Monday, 23 July 2012

Home decor, vintage fun and Rock Candy

Hi, back again with a few bits and bobs.  Firstly a altered frame and kiddies plastic dress form I got from a Girl Talk Art mag, I had to make a new stand for it as the part of it was missing lol!  I painted it with black acrylic, glued on strips of torn paper from the DCWV black currant paperstack and stippled more black acrylic to make it look like lace, then added small roses and lovely trim I bought years ago, from my stash.

This is the frame , I picked it up in Poundland, added some Wild Orchid Craft roses, small roses, pink feathers, acetate butterflies and a hand made flower and butterfly which I made with some Tim Holtz trimming, miniature roses and pearl trim.  Added a beautiful pin, silk tassel, and some prima bling to finish it off.  Matted and layered a quote on to some black cardstock and the black currant paperstack as I couldn't find a piccy I wanted to add in there.  The flourishes around the quote are from MCS.


Dress form

Plastic dress form
Deco Art crafters acrylic in black
beaded and fringed trimmings
small tea roses in fuchsia
DCWV black currant paper stack
black satin ribbon bow for back
miniature cream rose from Wild Orchid Crafts
Black diamond stickles for base and top of dress form


Black damask frame from Poundland
small tea roses in fuchsia and pale pink (I think I bought the fuchsia roses from Hobby Craft and the pale pink ones from Works)
DCWV black currant paper stack
miniature cream roses and white roses from Wild Orchid Crafts (sorry I don't have the numbers for these)
pale pink feathers
Prima pearl and lace swirls
Rhinestones in clear and black
ribbon rose in pale pink
Tim Holtz Trimmings 
Pearl bead strings 
Acetate butterflies from Works in mixed pinks

Finished Frame and dress form to match the deco in my loo lol!

This is one of the background stamps I bought at the Doncaster show last weekend, I LOVE it lol!  Just stamped with espresso ink on very vanilla card stock, I stamped it twice and cut out some of the bobbin labels, coloured them with promarkers and distressed the edge with antique linen.  Added a pin which I coloured with a promarker, seam binding coloured with antique linen and some home made glimmer mist, mounted on early espresso and Sahara sand card stock and finished with a handmade flower.  Very simple and quick.


Stampin Up cardstock in Very Vanilla, Early espresso, Sahara
Stampin Up ink pad in Early espresso
Stampin Up Tea Shoppe stamp set for sentiment
Distress ink pad in Antique linen
Promarkers in sandstone, khaki, pastel beige, ivory
heart pin from Wild Orchid Crafts
seam binding
Just Rite BG stamp Grandma's Attic
Flower Shoppe Cricut Cart for flower
Burnt sienna promarker, Adirondack copper mixative, espresso alcohol ink to colour flower 

I have never attempted any of Tim Holtz 12 tags but love looking at them so thought I would give one a go.  Very pleased with how this came out and I'm thinking I may use this as a starting point for my special Xmas cards this year.  I am in LOVE with Rock Candy crackle paint, the deer is so pretty in RL, I also did a deer in alcohol inks and used rock candy over the top and it looks awesome, I may post piccies later.  

I followed most of Tim's directions except I stamped my snow flakes with distress ink pad instead of the stains as I couldn't get a nice impression, I also stamped some more snowflakes with SU white craft ink rather than the stains too. I spritzed the tag with home made glimmer mist rather than water.  I didn't add white paint dauber to the acetate as I didn't like the way it looked, so I added stardust stickles instead and also added them to the grunge paper reindeer and snow flake along with some frosted lace stickles too.


Distress Stains in tumbled glass, weathered wood, picket fence
distress inks in weathered wood
Stampin Up craft ink pad in whisper white
Distress crackle paint in rock candy
Grunge paper
Stampin Up card stock in very vanilla to cut the tag or #8 manila tag
rhinestones mini silver sleigh bell, beads and wire to make a snowflake (I used an old Xmas decoration I got off the front off a House Beautiful mag )
Jump rings
TH Sizzix alterations snowflake border die ( I don't have this so I made a border on my gypsy using snowflakes from the Winter Wonderland Cart and a rectangle from the Gorge and Basic shape cart and welded them together)
Reindeer cut from Gypsy Wanderings, if you don't have a gypsy you could use the reindeer from Winter Wonderland or one of the other cricut carts or the TH Alterations sizzix die
Organza ribbon in white, ivory and aqua
Dovecraft tea party bakers twine
Stickles in frosted lace and stardust
peal glimmer mist ( I made mine with a small amount of Deco Art dazzling metallics white pearl mixed with water in a mister)
small beads in silver, clear and pearl
Inkadinkado Snowflakes stamps (large snowflakes and snowflake flourish)
Papermania sleigh stamps (small snowflakes)
 Deco Art crafters acrylic in white


So there you go, it seems like a lot of supplies for 1 tag lol! But in actual fact you could do this with what you have lying around.  I used grunge paper but you could use chipboard (cardboard as we call it over her in the UK)  from a cereal packet.  I used white acrylic paint to paint the snow flake and reindeer before crackle glazing them. Buttons, ribbons, beads, acetate, cardstock and embellishments I had in my stash.

I like to use what I have, as much as I would love the Tim Holtz dies, I don't have the money or space for them and this is why my cricut is invaluable to me.  For what I pay for maybe 2 dies I can buy a cartridge with dozens of images, add in the Gypsy and the Cricut Craft Room and SCAL (Shame Provocraft were too greedy for their own good, they should have endorse SCAL rather than bring a law suite against them!) and I can come up with anything I want :)

Anyhoo enough of my waffling, i must get my desk cleaned up, I can't move for crafty junk lol!

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Summer Fun, Distress markers and inky fingers

Well I was going to make a video of my crafty haul this month as I have been on a bit of a spending spree and also spent the day at the Summer Craft show at Doncaster race course.  However, I was so excited to have new goodies to play with I went and opened everything before I could film anything lol!

I did have a lot of fun making a very crafty mess yesterday evening though :D  I bought quite a few stamps, some more stickles to top up my dwindling supply, some mica masks by Creative Expressions and some Tim Holtz distress markers YAY!!!  So I was a very happy bunny last night :)

I also got a few fun things from Poundland, Works and HobbyCraft, including mini frames and a larger frame to alter, mini paper roses and glittery butterflies.  I stocked up on black and white core'dination and got a beautiful DCWV black currant 12 x 12 stack which is stunning.  I also got a reduced Xmas back ground stamp and some £1 stamps.

Just something fun, I was trying out all my new goodies I bought at the Summer Crafting show at Doncaster race course. Inked, stamped, grunged, water coloured, masked, stickled, misted and crackled lol! Flowers are coloured using TH summer distress ink pads leaves are alcohol inked, butterflies water coloured with distress markers and then added a bit of black diamond stickles and rock candy crackle. Fringed trim is some very old stuff from when I used to do dress making :D I had a lot of very messy fun making this :D

Cute window card with a difference, using SU card stock, ink and ribbon, spellbinder dies, Fiskars stamp set

Gift bag with matching photo album, the album isn't finished so I will show that another time. Stampin up DSP, stamps, ribbons and cardstock used.

Well I think that's it for tonight, shattered now as I've just cleaned all the downstairs so it's a cuppa and bed for me I think.
Happy crafting
Anna x