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Friday, 27 May 2011

Craft Day with a Granddaughter

My eldest granddaughter had an inset day today, so came for a sleepover last night and a day of craft today.  Here are some of the things we got up to:

some jewellery making

A brooch - inspired by the tiara making on C&C

a hair clip also inspired by tiara making (I can now see that as we started this last night and the light was wrong - I couldn't differentiate the colours of the beads in the flower!  (grin)

two phone charms - colours and arrangement chosen by granddaughter who threaded all the headpins up , but left me to create the chain and attach the charms!

this morning we played "marbling" with the MCS mica marbling inks - quite a lot are double sided.

yes I did get to play as well - although not as much as granddaughter - I seem to be in charge of drying off the pieces and finding places for them to dry!

This afternoon it was back to jewellery making.  Whilst I finished off the phone charms, my granddaughter decided she wanted to make a bracelet and to use the crimp beads - not a bad attempt for first effort, and yes the beads between the crimp beads are supposed to have room to move.

and finally a couple of roses, ready for enamelling (We didn't manage to get to that part) ready to be made into a brooch.  The red one is a punched rose, and the blue one from MCS Paper Flowers Click, Print Go.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

A Fishy Card

Love the colours in this card.   Papermania Shimmer textured cardstock.   Topper (mounted on turquoise glitter card) and the matching backing papers are from the first JS Jane Netley Mayhew Collection cd.  Backing papers mounted on silver mirri. Sentiment created in Publisher and also mounted on turquoise glitter card.   I also made a matching insert in publisher using the fish backing paper and the topper picture.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

5th Birthday cake

Here is the cake to go with the earlier birthday card - not one of my most brilliant creations, but inspiration was limited for the theme required of Barbie Musketeers.    I eventually found a children's colouring picture, which I resized to fit the cake, and then found another picture to show me what sort of colours were required!

Cake is a chocolate sponge with lemon buttercream in the middle, and spread over top and sides as a "glue".  I also added a couple of teaspoons of Nutella in the cake mix, which has really brought out the flavour of the chocolate!  A circle of  sugarpaste was put on the top.  I then rolled out flowerpaste really thinly on top of a document folder, containing the image I needed to paint, until I could see the outline underneath, cut out the circle to fit the top of the cake, and then painted the flowerpaste with the image of princess corrine, and dusted the background with light brown, green and blue shimmers for the background.  The flowerpaste was then peeled off the document and placed on the sugarpaste on top of the cake.

Inspired by something that Anne Pickard showed on a C&C demo, I pleated more sugarpaste around the sides of the cake. 

I hope my granddaughter likes it.  Fortunately it is only for the family.   Her mum made a lovely Princess Corrine Doll cake for her Birthday party last weekend, so I had to think of something different! (and I hate painting faces!)

Birthday Card

I so liked the effect of the writing on the christening acceptance card, that I used the technique for this birthday card and because I wanted to achieve a "Less is More" look, just added a decoupaged flower from MCS Click Print Go flowers to match.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Acceptance Card

Just a simple card today - the wording was created in Craft Artist Platinum, saved as a jpeg, then converted to a png in Paintshoppro, and then put into MCS and the candle added from the MCS Celebrations cd.  The wording has a sort of marbled effect and I have highlighted it with clear sakura sparkle pen.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Card for a Granddaughter

Gosh I have been so busy decorating lately and it is still ongoing, but I had to have a break today and make some cards.   Here is the first one:

When I asked my granddaughter what she wanted on her cake for this birthday - she replied "Three Musketeers" - fine I thought - Google for some inspiration.  The other day I sat and prepared the idea for a card, using the Disney Three Musketeers, and was really quite pleased with the ideas I came up with for a cake and a card.  HOWEVER .... last night I discovered that she wanted Barbie Three Musketeers !!!!!  Oh heck! mega rethink - and googling wasn't a lot of help.  I eventually found an image of Princess Corrinne, and with my lateral thinking head on - grabbed my Debbi Moore Masks cd.   This is the result:

Card is Papermania Shimmer Textured cardstock, with some of the same in a different shade for the matting and layering of the main image which I produced in Publisher.  Princess Corrine is decoupaged, and the flowers use the same main colour cardstock, cutout with cuttlebug and a Marianne die.  Gems added to flowers and Princess Corrine's dress, which  has also had glitter added.

The insert was a backing paper from JS Enchanted Dreams, and I made a pop-up mask from Debbi Moore's Venetian Masks, printed on to the same cardstock as main card, and added a few gems and glitter.  (The mask idea came from reading up about Barbie Musketeers and the fact her and her pals wore masks).  Hopefully it looks a bit like the mask that Princess Corrinne is wearing in the image on the front of the card - she is wearing it like a tiara in that image!)

Hopefully a 5 year old will love it.   Now to set to work on the cake ......... (watch this space, later this week)

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Wine Buff!

A card for my son who enjoys his glass of red wine!  I have used the Katy Sue Designs "The Wine Buffs" cd.  backing paper and main image matted and layered onto burgundy card stock.  I then 3d'd  the glasses and the bottle.   (I used craft artist platinum to create glasses and the bottle as they were originally on white backgrounds.)  I imported them into Publisher and added the wording and the numbers.

The insert using one of the backing papers from the cd and one of the toppers (all imported into Publisher)

finally a bottle label from the cd with words added for the "handmade by " bit on the back!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Paint Fusion Part 2 - Granddaughter's Projects

Well here we go Part 2 - My 9 year old Granddaughter's efforts today.   As you will see she came armed with a couple of boxes for her overnight stay!  (she also brough her half-finished flower pot - but she didn't get to that!)

1st Project - a little trial to start  - a plain background, and a free-hand Butterfly decorated with a few jewels and a gold pen.

Completed Box

Inside of the Box

Inside of the lid

Another view

2nd Project  a crackle-glazed tissue box cover decorated with roses. Background colour to the crackle was two colours of blue.

Didn't she do well!

Paint Fusion meets JS and something rather old - work in progress

My posting to today will be in two parts.  I have had the pleasure of the company of my eldest Granddaughter today as her school is closed as it is a Polling Station.  She arrived last night for a sleepover and a Paint Fusion Day today.    We were a bit worried when we got up this morning - it was raining!  Now we desperately need rain, but I really didn't want it today!

Anyway here is part 1 - my efforts.

I have crackle-glazed a flower pot with green overpainted with white, and then I used a couple of my new Joanna Sheen Pressed flower stamps.  (As soon as I saw those I knew I could do some paint fusion with them!)

and this is the something rather old.   One of my banboo wind chimes.   This one originally had a painted design on it but it has now virtually worn off.

 Two "Before" Photos

and some of the "Work in Progress" Photos.

Once I have finished with this one - I will tackle the even older set - which has no pre-painted design on it - Shall have fun doing that one! so watch this space.

Now to do the second part of this Paint Fusion Day - My Granddaughter's efforts!

Monday, 2 May 2011

Something a Bit Different

I wandered around the garden tonight and took some photos of some of the flowers.  I then imported them into Kaleidoscope Kreator.  Here are the results: 







Hope you like them - I love playing about with photos!