Thursday, 7 December 2017

Upcycle book corner bookmarks

Hello, design elf Katrina here. This time I have a wonderfully quick project for you that would make a great extra little surprise if you are giving books as presents this Christmas. Upcycled corner bookmarks.    I have been making these for years and find they are actually better at keeping your page than other bookmarks as they slide onto the corner of your page and when the book is closed they stay there.    These corner bookmarks couldn’t be easier or cheaper as they upcycle the envelopes all those bills and letters that fall thought our letterboxes daily. All you need then is all those offcuts of papers we keep as crafters from our projects and some glue.    First collect together your envelopes and chop off their corners
Then all you need to do is cover them with paper. You do need to keep it flat and not too many layers of paper. One tip though, you might want to put something on one side that tells you its that side of the bookmark you were reading. Of course if you are using them in cookbooks or other reference books, I use them in my German course book, you might not need to know that.
 
Here are some I have made using different Craft Consortium papers
As you can see they are super easy and look really pretty. These would be great projects for the children to make, especially if they are bookworms!
 
Until next time, take care
 Love Katrina

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Christmas birdhouse decoration

Hello, design elf Katrina here to share with you my first Christmas project for 2017.   I have used the Tando mini chipboard birdhouse along with the Tando mini birds and branches to make this cute Christmas decoration.
This is such a fun little project to make, the birdhouse is so easy to put together and you can then add whatever you like to match your Christmas colours.
 
For my Christmas birdhouse I decided to use the wonderful decoupage papers from Craft Consortium. I chose the Merry Christmas papers as our Christmas tree is the traditional red gold and green.
 You will find it easier to cover the pieces before you put the birdhouse together. I painted all the pieces white on the outer side so the colours on the decoupage papers will be brighter.    I just use a PVA glue, you can water it down if it is very thick. Apply the glue to the surface of your birdhouse and then place it glue down onto the sheet of the decoupage paper. Roughly cut it out and leave to dry. Once dry trim off any excess paper and apply another layer of the PVA over the top of the paper to seal it and leave to dry again.  Once fully dry I painted all the edges with the Cosmic Shimmer paints and put my birdhouse together. Before you put the roof on, which I had painted white using the Cosmic Shimmer paint, I painted the inside of the birdhouse.   You need to think about how you want to use your decoration. If you want it to hang its best to put the hanging string in now. I used a glittery red Christmas trim. I made a loop and tied a big knot at the bottom. I then put the bottom end into the birdhouse with the loop of the trim hanging out and glued the second roof piece in place. Once dry the loop can be pulled up and hopefully your knot was big enough to not be pulled out.
 Now you can add your decorations. I used the Tando mini birds and branches. I painted the birds and branches with the Cosmic Shimmer paint and the stamped over the birds with a brown ink using the IndigoBlu dinky holly flush stamp.   I also cut some Mistletoe using the Couture Creations Mistletoe die and used some of the glitter card I had used for the icicles on the roof for the berries.
 I used some green pipe cleaners I had to make a little wreath to surround their door and added little bows from the same Christmas trim as I used to hang my decoration.   Everything except the glitter card, the red Christmas trim and green pipe cleaners can be found in the shop. You can find the -

              Tando mini birdhouse -

http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/tando-creative-chipboard-mini-3d-birdhouse-15345-p.asp

The Tando mini birds and branches-

http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/tando-creative-chipboard-mini-birds--branches-27191-p.asp

Craft Consortium decoupage papers Merry Christmas-

http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craft-consortium-decoupage-papers-merry-christmas-25860-p.asp

IndigoBlu holly stamp -

http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/indigoblu-dinkie-rubber-stamp-holly-flourish-24097-p.asp

Couture Creations Mistletoe die-

http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/couture-creations-intricutz-die-mistletoe-25827-p.asp

Cosmic Shimmer paint -

http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-paints-644-c.asp

I really hope you like my Christmas birdhouse decoration and will give it a go. It would make the perfect project for children to do too

Until next time, take care,

Love Katrina x

 

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