Monday, 22 May 2017

The music of love ...

It's another new challenge over on the "Win & Tonic" blog and this months prize is the fabulous Essential Lace Dies. There are 4 different themes to choose from and you can do all of them on your project or alternatively, just one. I've gone for three out of the four ...

Colour - neutrals ie creams, taupes etc
Product - any Nuvo product 
Theme - open theme so any occasion

I previously made a card using the guitar and music notes (see HERE) and knew I wanted to use the same items again for this months challenge card. Here's what I came up with ...


I began by creating my background using one of the Indulgence Thins strip dies (Summer Wedding)  to make a panel and I have softly coloured it with Nuvo Aqua Flow pens (soft rose and rustic oak. Next came layering all the different die cut and stamped elements.


I stamped the delicate detail stamps with rustic oak Aqua Flow pen and whilst wet, added some clear embossing powder. These were then water coloured (again with the Aqua Flows) and cut out. I have gone for a soft neutral colour palate. Before placing them, I used the music score die cut as my placement point and began adding the flowers.


The guitar was then added and as a finishing point, some extra vine leaves added. The leaves are a great way of hiding 3D foam pads and also any gaps. I have also used the same Aqua Flow pens to colour tint the guitar and make it merge with the foliage.


The sentiments are from the Whimiscal stamp sets, stamped with rustic oak Aqua Flow pen finished with some Nuvo drops. I do love this layout (even if I say so myself) and already have another colour way on the go as well as making a male themed card (minus the flowers) ... so watch this space ...

Monday and the weather is suitably naff but I have high hopes that it will brighten up which makes the week appear to go so much quicker.

Have a great day and don't forget to pop over to the "Win & Tonic" blog to check out the other fabulous projects,

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
Artistic Stamper - floral fantasy
Classic Design Team - anything goes
Crafts Galore - anything goes
Creative with stamps - flowers
Create and Inspire - anything goes with option of flowers
Happy Little Stampers - anything goes with dies
Mix It Up - anything goes with embossing

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Seaside Drawers ... using a Cake Slice Box ...

A long while ago ... well it seems eons ago ... the cake slice box was one of the first dies launched on Hochanda following Tonic Studios move ...


 and one of my samples was a little set of drawers ... see below ...

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... well, following on from this idea, I thought I might have a go at making the boxes in to a tower/column of drawers but as the idea progressed, the project grew and finally morphed in to this ...


The drawer units just looked "odd" standing all by their lonesome and needed "something" so after a considerable amount of "faff", I decided to join them together. I recently purchased some mount board off cuts from EBay and they came to me rescue. I strengthened the sides, created a back and bottom but still wasn't a 100% happy ...


Above shows the drawers on the left hand side and each has been a different type of opening but unified by using the label plaques. The MDF sea embellies are from Polkadoodles and can be found HERE.    The silver effect name label things are from Stampin Up but can't remember why I purchased them ... sorry! The drawers are fully functioning too ...


These are the right hand side drawers and again follow the same theme as the others, each with different opening etc. Ooopps, should add the papers are from Trimcraft called "Sail Away" and I'm sure I bought them in The Range ... I think ...


A view from above which shows the next addition. As I said earlier, I joined the drawer sets together and yet again, wasn't truly happy with the "look". Using the offcuts of mount board to create the sides, I made another drawer to fit the gap. The front of the drawer was another off cut from mount board sides as i had die cut them to create my edges.


... and yep, you guessed it ... still not 100% happy with the look! I think this was down to the fact that the draw was very low and now looked swamped in the gap which made me then think "why not add a shelf" ... as you do!!!


Gosh adding this shelf was fiddly as it really should have been added at the same time the sides were constructed to help hide all the gluing and supports etc. After great determination (and some expletives plus a sprinkling of me questioning my sanity), it came together and phew, I think I was finally happy with both the shape and design.


The decoration has kept to the sea theme and I have used some old netting (taken from a Halloween decoration), sea shells and drift wood. I am very fortunate as my youngest sister lives extremely close to a huge river estuary, which in turn enters the sea, therefore finding sea shells and drift wood is a very easy task. When we visit, I gather/harvest lots of interesting sea finds ready to decorate my projects. The glasses are a photo prop (from a well known £shop) and I thought they added a bit of fun.


I now have another version of this on the go at the moment with a slight twist, so watch this space. I'm also hoping to make it in to a video to share how the cake slice boxes are converted in to drawers.

Not feeling so bright today...  and no I'm not using it as an excuse to get out of the fencing. My stomach feels as if I am sailing on a boat during a particularly rough crossing, so will sign off now.

Have a great Sunday,

Lou
x x x


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Challenges:
A perfect time to craft - anything goes
Altered Ecletics - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut - patterned papers
Dies R Us - shaped card or projects
Love to craft - anything goes
Mix It Up - anything goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - mixed media
WWODT - anything goes



Saturday, 20 May 2017

Hey Boy ... just be YOU!

Morning everyone and it looks as if we could be a great weekend weather wise but not "counting my chickens" (as it were) as we all know how quickly things can change 😏 Just need it to stay dry as hubster and I wish to finish the last bit of fencing for one particular part of the garden. I'm not sure which is worse: painting fence panels or painting a ceiling. Tough call ...

Anyhow on to crafty things ... here is one of my cards from Dawny's show on Hochanda sharing Henri from Marmalade's World along with many accessories from the same collection ...


I stamped Henri on to a circular mat and coloured him with my Nuvo Creative pens, layering him on to more circular mats.


Using the accessory stamps, I created my background papers, cut them in to banners and layered them behind Henri. I added another banner with the sentiment (from Technique Tuesday) and a little tash.


Using some more of the accessory stamps and matching dies, I created my embellishments in complimentary colours. I think they frame the sentiment perfectly; again from Technique Tuesday.


The papers are from a set I purchased when in Ireland a while back and seem to only be available there ... which is a shame as they are a fabulous set and very boy/male themed.


Right, I've delayed enough and the paint brush is calling me ... catch you all later,

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
Allsorts - happy birthday
Hiding in my craft room - masculine
Send a smile for kids - bright colours
Craft for the craic - anything goes
Crafty Catz - anything goes with a twist of more than 2 layers
Simply Papercraft - anything goes