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Cute Easter boxes

Easter was never an occasion that we, as a family, swapped gifts. We gave little chocolate treats to our children and that was it but it seems that these days the children are inundated with eggs of every description! Our younger grandchildren are not overly keen on chocolate yet are given a huge pile of chocolate eggs that their mothers end up using as toppings for cakes. So I thought I’d do something simple for the little ‘uns and so made these origami boxes with a cover created from Centura Pearl card from Crafters Companion

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Just added some cute furry critters on top courtesy of Tesco together with a name tag and filled with sweeties. Job done!

Thanks for looking x

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Q&L #7

Hello!I was so pleased to see my name appear on the Wall of Fame over at The Craft Barn for my Q&L #6 piece of the VW camper!   Many thanks to everyone who left a comment, this is much appreciated.

The words for challenge number 7 of The Craft Barn Quotes and Lyrics challenge are Change and/or Truth. David Bowie’s Changes was the only song lyric to come to mind for this one but being a bit of a Bowie fan that was okay! My hubby thinks I have weird tastes when it comes to music lol.

This was quite an easy one as part of the verse is ‘Time may change me But I can’t trace Time’ so having plenty of clock stamps that made life so simple!

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

Supplies:

Inks – Distress Inks Spiced Marmalade

                                         Vintage Photo

                                          Victorian Velvet

                Archival       Jet Black

Stamps – PaperArtsy Plate 5

                  Art Journey Clocks

Computer generated text 

Truth

This was a bit of a tricky one, finding quotes I liked with the word truth! When in doubt turn to either Shakespeare or Voltaire, both of these pen masters provided us with plenty of quotes. Voltaire was my inspiration for the second side and gave me a good quote – ‘Love Truth, and pardon error’.

Voltaire a sublime master of the pen

Voltaire a sublime master of the pen

For some reason this has come out lighter than it actually is (Did I split an infinitive there?? No place else for the ‘actually’ to go LOL).

Supplies:

Inks – Distress Ink Dusty Concord

                                      Chipped Sapphire

           Archival         Jet Black

Stamps – PaperArtsy plate 5

                  Jenni Bowlin Pen nibs

 

Thank you for looking x

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spring flowers

Ever since watching Debbie Shore make one of this lovely little potted fabric flowers I have been itching to make one.  I found some lovely fat quarters at The Range in Kidderminster and finally managed to get around to making one.

 

fabric flower

fabric flower

I didn’t have any dowel for the stem so had to use three wooden skewers glued together! No one would know though as it is covered in spotted ribbon. These are such cheerful little flowers and hope you will have a go!

Each ‘petal’ is made from a 4.5 inch circle of fabric, a running stitch is sewn around the edge of the circle and pulled slightly to gather the circle and then each circle is stuffed with polyester filling and the stitches then pulled tight. Debbie Shore’s Youtube video can be seen at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br4jrqMg5BQ&list=UUckNZPliaYRx10bUbvVTQCA

Debbie Shore has some lovely videos and great projects.

Another make I had a go at is this pincushion using a baby’s food jar as a base:

Pincushion

Pincushion

Thank you for looking x

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Q&L #6

I know we have a fortnight for this Craft Barn challenge but the time seems to fly past at a high rate of knots! Now there is a goodly confusion of mixed wotsits – I don’t think flight is measured in knots is it??

Many thanks for all the lovely people who have visited and left comments, all are appreciated and I am sorry for not getting around to visiting everyone’s posts. Also apologies for those whose work I cannot comment on who post on Pinterest, Facebook and G+.

Flower Power

Flower Power

The words this fortnight are Flower(s) and/or Travel over on the Craft Barn challenge . My goal is to try and use both words so we will kick off with the Flower(s); one or two other participants have use these lyrics however I make no apology for using the same lyrics, this song popped into mind as soon as I saw the words.

I downloaded part of a map showing San Francisco from the internet, the microbus (popularly known as a VW Camper but my DH who worked on these always called them by the maker’s name ) is also a downloaded image. The base is 300gsm smooth white card inked up with Distress inks Bundled Sage and Broken China; stamps are from a Cute Companions set inked up with a Colorbox Primary colours and then extra colour added with Remel pencils. The text is computer generated. Faux stitching added with a black fine tipped pen. The square of white card is mounted onto black card.

Now for something completely different!

Travels with a donkey in Cevennes

Travels with a donkey in Cevennes

I love this Robert Louis Stevenson story, it is amusingly written and tells, in part, of his woes with Modestine, his donkey, and her willful ways. For those who don’t know the story Stevenson set off to walk through the Cevennes region of France in autumn hence the muted colours. Again the image is downloaded from the internet and computer generated text. The inks are mainly Versamagic and Colorbox primary with the birds from Inkylicious Take Flight set stamped in black Archival. The red leaves are another Inkylicious stamp Oriental Awakening but I have no idea who to credit for the pine trees. Again the scene is on 300gsm smooth white card and the mounted onto black card.

I am thoroughly enjoying this challenge and hope to keep up with it! I also must visit more folks posts.

Thank you for looking x

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Q&L #5 Road and Art

Over at The Craft Barn the quote and lyric challenge this fortnight is Road and /or Art. So far I have been able to use both words of the challenge; I try to find a song lyric for one side of the 4 x 4 inch card and a suitable quote for the other. When I first saw the new words a line from a song immediately popped into my mind but it took a few days for an image to hatch!

Nowhere really does exist!

Nowhere really does exist!

All I can remember of the song is just this one line and that is from the ‘chorus’! After mulling for a few days it suddenly occurred to me that we had visited Nowhere; it is a tiny area on St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly (highlighted in yellow on the map) and of course I couldn’t resist adding the hedgehogs! The background is a piece of shaving foam marbled paper – shaving foam with alcohol inks dripped in and mixed – the copy paper used the second generation inks.

Supplies used:

Inks – Versamagic Hint of Pesto

         – Distress Ink Black soot

         – Archival Jet Black

        – Memento Rich Cocoa

Stamps – Inkylicious Take Flight

               – Cute Companions grasses

                – Penny Black Tiny Wishes

               – PaperArtsy birds and branches

              -Tree unknown!

"All Art is but imitation of nature"

“All Art is but imitation of nature”

This is a bit of a wishy washy piece but there wasn’t enough time to re-do it so it has to stand!

Supplies used:

Inks – various Versamagic

Stencil – Imagination Crafts Flourish

Stamp by Stampin’ Up (Thank you Leslie!!)

Thank you for looking x

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Q&L #4

Over at the Craft Barn blog the Quote and Lyric challenge’s words are Marriage and Age, those entering can use either word or both; I have tried to use both so I came up with a quote on one side of the 4 x 4 inch and a lyric for the other side.

My first offering – Age  – is a quote by Oscar Wilde, just love this quote. Not sure whether this is ironic or did he have his tongue firmly in his cheek?

Quote and Lyric Craft Barn challenge side one

Quote and Lyric Craft Barn challenge side one

On white smooth card stock (measuring 3.75 x 3.75 inches) various shades of Versamagic Chalk Inks were used for the background and for the stamped flourishes (manufacturer unknown). The lady is a download from the internet. The faux stitches were done with red and black fine liner pens.

The second side is a song lyric Let’s Stick Together by Bryan Ferry.

Craft Barn quote and lyric challenge Marriage

Craft Barn quote and lyric challenge Marriage

Again various shades of Versamagic Chalk inks were used for the background and the foliage stamp. The silhouette is another internet download with black fine liner pen for the faux stitching. Both pieces of card stock were mounted onto a black square of card measuring 4 x 4 inches.

Thank you for looking x

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Second home!

At last I have finished the second house printer tray; I made this more challenging for myself as I wanted a hipped type roof to provide some extra spaces for birdies. Although the construction turned into a bit of a marathon and much head scratching to work out the maths I think it did work.

Full frontal!

Full frontal!

Click on the photos to see the enlarged version. The whole house is covered in book pages that were inked with Distress inks Dusty Concord and Victorian Velvet and over stamped with flourish and script stamps. Most of the small ‘rooms’ hold buttons that came from a swap. Each of the buttons is made from clay which were decorated and coloured; these buttons are so gorgeous that it was a shame to hide them away in a drawer hence the making of the house. The ‘flower’ in the centre is made from porcelain made by a very clever lady, Kym, who took part in the swap and is Founder of UK Stampers forum.

The second big challenge of this house was making the small drawers! The main difficulty was that the horizontal and vertical main pieces aren’t truly horizontal and vertical! Three drawers contain the remainder of the swap buttons. Here are a few (!) close ups of the different rooms.

roof section

roof section

left hand drawers

left hand drawers

020 sig

including beaded bird

including beaded bird

037 sig

022 sig

015 sig

026 sig

034 sig019 sigThank you for looking x

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OLS #2 Repeats

Over on One Layer Simplicity the challenge is to do repeat stamping. Now this isn’t quite as easy as it sounds, well not for me as I’m challenged in many ways such as straight lines or properly spaced images! I don’t think my brain copes well with these things so it is definitely a challenge. I only had to throw one piece away though so not so bad.

Repeat stamping

Repeat stamping

As the eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed there isn’t a sentiment yet on this card, this will be added when I use the card. I quite often make up a batch of cards and don’t add any sentiments until I come to send the card.

I have used a smooth 300gsm white card base tent folded DL shape. The home made foam shadow stamp has been inked with Versamagic Aegean Blue; the butterfly image is a freebie from Craft Stamper by Chocolate Baroque and is inked with Versamagic Ocean Depth. The butterflies were masked to add the flourish ‘tails’, the flourish stamp is from PaperArtsy (HP1005) inked with Brilliance Cosmic Copper.

For the inside I used second generation stamping of the butterfly and tail to add extra interest!

Thank you for looking x

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Q & L Challenge 3

Aaargh I’m not doing well with this challenge, time flies passed too quickly. Here I was thinking I have just made it for number three only to find number 4 s up already! However I am going to add Q & L’s numbers 2 and 3 here anyway to prove I have done them. What am I wittering on about? The Craft Barn’s Quotes and Lyrics challenge.

For the third Q&L the words were Strong and Miss

Strong quote

Strong quote

On white card I brushed Distress Inks Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade, the quote was printed directly onto the card. In Vintage Photo is stamped the harlequin design from PaperArtsy Letters (plate 5) and the statue is from Creative Expressions Lost Garden and stamped in Archival black ink.

Miss

Miss

The background to this card was brushed with Versamagic Aegean Blue and Ocean Depth. The stars were stamped in Brilliance Cosmic Copper; the leaves (Oriental Awakenings) is stamped in Versamagic Red Magic and Hint of Pesto with the moon/clouds stamped in Archival black.

Q & L 2 Silence & Dazzle

Silence

Silence

I chose the lyrics Silence is Golden for this theme so I combined an image of Tutankhamun who is not only silent but whose mask was richly decorated in Gold! The words are computer generated; the background is decorated paper to which I added gold embossing. The images are raised on foam pads.

Dazzles

Dazzles

This was a difficult quote to locate! The background inks are brushed on and I used Versamagic Aegean Blue, Ocean Depth and Persimmon. The images were stamped in Archival black and a little Hint of Pesto brushed over the woman.

Thank you for looking x

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Quotes and Lyrics Challenge

quotes and lyrics 'Up'

quotes and lyrics ‘Up’

quote and lyrics 'Smile'

quote and lyrics ‘Smile’

On the Craft Barn blog there is a new challenge running for this year, all the details can be found here. Briefly this challenge is to use one or both of the words posted, the words are to be in a quote or lyrics. The words for this first fortnight are ‘Up’ and ‘Smile’ and I decided to use both of them on either side of a 4 x 4 inch piece of card to make up into a book later.  The ‘Up’ words appear within the lyrics of the song from Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes – a favourite song of mine. The ‘Smile’ quotes are from the internet; in fact there were so many lovely quotes I couldn’t choose just one. Leslie made a book that I won on her giveaway many moons ago that is my quote book, any saying that touches a chord is written into that book.

Supplies used :

Stamps – Creative Expressions crackle

               – Art Impressions G689 Trees

             -     PaperArtsy plate 5 Letter

             -   Inkylicious  Oriental Awakening birds

Inks – Versamagic Mango, Persimmon, Red Magic

                 – Distress Ink  Broken China, Bundled Sage

                 – Whispers Green Leaf, Rio Purple     

                 – Archival Black

Thank you for looking x

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