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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Crafty Ribbons LED Candle Christmas gift and wrap.


























Hey everyone, hope you are well! I am here with my project for Crafty Ribbons 'Christmas' theme. I have been making personalised LED candles as presents for my loved ones this christmas and there is nothing better than giving them in beautifully wrapped parcels too!

For the candle I stamped the fox image on tissue paper and coloured with promarkers. I then used grease proof paper to hold it down as I heated it to transfer into the candle.

I found some christmas tissue paper which goes with the gorgeous Santas grotto ribbons from Crafty Ribbons and I wrapped my candle in tissue paper then used cello wrap over the top. Lastly I decorated with the lovely ribbon!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafting by Design: Here come the Holidays
Crafty Gals Corner: Anything Goes
Creative Moments: Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination: Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations: Anything Goes
Color Inspiration Monday: Anything Coloured

Thank you for visiting and for all your lovely comments!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Adirondack inks LED fairy light glass vase

























Hey everyone, I hope you are well! I am here with another gift for Christmas. I found this lovely sturdy vase in poundland and it was just plain. I decorated with Adirondack inks and varnished with Mod Podge. I then placed the fairy lights inside the jar.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Challenge: Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party: Anything Goes
Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Alkaline Trio Lyrics Colour change LED candles




























Hey everyone, hope you are well! I am here with some candles I decorated with lyrics from some of my favourite Alkaline Trio songs. I used a set of colour changing LED candles with a controller so they will last longer than traditional candles and have lots of different 'looks'.

I printed the lyrics out and traced them onto tissue paper, and did the same with the heartskull for the largest candle. I then stamped stars and butterflies because they related to the lyrics. I then used greaseproof paper wrapped around the tissue paper I placed on the candles and heated it until the tissue paper disappeared.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Creative Moments: Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination: Anything Goes
Wonderful Wednesday: Anything Goes
Cards and More: Anything but a Card
Crafty Sentiments: Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Monday, 21 November 2016

Alkaline Trio Art LED canvas
























Hey everyone, I hope you are well! I am here with a piece of art I created inspired by my favourite band Alkaline Trio.

First of all I designed the image on crafting software. The heart skull is their logo and I wanted to create incorporating it into the design. I printed onto a heavy canvas style cardstock.

I then sewed and glued fairy lights on the inside of my canvas. When I was done I cut the design to size and glued it to the front of the canvas. Next I made tiny little pin holes around the swirls and music design to allow little areas of the design to be highlighted.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge: Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Challenge: Anything Mixed Media Goes
Creative Corner: Anything Goes
Creative Fingers: Anything Goes
Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes
Avenue 613 Create: Anything Goes
Love to Create Challenge: Anything Mixed Media Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Stamped LED Candle


























Hey everyone, I hope you are well! I am here with a make using an older method with a newer material. I love the stamped candle technique but I wanted to experiment and see if I could make it work on the new LED no flame candles because they are safer than a naked flame.

I bought some LED candles from a store, some white tissue paper, grease proof paper, and got out my stamps and ink pads.

Before I started with each candle I checked they worked with batteries inserted. Worse thing would be finding out the stamped creation didn't work and that you couldn't get a refund! Remember to remove the batteries before starting the process.

I stamped onto the white tissue paper, cut closely around the image and placed where I wanted it on the candle. I then wrapped the grease proof paper around the candle and used my heat tool to melt it into the wax. It worked fine! I was very pleased that it still worked fine when I returned the batteries after the candle cooled too.

This way the candle lasts much longer than a standard candle and you can make flame less candles which are safer for those with young children or have general forgetfulness or clumsiness like me!

They are great gifts and I wrapped them with tissue paper, then cellophane over the top. For this candle I used Crafty Ribbons White Christmas Cobalt Ribbon to decorate with matching blue star tissue paper!



I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations: Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge: Anything Goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin': Anything Christmas Goes
Creative Moments: Anything Goes optional Thank you/Give thanks
Inspiration Destination: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Vintage Butterfly 3D Box Frame Art

























Hey everyone, hope you are well! I am here with a Vintage butterfly wings 3D display. I used an image of butterfly wings from a vintage book found on the graphics fairy site. I printed it twice so I could use a layer for 3D wings.

I carefully cut out just the wings from one of the printed sheets and then to make them appear like real butterfly wings I shaped them with a curve and attached 3D foam pads on the outer edges of the outside of the wing. I then dipped the inside of the wing in pva then placed them on the other printed sheet. That way the wing curves up like its real.

I mounted onto a sheet of cardstock covered with cotton and then placed in a box frame.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations: Anything Goes
Cute Cards Tuesday: Anything But a Card
Southern Girls Challenge: Pop it Up
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge: Anything But a Card
Crafting By Designs: Anything Goes
Creative Moments: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Billy Talent Swallow LED backlit canvas






















Hey everyone, I hope you are well! I am here with a canvas I made as a thank you for being invited to a Billy Talent show on the guest list. There was a mess up with my order of their new album and to apologise they asked me to come along. They are one of my favourite bands so I was very happy!

They have used swallows in their album art so I decided to create with that idea as my inspiration. I found a vintage image of a swallow and put it into Craft Artist 2 program where I reshaped and coloured them to my taste for this project.

I then created the banner in the program too. I printed the images and banner out onto the same kind of card stock I used for the top layer of my canvas and carefully hand cut them all, including the banner.

I then placed the banner on foam pads so the centre of the banner is lifted off the canvas and the ends of the pattern are glued directly onto the canvas to give dimension.

I then created the pattern with the swallows and glued them in place. Lastly I hand pricked the flight paths using a needle in pretty designs so the light shines through.

I gave them the canvas when I saw them at the show and they told me they loved it so much it would be put on their studio wall. I hope so, what an honour that would be!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Inkspirational Challenges: Anything Goes
Crafty Friends Challenge: Anything Goes
Creatures and Critters Linky Party: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations: Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Challenge: Anything Mixed Media Goes

Thank you for visiting and for all your lovely comments!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Shrink Plastic Swallows Necklace

























Hey everyone, I hope you are well! :) I am here with a necklace I made using vintage images of swallows, printable shrink plastic, chain, jump rings and a lobster clasp.

I started by creating the swallows in different colours in Craft Artist 2 software and making them a size I thought would work once shrunk to around half. I printed them off and carefully punched and cut around them. I tried to make the holes so the swallows would 'fit' once shrunk in a flying pattern.

I then used my heat gun to shrink them all. After I had shut them in a book to make sure they flattened I got out the jump rings and attached them to each charm. Next was the tricky part trying to fit them together. Luckily they fit quite well and I just attached each jump ring to the next bird. Lastly I added the chain and catch.

To varnish them to stop colour transfer once worn I painted them with a couple of coats of mod podge.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge: Not a Card
Creative Moments: Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination: Anything Goes

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

Crafty Ribbons Nautical Ribbons Jute Corkboard




















Hey everyone, hope you are well :) I am here with our 'Anything Goes' Challenge at Crafty Ribbons to show you a very quick and easy update to decor. I have some jute from making my silver jute corkboard a few weeks ago and it inspired me to try this way. I used a blank canvas, jute, cork sheets and Nautical ribbons from Crafty Ribbons.

I started with the blank canvas. Over the canvas I placed a sheet of cork. I then padded the back of the canvas with cork too-finishing by backing the canvas with a thick cardboard sheet.
Next I covered the canvas with jute, then added the ribbons to the edges for decoration.

A very inexpensive and quick way to update your decor!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Altered Eclectics: Anything Goes
Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Challenge: Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination: Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting and for all your lovely comments!

Monday, 17 October 2016

Watercolour embossed flower CAS card


















Hey everyone, hope you are well! I am here with a CAS card I made recently using some small flower stamps, embossing powder, watercolour pencils and ink pads.

First of all I embossed lots of flowers and leaves of various patterns and with clear or white embossing powder. Next I cut these all out by hand. I then coloured using Watercolour pencils and left to dry for a while. I then arranged the flowers and leaves onto a small card blank and affixed them when I was happy with how they looked. I then stamped the greeting in a gap I left. Lastly I embellished with coloured iridescent gems.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Brown Sugar: Handmade Flowers
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
Love to Scrap Challenge: Anything Goes
Use your stuff: Mixing up the stamps
Artistic Inspirations: Anything Goes
Sparkle and Sprinkle Challenge: Anything Goes with glitter/embossing powder or flocking

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

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Crafty Ribbons Vintage Butterfly Lace Necklace

























Hey everyone, hope you are well! I am here with a make for Crafty Ribbons 'Halloween Colours' challenge. I really adore their selection of Viscose lace and this one is one of my all time favourite colours. Perfect for a glamorous goth halloween costume!
I measured the lace around my neck then attached either ends to a ribbon clamp with some glue inside to ensure it is strongly held. I then added a clasp. I found the middle of the necklace and then used a jump ring to attach a butterfly cameo I made out of some butterfly paper, a blank cameo and glass glued with mod podge.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Handmade LED Fairy Jars























Hey everyone, I hope you are well :) I was thinking of ideas for christmas the other day when this idea popped in my brain. You must all know how much I love LED lighting from my older projects but as time passes they get even better! Smaller and much easier to make with :)

I saw a plain set of jars in a store for a reasonable price so I thought I would try to make my own LED fairy jars to give as presents for christmas!

I bought some LED fairy lights on wire with a small watch battery online and thought I would pair them if I could work out how to decorate the glass.

Anyway after considering it for a while I remembered my stash of Adirondack inks I have and rarely use. They are fantastic because they 'stick' to all kinds of surfaces-one of which is glass!





















I loaded the felt with the chosen colours and repeatedly stamped over the glass until I was happy with the colouring. When the inks were dry I then got out my Sparkle Mod Podge and gave the jar two coats of sparkly varnish. You cant see the sparkly finish well in photos but when you are next to the glass the glitter shines giving an added dimension to the jar. Then lastly I placed the LED fairy lights inside and 'Tada!'






















I tried to make it look pretty even in the day time when you wouldn't have the lights illuminating the glass.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge: Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations: Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs: All that Glitters

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

Friday, 29 July 2016

Upcycled Morrocan Accent Pine Sideboard

























Hey everyone, hope you are well! I am here with something I am very proud of. I found a second hand sideboard on ebay for a very good price and wanted to make it fit into my new room. I still had paint from painting my other furniture and I used some of my favourite papers I won in my placing of cardmaker of the year a few years ago from Stampin' Up cut using mosaic punch.
























We sanded the top of the unit down to allow the paint to adhere to the top. When there was enough for the paint to grab we used treatment to stop the knots on the unit that had previously shown through the old paint coming through again. (You can just about see the knots showing through in the first photo before we worked on it!) We also fitted the handles and filled the holes where the old knobs had sat. That way we knew where they would go after painting and wouldn't mess up the fresh paint. We took them back off then painted the unit.
























After a couple of coats of gloss on the white and the blue/grey mix we let it dry thoroughly and fitted the handles when we were done.
























Lastly I got going on my moroccan style pattern. I had cut hundreds of punched pieces of patterned scrapbook paper and I sat and used mod podge hard coat to carefully affix them on the door in a mostly random pattern. After this was done I varnished with a few coats of spray varnish.

I would love to know what you think!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
As You like it Challenge: Favourite Papers and why
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts: Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: Anything Goes
Creative Moments: Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination: Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks: Favourite Designer/Paper/Company)

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Crushed velvet look and polka dot shoe clips

Hey everyone, I am here with some shoe bows to make my shoes look a little more glamorous and go with my new vintage dresses!

I started by gluing four crushed velvet looking lilac ribbons with a fold in the middle of the back, then two of the lilac polka dot. I used a peg to make sure they dried securely.














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



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 these into the following challenges:

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Crafty Ribbons Advent Calendar

























Hey everyone, I hope you are well! I am here with an advent calendar I made using Crafty Ribbons Christmas Advent ribbon, some beautiful snowflake felt, Crafty Ribbons Swiss Dots ribbon, plain white felt and my sewing machine for our Christmas challenge at Crafty Ribbons.

I started by cutting white felt bigger than the ribbon in strips of six to a line to fit on the snowflake felt. I placed each strip on the felt and saw the kind of distance I wanted between them. I then began sewing each strip of felt and the advent ribbon onto the snowflake material. I used the slight line marked between each number as where to sew each section-making pockets on each.

I then attached the swiss ribbon to hang it from.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Decorate to Celebrate: Anything Goes
Ikes world Challenge: Christmas in July
ABC Christmas: No is for No rules
Christmas at Sweet Stampin: Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: Monochromatic
Creative Moments: Anything goes with ribbon/bows

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

CAS Butterfly 'Enjoy the moment' card

























Hey everyone, hope you are well! I am with a CAS card I made using my favourite subject-butterflies! I used two lighter colours and a deep green memento ink pads and stamped the images on top of one another. I then added a sentiment underneath.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments: Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread: Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Stamps+fun=Creativity: Anything Goes
Thank you for visiting and for all your lovely comments!

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Inspirational Slate Heart Gift

























Hey everyone, I hope you are well! I am here with a project to personalise a lovely slate heart I had in my stash. I used Stampin' Up stamps and white embossing powder to emboss an inspirational quote and butterfly decoration onto the heart to give as a gift.
Its simple and effective but you must be careful because the slate gets very hot so you should leave it for a while to cool!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination: Anything Goes
Simon says Stamp: Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge: 'I' for Ink it up
Creative Fingers: Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Friday, 1 July 2016

Moroccan Theme 'Thinking of You' card



















Hey everyone, hope you are well! I am here with a CAS card using some new stamps and dies I found a little while ago which I love!
I cut My Minds Eye papers with the dies and used both the negatives and the positive cuts on the card with different papers on each. I stamped the greeting then added half of the die cut at the end of the card pointing towards the greeting and added gems on the 'i' dots too.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Lemon Shortbread Challenges: Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps Challenge: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
Simon says Stamp: Anything Goes
Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations: Anything Goes

Thank for visiting and for all your lovely comments!

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Crafty Ribbons Animal Challenge Lanyard


















Hey everyone, I am here with my inspiration for our Animal challenge at Crafty Ribbons :) I used the Animal Kingdom Cats Silhouette Ribbon to make a personalised lanyard. I used clamps which I glued inside and then shut the clamps with jewellery tools. I then used a 3mm split ring on each end of the ribbon, then added the lanyard finding and attached each ends.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination: Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs: Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes

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

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!
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