Friday, August 1, 2014

August DT Project for Craft for the Craic

Hi Everyone,
I am back again with My August project for the DT over at Craft for the Craic.

This months theme is:-
This was both an easy and hard challenge for Me!! Why????
Easy because my craft room is basically a room full of things I have never used before!!
Hard because this involved me making a choice and this for me is never easy!!!
I decided to make a simple Mini Album using an older paper line from Papermania called Persimmon collection.
It is for a Man so the colours are perfect :-)
I am showing pictures before the Photo's have been put in, as I don't have permission to share those.
This is the front cover, I made it from chipboard the album measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2 "
The die cut on the front is a Sizzix die, i cut it from cream pearl card and inked around the edge with vintage photo distress ink. The Family i cut from pinecone core card using the Tim Holtz vintage Alphabet die. I layered up a navy and terracotta flower and sprayed them with iridescent gold glimmer mist and stuck a flatback pearl in the centre. I used large eyelets and organza ribbon for the binding. As the paper pack i used was A5 size it wasn't big enough so I cut a strip of the same cream pearl card and used a Martha Stewart punch on the edge.

Inside front cover with cream punched decorative edge.

Page one front
The pages I made from A4 cream pearl card, scored and folded to make pockets.
I inked around all the edges with vintage photo distress ink.
I used a circle punch to cut the half circles for the tag pull space.
All of the pages were made the same way just covered in different papers, the following pictures will show the different patterns and colours.

page one back

page two front

page two back

page three front

page three back

page four front

page four back

inside back cover

back cover

Each of the pages has a large tag for photo's and journaling.
I made these from the same cream pearl card and punched  decorative corners on the top of the tag.
I used vintage photo distress ink on all the edges.
I also made photo corners, using one of the papers and a Martha Stewart punch. :-)
Well I hope you enjoyed seeing my project this month, and that you will come over and join in the Challenge at Craft for the Craic.
Remember you can enter any type of craft, We love seeing what you create.
Happy Crafting,
Michelle xx 

Friday, July 4, 2014

July Project for Craft for the Craic

Hi Everyone,
I am back again with another DT Project for Craft for the Craic.
This months Challenge is :-
My Favourite Colour is Green, I love most shades of green once they are not too bright :-)
This month I decided to make a holder for My paint brushes, this falls under the heading of Altered Project and Recycled Project :-)

Thank You so much for stoppng by, I hope You enjoyed this step by step, if You have any questions just leave a comment below and I will be happy to answer.
We would Love if You could come over and join in this month's challenge any type of Art or Craft can be entered :-) All the DT Projects can be found at Craft for the Craic :-)
Hope to see You over there :-)
Happy Crafting,
Michelle xx

Friday, June 6, 2014

June Project for Craft for the Craic

Hi Everyone,
I am back again today with another project for the Craft for the Craic DT.
This month the theme is:-
I decided this month to make a keepsake of Our Beach trips last Year.
I used a Papier Mache Shadow box frame, I didn't want it highly coloured so I left the frame plain and just gave it a coat of Matt Multi Medium. I cut some paper for the background which had a sand pattern, this is mostly covered up. I used a photo of Evan going through his Beach Treasure when he came home from one of our beach trips last year.

I put a photo mat behind the picture, this paper had cute crabs and shells on it.
Here is a close up of some of the stones in Evans hand.

This stone had what looked like an F etched in it and for Me stands for Family.
I placed some of the nicest stone we found up the left side of the picture.

I then put some of the shells up the right side.
We also collected a little glass bottle of sand, I used My label maker to add the date to the bottle.
To complete the Keepsake I used Red letter stickers, to match Evans Red bucket, which was used to collect all the treasure :-) :-)

So there we have it one complete project, I hope to make another keepsake from our Adventures this Summer. If You have any questions please leave a comment below and I will be happy to answer.
Why not try and make Your own Summer project and come over and join us at Craft for the Craic
We would Love to see what You Create :-)
I will hopefully be back soon with another project, I have lots of things half made :-) :-)
Happy Crafting,
Michelle xx

Friday, May 2, 2014

May Challenge for Craft for the Craic DT

Hi Everyone, I am back again with My Project for the May Challenge over at Craft for the Craic :-)

This months theme is :-

For My Project I decided to make a keepsake for My Son's birth, it is long overdue!!!!! :-)
I had bought a blank box to decorate and put little keepsakes in, but never got around to making it!!
I ended up using the base of the box before Christmas to make a  Miniature Toy Cupboard for My little man :-)
The lid of the box had cut out baby feet so I kept it with the plan to some day make a picture/hanging.
And now the that Day has come!! :-) :-)

This is the base for My project it measures almost 10"x10" and is 1" deep.

I used DCWV  paper to cover the top and cut out the feet.

I cut some blue card to put behind the feet.
First I stuck the paper on the front with matt multi medium, and then sanded all around the feet cutouts and the sides this neatens all the edges. I inked all around the sanded areas with Vintage Photo Distress ink. Before I stuck the blue card behind the feet I wrote a little verse and stamped a little baby vest on the right foot.
I punched an oval shape from the blue card and stamped a quote and inked around the edges then stuck this on the top left corner. 
I punched another oval from the same blue card and wrote the date, time and weight and inked around the edges and then stuck this down on the bottom right.

I punched out a small photo of Evan and put a die cut oval behind it in the same blue to make it stand out more on the patterned paper. I inked around these also and stuck them down in the middle of the two feet. 

I used a brown spotted washi tape all around the edge of the piece and then put another washi tape with sentiments on top of this going right around the piece.

I die cut letters using the Tim Holtz Vintage Market Die.
I put EVAN on the left foot.

Here is the finished project, I have used a Tim Holtz Easel Stand die to cut a stand for the back then it can stand like a picture, although I might make a box base and go back to the original idea of a keepsake box :-)
I hope You enjoyed My Step by Step and if You have any questions please just leave Me a comment.
Why not call over and join in the CRAIC, We would Love to see what You make :-)
Happy Crafting,
Michelle xx

Friday, April 4, 2014

April Challenge at Craft for the Craic

Hi Everyone,
I am back today with My DT Project for the April Challenge over at Craft for the Craic 
This Months Challenge is :-

I decided to do a Mixed Media Picture, and knew pretty quickly that I wanted to include the Saying "Spring has Sprung"

I have used lots of different punches, and also used lots of stash that I have had for over 10 Years!!!

I started out with a 6" x 12" piece of Chipboard, I used a piece of printed tissue paper and crumpled it into a very tight ball in my hand, I did this a few times to make sure it was very wrinkled, I then stuck it to the chipboard with Claudine Hellmuth Matt Multi Medium, being careful not to flatten it too much, I wanted to keep the texture. 

I then used My Brick wall stencil and using Black Archival ink I sponged it through, I didn't want it too strong as I wanted the wall to look like it was behind the pots.

A close up of the brickwork!!

I wanted a small sun in the corner but didn't have a small enough stencil, so I made one!!! 
I had a Sunflower punch which loos like the sun, so I took a piece of plastic packaging and punched it
Be careful if You try this as punches are not really designed for this and it got a bit stuck I had to stand on the punch to get it through the plastic!! I don't recommend it unless you don't care too much for the punch, but it did make a great stencil!! :-) 
I used Golden Modeling paste through the stencil!!

Here is a closer look at the paste
I wanted some light background colour so I uses some blue chalk on the top half and some green just along the bottom and up the sides.

You can still see the texture

I used a Martha Stewart punch to cut a strip to look like the caps you see on top of walls, I cut a tree from a Tim Holtz Die and cut it and positioned it to look like it was behind the wall.

I stamped a bird house and a little bird and coloured and fussy cut them, to add some detail to the tree

I used some Fluffy paint to make some clouds, I used the heat gun to puff them up, love the texture

I used a ticket cut from a Tim Holtz die to make a sign, stamped Has Sprung and stuck 2 little butterflies for decoration.

I coloured the Sun using Pro Markers

I punched lots of flowers and layered them up

I punched leaves and stuck them in position, for the stems i used paper string and coloured it using Alcohol Markers. I also punched out the Pots and the grass which I placed in front of the pots this adds depth and also grounds the whole picture!!
For the letters I have a story!!!
I wanted to use My Tim Holtz die to cut them but while I was cutting the Tree My Vagabond went up in Smoke!!!! :-( So I had to improvise and luckily I had the negative from a previous strip of letters I had cut so I used this as a stencil and traced and cut out the letters!! I am not happy with them, so I didn't stick them down and will replace them as soon as I get My new machine!!!

This is the finished Picture, The light wasn't great when I took it, If I can get a better pic I will replace this one!! :-)
Well I hope You enjoyed seeing My Project, and that the step by step was helpful!!
Please pop over to Craft for the Craic and Join in this months Challenge!!
We had 119 Fantastic Entries last month, Help us beat that this time!! :-)
Crafty Hugs,
Michelle xx