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Now for the rest of the makes...

Done a few things this week. First of all, here is the update on my current stitch.

I also made an organiser this week. (I say made, I bought it from the Works and have spruced it up a  little)

I used various moulds for this, allowing them to dry before painting with white gesso, then chalk paint. I used antiquing cream and gold wax for the mould parts.

Been making some jewellery too. If you ever want to get a bargain jewellery wise, watch out for Beads Direct mystery grab bags. They cost five quid, go very quickly, and they are such a bargain. Huge amount of beads and findings. Anyway, this necklace (and the earrings) were made with gold findings and some of the beads in the mystery bags.

This one was too. I decided to try a couple of the tutorials Beads Direct has on their blog (also absolutely brilliant). I couldn't do it quite the way that they did so I improvised a little.

This is a raindrop necklace. Another Beads Direct tutorial, except instead of using tear drop pendant…
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That's crafty challenge

Two posts today - first because I wanted to enter something into the thats crafty outnumbered challenge. I decided to do a door hanger.

I started off by spraying the tag with Lindy's sprays, before adding texture paste and embossing powder through a numbers stencil. I then die cut a clock out of card, inking it brown and coating with crackle glaze, before using antiquing cream in the cracks. I left the face out as you can see, because the numbers in the gap are 12, so I added 3, 6 and 9 on the clock face, as well as the hands. Finally I added the flowers and film strip at the top.

Of course the hanger is two sided, so for the second side to carry on the theme I decided to do a time for bed side. I die cut stars, a moon, and some gears. The gears I glued onto the moon, and I embossed the stars, before painting them black and using the prima old gold wax to bring out the texture.

Playing with paper

I thought I had been busy this week, but I have been surprisingly unproductive. That being said, I am in the middle of some projects, and have a few designs for some more, so perhaps next week will be better. Paper clay takes a few days to dry after all.

This is a door hanger. You can get these for a quid for two in the Works. (On a temporary ban from that place now - I have enough things to alter). I started off by adding wooden swirls and butterflies to one side, before painting the whole thing with black gesso. Once dry I used my new Prima waxes - old silver for the background and some of the Antique Brilliance ones for the swirls and butterflies. On the other side I stamped a sentiment on paper, aged it with distress inks, backed it onto card, and added a couple of flowers sprayed with Lindy's Sprays.

This is the progress on my current stitch. This one will be a present. I'm hoping to get this done soon, as I have more in my stash, plus another pattern I would love to do…

Keep rolling, rolling, rolling,rolling.

I've completed a few things this week. The first is my cross stitch. Already started work on a new one too!

I had to substitute a fair few colours but it works I think.
I've also done a few cards, using the DoCrafts Build a Scene dies. I have three; around the world, fairground, and summer's day.

The good thing about the fairground one is that you can use one of the offcuts as an insert, which makes it easier when using black card. I used everything but the balloon dies in this one, adding a couple of wooden stars painted silver and some silver gems for the lights.

I should have done the deep orange card bit blue apparently, for the sea, but I didn't have two shades of blue paper! Oh well, it still works. Perfect for a card from the sunny seaside of Newquay, except the seagull isn't attacking someone. The best thing is the offcut from one of these dies is perfect for another card - which will be revealed once I make it.

I've also made a bookmark.

I think this…

Food, glorious food!

This week was an easy challenge, but before I get to that I have been working on a few things craft wise.

This is one of the Works boxes. I started off by using Prima moulds (love these moulds!) with paper clay, gluing them onto the box, and leaving it to dry for a few days before coating the whole box in black gesso. When dry I dry brushed the box with scarlet paint, and painted the moulds gold. When they were dry I coated them with black gesso, left it to dry a little then wiped it off with a baby wipe, so that the black was only in the recesses. Finally I added a couple of turquoise beads. I've fallen in love with these moulds, so much so I have bought a ton of chalk paints and waxes so I can use them more. They are the perfect way to alter a wooden piece.

This is my progress on the cross stitch. If you haven't guessed by now, it's a snow globe! It's a pattern from a Cross Stitcher magazine, with a few substituted colours. I've only got the snow to do now and t…

A whole new world....

The Works has opened in Newquay now, so it's been a lot easier buying things to alter. These boxes are only a quid (bargain) so I bought three. With this one I started off by coating it in white gesso, before coating the outside in tissue paper, and spraying it with Lindy's sprays. I used a bit of black distress crayon in places, to make it look like it's been burnt. I then used texture paste through a floral stencil, and painted it with mica powder. On the inside I stamped a crackle stamp, then used various ephemera on the inside lid, using distress crayons to age them a little. I also painted the inside edge with metallic copper paint.

This is my progress on my current cross stitch so far. I'm hoping to get this one done soon, as I have another one in mind for a present for somebody. Not to mention I have a few more still in my stash!

search for a novel,
panned b y critics and readers,
see if I agree

The plan this week was to choose a book that has been critically pan…