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Owl Be Watching Over You

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Hello Friends! How are you today? 

I am very, very happy today - especially after seeing new followers who so kindly chose to hang around my blog :-). Thank you so much!

With the nights drawing in earlier and earlier and smoky scents floating in the air one can't help but start thinking of...Halloween!

Although we don't really make any Halloween preparations at home, there is something really mesmerising about this event and I am always fascinated by all the creatively ghoulish and scary-licious projects shared in the blogland.

And in the spirit (or ghost??? lol) of this event, here is my offering for you today.

And while I'm on the subject of ghoulish makes. Stampendous October 2014 Blog Challenge is now open and the theme is Halloween Haunt. Be sure to link all your beautifully scary creations to the challenge linky tool and you may also have a chance to win some delicious Stampendoulicious treats!

For my Halloween tag I used Distress Inks and acrylic paints to create the background. Then I stamped and heat embossed with Black Detail Embossing Powder the Tombstone Owl and I threw in a few stamped bats for a good measure (from Tricky Words and Halloween Diamonds Perfectly Clear sets).

I stamped the Tombstone Owl again onto white card with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured it in with Distress Markers. Then I fussy cut parts of the stamp and added them to the card over the Black Thin 3D Foam Squares.

The frame was die cut from a black 3D Foam Creative Sheet using Sizzix Victorian Cameo die set and fully covered with Maroon Micro Glitter

I also couldn't pass on the opportunity of some Frantage treatment using the encrusted jewel technique with my all time favourite mixtures: Aged Wine Embossing Enamel and Copper Mix Lux. Oooh, I love that lush sparkle!

To finish my tag I added a May Arts ribbon, a Bat Doodle and a Halloween sentiment.

I hope you enjoyed my today's offering! Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your lovely comments!

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Better After And Coffee Table Interventions

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Do you remember my coffee table makeover I blogged a while ago? I'm soooo excited to say that my little beauty has been featured on Lindsay's fabulous Better After blog, which I absolutely adore! Yay! Thank you so much Lindsay!

If you've never visited her blog, this is a must-visit-site for any kinds of furniture and home decor makeovers. She's got heaps of inspirational features from real bloggers all over the blogosphere. 

I guarantee you will find something there that will inspire you to start rolling your sleeves up right away! :). To visit her blog, hop over here.

Happy crafting everyone! 

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Grunge Birthday Card for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L And Autumnal Musings

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hello everyone on this beautiful Sunday! First of all I'd like to say a big 'thank you' for all the lovely comments on my dazzling autumnal wreath post. Blimey, I can't believe it's autumn already, where did the summer go???

Mind you, yesterday was so sunny and warm that Hubster and I decided to have the last BBQ of the year. And it was lovely. As it starts getting dark quite quickly now, we lit up our lanterns and tea lights in the garden and ended up having a proper candle-lit dinner :). I don't think I've ever had a BBQ in the autumn and this barby was definitely my favourite one this year. It almost felt like being on holiday again! Our cat Kropek didn't seem that impressed, though lol:).

Today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog I'm sharing a tutorial for this grunge birthday card I made for my Hubster. I would be delighted if you found a moment to see my tutorial here.

I've gone for a vintage grunge look for this masculine card. Lots of stamping, distressing and inking - just what I like!

As you can check all the details on my tutorial post, I will only list the supplies here.

Other supplies:

Stampendous stamps - Grunge Birthday, Imagination, Journal Lines, Charmed Art; Cinnamon Micro Glitter

Tim Holtz Lost and Found paper pack, Bazzill Basics cardstock

Inks: Coffee Archival, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, Peeled Paint Distress Stain

I hope you enjoyed today's post and my autumnal musings :). Thanks for stopping by and for your wonderful comments. Happy Sunday!

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Challenges for this card:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Vintage Journey #15 - Colours of Autumn
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Stamps or Stencils
Our Creative Corner September - Autumnal Image Inspiration (colour palette)
Vintage Stamping Challenges #24 - Anything Goes
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Add a Little Dazzle & Stampendous - Blog Hop Finale!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hello everyone on this fine Friday! :). 

First, I'd like to say a big thank you for your beautiful and heart melting comments on my latest posts - baby girl exploding box and the 'dazzling' sailboat. Also, my warmest, most special welcome to my newest followers - thank you so much for choosing to share my creative adventures with me :).

I hope you're all  enjoying all the inspiration featuring Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets and Stampendous Stamps and Essentials this week.


If you missed the earlier posts, here are the blog hop links for you: MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY The team over at Add a Little Dazzle has even created a special pack featuring the metals from this blog hop. You can find it here - Add A Little Dazzle Stampendous Hop Special

Of course you might like to win some fabulous goodies, too! We're giving away three prize packages this week for comments on the blogs. A nice package of Metal Sheets, Stamps and Cutting Dies! So hop along to the participating blogs and leave some love!

Here's the project I prepared for our blog hop finale - an autumnal wreath. To decorate my wreath I used a selection of shop bought flowers (Prima, Maya Road) and handmade flowers - faux porcelain blooms (see the video tutorial here) and moulded enamel flowers (see my video tutorial here). Oh, and I also added some poppy seed heads (found in a charity shop) painted with DecoArt acrylic paint.

For my base I used a Styrofoam wreath which I painted with DecoArt Americana Country Red acrylic paint (same colour as on the poppy seed heads). When dry, I wrapped a lovely orange lace all around the ring, letting some background colour to show through.

To decorate my wreath I stamped and die cut a batch of metal leaves. I used Brushed Bronze, Golden Glimmer and Precious Pearl sheets. To colour the pearl sheets I brushed patches of colour with Spectrum Noir markers and blended them with a blending tool and alcohol blending solution.

For the leaves I used the Jumbo Cling Leaves and Cling PenPattern Leaves which I stamped with Jet Black and Ganache StazOn inks. I backed them up with thin cardstock and adhesive sheets for more stability and I die cut them using Leaves Die Set. 

Next I added some doodling and 'puffing up' on the metal using a paper stump and a nylon pointy tool - I love the embossed texture on metal! Finally some of the leaves received a Fran-tage treatment with a blend of Deep Impressions Chunky Clear Enamel and Copper Lux Mix (heated with a heat tool from underneath). 

I also added a cluster decorated with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's Foam Leaves, sprinkled with Copper Lux Mix and Cinnamon Micro Glitter.

So here are the peeps playing today:

Asia King (that's me!)

P.S. If you click on a blog link and receive a notice that says "this post is not here" or something similar, just click on the blog header or look for a link that says Home. That should take you to the home page of that blog and the correct post should be near the top :).

I hope you've enjoyed hopping through all those amazing blogs and maybe you've even made some crafty friendships on the way! BTW, if you've enjoyed your visit here, why not subscribe to my blog to see my future projects? :).

I'm so happy to have been a part of this dazzling extravaganza and I have certainly been inspired my all the fellow Designers! I'm sure you have been, too!

Thank you for stopping by and for all your heart warming words! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Challenges for this project:
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Rock the Techniques (stamping and embossing on metal)
Rhedd's Creative Spirit September - Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner September - Autumnal Image Inspiration (leaves)
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Add a Little Dazzle to Stampendous And Make It Beautiful

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hello Lovely Bloggers! I am so happy that you stopped by today - as we have a real treat for you in store!

This week the Design Teams at Stampendous! and Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets are hopping together to inspire you and temp you to try out some cool new techniques and products! 

If you missed the earlier posts, here are the links for you for MONDAY and TUESDAY. The team over at Add a Little Dazzle has even created a special pack featuring the metals from this blog hop and you can find it here - Add A Little Dazzle Stampendous Hop Special

And we know you'd love to win some goodies, too! So we're giving away three prize packages this week for comments on the blogs. A nice package of Metal Sheets, Stamps and Cutting Dies - life just doesn't get any better than this, does it? lol :-).

  Prize Package from Add a Little Dazzle 

Now onto my offering :). Earlier this summer I collected some sea shells at the beach in Brighton and I was really keen to make something with them. I love all things nautical and can never pass on an opportunity to pick up shells or pebbles whenever I'm by the sea.

And when I saw this frame in a charity shop I thought it would make a perfect setting for my shells. It had raised edges all around, which would work as a border for my 'shell mosaic'.

This is what the frame looked like before...

After I painted the frame with DecoArt acrylic paint I laid out my shells ready for setting in. As I didn't have any fancy mosaic stuff I raided my hubby's shed and found some Polyfilla. I spread generous dollops of the filler within the frame's recess, one dollop at a time, and just pushed the shells in.

Before the filler was dry I brushed on some Pearl-Ex powders and set it aside to harden. I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out but it worked perfectly. The shells were safely embedded in the frame :). Finally, I dry brushed gesso over the coloured parts, wiping the excess as I went, to create a washed out look.

I wanted to carry on with my nautical theme so I stamped Ship Elements and Navigateur onto white card with Cloudy Sky StazOn. Then I adhered some eyelets (saved from my old curtains) over the images to create ship's portholes. To add rust around the 'fixing bolts' I used Spectrum Noir OR2 marker, softened with alcohol ink blending solution.

And then I stalled... I had to put this frame aside for a while to let it 'mature' as I wasn't happy with the result. It was missing something... the oomph just wasn't there.

The inspiration how to finish it came unexpectedly when I stumbled upon this post on Jolanna's blog Miedzy ziemia a niebem (Between earth and heaven). I knew then I wanted to add a sail boat to the frame as my focal point.

And I knew that the fabulous metal sheets for Add a Little Dazzle would work with my metal portholes beautifully :). To create the boat I used a piece of drift wood and the sail came from a paper mache boat I bought at Hobbycraft.

To decorate the sails I cut a piece of Precious Pearl and Wondrous White metal sheets. I stamped the pattern from the NK Studio Grunge set onto the white sheet using Cloudy Sky StazOn. The pearl sheet was embossed with Tim Holtz Rays Texture Fades folder and I lightly sanded the raised parts. Then I simply wrapped the sheets over the sails - no adhesive was required as they as stayed firmly in place.

To fix the boat to the background I used a double sandwich of foam board scraps and Crafty Foam Tape.

Do check out the other terrific projects and leave us your comments! The designers so appreciate when you comment on their blogs. Thanks for hopping with us! Here's who is playing today:

Asia King (yours truly!)

Thank you for stopping by and for all your lovely comments! Have a fabulously crafty week!

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Challenges for this project:
Country View Crafts September - Nautical
Rhedd's Creative Spirit September - Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Rock the Techniques
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It's a Girl! - An Exploding Box For Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hello Friends! I'm so happy that you stopped by today!

Today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog I am sharing an exploding box project and I would be delighted if you found a moment to visit my post HERE to find out all the details how I made it :).

I made this box as a gift for my lovely friend at work, who's had a Baby Girl :-).

Here is a list of the adhesives I used in my project:

E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips – Refillable, Thin 3D Foam Squares – Mix White, Ivory Creative Photo Corners, DODZ™ – 3D, DODZ™ – Medium, 3D Foam Hearts, Keepsake Envelopes.

As a ‘centrepiece’ for the base I used this little cupcake – which is actually made of a pair of tiny baby socks. Aren't these just cutest ever?

The stamped sentiment is a new addition to my stamp collection. It's a quote from Winnie The Pooh and it says: 

"Sometimes, said Pooh, the smallest things take up the most room in our hearts".

I absolutely love this sentiment and I think these wise words can be applied to so many situations. I have a feeling I will be using it a lot! :)

Other supplies used:

Cardstock – Core’dinations; 

Papers – Echo Park; Little Yellow Bicycle
Stamps – Stampendous (Perfectly Clear Baby BalloonSay It TodayRoyal Heart Quotes) and Quietfire Design (Sometimes, said Pooh)
Glitter – Stampendous (Pink Micro GlitterPastel Pink Ultra Fine Glitter)
Ribbon – May Arts
Cutting Dies – Spellbinders Beaded Circles and Marianne Designs LR0217

Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your lovely comments!

Have a craftylicious week!

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Challenges for this project:
Sugar Creek Hollow #95 - Word Play
Vintage Stamping Challenges #24 - Anything Goes
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Challenges #26 - Anything Goes
Pile It On #37 - Flowers or Feathers
Crafty Bloggers Network September - Anything Goes
A Creative Romance - Anything Goes
That's Crafty Challenges #78 - Girl Power

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Sitting Pretty & Simple Re-upholstery On a Budget Tutorial

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hello Friends! Apologies for being so quiet for the last couple of weeks but I have been sooooo incredibly busy that there just weren't enough hours in the day for blogging. I've been doing some decorating and DYIing and general life got in the way, too. 

Some of you may recall me mentioning decorating the living room a very long time ago. And that's true. We finished most of the work months ago but still had some little 'finishing' touches that needed to be... errr.. finished :).

One of those 'outstanding' projects (meaning incomplete, not super pretty) were our dining chairs. We're quite fond of our chairs so we didn't see any point in buying new ones. But Hubster and I both agreed that the seats really needed refreshing. The seat pads can be unscrewed so we knew it wouldn't bee too difficult to recover them with new fabric. 

But what we found most difficult was sourcing a reasonably priced fabric, that wouldn't end up costing more that a set of brand new chairs... Quality upholstery fabrics we've been looking at were about £50/metre. We needed 3 meters of fabric. Ouch!

But one lovely summer afternoon we stumbled upon some curtains on sale at Dunelm. They had an interesting design which matched our colour scheme and the fabric seemed quite strong and durable. And most importantly, they only cost £25.00!  For our project we only used one curtain so all in all we spent £12.50 on having our chairs reupholstered. Can't be bad, can it?

I was so excited with the end result and how easy it was to do, that I just had to share it! So I prepared a short tut, which I hope will inspire you to inject some new life into your upholstered furniture - and you'll have unique 'designer' pieces for a fraction of the cost! :)

1. Start by preparing a template for cutting. On a large piece of paper draw an outline of the seat pad, adding about 3 inches on each side for wrapping the fabric around the pad. Depending on the thickness of your seat pad you may need to alter this margin.

2. Using chalk or a pencil draw an outline around the template. Cut it out using a rotary cutter or scissors.

3. Wrap the fabric around the seat pad and secure with a staple gun. And that's it! Simples!

I'd love to know what do you think! Was it better 'before' or 'after'?

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

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Resin Heart

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello Friends!

Just a quick heads up that I have a post up today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog with this little beauty.

If you'd like to find out more, and I really hope you would :-), please hop over HERE!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

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