Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Craft-Room Challenge - Something for a Man

Good Tuesday morning well I hope it is a good one!   Here in the north the hours of daylight are increasing I've been leaving work in daylight and there are green shots spring is just around the corner.   Non of which has anything to do with the latest challenge at Craft Room.

Our vintage loving Julia selected our theme this time, perhaps the sprite of Valentines stayed with her as the theme is Something for a Man just go and see what she has made it's stunning.   As always we have a wonderful sponsor for this fortnight's challenge; Flonz who are based in New Zealand.

Last year I treated myself to an Ipad it has become a treasured possession going everywhere with me!  Of course for something so special you want a good cover, and I have tried several.   Looking at one of the discards the other day it occurred to me that I've never seen a steampunk Ipad so I made one!

The basic cover has been enveloped in hand embossed metal, metal disc punched out and stamped with gauges.   Cogs and gears together with a circuit board out of a computer were added linked with wire.   Tell me what Man would not love this for his Ipad!

We all make cards and gifts for the men in our lives, its not so tough really.   If you have made soemthing or are making something for a man that you have not shared with the world before please share it with us at Craft-Room Challenge.

I'm also sharing this with a couple of challenge's I noticed on this week's Saturday Challenge list at Feline Playful.

A Gem of a Challenge - Dies and Punches (I used a circle punch)
Hiding in my Craft Room - Embossing (hand embossed the metal)
My time to Craft - Men only
Suger Creek Hollow - Metal Mania (Steampunk is the essence of vintage)

Other day challenge's
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Anything but a Card
Simon says Stamp & Show - Use Metal
Victorine Originals - Stamp, Emboss, Embellish
Hotshot craft - No cards allowed

OK so that is 8 challenges, I apologize if this breaks anyone's rules please feel free to disqualify me if i have, I've only entered for a bit of fun.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Craft-Room - Embellishments

Writing this on Monday, the first day of a week's leave!   Getting a little bit more sorted out in the house this week.   With the bathroom all but finished, the ceiling will be painted this week, and the roof space partly boarded it's finally time to put some of the boxes from the move up there.   Yep I have boxes still not in their final home after my house move 16 months ago.    Things I cannot bear to part with like a couple of hundred vinyl albums and another couple of hundred or so masks.  

Now Vinyl is becoming popular again perhaps I should get a turntable and play them.   The masks might well be used for decoration once the house has been decorated.  For now they and the memories they hold need to be stored.

There is also just the threat, only a threat at this stage, that the ironing might get done, or I could paint something and watch it dry.

Anyway it was a productive week-end making my sample for the new challenge at Craft-Room.   I really enjoyed getting messy for this one, Maria is our host this time and her theme for us is Make your own Embellishment.    Supporting the challenge this time we are sponsored by a personal favourite of mine Rare Bird.
For my sample I made a wall hanging, starting with a precut piece of card I smothered it with DecoArt Modeling paste making sure it left a rough texture.   Onto this some tissue was folded/crumpled pushing it into the paste so that it stuck.   Next out came the Glimmer Mists and Cosmic Shimmer Spray in earth tones.  Onto the wet paint/paste perfect pearls has been sprinkled.   The faces were added at this stage, more about those in a bit.   Viva ferro paste 'old gold' added next, as the paste was still wet (modeling paste takes some time to dry) it mixed in with the ferro paste actually making it a little harder to spread will let the first layer dry another time.    Thin lines of glue squeezed onto some of the ridges of tissue and Alcohol inks dripped onto it, some of the other creases lined with some old Anita's 3D paint.   Once the ferro paste was dry, Viva Craco paste spread over the top and around some other parts of the board.

The Mica circle was given to me by Brenda  when we met just prior to my leaving the south.   A PaperArtsy stamp was inked with brown stayzon and the mica piece pressed over the top of it, the resulting image is imperfect and perfect for the subject.   Lace, feathers and a metal dragon fly coloured with Alcohol inks and gems were the final additions.

My embellishments are the FP faces, FP is a marvelous material to work with but still seems to be a bit of a secret in the paper craft world.    Liz Welch, owner of  Rare Bird, is a world expert in using this material and so very generous in sharing her knowledge if you visit her site you will find a wealth of hints and tips.   You do need to set aside some time and have a Friendly Plastic day but once you start playing it is a whole new challenge to get yourself to stop!    On Sunday I had such a day, my fondue set filled with water and set just high enough to make the plastic soft without burning fingers.   Gentle heat gun to hand several moulds, I have a great collection of  suger craft mould's which are perfect for FP so several of those were out and a couple of other bits and pieces.
These were made at the same session, a lot of FP cut into thin strips and stuck together to make new workable pieces of FP some of the new blocks were then marbelled, the square is one of those to be the base of something else another time.   Some of the patchwork pieces were relaxed into moulds other moulds had strips laid over them and then relaxed into the mould and small pieces used to fill gaps.    The fish and the Tudor rose as well as the two full faces used on the wall hanging were simply made by cutting a piece of FP to size and relaxing that into the mould.    You simply cover the mould opening with the FP and heat it with your heat gun, as the plastic softens is relaxes into the mould.   Dip your fingers into cold water and press the hot, soft FP into the full mould.   This might cause the film covering the plastic to split, to avoid that be a bit more generous with your FP and don't use thin strips.   Personally my favourite piece from Sunday is the silver face on my project piece.

The whole team have made their own embellishments using all sorts of materials and methods their results are, as always, well worth seeing.    We also love seeing what our followers come up with so please do join us at Craft-Room.