Friday, 14 June 2013

Doodled Paperweight

I was mooching in the back of one of my cupboards when I found one of the Poundland paperweight photo frames I’ve had squirreled away for ages and fancied a bit of a doodle!
doodled paperweightIt’s easy to miss these paperweights in Poundland because until you really pick them up,  it’s not that obvious what they are, but it really is worth popping a few in your basket.
Poundland paperweightIt’s all very simple and no skill needed whatsoever …. just a fine liner pen, five/ten minutes doodling …..
doodled paperweight 1Poundland paperweight photoframe…. followed by a bit of therapeutic colouring in!
doodled paperweight 2But then …..  me being me, I just couldn’t resist adding a sprinkling of Hunkydory Diamond Sparkles ……
doodled paperweight 3doodled paperweight 4
…. and, as there is a slight hollow under the paperweight,  it was possible to add a few yellow flat backed gems in the centre of the daisies, which gave the finished paperweight an extra depth.
When the gems and glitter were dry,  I put a little Ranger Glossy Accents round the edge of the paperweight and stuck the doodle down, leaving to dry overnight.  Then I trimmed the paper/card round the edges and simply stuck down the self adhesive velvet underneath that comes with the weight, done and dusted!  If I was being critical …. I wish I’d made the doodle a lot smaller to look like millefiori …. but that’s just me.
Children would love making these to give as presents for Granny, Granddad, Teachers, etc. and it’s also a lovely and different way to preserve their drawings ….. and for just £1 it’s a no brainer!

Fimo Heart Shaped Gift Tag

I am not sure if this tag is too less is more, but nevertheless am rather chuffed with it!
fIMO hEART tAGI love the pearl beads/pendants from WholePort, they are really good quality, they feel substantial and there is nothing cheap about them, if you know what I mean.  I did a quick dollar/pound conversion and they work out at £1.28 for 5 pieces – although P & P costs need to be added, however to be honest I have never found post charges from China that expensive, if you are prepared to wait a couple of weeks for your order.
As soon as I saw them, especially as I am  into tags at the moment,  I had an inkling as to what to do with them, but,  wasn’t entirely sure if my idea would work ……
I got out my white Fimo and a cookie cutter.  I added a little Hunkydory Diamond Sparkles to the Fimo as I kneaded it for a very subtle glittery effect,  before rolling it out and cutting the heart shapes tags.
I stamped the hearts with my docrafts With Love stamp (MTY 906118), and then made a hole at the top and bottom of each heart,  before baking in the oven for 30 mins at 130C/265F
fimo tags.1
When the hearts were cold I attached the pearl bead/pendant to a 10mm gold jump ring through the bottom hole and another jump ring at the top for a 2mm piece of ribbon to hang.
As this was all a bit of trial and error, I am really pleased with the overall result, and there is still plenty of room for experiment as I have kept things very plain and simple. They were made with the intention of being used as gift tags,  but they can be easily adapted for Christmas tree decorations….. watch this space!
I am now on the look out for small, very simple sentiment stamps for different themes, so,  if you see any please give me a heads up!