Saturday, 25 February 2017

Rice Paper

Rice Paper

Hi there!

Today is the last day
in the Rice Paper set.
Hope you have enjoyed these
projects as much as I have

Today's project will take
your breath away...........

Here is Hazel Harler to
talk you through her
gorgeous project:

" I needed to make a thank you card for a neighbour
 and thought it would be nice to make a tea light card.

I searched the internet for a template and
 found one made by Crafters Companion. 
I cut the card and box from green card

I covered the card and box with a some pretty rice paper
 and attached some ribbon and lining to the inside of the card, 
then I die cut a window in the top of the box.

I glued a piece of acetate insideof the window 
and glued the box to the card 
leaving the opening for the tealights at the top

I lightly dry brushed some white acrylic paint 
on the front of the card being careful 
not to cover the birds. 

The two flowers were stamped onto tissue 
paper with black archival ink

I stamped some script onto the cover and then 
cut out the flowers and glued them to the card.

I coloured a tag with watercolour and stamped the flower. 
I'm going to write a note on this for my neighbour.
 The box was filled with tea lights."

Many thanks Hazel.  I'm sure your neighbour
was delighted to receive such a lovely Thank You

This would make a really nice card/present
for every occasion.  

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Friday, 24 February 2017

Rice Paper

Rice Paper

Hi There!

We have Craftyfield with us 
today and she is going to talk
us through some up cycling 
to make a beautiful piece of home
decor - to be specific Bathroom

 "I wanted to decorate this cylindrical box 
and give it a feminine feel so that 
I can display it proudly in my bathroom. 

A quick and easy way is to cover it 
with a printed Rice paper (Imagination Crafts).

 My "box" is a modest Pringles can so this 
works out as a very cheap storage option!

I first gesso'ed the can and chose 3 sheets of rice paper. 
In the end, I only used 2

 Using a wet paintbrush, draw around 
the bit of paper you want to use 
and after a few seconds tear the piece apart 
from the main sheet. 

This way the sides are feathered 
which is much more pleasing once collaged.

To glue the paper you can use any type 
of acrylic medium, matt or glossy, 
or even some of the newer Tim Holtz mediums 
such as "Crazing" or "Vintage" to add a little something...

I used a matt medium and applied it
 with the purpose built Collage brush.

Alongside the papers, I filled in with some paint and stencilling. 
I load my brush with several colours of paint at the same time 
to give a stripy look, echoing one of the Rice paper.s

I will be applying a matt varnish, 
I love using the DecoArt Soft touch for these projects, 
it has a matt aspect and, 
as the name implies, a soft feel to the touch.

This is a picture of the finished can, showing all 3 "sides" next to each other.

Had my can been a little bit smaller, I think I might have 
just used the paper as is, they are so beautiful, it doesn't 
seem right to tear them apart!"

Items used:

Collage Brush:
Fresco paints (Lavender, Dolly Mix and Cheesecake):
Stencil Carabelle Weft Fabric and Numbers:
Tim Holtz Layered Stencils (Wildflower and Flourish) :
Varnish Soft Touch:

Thank you Craftyfield a lovely way to
get affordable storage colour 
matched to your home and you could even
 use up any bits and pieces left over from
a previous project.

I love the up cycling aspect of this
project too.

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Rice Paper

Rice Paper

Hallo There!

The year seems to be already
picking up speed.................
Here we are almost at the end
of February   

Beginning to wonder if the 
addition of an extra week 
wouldn't be such a bad thing.......................

Really? Yes of course, I'm joking!

Here's Helen Chilton with some
lovely rice paper:

Choose your designs. I've gone for 
one black and white collage design 
and then some coloured images for my focal point

Stick some of the black and white paper 
to the front of your canvas using a decoupage glue

Rub out any air bubbles with your fingers

 Cut out the focal image roughly and stick to card. 
When dry trim to make a tag.

I've used Gelatos as a colouring medium 
and have taken my colours from the dress form image

Rub and blend them with your fingers.

You can also pull out colour with a wet brush.

Add some extra colour to the dress form tag.

Then use a baby wipe to remove colour and make highlights

Finally rub some white Gelato over the back of a stencil 
and rub into the canvas. 

Finish with a brad, stickles and some ribbon.

Materials used:

Thank you Helen 

Isn't that gorgeous?
Amazing what can be 
achieved with these papers

They're so affordable and
come in so many designs
do give them a go

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Rice Paper

Rice Paper

Hallo Everyone!

Loving the lighter evenings now
although there's still time for

Louise Thomson is with us
today to start the new theme 
with a useful door hanger 

"Today I’ve been having a play with beautiful rice paper. 
It’s so versatile, you can add it to pretty much 
any alterable item to make a beautiful gift.

Start with an alterable door hanger
and give it a coat of white gesso
front and back

Next gild the edges with green gilding wax applied with a soft cloth

I chose a garden print rice paper and 
selected some of my favourite parts to 
start decoupaging together.

Don’t worry about having overhanging edges – 
these can be tidied up once you’re happy with the arrangement. 
I found little bits of foliage and flowers could be used
 to soften the edges between joins.  

Fix the paper down with a decoupage glue, 
or alternatively use a 50/50 mix of pva and water. 
Once it is really dry, sand the edges in 
downward strokes to get a neat finish. 
There happened to be a wodge of sandpaper 
on my desk but a sanding block would be the
 ideal tool for this

Blend a selection of distress inks on to 
smooth finish card. 
I used bundled sage and pumice stone. 

From this, die cut the lettering you require.

Paint a little fresco paint on to your door hanger in patches 
where you wish to add your lettering. 
I used nougat which has a lovely opaque finish 
but you can still see some of the print through the paint. 

Once dry, glue on the lettering.

Stencil on some more distress ink to tie the whole theme together.

Here is the finished front....

..... and the back"

Project materials:

Thank you Louise - such a useful way 
to let the family know where to find you

'Till tomorrow
Mickie xx

Monday, 20 February 2017

What's New?

What's New?

Hi there!

Happy Monday!!

Bit of a surprise I know, as I'm not 
known to be around on a Monday

You may not be aware that we have these
awesome new stamps I thought I'd put up
a banner...........!

Just click here and you will be transported
to the website so you can take a good
look at these lovely, lovely stamps

More new products for you to add to
your wish lists tomorrow!!

"Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Song Title Challenge

Song Title Challenge

Hallo Everyone!

Hope you all had a restful
night's sleep and woke up
this morning raring to go...

It is Song Title Challenge Day
and February's song is one I'm
sure everybody knows:

Somebody to Love by Queen

Karen Gist has provided another
inspirational coaster for us:

You have three weeks in which to add as many
entries as you like via the link

Don't forget that your project must include the
song title and the singer/band

the link closes at midnight on  12th March

I look forward to seeing all your

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Saturday, 18 February 2017


What's New

Hi there!

No project today BUT and its a 
big one!  For all you Jane Colman
fans out there the news is she is
doing a class  towards the end of
the month using glazing techniques
on a beautiful vintage  bottle ....

Check it out...............

Fabulous or what?

Here is another pic

If you want to join in the fun
the class will be at
Lingfield and Dormansland Community Centre
on Sunday 26th February

 Go to the website to confirm
your place

While you are about it, boxes full of 
gorgeousness have begun to arrive
We have a new stamp range from

We have the new Rusty Patina range of
finishes from Imagination Crafts

and we have the We R Memory Keepers
Tab Punch Boards for all you crafty journallers

Keep checking back there's a lot more to come

As for me, I can't wait to get my
hands on some of that beautiful
rustiness - which reminds me, guess 
what we are going to be doing in
Kit and Kaboodle in March?...........

'Till tomorrow