Wednesday, 26 March 2014

I do love Wild Orchid Craft Flowers lol

Had some things on my desk and had a play.  Came up with this.
woc hanger

Used Melissa Frances Hanger sprayed with Lindys Stamp Gang Steampunk Sepia and Cowabunga Copper.
Burlap Paper and Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

upcycle project

Scrapadabadoo crafts on Facebook have challenges, this week it is an upcycle project sooooo here is mine.  I do like these lol.

 Needed a storage on my craft desk for my construction strips so cut a piece off the top, and glued it to to base of the rest of it.  Used Anna Griffiths paper to cover the tin along with lace from my stash, Wild Orchid Craft Flowers and handmade crocheted flower with feather and sequins.  Used Anna Griffiths paper to cover the tin.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Playing with gilding flakes

Have not played with my gilding flakes for some time so thought it was about time I did some lol.

Pics first then some tips I found to be useful.

Used a Stencil for this one, applied flitter glue and then the gilding flakes

Acetate and double sided sheet and applied gilding flakes.  Then stamped the reverse with stazon.   Background is sprayed with my new fav Lindy's Stamp Gang Steampunk Soiree.

Stamped with flitter glue and applied gilding flakes
love the punches look, hmmm matting and layering here I come lol

Wooden pieces covered with flitter glue and then gilding flakes
Douoble sided tape and then applied gilding flakes.  The top two I put through with an embossing folder, love the effect.

1.  When applying the gilding flakes cover your hands with talcum powder or cornflour (cornstarch) stops the flakes from adhering to your fingers

2.  Soap and water is the usual method to clean off the glue from stamps, stencils, work station lol, for stubborn spots especially on stencils/masks I use surgical spirit (rubbing alcohol).  If using on your stamps give them a wee coat of glycerin as the surgical spirit will dry them out and can crack them over time, I dont have any problems if I use a wee drop of glycerin on a baby wipe and apply to stamps.

3.  I use a non scratch scourer for my kitchen dishes/pots to get the excess off, it is far cheaper than the scootchie they want to sell.

4.  I use an A4 plastic top for applying and catching the flakes.  Don't put them back in the pot with ther new stuff as it is grittier.  I have a wee container that I put them in and it gives an interesting mix for another time.

5.  I should have said this first, er when you take flakes out they dont go back into the pot (trust me on that one lol) the air has got to them lol so I put half of the flakes into a plastic take out container.

Ok the Queen of gilders paste is off to see what else I can gild either with paste or flakes.  Have fun crafting.

oops forgot the completed cards, I must say I love the Stampendous Steampunk Boot lol. Made several of them using Yorkshire Dales gilding flakes, the other I cannot remember as it was in my decant box and the label has fallen off :(

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Stick Pins

I was asked how do I make my stick pins well, I watch Fiona Jennings, (Jennings644 on utube) she is a funny creative lady.  Here are how I make some of mine.

perl headed stick.  I used daisy spacers for this stickpin.

to keep beads and caps from coming off a small dab of glue (I use hot glue) and push the spacer up

I used a bead cap for the top of this one on a crystal stickpin.  Small daisy cap and a rondelle

I tend to glue the bead cap to the top of the stickpin irrespective of what kind I am using

glue bottom spacer (small daisy in this case)

the bead cap for the top of the stick pin is two bead caps glued to a rondelle

again glue it to stickpin

love the angel wings spacer

finished article this time didnt finish with a spacer felt it was too much for the stick pin
You can omit the spacers but I feel it gives a lovely finish to your stick pins (Fiona agrees as well lol)

If you want you can use glossy accents to glue the pieces together, you need to hand them upside down to dry if you do

I use the side of my paper holder for this, I glued a piece of foam to the side to let me put my pins in it, saves me losing the beggers.

Now I have a lovely box to make them and store them.

"Pin It" Box

I do love my stickpins so made a box that is a combination of storage, working tray and a place for finished items.  Love it.  It is a 9x 9 in box and the height is only 3.5".  I used the BoBunny Pincushion papers. 

lit out working tray has a felt base so the beads don't get away from me lol
the 4 sectioned box at top is for bead caps and is a box with dividers, the remaining boxes are individuals and all can be lifted out for ease of use

Box lid has a lace pillow for finished stickpins

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Stampin! Up

Hi folks it is with some regret that I am leaving Stampin! Up I am moving in a different direction, so if you wish any stampin! up products I can put you in touch with folks that are willing to assist you.
Have fun crafting.