Friday, 20 October 2017

For the Boys

For the Boys

Hallo Everyone!

All ready for half-term?
It does vary throughout the
country - however, in this
little corner of our green 
and pleasant land the
holiday starts after school
today - Yayyy!!!

Here's an idea from
Jane Castle to enjoy if
the weather causes everyone
to be housebound - or even
if the weather is good .......

"Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. 
Today it's my turn to make a 'gift for the boys' 
and I began with an inexpensive 
wooden box, available from The Craft Barn,
 some paint, Seth Apter stamps
 and a few other bits.

 The finished box I'm thrilled with but 
there were times when I wasn't so sure!

I started by giving the inside a coat of 
Fresco Chalk paint in Mushroom, 
then when fully dry cut some dark red 
felt and lined the base and lid.

Then I painted the outside in Space Cadet

The 4 sides were then painted with a 
crackle medium and then once dry 
given a coat of the mushroom paint. 

The edges of the lid were lightly sanded
in places

I then applied some grunge paste through
 a stencil to the top of the lid.

When the paste was dry I made a wash
 of 1 part mushroom, 1 part space cadet 
and 1 part water to go over the top of the lid.

Whilst this was drying I stamped my image 
for the top and the opening part of the lid. 
For this I used Archival Watering Can and
 one of Seth Apter's new set of stamps ESA05
 and stamped onto a sheet of waxed
 tissue paper.

Once the ink was dry I brushed some water
 around the stamped image and tore the
 paper as this helps when appyling the tissue 
paper to the box.

I also stamped an edging to go around 
the base of the box using 2 of the stamps
 from the same set. 
(Great set of stamps--- so versatile)

These were then added to the box using
 a matt glaze but could also be attached
 with a collage medium.

I left these over night to allow them to 
fully dry before cutting through 
the tissue with a craft knife to 
allow the lid to open.

At this point I wasn't completely happy
 with the image on the top. I sat gazing at this 
for some time thinking of various options, 
one being to skim over the top with a thin layer
 of Grunge Paste and start again!

I added the border around the bottom of 
the box whilst I made my decission. 
I knew I still wanted to use the same stamp 
for the lid so I thought I'd try stamping 
another image but using Potting Soil ink
 this time.

When tearing the tissue paper this time 
I made sure it was smaller than the 
original one on the box.

I made a hole in the side of the lid to 
thread my string through and added some 
mushroom and space cadet paint to 
2 screw head brads.

Treasure Gold wax in Olive Bronze was added 
to the edges and now I not only like 
the finished pencil box -  
I don't want to part with it!

I plan to give it to a chap I work with 
who comes from an arty family, 
he makes wonderful things from metal
 and wood. 
He does some sketches of his ideas first
 but can never find his drawing pencils 
or charcoal.

So thought I would buy him some lead and charcoal 
pencils and pop them inside for his birthday.

Might have to make one for myself too!!"

Items Used

PaperArtsy Rubber Stamps
PaperArtsy Stencil

That is a super pencil box
Jane, Thank you.  Your
colleague will be a
happy chappie to receive
this - not so sure I would
put charcoal in it though
.....I know you said pencils
but I am lethal with charcoal
in any form..........!

Now a word to the wise Everyone
I know the Design Team all
chose to use this new set:

This new set is also available:

Indeed it might be worth checking
out all the Seth Apter stamp sets

"Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Thursday, 19 October 2017

For the Boys

For the Boys

Hi Everyone!

Wouldn't be great if
making gifts for the
boys was just a question
of changing the colour
scheme? ........... 

Actually, I think we
would miss out on a lot
of the fun if we did that
although I did read 
somewhere that the male
brain is wired differently
for colour.  Really?
I'm not sure  .........

Louise Thomson has
an interesting question  .......

"Why do women get all 
the notebooks?! Sure, I love a tiny 
notebook probably as much as most 
crafters but that's not to say that 
there can't be masculine ones too. 

My Dad always keeps a notebook
 in the car to record his petrol 
and mileage. 

My brother has one that he records
 places he's cycled, and yet
 if you look in the shops, most 
notebooks are floral and feminine, 
or at best plain. 

Time to address the situation!

I started with an alterable Kraft notebook, 
fresco paint in Antarctic and some 
Seth Apter stamps. 

I gave the notebook a couple of coats
 of paint and left it to dry.

 I stamped one of the Seth Apter ESA05 set
 in cobalt archival ink onto some tissue paper
and glued to the spine.

 I used aquamarine archival ink 
for the main image

I partially re inked the stamp and stamped 
over the top in the darker blue. 

Using a fine liner I highlighted a few 
of the details. 

I also added some inking around 
the edge of the notebook.

To finish I added metal corners 'tarnished' 
with a little permanent black ink, 
coiled wire and a wooden kaisercraft key 
gilded in silver alchemy wax and attached
 with a little piece of wire."

Thank you Louise.  I think
you have provided a good
solution to the dilemma of
why are little notebooks
often so pretty pretty

I try to keep a stock of
these little notebooks to
hand as I find they do
make nice little presents
and are quite fun to
decorate to suit the

"Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

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