Thursday, 31 July 2014

Matchboxes, lots of matchboxes

There I was sitting at my desk and lo and behold I spied my matchbox die which had recently arrived from Scrapadabadoo.  Love this die, you gotta get it, seriously, so many things to use with it.  Had  an idea shabby chic dresser, and then of course my brain went nuts how about vintage dresser,or Halloween dresser, or Easter or Christmas or or or ooooh the possibilities are endless.

Ok shut down brain, refocus – Soiree is steampunk theme hmmmm I know Victorians loved mechanics of any description, they did a load of inventions at that point, oooh Frankenstein and his laboratory hmmmm methinks gauges, cogs and so on.

oooh you want to see pictures – Ok here they are lol

full pic
8 drawer dresser
Victoriana mechanics with a wee touch of Shelley’s Frankenstein with the wires

Back View 

Top of dresser


You will need 8 matchboxes and their sleeves – I used Sizzix Bigs Lg Matchbox Die
Alternatively make your own, there are lots of templates around for these now or buy some matchboxes to use.
Wire – I chose gold, you can use what ever colour you choose
2 large pearls or other beads which are similar (I used Darice 10mm Pearls)
Gilders paste (of course!!!! Cannot do without it)
Sizzix embossing folders, but you can use anything that has cogs, watches, mechanic type things will work to fit in with the steampunk theme.
Or you can use wooden cogs or paper with these types of ideas.
Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets diecuts
Black cardstock
Black chipboard (raid your bits and pieces box for these)
Tim Holtz hitch fasteners  - delved into my prized coveted hoard – and decimated it lol

Tutorial can be found here

Have fun, would love to see your efforts, please dont be shy, we would love to see how everyone interprets things.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Upsy Downsy

Get the hankies and the tena lady/depends out you gonna need em lol.

Ok, my head was definitely not full of brains when I did this mini album.
Wanted to do Gwen's lovely album using a cracker box, so not able to get that size got me a cereal box about that size and chopped it up a la Gwen to make covers for my mini album - ok that went well.

Managed to find my last packet of paper bags (need to hop to scrapadabadoo for more) and hauled out 6 of them.  No problems.

Decided to make the accordian binding - ok so far so good.

Covered the album covers, the inside covers I didnt manage to meet in the middle, but thought the binding is going there so could do some tinkering lol.

Made a lovely wee cover for the spine using Martha Stewart punch for edges (scalloped teardrop)  - this is the start of the upsy downsy bits, attached the accordian binding to covers - sheesh attached it to  what I wanted for the front so needed to work out something the the spine - I know some lace cover up done yay.,

Cut the paper bags (now remember I only had 10 of the wee blighters so trying not to make mistakes) - no problems there or so I thought, more of that later.

Now to the major shenanigans, thought hows about doing a flip album, so put the directional paper on that way - fiddlesticks and bubblegum - I cannot do that all the tags will fall out grrrrrrrrrrr.

Ok notwithstanding, decided to carry on - well after all that work I might as well.

Attached the paper bags to the binding - er 6 wasnt it - then why do I have 8 fins aaaaaaaaargh.  Ok off the make another two bags.   Coffee and biccie later, calmed down, so attached these.  So far with me lol.

Now the tags, oh no, cut the paper bags too long cannot do ribbons on the tags and I really wanted that.  So had to do without - mumble grumble

Ok decorations - now trying not to put things on upsy downsy with these.
Oh no just saw that I attached the accordian binding a little too much to the top.  Here we go loopy loo again.

Ok some pics with the upsy downsy bits.
 I used K and Co Brenda Walton Celeste, had it for ages loving it so decided to use it here.

My cover, fussy cut the flower, upsy downsy bit - scissors slipped and I cut some of the leaves off accidentally ok I know I should not have lifted the scissors lol.

Made a lovely element, then saw I made some errors in it, so decided in the ethos of upsy downsy, used it, with some of the lace used on the spine along with Hero Art Blooming Flower die.  Was going to heat emboss it, but guess what, my embossing box went a walkies.  As for my heat gun - baaaaad gremlins.  Maybe I should have stopped here, but no, I decided I was gonna finish this sucker if it took aaaaaaaaaall night.

Ok, note to self - dont watch Kevin Sorbo in a film when doing wire wrapping lol.  (That man has muscles grins).

Ok, using another new die from my scrapa haul, the Prima 1 Eyelet Scallop Die, was supposed to use this as a wee pocket type thing to put a tag behind.  Ok upsy downsy again - stuck the whole blasted thing down.

I think you are getting the picture here, comedy of errors or what.

Cut out the saying, mounted it on chipboard - upsy downsy again - had stuck it to the back page, was meant for the front, of course but when I put the accordian binding on it went caddywompus lol.  So pulled it off and used it here.  Thrifty soul or not wanting to use the craft knife just now - take your pick.

Whoop whoop this went fine, at long last something went right - I think rofl.
Used the La La Land die and was going to put some spellbinders cherry blossom flowers on it - decided to do it later dont think I want to get my fingers caught in the big shot, well the way I am going that is a strong possibility hee hee.

 and other good un, well until I put the cherries on the right way - sorted!

Ok back page, had to do something to cover up the mess I made from taking out the chipboard element - aaaah a pocket, ooh and a double folded matt.
Ok cut the paper, measured twice.  Distracted by pigeon trying to get into window - gave me such a fright - ok, well I think you know what is going to happen next dont you lol.  Picked up the cardstock scored it at the point I measured - of course I didnt check again did I - folded it oh no - so decided, whatever,  and used it as a different foldover matt.

By this point decided to leave the spine well alone and used the lace and diamante with no other embellishment :)

The other pages were fine, at least as fine as it could be being an upsy downsy album

Ok, now fess up, who has done these things, or similar.  Would love to hear your stories.