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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 

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Time for another challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Sprit *

Yes it is that time again and where has this year gone to ... so very fast.  For this month I have altered a wine bottle and although it was one of my simpler ones I am really pleased with the result.

First I sprayed the bottle with a frosting spray I had bought and was very disappointed in it - rubbish but has served a purpose this tie.  I needed some tooth and it at least achieved that.  I then dabbed using a sponge some silkies type powder paint that has to be mixed up using a gel medium.  It gives a wonderful shimmer effect.  I used purple, pink and blue.

I had ordered some lace from China and was gobsmacked when it turned up - it was so wide I thought I would never find a project to use it on but hey I cut out all the bits I wanted to use as decoration for my bottle.  I love he effect so much so not only has it served as my DT piece for Rhedd's Creative Spirit but have used it as my banner on my Zibbet shop, KrafterZion.  Please head on over and take a look at Rhedd's Creative Spirit, join in and leave some love for the wonderful DT ladies, they are so fabulously talented.

Now for the pics including the one of the extremely wide lace.

Hugz to you all and can't wait to see your creations.

October Challenge over at Altered Eclectics 6

Wow nearly the big holiday season and to think on the next challenge I ought to be thinking about Christmas projects but for this month have kept it so to speak normal! lol

For this months challenge I have altered a wine bottle - I just love bottles especially when I get to drink the contents and then to able to create something - double whammy!

The idea was to make this shabby chic and guess what - it didn't happen lol.  I painted it light grey using chalk paint then varnished it.  It sat on my desk for a few days before going back to it.  I painted it using brown mixed media paint and over the top a layer of green medium.  I wiped some back to give distressed look and a quick sanding topped off with a matt varnish.  I emptied my ever growing drawer of metal embellishments which have been screaming out to be used lol.  I painted them all black and wiped green medium over the top to accentuate the textures.  Waste of time really as I highlighted rhe metal with various colours of inka gold.

All done and now for the pics.

Thank you for dropping by and please head on over to Altered Eclectics for this months challenge and also my dear friend Sandra would love to see your projects entered into her challenges over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit - same rules apply - only mixed media - no papercrafts so why not head on over and join in there also.

Elaine aka Ellapu

October already...............1

For this months challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu, theme for the pink team is Vintage or Shabby Chic, I have altered a birdhouse with a  shabby chic feel to it but it also has a useful purpose to it.  I left the roof to serve as a lid.  I am going to use this as a container for my cotton wool in my bedroom.  

Items used for this project are
pink and white paint crackled
2 metal corners, 2 metal filigree and metal owl - all can be purchased from my zibbet shop called KrafterZion
modelling paste for the roof and highlighted using pink inka gold 

Sorry for the overload of pics but it had to be done lol.

Thats it for now and why not head on over to Eclectic Ellapu for this months challenge

Hugz xx

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


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