Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Ok Back. . . . again. . . .

. . . . and with a full hot cup of coffee. . . . .how about you?

Well my next share is a quirky little home decor project that I really loved creating and altering.  It was really quick to do . . .  managed to complete the whole project in two days!!  Record time for me!!  Soooooooo here is my before shot!! . . . . YEP a retro ~ very retro :) ~ flour sifter!!!  See everything has "scrapabilities"

Well the first thing I did with this . . . . . was to give it a really good scrub . . . . washed all the grease, grime and oil off in some hot soapy water.  Then I gave it a couple of coats of white gesso.

 I did this as I wasn't too sure just how well the paint would go on the sifters original surface.  I think the guesso was a good primer or base coat.  I think I gave it about two coats and then waited for them to dry. Which didn't really take to long.

 I then added the base colour - honey blonde - which is creamy, buttery kinda colour. I gave it two to three coats of this . . . . as long as I couldn't see that retro pattern underneath I was happy :)

 I then added the Indian red trim to the base, top and handle.  To keep my lines neat and straight, I ran some masking tape around the top and about a 1/4" up from the base.  This gave me a nice even trim on both edges without any "accidents" :)  Whilst I was waiting for the trims to dry, I then agonised over which prints, papers and cutouts I was going to use.  Sometimes this is the longest part of the whole project for me ~ choosing which papers to cut up and glue down!!

Speaking of glue . . . I always use mod podge on my projects.  From mini album covers or altered boxes to altered projects like this. Not only is mod podge just fantastic for gluing paper down, but it gives a great protective to coat to your projects once you have finished.  I also used a decoupage lacquer by "Jo Sonja".  This is a brand used a lot down here in Australia for folk art and decoupaging.  This lacquer is very thick and you only need a few coats to get a high quality finish...

Once I had finally settled on my papers and cutouts, I proceeded to place them and layer them with embellishments, recollections bling, flowers and ribbon.  Graphic 45 papers are so beautiful . . . .  I find they don't really need a lot of embellishing and who wants to cover them up right? Oh and the flowers are some I made.  I used my cricut to cut out the shape and then Distress inks from Tim Holtz in Aged Mahogany and Tea Dye.

. . . . . . . My finished flour sifter . . . see not that hard really.  The hardest decision you will have is what papers to use . . . oh and if you haven't a flour sifter . . . what home decor item are you gonna alter?

I would love to see any home decor items you have altered . . . 

Well readers that is my lengthy read . . . . . here it is on youtube

Thanks so much for stopping by . . . .  please leave a comment . . . I would love to know what you all think . 
Don't forget to follow me on facebook . . . .  my facebook page is:  stop by, say hi, maybe join me for coffee . . . I always love to chat!!
Blessings to you all

Guess What ! ? ! . . . .

. . . . . I am back :) and I have a bit of a lengthy share or read for you all . . . . so do you have coffee? no? better go get some . . . . . you;re problably gonna need it lol :D

So first up...Bev aka Pooky over at Thoughts O' Mine honoured me with this award.  I never knew the meaning of this before . . . . but did you know that Liebster is German for "dearest" or "beloved" . . . . and the concept behind this is that it be passed onto bloggers with less than 200 followers to bring about new connections, creativity and inspiration to all those awarded . . . . Bev, thank you so much for thinking of me

and now to pass on the happiness to five of my creative friends out here in blogland

Ok so the rules or guidelines that you must follow with this award are:
1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Post the award on your blog
4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the Internet – other bloggers.
5. And best of all – have fun and spread the karma and the warm fuzzy feelings! 

Ok peoples . . . . . .  after all that, it is I that is need of coffee . . . .  so give me five minutes to grab a fresh hot brew and I will be back to share with you all some more

Live your Bliss


Saturday, 9 June 2012

The Pride's Fathers Day Prowl

Hey everyone out there in blogland. . . . I am back again!!  This time I have a big share with you all . . . .and a bit of a long post...better go get coffee peoples!!

 Remember earlier in the week? when I hit the panic button? Wellllllll this is what I was so flustered about!!

We - the Pride - have created some early Fathers Day Cards, tags, gift ideas to inspire you all  to create something for the Father in your life!!

Soooo my creations are. . . . . . .

I have created this card using some Kraft cardstock and the Graphic 45 "A Proper Gentleman" Collection.

and this vintage pocket watch easel card 

I had so much fun creating this vintage card . . . . I got the brainwave - or inspiration - whilst I was having a shower :)...strange place to be inspired I know . . . so I just had to get to and create what I saw in my minds eye  before I lost it!!  I am totally wrapt with how it turned out.  I used some black, copper and silver embossing powders to get that old metallic around the edge.  I over baked it in places to give it a bit of character and give it a rustic look.  I then added crackle accents - and lots of it - to the clockface for more of that genuine rustic feel :)  Made a small rosette using my scoreboard and added a button to the center . . . the tags are from the 12x12 paper pad; some recollections bling that Elsa sent me and I printed the sentiment out from my pc.  The clock hands are also done with the embossing powder and held in place with a some washers and a brad.  The final touch with the chain and locket pendant!!

My next two creations are . . . . . 

 . . . . this little altered wooden box.  This started out as one of those wooden craft boxes that you can pick up at most dollar stores and craft shops.  After giving the box a light sand, I then painted it with black acrylic paint.  Again I have used papers from the Graphic 45 ~ A Proper Gentleman collection.  I have mainly used the 8x8 pad and fussy cut the adverts from the Newspaper print that comes in their collections.

 I layered all the printed papers on to black cardstock  and then adhered them to the box with double sided foam tape to give some dimension to the box.

 The feet are just little wooden stoppers that I picked up from my local hardware store and the metal buttons are upholstery pins that I also found in the hardware store.  who thought I would find scrapping supplies at my   hubby's favourite tool shop lol.

I have painted and embellished the interior as well....everything has been well protected with mod podge!1 I even found a small travel shoe shine kit to go inside....completing my gift!!

. . . . . and my last creation I have to share with today is this little vertical toilet paper roll mini, but minus the toilet paper rolls

I first saw this mini over on Rj's channel...which you will find here...He then redirected his viewers to Ginger ~ aka  ~ My Sisters Scrapper where she had given a tutorial on how she put this cute lil mini together.  Ginger covered her toilet rolls, but I just used the pockets and the "Stack the Deck" hinge mehtod from Laura Denison.  As you can see I have created this using the same paper collection.  I was totally inspired by this paper and, as always, working with Graphic 45 is inspirational and my projects were quick and easy to create!!  Bev, if you are reading this, I hope you hit that, "that was easy button" for me! :)

Well everyone I would like to thank you for taking the time to stop by and read this awful long post...there is a shorter version on youtube .. which you can view here

Ok . . . now for the blog list . . . please pounce on over to see what the rest of the Pride have created for you . . . . . .

Kimi ~ you are here

Well it has been purrrrfectly pleasant pouncing and playing with you all
Remember . . . . . .
. . . . . . with Pride

PS:  Don't forget to come "like" me on facebook . . . . my new page is here

Friday, 8 June 2012

Just a quick Share

Hey all just wanted to share this little saying with you . . . . . .
"Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind? You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind!" - Mr. Rogers
                                                            . . . . I really love this and have adopted it!!

....well wait till you see what I grew this week!!  Just a little heads up....The Pride is prowling this weekend....please be sure to stop by and see what we all "grew" for Fathers Day.

Blessings and love to you all

oh and remember . . . . . .
. . . . . . ROOOOAAAAARRR with Pride

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Facebook . . . . .

On another note. . . . . I have joined facebook and have created a page for Unique Scrappiness.  However, I am such a noob to this that I really am stumbling and fumbling my way please if any of you can help me or give me some tips 'n' tutorials please leave me a comment I would be extremely grateful . . . .  anyhoo here is a link (hopefully) to my page . . . . . Unique Scrappiness . . . please come on over and "like" me!!  I would love to see you there . . .

Have you heard ? ? . . . . . .

. . . . . The Pride is growing . . . . .  we have five new arrivals in the Den and they are:

Please pop on over to their blogs and check out their scrappiness!! is so much fun to have these creative cubs and cubettes pouncing and prowling around with us!!

Be on the lookout....the Pride will be prowling your way soon with our latest creations . . .  be sure to come pounce and play with us !!. . . . . 
. . . . . . . Remember to roooooaaaarrrrr with Pride!!

Monday, 4 June 2012

OMG!!! OMG!! OMG!!

Have you ever just started waaaaaaaaaay tooooooo many projects and then become so totally flustered by them all that you hit the panic button? and you hit it hard!!  Yes?? Then you know how I am feeling today!!
 OMG    OMG    O  M  G  !!

Friday, 1 June 2012

Helllloooooooooo Blog Land

Well it has been a wee while since I last posted.....I haven't been up to much really....been feeling really sick and miserable with my first winter flu :( I hate being sick!!!  On the up side tho' I have been on a bit of a flower frenzy!! Not only have I been crocheting them I have also created some with paper....wanna see???

I have had such fun making these....and I have spent hours doing them...Just love how they are turning out!!

Another little share I have for you all is this...........

I bet you are all wondering just what the heck this is??? 

Well it is the bare bones of a vintage suitcase!!  I have adapted Kathy Orta's "Journey" vintage suitcase and 
made mine a tad smaller :).....As you can tell I have just used some recycled cereal boxes..cardstock and some really thick chipboard for the sides.

  I plan to cover this with some papers that I have just discovered.."Fabscraps"  have you heard of them?  They are just divine!! I can't wait to create with them...but at the same time I wanna hoard them!!

Well that is all I have to cut, glue and make a big scrappy mess....will be back soon to show you all how the suitcase turned out!!

Be on the look out for some news and updates about The Pride....we will be prowling your way very soon

Blessings to you all