Category Archives: Random Crafts

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

Update from Harrogate

Hi there

So today I indulged in some arty therapy with some dear friends, no my sisters, in Harrogate at Art from the Heart with a great teacher, Karen Hayselden.  And I decorated a very cute birdhouse, made some stunningly bright and busy layered backgrounds and a big splodgy mess.  I played with air drying clay, did a bit of stamping and had a crafty spend.  I learnt techniques,  played with supplies I hadn’t tried before and best of all spent time with loved ones.  Sadly one of our group was MIA as she was unwell but another came in her place so that was a positive surprise to a poop situation.  I also got to meet in real life two new friends (although I didn’t really chat much as we were at opposite ends of the table and all working too hard to stop really … sorry Chris and Linda for not being more sociable).

So enough blathering… I suppose you want to see what I made… well nothing is exactly finished as I want to do something slightly different from the class ‘sample’ but here it is as it currently stands…

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The light in the hotel room isn’t the best for showing it off.. I will post and updated daylight photo as soon as I can.  It is quite grungey but also bright and shiny with about a million layers of paints (maybe an exaggeration but a lot of layers!).

To get used to creating layers we also made a couple of backgrounds…

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… those to the left at the top.  I then made a splodgy mess out of my palette. … There was a lot of black left on my palette so it is a very black splodgy mess… It needs further working on that’s for sure.  And then I stamped some images out for adding to my birdhouse as options and for adding to my boot I made from clay too… no pics of this as yet… It’s in the car at the moment…. It needs to dry before I can start decorating it.

Of course there was a little crafty spend too…

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Some bits and pieces… inks a couple of wood mounted stamps I couldn’t resist a stencil I’ve been seeing on you tube videos and admiring and some dylusions quote stamps that I know I will use a lot in journalling projects. Plus a watering can archival (very useful essential) and matt medium…. oh and a distress stain to complement the other warm colour ones I’ve got so my distress stain collection is complete for me. 

The day was rounded off with chat with Darcy and Marie before dropping Darcy off for her coach home, then a lovely tea with Marie in the pub (wine has been drunk) and watching the Paperartsy periscopes and utube launch videos on my phone with Marie.  Wifi far too slow for ipad to watch them (poo) so good job I’ve got loads of data on my phone!

So a nice early night to make up for the early start and then tomorrow a nice big brekkie with Marie before we head home.

Such a lovely day with loved ones.  Was great to see Jayne and Marie for the first time in just over a year (we really shouldn’t leave it this long between meeting up), and a lovely surprise to see Darcy again.  Loved being creative, learning new things and creating something different. Missed the lovely Lynn and hope she is feeling better really soon.

Small update… couldn’t sleep straight away so did some colouring…
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Night all… and of course happy crafting!
Catherine

Best of 2015… Some odds and sods!

Hi there.

More of my favourite projects of the last 12 months to share with you.  These all come under the title of odds and sods as there isn’t really a consistent group title for them!  Enjoy!

Firstly the bags I made for the Art journalling group… inktense and stamping on canvas bags work really well.
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Next the birthday party bag collection I made for the princesses 9th birthday sleepover.  Love Gorjuss girls! Love the gorgeous girls who came to the party. Just didn’t love the lack of sleep!
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Can’t not re-share the advent calendar I decorated for the princess.  So nice it looks in our hallway!
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The card box creation I made for baby Josslyn I must admit I love completely!
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The birthday card I made my Mum I also love to bits… love watercolour wings stamps (they might have been my stamp set of the year!).
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These two scrap pages of my great nephews… love the mixed media style of them.
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And these two special cards celebrating love…
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How strange to end this post on two neutral coloured cards… well perhaps I ought to sneak another bright one in to make it seem more like me… how about this fabulous hanging sampler I made at a class with Darcy in Edinburgh with my lovely Lynn. Such a fabulous day and clearly the highlight of my crafting year!

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So thanks for sticking with me through this long winded best of the odds and sods of the crafting year! So many varied projects … but loved them all for so many reasons. Hope you spotted something you liked too! Tomorrow is a slightly different round up… a very special product is the focus! No prizes on offer as I’m pretty such regular readers of my blog will know what I am alluding to!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Decoupage Maya

So the princess wants a change in bedroom for her main christmas present … she is going blue! Well black and blue to be accurate but more about that once it happens.  So the nine year old gets to open rolls of wallpaper and tins of paint, cushions, light fittings and curtains for her birthday… but of course she needs something special from her Mummy to open too!

So I grabbed some letters from hobbycraft and some funky blue papers…

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Perfect stocking fillers and a cute new addition to our girls new room  (as soon as we decorate that is!).

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Finishing off the advent calendar

I finished the princesses advent calendar last week with Gwen when she did hers and I have to say I am really pleased with how it ended up. Then yesterday evening Clare and Caroline came to finish theirs.

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The finishing touches were the blue star, and how I decorated the sides and back…

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I used the same decoupage paper to decorate the sides and the back.

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And a little message on the back just for my girl!

Happy crafting! 

Catherine

P.S. Gwen did a fab job on hers too…
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And Clare and Caroline did an equally fab job with their two calendars and the different colour scheme…
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Caroline papered the back and sides, whilst Clare decided to paint hers instead.
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Glittering over the cracks

My head is not good at the moment. I am struggling with my anxiety. I think life has just got a bit too much for my levels of resilience and so major anxiety attacks have taken over. Hopefully it will be a short lived affair as I am employing all the techniques I know to survive and then thrive… so hopeful of normal service resuming.  I did have to postpone a class with friends tonight as I didn’t have the energy to get through it… but I did manage to get mucky fingers glittering over the cracks.

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Last week I think we did the top coat of glue a little early whilst the bottom layer wasn’t entirely dry… and this has resulted in and interesting and undesirable effect of cracking on all the glittered drawers.

So it was time to get the tacky glue out and then sprinkle more glitter for a second coat.  This time I am going to leave them to dry much longer before the top coat of glaze goes one.

As for me.  I’m going to snuggle up under a blanket and practice a little self care.

See you on the other side.

Happy crafting!

Catherine