Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tiny Treasures
By Sue Smyth 

Hi bloggers
This time on the blog I am sharing a few small things.
My workshop is overflowing with lots of projects
so this year I am looking  at small projects, very small, as I
simply dont have the room for bigger projects.
So my first treasure is a tin, decorated with an eggshell
heart..I have called it " Be still my beating heart"!

The Styrofoam heart is covered with texture paste and 
then cleaned egg shell is set into it. I have 
added micro beads around the base and 
once dry I have then painted it with 
red paint and rubbed over with gold.

I have then altered an arrow, and I loved this effect so much I have done
more of them, that I will share with you below.

The trinket crown is adorned with tiny 
3mm or 2mm rhinestones and pearls.
When you are working small 
the thing to remember is the details matter.

Inside I have made a simple mini album, which
I have not filled with photos yet but will in time.

Under the heart is an ID Wendy 
frame that is embossed with Aged Gold 
embossing powder and spritzed with 
black dylusions while hot, for 
an even more aged look.

This is what the heart looked like raw.
You can see the eggshell is broken into
pieces to press into the texture paste.
It is a bit fiddly but worth the effort.
Then add the micro beads around the 
bottom to hide any rough edges.

More Arrow fun, I loved doing the wrapped arrow above
so much, I made more.
this one has a trinket butterfly on the flight.
and I have wrapped the shaft with red wire.
The head of the arrow is wrapped in gold metal shim
and then hammered to look aged. Rub 
a little black gesso over it to 
stick in the crevices. 

A large red jewel finishes the tip, along 
with a tiny crown and of course lots of 
2mm rhinestones.

The butterfly has more 2mm rhinestones and 
gold micro beads to add interest and texture.

He is another arrow, I have added a small 
metal arrow to the shaft, after
I have wrapped it with red 

I have wrapped the head of the arrow the same as 
above, but this time added small details
and a large trinket corner underneath.
The flight has a metal skeleton leaf, which
I have cut up to resemble metal spikes.

These arrows can be a feature on another project (like the 
tin above) or even a pin or brooch. They are 
just a bit of fun to do and yes they dont
take up much room.

Here you can see what I have done with the 
arrow, first paint black.
then cover as much as you can with
metal shim, wire and rhinestones, 
with the goal being that you can no 
longer tell it is just chipboard.

The next little treasures are tags. Again this is 
a small project. I was cleaning out
my beading boxes and came
across lots of lovely small beads in the shape
of flowers, leaves and butterflies. 
I thought what a shame I do not use them more.

So I shifted them over to the scrapbooking section 
and now use them on all sorts of projects.

This tag uses the tiny ID bird cage,
it is simply embossed in aged gold 
so it looks just like a gold trinket itself.
I have added a tiny bracket frame and 
words too.

Here I have enameled the butterfly wings, I will 
have to share this in more detail in another post.
as I forgot to take photos for you all.(I get involved and forget lol)
I use a thick metallic paint and pearl drops to 
make a swirly pattern and then let dry.

The bead leaves look like green glass 
and  give a great detail and
shine to the tag.

Here I have added another small detail
the resin rose, which  I have made myself
with 2 part resin.

The tag base is simply painted black 
and then covered with old book pages, 
which have been trimmed with deckle scissors
and inked to add an aged look.

This is a great base to start layering 
tiny elements onto.

Happy Crafting !

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

More Love for Chipboard

Hi there

Our team is still celebrating LOVE this month.
Lets check out what they have created.

Belinda Spencer
I have created a monochromatic layout for the February theme featuring Cocoa Vanilla Studios papers. I have used the word 'Love' from the Love Cherish and Adore words as well as 5 hearts from Nat's Hearts 2. I painted all of my chipboard with three coats of heavy white gesso and then sprayed with Heidi Swapp Tinsel Color Shine followed by a little more gesso to brighten it up.

Alison Bevis
"Totally Love This" Layout created by Alison - I drew a heart shape with a couple of co-ordinating Distress markers, and then adhered a bunch of embellishments around the shape. Most of 'Nat's Hearts' have been inked in pink, the title "Love This" inked and beaded, "Totally" covered with pearlescent ink, 'Loolabelle's Piechart and Heart Embellishments' reminded me of roses so they were inked and beaded to overlay the paper images.

 Sue Smyth

I have decorated a MDF box by papering it with old book pages, then added glitter paste with a stencil. lots of lovely chipboard is layered across the top, I have painted the arrow and doily with matt black paint, and embossed the heart frame and love with aged gold emboss powder

Miriam Hagger  
For the February theme I used the beautiful Maja Design "Summertime" paper. Used a Sizzix die Flowers 3-D with silver embossing on the heart. On the second card I covered the ID chipboard with the same paper and embossed the word Love with Lindy's Hibiscus Rose Orange embossing powder.

Thanks for sharing girls

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sandi Feb 20th Inspiration.

Hi everyone, great to have you drop by to check out my latest creations for Imaginarium Designs Chipboard. I've created 3 very different designs to show the you don't need to do 12"x12" layouts to use this amazing product.


The first project I made was a tag, something special to give one of your friends or family members.

I kept the techniques simple so they were both features and blended with the background not to take away from the stenciling and inking. The 'Butterfly' was sprayed with White Gesso Spray with the 'Bubbles' and 'Imagine' being inked with Lindy's Stamp Gang spray ink, covered with 'Glossy Accents' and splatted with white ink. One of the 'Arrows' were sprayed with White Gesso with the 2 smaller 'Arrows' being brush painted with a combo of Lindy's spray ink colours before covering it with a coat of 'Glossy Accents'.

Imagine believe IDW0079

IDT0014 4 small butterflies
Nats bubbles Med IDD0037

Loolabelles Love Arrows IDDL0023

My second creation was a Journal page where I experimented with Lindy's Stamp gang ink sprays, water and stenciling.

The chipboard was used to give depth to this double page with the raw 'Honeycomb' and 'Wrought Iron' was given a coat of colour. The 'Nested Hexagons' were painted with Blue and green Flat Pabio Lindy's spray. The hexagon inserts from the 'Honeycomb' I covered with Kaisercraft papers and inserted some back into the gaps.

Honeycombe 6"x6" IDS0054

IDFL0017 Wrought iron embellishment B
Loolobelle's nested hexagons IDD0017

The final project I made was a wall hanging, I made one for Christmas and love it so much I thought I'd make another to hang all year round.

The hanging was constructed on hessian which I'd experimented with homemade eco dying. Over a few weeks as I walked past it in my craft room I randomly splattered it with a variety of inks that I was putting back from my creating time. The 'Clock with no face' chipboard piece was covered with Finnabair's rust pastes. Look out for how I did this in coming months at the Imaginarium Design blog. The 'NEW Lamp/sign post' was painted with Dylusions ink and the 'Arrow' was sprayed with White Gesso.

Clock face without centre and hands IDS0017

Loolabelles Love Arrows IDDL0023

Thanks for popping over to check out my latest creations, happy scrapping everyone.