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Bottle cap earrings



These little fun Christmas gifts  were made for my nieces using flattened bottle caps with Japanese Chiyogami yuzen paper inside then glazed with Diamond glaze.  I added a couple of golden clear beads and Cloisonné beads.  The little gift boxes are made using folded vellum.

Posted in bottle caps, chiyogami, earrings, jewellery, yuzen

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee


This weekend the Queen will be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee with all the pomp and ceremony that goes with it.    Instead of a big garden or street party we will celebrate the event with a small afternoon tea with friends while watching it all on TV. I have not done much in the way of crafting for the event but I have made some mini bunting and a fun button necklace.  I wired a mixture of buttons together, along with a bead at both ends then added some chain.  Yet again I found the inspiration on you tube here.


Posted in button necklace, Diamond Jubilee, jewellery

Butterfly birthday card


In the March 2012 issue of the Craft stamper magazine Riet van Zundert shows how to use your acrylic block to add colour to your card so I had a go with her technique for Ceara’s birthday card.  You basically ink up your acrylic block then swipe away any areas you don’t want colour on.  Then use your block like a stamp and press onto your card.  I stamped the pink colours first, then added the green  to the centre, then stamped the images normally and coloured them in.

Inks:  Distress inks Spun sugar and Bundled sage, Cosmic shimmer Angel mist, Memento Tuuxedo black
Card:  White, Black glitter card
Stamps:  Inkadinkado Mindscapes, Elusive images Easter grasses
Other:  Gelly roll glitter pen, Lime green stickles, black 1/2 pearls and nail heads, tiny flower sequins and seed beads

For a little something extra I made a steampunk bracelet.  It was a kit from John Lewis but I won’t be buying any more as the quality is very poor.  The metal is very soft and is a strange colour that is neither silver nor gunmetal colour.  Instead of the large metal heart they had in the kit I added a dragonfly in it’s place.  Just the addition of a few cogs apparently makes it steampunk….Hmmmm.

Posted in birthday card, card, jewellery, steampunk

Domino pendant and matching card


I made a pendant using a domino stained with brown and an  image from riandesign.  The image is an anatomical image of a woman which I think Erin will like as she is studying nursing and is interested in midwifery.  The bail is antique bronze and the ball chain is an antique brown colour which matches the ink.  I enlarged the same image for the card and I painted a little papier mache box with similar colours to the background patterned paper.  The flower and leaves on the box look similar to the ones in the image.

Card:  white, green card, brown paper punched, Prima – Annalee collection ‘sonnet’ card
Ink: Stazon Timber brown on edges
Other:  tiny brown pearls, Anna Griffin Fleur de Lis punch, Diamond glaze

Card: thick paper
Ink:  Stazon Timber brown
Other:  Antique bronze bail, Tim Holtz ball chain Antique brown, folk art acrylic sealer, Lime green stickles in the dots on the back, old domino

Gift box:
Paint: Dylusions acrylic Rose, Pink, white, Lime and mustard
Other:  Mod podge to seal, leaves and flower embellishment

Posted in birthday card, card, domino, jewellery

Grunge board bracelets.

I hope everyone enjoyed the festivities over Christmas time and didn’t indulge too much with all that Christmas spirit and goodies.  It is almost back to ‘normal’ in our household so I should have more time for some crafting.  The snow has almost gone along with the freezing temperatures which means my craft room will be at a more comfortable temperature to work in.

Here are a few things I made as little extra Christmas gifts (colours all look a bit odd on the photos):
You can find great tutorials at billies craft room on you tube for these.

Dragonfly grungeboard bracelet

Inks:  Black stazon, Lumiere metallic acrylic paint Halo violet gold
Card: grungeboard, grunge paper,
Stamps:  crafty individuals cracked paint stamp, dragonflies (unknown)
Other:  glitter pen, Diamond glaze, black peewee glitter, Tim Holtz hitch fastener
The pendant alongside the bracelet is just made using patterned paper (to match the bracelet) glued into a bezel.  Glitter to highlight areas then glaze to finish.

Daisy grungeboard bracelet
Inks: White stazon, black acylic paint
Card:  grunge board
Stamps:  Aspects of design Daisy daydreams
Other:  black stickles, white fabric flower with various metals centres and pearl brad, Tim Holtz hitch fastener
The pendant was made as the one above and the silver filligree ring was made with a similar flower.  I punched a hole in the ring for the brad to hold the flower onto it.  This can be removed and a different flower or other embellishment added.
Copper grungeboard bracelet
Inks:  Black stazon, gold acrylic paint, copper acrylic paint
Card:  grungeboard
Stamps:  Urban tapestry by Tim Holtz (the grungy dotty stamp)
Other:  piece from an old clip-on earing held on with two gold bradlets, Tim Holtz hitch fastener
The filigree ring has some Tim Holtz flower bits again fastened with a brad through a punched hole.
Posted in bracelet, dragonfly, filigree ring, grungeboard, jewellery

Something Old, Something New; a little necklace.

The Artistic Stamper’s new creative team blog has a monthly challenge and the challenge for August is to make a piece of art incorporating the theme ‘Something Old, Something New’.  For the Old part I have used an old necklace bought from an antique fair some time ago (bits have already been taken off and used on other projects – see Gothic arch) and for the New part I have used Tim Holtz fragments – charms.    The charms have a small stamped image glued to some background paper which a charm fragment was used to cover them.  This was then coloured using alcohol inks and tiny arrow and cogs glued to the front (also coloured with alcohol inks).  One of the stamps used was from The Artistic Stamper Men’s plate (selectively stamped ‘A minute saved is a minute gained’).

the old necklace


new necklace

Inks:  Memento black, alcohol inks: mushroom and brown
Card:  white paper, scrap of background card
Stamps: The Artistic Stamper Men’s plate, Crafty individuals time piece faces
Other:  Tim Holtz: fragments – charms, pin, cog, foliage and game spinner, watch pieces, cloisonné bead, Vintaj swirl

Posted in artistic stamper, jewellery, necklace, Tim Holtz

Grace’s Fairy Birthday Card

I was playing with my brayer again and made this fairy card for Grace. I had painted the fairy in green before I had found out that she has just been to a party dressed as the absinthe fairy (spooky!)

Inks: Big and juicy mountain meadow, Black document ink
Card: white, black, silk card
Stamps: Stampin up pocket silhouettes, Fairy stamp (unknown), Rubber stamp tapestry clear set (butterflies), Lavinia stamps (birds)
Other: stickles, H2Os and glitter pens to colour

I have also been playing with my melt pot too and made her a pendant using a memory frame, UTEE, and some old earrings.

Once the UTEE had melted I poured it into the frame and while it was still hot I stamped a swirly image into it. When cooled I then swished it with perfect pearls and a little stickles. The filigree metal on the front are pieces from an old pair of earrings and a gem. To distress the frame and little chain dangle I dabbed on some black alcohol ink.

Posted in brayer, card, fairy, jewellery, Lavinia, pendant

Erin’s birthday card and jewellery


I made the card, faux dichroic glass jewellery and little box to match – all with pink and black as the theme.
The pink background on the card is made by running white card through a Cuttlebug with embossing folder Textile texture (thanks for the loan of the folder Heather), then spray with Cherry limeade glimmer mist, leave to dry then rub the raised surface with silver metallic rub on to give a silver accent to it. The pink roses layer behind the greeting is rose vellum on silver embossed card.

The jewellery is made following Sid’s tutorial ,with sea washed glass from Portobello beach and I used the same method to alter a tiny mosaic tile (left over from doing up the kitchen years ago). I made the little box to match using the same rose vellum and black card. Thank you Ruth for showing me how to make the box – Ruth made me some lovely earrings fro my birthday and presented them to me in a sweet little box so I just had to find out how she had made it.

Inks: Brilliance Graphite black, Distress ink Worn lipstick
Card: white card, black card, rose vellum. silver embossed card, cotton white Broderie card
Stamps: Stampin up Cheers and wishes
Other: sea washed glass, UTEE, alcohol ink Pitch black, foil, silver flakes, black velvet cord, silver bail, brooch back, mini tile, gem brad, metallic rub on

Posted in card, Erin's card, faux dichroic glass, jewellery

Faux dichroic glass pendant



My first attempt at faux dichroic glass! In the Craft stamper magazine (Feb 2009) there is a fabulous tutorial for this technique by Sid which I more or less followed. I don’t have a melt pot (yet) so I had to improvise with a craft iron turned upside down and a small Teflon coated dish from an old Raclette machine. It worked up-to-a-point but I also needed a heat gun to completely melt the UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel). I only had one piece of sea washed glass from the local beach and it wasn’t totally flat but it made a good practice piece.

Materials used:
sea washed glass
UTEE clear and also coloured with raspberry alcohol ink
Tonertex foil swirly multicoloured
silver foiling flakes
chain and aanraku bail
raspberry alcohol ink

Posted in faux dichroic glass, jewellery, pendant

Oriental fabric brooch

fabric brooch

I made this brooch for Carolyn’s tactile textile challenge and it was quite a challenge for me. I thought it would be fairly easy to just sew a few layers of fabric then sew a few embellishments to it, but I changed the layers so many times and I just couldn’t make up my mind where to add the bits and bobs so it has taken me ages to finish. The coins are actually quite fragile so the bit with the hole in it is easily snapped off.

Materials used:
Fabric pieces, black nylon mesh, cloisonné beads, sequins, seed beads, fibres, small piece of chain, 3 coin embellishments, brooch back, black thread

Posted in brooch, CBC challenge, craftsbycarolyn, fabric, jewellery, Oriental

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