Little Filigree Shelf

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This little shelf unit was fun to make. The mdf pieces slot together easily and using Daisy’s Glue they are firm.

I had made lots of Gelli plate mono prints on white tissue paper and used these to collage onto the shelves before assembling the unit. Heavy gel stuck the pieces, the tissue edges became invisible and allowed the golden glow from the mdf to add to the colour.

I added stamping with Andy Skinner numbers and a swirl stamp to enhance the filigree.

The sides and back were painted Matt black.

Its a great size to hold my growing collection of passport journals!

hugs

Jan x

 


Florence and her Chairs

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Florence loves chairs, she will spend lots of time trying out each one. When her sister had a birthday party in the garden Florence had the choice of 20 children’s chairs. She was in her element! These were her favourite three.

I began using India Ink and writing her name with the bottle dropper in each of the tree colours. I chose colours to correspond to the chairs. I let the colours dry a little then washed Irredescent medium across, this gives a wash of colour but you can still see the letters underneath. I dribbled colours on top.

The Tando hearts were heat embossed with Tarnished Silver powder. I stencilled the text with black archival ink and stamped ribbon strips using Paperartsy stamp.

The central photo was mounted on black painted greyboard. I handwrote around the edges with a white Posca pen. I made a puddle and added bottle top prints and splashes.

 

Hope you can see the concentration on her face deciding which chair to sit in!

Jan x


Daisy’s at Hochanda!

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Wow, DaisyJewel and Crafts is featuring at Hochanda on Monday June 26th at 10 am. As part of the DT we have all been busy making samples of the Beside the Sea Collection of MDF and stamps.

Here are my samples

I made a passport journal using Eileen Hull Sizzix die. I used TH grungeboard for the covers, painted with DecoArt fluid acrylics. The MDF boat was painted then stamped. The title MDF shape was painted then the title stamped over. The charms are from Daisy’s, I stamped on paper then punched a circle to fit. I used the stamps from the range to decorate the pages.

The second passport journal was made from greyboard. The MDF lighthouse, seahorse and circle were painted gold. The cover was painted and embossed with beads, mica flakes and pearls. It was sprayed and dry brushed.

The pages were made from a variety of different papers and again stamped with the Beside the Sea collection.

The seahorse was entangled in the strings from the signatures.

I made a photo frame using 3 MDF frames and inserted sea creatures coloured with Colourburst powders. The title Travel is MDF, painted and dry brushed. The frames were painted, crackled and Antique Creamed using DecoArt products.

The coasters were made from the inserts from the frames above! They were painted, crackled and then stamped with Archival Inks. The shapes were painted with metallic paint, I varnished them with Softtouch. The backs were covered with black felt.

 

The Sea Box was fun to make! The frame was painted, crackled and Antique Creamed. The MDF title was painted and drybrushed, the handle was added and rusted. The Sea creatures were all painted with acrylics and the eyes Glossy Accented. The inner scene had tissue glued on in seaweed shapes and then painted with Iridescent Paints. The cogs were rusted using Prima products to resemble a shipwreck. The box was painted and the inner covered is scrapbook under the sea papers. The box was tied on using rough string.

I hope you see my samples on Hochanda!

Hugs

Jan x

 


Washi Tape Hanger

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Well its Spring and time to declutter the attic so I can actually see what is in my stash!
What to do with all those rolls of washi tape? Hidden away in a drawer they never get used.

MDF door hangers! I assembled 3 upside down on a plaque with hanging holes pre drilled. I added mdf stars to fit the night sky theme I had in mind.

I coated the hangers and star with Gold Decoart paint. The hangers then had clear crackle medium applied then finally a coat of …………….. I love watching the crackles develop! The gold really shines through the crackle.

I heat embossed the edges for added texture, I used Tarnished Silver and Spice Mix. I added a gold ribbon to hang it up. I had several rings in my stash, I think they were 7 Gypsies, to hang through the holes, lots of room to add more!

The MDF is available from
Daisy’s and Jewels

Have fun crafting

Jan x


Guest Designer at AVJ

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I was so excited to gain a Pinworthy from A Vintage Journey challenge back in  February, for my Dreamer fabric collage. I was asked to be a Guest Designer with the theme “Quotes”, chosen by Jenny.

I have a jar of quotes handy and randomly chose a couple. The one that appealed to me was:
“You are the only one who can make your dreams come true.”

I had a small journal I wanted to cover and use for jotting ideas and sketching out ideas, the quote was just right!y

I started with a sheet of mixed media paper long enough to wrap around the journal and have pockets on the inside to hold photos and bits.

I was stuck for colours until I saw this spring blossom, the colours seemed perfect for a dreamy theme. I printed the photo and matched Decoart acrylic colours. This was useful to create a palette of colour.

I used Decoart paints to create the shades I needed.

 

The stencil was a Mandela, the pattern reminded me of endless dreams. I used TH Distress Texture paste, it is light and takes colour well. The paint was dripped and spritzed along with some Distress Crayons.

I stamped the Dreamer ( my lucky stamp), some script and texture.

Sewing has always been my love to create interest and texture so out came the machine and I went around the mandala stencil and the edge of the journal with straight and zig zag stitch. I stitched a length of sari silk to wrap the journal and added fabric beads from my stash.

I added layers of paper, lace and fabric for the title. I cut out the words and numeral, you, 1 and True, on Watercolour paper, ( I kept the ripped off section) using TH Thinlets, I die cut dreams, painted gold, to layer on top. I printed the other words using Paperartsy stamps with archival ink and felt tipped stitches round the words. I painted gold under the cut outs and used some paper made from Elephant Poo, my friend Ruth Winters brought me as a present from South Africa!

I finished it off with machine stitching, Treasure Gold for highlights.

I am pleased with the effect I achieved, hope you all like it too!

There is time to enter this challenge over at AVJ, some great inspiration from the DT, getting creating.

Hugs

Jan x


Daisy’s small storage

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I really enjoy decorating storage items and this small mdf tray is perfect for paints or bottles. I have recently attended a workshop with Kate Crane at Ministry of Mixology and wanted to practise the techniques I learned with her.

First I laid out all the pieces and checked where they would fit, the dividers have a different fittings front and back. I used Decoart paint.

The colours were layered up from pale to dark. Remember to do both sides of each piece, I always manage to miss one side!I dried each colour before adding the next layer.

When I assembled the tray the front looked bare so I added a large mdf arrow and the word, create. The edges were all painted black and had a hint of treasure gold applied.

These trays are available from
Daisy’s and Jewels


The Celestial Book

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I altered this book for a friend.
It began with an mdf door hanger, used to frame the night sky map.

 

Layers of chipboard, texture pastes, Crackle paste, beads, stars, DecoArt paints and Patina Antiquing Cream ( my new favourite!) later.

 

I created the embellishments with moulds, paper clay and hot glue gun.



The chart had a coat of clear gesso then glossy accents to seal it in place. I highlighted raised areas with Treasure Gold, then a coat of Decoart Soft Touch Varnish.

I enjoyed altering the cover,  now for the inside!

I am entering into the April Country View Crafts challenge, Rust.
Hugs
Jan x


Mothers Day Postcard

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I was so excited when Daisy’s and Jewels made mdf postcards. I could see endless possibilities for these cute cards. I have tested them in the post and there are no problems.
I decided to create a Mothers Day card and send it to Spain for my Mum.

I began by painting the mdf with DecoArt Titan Buff. I stamped the butterfly (Tim Holtz) with black Archival ink and heat embossed clear powder on the image. I made a mask of the butterfly on a post it and then stamped the background with translucent ink in blue and green.

The butterfly was coloured with Promarkers and then I dipped the edges in embossing ink then gold powder which was heated. I gave the front a coat of soft touch varnish for protection in the post.

The back of the card was painted and stamped. I used a Sharpie to write the address and message.

The card arrived safely in Spain with a present, I decorated the Jiffy bag to match the card! Mum was delighted.
Everyone at the post office was intruiged with the postcard.

I hope you like them too
Hugs
Jan x


Dreamer

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I have wanted to make a hanging with this lovely mini Paperartsy stamp. When I was little I wanted to have wings and dreamed about flying. The word dream has such a lovely sound I decided to enter the challenge at A Vintage Journey, Words that are Special.

I began with a selection of fabrics, canvas, muslin, sari silk and Tim Holtz. I dyed different lace in tea and coffee to get a vintage look.

I stamped the image and word using Stazon Ink, make sure there is lots of ink on the stamp!
I machine stitched and padded layers of the fabric with the lace onto a piece of canvas.

I found these beautiful copper earring hooks to dangle the threads of her dreams. I decorated each strip with beads and tokens from my stash.

I was pleased with the result and clipped it onto a TH hanger.
Hope you like it too!

Hugs
Jan x


Road Trip Journal

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imageI am following the Wanderlust Course and really loving it all, some classes more than others, but it’s good to be out of your comfort zone!

I made the travel journal from Kate Cranes class and loved creating all the pages. Here I am now on our great Road Trip from Phoenix Arizona up to Yellowstone in Wyoming. We have visited all the places in between too, Sedona, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Salt Lake City, Idaho Falls, travelling through Utah and Idaho.
Every night I add bits and bobs and photos from my LG phone printer!

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Still a few pages left for Yellowstone Park!

hope you enjoyed looking, hugs Jan x