MIxed Media, Papercraft

Its time to catch up

This is so much later than I had planned!!! But I am here and blogging again and at least I can share something I have given as a gift recently.

So here is the first thing that I have ready to share

This lovely black cat was an MDF kit by the lovely Dreamees and whilst I own a dog, my best friend has a cat and I knew this would be perfect.

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This is a very simple design as it turns out.  I put the cat together as per (or should that be purr) the instructions and painted it with a black acrylic paint I had in my stash.  Once I had done this on both sides I started bit by bit with the Modge Podge and the Glitter.  This took some time as I wanted to make sure it was well coated, but it wasn’t days just a few more hours to make sure it was perfect.  It didn’t take long to coat both sides and once it had dried completely and was covered I gave it a good spray with my Spray and Shine which is excellent for a varnish effect and gives a good protection (it does stop the glitter coming off too).  I added a ribbon and then thought, you know I could do something else with this.  I headed off to my MDF stash and found a rectangle the right size.  I painted and glittered and then added this sentiment cut using some mirri card and a Tattered Lace die which was free with one if their magazines. Sprayed this bit and then adhered it with redline tape and there you have it.

my best friend loved it.

Thank you for stopping by and I will be updating this more regularly as time goes by and I have more projects to share.
❤️

A

 

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Papercraft

It’s 2018

Time flies and you don’t realise that you haven’t blogged for 2 months. How absolutely embarassing. The excuse, well there isn’t much to say except I was busy finishing off Christmas cards and gifts and time got the better of me. Its now a new year and there will be some new posts I promise.

Papercraft

Happy Halloween (again)

Hello again!  Here I am sharing my first ever Halloween card, which, as I write has not yet been received, and that is happening too much lately!

I’ve never made any Halloween things before and this was a rather messy attempt at a card, however my niece liked it a lot.

I took a piece of card just smaller than the size of the 8×8 card and I had a scrap of paper torn to make a division between the sky and the ground.  It was a haphazard thing but it worked.  For the sky I used Black soot, Seedless Preserves and Faded Jeans to make the sky and for the ground I used Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain. Once I had dried these I made the mistake of stamping the haunted house on it but used the wrong ink and I could barely see it so I then stamped the house onto some card, coloured it in and then mounted it over the image and it had a nice effect, so I made the same mistake with the tree.  It makes them stand out a little.  I tried to stamp a moon but it’s rather wonky!  I ended up using a White Jelly Roll pen to colour that in.  The witch on her broom with her cat I stamped with Versafine and then added some extra black to make her stand out but not too much .  The other images were stamped separately and then added onto the card with the Tim Holtz Halloween ribbon.  Oh and I added some bats too.  I didn’t want to crowd it.

 

There we have it, my first ever Halloween card and if it doesn’t reach my friend I shall be really upset.  Good job I took a photo of it!

Thank you for stopping by again and I look forward to your next visit.

❤️

A

MIxed Media

Happy Halloween everybody

Happy Halloween everybody.

Halloween is not something I have ever made anything for but the kids seem to be into it and by default auntie ends up getting into the, erm, spirit of things.  Today I am doing two posts, this is the first and the latter will go live later on.

These are some MDF Halloween things that I have made and hung up in the house.  All the MDF is by Dreamees and I was wondering how I could display the things without them looking a mess then I thought, suction cup hooks.  These clear ones are ideal for where I needed them to be as I have glass doors and they would be fairly anonymous.  Bits of ribbon to hold the letters and there you go.  No mess and reusable.

Boo! has been made using some Dreamees embossing glitter which, if I am correct can be used as a glitter and an embossing powder, and I’ve been using them like glitter for a long time now.  Once dry I sealed them with my staple of Crafters Companion Spray and Shine which protects and seals and is worth every penny.

 

The bats I love!!  They were first painted black and then when dry I applied some Tim Holtz Distress Glitter in Black Soot on either side and then left them to dry before adding the black ribbon.  I could have stood them up around the house but hanging on the door is lovely.

 

Finally there is my haunted house. Again I painted the whole thing black except the windows and door.  The roof off the house had an extra layer so I used the Distress Glitter again to add some effect.  The doors and windows were painted white and then I added some Distress Glitter in Spiced Marmalade to the doors and windows.  I could have gone all out with cobwebs and such but my Halloween is a little more subdued than most.

Anyway I hope that you like this post and pop back for the next one today.

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A


Papercraft

A little birdie told me

Just a very quick post today as the card has been received.

This card was made very quickly indeed using a new set of pre printed ready to colour designs by Dreamees which I coloured in using Spectrum Noir alcohol pens.  The paper is also by Dreamees but I cannot remember what pack it came from but it suited the colours I had chosen for this design. The image and sentiment were mounted on some Hunkydory Adorable Scoreable card.

Thank you for stopping by on such a quick post and please pop by again soon

❤️

A

Papercraft

More Christmas card makes

So at the weekend I actually managed to work on some MDF projects (and I cannot show these as they are gifts for friends and I don’t want to spoil it all by blogging) and also made some Christmas cards which are intended for a craft fair in aid of our local church.  Last time I did the craft fair I didn’t have that many Christmas cards so I am trying to balance that this time with two displays of Christmas cards and 2 displays of other cards as people do want cards for birthdays and other celebrations.  All these cards are made using Hunkydory products – I really enjoyed using these kits.  I am picking and choosing my makes in advance so that I am not getting bored with the same theme.  I’ll share more of my makes as and when I get around to making them.

Thanks again for stopping by and I look forward to your next visit.

❤️

A

 

 

Knitting

A witch, her cat and a pumpkin

Something a little bit different from me today as I am sharing a knitted Halloween project.  This pattern caught my eye in an email from Deramores and is a pattern by Amanda Berry.  I’ve never knitted toys before but I loved the look on this project. I’ve knitted since I was very small and it’s quite amazing to think that this is my first set of toys,  I am, what some would probably consider an experienced knitter. I knew I could knit this project quickly and with no mistakes. I bought everything direct from Deramores and started the knitting as soon as it arrived.

It’s a very easy piece to knit and put together but I am a little disappointed that I didn’t quite get the cat right this time, that is entirely down to my nose stitching and not my knitting.  I hope I can rectify this in the future as I have been asked if I could make another cat. The pumpkin is lovely but I’ve just realised that I have the pumpkin around the wrong way and you cannot see the wicked design on its face.  The pumpkin could be repeated numerous times to make a hanging display or just pile them up in a corner near Halloween.  Even though these are knitted toys I would be hard pressed to give them as toy gifts, I think these are more your decorative toys and a certainly not suitable for small children.

So I hope that you like this different post from me today. More Halloween posts to come and also some Christmas ones too (us card makers need to think ahead!)

Much love as always

A