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Saturday, 11 August 2018

Mini Printer Tray challenge by Jules

Hello, so this week we have seen the fantastic makes from Katie and Teresa, using these plain old embellishment trays and tonight its my turn.......

I love the apothecary look, all the little bottles and aged theme really appeals to me, so I just had to create something based on this....

Don't forget both Katie's and Teresa blogs have FREE BLOG CANDY for leaving a comment, so please make sure that you pop over to their blogs as well.

You have until Midnight on Saturday 18th August to leave a lovely comment, and you are not restricted to only commenting on 1 blog so why not leave comments on all for 3 chances to win.

Blog links below.

Katie's Steampunk Tray 
Teresa's Travel Tray

Of course I also have some FREE BLOG CANDY  to give away as well, just keep reading until the end.......

I started with some Mixed Up Printable's Pharmacy labels & Poison Pharmacy  and the tray.

I knew I wanted to merge 2 of the slots together, so I carefully used a craft knife to cut away the little "shelf".

2 coats of Prima black gesso and it was ready to add the decorations.

An Apothecary shelf has to has some old books, so I used some old packaging, and pharmacy labels to create them.

I cut them to size and scored twice to make the spine of the book. Then used Distress inks and Lindy's sprays to add colour. Next I needed to distress the papers, I used my Prima distress tool, but you could use scissors (be careful) or sandpaper.

I just crumpled the labels and again added the Distress ink, before sticking down the book spine. I repeated the process on some advert labels to line the little shelves.

As usual when I am creating, I got lost in my own world and forgot to take more progress photos......

 .....but next I needed to fill my little bottles, I used a range of clear and tinted mini vials and filled them with micro beads, Deco Art Sprinkles, Art Sand and moss.

In a couple of the jars I added some Lindy colour sprays, so enhance the look.

Finish these with more distress labels and string.

White resin pieces are great to alter, so I painted one of the bottles I have with Prima black gesso and used gold wax to highlight, another distress label and twine completes it perfectly.

A further resin spiders web was added on a background on Finland moss and distressed with more Lindy's spray. I love the moss as it really adds bags of texture and something a little different.

I finished with a Scrapiniec "Stitches" chipboard piece and a little sign.  I also had a blank tray which fitted my little tray perfectly. 

This is my first mini printer tray and I am really pleased with it. 

So at the start of the blog I promised a blog candy giveaway, to give you the chance to create something similar and here it is...... Finland moss, 5 mini glass vials, bird cages, mini glass bulb and 3 resin bottles.

All you have to do is comment here on the blog and you will be entered into the draw. 

Good luck

Jules xxx

(The winner will be drawn at random, offer end midnight Saturday 18th August. If you comment after that you will not be included in the draw)

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Treasures of the sea by Teresa Morgan

Evening all

Well I have to say Teresa surprised me with another sea themed project, she said that she "couldn't resist" making another project with all the goodies we have on the website. And WOW I am so glad she did as I love the shape and colour of this bottle, it works so well with the star fish and all the shells.

And with today's new release of Textured Trio's and the full range of Textured Rust Pastes from Finnabair, it couldn't be better timed, as these would also work really well on this style of project.

Don't forget to recycle all those old bottles, and try your local charity shops for interesting finds.
Chill out and relax with the "Treasures of the sea" altered bottle.

Use gel medium to glue some cheesecloth around the bottle. Add bulkier embellishments (starfish, shells, etc) with Pinflair Glue Gel. 

Mix some decorative sand with gel medium and apply with a small palette knife.

Once dry, cover with a coat of Chalky Finish paint in 'Vintage'. 

Leave to dry once again and then apply a small amount of Chalky Finish paint in 'Everlasting' using the dry brushing technique. This will highlight some of the texture.

Use your finger to apply  Metallic Lustre to the raised details on the bottle. 

I love the rich gold tones against the cool blue-green. Buff off any excess with a soft cloth to finish. 


(Artful Days Shop)

(from Teresa's own stash)
Empty Bottle
Gel Medium
Pinflair Glue Gel
DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint for Glass - Vintage, Everlasting
DecoArt Metallic Lustre - Gold Rush

Please leave a lovely comment to support our designers and thanks for looking. 

For more projects for Teresa please check out her blog and You Tube Channel 

Jules xx

Thursday, 19 July 2018

"Lets Sea that Journal" - by Katie Lamb

Evening crafter's.

Here's our last Sea themed project, Katie has taken one of Sam K's MDF Journal covers and created this fabulous layout. Using my favourite resin piece, the sea horse, and it's been transformed by beautiful rich colours and textures. 

I really hope that you have enjoyed our projects by the design team, and are inspired to create something memorable this summer.

A few people asked me if they was a way to easily view all these products on our website, and so I have created a new category in the Treasure Trove section called "Seaside" here you will find all the ocean delights the DT have been playing with :)

Paint the MDF book cover white and let it dry. Cover then with turquoise paint and let it dry before applying a stencil mask. 

I use modelling paste and only used part of the stencil to give it a distressed look. 

Dye some cheese cloth with blue and green ink and dry it off with a heat gun.  

Glue it down the book and then apply heavy gel medium to the cover. Sprinkle on microbeads,drew drops and mermaid beads.

Take the resin pieces and paint them turquoise, Next apply texture paste over them and once this has set, paint with quinacridone gold fluid acrylic. 

Paint part of the book cover with yellow-green acrylic paint and apply more texture paste around the edges. Add more quinacridone gold over the top to create a rusty look. 

On the back of the book I covered with a stencil mask and sprinkled over Cathedral Pines Magicals, apply water to spread the colour. 

Then apply yellow-green acrylic paint mixed with a little water. The final layer is texture paste and quinacridone gold acrylic paint.

Product links

If you would like to see more of Katie's projects, please check out her blog

We would love you to support our designers and leave a lovely comment.


Jules xx

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Footprints by Teresa Morgan

Hello crafty peeps  

Teresa is back tonight with her last Sea themed blog post, and its a beautiful scrapbooking page. This fabulous layout is just perfect for all your summer snaps. How clever are the rolled up papers?

Apply Distress Ink around the edge of the cardstock using a foam applicator and then stamp the text stamp down the sides randomly. 

Cut a strip of red card and tear across the top edge. 

Place across the cream cardstock. Tear some designer paper and layer over the top with the torn edge uppermost.

Cut 2 inch pieces of designer paper and rough up the edges using a paper distresser. 

Roll into small tubes and glue in place adding the 'summer' die cut on top.

Mat the photo onto co-ordinating cardstock. 

Add a die cut tab and rub on word. 

Arrange with the larger ephemera images.

Arrange the smaller pieces of ephemera, adding a metal word charm.

Apply the rub on quote to finish.

Products Used 

From Stash
12x12 Cream Cardstock
Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink
Red and Blue Cardstock
Paper Distressing Tool
Kaisercraft Rub On Quotes
3d Foam

Please leave a lovely comment to support our designers and thanks for looking. 

For more projects for Teresa please check out her blog and You Tube Channel 

Jules xx

Sunday, 15 July 2018

"Rock Pool" ATC Coins By Katie

Evening all

Another weekend flashes by, hope you have been having fun whatever you have been up to. 

With ATCOINS, been the next tend in crafting, of course Katie wanted to include them our ocean themed designs. And just how fabulous do they look? 

They take up a small amount of product, so all those goodies go much further.

If you are new to Artist Trading Coins, then they are 2.5inch circles which you can trade with crafty friends or stash them for yourself.  Its easy to make the base from die cutting a circle or maybe we have some MDF ones coming soon?????? (We do haha)

I stamped over the background with a texture stamp using two colours. 

Then I dyed some cheese cloth sea green using ink and let that dry before cutting it up and gluing it to the coins. Jules also has some Hessin on the website which would also work well.

Next I used some of the elements from the Sea themed ephemera and glued them down. 

I used 3d foam pads to layer up the shells.

I then decorated the coins using beads and gems. I also added a bit of faux moss to give it a more rock pool look to it. 

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Jules xx