Friday, 6 December 2013

It Must Be Christmas!

A few Christmas cards have been dropping through our letterbox
so it must be Christmas now!
I thought I'd better get a move on and make a few myself.
I used the Tim Holtz/Alterations  'Ice Skates' Bigz Die from Sizzix.

I made a few with a background of old sheet music, aged and distressed a little and a Christmassy rub on.  The sentiment is rubber stamped onto
a Spellbinder's Nestabilitie die cut shape.

I then turned to my box of scraps and used some scrapbook paper
which wasn't at all Christmassy, but I think it still works.

The little sprigs of holly are plastic and came from some of last year's
Christmas Crackers!

I die cut the skates from card and leather.
Although the leather does have a nice texture, I think I prefer
to work with the card as it takes the distress ink better. 

Next on my list is to try making some Christmas Crackers -
 I've almost got enough toilet / kitchen paper roll inners!!

Thanks for looking and I hope your
Christmas preparations are going to plan :)

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Ice Skates!

My latest favourite Bigz Die by Sizzix
 Alterations/Tim Holtz
is the Ice Skates

I bought it with the intention of making Christmas cards,
but today made a birthday card.

 It has a simple background of a doily and
K & Co Scrapbooking paper edged with a little
Old Paper Distress Ink.

I cut the skates from white mountboard
and painted them with Folk Art Acrylic
'Seamist' colour.
The boot laces are embroidery thread.
The heels and blades were coloured
with Distress Markers.  I tried to make
blades shiny by covering them with a layer
of Mod Podge Lustre.

To go with the card, I made a simple
stretch bracelet.

It's made up of Shell and Howlite chips
and a little gold coloured charm.

Hope the recipient will like them.

Thank you for looking :)

Friday, 22 November 2013


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Hello & Etsy!

Hello Blog mates!

It's been that long since I last blogged, I'd 
almost forgotton how to do it!

Hope this finds you all well and happy.
I haven't been doing much craft-wise apart from the
obligatory family and friends' greeting cards.

I did buy some fabric a few months ago though
from the Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements range


I bought the 'charm pack' 5" x 5" little squares
and it's totally lush.
Then I couldn't decide what to do with it and it
sat on my desk for ages and ages.

I finally decided it'd make great little outfits
for paper dolls - what else would it be for me!!

So I busily got to work and made
 ten lovely mixed media dolls.

I'd often thought about opening an Etsy shop but never did -
these little dolls I made gave me the push to go ahead.

I'm useless at self promoting as it feels so un-natural to me.

However, the deed has been done so here's the link
 If the link doesn't work (when you click on the pic)
there's a link near the top of my side bar.

I've called the shop 'GemstonePaperDolls'
because as well as loving making paper dolls,
I've also been buying a lot of genuine gemstones recently to
be made up into jewellery - although I don't know how
long that's going to take me to get around to! 
Got to start somewhere though I suppose.

I'll leave you with one of the dolls - she is actually
wearing a tiny little coral gemstone around her neck.

Her boots are real leather -
an upcycled old purse of mine.

Thanks for looking - 
I'll try not to leave it so long next time xx

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Some 'Exquisite' Fun

Do you remember playing something like this when you were younger -
take a piece of paper, draw a head, fold the paper over, pass it on,
the second person draws the next bit and so on and then you
open it all up and laugh at the funny person you've created?

Well, it's still going on in adulthood in Blogland, but now it's called
'The Exquisite Corpse Project' oooo-eeer!!!.

Over on the Collabor-ART blog I belong to, we were put
into groups of four people and had to decide our own theme.
The photo above shows mine - 'Denim Girl'.

This is how I started off her head

(Don't look at the 'nose', I can't do noses - lol)

I gave her some real Denim hair

She was then sealed up in an envelope and passed
on to the next person who did their bit, sealed it up
and passed theirs on - you get the idea.
When all the sealed envelopes came back, I had
the pleasure of opening them and putting
 Denim Girl together.
Her little bag is real denim and her curly toed shoes 
are leather.  I think I will fix the four sections
together properly and may do something with the background too.

I have so far done my bit on two of the other 'corpses'
and can't wait to see how they turn out too.

Such fun!!!!! 

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Spring Charm Swap

Anyone for Su Doku?
No, not me, I don't like number games,
scrabble and other words games yes, but nothing with numbers!
When I saw this set of Su Doku in a charity shop
a few years ago, I had no intention of ever playing a game with them,
but just knew they'd come in handy one day.
Cue - The Altered Dominos & Other Altered Game Pieces
group on Flickr.
The current swap on there is to 
" Create up to ten charms and receive ten. They have to be made using a game piece
 and have something on it that makes you think of Spring"
I wanted to use wire and the 'gizmo' wire coiling tool
to create some flowers with a gemstone in their centre. 
Although it's an easy tool to use (in theory!),
I think I need more practice.  However I was reasonably
pleased with how the flowers turned out.
First though, I painted one side of the Su Doku counters
white (to hide the numbers)
 and then attached book text with Liquitex.
The flowers (or maybe butterflies!) were then
stuck onto the counters with E6000 adhesive.
The gemstones I used are Carnelian,
except the blue one in the middle of the photo
which is Blue Chalcedony
 (no, I'd never heard of them before either!)
Flower or butterfly?
You decide!
Can't wait to see what charms I get back in return now!
Thanks for looking and I promise to try and get
round to see some of my blogging friends' blogs soon!    

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Easter Crafting Activites with Chloe and Aaron

Over the Easter holiday my niece and nephew visited us
 and as usual we ended up playing in my craft room.

One day we made clocks from old CDs.
My husband had already bought some clock mechanisms in
and they chose how they wanted to decorate
the CDs - they looked great when they were finished -
and much to everyones amazement, they even worked!

Here's Aaron with his one.

Another day Chloe and I made some gem heavy rings.

We made the structure of the rings with some wire.

 Selected which stones we wanted.
We both chose Mookite -
Chloe the plain rounds and rectangles
for me.

Chloe only agreed to letting me put her photo
on here if I put one of me on too!

Here she is ....

.... and here's our finished rings


 .... and that's it ....

oh, all right, if I must
(Photo deleted .... sorry Chloe!!!)

We always have such a laugh together and I
can't wait for the next time they're here!

Thanks for looking :)

Another Desert Island Disc Page

I can hardly believe that I've now completed 7 of the 10
pages for this circle journal - Desert Island Discs.

This page is for Nigel.
As I was the seventh person to get his journal
I only had the choice of 3 songs - gulp!
As you can see from the photo above I chose
'The Lark Ascending' by Vaughan Williams.
Beautiful music, but no lyrics to work with - yikes!
Luckily though, Nigel had supplied a little bit about
why he'd chosen his songs so with that in mind
I got to work.

For the cover (above), I kept it simple and tried to create
a stormy sky scene with - guess what -
a single lark ascending from the clouds!

I based the inside on Nigel's story.
This is meant to represent an abandoned airfield
with lots of wild flowers.
I used Pan Pastels and rubber stamps and although
it looks more like a cultivated field, I am pleased
with how it turned out in the end.

Seven down, three to go - even less song choices to come -
lucky I like a challenge!

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Desert Island Discs - Circle Journal - another page

Following on from my previous post earlier today,
this is the latest page I've completed - for Karen.
Of her song list, I chose 'C'est La Vie' by
Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
It isn't a song I'd ever heard before, but I took inspiration
from the words of the first verse ...
"Have your leaves all turned to brown
Will you scatter them around you".

Karen's page was a square of mountboard,
and I started off by sticking on old book pages around the edge,
then one layer of paint.

I thought I'd have a play with the small Gelli Plate I got
for Christmas and watched the video tutorial 

I wasn't too keen on the next layer

Even less keen on the next layer!

So I brayered on a lighter shade of green

I added a few lines of paint, but still wasn't satisfied with it -
I carried on thinking in future 'less is more'!

I wanted some leaves on the page and remembered a great tutorial on
It's basically using brown paper, distress ink, glossy accents
and a leaf punch.

I love these little leaves, they're so realistic.
I also added onto the page a little card which opens up.

 This covered up quite a bit of the background (yay!!).
I scattered and stuck on some leaves, added a macrame, beaded
thingy I'd had pinned on my noticeboard (made a few weeks
earlier), a button from Hobbycraft which had the perfect
colour match flowers on, and added the title of the song
with some wooden letters.

 Now it didn't look so bad, in fact I was even pleased with it!

I hope that Karen will like it too.

Desert Island Discs - Circle Journal catch up

Towards the end of last year I joined up to a
round robin / circle journal with the theme
of Deserts Island Discs.
My original blog post has all the details in it. 

I've just finished my latest page, but before I blog it
thought I'd post here the earlier pages I did.
As it was a while back I can't remember all the details,
so will just show the photos.

This is the page I did for Virginia
for one of her chosen songs
'Dude Looks Like A Lady'

Next is the page I did for Pat
for her song 'Isn't She Lovely'

Finally, here's the page for Sian
for the song 'Cut'.

 I was really pleased with the 'stencilled' couple
which was an image I printed off from Google, 
cut out and stencilled ink through.

I'll blog the page I finished yesterday next
which I can remember what I did with - only because
I took a lot of step by step photos along the way!