Wednesday, 15 August 2018

When you can't find it - Make IT!

It's Julie with our mid month tutorial.


There's great excitement at our Studio.
The lovely Tracy Scott, designer and teacher from PaperArtsy
will be teaching a wonderful colour workshop on 16th August.

I love this set of stamps.
I wanted to try something different
so I decided I 
NEEDED ( as you do)
a necklace.

On thin copper I stamped and embossed the flower and two leaves.

I close cut the images and smoothed them a little with an emery board.

Then I stitched all the edges with embroidery floss.
Tip - make the needle hole first
It makes it easier to push through.

I then stitched beads up the centre of the petals and the leaves.

I cut a second piece of felt and glued it to the backs of each piece.
Trimming where needed.
Tip - Felt is quite forgiving and can be pushed into shape a little.

Next I tested the placement.
When happy I stitched a few stitches very close to the petals.
Tip - go up a needle size or two as you are now stitching through a number of layers.

It's easy to gently bend the copper to suit your neck.

Then the fun began!
I painted with Vintaj Metal paint initailly!
I wasn't quite satisfied so I added a little acrylic paint too 
in a couple of places.
When this dried I go tout the Nuvo Pearl Drops
and highlighted the stamp design.

To finish I painted over the piece with Vintaj Glaze.
Sari Ribbon became the fastening.
To the knots I added tiny leather "strings"

What a satisfying make this was. 
Of course many other ideas floated in and out.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.
Never be afraid to step out of the creative box.
In fact you might just enjoy standing on it!
Until Next Time

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

August Challenge

Thank you for calling in.
This is Julie from Australia hosting our lovely challenge.
The rules are so simple.
Mixed Media, Altered or upcycled.
We LOVE reading and viewing your entries.

August the 1st is the start of our new monthly challenge.
Could this be the month for you to experiment with something that is
intriguing you?
Could this month be when you dig out, alter and change something you have been
saving for a while?
Could this month present opportunities for you to play and have fun?

IF you never try
You will never know!

As always it was tricky deciding my winner for July

           Kim Costello
            ( check out Kim's awesomeness on her blog)               


    Runner Up
This was so inventive Cathy!

                                                       Dt Favourite
                                                    Mukta Maniar

Congratulations Ladies..beautiful projects..remember to take your badges from our side bar and link us to your blogs....

Now...take a look at what my awesome design team have created for your inspiration...please do pop over to their blogs and say Hello and leave some love..we all love visitors to our blogs..


                                            Nautilus...a submarine door...


                                                       Wooden Heart


                                                 A pair of Burlap Panels


                                                 Now this is my Cape
Find out what I did over on my blog..just click on my name above to get there....

Altered Bottle

Recipe box gets a makeover

What will August have you excited by?
We are looking forward to your surprises!

I'll be back mid month with a tutorial
which I hope you will enjoy.

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