note book cover

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Hello visitors

I was having a tidy up in the craft room and got a bit distracted, I found another note-book that needed covering so instead of putting it away I started another little project but made the effort to do it from start to finish tonight, I have too many unfinished projects at the moment lol.

This is a small note-book with ring binders

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I removed the rings and covered the gray board with some black and white patterned paper

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on the inside I covered it with black card

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I added some ribbon and bling to the centre

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and finished off with some ribbon, beads and a little handbag charm

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thanks for looking today

happy crafting

xx

Time is short, book cover

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Hi.

Today I would like to share with you a little note-book that I have covered using Heartfelt Creations paper pad ‘ Once upon a time’

I started off with a 5 1/2″  sq lined note-book

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Using Heartfelt Creations paper pad Once upon a Time I measured and cut my selected page an inch bigger all the way around.

I snipped off the corners so it would fold in and made some cuts at the spine, then glued the paper in place.

This is the back, I also covered the spine with another piece of paper and cut the shape from a spellbinder boarder die, and then bent this around the front.

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I used a clock die ( one of my Hobbylobby purchases ) and black card, I cut a sentiment from the paper pad and used silicone glue to raise it up a little.

I also inked the book edges with distress inks in Black soot and Vintage photo.

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Using Creative expressions cast bronze metallic gilding wax,

I rubbed this over the black card border and clock, and also over the little metal Finnabair corner.

I made a small pocket on this page

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And I covered the inside and made a small pouch with a tag insert

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Hope you like it

Thanks for your visit today

xx

Decoupage pine drawers

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Hello visitors

It’s been ages since my last post and don’t know where the time went, during the summer I did visit America, I stayed in Atlanta and had a  shopping morning at Hobbylobby and managed to get a few ideas from there for some new projects, any walking dead fans? I went on the walking dead tour which was brilliant and recommend it.

So, while I was away hubby was decorating the spare room in some lovely pink paris wallpaper, I had this chest of drawers given to me by my late uncle and wanted to give it a face lift.

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I gave it a light sanding and painted it white, I then roughly cut some left over wallpaper to fit the top and drawer fronts of the unit. I then soaked the backing off the wallpaper and let it dry out. Using Mod Podge I glue the wallpaper in place taking care to smooth out, when it was dry I gave it another coat of glue, then after that dried I varnished it with decoupage varnish.

Some pictures of my efforts

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I was quite pleased with my first attempt at this,

and it’s brightened up my spare room too.

Thanks for looking today

xxx

Friends of the heart

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Hi

Today I am sharing a heart made from MDF.

I made a similar one a while ago which seems to have been a popular make, I’m pleased to say.

I made this one for my grand-daughter Chloe, to give as a gift to her ‘Auntie’ as she leaves playschool this week, growing up to fast lol.

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Items used:

Chalky paints in pink, lilac, and cream

Flower: Heartfelt creations Delicate Aster

Swirl: Heartfelt creations cut mat create 2B

finished off with some raffia, gems and beads

Hugs

xx

 

Scrapbook Picture

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Hi everyone

Here is my second post for today, this is the present I made for my dad for Fathers day today.

I added the tag and some cogs, in keeping with the theme.

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This is my first scrapbook layout, I have to say it was inspired by Sue, but it is very similar to a layout on a canvas, which is probably why I enjoyed making it so much.

Originally I was going to make it as a scrapbook, but then as it took shape I decided to put it into a frame,and give it to my dad for fathers day.

I used a pine frame from the Range about £5 or £6

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I couldn’t just leave it plain lol

so I painted and distressed it, and finished it off with some gold leaf and varnish, which you will see at the end.

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This is part of the layout, I used techniques by Andy Skinner to age the cogs

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This is a photo of my dad’s granddad, Charles, taken in world war 1

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And a picture of my dad, as a boy from the 1940’s

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I have actually made a pair but the other one is not quite ready yet

The finished product, for my dad’s office

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Dad loved it I’m pleased to say,

and my mum liked it so much it’s been promoted to the lounge lol

Thanks for looking in today

xx

For my Dad

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Hello visitors

As it is Fathers Day today, I am sharing with you the card that I made for my dad.

Although it is pretty basic I just love to make the paper cogs look old and giving them some texture.

I mat and layered the brown paper and green card onto a white card.

I cut the cogs from black card and used the left over piece in the top corner.

To give the cogs texture I used art Extravagance graphite paste ( I love this stuff) ! Once dried, I lightly rubbed over some wax to give it a rusted look and glued them into place.

The pocket watch I cut out and covered with some glossy accents, I added some cardboard letters ‘dad’ and a Happy Fathers Day sentiment that I printed onto patterned paper.

I found an old watch and the metal rim was a perfect fit for it.

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Happy Fathers Day Dad

xx

Fathers day Cards

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Hello visitors,

I’ve not blogged for a while! I don’t know where the time went, I celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary last month in Tuscany, very beautiful and relaxing, had a very busy week returning to work, and now I have had enough of this bad weather:( where is our summer !!

I made this card for Fathers day a while ago as part of a card challenge, we had to use certain ingredients, ie: gold, blue, cogs, ink etc, so I thought I would get one of my father’s day cards ready as I knew I was in for a busy time doing other bits and pieces.

For this card I used chipped sapphire and broken china distress inks for my background.

Then randomly stamped the splattered patches with distress ink, and highlighted them with a white gel pen, using an old glue lid I dipped it into some gesso, white and black to add the circles.

I used a timepiece stencil with white embossing powder, and Andy Skinner’s cog stencil with gold paste.

 To finish off I added some words.

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This one is for my father in Law

Happy Fathers day Bill

xx

 

Game of Thrones Tribute

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Hello friends and new Visitors

Game of Thrones came back to our screens last week, one of my most favourite shows I absolutely love it, and to welcome it back I have made this Mannequin. It has been sitting in the cupboard for a year now, just waiting for the return of this program I think haha.

When I first bought her I had in mind a nice Vintage and pink theme, and when she started out she wasn’t really heading in that direction…..so she was drawn to the dark side ( my favourite side to work on after all ) lol

This her in her raw state, she is a paper mache figure, and you can see how she started, I cut strips of paper and made pleats for the skirt, but it just wasn’t working for me, we all make mistakes and I don’t mind sharing mine with you haha, we’re all here to have fun and learn along the way…

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I wasn’t happy…. so out came the textured paste and black gesso, and together we went to the dark side.

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Firstly, I extended the arms with some drawer knobs, then used white gesso to paint her, rubbed in some Finnabair Art Extravagance textured graphite paste ( I love this ) and then once dry I painted her all over with black gesso.

I chose my elements to add-on, but got carried away, so I didn’t take any pictures before painting, but if you look closely you can see most of them.

Starting with the top, I had a brown plastic lizard type creature and glued on some silver wings to his back, Finnabair metal flower on her arm, two silver metal flowers on her boobs, a Finnabair dragonfly, a hanging beaded earring, around the waist is a blue and silver bracelet.

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On the bottom I added some more Finnabair metals, a large brad, paper clip, metal nut, another old earring, some beads, a spring, the cogs are made from kraft card and given and aged look.

Time to bring out the colour

I used Dylusions sprays, Colour Bloom sprays, Lindy Stamp Gang, and Indigo Blu metallics.

Here is the finished dragon

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the bottom view

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front & lower side view

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side views

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Front view

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The base, again textured paste, black gesso and Dylusion sprays and an old broken necklace to thread up the pole, painted black then sprayed with colour.

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I also bought a small plastic snake

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put them altogether

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and at last after two weekends my finished tribute to Game of Thrones

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I hope enjoyed this blog, it was a bit long.

I loved making this one and pleased I could share it with you

hugs

xx

Decoupage shoes

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Hi,

Hope your all enjoying the weekend, I’ve just finished decorating a pair of shoes…..

I had this pair of gold shoes and they are so comfortable but they were starting to look tatty….

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I started by giving them a light rub down with fine sandpaper, then chose some rice paper to cover them with, this is my first go using rice paper, I quite liked it as it’s a bit stronger than paper napkins.

I cut the rice paper into small squares then into triangles, then using modge pod I glue the pieces onto the shoe…

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I wasn’t sure whether to cover the frill, but then decided I would, this was a bit tricky as it’s all fabric and I had to do it in stages.

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I covered the whole shoe with a varnish, but before I wear them out I think I will look into coating them with an outdoor sealer.

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side view

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so I will be wearing these on a night out in May…. I might do a bag if I get time

thanks for looking today

happy crafting

xx

Love Music

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Hello visitors

Its been a lovely day here, quite warm and the sun has been out, well at least until tea time then we had rain… but that’s British weather for you.

My Daughter moved house just over a month ago, and so my 4-year-old grand-daughter Chloe has a lovely new bedroom, so I decided to make a new Picture for her room, it was already decorated in a lovely plum colour and I had some 12 x 12 plum vellum and matching plum card.

So to start with I cut a piece of 12 x 12 mount board and glued onto it my backing paper, I tore the vellum more or less in half and glued this to one side.

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then I distressed the edges with seedless preserve distress ink.

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I laid out all of the embellishments that I wanted to include, these were a couple of strands of wool, a heart I made from plaster of paris, and flowers and beads from old jewellery

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The other embellishments I added were die cut butterflies, a flourish and the flowers were Heartfelt creations sun-kissed fleur

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I embossed these with clear embossing powder, and used distress ink on the flowers.

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I mounted my photo onto white card then onto plum card, and added some plum triangles to the corners.

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I inserted the photo just behind the vellum and added the embellishments

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I added some wooden letters to finish off

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I ended up mounting it onto a piece of MDF, and fixed some hooks to the back

Thanks for stopping by today

xx