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31  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Family Portraits 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...

32  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Harry Potter Tree Skirt 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
33  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Party Headband 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

34  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Ninja Mummies! 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!
35  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Wings and Things Triptych - featuring Elmer's products on: November 01, 2012 11:07:45 AM
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Wings and Things Triptych - featuring Elmer's products

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...

36  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Snowmen Tags - featuring Elmer's products 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
37  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Playing Card Houses - featuring Elmer's products on: November 01, 2012 11:06:36 AM
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Playing Card Houses - featuring Elmer's products

I love playing cards, endless possibilities for crafting! I picked up a box of mini playing cards at my local charity shop and decided to turn them into wee houses.

I used lots of nick-naks in these, but the main things were...

  • Mini playing cards (any size will do Wink)
  • Various inks and ink mists
  • X-ACTO Paper Trimmer
  • X-ACTO Precision Tip Scissors
  • Elmer's Precision Emellishment Glue
  • CraftBond Permanent Dot Runner
  • CraftBond Gel Pens
  • Elmer's Painters (Sherbert Swirl)
  • X-ACTO Self-Healing Cutting Mat (used for measuring and because it's fun to craft on a pink mat!)
  • Bronze powder
  • Various papers
  • Washi paper tape
  • Wire
  • Buttons
  • Ribbon & bits of old lace

Phew! Cheesy

Let's begin! Gather your supplies together. These cards already had some age to them, but I wanted to distress them further.

All sprayed up and ready to go!

Using your lovely pink board Grin mark off a triangle which will be the roof of your house. Do the same at the other end. (You can save the bits in the middle for triangles.)

I used the X-ACTO Paper Trimmer to trim off my triangles neatly.

Et voil! Ready for embellishing!

This card will have a lace trim for the roof. You could also use paper or ribbon.

Using the embellishment glue, dab a little along the edge on both sides of the lace. The nozzle makes this really easy!

Now the real fun starts! Root through your papers and find some little interesting pieces to add. Glue and trim the edges.

Using the Elmer's Dot Runner you can run a line of sticky dots along your card which you can use for glitter and powders and lots of things. I'm going to use a bronze powder. So decide where you want your dots and simply press the dispenser along the card.

Shake a little of the powder across the sticky dots. You don't need to be too heavy with it, just a dusting.

Brush the powder off and you get lots of little bronze dots Grin

Now you can start to add some more layers and textures. First a little ribbon...

...then maybe some more paper, or buttons, until you are happy with the look.

If you're making these to hang then you'll want wire or ribbon to hang them. I used a rusty star garland so I could have the star at the front of the roof.

I was able to just poke the wire through the roof. Then I bent and twisted the ends together. You could use pliers if the wire is thick.

Some last minute primping and preening, I added some dots using the paint pens.

There you go! Three wee houses Smiley

And a few more without hangers...
38  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Map Paper Pinecones - featuring Elmer's products on: November 01, 2012 11:06:03 AM
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Map Paper Pinecones - featuring Elmer's products

I do love a good recycling project and I'm particularly obsessed with some pages that are falling out of an old map book at the moment. I bought some paper balls at my local market haberdashery and I already had the sari silk yarn from another project so this was a pretty inexpensive make, not to mention fun!

I used...

  • Old paper (maps, book pages, wrapping paper...)
  • Circular punch
  • Elmer's Precision Embellishment Glue
  • X-ACTO Precision Tip Scissors
  • Small strips of sari silk yarn (you could use ribbon or any yarn)
  • Paper balls

Use the end of the scissors to poke a hole in the top of the ball, then push the nozzle of the embellishment glue in and squeeze a little glue into the hole. You don't need much as the glue works really well with just a little amount. Then poke the two ends of your yarn into the hole and wait a minute or two for it to fully dry.

While that's drying use your punch to cut out your circles. I used 20 circles for my wee ball.

Then cut them in half, leaving one whole.

Using the embellishment glue, attach the whole circle to the underneath of the ball.

Then start to attach the half circles around the ball, adding the embellishment glue like so.

Start with 4 at the bottom around the circle.

Then add another row. You will need more and more half circles to go around each time. Try to overlap them nicely.

Keep going! Cheesy

When you get to the top, make sure you fit the half circle right up next to the yarn.

Use 4 half circles to go around the yarn snugly.

And you're done and ready to hang!
39  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Postage Stamp Cards - featuring Elmer's products on: November 01, 2012 11:05:35 AM
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Postage Stamp Cards - featuring Elmer's products

I bought a bunch of used postage stamps a while ago (from artypharty), knowing they would be good to use for *something* Cheesy When I was thinking of ideas for Christmas and thank you cards, I thought they would be perfect since they're already little artworks in themselves. To keep the recycling theme I used some cardboard and salvaged fabric too. This would be good for bits of fabric and cardboard that you would usually throw away. Yay, recycling!

Christmas cards

and (without the cardboard) butterfly thank you cards

To make these I used...

  • Old postage stamps
  • Fabric
  • Cardboard
  • CraftBond All Purpose Glue Stick
  • Elmer's Precision Embellishment Glue
  • Sewing machine & black thread

First, choose your favourite stamps. I wanted all of mine to be portrait orientation to suit my cards.

Using the glue stick, add a smidge to the middle of the stamp. Just enough to stick it down in the centre, but don't go to the edges. Then press it onto your fabric. I used the CraftBond glue stick and it adhered to the fabric perfectly. Then cut around the stamp leaving a border of fabric (a couple of mm) on each side.

Next, stitch around your stamp in a contrasting thread. For some stamps I went around the outside and for others around the design. I wasn't bothered about it being perfect because I wanted a scrappy look with the ends showing.
*Note: Sewing through paper will blunt your needle. You may prefer to hand stitch this instead.

Place your stamp onto the cardboard and cut around, leaving a little border. Then use the embellishment glue to attach the centre of the fabric (inside the stitching) to the cardboard. It glues quicksmart!

Here's a closer look at one where I stitched around the design.

I've made mine into cards, but they could easily become gift tags too. It will be fun to send people stamps that correspond to the year they were born! Smiley
40  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / bOAKmarks - they're bookmarks and they're oak! - featuring Elmer's products on: November 01, 2012 11:04:09 AM
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bOAKmarks - they're bookmarks and they're oak! - featuring Elmer's products

Seeing all the lovely leaves fluttering about the pace and blanketing the floor inspired me to make these. The earthy papers I used were great, but I think they were really enhanced by the CraftBond Gel Pens I used, lots of metallicy glittery colours, perfect for these!

I'm sure you can work these out, they are so simple (but hopefully effective)! But I took some progress photos to share.

So first, gather your supplies. I used...

  • CraftBond Gel Pens
  • Heavy weight cardstock (I used AC Cardstock Earth Tones 216gsm)
  • X-ACTO Precision Tip Scissors
  • Sari silk yarn (but ribbons or other yarn would work too)

Using the different gel pens, draw out various sizes of oak leaves on your papers.

Cut around the leaves using some good scissors. I used a pair of X-ATO Precision Tips and they cut into the rounded corners perfectly.

Do the same with the other sheets of cardstock until you have a nice variety of colours. I went through and matched different colours and sizes up until I was happy. Mine are pairs of leaves, but you could use just one, or three, or... Cheesy

Hole punch the ends of your leaves, then thread your yarn through.

Along the backs I stamped 'bOAKmark' because I enjoy my own pun far too much! Cheesy
I used a lowercase font for the b and mark and an uppercase font for the OAK.

Then you can sit back and enjoy your forest floor of new bookmarks!

You could also use them as decorations.

Now where did I put that book? Wink
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