Thursday, 26 August 2021

On Your Wedding Day by Liz

  Hi guys, I'm back today with another project using one of the awesome MDF windows from

Calico Craft parts


The first time I looked at this window I thought it is perfect for Weddings or Christenings, I'm sure other uses too but this is what it said to me, lol


I didn't want to lose any of the fine detail on the window, so taking a little white Gesso onto a piece of sponge, I simply dabbed it over the front, it left this look which leaves the detail but adds a little texture to the window too,

When dry I went around the edges with a little vintage photo distress ink,


I also used these adorable MDF hearts, well it is a romantic themed card isn't it? and they go perfectly with the window,


Calico craft parts make these fantastic word elements, they have the same style with different words on and one that comes plain, of course I used this set because the sentiment was again perfect,

I finished off my card with some spattered white Gesso which also gives the impression of confetti,

Window - stone mullion double gothic window arch

Word Elements - Occasions

Mini hearts 

Check out all the wonderful MDF and plywood pieces available from Calico Craft parts, 

Hugs Liz x

Saturday, 21 August 2021

Lost places by Kerstin

 Welcome creative friends!

 

As a result of our history, you often come across forgotten places on hikes here. 

In the middle of the forest you will find an abandoned clinic

 or a holiday and recreation home.

Mysterious, magical but sometimes eerie and spooky too.

 I always find it very exciting how quickly nature reclaims its field. 

 

I designed today's project with these thoughts in mind, 

a mixture of nature inspirations and the first hints of halloween thoughts.


 

It is now well known, that I love to work in a weathered worn style, or ??? 😀

 If you have specific questions about colour and texture design, 

please feel free to contact me.


some close up's




 I'm afraid windows have not been cleaned for a long time :-)



used Calico Craft Parts

 

Gothic Arch Shape - MDF Mixed Media Board

 Stone Mullion Double Gothic Arch Window

in two sizes

Maidenhair Fern MDF Wood Shape - Style 1

Ivy Leaf Swag

Curly Double Toadstool - Plain or Engraved

Skeleton Tree Duo MDF Wood Shape - Style 1



 

Thanks for your visit!

 

Happy crafting! 


Kerstin

Monday, 16 August 2021

Alice book box: by Louise

 


Hi there.

Today I’m sharing a decorated Book Box. 

To be honest, this is a re-makeover as I’m using a book box I decorated way back in September 2015 .

Most of us move on, learn new techniques and , hopefully, improve. And when I looked at the book box on my shelf, I knew it was not nearly as good as it could be  so I tore some bits off, left most of the leaves on it, covered it in black gesso, then started it’s second makeover.


I’ve only added a toadstool ( I broke one off from a set of three as it’s what I had in my craft parts stash), some resin roses and a couple of mould casts of Alice and the wonderland plaque . I’ve not done the inside yet so maybe that will be my next post  I’ve not decided how I want inside to look.



Calico craft parts used  

Thistle flower branch style 2 (medium and large)
Humming bird duo.
Wild grass wood shape
Fancy flower flourish
Flowering vine (border wood shape)
Toadstool
and of course the... Book box kit (medium)

Thursday, 12 August 2021

Inspiration by Liz

  Hi guys, I'm loving making albums at the moment, and when I saw on

Calico Craft Parts one of the Art Dolls they sell, it inspired me to create an Art themed album,



So what to use for the cover, well the front and back are MDF media Board squares which can be bought with holes already cut for you, I chose the two option this time, they come with four or none options too,

I painted the mdf media board all over with some white Gesso first, this I left quite rough to acheive a wall look,

I then used distress paints here and there to create a random colourful background, leaving the outer edges with the white to make the colours pop,

I ten took this fabulous MDF window and again after giving it a coat of white Gesso, I simply used the same paints randomly over the window, I love this effect,

I glued the window onto the dry cover and then added a fussy cut art themed paper easel,

 I used 


some more Art themed papers next to create a scene where I could use this MDF cut and saucer, again given a coat of white Gesso first then when dry the distress paints randomly used over the top, then when dry I stamped some text from my stash,


The next page is just some fussy cut papers, with a pocket for a removable piece onto which I did some art themed stamping,


Overleaf is again some fussy cutting from the fabulous paper range, where I have added a tiny MDF star,



This gave room again for the Fabulous Art Doll I mentioned earlier,


I kept him in his natural colour, popped the pieces together with some mini brads from my stash, then gave him a few flicks of paint randomly over the top, I couldn't resist making him look likes he's posing for a drawing, lol


The next page is again kept fairly flat, with fussy cut papers and a pocket effect,



The last page is again on a MDF square, painted as the front but I decorated this one with some fussy cut papers, as well as some of the MDF mini labels, these fit the paper images perfectly,


I used some more tiny brads for the holes in  the ends,


Do check out the awesome mdf pieces that are so perfect for a project like this,


Calico Craft parts:

MDF square media boards

MDF window - Tudor Arch 

MDF Jointed  Art Doll - Style 1

MDF mini Labels

MDF cup and saucer

Mini Star

Happy Crafting!!

Hugs Liz

Monday, 2 August 2021

Dalek kit: by Guest designer Stephen Taylor.

 

Hello everyone. 

I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to test drive one of the Dalek kits. The design team coordinator, Louise, had been sent it as part of her design team kit but she said she didn’t feel too confident doing such a large kit. As a model builder, I thought perhaps I could give it a try. 

And here it is…. 


Looking good with its slightly vintage paint job as a nod to one of my other passions, steampunk. 

I achieved this look by sealing the wood, painting with metallic paints, using metallic wax for highlights then giving it a colour wash with a watered down mix of black and raw umber acrylic paint to add shadow, depth and age.  

If you are a model builder yourself, I would say this kit was roughly a level 2 / 2.5. Not for a complete beginner but would certainly suit someone who’s only done one or two models in the past. 

You can find the Dalek kits HERE