Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Faux Bronze Egg

I've got another one of those little altered cardboard eggs to show you today. This was actually the first one I created after being inspired by the new Dutch Doobadoo Butterflies which I received in the post. If you haven't seen them, then you really need to take a peek - they are STUNNING (so much so I've already ordered some more!!!)

To be totally honest with you, when I first looked at the butterflies I thought they were going to be really flimsy as they are so intricate and delicate looking, but I was wrong! They are amazingly robust, so much so that they took two coats of paint and a light misting with a reactor agent.

So what did I do? Well the first thing I did was to remove the inner lip from the edge of the egg so that I could place a hinge to allow the egg to be opened and closed. Next I coated the egg with a generous coat of Gesso.

Whilst I waited for the Gesso to dry I started painting all of the objects that I intended to use on the project with Vereday Paint. Once I'd covered everything with two coats of paint I lightly spritzed it with the reactor solution and left it to work it's magic.

Once the egg and decorative pieces were completely dry I assembled the egg et voila!!

Now I know this isn't to everyone's liking but I had fun making it and I actually quite like the finished item. I'm going to give this to my MIL instead of an Easter Egg as she's diabetic and can't have ordinary chocolate and doesn't like the diabetic stuff!

These eggs are quite addictive and I have another one in the pipeline already! I just hope that I can complete it before Easter!!!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x


Card/Paper laser Art A5 - ButterfliesMaimeri White Gesso 200ML

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
Just B Creative Crazy - Anything Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Altered Art Only
Everybody Art Challenge - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Easter
Pause, Dream Enjoy - Anything Goes
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes/Monochrome
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Winged Things
That Craft Place - Anything Goes/Easter

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The Easter Bunny has a treat in store for you........

Oh yes he does!! How would you like to get your hands on the gorgeous little image I've used today? Well you can. Nikky Hall has drawn this gorgeous little Easter Bunny Tatty Twinkle for Tattered Lace and they have decided to give her away as a freebie! To claim her simply hop over to the Crafting website. Nikky has also got some freebie papers for you all too, so hot foot it over to Polka Doodles to claim them.

Apologies in advance but this post is picture heavy and it STILL doesn't do the project justice! Don't think I'll be giving up the day job anyday soon to become a Photographer!

I decided that I needed to start using these tacky cardboard Easter eggs that I'd had knocking around in my stash for what seemed like forever. So what better use than to make a cute little scene?

I added a cardboard hinge to the egg and then covered it completely in course modelling paste.

Whilst I waited for it to dry I coloured up the images using my Graph'It markers and added a bit of sparkle with a Shake It Glitter Marker.

Once the paste was dry I hot glued some beads onto the base for feet and then painted the egg and added some Maimeri Iridescent Paste to some Gold Acrylic Paint which gives it a pearly shimmer.

Once dry I added a row of pearls. Then I painted the inside of the egg and added some florists moss for the grass before securing the images into the scene. You can see the scale I was working on in the picture above (I have placed a £2 coin in-front of the egg).

To finish the scene I added some of the gorgeous little butterflies from the Dutch Doobadoo range.

Finally, I decorated the outside of the egg with some die cut leaves, mini rosebuds and some more of the Doobadoo Butterflies.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the creations using this cute little stamp, there are truly inspiring projects.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
All Crafts Challenge April/May - Anything goes but no cards!
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes Easter Animal

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Getting Plastered!

This is a fun little sample that I made for the TV launch of Work & Play 1. It was a fairly easy card to make once I'd decided where I was going with it.

I'd seen this style of base card around a few blogs and so thought I'd have a go at creating my own. I'm really glad I did as they are excellent for creating scenes and offer a sturdy base which won't topple over once you start adding dimensional items.

I covered the base with the wood effect paper from the cd and then added the brickwork paper to the upright part of the card. I then used some Maimeri modelling paste to cover the brickwork, leaving gaps as though it had fallen off. To create the cracks I simply scrunched a plastic bag up and dabbed it onto the paste whilst wet.

Whilst the paste dried I coloured up Handyman Dave available from the CD or individually as a digi download with Graph'It Markers and then fussy cut him out. I also made the plaster's Hawk and Trowel from a piece of silver card, the "plaster" is a dollop of the modelling paste. The bucket is a clear plastic lid from a body spray which has been painted with silver acrylic paint and then filled with a drop of white acrylic paint. I used a cocktail stick to obtain the paint dribbles. The little paint brush is made from rolled and folded paper. The planks of wood were cut from the wood effect paper.

Once the paste was completely dry I assembled the card as shown attaching the sentiment with some brads I found in my stash.

Thanks for visiting today.


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes
Kit & Clowder - Something Blue
Word Play Saturday - Anything
Craftitude - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafts & Me - Anything Goes
Just B Creative Crazy - Anything Goes
The Crafting Cafe - One for the boys
4 Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Divas By Design - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - Make It Masculine
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Craftin Desert Divas - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Challenges - Masculine

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Phoar!!! Fit or what???

Meet Body Builder Dan isn't he gorgeous? Look at those perfect pecs and that six pack - working out has certainly paid off for him! Sadly the same can't be said for me - for some strange reason lifting a pair of scissors and Graph'It markers just doesn't have the same effect as a visit to the gym!

This was a really quick and easy male card using minimal materials (infact apart from a bit of card, mirri board and the stars, everything came from the Work & Play CD 1)- the hardest part was deciding when to stop building the muscle tone on Dan's body!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
The Doodle Garden - Anything Goes
My Creative Moments - Anything
Craftitude - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
4 Krafty Girlz - Anything Goes
Dream It Up - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
Without Words - Hobbies & Relaxation
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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

How Pink???

So did you get to see the Polkadoodles Show on Create & Craft TV this morning? I did and WOW what a show! Anyway, I made a few samples for the show but had a bit of a hiccup with delivery so it was hit and miss as to whether any of my samples would actually appear! As luck would have it they miraculously appeared halfway through the show. This is one of the samples that kept sneaking into view, I'll show you others over the next few days.

Anyway, I created this canvas using the new Work & Play 2 CD from Nikky Hall and have managed to shock myself with the amount of pink I've used!! Now I know a lot of you don't like CD's (I have no idea as to why, they are exactly like using a digi only better value and they don't take up room on your PC) so she has also released the characters as digis for you to be able to buy and download separately (this item is exclusive to Create and Craft TV until 1st April 2014, so if you're desperate for it then might want to order it from them).

I have to say I had lots of fun creating this picture and used it as an excuse to experiment! Now I know you'll be looking at the picture thinking "what experiment?" Well if you look at the background you will see that I have used one of the digital papers, now if you look even closer you will see that the canvas texture shows (click on the picture to be taken to a larger version which you can then zoom in on)! So how did I do it? Well I used a good old fashioned transfer technique which basically means that you print your digi paper as normal and then transfer it onto canvas leaving only the image and not the paper! I have to say it's become a bit of an obsession with me at the moment and you'll be seeing more of this technique in the next few weeks along with a few hints and tips and maybe a tutorial.

Once I'd created the transfer background using the patterned paper, I decided to try and do a secondary transfer with the sentiment. This was fairly successful, although I discovered that I didn't need to cut the paper tight around the text. It would've been better to have left plenty of paper surrounding it as the text lifted slightly in places which meant I had to touch it up!

To hide any shabby areas and add a bit of texture, I added some course modelling paste from my stash and dabbed gold acrylic paint around the edges. In places the transfer wasn't brilliant so I mixed some pale pink acrylic paint into some Maimeri Iridescent Paste and swiped it over this area with my fingers.

I cut out the image and coloured it with my Graph'It markers. I then gave her a little dimension by running my ball tool around the edge before mounting her on the canvas using silicone glue. Once the glue had dried I added some glitter glue to her tutu and hairband.

Next I made the ballet shoes. Now some of you have probably made these for your Barbie or Sindy Dolls when you were kids? They are dead simple and quick to make, but really add to the overall effect. The hardest part is the ribbon as it's a little fiddly and you have to wait for the glue to grab (unless of course you are using a hot glue gun). Again these have been glittered to within an inch of their life!

Finally, I've added some ribbon curls, ribbon flowers, pearl stars and pearls to pull it all together.

I hope you like this little canvas. Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
All Crafts Challenge February/March - Anything but a card
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes/Spots or Stripes
Craft It Up & Link It Up With Craftin Desert Divas - Brads, Button, Ribbon or Twine
Created With Love - Girly
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Transparent (the tutu is tranparent)
My Craft Spot - Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish - Anything but a card
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Glitter

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Have a heart......

and take a peek at the brand new challenge blog We Do Doobadoo whose first challenge is "HEARTS". I couldn't resist playing along with them especially as they have some fab goodies up for grab and don't require you to use their products! Don't know what you're waiting for, get over there and play!

Anyway, I thought I'd enter this quick and simple ATC that I made using some painty scraps I had laying around, and the fantastic Distressed Zig Zag Stamp Set and Love Story Stamp Set from Studio 12. Unfortunately my picture doesn't show that heart has been covered with Glossy Accents which I've then dropped alcohol ink onto it whilst still wet and flicked some mica powder into the mix. It gives an incredible finish.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this ATC into the following challenges:
We Do Doobadoo - Hearts
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Anything goes
Love to Create - Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Achoo!! Get Well Tissue Card

Oh get me back again! It won't last so don't worry! I just thought I'd give you the heads up for the brand new Work and Play Collection 1 which is due for release on Thursday. Also just a reminder that the Polka Doodles Challenge Sugar & Spice is still open - there's a mega prize up for grabs, so it's totally worth entering!

I decided that I'd make a Get Well card which contained a handy pack of tissues and I was almost certain that I'd find template somewhere on the internet. To my surprise I only found one and it wasn't quite what I was looking for, so I quickly knocked this one up using my new We R Memory Keepers Trim & Scoreboard which I have to say is a brilliant piece of kit!

I used the papers from the collection to cover the card. The chart is cut from a segment of the papers and I've then gone over the monitor lines with a red fine liner. The image and sentiment have of course been coloured with Graph'It markers. To finish I topped some buttons with some punched circles from the papers and cut a ribbon sentiment.

Hopefully, I'll be back within the next few days to show you some more projects that I've made using this collection. In the meantime I'll leave you with a taster of what is to come...

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash - 3-2-1 (3 Buttons, 2 Papers, 1 Bulldog Clip)
Card Mania - Use a sentiment
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
Just B Creative - Anything Goes