The Perfect Gift for Mother's Day - a colourful resin bracelet with a sparkly magnetic clasp.

The Perfect Gift for Mother's Day - a colourful resin bracelet with a sparkly magnetic clasp.
These stylish bracelets feature a selection of crystal focals and silver beads and have a strong, crystal-encrusted magnetic clasp, making them perfect for the girl who can't get a regular bangle over her knuckles. They also come in larges sizes for girls with bigger wrists.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

How to Use Up Your Paper Stash - A Study in Black and White

One thing every cardmaker and scrapbooker has in common is the mountains of paper scraps we can't seem to part with. This black and white floral paper (Floriade 9-up) was left over from a cardmaking project from years ago but as a hoarder, I still had it in my stash. During my recent studio de-clutter,  the time had come to make a decision; "De-stash" or "Use it". It occurred to me that these images would look great as framed art for my studio so I chose "Use it" and suddenly, a new studio decor project was born. All I needed were some frames with a 10cm (4") opening.

I found a sleek, modern black and white frame and a pair of elegant silver and pearl frames at a local homewares shop that would suit my decor perfectly.

This is the simplest of projects: just slip out the printed paper template from the frame, place it on top of the image or photo you want to use and mark the four corners with a pencil.

Remove the template and trim the image with your preferred paper cutting system. For me, that's my trusty ruler and craft knife!

Place the image in the frame and you're done. (Tip: Place the template behind the image for safe keeping. Then it will be handy for when you want to change up your images if you tire of them).


Wow.... what impact the black and white imagery has! I just love the elegant simplicity. These particular images are no longer available but there are other floral images available from Dark Room Door which would work really well in this project.

So, this project used up one third of a sheet of paper.... it's not exactly stash busting stuff, but it is great to see some of it get used!

'Til next time......




Friday, March 20, 2015

M is for.......An easy Monogrammed Mirror!

In recent weeks, I've been giving my studio a complete over haul: declutter, destash, relocate and reorganise. It was long overdue - it's been five years since I moved into it and whilst this is not the first reorganisation it's gone through, it is by far the biggest and the most ruthless I have been in deciding what stays and what goes.

And now that all that hard work is done, it's time to inject my style and personality into the studio. This chic black and white monogram mirror has such a timeless and elegant feel. And it's easy to do too - you can complete it in less than two hours!

For this project, all the products you need (except the adhesive) are available at Spotlight:
  • black acrylic paint
  • paint palette
  • wide, stiff bristled brush
  • wooden letter
  • Bella! bling self-adhesive borderlines
  • a resin-framed mirror (because it's lightweight for hanging)
  • Beacon Glass, Metal and More adhesive (check the hardware store for a suitable adhesive)

Before you paint the front of the letter, paint all the sides, making sure you get into all the corners. Allow that to dry and then paint the front of the letter.

I only needed one coat of paint but if yours is looking a little patchy, allow the first coat to dry and apply a second coat.

Check that the unpainted back isn't showing. Once the letter has dried, place the letter on the mirror to see how it looks. I'm so glad I did this because the reflection showed the unpainted back. No problems...... just paint all around the edge on the back of the letter too.

Now it's time to go to town with the bling. Before you remove any of the borders from the plastic carrier, cut the carrier into strips and begin experimenting with the placement of the strips. Once you're happy with the look, peel the carrier away and position the border on the letter.

Apply a thin coat of adhesive to the back of the letter. Don't place it too closely to the edge or it will ooze out onto the mirror and be visible from the front. Place the letter on the mirror and leave overnight to dry. If you do have a little bit showing, use a toothpick to scoop away the excess whilst it's still wet and then clean up the residue with a cotton bud (Q-tip) dipped in acetone or methylated spirits. Hang with 3M Command strips.

I love all the contrasts in this piece: the bling against the black letter; the black letter against the mirror; and the mirror against the white resin frame - it all just works!

And now I have a personalised decorator piece hanging proudly on the wall alongside my computer.

Decorator pieces don't need to be substantial to have impact. This one just ties the other elements on my desk together making it a much more inviting place to work.

'Til next time....







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