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Thursday, 6 May 2021

Quirky Themed Phone Stand

 Hi guys, Gosh it's gone chilly again as I'm writing this, I hope the sun returns soon,

to cheer myself up I altered this fabulous Plywood phone holder from

Calico Craft Parts


The holder fits my phone easily and even has space for the charging lead to go through while it's sat there, Lol

I have a small tutorial on how I got this look,


I glued the sections in place by placing the back section through the pre cut slot on the front as shown,

I then painted a fine layer of white Gesso over all the sections, when dry I took some benders with three colours of Distress oxides and randomly added colour to the sections, going over the other colour where it meets to blend it in, I used Blue Lagoon, Twisted Cirton and Fossilized Amber, next to stop the inks coming off I lightly sprayed the surfaces with a cheap hair spray, let dry,

I then stamped onto the sections, using Versafine Clair in Verdant, this went with the colour's I'd chosen but still showed,


As you can know it already has the back stand attached, so to make it easier to stamp and do the rest of the media on it I took a mixed media tub I had in my stash, (any tub will do as long as it's roughly the same height or a little bit higher as the back stand, but it needs to give a firm surface to be able to place your stamp on, (so the front surface is flat to work on)

This is the stamp pad by AALL and Create with the ink I used to stamp onto the surfaces, I didnt add my stamp to an acrylic block so I could press my fingers on the back of the stamp to get it into smaller sections too, this gives a variety to the stamping too as some are more defined then others, (this adds to the effect) let this dry as the ink will remain wet for a while, you can use aheat tool lightly over the top, but be careful not to burn the plywood,


Next I took a star stencil with some Modelling paste, this I randomly spread through the stencil here and there, again some parts missed or were thinner layeres, I wanted this effect as it gives the quirky look and lets a bit of the colour show through,
Leave to dry naturally, if you use heat it could make the stencil paste bubble, I didn't want this as I wanted it kept flat,


I had stamped coloured and fussy out out the bird images, then adhered them onto the front over some of the stencilled stars as shown, again I kept these flat to the surface of the phone holder, I decided I wanted a little more stamping at this stage so using a smaller text stamp and Versafine Clair Nocturne ink to make it stand out a little more I randomly placed it here and there, again I used just my fingers for the stamping to add small sections,





I used another stamped bird facing the opposite way, placing it lower down on the holder, glued in the same way,



I fussy cut out a sentiment on a separate piece of card, then glued it in the middle again keeping it flat,


And there is my finished quirky themed phone stand,
Just the thing to brighten up a dull day!! lol




Happy Crafting!!


Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Happy Birthday Mum

 It's my mums 91st Birthday on Friday, she has always loved watching ballet, so after I saw the gorgeous paper collection Passion by Stamperia which I bought from Dali Art market, I knew I just had to use it,

the range of products is fabulous and has fantastic prices, the delivery was really fast too, which I needed as I only thought of using the gorgeous papers at the last minute!! Lol


As you can see I also went back to my love of shabby chic, I've missed this style and I'm thinking I'm back to creating in this style, while I like CAS I don't find it easy he he,


So lots of fussy cutting, lace, distressed edges, sequins, cheesecloth and flowers, I added a hint of glitter on her dress too,


To finish the card off I added a BlooMar chipboard sentiment which I left in it's natural colour,



I'm creating with the same papers and images from the pad for my next project, so watch this space,

Happy Crafting!!



Friday, 23 April 2021

Quirky themed book mark

 Hi guys, I have made a tutorial on how I've created this quirky themed bookmark using 

AALL and Create stamps and stencil,


I couldn't resist this fabulous Strange Birds by Janet Klein coloured with my copics, then fussy cut out, I also used the stencil lotza semicirclz by Abs,

my tutorial is on my youtube channel 


I'm enering this into the Country view crafts challenge

Birds and Bees

Happy Crafting!!

Thursday, 22 April 2021

Wish We were Here,

Hi guys, I'm here again for

Calico Craft Parts with my second GDT spot for this month,

This time I couldn't resist this awesome MDF boat, it comes in a few sizes with or with out a shelf too,



As you can see I chose with out, after taking the pieces out, I glued them together, when set I then painted it inside and out with some white Gesso, leave aside  to dry,


 

Meanwhile take the section of the left over MDF and draw around the shape onto a piece of card,  here I drew around the outer edge, but I should have drawn around the inner, so do that, he he



You should have a shape like this, then fussy cut it out,



Next score some lines along the length of the boat shape, here I went every 1cm,
but you could do less or more if you wish, this balanced nicely though,



Fold them on the crease lines so the edges are pronounced,



Take an ink pad and holding it lightly go down the length of the scored lines so the ink catches onto the card here and there,


Then go over the same way with another colour of Ink pad, this time I used an oxide ink pad and it did  spread a little easier, to finish it off I lightly swiped here and there with this ink too,
Hopefully you get a worn wood look to the card,
(I got the idea for this off Tracy Evans off the intenet who has fabulous tutorials and ideas), 




Now for the next fun bit, here I used the Calico craft parts mini Seagulls and Mini Nautical style 2 wood shapes, these I applied white gesso as before then when dry I went over with some Texture paste, love this stuff, it gives feather effect to the birds and a rusted effect to the anchors,


For the Anchors when dry I then went over with some wax in Old Silver, you can see another mini piece from the sets which I gave the wax treatment too to,
Going back to the boat I painted the whole boat with a light greyish blue to keep in with the colour theme,


So fun part 3!!

I glued the piece of card I had created to look like worn wood to the base of my boat, 
I decided to make my boat part of a scene, this could have been created as a stand alone scene which would look just as fabulous or as I decided to do in a exploding box so it can be given as a gift,


I made the base of my scene, with watercolour card stock, which I painted with yellows and beiges for the sand, and a couple of blues and greens for the sea, when dry I glued this in place on my box,

Next I built up around it, by gluing one of the Anchors in front of the boat, a log effect piece I have in my stash to one side onto which I added the finished seagull which I painted over with a little yellow acrylic paint for it's beak and white for the feathers, some shells and other bits, then I added some mini Art Stones to finish it off,


Now for the rest of the box, I downloaded some digi print papers and glued them in place, these kept to the seaside theme,


On the back piece I glued some more of the seagulls, looking like the're flying around the coast line looking for fish, (not a chip in sight) Lol


I created a tag out of  the papers and simply added the oars and a shipswheel on the bottom, I kept this just coloured in the white gesso so the natural wood bits showed through, again for a weathered look, they would look fab coloured in bright colours too if that's more your thing!!




Here you can see the Binnoculars I had coloured with the wax in the previous picture, I painted the beach hut in light colours again going for a weathered look, and added one of the adorable little Anchors to the top!!


I love this compass styled one, which I painted with colour then went over with white to soften it, it went brilliant with the background images,


So of course a box has to have a lid!! so I used the same papers for this as inside just using the wood look ones,




Creating another tiny scene of the top, Again using one of the fantastic Anchors, another piece of my wood embellishment, shells and mini art stones, and another of the Calico Craft parts compass but this time I left that in its natural colour to give a little pop to the neautral colours of the others,

Well I hope this has inspired you , do check out all the fabulous products Calico Craft Parts sell,

Now for some exciting news!!
I have been asked to be a full time member of the design team for
Calico Craft Parts,
 so watch this space for more projects from me, Lol

Calico Craft Parts used:



Check out the fabulous projects on the Calico Craft Parts Blog

Happy Crafting!!


Saturday, 10 April 2021

Birthday Wishes

 Hi guys, wow I'm here again!! lol

This time I thought I'd share with you a card I've created using mainly AALL and Create stamps and a stencil but having layers on my card too,

I've missed my layers as I've created a few CAS cards lately, think layers maybe more me though!! lol


I got this fabulous feather stamp from Enjoy the Journey stamp set on sale, so couldn't resist, this time I just used it too add a little interst on the base of the card,

I then watered down some paint and splattered it with a brush onto the card base, then left it to dry,

I saw the lovely Tracy Evans using the feather stamp where she had cut it from the attached camera so I did this too, then I used the script from the edges of the said camera stamp to add a little script onto a piece of designer paper I had in my stash,


I then added some lace again from my stash to the side, then adhered a kraft tag over the top,

Onto this I had first stamped a little of the background from the Heart Grunge Stamp set, 

I stamped and coloured the fabulous flowers from the In the Bucket stamp set, then after fussy cutting it I glued it on the right hand side of the tag,


I stamped the Birthday Wishes from the same stamp set onto the same card as the base, then I simply cut out and adhered flat on the tag with a piece of 3D foam underneath on the left to account for the difference in height,

The friend I've created this for will be 80 this Birthday so I stamped the 80 cut down from the Enumerated stamp set, it was too large and had other designs on, so I just trimmed it down for the 80 only, this time I used Kraft card stock and edged the edges in black to match the writing and to make it pop a little, 

On the left I added a metal leaf embellishment by Finnabair, when set I added some moss at the base,


As you can see off this photo I had also stencilled with the Neauron stencil and modelling paste a little stencilling for a little added interest, this I let dry before adding the tag and other embellishments,

I enjoyed creating this card and may have a go at doing layers with the stamps again soon, 

Happy Crafting!!