Friday 26 September 2014

banners for boys!!

for this card I have simply mat and layered some blue and white cardstock, then cut banners of patterned cardstock and complimentary coloured cardstocks (all of these were just out of my scrap box). I stamped a sentiment from the says it all set from stampin' up! using a jet black archival ink pad. I cut this into a banner and mat and layered on to the blue. I glued all the layers into position to finish the card. this is a very simple card that is great for everyone... just pick your papers to suit the person!!


Wednesday 24 September 2014

tag it! & my new craft room...

I used mainly tim holtz products to make this tag, distress ink pads  (shabby shutter, scattered straw, dusty concord  dried marigold, gathered twigs & black soot) , distressing tool, shatter stencil, nostalgic kraft -core collection cardstock(core-dinations) and the Halloween shadows alteration sizzlit die (sizzix). I also use ranger manila tag, glossy accents and dreamweaver embossing paste in translucent.
to make this tag I inked my background using distress ink pads, I then distressed the edges and added more colour to them. i used embossing paste through the shatter stencil in the top corner. I  then die cut my embellishments. once the tag had dried I glued the shapes on to the tag where I wanted them. i cut the trick or treat icon twice using different colours and fussy cut the layers to add interest. I added extra detail at the bottom by using some glossy accents to the shape, I wanted this to stand out and be more of a focal point. it just needs some ribbon adding to the top then it will be finished.

this is a picture of my new craft room... I might add a shelf for my books, few pictures and decorations, but otherwise its done. I am so happy with the way it turned out. I have plenty of storage and finally know where everything is, which makes crafting so much easier. * the really cool knobs are from a little shop in scarborough called homebird house*

Wednesday 10 September 2014

off the page crafting !!

since I haven't been blogging much whilst we have had builders in at home, I thought I would share what I have been doing. I haven't been able to craft much, so I kept busy with some upcycling and home décor projects ...

 I bought this chest of drawers and a matching dressing table (I forgot the take a 'before' picture of that). although it was painted a lovely grey colour, it didn't match the colour scheme for my bedroom. I decided to paint it using autentico chalk paint in rose, finished using their clear wax sealer. the paint went on easy and the furniture needed very little prep, just be aware that it does dry very quickly!! this is how they turned out...

i had been wanting my granddad's old bedside cabinet, so I asked my nana if I could have it... it took a little persuading but she gave me it with pleasure in the end. I sanded it down as there were a few little chips (which I fillered) and it had a polished surface.  I then painted it to match and added a matching knob. I also lined the shelf and cupboard using some pretty wallpaper. I think it looks great now and means so much more because it was my granddad's...

after sanding

after painting
I had bought some vintage lace cheap from an antiques fair, that my dad took us too. I used it as a simple way to add detail to a pair of old bedside lamps. I marked in pencil where I wanted my trim to be and used fabric glue to stick the lace on to them ...



 I also did the same to a cream lamp shade (from argos).

I'm pretty pleased with how my upcycling has turned out, adding some crafty touches to my new room. I must say a big thank you to my dad for helping me with my projects. I hope you have been inspired to have fun customizing some pieces too!!