Saturday, 9 March 2013
As some of you already know, a few years ago a friend and I set up an online craft forum – Ukandocrafts – as the name suggests it is a UK based set up but we have one member who comments on my blog almost daily – Wynn – who lives in Cyprus.
So back to the forum – on here we do lots of swaps and challenges ATC swaps and recently swaps which have turned out to be great fun and a super way of working outside the box.
Another member of the forum and regular commenter on my blog is Pauline...she sets up some amazing themes for ATCs and challenges that to me make me stand back, look at my work and think WOW did I do that???
The last challenge Pauline set up was to decorate a heart shape – she cut the hearts herself and then sent them out to everyone who signed up for the swap
The idea was to decorate the heart in any way you wanted and once finished it had to be sent to the partner who's name Pauline messaged to us.
Well I looked at the heart for quite some time not getting any kind of inspiration from it!
So I started by painting one side pink the other purple – I used my favourite paints – B&Q funky metallics.
The painted heart sat on my work bench for almost 2 weeks until one night I picked it up determined it would be finished ready to post off
And this is what I eventually did....
I die cut some small leaves from white card and coloured them different greens Tim Holtz distress ink pads, then glued them to the Purple painted side of the heart and added some handmade flowers below them.
A die cut filigree heart was cut using a Memory Box die – again in white cad then coloured using pickled raspberry distress ink pad – this was then folded in half and just one half was stuck to the painted heart.
I had some beautiful glittered flowers and butterflies in shades of lilacs and purples – these were sent to my a lovely lady I met through facebook – Yvonne – they were perfect for this project – so I stuck a butterfly near the top inside the folded die cut heart and then the flower was sat on the point of both pieces.
That completed the purple side
Onto the pink side – for this is printed out one of the shaped pyramage sheets from Hinny Bop Blissful Butterflies cd rom, built the pyramid and then stuck it with pinflair gel to the centre of the heart.
I decorated the pyramage with glitter, glossy accents and cosmic shimmer coloured pva glue.
A small bow was tied and added using pale pink with white spot ribbon and added to the top right of the heart and to finish I used some of the self adhesive words by Tim Holtz...I tried to use words that I associate with butterflies and flight so used live, love, laugh, everyday.
A length of pretty lilac organza ribbon was folded then slotted through the hole as a hanger!
It went in the post on Monday and I found out today it had arrived safely and was now hanging in my good friend Caz' bedroom!
So job well done!
Pauline doesn't give us long to rest lol – I received the MDF Easter egg shape today – best get my thinking cap on....
Thanks for reading this far – now enjoy all the photos of the heart,
and see you again tomorrow