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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Journey - ATC on: September 10, 2014 10:11:33 AM
I've not made an ATC for a while, but a local gallery has started setting up a swap to coincide with their gallery themes, the most recent one being Journey, so I created this...



It wasn't till after I'd finished that I saw the connection between the card that I'd used, a 7, and that it was a Severn Valley Railway ticket Cheesy I like that the ticket number ends in a 7 too, another great coincidence, because I have two tickets and randomly chose this one.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Traveller on: September 04, 2014 04:21:09 PM
An altered book owned by an eccentric adventurer. He travels the world going wherever the wind blows him with his trusty book containing everything he needs on his travels. Lots of strange, curious or practical nick-knacks have accumulated on the book on one journey or another, including a wooden spoon!

I had so much fun putting this together, thinking of all the things he might have collected along the way, and searching for the perfect items for him. Smiley

The wee jar has sequins and handmade beads in...because you never know when you'll need to fancy up your clothes to party when you're travelling. You might meet royalty! Cheesy




Scissors, paintbrush, button, spare key...


Boyancy aid, wooden spoon and peg. Just in case!


It doesn't open so you just get a little glimpse of what lurks inside it. Papers, tickets, lace, maps, random playing card...
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wizards Cupboard on: August 11, 2014 08:35:43 AM
When I found this old cupboard in a local antique/junk shop I couldn't wait to start making things to fill it's shelves!

I think this miniature magical cabinet could belong to a wizard, or to a witch, but whoever it does belong to they have a lot of spell books, interesting jars and curious scrolls filling up their shelves...and very cluttered drawers!

I decided they needed a little back story too with family portraits on the back wall. There's also a large box of soup on there...who doesn't love soup?



The drawers are crammed full of all kinds of useful knick-nacks. Thank goodness the cupboard doors don't open, I'm sure there's just more mess to behold in there!



A closer look at what (and who) is on the shelves...
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 101 ENTRIES / Altered Jeans! on: August 09, 2014 02:32:36 PM
I've been hording pairs of black jeans for years thinking I would one day combine them and create one great pair from them, so when I saw this challenge I knew it was a sign! Cheesy I didn't wear any of the 4 pairs anymore so to get a pair I'll wear all the time was an achievement!

Here's how they turned out...


The pair I used for the base fit me great but were really, really long and I got bored of the turn-ups. The 3 other pairs had great elements on them or texture, and I used a little bit off a grey top I didn't wear any more.

Jeans mash up!


I started cutting out some of the details I liked from the other jeans and sewing them on.


Then I cut off one of the legs to a better length. I used some of the waistband and closure of another pair to create a new cuff.
I also attached part of the fabric from the same pair of jeans up to the knee on the same side, and added some detail with little X's. This took forever! Cheesy


Here's how the top of the patch looks, and also some detail I started adding on the other leg. Just a crazy patchwork.


...and more stitching!


I wanted to create some more texture so I shredded a small area with a knife to patch under and stitch back on.
I also painted some household bleach details on.


I wasn't sure what to do with the other turn-up, I quite liked them different, but in the end I used the rest of the waistband to finish that one off.




And voila! One pair of black jeans that I'll actually wear Grin


I think I'll be working on these for a while. I tend to sew them while I'm wearing them and bored Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two Altered Books 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
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Altered Footballer 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
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Nuts for ATCs! 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
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nutty House 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
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Minion! 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
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Weather Cloud 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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