Monday, November 13, 2017
My sister and I were both teenagers in the 1980’s and so as soon as I saw the 80’s collection from Lettering delights I knew it would be perfect for her birthday card this year. I love lettering delights SVG kits and use them a lot for all sorts of things. Of course you need an electronic cutting machine to use SVGs, I have my trusty Silhouette Cameo of course which I would not be without!
Friday, November 10, 2017
Here in the U.K. it is Remembrance Sunday tomorrow. Every year I buy a poppy, as we all do, and the 5 mins later its fallen off. Over the years I have made myself different types of poppies and then just added my donation to the poppy sellers tin but I have never been 100% happy with them. So this year I tried again and this time I am very happy with them. I made mine out of felt but of course you could make them out of card. This was a project for The Fruit Pixie as she sells wonderful mixed button packs which are perfect for this project. A link to her button packs can be found at the end of this post.
I used red felt for my poppy petals. The black if also felt, a half inch strip cut with pinking scissors and then gathered into a circle using a running stitch.
Each petal is pleated and then stitched in place. I then sewed the petals to each other.
The black centre I stitched to the petals.
I finished it off with a button from the monochrome button pack.
Stitch a brooch back onto the back of your poppy to finish.
You can find the button packs here -
There are lots of different colour themed packs to choose from that contain black buttons. It would also be a lovely if you had a button from your family button box to use too.
Brooch backs here -
I hope you like my poppies.
If you are wondering why three poppies, well one for me, one for my sister and one for my Godmother who admired my poppy last year but by then it was too late to send one to her so I sent one this year instead.Have a reflective and peaceful Remembrance day.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
This was a project I have been itching to do ever since I had the Tim Holtz Village dwelling die last Christmas! I just managed to finish in time for Halloween.
I had such fun creating my Halloween house.
First I cut the house out of box card so it was nice and sturdy.
I then cut all the pieces out again in grey cardstock, cutting the tabs off and also cutting all the pieces apart.
I then painted them using my Geli plate in a solid colour to begin with then I used a stamp plate I had made using funky foam to give a brick effect, which I stamped onto the Gelli plate then printed onto my pieces.
I then used my painted pieces to cover the base of my house.
The windows and all the silver coloured pieces are cut from card covered in silver insulating tape.
I did the same for the roof but I first put the tape through an embossing folder and sponged black and green paint over the top. It was then left to dry and used to cover the roofs.
I wanted my house to light up so the base cut by the die would not be any good so I made a simple box out of card and strengthened it with box card. i then covered it in moulding paste and when it was dry painted it in black and silver paint.
I cut the grave stones from a Quickkut die I have had for years and hot glued them to the base along with 3 of the Tim Holtz pumpkins.
I needed a tree, so I sent hubby out into the garden in search of something I could use and he came up with 2 twigs that wired together looked like a spooky tree!
For the lights I poked holes in the base behind the gravestones and the tree. I also made two holes where the house would stand. I used a small set of battery LED lights, poked them through the holes and taped them in place under the box base.
All that was then needed was some cobweb fibres to look like mist and to switch the lights on and enjoy!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
As I haven’t made an art journal page in my IndigoBlu Junk and Disorderly journal for a while I thought I would have some fun with a Halloween page for the Fruit Pixie online shop who I design for.
To start I chose one of the white pages in the album and used some of the Cosmic Shimmer paints to build up my background. I like to use a baby wipe to paint with as it blends the paint automatically and of course there is no brush to wash after!
I wanted a large bright moon so I cut a circle out of a piece of scrap card and used it as a stencil using the paints through the hole.
The haunted house is a Tim Holtz die cut out of black card.
For my witch I took the Creative Expressions butterfly girl stamp set and adapted her slightly.
First I stamped her body and cut her out, cutting off her wings and pony tail.
Then I stamped her again for her dress which I cut out and stamped the swirly pattern over the top using IndigoBlu Tiny backgrounds.
I cut out a witches hat and bat wings on my Silhouette Cameo.
All that was left to do for her was to dress her up!
Now that the background was dry I stamped some of the pattern stamps in the Creative Expressions Butterfly girl stamp set onto the background.
I also stamped the tree from Visible image.
I then built up the page making a hanging sign with the sign stamp from Butterfly Girl and the Halloween strip stamps from Stampendous for the house. I also added some washi tape and some bats.
The lettering was hand drawn using a black pen.
If you would like to make an art journal the Junk and Disorderly journal is great for beginners. You can find it in the Fruit Pixie shop here -http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/indigoblu-junk-and-disorderly-art-journal-26811-p.asp
The paints here -
Butterfly girl stamp set for the witch -
Stampendous stamps -
Washi tape -
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Halloween is growing near and I have made a Spooky Halloween house decoration for the Fruit Pixie, who I design for.I also added some of the Cosmic Shimmer glitter jewels ebony ice to the bottom of my house to finish it off.
The inspiration for this Halloween decoration was the Crafty Individuals chipboard houses and trees. I really love playing with these and I have made a couple of different things with them, I will add links below but I have never made a Halloween House before.
I used two of the chipboard houses to make my halloween house. I glued together after I had finished the surface decoration on them I also used a piece of the fencing and one of the tree trunks.
I wanted to use lots of different mediums on my house but to begin with I painted the house using the Cosmic Shimmer chalk paints. I used black for the roof and the tree trunk then a purple for the house and white for the fence. For the windows I used a light yellow so they glowed!
To make the roof more roof like I used the midnight glitter texture past through a stencil. Its very easy to do, just lay your template down and scrape your texture paste through the stencil using a pallet knife. Then lift the stencil off gently and wash the paste off your stencil and pallet knife immediately before it dries.
I used the same method for the house but this time I mixed some of the Cosmic Shimmer silk glitter into some of the clear texture paste to make my own colour.
For the fence I just smoothed on some of the crystal texture paste over the shape to make it sparkle.
Once Everything was dry I could build up my scene.
The windows just needed a little something more, so I used one of the IndigoBlu tiny background stamps with a grey ink to add a pattern then put them into the windows.
The little die cuts are from one of my own dies from Cuttlebug. I have had it for ages but there are plenty of dies and embellishments you can add to your house.
Now of course you could leave it there, put your house onto a card or box but I decided to set it on the moon!
I cut a moon shape and using the gold glitter paste added some stars from a star template. Then stuck my house to the moon and went around the edge with some black ink.
So, you can find the chipboard houses and trees in the Fruit Pixie shop here -
The paints here -
The texture pastes here -
Glitter jewels -
I did mention that I had used these chipboard houses before. You can find my projects links below
My little street -
Sunshine plaque -
Friday, October 20, 2017
Each month I write a blog post for Tangie Baxter's Art Journal emporium. Being October it has to be a Halloween project! So here she is, a Hanging Halloween Witch made from scratch using Tangie Baxter's digital papers that I print out and use as normal paper.
For the Emporium blog I have created a step by step photo tutorial with a template sheet for all the pieces you will need for your Witch as well as instructions on how to make her broomstick.
You can learn more about the Art Journal Emporium and Tangie Baxter's products here-
The blog here -
Saturday, October 14, 2017
The Fruit Pixie sells some of the Dress-it up Disney character button sets. One of my favourite films is “ The Nightmare Before Christmas “ so when I spotted the Nightmare before Christmas Dress-it up button set I had to have a play with them. You get lots of buttons in the set, Jack Skeleton and two of his heads, as well as Sally and Zero the ghost dog. I have chosen to use one of Jack Skeleton’s heads and Zero the ghost dog to make these cute rosette style brooches.
These are so easy to make.
All you need is some black felt and orange ribbon.
To make the Zero the ghost dog’s brooch I cut a strip of the black felt using pinking sheers. I then stitched a running stitch along the bottom of the felt strip. This doesn’t have to be neat, so you don’t have to be a good seamstress to do this.
Gather your felt up into a tight circle by pulling on your thread and then stitch the two ends together to form your first rosette.
Do the same for the ribbon piece.
Layer the felt rosette on top of the ribbon one and put your button on the top with the shank of the button poking through the hole in the middle of the two rosettes.
Stitch the button to the sides of the rosettes to secure. You won’t see this so make sure its nice and secure.
Cut another small piece of felt and stitch that as neatly as you can on the back of your rosette to cover the hole. You can then add a brooch back to the back too to make a sweet brooch for your bag or coat.
The smaller brooch made using the Jack Skeleton head button was made in the same way but I used a thiner ribbon and thinner strip of black felt.
Of course you don’t have to stop at two rosettes, you can build them up using different ribbons, lace and fabric strips as you wish
I hope you like my brooches and will give them a go. If you have any questions or need help then you can contact me here or over on our Facebook page.
These and other Disney Dress-it up buttons can be found in the shop here -
Ribbons and lace here -http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/fibres-ribbons--trims-54-c.asp
Brooch backs -
I have a couple of other projects for the Dress-it up Disney buttons coming up so pop back again very soon to see what else you can do with these buttons.