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Wedding present

Recently we were invited to a wedding reception and not wishing to go empty handed I put my mind to making a gift as we knew the bride-to-be loves handmade items. Something to hang on a wall was decided upon. The couple are both religious, love nature and so this is what I made:

two wood based hearts joined with chain

two wood based hearts joined with chain

From Ebay came two wooden heart bases, these were a good weight too and made from birch wood, it was almost a shame to cover them up! The wood was given a coat of acrylic paint , I mixed lemon yellow with a touch of white, when this was dry and having a further lighter mx of lemon yellow and white ready diluted pva glue was brushed over the first coat and left until tacky dry before adding the top coat of the lighter mix to get a nice crackle effect. My main drive was to make this gift light and airy hence the light colours used.

close up of first heart

close up of first heart

The blossoms were stamped onto crackly tissue paper and coloured in with pencils before being adhered to the base. The butterflies were stamped once on the bases in Stazon and then on to card stock, coloured with mica powders, cut out and then glued over the stamped images; a stamped sentiment added and then a handmade ‘flower’. To the first heart I also added some extra chain and charms. Before adding the chain, charms, butterflies and handmade ‘flowers’ I sprayed varnish over the surface.

close up of second heart

close up of second heart

The only snag I hit was not having large enough jump rings to go through the holes drilled in the wood! After hunting out some suitably thick enough I had to learn to make that wire into jump rings! Fun and games and many deformed circles before I had created some jump rings I was happy enough with. Just hope they prove strong enough.

Ingredients:

Inks – Archival black, Stazon, vintage linen Distress Ink

Paint – Daler Rowney System 3 Lemon Yellow and White acrylic

Varnish – Plasti-Kote clear polyurethane

Crackly tissue paper by PaperArtsy

card stock from my scrap box

chain and charms from craft stash

Stamps – Hero Arts Antique Engravings; Aspects of Design Japanese Plum Blossom; Inkylicious Oriental Awakening; Creative Expressions Flower Phrases.

Thanks 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 table!

We had a slightly battered old table in our sitting room; it was very useful for slinging all manner of junk into the drawers and the top of it usually carried my crafting overflow as can be seen in the picture below.

Cluttered and battered old wood table

The poor thing was looking fit to be junked so I decided to spruce it up a little. The top was decluttered and I set to work, I didn’t want to just paint it but do something ‘crafty’ and thought I’d have a go at decoupaging it. I already had some printed tissue papers in my hoard but to add variety I pulled out some white, cream and green tissue papers. Some I covered with Moon Shadow Ink – this is a mica based ink – and then stamped images on the tissue paper, some images I gold embossed. Then all the tissue paper was roughly cut into squares and I put similar with similar in pots e.g music and script images in one pot, flowery types in another and so on. Most of the images I used were script, music, birds, flowers and flourishes.

Making a start

The above isn’t a great photo but gives some idea of what I was doing! To attach the squares of tissue paper I used watered down pva glue.

The following photos are of the almost completed table; at this stage I had one leg to complete and since taking these photos (Friday 20th April) I have finally completed it as of this morning!

Almost completed table; just the back right hand leg to finish off.

Close up

As I have finished each section it has had several coats of varnish with the third coat being sanded with fine sandpaper to leave a smooth finish.

As of this morning the final section – the back right hand leg – is now done and except for varnish the table is finally completed! Spending an hour or so here and there this project has taken me approximately 3 weeks to complete.

Thanks for looking 🙂

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