Sunday, 28 August 2016

A Summer Rose

Hi everyone! 

I am back with another baby themed project. There is a bit of a baby boom around here and this time it is my best friend who has had a little girl. When my friend had her first child I made this for her.... So glad that this time the handmade gift for her child could be my favourite theme of vintage ribbons and roses! We visited today and we got to meet Imogen for the first time....

.....and so now I can show this gift here.

I made the frame with balsa wood. I stuck some metal corners on the frame and applied dots of Decoart Media Liquid Glass. I then applied some swirls with Glossy Accent glue. I had several really bad attempts to get the paint right...nothing looked 'right'.....Eventually Fresco paint in Almond worked. I then covered it with a mix of Raw Umber and White Antiquing cream which I applied and then wiped away with a damp cloth. This was sealed with a coat of Ultra Matte Decoart Media Varnish.

I used mainly printed patterned paper for this frame - from a vintage rose/lace themed paper pack. I really wanted this frame to be vintage faded rose colours - and the paper set had plenty of perfect pieces - it also included some pale green which looked the colour theme was set. 

Occasionally I added other pieces of card that had been dabbed with Tattered Rose DI. Here I used some pattered paper as the dusky rose background and the baby's name is written on card covered with Tattered Rose DI and then stamped with a script stamp in the same ink. A white paint pen was used to dab dots around the edge and pearl gems are used in the corners. A decorative flower was added to the last corner. 

I created a quartet of mini plaques using printed paper, chit chat stickers and metal charms - using the white paint pen to highlight areas.

I love this rhyme! So I picked a gorgeous section of the printed paper with beautiful roses and added the rhyme along with a fairy metal charm. She was holding a heart, but I stuck a pearl over it to tie in with the pearl details in the frame.

I love this pram charm...and I couldn't resist using this little tag that was part of a sheet of the printed paper. I found a music sheet in my card collection and had to use it. This baby's Mummy is an AMAZING singer! I wanted a tribute to her wonderful talent.

And of course there has to be a picture of the beautiful little girl. This was one of the first pictures the proud parents showed it was chosen for this frame. I stuck it into a silver pendant and added a pearl and cream satin bow.

This section was one I did very little to. The heart was already part of the paper set so I cut that out and stuck it onto two pieces of patterned paper. I added the 'heirloom roses' strip (that was part of the printed paper) and added a chit chat sticker. I saw the word 'Love' on another sheet of paper and cut that out and stuck it on the heart. A simple pearl button was added to finish it off.

The baby's birth details....written on a piece of card that was covered with Tattered Rose DI. I cut a strip of rose coloured paper and added it to the bottom and top of the card, adding dots with a white paint pen and a bow of embroidery cotton.

I always love using this quote....I cut out two pieces of pattered paper to make the base of this section. I cut a heart from a sheet of card and embossed it. Then I painted it with Silver Decoart Media Paint followed by a tiny amount of Carbon Black Antiquing cream which was wiped away with a damp cloth when dry. To bring out a metallic gleam I lightly dabbed it with Pewter Treasure Gold...The tiny feet charm was glued on and I wrote the quote on tiny strips of card that had been 'aged' with Frayed Burlap DI

I used die cut flowers from the Tattered Florals set. I dabbed some Tattered Rose DI onto the craft mat and spritzed with water. I then dunked the flowers into the inky pool. When dry they were glued together and the center of the flowers was made by applying Decoart Liquid Glass followed by Rock Candy Distress Glitter. For the tiny white blossoms I used a die cut from the Susan's Garden range by Sizzix. I coloured them the same as the other flowers but used Antique Linen DI instead. When dry the centers were made from Liquid Pearls. 

The leaves were coloured with Shabby Shutters DI and edged with Frayed Burlap DI

And there is the finished frame....

I hope you enjoyed seeing this baby gift I made.....I really loved making it! I hope that Imogen will treasure it...I am certain her parents already do!

Happy crafting!

Laura xxxxxx

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Monday, 8 August 2016

Queen of the Heavens

Hi everyone!

Not many posts here from me lately - I am taking time over the summer to rest and make plans.

Blogging for now will be taking a back seat - but I will pop up occasionally when I have made something....and today is one of those times....

 Two very dear friends of ours have become first time parents (YAY!) and of course at times like this I really love to make a totally original, 'one of a kind' gift that is as unique as the newborn...

 Of course it is a frame - how I love making those!

Usually I make new born baby gifts in the standard pale pink and blues...but this little girl's Mummy is a huge fan of colour (You can see for yourself here - please take a peek at the hugely talented work she does with her friend. They own a company called hattie and flora )

If you did take a peek at the video link you will totally see why I have made this collage in the way I did! As much as it is a collage for Juno - it is also a tribute to her Mummy's love of colour and, while I can't copy what she does so brilliantly, this frame is also a tribute to her unique style. I definitely wanted it to be in tune with her love of vibrant colours...(she is also trained as a florist - so I just had to put some flowers in there too!!).


I chose a beautiful dusky pinky-peach plaid background for the collage and the first decoration I made was a picture of the beautiful little girl....Luckily I had access to FB pictures so could choose my favourite...

I cut out the photo and glued it into a silver pendant frame. I used some off-cuts from a previous project as the background...some stencil printing (I think) with distress inks. I added some paper lace, gems and a chit chat sticker.

The baby's name....Handwritten on a piece of card that had Worn Lipstick DI dabbed over, then stenciled, sprayed with water and then stamped with a text stamp....not very noticeable details - but just adding texture. I added little pearl gems to each corner.

The baby's birth details - On a piece of card I dabbed with Shabby Shutters DI and stamped with a text stamp using Peeled Paint DI. I then spritzed the card with water to make the colour more muted. I then finished it off by drawing faux stitching around the edge.

Now to fill in more of the baby collage frame....

One of my favorite baby quotes - used many times - but still perfect. The card was dabbed with Broken China DI and then some printed paper was cut into a heart shape. I wrote the quote across the card and added dots around the edge. A chit chat sticker was then added.

I had a metal embellishment of a baby hand print and wanted to use that. Using Wild Honey DI I covered the card and the spritzed with water before dabbing it with a tissue. A chit chat sticker was added.

 A final quote - which is so true!!! I wrote this quote on a piece of card that had been dabbed with Seedless Preserves DI and stamped with a fern stamp using Seedless Preserves DI. I added a swirl die cut here and had a small gap to fill in the I used a piece of card covered with Evergreen Bough DI and used a 'LOVE' metal embellishment.

The frame was made as usual from Balsa wood...1inch wide strips cut to size and glued in place. When dry I painted it with Decoart Burnt Umber paint. Then I covered it with a layer of Decoart Weathered Wood. Followed by a coat of Americana Decoart White acrylic paint. Then I applied two layers of Decoart Media Ultra Matte Varnish. I then glued it to the arrangement and added a mountboard back to make the frame sturdy.

Two holes were made in the top of the frame and a length of twine was pushed into them. A blob of strong glue was added and the screw brads were pressed into the holes and hammered in place.

 And now for the flowers...I made the pink flowers using the Tattered Florals Die cuts. Coloured by placing them into a puddle of Seedless Preserves DI made by smooshing the pad onto the mat and spritzing with a lot of water. When the flowers were still slightly damp I pressed them into shape with the end of a paintbrush then left them to dry - this way they keep the flower shape without having the creases that occur when trying to shape firm card.

The center of the flowers was made using Glossy Accents and sprinkling on my favourite glitter - Rock Candy Distress Glitter....such a beautiful effect

The tiny yellow blossoms are made using a die cut from the Susan's Garden range by Sizzix. I coloured them with a wash made from Wild Honey DI and water. I then added a tiny pearl bead to each flower center.

The blue flowers were made by cutting a strip of card and then cutting it into a fringe of tiny strips halfway down the card. This was then coloured with a wash of Shaded Lilac DI and the glue was applied to the base of the card and it was then rolled up. It is easiest to do this while the card is still slightly damp.

The leaves were cut from Tattered Florals Die cuts and the Susan's Garden set. They were coloured with Peeled Paint DI and dabbed with Frayed Burlap DI around the edges.

I added a few extra blossoms to the collage along with die cut swirls and a little button.

So there it is.....Juno's baby collage......I loved making it! 

It is a bit of a baby boom around here - so watch out a for a few more baby themed gifts being made!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Happy Crafting


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