Saturday, March 26, 2011

Another challenge entry-altered vintage Easter/Spring box & mini!

So, here is another challenge entry!

This was the first month that I got a chance to do all the challenges I wanted to do! This challenge was set over on by Alicia and your entry had to be vintage and has to include feathers, distressing and tearing! So I made this altered vintage Easter box and mini for my entry:

 The papers I used are from the Tim Holtz seasonal stash and are full of vintage images of Easter/spring themes including lots of rabbits and chicks!
 All the papers on the box are torn and distressed using walnut distress ink
 I first painted the box duck egg blue and then added a layer of crackle medium and then the linen top coat which has cracked to reveal the blue undercoat-I also distressed the whole box with walnut ink!
 I added images to every side of the box!

 On the top of the lid I added more of the torn & distressed design paper and also some matching blue bling my feathers which are actually blue tipped so match perfectly :) a blue prima flower and a white alterable flower which again I distressed to make them more vintage looking!
 Inside the box then is a tiny mini full of vintage Easter pictures! I used the mini kraft envelopes I got in the RAK from Pam-thanks Pam!!
I left the inside of the box the blue colour just distressed the edges again
 This is the cover-I just added some more of the blue blings and binded it with cotton string-each envelope has a picture insert and they are pulled out again with cotton string!
 These are pics of the pages of the book

 The back cover of the mini
 I staggered the cotton pulls of the picture inserts just to make the book more even
 The fronts of the pullouts-all vintage Easter pictures from the collection
The backs of the pullouts!

Thanks for looking,
Aideen X

My challenge entry-card!

My friend Niamh is having a facebook craft challenge where the theme is Springtime and also the bythecuteandgirly blog is having the same themed challenge so I made this card for both! I used soft pastel spring colours and just lightly distressed everything with teadye ink!
 I added lace across the centre also coloured with the ink and I added two matching primas lightly distressed with flatback pearl heart centres and I also added a chipboard butterfly which I left natureal just lightly distressed to match!

 Up in the top corner is a rolled down section just showing a little piece of the same lace
The birthday wishes banner is a die cut I had in my stash, these colours are all nice any spring-y I think!

Thanks for looking,
Aideen X

So, I'm entering this card into:

Altered frame and canvas swap over on the beach!

Hey all!

Here are some pics of the frame I made for my swap partner Kristen and the canvas I made for Nancy for the canvas and frame swap hosted by Alex over on the scrapbeach!

The theme for the swap was vintage spring and the canvas was to include the saying "April showers bring May flowers". So first up is my canvas, which I found a challenge as it was my first ever-
I painted the canvas a rose pink colour and attached graphic 45 once upon a springtime paper which I tore around the edges and painted them with my metallic gold paint dabber!
 I used pieces of lace and both fabric and paper flowers-I curled the top corner of the paper here to reveal the lacey underneath!
 I also used some gold making memories butterflies that are 3D and a postcard from the paper collection
 A large gold butterfly and I included the saying in gold glittery letter stickers
 More layered flowers and another piece of that teal lace I got from Judy! The paper centre flower is by Prima :)
 The flower centres and the butterfly trails are little gold glittery dew drops
 I thought this paper was perfect for the theme April showers as the postmarks are April in the design! This was a fun challenge and I enjoyed it-I left room for Nancy to add a photo!

Next is my altered frame for Kristen, I LOVED this challenge! The frame was a plain kraft brown frame-very plain and boring :) so I took the whole thing apart covered it with the papers I had picked and then hot glued the frame back together again!
 Kristen is getting married in a few weeks and her colour scheme is pinks and greens so that's what I chose for her frame thinking it would be nice for a bridal photo!
 All of the flowers are Prima and I love this "sugar" dipped rose-its so pretty! There are a few mulberry paper roses that I added anywhere there was little spaces between my primas :)
 This is a K & Co. chip board butterfly that I had and it just happened to match m,y colours perfectly so I just had to add it on
 I used flatback pearl hearts for my flower centres and also I have two maya road triple pearl stick pins in amongst the flowers
 For my K I first painted it green then added a layer of crackle medium and then I painted it pink so that the pink would crack and the green could  be seen- I added the flatback pearl heart to finish it off!
 Kristen told me that the frame is the perfect colours for her wedding so I was so happy with it!

Friday, March 18, 2011

My altered frame from Kristen, ATCs & it's GIVEAWAY time!! ((closed)) winner tomorrow 1st April!!!!

Hey everyone,

First, I have to share some pics with you of this gorgeous frame I got from Kristen, my swap partner over on the scrapbeach!

 I just love everything about this frame-the colour, the roses, the lace, pearls. bling & all the lovely details Kristen has added! You guys have to check out her blog HERE she has made some gorgeous boxes too & is even selling a beautiful graphic 45 one!!!
 I love this saying-me and Kristen made great friends throughout the swap & she is a great scrapping friend to know :) I will post pictures of the frame I made for her when I know she has received it!
You can see the lovely roses and the lace insert Kristen added to the corner, Thanks so much again Kristen :)x (I think I'm going to use it for a picture of myself and my sister).

Also, I have some pics of my ATCs for the March ATC challenge over on cardznscrapz as hosted by the lovely Wendy! The theme was shades of green or St. Patricks day-so I did shades of green-
 I used green paper flowers that I distressed with walnut ink and added bling to the centres, I wrote "Green" with tiny type stickers and added a line of dark green bling to the bottom corner!
 A close up of one of my ATCs

And the backs-hope these are ok Wendy?? & the other lovely cardznscrapz ladies in this months group!

And I have a GIVEAWAY!-Thanks so much to all my followers:

  1.  You must be a follower of my blog to enter this giveaway-hit that follow button
  2. You must leave a comment on this blog post
  3. You can get a second entry by posting a link for this blog post on your blog
  4. You must post a separate comment for each of your entries-if you are entering for the second entry, remember to leave your blog address so I can check it out!
  5. This giveaway will close on Thursday two weeks the 31st of March 2011 and the winner will be posted on the blog on that day!!!

 These are beautiful Fairy themed products-perfect for the captured fairies etc I see being created at the moment!
 So you get, an A5 paper pad with 24 sheets of lovely backgrounds for your fairies!
 These are some of the papers

 You get two sticker sheets one of fairies and unicorns and castles etc. and one of borders and you get a packet of matching bling!
 And you get this great pack of clear stamps!!! There are four large fairy images and lots of little stamps to use too!!

Best of luck everyone & thanks again,

Aideen :) xxx

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Our shabby chic mini!

Hello all :)

So, to start off my blog post first I must mention I am still looking for two people to join my pay it forward group-please click HERE for details.

Also my friend Geraldine is having a giveaway on her blog, you have to check it out for some great goodies-click HERE, she has an amazing etsy too so check it out!!

AND.... I see I have reached just over 75 followers-so next week I will be posting a giveaway :) so watch this space....

Last week, I posted my pages I made for a shabby chic mini swap I hosted over on and yesterday I posted everyone their completed books & they were all so FAB! I was so happy that all the lovely ladies took the chance and joined my swap. I also really appreciate all their time & hardwork that they put into their pages & I am sure you will agree the result is really AMAZING, so thank you all & here is our completed mini.....

These are the wonderful hostess gifts I received such pretty things-I am still admiring them all, thank you ladies!

The front page I made for everyone & my post last week gives all the details on that!

I bound the books using a large 2" bookring and added lace, ribbon, fibres & this beautiful bead dangle which Timi from our group made and I attached with a Tim Holtz jump ring!

This is the front of the next page and this is by my friend Maggie and has great stitching & gold leafing and as you can see attached to her tag is a lovely dangle!
This is the back of Maggies page then with a great mini double pocket with the who?.... & what?.... tags in it which have details about the swap! Also on the right is a frame with an acetate window that you can slide a lil picture into! This was Maggies first swap like this & the details and all are amazing! Thanks Maggie :) x
This page is by Timi And the front here has a great pull out and a tag with Timis details on it! the cutout pocket & flowers work really well with our shabby chic look.
This is the back of  Timis page and its a great journalling spot! I love the little butterfly punches and the flowers with the pearl swirl peeping out! Thanks Timi and for the lovely dangle bead too :) x
This is the front of my sister Aghna and this was her first crafty make! She was allowed to raid her sisters stash of course & I helped her just with the basics! This page has crochet lace, pearl string, a mulberry flower and a pearl heart centre!
This is the back of Aghnas page with her pullout which is core'dinations that we sanded and a little corner pocket with some prima flowers and bling centres! Thanks Aghna (My lil Aggie Sue ;)x)
This beautiful page is made by Eve and on the front here you can see the lovely corset detail, the peek-a-boo lace insert, the little velcro closure with metal flower & this when opened allows you to lift the flap up and theres lovely spotted paper and lace underneath!

This is the back of Eves page & I think we will all be saving bottlecaps from now on!!! What a cute way to use them up :) and recycle of course!!! Also Eve made a lovely stick pin and pullout tag with lace. Thanks so much Eve, x
This page then is by Geraldine and the little butterfly and photo corner are from her etsy shop HERE which I really recommend you to take a look at! You can also see some crochet lace, rik rak ribbon, A crochet tab and I love these little wooden button.
The back of her page then you can see the back of her crochet tab and another of those cute buttons! Theres a double pocket with pullouts and crochet & beaded ribbon, the little fairy/angel gal then is one of Gers little snippets! Thanks Geraldine :) x

So, that's it for this week! Next week I will be putting up another giveaway-in fact I'm going to go and buy goodies for it now!

Thanks for visiting,
Aideen X