Friday, 10 November 2017

Remembrance poppy brooch

Hello, design elf Katrina here again to show you what I have been making lately.  Here in the U.K. it is Remembrance Sunday tomorrow. Every year I buy a poppy, as we all do, and the 5 mins later its fallen off. Over the years I have made myself different types of poppies and then just added my donation to the poppy sellers tin but I have never been 100% happy with them. So this year I tried again and this time I am very happy with them. I made mine out of felt but of course you could make them out of card.  
I used red felt for my poppy petals. The black if also felt, a half inch strip cut with pinking scissors and then gathered into a circle using a running stitch.
Each petal is pleated and then stitched in place. I then sewed the petals to each other. 
The black centre I stitched to the petals.
I finished it off with a button from the monochrome button pack.
Stitch a brooch back onto the back of your poppy to finish.
 
You can find the button packs here -
There are lots of different colour themed packs to choose from that contain black buttons. It would also be a lovely if you had a button from your family button box to use too.
 
Brooch backs here -
 
I hope you like my poppies. 
 
If you are wondering why three poppies, well one for me, one for my sister and one for my Godmother who admired my poppy last year but by then it was too late to send one to her so I sent one this year instead.
                                                  Have a reflective and peaceful Remembrance day.                                                                                                   Love Katrina x

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Trick or Treat art journal page

BOO!! Hello! Design elf Katrina here with my last Halloween project for 2017. As I haven’t made an art journal page in my IndigoBlu Junk and Disorderly journal for a while I thought I would have some fun with a Halloween page.
To start I chose one of the white pages in the album and used some of the Cosmic Shimmer paints to build up my background. I like to use a baby wipe to paint with as it blends the paint automatically and of course there is no brush to wash after!
 
I wanted a large bright moon so I cut a circle out of a piece of scrap card and used it as a stencil using the paints through the hole.
 
The haunted house is a Tim Holtz die cut out of black card.
 
For my witch I took the Creative Expressions butterfly girl stamp set and adapted her slightly.
First I stamped her body and cut her out, cutting off her wings and pony tail.
Then I stamped her again for her dress which I cut out and stamped the swirly pattern over the top using IndigoBlu Tiny backgrounds.
I cut out a witches hat and bat wings on my Silhouette Cameo.
All that was left to do for her was to dress her up!
 
Now that the background was dry I stamped some of the pattern stamps in the Creative Expressions Butterfly girl stamp set onto the background.
 
I also stamped the tree from Visible image.
 
I then built up the page making a hanging sign with the sign stamp from Butterfly Girl and the Halloween strip stamps from Stampendous for the house. I also added some washi tape and some bats.
 
The lettering was hand drawn using a black pen.
 
If you would like to make an art journal the Junk and Disorderly journal is great for beginners. You can find it in the shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/indigoblu-junk-and-disorderly-art-journal-26811-p.asp
 
The paints here -
 
Butterfly girl stamp set for the witch -
 
IndigoBlu Stamps-
 
Stampendous stamps -
 
Washi tape -
 
I think that is all the products.
 
I have been art journaling for many years now so if you have any questions or problems I would be happy to help.
 
Until next time, take care and have a happy and safe Halloween
Love Katrina x
 

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Spooky Halloween House decoration

Hello, design elf Katrina here. Thank you for joining me today. Halloween is growing near and I have a Spooky Halloween house decoration to show you.
The inspiration for this Halloween decoration was the Crafty Individuals chipboard houses and trees. I really love playing with these and I have made a couple of different things with them, I will add links below but I have never made a Halloween House before.
 
I used two of the chipboard houses to make my halloween house. I glued together after I had finished the surface decoration on them I also used a piece of the fencing and one of the tree trunks. 
 
I wanted to use lots of different mediums on my house but to begin with I painted the house using the Cosmic Shimmer chalk paints. I used black for the roof and the tree trunk then a purple for the house and white for the fence. For the windows I used a light yellow so they glowed!
 
To make the roof more roof like I used the midnight glitter texture past through a stencil. Its very easy to do, just lay your template down and scrape your texture paste through the stencil using a pallet knife. Then lift the stencil off gently and wash the paste off your stencil and pallet knife immediately before it dries.
 
I used the same method for the house but this time I mixed some of the Cosmic Shimmer silk glitter into some of the clear texture paste to make my own colour.
 
For the fence I just smoothed on some of the crystal texture paste over the shape to make it sparkle.
 
Once Everything was dry I could build up my scene.
 
The windows just needed a little something more, so I used one of the IndigoBlu tiny background stamps with a grey ink to add a pattern then put them into the windows.
 
The little die cuts are from one of my own dies from Cuttlebug. I have had it for ages but there are plenty of dies and embellishments you can add to your house.
 
I also added some of the Cosmic Shimmer glitter jewels ebony ice to the bottom of my house to finish it off.
 
Now of course you could leave it there, put your house onto a card or box but I decided to set it on the moon!
 
I cut a moon shape and using the gold glitter paste added some stars from a star template. Then stuck my house to the moon and went around the edge with some black ink.
 
So, you can find the chipboard houses and trees in the shop here -
 
The paints here -
 
The texture pastes here -
 
Glitter -
 
Glitter jewels -
 
I did mention that I had used these chipboard houses before. You can find my projects links below
 
My little street -
 
Sunshine plaque -
 
 
Thank you for joining me today, please come back again soon to see another one of my projects for The Fruit Pixie.
Love Katrina x
 
 

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Halloween brooch

Hello! Design elf Katrina here again with another project to inspire you.   Have you seen the new Disney buttons by Dress-it up in the shop? I think I am right in saying there is something there for everyone. One of my favourite films is “ The Nightmare Before Christmas “  so when I spotted the Nightmare before Christmas Dress-it up button set I had to have a play with them. You get lots of buttons in the set, Jack Skeleton and two of his heads, as well as Sally and Zero the ghost dog.    I have chosen to use one of Jack Skeleton’s heads and Zero the ghost dog to make these cute rosette style brooches.
These are so easy to make.
 
All you need is some black felt and orange ribbon. 
 
To make the Zero the ghost dog’s brooch I cut a strip of the black felt using pinking sheers. I then stitched a running stitch along the bottom of the felt strip. This doesn’t have to be neat, so you don’t have to be a good seamstress to do this.
 
Gather your felt up into a tight circle by pulling on your thread and then stitch the two ends together to form your first rosette.
 
Do the same for the ribbon piece.
 
Layer the felt rosette on top of the ribbon one and put your button on the top with the shank of the button poking through the hole in the middle of the two rosettes.
 
Stitch the button to the sides of the rosettes to secure. You won’t see this so make sure its nice and secure.
 
Cut another small piece of felt and stitch that as neatly as you can on the back of your rosette to cover the hole. You can then add a brooch back to the back too to make a sweet brooch for your bag or coat.
 
The smaller brooch made using the Jack Skeleton head button was made in the same way but I used a thiner ribbon and thinner strip  of black felt.
 
Of course you don’t have to stop at two rosettes, you can build them up using different ribbons, lace and fabric strips as you wish
 
I hope you like my brooches and will give them a go. If you have any questions or need help then you can contact me here or over on our Facebook page.
 
These and other Disney Dress-it up buttons can be found in the shop here -
Ribbons and lace here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/fibres-ribbons--trims-54-c.asp
 
Brooch backs -
 
I have a couple of other projects for the Dress-it up Disney buttons coming up so pop back again very soon to see what else you can do with these buttons.
 
Until then, take care 
  Love Katrina x
         

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Have a batty Halloween card

Hello, design elf Katrina here to show you my latest project.    October sees the start of the busiest time of my crafting year. Starting with Halloween and then Christmas.    Halloween is not really celebrated here in the UK, even if all the shops try their best to convince us we do in order to sell us even more things. I love it though. We have a pumpkin lantern that hubby carves and then we sit and watch old halloween films and eat pumpkin soup. As I have been crafting for a very,very long time I have lots of homemade Halloween projects that come out each year to decorate our home.     So my project today is a sweet little card for Halloween
This is a stepper card using the backing papers from Craftwork cards. The main stamped image is by Stampendous called Halloween magic.
 
I painted the image using Indigoblu luscious pigment powders. These are beautiful powders that can be used in many ways. I just added a spot of water to a minute amount of the powder and mixed it into a wonderful pearlescent paint. 
 
I then added some cogs, to match her hat and some bat die cuts and finally stamped another of the Stampendous stamps to finish it off.
 
You can find the stamps I used here in the shop here - 
 
The beautiful luscious powders here -
 
Come back again very soon when I will have another project to show you.
 
Until then, take care, 
  Love Katrina x