My little crafting world....

Hi all
I'm a complete craft addict! I have a small business called Surrey Crafts teaching craft workshops from my studio in Esher, Surrey and at venues around the country. I teach mixed media, decorative painting, card making and papercrafts, jewellery making and creative embroidery classes. If you'd like to find out more just leave a comment, or take a look at my Surrey.Crafts page on FB.
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Friday, 7 December 2018

Christmas Home Decor using Upcycled sideboard parts for the Craft Stamper Challenge

Hi all!
My project for the December Craft Stamper Blog Challenge is this Festive Wooden Forest
made from scraps of wood and a few basic craft supplies! There are some fab prizes to be one and the chance to be featured on the blog. Have a look here.
You probably know by now that I LOVE upcycling! So when hubby and I decided to give our old wooden furniture a make-over, we ended up with a few spare bits of wood which I HAD to find a use for. So this project is made with the feet and drawer front of a very old sideboard. All because the feet, when turned upside down, looked to me like here's what I did with them.
We chopped off the 'feet' of the sideboard after painting the legs white so they had a bit of paint on them already, but not all over. I painted over the whole piece with DecoArt Chalky Finish paint in a gorgeous green called Enchanted and after two coats they were fully covered and even.  
 A wipe over with an anti static pad, then clear ink and stamp at the ready! 
 Heat embossed using a lush gold glitter embossing powder by WOW for a bit of bling! 
 Here are all the wooden bits I ended up using. 
After painting the feet, I added gems all the way around.
 I needed toppers for the trees, so out came some gold jewellery wire and flat nose pliers!
 About 12 twists of the wire using the pliers as my mark.....
 I cut the wire from the reel, then bought the two ends together and tweaked the shape to form a star.Then I had to work out how to add the starts to the tree tops. Got out my mini drill and put a hole in the top of each trees that was deep enough and wide enough for the two ends of the wired star to plus another section piece of wire that I wanted to wrap around the tree.
 Gave the cut out section of the wooden drawer front two coats of chalky finish in white (Everlasting). There was a split at the front but that just gave me somewhere to stick a sign! A generous coat of Matt Medium then lots of snowy stuff sprinkled on and patted down into the wet medium.
 To make the little sign, I stamped and embossed white card with Clarity 
sentiments and gold embossing powder.
I cut out the embossed words and added them to a rectangle of white card, 
matted with red card, then stick that on a section of a coffee stirrer and popped into the gap. To finish off I used a piece of Christmas ribbon to edge the front of the wooden base
 to add a little more colour.
This is where the base section was cut from.....following the drawer handle. Needed this cut out so the remotes would still work with the DVD and boxes (clever hubby!). 
 And here is one of the legs minus the 'foot' which is now a tree!
And here are 5 of the 6 'feet' and the front of the drawer, made into a cheap, fun, 
upcycled home d├ęcor piece!
I hope you like this fun piece. Thanks very much for looking and good luck with your entry to the competition which, as usual, has some lovely prizes for the winners! x

Friday, 2 November 2018

Peony Card for the November Craft Stamper challenge.

Hi all
My project for the Craft Stamper November Challenge is a bit of an antidote to all the Halloween stuff that has been around for the last few weeks - a huge pink peony! There are fab prizes to be won, AND a chance to be featured in the Craft Stamper mag for the challenge winner! 
Have a look here.
The huge flower and the leaves are by Indigo Blue, background text by Stampers Anonymous. These are things that I haven't used before - 
that is my current self challenge; to use those things!
 Stamped out the flower three times and fussy cut each to layer up.
 Base colour was Worn Lipstick distress ink (onto craft mat, 
spritzed with water and flowers pulled through). 
 To add depth, I used a Koi Brush Pen, both watered down and then neat 
as this gives a variation in the colour. 
 With such a large image, I saved a fair bit of time with the shading by working out 
which areas would be hidden, and leaving them with just the base colour.
 I coloured the spare card from the original stamping with distress oxides 
(again on the mat, spritzed with water and the paper dragged through).
 Stamped on the leaves (better to do this after colouring when smooshing with Distress Oxides as they are quite opaque and can obliterate the stamped image if added after stamping. Cut them out. Then I added more colour with waterbased markers.
 More Distress Oxide smooshing with the background card.
 This buckled a bit, but I popped it under some heavy books once dry 
and it flattened out enough to use. 
 I went over the dried/ flattened background paper with an anti-static pad. 
Selected a text stamp and embossed it with white embossing powder. 
 To stick down the flower, starting with the largest layer first, I used double sided tape which I went over with a glue stick to give me a bit of wiggle time. 
I only added tape and glue in the middle as I wanted the edges to lift up.
 Slipped the leaves under the main flower.... 
Added the two smaller flower images to the centre to build up the peony, 
stuck the base card to the 8 x 8 card blank and that's it finished.
A nice card to send to someone on just about any occasion. 
Thanks for looking! 

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Paper Heart on Fabric

So come on, how many of you have crafty items you've never used, and things you've had in your stash for YEARS? I know I do! 
I'm really trying hard to deal with both those 'crafty problems'! So this project made me very happy - and at the same time another birthday card ticked off the list of dozens to make - even better it's for a crafty girl who I know will appreciate each layer!
Finished's how I put this one together.
A crumpled old book page, dyed with out of date coffee granules (thanks Dad!) , dried and brayered over with white paint on the base layer.
Another piece stamped onto. I finally used these two stamps from a magnetic 'making memories' set. I kind of avoid this set as it's a bit of a faf setting it up - but looking at them again there are some fab words so I must remember to use em! 
 Another stamp I've not used - a wooden one with a map on it, I used this archival ink, brayered on the back of the paper to get a better impression, then tore around the edges. Base layer done!
 You guessed it - another stamp I've never used! This time one by Finnabair. I was looking for something to stamp on the little heart I made (watercolour card, painted and cut to a heart shape while travelling on a bus to the Grand Canyon!). 
 The heart in the stamp was a perfect fit for my little shape - bit of a fluke!
 I have sooooo many scraps of material! So I pulled out a few and worked out how I wanted to layer them up. I took a hammered card blank and inked the front to soften the white before I began gluing.
Tape runner and glue stick to adhere 1st layer. Then cosmic shimmer on top for fabrics...

Large, open weave hessian, frayed around the edges, then a scrap of a thinner open weave material....then I found a couple of small scraps of pretty organza so those went on too!

 A torn piece of wallpaper, then my little painted, stamped cut out heart shape.
Torn, stamped sentiments added next.
and finally a tiny flower that I pressed a couple of years ago - I only found these when I got my flower press out to do some others, such a lovely surprise!
I so enjoyed making this, using things I hadn't used and
 also little bits and pieces I didn't want to throw away!
Thanks for looking.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Art Dolls Rock for the Craft Stamper Blog DT

My project this month for the Craft Stamper Challenge Blog is an Art Doll. I made quite a lot of changes as I worked on it, but pretty happy with how she turned out, weird and wonderful!
I've never made an Art Doll before.  I was inspired to have a go after seeing a challenge on the 'Junk Journals And Mindful Mixed Media Art's' Facebook group. And I had been looking for a way to use a pebble I've had for ages. I had played about and made an image transfer on the rock to practice for a class I'm teaching soon.  I came up with this phrase which means a lot to me at the moment.  Then once I had done the image transfer, the rock just sat on my desk waiting for a purpose - til I had the Art Doll's Rock idea. Loved finding a use!
I didn't expect it to come to anything though, as just messing about, so didn't take pics.  I just drew and coloured the face using Tonic watercolour pencils and a Micron Pen. Made the headdress by stamping a large and smaller flower from a set by PaperArtsy, cutting then out and layering up behind my doll's face. Then to work out how to add the face to the rock! I waded through my enormous stamp collection and this stamp by Indigo Blue called to me. I thought the bulb thingy on the side would be perfect. Stamped and cut it out. I started taking pics at this stage as thought it might be going somewhere! 
 Coloured in the bulb with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide.
Glued that to the back of the head. Headdress was coloured and outlined with Tombow Pens.
 Stuck the head on, played with the position. To make a stand for the pebble I used air dry clay. I also worked away at the image transfer to remove the scuffy bits of paper you can see in the photo.

Stamped a butterfly - another Indigo Blue stamp. Using a dark grey archival which was really juicy so held the embossing enamel!

Added colour to the clay once dry. Repeated to build the colour.
 Added gems - although I swapped the ones on the bottom for paper roses later as not keen on how they looked.

More roses added to the base, and to the doll's neck.  The ones on the sides are like arms as the roses are on stems. I took the stem off the red neck rose and the lilac ones around the bottom,  I used one of the discarded wire stems to re-shape the butterfly wings as I didn't like them sticking straight out of her neck. I wanted something behind the doll so made a frame from rusty wire (you can get rusty wire from Hanna Oxberry ). 
The wire was a bit harsh so I cut a strip of gauze like material, frayed the edges, then I glued the material to the frame and around the pebble, it just softens the look a bit! Also tucked the wire in so it didn't hide the sentiment.
Hope you like my doll.....and you can see why I called this 'Art Doll's Rock'! And why not have a go at this months Craft Stamper Challenge - there are always prizes to be won!
Thanks for looking