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Sunday, 15 May 2016

A Unique Butterfly Canvas Collage

Hey everyone, hope you are well! I am here with something that I am truly proud of which I created to decorate my new room.
Over the years I have taken hundreds of photos of butterflies-it is my other passion in life besides crafting and something I enjoy immensely. I thought it was a shame that many of these photos are hidden inside scrapbooks and external hard drives not getting every day use and I wanted a way to display some of my progress in a way to nod to the theme of my new room.

I bought a canvas that would fit in the space between my (handmade too!) four poster bed and my (handmade) headboard. (I may link these projects later, if so will link to the relevant posts)

I had plenty of printable canvas, glue, my photos and serif Craft Artist 2 software to use. I wanted the canvas to look really special so I decided each butterfly photo would be digitally placed into various frames I have within the software either from the kits or from free vintage frames from The Graphics Fairy.

I made a page in the software and placed my chosen butterfly photos in their respective frames. I was able to see their measurements on the page in the software and I then saved and printed onto the canvas. I think I printed 6 or 7 A4 pages of these photos in the end onto the canvas.

I then cut carefully around the various frames and placed to one side. Once I had cut out all of the photos in their frames I began to arrange them onto the canvas, gluing and stitching as I went when I was sure I was happy with where I had placed them.

I then hung it on the wall above my bed-somewhere I can enjoy my butterfly photos every single day!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey Challenge: Sew Special
Art By Miran Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge: Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Creating a Unique Homemade Headboard!

Hey everyone, I hope you are well! I am here to show you the headboard we made for my newly decorated bedroom. I wanted a silver coloured plain headboard so I began to look for the material I felt would compliment my new decor.

I actually found a terrific bargain! I found a silver quilted patterned bedspread in Asda's sale for £5! We made the headboard from some wood, thick foam and this material. We have the foam on a strip of thin wood with the fabric stapled on with a large DIY stapler then thicker wooden struts to affix the headboard to the wall. It was incredibly easy, secure and we can easily switch out the fabric when I decide I want a change!

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Saturday, 14 May 2016

A Special Scrapbook for a Special Birthday.

Hey everyone, I am here with a special scrapbook I created for my Cousins 30th birthday. I wanted to make her something really special because she gave me a really thoughtful butterfly themed gift for my birthday.

I used My Minds Eye paper and kit, Papermania bare basics scrapbook, eyelets, various embellishments, cardstock, pink ink to smudge onto the edges of the pages and ribbons.

I wanted her to have the opportunity to put her own photos inside to make it even more special for her. She is getting married this year so I thought a love themed would suit well! I added little post its to illustrate how big the photos she uses should be. Her other half is also crafty so I think she may take over in organising the photos into the right sizes! :)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Art by miran challenge: Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes
Creative Fingers: Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party: Anything Goes
Simply Papercrafts Challenge: Anything Goes
Scrappers Delight's: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Enjoy the Journey Mixed Media Canvas

Good evening everyone. I am here with a project I made for my male best friend who loves bikes. Sometimes it can be hard to create for men but I really enjoyed making this :)

I started with a small plain canvas, wooden bike embellishments, printable canvas, texture paste, stencils, spray inks, water, some clear stamps, embossing powder and stazon.

I began by gluing strips of torn paper for a mixture of textures on the plain canvas. I let this dry.

Next I started stamping onto the canvas with stazon-I used some texture stamps and also some 'sewing stitches' stamps. Because of the different levels on the canvas it gave the wonderful 'messy' look I was imagining.

I then got out my spray inks and water and spritzed over the canvas-in some areas rubbing the colour into the canvas and in others leaving the 'spray' look of the ink. I did this in stages to get good coverage until I was happy.

I decided I wanted some more texture so I got out my texture paste and some stencils. I smeared this on in a messy fashion. Next I sprinkled some blue embossing powder onto areas of the paste where I wanted a different look and set with a heat gun.

I then embellished with a digital sentiment printed onto canvas using serif Craft Artist software, a pin badge and a bright yellow penny farthing bike.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Try it on Tuesday: Spots, Dots and Splashes
Aud Sentiments: Anything goes with a sentiment
Inspiration Station: Anything Goes
The Male Room: Transport
The Sisterhood of Crafters: No Patterned Paper
The Crafty Addicts: Anything Goes add a sentiment
Through the Purple Haze Challenges: Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting and for your lovely comments!

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

A Family Scrapbook for a Loving Nan Part One.

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. The first page I added lace and wooden accents.

The second page was dedicated to a photo of my nan on a wooden chair that we still have in the family. It sits in her front room! It was wonderful to see because I never knew and it is incredible that 80 years on it is still in immaculate condition with its original cushion. A tangible link to her early years!

For this page I used the complimenting Wild Asparagus decoupage, some ric rac, prima butterflies and pearl gems representing their flight on the page.

The second page was dedicated to her baby/toddler years and the adventure those represented. I found photos of my nan sleeping on her mother in their garden, of her playing with her father in the sandpit he created in their garden and of her mother holding her in the front garden.
I added elements from Sarah Hurley's kits, I punched a butterfly out of the bottom of the border wild asparagus paper and used the negative as a butterfly with pearls and gems as its body.

I will post more pages later and link the posts to each other :)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenge: Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown: Add lace (Page One!)
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments :)

Alphabet Letter Light

Good evening everyone :) I am here with a simple make for my new room. I noticed they had decorate your own alphabet LED lights from American Crafts which have a system that makes it easy to switch out the paper or card you use to decorate it in case you get bored-so you can leave or change it as often as you like.

It comes with a letter, LED lights, bulb covers and a template for the letter. This time round I chose an aqua colour glitter paper and cut the outside with scissors and the bulb spaces with a craft knife. You then add the bulb covers through those holes (great because it covers any scruffy attempts to cut for the little bulb holes!) and then you place the LED lights through into the bulb covers. It takes two AAA batteries and the battery box fits neatly into the back of the letter so its easy to hide and to turn off/on.

I am really pleased with this addition to my newly painted shelves above my desk :)

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Homemade Jute Cork board and pins

Another project for my new room! I was bored of the old office style thin wooden framed cork boards I had and they needed replacing anyway. I wanted my new board to be different and I love the look of jute. I looked at buying one with a nice frame but they were expensive-and when decorating every penny matters.

So I bought a large silver photo frame I liked and took it apart. I discarded the glass and the back of the frame.

I had two sheets of cork and a layer of jute. I placed these in the frame, with mod podge between the layers and lastly added thick corrugated cardboard to the back. We then affixed it to the wall with screws.

Next I made my own decorative pins with attractive buttons I had in my stash. That way I get to keep them but for a useful purpose instead of them sitting in tins!

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Not just Cards: Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenges: Anything Goes
Love to Create: Mixed Media Anything Goes
Everybody Art Challenge: Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door Challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments :)

Friday, 18 March 2016

Making a Plastic Multi Frame Your Own Special Decor Accent Piece!

Good afternoon everyone. Sorry it has been a while-my health hasn't been at it's best but I miss blogging so I am hoping to slowly get back into it! Thank you for your patience and support-it really does mean a lot to me :)

We just decorated my bedroom so I have been making my own accents to make my room unique using the various techniques and skills I have learnt over the years from crafting. It has saved me a lot of money and hopefully you'll enjoy seeing the different makes I have created for my new room and it will inspire you too! :)

I had been looking for a multi frame for my wall. The wooden shabby chic ones I loved were a fortune I really didn't have so I bought a plastic multi frame for my new room and hoped for the best. However when it arrived the white was off white and looked dirty from transit so I really wasn't happy with the look. I really loved the designs of the frames and it was what I wanted so I decided that instead of returning it I should give it a new lease of life and make it something unique for my new room.

I cleaned the frame with a baby wipe and let the frame dry. I removed all the glass and backing and placed them somewhere safe.

Next I got out my Americana chalky finish paint. This is an acrylic paint that is really useful because it sticks to most surfaces without priming first! I also love the look it gives and the potential for a shabby chic look I was aiming for.

I used the dry brush technique to put two coats of each colour on each frame. I had baby wipes for when I made mistakes to quickly erase them or to use to achieve the shabby look I was looking for by brushing over corners where wear and tear would occur.

I left it to dry (with the dry brush technique it doesn't take long)

I then got out some Mica powder and mixed it with water to get the antique gold 'wash'. I painted with a brush on some frames with the molded patterns and roughly added so it looked antiqued. For the other frames without much pattern I used a make up sponge in the mica paint and rubbed over the surface giving a rough look. I tried to consider where there would be the most wear and tear and reflect that in my refurbishment of the frames.

I varnished them and then put the frame back together.

I have some messages written in a journal for me from singers I hugely admire and I wanted to display them. So I scanned the pages into my computer. I then made alterations in photoshop to crop out dark areas where the book scanned darker than elsewhere and saved them. I then went into serif software and used the digital program to mix the messages on a page so I could have multiple messages on one page and also added some vintage butterfly prints on some.

I printed them directly onto craft paper which complimented my new butterfly wall paper. I achieved this by using 4x6 photo paper as a template and cut the craft paper to size, then printed through my printer (making sure you remember which way up to insert the paper!)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
2 Creative Chicks: Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft: Anything Goes
Sisters of Craft: Anything Goes
Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes
Craft Rocket Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations: Anything Goes

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Rainbow Ribbon Necklace

Good morning everyone! I am here with a colourful rainbow ribbon necklace for our 'Rainbow' challenge at Crafty Ribbons Challenge :)

I used various polka dot ribbons and jam pot ribbons from Crafty Ribbons which I tied onto a ring in a rainbow display. I then added a jump ring and purple elastic to hang from the neck. Something bright for summer!

Monday, 1 June 2015

All Crafts Challenge June/July!

Good morning everyone! How are you? 
It's time for a new challenge so here we go!
Thank you to everyone who entered last challenge-I love seeing all your gorgeous work-you outdo yourselves each challenge :)

I start with the top three in no particular order :)

And our winner as chosen by is 
Please contact me using the email address in my sidebar, thank you :)

On to this challenge-as always our theme is ANYTHING GOES BUT NO CARDS! We love seeing what you've been up to, and hope it encourages you to think outside your comfort zone to pick up a new craft or use your stash in new ways to make gorgeous gifts for yourself and others! ;-) We have a tiny rule for you -please limit yourself to two of a certain kind of make each challenge-so you can make two tags for example, and then some other kinds of creations like jewellery, canvas art, sewing or scrapbook pages.

Here are the creations to inspire you for this challenge :) 

First from our Guest designer this time Bettina :)

Mine-I made an earring storage frame using a pretty frame and some lovely lace from Crafty Ribbons :)

I cant wait to see what you all create for this challenge and thank you for getting involved, as always I encourage you to pop by the other entrants for inspiration and to make some new crafty friends :-)
Remember NON CARD creations only please but as always we are an anything goes themed blog so you can make whatever non card creation you desire using any products you wish!  
We have a tiny rule for you-please limit yourself to two of a certain kind of make each challenge-so you can make two tags for example, and then some other kinds of creations like jewellery or scrapbook page.
Also if you would like to be a guest designer please write GDT after your name,  thank you! :-)

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