Friday, 8 December 2017

Frantage Christmas Tag, Distressed Star, Believe

I have had a truly wonderful time being a DT member of Tag, You're It!
But sadly the time has come to close down this challenge.

So here's my last tag for 'Tag You're It Friday'...




...  Inspired by this lovely, simple, distressed little number by Leigh Penner.





I've used two colours of Distress Embossing Powder on the sentiment - which has been embossed through my 'Crease' folder as I like to call it.

The silver Folk Star (Poppystamps) is made up of three glued layers of Mirri card which I've sanded down before daubing on clear Embossing Ink.  I then added Frantage 'Chunky White' and glitter elements - which were carefully heat set into place!  (Heat from underneath initially as it will all blow away otherwise)!!!

Added the whole thing to a bigger offset star (MFT Star STAX) that had been layered up a few times for durability, splattered on some Picket Fence Distress Paint and then added more Frantage...  which was slightly too much despite my best efforts!
  But never fear - I just grabbed my sanding block and toned it down a bit...  I was aiming for a 'distressed' look, after all!

Punched a hole straight through the Star, threaded through the bell...

Job done!



Not sure if it's clear in the photo but I did actually cut the Folk Star in half before adding the sentiment.  The 2-3mm gap in between makes all the difference to the shape of the Star as it surrounds the word 'Believe'. 




Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today.
And if you've ever played along with us you get my heartfelt thanks, too...  

Of course, I love making tags far too much to just quit and stop making them!



So will you join us for our last challenge?

We would love to see you there...







Donna. x

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Craft Consortium, Winter Woodland, Decoupage + Squirrel Clock Face

Good morning, everyone!
It's another cold and frosty one here in the UK, and as anyone who knows me can tell you - I am no fan of the cold.

So I've turned things around for this project today using just one topper from Craft Consortium's Winter Woodland collection - just because it says Winter doesn't mean that's all you have to use it for!


But if you don't like squirrels you should look away 'round about...  now!




For those of you that do love them, however...
Isn't this just the sweetest topper ever?

And such a good size, too.




Such a cutie deserved pride of place on my project for today, so I placed it slap bang in the middle of this clock face.

And why not?





Take a look 'round the back...

See, it has an easel backing that folds flat - which means that this could easily be given instead of a card.
Just attach a label and write 'Happy Birthday' on it or something...




I don't get 'cards' like this...  
so maybe I should squirrel this one away (tee hee) and keep it for myself?

What do you think?





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Craft Consortium supplies used:

Winter Woodland

Always & Forever

Santoro - Kori Kumi
Leaf Ribbon Set

Decoupage Paper
Seaspray
Metallic Copper


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As always, I've attached my decoupage papers using spray adhesive.



Here's a closer look at the bottom layer... 



Can you see how I scrumpled up that clock face Decoupage paper to get that crackle effect?




I also smeared brown ink all over the front, left it for a minute or two and then wiped it all off.
Why?

Because the ink seeps into the creases and tones down the shine.
I'm a muted kind of shine girl by nature, you know!





Want to see some more inspiration?

Tune in to Create and Craft TV (11am UK time) today.
That's 29th November, 2017. 
I'm pretty sure I've even heard that there's a sale on! 
(If you are reading this at a later date - sorry, you've missed it)!



But maybe next time...




Donna. x

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Craft Consortium, Winter Woodland, Decoupage + Twine Christmas Card

I just love the Tartan Decoupage Paper that Craft Consortium sells, so for today's project 
I combined it with the wonderfully illustrated Winter Woodland paper pad...
...  and some of the front cover... 
...  inside front cover...
...  lace, twine, ribbon, toppers, resin flowers and a leaf.  

And I've thrown in some stitched die detailing, fussy cutting and distressed edges all for good measure.

This girl likes to add texture to her layered work, you know!





Here's a small breakdown of the base layer before I added the tag, twine and resin embellishments...


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Start of with the Decoupage paper cut to size and glue into place.

Then cut the smaller square of white patterned paper.  (Acorn and Blue Berry Sprig) to size...  but DO NOT glue it down yet!

Cut a piece of Deer paper to the same size as the Acorn and Blue Berry Sprig, then using that piece of paper cut out two partial Stitched Circles shapes - using dies from your stash.  
Then glue this piece to the Acorn piece.

Cut a further partial Circle from the front cover of the paper pad and glue that into place as shown.

Once dry...

Distress the edges and glue into place on the card front.






Then...

Add a smaller Stitched Circle as shown top right.

Nest, cut a thin rectangular strip from the inside of the front packaging to size, add lace to it and then glue it into place as shown.

Then add the fussy cut Green Trailing topper, followed by an even smaller die cut Circle bottom left.


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The rest should be self explanatory, but please feel free to email me if you have any questions...



I always use spray adhesive when adding decoupage papers to my craft work - with the exception of the first base layer on this card.

Why was this layer treated differently?

Because I wanted that 'loose edge' look, so I chose to use wet glue far away from that outside edge - knowing full well that it would be covered by those smaller square layers.

(There's a method to my madness, you know)!





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Craft Consortium supplies used:

Winter Woodland

Decoupage Papers:

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Other

Stitched Circle Die
Spray Adhesive
Wet Glue


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I do hope that my 'out of the box' thinking with the twine being used as an embellishment hasn't scared you off!




Enjoy your day...


Donna. x