Saturday, April 28, 2007

{I} for Inchies

Inchies - 1"x1" pieces of art!

Its amazing how much you can fit onto a one inch square and if you are lucky enough to be involved in a swap and get a whole collection of a certain theme they can look fantastic!

Inchies can be stamped, inked, embellishments added, beaded, anything goes! The one inch square is best made with a base of stiff cardboard with your name, date and theme added to the back - as much info as you can get onto the inch really!

Check out this site {here} for some real Inchie Inspiration............

We recently had our first Inchie Swap on the {Bubbly Funk Forum} and the theme was Pink. One simple theme and 12 completely different inchies. Fancy having a go? Pop to the forum for info and updates on regular swaps for Inchies and lots of other crafty doings!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Christmas {I}

Ivy is often used with Holly as a decoration around Christmas time as it is an evergreen plant. The popular Christmas Carol 'The Holly and the Ivy' is testament to this fact.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

{H} Handbag Charm

Handbag Charms are so fashionable at the moment and a bag really does look undressed without one! They are so easy to make - I personally do not have a great deal of tools approriate for jewellery making, so if I can do it then anyone can!

To make the simple handbag charm in the pic, all you need are:

Jump Rings
Ribbon/Suede Trim
Swivel Clip
Key Ring

and follow these simple instructions.........

These little kits are available on Bubbly Funk {here} , if you fancy giving this a go!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Journal {h} page

Di O's {h} page

For my H page I decided to use HO HO HO. I used pictures of a hamper we were given for Christmas and some more pictures of our hearth and fireplace with the flames glowing.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Glass painting

There are various ways to paint/ decorate glass such as using stick on outliners, using relief outliners, or even spraying on a frosting with reliefs masked out. I use transparent glass paint that is left to dry but there are also paints that reqire drying in an oven to give more of a glazed finish.

When working with glass ensure that the surface you are working on is clean and free of any fingerprints!

I have decorated a vase which measures 25cm high x 7.5

Choose the pattern you want and print/ draw it out. cut it to size and stick on the inside of the vase using low tack paper tape.

With a relief outliner trace the pattern onto the glass. I have used a silver one as I sometimes find black too harsh. Make sure that touching lines do touch and any areas that are to be painted in later are "closed" with no breaks in the outliner.

Take the pattern out of the vase and leave to dry for about an hour.
If you make any mistakes or want to start again you can soak it in warm, soapy water or if you wait until it's dry the
outliner will scrape off.

When the outliner is completely
dry you can add colour by painting in closed areas. I have used yellow in the top half of the leaves and orange in the bottom. You have to be generous with the paint as it doesn't spread that well and to get an even covering you need enough paint to cover the entire surface of the area.

To frost your glass cut out your required shape/s from sticky back plastic, stick onto glass, then spray. As quickly as you can, without touching the wet frosting, peel off plastic and leave to dry.