Friday, October 20, 2017

Halloween Witch

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

Nightmare before Christmas button brooches

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.
 
           

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Have a batty Halloween card

 October sees the start of the busiest time of my crafting year. Starting with Halloween and then on to Christmas.    Halloween is not really celebrated here in the UK, even if all the shops try their best to convince us we do in order to sell us even more things. I love it though. We have a pumpkin lantern that hubby carves and then we sit and watch old halloween films and eat pumpkin soup. As I have been crafting for a very,very long time I have lots of homemade Halloween projects that come out each year to decorate our home.     So my project today is a sweet little card for Halloween I made for The Fruit Pixie.
This is a stepper card using the backing papers from Craftwork cards. The main stamped image is by Stampendous called Halloween magic.
 
I painted the image using Indigoblu luscious pigment powders. These are beautiful powders that can be used in many ways. I just added a spot of water to a minute amount of the powder and mixed it into a wonderful pearlescent paint. 
 
I then added some cogs, to match her hat and some bat die cuts and finally stamped another of the Stampendous stamps to finish it off.
 
You can find the stamps I used here in the Fruit Pixie shop here - 
 
The beautiful luscious powders here -
 

Monday, October 02, 2017

Craft Consortium Tell the Bees decoupage paper covered box

  Here is my new box I have covered with the beautiful Craft Consortium decoupage papers that I have made for The Fruit Pixie. These are not just normal papers, these are tissue thin but strong enough to be worked with then they are wet. They are very easy to use and very forgiving. I have used these sort of papers before on other projects, I will leave you the links of the other blog posts I have written at the bottom of the page. The papers I have used this time are the Tell the Bees papers.    The box I used I bought from The Works and is a wooden box. I prepared the box before I began by rubbing down the wood with sandpaper and then painting it with white gesso. I painted it white so the pattern and colour of the paper came through more.
The way I work with the decoupage paper is to cut it to size and then apply a runny PVA glue, I water the PVA glue down till it is like single cream, I paint the glue mixture on to the surface and also the back of the paper. Apply the paper to your surface, gently rubbing out the air bubbles if there are any and then paint another layer of the watered down PVA over the top. 
 
Once the box is covered with the decoupage papers and then left to dry. I then painted the sides and edges of the box with Cosmic shimmer paint.
 
 
For inside the box I painted it with Cosmic Shimmer chalk paint in a colour that matched the paper.
 
I wanted to add some interest to the lid of the box and the inside. I had made this box to keep my little bits of hand quilting and sewing in, so I used hexagons cut from the Tell the Bees paper pad. I inked their edges with a brown ink and when I had decided on the pattern I glued them into place. The hexies on the top are 1 inch hexies and the ones inside are 1.5 inch hexies.
 
Before I use the box I will add another layer of the PVA mixture to seal in the paper hexagons as it will get a lot of handling.
 
You can find the Tell the Bees decoupage papers in the Fruit Pixie shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craft-consortium-tell-the-bees-collection-715-c.asp
 
Cosmic Shimmer paint-
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-paints-644-c.asp
 
As I said I have worked with this type of paper before. Here is a post I did a few years ago using another of the Craft Consortium decoupage paper and a different shaped box
http://thefruitpixie.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/craft-consortium-decoupage-paper.html
 
This post is showing my candle holder jars I made with the wood design Craft Consortium decoupage papers -
http://thefruitpixie.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/craft-consortium-candle-jars.html
 
   

The Haunting journal pages

I design for a very talented digital kit designer Kyrsty Scrapbook Designs. As part of the halloween collaboration of all the designers at Mischief Circus, a wonderful online shop where you can buy her digital kits, Kyrsty has just released this spooky halloween                                    kit - http://www.mischiefcircus.com/shop/product.php?productid=24771&cat=&page=      Here is the first of the two pages I made for the release of her kit - 
I had great fun playing with this kit. I loved the cat and rat skeletons!
 
Please don't dismiss digital kits, they can easily be resized to what ever size you need and printed out on a normal home printer for your craft. The huge advantage, apart from having as many of any one paper or element you want, you have no storage at all!!

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Third Man fan book

As those of you who very kindly read and visit my blog regularly will know that I design for Tangie Baxter and Co. Each month I write a blog post for her showing how I use her digital products in mixed media form.    My Septembers blog post was due just after we returned from Vienna, Austria and as I always have to take some art work to do whilst I am away I thought I would combine the two.    I decided to make a The Third Man fan book. The wonderful film The Third Man is one of my all time favourite and it is set in post war Vienna. This film has to be one of the best films ever made, in my humble opinion and so I took this as the subject of my little traveling art book which I worked on in our down time whilst in Vienna.
I made the little book out of Watercolour paper and painted the background using my Gelli plate and a homemade stamp made to look like bricks.
 
For each page I used stills from the film, found on the internet, die cuts I cut out on my Silhouette Cameo and collage pieces from Tangie Baxters digital kit Read all about it.
 
Here are my pages
 
I also used some of the Ranger Distress crayons and white pencil and pen and a good black pen to give the book an arty style.
 
I took the photos, with the help of my Hubby, in front of the famous Prater in Vienna.
 
I added one of my die cuts as an extra page in the book using Washi tape. It is not finished in this photo, I finished it on the flight home.
 
I had such fun with this book and it was wonderful to be in the city where the film was set as I worked on it.
 
The back of the book and the end. It all takes part in the sewers of Vienna!
 
If you haven't seen the film then I really recommend it. It is such an iconic film, beautifully shot with the background of old Vienna. What more could you want? 
 
I love Vienna, it is my favourite city in the whole world, so I can recommend a visit here too.
 
Before I add all the links I thought you might like to see the Prater in all her magnificence without my book in front of her. It is the same giant wheel as is in the film, she is almost 200 years old and still looking beautiful. Yes of course I have ridden on her, a wonderful experience with beautiful views of a beautiful city all round too.
 
 
If you would like to read my full blog post you can find it here-
https://shoptangiebaxter.com/blogs/news/the-third-man-fan-book
 
Find out more about Tangie Baxter and Co and the Art Journal Emporium here-
https://shoptangiebaxter.com/pages/art-journal-emporium Untill my next post, take care x
 
 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Craft Consortium Tell the Bees hanging decoration

For this weeks project for The Fruit Pixie, who I design for,  I have made a hexagonal hanging decoration using the beautiful Craft Consortium's Tell the Bees paper kit.
The decoration itself is a file I cut using my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine but there are all kinds of decorations available to decorate.
 
I used the script paper from the paper pad to make the actual decoration.
 
I used a tiny part of one of the papers to collage the bee hives into the centre of the decoration. 
 
I then used a few of the wonderful sequins to add a little shine to the collage.
 
The little bees around the outside are also from one of the papers, you get a huge amount of bees on one sheet of paper!
 
On the other side of the decoration I stamped the hexagonal stamp a couple of times on the background. This is very easy to do as the stamps are clear, so you can see where you are stamping. I stamped this using the Distress ink Tea Dye.
 
I added some of the little bees that I had cut from the paper. I raised them up on 3d foam. Of course I had to use some of the sequins to add a bit of sparkle.
 
I also added a sequin or two around the outside of the decoration to catch the light.
 
This is such a cute little decoration. You can find all that I used in the shop
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/
 
I hope you liked my little decoration x
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

Monday, September 04, 2017

Graphic 45 City Scapes Travel journal

  For many years now I have made myself a travel journal for each of our holidays. I like to make them individual and somehow connected to the place we are visiting. In the next few days we are off to Vienna in our beloved Austria, to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. When I saw the Graphic 45 City Scape papers, available from The Fruit Pixie shop I knew they were perfect for my Vienna Journal.
 
I made the base of my journal cover from stiff card, folding it so I had a deep spine to sew my pages in to.
 
I then covered the outside with the Streets of Dreams 12x12 paper and the inside with the Map the Past 12x12 paper.
 
I then decorated the cover using the collage pieces from the Global Odyssey 12x12 paper.
 
I like my journals to have something to keep the covers closed. This time I used a strip of double paper with a small magnet inside.
 
I added the place and year of the trip using die cuts.
 
On the inside cover I made a pocket from some contrasting card and then used the Impression Obsessions City Landscape layers die, which goes so well with these papers.
 
I also used the stamp sets to decorate the pocket and decorated the top part of the page with more of the collage pieces.
 
 
The first page of my travel journals are always and itinerary page and this time I decided to decorate all the pages using the wonderful stamps. I made a mask to use on every page that covered the middle part of the page. I could then stamp around the outside and over the mask so when I removed it I had a clear area in the middle to write my diary in.
 
For this page though I cut a frame to frame the itinerary.
 
For each of the pages I chose 2 different stamps to use to stamp around the edges using the mask to mask off the middle part of the page.
 
I love to collect all sorts of tickets and bits and pieces while I am away so I like a place to keep them safe. This time I decided to use CD pockets which I stuck to thin flaps I had sewn in-between each page. To decorate them I used some more of the die cuts I had made using the Impression Obsession Landscape layers die.
Some of the pockets I decorated using the collage borders on the papers.
 
All it needs now is to be filled with my Viennese adventures!
 
These beautiful Graphic 45 City Scapes papers can be found in the Fruit Pixie shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/city-scapes-698-c.asp
 
The Impression Obsession City landscape layers die, which are 2 separate dies, here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/impression-obsession-die-city-landscape-layers-26740-p.asp