Skip to main content

Altered notepad

First things first, here is this weeks decluttering items.

A pair of green tights. Great looking on someone like Bernadette from Big Bang, but with someone with bigger legs like mine, they make me look like Kermit the frog. Bin. 

A pair of orange tights. Same thing as above (except the frog part). To be honest I think I'm a little old for coloured tights. Bin. 

A striped scarf. Never worn it, no idea where I got it. It's gone to a charity shop.

Winter hat. I got this a couple of years ago as a christmas present but I've got a Kermit the Frog hat and gloves (sometimes I do like to look like Kermit!) so this one has gone to a charity shop. 

A trilby. Another present, but unfortunately it does not suit me, so I've taken it to a charity shop. 

A wooden toy. Got one as a present, it didn't work so we took it back and I added the extra money to get this one. It's nice, but I don't need it. I don't have room to put everything up so charity shop it goes. 

Big item this! A FOTR cardboard cut out. Mum used to work in Woolies at the height of Tolkien fever, so she got me a lot of the ad stuff after it was finished with. For years now it's been on top of my wardrobe gathering dust. So it's going in the bin. Well, gone in the bin.

Finally here is my make of the week. I decided to try my hand at an altered notebook. I started off by cutting some music paper from Tim Holtz French Industrial stash to size, then stamping a trio of butterflies on it. I then stamped the butterflies on a piece of paper, cut them out and used them to mask the ones of the notebook paper to create a mask, before spraying with a few distress sprays. After this I attached it to the notebook, cutting it at the spine so it sat better. 

For the front I painted some grungepaper letters to make a title, then used texture paste with a blossom stencil, painted that with brass perfect pearls, and added some flowers from my stash.

For the back I spattered some distress paint. I did stamp on the back but it didn't work out, so I used some crackle texture paste with a stencil which also didn't work. Don't use a heat gun on clear crackle paste, as it doesn't go clear. I added some distress paint here, and also a grungeboard lamp. Finally I used the mixed media thinlits die, coated it in embossing powder, and glued it to the side.

I'm this close to finishing page four of the Disney stitch now, so I'll be working on that till I finish so I have as much time as possible on the LOTR stitch. I've also treated myself a little, from a bonus I got this week. I know it's counterproductive when I'm decluttering, but a bonus is supposed to be a guilt free treat! I'll share what I bought, and the Beadhaul box, when I get them.

Until then, happy crafting!


Popular posts from this blog

Trying out some new dies

Well, one new die. I also tried out some black shrink plastic and butterfly dies to make some jewellery. The trick with doing this is to roll the shrink plastic and the die back and forth through your machine more than once. Black shrink plastic tends to be difficult to cut. Anyway, once I had successfully cut out the butterflies I shrunk them. The best thing to do is to shrink them on the lower setting. After they had shrunk, I painted them with the new Sparks paints I got just before Christmas, before assembling them into earrings.

The pictures don't show just how beautiful the butterflies are. It's a perfect way of doing a pair of earrings for someone.
I've also tried my hand at making a slider card. There is a mistake there, as I didn't position the background paper properly so there is a little kraft paper showing through, but overall it went well. With these ones, if you are using the spiral slider piece you need to make sure that you use foam pads in the middl…

A few completed projects...

So I finished the Tiger in the Heavens stitch finally. I have decided not to put the sequins on it, as to be honest on reflection it makes it look a little garish, and not right for the intended recipient.

So, one is finished and the next one has started. I have to say I am loving my cross stitch floor stand. It makes it so much easier, even if it is a bit cumbersome getting it up and down the stairs sometimes! Below is the next project.

I have had at least two people remark that it looks like a pair of boobs in a bikini top in the middle, but you can see from the rest of it that it isn't that - that is, unless Wallace and Gromit has suddenly become X-rated!
I've also made a card this week. I haven't been able to do much, as on Saturday I got a delivery of some new furniture, so my room is a little bit of a mess to say the least. Still, I got my G45 papers out and had a bash at a card.

As well as the G45 papers, I used a couple of SnipArt wings and some Lindy's embo…

Writer's block

Writer's block so bad that I can't even think of a decent title apparently! I seem to have lost all confidence in my writing at the moment. It doesn't help that I have asked a couple of people to read The Ghost Lights, and not one of them has got back to me yet. Or maybe I am using that as an excuse.

Anyway, the writing may be on a low point at the moment (though I am working on some writing exercises to help me) but the crafting is going quite well. Here is what I have done this week.

This was an old bathroom cabinet we have had for donkey's years. It was white, so I started off by painting it with black gesso, then adding paper clay on the front. I coloured some of Tim Holts resist card and put them along the sides and the top, then added some paper clay borders. There were some gaps, because I am not neat when it comes to paper clay, so I mixed some art stones with texture paste and filled in the gaps. I painted the paper clay black as well, then painted it all wi…