Saturday, 2 September 2017

On the Case

On the Case

Hi Everyone

Enjoy the weekend won't you?
I am sure you don't need reminding
that it is back to normal next week

Certainly i have enjoyed getting to
and from home in relative ease and
calm - it will be back to planning
my journeys now the schools are
back ..............

Jane Castle is here today with a
great storage idea.........

Well this was a theme that could lead to 
many different crafting projects but
 I decided to make my 12yr old Granddaughter 
a case for her to keep her ear-rings in when
 they are staying at their caravan. 

I wanted to keep it fun and felt these new 
Whimisical Birds from Tando Creative 
really fitted the bill.

I began by giving the larger of the 2 mini
 book boxes in the set a coat of black paint 
both inside and out. 

Then cut a strip 10cm off the top from 
a sheet of Kaisercraft 12x12 paper.

This 10cm strip was then stuck onto a piece 
of white card to give it some extra strength.

 Starting at the end with the wild flowers
 I made the following score lines;
1.5cm score, 2cm score, 1.5cm score,
 1.5cm score, 2.5cm score, 1.5cm score,
 1.5cm score, 2cm score 1.5cm cut.

These score lines were then folded forming 2 areas
 for the ear-rings to sit in.

 Although these measurements worked for
 my box they might need slightly adjusting 
as I'm not sure as to whether these boxes
 match exactly size wise. 

This was then placed inside the book/box 
and the 2 ends glued in place.

Now onto the bird for the top,

 the face and legs were given a coat of Nougat paint 
and the body a coat of Very Berry. 

The eyes were made from circles punched from
 some scrap blue card and then black gems for the centres. 

The beak was cut from some pale yellow felt and 
faux stitching was added using a fine nibbed black pen.

The body was stencilled using a sponge and 
Cosmic Shimmers Chalk Blending Ink. 

The feathers on the top of his head had 
Enamel Accents applied.

The legs had Enamel Accents for nail varnish
 and the stripes were added using a Sakura Pen.

Finally the wings were given a coat of Wisteria paint, 
then stamped in Archival Watering Can 
and heat embossed with clear powder.

Before attaching the wings I added some 
Treasure Pewter to the edges.

Using the same stencil and Blending Ink 
I added some decoration to the corners of the lid. 

The blending ink dries a lot lighter on the black
 background but you could always give it a 
second coat if you wanted it to completely match. 

The centres had some Enamel Accents added 
and to finish I rubbed the edges of the book with
 the Treasure Pewter.

The ear-rings my Grandaughter likes to wear 
are quite small but I decided to pop a few pairs 
of mine in just to check it worked ok !

I think she will be spending less time searching
 around for lost ear-rings and more time belly boarding 
on the beach.

Items used

Kaisercraft Wildflower 12x12 paper Spring
Tando Creative Whimiscal Birds set 2
PaperArtsy Srapcosy Stencil PS050
Toasted Rose

Little Black Dress, Nougat, Wisteria & Very Berry

Archival Watering Can Ink
Treasure Pewter
Catus Flower & Garden Patina

Ranger Enamel Accents Classic Cherry
Sakura Stardust Pen Purple
PaperArtsy Eclectica EEV06 stamp set

From Stash - 
pale yellow felt, blue card and 2 tiny black gems

Expect your Granddaughter loves
 her box.  She could save rings in
it too.  Thank you Jane

Those boxes lend themselves to all
manner of uses don't they?...........
Such fun!

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx


  1. It's gorgeous, clever and useful! My kind of gift idea...

  2. Love it and I know someone else will too, the bird is so cute. Happy crafty week, Angela xXx


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