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Birds of a feather and other fluffy things

This week i have been a bit productive for once, probably as i won't be blogging next week, and possibly not the week afterwards either. I've been playing with one of those photo editing apps as well, so the pics might be a little different!

First of all, I have made a mixed media piece, using a Tando Creative arch.

The mechanical dreams snipart, gears and cabochon came from the craft box and aside from the Tim Holtz bottles, everything else is prima. I started off by gluing the cogs, flowers and tap onto the base, and painting it all black. I glued the bottles on after painting them black, and left the corks out. I then splattered various paints onto it, before adding the snipart and cabochon. I also added some microbeads here and there. 
I've also been making some jewellery. 

These are dream catcher earrings. The design came from Beads Direct, as did the components.

These are pompom earrings. Not something i would buy, but they came in a grab bag and apparently they are …

It's surprisingly difficult to type when your hands are covered in paint

The reason i am covered in paint will be revealed in next week's blog, but i find it strange that i can type with monster nails, but not with paint covered fingers. Must be the lack of tactile sensation on the keys. I am currently using only two fingers to type.

Anyway, onto this week's makes.

This is one of the Lion King flectere dies i bought, for a whopping £40 plus off the actual price. The dies make it really easy to colour in the pieces, as it gives you a guideline to where you need to put the shading. 

A work colleague has had an accident, so i thought i would make her a card. The background is kraft resist paper with Lindy's sprays, which work really well. I've used the flowers and jars stamps and dies on watercolour paper. I saw on another person's blog that they advised cutting some extra stems so that it looks like the flowers are in the jar. I did this, but i also stuck one of the flowers straight through the lid of the jar, to have at least one that we…

Christmas spirit in the summer

I've been making things with my new dies again. The first is a Mickey and Minnie tag.

As well as paper piecing the two Disney dies, i used Disney paper for background. I also utilised a few Tim Holtz things; the foliage in the left hand corner which is coloured with distress inks and the cone is coated in clear embossing powder, the 3D star, and the snow is from the winter village die. That was embossed with holographic powder which is a great way of adding that sparkly snow magic to a piece. 
I also made a Harry Potter themed card, using a patronus die, This was cut out of black card, and wax was used. I used a mixture of silver and blue for the stag, and a bit of gold for the wand. I was searching for a backing paper for it when i got my new craft box, which had the perfect one. 

I also used wire mesh for the first time. This is netting made of wire mesh, that you can stretch and twist into any shape. I added some sea glass beads to it, as i wanted to keep the netting theme. 


One down, one to go.

I've finished the photo stitch!....and started the next one. I'll start with the progress on the new one.

It's a little difficult to see due to the lighting underneath, but it's a fair amount of progress so far. Thankfully there are less pages on this one, which means i should be able to finish it in a shorter time...theoretically anyway. 
I also used an old tobacco tin to make a Disney themed Christmas piece this week. I started by painting it black and rubbing with gold wax. I edged the side with snow texture paste, adding two layers so it looked almost like a snow drift. The inside background is a Tim Holtz Christmas paper. Aside from the poinsettia which was white and inked with alcohol ink and the sentiment which is Tim Holtz, everything else is Disney. There are three dies used in total; the decorations were cut in gold mirror paper, and i used two rows of these, using the spares to make gift tags for the presents, which are Tim Holtz paper. I decided to go Steam…

It's too hot!

I've never been one for summer, so i am not enjoying the weather at the moment, aside from being able to Lindy Bop it to work. Still, this sums it up.

As it has been so hot, I haven't really been in much of a mind to craft, and when I have I give up after a few minutes because I am pretty sure my bedroom has been moved from where it was in Newquay to one of the circles of hell. 
I have made something though. I think I mentioned that I bought a buttload of dies the other week, (saving over £50 on some of them) and a few of them were Marvel ones. Well, it just so happens it is my younger brother's 30th soon, and he is Marvel mad. So I made this. 

I never thought before about cutting something out a few times in different colours and piecing it together, but it really works. I'm making a Christmas themed tin at the moment using some of the Disney dies that I also got, which I hope to finish this week (weather permitting of course - surprisingly making Christmas themed pie…

Hit a little snag

Well a few snags anyway. Namely, there are a few threads that i have run out of on my latest stitch, which is a bit of a surprise. Not to mention extremely frustrating. However, i contacted the company and they have been nice enough to send me some more, so hopefully by the time i need them they will have been delivered.

Before i get onto my update, i wanna share a piece of jewellery i made. I started off with some plastic flowers, and painted them with Prima Sparks paints, before finding a smaller plastic flower in a complimentary colour, and linking them together with an eye pin. I then added a bicone crystal to each flower in the centre. Next i got some gold rings and wound the eye pins around them, flattening the ends so they did not scratch. I linked each gold ring with jump rings, and added a clasp to the end.

It's a little difficult to get a decent picture of it, but it catches the light beautifully. 
As mentioned before, here is the update on the stitch. 

Only one page to …

When life gives you lemons

A few different makes this week. First some jewellery, and as the title suggests, there are lemons involved.

I didn't work on the thing that i had been working on last week, so that will be for another time. I have made a necklace, and a pair of earrings that i will wear for an upcoming wedding. The earrings were made by gluing some vintage cabochons to a pair of cages, and adding some seed beads.

The necklace is made of seed beads, leaf connector charms and a geometric fox for the central piece. 

Papercraft wise, i have made a tag and a card. i wanted to use a prima coin as a focal piece for the tag, so i coloured it with metallic waxes, then distress inked a tag and stuck it on. Once i had done this i coloured some lace, and alcohol inked a butterfly before coating it in metallic wax. I used prima art stones and resin rain drops, as well as a flower, a Tim Holtz sentiment. I cut the end word off as i had a wooden sentiment of 'lovely' so i cut the l and y off. Finally i …

Sailing, sailing, heading god knows where. And now that we're all here, we're not all there.

A few makes this week. Before I go onto those, here is the latest update on the cross stitch.

That's page 7 done, and only 2 more to go.

I've also made a couple of pairs of earrings. All you need for these is some chains, head pins, eye pins, earrings and beads. Relatively easy to do, and they look pretty cool. One thing you need to bear in mind is to keep an eye on the amount of beads you use on each bit, as well as the size of the beads. That goes especially for the lead eye pin, as if the beads are too small, the fringe pins will move around too much. Anyway, here they are.

I've also been working on a new jewellery technique, but I want to wait until they are finished before I share them. Instead I will share a nautical themed notebook I made. 

This is mainly using things from the Craftboxes I have received so far. The inside is just patterned paper. The outside started with distress inks on plain card, with transparent gloss texture paste through a bubble stencil, and …

Busy bee

Ok I haven't really been a busy bee, but it works with what I have made this week. I was going to just post a little teaser, but I ended up actually finishing it.

So this was the original teaser I was going to post, hence the title of the post. I got some new distress ink pads and, coupled with the Rare Earth insect stamps, it gave me an idea. I decided on a tag as a base, inking with various yellow and orange distress inks, and stamping with a dotted background and script stamp in brown. After finishing the background I cut out a globe in black and put it on there. I then got some wooden hexagonal shapes and coated them with distressed embossing powder. I made some honeycombs on the tag, then stamped some bees and coloured them with distress crayons, and Glossy Accented the wings. Finally I added a circular metal tag, and some metal things on the corners (filigree I think they are called?)

I kind of wanted to illustrate the importance of bees to our planet, especially in terms of…