Decoupage Father’s Day Makes

Hello everyone…

How is everyone?  All good I hope!

So today I’m sharing a trio of Father’s Day makes I recently made using the fabulous decoupage papers from Craft Consortium.  I know they’re decoupage papers but all I’ve done is simply adhere them to card and that way I can use them as I would ‘normal’ crafting papers.

The Craft Consortium decoupage papers I’ve used are Industrial Chic, White Wood and Old News.  I’ve then used a gorgeous matt copper card to compliment the rustic look of the decoupage papers… which I think works really well!

I first made the exploding box and have used a variety of Xcut and Sizzix dies on this.  The basic template for the box itself is cut form kraft card so it’s nice and strong and then I’ve layered up the decoupage papers and embellishments.

I love the finished look of the box card and the copper accents from the matt card and the heat embossing powder work really well with the sparkly dots courtesy of Stickles.

The dinky gift box will look great filled with sweets…

I’ve used the same elements and papers as on the card so all three elements work together although I think the bottle topper is perhaps my favourite!

So there we have it… three Father’s Day makes using the gorgeous decoupage paper from Craft Consortium.  Check out their blog for some more fabulous crafty ideas!

Heather x

A bit more Kori Kumi Part II by Craft Consortium

Hello, hello everyone…

As promised , here’s more of the Santoro London Kori Kumi projects I made for Craft Consortium using the new collection of papers and embellishments.  It always make me chuckle at how fickle I am when making things.  As soon as I finish one thing, that’s my new favourite and then when I finish something else, that is my new favourite! Haha!  Well this latest make is def my newest favourite and is hanging in my craft room squeezed in-between pics of the kids and other makes.

The base of this wreath comes from Docrafts and is made from polystyrene so it’s easy to adhere things too

The wreath didn’t take too long to make really.  It’s simple in it’s design and once it’s covered you get to the fun part of adding the images and embellishments.

The umbrella die is one of Katie Skilton’s new design’s made by Sizzix and are all amazing!

 

The ‘Hello Spring’ letters are adhered to acetate but once hanging, the acetate cannot be seen and it looks like the letters are floating!

 

The tags, lilac cloud, llittle pot and sign are cut from the packaging of the 12×12″ paper pad. In true Santoro style, the packaging is fabulous!!

 

This card was made using the Kori Kumi decoupage kit and the paper hat boat is just one of the many images available in the pack.   I’ve used the washi tape as edging and then added the resin flowers and leaves under a painted wooden sign that I’ve hand-written.

I’ve used the enamel dots as rain drops on this card and the colours are just gorgeous!

 

The final make for now is bright and beautiful!

Again, I’ve used the tags from the packaging as a main feature on the project

 

With a simple background, I’ve merely layered up elements from the paper pad to create this cute little card fit for any happy occasion. The florals are just gorgeous and so easy to fussy-cut and used them so much  I’ve run out of them now!

With so much available in the new Kori Kumi collection, making projects is so easy… just have a look some of the collection… how gorgeous is it?!!

You can buy all the lovely Kori Kumi products and the rest of the Craft Consortium products from their shop on Amazon.

Enjoy the rest of your day everyone!

 

Kori Kumi Part II by Craft Consortium

Hello everyone,

I’m a little bit excited to share with you some projects I made for the gorgeous new Kori Kumi collection by Santoro London and Craft Consortium.  The second part of the range is just amazing… the colours are bright and beautiful and perfect for Spring/Summer makes and the illustrations adorable!

The collection, aside from the paper pad, is full of fabulous embellishments… twine wooden shaped, buttons, stamps, resin flowers and leaves, enamel dots, sequins, washi tape (gorgeous watermelon washi tape!!!) the most amazing flock powder (it really is brilliant!!) and the cutest water melon resin shapes that I have really fallen for.

So… here’s the first make:

The clouds have crackle glaze painted over them so they have feint subtle lines over them

I had a distinct urge to sew round the torn papers to create a rough sea look and to add to this, I sprinkled heat emboss powder on the edges to give extra texture.  I like the mix of delicate colours with the intense navy of the background and the fact the little figure looks serene while the sea looks choppy.

My next make is an MDF tag which I loved decorating:

I really enjoy making tags as you can layer up elements and create a cute decoration

I started by trimming thick corrugated cardboard to the tag which I had painted in a sage green/blue acrylic and then sprayed distress inks over to add texture.  Using a section of the papers, I added rips and holes so you could see the corrugated cardboard peeping through before adding coloured texture paste with Tim Holtz’s ‘Rays’ stencil.

(Excuse the dodgy photo – suddenly though it would be good to snap it pre-embellishments at about 2am!)

The figures were trimmed from the papers and the hearts embossed using the folders from the first half of the Kori Kumi collection… so much in this range with these new releases it’s so easy to find embellishments to add!

My last make is this ‘Bon Voyage’ card using a mixture of the two parts of the collection:

This thoughtful traveller is perfect for leaving cards

After layering the papers, I’ve added strips of the washi tape from the collection, a doily heart and strips of twine before adding the flowers (made using the dies from the first half of the collection) and the centres are sparkly sequins just to add a hint of pzazz!

So that’s the first half of my makes… I’ll share the others in a few days!  Oh and a huge congratulations to the guys at Craft Consortium who recently won ‘Most Innovative Product Range 2017’ with this gorgeous new collection!  I knew it was going to be a winner… these colours are addictive!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend folks, hope it stays sunny 🙂

Heather x

‘Tell the Bees’ by Craft Consortium Part 2

Morning folks,

I’m back to share my remaining makes in the ‘Tell the Bees‘ collection by Craft Consortium today.

Mixed media is really bang on trend right now and I am loving experimenting with the different mediums as it really suits my textured and layered look.  With this in mind, I bought some little canvas from Tiger a few weeks ago for only £1 each!  Utter bargain!

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The canvas is just 15x15cm and is a perfect size for mini mixed media makes

I didn’t want to put too much onto he canvas as I wanted you to be able to see the decoupaged ‘Queen Bee’ paper that I’ve layered for the background.  I’ve then stencilled a honeycomb image and, once thoroughly dry, inked the image using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads in Tea Dye and Dried Marigold and given it a light spritz of gold ink from Artiste.

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Stencilling with modelling paste is definitely my new favourite thing at the moment as I love the raised image it leaves behind which you can then ink and experiment with

The stamps in the collection are so detailed and I love the bee hive stamp.  Here I’ve stamped it onto watercolour card using an Archival Ink Pad in Watering Can and painted it using various Distress Ink Pads.

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Once dried, I’ve trimmed the image out, inked the edges and secured it to the canvas

The sentiment uses the kraft card tile letters from Hobbycraft and is then double backed.  Before placing onto the canvas, I’ve wound some natural fibre and secured in place with some tape (which I’ve hidden!)  Caution!!  Be careful when using natural fibre… I managed to not only cut myself but get about an inch of it stuck under my skin (like a splinter) which I had to pull out with (craft) tweezers!  Ouch!

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The paper and resin flowers have been painted, inked and spritzed to create this gorgeous honey coloured finish

To finish, I’ve splattered some white gesso across the sentiment to stop it looking too clean and shiny and added bees which I made in the same way as I showed you in Part 1.

My last ‘Tell the Bees’ make  is this shaker card which I’ve matt onto a kraft card blank.  The background paper has had some hexagons added using gold spritz ink before having the layers added.

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I fully admit to getting over excited with the sequins and over filling the shaker element… although it looks like runny honey in a jar to me so I’m happy with it!

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Close-up of the background and the bees with their sparkly wings

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I just love the honey coloured-water coloured splotched paper in the pad

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The gorgeous bee hive stamps once again, layered over ribbon and gold washi tape

Before I disappear, I just wanted to show you a couple pics of my makes at the trade show in Frankfurt back in January.  It’s really lovely to see them being used in this way, although I will admit I find it a struggle sometimes to send off makes that I really love!

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Everyone’s makes were just beautiful

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The cards have obviously been looked at quite a lot as they are all wonky on the stand!

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A fabulous sneaky peak of the papers!

I’ll soon be able to share some other photos from Creativeworld using the new Santoro ‘Kori Kumi’ collection which has some just gorgeous elements in it…  but as the range hasn’t launched yet, I’m keeping a lid on those makes just for now 🙂

You can find the ‘Tell the Bees’ collection in the Craft Consortium store on Amazon from Mid-March!

Oh!  before I nip off, if anyone is interested in a little interview/bio/write-up thingie I did for Craft Consortium, you can find it on their blog now! Hope you enjoy!

Right… I’d better get these pupsters out before it rains.  Have a good week everyone 🙂

 

 

 

‘Bohemian Dreams’ Shaped Card

Morning all,

Bit of a special day here as today is my birthday!!  Well, I say birthday… my birthday is actually 29th February but I have to make do with 28th for reasons you all know.

Anyway, talking of birthdays, my tiddliest daughter had her 15th birthday last week and I used the utterly gorgeous ‘Bohemian Dreams’ by Craftwork Cards as I knew she would love the colours, the imagery and the text.

Having been pretty busy, I actually made this on the morning of her birthday… a rush job… but I love the final look of it and she did too!

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Underneath all that embellishment is a scalloped circle shaped base

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The right hand side of the card has a star shaped shaker on it with gorgeous brightly coloured sequins in cerise, turquoise and apple green

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The top of the card has bunting and banners and bows and I used turquoise adhesive gems to match the sequins

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The die-cut butterflies from the pack have been distressed and layered and finished with a sparkly heart and different coloured liquid pearls

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I’ve layered the papers to give a really sumptuous feeling to the card and added distress inks, washi tape and gems to finish the look

I’m glad to report the card got an ‘Oh wow!’ when it was opened so that’s a thumbs up in my books!

Have a good Tuesday everyone… I’m off to seek out some birthday pancakes for lunch!

Trimcraft Bloggers Day

Afternoon lovely folks… A bit of a long post from me today but mainly photos of lovely stuff that I know you won’t mind!

So I was super lucky to be invited to the Trimcraft Bloggers Day yesterday at their HQ way up there in Nottingham (living in Surrey, it is way up there!) and despite the milage, I was excited to go, meet people I’ve chatted to online, have a crafty day and have a look at the new products they’ll be launching later this year.

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The entrance was so fabulously dressed!

Having set off from home at a sleepy 5.30am, I arrived at TC HQ some 5 hours later and received the warmest of welcomes from the lovely Trimcraft team.  Armed with a much needed hot cuppa and a delicious pastry, I spotted the lovely Emily Grant (who I know from my Docraft design days) and it was so lovely to actually meet her and speak in person rather than virtually all the time!

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Our days schedule: crafty challenges and getting to know people over a cuppa and cake

With the day all mapped out, we all made our way through to the showroom where each place setting had it’s own little flowery crafty badge waiting for us!

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We were then set quick challenges (which I was rubbish at as I am not a quick crafter!) with prizes along the way.

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Lots of crafty discussions going on over the decoupage

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Our first challenge was to decoupage a photo frame using whatever you wanted. Needless to say, I didn’t finish mine and bought it home to add more!

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‘Girl Paper Scissors’ getting her craft on!

The lovely Claire from Trimcraft showed us all the lovely new products to be launched this year and all I can say is wow! The Christmas ranges are fabulous and one in particular is just beautiful! No pics allowed which is fair enough!

At lunch, I had a bit of a wander around in the showroom:

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The Blogging zone where Kathy does her lovely Trimcraft videos…

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The First Edition paper pad stand was amaaaaazing…

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…and the Deco Mache was gorgeous to look at!

Out in the entrance hallway, there was plenty of attention to detail:

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Their new ‘Kiss and Makeup’ range is going to be very popular methinks and the embellishments are just adorable!

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A personal favourite of mine… the ‘Wild Flower’ papers are watery yet vibrant and just delicious

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How gorgeous is this frame? The colours in the ‘Couture du Jour’ are perfect for Spring makes

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Paper flowers made from ‘Paper Flowers’!

Such a lovely day and really great to meet crafters who I read about and admire. In hindsight, I wish I’d spoken to everyone but I don’t like to seem pushy and everyone looked a bit more important than me but I was happy to just be there.

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A serious amount of craftiness in our Trimcraft goodie bags!!

Thank you so much Trimcraft and thank you for the absolutely amaaaaaaazing goodie bag!!

Craft Consortium Decoupage Make

Afternoon folks,

I’m hibernating again today as it’s been sooooo c-c-cold at work lately and so today (a day off) I’m treating myself by catching up on my blog and sorting out a few projects.

While popping the Christmas decorations away a few weeks ago, I came across a letter rack my Grandad made a few years before he died.  It means a lot to me as he made it but I knew I would never use it in the colour he stained and polished it.

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The original rack was stained a mahogany colour and then french polished

The letter rack needed a bit of prep before decoupaging, so I sanded it down lightly and painted it with white Gesso to seal it.

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Armed with my Craft Consortium decoupage papers, I set about choosing which papers to decorate it with, not an easy task as the new papers they sent me are gorgeous!!

Eventually, I settled on ‘Large Feathers’ for the interior of the rack and ‘Well Travelled’ for the outside (seemed appropriate to use a vintage postcard paper for a letter rack!)  I didn’t want to add the papers in strips or square as I have done previously, I wanted the whole paper to be applied at once and so it was my favourite thing of measuring (accurately!) to get the precise shaped trimmed.  Thankfully, decoupage paper is pretty forgiving and you’re able to trim off excess easily.

I mixed up a 75/25 glue and water mix to apply the papers and when completed (and dried) gave it a couple of thin coats of matt varnish.

For the arched sides, I recently re-found (is that a word?!) some gold leaf I bought for a project years ago, that I never got around to doing and wanted to use it for the arched sides of the rack.  Having never used gold-leaf before, I was a bit apprehensive, but no need!  It’s super easy and quite addictive once you get going.  It’s added a lovely warmth to the project.

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I love how the white Gesso, I added after sanding, gives the papers a gentle brushstroke texture

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The back of the rack also shows the vintage postcard paper

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The gold-leaf adds a gorgeous texture and warmth to the project

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I think Grandad would be rather pleased his letter rack is still being used… albeit in a different guise… makes me feel warm and fuzzy anyway 🙂

That’s all for now… catch up soon…

Heather x