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1  Two Altered Books in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Phizzychick on: May 17, 2014 06:38:25 AM
I've been altering book pages for years, but recently I've been thinking more about the outsides of the books and the idea of them as sculptures. These are my first two altered book 'sculptures'... Smiley

The Earth's Secrets - with it's sealed contents remaining a mystery, just like archaeology hidden in the earth. There are flowers and shoots growing out of the book, and the pocketwatch represents the passing of time Smiley


The Butterfly - I like to think that it's been fluttering over flowers in meadows before it drifts on the breeze into the library and rests on this book.


This one has more things pressed between it's pages...


Thanks for looking! Smiley
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2  Altered Footballer in Completed Projects by Phizzychick on: May 12, 2014 02:30:45 AM
I had a challenge recently to come up with a gift for my 300th 'like' on facebook Cheesy The guy is a huge football fan, specifically Manchester United, so I made him a little altered footballer in red and white strip.





Thankfully he liked it. Yay! Grin
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3  Re: IYP (invite your partner) 25 - Silver Jubilee Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Phizzychick on: April 02, 2014 01:04:06 PM
Showing off my package from mariak! We agreed to swap 4 items, 2 Harry Potter and 2 other Grin

The whole package! (sorry about my messy work desk)


A scroll journal to use for my artwork, unrolled, and rolled up



The Hufflepuff hoop, proudly displayed in my studio


Lovely tree of life necklace in my favourite colours Smiley


AND a fab crochet bracelet in Hufflepuff colours! Grin


Thanks so much, mariak! Kiss
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4  Nuts for ATCs! in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Phizzychick on: April 01, 2014 03:10:34 AM
I feel like I've not made any ATCs for ages so I wanted to whip up a couple to get back into it. A quick watercolour squirrel and nuts Smiley



Yep I've gone nuts for atcs all over again Wink
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5  Nutty House in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Phizzychick on: April 01, 2014 02:49:03 AM
I found a sectioned box in a charity shop and thought it would make a perfect little house. I just needed to cut some stiff card to make it a simple roof, and it was good to go! But who to put in it? Hmmm...

Nuts were just the right size to hang out here!




Oh! Hello!


A few progress piccies...

I covered the box and card roof with town book pages, I used an old book on 18th century housekeeping


Once that was done I used watercolours to paint an antique looking wash over the whole thing, then darker brown around the edges and corners.

Then, time to decorate! I cut various scrapbooking paper backgrounds for the wallpaper.


To create the skirting board and dado rail I used two papers, stripey for the bottom works really well.


I measured the paper to fit into the space, then I glued the stripey paper onto the background. Then I used watercolours to age the edges.


Snip a lighter paper into a thin strip for the skirting board


Then glue it onto a wider paper


Before trimming it down to size


And attaching to the bottom of the striped paper


Then I cut another strip for the dado rail


I went around the edges again with watercolour to make it look a little more 3d


Push the paper down into the corners with the end of your paintbrush


Et voila! The rooms are taking shape!


Next the roof tiles! I cut enough scallop strips to cover the roof. Then, using the watercolour paints, tinted the edges.


Then I made sure I painted all the white edges, it's a lot of work but the little touches like this make all the difference!


Then, glue in layers starting at the bottom


Until you have a full roof


Then start adding the nuts!


The characters are made from almonds, googly eyes and wire bent using pliers to form feet.


It's all fun and games till someone gets out the nutcracker... Shocked


 Grin
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6  Minion! in Completed Projects by Phizzychick on: March 18, 2014 10:34:54 AM
Stuart apparently Cheesy My nephew loves them, so I painted this for his room.



It's a box frame with the mount card attached to the front, and the minion attached behind that.



I used an old ribbon reel painted the same colour as the backing paper to keep him the same distance from the back.



I pulled his hand forward over the mount because I wanted him to look like he could climb out to create some havoc Grin



His hair is black plastic and I snipped some bits from a mushroom tray to make that Cheesy
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7  Weather Cloud in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Phizzychick on: March 18, 2014 04:10:10 AM
I made this on a whim last week, which avoided my to-do list nicely! Grin

The different weather elements hang over the buttons so they can be moved around and changed. Sunny, rainy, stormy (lightening bolt). I want to make a moon now and snow too. Maybe a rainbow...







Papers and stitching is my new favourite thing I think!
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8  Darning Yarn Card Bookmarks in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Phizzychick on: March 11, 2014 04:04:15 PM
I was gifted a whole bunch of darning yarn cards a few months ago. Apart from using the yarns on them for their intended purpose, I wanted to do something with the pretty cards. I was finally inspired to make them into bookmarks. I got quite excited and made a whole bunch. You can never have too many bookmarks! Cheesy

They all have pretty much the same design elements, lace and ribbon tops (attached with staples), paper tape measure, flowers, stamps and butterflies.





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9  Re: Terribly Important SOB - The Return GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Phizzychick on: March 05, 2014 06:45:11 AM
I have received the most fabulously important things from Killam Creative!

Everything together, awesome crown, badass brooch and wall sign. Yes, that's me Phizzychick the Phabulous! Grin




Swoon! KC, definitely knew my tastes!

Phabulous sign, perfect to hang in my studio...


Badass, because I am! Crafted on a lovely vintage brooch. This is pinned on my coat as we speak, so all shall know...


And last but most certainly not least, a gorgeous woodland crown! It's so pretty, and KC made everything from scratch including the fantastic pinecone flower!

Darn, it's so hard to photograph in this greyness to fully do it justice! Here's it on me...

So pretty!

Thanks for such an amazing swap!
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10  Heart Shrine Assemblage in Completed Projects by Phizzychick on: February 04, 2014 03:16:49 PM
I spent a bit of time recently scouring the road outside my local scrapyard for bits and bobs that hadn't made it into the yard. It's always surprising what you can find! Once they're thoroughly cleaned up it's amazing what they can be turned into!

I've had the box in my stash for a while, just waiting for the right time to use it. The half cog (new but aged with inks) fitted the top perfectly so I was lucky I didn't have to go looking for another one. The dominoes were from a set of vintage 'Dominoes for the Blind' I picked up in a charity shop. I love them, they're so knobbly! Cheesy


Thanks to my friend Sam Ryley for the ace photo. You can always tell which are mine and which I've pestered him to take Tongue

And for fun, some of the loot... Cheesy
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