Life has got in the way of my blogging in recent months but I am now able to find some time to blog again. Another reason for blog silence has been that what I have been making has been for gifts and I cannot share these at the moment!
This first post is of a gift I made for a friend of mine last month. This design from Anna Marie Designs really caught my eye and I knew I could make a lovely gift from it.
The box comes ready to assemble and it was so easy to do that. I used some strong glue and made sure that everything was sturdy before putting my paint on. The paint, Maya Gold Purple Romance by Viva, I had never used before and I was blown away by its texture and the ease of application. The paint has a beautiful glitter effect which was extremely hard to pick up in the photos. I applied two coats and it dried very quickly. I didn’t paint the inside of the box as the bottle and any subsequent bottles would hide it.
For the decor I wanted something simple but stand out. I do not like to over do my work but I like flowers and my new obsession of adding hat pins where I can! These all came from Anna Marie designs and were so easy to arrange. The colours perfectly complimented the flowers. I used some of the flowers and hat pins on the lid too. (sorry about the blurry photo)
There was also a tag with the set and I thought I would try to stencil “friend” on it using my Leonie Pujol stencil but as with everything else I stencil it didn’t come out the way in which I had intended. I was rather upset by that so more practice needed on that before I go wrecking anything else. Again I used the gorgeous flowers to accent the tag.Before securing the ribbon I gave everything a coat of Viva Premium Glass Coat. This was a new product for me but I saw Anna Marie use this and I thought it would suit the Maya Gold much better than the spray I normally use. I was right. After it had all dried (the Glasss Coat did not take long I was impressed) I threaded the tag with some matching ribbon and hung it in the box. I confess that it did look rather beautiful once it was all finished and I didn’t want to part with it but off it had to go.
My friend’s reaction…she loved it. That makes me happy. This is why I craft, to put a nice smile on faces when they receive something that nobody else has.
So again my apologies for the wait but hopefully we are now back to regular blogging.