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Friday, 28 November 2014

My Upcycled Bulb Christmas Mobile with Wind chimes

Good afternoon everyone, hope you are well! I am here with an entry for an upcycling competition at LightBulbs Direct where they encourage to take your old bulbs and upcycle them to give them a new lease of life!
I wanted to make something really special so I decided to make a Christmas mobile with wind chimes with my bulbs as the main stars of the creation!

This year the fashion is neutral colours-twine with accents of colour and sparkle and I love that look so I used that as my inspiration.

Here are some photos of the mobile close up as its hard to appreciate from afar! 
There is a little tutorial underneath so please read on if you are interested in how I made it :-)



Basically I started with twine-cheap to buy but I think a very attractive base. I used Double sided tape directly onto the bulbs glass element and began winding the twine from the top of the glass bulb and moving down, adding double sided tape as I went.
I used two types of bulbs for a different look with similar elements :-)
I apologise about the colouring in these photos-they were taken in the evening!


After they were covered I needed to work out how to suspend them. I decided to glue the twine in a loop on the metal part of the bulb, then fortify this with wire and a little more glue.
When I came to decorate my bulbs (see the close up photos in the post above) I used Crafty Ribbons Jam Pot Ribbons to cover the unsightly fixings for hanging the bulb and also to make them look pretty and give a splash of colour.
I put gingham ribbon on the candle bulbs, and polka dot ribbon on the round bulbs.
I then decorated the bulbs with a mix of wooden and felt die cut snowflakes which I added pearls or gems to. I then used a border of gems around the bulbs too. 
I used two twine wreaths to create my mobile with. I used jewellery wire and lobster clasps with split rings to make it even. I then tied twine from them and chose where to put my bulbs and around these I added further decorations. I decorated the twine I suspended from the wreaths without the bulbs on with wooden snowflakes, mirrors and wooden and jute stars and again I added pearls or gems to some of these too!
I then added the wind chimes in the centre and they sound divine :-)
I really hope you like it and see how much love, time and care it took to take these bulbs and make something really special :-)

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Art Deco Special Pocket Card

Good morning everyone, I hope you are well :-) I am here with a special pocket card I made with Papermania Art Deco elements, Glitter cardstock, Glitter Ribbon, Metallic Cardstock, Feathers, Gems and pearls, eyelets and twine.
I started by creating a tri fold card with a pocket at the back panel for a tag. 
I decorated each panel differently using similar themes.
On the back panel I embossed the metallic cardstock with an art deco embossing folder and added the image in the centre.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Crafty Ribbons Challenge-Animals at Christmas

Good morning everyone, hope you are well! I am here with my DT creation for our 'Animals at Christmas' challenge at Crafty Ribbons Challenge this time. 
I used Mice Christmas Ribbons which I paired with a mouse image by Penny Black, a kraft bag, hessian flowers, gems and Silent Night embellishments and papers by First Edition.
I coloured my image with promarkers and then added glitter onto the flakes of snow in the photo and on the ice. I covered the bag with papers then added ribbon to the join of these. Next I added my image and then decorated with flowers either side of it. I also added two more ribbons from the Mice Christmas Ribbons collection to finish.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

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

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Backlit 3D Embossed Heart Canvas

Good afternoon everyone, hope you are well! I am here with a present for a friend :-)
For this project I used blank canvas, linen cardstock, led lights, clear holographic embossing powder, heart dies, cosmic shimmer pigment powder, needle, thread and glue.
I began by sewing the led lights into the back of the canvas using a needle and thread. Any ends of the threads I secured with a knot and a dab of glue to seal.
I then cut a panel of linen cardstock to cover the front of the canvas. I then ran this through my die cutting machine with all the heart dies in a nesting pattern. I then embossed and coloured some of the die cut hearts with clear holographic embossing powder covering stamped swirls and I painted the colour with cosmic shimmer powder (so in real life its dark and pearlescent and as you move the hearts look a different shimmering colour or shine depending on the angle). I then glued the panel and hearts onto the canvas. The hearts I had left blank I glued directly onto the canvas like the outside of the heart-and then pierced with a needle in heart patterns so you can see the light coming through those areas clearly. I then bent the coloured hearts so they are 3D compared to the rest of the heart.
I have shown the canvas with the lights off/on so you can see the difference :-)

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

Saturday, 15 November 2014

A Little Bit Crafty-Less is more! Midway Inspiration

Good morning everyone, hope you are well! I am here with some midway inspiration for our 'Less is More' challenge at A little bit Crafty!
I used a new die for the butterflies in the shape of a heart-its a Memory box die. I began by cutting a panel to fit the front of my card. I then put this through my die cutting machine to get the butterfly heart effect. The butterflies arent cut completely from the cardstock, just the edges so they give the look of flying. This is a challenge for how to include colour in these so my workaround was to paint the butterflies with assorted colours of cosmic shimmer. So in person this card is really pearlescent in look. I then added a panel of pearlescent cardstock in a complimenting colour behind my butterfly panel. This shows through the undersides of the butterflies too.
I then mounted all onto a card blank.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

LOTV Watching and Waiting Christmas Card

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Good afternoon everyone! Hope you are well :-) I am here with one of my christmas cards in my effort to try to make christmas less stressful!
I used Lili of the Valley Watching and Waiting stamp which I coloured with promarkers and copics, and glittered with deco glitter.
I paired the image with First Edition Silent Night papers, glitter cardstock and coredination cards in complimenting colours.
I used self adhesive cream lace, die cut wooden snowflakes and gems as my embellishments. I added a little 'Merry Christmas' die cut as my sentiment.

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

Monday, 3 November 2014

Backlit Pastels Butterfly Canvas

Good afternoon everyone! Hope you are well :-) I am here to show you something I made for my 'All Crafts Challenge' where we encourage people to enter their non card creations :-)
I made a backlit butterfly canvas as a present for a friend.
I used a small canvas, led lights (these dont get hot so are safe), rainbow inks, clear embossing powder, Docrafts butterfly dies and stamps, Memory box butterfly dies and Stampin' Up Butterfly stamp and punch, white cotton and a needle and linen cardstock.
I began by stitching the lights into the back of the canvas with the white thread and needle. I secured each end of thread with a knot and a dab of glue so its strong. This way I can keep lights from all falling to the bottom!
I then cut a panel of linen cardstock to fit my canvas. I then die cut some shapes directly from this panel using the dies and putting it through my grand calibur.
I then decorated the butterflies by stamping in different colour inks and heat embossing over this with clear embossing powder.
I then arranged the butterflies over the front of the canvas and glued them, and then I made little tiny holes to represent a flight path by pricking the cardstock with the needle.
The photos show during the day, in the evening with the lights on, and the canvas on in a dark room.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

All Crafts Challenge Oct/Nov Challenge Midpost Inspiration!

Good afternoon everyone, hope you are well! Sorry this is a few hours late, I have come down with a nasty cold so everything is pretty challenging! 
Here we are with our midpost inspiration creations to help inspire you to join in our All Crafts Challenge-link to the challenge and entry linky in the sidebar :-)

Elaine (Me! Separate post coming with how I made it!)









We really hope you appreciate our creations and please visit my lovely team and let them know what you think of their gorgeous work-they really appreciate your kind words!
Please come and get involved in our All Crafts Challenge-we love seeing all your fantastic creations! Thank you :-)

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Lili of the Valley Mermaid Happy Birthday Card

Good afternoon everyone, hope you are well! I am here with a card for a friend using a stamp I hadnt got round to inking yet! I loved this stamp and bought it a while ago so its lovely to finally use it :-)
I used My Minds Eye papers with kraft and coredinations cardstock as accents and white card as my base.
I began by colouring the mermaid and seahorses with promarkers and adding glitter accents using distress stickles. I mounted the image on a scalloped circle cut from coredinations cardstock. I then covered my card with a panel of kraft, peach cardstock and mme papers, to which I added a border with kraft, peach cardstock and another mme paper. I placed my image to one side, then embellished with pearls, a bow and a 'Happy Birthday' dome sticker.

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

Saturday, 1 November 2014

A Little Bit Crafty-Less is More!


Good morning everyone! Hope you are well :-) I am here for our 'Less is More' challenge at A Little Bit Crafty this time :-)
I made a little backlit canvas-a cheap but very effective present :-)
I bought a little square canvas and a box of 20 led lights with a battery pack.
I started by sewing the lights into the reverse of the canvas so they are static and stay where I want them. I glued each end of thread to really secure them.
I cut a panel of linen cardstock the same size of the canvas and put the panel through my grand calibur with the Memory box Butterfly heart die, and an extra butterfly die from my stash.
I then painted the butterflies with three colours of cosmic shimmer-making the odd butterfly a pattern of each of the three colours I had used randomly on the heart pattern.
Lastly here is photos of it with the lights on and the lights off, I hope you like it!

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!
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