Monday, 24 July 2017

Winnie in Winterland Snowglobe

Hi. I just thought I'd stop by today and show you this snow globe I created using the gorgeous Winnie in Winterland from Polkadoodles.

I've wanted to make a giant snow globe for ages, but have been waiting for the right image to come along. When I spotted this cute little image I just knew she'd be perfect.

If you want recreate this project, I've listed the materials at the end of this post. Below you will find a brief step by step of how it was created. If you do make your own globe or use my project as inspiration to create your own, please link back here so I can pop over to see your work.

1. Gather your supplies.

2. Die-cut the lamp post and railings from a cereal box or chipboard. I used a cereal box and glued five die-cuts together to create a sturdy piece that didn't bend or flex easily. Paint with acrylic paint. Cut a panel from vellum to create the lamp glass and glue in position. Once the paint is dry, add "snow" using modelling paste and glitter. Set aside.

3. Take a square of wet florist foam and cut it to fit comfortably inside of the neck of the bowl. Using a sharp knife, carve snow drifts into the foam. Once you are happy with the drifts, cover the foam in layer or two of Craft Planet PVA Glue and white kitchen towel. Set aside to dry thoroughly.

4. Using hot glue adhere a large marble to the centre of the jam jar lid. Cover with a layer of gesso and then acrylic paint. Once dry, glue a length of lace and some string pearls to the edge.

5. Cover the base board of the globe with patterned paper and trim with string pearls.

6. Resize Winnie  and a sentiment in your computer programme. If you are unsure of how to do this pop over to the Polkadoodles store where Nikky has a some instructions. Print out and then fussy cut the images. Add cocktail sticks to the bottom of Winnie and the lamppost (these are used to secure here into the base).

7. Paint the foam base with acrylic paint and whilst wet add a mix of faux snow and glitter. Once dry double check that bowl fits snuggly over the landscape base and then glue the landscape onto the base. Arrange the die cuts, tree and image as desired. If you are adding lights you will need to poke a hole through both bases and pass the lights up through. Arrange the lights on the tree and at the back of the lamppost.

8. Once you are happy with your arrangement, glue the globe into position. Add the jar lid.

9. Arrange a mixture of foliage and flowers to finish. I added some paper pine cones using Flowers 1 & 2 die sets (see this how to I did a while back).

I hope you like my little project and find my instructions easy to follow. If you have any questions please ask.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Winnie in Winterland
Elegant Lamplight and Gate Die
Flowers 1 and 2 Die
Plastic Goldfish Bowl
Wet Florist Foam
Craft Planet PVA Glue
Hot Glue
Docrafts mini led lights
Docrafts Artiste Acrylic Paint - Black, White
Modelling paste
Papermania Ultra Fine Iridescent Glitter
Lace, string pearls and ribbon
Assorted flowers and foliage.
Jam Jar Lid

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Distant Dreams

Just popping on today to share a card I had published in Craft Stamper Magazine earlier in the year. I've used the Oceania clear stamp set from Polkadoodles and Distress Markers.

Thanks for stopping by.

Claire x

Friday, 16 June 2017

Quick & Easy Card for Dad

I've made this quick and easy card using the A4 Ultimate Die-cut & Paper Pack from the Capsule Elements Metallics.

1. Trim a piece of the patterned to paper to fit a 5" x 7" Anita's card blank, leaving a narrow border. Adhere the paper to the card using a Stick It Glue Stick.

2. Take one of the paper ribbons from the kit and trim to measure 5.5". Mark the centre of the strip and fold the edges to the centre, the top corners should be about 1/2" from the top. Fold the top corners back to create the collar wing tips.

3. Trim a narrow border from patterned paper to create a decorative edge for the shirt collar, glue into position.

4. Assemble a bow from the paper kit, secure with a brad before gluing into position.

5. Snip the heads from two more brads and adhere to the card using silicone glue.

6. To finish add a sentiment and the word DAD.

If you want to see me re-creating this card and others, then please feel free to pop along to Clarkes The Stationers, Bond Street, Brighton between 10am and 4pm.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Quick & Easy Birthday or Father's Day Card

Just thought I'd pop on to share a really quick and easy card that I made recently.

1. Cut a Papermania 8 x 8'' kraft card blank to 17 x 14cm. Cut a black 16.5 x 13cm rectangle panel and then a 13.5 x 11cm panel from Papermania Kraftstax. Place all pieces of cardstock so they are landscape and round off the top and bottom corners on the right-hand side with an Xcut Corner Punch.2. Apply a thin line of Anita’s Tacky Glue to the black panel and fix to the front of the kraft card blank. Ensure there is an even border of kraft showing around the edges. 
3. Create fishtail tags using three varied lengths of Papermania Capsule Elements Wood Craft Tape, simply snip a 'V' into the end before sticking to the left-hand side of the card. Once you are happy with the placement, adhere the Kraftstax panel to the black card, making sure that the other end of the fishtail tags are covered.
4. Die cut the text from black cardstock. Use the Xcut Wedding Alphabet & Numbers for ‘Dad’, Xcut Mini Serif Alpha Dies for the rest of the text and finally the Xcut Dad Mini Sentiment Die for the moustache. Organise your text and adhere, enhancing the design by adding Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss to the moustache and word ‘Dad’.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

I'm back!!!

Well I'm kind of back. I thought I'd pop my head in, blow off the dust and see who's about! I'm not sure if people still blog or if other social media platforms have taken over? Whilst I love the ease and speed of sharing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, I really miss the details that blog posts give. So with that in mind, I'm thinking I might give blogging another whirl. I can't promise to post on regular basis at the moment, but I'm going to do my best.

Whilst I've been away from here, I've been super busy and believe it or not a lot of it has involved crafting. As many of you know I demonstrate for docrafts and also design for Polkadoodles. That hasn't changed, but I'm pleased to be able to tell you that I'm now a member of the 2017 docrafts Professional Design Team. My term with them is about to start, so I'm hoping that I'll be able to bring you lots of inspiration for using the new goodies that they will be releasing in the coming months.

Whilst I'm here I thought I'd give you a little glimpse of some of my recent docrafts demonstration pieces. If you've not been to one of our events, I can highly recommend that you pop along as there are some super talented demonstrators and they all seem to have a never ending supply of hints and tips as well as inspiration.

I'll start with some easy makes using the new Mr & Mrs Xcut die, Vintage Border dies and Dinky Flower and Leaf dies. You'll have to excuse the fact some of the colours schemes and layouts aren't quite perfect, but these projects were made during a demo and with the products that I had to hand.

This was a simple little anniversary card. I've added Bare Basics large wooden numbers painted with Artiste Silver Paint and a sentiment from Papermania All Occasions Sentiments.

Another easy make using the above dies, Coloured Vellum, Mirror Board and of course some ribbon. (All of the flowers on the top of the project have been made using one die).

Finally, a little gift bag.

Hopefully you can see just versatile the dies I've used are? I'll be back soon with some more makes and maybe a tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by and apologies again for the lack of consistency in blogging. I will be trying harder to blog regularly!

Claire x

Thursday, 19 January 2017

French Bulldog Bag

This is another bag that I did for my friend to give as a gift to a little girl who loves French Bulldogs.

The dog has been painted with acrylic paint and embellished with grosgrain ribbon and wooden stars.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

It's a show stopper.....

I was asked to make this bag as a gift for a friend's niece. The only restrictions were to use the ballerina image and the colours hot pink and black. So this is what I came up with.

I printed the image onto transfer paper and ironed it onto the bag prior to painting with acrylic paint. I then created curtains from tulle fabric and stitched them into place. To finish I added some gold chipboard stars and gold and black polka-dot ribbon. The cork heart was painted with black acrylic paint and then the name stamped and heat embossed with Docrafts Gold Embossing Powder.

The picture above doesn't show the glitter and sparkle, so I took another picture inside in an attempt to show the sparkly bits. Hopefully you can see them.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x
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