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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Some nice news :)


I had some lovely news I wanted to share with you all-I came first in the Lightbulbs Direct Upcycling Competition 2014 with my twine wrapped upcycled light bulbs mobile :)

All Crafts Challenge Inspiration 'A Practical Handyman' DIY altered drawer set

Hey everyone, hope you are well!
I am here with a special gift I made :-) Its for a man who is really into DIY and practical crafts. I couldnt think what to make him then an idea popped into my head-a vintage style storage for the bits and pieces that come with that sort of hobby!
I found a battered old hardback book called 'The Practical Handyman' which was published in 1930. The book was in a really sorry state so I thought it deserved a new lease of life!
I cut the pages from the book with my craft knife, set them aside and threw away the spine. 
I then cut out the most interesting parts of the book and inked with Tim Holtz Distress inks for an even more aged look.
I then decoupaged these onto the unit for the drawers using mod podge. I made sure they got covered well and varnished a few coats once dry also using mod podge.
I left the drawers plain wood as a design feature.
I then used a thin coat of vaseline inside the unit and alongside the drawers to stop them sticking.

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Monday, 2 February 2015

All Crafts Challenge Feb/March


Good evening everyone, sorry for the delay. I have been very, very poorly and we have had some personal family bereavements too so I am out of sorts but I hope to be back to normal as soon as possible-I miss you all and my crafting very much!

I will start with our top three



And random.org winner
Ladies please contact me for your badges, be aware it may take me a little while as I am still poorly!

On to this challenge-as always our theme is ANYTHING GOES BUT NO CARDS! We love seeing what you've been up to, and hope it encourages you to think outside your comfort zone to pick up a new craft or use your stash in new ways to make gorgeous gifts for yourself and others! ;-) We have a tiny rule for you -please limit yourself to two of a certain kind of make each challenge-so you can make two tags for example, and then some other kinds of creations like jewellery, canvas art, sewing or scrapbook pages.

Thank you to those of you who have entered during the break, I will make sure you are included in the draw at the end of the month :)

I am going to share a project I made before Christmas for someone special who loves DIY as the inspiration piece for this post :)
Please pop by the separate post for details how I made it :)





I very much appreciate your patience and compassion, and hopefully things will get back to normal soon :)

I cant wait to see what you all create for this challenge and thank you for getting involved, as always I encourage you to pop by the other entrants for inspiration and to make some new crafty friends :-)
Remember NON CARD creations only please but as always we are an anything goes themed blog so you can make whatever non card creation you desire using any products you wish!  
We have a tiny rule for you-please limit yourself to two of a certain kind of make each challenge-so you can make two tags for example, and then some other kinds of creations like jewellery or scrapbook page.
Also if you would like to be a guest designer please write GDT after your name,  thank you! :-)



Sunday, 21 December 2014

Crafty Ribbons 9th Day of Christmas Inspiration

I am here with some inspiration for our Days of Christmas event at Crafty Ribbons.
I made a tag for my presents using a ribbon from Christmas Owls collection here.
I used a kraft tag and cut away the string. I covered with My Minds Eye papers, then punched a reinforced the hole for the string using my crop a dile and a gold eyelet. I used bakers twine as my tie. I then used a 3D image I had in my christmas stash and added the Christmas Owls ribbon and strips of gold gems to embellish.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Crafty Ribbons 7th Day of Christmas Inspiration

Good morning everyone, hope you are well! I am here with my creation for day 7 of our Days of Christmas event at Crafty Ribbons :-)
For this card I used Crafty Ribbons Deck the Halls ribbon found here, Papers and James the Bear stamp from Lili of the Valley, Promarkers, Deco Art glitter, Nestabilities, Wooden die cut snowflakes, gems, papermania greeting and some lace.
I coloured James with Promarkers and added glitter accents on the white areas of his hat with Deco art glitter. I then matted him onto kraft cardstock. I made a kraft cardstock panel to fit on the card and  then covered this with the LOTV papers and the deck the halls ribbon as my border. I added some lace to soften the bottom of the card and added a sentiment over this. I placed James in the centre then added my die cut snowflakes which I further embellished using pearls and gems.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Crafty Ribbons Challenge- Penguin Pals!

Good morning everyone! Hope you are well :-) I am here with my DT creation for our 'Penguin Pals' challenge over at Crafty Ribbons!
I have been making little christmas gifts for friends and so I had the idea to alter a lovely plain glass jar I found so I used Crafty Ribbons Penguin Pals digi printed onto Crafty Computer Paper's inkjet waterslide transfer paper, and ribbon to match from the Penguin Pals range here.
I started by sizing the Penguin in serif software and printing it onto the special paper. I then varnished the paper twice and left for 48 hours.
To use I immersed the image in water for 30 seconds, and then carefully applied to my jar. It helps if the jar is a little wet itself where you want the image to be because that way the image moves easily if it needs repositioning. I then tied ribbon onto the top of the jar, and filled it with yummy chewits!
Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Crafty Ribbons 4th Day of Christmas Inspiration

Good morning everyone, hope you are well! I am here with some inspiration for our Days of Christmas event at Crafty Ribbons.
I made a tag for my presents using a ribbon from Christmas Owls collection here.
I used a kraft tag and cut away the string. I covered with My Minds Eye papers, then punched a reinforced the hole for the string using my crop a dile and a gold eyelet. I used bakers twine which I added a bell charm to and tied it shut on the other side of the tag so it moves but not too much :-) I then used a 3D image I had in my christmas stash and added the Christmas Owls 'Joyeux Noel' ribbon.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Twine Wrapped Christmas Heart Decoration

Good afternoon everyone, hope you are well! I am here with one of my little handmade presents for my friends :-)
I started with a polystyrene heart, twine, Home for Christmas ribbon and bow, gems, eye pin for jewellery making, split ring and thin red ribbon.

I used double sided tape to affix the twine to the heart. I began at the bottom-winding the twine around in a circle and moving up from there. I dabbed the start with some glue to make sure it would stay put. I wound it to the top until I couldnt wrap it round both sides anymore-I then wound twine on one side of the heart, cut then did the same on the other. I dabbed both ends with glue.
I put glue on an eye pin I use for jewellery making and plunged this into the top of the heart so I could hang it well. I then added a split ring and tied ribbon from this.

I then decorated my heart simply by using Home for Christmas ribbon and a bow, adding a little gem to the centre of the ribbon.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

A Little Bit Crafty-Anything Goes but NOT Christmas!


Good morning everyone! Hope you are well :-) I am here with my DT creation for A Little Bit Crafty this time. I made a masculine Thank you card-I find men can be quite difficult to create for but these papers from Bo Bunny (I think they are called timepiece!) lend themselves well to masculine creations. I paired these papers with a vintage typewriter digi and a sentiment printed onto cardstock on paper to emulate paper coming out of the typewriter. I also curved this 'paper' around my craft knife for a realistic shape and then placed 3D foam tape under the centre of the paper so it sticks up like its coming from out of the typewriter.

I like to add this into the following challenges:

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Crafty Ribbons 1st Day of Christmas

I am here with some inspiration for our Days of Christmas event at Crafty Ribbons.
I made a tag for my presents using a ribbon from Christmas Owls collection here.
I used a kraft tag and cut away the string. I covered with My Minds Eye papers, then punched a reinforced the hole for the string using my crop a dile and a gold eyelet. I used bakers twine as the tie. I then used a 3D image I had in my christmas stash and added the Christmas Owls ribbon and gems as embellishments.

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