Saturday, 30 April 2016

At the beach - with Elly

♥ Hello my crafty friends and Calico Craft Parts Lovers ♥ 
Elly here and yes, today you're with me *at* the beach, because i'm sending sunny greetings from Lanzarote/Spain to you, together with my second Guest Design post. My creations accidentally go together with my holiday *wink,wink*

Beach Display for Summer Feeling and a Treasure Box for Beach Souvenirs

I glued patterned paper to Fancy Shaped Blank Plywood Plaque

Used the hotglue gun to adhere the Glass Vials. The brown vials imitate groynes and the clear one is a drift bottle 

DecoArt Texture Sand for beach sand 

Don't forget to decorate the back

Simple and cuuuuute, don't you think?

The Treasure Box consists of a plein Trinket Box Kit, only the sea shell pillar frame of a Shaped ATC  Wood Blank and mini seagulls

First, i've connected the lid to the box with a piece of  KraftPaperFabric on the left side. Next i've glued down the frame and the seagulls. 3 round pieces glued together forming a button to open the box. I adhered 4 metal feets and i've painted the box with a mix of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff with a tiny drop Prussian Blue Hue

I applied DecoArt Americana Decor Crackle Medium to the middle of the lid, some spots on the frame and on the sides of the box. When touch dry, i painted Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff on top and the cracks appeared. The birds a drybrushed with Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold

The dirty look in the middle of the lid and around the box was achieved by rubbing DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream Raw Umber into the cracks and i used chalk ink around the edges of the box.

Thanks for stopping by and joining me, my crafty friends. I hope you feel inspired to enter a real Treasure Trove of Wood Shapes and Craft Blanks at Calico Craft Parts Shop to create something wonderful 
♥ ♥ ♥
Thanks to Calico Craft Parts for having me
Calico Craft Parts used:
Beach Display

Treasure Box

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Her Lips Were Sealed by Lesley

Hey people. Lesley here with an altered book box.

I'll be honest and say that i did fish this out of my bucket (the place where things end up that i don't like after altering!) But it seemed a shame to waste it, so i fished it back out and restarted it.....this is how it turned out............

I used an assortment of Decoart media acrylics on the book box, gradually building up the colours. 

I used touches of crackle medium in patches on the back.

Using a palette knife and soft modelling paste, i scraped it around the edge of the box. The face on the front is from one of my twins dolls. I cut the back of her head off and packed her full of foil. Then glued her to the box. I added detail using some clay.  Next was the inside.......

The lips were set into a dollop of clay and left to set before gluing down.

The little faces were made by twin number one. I painted them before gluing down.

I used the mini rectangle plaques for my words.

Glad i took the time to rescue the box. ;)

Thanks for reading.xx

Ingredients used.
MDF book Box
Mini rectangle plaques

Monday, 25 April 2016

'Nature' by Kasia

Hi everyone! Here is my second guest designer post for Calico Craft Parts! And I need to say again that I'm very happy to be invited :)

Here is my second project 

Calico Craft Parts used on my 'Nature' mini-album
The pages are photos of the forest. The album is  full of layers of  linen fabric, lace, old and wrapping paper, tracing paper, plastic and sisal mesh, pieces of cardboard. 

But the main role is played by wooden mushrooms. I used  crackle medium and glass microspheres to emphasize the beauty of these  wooden mushrooms.

Thank you for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

'Jill in the box'! By Trish


Me again, with another idea for an ATB cube kit! How about turning one into a box with a hinged lid?

You can have all sorts of everything popping out... just like this one.....

So... how to turn a cube kit into one of these? Like this....

First, glue together a cube, minus the top...

Next (This bit is optional!), add any legs/feet or anything you want to the bottom. I wanted to cover everything in one go when it came to the book page part, so glued on the beads at this point. You could glue them on afterwards, or not at all :)

Cover the whole thing with book pages or paper. Folding it carefully over the top will leave a level edge, rather than the tabbed edges of the unfinished cube...

Cover the remaining side with book pages or paper as well, again folding carefully to give a neat (ish!) square...

To attach the lid to the box, attach a strip of canvas to both. Remember to leave a small gap, as this is the bit that will be folded. I used canvas as it is really strong, yet very flexible!

Do the same on the other side...

This can now be covered to blend in with the rest of the box...

If you wanted, you could attach a loop and bead type fastening to keep the box closed, as currently it won't stay shut unless my finger is holding it down....

I wanted it to stay open though, so didn't need to fiddle about with closures. Another project for another day I think :)

I gave the box a quick painty treatment, then added some stencilling and stamping..

I then drew my 'Jill' figure, and put her in the box!

 I think she looks rather happy to be let out, don't you?!

Have a great day everyone!
Trish xx

Calico Craft Parts used:
ATB cube kit (small)

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Love you deerly by Elly

Hello crafty friends and Calico Craft Parts Lover. 
Elly here and i'm your proud guest designer this month.
Mostly, when i'm creating with gears, my projects turn out brown / patina / rusty / steampunk - ish. Today i'm showing you, that gears and shabby chic go just as well together
Deer Heads are very popular for quite some time.

I'm so very fawned of you, my deer!

A perfect base for the mini deer head trophy is the MDF Fleur De Lis Display Kit. I just glued patterned paper to the inside.

 The deer head ( download from the internet after browsing deer head template) was cut from copy paper (23 pieces) and glued together. The head is getting stabil with acrylic paint and i used the DecoArt Media Mister in Carbon Black to get the paint into all the gaps and grooves

Subsequently i've coated the deer head with DecoArt Media Liquid Glass and Copper Glitter

I mounted the deer head to painted (DecoArt Media Gesso White followed by Media Fluid Acrylics Titanium White) MDF Wood Cog

The Steampunk Border, the Steampunk Corners even the outside of the Fleur de Lis Diplay Kit had the same paint treatment. DecoArt Gesso White followed by Media Fluid Acrylics Titanium White.

I'm using wooden spools as connector. Most of the glue part is done with a hot - glue gun. The Steampunk Mechanical Cogs was adhered and painted afterwards

This beautiful Stag Deer Wood Shape also had the painted Gesso / Titanium White combo, but changed the colour after applying Liquid Glass on top. You can watch the same phenomenon happening on the Fleur De Lis Display below. I guess the original colour of the Craft Parts are coming thru the paint, but i really like this *vintage* effect. In order to balance the vintage colour, i've adhered several tiny metal gears in gold.

Thanks for your visit 
 Happy crafting!
Calico Craft Parts used: