Monday, 26 January 2015

Graphic 45 calendar

I have been busy lately, albeit not on my blog. I have made several mixed media items, which I have really enjoyed & will show you soon.
The first one was inspired by Graphic 45 blog. There was a perpetual calendar made from Graphic 45 items, I challenged myself to make something similar with stash I already had, as it was expensive to purchase all the bits needed from Graphic 45. I did however have the Time to Flourish 8x8 paper pad.
I started out making a 19.5 cm box using my Envelope Punch Board & cutting the top off of it.
I then lined it with paper from stash, after reinforcing the sides & bottom with an additional layer of card.
I then made another box very slightly smaller than the outer box & cut one side of, to make a drawer, once again reinforcing the sides & bottom.
All of it is lined with various papers I had in my stash. I made the plastic slot containing the calendar months, by cutting up a plastic wallet, sticking flat backed pearls onto the edges & lining with pretty paper, then sticking to both the front of the calendar & inside the drawer to store the unused months.
I then made 2 little boxes & used a circle punch to make the slot at the front, where all the numbers are stored. I cut out some of the stamps in the cut apart section of the Time to Flourish paper pad & stuck them to the boxes.
I then made the months, by cutting out each month from the paper pad & taking several elements from each month to stick to an extension to the original month like this.
Each finished month looks like this
I did have to buy a handle from B & Q which cost me £3.49 & screwed that into the card & also glued into place.
The numbers are made using old tags I had, covering them in paper from my stash & putting peel offs on them, which I had covered in Gliding Wax.
The front has the same plastic slot as the inside drawer & I had some bull dog clips, which I covered in Shabby White Frantage & put a couple of brads on the front to hold the bulldog clips in place & to enable you to change the day easily.
Oh yes & added a couple of corner from Creative Expressions. I added buttons onto the bottom of the box to give it feet.
There it is, my perpetual calendar inspired by Graphic 45 here
I don't profess to say its better, its just cheaper lol
Entering the following challenges
Anything but a Card Shabby Chic
Scribble & Scrap Anything Goes
Paper Creators Craft Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T  Recycling (tags, papers & plastic)
Crafty Creations Something Old & New (old papers, pearls,bulldog clips, new handle & Time to Flourish paper pad)
Inspiration Destination Anything Goes

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Ching-Chou Kuik Goth Moth

Over at Kit and Clowder Facebook page, there is a colour pallette challenge using this stamp, which is Gothic Moth by Ching-Chou Kuik and as I trying to improve my colouring skills, by taking some of the classes, I thought Id have a go. I have kept the card quite simple because of the image & the colouring I wanted to show off lol.
The paper is Bo Bunny Prairie Chic. The little tag is a Magnolia die from the Vol 3 collection. The sentiment stamp is Paula Pascal & the flowers, ribbon & rik rak are all from my stash.
I added a few liquid pearls to the moths.
Entering the following challenges
Crafty Sentiments Girly
Party Time Tuesday Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart Anything Goes
Sir Stamp A lot Dies & punches

Monday, 5 January 2015

Graphic 45 project

I recently bought the Graphic 45 Time to Flourish 8x8 pad & wanted to play. I had some MDF hearts bought from Hobby House ages ago sitting in a drawer & decided to use them. This is the first one I made for one of my sisters. The front I have covered with Time to Flourish paper for January & covered the outside edge of the heart with a row of pearls.. I then took elements from the cutting page of the paper pad & mounted them & added them to the front. The lace & flowers are all from stash, as is the ribbon too. The cameo was bought from Hobby House, I must get some more of them as I love them lol. There is a little flourish on right hand side & that was coloured with Walnut Stain DI, as was all the edges of the papers. This die is from Magnolia Vol 3 die club set..
The reverse has Bo Bunny Prairie Chic paper & all the dies are from Magnolia Vol 3 die set & are coloured with Walnut Stain DI. The heart is a Sissix die & the sentiment is a Paula Pascal stamp set. I have 2 sisters whose birthdays are in January, so will show you another one soon.
Entering the following challenges
Anything but a Card New Beginnings  ( New Year, new Birthday, new dies, all cut on my new X Cut which I got for Xmas)
Sir Stamp A Lot Dies & Punches
ABC Challenge Anything Goes
The Crafting Cafe Lots of Layers