Last week I had quite a lot of fun putting together this lovely little dressform mini book for a lovely friend. Mainly just using the offcuts and scraps on my desk I dressed some chipboard forms in different styles and am quite thrilled with how it turned out.
I used the Prima 'Devine' 6x6 papers to keep it light and pretty and added a pocket on the left hand pages to allow me to include a little lace for my friend.
If you'd like to see more of this little book you can watch it HERE
I was recently involved in a swap with Kimi and one of the items we had agreed to swap was an altered box. My choice for Kimi was an old chess set box, the wood on it was just lovely although a little worse for wear in some places so I decided I would alter most of it but still leave some of the original box showing through!
For a much more detailed run down of what I used to alter and decorate this lovely box, you can read my blog post HERE or watch my video HERE
While reading some of my favourite blogs recently I was moved to create something with birds, they seem to be the flavor on many blogs and they are such beautiful creatures. Now I just needed to decide on what I wanted to create! I am Guest DTing for Lavish Laces for August and September and wanted to make something a little different to show off the lovely products.
First up was a small wall hanging that I made using an old book cover from a gardening book.
A lovely image from 'The Feathered Nest' blog was sewn to a piece of old linen and a layer of cheesecloth and then attached to the book cover using a strong glue (Helmars Quick Dry). The lower section was adorned with four different laces and trims from Lavish Laces and a little gathered tulle to soften the mix. With some antique buttons and a layered flower added I was happy with the look.
The top was kept simple with a little lace, banner and a knot of tulle and lace tucked under. The hanger was made from a lovely thin trim. On the back of the wall hanging I left the printed page because I thought it was effective and looked nice, a lovely scalloped lace was then added to the top to neaten everything up.
The next thing I made for Lavish Laces was a little mini album in an altered tin and I have to say I absolutely love this little project.
I simply decorated an aged tin with a little cheesecloth, bird image, flower and lace and enclosed inside the sweetest little cloth mini album. The cover is made from an old Dictionary spine, the top half for the front and the bottom half for the back covers. The pages are made from a vintage napkin cut to size and stitched together with emboidery thread for the binding, each having a bird or nest image that I obtained from 'The Feathered Nest' blog and is embellished with little pieces of lace, words and the odd charm and feather. I love how it turned out. In this instance I used Helmar's Quick Dry glue as my adhesive and I know it would also be ever so lovely hand stitched :)
The cooler weather has finally set in a little in sunny Queensland, it doesn't really get that cold here but the coolness is a nice break from the heat in the other 8 months of the year!! The children had their school break and are now comfortably back in school and life is moving along merrily :)
What have I been up to?
I held my very first Challenge on my youtube channel to celebrate having 1,000 subscribers which received a wonderful response, I also hit my one year mark on youtube and I just celebrated my Birthday so I guess that has kept me pretty busy over the past few weeks, along with my crafting that is.
There was a lovely swap I completed with a lady named Wendy (LollyDollyCrafts on youtube), I unfortunately have no photos of the goodies I made for her but I do have a video with them in. The swap was to make a Snippet Roll, Fabric Wall Collage and a surprise gift, all in a vintage shabby chic style.
I then entered my first two challenges on youtube, one being for Bonnie's lace challenge and the other for a Fairy Day Challenge, here are the projects I made for them.
This first one is a little balsa box found at the thrift store, the challenge was to use three different laces on an altered project. I really love the way it turned out, so very pretty.
The second challenge was to make something for Fairy Day, I chose to make a little paper shoe using the Kaisercraft 'Enchanted Garden' range of papers, I think it looks so sweet!!
Both these projects are on the 'Mad About Scrappin' blog with all information on the products I used, just click the picture to take you there :)
Another fun project I made was using a digital paper kit from Kitty's Scrap Post called 'Un Belle Vie', I had a lot of fun making this little Quote Book, lots of scraps of lace and very quick to put together. I made this for my Mother in-law's birthday, she absolutely loved it, yay!!
This old sugar bowl was given a new life recently by being turned into a lovely pin cushion, the patina on the bowl was just too lovely to cover up too much so the simple embellishments were perfect for it. I also made a tiny pincushion from an old candlestick which now resembles a white rosebud.
I also finished my second Art Dress for a swap with a lady named Carole who is Mademoiselle Ashphodel on youtube, once again it was so much fun making it and seeing it finished gave me a lot of joy. It had to be shipped to Canada so a box for it to go in was also needed, you can see them both here in my video.
There were probably a few more little projects I finished but they just escape me at the moment, I must make a habit of blogging more regularly in future, thank you for taking the time to stop by.
Thank you to everyone who left a comment on my previous post for the 'Mad About Scrappin Blog Hop' and a chance to win a few goodies. There were 14 comments so I asked my lovely daughter Jessica to choose a number between one and 14 and she chose the number 12 ..... so the winner is
Here is it ladies and gents, the very first 'Mad About Scrappin' Blog Hop!! Head on over to the 'Mad About Scrappin' Blog where you will find a list of Blogs to visit and may have a chance to win some goodies along the way!!!
I have a fun project to share with you today which I made using some of the lovely products from the Store, all the lace, heart bling, flowers, leaves and pearl sprays were purchased from either the online 'Mad About Scrappin' Store or from one of their 'Flog it Friday' sales on their Facebook Like Page.
My project is a Pin Cushion Castle, I've been struggling with a tiny pin cushion for some time now and have received a few beautiful stick pins from friends in swaps etc so thought it was about time I had a decent Pin Cushion to hold them, and what better way to display bling than in a Castle :) right!!
My castle was made using an empty Milo Bar (energy bar) box, I cut in about 2/3 way up and then created the castle tops by cutting out little squares. These were attached together securely using masking tape. The two towers on either side were made using tp (toilet paper) rolls which I added a little grunge board to the top to make them a little higher.
Everything was coated in gesso to give it a little 'tooth' so that the paper would stay stuck to the box. I covered the castle in Kaisercraft's white 'Timeless' collection papers and then went about decorating it. There's lace around the tops of everything, black beaded trim on the towers together with the heart bling trim, I gesso'd the tops and added a little fine glitter. Around the base I used a small black lace and added some bling mesh on top which I had in my stash, I also put three small black die cuts across the front to help break up all the pattern and to tie in with the black lace/bling.
The entry to the castle is just papers cut to shape and an old buckle that I had that was similar to a door, around this I used a tiny trim from Lindcraft. A little pear spray was placed at either side like trees to help disguise the joins (and to look pretty) together with a lovely large flower which I also gesso'd and glittered.
For the inside I cut some foam (as in fruit box) to shape and filled the bottom of each compartment then layered some wadding over the top and finished by covering in some white satin. Once finished and dry my lovely pins were placed in the castle to be displayed :)
If you would like to win some of my own hand made Stick Pins together with a few little goodies then please leave me a comment below and I will draw a winner on 9th April after the Blog Hop has finished. You do not need to be a follower of mine but it would be nice if you were :)
Thank you for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop, your next stop will be
I can't believe it's been so long since I blogged!!! The past month has been quite stressful and on top of that I came down with a bad head cold which I find very annoying, I really hate getting sick and don't very often so it really puts me out when I do.
Some of the most recent things I've been making are for swaps or challenges and there are a couple that were just for pleasure too :) Here's a couple, the first is an Egg Carton I made for a swap I'm doing and I was particularly pleased with how it turned out, very shabby!! It's just waiting to be filled with goodies to send :)
And this little grouping are my most recent, they are a gift for a lovely friend and I used the Kaisercraft 'Timeless' papers. These are also my projects for the Creative Team for Mad About Scrappin.
I made a trinket/lace storage box, tag and quote book but I'd like to put some pictures here of the inside of the book because I'm very happy with how it turned out :)
You can find these and all my other project in video form on my YouTube Channel HERE as I don't always remember to take photos of the things I make and most of the time they are for other people so get mailed off, I'm on a mission to make something for myself this month, I'm going to try my hand at a fabric/lace book/journal, I've wanted to make one of these for a while now and have been collecting fabric and lace, so that will be an exciting learning experience for me.
Have a lovely day and thank you for taking the time to stop by :)