Category Archives: Random Crafts

Postcard swap… fairies

Another challenge I have managed to get up to date with… postcard art challenge. This month the theme is Fairies, Goblins or Imps…. I of course chose fairies. 

I decided on a background made from distress stains and then built up with distress inks, stencils and stamped images. 

I added the little Lavinia fairies and then dots of glitter and small star sequins. Perfect fairy dust. 

Loved creating this. Just so much fun. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Zenartchallenge

Hi again

Yes I seem to be back to blogging regularly again!

Now as you may be aware I went AWOL for a few months. During that time, not much crafting took place, but I did do some arty stuff.  I’ve started a bullet journal (discovered through a friend on instagram) and one of the challenges I’ve been doing is the #zenartchallenge where there is a pattern each day to practice. 

Whilst I was on holiday, I made some cards (for other people in the challenge) as these were relaxing and easy to do whilst sitting in the tent or in the sunshine.  Here are some of the designs I made using the patterns I had learnt…  all that’s needed is to add bit of trim to the side and they are ready to write and post when needed! 

Love how these came out. And enjoyed the process of making them too.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 


Making use of mail art

A while ago I participated in a mail art swap where the decorated mail had to be small.  Well the gorgeous mail was put on my noticeboard for the last couple of months but now it is time to make use of some of it.  These two in particular made nice card toppers.

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All I needed to do was add some background paper, some doodling and a sentiment.

Lovely to make use of the lovely art I received and for someone else to now enjoy it!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: Incy wincy : Alter something

The challenge over at Incy Wincy is to alter something.  I chose to do something with the Bugaboo (our sponsors) digital stamp. 

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I printed it out and cut it with a little white border.  Then took my object to be altered…. a 30 pence sign I got in the sales with the idea of altering at some point even if I had no idea when… but at that price I couldn’t resist!

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It is also a cute sign on its own … certainly seems to apply to me … but unlikely to get hung in my home… so a coat of fresco finish paints and some stamping….

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A perfect starting base for my project.  I used the nougat paint for the base and then Bora Bora and Space Cadet for the stamping using the Festive Flurry stamps.  I also flicked some shimmer paint drops onto the panel.

The stamped image I used the same paints for the colouring… I love the shimmer…

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I used multi medium to adhered the noel to the panel…

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I then added the little wooden snowflake to the bauble… and then the little bits of trim to soften the wire.

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Love how this finished up… what a great little project! 

Please pop over to the blog to see what everyone else has been up to!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Pebeo jewellery

Regular blog readers may recall my impulse purchase a few months ago of some Pebeo Fantasy paints and the first experiments I made.  I realised after I had researched them that they would be brilliant for jewellery making so I ordered myself a few bezels.  Well they arrived from China a few weeks ago and I made them all up in one night’s 10 minute play. (Later another 5 mins play too!).

The important part of these paints is not to fall in love with the pendant too quickly as they change and evolve as they set.

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First few drops of paint have gone in.

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Some more…

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About 5 mins later this is how the two big ones looked.  These were done solely with the Prisme paint.  This shouldn’t be mixed with the moon if you want the honeycomb effect as the moon takes over.

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10 mins later this is how they look.

I also had four small bevels.

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These are mainly made with the moon paints the third from right is only Prisme.  These were when i had started.  Again these have changed a bit but not as much as the larger ones.

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And there is a definite change more with the Prisme than the moon but the lovely effects and the way the paints swirl is beautiful.

Ok so about an hour later I popped back in for another look and wowser those Prisme have really done their thing by this point!
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It’s so tempting to keep popping to see the projects developing but after a couple of hours they do stop changing so I knew to just leave them be to dry!

But I couldn’t! An hour later I was back having another look and wondering what would happen if I added a bit more paint!
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On the larger two pendants the drops of paint immediately started sinking into the rest of the paint and reacting. However there was a lot more paint in these pendants and it wasn’t close to being set. As I hadn’t introduced a new colour I knew that these would look as fabulous regardless once they started to react.
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This Moon based pendant I added some of the coral and the navy but these were very shallow bezels and I think the first layer was set so they sat on the top of the first layer rather than amalgamating. But still could be interesting. I did keep this as a moon only paint still.
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The pendant on the left was moon and Prisme mixed and I wanted to keep it as it was as I liked the colours. The one on the right I loved so much as it was I didn’t want to mess it up so left it as it was. The one in the middle had been moon only so I decided to try Prisme on this as the bottom layer seemed set so wondered if it would remain on the top and still do the Prisme effect or sink and blend. The agonising part of this experiment was leaving the pendants and going to bed.

The next day here is how they looked…
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Absolutely adore this one! It was still a little tacky to touch but I was dying to try it on… so here is a less than flattering pic of me with the pendant on!
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Well done you’ve got past that ugly mug… now for the rest of the pendants.
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The red one is nice too but I felt it needed something more. More about that later.

The two small ones were not as successful…
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This one looks ok but not exactly what I wanted. It did confirm however that even when the moon has set the Prisme don’t do the Prisme effect if on them, or at least not in such small quantities.

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This one however has set but is all bobbly in texture and looks very strange. So not 100% sure I am happy with this.

Ok back to the red one! Well before I got any further with this pendant it was called into action! And I decided for the moment it could stay as it was as when I wore it it no longer needed anything else!

As for the others that need a little work…. not had a chance to play with them again so will have to post another time!

I suspect, given this used such a small amount of paint, that there might be more bezels purchased and more of these lovelies will be made!  Friends may well be seeing these in their Christmas post!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Bert the Birdhouse with Tweet, Twit and Twoo!

Evening all

I have now finished my birdhouse I started at Art from the Heart on Saturday in a class with Karen Hayselden.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to use the Kate Crane girl stamped image so instead waited until I was home to make a start on finishing the project.

So here it was when I left Harrogate…

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I had added some doodling and dots whilst in the hotel after the class. 

When I got home the Kim Dellow Paperartsy stamps had arrived and so I knew then that the birds would be perfectly sized for the house.  So I stamped on bookprint, coloured them with spectrum noir pencils and mounted them on black card, and then added a coat of glossy accents.

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How to affix them? Well I had already thought of adding a bead on the top and Marie and I discussed the idea of wire (we both have rusty wire from another project sitting there unused!).

So I cut a length and coiled it loosely round the house and through the bead on the top and attaching it to the boot at the bottom.

Onto the bottom I stuck one bird, and onto to the top another.  The third bird is stood on the little ledge near the entrance.

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Tweet

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Twit

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Twoo

The wire needed some work though so I found two cute little flower stamps in my stash that I thought worked with the style of the project and stamped them out, coloured them with the pencils and then cut them out with a little white border.  I then dotted them around the wire so they look like they are floating round the house.

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I adore how this has turned out.  I have to thank Kassa for the class.  I learnt so much about layering paint and the idea of the class was just so much fun.  What a darling project.

Hope you like Bert (actually don’t care if you don’t because he’s mine and I love him and that’s all that matters!) and his friends.

Happy crafting!

Catherine