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Saturday, 30 April 2011

Mirror, mirror in my hand........

I found some cool little compact mirrors this week so have been very busy altering them - in between walking the dogs and watching the Royal Wedding :D

Comgratulation to William and kate on their beautiful wedding and WOW at that dress!!!
I Love, Love, Loved it :DOk,back to the mirrors :D

I will have more to share with you soon hopefully as I am planning on selling these when I get round to booking my craft fair :D

Hugs'n'snogs,
Julie xx

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Mad hatter shrine


Well this started life as a plain wooden shrine frame which I coloured with Tim Holtz broken china distress stain - ooooohhh these babies are so cool :D the colour is so intense and it works lovely on raw wood like this :D

Now you might be thinking the dabber top is a little bit big to fit around the detailed areas?well your right! so all I did was squeeze some of the stain on to my non-stick craft mat and painted it on with a paint brush :D

When it was completely dry I glued on the pieces of my Alice book I wanted to use with Claudines matte mediumand inked lighlty with the stain.

I added stamped Alice images with black archival ink randomly all over the frame, then highlighted the edges with viva decor inka gold.

Now for a bit of alchemy - my metal charms were all silver so I brushed on more inka gold to change the colour, which I also did with my resin keyhole :D

The Mad hatter image was coloured with promarkers and distress ink pads.

I added a key on a screw in eyelet then added some distress stickles.

All the embellies were stuck on the matte medium - its amazing as a glue as nothing budges!! Ihad my reservations when Ifirst tried it as its so light it doesn't feel like it will do anything but its just so strong!!

The embellies I added to my i-pod cover are still rock solid and it gets plenty of abuse in my bag LOL :D

Are you all ready for the royal wedding??

I'm really looking forward to seeing the event and most of all can't wait to see the dress :D

Hugs'n'regal snogs,

Julie xx

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

its crystal clear.........



......how much I enjoy making jewellery with a difference :D
A while ago I bought a chandelier from that well known auction site with the intention of taking it apart to use the crystals - I finally got a round-to-it :D and I finally found the round-to-it to blog the results so far LOL :D now I just need one to photograph the rest and share them with you :D

watch this space for more jewellery soon :D
hugs'n'snogs,
Julie xx

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Made of wood............a bangle :D


Well there isn't long left to enter the Happy Daze facebook challenge which is currently "made with wood"

I used one of THESE fabby bangles as my wooden base :D

I coloured it first of all with inka gold in Platinum.
I stamped my butterflies on to fibre paper with archival ink, ripped the edges away to the size needed to cover the bangle leaving frayed edges, then stuck on to the bangle with a glue stick.
When dry I coloured it with promarkers and then brushed on more of the inka gold.
When dry and buffed I glued on the lace and buttons with Claudine Hellmuths matte medium andcoated the rest of the bangle - this is amazing as it just doesn't budge when dry and selals the stamped images.
When totally dry I highlighted areas again with the inka gold.


I am also going to add this to the Simon says stamp and show challenge this week which is to show some buttons .............. buttons??? did someone say buttons :D
no challenge for me this week really LOL :D

hugs'n'snogs,

Julie xx

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Happy Easter!!!!

Happy Easter to you all :D
I had such a giggle trying to find a cute vintage image on google to share with you :D
You should try it - I seriously don't know what they were thinking!!!!

Have you visited the Happy Daze blog this weekend???
Well hop on over HERE for an Eggs-tra special easter treat from Moira , calorie free and all you have to do is comment on Gillians beautiful Timmyesque box (which I have serious craft envy over LOL) for a chance to win a £25 voucher from the shop!!!!

Also have you entered the current Facebook challenge???
Ok, neither have I yet but I have had issues with my laptop - my cable had lots of teeny tiny bite marks along it and for some reason stopped working.................. I wonder who that might have been???? LOL

Anywhoooo - don't forget to visit the Happy Daze facebook page and check out the details for another chance to win a £15 voucher.

The current theme is - Made with wood

Now Moira has got an amazing selection of wooden alterable items for sale in the SHOP and while you are there check out all the fabby NEW ITEMS that have arrived - I wouldn't hand around too long though, because those beauties will fly out I'm sure :D

Have a good weekend everyone :D

Hugs'n'snogs,
Julie xx

Monday, 18 April 2011

Whats for tea...........Fried Marbles???




LOL perhaps not unless you want a trip to the dentist :D

I saw mentioned on the net somewhere last week fried marbles - I had to investigate because it just sounded so flippin odd!!



So how about turning these humble glass marbles in to these lovely crackled beauties??
Now they don't look fab on these pics but they really catch the light with the sun on them :D

I followed the instructions HERE after I fell in love with the beautiful sun catcher :D

The marbles I used where cheap really bashed ones I found on ebay when I just had to have a go :D

I think I will be buying more soon and fancy trying glass pebbles next :D

Hugs'n'sparkly snogs,
Julie xx

P.S> thanks Carol for reminding me it was LINDAS BLOG where I spotted the marbles :D

Saturday, 9 April 2011

as mad as a hatter..............

dontcha just love wearable art???

Why not treat yourself to a cutie patootie TOP HAT to alter complete with clips to attach to your hair:D

And if you aren't inspired by my creation pop on over to the HAPPY DAZE BLOG where Moira, Jo and Carol have also created some incredibly natty head gear :D

I used dip it resin and wire to create my hearts then wired them all together to make a spray, then used wire wrapped around the hat to attach them.

I stamped an Alice image and added it to a metal frame then coated it with glossy accents and stuck it to a bow on the front of my hat.

Next I added feathers, clock hands and a few charms with an Alice theme to the wire work.

Pity we missed ladys day at Aintree yesterday :-( the luck best dressed lady won a fabby holiday to St. Lucia!!!

Oh well, maybe next year LOL :D
heres a few more pics for you to see in more detail :D
Hugs'n'mad snogs,
Julie xx

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Pink Parisian chic



I got this gorgeous wooden house from Caroline a couple of week ago an unfortunately (I think LOL) they have sold out at the moment :( Such a pity because I really want some more now LOL :D

I started by painting the whole think with white gesso and leaving it to dry thoroughly.

I gave it two coats of pink acrylic paint using a foam brush to get in to all the little tight corners.

I cut random pieces of patterned paper to the size of the apertures, distressed the edges then inked with black soot distress ink.

I stamped my images using black archival ink then stuck the pieces of paper in to the apertures with a small amount of glossy accents.

My pretty pin up girl was stamped three times on to white cardstock and decoupaged with silicone glue. I highlighted the hair, lips, dress and shoes with promarkers to give the effect of a tinted photo.

My lock and key were coloured with inka gold - the key was originally a bronze colour and didn't fit with my theme.

All the elements were stuck down with Claudine Hellmuths matte medium.

Have fun if you manage to grab a cute little house to alter :D

Hugs'n'snogs,

Julie xx


Saturday, 2 April 2011

Dragonfly duet altered pocket watch :D



Well, this turned in to quite a labour of love - in other words a chore!!! LOL :D

I treated myself to some resin a while ago and I was a little bit scared of it!!!
I made some little embellies to start with but it wasn't right and I started this project and couldn't get it to dry :(
I realised I wasn't getting the mix right!!

Luckily you can layer up resin and can't see where its layered so I finally got the mix right today to finish off this piece :D

I used my dichroic technique with croco to start with.
I coated my piece of lace with matte medium on both sides because resin soaks in to the fibres and it would become invisible with the resin - the same happens to paper!!

I stuck my embellies down with glossy accents then layered in the resin.

I finished it off by colouring the embellies with inka gold and adding a little bit of distress stickles on the resin to hide my pokeyisitdryyet finger prints :D

I'm so disappointed that you can't see the depth in the photo :( and blogger won't let me add anymore for some reason :(

yeyyyy I can now :D

Hugs'n'snogs,
Julie xx