Monday, 8 August 2016

Queen of the Heavens

Hi everyone!

Not many posts here from me lately - I am taking time over the summer to rest and make plans.

Blogging for now will be taking a back seat - but I will pop up occasionally when I have made something....and today is one of those times....

 Two very dear friends of ours have become first time parents (YAY!) and of course at times like this I really love to make a totally original, 'one of a kind' gift that is as unique as the newborn...


 Of course it is a frame - how I love making those!

Usually I make new born baby gifts in the standard pale pink and blues...but this little girl's Mummy is a huge fan of colour (You can see for yourself here - please take a peek at the hugely talented work she does with her friend. They own a company called hattie and flora )

If you did take a peek at the video link you will totally see why I have made this collage in the way I did! As much as it is a collage for Juno - it is also a tribute to her Mummy's love of colour and, while I can't copy what she does so brilliantly, this frame is also a tribute to her unique style. I definitely wanted it to be in tune with her love of vibrant colours...(she is also trained as a florist - so I just had to put some flowers in there too!!).

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I chose a beautiful dusky pinky-peach plaid background for the collage and the first decoration I made was a picture of the beautiful little girl....Luckily I had access to FB pictures so could choose my favourite...


I cut out the photo and glued it into a silver pendant frame. I used some off-cuts from a previous project as the background...some stencil printing (I think) with distress inks. I added some paper lace, gems and a chit chat sticker.


The baby's name....Handwritten on a piece of card that had Worn Lipstick DI dabbed over, then stenciled, sprayed with water and then stamped with a text stamp....not very noticeable details - but just adding texture. I added little pearl gems to each corner.


The baby's birth details - On a piece of card I dabbed with Shabby Shutters DI and stamped with a text stamp using Peeled Paint DI. I then spritzed the card with water to make the colour more muted. I then finished it off by drawing faux stitching around the edge.

Now to fill in more of the baby collage frame....


One of my favorite baby quotes - used many times - but still perfect. The card was dabbed with Broken China DI and then some printed paper was cut into a heart shape. I wrote the quote across the card and added dots around the edge. A chit chat sticker was then added.


I had a metal embellishment of a baby hand print and wanted to use that. Using Wild Honey DI I covered the card and the spritzed with water before dabbing it with a tissue. A chit chat sticker was added.


 A final quote - which is so true!!! I wrote this quote on a piece of card that had been dabbed with Seedless Preserves DI and stamped with a fern stamp using Seedless Preserves DI. I added a swirl die cut here and had a small gap to fill in the collage....so I used a piece of card covered with Evergreen Bough DI and used a 'LOVE' metal embellishment.


The frame was made as usual from Balsa wood...1inch wide strips cut to size and glued in place. When dry I painted it with Decoart Burnt Umber paint. Then I covered it with a layer of Decoart Weathered Wood. Followed by a coat of Americana Decoart White acrylic paint. Then I applied two layers of Decoart Media Ultra Matte Varnish. I then glued it to the arrangement and added a mountboard back to make the frame sturdy.


Two holes were made in the top of the frame and a length of twine was pushed into them. A blob of strong glue was added and the screw brads were pressed into the holes and hammered in place.


 And now for the flowers...I made the pink flowers using the Tattered Florals Die cuts. Coloured by placing them into a puddle of Seedless Preserves DI made by smooshing the pad onto the mat and spritzing with a lot of water. When the flowers were still slightly damp I pressed them into shape with the end of a paintbrush then left them to dry - this way they keep the flower shape without having the creases that occur when trying to shape firm card.


The center of the flowers was made using Glossy Accents and sprinkling on my favourite glitter - Rock Candy Distress Glitter....such a beautiful effect


The tiny yellow blossoms are made using a die cut from the Susan's Garden range by Sizzix. I coloured them with a wash made from Wild Honey DI and water. I then added a tiny pearl bead to each flower center.


The blue flowers were made by cutting a strip of card and then cutting it into a fringe of tiny strips halfway down the card. This was then coloured with a wash of Shaded Lilac DI and the glue was applied to the base of the card and it was then rolled up. It is easiest to do this while the card is still slightly damp.

The leaves were cut from Tattered Florals Die cuts and the Susan's Garden set. They were coloured with Peeled Paint DI and dabbed with Frayed Burlap DI around the edges.


I added a few extra blossoms to the collage along with die cut swirls and a little button.


So there it is.....Juno's baby collage......I loved making it! 

It is a bit of a baby boom around here - so watch out a for a few more baby themed gifts being made!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Happy Crafting

Laura 
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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

A Beautiful Mess


Hi everyone!

Joi is hosting what will be our final challenge over at Our Creative Corner! 

She would like you to focus on making....

A Beautiful Mess 

.......How about getting messy?? Can you do it with me???

Can you be free and filthy? Are you brave???

I believe YOU can do it... you can create...

A Beautiful Mess

Whether you make a messy looking project or just use 'messy' techniques...
we want to see every inch of your  'Beautiful Mess'!

So create 'A Beautiful Mess' for a chance to win some of the Sponsors fab products!



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I decided to make a card for this challenge - I don't make many cards, but thought it would be fun to do something different for a change


Now onto the mess.....I decided to work with Distress inks and Stains....

The first thing I did was to make some base cards to then cut die cuts leaves and flowers from. These would be messy, but used to construct something beautiful

 I did some wrinkle free distress technique - which is stunningly messy and random. I used Shabby Shutters DI and Peeled Paint DI. I then began to make layers using a lattice stencil and added some Shabby Shutters DI through it. Then I used a script stamp to stamp some Peeled Paint DI over the card.
Then I added further mess by splattering some white acrylic paint all over it.


This one was made using Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry DI. I did some wrinkle free distress technique with those inks, then I used a splatter and rings stencil and used Fired Brick DI through it. Then I stamped a script stamp with Dark Mahogany DI and finished it off with a splattering of white acrylic paint


I then worked on making the centers for the flowers


I applied drops of Decoart Liquid Glass to card and sprinkled with Distress Glitter in Rock Candy. When dry they were coloured with Squeezed Lemonade DI and then cut out

I made five flowers - florist tip - It is more visually appealing to use odd numbers of flowers.

I made the flowers up in three layers, crushing the card a little by placing a pencil in the center of the flower and pressing the card around the pencil. This breaks down the structure of the card, giving creases and making them softer and easier to work with...It also nicely adds to the 'messy' element here!


The card background was made using Broken China DI and Tumbled Glass DI using wrinkle free distress technique followed by some Broken China DI being used through a splats and rings stencil


I then added some Distress Stain splats to the card and dabbed 
some script stamping here and there using Jet Black Archival ink



The edges of the card were stamped with a Visible Image stamp that has a flourish on one edge and a grunge texture on the other. I used Decoart Media Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic paint to stamp with as I wanted a messy "there, but not" effect!



I decided to have some black splatter on the center of the card so I used a splatter stencil and Decoart Media Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic paint - normally I would just do paint splatter with a brush and watered down paint....but as this was a last minute addition, and the card was virtually made, I didn't want to risk ruining it!


 I decided to put a quote on the card...I chose some words from my chit chat stickers and coloured them to match the card background using Broken China DI. I made the other two words from Label Letters stickers. I outlined the chit chat stickers with fine tip black pen


I then constructed the card...Using a white card base I painted some card black and used that as a base for the blue background. I placed the leaves and flowers around the card...


And there is my finished 'Beautiful Mess'..........


Thanks so much for being here today! I hope you like it and I hope you are inspired to join in with the 'A Beautiful Mess' challenge this month!

 Our Sponsor for this month is....


Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda


They are going to give a $20 voucher to
  one lucky winner this month! 

All you have to do to win is enter Joi's challenge - and you could be the lucky winner selected by Random.org - Get in and have a chance to win!

Happy Crafting!

Laura
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Paperartsy Revisited

Hi everyone!

Remember back in February when I appeared at Paperartsy working with Darcy's new stamps sets?

Well, I am back there today - using one of the stamp sets again! 

This time there is no colour scheme and I am focusing on a subject instead -

Doodling!

I don't doodle....at least I don't doodle as part of my craft work. I might do the odd doodle on a shopping list occasionally when really bored, but I didn't think I was much of a doodler. Turns out, once I became aware of it, I doodle more often than I thought! I decided to look up meanings of doodles, and it appears that my subconscious need to draw swirls over and over again indicates that I am.....

....an imaginative, good natured and protective worrier. The repetitive smooth shapes indicate a person who is patient, willing to persevere and is methodical with a developed ability to concentrate.

So what do your doodles say about you?

Come over to Paperartsy for some doodling inspiration! 

I loved making my 'Doodling' creation - here is a sneak peek for you....


 If you want to see how it was made then hop over to Paperartsy right now 
to see the step-by-step I did!

Hope you like it!

Happy Crafting
Laura
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Monday, 16 May 2016

Crafty Individuals Spotlight

Hi everyone! 

 I am doing the second Sponsor Spotlight this month over at Our Creative Corner!

This month our sponsor is



And here is a sneak peek of what I made..


If you would like to see the whole creation and how I made it please hop over to 
Our Creative Corner and take a look!

And while you are there check out the details for Jennie's challenge 'Hit the Books'....Everyone who enters is in with a chance to be selected by Random.org and win a massive bundle of goodies donated by Crafty Individuals 

You've got to be in it to win it so get your entry in as soon as possible - the deadline for entries is 11.55pm on 28th May!

Happy Crafting!

Laura 
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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Hit the Books

Hi everyone!

 It is our wonderful Jennie's turn this time to host the challenge over at Our Creative Corner and she has picked a wonderful challenge!

Hit the Books 

For your projects this month Jennie would like to see you searching through your stash for old book paper or books and create a project with what you find. 

You might want to use papers within your project or you might want to breath new life into an old book by altering it in some way.
This is definitely a challenge theme with huge scope for projects small or large.

Whatever you make let us see you give those old book papers or books center stage!



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I was thrilled with this challenge because I had found a gorgeous old book that I wanted to work on and hadn't got round to doing it yet. This was the perfect challenge for it!

  
I tore the book up first of all - being very careful with the very fragile antique spine. I wanted that as part of the decoration - already so beautiful detailed and needing no further decoration!

I cut the front of the book in half and decided to use it as a frame. I cut an aperture out of it.

I stamped the frame with a script stamp using Burnt Umber Decoart paint and then dabbed around all the edges using my finger to give a tatty distressed look.


I then covered that with some Treasure Gold

I made some flowers using a die cut...making roses using flowers edged in Antique Linen DS and coloured some flowers blue with a mix of Shaded Lilac and Broken Glass DI to compliment the blue in the photograph. I stamped some leaves with the same script stamp I used to decorate the frame.


 The center of these flowers were filled with Decoart Liquid glass topped with Distress Glitter.


The smaller flowers coloured with Antique Linen DI were filled with Copper Liquid Pearls


I used Gothic German print text paper for the center of the frame and some chit chat stickers


I chose a passport style photograph


Some twisted rusty wire was added to finish it all off




And there is my book frame


I hope you like it and I hope you are inspired to join in with the Hit the Books challenge this month!

 Our Sponsor for this month is....

Crafty Individuals has given us a massive collection of stamps and other goodies 
for one lucky winner this month! 

All you have to do to win this gorgeous bundle of goodies is enter Jennie's challenge - and you could be the lucky winner selected by Random.org - Get in and have a chance to win!

Happy Crafting!

Laura
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Friday, 8 April 2016

Industrial Wings Spotlight

Hi everyone - It is Sponsor Spotlight time again at Our Creative Corner

Our generous sponsor this month is Tando Creative


  
 Come and join in this months challenge over at Our Creative Corner to be in with a chance of winning a fabulous prize!  - a surprise bundle of Tando goodies!


And here for you is a sneak peek of today's spotlight....




If you are interested in finding out what I have made and how it was made then just hop 
 
Hope to see you over there!


 Happy Crafting 
Laura
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