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Bits and pieces

I've made a couple of things over the last ten days, none finished till yesterday which is why I've not posted till now.

 
First things first, a pair of earrings. I found some crown charms, and attached some of those arrowhead beads from the last Beadhaul box.

 
If you notice here, there are little bubbles on the crown. There were holes in there before, which I didn't like, so I used glossy accents a few times. You have to do it a few times or the bubble will be flat.

 
Next up is a wooden box I got when in Plymouth in March. I painted it with acrylics (first time ever) using a sponge to get a nice blend of colours. I then used crackle texture paste. Warning there, it does tend to yellow out acrylic paint a little, especially if you lay it on thick.

 
Here is the top. I glued a double sided piece of paper on the underside so it showed through. There is a grungeboard swirl, painted gold, covered in crackle paste then a few drops of ginger alcohol ink in the cracks. The flowers are sprayed with coral spray, then edged with a brown distress pad. The leaves are peeled paint and the butterflies are a yellow distress spray edged with fired brick. I also added some black gems to the centre of the flowers.

 
Small sentiment cut and inked.

 
This is the inside. I always find it a nightmare papering the inside so I used tarnished brass distress paint instead. For some reason, rather than a paint it took it as a stain. Really works well.

 
Finally I have finished page 2 of the Middle Earth stitch, and as you can see at the edge I have started page 3. So that's about 1% done.
 
Ems

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  1. Well done Ems. The earrings are lovely and I can see someone feeling thrilled to receive those. Like the box. It's painted and done in colours which I like, and ... well boxes are just one of those things that I seem drawn to, so this fills me with happy bubbles.

    The stitching ... well I haven't managed yet to catch up on your blog so don't know when you began this (I've had some problems which kept me away from blogging, so I'm very behind in reading everyones blog posts), but from what I see in the photograph above, it looks like you've really made a great big leap into that one. Well done.
    ~Cobs.

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  2. I love boxes too cobs - endless possibilities of decorating! The stitching is going to take at least a year as it's so big.

    Hope you're ok
    Ems

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