Sunday, 7 September 2014

Altered Sardine Can - Gone Fishing!


So did you catch the show on Create & Craft today? If not then you can catch it here or on Catch Up TV - it was an amazing show with plenty of lush samples from my teamies and a genius demonstration from Nikky Hall involving hot glue!!! Anyway, I thought I'd pop in and show you this fun little piece that I made for the show using the new Winston Collection from Polka Doodles.



There are loads of fun techniques I've used on this project and I have to say that although it was a touch fiddly in places, I had an absolute blast making it! I know this getting to be a habit but there are loads of pictures in this post so apologies if it slow loading!

As many of you know I love upcycling stuff that would otherwise be discarded in the trash. I'm always on the look out for odd tins, bottles and boxes and as a result have a quite a hoard! Anyway as soon as I saw one of the design sheets on the CD I just knew that I had to alter a sardine can from my stash. Now for those of you worried about the smell, don't be, simply wash it out thoroughly with hot soapy water and then soak it in bi-carb and hot water overnight and any smell will be removed.


The first thing I did was to create a "lid" out of card. I simply drew around the tin and then cut it to size.


I then hot glued some beads onto the base to make feet and then coated the whole thing generously with Gesso, along with the card lid. Whilst I waited for it to dry I printed out the design sheet from the CD, cut it out and layered it up with silicone glue.


Once the tin and card lid was dry I dabbed on some course modelling paste (if you don't have this try mixing a bit of sand or salt in with some fine modelling paste or gel medium) and again left it to dry.  I then covered the entire tin and lid in silver acrylic paint. I then added a thinned down coat of black acrylic paint to it and lightly swiped it over with a cloth so that there some areas of silver showing through. Before this dried thoroughly I added some Burnt Umber acrylic paint and some Burnt Sienna. I then left the whole to dry for thirty minutes or so.


I then printed some dotty papers from the CD and cut them to fit the tin to create the water. The bullrushes were freehand cut from scraps of paper and coloured with my Graph'It Markers. I then glued each of the individual elements into the scene.


Finally, I rolled up the lid and cut jagged edges into the sides where it was curled before gluing it into position on the tin. The key was an old corned beef tin key that seem almost impossible to find these days, so I made a mold and cast a few extras. This was then rusted up in the same fashion described above.


If you buy the Winston CD please do stop by and show me what you made - I love looking at other peoples creations. Alternatively, please feel free to share with all the other Polka Doodles fans on Facebook Page


Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire xxx

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
A Little Bit Crafty - Distress It
Crafts & Me - Time for Anything
Natalie & Amy's Challenge - Things with wings
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes
The Mirror Cracked - Anything Goes

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Fairytale Castle Wedding Card


Just thought I'd show you this commissioned card/keepsake that I recently had the pleasure of making. The customer was really specific as to what they wanted and although it was a challenge I managed to incorporate everything they required from the order! This post is really picture heavy so apologies if it's a little slow loading.


The castle is an attempted replica of Herstmonceux Castle where the ceremony was taking place. I say attempted because there were so many details when I started looking closely at it, that it would have been almost impossible to replicate, so I've used a bit of artistic license on it!


The first thing I did was to create a template for the base. I didn't have template for a castle, so I created my own. The project had to be boxed for presentation as it didn't fold flat. Had I made the turrets square then the whole project would've folded flat for posting, which definitely something I will keep in mind for any future similar projects.


Next I covered the walls with papers from Polka Doodles Work & Play Collection 2 and then cut out individual bricks to make the arches on the bridge. I covered the drawbridge in a wood effect paper from Polka Doodles Work & Play Collection 1


I used a variety of cutting dies for the name/greeting plate, shield, foliage, bunting and flags. The tiny flowers are a punch.


The image is from  Mazyart and coloured with Graph'It Markers. I had to alter it slightly as the Groom has a very specific hairstyle which the customer wanted included.


The final request was for somewhere to write a message and place a money gift, so I made a little concertina pocket to the rear of the card which held a tag envelope.


This was a fun project to make and I understand the happy couple were delighted with it.


Thanks for stopping by.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar Challenges - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenges - Anything Goes
Crafts For Eternity - Tic Tac Toe (Dies, Punches, Blue)
Crafty Girls Challenges - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
My Heart Pieces - Use a digi stamp
The Crafters Cafe - Use Punches and Dies
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Just Inspirational - Wedding
PDE Linky Party - Dies/Punches
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes (see tip re turrets)
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Another Pop Up Box Card!

I know, I know.....but these are such fun to make and each one looks totally different so hopefully you'll forgive me? The post is a touch picture heavy but that's because there's so much going on :)


I made this card as a sample for the Create and Craft launch of the new Tatty Twinkles Timeless collection. I used a selection of Tattered Lace Dies and of course the new Timeless Tatty Twinkles Stamps. I have to say this was one of those makes where you're never quite sure where it's going to take you, but I think it worked out OK.


The base was made using the no measure technique as demonstrated here by Nikky Hall. If you haven't tried one of these little cards because you think they look to complicated or time consuming then watch the video and I'm sure you'll be dashing off to make one!


Tatty and the dragonflies were stamped on Ultimate Graphic Paper and coloured with Graph'It Markers and then I added Stickles to the wings and the edge of her dress and Glossy Accents to her shoes.


I used three of the new dies from Tattered Lace - Bell Flower Border DieChristmas Florals Rose Hips, Butterflies. All of the dies were coloured with Graph'It Markers before being glittered, shaped and embellished with gems.

To finish I added some Dew Drops, gems, lace, beads and ribbons.

I hope you're not bored to tears with seeing these boxes? I will have something different to show you soon!!!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
Card Mania Challenges - Butterflies and Bows
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Summer Colours
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes
Stamp & Create - Anything Goes
Come & Get It Challenges - Anything Goes with a sentiment
Glitter n Sparkle - Butterflies
Natalie & Amy's Challenge - Die Cuts & Flowers

Friday, 22 August 2014

Graph'It Marker Challenge Inspiration - 60th Birthday Rock 'n' Roll Pop Up Box Card

Morning. It's been a bit a hectic around here and as a result I got myself completely confused over this weeks challenge post on Graph'It Markers!! :) It's supposed to be transparency but for some mad reason I got glass stuck in my mind and went of down that route! Anyway, I really hope that you will join us for this challenge - remember you don't need to use Graph'It markers to enter and you could win some lush goodies from GI.


This card was a last minute customer commision and it's actually the person in questions birthday today! He's a massive Ozzy Osbourne fan and so the request was for an Ozzy style card. This is what I've come up with, I hope he likes it!!!

I was worried about using an image of Ozzy from the internet due to copyright issues and so decided to create my own. I found it really hard to colour him up as all of his clothing and hair are black, but I think I just about pulled it off (definitely need more practice with black though!!).


Ingredients: 
Graph'It Markers:
Skin - 4115, 4120,4125
Hair & Clothes - 9909, 9506, 9504
Lettering - 5245
Sizzix Bat Die
Simon Says Stamp Holiday Shapes Die
Embossing Folder
Gilding Wax
DCWV Rockstar Paperstack
Glossy Accents
Black Glitter

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd Like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Gorjuss Girl 18th Birthday Faux Book Card

It was recently my nieces 18th Birthday and this is the card that I made her. It's a little faux book card and yes I cheated a little - I used that Gorjuss Girl decoupage set again - but do you know what I don't care, I'm still in love with it!



The front cover has lots of heat embossed and shrink plastic embellishments. I added Glossy Accents to the hearts and some Stickles to edge of her dress and the number 18.


Here's the inside of the "book". I used a foliage and star stamp with embossing powder and then filled the star with ultra-fine glitter. To finish I popped on some die cuts, pearls and glitter.


Thanks for stopping by today

Claire x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Fancy Folds
Sparkle N Sprinkle - Anything Goes
Unstampabelles - Significant Birthday
The Squirrel and the Fox - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Birthdays

Friday, 8 August 2014

Graph'It Marker Challenge - Fur 'n' Feathers!


Yep this week over on the Graph'It marker blog we want to see Fur 'n' Feathers! I opted for feathers as I was desperate to use this gorgeous little guy from Polka Doodles! Isn't he just the cutest thing ever??


Anyway, I tried something a little different this week with my colouring and I have to say I'm really pleased with the end result! I coloured the robin with my Graph'It markers and then added a few light strokes with my Prismacolor Pencils. I think the result is awesome as the pens add real depth to the image whilst the pencils help to add even more texture.

I made a little box card to sit him in and used a range of the new stamps that Polka Doodles have launched to embellish the card with.

I hope you like my project this week and that you'll come and join us.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Ingredients:
Graph'It Markers - 2110, 2150, 5220, 3245, 3255, 1180, 9500, 9503, 9909, White Shake Marker
Backing Paper - Rose Budd CD
Prismacolor Pencils
Distress Inks
Snowflake Embossing Folder
Stickles Glitter Glue
Pinflair Glue

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Eclectic Paperie - Embossing
It's All About The Vintage - Photo Inspiration (The chandeliers reminded me of icicles)
Addicted to Stamps - Make a mark
Crafting for All Seasons - Feature a creature
Little Red Wagon - embossing
Simon Says Stamp - Sparkle
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes

Saturday, 2 August 2014

New England Patriots Pop Up Box Card

Just a quickie from me today. I thought I'd show you the 18th birthday card I made for my daughter's boyfriend. He's a massive American Football fan and supports the New England Patriots, so it seemed only right that I make his card in this theme. Anyway, here it is:


Patriots stuff is almost impossible to find here in the UK, but I managed to find a seller on ETSY that sold a digi pack and sports fan forum that had various fonts and images for non-commercial use. I chucked in few die cut stars, some glossy accents and glitter and ended up with this.


Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x