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Sunday, August 24, 2014

hot air balloon gift box

Father's Day Hot Air Balloon
by Sue Smyth 

With Father's Day approaching, our thoughts turn to what we 
can make for the Dad's of the world.
This year my stash of Couture Creations dies has given me an idea

A hot air balloon that you can fill with sweets.
I don't have instructions for this yet, but will repost again
with a template later.
Because I made the template up it took several 
attempts before I got it right, lots of cardstock down the drain!
Eventually I was happy with it, but forgot to take 
photos of step by steps 

But basically I have made a small box from cardstock, die cut 
out 8 squares of patterned paper and adhered to the sides and insides of the box
Affix 4 bamboo skewers to the inside of the box and also decorate the box.
Cut 4 balloon shapes, fold in half and adhere to
each other to form the balloon.
add a strip of cardstock 
across the bottom and attach to bamboo 
skewers as shown,
Die cut Siblings die from black cardstock and adhere around the edges.
Die cut banners and affix to the sides of the balloon.


Happy Crafting 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Love your face layout and altered clock

Love your Face Layout and
Altered Clock
by Sue Smyth 

Hi everybody, today I have a layout and altered clock for you and a mini 
tutorial on how I made the aged gold frame.

Step 1
Paint the frame with black spray paint of ink and
cover with Dimensional Magic 

Step 2
Sprinkle micro beads, any colour over the surface.

Step 3
When the beads are dry, brush over with gesso

Step 4
Dry off and roughly brush over a thick gold paint.

Step 5
Spray with a brown glimmer mist, such as Walnut gold or Coffee shop.

Step 6
Dry with heat gun, as paint blisters and bubbles, add more
glimmer mist until you have the look you want.

Butterfly is coated in Dimensional magic and black glitter

Do the same thing with triangular flags chip and adhere two together to 
form a diamond.

I have sprayed the title with matt black spray paint 

I have sprayed the feather too and used a white paint pen
to add splots and detail, to make a neat black and white feather.

Altered Clock 
A Moment in Time 

I wanted to alter a Tim Holtz clock, but could not find one,
so I just went to a chain store and purchased a cheap one.
 I have removed the glass and altered the rest. I also 
really wanted to add a photo, which I have cut to fit the face.
The back of the clock mechanism I have broken up
sprayed the bits black and used on the front. .

I have sanded the clock, roughly painted with gesso and sprayed 
with Dylusions and glimmer mists.

To alter the dragon fly, I have blended Lumieres over the wings
and added stripes with a Smooch.
Cover with Dimensional magic, sprinkle with 
a small amount of white glitter.
Add two small beads for eyes

I have also added a purchased bird that has been painted
with gesso and sprayed too. Add some small edges
and of course a chipboard feather.

Chipboard for Layout 

Happy Crafting 

Monday, August 18, 2014

By the Sea layout

By the Sea Layout

This is for all the lovely ladies who did my class at Workshop Wonders
on the weekend.

If you did not finish your page 
here are some close ups for you

And for those who grabbed the card kit here 
is a clear photo too.

Happy Crafting 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Megs Garden 1

Megs Garden Layout 
By Sue Smyth

Today I have a sweet fairy layout for you. As with all fairies, they get tired
of having their photo taken and at the end tend to pout. That is exactly 
what my daughter is doing here!!

My handy hint for this one is fussy cut out the birds, then cover the hole
with more fussy cut elements or lace/ruffle. Then you can place 
the birds where ever you want them.

Also to do the ombre coloured trim, just wet tattered net trim.
Spray mist onto an acetate or craft sheet, and dip the 
wet trim into the fluid. 
The wet trim will wick up the colour, then dry off with
a heat gun gently.

To make a neat nest, twirl some dodo vine in a circle, tuck a circle 
of fibres inside and glue together, add some large pearls, and
alter them with a few copics to resemble eggs.

Here I have added an acetate butterfly, celtic knot and an altered

To alter this sweet blue bird, paint with gesso allow to dry.
Spritz with turquoise glimmer mist, and dry with a heat gun.
Then coat with Dimensional magic for a glossy cloisonne look. 

To add more detail I have used Liquid pearls to accent the 
linear elements on the page. I have also flicked some 
turquoise glimmer mist across the page and topped 
with crystaline stickles. 

Megs Garden Supplies 

Garden of Blue flowers Collection, The Picnic

Happy Crafting 

Peacock Box

Peacock Trinket Box 
By Sue Smyth 

Little gift boxes are always a great project and 
so well appreciated by the recipient as they can 
keep the box as a decor piece. 

To create this little box, I have used a black pre cut box. Then covered 
the sides with embossed cardstock.
Here is how I decorated it

To cover the sides I have embossed white cardstock
 with peacock fans embossing folder.

Spray with selection of peacock coloured spray inks.

Rub over with black ink.

Allow to dry and dry brush gold paint over the raised areas.
when dry trim to fit the sides of the box.

To decorate 

Cut a scalloped oval from black cardstock and a nested oval from
purple cardstock, dry brush edges with gold paint.
Attach to top of box with 3 d Foam tape.

Affix gold rhinestones to scallop as pictured.

Die cut peacock feathers from lightweight cardstock
or recycled cereal boxes. Paint with white gesso and dry.

Apply peacock coloured dimensional pearl paints
Feel free to mix together colours like purple, green and royal blue.
Allow to dry.
Then smear over Gold Glitz in Glamour glitter glue for 

Attach feathers with 3 D dimensional tape, and add a glittery button, bow or accent.


Happy Crafting