Wednesday, 13 December 2017

8x8 Wedding Display Piece, Easel Backed, Christmas

Way, way back at some point during the early summer months of this year I was asked if I would make a display piece for a Christmas Wedding - using Royal Blue, Silver, Cream and White.
My only other part of the brief was that it had to look 'Christmassy' AND suit a wedding theme of ribbons and baubles.

So I made a start on this design months ago, shelved it away and came back to it recently to finish it off.

I've never met who it's intended for.

Hope she likes it!




My main challenge for this design was that I hate, loathe and detest the colour blue!
I've never liked the colour - even as a child.


Now I've just got to figure out how much to ask for it!




Stay warm, friends.
Spring will be back eventually!


Donna. x

Friday, 8 December 2017

Frantage Christmas Tag, Distressed Star, Believe

I have had a truly wonderful time being a DT member of Tag, You're It!
But sadly the time has come to close down this challenge.

So here's my last tag for 'Tag You're It Friday'...




...  Inspired by this lovely, simple, distressed little number by Leigh Penner.





I've used two colours of Distress Embossing Powder on the sentiment - which has been embossed through my 'Crease' folder as I like to call it.

The silver Folk Star (Poppystamps) is made up of three glued layers of Mirri card which I've sanded down before daubing on clear Embossing Ink.  I then added Frantage 'Chunky White' and glitter elements - which were carefully heat set into place!  (Heat from underneath initially as it will all blow away otherwise)!!!

Added the whole thing to a bigger offset star (MFT Star STAX) that had been layered up a few times for durability, splattered on some Picket Fence Distress Paint and then added more Frantage...  which was slightly too much despite my best efforts!
  But never fear - I just grabbed my sanding block and toned it down a bit...  I was aiming for a 'distressed' look, after all!

Punched a hole straight through the Star, threaded through the bell...

Job done!



Not sure if it's clear in the photo but I did actually cut the Folk Star in half before adding the sentiment.  The 2-3mm gap in between makes all the difference to the shape of the Star as it surrounds the word 'Believe'. 




Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today.
And if you've ever played along with us you get my heartfelt thanks, too...  

Of course, I love making tags far too much to just quit and stop making them!



So will you join us for our last challenge?

We would love to see you there...







Donna. x

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Craft Consortium, Winter Woodland, Decoupage + Squirrel Clock Face

Good morning, everyone!
It's another cold and frosty one here in the UK, and as anyone who knows me can tell you - I am no fan of the cold.

So I've turned things around for this project today using just one topper from Craft Consortium's Winter Woodland collection - just because it says Winter doesn't mean that's all you have to use it for!


But if you don't like squirrels you should look away 'round about...  now!




For those of you that do love them, however...
Isn't this just the sweetest topper ever?

And such a good size, too.




Such a cutie deserved pride of place on my project for today, so I placed it slap bang in the middle of this clock face.

And why not?





Take a look 'round the back...

See, it has an easel backing that folds flat - which means that this could easily be given instead of a card.
Just attach a label and write 'Happy Birthday' on it or something...




I don't get 'cards' like this...  
so maybe I should squirrel this one away (tee hee) and keep it for myself?

What do you think?





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Craft Consortium supplies used:

Winter Woodland

Always & Forever

Santoro - Kori Kumi
Leaf Ribbon Set

Decoupage Paper
Seaspray
Metallic Copper


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As always, I've attached my decoupage papers using spray adhesive.



Here's a closer look at the bottom layer... 



Can you see how I scrumpled up that clock face Decoupage paper to get that crackle effect?




I also smeared brown ink all over the front, left it for a minute or two and then wiped it all off.
Why?

Because the ink seeps into the creases and tones down the shine.
I'm a muted kind of shine girl by nature, you know!





Want to see some more inspiration?

Tune in to Create and Craft TV (11am UK time) today.
That's 29th November, 2017. 
I'm pretty sure I've even heard that there's a sale on! 
(If you are reading this at a later date - sorry, you've missed it)!



But maybe next time...




Donna. x