Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wine Glass Tea Light Shades

"Thrifty Shades this Way"

these little wine glass candle shades are so pretty and are very easy to make with vellum. They look beautiful on a dressing table, mantelpiece or wedding table. They are for use only with a battery operated tea light for safety

1 x wine glass
 1 x battery operated tea light*
 1 x piece of card stock
 1 x sheet A4 vellum ( I used 140 gsm)
 Pearl Ex powder,
Hair spray
Vellum tape or dots
Rubber stamp/s

* do NOT use a normal tea light for obvious safety reasons

How to make:
1. Print the design on to card
2 . Place a piece of vellum over the card and trace the design
2. Cut the vellum inside the markings
3. Stamp the design (see below)
4. Stick the edges together at overlap ( it is best to use vellum tape or dots)
5. Place the tea light in a wine glass and add the shade

I decorated the shades by rubber stamping using a Versamark pad, and then brushing on Pearl  Ex Mica Powder - this gives a lovely pearlised lustre and does not require use of a heat gun.

The next step was to brush off the excess powder with a soft brush (I use a mop brush)

Finally I set the powder with hairspray and added some DecoArt Glamour Dust.......because I love sparkle!

for this one I added some dots with a stylus dipped in DecoArt Americana paint
.......and some punched butterflies

I think I will be making lots if these.........maybe another 47, get it ? lol

Painted rose on a sea glass pendant

I am just taking a quick break from writing tutorials for classes, so thought I would share a little project I did last night

It is always difficult to make your creations a little bit different and that is why I like to combine different crafts - I call it "Crafty Fusion"

I really liked the shape of this piece of sea glass and thought it would look nice in a wire crochet basket and then in a "that would be different" moment  I thought I would paint a rose on it.

I use 28ga Artistic Wire and a size 5.00 or 5.50 crochet hook, but this can be adapted to the thickness of the wire

Now, I don't do tiny flower painting so this was a bit challenging.

 I used DecoArt Multi Purpose Satin paint and it was easy to use and dried really quickly. It provides great adhesion  on wood, metal, glass, terracotta, ceramics, paper mache, most plastic, fabric and canvas - wow what could be better than that?

We travel a lot and I always take paint with me so the multi purpose paint meets most of my needs and I will have much less to carry (which makes more room for shoes!).

I will be teaching on 4 cruises this year and will, hopefully, find lots of nice pieces of sea glass and make something new from something old.

Happy crafting


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Paper shoes

I love shoes and I bet you do too!
and now you can have as many as you like

I made these miniature paper shoes with the Sizzix Ballroom Slipper die by Brenda Walton. 

 I use it on my Sizzix Big Shot machine. There are online videos explaining how you can make 2 different styles of shoes but I find the possibilities are endless using various papers and embellishments.

you can ....add straps, cut out peep-toes, add buckles, make boxes, add labels, stick on some lace open your mind and become a shoe designer!

I am finding it increasingly difficult to buy large quantities of paper and card in the UK since the chain of shops many of us used has closed down.  I now source my paper and card from Pay per Box - you may have seen their stand at ICHF events but, if you don't plan to visit one, you can buy product online. They have an excellent range of card and paper in various weights. 

and  these are the new additions to my shoe range lol

Spring wedding

hazy days

day at the beach

Autumn Glory

wedding Belles

(there are more shoe pictures on a previous post - there is a link on the left of the page)

oh......and the name on my labels is "Gilly Shoe" lol

my next post will be about making shoe boxes - please click to follow if you would like to see future posts

Happy Crafting


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Wire Crochet Jewellery


we are staying at our daughter's house whilst the family are on holiday so I have been limited in what I can make, but....where there's a will there is a way!

I brought some wire - 28ga Artistic Wire, a crochet hook, a couple of large pieces of sea glass and some crystals

sea glass in a crochet wire basket

...with a Swarovski crystal butterfly

.....or filled with crystals

.....this was crocheted in two parts with a Swarovski ring to join

I hope you have a creative year