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Shabby Chic Photograph Book

I headed up to my shed late morning to make something shabby… it feels like an age since I made anything shabby…

I was supposed to be working today, but I worked my butt off for 10 hours straight yesterday, so that I didn’t have to go into work today.

So shabby chic it was and as it turned out, very much a recycling project..

here is what i made:-

Shabby Chic Photo Book 1

 

it started off  it life looking like this

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then I chopped the sides off

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and made it into a bookcover..

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I added some watered down acrylic paint..

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and painted the cover back and front with several coats, until it looked how I wanted it

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I took a second & third piece of corrugated cardboard, ran it through an embossing folder, and gave it the same paint treatment, all the edges were inked with pumice stone distress ink..

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the picture above is the piece that I added to the outer spine of the photograph book.  I then added some burlap strands and a piece of junk jewels from my local charity shop and it looks like this…

shabby Chic Photograph Book

 

The inside pages are just a heavy weight textured cardstock that I stitched together, then stitched them into the book, I used Ozegran (Jen’s) binding technique, a link to her blog is on my sidebar.

Shabby Chic Photograph Book 5

 

I roughed up all the edges of the book pages..

Shabby Chic Photograph Book 2

 

the front of the book features another one of the wooden hearts that I picked up from Hobbycraft at christmas.

there are also some vintage flowers, a padlock and a heart stick pin.. and I also incorporated some of my own handmade paper that I made last year from pulping down old letters and envelopes

Shabby Chic Photograph Book 3

 

As I mentioned at the start of my post, I have done a lot of recyling and “using it up” in this project..

  • The cover was from an old cardboard box
  • the spine gem came from the charity shop
  • the cardstock I had for 4 yrs (using it up)
  • the handmade paper on the front I made from old letters and envelopes

you can see the handmade paper just peeking out from behind the wooden heart..

Shabby Chic Photograph Book 4

 

Thanks for popping round.. hope you have had a great weekend!

Sarah

Shabby Chic Photo Book 1

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Sparkly Blue Art

Good evening everyone…

 

Hope you all had a a great christmas and you are all looking forward to a sparkly new year!

I have been busy cleaning the house all day today, getting ready for a wee party we are hosting on new years eve/day

So later on this evening I headed up the garden to my shed for a spot of arty crafty fun.

Tonight’s project consisted of me creating some art tiles / paintings to go into a 5 photo frame that I usually have hanging in my downstairs loo… there were pictures of various sail boats in it before and I wanted  something blue and sparkley.. so here is what i made

Lou Blue Photo Frames

 

 

I used various distress stains, glitters, seam binding, embossing powders, and Salt!

 

Here is the first tile/sheet ….. it is embossed with my new embossing folder that I got for xmas and also has the addition of some gilding flakes

Embossed & Gilded

 

the second is stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder, I also encorporated some lindys stamp gang scintilating silver spray… it makes it lovely and sparkley 🙂

Linen Sparkle

 

number three is scrunched and embossed with silver embossing powder

Silver Crackle

and number4 has the addition of some rock salt, thanks to Eileen, one of my crafty friends for the suggestion… I love the effect!

and if you look closely, you can see 2 faces!!

Salt Wash

and finally on to number 5… this incorporates seam binding and rock candy distress dry glitter.. love this one too!

SeamBinding Sea

 

I have a new laptop and new photo editing software, which are taking quite a bit of getting used to !!

Have a great weekend and have a happy new year when it arrives x

Sarah

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Christmas Distress Tags

Hello everyone, hope you are all having a great weekend!

I uploaded a video onto youtube this morning showing all the scrummy goodness from my latest Design Team package from Wild orchid crafts… click here to watch.

Today’s project is made on behalf of the Wild Orchid Crafts Youtube Design Team is Christmas Distress Tags using the Tim Holtz Artful Dwellings Die.

Not only could these be used for attaching to christmas presents, but you could also use them as a tree decoration too!

 

I ran all 3 tags through a Sizzix snowflake embossing folder, they all have the same distress crackle paint and distress rock candy glitter application applied, using different distress inks and stains for a different look.

First up I made this little red tag..

 

Supplies used :-

  • Tim Holtz Artful Dwelling Die
  • Sizzix Snowflake Embossing Folder
  • Big Shot
  • Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy
  • Distres Stickles Dry Glitter in Clear Rock Candy
  • Distress Stain : Barn Door, Tea Dye
  • Distress Ink : Festive Berries and Vintage Photo & Gathered Twigs
  • Red iridescent Snowflakes Ref CX-00049 from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Gold Decorative Bells Ref : CX-00072 from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Silver Seam Binding SB-00020 from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Burlap
  • Authentique Noteables Collection : Wonder Item # DW0005

 

Then I made a little brown tag…

 

Supplies used :-

  • Tim Holtz Artful Dwelling Die
  • Sizzix Snowflake Embossing Folder
  • Big Shot
  • Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy
  • Distres Stickles Dry Glitter in Clear Rock Candy
  • Distress Stain : Gathered Twigs
  • Distress Ink : Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain
  • Red Wiiden Star embelushment  ref : CX-00069 from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Silver Seam Binding Ref : SB-00020 from Wild orchid Crafts (see above tag info  for inks.stains used to dye this)
  • Authentique Noteables Collection : Wonder Item # DW0005
  • Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher stapler

 

and finally a nice festive green tag…

 

supplies used :-

  • Tim Holtz Artful Dwelling Die
  • Sizzix Snowflake Embossing Folder
  • Big Shot
  • Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy
  • Distres Stickles Dry Glitter in Clear Rock Candy
  • Distress Stain : Evergreen Bough, gathered Twigs
  • Distress Ink : walnut stain and crushed olive
  • Gold Bow ref : RB00133 from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Gold Decorative Bells Ref : CX-00072 from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Authentique Noteables Collection : Wonder Item # DW0005
  • Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher Stapler

 

The video for this weeks distress christmas tags on Youtube can be found here

Thanks for popping round everyone and have a wonderful weekend!

Sarah x

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Floral Reflections…

Hi Everyone…. and a very happy friday to you all.

Here is this week’s Design Team project for Wild Orchid Crafts, there are a ton of flowers on this project this week!

This project is an altered Ikea square wooden mirror, I tossed a coin to see what colour it was going to be because I couldn’t choose between green or pink… head’s won and green it was 🙂

here is the before picture

 

I gave it a coat of White gesso and then a coat of Early Spring Green edged with antique white acrylic paints

 

and here is the mirror… before the flowers invaded 🙂

 

 

I also used some muslin fabric and various vintage crochet doilies cut into bits from my own supplies…

 

Wild Orchid Crafts Supplies used :-

  • LL-00001 50 MIXED MULBERRY PAPER LEAVES FOR CRAFTS
  • LL-00024 50 MIXED COLOUR MULBERRY ROSE LEAVES – 50mm
  • REZ-001 50 MIXED RESIN CABOCHON
  • FM-00321 20 MIXED GREEN TONE MULBERRY PAPER TRELLIS ROSES 35mm
  • WD-00026 2 METRE FLAT BACK IVORY PEARL STRING – 4mm
  • FS-00200 40 MIXED GREEN TONE MULBERRY PAPER LILY FLOWERS
  • BUD-113 50 YELLOW HIP ROSEBUDS
  • BUD-134 10 LARGE 2 TONE YELLOW WILD ROSEBUDS
  • FS-00096 10 WHITE MULBERRY PAPER HELLEBORES STEM FLOWERS
  • FS-00103 5 WHITE MULBERRY PAPER SMALL FLAT GARDENIA FLOWERS
  • FM-00468 25 YELLOW MULBERRY PAPER OPEN ROSES 25mm
  • EX-00030 50 “FLORAL FOUNDATIONS” GREEN TONE MULBERRY PAPER ROSES 25mm
  • LL-00002 100 MIXED LARGE SKELETON LEAVES FOR CRAFTS
  • EX-00004 50 “FLORAL FOUNDATIONS” GREEN TONE MULBERRY PAPER ROSES 15mm
  • EX-00034 50 “FLORAL FOUNDATIONS” GREEN TONE MULBERRY PAPER ROSES 20mm
  • JW-00028 10 FLOWER SHAPE METAL BEAD CAPS
  • WD-00031 30 WHITE PEARL SPRAY-4mm pearl

 

I love how the resin cabochan’s sparkle

 

 

Thanks for popping round… the video for this project can also be found over on my youtube channel

Have a great weekend!

Sarah 🙂

 

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Sea-cret Notebook

Hi everyone…hope your all having a lovely weekend….

I headed up to my wee shed today as I had received several requests on how I altered my A5 spiral bound notebooks, so if you click here it will take you to my youtube video to explain the process 🙂

This is also this week’s Design Team Project for Wild Orchid Crafts.. there are WOC products used today… Raffia, Skeleton Leaves and a couple of 3mm self adhesive pearls..

 

Wild Orchid Crafts Products used :-

LL-00002 100 MIXED LARGE SKELETON LEAVES FOR CRAFTS
AF-00007 5 METRES LT OLIVE GREEN RAFFIA RIBBON (5.5 Yards)
SP-00015 90 MIXED GREEN SELF ADHESIVE PEARLS – 3mm

 

Other Products used :-

  • Martha Stewart Limeade Glitter
  • Sizzix Seahorse
  • Shells, Moss, Shells and Seaglass
  • Scortape, Red Line Tape and Ranger Glossy Accents
  • 1 x Beermat
  • Acrylic Paint in Latte and Early Spring Green
  • Crackle Medium
  • Adirondak Gold Dabber
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters, Broken China and Iced Spruce

 

Thanks for popping in 🙂

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Postman Swap Challenge

Happy Bank Holiday Monday everyone 🙂

Taking full advantage of an extra day off work I headed up to my shed early doors this morning to create a few bits n pieces.. One of which is this fun little book box below…

A couple of weeks ago I recieved another envelope from the Postman Swap that a few of us crafting gals took part in, and this month’s envelope came from Sam, which was packed with fin things to use…

I managed to use up the sheet music paper, playing cards, admit one ticket, some wire mesh a chipboard gear and a metal key charm!

The stuff I used from my own stash to make this was a little chipboard book box, texture paste and sticky metal tape stuff and some sprays and distress stains and alcohol inks.

This is what the book looked like before.. I picked this up at a recent craft fair from the store Indigoblu.com

I gave it a coat of linen acrylic paint

then started to stick things down and embelish it ..

I used the wire mesh to create texture on the moulding paste ..

Thanks for the postie swap this month sam… i loved setting myself this wee challenge 🙂

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I Love You Vintage Style

I headed up to my shed  this afternoon with not one single crafty idea in my head… absolutely blank and not a clue what I wanted to make….

So I turned to my books for some inspiration… I chose “Delight in the Details” by Lisa M Pace – ISBN 13: 978-1-59963-085-4 and on page 67 I saw a lace flower and fancied making one for myself.. and also take some nice pictures along the way 😉

So I took some lace and some vintage pearly buttons that I had bought from Etsy and made my own wee flower…

Then I sat looking around my desk wondering what else I could use to make “something”, found a couple of bits of chipboard from last week and a piece of 7 Gypsies Patterned Paper from the week before…

The butterfly punch I used last weekend was also still out on my desk, so I punched some butterflies out of an old vintage book, where the paper was lovely and aged..

then I sat and pondered looking at all the stuff on my desk and wondered what to do with it…, I had thought about making a hanging frame.. or maybe another mini book… but then thought I would do just a nice wee wall hanging.. and this is what I ended up with..

I stuck the paper down on the chipboard, then stuck down 3 butterflies with matte medium, sprinkled with glitter then dried..

Next I blended in some acrylic linen paint around the edges of the butterflies and dried that off… stitched some seam binding and more of the same lace the flower was make down onto the chipboard and adhered the flower, stamped the words “I Love You” , made a wee charm and a hanger for it et voila!

Here is a close up of the charm

Supplies List :-

  • UIU (Use it Up)  Chipboard Scrap
  • 7 Gypsies Secret Bird Society Patterned Paper
  • Docrafts Artiste Linen Acrylic Paint
  • Vintage Buttons
  • Tonic Studio Butterfly Punch
  • Lace, Needle & Thread
  • Seam Binding
  • Sewing Machine
  • Studio G Alphabet Stamps
  • Archival jet Black Ink
  • Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink
  • Stampin Up Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

and that’s my wee project for this afternoon, thanks for popping in 🙂

Sarah x