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Sunday 28 July 2013

New challenge at Eclectic .... D

Time for the pink team over at Eclectic Ellapu this week and I have chosen the theme of Anything goes... everyone's favourite.

For this challenge I bought a cheap and nasty clay wellie boot from a pound shop in town.  Yes it cost me a whole quid and I think I was robbed lol.

See told you I was lol.  Anyway I smothered it in modelling paste to disquise the snail and butterflies, I pressed white lace into the paste.  I then dropped the boot and it broke in half.  Out came the glue gun and more paste and lace.  See you cannot tell. (well I hope not)

I painted the entire boot using a metallic burgundy paint and dry brushed it with back acrylic.  This defined the pattern in the lace.

I found an old bracelet at a car boot sale and used the links for the bootlace eyelets.  

I think they worked really well.  Looked better with coat of paint and a little rub n buff.

I used a piece of an old table cloth painted black for the background of the eyelets.  I glued them in place and then wound black sheer ribbon around the bracelet links and small brass flowers with black acrylic beads in the centres.

I used the same ribbon for the bow at the top - quite difficult to see though.  I used an old doily over some wadding and painted it all black.  When dried I pushed it inside the boot and now I have my very own stickpin holder.  I don't think the pins in there at the moment suit the boot lol.  Ho hum never mind!

Well I hope you have enjoyed this post and why not head on over to Eclectic Ellapu for this weeks fun challenge

Sunday 14 July 2013

Lanyard for a colleague.... D

This weekend has been really hectic as my daughter, partner and the twins have been here since Friday - not alot of time in the craft room.  I still do not have my getting messy art mojo back so it is just as well I needed to make a lanyard for a friend at work.  She had been saying for a while how much she detests our lanyards as they do not go with anything lol.  She wanted pearls of all things.  She is a blingy kind of girlie so I decided to put one together.  I did not have tiger tail just chain so had to improvise.  

I threaded narrow cream ribbon through the chain and attached beads to it.  Really suffering now though.  I have arthritis and my fingers feel like sausages.  I made a bow and attached that to the ends of chain.  I also attached the letter L (Lisa) just above the clip from the bow.

That's it really.  Took a while but I quite like it.

Hugz to all

Elaine xx

My lil' Princess.......D

It's time for another challenge for the Pink Team over at Eclectic Ellapu, our hostess is Kelly and her chosen theme is FLOWERS.  

I altered the inside of a canvas to appear like a picture/shadow frame.  I wanted to make a birthday picture for my eldest Grandaughter, Alanna,  whose birthday is in June.   Alanna was a bridesmaid in this pic and was originally in black and white.  The first thing I did was to give it sepia tones in my editing program. 

I painted the frame using cream acrylic.  Once dried I attached copious amounts of lace inside and out.  I then attached bead trimming and lots of dark pink flowers.  I coated it all using cream paint.  Once dried I sprayed it using perfect pearls and to finish it off I used gold rub n buff over random areas.

Well that was a simple and enjoyable project - Just hope my Princess loves it. 
Why not come on over and join in with our fab challenge, we would love to see you there.

Hugz Elaine xxx

Monday 8 July 2013

Birthday gift for a colleague.....D

What great weather we have today - so good I decided to take a days leave from work and crack on with a colleagues birthday present.  She will be 40 this week and the girl has everything already so what to do??  I decided on a bag charm and a box to hold it.  Beats wrapping it anyway lol.  

I forgot to take a pic of the original box I altered DUH! so found a similar one to photograph instead. 

Beautiful huh! lol

Anyway, I covered it with lace and pearls and made some teeny bows for the sides.  I covered the inside with wadding and white satin I had kicking about.

For the bag charm I basically used 3 strands of chain (you know what I am like with metal lol) and fixed all sorts of embellies to them.  Alot of the charms came from earrings, bracelets and necklaces from car boot sales.   The beads and crystals are new from my stash fixed to eye pins and bead caps.

That's it really - just hope she likes it!

I apologise for the terrible photos of the charms - difficult to photograph and show it all - I did my best lol.

Hugz to all

Elaine xx

This will be entered into the following challenges

Sunday 7 July 2013

Just a Sunday afternoon canvas.....D

Inspired by the this beautiful summers day....

After being stuck in traffic this morning for what should have been a 20 min journey turned into 2 hours.  To top it all I had the twins in the car with me.  Murder!

Anyway once home I needed to make something as my mojo went a while back and am still not sure if it is completely returned yet.  I have been crochetting flowers whilst sitting in front of the telly some evenings.  I bought some 30 crochet cotton which is lace fine and a tiny crochet hook so very time consuming and not alot finished either lol.

 I am not all that happy about this project.  Well that is not true I love the sticks and grass at the bottom lol. 

I cover the canvas with molding paste and made a swirly pattern at the top and just random at the bottom.

I stuck some twigs on from my garden and covered them with marabou feathers.  The flower heads are metal embellishments ( I just love metal embellies) painted and the centers are pearls also painted.  The butterflies are also metal from various pieces of jewelry I no longer use.  I used a couple of metallic paints on them and painted seed beads for the bodies.  I sprayed over the top and sides using cosmic shimmer sprays.  I rubbed a little bronze shimmer over the twigs.

That's about it really - not too much involved.

That is it for me today, back to crochet me thinks lol.

Hugz to all
Elaine xxx

PS Take a look at my challenge blogs and join in with the fun.


Monday 1 July 2013

Our Debut over at Altered Eclectics D- Everything in the garden is rosy!

Yes that's right.  My latest blog has gone live today.  It is ANYTHING GOES every month which start on the 1st of the month every month.  It is ALTERED ART ONLY.  No cards, layouts or ATC.  I realized  there are not really all that many blogs to cater for us eclectics so here we are.  Pop on over and see the design teams creations, they are outstanding.  Leave some love if you feel like it and join in.  You have a month to create.

Anyway down to business.  I bought a set of 3 awful canvases from a car boot sale a while back so decided to put one to good use.  I have already used one, just one to go.  They are about 12x12 so quite a large space to cover.

I recently been watching Jennings644 over on YouTube and found a tutorial on a shabby chic canvas using the technique of paining over all the embellishments on a canvas.  I have to admit I was scared after spending so much time on it initially. It worked thank goodness.

I gessoed it and painted it in a creamy color acrylic.  I adhered a wooden birdcage, birds, loads of flowers (the one on the right I made and I will be putting a photo on this post pre canvas days lol) three chipboard dress forms, covered in lace and dried flowers (not that you can see lol) and loads of different metal butterflies which were originally on necklaces.  They came in handy lol.  The cherubs and clouds I cast myself using plaster.  the ledge where the cherub appears to be leaning on was part of a picture frame which I sawed off and let me tell you, I sawed my thumb knuckle lol.  It hurt but A&E was not necessary.  It just got sealed with modelling paste when covering the clouds lol.  

Once it was dried properly I used cosmic shimmer sprays over it.  Again once dried I used a white rub over some raised areas to highlight them.  Voila all done!

Anyway now for the overload of pics.  I always go over the top and I am sorry for that - well a little anyway!

My handmade flowers 

The cherubs I cast 

Canvas before I worked on it

 Now the finished piece

Why not pop on over to Altered Eclectics to join in with the monthly challenges or if it is not your thing there is always Eclectic Ellapu which is weekly and accepts anything as long as it fits the theme of the week.

Hugz and love always 

Elaine aka Ellapu xxx

This has been entered into the following challenges

613Avenue Create - anything goes 7j FEATURED
ABAC - Getting messy 8j
Challenges4everybody - anything goes 6j
CI paint - anything goes 13j
Dream Valley challenges - make own flowers 13j
That craft place - flowers 14j
Allsorts - lavender and lace 7j TOP FIVE
Crafty Catz - say it with flowers 6j
Inspire me friday - anything goes 6j
QKR Stampede - anything goes 6j
Stamping for the weekend - anything goes 6j
Crafting for all seasons - Make it girly 9j
Crafts and me - anything goes 24j
Creative moments - flowers 10j
Nutcrackers - texture 10j
Pollycraft - anything goes 4j
Rhedd and Rosie - flight 5j WINNER
Simon says stamp - anything goes 4j
Creative Card Crew - no designer paper 8j
Everybody art - butterfly 2j
Inky chicks - anything goes 9j
Part time tuesdays - anything goes 3j
Artistic inspirations - anything goes 9j
Bunny zoe - wings 9j
Crafty bloggers network - metal 1a
Ink it pink - the great outdoors 8j
Simon says stamp and show - anything goes 8j
Sparkle and sprinkle - ABAC 1a
The crazy challenge - ABAC 9j


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