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31  Just tea for two, and two for tea... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Phizzychick on: January 07, 2013 06:22:00 AM
...just me for you, and you for me... Smiley

Inspired by my 'family portraits' http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=418605.0 I made some more with my favouite things...cups of tea! Cheesy

They're 5x7 boards covered with pages from an old Italian book (that somebody had very kindly left handwritten notes in), inked a quick teacup sketch and painted a little with watercolours. Then I added some vintage lace, bits of scrapbooking paper, vintage buttons, and the wee teabag tags hanging over the cups.

Thanks for looking Smiley
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32  Family Portraits in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Phizzychick on: January 03, 2013 04:09:21 AM
I've been collecting photos of interesting people for a while and thought they deserved their own portraits Smiley

Just some old book pages, lacey bits and a few splashes of paint here and there...

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33  Re: Craft Your Daily Reflections--based on Leafcutter Designs Sky Scarf concept in Craftalongs by Phizzychick on: January 02, 2013 02:01:34 PM
A wrap would be fun! I also think it would be fun to knit more rows and create a Dr Who style sky scarf.

Here's my choices. Obviously I'll have to be selective with the big 'un Smiley
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34  Re: Harry Potter Tree Skirt in Winter Holidays by Phizzychick on: December 19, 2012 05:32:56 AM
I've lost a couple of the sections somewhere in my craft room, but you get the idea Cheesy

First I attached some sheets of paper together to create a piece large enough for the skirt. Then I drew a large circle the size I wanted the skirt to be using a pencil and piece of string to draw it out. I just drew around a little bowl for the centre circle. It helps if it's glass so you can see your centre mark! Then I just started dividing it into sections.
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35  Re: HO HO HO (Holiday Object x 3) Swap! Sendouts Dec. 3 in The Swap Gallery by Phizzychick on: December 19, 2012 04:46:25 AM
Get ready for the fantabulousness that is my package from tapestrymlp. And when I say package...check this wee fella out Wink

He is amazing. Words cannot express how much I love him! He looks so serene, no doubt enjoying a well earned rest in a 'bath' of Ho Ho Ho Holiday Blend tea after a good day's mischief! I can only imagine the work and patience this fella took to make. So much talent!

Here's the whole elfy goodness together...I love it all to bits!

She did so well managing to catch this elf, I hear they're sneaky to catch! It's beautifully made, and already up on my tree!

A gorgeous altered tin that is so true...I love it! I always get knickers and socks from my mum in my stocking Cheesy (what, 39 year old women shouldn't still get stocking gifts from their parents? Tongue)

Thank you so much, tapestrymlp! Merry Elfmass! Grin
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36  Harry Potter Tree Skirt in Winter Holidays by Phizzychick on: December 12, 2012 05:05:57 PM
Inspired my my swap partner, tapestrymlp and her love of Harry Potter and her house - Hufflepuff, this tree skirt was born. I can't tell you how much fun it was to work on...although I was pleased when it was finished Cheesy I need to start work on one for my tree now.

There is an owl, spell book, removable wand, sorting hat, winged key, scaly dragon panel with dragon egg, Deathly Hallows, golden snitch, a Weasley type sweater panel, Butterbeer label and tankard, levitating Christmas candle, owl post letter, pygmy puffs (hope they don't start singing!), Professor Helga Hufflepuff, sweets from Honeydukes...

Some detail pics

I've borrowed this photo from tapestry, so this is in it's new home with a lovely HP themed tree Smiley

Actually, all her photos are better than mine (darn cloudy winter day!) so here's the link to her post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416881.msg4944270#msg4944270
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37  Party Headband in Winter Holidays by Phizzychick on: November 08, 2012 07:36:16 AM
I spotted this spotty headband in a shop and thought it would be perfect for Christmas, it just needed something. Then I spied some felt coasters and the cogs started turning. They were a perfect match along with a vintage button. Easy peasy! Grin

I've been on the look out for headbands ever since I saw the most hilarious one in a shop with a plastic monkey on top. Sadly it wasn't well made enough for me to buy it, but one day I will have a headband with a plastic monkey on it! Cheesy

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38  Ninja Mummies! in Halloween Decor and Parties by Phizzychick on: November 02, 2012 11:00:09 AM

I imagine mummies would look a bit like this anyway...but these fellas are busy plotting things. They're experts in espionage, just watching, waiting for the right moment to strike and catch you off guard. They mainly do this by laying about the place. Wink

Be afraid. Be very afraid Cheesy

I scrunched up some newspaper and held it in place with tape. Then I dipped a piece of plaster bandage (I used modroc) into water and smooshed it with my fingers to move the plaster around the bandage. I wrapped this around the newspaper, covering all of the newspaper. Once this was dry (doesn't take too long if you pop them in a warm place) I painted black dots for the pupils onto wooden beads and glued them on. Then a little bit more plaster bandage to cover the eyes, placed in the right way, and voila!
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39  Wings and Things Triptych - featuring Elmer's products in Elmer's Products by Phizzychick on: November 01, 2012 11:07:45 AM
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This was one of those things that just seemed to happen all by itself. You know how it is, you see something in a charity shop one day so you buy it to use some day. Then you're in the craft shop (or cabin in my case) and spot something you love and have to buy. Followed a couple of days later by a purchase in a bric-a-brac shop... and it seems that they have to come together. That's how this piece was born Cheesy

I used...

  • Wooden charity shop frames (50p each!) but you could use a canvas to create something similar.
  • Sandpaper
  • Masking tape
  • Inks
  • Modroc (Plaster Bandage)
  • Pliers
  • CraftBond Double Sided Scrapbooking Tape
  • CraftBond Glue Spots
  • CraftBond All Purpose Glue Stick
  • Elmer's Precision Embellishment Glue
  • X-ACTO Precision Tip Scissors
  • X-ACTO Paper Trimmer
  • Distress Stain
  • White acrylic paint & brush
  • Rust metal garland & metal bits
  • Brooch
  • Driftwood
  • Lace & bits of fabric
  • Papers and nick-naks
  • Papercut birdcage

May as well pour yourself a brew, this is going to be a long one! Cheesy

I picked these up in a charity shop, they're wood frames with a wood and plasticy paper top. I sanded the top later off, randomly, until I no longer had a shiny surface.

I gathered together some of the papers I wanted to use.

I pulled off the surface to one of the frames in strips to add some texture.

Then I masked off the top and used the distress stain to stain the paper and create the stripes.

After a little playing with different papers, I used the paper trimmer to crop the papers down to size.

Then a wee bit more playing and arranging with papers before starting to stick them down. I used a combination of CraftBond All Purpose Glue Stick and the Emellishment Glue and both worked wonders. No wrinkles here!

Since I'm working on three pieces together I kept mucking around with each one. Laying papers and lace and bits on and rearranging them until I was happy with them individually and together. I folded some linen in half, placed the papers on top, and stitched around with a contrasting thread on my machine. (This blunts your needle, you can also hand sew to get this effect.)

I bought this papercut birdcage up in a craft shop and the enamel butterfly brooch in a local bric-a-brac shop. I really like the combination of them together. I sprayed the birdcage with ink to distress and add some texture.

Of course being a brooch the back had to come off!

Using some rusty metal garland I snipped off a section to use...

...on a piece of driftwood Cheesy It just pushed in it was so soft, but I also used some of the embellishment glue to make sure it was secure. Add a wing and it's ready to go! Wink

A little playing about to see the placement of everything. It seems to be missing something, hmm..

Modroc, of course! I just sprayed it with water and ran my finger along it to smooth it out.

Starting to make some decisions and attaching everything down.

I decided that the map was too prominent (as was the dotty paper in the following photo), so I mixed up a white acrylic wash for it to knock it back a little.

Then I had to use pliers to peel the brooch back carefully to avoid damaging the brooch.

I decided I didn't like the butterfly sitting flat against the cage, so I cut some cardboard to raise it up. The embellishment glue worked perfectly here!

I used the double sided tape to hold the fabric together, this was a really easy way of attaching this with no mess!

This is a medley of bits, but I was trying to show the stitching elements on all three squares. It's important to have some similar elements that feature in all three to make them work together.

Next up was working on a small space that seemed to need filling. I used my punch to create some circles I could layer in.

And then I decided I'd taken enough photos to bore you with the process, so I just carried on meddling until I was happy. The result...

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40  Snowmen Tags - featuring Elmer's products in Elmer's Products by Phizzychick on: November 01, 2012 11:07:08 AM
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Snowmen Tags - featuring Elmer's products

These wee fellas were a happy accident whilst craft punching the arctic. I was trying to speed up by folding over the map and punching two circles at once. I punched too close to the edge and a snowman appeared! Cheesy

I used...

  • 1" circular punch
  • Elmer's Painters (Sherbert Swirl)
  • Black ink pen
  • CraftBond All Purpose Glue Stick
  • Cardstock tags
  • String

Fold your paper in half and put it in the punch folded side first. Punch with just a little gap of a few mm at the crease side. (See photo)

Open your man up and run your nail along the centre crease just to flatten it out a little bit.

Draw a happy snowmany face. I used the Elmer's Painters orange pen to make the carrot nose and it was perfect! You could add gem eyes for another variation.

Attach to the tags. The CraftBond Glue Stick proved to have just the right amount of sticky without bumping up like some other sticks can do, so I was happy, because these were delicate snowmen! Cheesy Loop through some string and you're ready to write your tags, or slip over wine bottles, or decorate your tree with cute wee snowmen.

As you see you can use all kinds of papers with these fellas Smiley
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