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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Home Decor Project-Beaded Curtain Tie Backs

Good afternoon everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with my favourite home decor make in a while. My father made me a four poster bed as he had some spare wood and I have always wanted one! So my job was to sort out the curtains and the decor to go with it.
The bed was painted white and I chose Turquoise organza for my curtains. I thought for a while what sort of look I wanted and had the idea to make beaded tie backs, I wanted an opulent look so I looked for a good mix of Turquoise and other assorted vintage metallic beads, gem beads and pearls which matched well. 
I found a fabulous mix of odd beads on ebay, then bought some plastic rings for my hooks, and the rest I had in my stash. 
I also used Tiger tail, crimp beads, crimp covers and my jewellery tools. 
I wanted to keep them as random mixes so I made each differently. I started by doubling my tiger tail, and folding this over, then fixing the first ring with a crimp and covered this with the crimp cover. I then threaded my beads, then fixed the second ring like the first. 

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Sarah Hurley 365 Inspiration-Butterfly Nail Art!

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with one of my favourite discoveries mixing my craftiness with my love of nail art using Serif software, Sarah's Curio kit and some Inkjet Water-slide printer paper. I love nail art and have used water transfers before so I wondered if I could work out how to do my own and this is the result, I am very pleased :-) I used Serif software to play with sizing of the butterflies, and printed onto plain paper to test as the water-slide paper costs a lot more so you have to be ready to print without wasting it! Once I had my sizing right I printed onto the water-slide paper. I then varnished twice with acrylic varnish to make sure the ink wouldnt run when I placed the transfers in the water ready to apply. I left for 24 hours to dry. Then painted my nails a block colour which suited the transfer and did two coats. I had a shallow container with warm water and sorted the transfers into two size piles (I had four large, and six smaller) so I didnt mix them up by accident. I then put the large transfers in the water for 30 seconds, and used a top coat to make the nail surface tacky so it would cling to the nail. I followed this for all ten nails, and then painted a thick layer of top coat over the transfers. Then I added white polka dots with a nail art pen. Lastly I added another layer of top coat. All done!

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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Crafty Ribbons Challenge: Ribbon and Bows

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with my make at Crafty Ribbons for our Ribbon and Bows Challenge :-) I used our Chocolate Ribbon Selection to decorate a kraft gift bag for a chocolatey present! I used Double sided tape to affix my ribbon as it stops it puckering and it doesnt bleed through the ribbon. I then made a bow with the ribbons I used to affix in the centre of the bag. 
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Thursday, 6 February 2014

Crafty Ribbons Challenge: Anything Goes

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with my creation for our Anything Goes challenge at Crafty Ribbons. This is why I love the ribbons at Crafty Ribbons-you can make fabulous themed projects just by adding some printed ribbon and matching button sets :-) I chose a thick canvas type fabric in a nautical stripe print to pair with the Nautical Ribbons and matching buttons. I made a little case for the little devices we all have-I like to look after them very well so a sturdy padded case is really useful :-)
I used the fabric, ribbons, buttons and some quilting batting. I made my own pattern by measuring my device and making the case with this in mind.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Sarah Hurley 365-All Embellishments Just One Shape

Good evening everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with my Sarah Hurley project for our Just one Shape Embellishment challenge. I used Sarah's Steampunk kit for my papers and Expedition kit for my image. I then paired these with wooden star embellishments and a wooden sentiment.
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Monday, 3 February 2014

My All Crafts Challenge Creations


Good morning everyone, I thought as I made so many creations this time I would make a separate post to share with you how I made them :-) First of all I want to start with my favourite project of them all-my Indigo Blu Butterfly shrink plastic gemstone necklace. I started by stamping the butterfly image by Indigo Blu on clear shrink plastic with Stazon ink. I then punched holes in each butterfly so I could make a focal point for the centre of my necklace. I shrunk them, then attached jump rings to each hole and then between each other for good clearance between each butterfly. When I was happy with the look I added jump rings to the top of the design and started creating my gemstone necklace to go with it. I used Ametrine coins, Amethyst beads, Black Rutilated Quartz, Shell and clear ab bicones. I attached a magnetic clasp so I can do it up myself :-)


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Next is a butterfly mobile charm from the same sort of idea-just to show you the versatility of using shrink plastic with your favourite stamps! :-) I used a mobile charm toggle which I decorated with coloured bicones, a pearl and the shrink plastic charm made in the same way as the necklace ones. They make great little presents :-)

Crafty Sentiment tag. As its Valentines soon and I send little gifts to my friends I thought it would be a good idea to make some packaging to send with my little gifts :-) I used Promarkers to colour the image from Crafty Sentiments, then cut round it with a small border. I then used Sarah Hurley paper to cover my plain cardstock tag, then I decorated with gems.
Crafty Sentiment bag-in a similar vein to the make above I made a bag to go with my tag. I coloured the Crafty Sentiment image with promarkers and cut a small border around the image. I covered a kraft gift bag with Sarah Hurley papers, then decorated with gems and added a ribbon by Crafty Ribbons to finish!
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Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments! :-)

All Crafts Challenge February/March!

Good morning everyone, hope you are well! I am here with our All Crafts Challenge for February and March :-) Our challenge is to create anything other than a card-there are so many places to share cards in blogland and we wanted to offer you a place to show off your gorgeous non card makes. So you could enter almost anything-canvases, altered art, jewellery, knitting, sewing etc etc-its almost endless! ;-)
First of all I would like to thank everyone who entered our last challenge-it was a pleasure to visit your blogs and see all your gorgeous makes! Next I would like to announce our winner and top three from the last challenge-please could you contact me via the email in my sidebar for your badges and any prizes :-)
Our winners this time chosen by random.org are
and
Top three in no particular order

We'd also like to give an honourable mention to Lyla age 12 who always shows us her gorgeous drawings, thank you lovely, keep it up! :-)

On to this challenge-as always our theme is ANYTHING GOES BUT NO CARDS! We love seeing what youve been up to, and hope it encourages you to think outside your comfort zone to make gorgeous gifts for yourself and others! ;-) We have a tiny new rule for you this time-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.
Our sponsors this time are 
This time they challenge you to use any of their products and to let us know which youve used in order to be eligible for the prize from Indigo Blu.
and
Here are our design teams inspirational makes for you this time:



Me (Elaine)
 I will mention how I made these in separate posts!







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. We are also looking for new DT members (all the details on the post here
We have a tiny new rule for you this time-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! :-)


Saturday, 1 February 2014

A Little Bit Crafty: Man Up!

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with my make for our Man Up challenge at A Little Bit Crafty! For this project I used Mister Hueys Spray inks, Memento, Embossing powder. I started by making my own backing card stamping in brown memento with a script stamp and pocket watch stamps by Visable Image. I then sprayed over this with the inks, then cut notches in the edges and ripped and folded it too. I made my main images by embossing these same pocket watches with time aged embossing powder. I mounted this on kraft card and left flashes of this under the backing card.

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Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments :-)
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