Thursday, 30 December 2010

Working with Crafty Individuals. (part 2)

Well I mentioned in the last post when i used the Crafty Individuals ship stamp, that i was also fond of the duck stamp.... the stamp is CI-297.
So, I have altered this little wooden box. I painted it light blue then sprayed it with a teal mist. added the stamped image, repeated parts of the image around the sides then buffed some treasure gold gilt wax around the edges.. very simple and un-fussy.

Working with Crafty Individuals.

Crafty Individuals sent out their new stamps for me to try out and show you. I have to agree with others when they say that as with everything, some things appeal to you instantly and some things don't. This ship stamp, a Duck stamp and a butterfly stamp all stood out to me instantly.
The ship stamp is Item CI-295 and the smaller stamp used on the frame of a compass is from a selection on Item CI-294. The little sturdy frame is also from Crafty individuals "small collage frame" . The frame was not supplied free, I bought it as I feel that for the sum of 75p it is amazing value for money as its not flimsy at all, and very smooth to work on.
the drift wood, net, starfish and shell are all from my own personal supplies.

Friday, 17 December 2010

To all who celebrate Christmas :

My craft supplies have been packed away now for christmas so there will be no posts from me for a couple of weeks. I want to thank all my followers and friends who comment regularly and support me with their kind words...
I wish all who celebrate it a Peaceful and happy time.. and a wonderful new year to all...

Zuzu X

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

There are cards then there are BB CARDS (My December Folksy feature)

Over at the Folksy community we like to try and feature some work or a shop we have come across that inspires us or we think has great items for sale. Its supposed to be every week but I just dont have time to put up a folksy feature every week. This feature though was easy for me to do.... My dear friend Paula has started a shop... ( it was Paula that got me started on the type of crafting that I do) so I am starting my December folksy features with her.......

There are thousands upon thousands of folks making hand crafted cards.. some slap a topper on and call it done.. others make more effort. there are so many styles and something for everyone. and yes the market for cards is probably saturated. so if your going to get a hand crafted card.. you may as well skip the searching and just go for one of the best.
A lady who has been featured Many times in some of the top crafting and stamping mags from here and the USA has now opened a folksy shop. Prize winning quality and originality can now be yours. selling at better prices than many shop cards and mostly free postage, why leave the house?Paula Whitaker(BB) has long been admired by myself and i buy all my cards from her. ( she doesn't charge enough for some of the creations i have had from her). She intends to expand outside of just cards and start selling some of her other gorgeous work. I hope its soon as shes just made some amazing frames and pictures.
So please go take a look. if your not a card maker and want good quality artistically designed cards then shes the very woman for you... Visit Her Folksy shop HERE

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Charm Bracelet: Designed for the Altered Element.

I adore the Vintaj brass charms and jewellery findings so when I heard that Decembers theme would be Celestial I instantly thought of the sun, moon , and star charms they make. I jumped at the chance to feature some of the items in My Design Team Piece.
There isn't a lot to say about how this was made... As simply attach everything on to a chain. What i will say is, Pin your chain on to a board so its lying correctly, so when you attach your charms, they all fall and face the same way. once i had attached all my charms and beads, I wound two pieces of ribbon around the chain for extra effect.

Stock Used from Altered Element:

Dress up bead selection; Earthen rose.

Vintaj Brass:
Small man in the Moon
rustic rectangle WISH
Rustic rectangle BELIEVE
Star Burst
Moon face charm
sun face charm

Any Questions please leave a comment or email me.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Forest and snow Bird house

I had a little plywood bird box sitting in a box since august when i went to visit Ginger... I have been snowed in for a week but i live in some beautiful countryside. looking out my window at the robins and wrens on the snowy branches ( I just put food out for them) I suddenly felt inspired to turn my bird box in to a recreation of whats out there. My house is surrounded by trees and wildlife. The snow has at last begun to fall off the trees in patches so I can seee the bark and moss as well as fresh white snow...
I made this bird box facing that view and I have to say i enjoyed making it. I am not happy with how harsh it looks in the photos, as in real life its very soft and almost has a bridal look... It also has oodles and oodles of crystal glitter and glass glitter on it.. and its twinkling away like mad here. its like frost and fresh snow catching the sun.... sadly the photos dont catch that but you can get the general idea.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Altered Box:Designed for the Altered Element.

I got this fab little Box From The Altered Element for just £1. It has an indented bit on the lid and I Decided to use it for this months Celestial theme. I painted the box all over with Lumiere gold paint. While it was drying i prepared a piece of card with some cosmic shimmer misters sprays in aqua and gold, then stamped on my angel. I cut her out and attached to the middle of the box lid with glue. then i decorated the "frame area" of the lid. I used copper metal leaf, Fusible film, Fusible fibres, turquoise beads, and some metal star shaped findings. In opposite corners I added the Vintaj brass Starburst Stars ( i carefully removed the loops with pliers. )... The Box looks different depending on light due to the fusible film and sparkle added, so I have taken two photos....

Craft day with friends.

I went over to Haddington to “ The Mad Scrapper ” for a 12 hour crafting day. I only stayed for 6 hours and probably talked more than I craf...