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