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Dress Form

I have a love affair going on with dress forms! No idea why but there is something about them that just calls to me. Just after Christmas whilst in Hobby Craft (an expensive UK store!) there were dress forms on special offer and so I took the plunge and bought one.

She has a metal stand attached and stands approximately 40 cm tall (roughly 14 inches) and here she is:

Dress form

Dress form

I shall have to think of a name for her! She is modelling a coat of light blue acrylic paint; while the paint was drying a facial tissue was separated into its 4 component sheets and onto these sheets was stamped a Penny Black Chantilly Lace background image in a blue dye ink. Each sheet was cut into manageable pieces and attached all over with IndigoBlu’s Slap It On. Her necklace consists of a pearl trim hot glued into place as is the other trims and she sports a beaded pin on her shoulder.

Her hat was created from black felt, lace trim,bead trim,  feathers and paper roses:

Felt hat

Felt hat

She wouldn’t look out of place at Ascot although her hat  couldn’t compete with Mrs Gertrude Shilling’s outrageous head-gear. I have Christina Griffith’s to thank for instructions on how to create the basic hat. Christine has several Youtube videos on dress forms and hats.

Thank you for looking x

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Keys received :)

In my last post I showed the keys I had altered for the Cardmaking Paradise Key Swap for Jan/Feb of this year. Here are the beautiful keys I received back.

First is from Patsy of Ireland, she used a small gold key with a heart shaped top:

Patsy's key

Patsy’s key

Patsy decorated her key with small pink gems along the ‘shaft’ of the key then added gold cord and purple beads to the heart shape and a dangling charm made up of several metal discs decorated with holographic purple/blue sequins and flowers. A very pretty key.

 

Lainey chose an old door key, as did I, for one of her swaps and she made a lovely holder for it too. Lainey has an eye for detail in everything she creates.

Lainey's key

Lainey’s key

I think Lainey used alcohol ink to colour her key, she then wrapped wire around it – far more neatly than I could have achieved! I love the small ornamental key added to the beads to make a dangly charm.

Lainey's key holder

Lainey’s key holder

back of Lainey's key holder

back of Lainey’s key holder

Isn’t that key holder a lovely finishing detail?

This swap was great fun and certainly encouraged many of us out of our comfort zone. The next swap is a decorated coaster, this will be another interesting one. Perhaps we will see you there!

Thank you for looking x

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Altered Keys

Something else that was new to me! I had never heard of altering keys and who would have thought that something so every day and commonplace could be turned in miniature works of art? Certainly not me but I was willing to have a go!

Sara over on Cardmaking Paradise challenged us all to enter this swap; we had to alter two keys, send them to Sara, our swap host, and we would receive two back. There were entrants from around the world and some members became addicted to altering keys.

altered key with handmade button

altered key with handmade button

Like many people we have a collection of keys that no longer seem to belong anywhere, this particular key was for a car that went to the great car scrap heap in the sky. I added beads down the length, attached charms, organza, flowers and a handmade clay button from another swap.

key or butterfly?

key or butterfly?

another view

another view

This old door key is backed with fantasy film with beads, flowers and charms added. Both keys were painted with black enamel paint but alcohol inks, acrylic paint, nail varnish, embossing powder were a few of the media used to colour the keys.

In the next post I will show the keys I received back. A great swap enjoyed by everyone.

Thanks for looking x

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Second post of the day!!

Just thought I’d show off one or two items I have been dabbling with. Whilst trawling through the Youtube videos I came across Fiona Jennings (just in case the link doesn’t work she goes under the name of  Jennings 644). Fi does lots of altered art, makes some wonderful miniature items and creates flowers from ribbons, lace and beads. So using a few ideas gleaned from her I had a go. First though I needed to purchase a better hot glue gun with a finer ‘point’; my first purchase from Amazon was a Stanley dual glue gun which melted the glue sticks and discharged them from the rear end! Back it went and Amazon were very quick at refunding my money and postage costs and I ordered a Rapid Point glue gun – this is a fab mini gun and works a treat. To make the beaded flowers you do need a finer pointed glue gun.

bead flowers

bead flowers

I couldn’t find an online store, initially, that sold the finer strings of pearls and two Cardmaking Paradise forum friends came to the rescue – Kaye in Australia and Heike in Germany – don’t you just love the craft community who willingly give generously? Many thanks to Heike and Kaye. Another CP forum friend, Maggie, put me onto an online store that does sell the strings, it is The Ribbon Girl who give fantastic service.

The centres of the beaded ‘flowers’ are filled with paper roses, earrings no longer used – the red rose and big pearl, a badge (green flower) and some material flowers.

The next flowers are created with wired ribbon, lace trim and then various old earrings, flowers or pearls

ribbon and lace flowers

ribbon and lace flowers

ribbon and lace flowers

ribbon and lace flowers

Thank you for looking x

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New to me

I was beginning to lose interest in card making and had been dabbling in other crafty areas however over on Cardmaking Paradise  we have started a Sketch challenge. I have seen these on various sites and forums but had never taken part so following a sketch was a new challenge for me. However I couldn’t just make a ‘normal’ card so I used an idea gleaned from Christina Griffiths . She makes beautiful cards but they are cards made with an unfolded base layer and then makes a stand attached to the back of the base layer so the card will still stand. Now Christina describes this as the lazy way but I think it is a frugal method of making cards as you save yourself that extra piece of card!

Checkout Christina’s fab blog, Youtube channel and website but not before checking out Cardmaking Paradise!

Onto my card made from the first Sketch Challenge:

First Sketch card

First Sketch card

There isn’t one bit of stamping on this card – something else almost new to me! The base card and mats are pearlescent card from my stash, the background paper is courtesy of a forum friend from Cardmaking Paradise who sent me the image, the left hand strip is pearlescent paper punched with a Martha Stewart border punch and the ‘flower’ is handmade with wired ribbon, lace and a handmade clay button.

Pop over to Cardmaking Paradise and join in the fun, you will be made most welcome 🙂

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