Fear not – misting is easy!

This card is one of the projects in the Tom Mielko Project Book and CD – so I won’t go into the nitty gritty of creating it, but I thought it would give me an opportunity to talk about the Cosmic Shimmer range. It’s a massively popular range of spray misters that come in a myriad of colours – all of them super wonderful.

For those of you that are already converts – you might want to look away and skip the rest of the blog! However there are so many people that are afraid of this product – not sure what it does, not sure how to use it  – that I thought this was an ideal opportunity to hold forth!

The first thing to know is that there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ with the end result of your playtime. The joy of the misters is that it’s quite impossible to replicate the same thing twice – every piece you make will be unique – which can be a tad frustrating when you create a really special one! 

I usually place a sheet of newspaper (tabloid size is quite big enough) onto my kitchen or craft table as this protects the surface from over-enthusiastic misting! Choose around three of the colours, one of which I would recommend to be a metallic. Lightly mist one colour after another and between each stand back and look. When you feel you have misted enough colour then leave it to dry. The piece of card can then be cut up and used in strips, as a large backing piece – or in any other imaginative ways you care to think of.

Play and have fun – and you will create a piece of art that’s unique to you! 

 

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Tom Mielko stationery gift

Cards are always handy as there are so many occasions when we can give a card – but I love being able to give home made presents too! This collection of notelets and stationery is made from the images on the Tom Mielko project book CD.

The good thing about Tom’s art is that it’s suitable for men, women and children so it makes a very versatile gift for someone too.

The notelets are just small cards with the topper printed on glossy photo paper. The envelopes are all lined with some backing paper which really isn’t hard (just cut a rectangle the same width as the envelope and then draw round the tip of the envelope and trim) but it makes a huge difference. You can always make an envelope template by using a bought envelope, gently pulling it to pieces and then trace around it.

The folder is a fairly straightforward one – a scoring board is really handy for this. Decide what size folder you want to make and then do a couple of parallel scores down the middle – in this case they are about an inch apart.

The notelets and goodies are all held in by strips of velvet ribbon in this example, but you could use any narrow but sturdy ribbon or small strips of card if you prefer. The quickest way to create notepads is to buy plain little white pads or cheapie pads of some description and just alter the covers. Time to have a browse around the pound shop perhaps!

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Wonderful Josephine Wall fantasy card

Josephine is my favourite fantasy artist. Her work is very definitely feminine and appeals across all ages. There is always much more to her pictures than first meets the eye and they can give a lot of pleasure to the recipient.

This particular card was made using an image from the Josephine Wall project book and CD and is fairly simple – the crucial thing here is printing the topper and papers out using photo setting and in the case of the topper – glossy photo paper. This gives the best depth of colour and definition.

The dolphin backing paper in the photo is also the source of the single dolphin embellishments – just pick a couple of the smaller ones on a spare portion of the backing paper. The lovely middle patterned sheet is made by spraying cosmic shimmer sprays onto pale card. You could also achieve a similar effect by using the alcohol inks.

The metal corners could be bought embellishments, as in this case, or you could die cut some corners from mirri card and it’s always fun to distress it to make it look antiqued rather than shiny gold.

Whatever design you make with this wonderful image, you will spend hours gazing at the detailed underwater scene beneath her hair and the dolphins leaping in the sky – I told you it was fantasy!

The mirri card, cosmic shimmer sprays and the Josephine Wall project book and CD are all available on our website.

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The eternal charm of Jane Austen…

This fabulous card has been made using our cameo stamps, which never fail to please me when I plan a design with them. The frame is lovely and there are several heads to choose from.

There are corners that I just love – these are just so detailed and stamp out perfectly whether you choose to use a flat ink like Memento or something raised using a heat embossing technique. This example shows off the use of embossing folders and assorted dies really well. When a design works it reminds me how much scope we have nowadays with all the new inventions that have come into paper craft in the last few years.

I think this particular cameo stamp has a real ‘Jane Austen’ feel to it. This year it’s the bicentenary of the publication of her most famous novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’. It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide and has been made into numerous film and television adaptations. Who could forget Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy emerging from the lake in the famous BBC adaptation… not me!! The Jane Austen’s appeal is as strong today as it’s always been.

A local company based up in Chagford on Dartmoor, Right Note Stationery, produce a lovely range of products, all hand drawn by the wonderful Richard Sawers, a designer and illustrator of the old school.

He has a lovely range of stationery for Jane Austen fans including a Lady’s Journal and Lady’s Address Book. They also stock Jane Austen bookplates – absolutely vital to ensure everyone knows it’s YOUR copy of Pride and Prejudice!

You can have a look at Right Note’s lovely range of products on his website.

 

 

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Keeping the children amused during the Easter Holidays!

There are several ideas here for you to use with your children or grandchildren if they are visiting at Easter. Crafting can never start too early I reckon! It’s best to get everything prepared so that you can get straight into the ‘interesting’ bits with them rather than boring old getting things ready!

Easter Basket

There are dozens of free basket/small box templates on the internet if you do a Google search. Just choose a pretty basic one, you could try this one.

You’ll need coloured card, a butterfly punch or similar and some pretty ribbon. Use the punch all round your basket once it is made up and keep the butterfly pieces for decoration.

We used PVA glue to stick it together and while it’s drying, hold together with a large paper clip or a clothes peg to stop it slipping. We then cut a length of card and glued on a handle then added more butterfly decorations.

Decorated Eggs

These polystyrene eggs are a lovely way to craft with children and use up all sorts of odds and ends that you have in your craft room.

You can paint the eggs, decorate them with scraps of ribbon or self adhesive gems and pearls (as the blue one at the front of the picture).

Try wrapping them in tissue paper, decorating with punched out butterflies and snowflakes or maybe just draw a funny face on them!

Pipe Cleaner Pets

These easy projects need pipe cleaners, pompoms, googly eyes and some coloured card.

Twist the pipe cleaner around your finger (or two children’s fingers as they are so much smaller) and then take another pipe cleaner to make wings for chicks or ears for the rabbits. Attach them to the back of the first spiral by twisting them on. Glue on the pompoms and googly eyes using PVA glue. Then cut small pieces of card for the mouth and the feet.

What a lot of wobbly fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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