Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Helen Broxap

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

More Grungepaper - this time a Hair Slide

This was made last Saturday when I was thinking of what coordinated with my favourite skirt (see below) and I was lamenting that I have broken so many hair slides recently. I guess the advantage of crafting is that you can create bespoke pieces of jewellery relatively quickly and cheaply (especially when you have a room full of stash to use up!).

What got me started was that I still had the large Tattered Floral left from the bracelet from the last post, and I had covered it in the Antique Bronze Crackle Paint and it seemed to go. I then selected flowers that picked out the colours in the skirt and layered them up (about 5 layers this time). I covered the silver hair slide with more petals to cover the metal sticking out at either side of the flower, and then scrunched everything up so it is really 3 dimensional. Nothing like getting inky fingers on a lazy Saturday afternoon (when I should really be doing the hoovering!). Oh well, that's crafting for you... and I did need a break.

Here's how it looks with the skirt:

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment if you have time.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Grungepaper Bracelet

This is a bracelet I made using Grungepaper and some paper flowers and embellishments. For the band, the grunge paper has been inked with Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord Distress Inks, and stamped over using a Clarity stamp in the Dusty Concord. The fastening is a Tim Holtz ideology hitch fastener, and the holes were made using the Cropodile (small hole punch for the fitting, and the large hole punch for the end you push over the fastening).

The flower is made using two of the smallest 'Tattered Florals' Tim Holtz dies, cut out in Grungepaper on the Cuttlebug. These have again been inked with the two purple shades to achieve a more 3 dimensional look, and then coated in Crackle Accents and left to dry. I then layered them up with a Prima paper flower and a fancy brad and finally attached the completed flower to the bracelet using Pinflair glue gel (what else - it is brilliant stuff!).

Here's how it looks fastened:

Hope you like it!

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

More Friendly Plastic

As promised, here are a few of the other things I made with Friendly Plastic. The gold/red and green/gold hearts are made by pushing the friendly plastic through punchinella (or sequin waste), and molding into a heart cookie cutter. However, I think my favourites are the ones that have been stamped into. Now I need to use them...

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Simple Birthday Card

Well I'm another year older since the last post! I'd love to put up some pics of the cards that my crafty friends made me as they are all stunning, but I'd best ask their permission first. So this is a simple card that I've made for someone else's birthday, primarily using stock from Craftwork Cards. I love the simplicity of their designs, especially the die cut flowers and card candy. My advice for the 'off the edge' flowers is to use a tiny bit of PVA wet glue rather than tape runners. It holds them in place very securely and they don't drop off after a while, which happened with some tape runners I had. The card base is one of the large elegant squares, scored down the middle on my Eazi-Score board to make a tall card.