Monday, August 12, 2013

Hot Glue Gun Stand

I have finally got very tired of my hot glue gun 'falling over' when I am trying to use it for a project!  I found the oddest little dark brown tray at a reject store with 'another piece I have no idea what it was meant for' for about $3.00.
Decided to re-purpose this purchase for something useful.  It is very helpful having a 'hands-on' spouse.

Hence, the creation of 'THE HOT GLUE GUN STAND'!

Unfortunately I did not take a 'before' photo of the tray

When 'the man of the house' added the unpainted dowel to hold the gun, and the tile to collect the glue drops, the project still looked a bit 'sad'
I then proceeded to paint the tray with gesso and white paint - a couple of layers, until all the very dark brown wood disappeared.

Next, I covered the painted area with 'washi paper' offcuts - so easy and  'hot glued' a cute little pink vase from Pillow Talk to hold the spare glue sticks - love it!!! . . . and what's more, it works!!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Notebook for handbag

I always carry a notebook in my handbag, I am a bit of a list maker and keeper of schedules :)  I decided to revamp my latest acquisition to make a pretty addition for my bag.  

Bought a very reasonably priced notebook (approx 10cmx15cm) for about $2.95 and proceeded to cover with fabric canvas, lace and a beautiful image (printed on to sticky-back white canvas).  Sewed the lace to some damask cream fabric and then layered cream lace over the top.  I then added the printed image.  Stamped the word 'notes' to the right hand side of the image using Vintage Photo distress stain - actually like the uneven inking.

Added some beautiful dark pink and green rayon crinkly ribbon and . . . done!!

What a beautiful way to record my day to day reminders!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Fabric & Lace Wedding Album

I decided I would like to keep some 'happy snaps' of my daughter's wedding in a beautiful folder. 

I used a plain two ring A5 folder from a stationery store and proceeded to cover as I have done with previous albums and journals.  I wanted to achieve a lighter colour tone for the cover and am very happy with the end result.

I searched Pinterest for an image and found a beautiful Harrison Fisher illustration (early 1920's I think).  It is just what I was looking for.

Base of book cover constructed, and now comes the fun part . . . placing, pinning and sewing the fabric, lace and ribbon

Finished front cover

Close up of the image surrounded by ivory white crinkly rayon seam binding
I just glued it as it fell on to project
I printed the image on to white sticky back canvas and really like how the texture shows through

View from the bottom, showing the top and back layers of the album
so pretty and delicate looking

Close up of the top right hand side - used Swarovski embellishment for the middle of the bow

Close up of the left hand side of the image
Found the little hearts in my 'Pearl' box - cant remember the brand

A beautiful album to hold treasured memories of a magical day 


Reception flower arrangement

I was able to bring home one of the table arrangements from the reception (fresh flowers in the front of the photo).  The  flowers were lovely to view on the corner table each time I walked down the hall for a few days, and the aroma was divine. 
Close up view of the arrangement

Wedding Card

This is the card I made for my daughter's recent wedding.  I was thrilled with the finished project - really suited the theme of the wedding, which may I add was a magical and wonderful day.

Lighting not the best for this one
Mounted pre-embossed card stock on to plain silver card and used a 
Spellbinders heart die for the two hearts

Although overall colour still not good - the Swarovski embellishment shows up quite well in this photo
I embossed plain white and silver card stock using a roses embossing folder 
The flowers are an eclectic range from my supplies

True colour of the front of the card
The bow was made using a an MFT die

I placed the finished card into a clear box and finished off
with a grey/silver ribbon