Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Another Birthday, Another Card

I wanted to make a simple but elegant card for a close family member, although you might disagree with the simple bit.  To clarify, I usually go to town with ribbons, lace, stamping and embellishments but decided on a change.  

I knew I wanted to use the Bonsai stamp from my Kanban set and made this the focal point.  Using a white card blank and the cherry blossom stamp from the same set, I used black embossing powder to create the floral pattern around the edge of the card.  I did the same with the a smaller piece of white card and then stamped the Bonsai using white embossing powder.  A little black and white ribbon and the card was ready to layer up, using dimensional foam to raise the two top layers.  A bit of pearly bling and it was finished.  A subtle but effective card and yes I know, it's monochrome - again. 

I'm entering this the following challenge:

CRAFT ROOM - Heat Embossing

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Look What I Found

Whilst browsing on the internet I found a fantastic website selling this amazing printed ribbon.  

Not only have they got a great selection of trimmings but they have printed fabrics too.  I've never seen newspaper printed fabric, or maps or collages but they're on this site.  They  also sell buttons, beads and charms amongst other things. The prices are reasonable too.  

If you want something a little different try:  WWW.ORIENTALDIRECT.CO.UK

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

How to Display Air Plants or Another Altered Bottle

Boo hoo!! Holidays are over but at least it's still warm here.  Usually we come back and it's cold and miserable but even with the warm weather, the Margaritas don't taste quite the same.  

Amongst our shopping, we bought some more air plants home as the one plant I had looked a bit lonely.  I've had it about 5 years now and they're easy to keep if you remember to spray them with water a couple of times a week.  I wanted some way of displaying them which is fairly easy really, given that they don't grow in anything and to that end I also bought some sea urchin shells and a couple of small clam shells.   I opted to alter a glass bottle and the square-shaped Glava bottle I'd kept was perfect.

I started by covering the entire bottle roughly with natural coloured raffia, using Glossy Accents glue:  messy but successful.  I removed the cap and tied some 'hairy' string around the neck.

 Using a hot glue gun I glued the sea urchin and clam shells around the bottle, finishing with one on top.  A few smaller shells were added for decoration.

The air plants sit perfectly in the shells and are easy to remove for spraying.

I hope you've managed to join us over at ALTERED ECLECTICS for our first challenge.  If not there's still time so click the link and check out the fantastic DT inspirational projects and the amazing entries we've had.   The new monthly challenge goes live on the first of each month and the theme is always the same - Anything Goes.  We are an Altered Art Challenge so please, NO papercrafts, cards, ATCs, etc.  The DTs will choose a winner, two runners up and Top 5 each month so come and join the fun. 
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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Still Time for the Altered Eclectics Challenge

If you haven't checked out the new ALTERED ECLECTICS challenge blog yet, you still have time to enter the challenge.  

We're an altered art challenge so NO PAPERCRAFTS PLEASE.  The theme will always be 'Anything Goes' and the very talented DT will be choosing a winner, 2 runners up and a Top 5.

So go on, click the link and check out the fantastic DT projects for inspiration.

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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Faux Glass Photo Frame

I really enjoyed altering the glass photo frame for my DT piece for Altered Eclectics but it's quite a large frame and needs a sturdy surface to stand on.  That got me thinking that a small, less fragile frame would be nice and I wondered whether I could make a faux glass photo frame that would look as good. 

And here it is so what do you think?

I used a piece of white parchment as I wanted an opaque quality rather than a solid background but you could use white or coloured card.  I chose a swirl frame embossing folder and measured the length then doubled this and cut my parchment to that size.  This meant I could emboss one end, then turn the parchment round and emboss the other end to give a double frame that would fold.  I then scored down the centre and folded the parchment in half.

I used a VersaMark ink pad to swipe across the raised, embossed surface and silver embossing powder to create the metallic look of the frame.  I stuck this to a piece of silver mirror board slightly bigger than the parchment and then stuck this to a piece of acetate, leaving a border around the edge of the mounted frame. I inked the edge of the acetate in gold StazOn and added the pearls in each corner.    The frame stands up nicely and because it's not fragile, it doesn't matter if it falls down. Perfect for your desk at work.

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Monday, 1 July 2013

Altered Eclectics Challenge - My First DT Post

Yes, this is my first DT post for the new 'Anything Goes' Altered Art Challenge Blog,

This is an ALTERED ART ONLY challenge, no ATCs, cards, layouts or any other paper crafts please.  There will be one winner, two runners up and top five each month, all chosen by the DT so if you're picked, it's because we really loved your project. Click the link and pop over to take part in the first of many altered art challenges, where your imagination is the only limit.  

So without further ado, here's my project - an altered glass photo frame.

Now don't laugh, but as usual I forgot to take a piccie before I started but you've seen these curved glass photo frames in the shops I'm sure.  I got this one from a local charity shop for 99p, so well worth popping in for a browse.  

I started by cleaning the glass thoroughly then very carefully (no joke) stamped the sentiment on the right-hand side of the frame directly onto the glass using StazOn black ink.  The stamp is from Tim Holds  'Stuff to Say'.  I mounted the stamp right on the edge of a stamping block and very gently pressed it onto the front of the glass.  It took half a dozen attempts before I managed to get an image that wasn't completely smudged but well worth it.  Leave to dry thoroughly before touching it though.

Next I cut the border on the left using Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge and Imaginisce Black Tie Optional, Mayan Nights card stock.  (I think this is discontinued now, sorry).  I die cut the flowers using the same paper and Imaginisce Black Tie Optional, Kitsch n Floral paper using the Flower Cartridge.  These were then layered up using some plain white paper flowers and pearls.  A lace circle with a cameo, some strips of pearls and a couple of hat pins completed the transformation.  I used Glossy Accents to stick all the embellishments on.

Now it's ready for a nice photo.

I look forward to seeing your projects over at Altered Eclectics.

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