Sunday, 27 July 2014

Ribbon Girl DT - Magnolia Only Challenge - Make a Tag

 Good morning!  It is time for a new Magnolia only challenge over at The Ribbon Girls and this week we would like you to make a tag.  I had great fun making this using lots of different messy techniques which I haven't done for a while.  First I stamped various Tim Holtz stamps onto the tag with Stazon ink before painting over with Gesso.  Once the Gesso was dry I stamped Sneaky Tilda and the sweet little birds over the top.
 I have coloured Tilda and the birds with Prismacolor Pencils and added dots with a white gel pen.  I love how you can see the background stamping through Tilda.

 All of the flowers are from the Ribbon Girl, and so is the key charm.
 The key charm, button twine and seam binding are also from the Ribbon Girl, although the seam binding started out blue and I have died it to match the birds with Distress Inks.
 I did the same with the white rose organza trim.  The pearl trim and and pink tutu trim are also from The Ribbon Girl.
I hope you like my tag and I've inspired you to join us at The Ribbon Girl this week.  Pop over to the blog to see the rest of the team's stunning creations.  Thanks for looking! x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Magnolia-licious DT - Accessories/animals Only


 Good morning!  It is time for another Magnolia-licious challenge and this week we want you to only use accessories or animals on your creation.  Perfect for me to use the newest addition to my Magnolia collection, the Chair in the Sunset.  The papers are some old Magnolia ones too.
 I painted the image with Distress Ink Pads and have paper tolled the chair and the pennant flags to add dimension.
 I've also added stickles to the water for that realistic shimmer you get when the sun is on the water.  You can see in the picture above how the front of the chair is on foam pads and the pennants.
 
 The sentiment is from Stempelglede's Follow Your Heart collection and the memo pin is from The Ribbon Girl as are the lace, cheesecloth and twine.  The tag is from the new Doohickey club collection of dies.
 All of the flowers and the seam binding are also from The Ribbon Girl.
I hope you like it and I've inspired you to join us at Magnolia-licious this week.  Pop over to the blog to see the stunning creations from my team mates.  


Don't forget that Diana is sponsoring with a fabulous prize from the Magnolia-licious store as always.

Thanks for looking! x

Monday, 21 July 2014

Stempelglede DT - Altered Tea-light Bottle



 Good morning!  I'd like to share another altered bottle with you today that I made for a friend who loves turquoise.  I found this tea-light bottle in my local supermarket and thought it would be perfect to alter.  It was already this gorgeous turquoise so no need for home made alcohol inks this time round.
 I used the Butterfly Collage stamp from Postcard from Paris and embossed it in bronze.  The butterfly was again made with coffee filter paper and the Butterfly stamp from Vintage Baby.  I have painted it with Broken China Distress Ink to match the bottle.
 I also embossed the French Script stamp from Postcard from Paris around the bottom of the bottle.  The beautiful lace is from The Ribbon Girl and so is the resin frame around the cameo.
 I also used the French Script stamp on the neck of the bottle.
 The cameo is one I made myself with Fimo and a cameo mould.
 I made the large flowers from coffee filter paper and Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die.
 The poppies are from Live & Love Crafts and I have wired them together and made tiny leaves from some green cheesecloth.

 Here's a closer look at on the side of the bottle...
 ...and a side view.
 As you can see the bottle came with a hanging chain and you can see in this photo that there is a battery operated tea-light in the bottom - so pretty!
I hope you like it and thanks for looking.  Enjoy your Monday!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Magnolia-licious Challenge DT - Christmas in July

 Good morning!  It is time for another Magnolia-licious challenge and this week our theme is 'Christmas in July'.  I have made the stars on my card base by using a Sizzix die to cut a large star and then using it as a template to cut larger stars from contrasting papers.
 I have coloured Tilda with Hanging Star from the Little Christmas collection with copics and added stickles to her wings and the star.
 The sentiment is from the Winter Wonderland collection.
The charm is from my stash and the seam binding is from The Ribbon Girl although I have stained it a different blue using Distress Ink so that it matched the blue in the papers.
 I hope you like it and I've inspired you to dust off those Christmas stamps and join us this week.
 As always Diana is sponsoring the challenge with a fabulous prize from the Magnolia-licious store for the lucky winner.  Thanks for looking! x

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Stempelglede Stamps - Altered Bottle


Good morning!  I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.  I have had a very busy time the past
 few months and it has been over a month since I was able to create anything (the last few blog posts were created well in advance).  It was so relaxing to be able to sit at my craft desk on Friday and create this gift for my Mum's birthday.  I was inspired by the incredible bottles that Ingvild Bolme creates and have wanted to make one myself ever since I saw them.  My original idea was that I would suspend the necklace I bought inside the bottle but it didn't fit through the neck!
The second problem was I didn't have any pink alcohol ink, so, after Googling for ways to make your own and discovering I didn't have any of the necessary ingredients either I tried to make my own with vodka and food colouring - it doesn't work - because it doesn't dry hehehe!  So...pink alcohol ink is on my shopping list for my next crafty shop!  Anyway, let's get back to the bottle.  I did manage to tint it pink ever so slightly with my home made alcohol ink as you can see.  I have then used two Stempelglede stamps to emboss in bronze onto the bottle.
I used the French Script stamp from Postcard from Paris on the top of the bottle which was quite successful - it is very difficult to make a clear impression on the glass as it is such a smooth surface!
You can just see in the photo above that I also used one of the flower scroll stamps from Vintage Baby.  I used the Grunge Circle stamp from Grunge Collection for the paper circle and also the Vintage Postmark stamp from Follow Your Heart.
I used the stunning butterfly stamp from Vintage Baby to make the butterfly.  It is stamped onto coffee filter paper and coloured with Distress Ink Markers.  The little heart is from Live & Love Crafts.
I made the large flower using Peony Doohickey Dies, again using coffee filter paper and Distress Ink Marker.
The beautiful poppies are from Live & Love Crafts and I made the leaf stem myself using some green open weave material.
 To create the paper bottle seal I stamped the Ornamental Butterfly Border from Ornamental Butterfly using Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.  I have then stamped the Moment Bonheur sentiment from Postcard from Paris in black.  I gave the end of the seal a decorative edge by using part of a Spellbinders die.
 The paper seal wraps over the lid...
 ...and down the back of the bottle.
The bottle had a not very attractive back ribbed screw cap so I embossed it with the bronze embossing powder.  It looks like a wax covered top now!
I used another paper circle for the back of the bottle and this is where I chose to attach the pendant that wouldn't fit inside the bottle.  I then draped the chain around the bottle and under the paper seal to keep it secure.
 To cover the back of the flower I added a bark heart from Live & Love Crafts.
This is what the back of the bottle looks like when you remove the pendant.  I used the Made With Love sentiment from Just a Note on the paper circle too.
In total I used stamps from six different Stempelglede sets, which shows just how beautifully they all work together for vintage projects!  I hope you like it and thanks for looking! x


The Ribbon Girl DT - Summer

Good morning!  It is time for another challenge at The Ribbon Girl and this week the theme is 'Summer'.  I have used some artistic license for my interpretation of the theme - I know weddings take place all year round but there is the whole summer wedding thing lol!
The image is from Whiff of Joy and I've coloured with copics.  I also doodled some hearts and circles for confetti around the happy couple.
I've added stickles to the confetti and in a dot pattern to represent beads on the bride's dress.
The butterflies were stamped with Stempelglede stamps onto coffee filter paper.
The sentiment is by Magnolia on a Spellbinders tag.  The gorgeous lace and rose trim are from The Ribbon Girl.
The hearts were cut with a Sizzix die.
I hope you like it and I've inspired you to join us at The Ribbon Girls this week.  As always there is a gorgeous prize for the lucky winner.  Pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the team have created - you won't be disappointed!  Thanks for looking. x