Saturday, 10 March 2018

Recycled metal cable holder into Fairy house

I've hung onto for a lot of years, a metal inner tube from electrical cable with the idea of upcycling this into maybe a birdhouse or something, but I never got around to this with lack of creativity time or mojo.
However I was inspired after watching a YouTube video by Marta Maremi small art where she created a little wooden fairy house link here I combined this idea with the building a wall inspiration too.
This is my wee fairy house, see her trying to slip by me when I took this photo. Fairies are very shy and secretive, she didn't want to be caught creeping into her wee house. 

I didn't photograph every step but if you want to know how I reached my fairy house goal, grab a cup of your favourite beverage as this is a bit of a long post. 
Here's a bit of an idea and description of my process.
This is how I started, with the metal tube, I glued tissue paper over the surface to give it a texture to help stick and make a sandwich layer for my little card bricks, which I cut from the Sizzlits, Tim Holtz Alterations Brick Wall Decorative Strip die. Building this brick wall around the tube was time consuming but a labour of love.
Next I covered this with a second layer of this time,  crinkled tissue, using Mod Podge and then I sealed this with more Mod Podge over the surface the tissue gave the bricks a rough brick texture, which I'd then coloured with acrylic paints and sprays, using a couple of greens, grey, mauve and black, knocking  the colour back with a wet wipe and re-applying, darkening and lightening until I was happy with my wall.

I then added "stones" to the base of my wall, (more upcycling, hot gluing silicone "beads" from the wee bags that are packed in with some goods to absorb moisture, usually they are labelled "Do no eat" "Do not open" but I'm a rebel, opening up the wee bags, not rebelling with the no eating part though, lol)
I painted the beads with gesso then coloured them with sprays in green and black ink .

I added a "wooden" arched door cut from a furniture photo in decorating/ paint chart booklet. I mounted this on card to give it more rigidity, then I die cut some "windows" and I also found a rub on fairy to live in my house. The windows which you can't see much of here were originally flower shapes but I wasn't happy with them, also this door was re-modelled and door handle was changed in the final steps.

Next for a base, I created papier mache from an egg box softened down with hot water squeezed to a firm dough consistency then I added a couple of good dollops of PVA glue and mixed it in well then I pressed this paper clay/papier mache mix to coat over an old coaster. I pressed the tube base into this base to make a circular dent then I left this to dry overnight. I hot glued these together the following day.

The lid or roof was next. I cut a circle of firm card the same size as the diameter of the top of the tube, then using a narrow strip of thick card, I wrapped it around the outside circumference and secured the circle ring with washi tape and then glued it to the card disc to form a lid for my tube. 
Then the roof was constructed using a larger circle of card with a quarter cut out, then I curled the remaining 3/4's into a cone then glued this cone over the lid I had made. To add the tiles, I coloured a large sheet of lightweight card with same ink combo I had used on the walls. I dried the card, then embossed it to add texture.
I cut the card into long narrow strips, reserving about 5 inches wide section to make the top of the cone roof, which was a small 2 inch circle, and a bit more to cover both sides of a neat fitting card disc to glue inside the bottom of the tube for a base inside the tube
to create a container for my pencils. 
I cut the rest of the textured card into strips then into about 1 inch tiles and proceeded to glue these around the base of the cone roof, starting from the bottom then working my way progressively up the roof until I reached the top finishing this with the small circle cutting away 1/4 section, rolling into cone shape and glued into place. I cut very small "v" shapes around the bottom edge of this to mimic the tile edge.
I finished off the roof by hot gluing on a glittery pinecone (from an unused Christmas decoration) to look like a wee chimney.

I decided the base needed a bit more detail so I created a small set of steps with leftover section of roof card rolled into about 1 inch long "logs" flattened, then hot glued as steps at the door. I added some hot glue stones around the bottom edge of the house and sides of the steps, filling in some gaps under the "stones", but the new hot glue "stones" looked odd so I used a black mica texture paste over these to cover the glue then I
also added some around the door frame, I filled in sides of the steps with the texture paste and spread it over the papier mache base texturing it with the flat of a painting knife to create peaks and smoother areas. Then added mica flakes sparingly. I sprinkled a tiny amount over the base while it was still wet in just a few places using a mix of tea dye, bronze and green flakes, to add a bit of fairy sparkle.

This definitely photographed better outside. It looks right at home here, doesn't it. I had to run back inside with my wee house though when the rain started shortly after snapping this picture. 

 The roof lifts off to hide away my pens or pencils.

Thanks for visiting my blog and taking the time to read about my latest creative ideas and projects.
Let me know what you think, I really enjoyed creating this one.

Love Alexandra xx

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Building walls

I'm loving watching the YouTube videos from Marta "Maremi's Small Art" I was inspired to play after watching her latest video. DIY Brick Wall Effect

Here are my results.

Last week I had already had an idea for creating the look of a dry stone wall using an egg box, glue and acrylic paint.

The bottom two were created using a card egg box for the bumpy internal texture to replicate the stone and the irregular shapes of the lighter one were created by tearing out random pieces of the box as opposed to using scissors as I did in the one next to this.

The top two brick walls were inspired by Marta's video.

Take a look at her channel if you haven't yet discovered her videos.
You are in for a treat. I'm sure you'll love them and be inspired by her cheery teaching style

Thanks for visiting.
Love and hugs
Alexandra xx

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Merry Christmas

 I wanted to wish you all a Happy Christmas and good health and happiness in the New Year.

I also made  this card to wish the residents and staff of Erskine a very Merry Christmas.

For those who don't know, Erskine is a facility in Erskine, Scotland, that provides long term medical care for veterans of the British Armed Forces.

Have a wonderful time.

Love & hugs
Alexandra xx

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Sympathy cards

A difficult time for anyone is losing a loved one. I've sadly had the need to make a few sympathy cards

This one is gently coloured with Forrest Moss distress ink. I made this card using an embossing folder and embellished it with a small cross.

These two sympathy cards are similar, using almost the same.

Quick, C&S cards.
Thanks for dropping by, let me know what you think.
I've a few more projects  I created that I'll share soon.


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

I'm still here and crafting again.

I haven't been around much lately, sorry. My old dad has had a lot of health issues in the past few years so my priorities have been with him while he needed so much help and support. Sadly I lost dad at the end of July. My heart was broken and I haven't been into creating for a long, long time. However I am determined to get back on the proverbial horse, and seriously look for my mojo. 

I wanted to share a card I finished making today and small up-cycled jam jar to package a wee gift of some sweets for a work colleague who is starting a new job. 

The wee heart dangler here, 
I made a while ago (Feb /March 2014) using home made paper clay and silicone moulds. I used a light weight wall filler instead of joint compound which I wasn't sure about here in UK. I made a huge lump of clay at the time and had fun playing with this. Check out this post from my blog archives,
You can find the recipe on the website of Jonni Good if you want it here;

I have a few more things I have created but never posted yet and I'll be back to share them with you soon.

Thanks for popping by.
Alexandra xx

Monday, 13 March 2017

Civil wedding card

Hi, I'm back again, it's been a while, but it's nice to be here again.

Life sometimes gets so busy I forget to keep this sad little blog going. However I have managed to squeeze in a bit of creativity occasionally.

I have a few photos of projects and things I have made since my last post.

Last summer I was asked to make a special card for a friend's brothers wedding.

Here is the card I created.

This was the first civil wedding card I've made, I created it mainly using dies and paper folding.

Thanks again for visiting and feel free to leave a comment if you want.
I appreciate hearing what you think. TTFN

Alexandra x

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Puppy's first birthday

Amber turned 1 year old this month. She's getting so big now, taller than Amy.

This is our two gorgeous girls on the morning after Ambers birthday.
 (Amber is in the front)
She got lots of treats and toys and I made her this wee birthday card.

Thanks for dropping by

love Alexandra