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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

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Monday, 30 May 2016

Vintage Dimensional Butterfly 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 placed inside the frame.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Creative Knockout: Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu: Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge: Spring
Love to Create: Anything Mixed Media Goes
Crafting with An Attitude: Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: Get ready for summer

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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