Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Shabby Chic Panel: A WOW! / 3L Blog Hop!

Over on the WOW! blog today, I'm sharing a shabby chic panel as part of a collaborative blog hop! WOW Embossing Powders have teamed up with 3L adhesive products for the hop, and the design team are showcasing projects created using product from both companies. My project is this shabby chic panel...
I've used rather a lot of WOW product, all stuck down with 3L adhesives!
My base is a book covered piece of chipboard, sprinkled liberally with pink and white powders, as well as the more defined dots...
These dots are embossed in opaque bright white powder, after stamping with the fabulous dotty border stamp!
I also covered some metal leaf embellishments with powder, more white mixed in with some olive...
I then got out my moulds and created some 3D embellishments for my piece. Three roses...
And a heart...
I gave one rose and the heart a glittery coating. This is a little tricky! If you mix the embossing glitter with opaque powder as you melt it before pouring into the mould, the glitter gets 'lost' in the mix and is not very noticeable. The trick is to add the glitter AFTER the piece is solid and removed from the mould. Very (very!) carefully, heat up your 3D item until you start to see the shine. This means the very top layer is starting to melt, and you can add on the embossing glitter. Gently add more heat until the glitter is melted. You will need to be very careful not to over heat, as the 3D item will obviously lose its shape! You can really see the shine on the heart if you look at the top of this pic...
As you can see, I added lace and a cut out word to further embellish the panel.
My finishing touch was the silver butterfly...
I stuck some adhesive sheet to a scrap of card, then die cut my butterfly. Once the sticky backing was removed, the butterfly was placed on some silver foil. The sticky adhesive adheres to the foil, and the end result is a shiny silver embellishment! I added twisted wire antenna to give a bit more of a 3D look.
A bit of a change in style from me today, hope you like it!

Don't forget to hop on over to the WOW blog and leave a comment......there are prizes to be won!
See you soon,
Trish xxxxx

Monday, 20 October 2014

Salt Backgrounds

Bad blogger here.... been full of a cold, the mojo disappeared completely!
Almost back to 100% onwards with the DT projects!
I have another tutorial to share over on the A Sprinkle Of Imagination blog today, this time i'm sharing another old school technique...Rock Salt backgrounds! Little peek:
You can see all the fab texture on my poppy heads, why not hop over HERE to see a step by step on how to get the look!
Trish xx

Friday, 10 October 2014

More Old School inky-ness!

I am continuing my series on Old School inky techniques over on the A Sprinkle Of Imagination blog today!
If I show you a sneaky peek, can you guess the technique?
 Any ideas?! The answer is over on the blog HERE right now.....why not pop on over and see if you're right?
See you soon,
Love Trish xxxxx

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Beads And Beyond November issue!

The new November issue of Beads And Beyond is out today!
This month, my project is a collection of miniature book pendants.... The step by step creation is this....
Our super Editor Helen has an extra project over on the B&B blog HERE , showing how to upcycle your busts (get your minds out of the gutter folks.....!!! Jewellery display!), one of my other tiny books can be seen adorning said upcycled bust:

Check out the magazine in any WHSmiths or large craft shop, alternatively it can be bought online HERE!
I've gone totally out of my comfort zone for next months issue...Sparkly Bling Swarovski! Yes really! Wait and see...... :)
Love Trish xxx

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Dip Marbling!

Today I'm sharing another technique tutorial over on the blog for A Sprinkle Of Imagination.... This time its an inky background technique called dip marbling....little peek...
What is dip marbling? You'll need to pop on over to the blog HERE and find out!
Have a great day,
Trish xxxxxxx

Friday, 26 September 2014

Home is where the heart is!

Just a *tad* excited this evening....I'm a Guest Designer over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight!
I love PaperArtsy, have been a fan since the very beginning, so I was thrilled when Darcy asked me if I would like to be 'an Experimentor' ! Sounds all very Harry Potter doesn't it?......
I was asked to choose a PaperArtsy product, and then think a bit outside of the box and experiment. See if I could come up with anything interesting!
I chose grunge paste......and went a bit large with it! The experiment and accompanying pics are over on the PA blog now, but I'll show you some more pictures here of the finished result!
This is the finished project.....a shadow box! I created the box by cutting out greyboard, then sticking it together with masking tape. I made it to measure my house, but of course you could use ready made boxes if you have one that fits your project! I then covered the whole thing with book pages, glued down with gel medium. This has two purposes, as well as looking cool, the paper/gel medium combo adds loads of stability when dry. I gave the box a wash of Snowflake paint, then smeared on a little Mermaid and Guacamole paint too. A simple colour scheme, as I wanted the focus to be on the house.
To add a little design to the inside of the box, I used the stamping on tissue method to get some dots and checkerboard images onto my tricky-to-stamp-on surface..
The dots are from The Electica Ellen Vargo 6 set, and the checkerboard is from the Man of Numbers plate two. I gave my shadow box a 'hanger' of sorts...can you tell what it is?'s a pencil! Given a few coats of Gesso, then wired to the top of the box.
My box 'feet' are half spools, great to use as feet as the flat part sits snugly against the bottom of your project..
As you can see, I  added a little circle to the spool, a tiny punched out bit of painted card, with added doodles! I also added some grasses, again cut from card and with lines drawn on with a fineliner pen.
The bunting is very simple, cut out triangles of the same painted card...
I added cut out letters, then glued the triangles onto some white cord. Strung across the top left corner of the shadowbox, it creates the first part of the title of the whole piece!
The remaining words were cut out and glued to more card, and placed at the bottom right of the shadow box..
So....the main part of the box is the house!
Made from grunge paste (yes really!), then painted with the same colours as the rest of the piece. I then used the stamping on tissue method again, using gel medium to glue down white painty stamped dots, green checkerboards and a blue grid design. once dry, the gel medium gives a fab shiny finish, and is great for doodling over! As you can see, I sketched a door, and a few roof tiles. The wings come from one of my favourite sets, Hot Pick 1301 (although you can find them without the text background on Hot Pick 1203 too!) I stamped them onto a white painted book page, cut them out and glued them to the back of the house. My final touch is my one pop of vibrant colour! I created a heart from Grunge paste, then painted it with London Bus red paint. I gave it a coat of Glossy Accents to give the shiny look, then added it to the house as a finishing touch.
I really had a ball with this....and I hope you pop on over to the PA blog to see exactly how I made the house!
See you soon,
Trish xxxxxx

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Stuffed Heart!

Like a challenge? 
A Sprinkle Of Imagination have a fabulous Colour Challenge every month, a wonderful palette of delicious colours for you to play with! This months palette is this:

My contribution is this heart...
I have a tutorial over on the ASOI blog today on just exactly how I made it, I hope you'll pop on over HERE to have a look!
All the information about the challenge can be found on the challenge page, I would love to see some entries from you all!
Trish xxxxx

Tuesday, 23 September 2014


This week I've gone all minimalist for Calico Crafts.....just one teeny tiny pop of colour!
The whole thing is now over on the Calico Crafts blog, I would love it if you popped over to have a peek!
Trish xxxxx

Monday, 22 September 2014

Favourite Things!

My turn over on the WOW! Embossing powder blog today, and as this months theme is 'favourite things', I have gone into classic 'Trish' mode and gone wild with the paint! Little peek...
Loads more pictures over on the WOW! blog now!
Have a great Monday everyone!
Trish xxxxx

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Butterfly Doll

Today I have a tutorial over on the A Sprinkle Of Imagination creative team blog, showing you how I created this Butterfly Doll..
I hope you'll pop on over HERE and let me know what you think!
Trish xxxxx