Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Little House Christmas Tree Decorations Revisited.

Little House Christmas Tree DecorationIn the same vain as yesterday, when I looked again at these little wooden house tree decorations I made a while ago using a craft inspired charity shop find, they didn’t look quite right…….. not really Christmassy enough.
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…so I thought, why not try the Ranger Enamel Accents touch on them too …
Christmas House Tree DecorationsIt worked! It was fiddly, as the houses are quite small and I have sausage fingers, and I found that too much enamel in one go could lead to a few drips which then had to be carefully removed ……Christmas House Tree Decorations.…….. but even just the tiniest touch around the bottom just gave the houses that Christmassy finish they were so lacking.
IMG_3780So far I have resisted the urge to give the newly added snow a dusting of translucent glitter, I think that could be glitter overkill ……IMG_3785.  ……. but I did decide to add a snowflake charm and red bead to the hanging thread, which I think is probably enough.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Why Not So Many Fiddle Fart Cards These Days ……

I thought I ought to explain why I am not making as many cards as I used to at the moment, to be honest I just don’t need to make the quantities I used to now I am not at work. If I do eventually have a small craft stall in the run up to Christmas there are an awful lot of people who also make them so I could find myself up against competition. There is also the matter of “sensible” pricing with shops now selling cards at £1 or less, the work in a handcrafted card to sell, in time and materials just can’t compete. Making tags and charms is a little bit different and I hope that in making them in more substantial materials like wood, metal or plastic they can offer a longer life and perhaps a lasting memory if they are then used as a Christmas Tree ornament, well that’s my reasoning anyway.
My plan, if I do have a stall, is to wrap up a few small boxes in plain paper, most likely to be in brown, white or red to show the potential of the tags and charms with a little ribbon or string etc.
However, as Christmas nears I expect I will be featuring a few cards, I already have a some ideas, but I won’t be making more than two or three of each design, a hard habit to break I know. I will make enough for a blog post and then perhaps one or two extra to make up a box for Iris for Nursery, and Tom and Laura, and Lucy to send to help save them a bit of money during what is an expensive time.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Fimo Reindeer Parcel Charms/Tags/Tree Decorations

There’s not an awful lot to these reindeer parcel charms/tags/tree decorations
Fimo reindeer tags, parcel charms, tree decorationsThey came about after I found an unused box of about 20 metal Christmas cookie cutters in a charity shop for just £2.49.  I did hesitate and put them back once, but then I got to thinking that I have spent £1+ on cookie cutters in the past so they were a bit of a bargain, it was also the “potential” of reindeer head that did it for me.
I started them off at Marc’s, as he had some spare brown fimo …….
IMG_4077It was also Marc’s idea to roll the noses in ultra fine glitter before baking, I was dubious, but it worked, the glitter did stick .  I put a hole in the top of each head before baking so that I could add a hanging/tyingthread later.  It doesn’t show up very well in the pictures, but there are two shades of reindeers, a chocolate brown and a slightly lighter brown.
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When I got home all I had to do was add the googly eyes, noses, holly confetti and tiny red flat backed pearls, plus a few white dots, using a white gel pen, which seemed to lift/brighten the reindeer faces.
I did try adding a bell and bead to the hanging/tying thread, but it didn’t really work as they proved to be a distraction that wasn’t needed.
However I intend to order some more brown fimo, as I think there is still some more mileage in the idea ….. for one I think I could put holes in each of the antlers and then add a small, dangling jingle bells to them with a jump ring. Without the holes they could also be added to craft stick or domino tags, so watch this space.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Frankenstein Halloween Treat Or Treat Tags

Please forgive me, but I think my Frankenstein's have turned out with an ever so slightly camp look about them!
Frankenstein Trick or Treat Tags Fimo FrankenstoienThe idea came about after Marc gave me one of his spare silicone moulds after I remarked that it’s high forehead might make quite a good Frankenstein if cast in green ………
Well, after a remark like that it would have been rude not to give it a try, and several heads were duly moulded and baked!
IMG_4306When cooled I used a black Sharpie pen to accentuate and add features, but it’s the lips that just don’t quite cut it.  I also think I need to invest in an extra fine permanent black marker, if there is such a thing, for similar projects.
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I used children’s wooden picture dominoes for the tag base, covered with scraps of a manuscript patterned paper, coloured over in shades of murky green and brown Promarker, and then heavily outlined round the edges.
I made life difficult for myself in having the jacket made in three separate pieces, but I thought it might add a little extra dimension, rather than just drawing on the lapels.
IMG_4324I used E6000 to glue on the rather dreamy, romantic looking Frankenstein, at least no one can accuse me of frightening young children!
I used an old fashioned, must be a hundred years old by now, Dynamo label maker to add the Trick or Treat wording, plus a little extra doodling in the background using a black fine liner pen, and the bolts in Frankenstein's neck are tiny metal eyelets.
Frankenstien Punk Rocker Halloween Trick or Treat TagI was going to leave it at that, but then in true fiddle fart tradition I wondered how the tags would look with a layer of Ranger Glossy Accents, I think it worked.
The finishing touches were made by adding an orange hanging thread with a black and green wooden bead for extra interest and detail.
Perhaps more punk rocker than Frankenstein, but I know Marc for one will appreciate one at Halloween with his bag of sweets!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Day Of The Dead Key Rings

After a long weekend with Marc, where on earth do you start with a head banging full of ideas and inspiration?
Day of The Dead Skull KeyringsIn the end I decided to go for using the 1” diameter metal charms Marc bought me for just 20p, as I already had a pretty good idea what I could do with them, nothing taxing, just something very simple.
IMG_4336I had a pack of skull cabochons from The Works and some keying fittings that I think Marc also gave me at the start of our friendship, all was going as planned until I started fiddle farting.
IMG_4340The charms, cabochons, fixed with E6000 and key rings when put together were fine as they were, then I thought I could add a couple of other small charms, hence the silver keys and bead drops taken from a disassembled necklace. 
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Jump rings are my nemesis, Marc makes it look so easy, and he says I make it look soooooo difficult, but I persevered and in turn I am really chuffed with the results, which will probably end up in someone’s cracker this Christmas.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Car-Booting With Marc and Rick at Ketch.

I’ve just got back from a lovely long weekend with Marc and Rick at their Worcester Cottage and on Sunday we decided to go to a Car Boot Sale at Ketch, something I haven’t done with Marc for quite a while, so it was a really, really happy occasion, as Marc and I can mooch for England!
IMG_4190Last week Marc and Rick were buying up all the cut glass they could find for a Mad Hatters Tea Party Rick was working on. I need to get some photos of the end result as Marc put together some fantastic ideas that I am sure you would really love to see.
IMG_4302Needless to say, we found some bargains, I am absolutely desperate for old, wooden, straight sided dominoes as they are getting harder and harder to find, at a reasonable price to craft with, they seem to be getting thinner and often the corners are cut at an angle.  This set cost me 50p and are perfect!
IMG_4297Marc bought me the Gingerbread tin for 50p, which will grace one of my festive shelf displays at Christmas.  The gingerbread house cookie set was £1, I was so chuffed when I found it.  I need to find a good salt dough recipe and then experiment a bit.  I think the house may be a little too big for a Christmas tree decoration but I am sure I can adapt it to hang on a wall or as a centre piece on a door wreath.
IMG_4300These enamel effect stars had to be my bargain of the morning at just £2 for all nine! They are gorgeous, I might change the gold hanging thread for a matching narrow ribbon, but these will make beautiful parcel charms on a plainly wrapped parcel  again at Christmas.
I brought very few ribbons with me from Wolverhampton to Evesham, and occasionally miss having a big box full to trawl through to finish off a project, there are plenty of assorted 1m lengths in this bundle which I am sure will come in very useful, for sweetie bags or bow on hair clips for Iris.  The heads were a “Marc find” for 50p for angels (????), along with some conical shaped beads, which I might have an idea for already.
Another buy from Marc above, well at 20p for the charms and bubble caps it would have been rude not to buy them.  I have some Day of the Dead cabochons that I think might fit very nicely in them and I also think I have some key ring fittings somewhere, so watch this space.
I also managed to find a little bit of Sylvanian Families furniture to put away for Iris, sadly I missed out on a Sylvanian Family Camper van full of extra bits when I dawdled and said I’d think about it, needless to say it had gone when I went back, lesson learned!!  Rick bought quite a few plants, and Marc made several jewellery purchases of brooches and a necklace, for silly money, as well as two ex-restaurant kitchen cast iron frying pans, again for silly money, 50p each, but perfect for alfresco eating back at the cottage …… oh and Marc and I also both bought some very posh ex W H Smith gift wrap, 12 sheets for £1 which I would have been far too tight to buy at the proper price!  Happy Days!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Easter Bunny Or New Baby Tags.

I hope you are not getting sick of all my tags, I am just thinking ahead of what might sell best if I have a craft stall at a fayre in the run up to Christmas, there is so much competition for selling cards that I might sell more bits and pieces if I diversify, as well as trying to keep prices low.  I was at a fayre last month and my eyes watered at the prices, a small mdf gingerbread man like I have used in the past, simply glued onto a small slate heart with a string  loop £4? I am thinking that 50p would be a reasonable price for one of these tags?
Easter Bunny New Baby Craft Stick TagThese bunnies were bought this Easter from Home Bargains for 69p for 5, but I ran out of time, I then thought that they could also be used on a new baby tag.  The bunnies had a string attached between the ears which came out pretty easily.
IMG_3789The frames are pretty easy to put together as I have illustrated in past posts.
Easter Bunny New Baby Craft Stick Tag..I added a small matching ribbon on each bunny and two contrasting buttons to the frame before faux stitching with a black fine liner pen all round the edges of the frame.
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I tidied up the back of the tag with a scrap of white card which I edged with black pen, then drilled a hole in the corner of the frame to accommodate a silver jump ring to hold a thread for attaching to either a present or Easter Egg.  Sorted!

Friday, 11 August 2017

Christmas House Tags

The jury’s out on these tags, I confess I got carried away, but for me the results are just too over the top. I don’t think all the silver filigree works, but then again I am very less is more, and for some people, especially at Christmas, a little more is never enough!
IMG_3786I used children’s wooden picture dominoes as a base of the tags, something strong and long lasting, so that perhaps they can be hung on the Christmas tree in the the future, as a memory of Christmas 2017.
I stamped the Stampin’Up house stamps directly onto rolled out, beige coloured Fimo, which were carefully cut out and baked.
IMG_3724When the Fimo  houses were “cooked” the tags were gradually built up, it was at the final stage that I got a little unstuck, there was too much empty space and I was determined to fill it ……..
Christmas House Tag…… but it all became a bit pearls and filigree akimbo …. plus for good measure, a path of Ranger Enamel Accents! Hmmmmm, too much, too much!
House In The Snow Christmas TagI wonder if the houses may have looked more subtle against the blue and white if I had used a pale grey Fimo instead, as an experiment I coloured one in with a grey Sharpie pen, and I am still not sure!
I left the sides and back as they were showing the natural wood, although I did do a little faux stitching, using a black fine liner pen round the edges of the back to give the tags a more finished look.
There’s lots of ifs and buts  with this idea that I could twiddle with, flatter, silver peel offs in the corners perhaps, a sentiment at the bottom ….. if I wanted,  however on this occasion, this is not a project I think I will be revisiting.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Walnut Shell Christmas Tree Decoration

This is an idea I have been thinking about for ages, in fact I bought the walnuts last Christmas, I just never got round to using or eating them, but this year I am starting early with my Christmas crafting.
Angels in Walnut Shells Christmas Tree Decorations I got the idea from Pinterest and really, for my version, there’s not an awful lot to them. All I used were walnut shell halves, angels taken from a charity shop find, some strong white cotton thread, a  few stars and E6000 glue.
After halving the walnuts and removing the contents I drilled a hole in the pointed end of the shell. I then threaded the cotton through the hole to hang the decoration from, this was the most fiddly part, and made my eyes cross even more than usual!
IMG_3953Next I glued the angel in the middle of the shell using E6000, because I needed a really strong bond.
walnut shell ornaments Christmas AngelAnd the finishing touch……  a bit of an after thought, adding tiny silver stars around the top of the shell.  The top middle star is ever so slightly bigger than the others. I glued them with E6000 because PVA didn’t stick them securely enough.
Et voila!  I am now bursting with ideas for what else I can put in other shells, I am thinking ….. nativity scene made using Fimo, so be prepared for my crossed eyed look to continue for a while!