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21  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
22  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

23  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
24  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!
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Darning Yarn Card Bookmarks 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.

26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Heart Shrine Assemblage 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
27  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / TARDIS Journal on: January 07, 2014 02:44:34 PM
I love River Song's TARDIS journal, so I made my own version for jotting down notes and sketches in my bag. It has plain watercolour paper inside so I can sketch ideas on the go, or should I say out on my adventures? Cheesy Now if only my bag were bigger on the inside... Wink

28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Paper Snowmen on: November 20, 2013 10:10:05 AM
I've been hoarding ribbon spools for a long time, waiting for a good project to use them. Finally, they're up! Cheesy

I used them for the bases, covered in book pages like the rest of the snowman. I used them for the top hats too, just made them a little taller using card and added a circle for the top.

The eyes and nose are book pages too Smiley

Don't they look like some kind of boy band? Cheesy
29  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Little Owl Boy & Bat Girl on: August 19, 2013 12:05:27 PM
No not superheroes, two assemblage pieces I've worked on recently Cheesy

Little Owl boy is nesting in his favourite place. The inspiration for him came from the head piece, which I think is part of a door bolt of some kind.

And Bat Girl with her crochet wings, teaspoon ears and fork legs.

See the little fly tucked away in her belly? Smiley

Just waiting for the next piece to inspire an animal/bird/insect now! Cheesy
30  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / My very first glass beads! on: August 13, 2013 06:00:31 PM
Craftster has been a large part of my life for the last few years and has definitely encouraged me to try new things and experiment more. There are so many new recipes I've tried and projects I wouldn't have even thought of attempting before I'd seen them on here!

One of the things I've really wanted to try was glass so I was really excited recently to have the opportunity to play with glass and make some glass beads.

It's a pretty basic thing I guess to most glass crafters, but I'm usually playing with paper and scissors, not flames and glass. I was really really excited! Even the green safety goggles they made me wear didn't deter me! Cheesy

So in the spirit of trying new things, here I am making my very first glass beads!

But first, the beads!

A few action shots...

I was going for rustic with them...luckily! Cheesy

I was warned that there might be a chance that some beads might not make the cool down process depending on how successfully they had been made, so I was pleased when all 10 of mine came out okay!

I used different yarns and fibres to string the beads together. I really like the contrast between the hard glass and the soft yarns so I snipped them so the yarns poke out between each bead. And bells, because everything is better with bells! Cheesy

I think my favourites are the spotty ones, but I love them all in their own way...my little glass babies! Cheesy Now I want to try more glass crafts. Thank you, Craftster!
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