Saturday, 30 July 2011

Wings and Things

This was for a wings and things challenge
I started with a large empty sellotape roll into which i pushed 8 wires and pulled to the top, i twisted them together making a loop for hanging and a loop to hold part of an old christmas tree decoration.
I digitally played about with a peacock image and cut out out the 2 printed sides. I used an embossing tool to bend the paper making the bird 3 d. next i cut a wedge into a piece of bambo and glued the peacock to it.
When dry, i threaded bells either end and a wire to hang from the top of the cage.
Next I glued riboon around the base, and threaded an eyelash wool through the bars.
A paper was adhered card to the inside and finally added the base, when dry i glued sawdust to the bottom, coloured some with charcoal ink to simulate ashes and finally stuck egg shell to the bottom.
Added a tag with the words
From ashes beauty arises

Friday, 29 July 2011

Altered bottle top

I set a challenge on my facebok page to alter a bottle top and here is my effort

I choose a fabric softener bottle and made a table decoration. I used a cola can for the metal petals, which were cut in my bigshot, burnished in a open flame....if you decide to do this a} have plenty of ventalation the fumes pong and 2] be warned the plastic cola coating does catch fire.
I free hand embossed and coloured with alcohol inks. The inner was filled with a mix of heavey beads, paper and PVA. Small beads were threaded onto wires and wound around a thin knitting needle

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Bragg Book in a Box

Here is my challenge for July.


This is a perfect christmas gift for granny's aunts and uncles or just fond memories



1 10in x 10in heavy or light card

1 10 1/4in x 10 1/4in as above


2 3 1/2in x 3 1/2in thick card album covers

5 6in x 6in paper for pages

5 2 3/4in x 2 3/4in card for photo mounting

5 2 inx 2in card for hinges

1 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 backing paper

4in of ribbon 1/8 in or cord

1 button


Take the 6x6 papers and place face down fold the sides to the middle [ like a gatefold]

accurately fold the corners into meet the fold line making 4 triangles,

Take care not to fold past the 1st fold.

Turn over and and fold the backs towards the front as far as the triangles

the sides shud just over lap. Do this to all 5 pages and insert the 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 crds tucking into the corners.

Take the 2x2 in pieces and make a fold diagonally.

Squeeze the pages and you will see a pocket glue the hinge front and back to the inside of the pocket

Take the next page and join simarilary take care NOT to glue the hinge too far in or the hinge doesn't work.

Do this with all pages making sure that some hinges fold frontways and the next backways, so you end up with a concertina of pages.

stick the last back page to one of the covers


The album cover has the hinge stuck to the cover and inserted into the book [12], the book side of the hinge requires adjustment so that the covers match.

Thread the ribbon through the button and glue to the back of the front page

Stick the backing cover to hide and secure the hinge and the ribbon. decorate as you



Take the 10x 10 in paper and fold

1] corner to middle all 4 corners

2]side to middle all 4 sides

3]undo and have a point facing you

4]cut on the folds made to the square 4 times as shown

5] fold points back in

6] lift the fold and tuck under side 4 times

as shown

Repeat with the 10 1/4 x 10 1/4 paper this is the lid

Stick the book back to the inside of the box and put top on. decorate box

Fill with photos of your choice and add embellishments

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Make a Birdy house


1 A4 sheet of paper

1 contrast piece of paper 41/2 x 6 ins

Die cut shapes





Down load the following templateMake the print out fill the whole of the A4, before you cut out, paint and stamp on the reverse side. I used spray paints for a mottled effect

then cut out and score the dotted lines.

Bend in all the little tabs and bend all folds, using your bone folder from the 2 central lines curl/condition the sides by stroking with the flat of the bone folder, only as far as the tab

dab little bits of glue on tabs and stick sides, each end at a time, allow to dry overnight.

Take the contrast piece and score 1/4 on each of the 2 long sides and then in half at 3insfold in half and snip a 45 degree angle through the 1/4 in fold, to form the gables

Cover the roof piece with die cut strips and distress with inks.

A small h*** can be made in top to hang, before glueing down.

Fill, stuff etc the insides NOW.

Glue roof on and leave overnight Finally add diecuts and decorations etc