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Add a Little Dazzle & Stampendous - Blog Hop Finale!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hello everyone on this fine Friday! :). 

First, I'd like to say a big thank you for your beautiful and heart melting comments on my latest posts - baby girl exploding box and the 'dazzling' sailboat. Also, my warmest, most special welcome to my newest followers - thank you so much for choosing to share my creative adventures with me :).

I hope you're all  enjoying all the inspiration featuring Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets and Stampendous Stamps and Essentials this week.


If you missed the earlier posts, here are the blog hop links for you: MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY The team over at Add a Little Dazzle has even created a special pack featuring the metals from this blog hop. You can find it here - Add A Little Dazzle Stampendous Hop Special

Of course you might like to win some fabulous goodies, too! We're giving away three prize packages this week for comments on the blogs. A nice package of Metal Sheets, Stamps and Cutting Dies! So hop along to the participating blogs and leave some love!

Here's the project I prepared for our blog hop finale - an autumnal wreath. To decorate my wreath I used a selection of shop bought flowers (Prima, Maya Road) and handmade flowers - faux porcelain blooms (see the video tutorial here) and moulded enamel flowers (see my video tutorial here). Oh, and I also added some poppy seed heads (found in a charity shop) painted with DecoArt acrylic paint.

For my base I used a Styrofoam wreath which I painted with DecoArt Americana Country Red acrylic paint (same colour as on the poppy seed heads). When dry, I wrapped a lovely orange lace all around the ring, letting some background colour to show through.

To decorate my wreath I stamped and die cut a batch of metal leaves. I used Brushed Bronze, Golden Glimmer and Precious Pearl sheets. To colour the pearl sheets I brushed patches of colour with Spectrum Noir markers and blended them with a blending tool and alcohol blending solution.

For the leaves I used the Jumbo Cling Leaves and Cling PenPattern Leaves which I stamped with Jet Black and Ganache StazOn inks. I backed them up with thin cardstock and adhesive sheets for more stability and I die cut them using Leaves Die Set. 

Next I added some doodling and 'puffing up' on the metal using a paper stump and a nylon pointy tool - I love the embossed texture on metal! Finally some of the leaves received a Fran-tage treatment with a blend of Deep Impressions Chunky Clear Enamel and Copper Lux Mix (heated with a heat tool from underneath). 

I also added a cluster decorated with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's Foam Leaves, sprinkled with Copper Lux Mix and Cinnamon Micro Glitter.

So here are the peeps playing today:

Asia King (that's me!)

P.S. If you click on a blog link and receive a notice that says "this post is not here" or something similar, just click on the blog header or look for a link that says Home. That should take you to the home page of that blog and the correct post should be near the top :).

I hope you've enjoyed hopping through all those amazing blogs and maybe you've even made some crafty friendships on the way! BTW, if you've enjoyed your visit here, why not subscribe to my blog to see my future projects? :).

I'm so happy to have been a part of this dazzling extravaganza and I have certainly been inspired my all the fellow Designers! I'm sure you have been, too!

Thank you for stopping by and for all your heart warming words! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Challenges for this project:
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Rock the Techniques (stamping and embossing on metal)
Rhedd's Creative Spirit September - Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner September - Autumnal Image Inspiration (leaves)
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Add a Little Dazzle to Stampendous And Make It Beautiful

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hello Lovely Bloggers! I am so happy that you stopped by today - as we have a real treat for you in store!

This week the Design Teams at Stampendous! and Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets are hopping together to inspire you and temp you to try out some cool new techniques and products! 

If you missed the earlier posts, here are the links for you for MONDAY and TUESDAY. The team over at Add a Little Dazzle has even created a special pack featuring the metals from this blog hop and you can find it here - Add A Little Dazzle Stampendous Hop Special

And we know you'd love to win some goodies, too! So we're giving away three prize packages this week for comments on the blogs. A nice package of Metal Sheets, Stamps and Cutting Dies - life just doesn't get any better than this, does it? lol :-).

  Prize Package from Add a Little Dazzle 

Now onto my offering :). Earlier this summer I collected some sea shells at the beach in Brighton and I was really keen to make something with them. I love all things nautical and can never pass on an opportunity to pick up shells or pebbles whenever I'm by the sea.

And when I saw this frame in a charity shop I thought it would make a perfect setting for my shells. It had raised edges all around, which would work as a border for my 'shell mosaic'.

This is what the frame looked like before...

After I painted the frame with DecoArt acrylic paint I laid out my shells ready for setting in. As I didn't have any fancy mosaic stuff I raided my hubby's shed and found some Polyfilla. I spread generous dollops of the filler within the frame's recess, one dollop at a time, and just pushed the shells in.

Before the filler was dry I brushed on some Pearl-Ex powders and set it aside to harden. I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out but it worked perfectly. The shells were safely embedded in the frame :). Finally, I dry brushed gesso over the coloured parts, wiping the excess as I went, to create a washed out look.

I wanted to carry on with my nautical theme so I stamped Ship Elements and Navigateur onto white card with Cloudy Sky StazOn. Then I adhered some eyelets (saved from my old curtains) over the images to create ship's portholes. To add rust around the 'fixing bolts' I used Spectrum Noir OR2 marker, softened with alcohol ink blending solution.

And then I stalled... I had to put this frame aside for a while to let it 'mature' as I wasn't happy with the result. It was missing something... the oomph just wasn't there.

The inspiration how to finish it came unexpectedly when I stumbled upon this post on Jolanna's blog Miedzy ziemia a niebem (Between earth and heaven). I knew then I wanted to add a sail boat to the frame as my focal point.

And I knew that the fabulous metal sheets for Add a Little Dazzle would work with my metal portholes beautifully :). To create the boat I used a piece of drift wood and the sail came from a paper mache boat I bought at Hobbycraft.

To decorate the sails I cut a piece of Precious Pearl and Wondrous White metal sheets. I stamped the pattern from the NK Studio Grunge set onto the white sheet using Cloudy Sky StazOn. The pearl sheet was embossed with Tim Holtz Rays Texture Fades folder and I lightly sanded the raised parts. Then I simply wrapped the sheets over the sails - no adhesive was required as they as stayed firmly in place.

To fix the boat to the background I used a double sandwich of foam board scraps and Crafty Foam Tape.

Do check out the other terrific projects and leave us your comments! The designers so appreciate when you comment on their blogs. Thanks for hopping with us! Here's who is playing today:

Asia King (yours truly!)

Thank you for stopping by and for all your lovely comments! Have a fabulously crafty week!

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Challenges for this project:
Country View Crafts September - Nautical
Rhedd's Creative Spirit September - Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Rock the Techniques
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It's a Girl! - An Exploding Box For Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hello Friends! I'm so happy that you stopped by today!

Today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog I am sharing an exploding box project and I would be delighted if you found a moment to visit my post HERE to find out all the details how I made it :).

I made this box as a gift for my lovely friend at work, who's had a Baby Girl :-).

Here is a list of the adhesives I used in my project:

E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips – Refillable, Thin 3D Foam Squares – Mix White, Ivory Creative Photo Corners, DODZ™ – 3D, DODZ™ – Medium, 3D Foam Hearts, Keepsake Envelopes.

As a ‘centrepiece’ for the base I used this little cupcake – which is actually made of a pair of tiny baby socks. Aren't these just cutest ever?

The stamped sentiment is a new addition to my stamp collection. It's a quote from Winnie The Pooh and it says: 

"Sometimes, said Pooh, the smallest things take up the most room in our hearts".

I absolutely love this sentiment and I think these wise words can be applied to so many situations. I have a feeling I will be using it a lot! :)

Other supplies used:

Cardstock – Core’dinations; 

Papers – Echo Park; Little Yellow Bicycle
Stamps – Stampendous (Perfectly Clear Baby BalloonSay It TodayRoyal Heart Quotes) and Quietfire Design (Sometimes, said Pooh)
Glitter – Stampendous (Pink Micro GlitterPastel Pink Ultra Fine Glitter)
Ribbon – May Arts
Cutting Dies – Spellbinders Beaded Circles and Marianne Designs LR0217

Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your lovely comments!

Have a craftylicious week!

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Challenges for this project:
Sugar Creek Hollow #95 - Word Play
Vintage Stamping Challenges #24 - Anything Goes
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Challenges #26 - Anything Goes
Pile It On #37 - Flowers or Feathers
Crafty Bloggers Network September - Anything Goes
A Creative Romance - Anything Goes
That's Crafty Challenges #78 - Girl Power

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Sitting Pretty & Simple Re-upholstery On a Budget Tutorial

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hello Friends! Apologies for being so quiet for the last couple of weeks but I have been sooooo incredibly busy that there just weren't enough hours in the day for blogging. I've been doing some decorating and DYIing and general life got in the way, too. 

Some of you may recall me mentioning decorating the living room a very long time ago. And that's true. We finished most of the work months ago but still had some little 'finishing' touches that needed to be... errr.. finished :).

One of those 'outstanding' projects (meaning incomplete, not super pretty) were our dining chairs. We're quite fond of our chairs so we didn't see any point in buying new ones. But Hubster and I both agreed that the seats really needed refreshing. The seat pads can be unscrewed so we knew it wouldn't bee too difficult to recover them with new fabric. 

But what we found most difficult was sourcing a reasonably priced fabric, that wouldn't end up costing more that a set of brand new chairs... Quality upholstery fabrics we've been looking at were about £50/metre. We needed 3 meters of fabric. Ouch!

But one lovely summer afternoon we stumbled upon some curtains on sale at Dunelm. They had an interesting design which matched our colour scheme and the fabric seemed quite strong and durable. And most importantly, they only cost £25.00!  For our project we only used one curtain so all in all we spent £12.50 on having our chairs reupholstered. Can't be bad, can it?

I was so excited with the end result and how easy it was to do, that I just had to share it! So I prepared a short tut, which I hope will inspire you to inject some new life into your upholstered furniture - and you'll have unique 'designer' pieces for a fraction of the cost! :)

1. Start by preparing a template for cutting. On a large piece of paper draw an outline of the seat pad, adding about 3 inches on each side for wrapping the fabric around the pad. Depending on the thickness of your seat pad you may need to alter this margin.

2. Using chalk or a pencil draw an outline around the template. Cut it out using a rotary cutter or scissors.

3. Wrap the fabric around the seat pad and secure with a staple gun. And that's it! Simples!

I'd love to know what do you think! Was it better 'before' or 'after'?

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

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Resin Heart

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello Friends!

Just a quick heads up that I have a post up today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog with this little beauty.

If you'd like to find out more, and I really hope you would :-), please hop over HERE!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

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Blog Hop With a Difference And Some Exciting News

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello Friends! I hope you had a great weekend. .

My post today is going to be a little bit different - as it's part of a Blog Hop With a Difference :). I have been invited to the hop by my blogging friend Joanna Krogulec who is my ultimate handmade flowers Guru :). Her work is truly magical. If you're not following her blog already then you are definitely missing a real treat.

I haven't met many of my crafty fiends in real life but I have been fortunate enough to meet Asia in person (yes, she's Polish, too, so I can use the abbreviation of her name Joanna which is Asia, just like mine! lol). We met at Ally Pally show a couple of years ago.

The aim of the hop is to answer a few questions about my-creative-self so here it goes.

1. What am I working on?

At the moment I am keeping myself busy with quite a few different things. 

I am currently working on samples for the new October release of Stampendous stamps (oh my, they are sooooo delicious!!!). Unfortunately I cannot share these yet until they are officially released :).

I am also working on a few furniture make-over projects as part of our redecoration 'programme' at home. We've already done the living room (you can see a glimpse of it in my post here), we've refreshing the hall at the moment and next we will be tackling the bedrooms upstairs. 

These furniture make-overs are double exciting for me. Not only because I am injecting some creative thoughts into my everyday objects but also for another reason, which brings me to my exciting news! 

I am really happy and excited and overjoyed and stuff to announce that I have been become part of the DecoArt's Bloggers' Network! Yaaaay! I really can't wait to play with DecoArt's paints and I promise to share some projects soon!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

Hmm. This is a difficult question to answer. I am getting better at describing my own style lol but I'm not sure how to describe if/how my work is different... Well, if you are able to help me out here, your suggestions would be appreciated! lol

3. Why do I write/create what I do? 

I've been crafting 'officially' for (only) five years but I think I've probably gone past the milestone of 'why I craft' question. Crafting has become my life, my passion, my daily routine, like breathing or eating. I simply cannot live or function without it. So to put it simply, if I stopped crafting, the result would be the same as if I ran out of air...:) 

4. How does my creating process work? 

I confess. I craft 24/7. Unless my mojo decides to go AWOL. If I'm not actually working in my craft room, I am constantly thinking of a next project, with ideas brewing in my head while I'm sleeping, having a shower or having an afternoon coffee (and most likely a biscuit to go with it). I draw inspiration from the strangest or most simple of things. And I try to incorporate them in my work. One of my biggest inspirations is my garden at home. It's quite small but full of magic :).

My papercrafting projects always take ages to complete. If you follow my blog regularly, you'll know that CAS is not my forté :). I take a great pride as well pleasure in working on the smallest of details, I don't like rushing my creative muse and sometimes I have to leave my work for a couple of days to 'cure and mature'.

My creative life has unprecedentedly changed since I discovered Pinterest. For me it's the best invention since electricity and the Internet itself lol. My Pinterest boards are a good reflection of what's going on in my head ha ha ha!

Thanks to Pinterest and the wealth of inspiration you can find there, nothing is safe in my home. I blamed Pinterest when I 'planted' an old chair in my border, it was one of the 'cool' ideas I stumbled upon. Then I added a wire bowl on top of it and created a planter, which looks different each year. This summer I have installed a fairy garden in it... Even I was surprised to see that you can fit a whole village on one chair! lol.

OK, that's enough about me now. It's time to invite the next blogger to play and my 'tagee' is Lisa from Adventures in Paperland. On Lisa's blog you will find heaps of papercrafting inspiration from beautiful shabby/vintagey mini albums to whimsical mixed media journal pieces. Over to you, hun!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Sunny Hollyhocks Thank You Card

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hello lovely Bloggers! Thank you for stopping by today! .

In case you've missed it, the winner of my giveaway $25 shopping spree at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L has been announced! You can find the announcement here

Today, over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog I am sharing a quick and easy tutorial on this  'thank you' card I made for the amazing surgery ward nurses who looked after me during my recent operation. You can see the tutorial post HERE.

Supplies I used:
E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips - Refillable, Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix White

Other supplies:
Stampendous Jumbo Hollyhock and Say It Today stamps, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Tim Holtz Tea Dye ink, Bazzill Basic cardstock, patterned paper, May Arts decorative ribbon, Inktense pencils.

Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments! Have a wonderful week!

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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Summer
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Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - Giveaway Winner

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hello Friends! 

Just popping in to announce the winner of the $25 shopping spree at the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L!

Drum roll please..... 

and the winner is.....

Congratulations D~!!! Please email me to claim your prize!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered and I'm really sorry there could only be one winner...

But my birthday is coming up soon and who knows, I might organise another giveaway - birthday candy for my lovely readers! Stay tuned! :-)

Have a fabulously crafty week!
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