Thursday, March 21, 2024

Book Art.

Repurposing something a little different today.  I had made a Christmas Tree folded book (not shown yet)
and had about 80 pages left over that I had pulled intact from the original book used. There they sat on my desk waiting for inspiration until I spotted this book folding design on YouTube that only took 40 pages in total to make. 
The original tutorial also used book pages to create the flowers but IMO they didn't really stand out so I made mine from  variegated design paper (from Clarity Crafts)  also made them in 3 different sizes and edged the pages in matching distress ink.  Here is a close up of the origami flowers. Added leaves too.
Not having the original book left I also made a new book cover from cardboard and covered in the same variegated  design paper.  

Entering into the following challenges:
Allys Angels #80 Anything goes.
Crafty Calendar   More than one fold. 
Creative Moments #256 Flora and Fauna.
Love to Craft #79 Anything goes.
Mix It Up #70 Anything goes./optional fancy fold.
The Crafty Addicts #11 Anything goes.
We Love 2 Create #2 Anything goes mixed media.

Will be round your blogs to catch up on your makes shortly My immune system has decided to throw its toys out of the pram again .This time with a flare up of Psoriasis on both my feet. The red itchy flaky skin has been driving me nuts especially at night time. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Decoupage Cards

A new challenge is over on the butterfly blog. It is the turn of using a Technique and this time it's

Here are a few cards for your inspiration. 
On my first one I have gone with making a card 
using  the colours from the wheel of  Dairy Cream/ Dusky Pink/ Dark green. Decoupage/ Diamonds and a Die cut.

I have made a tent fold card shape which you can see in the photo below is self standing.  The stamp I have used is by Woodware 'Cosmos Collection' and I stamped 3 times. The first image creates the die cut base and I then fussy cut elements of the flowers out several times from the further 2 images to create the decoupage effect of the flowers. All coloured using my Graph'it marker pens and a silver gel pen for the relief . The sentiment was part of the same stamp set. Flat diamonds from my stash. The butterfly is a Woodware punch. 

The next one is a Slim line card created using a Die cut called Radiant Rose lily by Tonic Studios. I have used all of
  the colours from the wheel and  Decoupage/ Diamonds and a Die cut. Sentiment is also by Woodware. The die set comes with 5 single sized petals which I cut several times in various sizes and coloured before layering up with 3D dimensionals between each layer. 

A sideways view showing the layering. 
Last card using  the colours from the wheel of  Dairy Cream/ Daffodil/ Dark green. Decoupage/ Diamonds and a Die cut.  The stamp set  used is by W plus 9 and includes several butterfly shapes. Coloured using my Graph'it pens and a gold gel pen along with pearlescent chalks. Again i stamped out the flower image 3 times using the first image as the die cut base and fussy cut elements of the flowers out on the other two images to layer up with. The sentiment is from a stamp and die set by Practical Publishing 2020.

You can of course use ready made decoupage sheets which you just need to press out the pieces and layer up via the instructions included on the sheet. You will find a picture of one over on the butterfly blog.

I hope you will find the time to come and have a play. The challenge runs for 3 weeks as usual so will finish on Tuesday 2nd April. 

Friday, March 08, 2024

Straws Anyone!

A friend a while back challenged me to make a card using straws on it Now never one to pass up on trying out something different I bought a packet of drinking straws and sat and had a play and this is the result. 
I made a tent fold card base attached my stamped image to the front and then made a border around the edge by flattening straws and shaped at the corners to give the effect of a fancy photo frame.  The stamp is a favourite of mine by Woodware 'Camellia' and whilst the pattern on the straws is actually of roses they matched perfectly. coloured with my promarkers and dusted with a light coating of pearlescent chalks.  The card does stand up as I made the tent shape with a fold at the bottom. I did mean to take a sideways view showing that but I had sent the card to its recipient by the time I remembered to. 
Entering this card into the following challenges.
Crafts Galore #121 Anything goes.
Love To Craft #79 Anything goes.
Love To Scrap #166 Anything goes.
Patties Creations #216 Anything goes.

Sunday, March 03, 2024

Mixed Media Boards.

I fancied having a go at doing some mixed media using canvas boards for my base. Found everything I needed in my stash so had a play and these are the  results. Quite pleased with the results as this was the first time I had used modeling paste through a stencil and mica mists. I know , I know  I am late to the party but one just can't rush these things!

I covered the boards first with Gesso as they are only cheap ones and then used a stencil and modelling paste. Left it overnight under a radiator and then used a paint brush to apply some green pearls tints. After that I ventured out into the garden and used a pink micca mists randomly to cover.  The house was a chipboard piece that I covered in white paint and the frames were from where I had die cut the white strips (the kind man had  sent me as packaging in my order) mentioned in a previous post. The florals/butterflies are stamps by Julie Hickey again stamped and fussy cut from the white strips.  Buttons are from my button tin which once glued in place given a coating of wink of stella. 
The two heart buttons started out in life as orange with white spots but I covered in gesso  and sprayed with mica powder. The letters again cut from the white strips and painted pink and then wink of stella applied.  I just need to find a couple of matching old picture frames to set them into so I will be having a rummage in the local charity shop for those. 

Had several appointments to go to this past week but only managed to get to one of them as the rest were either cancelled  at the last minute or rained off so have had to be rescheduled.  There is so much surface water around at the moment. The bottom half of the garden is under water with just the stepping stones above it. Lots of flooding around the local roads too. Hope your all managing to stay dry. It is the first day of spring next Wednesday and I can't wait for the nicer weather.