Sunday, 30 August 2015

Coaster set of 6 - round 11cm


Home decor - Gift coaster set 


Hi Craft Addicts!

I have made this as a gift for a wedding anniversary so thought it would make a good blog as to how I made it!

First of all, this is the Stamps Away coaster set which consists of 6 11cm round and 6 10cm square coasters - both with their own holders. For this one, I chose the round one and so glued the 3 "sides" into the base (using Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue) and then covered it with a couple of coats of the Pebeo Black Gesso which is really great at giving it a smooth finish. I also painted the 6 coasters in the same Gesso all over (including the sides) and let them to dry.

Once the base was dry I added a Tattered Lace white circle and added a Tonic Studios black layer which I thought looked like vines to it. I then coloured in a flower which I had cut out from some black and white floral A4 240gsm Popset cardstock from Craft Creations using Orange, Red and yellow Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and glued it to the  centre of the panel. 

I then covered it with a matt Modge Podge to give it an added protective layer.

I then added various designs including foiled letters and butterfly to the coaster themselves and a couple of other designs that I thought I looked good. I did used Sparkle Modge Podge on one of them but don't think it worked as well as either of the Matte or Glossy versions - the 6 coasters are to the left:-

C - is for Cocktails - this has a foiled C and some Tattered Lace flowers in pink and white

C is for Coffee - on a plain scalloped edged circle

T is for Tea - this has a foiled T on a scalloped white layer

B is for Beer - this has a foiled B on a tuck and fold Tattered Lace layer

 Butterfly - this is foiled on a Tattered Lace lacy layer

Love and flowers - this is a foiled abstract flower on a Tattered Lace lacy layer 
  
               
Products and items you might need to make this project


  • Coaster Set of 6 - 11cm round or 10cm square
  • Black Pebeo Gesso  paint
  • Images of your choice including foiled letters and shapes*
  • Tattered Lace die-cut layers
  • Tonic Studios die-cut layers
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Modge Podge - Matte, Glossy and Sparkly - you can get a set of 5 small pots at a very reasonable price
  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers for the flower - I have also tried watercolours and they work just as well.                   
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* These are shapes that I have foiled using the MINC foiling machine but you can use any images you like

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Butterfly decorated square tissue boxT



Square Tissue box decorated with butterflies 


Hi Craft Addicts!

Something different this time - I have had this tissue box holder for some time but haven't got round to decorating it but when my daughter mentioned that she needed one that gave me the impetus to actually do it!

Square tissue box decorated with butterflies
So this is the finished product - The lid is 12.5cm (5") and the box itself is 5" high and 4.75" wide) and being paper mache it needed 2 coats of white Pebeo Studio Acrylics Gesso allowing it to dry completely before doing the next one.. 

Whilst the base dried I cut out the red frame from the Tattered Lace Starlights square die which also cut out the small butterflies that I used on the lid in good quality red card and glued them to the top using Tonic Studios funky glue pen.

I then cut out 5 square panels (4 in the matching red cardstock and one in white) using one of the Tonic Studios Scalloped Layering Die set.

I then cut out 8 butterflies (4 in the red card and 4 in black) - you can get the red card here and the black card here. The butterfly is the Sue Wilson (Creative Expressions) finishing touches Majestic Monarch one and must say does cut beautifully.

Make sure you glue the black butterfly slightly lower down so that it isn't hidden by the box lid (I used Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue this time) on each of the red panels (testing it on one panel first with the lid on gives you some idea). 

Once they are all glued securely, then add a little glue to the "body" part of the red butterfly so you can make the wings stand out when attached and then glue all panels to the box.

To add a final touch, glue the white panel to the base of the box so it looks the same as the sides - you don't have to do this but I just think it adds that little touch....

And there you are one stylish tissue box holder that would make a fabulous gift for anyone!

Products and items you might need to make this product


  • Square Tissue box - 12.5cm (5") lid and 5" x 4.75" box - can be wood or papier mache
  • Red Linen cardstock
  • White Linen cardstock
  • Black cardstock - I use Creative Crafting World's card as it is so versatile
  • Tonic Studios Scalloped Layering die set 
  • Tattered Lace Starlights square frame and butterflies
  • Pebeo Studio Acrylics Gesso in white
  • Tonic Studios funky glue pen
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA Glue



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Friday, 21 August 2015

Trio of cards with a Space theme...




Five, Four, Three, Two, One - we have lift off! 3 small cards with a space theme.


Hi Craft Addicts!

I had just been playing with the Starlights metallic paints from Imagination Crafts (you can find the full range here) and felt that the colours I had used - White Gold, Antique Gold and a touch of Green looked like a sand scene and then had the idea that it also looked like a planet's surface - (you can find many Tutorials as to how to used these paints on You Tube).

5,4, 3,2,1 - Three space themed cards - 4" square I remembered that I had some of the toppers (and backing papers) from the Midnight Collections series from Hunkydory which I thought would look good and here are 3 card I made using them.

The first one I tried (the bottom one) I painted a separate piece of card with the Starlights Paints using some Cut n Dry foam and tore it so it looked more uneven and glued it to the 4" white card - I then hand painted a sky scene using the Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers on to some more card and again tore the bottom part. and glued that to the top half of the card.

I then placed the space ship on to the card but lightened a part of the card to look as if there were lights coming out of the ship - I then added the topper using Stix2 foam pads to give it dimension. I then fussy cut some of the clouds from the backing card that came in the pack and glued them to the sky again to giving it dimension.

As all these cards are hand painted, you can see that all have a different colouring which I think them more interesting!

Space card - Insert - Blast off with room for own message
I also designed an insert using the Space Monster digikit from Daisy Trail using Craft Artist Professional2 from Serif - you can buy it here 

Space card - reverse Handmade with love
I then designed this for;the reverse of the card too using the same digikit.


I hope you like them! - They will be for sale soon on my new website www.handmadecraftsshop.co.uk and you can see more items I have made on my Pinterest page - the link is below.




You can buy these from my website here

Products and Items you might need to make this card

  • 4" white square cards + matching envelope - Craft UK and Papermania stock them
  • Space toppers and background card from the Midnight Silhouettes series from Hunkydory
  • Starlight Metallic paints from Imagination Crafts in White Gold, Antique Gold and Green
  • Spectrum Noir Aqua markers in blue shades - you can buy them here 
  • White paper for inserts and reverse - 120gsm at the most
  • Space Monsters Digikit from Daisy Trail
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Collall All-Purpose glue
  • Stix2 foam pads



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Friday, 14 August 2015

12 quick and easy cards to make during the holidays..




`12 Quick and Easy cards to make 

Hi Craft Addicts!

These cards would be great to make with kids or for them to give to teachers etc, as they are made from fabric and foam flowers which are cheap to buy and so would be really great for you to make with children!

Quick and easy cards 3" square in cream or white
Set 1
To start with, you can find value packs of the flowers at Baker Ross - the link is here - they are really fun and you can make loads of different flowers and shapes with these..

Anyway - here are the cards I have made using them - as you can see they are all 3in square cards - either in white or cream which you can get from Papermania - The Glitter Pot stocks both colours here 

Quick and easy cards 3" square in cream or white
Set 2
To start with I decided what colours would go and made the "flower heads"  either by adding smaller flower shapes to the larger more abstract shapes. I then used some pre-cut 67x67mm deckle edged black cardstock which you can get from Craft Creations and you can buy them here and glued the flowers using a couple on each of them.

I know it usually is better to have 3's but some of them were too big to be able to do that. As you can see from the pics I also used some other shapes such as the crescent  and star shapes to make a moonscape - I also did one using a larger flower shape.

I must admit I did them on at a time and played around with colours and shapes until I was happy with them. I then used a Graph-it White marker to make stems and then used 2 shades of green Nuvo Crystal drops to add a bit more dimension to them. I also added various different colours to the flower heads to make them a bit more interesting.

Once they were dry, I then glued them to the cardstock at an angle as I thought it looked better but you could of course make them straight - I haven't added any sentiments as I think they could be used as quick thank you cards or even gift tags...

I hope you like them - I must admit I am pleased with them as I think they look fun and despite being cheap to make stylish...

You can now buy either set on my website (just click on the link under the relevant photo) or visit www.thehandmadecraftsshop.co.uk 

Products and Items you might need to make these cards

  • 3 inch square white and cream cards (with matching envelopes) - Papermania or Craft UK supplies them
  • 67x67mm Deckle edged black cardstock - Craft Creations supplies them pre-cut
  • Flower shapes - both foam and fabric - Baker  Ross supplies bumper packs
  • Nuvo Crystal drops in various colours
  • Graphi-it white marker
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Collall All Purpose glue 


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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Flights of Fantasy Fairy MDF tag




Flights of Fantasy Fairy MDF tag


Hi Craft Addicts!

As mentioned in my last post, I have been experimenting with various ways of using MDF and started out with a couple of smaller ones which I showed last time and slightly better ones (see below for ones made using Graphic 45 papers and my own abstract flowers)

From the smaller ones, I moved on to the Fairy one below which turned out well I think!

I first of all used the Pebeo Studio Acrylic black gesso and painted the MDF (it measures approx 19x13cm) a couple of times - I used a brush but the next time I think I will used a Brayer to give it a uniform cover. 

Whilst this dried (and it is really quick), I cut out the beautiful image of the red haired fairy from the "Flights of Fantasy" paper crafting kit which Crafter's Companion brought out recently. The artwork from this kit has been painted by Morgan Fitzsimmons and is is really stunning - I am going to make a matching card and gift tag to go with this and will post a blog about it soon.

I then glued it to the MDF using Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue and allowed it to dry. Once dry, I then added some paper flowers to the left hand side - these were already made but you could use flowers you have made yourself of course. I then coloured 2 wooden leaves using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers (2 shades of green) and glued them behind the flowers. 

I then also used a white Graph-it marker to add some edging to the right hand side and then added some Apple Green Nuvo drops to add another dimension to it. I also placed a few white and yellow drops to the leaves and flowers. I also used the Tonic Studios large Nuvo glue pen to add some glue to the folds of her clothes and then added some of the Glitter Lilac glitter to them - looking back I think I would probably have used a finer line of glue so it wasn't quite so "in your face" but still...

Once all this was dry, I wanted to give the image some protection so I used some Matte Modge Podge all over it with a sponge brush - again looking back I probably would have done this right from the beginning.

And there you are one stylish MDF project that I think would make a lovely present. 

Some other ideas:
  • Add some blackboard paper or paint to it and make it a noticeboard
  • Use some ribbon or cord and make it a wall decoration
  • Add a small MDF block to the reverse to make it a free standing decoration

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Products and items you might need for this project


  • MDF tag - you can find them quite easily but these have been made using the Stamps Away shapes as they are very good quality - only £9.99 for 15 different sizes and shapes. 
  • Pebeo Studio Acrylic Auxiliaries Black Gesso - again you can get this from Crafter's Companion for only £4.99 (exc p&p)
  • Flights of Fantasy Fairy image - again Crafter's Companion stock a wide range of papercrafting kits along with a papercrafting CD-rom so you can print it over and over again!
  • Plaid Modge Podge
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo pearl drops in various colours
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo glue pen
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Glitter lilac
  • Paper Flowers
  • Wooden leaves
  • Spectrum Noir green alcohol markers
  • White opaque (water based) Graph-it marker



MDF tags - Graphic 45 The Cat's Meow and Abstract Flower options

Graphic 45 "The Cat's Meow" from Raining Cats and Dogs paper kit - background paper from An Eerie Tale MDF tag

Abstract flower (using Creative Expressions open & complete dies) in white small MDF tag








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