23/07/2014

An Eerie Tale Shadow Box Frame for Jones Crafts


Altered Shadow box
An Eerie Tale Deep Shadow Box Graphic 45 - A Jones Crafts DT Project 
Helllllooooooo and Happy Wednesday to you.  We took time out on Monday and headed over to Stratford again, had lunch in the rooftop restaurant at the RSC Theatre and went up the new tower to take in the amazing views from the top.  You can see for miles…. but guess who forgot the camera!!  It was too nice not to wander down to the river, and after sitting watching the boats for a while I persuaded Andy that we should hire one out for an hour.  What a laugh, negotiating bridges, tour boats and swans and a seriously wobbly boat when we decided to change ends.  I'm not sure how we didn't end up in the water! 
Inspired by the Theatre style advent calendar I shared with you last week, I finished the first version of my Eerie Tale album and then moved onto a long overdue Jones Crafts DT project. 
This is the largest of the Candy Box Crafts shadow boxes measuring 12 x 12" across the centre and a great space to create a scene or wall art in.  I went for a black, orange and gold colour scheme with a few flowers thrown in for good measure lol!!  Cutting them out in the garden wasn't a good idea.  I lost a few as they blew off the table and disappeared between the decking boards  week…. more fussy cutting lol! 
The black and gold Unsolved Mystery 12 x 12 paper provides a fabulous backdrop and makes the flowers and centre scene pop.  I used one centre section of the An Errie Tale 12 x 12 paper for the centre scene curved on black card that folds round the sides of the inner frame and then layered the characters spinning wheel and flowers over the top  to add depth to the finished frame.  Here's a few close up pics of the detail and the supply list if you'd like to make one yourself. 
Supply List 
An Eerie Tale 12 x 12 papers used
Unsolved Mystery x 2 
An Errie Tale x 2
Enchantment x 1 
You Bewitch Me x 1 
Wicked Whimsey x 1  
An Errie Tale Sticker Button & Label 
2 x Black 12 x 12 Kaisercard
Treasure gold 
2mm Chipboard  
Art Glitter 
Black buttons from Jones Crafts 
Black Paint
Glossy Accents / Tacky Glue 
Alterations Pediment die 
Alterations Elegant Flourishes die 
Sizzix Dotty & Flowers Die Set 658583
I've got one more project to make from the papers I've got left over so I'm going to grab a coffee and get my thinking cap on.  Enjoy the rest of your day, thanks for calling by and catch up again soon :-)

18/07/2014

An Eerie Tale - Theatre Style

An Eerie Tale Graphic 45
An Eerie Tale Graphic 45 - Alternative Advent Calendar 
Hellooooooo there, happy Friday to you.  Its been a right scorcher and really muggy here this week  with rain and thunder storms thrown in just to confuse us lol!!   My plan was to get cracking on two new albums but I got completely distracted and have been working on this alternative advent calendar, my latest design team project for Candy Box Crafts.  I'd been browsing some theatre sets on the net for a while trying to decide how to add dimension to the centre stage using the fairy tale characters from An Eerie Tale paper collection by Graphic 45 and this is what emerged.  It took an age to put
together,  but I was really pleased with the end result, and so was Roy when I sent over the pictures :-)   
There's just under two inches of depth to play with in the centre section and here's a few close up pics of how I altered it:
To make the columns I ran paper and a mask through my big shot, cut out the embossed image and mounted each one on black card for additional support.  Towers of different numbers of chipboard squares stuck to the back give them the depth  
the floor is raised slightly to give more dimension to the centre space and columns and the steps are a separate piece of paper  leading up to sleeping beauty and the wicked witch.  The sweet like knobs on the drawers are made from two tiny black buttons stuck together with a 1/4" circle of paper stuck to the top, coated in glossy accents and sprinkled with glitter before the glossy accents dried. 
 The calendar would make a great trinket/jewellery box as well as a really unusual Christmas keepsake. If you fancy making one yourself they are available to order over in our shop

Here's the supply list for my version:

12 x 12 Eerie Tale papers 

Enchantment 
An Eerie Tale 

Fanciful Fable 
Captivating Characters 
Gone Batty 
Magic Spell 
Abra Cadabra 
Whicked Whimsey 

An Eerie Tale pockets 

Black Card 
That Special Touch of …… Column Mask 
Chipboard 
Alterations Holly Beaded and Snowflake Garland Decorative Strip
Sizzix Border Die (black bobbles under curtains) 
Treasure Gold 
Art Glitter, Black, Purple, Orange & Green
Black Buttons (48) 
Paper Clay & Rose Mould 
Tacky Glue & Glossy Accents
New Weekend Retreat Dates 2015
Amazingly our November retreat is now fully booked so Andy & I have been looking at a number of hotels for our 2015 events.  We've chosen  the Holiday Inn, Kenilworth, right in the middle of the town and within walking distance of our fabulous park and Castle and the three new dates are listed over on the workshop and event page of the blog.  A few places have already been snapped up already so if you'd like to come along and join Andy and me for a fun filled weekend of crafting  click here for more info and booking details   We'd love to see you. 
This months blog candy
My Creative Spirit July Giveaway
Just a quick shout out to let you know there's still a few days left to leave your comment and be in with a chance to win one each of our new products.  If you haven't left a comment yet click here to go over to the post.  They've been so popular we've sold out of them all in the shop but new supplies are on their way :-) 

Well I think that all from me this eve, so enjoy your weekend, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again soon :-) C 

14/07/2014

A crafty weekend at the Birds in the Barn Summerfest

I travelled further east than I've ever been on Friday night, to be up bright and early on Saturday morn and join Janet and here team at the Marks Tey Hotel for two days of crafting at the Birds in the Barn Summerfest 2014.  I was invited to run two classes over Saturday and Sunday and boy did we have some fun. 

Saturday took us By the Sea in true Graphic 45 style making my little book in a box
and in our Sunday class we got the paint out, altered our Candy Box Crafts handbags and made a mini album to go inside them
It was lovely to meet everyone who came along, catch up with friends, make new ones and of course have a great time crafting the weekend away.  Huge thanks to everyone for coming along to my classes and to the lovely Janet and wonderful team of ladies for all your help over the two days, and for putting on such a fabulous event :-)  p.s. Loved the egg sandwiches Lyn, thank you:-) 

After my weekend away it's back to the drawing board today, I'm working on two new on line workshops this week with the Come Away with Me and Eerie Tale collections.  Enjoy whatever you get up to yourself and look forward to catching up again later in the week.  

11/07/2014

A lovely week off

Come Away with Me album 
Morning, can it really be Friday again.  It doesn't seem like a week since I picked Annie up from the station and now she's back in Falmouth. We've have had a great time.  My week started in true topsy turvey style with a fun filled workshop on Sunday at The Stamp Attic while Annie and Andy (the Elf) headed over to join the family and celebrate my Aunt and Uncles 60h Wedding Anniversary.                                                             

Monday took us over to Stratford-upon-Avon for Annie and Andy's Birthday lunch by the river, with a little bit of sight seeing and shopping too.  The town was busy busy busy as always and looked really colourful.  A trip to the top of the new tower on the Theatre is still on the to do list. 
Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the church where Shakespeare is buried
I grabbed a few hours on Tuesday to finish the Album (above) for one of the workshops I'm running at the Birds in the Barn Summerfest this weekend and Wednesday we stayed local and visited our very own Kenilworth castle. It's about half a mile away from home and a place we've grown up around and visited hundreds of times.  I used to take the boys there when they were little, but neither of us had been inside for a few years. So I found our residents passes and off we went. 
The Tiltyard and entrance to Kenilworth Castle


We wandered through the rooms now open in the Gatehouse, around the recently finished Elizabethan gardens and through the ruins of the Keep, Great Hall and Apartments built for Queen Elizabeth 1st when she visited the castle for the last time in 1575 and then had lunch outside the stables.  It's definitely worth a visit if you haven't been, along with Warwick Castle which is 4 miles down the road.    

Well that's all for today. I'm off to pack my bags and head off down to Colchester for a weekend of workshops at the Birds in the Barn Summerfest.  Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow and Sunday and will share pics with you all next week.  Have a lovely weekend, I hope the sun shines on us all and catch up again soon :-) C

06/07/2014

All dressed up and off to the Prom


Morning everyone, hope your enjoying a Sunday lie in.  I managed to catch a really rare moment with both my beans together and smiling on Friday eve before H headed off to his Prom, all dressed up with shoes to match too :-) Definitely one for an album.
We had a great class at Daisy's yesterday. altering our boxes with Come Away with Me papers, which you can see being cut into around the tables. thank you ladies for coming along and to Wendy & Jeff too.

Lovely to see the crop ladies again too. Here they are working on their layouts.  


Mel was celebrating her Birthday yesterday, and here's Wendy( caught on camera with no where to run to) with her Birthday Cake which was deeeee licious! Hope you enjoyed your day Mel.  
 and here's some of our ladies with their finished projects. 

It's a quick shower for me and off down to Wantage to see Wendy and her ladies at The stamp Attic for a vintage Nursery Rhymed themed day Mother Goose style.  Will share some pics with you later in the week. 
Have a lovely day yourself, thanks for calling by and catch up again soon :-)

04/07/2014

Happy 4th July and one for the gents'……..

Altered Shadow Box - Good Ol' Sport 
Helllooooo to you.  It's Friday again here and 4th July :-) How did that come round again so quickly. To all my American friends across the pond have a wonderful 4th July and enjoy your celebrations.   
With football mania touching us all at the moment, I thought I'd share my altered shadow box with you, along with how it came together.  One of the reasons I love working G45 papers is you can bring them to life, lifting the images from both paper sized and combining them to make unique pieces of altered art. 

So if you fancy making one yourself here's how it came together:




Stick the frame together using tacky glue, paint or ink the edges corners and start by building up the background and sides. I scrumped up the news print paper and inked the creases to give it an oldish look before sticking it to the base of the box.
Ad false sides to draw the eye towards the centre of the box and fix them in place using d/s tape 
Cut out your decoupage pieces and using towers of 1/4"chipboard squares build up the centre detail increasing the number of chipboard squares under the pieces as you work forwards to add the layers of images
Decorate the frame of the box with paper and embellishments and stick in place over the tabs on the base

and you're done. One decoupaged shadow box ready to hang on the wall. 

The shadow boxes come in three sizes and are all available over in the 'MDF Blanks to alter' section of my shop at 
I'm going to grab a coffee, run down my little list of today's things to do and then do a quick clean around the house before heading off to the station to pick the sister.  I'm so pleased she'll get to see him before he heads off to the Prom and will share a few pics of him with you over the weekend. Enjoy your Friday too, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again :-) C