My Little Pad

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Early or Late for Halloween?

With this project I am either 4 months late or 8 months early! However I am going to opt for 8 months early so I can feel good about being so organised LOL. Mind you I often make things out of season just because I feel like it and that is what happened when I received this Cat shaped piece of chipboard from Tando Creative.

I really wanted to make this cat in to something Halloween themed so chose to decorate a candlestick.

To decorate the cat I applied Viva Decor Ferro paste in charcoal and stamped with a Tim Holtz stamp to make the texture. I dried it with a heat gun to also give a bubbled effect. Once dry I painted black paint in to the grooves and then rubbed off the top layer of paint so that the Ferro showed through. I lightly sponged some silver acrylic paint over the top and finished off by rubbing on some pearl grey and berry metallic paints on parts. The Tando chipboard is so thick it really does take any medium you put on it!

The candlestick was originally black however I coloured it with alcohol inks to make it more purple and mottled. The paper tag is made with Rusty Pickle paper and the circles attached to wire are stamped with Papertrey Ink Halloween Tag stamps and punched out.

Thanks for looking....x

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Home Minibook

I have been crafting with lovely Tando Creative products again as DT work. I have a few Tando goodies to play with but decided to decorate this lovely 6x6" Crooked Home minibook.

I wanted to make a shaker feature of the apperture created when the house shape was removed so first I drew around the house window on to a piece of patterned paper and cut out with a craft knife. (I did not glue the cover on at this stage). I then adhered a piece of clear acetate over the apperture on the front of the book taking care to put plenty DST around the house edge. I turned the book over then poured some dedazzle beads in to the shape and adhered another piece of clear acrylic over the back. Once this was secure I covered each side of the cover with patterned paper carefully matching up the house shape that I had cut from the paper earlier. I cut around the edges and letters using a craft knife. The remaining five pages of chipboard were covered with co-ordinating paper. All edges were sanded and inked to finish.

I made some extra pockets and tags for the inside of the album. The minibook comes un-punched to give the end user various options for binding. I decided to bind mine with the Bind It All and 1.25" wires as I wanted to make use of the wires for decoration. I covered the chipboard house with paper, added a rub-on, punched a hole in the roof and attached it to the wires with a ball chain.

I have not decided on photos for the album yet but when it has been filled I will post some more pictures. This book would also make an ideal gift for someone that has moved to a new home.

Papers used are from the Wild Raspberry collection by K and Co.

Thanks for looking...x

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Kreative Blog Award

I received a blog award today from my crafting buddy Sonja. I have not received many blog awards so it is a lovely thought when someone sends me one. Thanks Sonja!

So to the rules....

To have this award is to pass it on – the instructions are as follows:

1. Thank the person giving the award.
2. Copy the award graphic to your blog.
3. Place a link to their blog.
4. Name seven things people don’t know about you.
5. Nominate seven bloggers you admire.
6. Place a link to these bloggers.
7. Leave a comment on their blog notifying them of the award.

So I have to say thank you to Sonja at The Secret Life of a Scrap Stash Collector for sending me this award. I read her blog several times a week and love looking at all her creations. She is fab at art journalling!

So seven things people don't know is harder but here we go.

1. I have had three miscarriages.

2. I have a rare chromosomal disorder called a Balanced Reciprocal Translocation which in my case affects my chromosomes 15 and 20. This means that 50% of my eggs are unsuitable for a healthy pregnancy and result in miscarriage (25% of my eggs have too much chromosome 15 and not enough chromosome 20, 25% have too much chromosome 20 and not enough chromosome 15, 25% are normal and 25% will be like me and have the balanced translocation). PHEW! If you understood that award yourself a chocolate bar LOL

3. Although I am chatty, I am quite insecure and worry too much! I use my social skills to cover up a lot!

4. I am a Sci-Fi geek!

5. I am still scared of a ventriloquist puppet called George from my childhood (that belonged to my cousin) that has skirey orange hair and googly eyes!
(I don't want to give anyone nightmares but I googled the puppet as I think his right name was Mr Parlanchin - only look if you don't mind puppets!)

6. My favourite song is Somewhere over the Rainbow. I love Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's mix with Wonderful World the best.

7. I can't leave the volume controls, air conditioner etc on an odd number unless it ends with 5 as that to me is a round number!

There are loads of great blogs out there but these are blogs that I read regularly and find inspiring work on. There are loads of blogs that I read that have likey had this award already so I have tried to choose different blogs.


Monday, February 01, 2010

January Calendar pages

Whoo Hoo!! I have actually managed to complete one whole month so far for the 365 day calendar art journalling challenge. Below are my finished pages for January. I have really enjoyed doing this although I did play catch up a few times!
I have also thoroughly enjoyed seeing how others have completed their pages and my head is buzzing with ideas to try out.

I have to chuckle however when I read back my entries as I have selfishly journalled about myself I would say at least 90% of the time! I do have children and a husband!! LOL
I also realised looking back at just how many times I use faces to express emotion - now is that a teacher habit or perhaps because I am on the internet so much that I need my emoticons?? LOL

My February pages are all ready too. Although I seem to have lost a word "to" near the top so will have to replace it. I have gone over the top with the love theme LOL (perhaps to make up for the fact that although I am a VERY emotional person I am not usually slushy mushy LOL)

Thanks for looking....x

Hanging Heart Decoration

February's challenge over at Vanilla Sugar is to make a hanging heart decoration.
Head on over to see the fantastic creations the other design team members made.
Below are pictures and a description of what I made.

To make the heart base I drew a heart shape on an A4 piece of chipboard and cut out with a craft knife (the heart fills the sheet). I applied a layer of Viva Decor Terra paste to the base and stamped in to it with a selection of script and swirl stamps. I heated it carefully with a heat gun to speed up the drying process and also to get a slight "bubbling" effect to the paste. Once dry I painted it with deep pink and red paint so that it went in to the grooves then lightly sponged a paler pink and cream paint to the surface. I finished the base by very lightly rubbing on berry and gold metallic paints with my finger.

I hand drew another heart shape for the inside and covered it with Basic Grey paper, sanding and inking the edges. The ruffle was created by ruffling ribbon on the back. This top heart was adhered to the heart base with foam pads so that is was higher. I then used a crystal swirl to add some bling and arranged some paper roses and gold ribbon to make a focal decoration. The quote was printed on to paper, distressed, inked and backed on to more basic grey paper and attached to the side of the heart.

I am looking forward to seeing all the challenge entries. I hope you take part.

Thanks for looking.x