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Monday, April 27, 2015

Couture Creations 2

Baby Pram Party Favour 
By Sue Smyth

This year we added to our extended family as my Nephew's wife
had a little girl just a few days ago.

So we have been in Baby shower mode for sometime now.
This is the little party favour I came up with
to decorate the table and give to 
guests to take home.

I have used some simple supplies like bamboo 
skewers painted white with gesso and 
covered with white glitter. This forms the 
perfect handle and axle for the pram.

Use a hot glue gun to adhere the bamboo 

Create a small scroll from a 1 cm strip of white cardstock
and ordinary alpha stamps or handwriting.

Add some glittered paper flowers and a tiny satin bow.

I have trimmed the edge off the Amaryllis Laced Frame die
and attached to the hood, along with lots of the tiny pearls.

Add larger pearls to the edges of the hood to 
hide the edges of the base.

To start with die cut 4 prams, two in pink and 
two in white, adhere the white prams to 
the pink ones, and ink pink side edges.

Cut a strip of pink cardstock, approx 12 cm x 6 cms, score
the sides at 1 cm and snip small tabs all along.
Roll one end over a toothpick and adhere. Trim off excess 

Add a second toothpick to the end and roll up so that the 
strip is the correct size(snip off excess)
adhere the pram sides to the tabbed edge,
carefully, curling the base as you go. 

Cover bamboo skewers with white gesso and
smear over dimensional magic,sprinkle with white 
glitter, trim and adhere as a handle and

Add a small piece of chipboard to the base to 
rest the flowers and teased muslin on.

You could fill this pram with sweets, tickets or 
typed out greetings. Or little plastic babies you 
can find in the party aisle.
Or ask the guests to bring a copy of a
baby photo of themselves, trim out the head
and tuck into the pram with a little paper quilt!

What a cute way to decorate the table,so quick and easy.


Happy Crafting all !

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Imaginarium blog

Bling Princess and decorated Pringle Tin
By Sue Smyth 

Hi Bloggers and friends 
This is my contribution this month!
I have had this foam head for a while in my workshop.
And have had a lot of ideas running through my
head as to how to alter it.
So finally this is it.

But I need help! 

If anyone has ideas on what to call it
please leave a comment.
I kind of thought a bling princess or android, but 
it is kind of mermaidish to.
Except it has wings, so I am not really sure
what she is ...lol

I have had so much on lately, I did not even
take photos of it as I was making it.
So sorry no little tutorial.
Instead I just took lots of
photos for you to enjoy of the details

To start with any styro foam, you must paint
it with a PVA based glue. This protects it
from any chemicals that may eat the foam.
You can then use this as a base to paint
with gesso and decorate as you would a canvas.

I wanted to make a crown, and started with a corner flourish
and a metal trinket. But as I worked I kept adding things and that got a
little lost.
I had lots of long pearl hat pins,and just kept 
putting them in until I was happy.
Then I found large rhinestones and pearls in my stash
and had to include them.
And some awesome glass tiles.
It is funny how you find more and more things that 
suit when you rummage through your stash.

I have used Finnabairs gold roses, which if you 
paint with gesso and spray come up like a 
metal rose.
I have also used chipboard either side as a vine
or leaves, always consider
snipping chipboard up.

To adhere chipboard onto a curve, first dampen it with
water, then adhere with PVA type of glue.
In this case I could insert pins to help it bond.

I love how some of the styro has almost
changed into a reptilian look.
I have used false eyelashes and pins for eyebrows to give the 
styro head a little character.

I did not just want to decorate the 
head, that would have been predictable.
So using the fact that chemicals will
eat the foam, I cut a hole in the head 
and sprayed paints and glue into it
until I had a nice eroded look.
Then I have added cogs to look
like the inside workings of an Android brain! 

The back must always look nice too.
I have used the large butterfly, feathers and a smaller 
monarch butterfly to create a set of layered wings.

First I have painted them black, with spray paint.
Then I have layered over metallic paints, rubbing 
them in with my finger. Around the edge of
the large butterfly I have adhered small beads 
for texture.
The feathers have lots of white linen dylusions 
flicked over them before I have rubbed
in metallic paint.

Nice close up of the brain cavity !
Again the cogs have been painted black first,
then gold and purple metallic paint rubbed in.
Once in place I have used liquid pearls to add 

I have used the peacock feathers as my colour palette.
When adhering rhinestone swirls 
add a little extra glue to give a great bond, 
as often the adhesive is not strong enough.

I have added old earrings, beads and rhinestones for 
texture and shine.

Here I have used the hexagonal chipboard, 
both the positive and negative pieces as 
a base on the head. To soften
the look, I have sprayed muslin and
tucked it around the back an sides.

Add lots of bling to the head piece for a rich look.

Here are some of the chipboard shapes
but there are probably too many to remember 

Imaginarium Chipboard

My next project is a
 humble pringle tin altered. 

First cover the tin with and gel medium and layer
over hand towel or textured wall paper.
When dry then coat with gesso, and spray with inks 
as usual.

Rub over with gold paint to highlight the texture.

I have painted the heart with gesso first, then sprayed
with Red dylusions, then coat with dimensional magic.

Sprinkle with red micro beads and allow to dry.
I have snipped in half to use it.

I love using glitter as a colouring agent, it is not just
for sparkle.
For the doiley I have painted it with gesso, inked it
with turquoise ink and coated with Dimensional magic.
sprinkle with turquoise glitter and allow to dry.
The glitter will sink down into the Dimensional magic
and you will have very little glitter shed.

Add lots of pearls as a contrast and some black
eyelash fibre.

Happy Crafting
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