I have been travelling and working away from home so much, that art took a back seat for too long. I am home for a while and have started a new project that is really important to me.
First of all I would like to connect more with people I know and want to know better – away from social media. Secondly I want to make my mail fun and use them as an outlet to practise.
I am making my envelopes and cards from scratch and it is a whole lot of fun. God, I have missed this so much!
This is my first effort – a thank you card for giving me the opportunity for lots of new ideas.
The light bulbs are embossed with WOW clear embossing powder and came out great
Have you seen the prices of those embroidered cushions? Astronomical!!
So we made some of them as presents ourselves. My niece and I played with Accucut dies and had to be inventive because we knew we wanted moustaches!!
We used the Accucut paisley die cut and doubled it up to make the moustaches and were very pleased with our result 🙂
The next one was lots of fun too. More Accucut brackets, birds, butterflies, wings and a border – all die cut with different materials. I have never worked with fabric and as a lesson, felt works best for die cutting and the stick on ‘no sewing’ method we used.
As an avid paper crafter, I am quite pleased to find a different use for my dies. It gives a lot of the shapes a new lease of live.
An now we are going to enter the Accucut competition. Thank you for opening it up internationally Accucut xx
I wanted to create a little album to give someone special some ‘Thank you’ vouchers.
I was in need of pockets and this little album is perfect! This particular pocket album design is by Lori Whitlock for my Silhouette cutter. But you do not need anything fancy, the colour and embossing combination would work great on a normal greetings card too.
This month we do not have a design brief!! So I indulged by starting with one of my favourite colours ever: Golden turquoise acrylic paint. Just use paper that does not warp when painted. Water colour paper is good, but I am working a lot with lining wallpaper. When the paint has dried it is smooth and becomes quite stiff and works beautifully for 3D projects. And it works great with heat embossing. Did I mention that it is very cheap too?
I gave all my pockets two coats with the acrylic paint for a rich deep turquoise and the cards which slide into the pockets got one coat for a lighter colour. Both versions are very nice! I think it also helps to not paint too neatly. This way you will get some instant and interesting texture more like fabric than paint.
Voila……. instant designer look. It feels very rich and expensive! I will come back to this colour combination often, I am sure!
Now I just have to think about what I am going to write on those vouchers and slide them into the pockets of my album.
When anything goes in the design team, I am drawn to embossing furniture (just because I have not worked out how to emboss my walls without making an almighty mess!)
I chose this little solid wood table. I use it as a bedside table and it came from my husband childhood bedroom. Considering how much time people spend these days distressing furniture, this came already distressed and I do not want to change that.
A couple of tips when embossing furniture:
- Clean the item thoroughly removing grime and dust
- Go outside and wear a mask (when heating old paint there could be some nasty fumes)
- Distressed is the way to go! Any paint underneath the embossing powder might bubble under the heat
- Try not to pick a windy day like I managed to do!
- Chose a piece of furniture you can lift because you will have to tip it and tap off the embossing powder
Here is the finished item ‘in situ’. I used Primary Indigo to emboss.
Next I am going the do the piece on the other side of my bed which is a proper old bedside cabinet. I am thinking a repetitive pattern in silver could look stunning. Watch this space!