Hello and welcome to a somewhat different project today. It is rather special as it is not just made up of my own bits and pieces but includes a piece of my mother's artwork.
We have a new challenge starting today over at A Vintage Journey - it is a bit of a celebration as we are celebrating our fourth anniversary. But .... instead of our usual Birthday Celebration Challenge Brenda has got us looking out:
Treasure can be described as wealth or riches we store or accumulate, a collection of valuable, interesting or useful things, bits and pieces we highly value, articles that we hang onto that we've bought or found and might never be able to purchase again. What is in your crafty or artsy treasure trove? Those items we squirrel away to keep for something special? Maybe some elegant embellishments, that hoard of ephemera or memorabilia found in a junk shop, a tin of old buttons, rusty keys or diamente jewels, a paper pad you get out and stroke and then put away again, some beautiful fabric or lace you can't bear to part with.
We invite you in this challenge to share a project that includes a part of your treasure trove!
My mother was a wonderful artist, self taught, but able to work in all mediums. Towards the end of her life (back in the late 90s) and struggling with cancer which had destroyed her hands, she enjoyed making little sketches and painting on silk which she then made up into cards for us all. This was one she had made up but not sent (I couldn't bear to cut into one she had written on for me!).
I managed to extract it from the card and although it is rather tatty in terms of glue and bits of paper, I still decided to work with it.
I went around the craft room looking for bits and pieces I think she would have loved. I didn't use them all in the end, but it was fun!
I found an old embroidery hoop (probably one of Mum's as well) and played with bits and pieces. This whole design changed as I progressed but it gave me an idea of what I could fit in.
I made a base from some card and painted it with PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paint (Chalk) and layered some papers stitching them on with the machine.
Then I had to experiment with the lace to try and hide some of the worst bits! I really didn't want to cut into the piece to fit a frame as I knew it would probably all go wrong and I would regret it!
It worked quite well stitching the lace and then folding it back over the edges of Mum's painting. And here are some close ups of the finished project.
I painted the embroidery hoop with the same chalk paint and added a distressed gold edging with DecoArt Gold Metallic paint.
I really love how this turned out in the end and of course it is rather special. I think Mum would have approved! She would have loved all the wonderful paint effects that we use today and I am sure she would have used them in a very artistic way.
I do hope you will be able to join us in our challenge this month and hunt through your stash to find a little bit of treasure! Do hop on over to the challenge post at A Vintage Journey as my fellow Creative Guides have used some amazing pieces of treasure!
Thank you for joining me today and have a great weekend!
I have so enjoyed my little desk tidy projects that I decided to make another using some stackable MDF ATB boxes. However, this came out a little posher than I intended, so now has a home on my sewing table.
I am sure it will not have escaped your notice that I am on a bit of a roll with Eileen Hull's new Book Club dies and this latest die arrived a few days ago and I couldn't wait to start working with it!
It is called Trinket Box and Frame and is a large XL Die so you need extended cutting plates to use it. I used a single sheet of Maja Design 12 x 12 patterned paper to make this project as it is relatively easy to cut out the individual pieces for decoration after cutting the required pieces from mount board. In the process of making the box I came up with a few ideas and tips which I will share below but before that here are a few more close ups:
So here are a few details and tips which might help when putting the box together. The photographs were taken on my phone, so not that great! and my desk is a mess as usual and my cutting matt filthy! (and this is the clean one!)
I made the box up and decorated the sides, but thought it would be nice to cover the inside with some lace. So I added a double length of red tape around the inside and stuck the lace to it.
It makes a nice finish to the inside of the box.
The spine is curved so I have cut the individual pieces from my patterned paper into strips so that the board still bends.
Before sticking the box to the base I trimmed the side of the spine to match the corners of the box so it would sit better when stuck onto the base.
I found that adding the inside layer to the box next made it far sturdier and easier to stick down onto the base. Now I had fully intended to add a piece of ribbon inbetween the box and the base, but totally forgot!
So I had to cut another base from grey cardstock to cover my ribbon!
I covered my front lid and this is the reverse side with the back of the photograph showing. I caught my other piece of ribbon here and then stuck it to the spine.
I was then able to cover this with another piece of cardstock to hide everything.
Here is the finished box and it all looks very neat inside.
I am not sure what I will use this box for or whether it will be a present for someone but I really enjoyed making it and it came together really quickly. It is a very sturdy little box and was very economical on patterned paper, so ideal for those "specials" which you don't want to cut into! I think it would also make a lovely special birthday card ...... my mind is buzzing as to further projects! Thank you so much for joining me today and in case you are wondering I do have another Eileen Hull project in the making! I will hopefully get some photographs tomorrow and share with you soon after.
Hello and welcome to our new challenge at A Vintage Journey where we are "melting" things!
I am currently a bit hooked on making ATCs from my gelli plate experiments, so I thought this would make a good combination for experimenting with my embossing powders for this month's challenge.
The lovely Julia is our host this month and she is asking us to
MELT IT !
Get out the UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel), beeswax, encaustic wax, embossing powders or good old wax crayons and a heat tool and get melting to create something in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style.
I started with an ATC background from one of my Gelli Plate experiments using PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paints. I have no idea what colours I used ! It is rather addictive and once I start I find it very difficult to stop! I have overstamped with some text.
Back in the "way back when" days I used to use gold embossing powders to edge my papers, so out came the Versamark which I dragged around the edges of the ATC and added gold embossing powder. I am amazed I haven't done this for ages - it looks really great!
With hearts in mind as it is February I thought I would alter a cardboard die-cut heart. Painted with PaperArtsy Very Berry Fresco Paint I added three coats of UTEE to get this wonderful finish. I love the fact that you can overstamp with Black Archival Ink once it is dry.
And then I wondered whether I could cover my old book paper with UTEE. It didn't work on the really thin paper but this sheet took the UTEE brilliantly. I love the colour!
Then it was a case of layering everything onto the ATC.
I love the fact that ATCs are just little pieces of art packed with so many different techniques! I will never tire of making them. They are also great reference points when Mr Mojo goes for a wander! You can find all the details of our challenge over at A Vintage Journey where you will also see a huge range of wonderful MELT IT techniques and projects by my fellow Creative Guides for this wonderful theme.
I do hope you will be able to join us this month - an ATC is all it needs!
Thank you for joining me and have a great weekend!
I have been having great fun using some of Eileen Hull's new Sissix Book Club dies and today I am sharing this Birthday Card Keeper set. Although these dies are not on sale in the UK yet I decided to send to the US for them - so a real treat!
As soon as I saw the Card Organiser Die I knew I wanted to make one for keeping birthday cards as I make them. I have just received some gorgeous 13@rts papers and decided to jump in and make one. Well ..... one turned into four and then I just had to use up all the little bits as well. So I hope this isn't too long a post, but here goes!
This was my first. The box was cut from Daler & Rowney Graduate Mountboard. I then cut my patterned paper out in one piece, but instead of sticking it down I trimmed each piece separately so it didn't affect the folded mount board. It was quite easy to do by just using the score guidelines.
At this point I realised that one wasn't going to be enough, so made another three using another sheet of the 13@rts papers. As I was joining these three together it was pretty efficient on paper, I just needed to cut two extra binders for the front and back.
Again I have cut my papers so they run along in sequence.
I blended Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges of the papers before sticking them down and also added a gold pen edging to define the edges of the boxes.
These tag plates come with the die and I know will be very useful on many projects. I decided I needed three boxes for my stamping friends, family and friends.
Pressed into action already!
I still had some of the lovely pink paper left so made this little birthday dates book using Eileen's Needlebook Die. I absolutely adore this little die! I made the book in exactly the same way as the boxes, cutting out the papers in one and then cutting them on the scorelines before glueing down.
Now I was really down to the tiny little bits! I cut a piece of the leftover mount board and made a pocket on each side using two little scraps and some lace.
Just perfect for keeping some stamps ready for posting.
This was a really lovely project to make and will be a really lovely project to use!
If you are wondering about the flowers I have used to decorate the boxes, these are my own handmade roses. You can find a tutorial for them on my blog here: