Monday, 26 May 2014

Altered Coasters

I decided to alter some coasters which came as part of a charity pack last year. They're quite thick so painting them wasn't a problem. 
I took my inspiration from a set I bought for my daughter's new flat.  I loved the colours and the sentiments made me smile.
I used Distress Inks in Fired Brick, Broken china and Seedless Preserve.  The sentiments are from Tim Holtz Stampers' Anonymous, Stuff to Say and the images are mostly free stamps from Craft Stamper Magazine.

I started by covering the back of the coasters with a coat of white acrylic paint to cover up the charity information.  On the front I glued newspaper and then covered this with a coat of DecoArt Vintage White acrylic, before stamping.

I gave them a very light coat of Glossy Accents to seal the images but unfortunately the ink smudged on this one, even though I barely touched the surface with the brush.  For some reason I can't resize this picture in blogger but you can see the smudges in their glory.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Pretty and Practical

Practical as ever, I needed a small storage container for my bathroom and I decided to decorate something I already had in my 'little drawer'. 
I used a plain piece of pale blue pearlescent cardstock cut to fit the width of the tin and then using Staz-On blue ink, I stamped the Crafty Individuals' CI- 35 lace stamp along the top and bottom and then used CI-017 script stamp randomly in the middle.  I stuck this round the tin using strong double-sided tape and tied the ribbon at the top. 
The perfume bottles and labels were stamped onto white card using Distress Ink in Seedless Preserve and Dusty Concord then cut out, with the labels being edged with a little Frantage Shabby Blue Opaque embossing powder.  The large label was then mounted onto a frame cut from Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge.
The paper flowers were assembled with a pearl in the centre to finish off.

I'm entering this into two challenges:

Craft-Room - Recyle

Sunday, 18 May 2014

More Bonsai

Another busy week with more work to do in the evening, hence another cross stitch Bonsai tree to share.  Hopefully I'll get some crafting done today but I'm not holding my breath.
On the plus side, I tidied out a cupboard and found several photo and picture frames I bought in a sale quite a while ago.  Perhaps one of these will get altered soon or better still maybe I can get some painting done and use one to frame the picture!!
Catch you soon.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Spring is in the Air ...

And our thoughts turn to the emerging flowers and gardening.  That was the inspiration for my mini concertina book, which I'm entering into the current challenge over at THAT'S CRAFTY , where the theme is 'Spring is in the Air'

I started with a piece of white card measuring 21cm long and 7.5 cm wide.  I scored at 7cm and 14cm to make the concertina book and then inked all the edges on both sides with Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters.  The stamping was all done with DI Black Soot.

  The three Spring flowers for March, April and May were stamped separately onto white card and then the flowers coloured in using watercolour paints.  The book was finished off with some small paper flowers to add a little more colour.


Sunday, 11 May 2014

The Magnificent Kelpies

Not a crafting post tonight but one I had to share with you.  On Saturday we went to visit the newly opened Helix Park and The Kelpies, just outside Glasgow.  This regeneration area is still a work-in-progress but the Kelpies are open for visitors and are definitely worth seeing.
Kelpies are mythical equine creatures who supposedly lived in water and these enormous structures stand guard at the point where two canals meet, surrounded by locks.  They stand about 30 metres tall and really are quite beautiful, taking on a very different feel depending on the light.  Here are some pictures for you to enjoy.

If you get the opportunity to visit The Kelpies, you won't be disappointed.


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Craft-room Top 3

Woohoo!! I was chosen as one of the Craft-room Top 3 for my entry into their danced-themed challenge, so a big Thank You to Hazel and here's my badge.
You still have time to enter their current challenge which is Roses and Romance.


Look What I found ...

About 15 years ago I bought a set of Bonsai Tree cross stitch patterns and spend many happy hours stitching away.  I had intended to frame them but never got around to it and then when we moved to Scotland, I mislaid them.  That is until now.  I finally found them lurking at the back of a linen drawer so I can finally frame them, or perhaps make them into notebook covers or ... I'll give it some thought.
Anyway I thought I'd share them with you occasionally, so here's the first one.  I'll post the others at odd times when I'm really snowed under with work and can't get any crafting done.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Roses and Romance

Yes, it's a romantic theme over at CRAFT-ROOM and the perfect opportunity to play with the WOW Shabby Chic roses mould and the fantastic Martha Stewart Crafter's clay I bought recently.  More on that later but first the project.   I decided to alter this bottle which started life as Tommy Hilfiger aftershave. 

When I alter bottles I usually like some of the glass to be uncovered  but very often there are is some marking on the glass that needs to be covered up.  This bottle was completely clear on one side so to cover the other three sides, I took some white tissue paper and first stamped over it with Crafty Individuals' CI-017 script stamp in DI Broken China.  I then stamped over the top, randomly, with DI Black Soot and the word 'Love' from a Tim Holt, Stuff to Say stamp.

This is a side view of the bottle.

Now to the roses.  The Martha Stewart clay is an air-dry clay that's so easy to use and incredibly light.  If you haven't tried it yet, you're missing a real craft innovation.  You only need a small amount of the clay which you push into the mould, smooth the back and then peel the mould back to release the rose.  There's a huge range of moulds too, not just Martha Stewart, and most of them  are food safe, so if you're into baking - double bonus.  I also bought a cameo and vintage mini frame mould by Katy Sue Designs which I'll try in the next week or so. Back to the roses, which once dry, were sprayed  lightly with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Astral Blue but you can use your Distress Inks to colour them,  paint them with acrylic paints or even mix different colours of the clay. 

The one on the bottom right was coloured with a little blue clay, the one bottom left was sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer.  I also used two smaller, pale blue resin roses from my craft stash.

Anyway on with the project.  Sometime ago I bought a pack of iron-on seam binding for a pound, thinking it would come in useful.  When I opened it I found I could separate the paper backing from the fusible webbing, leaving me with very delicate fabric ribbon and paper ribbon which I can stamp onto.  I took the webbing and sprayed lightly with the Cosmic Shimmer and pushed a small piece of this into the bottom of the bottle.  I took another piece of the stamped tissue paper, rolled into a tube and pushed this inside as well, pulling it into place at the back of the bottle with some tweezers so the word 'Love' was visible.
I used turquoise stickles down the edges of the bottle and on the bottle cap to brighten it up and stuck the top on with hot glue, before adding the fringe which was a pale pink but once sprayed with the Cosmic Shimmer, it took on an aged look.
The wooden heart was painted with DecoArts acrylic paint and all the elements were hot-glued in place.


Thursday, 1 May 2014

Altered Eclectics' Anything Goes Challenge

It's the first of the month so another chance to enter the Anything Goes challenge over at ALTERED ECLECTICS   We are an altered art challenge so no papercrafts please, that includes cards.
Here's my DT project for this month but there are some wonderfully inspiring pieces from my DT buddies as well, so take a look.
I decided to alter another bottle as I really enjoy the challenge of coming up with something different each time.  I had collected this square bottle (having consumed the Tequila!) and decided panels on each side were the order of the day.  For some reason I immediately thought of an oriental theme and I was off.
I cut a template to fit each side and cut out four panels from plain white card which I then inked lightly all over with DI Dusty Concord.  I stamped the Crafty Individuals' script stamp over the top with DI Pumice Stone before heat embossing the images using Black powder and stamps from a Kanban set.
 Next I stamped the same blossom stamp over each panel using DI Seedless Preserve to give some continuity to the design, before using an Imagination Crafts stencil and Sparkle Medium in Diamond to add some random dimension to the panels. 
 The edges were then inked with DI Seedless Preserve and the holes and eyelets inserted using a Crop-a-Dile. 

I glued the panels round the bottle using Glossy Accents and then threaded the ribbon through each hole, looping it over the top of the bottle before pulling tight. 
The neck was finished with a strip of inked paper to match and more ribbon, with a wooden die cut circle on the top.  Finally I added purple Stickles to some of the flower centres, the edges of the paper panels and the top.