Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Christmas Tags in a Box

With this post I am show casing some Christmas tags I made for my swap partner.  Our swap was Saturday past so it is 100% OK for me to publish these images.

I mostly used Graphic 45's Christmas Emporium and few other scraps, some bits and bobs.

Warning!!!!  Image overload..................... *grin*

The above image is the cover of the book which houses the 5 tags I created.  The book itself, the Christmas tree, outlines of presents, snowflake under the poinsettia and the poinsettia itself was cut with my cameo using papers from the collection. Don't you just love that lace??!!

Close ups of the cover.

The image below shows the closure of the book at the side

The images below show the inside of the book.

The Five Tags

Tag No. 1

Tag No 2

Tag No 3

Tag No 4

Tag No 5

The snowflake is an actual Christmas tree ornament and added to that is an image from Tim Holtz Seasonal idea-ology paper collection.  I love the music sheet at the back of the tag!

It was such fun to create this for my swap partner and rather difficult to part with at the time but the consolation is that I can always make another for myself :-).

I hope you feel inspired to create some keepsake tags from your favourite paper collections too.

Thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Altered Dome Plaque

I was so excited when I saw this wooden plaque dome in my DT package - I love to alter things!!
So many ideas went through my head like a layout featuring a family photograph, then I thought of painting it and doing some texturing but I wanted to do something that I could use after and not something that would just go on display. 

So I opted to make a key holder...

 Wanted a rusty shabby kind of look so I stuck to browns burlap cremes etc.

First I applied gesso and when dry Martha Stewart's vanilla bean satin craft paint.  Next I applied Martha Stewart's weather crackle effect and when that was fully dried, white acrylic paint.  Super super result!  Her crackle is wonderful to use, easy to apply, dries quickly - I absolutely love it! I cut some corks in half and screwed in normal cup hooks. I dabbed some hazelnut alcohol ink on the hooks and keys to tone down their gold hues. 

Don't you just love this burlap flower???  I had bought this flower at Paper Lane before I even saw my DT package and of course when I decided to use this flower in my project; it set the tone for the design scheme, colour theme and style.  I created the canvas flower myself and adhered the metallic flower to the center - perfect result don't you think??!!

I adhered a square of burlap to the plaque with my glue gun.  Chose to use paper from the DCWV Tradewinds paper stack-I tore and curled the paper before positioning it.  That awesome large key was a find when on vacation in Malaysia and fitted this project perfectly.  I used white ink dabber on the flower and tied a seam binding bow with a stick pin underneath.  The canvas bird is by Prima on which I used creme de chocolat glimmer mist. The key image has glossy accents for definition

The large key is on a chain and I chose to keep the chain on the key in this project.  At the bottom of the key image I poked a tiny hole and locked the chain through it....the image below shows how I spun the chain across plaque.

The gold butterfly with key from the paper collection was perfect!!  Adhered corrugated board onto that lovely patterned paper.  Before adhering the strip of corrugated board I finger painted it with white acrylic paint - love the effect.  Alphas were placed on foam squares before being adhered to the corrugated board.  Love the delicate lace on top and the awesome lace on the bottom! I placed net randomly through out the project. Again I dabbed the dark brown flower with acrylic paint before cocooning it in lace.

The back of the plaque.  I hot glued 4 round wooden knobs to protect the plaque against the wall and spun some old chain.  Did you notice I used the plaque in an 'upside down' position in my project??

Paper Lane is fully stocked with wonderful items to alter - pop in, select one, buy some paints and embellishments and display it in your home.  With such wonderful items in store, you have no excuse ladies so go to paper Lane now!!!

I hope my project has inspired you to alter something...if you do, post your pics, we would love to see.

Take care ladies...Janine

Monday, 10 December 2012

Mixed Media Canvas

With this canvas I experimented so much using Martha Stewart paints and peonie stencil - love it!!!

I saw a post with a stamped image similar to this and totally wanted it!  I searched high and low here in Dubai but could not find it - so what was the next thing to do???  Create the image myself!!

I love how this young lady turned out - I used a tooth pick dipped in black paint to draw her; used different pieces of paper to layer her dress with a bit of altered lace at the bottom of her dress.

Used a tiny flower punch on the same paper I used on the strips for her dress.  Prima wall stencil at the back.

Mixed media is fun!

Thanks for stopping by...

Friday, 7 December 2012

Christmas Stackable Boxes

Hello bloggers and welcome to our blog hop hosted by Noor Nahdi.  if you arrived here from Amna's Blog you are on the right track.  If you are lost please click on her name to go directly to her blog to start at the beginning.

Before I provide the details of our blog hop and the super prizes to be won allow me to first introduce you to Fascinating Fridays..Fascinating Fridays is a local blog hosted by fellow 'blog hopper' Noor Nahdi!  Via this blog she features an upcoming local artist every Friday.  Once you leave my blog you will next go to Noor's blog (link below) and there you will have the opportunity to read about the artist in her latest feature.

Plus I am thrilled to announce Fascinating Friday's 2nd anniversary so YAY!!!!, 
happy anniversary to FASCINATING FRIDAYS!!!!

So if you are here and reading this you stand a chance to win a 40$ gift certificate from Two Peas In A Bucket!!  To qualify you just need to leave the most comments - maximum of three - in ALL blogs!

But wait...there is more..if my post has the highest number of activity then I will be selecting a random winner to receive a gift voucher worth 20$ from Flourishes llc woot woot.  

Remember to qualify for the prize you need to comment in ALL blogs according to the order.  You will be directed where next to go from blog to blog!

My project today features Christmas gift mini boxes and a Christmas greeting card.

I purchased 3 boxes mini boxes and decorated them with scraps from my Christmas projects

The poinsettia is an artificial flower and the silver bling is Christmas trimmings

The red ball, gold leaf and gold flower cluster are all Christmas trimmings!
I filled each box with little gifts like a shopping voucher at her favourite store, a manicure and pedicure and a brunch for two.  Super gifts for a super friend!  

Next I made her a Christmas greeting card to accompany her gift boxes...

I love how it turned out and I hope you do too! 

So please leave a comment to stand a chance to win that awesome prize from Flourishes!

To be eligible for the prize you must comment in ALL blogs on the featured project  Once you have left a comment on this project of mine, please go directly to...

when you are finished commenting on her blog, she will direct you to the next blog...

Don't forget to check back on my blog on the 10th of December when the winner will be announced!  Good luck and happy hopping!