Saturday, 7 May 2016

It's a girl!

Well I hope it is! I've been wanting to make a nappy/diaper cake forever, so when my lovely friend announced she was having a little girl it gave me the perfect opportunity to make one.

I looked at lots of tutorials on the internet to give me an idea of how best to construct the cake (you can find the ones I used here on my Pinterest board). I then adapted things to suit my needs, for example the base layer of the cake was created by gluing a strip of card around a cake board. This meant that I could create a solid base for the cake lose things like baby grows and burp clothes inside. The tulle "icing" was added to cover the nappies which had brightly coloured edges and the additional cake tiers are secured with plastic rods which makes for a very stable cake.

I have to say for a first attempt I'm not too unhappy with the finished product and I had lots of fun making it and would definitely make another one at some point.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this project into the following projects:

Friday, 29 April 2016

Stamp Soup round two - The Harbour!

Did you catch Nikky Hall on Create & Craft TV launching the fabulous new Stamp Soup collections Magic Garden and Little Kingdom? If so you may well have spotted this little canvas that I made as a sample for the launch show.

Unlike the first collection of Stamp Soup which were floral based, the new sets are designed to create whimsical houses, flowers and toadstools. That said the only limit to what you can create is your imagination! The DT discovered fairies, rockets, boats and even mice in this latest collection.

One of the first objects I visualised in the stamp collection was a boat, so I instantly knew that there would be a coastal project. After a quick rummage in my "seaside treasures" box (I have quite a collection of found objects) I pulled out a beautiful piece of driftwood, some shells and frayed out piece of rope and decided that they would sit perfectly on the reverse of a square canvas.

My only issue with the canvas was that the wood was pale, very pale and I knew that it need darkening. Unfortunately, I had already decided that I needed (wanted) to use my new Kuretake Gansai Tambi water colour paints on as many of my projects as possible and it looked like the pale frame was going to throw a spanner in the works! So.....I took a deep breath, pulled up my big girl pants and used the paints to stain the wood and knock back the white of the canvas.

To my amazement and delight it not only stained the wood but gave me faux wood effect on the canvas.

Next I added some texture paste to the bottom of the frame and once dry painted it with the Gansai Tambi paints. Incredibly the rich yellow of the sand was achieved with only one coat! The shells and starfish were a little too clean looking so again the paints were used to stain them. I then hot glued all of the embellishments in place on the frame.

I then enhanced the colour wash on the inside of the frame which creates the sky and sea before hot gluing a chunk of driftwood to the canvas to create a cliff. Once I'd glued the wood in place I decided that maybe I should've placed it at the base of the canvas to make scene building a little easier... but hey ho it was well and truly stuck! So I decided to build my layers off of the cliff face.

I used the Gansai Tambi paints to colour wash a large piece of card which was going to be the sea. Whilst the paint was still wet I chucked a load of sea salt over it and left it to dry.

In the meantime I stamped a couple of boats and a whale onto shrink plastic. The sails were decorated with floral patterns using various small stamps from the collection. I decided to experiment with the paints on the shrink plastic and guess what? It worked!

I then stamped a boat, lighthouse, whale and several clouds onto watercolour card using Stazon ink before colouring with the paints. I decided to drop sea salt onto the sail of the boat to see what would happen - the paint was much drier than the colour washed sea and so the colour didn't leach as much. However, I still think it gave a nice finish.

Watercolour Salt Background
By the time I'd finished all of the above, the colour washed sea was dry and it was time to remove the salt. I was pretty pleased with the results and thought that it looked a choppy sea, so I cut it down to fit the frame. Once it was place and secured with foam pads, I added some texture paste to create sea spray.

At this stage I felt that the project lacked something, so I decided to try a "caught in crystal" effect with the paint, tissue paper and acetate and then stamped some waves using Stazon,

The images were then placed onto the frame and secured with foam pads. To finish I added some Stardust Stickles Glitter Glue and Glossy Accents.

I hope you like my little project. I think it's kind of quirky and fun! If you decide to buy the stamps/CD's then I'd love to see what you create - feel free to email me or tag me on Facebook or Instagram.

Thanks for stopping by.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
A Beautiful Mess - Anything goes
Craft for the Craic - Anything goes
Crafting with Friends  - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Morgans Artworld - Anything goes
PDE Linky Party - Anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Paper Minutes - Sea
Stamp Art - Anything goes
Bunny Zoe's - Transport

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?? Rod Stewart 60th Birthday Card In A Box

Just a bit of fun from me today! This is a birthday card that I made for my friend's Mum's 60th birthday last year (yes I'm going through my pictures and have discovered some that I've forgotten to blog)! I'm not sure that you'd guess, but she's a massive Rod Stewart fan!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

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

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Sticks n Bones 3D Dinosaur Canvas

I just realised that I never got around to blogging this canvas I made using the fabulous Sticks n Bones Collection from Polkadoodles.

I've had the idea of doing something like this in my head for a while, so as soon as I spotted the bones and skull in this collection I knew exactly what I wanted to do - a dinosaur excavation of course!

I started out by cutting out lots of bones and skulls. I then layered them up onto the canvas  and covered them with tissue paper. once that had dried I added texture paste and acrylic paints. Once it had all dried I added some clear wax to the bones and then buffed most of it off.

I hope you like my little project.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Through the craft room door - anything goes
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Craft your passion - anything goes
Not just cards - anything goes
Our Crafty Corner - anything goes
613 Avenue Create - anything goes/mans card
We Love To Create - anything goes
Craft for the craic - anything but a card
Jo's scrapshack - anything goes
PDE Linky Party - anything goes

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Oh so pretty......

Another card created using Polkadoodles Stamp Soup for Create and Craft TV show.

I stamped the images using Archival Ink onto cartridge paper and then coloured them using Distress Inks. I couldn't not add a little sparkle and shine so added some Stardust Stickles and Glossy Accents to the dragonflies. I'm not sure if the picture below shows this off slightly better?

Thanks for stopping by.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Craft Stamper - Spring Flowers

Monday, 4 April 2016

Pretty papers birthday card

A really quick birthday card made for a friend using pretty summery papers.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge - Don't be a square
Crafty Calendar - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Birthday
Crafting with an attitude - Anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything goes

Thursday, 31 March 2016

A Quick Monochrome Card

Sorry...... it's yet another Stamp Soup sample! This was another one made for the Create and Craft TV launch. It's super simple and yet (I think) really effective.

I've simply used the 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation stamp impressions to create the flower, added a couple of leaves and a stem and then stamped the sentiment. The image has then been matted and layered onto some silver glitter tape and black card.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks - anything goes
Crafty Girls - anything goes
Crafting by design - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes
613 Avenue Create - anything goes
Amusing Challenges - anything goes
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