pretty little embellishments

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I’ve been in a little of a creative rut lately, so looked through my papers and scraps to see if I could find any inspiration.  Of course whatever I was making had to include gold… clearly I have an addiction^^ … but what else. I picked out the Pink Paislee C’est La Vie number 03 paper as it is well gorgeous and set to work with my acrylic paints, firstly giving the whole sheet a ‘tea stain’ effect.

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From there I set about painting the roses with watered down acrylic paint … (you could also use watercolours if you wanted to try this, I just like acrylics ^^) .

Once the paint was dry I did add a thin layer of matte varnish (the DoCrafts brand that is sold alongside their acrylic paints) this got rid of the slight chalky texture of the paint and added a little protection for the embellishment. As a finishing touch I highlighted some of the details on the floral design with gold paint. This was definitely a labour of love, thank goodness for TiVo, needed a lot of saved up TV ^

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Then it was just a case of layering up paper scraps, washi tape and die cut and embossed gold circles I made from gold card from the craft store to create the main body of the embellishments, with chipboard buttons (from My Mind’s Eye), machine stitching, puffy heart stickers (from Freckled Fawn) and some word stickers (from Crate Paper)

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Slowly but surely I am wriggling my way out of my creative rut ^__^

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homemade christmas decorations

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Started work on homemade Christmas decorations for my family today ^__^ … only 40 more nights until Christmas so I don’t have a whole lot of time to get them done.

As I adore chalkboard I couldn’t help but decide to make chalkboard Christmas decorations, finishing them off with some monochrome striped ribbon, gold organza ribbon and a gold snowflake wood veneer… I’m starting to get into the Christmas spirit and it feels great ^__^

scrapbook layout – henna

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I’ve been working in a 6×12 size album for my project life, so I thought I’d try creating a layout in the same size to see if I like the idea of doing ‘normal’ scrapbook layouts in this size. I’ve put this layout together using one of my own watercolour backgrounds and scraps of paper from my stash ^__^

I really quite like this page size, so am most likely to continue with it.

christmas tags

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Christmas will soon be here so time to start with some holiday crafting ^__^

I raided my stash for items to put these tags together… the wood veneers are new though, the snowflakes are table scatter from Paperchase and the trees are from the Range. The gold glitter tags are also from Paperchase and were in my stash from last year, but I’m sure they will will be stocking these gorgeous tags again ^__^

I love Christmas, it is my favourite time of the year… so it seems only right to make wrapping of gifts almost as lovely as the gift inside. I’m quite sentimental and love unique wrapping and quirky details, things I can keep and add into my memory keeping alongside christmas photographs ^__^

my entry for Studio Calico’s design contest

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As I’ve really enjoyed working with watercolours lately I thought that is what I would work with for my entry for Studio Calico’s design contest ^__^.

I’ve created two journalling cards… as my scrapbooking is mainly project life this seemed the logical choice for me. Now I just have to hope people vote for my design ^__^

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