Thursday, January 24, 2013

A touch of Wonder

Hello beautiful people!
I have been a little silent of late however I have been a little busy and now I get to show you what I have been up to!

A dear friend of mine asked if I'd decorate her rather dreary box that she keeps on her desk at school, which holds all of her supplies and goodies. It can hold standard A4 paper so it is a nice reasonable size.





 Being a primary school teacher I knew I had to make this box fun and what better way to do it than with my friend's favourite childhood story, Alice in Wonderland!

I initially wanted to cover the box with red and white roses and keys and all sorts of goodies, but I needed to keep it relatively flat and useful more than decorative. Being able to clean it was of utmost importance.

The 1st top space is dedicated to the Hatter who had to Kill Time And the White Rabbit who is always running late for a very important date. The other 2 spaces are also a nod to Hatter with dress maker patters and measuring tape.


The larger unit on the 2nd shelf is a regal damask with the far right unit inspired by the Red Roses of the Queen's garden.
The 3rd shelf is a page out of a story book so to speak.



The 4th shelf (cant really been seen here) captures the image of the legendary Jaberwocky! How mystical and magical!
The 5th shelf is a beautiful but subdued royal garden adorned above the 6th shelf of floral leadlighting one might find in a castle.

Covering these shelves was most difficult but provided an immense amount of satisfaction upon completion!

The sides of the box were painted with a copper colour of my own creation and then covered with Jo Sonja's Decore Crackle. Over the top I layered KaiserCraft  Dark Sage paint. The effect was very good and made even more effective when I paces KaiserCraft's new Glaze on top. Do NOT touch the surface with your hand whilst it is still damp! haha. It will remove the top layer of paint! This was hard to avoid as I glazed the inside of the shelving. Very small space for an adult hand! I must say though that the extra green pain that was rubbed off improved the look quite significantly.




I stamped the larger surfaces with a diamond stamp using black Stazon ink.


The other embellishments are simply free printed images onto cardstock which has then been scrunched up and inked with Tim Holtz's Distress Inks. (Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw)
I gave the box a little lift with Tim Holtz's ornate feet and corner edges.




I am still needing to Glaze the outside of the box but the store is out. Oh well! I can assure you I will be one of the first there in order to seal this little beauty.

Master Prince said that the box looks like something that Alice would have, that it is Victorian with a Wonderland Zing. Wonderful! Just what I was aiming for!

So never fear dear friends; old can become new again.

I really enjoyed sharing with you.
Blessings
Joan


Monday, January 14, 2013

Spring....Summer clean

Have you noticed that most crafters have re-organised their rooms of late? I wonder if there is something in the wind because I too have given my room a make over.

Here is the dreaded before pic. (Well it is an old one and my area usually looks like this - a disaster!)




And now viola! I didn't really sort through anything or throw any items out. In fact I have more stuff!





It is amazing how much more room there seems to be here. Master Knight is rather happy too because we have to share our space.


Wonder how long it will take for me to trash it?

How are your rooms looking? I know that after my adventure today that I am rather inspired to get into things and play!

Blessings
Joan

Monday, January 7, 2013

Precious metallic wooden hearts

I was experimenting with some heat embossing today and I was so pleased with the results I thought I'd show you!

I have an embossing powder that I have just discovered. It is called Aged Teal Embossing Enamel by STAMPENDOUS.


This powder is amazing. I have had to play with it a bit in order see how best to use it. I mistakenly thought that the result would be primarily metallic with teal showing through. The teal grains are an extremely fine powder and there are metallic chunks mixed in.




With my first attempt I covered the whole heart in the Aged Teal. This is where I discovered how blue it actually is! Also this powder needs to be heated from underneath. I found this a little tricky because I was embossing wood. I tried to heat from the top on a different object and found that the powder blisters and burns rather quickly.
With this heart, I re-embossed with some silver powder. It gave an interesting effect.



I tried the lock in a different manner, where upon initial inking I sprinkled a little Aged Teal powder in places and then covered it in silver powder. I quite like the result and feel it worked well. 
I did adjust this image to have it turned around for you but when I loaded the pic, it just didn't want to do as it is told!
As you can see there is a vast difference in appearance between the lock that is fully silver and the one with a sprinkle of Aged Teal. It makes for an unique effect which I quite like!

I hope that you have found this helpful! Do show me how yours turns out. 

Blessings
Joan 

* The wooden embellishments used here are KaiserCraft Hearts and Locks.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2013!
Who else is rebelling and not wanting to get back to normal routines and every day life? I could have a day or two more!

Well to start off the year there is a marvelous GIVE-A-WAY at Twelve Stones Scrapbooking! Check out these lovely goodies! DROOL!
This is certainly starting to light my spark and getting my creativity flowing.
To enter all you need to do is be a follower of  Marjolaine's blog at Twelve Stones Scrapbooking and leave a comment. You have until January 13th to enter your comments and links. How simple is that?!

So go check it out and enjoy some quality art.

'Til next time
Blessings
Joan