pattern on the sewing machine the leaf which I used to stitch on the linen gauze at the back of the die form, spritzed with glimmer mist first.


Elegant Butterflies

I could easily buy Estelle’s stamps just for the way they look when they pop through the letterbox.
When I see the envelope which she sends the stamps in sitting on the mat I just get so excited and can’t wait to open … never rip one of Estelle’s envelopes you open carefully and save everything ready to put onto some crafting goodie you might make. Can you see the little Ophelia stamp well she was on the envelope, cut her with a die, inked the edges and she looks just divine. Anyway this is the stamp I bought Adriana … gorgeous or what.

Teamed her with the freebie stamp from The Craft Stamper magazine this month … do so love these little freebies each month. One butterfly has been stamped onto paper and the other is fabric. Also stitched a few beads onto their wings. What you can’t really see is the beautiful little glass leaves or the distressed background of the tag.
Entering for: The Craft Stamper


Love That Hat

Don’t you just love when that happens, gaily stitching along without a care in the world and then it happens … yikes … no more cotton on the bobbin!!! To make matters worse I had no more cream cotton to wind onto the bobbin. As luck would have it because I had cut the material out with an ornate frame die I decided not to carry on with the rest of the stitching because it looked OK!!! See what you think.

When I was younger I used to love wearing hats so when I saw this stamp I just had to have it, you can buy it HERE. Stamped her onto material because I wanted a delicate look about her.
The chipboard buckle and flower were painted with acrylic paint then triple embossed. On the second layer of embossing I added an iridescent mica powder. For the last heated layer I inked up a crackle stamp with Galaxy Gold Brilliance ink then stamped into the molten powder. The Spellbinders frame was cut from … wait for it … yep the ole cereal boxes … painted with acrylic paint, added a layer of crackle glaze then added a different colour acrylic paint.


Playaround Sunday

I’m sure like most crafters when you give a class you are left with lots of bitzy bits that you have been showing the girls how to make. I usually throw them into my bit box ready for another time … that time never comes. So today I have had a play around with all those bitzy bits left over and made this tag. Only did three french knots this time … one in the middle of the butterfly which doesn’t show up very well … but so pleased because I found 2 little brads that matched them perfectly.

Off to have a play around with my fabric album now – enjoy the rest of your Sunday everyone x x

Entering for: Ink On My Fingers – Embellishments
Simon Says Stamp & Show – Layered


FSC Get’s Messy & Inky

Because I have had lots of queries asking whether there is a way for people to know when I have posted I have added a link on the right hand side bar which if you add your e-mail address you will automatically be notified of new postings.

I made this for my DT piece at Fashionable Stamping Challenges whose theme this fortnight is Getting Messy and Inky. I so enjoyed making it that I made another to show my Saturday class how to make … posted yesterday

The pocket for the tag was made by cutting out a nestie scalloped circle from card stock then cutting out a plain nestie circle from paper and glueing one on top of the other. You then cut the circle in half and add a score line either side which when folded gives you the pocket for the tag. Because you cut the circle in half you end up with two pockets. I actually worked my pockets out so that they house an ATC and I made the tags myself to fit the pocket. The nesties used are the largest of the Grand Scalloped Circles and the largest of the Grand Circles which I put through my mean machine the Big Shot Pro.

If you want to see what all the other Fashionettes have created just hop on over and feast your eyes on all their amazing creations.

Fashionable Stamping Challenges have a Design Team Call at the moment so if you think this could be you pop on over to see all the details.