Wednesday, 18 October 2017

For the Boys

For the Boys

Hi There!

Does making male oriented
gifts challenge you?  Do you
throw your hands up in horror
at the very thought?

Well worry not, help is at
hand this week.

We start with Angela Radford
and an old cigar box ......:

 "Hi all, Angela here to show you how
 I made this gift for the Boys using an 
old Cigar box. 

This is the outside as it was.

and this is the inside.

I started by giving it a thin coat of
Gesso and started adding the detail 
using Grunge Paste and a variety
 of stencils

 The inside was covered with some pages
 from an old book.

Next I started adding the colour using
 Paper Artsy Fresco Paints.

The top section is a piece of old 
corrugated card. After peeling away some 
of the top layer I started painting this too.

More paint around the sides to gradually 
build up the colour. Once completed I added
 gilding wax and a good coat of varnish.

And while that's drying I'm back to 
the top section.

 I stamped my chosen Seth Apter Stamp
 onto card and heat embossed it

Using my glue gun I made a circle of glue
 on a craft sheet and then stamped into
 it with another Seth stamp
 and Versamark ink.

 I coloured some texture paste and
 applied this to the top section.

Once this was dry, I went over it with
 Gilding wax then varnished it.

The main image was completed by layering
 it on more card and added brads and cord.
 The key is one by Kaisercraft.

The Glue gun circle was coloured with
 Gilding wax and finished with a large
 black gem.

Top section was wrapped with cord 
before the layers were added.

And here it is all mounted up including a 
couple more Kaisercraft embellishments, 
some tags stamped with more Seth Apter stamps
clear pebble and black gems complete the effect.

Just a few more photographs to show you
 the finished box. Inside which was completed
 with a text stamp and varnish.

One final look and I'm off! Happy crafting, 
Angela xXx"

What a transformation!
Thank you Angela
for a gorgeous treasure box

I remember those cigar boxes
from way back when my Dad
smoked - the boxes held the
exotic tabac aroma for ever
Of course we shouldn't admit
to liking the aroma nowadays
but it does bring back fond
I wonder what happened to 
the boxes .......

"Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Monday, 16 October 2017



Hi Everyone

Here's what Helen will be teaching 
this month for The Craft Barn at
The Memorial Hall, Lingfield:

18th October : Trees

I cannot decide whether to do Spring
or Autumn - love them both!

28th October : Illuminated Houses

Now do I put this on my Christmas tree
or should I just incorporate it with the
pine garland on my stairs?

Decisions, decisions .....

Love to see you there

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Song Challenge

The Song Challenge

Happy Sunday!

This month's challenge
reflects the changing season
Autumn is upon us and the
turning leaves form a 
kaleidoscope of colour 
on the ground

Obviously, the song had
to be 

Autumn Leaves

The falling leaves
Drift by my window.
The falling leaves of red and gold.

I see your lips,
the summer kisses,
the sunburned hands I used to hold.

Since you went away
the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winter song

 But I miss you most of all my darling 
When autumn leaves start to fall

Since you went away
the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winter song

 But I miss you most of all my darling 
When autumn leaves start to fall

I like this one best performed
by Eric Clapton 
There have been many other
artists who have recorded this
timeless classic

So, autumn leaves it is
however you may wish to
depict them

Here's Karen Gist's coaster:

Please enter your projects via the
link.  This closes on 5th November
at 11.55pm.  Should the link close
early then do please email your
project to me at
and I will be pleased to put it
up for you

"Till Tomorrow

Mickie xx