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 other social media pages:
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Friday 17 January 2020

Upcycled Bottle Candle Holder a DT project for Andy Skinner's Creative Team

Hi all
We had a few empty bottles after Christmas (!),  I decided to make one of them into a jazzy candle holder. using some of Andy's products, some found objects, and a few bits from my stash for my first Creative Team DT post of 2020.

After washing it well, I covered the bottle with strips of the beautiful rice papers and some old book pages. I used watered down 'Quick Grab Glue' which worked beautifully. I applied some lava paste though the Crocodile Stencil, heat activated it (that worked really well on the rice paper),then added some lace and pearl trim around the bottle neck.

I made a little dangly thing using a found rusty paper clip, piece of wire and a washer (I pick up these little treasures when I'm out and about) and added some broken jewellery. I stamped the Gypsy Queen onto shrink plastic using Stazon, cut around the image and punched a hole before shrinking with my heat tool.
Dangle using various bits onto the rusty safety pin.
You can really see the lava paste texture

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Friday 10 January 2020

"I Caught A Wish For You" for the Craft Stamper Jan Challenge

Hi all and a Happy New Year to you all!
We've got a new challenge up on the Craft Stamper Blog today, so why not nip over and take a look. Gorgeous Tim Holtz dies and Archival inks to be won, 
plus a chance to be featured in the mag!
I stamped out a gorgeous Tracy Easson stamp from 
her 'Star Gazer' set onto stamping card. 
Didn't use the embossing powder in the end. 
Painted on a background with a watered down Izink ink.
From another of Tracy's kits (the Little Angel) I stamped into
paper clay, it's so lightweight it's perfect for use on small projects and dries quickly.
Painted all with white gesso.
Cut them out, then painted the two hearts with Pyrol Red Fluid Acrylic.
I used DecoArt Antiquing Cream on the words to highlight 
the letters and the stitched detail around the hearts.
Then wiped back the cream to clean off any excess. Next was the colouring.
Used a dotting tool for the hearts and added metallic gold dots.
I took a scrap of old curtain lining - as it already had a stitched hem that I could use.
Folded it in half and snipped tabs along the hem, this way some of the beautiful twig I was planning to use would show through the gaps.


I threaded the twig through (it is a lovely red colour) 
                                                        then added a layer of hessian.                                                           

I added the teensiest dot on the eye of the mouse with a nail dotting tool.
I glued down the beautiful image, adding the words and big heart. The a few smaller punched hearts. I drew tiny stitches on the smaller hearts to tie them in with the bigger one.
And with that I was finished!
And there you have it. I Caught A Wish For You.  
Thanks for looking.