Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hand Painted Roses on Cards

Who doesn't love roses?

 
I love growing them, drying them, sewing them with silk ribbon and painting them

My orevious post was cards made with this Sizzix On The Edge Die and I could not wait to make cards  with painted roses. The lacy edge combined with pale roses is stunning. I love painting on black  and the cards look amazing with either coloured inserts or a greeting written with white ink


 
If you would like to learn decorative painting it is easier than you think as you build on your skills stroke by stroke.......it is similar to the way you learn the alphabet or a musical instrument, rather than being born with "artistic talent".  I believe everyone is born with some creativity but often lack of confidence and self doubt gets in the way of it! I didn't start painting until I was 55 and many good painters only take it up when they retire.

I teach arts and crafts on cruise ships and one of my favourite things is seeing passengers who have just made something for the very first time

If you want to start painting there are many helpful links with ideas, tips and projects. 

. There are hundreds of projects for all skill levels on the DecoArt site

I painted these cards with DecoArt Americana Paint on black card. .......it is a quality paint with a smooth consistency and  comes in a wide range of colours


 


If you are a beginner you can achieve beautiful results with a new series of folk art painting kits called Folk It   The kits are designed to enable you to learn the basic skills of folk art and you can create beautiful hearts, greeting cards and home decor items using these skills. Everything you need to start is in the kits including brushes, paints a, surfaces and patterns

Give it a try.......you will love it!

 






Friday, April 24, 2015

Sizzix On the Edge Doily Cards

How exciting when you get a new die!

I already have a Sizzix doily die but wanted to try the Tim Holtz On the Edge one. I think it is discontinued but you should be able to find one online. I ordered mine from the US on Amazon UK and was happy with the price

I found the best weight of card to use was 220gsm. I tried thicker card but it was too difficult to get a clean crease and also to poke out the little itsy bitsy pieces

The top of this one is vintage lace and the inner is pearlised embossed card


....for the background here I applied soft artists' pastels in pink and green, rubbed gently with kitchen towel and set it with hair spray. The beautiful rose image is from the Graphics Fairy site and was applied with spray adhesive

This would be a good choice for a wedding or Christening invitation


A nice cheerful card with paper daisies and a rhinestone flower - it's good to mix textures and colours


 I had a lot of fun making these and hope you enjoyed seeing them

 

 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Round Pin Cushion Tutorial - make from an upcycled cashmere sweater

It is a beautiful day in Edinburgh - great for children rolling their Easter eggs

Not for me however as I have been busy crafting and preparing lesson plans.

This year I will be teaching again on cruise ships and am always trying to come up with new projects....

What do you do with that favourite cashmere sweater or cardigan? You can only shave off these little  pilled balls for so long until it is eventually unwearable.

I have always liked these pin cushions so thought I would try making some.....they are super easy and quick to make and woukd make lovely gifts

Also this is a nice way to use up your stash of buttons and bling to make each a One of a Kind


To make one you will need;
A piece of cashmere
Thread
Embroidery floss or crochet cotton
Polyester filling
A button
Pinking Scissors
Needles (it is helpful to use a long needle for the final step) 

 Instructions:
Fold the fabric in two with the right sides together. 
Pin together and draw round the edge of a small saucer or plate with an air erasable pen (mine was in the loft so I used a Sharpie and made sure I cut inside the marking). I used a 10cm saucer.

Cut out with pinking shears to prevent fraying

Sew together with backstitches approximately 3mm from the edge,  leaving a small gap to insert the filling, Then cut a few nicks

Turn inside out, stuff and sew the open part with small stitches

Bring the needle with double floss up from the back to the front at the centre point, pulling gently, then over to the back again. Repeat this until you have the required number of segments* (sorry I did not take a picture)

*you may find it helpful to make a paper template and fold in half two or three times and use this as a guide for the segments. I did it without a template and it is ok for me....I always say if you want something perfect buy manufactured not crafted 

This one goes nicely with the needle case I made recently


and this lily was cut with a o, then tinted with watercolours



 

and this one is embellished with a tatted flower  and hand made tassel (please a orevious for tassell instructions)
 
 
 
Happy crafting.........


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Miniature Wardrobe for Paper Art Dresses - Tutorial

Hi.......how are you today? 

I have been busy doing lots of crafting and my latest thing is how can I display my miniature paper dresses. Lightbulb moment.....in a wardrobe of course!
 
I think there are templates online but I like to do my own thing and here are the results

It was only after I had completed two wardrobes that I thought I should do a tutorial, so I have done just that. 

I used a sheet of A4 paper to show how to make a template. 

When making the actual wardrobe I would recommend using 220gsm card - anything heavier would not give a sharp enough crease where the doors fold back

TO MAKE

Fold the paper twice


Draw the top and bottom shapes
 

Cut through the 4 layers


 Undo fold 2 (you now have 2 layers with the first fold at the left hand side)
 

Mark the doors using a piece of card as a template
Cut along the solid lines then fold the dotted lines towards you


Alternatively you can make smaller doors with a drawer at the bottom


 

Add brads for handles, attach a cord for hanging a dress and decorate beautifully. I used scrapbook paper for the inside back
 


 

Happy Papercrafting

Gill
www.gillcolthart.com

Why not follow my blog for  lots more inspirational ideas and tutorials?
 

 

 

Silk Ribbon Roses on a Needle Case


Hi..we are still feling the cold weather here in Scotland.....it is a big change after spending time in Florida, but, although snow is lying the buds are showing so bring on Spring!

I am teaching various crafts on three cruises this year and am happy to say all the preparation is done. A lot of work is involved in designing projects, sourcing materials, assembling kits and writing instructions and it is always a nice feeling to have all that behind you

Now I can look forward go visiting beautiful places and teaching in a fun evironment with passengers.

I don't do "idle hands"  so I am using this time to brush up on and improve some skills.

I wanted to practice French knots so came up with this idea for a needle case

I sewed silk ribbon roses (I have written a tutorial for this in an earlier blog) and added lazy daisy flowers and  French knots


I sewed little seed beads around the edge 


The small red heart was only sewn part of the way round so I can keep a needle threader and thread to hand

I recently purchased the Sizzix spool die 
this makes life a bit easier as I measure, cut and wind thread and floss as required to complete kits

I enjoyed doing this little project and making something useful

Happy Crafting

Gill


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Felt Poppy Brooch Tutorial

Hi - after having a wonderful 8 week holiday in sunny Florida we are now back home in a cold and wet Scotland.

Being back means it is time to design new projects for this years classes, I am trying to work on one project at a time and tidy up as I go but.......well I am a crafter lol

I did not start out to make a poppy brooch to wear myself but to teach in a class later this year. Now I have seen the finished item I know I will definitely be wearing it to add a pop of red to a winter coat, bag, sweater or hat. 


To make one you will need:
 4 x red felt hearts (I cut them with a Sizzix Original Heart die)
1 x 1" diameter red felt circle
1 x 1" diameter green felt circle
A tiny piece of polyester filling 
A brooch pin
A chenille needle 
A fine sewing needle
Black cotton thread
Red thread

INSTRUCTIONS
Cut out two hearts 



 
Cut the tip off each heart


Sew a running stitch dart along approximately 2/3 of each piece


With the right side facing you sew the hearts together, gathering them as you sew


Sew a running stitch near the edge of the felt circle


Fill with a little of the fillng then pull the needle tightly to gather and close the circle

Fasten off with a few stitches


Sew 5 stitches from the centre outwards over the padded centre (sorry I forgot to take a picture)

then sew some stiches of  varying lengths on each petal


Sew French French knots on each petal (there are lots of online tutorials)

and......if you don't want to do  a padded centre and  French knots add a large glass bead (or button) and some seed beads instead


 Sew the brooch pin on to the felt circle

And, finally sew or glue the back on to the poppy



 These are quick and easy to make and look even better when you scrunch them up a bit!

One of these days I will make more using different fabrics and colours - I am thinking silk, voile or linen

Thanks for your visit please follow my blog for more multi media projects

Happy crafting

gill

www.gillcolthart.com

  

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Furniture Upcycle with DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint and a Decal

Hi......today I am sharing a really quick and easy  way to transform a piece of furniture with DecoArt DecoArt  Americana Chalky Finish Paint and a custom made decal
This piece is a dark wood double bed which folds against a wall. Because it is so large it made the room very dark. I did not take a picture of the complete unit prior to it being painted but this shows both the unpainted wood and the centre portion after one coat of paint


  
I did not complete this project myself but suggested it to our friends in Fort Lauderdale - they are both musicians and between them they play the piano, harp, violin and pipes.  

I sourced a decal of a harp measuring approximately 48" x 36" from www.wall-art.com. This company has hundreds of designs in lots of colours

It arrived in the post with quite a few wrinkles (I know the feeling lol) but these were removed on application by rubbing with a plastic card (which comes with the decal)

Materials
A brush
Masking tape (Optional)
 
Simply apply 2 coats of paint (possibly more depending upon the surface and paint colours) then apply two coats of varnish allowing it to dry between coats. 

(We decided on satin varnish but DecoArt have a great range of waxes and varnishes for furniture)

It is best to wait for 24 hours beforeapplying the decal following the manufacturers instructions






Sorry the picures are not so good.....I only had my iPad with me.

I think my friends did a great transformation.....don't you?