MailART 01/100

01 Light bulb card

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

 







MailARt 02/100

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This MailARt piece came out so cheerful and it went to somebody I should speak to much more but somehow the years slip by and we have not.

I always remember some fun times together in Windsor many moons ago!

 

Cacti and Succulents ATCs

Succulent and Cactus Swap 1It took me a while to get back to it, but I recently participated in another ATC swap. Which means, I must be having some time for art 🙂

Succulent and Cactus Swap 4

The theme was succulents and cactus (but I think it should say cacti … you know, both being plural or me being picky?) Succulent and Cacuts Swap 2

I used inks, acrylics, pan pastels and a PITT Artist Pen and remembered why it is such fun to focus and work on a theme!Succulent and Cactus Swap 3

Personalised scatter cushions

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!!

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This is the first one we made:Image

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. ImageI 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

Merci

Merci Pocket Album

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.

To emboss, I opted for my my favourite WOW stamps: Vintage wallpaper plus the rose from the Simply Amazing Set and chose gold embossing powder as a contrast to the  colour.

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.

Embossed bedside table

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!