Making Dolls

Doll's head smaller

For my Mum’s birthday, I bought us both a ticket for a doll making workshop. It was great. It was run by Jan Horrox (https://janhorrox.co.uk/) over a weekend. We got the flesh coloured fabric, stuffing, some other tools and the pattern. We were encouraged to use it in any way we wanted. There was a face design you could use, but we both designed our own.

Mum and I went slowly, so we didn’t quite finish by the end of the weekend. I’ve done the arms, legs, body and hair, but I am working on the dress at the moment. I’ll add more photos once she’s finished 🙂

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Distressed Flowers

my own background design 1 close up copy

I’ve just had another Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink pad arrive in the post (fossilized amber)…….I seem to love everything Tim creates…if only I were rich or he lived close enough to marry…..although of course he may not be single…or straight?…..I decided to try the ink pad out.

I’m developing some sketches/designs from some flowers I photographed over the weekend. This is one of the backgrounds I came up with.

Firstly I laid a base of various layers of Distress Oxide (cracked pistachio, fossilized amber and wilted violet) by ‘smushing’ them …not sure if I like that word, sorry Tim, think you use that… onto a piece of acetate, spraying with water and then pressing the watercolour paper down on top. I thought it needed a hit of pink…oh no, I used another cliché…but ‘pop’ sounds worse….. but as I didn’t have any other colours of oxide, I just used a normal Distress Ink pad (picked raspberry).

I then traced my design over the top and used a paintbrush and water to take off some of the colour.

I’ll be interested to see what everyone else is doing with their Distress Oxides.

If you want to see another way I’ve used them, have a look at this post where I’ve used them in cards.

my own background design 1 copy

Crafter’s Companion 3D Embossing Folders

I went to a Craft Show this Weekend at the NEC in Birmingham.

I have wanted one of the 3D embossing folders since I saw them on Craft TV. I bought two and I’ve tried out one of them, the ‘Regency Swirls’ one.

3D embossing folder

I tried a few things.

Top left – rubbed over metallic gold Faber-Castell Metalic Gel Stick

Top right – embossed on green card and sanded down

Bottom right – a mix of 4 colours of Faber-Castell Metalic Gel Sticks

Bottom left – a mix of Faber-Castell Metalic Gel Stick and Distress Inks

I absolutely LOVE the embossing folder. It does make some areas of the card very thin, but I don’t mind that.

Has anyone else tried them out yet?

Crafting Cheaply – Recycling

I’m terrible….I never throw anything away if I might be able to use it in a craft project.

Ribbons

One thing I never waste is the ribbons you get in clothes. I hate them anyway, they always hang out and if they are really long you can get stuck in them!

clothes ribbon

cut ribbons

You get all sorts of lovely colours. And they are the perfect size for use in tags.

tags with ribbons

Have you every used these ribbons? What do you use them for?

 

Another Tag

I’ve been messing around with brush lettering. It’s trickier than it looks.

Dream Big

I’m trying not to worry about being perfect! As with the previous post, I used one of my new cheap tag dies, together with my vintage sheet music. I used my Tombow Dual tip pen for the lettering and I stamped with a new stamp from this set: Covermason Stamps. I used distress inks to add a zing of colour.

I have so many tags now,  I ought to work out what to do with them all! What do you do with yours?

Tag made with new bargains

tag for wordpress

So I made this tag using the tag dies I showed in this post. I used one of the new stamp sets I got from Amazon for the words. I used a page from a book of vintage sheet music I bought for 50p from a charity shop for the base of the tag. I did have to make the hole slightly bigger to get the ribbon through. I love the faux stitching round the outside.

Crafting Cheaply – More Bargains

Stay tuned for the post on craft websites. I’m still working on that.

After my first post I was thinking about what other things I’ve got that were a good price.

I’ve recently bought some craft sheets. I didn’t go for the branded ones, but picked up a pack of 4 PFTE sheets for £8.99 from Amazon. Some of them have minor blemishes on them, but so far I have glued and painted on them and it’s easy to wipe off (I did it fairly soon after painting so I don’t know what it would be like after days). I’ll let you know how I get on if I use it with my heat tool or any other materials.

Blulu 4 Pieces PTFE Sheet Non Stick Craft Mat Heat Press Transfer Sheet, 16 by 20 Inch

I tend to use white emulsion (a small pot for painting the house) rather than gesso as I find it’s less gritty in texture. You can get that from any DIY store. I like Wilkos for that and for the little tester pots, great for upcycling one small item such as here.

I used baby talc mixed with mod podge rather than buying texture paste to go through stencils for the background here. I don’t know what quantities I used, maybe try 50/50 of a small amount and see what it’s like.

I have more cheap crafting ideas too so keep your eyes pealed for future posts!