Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Craft Stick Reindeer Tags

Following on from the other day, I just couldn’t resist getting another packet of the wooden gold glitter reindeer embellishments from The Works, and after today….. I think I will be back for another couple of packets as the ideas are still flowing!
CRaft Stick Reindeer TagsI decided to make a frame tag using some small coloured craft sticks (7.5cm x .6cms) I found in The Range.
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I glued the frames together using PVA.
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When the frames were dry I matched them and the reindeer heads with a suitably patterned and roughly in proportion Christmas paper.
IMG_4701Adding faux stitching round the frame using a white gel pen really made it pop.
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To neaten the back of the tags I covered the backing paper with a scrap of white card edged with a black fine liner pen, so that a message can be added at a later date.  I also drilled a hole in the top corner of the frame for a jump ring and tying/hanging thread.
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Apart from adding googly eyes and a red flat back gem nose to the reindeer, I also drilled a hole through each antler to accommodate a small gold jingle bell attached by a jump ring.
Reindeer Tag using Craft SticksAnd that’s it really, apart from a length of red and white Butchers twine to attach the tag to a parcel or the Christmas Tree. Voila!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Guest Crafter – My Aunty Beth

Just one picture today showing my Auntie’s jewelled picture frames made using many of her charity shop finds of beads, shells and charms.
Beths CraftsI will be popping down to Bude for a long weekend in a couple of weeks time, so I am hoping to find treasure of my own in those same charity shops, as well as the holiday type shops as I am wanting a few select shells of my own to “play” with

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Gold Stags Head Christmas Tags

These tags came out as a real surprise to me, I got them wrong first time in using a Christmas tree print paper as a background, but the minute I changed it to a star print they took on a whole different look.
Stags Head Wooden Christmas TagI found the Origami Super Paper Stack in The Works, the paper isn’t quite as thick as scrapbook paper, but the designs are in perfect proportion to the scale I usually work with, so it was a done deal.
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I used children’s wooden picture dominoes for the tag base, wooden gold glitter stags heads (6 for £1 from The Works Christmas range), and my trusty old Dynamo label maker.
IMG_4370While I was experimenting on how to put things together, I forgot my “less is more” code and just piled it on, adding jingle bells to the stags antlers by drilling two small holes and then fastening the bells with jump rings.
IMG_4372I also layered the Dynamo printed sentiments on gold mirror card.
IMG_4374It was very tempting to add a red nose too, but I think I will go down that path if/when I can get another pack of the stag heads next time I pop into town.
Gold Stags Head Wooden Christmas TagI originally edged the tag with a black fine liner pen, but it didn’t show up very well, so I braced myself and used a white gel pen instead, and I think it worked without being too overpowering.
IMG_4381And finally I added the stars, I did wonder if it might be a bit too much, but again, I think I got away with it.  I am dead chuffed with the results for what I think is quite a masculine design for me!!!!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

A Little Bird Told Me …….. Tags

These tags seemed to come together pretty easily, I’d had the birds for long enough and they needed to be used!
A Little Bird Told Me Framed TagsThe tags are a marriage of  four of the plastic patchwork bird embellishments from The Works (£2) and some wooden frames, which, I think came from Poundland.
IMG_4382I had hoped to get away with leaving the frames as they were, but none of the papers I tried to match them and the birds with worked, so in the end I turned them over and used the back, as the front, if that makes sense, colouring both sides with a turquoise Sharpie pen.
IMG_4384I then used scraps of a yellow striped paper for the background.  Getting the writing in just the right place took a couple of attempts before I was happy.
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As tags it was important to me that the back was as neat as the front and there was ample space for the sender to add a message, so I covered up the reverse side with a piece of white card with a doodled edge to finish it off.
A Little Bird Told Me Yag.The bird embellishment was then ready to be added.  That would have probably been enough embellishment for me, but with Marc’s words about other peoples tastes ringing in my ears, I added a beaded link taken from a disassembled charity shop necklace that I had bought specifically for the said links.
A Little Bird Told Me TagI drilled a hole in the corner of the frame for a jump ring to accommodate the link and the tying thread. A little faint faux stitching using a white gel pen finishes off the whole effect.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Christmas Hearts Parcel Charm/Tree Decoration.

This Christmas tag/ornament was just an experiment, but I loved the finished result so much I now need to make a whole “batch” of them.Heart Christmas Charm Parcel CharmI have had a collection of East of Eden wooden tags for ever, at first I loved them too much to use, but over the years they have become in danger of becoming even more “shabby chic” than they were intended, and at the end of the day, what’s the point of having a bag of “lovely” bits that never see the light of day, let alone get used?
IMG_4328To start with I decided to see if a text style rub on would adhere to the tag, it did, woo hoo! The space between the writing was a little too large for the effect I wanted, so I simply filled in the gap again with another line of transfer.
IMG_4332Then I added a few clear flat backed gems to give a little extra bling and texture.
IMG_4333I had already removed the twine thread and replaced it with my crafting nemesis, the humble jump ring, but I didn’t go too cross eyed and managed to add a snowflake charm and a dainty link of beads taken from a disassembled charity shop necklace without too much swearing.
I was initially thinking of using this as a Christmas tree decoration but it could also be used as a plainly wrapped parcel as a charm in addition to an equally plain tag, which in turn makes me think that I really need to get some small boxes wrapped up to try out and illustrate my parcel charm ideas.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Heads Up For Early Christmas Crafty Bits

While I was in Swindon for the weekend I popped into Primark to stock up on my reading glasses as they really are the best, (well, for me anyway) and at between £1 and £3 it doesn’t really matter if I lose the odd pair now and again, as I invariably do, as I tend to wear them on the top of my head most of the time!
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Chocolate. Candy Bar SnowmenAt £1 for two pairs it’s a no brainer, that’s 20 snowman hats!!!  The colours, I admit aren't brilliant, they also had pink and beige, but perhaps other colours will be available in other stores as the cold weather hastens, but a button or sprig of holly will soon brighten them up.
IMG_4717The Works do have tiny knitted bobble hats in stock, I bought one pack to play with, but they are £1 for just two.
IMG_4558Also from Primark, a card of 8 bracelets/anklets for £2, working out at just 25p each (other sets/designs available), but separated and used individually these could be put in crackers, table favours, Advent Calendar drawers or even in a small clear bauble on the Christmas Tree.   Just a thoughts and heads up!

Monday, 4 September 2017

The Possibility of More Mice In Walnut Shells (Below) ...........

At the moment the only mice in a walnut shells I have are the three below and they are reserved for Iris.  However, due to their reception, I am now currently looking for some similar and more reasonably priced mice, in, hopefully, a larger quantity .......I may have to "look" at China to find them.  I am also waiting for the festive walnuts to hit the shops ...... if the mouse search proves to be successful, Rebecca I will get in touch, if you could perhaps drop me your e-mail sometime, but no firm promises that any more will be available.

Little Mouse Walnut Shell Christmas Tree Decorations

I had Iris in mind when I was making these little pink mouse Christmas tree decorations .  The mice are from Dress It Up and so weren’t cheap. I made six ornaments in all (using two packets) and I will probably try to sell a couple, but at present I am not sure how much to charge, £1.25/£1.50?
Little Mouse Walnut Shell Tree OrnamentAfter halving and cleaning out the walnuts I decided to experiment by baking the white fimo base in the shell, not being sure if it would stick or drop out the minute they came out of the oven, it stuck, woo hoo, win, win!
IMG_3964Before baking I made an impression of the mouse’s bottom (oooo-wer matron) in the fimo to help the mouse fit in the “snow” snuggly.
IMG_3972Once baked I covered the fimo in a light dusting of ultra fine white glitter to give the shell a more Christmassy feel, and disguise any less than white marks my grubby mitts may have left!
IMG_3975I also experimented with a tiny eye screw by which to hang the decoration.  The shell was too tough to just screw in directly, so I drilled a hole and then applied a little E6000 glue to the end of the screw to give a real secure fix.
Little Mouse Walnut Shell Christmas OrnamentThe last thing to do was fit in the mouse, she went in perfectly!  I am so chuffed with how well they have worked out, though nothing was complicated, just fiddly due to the size.
Little Mouse Walnut Shell Christmas Tree OrnamentI would make more, but at £2.99 for a pack of three, plus cheese and flowers, that I didn’t use, they are a touch too expensive for my Poundshop ways, but I am now on the look out for similar but more economical embellishments.
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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Change In Post Schedules And A Quick Catch Up

I think I am going to start posting every three days rather than every other day at present for a little while, if that’s alright.
The ideas are all still flowing, there is a long list sitting next to me at the moment, but having fun and going away for long weekends is the enemy I am afraid …….
This weekend I am in Swindon meeting, for the first time, Di and Mrs A who adopted monkeys, Hank, Marvin and Norman way back in 2011!  We have always kept in touch via e-mail, blog comments and Christmas cards, but had never even spoken in real life until Wednesday evening. It’s all quite exciting, like a big grown up sleepover with midnight feasts planned, goodness knows what the cleaners will make of three separate rooms, all with monkeys inhabiting them! I promise a post when I get back.
Also planned amongst other weekends, I am off on Sun holiday to Devon with Lu and Iris and a long weekend in Bude with my Auntie Beth, where I am hoping to avail myself of the many charity shops of the parish and look for pirate type embellishments to finish Bertie’s pirate mirror, as well as embracing the beach, good food and much catching up of gossip. 
Then, in early 2018 I will be celebrating a significant birthday …….. so what better way to do it than a week in New York with Lu ……. I booked it all about four weeks ago. Our sightseeing will be planned with military precision, but I will also be reserving an afternoon or so to find a Michael’s and at least two/three Dollar Trees ……. we would love to find a real American Thrift Store but we’re not too sure if we can pull that one off. We have guide books and are watching YouTube videos until we go cross eyed on what to do while we are there …….  but I may burst first!
But, I still need to craft and blog to keep my brain working on so many levels,  I started back in 2009 and have 2,172 posts under my belt, it’s a hard habit to kick …….. so let’s see how I go, reducing just a little to fit life in!!

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Embossed Foil Snowman Tags Revisited

I made these embossed snowman tags a couple of weeks ago, but there was something about them that wasn’t quite right, the snowman …….
foil-embossed-snowman-tags_thumb5Then, I remembered the white Ranger Enamel Accents I had bought a while ago, dare I risk trying it on the snowman with out ruining him with over fill and/or smudging.
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Ranger Enamel Accents Snowman Tag……. even managing to avoid covering eyes and noses, I was sooooooooo chuffed with the results, this was what the snowman was missing!
foil embossed and enamel snowman tage Ranger Enamel AccentsThe only thing I would change when I make some more is perhaps adding a snowflake charm to the red bead ….. but, in making more hangs a tale ……..
After seeing such brilliant results I was eager to make some more, cutting up some more empty drink cans and embossing a whole pile of snowmen with my Cuttlebug Snowman Sledging folder, but when I looked in my craft drawers I found that I had run out of the thicker, straight edged type of wooden children’s dominoes pieces I like to use …… aghhhhhh!!!  I do have some others, but they are too thin for the adhesive foil tape to go round the edges, and anyway, in using them, the overall effect would just be all wrong.  wooden domino tags_thumb[2]So then I thought, all was not lost, I would be able to pick up some more easily on eBay as I had done in the past, but prices seem to have gone stupid, even in the used department……. so production has ceased until I can find some cheaper ones that need to be .5cm thick, sods law ain’t it, so look out charity shops and pound shops etc. you are about to be plundered!

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Little Framed Boat Birthday Card

This card measures 5ins x 5ins and is made using a white linen effect hand cut card blank.
Craft Stick Framed Birthday Card Boat Birthday CardI think that perhaps, looking at this picture this card might have looked a little better and more “rustic” on a Kraft card blank.
IMG_3796I didn’t think the frame worked as a tag, so simply mat and layered the centre panel on blue and silver before adding the frame.  Done and dusted!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Pirate Mirror

Today, a project in progress, it’s going to be a pirate mirror for Young Master Bertie’s bedroom, hopefully for Christmas, if I can find a few more of the sort of embellishments I have in mind.
IMG_3838The wooden framed mirror measures 56cmx x 36cms and was a charity shop find for just £2.70, well, it would have been rude not to buy it!
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All I have done so far is cover the frame with plastic pirate coins, the design on them is different on each side, so add a bit of extra interest as well as texture.  I used E6000 to glue them on with for an extra strong bond, I don’t want to risk anything coming off.  I used four bags of coins found in The Range (£1.25 each) and have set a few aside to add at a later stage if needed.
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The compasses came in a pack of six from Poundland, I cut the top loop off each one as they didn’t really serve any purpose on this project.  I am also not too keen on the plain black sides showing, so I think they may be embellished by winding a little “rope” round them.  If I could take out the plastic fronts and then put them back (I need to play with one first) I would like to add a few jewels to the insides, but I am not sure that would be possible.
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The pirate figure came from a charity shop too for 50p and is just perfect.  The wooden parrot came from The Range (£1).  As the overall effect of the mirror is going to be pretty bling and shiny, I am planning on giving him a makeover with a coating of Ranger Glossy Accents and a googly eye.
Before I can now go any further I need to collect some more pirate accruements, which may take a little time as I want them to be of a similar proportion to the coins and compasses,  perhaps an eye patch or two, a telescope, some pirate flags, a couple of small swords, a palm tree (?) and a few shells  I am also thinking that I could make a pirate map or two by rolling out piece of fimo and then drawing on it with a Sharpie pen after it’s been baked.  I have some small bottles that can also be filled with jewels and/or scrolls. With the large pieces in place, I can then go overboard, filling the gaps with jewels, chains and shells etc.  What I would really like to find is a small, toy plastic pirate boat for the top right hand corner ………. but I think that’s a bit of a tall order, but you never know!