Thursday, 23 April 2015

Spring themed upcyle. with Calico Craft Parts

I'm taking part in an "Upcycle" craft swap with "Spring" as the theme.
this box used to hold a watch of my sons. I say that and it makes it sound small but I swear you could get about 10 watches in it. it is a decent size.
I upcycled it with Chalky finish paints, crackle glaze, antiquing cream and napkin decoupage then added lots of embellishments from Calico Craft parts.
I have used one of the wild flower shapes as a branch. I also used some lovely corner shapes and a keyhole escutcheon from the ironmongery

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Corrugated card 6x6 album. For DecoArt

Hi there folks.
I have a step by step photo tutorial over on the DecoArt blog (click HERE), for this corrugated card 6x6 album. The tutorial only covers the front page, but over here, I am sharing some of the other pages, of the finished album, with you.

 Page 1 and 2

these decorative corner and the cogs etc are from Calico Craft Parts (hopefully they should be online by the time this post goes live)...
Page 3 and 4

that's it so far. I still have pages to do and of course as it is tied together with jute string, then I can add more pages when I want.

thanks for visiting.
Z x

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Mixed Media Monthly Guest part 2

Here I am, back again, with my second project for Mixed Media Monthly in conjunction with DecoArt.
The last time I shared a very colourful little canvas. I turned that canvas around and did something very different on the back. something much more aged, rusty and distressed.
I love doing the back of canvases and using them as shadow frames. I have taken a less obvious approach to the theme this time. the nesting birds are the "April" part of the theme. and as for the showers, I incorporated rust because thats what rain does to metal in the garden. and I added some drips and raindrops in the form of crystals.
Head on over (by clicking HERE) and have a look at the work of the design team and other guests and maybe think about giving this challenge a go...
thanks for stopping by.
Z x

Monday, 6 April 2015

Steampunk props...

Altered Nerf gun for hubby to use with a steampunk pirate costume.

And here is the "faux leather" holster for it (it will hang from Mike's Kilt belt)...

Thanks for visiting.
Z x

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Calico Craft Parts! YAY!

For those who didnt know, Calico Crafts sadly had a fire last year and lost everything!
they have returned now with a new twist. they are concentrating their business completely on the "Calico Craft Parts". I have to say I was very enamoured with the selection of lovely things. I made an order instantly. (I was their very first official paying customer lol). I found it hard not to over fill the virtual shopping cart.
This plaque thing is completely made from Calico Craft parts. the only other thing i used was paints/mediums/glue. the image is a Calico Craft Parts ATC wood blank. I have attached it to the rest of the plaque with Velcro so I can change the image any time I want. I was going to put an ATC in it but I love the "Land of Nod Studio" images so much I went with that.
I never know what sort of background will look best for taking a photo of an item so i tend to try it on a few. and when I moved this plague off of the white paper background and on to my wooden trunk, I realised the plaque might actually look nice framed.

the frame I used was a really ugly, scruffy one I got in a charity shop. it was trying to pretend it was one of those lovely plaster and gold gilt ones. and the picture it had inside was some scary "foil image". so I gave it a makeover and then stuck my plaque on to it. I am very pleased with it.

You can find the plaques, ATC blanks, flourishes, butterflies all at Calico Craft Parts by clicking HERE.

thanks for visiting my blog.
Z x

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Mixed Media Monthly guest designer.

Hi everyone. well today I am the guest designer over at Mixed media monthly. A fab challenge site with a monthly theme for mixed media artists. I say "challenge" but I think the point is to challenge yourself and not as some big scary competitive contest against others, so don't be afraid to get in there and give it a go.
The sponsor this month is DecoArt inc and I am there, as a Decoart mixed media design team member, to represent them...
so This months theme is April showers. (what with it being April and all).

I have done 2 pieces for the challenge. one bright fresh colourful piece (most unlike me) and one very aged rusty sort of thing (much more like me).
Today I am sharing the colourful one. "Blooming April showers" where my shower is made of falling blooms and the other project will be shared later in the month.
So please do go over to the challenge site HERE and seriously consider taking part. There are all styles and abilities over there having a go.

Black luxury. An altered bottle for Art Daily Cafe

  The theme over on Art Daily Cafe this month is “Black luxury” so I have altered this big bottle using mostly black gesso and jet jewel pa...