Friday, 15 July 2016

Jewelry cup and saucer tower

Cup and saucer tower for jewelry

For today's post I want to share with you a great DIY from your thrifted cups and saucers. Are you just like me where you love these beautiful cups, but you just can't justify buying them for their real purpose because they are too small for tea/coffee? But they are soooo cuuuute and you want them soooo muuuuch? 
You just don't know what you would use them for?
Here's a way to eat the cake and have it too.

Cup and saucer tower for jewelry detail

I don't know about you, but when I go to my local thrift shops I see a lot of these small cups and saucers with gold edges and flowers painted on them. There are often a lot of the same design and I hate breaking up a set. Instead I look for those they only have one of. It's also a good idea to have different sizes. Here the saucer is a little bit bigger on the bottom than on top. It takes a while to find the right combination so try different ones until you're happy with the tower. Here I used 3 cups, 3 saucers and a jar in the same style.

Cup and saucer tower for jewelry
This tower is quite small which makes it perfect for jewelry or other trinkets. It's about 28x15cm.
All pieces are glued together except the top jar. I wasn't sure if I wanted the top to have a bigger area to hold a watch for instance or if the jar should be glued down aswell. I left it unglued for now, but what do you think? Do you prefer it with or without the jar glued down?

Cup and saucer tower for jewelry

  By the way, did you know that during the Victorian era hot beverages were drunk from the saucer? Crazy right? I found some info about it HERE if you want to read more.


Let me know if you'd like a tutorial or if you have any questions.
Until next time.

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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Winner with both tutorials!

Just a quick note to tell you I was one of the winners in both the wedding- and the catsection at instructables.
Thanks to everyone who voted for me.

Painted dog/catbed from a drawer
Both items are for sale.
Stay tuned for more inspiration, tutorials and remakes. 
 :)
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Friday, 1 July 2016

Wedding flowerbelt/hairband tutorial

Wedding flower belt tutorial
 
On monday there was a deadline for instructable's wedding contest. If you're not familiar with instructables it's a free site where people put up their tutorials in a huge selection of categories. Most of them are step-by-step instructions with photos (like mine), but some of them are with videos. The deadline was monday so naturally I came up with a brilliant project the same day. Nothing like a deadline to keep you motivated, am I right?
 
Wedding flower belt
 
I've been thinking about making videotutorials, but I must admit I feel more comfortable with these photo step-by-step instructions. Do you think it's an ancient kind of way to teach or do you like these kind of tutorials? 
 
Wedding flower tiara
 
The way I see it is that I'd rather take a good photoed tutorial than a youtube one with bad  lighting, lots of unnecessary talk and the feeling of it taking to long and not getting to the point. 
Let me know what you think. Would you rather see my tutorials videoed? Is that even the right word anymore? Recorded maybe?
 I'm just showing you some of the shots of the finished project. If you want the full tutorial, check it out on 
 
 
where you can vote for this project in the wedding contest (in top right corner of the project's frontpage).
 
Wedding flower belt side
 
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Cricket - the sport, not the bug :)

Cricket Derek card Dr digis house of stamps
 
 Has it been a week already? Sheesh time flies when you're having fun. Yesterday I went thriftshopping - found a lot of jewelry and accessories, but not much for crafting. 
 
However, I've been quite busy with other projects so stay tuned and make sure to check out my 
And don't forget to vote for me.
 
 
Let me show you my card for my last week as the guest designer for the 

This week we've been playing with stamps from 
who is also this week's sponsor.
 
Cricket Derek card Dr digis house of stamps
 
I made the card using folds so it looks like he is standing at the top of the hill. I added "balls" by punching out circles and drawing lines on them. Together with the polkadot paper it turned out quite well. Sometimes you have bright ideas, but they don't translate too well when you realize them. This one I think was not one of them.
 
Hope you'll join us in our "sport" challenge at the I love promarker challenge blog. What's your take on it?
 
 
Supplies:
Image: Digi stamp "Cricket Derek"  from Dr digi's house of stamps
Paper: Wild asparagus "Pretty little girl" Dots/Blue paper
Color: promarkers
Other: Circle punch, Martha Stewart border punch
 
 Challenges: 
Bunny Zoe crafts  - Summer
Crafty creations  - Anything goes
Everybody art  - For a man/boy
My time to craft - Summertime
Penny's challenges - Anything goes

 
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Stylish petbed from an old drawer TUTORIAL

Vintage DIY bed for your pet painted with chalkpaint
Front says "snug as a bug"
How much don't you love your pet - or would if you had one? Wouldn't you want it to have a bed that is front and center in your bedroom instead of being hidden somewhere in the corner?
By making your own petbed you can style it any way you want and with so many free images out there the sky is the limit.
Vintage DIY bed for your pet painted with chalkpaint

I made this one from an old drawer by using Annie Sloan's chalk paint and printed images. 
The color is custom made by me using mostly white, then blue, gray and yellow.
I applied the images using a transfer-on technique and by using free images from 
Vintage DIY bed for your pet painted with chalkpaint back
Back of the "bed"
You can find more pictures and the whole tutorial on my instructables page

Vintage DIY bed for your pet painted with chalkpaint

If you like it, please consider voting for me in the 
"cat contest" 
or 
"dog contest"  
 or both ;)
You vote by clicking the orange "vote" button in the top right corner of my instructables page
HERE
Click it and you will have a choice of casting your vote for the two contests.

Winner will be announced july 4:th 2016.
 Thanks!
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Friday, 17 June 2016

chalk paint birdie darling heart


Chalk paint birdie heart

I'm finally ready to show you a project using Annie Sloan's chalk paint. I've been so excited to show you this project and even though the paints dry quickly there are still a lot of steps that you need to wait for to dry.

Chalk paint birdie heart lady

I have used a wooden heart (about 10x11cm) and started by painting it with "Emile" and after it dried with a dilluted "old white".
Then I printed out mirrored images on a laserjet printer and using decoupage glue I attached the images to the painted heart.
This is an image transfer technique that I really enjoyed. Let me know if you'd like to see a tutorial.

Chalk paint birdie heart flower

After the images were fully transfered I used a satin varnish on the image to seal it and then Annie Sloan's clear wax to the rest of the surface.
As a final step I added dimensional glaze to the center of flower and crackle medium to the leaf. I will say that the dimensional glaze worked well, but the crackle medium kind of "pearled" itself to the middle and didn't really stick the way I wanted. I think next time I will try adding this before I add the varnish.

Chalk paint birdie heart

So what do you think?

Supplies:
Paint:  Annie Sloan's chalk paint in "Emile" and "Old white"
Glue: plaid decoupage glue
Varnish: Winsor&Newton artists' acrylic satin UV varnish
 
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Naughty or nice Christmas card for GDT spot

Kenny K Christmas tree boxcard
 
Welcome to my blog. Today I'm showing you a card I've made as the guest designer for the 

This week we're asking you to make a project for a child and as always using any type of promarkers.
 
I have to say that this is my absolute favorite way to color images. I've tried copics, watercolor- and oilcolor pencils, twinkling H2Os, distressinks and probably a bunch of other coloring techniques too, but promarkers are by far my favorite.
Would you like a tutorial or tips on how I color my images? Comment down below and let me know.
 
Kenny K Christmas tree boxcard closed
 
The image I have used is from Kenny K stamps and it's called "Xmas tree".
 
Kenny K Christmas tree boxcard inside
  
I made the card resembling a package so it's more fun for a child to open. Inside I sprinkled some stars to give more of a surprise moment. 
One less card to make for Christmas - I know I'll be greatful for this one right around the end of november :)
 
Kenny K Christmas tree boxcard tag
 
Supplies: 
Papers: scrappieces from my Christmasstash
Image: digistamp from Kenny K called Xmas tree 
Color: promarkers
Others: sakura gelly roll (to add sparkle to tag and details on Christmastree)
 
 
Challenges: 
ABC challenge  - J for Just as you like
Allsorts  - fancy bows and ribbons
Alphabet challenge - H for hand colored image
Crafty creations - tic tac toe (sentiment, image, tag)
Fab 'n' funky  - shaped cards
Kraftin' Kimmie  - anything goes
Penny's challenges - anything goes
Southern girls - the kids are all right
Winter wonderland - ribbon and bow 
 
  
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Friday, 10 June 2016

Altered seathemed box for GDT spot

Graphic45 voyage beneath the sea altered box detail
Tiny glassvial filled with "pearls". I colored one of the beads with shimmery black paint to make a "black pearl" out of it. I also added copperwire and a beadcap to it. The vial is about 3cm high.

Hello my dear readers and welcome to my big reveal.
I'm so pleased to finally be able to show you my altered project as the guest designer for the 

I'm so honered to have been invited as part of the amazing design team for this month. Have you seen their other creations? 
AMAZING!

So for my seainspired altered box I have used papers from 
Graphic45 "Voyage beneath the sea"
 I absolutely LOVE these papers and they were a blast to work with.   

Graphic45 voyage beneath the sea altered box
The box measures about 15x12.5x3.5 cm and can be hung by the handle on top with a pearlstring.

I started by painting the whole box with gesso. Then I added smears of ranger's distress crayons in the colors rusty hinge, fossilized amber and peeled paint. I also used distress ink in the color evergreen bough and vintage photo here are there.

The crayons I rubbed first with a dry, then with a moist stiff brush to get the desired look.

I kept checking the papers to get the perfect colorscheme.


I then chose papers and used ranger's matte collage medium to glue them onto the box in different panels. Before I glued them on I distressed the edges and rubbed them with vintage photo distress ink. 
The medium dries fast so you need to keep up.

Graphic45 voyage beneath the sea altered box
 
After that it was a quest through my embellishments to find odds and ends that would fit this steampunk underworld scene. I found things like small gears, pieces of glass, goldwire, seashells, stones, mirror mosaicpieces, pearlstring, a glasscabochon with fitting and a tiny handle that I colored with Annie Sloan's chalk paint. Among other things...

Graphic45 voyage beneath the sea altered box shell
I painted the shell with gesso, then I added stickles glitterglue "waterfall" in the grooves. When it was dry I rubbed the edges with distress ink in the color "vintage photo". Finally I cut up a turquoise flower and stuck it in the shell to make it resemble some kind of anemone. I also added the same glitterglue to the anemone's edges for some extra pizzazz.

Arranging it all together took the longest and I waited - no joke - a week before the right combinations presented themselves.
Do you get that too where you can't figure out what's "wrong" with a piece and you keep looking at it and something is missing for it to be completely done? I sometimes struggle with being patient because I just want the project to be done and move on to the next, but it's always worth the wait. 

Graphic45 voyage beneath the sea altered box mermaid


The last thing I did was making the "starfishflower" with the fishcabochonbutton (custommade with an image from the line) and adding the gold crumped wire to the side. That was ultimately what gave the box the oomph I was looking for and made me feel like it was made to perfection.

Graphic45 voyage beneath the sea altered box cabochon

I must say I'm quite pleased that it's finished and am happy to clean up my table and start new adventures. But I'm so glad I waited as long as I did for the piece to "reveal" itself because I'm so extremely pleased and proud of it.
You can't rush creativity, right? 


Graphic45 voyage beneath the sea altered box top



Supplies: 
Papers: graphic45 "Voyage beneath the sea"
Color: distress crayons in rusty hinge, fossilized amber and peeled paint, distress ink in evergreen bough and vintage photo
Tools: starfish die from Impression obsession DIE077-W
Others: Ranger's collage medium matte, wooden box, embellishments

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Sunday, 5 June 2016

Chalk paint tutorials

 Just a quick note to let you know I found a fabulous site with lots of tips and tricks on how to use the Annie Sloan's chalkpaint. If you make a project using the chalk paint - let me know. I'd love to see what you've made.


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Friday, 3 June 2016

Find joy in the little things...Guest designer

Digital delights "Say cheese Polly" card

Finally june and that means my guest designer spot at the 
This week I have been given this cute image to play with. 
It's by digital delights by Louby Loo and it's called 
Digital delights "Say cheese Polly" card

I wanted to make a bright and happy card to match this image. I was thinking about summer and taking vacationphotos. I found these brightly colored papers in my stash and thought they worked wonderfully with the theme in mind.

Digital delights "Say cheese Polly" card

I used three different patterned papers, but only used the sentiment and butterfly cutouts from one of them (middle). I actually colored the image to match it and in the end only used those tiny pieces. Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow.

Digital delights "Say cheese Polly" card

I used two different punches and a die to get all these butterflies. The border punch is very versatile as you can cut out the different butterflies and get lots of different ones.

Digital delights "Say cheese Polly" card

The image is colored using promarkers. I usually use 2-3 shades of the same color. For instance, the camera is colored using three different ones: soft green, pastel green and tea green.

Digital delights "Say cheese Polly" card
Detail of all the shimmer and bling that doesn't show as well in daylight.
 
Digital delights "Say cheese Polly" card

Tip of the day:
Instead of matting you can use tiny slices of paper to add to the edges. This gives a similar look to matting, but saves cardstock and makes your card lighter.



Supplies:
Papers: making memories - Flutter - "paper stripe flutter", heidi grace designs - it's my party - "tall flower", imaginisce - lucy bird - "tweet talk"
Color: promarkers, sakura gelly roll (glitter pen)
Dies: spellbinders shapeabilities "butterflies two", Martha Stewart punch monarch butterfly and butterfly border
Other: blingstones, dimensional glaze 


Challenges:
All sorts - in the pink
Alphabet challenge - G is for girlie
C.R.A.F.T. challenge - recipe (1 image, rhinestones, 1 ribbon, 3 papers, 1 sentiment)
Crafty catz - add a butterfly
Creative inspirations - anything goes + sketch
Kraftin' Kimmie - anything goes
Penny's challenge  - anything goes

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