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Making a Small Waterlily

Posted on August 26, 2017 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)



In an earlier post, we looked at using baby wipes to create some beautiful backgrounds for cards and other projects. Two of the demo cards had mini waterlilies on them, so I just wanted to do a quick post showing how they were put together. Each one was made slightly differently but the overall effect was more or less the same. What you are going for when you make paper flowers is a representation, rather than a perfect rendition. This is because most of us do not have a huge range of craft tools to produce all the shapes we could use. Sometimes we have to make do and improvise!



Here I have punched out a few flower shapes that I am going to use and brushed each one with some chalks.



You will see that I only had one size of the main flower shape, so I had to use two daisy punches for the smaller flowers. You could also use our Flower Layering Template Number 2 to cut some flower shapes.




Next to add some dimension as we layer them up, I used a piecing tool, (you could use an embossing tool or even one blade of a pair of scissors) to just pull along the petal and flicking it up to make it curl slightly. When layered, you will get a much more realistic flower if you shape the petals a bit. So I went ahead and layered them up to create the rendition of a waterlily.



I have added a few dots of liquid pearls in lemon to the centre for the stamens and a couple of handcut waterlilies to finish the notelet we featured on a previous post.




I hope you have enjoyed this blog post. Please do leave a comment below or you can comment me using the Contact Form on the sidebard if you have any questions.



Chipboard Wheelbarrow, creating a rusted effect wheel

Posted on August 12, 2017 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)


Today I am showing how I made the rusted effect wheel for my display wheelbarrow chipboard projects. This is a really simple technique and the effects are pretty good. There are other ways of achieving a rusted finish but this one is certainly one of the easiest.



First off, I am covering the wheel that I have cut from the template with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint. I could have used Copper here also.



Once dry, I dabbed the wheel onto my Embossing Ink Pad and added some Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. I was attempting to not cover the wheel completely initially, to create a patchy effect if you like but actually, this wasn't necessary to do, because of the way these powders work.


Tip: With these embossing powders it can be difficult to know when they are heat set. They do have a tendency to burn and give off smoke but don't panic. Just do it in stages until you are happy you have the right finish. You will know that the embossing powder is set, once the finish is more like sandpaper, than sand on the beach (according to Tim Holtz)!



Once heated and cooled, you can start to rub the surface and some of the powder will be removed.



I ended up rubbing off too much of the powder for the first try but this isn't a problem, as you can go back in and repeat the process. The next time, I went for some Black Soot Embossing Powder to fill in some of the gaps.



Again, I wasn't desperately happy, so I went back in for a third time with some more Vintage Photo powder.



For this example, I covered the whole wheel with powder, leaving no silver showing, which actually I was happier with.


Tip: Instead of fiddling around adding different colours, you can simply mix a bit of each powder together first, which I found to be quite successful. It can be more wasteful if you are not making similar projects but you can always keep the surplus for a future project. This give a great and consistent mix to the powder, with the Vintage Photo and Black Soot plus any other colour you want, being evenly distributed.


Join me again for the next post, where I will be showing how I made the little plant pots used in the photos with the wheelbarrows!




Chipboard Wheelbarrow Instructions

Posted on August 8, 2017 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Here are a set of photo instructions to make the Chipboard Wheelbarrow from the template


Carefully cut out all the pieces following the template, as all the pieces have been designed to fit together in a certain way.


Affix the two side pieces to the base. The base is slightly longer so there will be a small gap at each end which is where the front and back will fit


Then affix the front and back pieces to the base and sides. They should sit on the base at the bottom and then be glued to the sides


Cut, score and fold the handles


The folds at the other end of the handle which will attach to the wheel


Punch holes in the ends


Fix the stand onto the underside of the base


Then add the support piece gluing it to the stand and the base


Sand off any rough pieces from the wheel. A small nail file works well for this


Attach the wheel to the handles

Decorate with paints, papers etc. It is would be easier to paper the shapes first before assembling but paint can be used once the wheelbarrow is assembled


Before painting, it is helpful to coat the chipboard with gesso, as a primer. In a future blog post we will look at how to get a faux wood effect for the wheelbarrow using paints and inks and how to get a rusted finish on the wheel, to give an authentic finish.




Alcohol Ink Decorated Bottles

Posted on June 26, 2017 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)


As you know, if you follow this blog regularly, we like to pick up all kinds of projects, not just papercraft. All things are an adventure to be discovered and today's project is an example of that....when you ask yourself, 'What if I did this, what will happen?'

 

I have to say I was so happy with the outcome, creating something so beautiful from something so ugly, so I hope you enjoy reading about it too!



I had a pile of these old brown bottles lying around due to go into the recycling collection, You know the type, the ones you get with cough medicines and the like in.



Obviously, you can't go in and decorate without sealing or priming the surface in some way, particularly with brown bottles, where nothing shows up, so i added some white gesso here mixed with some PVA white glue, in the hope of getting it to stick a bit better. I am not sure exactly how much but probably about 1/4 to 3/4 of glue to gesso but you could of course try it without.



Pick out your alcohol ink colours. This is the fun part and can be a bit hit and miss, although I do find alcohol inks very forgiving. Just dab the colours on in the normal way, using the blending tool and enough blending solution to give you an effect that you like.



Here you can see the first example, which I think turned out really nicely



The addition of some sitck on gems, also dabbed with the same alcohol ink colours, a ribbon and a sentiment, together with a few fresh flowers from my garden, makes a gorgeous gift for a friend, or to keep for yourself. Cover your bottle with some gloss varnish to make it a bit more sturdy, especially if you are making vases like I have done here.



Here are a few more in different colour schemes. You could simply make a collection for display, as they are so pretty!

All About Distress Oxide Inks (Part 6)

Posted on May 21, 2017 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)



Can't resist Distress Oxides!

 

I hope you are appreciating my bad puns. You guessed it, today we are looking at a few resist techniques, as usual with lots of photos to refer to. This is a standard technique used, I know it is not rocket science but I am just trying to show what happens when you are using the Distress Oxide Inks. Some of the results are lovely, with the pastel background effect and a highlighted image.


Example 1 - Using Clear Embossing Ink Wet



Here I have stamped my flower image in Versamark ink and applied the background right away while the ink is still wet. The wet embossing ink attracts colour to give a darker impression


Example 2 - Using Clear Embossing Ink Dry




Two examples of this technique. I dried the Versamark first before adding the Oxide background this time. This gives a very faint impression and in fact as your card dries, the impression can disappear altogether. I tried adding some wax to the image, using darker inks but there didn't seem to be a right or wrong way to capture an impression. Trial and error I'm afraid, which is a shame as I really liked this batik style result.


Example 3 - Embossing Powder Resist



I'm using a clear embossing powder for this one which I have heat set before adding my background. The impression is much clearer as you would expect and works beautifully with the pastel oxide background. This is reminiscent of chalks for me but with the extra depth and vibrancy of an ink.


Adding some splashes of water, reactivates the ink and leaves a lovely effect that works well with this resist technique to give a gorgeous batik style piece


Here I am just demonstrating the effect with adding ink in a direct to paper fashion. You can polish off the excess ink on the embossed images to get a clearer impression, which I haven't done here.

 

Tip: If you want to remove the raised embossing, you can iron the paper or card on the reverse and on a low heat. This will melt the embossing powder and give you a smooth finish on the front side.


Example 4 - Reverse Resist


This last one isn't really resist at all but I will stick it here. After creating your background with distress inks and a direct to paper technique works best for this, as you want a good strong colour, you then stamp onto the ink with a stamp which you have either sprayed with water or dipped into a puddle of water on your craft sheet.



After several tries with a dipped background, I am not sure that this technique lends itself to this. Better to use a solid block of colour that you get with a direct to paper background. The effect is very subtle but of course it depends on the look that you want.


Tomorrow's post will be looking at a basic wet background, followed by another stamping technique and a quick look at using stencils so join me again if you would like to follow along!


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All About Distress Oxide Inks (Part 5)

Posted on May 20, 2017 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Today, I am posting some more card projects made with backgrounds that don't look too promising to show almost like a 'before and after'. Some are just simple backgrounds showcasing a stamp and others involve using the background to make an embellishment. I hope you can see that in your adventures with these inks, that there aren't really that many mistakes, as even if you think they look awful, sometimes all you have to do is look at it a different way. I am very happy with all these backgrounds even though most don't look that great to start with!


Ok, this doesn't look too promising at this stage. Once dried you can see that the ink has oxidised badly along the folds. Probably too much water involved. The paper was scrunched before adding ink from the craft mat, with lots of water but I am not sure what to do with this.


 

As this is quite a large piece, I decided the best idea would be to cut some shapes. This would hide some of the over-oxidised areas. I am using our Flower Layering Template Number 2 here to cut three flower shapes in decreasing sizes. The paper has a real tough, leathery feel to it, quite different to how it was before scrunching and inking.



 

Here is the simple torn paper card. The brad was coloured with Paint Dabbers to co-ordinate with the flower. The mix of colours on each flower layer is lovely and layering them creates added interest. Not such a bad outcome. I am quite happy with this.


 

A pastel mix here adding more colours as I went along. Actually, I was very happy with this one.



 

A stamped and embossed flower in white with a simple stamped sentiment is all that is needed against this beautiful background



 

This background had a mix of mainly Oxides with a bit of Distress to highlight and make bits stand out


 

Three more flowers, this time from the Retro Flower Layering Template Number 4


 

Mounted on a tag with a stamped background. The ink used for the stamp was also Oxides, designed to co-ordinate with the flower layers



 

Another flower, using our Daisy  Flower Layering Template Number 3. I haven't even got a photo of the background I did for this as it was so uninspiring. A lot of water and dragging the paper through the ink rather than dabbing, caused quite a flat image with not a lot of definition. I am not that happy with this tag but it was at least a use for the background I had made and you can never have enough tags!


 

That example on black cardstock I posted in the first post on Oxides, really reminded me of a galaxy scene. I was quite happy with this one and it was perfect for the card, I eventually made


 

This was made to celebrate my daughter passng her driving test, which unfortunately she didn't! Nevermind, it will go in the drawer for another occasion, as she has exams coming up soon. This wooden star was covered with the absolutely stunning Vintage Platinum Glitter from Tim Holtz and the embossed sentiment was from an old See D's stamp set I had.


I hope you have enjoyed today's post, we are only part way through this series, so drop in again soon for more. Next up, we will be looking at some more stamping and stencilling techniques.


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All About Distress Oxide Inks (Part 4)

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)



Lets Be Direct About This!

I hope you are enjoying our series examining Distress Oxide inks. We have covered a bit of ground but there is still a lot more to come. When I get around to doing tutorials or ‘how tos’ I like to be thorough and try to cover it all, which means it can take some time to do and everything else gets left while I do.

 

A very short post today, showing a comparison between traditional Distress Inks and Oxides when used in the ‘Direct to Paper’ technique for those that like to use their inks this way.

 

Here I have chosen four inks and using the same colours from both Distress and Oxides to compare, by simply dragging the ink pads across a piece of cardstock.

 



The inks go on about the same but as you can see the Oxides (at the bottom of each piece) are a little more opaque, a bit like a paint chip card. The inks are slightly darker and more transluscent but the difference is greatest when you apply them, the Distress inks go on much darker but when they dry the colour moves towards the same tone as the corresponding Oxide ink and it is almost impossible to see a difference with some of the colours. I had to do the Broken China chip twice as I thought I must have made a mistake because they were so similar.

 

 


Conclusion

There is really not much between the two using this technique (assuming you are not adding water to them). You could use many of the colours interchangeably and just choose the tone you like best. When you add water, they both blend and move about but the Oxides dry slightly differently.


Next up, I will be looking at some Resist Techniques, not rocket science for most but a demonstration of the effects you can get with this ink, so join me then!.


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All About Distress Oxide Inks (Part 3)

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)



Life in A Distressing World, Adventures With Oxide Inks (Part 3)


A Lovely Blend of Old and New!

Today’s post continues the series on using Distress Oxide Inks. One of the most used techniques with traditional Distress Inks is to use them with a blending tool.Rubbing around the edge of the paper with your old favourite Tea Dye Distress is the 'go to' technique most people have tried and like to use. The blend around the edge somehow gives your project dimension and depth and is a unique finish.

 

Distress Oxides work the same, although I have to say that I detect slightly more resistance in blending these onto my paper, which is not a big issue if it is the case. This is likely due to the mix of dyes and pigment inks, rather than the pure dye of Distress Ink.

 

1.Distress and Oxides basic blending two colours


The Oxides are on the left and the Distress Inks on the right. For the Oxides, the colours are bolder, the blending line is less subtle and as noted above, the ink doesn't slide onto the paper as easily. The result is a more matt and opaque finish.



2.Distress and Oxides blending around the edge of the card



Again, Oxides on the left. The colour is more muted, it doesn't apply as easily as Distress and my personal preference is to stick with Distress for this. However, the Oxides do a perfectly acceptable job at this task and the colour is lighter and it is a matter of prefererence according to your project.


3.Distress and Oxides blended together


The two inks blended quite nicely together here, it was actually quite difficult to tell them apart on this card. The comments made already about ease of application can be repeated. If you add water to the card, you get different effects, which can be interesting if you have used both on your project.


Conclusion

These inks do blend quite nicely. The colour you get on the paper is very vibrant and solid. Blending is a staple of Distress Inks and it is good to see that these new inks can be blended also, so you can get the same wonderful depth and dimension from using them in this way. I remain a fan of original Distress inks however, so I like to view this as just another tool in my toolbox and take the attitude of mixing and matching as I wish for each project I do, depending on the effect I want to achieve.

 

For the next post, I will be looking at Direct to Paper technique and following that, we will cover some resist technique examples, so please visit again if you are enjoying this review.


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Please ask if you wish to use our content - words, photos or designs. You can contact us here and we usually just ask for attribution links to be added.


I would like to say that this article is NOT sponsored in any way, I do not receive any remuneration and any enthusiasm for the product is genuine and without any kind of financial incentive whatsoever!


Teapot Card Template

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)


I've had so much fun with the new Teapot Template that I couldn't stop making demos. Goodness knows what I am going to do with them all - my card box is overflowing with teapots!


You can find this one on the Templates page (Ladies Templates).The template includes two designs, Round and Ornate each in two sizes, with stands if you want to make a display piece as well as traditional fold over cards. There is also a sheet of sentiments and tags but this template also works well with the sentiments included on the Tea and Coffee Time Digitals Collection and of course any stamps you have.


Not too many words, just photos, here are the demos with some brief project notes!


Small Ornate Teapot printed with Willow pattern design on glossy photo paper and finished with Glossy Accents Crackle Medium. Brushed with Tea Dye Distress Ink to show up the cracked effect and to 'age' the pot. Stamped sentiment



Large Round Teapot decorated with Floral paper, with layered flowers on foam pads to give dimension. Sentiment is from the template



Large Ornate Teapot decorated with Japanese print paper, with flower embellishment cut from the same paper with a brass brad and sentiment from the template. Brushed with Distress Ink for dimension



Large Ornate Teapot decorated with Floral papers, paper roses brushed with Distress Inks and a stamped sentiment



Trio of small pots using floral papers and Distress Inks to create a 3D effect



Small round teapot with adhesive pearls to embellish. Get the right colour pearl by brushing them with Distress Paints. Stamped sentiment.



On the left, Chinese papers used to decorate the Large Ornate Teapot, with dimensional embellishment using flowers cut from the paper layered up with foam pads. Stamped Friendship Tag.



Small ornate teapot decorated with floral paper, then stamped with a Crackle effect stamp and distress ink to give the aged/vintage effect.




Edged with distress inks for dimension and a sentiment from the Tea Time Digital Stamp Collection added. Stamped Tag and paper flower brushed with a Distress Marker also.



Large Ornate and Large Round Teapots simply decorated with floral papers. Round Teapot inlcudes sentiment from the Tea Time Digital Collection.



Large Round Teapot with simple spotty paper and stamped sentiment




Thanks for visiting!

Easter 2017 - Egg Carton Carrier

Posted on April 7, 2017 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)


I love finding different ways to present a gift. This lovely little Egg Carrier is a different idea and is modelled on those coffee carriers you can get. I was carrying my coffee to the car with an extra cup for the beloved husband and realised that it would make a great way to hold small easter eggs.



So off I went to design a template. Actually, I designed several templates and the other ones will find their way onto the blog at some point in the future I am sure. For now, there is one template to try if you want to make one. You can find the template on the left hand side menu under Boxes.



You can make them in several different sizes to fit most sizes of small Easter eggs. Here is the side view so you can see how they fit.


That just about wraps it up for our projects this year. There were lots more in planning that never made it to the final stages but they will be held over for next time, so I hope you have enjoyed following the ones we have got to. That just leaves me to wish a very peaceful and happy Easter period to blog readers and visitors from Mementoes In Time!

Easter 2017 - Twine Covered Easter Eggs

Posted on April 6, 2017 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)


I think Easter lends itself to the natural look really well. Twines, raffias, simple Spring flowers, all make us feel part of the season. Following on from our earlier project where we make some lovely little Easter twine baskets, here is another decorative idea for you to try. These look gorgeous hanging on a twig tree or if you like, just make them without the hangers and display them in a faux bird's nest.



Simply wind your twine around your polystyrene egg, securing the top with a know and a pin to hold it in place. Use a good glue for this. I am using white PVA glue here so that I can move the twine around until I am happy with the position. You will then need to leave it for a few hours to dry.



Carry on winding around, adjusting as you go. You don't want any of the white foam showing through, so it is worth taking care.



Now you are ready to decorate.



Here is a smaller one decorated with ribbon and some punched daisies




As simple bit of vintage lace to decorate this one



Hang them on a twig tree for a lovely natural Easter decoration. If you have a natural look tree, even better!



Easter 2017 - Mini Easter Boxes with Member's Template

Posted on April 5, 2017 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)


I absolutely adore making mini boxes, there is something deeply satisfying about making a box for some reason. Easter gifts are usually associated with baskets but boxes can make a nice change and can work well with most of the mini Easter eggs you can buy. These little boxes can be made with or without an aperture as shown in the demos. Use coloured papers or simple card, textured with an embossing folder. Add some stamped images, stickers or flowers to decorate.




I've made some really small ones here with some mini cards to go with them. Use these ones for flat chocolates or maybe some money. I love using the gingham papers for Easter and you don't have any, you can find some ginghams to use on the Member pages.



This little rabbit stamp is perfect for decorating the mini boxes



The mini cards feature simple and cute Easter themed images coloured with my lovely Copic Markers.



I will be posting the template for these boxes on the Member pages in the next day or so, so look for them there if you want to make your own! Join us again tomorrow for another project.

Easter 2017 - Gold Stippled Easter Eggs

Posted on April 4, 2017 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Today we have another decorated Easter Egg idea for you to try. I saw some lovely decorated eggs for sale in my local craft store and wanted to have a go and make my own, as I thought it would definitely be cheaper but more importantly, I was interested to see if I could recreate the effect myself.



Tip: Use bamboo skewers to hold the eggs while you paint them. You can pull them off afterwards or leave them in so that you can display them in a vase.


Tip: I found out quite by accident that pushing the skewers into my bucket of plaster of paris was the perfect way to let them dry without touching each other or smearing!



I spent a bit of time mixing my paint colours to get the exact ones I wanted. I had taken a photo of the ones in the store and used that to match it to. I was looking for a much more vivid colour than the usual pastel tones you find on Easter projects. This was actually quite a challenge but I think I got there more or less in the end. After letting them dry, you can then get out your gold paint and an old toothbrush and use this to dab on the eggs to get that lovely mottled pattern.



Here is a closer look at the finish which I think looks gorgeous and pretty near the same as the ones for sale at a fraction of the cost!


Easter 2017 - Flower Decorated Eggs

Posted on April 2, 2017 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)


Just a quick project idea for this post. If you like me have thousands of paper flowers lying around and want a quick but really satisfying project to use them up, then how about using them to cover a polystyrene egg. I think the effect is absolutely beautiful!



Use coloured pins to secure the flowers and overlap them a little so that you don't have the white of the egg showing through. As simple as it gets really but gorgeous nonetheless!


Thanks for joining us for our Easter projects 2017. I hope you are enjoying this series!

Easter 2017 - Exploding Easter Egg Box

Posted on April 2, 2017 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)


This little Easter box contains a surprise within!



Once the lid is removed, it opens out to reveal some lovely Easter eggs inside!



This box card is made using our Exploding Box Card Template that you can find on the Template pages on the left menu. The template contains the basic box plus a range of different shapes to use inside, including hearts, stars, flowers and ovals.I am using the oval shape here to make the Easter Eggs.


The box template is designed to be made with heavy card/crafters chipboard so that it flops open when the lid is removed.  Actually,  I have used card here instead of chipboard as I wanted the box inserts to stay 'suspended' rather than open out and fall completely flat. You could add some Easter treats to the middle of the box or maybe one of those little fluffy chicks you can buy everywhere at this time of year.


Everyone does things differently and that is the beauty of crafting!


Easter 2017 - Sauce Pot Mini Easter Baskets

Posted on March 30, 2017 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Today we are making some absolutely gorgeous little mini Easter Baskets, using something very ordinary and giving it a real upcycle!



If you have read this blog before, you will remember that we have used these sauce pots in a few other projects for Christmas. These are the little pots that you can pick up for free in your local fast food outlet (that will remain nameless) or you can buy a job lot of them on Amazon .


I find them very useful for storing paint or glue when I am using those, as well as finding lots of crafty ways to put them to good use. They are perfect for making minature Easter Baskets. These are great for small, inexpensive gifts for lots of children, as they are pretty quick to make.



You can just paint or use paper to decorate your pots but for this project we are using twine to cover them. This is just the cheap, ordinary twine that you use in the garden. Use a good glue here. I am using a basic white glue as this is forgiving enough for me to move the twine around to get it where I want it before it dries.




Once dried, you can make a handle. I used strips of card of approximately 1.25cm by 13cm ( 1/2 inch by 5inches).


Tip: If your card is a bit stiff, try using a scissor blade to shape it and avoid creases on the handle.



Glue these to the inside of the pot. You can decorate with a strip of ribbon as I have done here or maybe just emboss the handle to give it some interest. I have added some lovely little punched daisies and a piece of raffia, as I really wanted the natural look here to go with my twine finish.



The baskets will take either a creme egg, Galaxy egg and similar, or mini eggs like Cadburys.



Thanks for joining us again. Drop by again for another project in our Easter 2017 series!

Easter 2017 - Chalked Easter Eggs

Posted on March 29, 2017 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Well at last, we are ready to go with our Easter projects!. These beautiful chalk effect eggs look lovely in a little faux bird's nest.

 

Actually, work started on these over a month and a half ago but what with ongoing problems with the website (still not fixed, we are working with 'work arounds' ) and ongoing personal problems noted in the previous post, we are most definitely slow to get off the ground. Life is always like that isn't it? You plan and plan to make sure things go well and something or even multiple things come out of left field to throw all your plans to the wind!!


We are using polystyrene eggs here rather than real ones. If you are like me, then you manage to buy polystyrene Easter Eggs every year and then you are not quite sure what to do with them, They sit gathering dust or mounting up in your cupboard until you open it and you get swamped with hundreds of eggs rolling around on the floor.

 

I decided to deal with this problem last year and you will find some projects we finished last Easter in the photo gallery and under the project ideas tab. Having bought even more of these stupid things, we have some more ideas to try this year!



Actually, I loved doing this technique and the final effect is pretty stunning, so why not have a go! Anyway, the effect we are trying to achieve is a lovely matt finish on those polystyrene eggs. To do this you need to add some plaster of paris to your paint mix in the following proportions:

  • 3 parts of your paint colour
  • 1 part of Plaster of Paris
  • A little water to mix



You really want to get very light pastel colours for your eggs. You can see here that my blue came out too dark, so I did repaint a few times adding more white, until I got the tone that I wanted. Rememer that paint often dries darker and in fact that is what happened for me, so you may need to adjust it. I was looking for a really delicate light blue here.


Tip: Note that I am using a toothpick to hold the egg which makes it a much less messier task!



Here is my green. This one was pretty good.



Once dry, you can get going with the really clever part to make your eggs look realistic. I am using a brown paint here and an old toothbrush to flick the paint onto the egg. You will end up covering surfaces and anything else within range, including yourself with paint but the effect is worth it!

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading our first Easter project and do join us again for another project in our series, which we will be posting fast and furiously in an effort to catch up!



Valentines Day 2017 - Origami Hearts

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)


I do not profess to be any kind of expert on origami, in fact I am so far from being an expert that it is not really worth mentioning at all! Having said that, I do enjoy paper folding and we have featured quite a few paper folding projects here on the blog over the years, so we have a basic heart which you can make featured today.


I had been wondering what to do with some lovely paper printed with gold oriental script that had been sitting in my paper box, so this project was just the perfect way to use it.

 


I made lots of these and used them along with the Folded Hearts we posted about earlier in the Heart Notes Jar project.



There is a template on the Member pages but you really need some photo instructions or video to make these, so I will be uploading one as soon as I have done it. Alternatively, or if you can't wait for me to do that, you can find lots of other videos on Youtube showing how the folds are done.  Make a large one and add a message inside or make some mini ones and use on your cards and gifts.

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Valentines Day 2017 - String Heart Quiz

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)


We have a quiz for you today. So how did we make this heart?

Those of you who vist the blog will have seen our String Baubles we made at Christmas. I decided to have a go making a heart shaped one. The ball shapes are easy, you use a balloon which you deflate after your string is dry but what about the heart shape. Yes, you can use a balloon shaped into a heart but that is not what we did here. Can you guess?
 

Add your answer below and if you guess correctly, we will send you a free template.


Valentines Day 2017 - Mini Folded Hearts With Free Template

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)



In an earlier post, we made this lovely Heart Notes Jar project. Scroll down the blog if you want to read it.


The jar contains a mixture of folded and origami hearts. The little folded paper hearts are really simple to make and a great way to use your leftover scraps of valentines papers.Just fold on the lines as shown to make a little pocket which you can use to add a message inside for your loved one. You can use them as mini notes stacked in a jar, or make them bigger and use as proper notelet to your loved one.

 

Check the Member pages for the template. There are different sizes on the template, so you can use them in lots of different ways. We are using the last sheet of multiple mini hearts for the jar project!


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