Sunday, 21 August 2016

No I'm not that stupid!

The title refers to this weeks decluttering, as the first two items are credit cards. Cut up and put in the bin, I have not used them for years now, and don't intend to. As far as I'm concerned, if I can't afford it I'm not buying it. I obviously didn't take pictures beforehand, as I would just invite fraudsters. The other items this week are:


A dreamcatcher I got from the Isle of Wight. I loved it, but unfortunately in twisting it around I snapped it and rendered it useless. In the bin.



A gypsy skirt. Not worn for a year or so and I prefer the 50's style ones now, so it's off to the charity shop.


A lace top. I don't think it suits me, so it's going to the charity shop.


A London T shirt. Never worn, don't really like the boxy shape, so to the charity shop it goes.


A blue lace top. I've had a bit of wear from this over the years but it's size 6, and I am most definitely not. To the charity shop it goes!

Next item up, and it's back to the crafting. I have made a 21st birthday card. I decided to go traditional, and bring back something that's not been used for a while. The 21st key! 


The key is grungeboard, painted silver. The 21 was actually a 27 that I cut to make into a 1. It was painted gold with perfect pearls. The background was embossed, with a green layer behind, which matches the bow. (The bow was made from a freebie die from a magazine- it's amazing!)


I've also been making some jewelry, using some of the Beadhaul boxes and some things from my stash.


These are hoop earrings. You take the wire out of the hoop, thread on some beads, then close it up and add a hook. I also added a metal star charm to each, to give it a little something extra.


Similar to the star ones, with the addition of some mini gold dice charms that I got from a shop ages ago.

The other thing I made was a necklace. I have had an owl charm (huge) for ages and I wanted to do something with it. I made a wire nest charm with wire (obviously) and a trio of golden pearls that I've had for ages. 


Once that was finished (there are some great tutorials online if you want to make a nest necklace yourself.) I used the coconut beads from a previous box, and some blue beads from a different box, to make a necklace. I used clam clasps for the first time to trap the wire, using a seed bead on each one to secure it, before attaching the clasp needed to close the necklace.  


So there you go - busy week! The new Beadhaul box should be here by the end of the month so more jewelry will be on the way soon. For now, I have some other things to make, and some big things to declutter next week, so see you then!
Ems

Saturday, 13 August 2016

I've run out of shrink plastic!!!

I had today and Thursday off this week, and when it came to Thursday I was feeling decidely unproductive, so much so I was worried the only thing on the blog this week would be my decluttering. Thankfully, today I have more than made up for it. Let's get the decluttering out of the way first though. This weeks items are:


 A pair of old Disney christmas socks. The furry parts on the top are a little tight on my fankles now. In the bin.


A load of craft magazines. I tend to get all the tips I need online now, so I didn't need these anymore. Binned. (bin can mean recycling by the way)

A belt. As you can see from the picture below it has started peeling, and it can't be fixed. Bin.

Ah the bane of my existence - the glittery sock! Why do I insist on buying stuff like this?  Bin

Grey fluffy socks. Past their best, they have lost their elasticity and bring to mind my childhood nickname of Nora Batty. Bin


Christmas socks. Good god these are awful. You'd think they would be comfortable but with Rudolph at the top of each (one minus his nose) they are not. Bin.

Also thrown away but not pictured are a pair of knickers. They had a hole in, in addition to the three they are supposed to have. Bin.

Next is an up to date pic of the Disney stitch. This page is definitely going to take me past the end of this month, which unfortunately means less time on the Middle Earth stitch


There is a lot of blending in this section, which is slowing my progress as i keep changing my mind about what to do next.

Finally, I have used up the last of my shrink plastic today, to make some jewellery. I had a little bit of white, and a page of clear. To use clear you have to sand it first. If you want to stamp like I did, you have to use an ink like Stazon, as that does not smudge.

 Before I get onto the shrink plastic pieces, this is from the last Beadhaul box. I sed jump rings to attach the four chevrons onto a chain at equidistant spaces. You have to be careful to get it right, or they will hang at an angle.




These are Tim Holtz blueprint stamps, onto white shrink plastic, coloured with sharpies. After shrinking (use the low setting on the heat gun and they never do that awkward curling thing where the edges stick to each other) I used UTEE on them at the end to seal them.





These ones are on clear plastic, again coloured with sharpies. It's best to colour on the opposite side to where you stamp as it gives it a nice dimensional aspect, as well as not rubbing the lines away. After shrinking I painted the backs with white gesso, to give the baackground I didn't colour some depth, and to make the colours pop a little.



Here's another one like that. I used two different stamps to make a scene. One thing you have to remember with sharpies and shrink plastic is that the colour darkens once shrunk, so bear that in mind.

The two below are stamped and coloured, but I did not paint the background. This gives you an idea of how a simple word stamp can be used to make an effective necklace.


I forgot, here is another one of the white plastic ones! Whoops!


Anyway so there you have it, and now I want more shrink plastic! Can't get anymore until I decrease some other parts of my stash a little first, but it's on my list!

Ems

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Captains of industry

For some reason the blog wasn't allowing me to write after putting pictures in, so I have had to do two posts, one for decluttering, one for crafting.

I started off by painting a canvas with black gesso, then die cutting some gears from the gearz bigz die, and glueing them onto the side of the canvas. I used texture paste on the gears, then painted them black, before dry brushing the whole piece with silver distress paint. I added extra gears that were painted silver with some distress embossing powder added, attached by foam pads to give dimension. I then cut out a piece of Tim Holtz french industrial paper, before tearing the edge nearest the gears. I used sprays to colour it as well as white stain to lighten it a little, and inked the edges before glueing it onto the canvas. When it was dry, I picked a found relatives picture and used the image transfer technique to transfer it onto the canvas. One tip here is to use water to dampen the back by dipping your finger in the water and rubbing the paper in circles to get rid of it. Seems to do the least damage to the piece. I inked the edges, then added the word industriale, using grunge board letters and the same texture paste and dry brush technique i used on the gears. Before i attached the letters I used a diamond stencil with ink, a circle stencil with transparent matte texture paste (it seems to absorb the inks below which is quite cool) and a ruler stencil with normal texture paste, which i then inked. Finally I cut out a few ephemera, and added some flowers and a keyhole, clock and clock key.








Decluttering update

First things first, lets get rid of this weeks decluttered items. First thing was a Ghost Girl sampler, which went in the bin. The Frozen DVD, Fellowship of the Ring book, Doctor Sleep book, and the craft bundle went to the charity shop. Finally the t-shirt, which i love, went into the bin. Unfortunately a lot of the geek subscription box t-shirts are a little usless in terms of quality.







Saturday, 30 July 2016

Spiderman, spiderman...

One of the perfect uses for Tim Holtz' shatter stencil is a spiderman birthday card!

 
Simple to make, I just used the shatter stencil on black card with some red chalk ink. I then cut out shapes in white and trimmed them with black for the eyes, then stamped a sentiment.
 
Now for the decluttering! This post is a little ahead (tomorrow's and Monday's already on here.)

 
A Guerlain body milk. Finally used it up after what seems like years. Obviously bin bound.

 
Mitchum deodorant. To be honest it's not as good as it is made out to be. Ran out, so bin bound.

 
A door hanger. This came in a Sarah Millican gift pack, but I don't really need it. Bin.

 
Thriller Live programme. The show was excellent admittedly but I don't need to keep this. Bin.

 
Instructions for a chair. Pretty sure I don't need them. Bin.

A British Museum souvenir guide. Couple of interesting tidbits but nothing you can't find out online. Bin.

 
A runner for a duvet set. What is the point of these?! Such a waste of material, and absolutely useless. Bin.

 
My favourite pair of jeans (sob!) After years of use they have finally given up the ghost, wearing out in the crotch so I can't even cut them down for shorts. Bin bound :(
 
Finally, here is the update for the Disney stitch. It's getting there. You can see on the right hand side where Cogsworth and Lumiere are going to go now.

 
So that's it for this issue, tune in next week for another exciting edition of....
 
Happy crafting
Ems