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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Current Challenge Themes For My Favorite Places

Altered Eclectics (Mother Hen)
 1st day of every month

Eclectic Ellapu (Mother Hen)
on the 1st day of every month


Rhedd's Creative Spirit (DT)
Anything Goes 
begins 1st day of month

Drop by and join in the fun!
Hugz always 
Elaine aka Ellapu xxx 

Friday, 2 September 2016

An actual post

I cannot believe I have managed to make something just for the sake of it without being a DT make. This has not happened for such a long time and I am pleased I have managed to do it.  I acquired a couple of small square box frames from a charity shop and well what can I say they were so awful - however potential is definitely there.

Here are the before pics

You can see what I mean lol.

First off I painted with gesso and then with a green chalk paint.  I then used white mixed media paint - the one to can whipe away with damp cloth - nice quick and easy way to distress and worn effect.  I used matt varnish over the top.  I printed an image from the net and used green taffeta ribbon for the backing.  I used the wood pieces you get with a canvas to raise it from the background for depth.  I had frayed it before hand.  I felt this had enough decor - I sometimes manage to complete something CAS without overdoing it lol.  I then cleaned the glass and sealed it all back together with my hot glue gun.  

Now for the pics of the after......

Thank you for dropping by and please feel free to return.

Just a reminder there are new challenges over Rhedd's Creative Spirit, Eclectic Ellapu and Altered Eclectics.

Elaine aka Ellapu xx

Thursday, 1 September 2016

September challenge Over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Oh my word Christmas is almost upon us... scary!  Well it is time for another challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit and for this month I have put together a fairy in a jar and I really loved making this.

The jar is 6 inches tall, 4 inches wide and the neck is 2 inches wide.  It was a hell of a job getting the moss to stay at the bottom of jar and would only settle once I placed my fairy inside. She was a picture I managed to find on the net, cut her out and stuck her to some twigs from my garden to replicate a tree.  I placed some tiny rosebuds on the branches and manipulated the fairy and tree into the jar.  Fiddly but really worth it.  I hot glued the teigs to the neck to give further strength.  I stuck a small piece of card over the neck and covered with lace.  For the backing I used a really pretty floral/butterfly napkins and decoupaged to the jar.  To finish it off i used the same lace down the sides and made a bow for the top. Please excuse the terrible photos - difficult to get right angles without glare lol


Why not head on over to RCS and join in with the fun challenge and leave some love for the wonderfully talented DT girlies

Hugz always xx

September over at Altered Eclectics

For this months challenge I filled a triangular wooden box with stones to give it weight.  I covered it using a corrugated wrap from a panini, which I might add was really delicious lol.  I painted all in white and then decoupaged with a floral napkin.  I sealed with varnish and used a wooden frame from Fernli Designs. I printed an image from the internet and fussy cut the birds lol.  I finished off the bottom with ivory coloured felt. Voila all done and now sitting on my desk at work as a paperweight.

Now for the pics

Thanks for dropping by and why not head on over to our challenge at Altered Eclectics

Hugz Elaine xx

This has been entered into the following challenges

Altered watch box into gift box

September challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu and the theme for the pink team is make/altered gift box/bag so lots of scope for this challenge.  Could even make own gift wrap though I am not that adventurous lol.   The theme for the purple team this month is New Beginnings an so much scope for that too.  Really fun challenges.

Anyway for this month I have altered an old watch box to use for giving a watch to my daughter in law for her birthday.  Just hope she likes it lol.  I didn't take a pic of the box - naughty me but have found a pic on the net of a similar one.  The outside is vinyl and padded top

I painted initially with gesso, then some pink paint, crackle medium and white paint over the top.  I decoupaged the really gorgeous napkin of a really cute girl.  What I like about the effect is you can see the pink crackles through the girls face - tis wicked! well I think so anyways lol.  I used a pretty daisy trim round the base of the box, mulberry flowers, leaf trims from applique and pearl trim for the top and for bottom front I put together a daisy type flower made from various trims. Now for the pics 



I do hope you like my gift box and I hope you will pop on over to Eclectic Ellapu and join in with the challenges this month

Monday, 1 August 2016

August challenge over at Rhedd's*

August already and time for  a new challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit and as always the theme is anything goes altered or mixed media.  For this month I bought a really cheap looking plastic from from our local pound store and guess what it cost me - a pound lol.

I painted it using gesso and then spritzed it using many types of sprays, dylusions, cosmic shimmers and glimmermists until I had achieved the deep rich mixture of colours I was happy with.  I then used purple and turquoise inka gold for the raised parts.  I then sealed with varnish.  For the insert (before picture is inserted) I decoupaged using a paper napkin.  A very short post and simple project but end result just overall gorgeousness and very effective.  Sometimes less is more.

Now for the pics.

Why not head on over and join in with this months challenge and maybe leave some love for the fab DT.

Hugz always 

Elaine aka Ellapu

This has been entered into the following challenges

New challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu

For this month the challenges over at Eclectic Ellapu are for the Pink team '' Floral'' and for the Purple is ''It's a man thing''.

Seeing as I am part of the pink team my quest was floral.  

I wanted to make something practical so I started out with 2 4x4'' box lids and a vaping liquid bottle - perfect for a tiny vase and a oddment of chipboard for the base.  I painted the whole lot pink, added crackle medium and then painted over using a grey chalk paint.  I allowed it to crackle and then set about decoupaging paper napkins over the insides of the lids, bottle and base.  I finished off using glossy varnish.  I joined the lids using pink ribbon and stuck the lids and bottle to the chipboard base. I used a variety of pink paper roses and some small leaves cut from an applique.  The point of having such a small vase is for those daisies the grandchildren pick - I now have something to put them in lol.  

Now for the pics and hope you like it

Please head on over and join in with the fun over at Eclectic Ellapu


August Challenge *

over at Altered Eclectics and as always it is anything goes as long as it is altered objects and mixed media.  For this challenge I have entered an altered wooden box I have put together for a wedding present - this was a request for a friend.  I really enjoyed doing this too.  First of all I painted a darker beige before the crackle medium and cream paint.  Loved watching paint crackle - still find it all quite magical lol.  I then decoupaged a really gorgeous napkin of a boy and girl pretending to get married.  Love them.  I then did the same process for the inside and used a rose napkin.  I did alot of sanding in between to keep the surfaces smooth.  I finished it all off with a hardwearing varnish.  The lock on the box had broken so I fixed a new one on and voile all done!  Now for the pics

Thanks so much for visiting me and do come again, and while you are at please go on over to Altered Eclectics and join in with the fun

Hugz always

Elaine aka Ellapu xxx

This has been entered into the following challenges

613 avenue create ag 7a
love 2 create ag 28a
southern girls ag 1s
crafty gals corner 3a
ttcrd ag 2a


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