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

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