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Using G45 and Visible Image

Been making a few things this week. Before i get onto those, here is the progress on the photo stitch.




Doesn't look like much progress from last week but there are only three colours left on this page, so i think at the moment i am ahead of schedule. 
I've made a couple of birthday cards this week:

This is using G45 Steampunk Spells, the 1st G45 papers i got. I decided to dig them out to see if i could get a little inspiration. As well as using the papers, i used some snipart cogs that i sprayed with Lindy's sprays, and a Tim Holtz sentiment die. 

I used a Visible Image stencil on this one for the background, then added some snipart pieces i embossed with either white or holographic embossing powders, a sentiment, some pearls and flowers. 
Sorry for the short post this week, but I haven't been doing much craft wise. I will say that i have been planning for Nanowrimo - not for a novel but to get myself back into writing. I love my job but there is a downside; spend all …

Eye spot a 3-D card!

Managed to get my craft mojo back this week, but lost my healthy eating one and subsequently put on weight. I'll get it right one of these days! So, onto the makes.

To start with, i decided to try my hand at a 3D box card, after seeing a great one on Pinterest. If you search for exploding box cards you will find it, and the ones on there are far better than mine. I started off by cutting black card into 21cm by 21cm, then scored at 7cm intervals before cutting out the squares on each corner. I then cut out squares of white card, 6.5 by 6.5cm, decorating them with stamps and distress ink, as well as stencils on the inside ones. Once they were on the card i made a lid and added a decorated square to that, as well as some flowers that were stamped and cut out, and some dies and sepals. I stamped some butterflies, coloured them with Lindy's sprays and cut them out, before attaching them to the inside of the card using acetate. I then assembled the box.





For my second make i cut a ta…

There's a bug in the system

To be perfectly honest, i have not been feeling it this week. Too knackered to do anything when i came home from work, and not well this weekend, so i am feeling a combination of meh and bleurgh.

It's not been all bad. I have managed to make a necklace and earrings. These were made with beads and findings from my stash, plus a dragonfly that came in a craft box.





The combination of browns with metallic greens really pops. 
I've also been working on the cross stitch - another page down, and 2.25 to go. 

The weird thing is at the moment i have gotten to the point that i have so much craft stuff that i don't know what to work on next. Anyone got any ideas on how to get over crafters block?
Well, until a hopefully more productive next time,  Ems

Fairies at the bottom of the garden...

I've been making a few things this week, so I'll just get on with it instead of blathering on.


You can see here there is a large white space still to do, but it is all the one colour!

Something came up on Beads Direct about angel earrings, which were done with pom poms and tiny angel wing charms. I had pom poms, but no little wing charms, so i found these ones instead. Originally i was going to attach the eyepins onto the wings with jump wings, but they hung down too low. However, i kept the jump rings attached, and glued the eyepins to the wings - this meant that the little jump ring was positioned in the right way to be a halo. 

From angels to fairies. This is a tobacco tin. I papered the back and coloured a wooden door with Lindy's sprays. I added some coloured fibres, then die cut some Tim Holtz fall foliage. I also added a few fairy charms, and some flowersoft, as well as putting some flowersoft in a tiny jar. 

This is pretty much all from the latest craft box, which …

Dreaming of the sea...

I've been making jewellery this week, purely because I have not been able to think of what to do mixed media wise. Here are my makes.



This was a white resin shell, coloured with alcohol ink and with some sparks painted small art stones added to mimic barnacles. A bail was added to this, then i made a necklace with some white and green pearls, and finally added a dreaming of the sea charm. 

This is a bracelet. Something simple; just a wool wrapped centre bead, some white beads and extender chains to finish. 


A bookmark, made with some peanut green beads and a couple of flower charms. 
Finally, here is the update on the stitch. I'm over halfway through now. 

Ems

Heartbreaker

So to the rest of what I have been up to this week. To start with, here is the update of the stitch.

As you can see i have almost finished page 3. 
I also decided to use some snip art for a project this week. I have got two copies of the background clock and really wanted to use one. I started off by painting a wooden heart in gesso, before using wax to coat it red. I then grabbed some gears, painting them with metallic rose wax and silver wax, and used gold wax on the background clock. 





I then had a thought - i have not used a paper doll in ages! I got some snip art wings, painting them with finnabair paints, then attached them to a paper doll. I then grabbed some Tim Holtz sentiments, a prima bulb, a metal fan and a red rose. 
Ems

Forever Autumn Challenge

This will be the first of two posts today, as i thought it has been a while since i entered into a craft challenge. So here is my entry.




 I started off by using a blend of inks and an autumn leaf stamp to make a background on a manila tag, before edging it with distress crayons. I then attached a brown ribbon and stamped a sentiment. I then used Tim Holtz funky foliage and added some honey coloured gems.

I'm entering this into the That's Crafty Forever Autumn Challenge 

Through the porthole

I got the idea to do a shaker piece this week, and kinda went with it! I started off by getting a grungeboard square base, before cutting out some woodgrain kraft resist paper to match. I sprayed this with Lindy's sprays, then cut it into strips before attaching it to the base. I then cut out a circle from thick card, and another matching circle with a small circle in the centre. I glued button onto this ring, added sand texture paste and coated it in gesso before using rust paste. I then cut out a circle from normal card, coloured it with distress ink and stamped some fish and seaweed in dark blue, before embossing a jellyfish in both seafoam embossing powder and holographic and using a white pen to make lines of light. I then cut another circle out of acetate, and added some seashell sequins to make a shaker card, using thick foam to put it together. Once that was finished and attached to the base with some sprayed sisal fibres underneath, i added some stamped seaweed to the out…

I'm ba-ack!

Sorry for the radio silence for the least couple of weeks. First Sunday was because I was on holiday in Hunstanton- lovely holiday but no internet whatsoever and barely any mobile signal either. It's probably something I would have liked if I had known about it in advance. Good thing I hadn't planned to do a post! As I said though, lovely holiday, and I'm proud to be 'uncle Emma' after spending time with my second cousins Ben and William. Watching a two year old chase a duck with a nappy because it pooed on the steps of a caravan is something that will stay in my memory forever. Last Sunday I was back, but we only got back late Saturday night so no time to even look at anything crafty, let alone do anything.

I've made up for it this week, with progress on my stitching as well as a card and some jewellery. So, onto the makes!


Firstly a card for my uncle, to thank him for inviting us on holiday. The dies were from a magazine, coloured either with distress ink or …

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…