Sunday, 25 June 2017

Metal Label Holder Christmas Tree Decorations

I am not sure what the proper name is for the metal frames I have used in this idea is ….. label holders, name plates, bookplates?
Label Holder Bookplate Christmas Tree DecorationsBut, I bought several packets (£1) with the specific idea of making some simple Christmas Tree decorations with them.
Gorjuss Metal Name PlatesThe first thing I decided was to make them double sided, so the design could be seen at any angle on the tree.
Name PLate Christmas Tree DecorationsI started by cutting and gluing the backgrounds using scraps of script and music manuscript design paper on to the back of each plate using PVA glue.
IMG_2558I made a tree template which measured 1.5cms at the bottom by 4cms tall, and then cut the trees proper from a sage green spotty type paper.
IMG_2560Next followed the trunks and a silver star at the top……..
IMG_2562…….. and finally tiny weeny gold/yellow flat back gems, all glued with equally tiny dots of PVA.
IMG_2563The next stage was to carefully flood each frame with Ranger Glossy Accents, I wanted to cover the design completely, but knew from past experience too much Glossy Accents can wrinkle the paper underneath , and going back to fill spaces you missed first time round is also a recipe for disaster. I wanted to get this bit right and so had to forget all about them for at least twenty four hours, if not longer, to make sure the Accents was well and truly set.
When I was happy that everything was dry, I glued two matching sides together using E6000, as I wanted a really strong bond ……… and then to make sure they were really married together put them under a large weight for a couple of hours!
IMG_2578Using a matching bronze coloured jump ring I added antique silver heart charms to the bottom of the decorations.
IMG_2637And through the top a thin wire hoop with a matching bead.
Label Holder Christmas Tree DecorationsAll through this project my fingers were well and truly crossed, as earlier attempts have ended up in the bin …….. this time, I think I got it just about right! This is an idea that I will definitely be visiting again, I am already thinking snowmen ………..

Friday, 23 June 2017

Snowflake Glass Slide Christmas Decoration.

This is another project using the 2in x 2in Inkssentials Memory Glass Clear Slides I have been able to source after much searching.
snowflake glass slide Christmas tree decorationI sandwiched a white, glitter snowflake sticker between two slides and then used an adhesive, silver metal foil tape to seal and go round the edges of the square.
memory glass microscope slide snowflake tree decoration.I am still toying with the idea of soldering similar slides, but the tape, when applied carefully, gives such a good finish it’s questionable if soldering would add anything more, other than the extra fiddle fart.
memory glass microscope slide snowflake tree decorationI attached a silver bail to the top and bottom of the square using E6000 glue for a strong, secure bond, leaving it to set for at least 24 hours, with careful twiddling with a needle I removed any excess glue.
Once I was sure the bail was firmly in place, I added a few tiny, clear flat back gems to the the front and back of the slide.
I wanted to attach a silver snowflake charm to the bottom bail, but jump rings and fiddly fittings are my crafting nemesis, in the end the bottom bail wasn’t the right way round to do this as I had hoped without using two jump rings and that just looked wrong. Instead I removed the bail completely, and attached two linked beads, taken from an old necklace and a loop of silver wire through the top bail.
To be honest this was not the most successful of projects, too much fiddle fart for a mediocre end result, but I will try it again, using what I have learned from this first time round.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Halloween Spider Bunting

I am still finding these flipping spiders in the oddest places since last Halloween! Bertie loves them, they are the first thing he goes for when I get the toy box out, so I have kept a few back just for him, but the rest I have used on this Halloween Bunting.
Halloween Bunting 1It’s an idea I have been toying with for a while.  I cut the triangles, which measure 18cm wide x 21cm deep, out of black card using pinking shears, to give a zig zag edge.
I then used a white Posca pen for the faux running stitch round the edges and the webs, because the ink/colour doesn’t absorb and fade into the card.
I knew the spiders would be tricky to stick but using a glue gun made it so simple, giving a strong bond to stand up to the rigours of the bunting being hung.  I didn’t fuss about removing any of the glue threads, as they added to the creepy Halloween effect.
IMG_2526To add extra sparkle and to catch the light when hung I added a mixture of gold and silver stars in assorted sizes, using a tacky PVA glue, again to give a fairly secure bond.
Dimensional Halloween Bunting The pennants were stuck at 7cm intervals onto a length of orange ribbon to co-ordinate with the orange spiders with tacky PVA, and then held in place with pegs until the glue was dry.
Dimensional Halloween Bunting 1I then got carried away, filling in a little more space with groups of dots, using the Posca pen, I did think of using flat backed gems instead, but thought they might be a little lost.
Halloween Spider BuntingI now have a huge pile of neon coloured skeletons bought for 25p a pack of 10 from my Wolverhampton days …… I want to do something similar with them, but with the little I have experimented with them the triangle pennant shape doesn’t work as there’s too much empty space around them which looks odd ….. but I won’t be beaten!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Lace Glass Slide Christmas Tree Decorations

I am still experimenting with glass slide Christmas tree decorations. For these I used Inkssentials 2in X 2in Clear Memory Glass Slides. 
Glass Slide Christmas Tree Decorations 6I had a few left over from many moons ago but didn’t think I would be able to get any more, however, after a bit of a search and a wait, I finally got two more boxes from Country View Crafts, but I have still to find any of the smaller 1.5 x 1.5in slides, I have a feeling that trying to find them may be a fools errand.
downloadLace microscope frames
I bought a selection of wide lace for about 89p a bundle and experimented with which would look best in the square slides, cutting it to size and sandwiching it between two slides with a sprinkling of iridescent micro glitter.
lace microscope slide tree decorations I used 40mm adhesive, silver metal foil tape to seal and go round the edges of the glass squares.
microscope slide memory glass lace tree decorations
Then I attached a silver bail to the top of the square using E6000 glue for a strong, secure bond, leaving it to set for 24 hours plus. With careful twiddling with a needle it was possible to remove any excess glue.
memory glass microscope slide tree decorations lace I tried to use part of a Tonic Studios script rub on each slide (as featured yesterday) ……
GLass Slide Christmas Tree Decorations…… but alas despite applying an awful lot of pressure, they just would not adhere to the glass, but not to be beaten, I simply cut a section of the rub on out and glued it onto the glass instead with Ranger Glossy Accents, as I knew it would dry clear.
I used E6000 again to glue on silver filigree wrap connectors (ordered from eBay/China) on the bottom of each slide.
I cut through the centre divider at the bottom of each connector so that I could add a bead allowing it to hang exactly in the middle.
IMG_2539I then added a few tiny blue and clear flat backed gems here and there on the galss.  When the E6000 on the connectors had set I bent the edges round the edge of the slides for a neater look.
Glass Slide Christmas Tree Decoration 1I am really chuffed with how these have turned out, they just need a narrow white or possibly blue ribbon to hang them from.  I still have plenty more slide ideas I want to experiment with,  I just hope you don’t get bored of them!

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Revised - Little Craft Stick Robin Tree Decorations

Another revised project today. When I first posted these robin tree decorations I said that they need something else, but I didn’t know what …….
Robin Christmas Tree Decorations 1I thought about adding a coordinating ribbon, which I tried, but they all looked a little crowded and too much …….
Craft Stick Robin Christmas Tree DecorationsSo, in the end I added a few clear and red flat backed gems, I think they add a little something, after all, if you can’t over-bling at Christmas when can you?
Craft STick Robin Christmas Tree DecorationHowever, I am still a little unsure, I am wondering now if less was really more in the first place, the glue is well and truly stuck on these guys, but I can’t guarantee three more won’t make an appearance after a little more thought and fiddle fart, as I have a feeling that they will continue to nag at me until I get it right.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Guest Crafter – My Auntie Beth

My Auntie Beth in Bude discovered Adult Colouring Books about a year ago ……. but what do you do with all those coloured pages?
BETHThe answer’s simple …… decoupage with them, with stunning results!  I absolutely LOVE her bowl, and am now desperate to have a go myself. I believe she uses gel pens to colour with, which, I believe, shouldn’t run when glued or varnished over.Tea RoomI also love the cutlery holders ……. what a brilliant idea for recycling and no two ever the same.
colouring in cutlery holders
I know that they have gone down a storm at the family cafe in Bude, The Lock Gates Tea Room.  I asked if any had been nicked (as I would have), but she said, that as of yet, not!
Lock Gates Tea Room

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Framed Craft Stick Flower Fairy

My Queen Mother Flower Fairy reappears again, as if ….. by magic!  When I originally posted the fairy, I did mention  that I thought I might frame her for Iris to mark Iris’s first dance class, which should be sometime in September.
Framed Craft STick Flower FairyI was looking for a more ornate picture frame in the charity shops, but when I saw this purple one for just 40p I thought the colour might enhance the fairy, sadly the colour didn’t carry well in my head, and when I put the fairy and the frame together, they just didn’t do anything for each other, so I painted over the purple with a metallic gold Posca pen which looked much better.
40p Picture FrameIMG_2499
And, as this wasn’t going to be a less is more project I brought out the blink in the form of iridescent, self adhesive gem strips.
However, to make sure  the strip didn’t peel off over time I did use extra PVA along the edges to make sure the gems were doubly secure.
I had taken the glass out of the frame and decided not replace it, just in case, (I don’t like glass in children’s bedrooms), but instead put a piece of very sparkly white glitter card in it’s place to act as a background.
IMG_2510I also put a message on the back, so that the occasion is marked and remembered, leaving a little space to add the date when I know it. Framed Queen Mother Fairy done and fairy dusted!