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Lonely as a cloud

Shameless plug! No I'm just kidding. The title refers to what I have done this week, not my post apocalyptic novel. Before I get onto that, first the crafting.


I started off with a photo frame from my stash. No idea where this came from.

I made multiple items out of paper clay and glued them on, then waited a couple of days for them to dry. Once dry I primed it with black gesso.

 I then used a pale chalk paint as a background.

I used black gesso again in the paper clay, wiping it away when it was tacky to give the clay pieces some depth, before using silver and gold waxes. I then coloured a piece of card using distress pads, and some stencils, as well as a little embossing powder and crackle stamp. Then I stamped the Stampendous Nevermore stamp.




The card was made with thinlit dies. I coloured the birds with promarkers, used Glossy Accents on the balloons and stickles on the hats. The background was inked with two stencils, then a sentiment stamped on. Finally I backed it onto a p…
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Beadhaul box review,,,plus a few other things

First the Beadhaul box review. This was very late this time, and I honestly don't know how long it will continue as the owner appears to be struggling. As much as I like these boxes, I would rather she give them up and focus her time on her young family if they are stressing her out so much. Anyway, to the April box.

 The theme is summer loving - so expect bright things!

 Glass beads. I like these, the little flick of red reminds me of flames.
 Yellow beads. Not a colour I would usually go for, but they are nice.

Daisy charms. I think I am going to paint these before doing anything with them. As you can see, the centre is poorly painted.
 Seed beads. What we need are tutorials for basic beading techniques with these.

Flower charms/beads. Quite nice, I like the pastel colours.

Bee charm. I love this. Understated, yet a perfect charm for summer.

Silver findings. Unusual given the charm is gold, but always useful. Here are head pins, eye pins, jump rings and a chain.

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Silent night...

I haven't done much this week to be honest, as on Tuesday I had to go out for the day for something potentially important. I did however manage to finish the latest cross stitch. I changed it up a little, so I thought I would show you what it should have looked like compared to my finished piece. First, the original...



And here is mine. I'll be honest, the colours are different because I didn't have the ones needed, but I have so many other threads I thought a substitution would work.
It's not as pastel as the original is it? Personally I prefer the colours on mine for the most part, but I am not the recipient, just the stitcher, so only time will tell.
sound of honky tonk, a story in black and white, no words are spoken
This week's 'thing' was silent movies. I actually borrowed a couple, but so far this week (busy week!) I have only managed to watch one. The one I chose to watch first was Metropolis, by Fritz Lang.
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I chicken out....

Well kind of anyway. The plan this week was to do bird handling, but in the end I decided a trip to the sanctuary was sufficient. Before I explain more about that, first the crafting.



A nice simple make. This was a box from the Works, with a keyhole added. It's a paper clay keyhole, one of the Iron Orchid Design ones. I painted the box white before adding a Prima Antique Brilliance wax. It's amazing the effect this has on white background. You can see the purple sheen. I painted the hole part black, then added some umber antiquing cream on the keyhole, sealing it with matte sealer. Finally I glued some lace onto the bottom.

This was painted with chalk paint, stamped with a script stamp, then I used Lindy's embossing powder on various wooden shapes, including a bird using a gradient powder technique.

The other side was my take on an old Tim Holtz tag. I painted it with chalk paint, stamped a face and a sentiment, then die cut some tiny tattered florals (still can't ge…