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Friday, 24 June 2016

Love Rings Altered Jewellery Box


















Hey everyone, hope you are well :) I am here with a storage solution for my rings-I always find myself absent mindedly placing them somewhere 'safe' but then can't find them! I bought this plain wooden box a little while ago and hadn't got on with decorating it so I decided now was the time!
I used my new favourite paint-chalky paint :) I loved the little lower panel on the lid so decided I had to create something special for it.
I bought some plain unbleached cotton, measured some cardstock to fit into the void and covered the cardstock with the material. I then heat embossed the love sentiment onto the fabric as an experiment. I was pretty pleased with how it came out!
Next I dealt with the inside. I bought some hair curling foam things in the pound shop. I cut the plastic ends off and removed the wires from inside. I then cut them to fit in the void inside the box. Lastly I pushed them inside and voila!
























I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Deep Ocean Challenge: Metal or Wood
Artistic Inspiration: Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Love to Scrap Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Crafty Ribbons Vintage Polka Dot Shoe Clips

























Hey everyone, hope you are well! I am with some more shoe clips that I have made to accessorise my new vintage dresses from Lindy Bop :) I used Crafty Ribbons Basics to Go Grosgrain ribbons, Crafty Ribbons Polka Dot Ribbon, beads and shoe clip blanks.
I started by gluing four black grosgrain ribbons with a fold in the middle of the back, then two of the white polka dot. I used a peg to make sure they dried securely.















I then glued two of the black ribbons into a bow shape (not tying a knot keeps the bow from being too bulky!) and then added the white polka dot in the centre with the black ribbons peeking out from behind it.  I repeated this with the other side.















I then sewed a line of seed beads in the centre using a beading needle. Lastly I glued onto the shoe clips using a glue gun.

I love these because you can wear them on any shoes, any time-and any where on the shoe! They don't damage your shoes so you can switch up basic shoes and make them really special and match your outfit!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
Artistic Inspiration: Anything Goes
Craft-Dee Bowz: Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: Going Dottie
Glitter 'N' Sparkle: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

A Family Scrapbook for a Loving Nan Part Three

Good evening everyone :)

I want to share a project that is very close to my heart. Recently my Nan turned 80 and I wanted to make her something really special-we are very close and there is just not enough I can do to show her how much I love and appreciate her.

I told her I wanted to take a look at her family photos in order to rescue and restore them for the future-making digital copies would also allow me to share them with everyone in the family so we make sure that they are safe in many hands!

She gave me a huge bag of photos-over 100 years or more-because she had some of her parents family photos too. Obviously being that old they required some restoration so as I scanned them into my computer I used Photoshop to restore them digitally and it was wonderful to watch some photos which were almost completely ruined turn into *almost* perfect again.

I didn't tell her what I was up to really-but it was her birthday coming up and we were planning a huge family party so I wanted to be able to gift it to her at the party so everyone could have the enjoyment of seeing the photos themselves too!

I dedicated this particular scrapbook to documenting my Nan's early life. I wanted to learn from the memories it would trigger to preserve some family history at the same time-so we can pass these stories to the future generations.

I used My Minds Eye Wild Asparagus papers for the entire book because I love the vintage look which really lends itself well to the era of photos and the imperfect nature of the photos I restored.
I wanted to make sure each page looked different within a theme so I switched up the layouts often. I started by placing the photos and then constructing the page around them until I was happy with the look I got.

Here is part three!
This page I used a strip of pattern paper as a border with lace at its centre. I then embellished with wooden butterflies and decorative corners.


















This page I embellished with ribbon, wooden butterflies and decorative corners.


















On this page I embellished with wooden butterfly and decorative corners, wild asparagus flower with a button centre and ribbon.


















I would like to enter these into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: Going Dottie!
Simply Papercraft: Anything Goes
Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenge: Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: Metal or Wood
Crafty Sentiments: Kids
The Crazy Challenge: R is for...Restored photos!

Thank you for visiting and for all your lovely comments!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Pastel Backlit Butterfly Canvas

Hey everyone, I am here with a backlit canvas I made as a present :) I really love creating these backlit canvases because they feel so special and so versatile-changing the image you use on the front changes the feeling of each piece.
I begin by getting hold of some LED fairy lights (they don't burn hot so are safe to use in a project such as this!) and sewing them into the back of a canvas. I glue some areas of stitching too to make sure it stays secure.
Next I create my front panel. I used linen look cardstock because it is quite thick and it looks similar to the plain canvas below.
I die cut some of the butterflies from the canvas panel. I also die cut extra little ones and used a punch for a couple too. (The X-Cut butterfly dies/stamps are my favourites because I adore butterflies and can create so many different looks!)
I then stamped these with coloured ink and heat embossed with clear embossing enamel.
























Next I glued the front panel on and then attached the butterflies where I wanted them (making sure the ones that were die cut from the panel were in the right place.
Lastly I added gems and pricked out flight paths with a needle into the cardstock and through the canvas.
























I have tried to share what it looks like as the day goes by-in the daytime without the lights on, in the evening with the lights on in the room, and at night with the room lights off.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Critters and Creatures: Anything Goes
As you like it: Favourite Die and Why
Hanna and Friends: Butterflies
Creative Artiste: Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes
My Time to Craft: Summertime
Creative Fingers: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Thursday, 16 June 2016

A Family Scrapbook for a Loving Nan Part Two

 I want to share a project that is very close to my heart. Recently my Nan turned 80 and I wanted to make her something really special-we are very close and there is just not enough I can do to show her how much I love and appreciate her.

I told her I wanted to take a look at her family photos in order to rescue and restore them for the future-making digital copies would also allow me to share them with everyone in the family so we make sure that they are safe in many hands!

She gave me a huge bag of photos-over 100 years or more-because she had some of her parents family photos too. Obviously being that old they required some restoration so as I scanned them into my computer I used Photoshop to restore them digitally and it was wonderful to watch some photos which were almost completely ruined turn into *almost* perfect again.

I didn't tell her what I was up to really-but it was her birthday coming up and we were planning a huge family party so I wanted to be able to gift it to her at the party so everyone could have the enjoyment of seeing the photos themselves too!

I dedicated this particular scrapbook to documenting my Nan's early life. I wanted to learn from the memories it would trigger to preserve some family history at the same time-so we can pass these stories to the future generations.

I used My Minds Eye Wild Asparagus papers for the entire book because I love the vintage look which really lends itself well to the era of photos and the imperfect nature of the photos I restored.
I wanted to make sure each page looked different within a theme so I switched up the layouts often. I started by placing the photos and then constructing the page around them until I was happy with the look I got. 


Here goes part two!

















For this page I used ribbon and lace to embellish and wooden hearts.



















For this page I added chipboard and wooden butterfly embellishments, lace patterned ribbon as the edge of the border between the patterned paper and wild asparagus decoupage I put together. Lastly I added pearl trails from the butterflies.



















For this page I used the lace ribbon as a border between the patterned paper. I embellished with wooden butterflies which I further embellished with gems.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges: Vintage
Frilly and Funky: Pastels and Pearls
Deep Ocean Challenges: Metal or Woods
Lemon Shortbread: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Crafty Ribbons Anything Goes: Printable Shrink Plastic Butterflies Bookmark

























Hey everyone, I hope you are well! I am here with a project to show you using Crafty Ribbons Vintage Butterfly Ribbon for our 'Anything Goes' challenge. This range is without doubt one of my favourite ranges they have created- so versatile and pretty!

I started by cutting the ribbon long enough to save a book's pages effectively. I used a book I own to do so. I then placed clamps at either end of the ribbon once I had glued the ends and that makes a stronger bond which prevents fraying.

I then made my embellishments for the bookmark-following the butterfly theme! I used Printable shrink plastic and printed off some gorgeous free vintage butterfly digis from The Graphics Fairy which is one of my favourite sites on the internet!
I cut round the butterflies once I was sure the ink was dry and I left a place to punch a hole into so I would be able to attach them to my bookmark.
They were then been baked until small in the oven. Make sure you don't touch them when they are really hot!
Once they had cooled and pressed until flat after heating in a heavy book I added rings to attach them to my ribbon bookmark. A simple and easy project!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations: Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination: Anything Goes
Rubys Rainbow: Anything but a Card
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
Critters and Creatures: Anything Goes
Our Crafty Corner: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Crafty Ribbons Polka Dot Shoe Embellishments

























Hey everyone, I  hope you are well! I am big into Vintage clothing and accessories at the moment and just bought a gorgeous dress from a Vintage dress store which was Navy with Red Piping. I found some gorgeous Navy shoes but I wanted to add some red to really make them 'pop' and match my outfit.

I found some shoe clips on ebay for sale but none were what I wanted-so I decided to make my own! I found some shoe clip findings, also on ebay, and got together some Navy Grosgrain ribbon, Red Polka Dot bias binding, white seed beads, needles and thread, glue and beading needle and thread. (I linked to the correct ribbon and bias binding on Crafty Ribbons store!)
























I cut four equal lengths of Navy Ribbon, and two of the polka dot Bias Binding. I then glued each of these folded in on each other one by one to make a look of a bow. I then left them to dry with a clothes peg keeping the glue secure while it dried. I then started to craft my bows once dry.
























I organised the bottom grosgrain ribbon so they crossed in the centre, then added the red polka dot in the centre. Next I began to sew these layers together. I then got out my beading needle and thread and secured the seed beads in the centre.
Lastly I glued the shoe clips to the reverse of the bows.

The best thing is you can put these bows on any shoes, at any area of the shoe without damaging them. I moved one to the back of the heel to show you how easily this is done.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge: Fancy Bows and Ribbons
A Beautiful Mess: Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Challenge: Anything Goes
Simply Create Too: Use Buttons or Bows
Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Friday, 3 June 2016

Vintage 'Le Papillons' Butterflies Box frame

























Hey everyone, I hope you are well :) I am here with a project I really have fallen in love with :) I won some printable cotton from crafty computer paper a little while ago and I wanted to think of different ways to use it.
I started with a box frame, some unbleached cotton, printable cotton, cardstock, glue and vintage images of butterflies.

I printed the butterflies onto a sheet of printable cotton, and then a second the same size onto cardstock. I cut around the fabric butterflies and then mounted them onto cardstock to make the dimensional look I wanted possible. I then folded these cotton butterflies wings and glued them onto the printed butterfly below.
As I waited for them to dry I used the paper insert that came with the frame to cut out a cardboard mount. I then covered this with the unbleached cotton.
Lastly I placed the butterflies where I was happy on the unbleached cotton mount and stamped the french word for butterflies under the image using stazon on the unbleached cotton. I then placed this in the box frame.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge: Use a new technique
Crafty Catz: Add a Butterfly
PDE Linky Party:Anything Goes
2 Creative Chicks: Anything Goes
A bit More Time to Craft: Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics: Anything Goes
Anything but Cute: Celebrate your style
Crafting in a beautiful mess: Anything Goes 

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments! 

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Crafty Ribbons 'Masculine/Transport' Challenge Nautical Canvas



















Hey everyone, I am here with a project to show off the Nautical Ribbons collection at Crafty Ribbons for our 'Masculine/Transport challenge. Nautical is very much back in so it made a nice easy way to get involved and make a nice home decor gift on trend!

I had a plain canvas. I cut very carefully at each end of the canvas and threaded each ribbon through the front of the canvas and affixed these securely from the back of the canvas.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Our Crafty Corner: Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination: Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafting by Design: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Stampin' Up Celebrate Today Slate Heart Gift

























Hey everyone, hope you are well! I am here with a present I made for my uncle's special birthday-and after visiting today I was very pleased to see it has pride of place in their lounge!
I used a real slate heart and stampin' up stamp which I embossed with white embossing powder. A very simple but effective way to decorate plain slate-although it does get hot so careful not to touch for a while!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Pinspirational Challenges: Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps: Anything but a card
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Eureka Stamps: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp: Monochrome
Where the Heart is Challenge: Anything Goes/One layer only

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!


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