Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fernli Designs 2nd June Project

Hello again everyone .... Since finishing my first project for FERNLI DESIGNS I have been very eager to start on the 2nd one .... I also got some WONDERFUL news from Lou,   I have been offered a permeant position on their Design Team ..... EXCITED OR WHAT !!!!!  and of course I said YES .... I would be a fool to say anything else .... any way my 2nd project for them, here it is 
I started off with one of those cheap white plastic £1 frames from Ikea and gave it a gentle sanding and then gave it a coat of Gesso.  I then painted on the Matt Chalk Paint (Cosmic Shimmer ..Creative Expressions) with the Chalkboard colour  (grey) once that had dried I painted on the Crackle Glaze .. Wait for that to dry and then you can apply your top coat of paint ..... When you do apply this top coat make sure you paint a nice thick coat on it and DON"T be tempted to go over it a few times because it ruins the effect so make sure you have enough paint out to cover it quickly as the cracking starts straight away ...
Now on to the picture frames ... the first on one this Heart of Hearts and is £1.45 it is GORGEOUS.  I painted all the frames in the Grey Chalkboard paint . I added some of the COGS (Mixed bag for 50p ... and you get LOADS !!) I used a silver pen on mine. The little bricks you can see are from the Brick Wall and they are the bits that fall out of the cut frame and are £1 .. I painted with gesso first as the wood tends to soak up the paint and the gesso also gives a good surface for the chalk paint to grip to.  I then wrote on them using a Fine Line Drawing Pen.
The silver paws are just charms I had in my stash ..
This frame is the Lace/Scalloped Edged Banner and they are 25p ... the square on this one is one of the Squares (25mm x 25mm ) and are 10p. bellow the scalloped banner is a heart which I have attached using jump rings. I added some more bricks and wrote on them saying You Stole My Heart ... This is one of my favourite photos of my partner Hazel and our dog Roco the day we got him.
This frame is the Old Style Frame SET of 4 £1.45  and a small swirl  and of course a photo of our other gorgeous dog Bess
Again this is the Lace/scallop Edged Banner with a heart hanging from the bottom. On the heart I have used a cog and a small key ( a bag of 6 mixed 3mm small keys ....50p )
and the last frame is another of the scalloped edged banners with a hanging heart and a swirl .

Bellow on the pedestal I glued some florist oasis and put the fence in front of it and stuck in the flowers ... I also used a small lamppost on the frame .... after all you can't have a male dog without a lamppost now can you !!! 

The video of this is now up on youtube .... my channel is Ivory Moon 

Many thanks for stopping buy ... I would love to hear what you think 

Tina xxxx

Monday, June 02, 2014


 If you would like a copy of the template for this clock tower please contact me with your email address and I will send you a copy.

This is the Clock I made for the recent Crafters Companion Vintage Florals CD ROM 
Cut out box from the template and glue together 
I used craft card for my box .... you can give it a coat of gesso first if you prefer to do that before covering with your chosen paper ...

Now cut out the top part of the clock ( I used 2mm thick grey-board for this as it need to be quite thick for it to stand up ) and glue it onto the back of your chosen paper .
Next cut down the side of the topper like so 
and glue down the paper as you go ...( this is the easiest way I found to do it)
Now stick the back of this to the back of your chosen paper and cut around it as close to the edge as you can get ,..... then with a nail file sand down the edges (VERY gently o get a nice close finish..) and ink around the edges (I used Brushed Corduroy by Ranger) 
Next cover your box with your chosen paper 
I used Collalls All Purpose glue for this as I find it does not wrinkle the paper as other glues do, and ink around the edges.
Now cut out 9 pieces of 2mm Grey-board  

Layer 1 - 4cm x 7.5cm (cut 2)
Layer 2 - 4cm x 8.5cm (cut 2)
Layer 3 - 4cm x 9.5 cm (cut 2)

 and glue each doubled layer on  top of each other ....

 Make sure you leave a .5cm gap at each side on each layer to get the step effect.

The easiest way I found to cover the steps was to do the front and the back first ....

Next cut a strip of paper 4cm wide and make sure it is long enough to go all the way around your steps (taking in to account it has to go on each step ) I found around 16cm should cover it 
ink around the edges, now glue the base of your box and place onto the top of your steps making sure you leave a gap on each side 

Glue the bottom edge of your top stepper and hold for a few seconds giving the glue time to set a little .

All that is left now is for you to print off the embellishments, clock face etc to decorate your clock ...

I would love to see yours when you have finished 

Thank you for stopping by 
email ....

Tina xxx

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Hello again ...

As you may know I was recently given a guest spot on Fernli Designs Design team for the month of June  ... I will be doing 3 DT makes throughout the month

Here is the first
This is the small Ink Storage unit that Fernli Designs make  
I used Cosmic Shimmer Matt Chalk Paint from
These paints are gorgeous to work with ....

I started off by painting the unit with gesso making sure to leave the little joints bare so they would still fit together ... don't worry if you do go over them with paint ... simply lightly sand them with a fine grade sand paper to remove some of the paint.

Next I painted them with the 'Chalkboard' colour which is a lovely dark grey  ... I left the outside of the unit in the white gesso.   I then put the unit together using 'Art Glitter - Designer Glue' this unit goes together sooooo easy and is so sturdy when the glue has dried ... I then painted the outside  of the unit with the 'Natural Stone' Matt Chalk paint.  Once dry I used a stencil and a small sponge and the "Saxe Blue - Matt Chalk Paint' which to me does not look blue but more green ... either way I love it ... the strange thing about these paints is the dark colours dry lighter and the lighter colours dry darker ..

My next step was to choose and paint the scrolls from Fernli Designs I use the 'Saxe Blue' on these too ... once dry I then glued them onto the top of the unit.  On the back piece I added a smaller scroll onto the top of the bigger one to give a more uniformed look
Before putting the side scrolls on I glued down a stripy ribbon from my stash to add some more interest to the outside, I then coated the whole unit (on the outside) with Shimmer Pearl Glaze (also by Cosmic Shimmer)  ... I am really happy with how this has turned out ... I can HIGHLY recommend  all the products from Fernli Designs amazing value, high quality products and fantastic customer service.

Many thanks for stopping by .

I have a video on Youtube showing this project 

Tina xxx

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Crafters Companion

Hey everyone .... as usual I have been busy having fun making samples for Crafters Companion. These cards were recently on Create and Craft tv and are show casing the range of Die'sire dies

A full list of the  products I have used can be found on the CC blog 
i have used the Die'sire quilling range of flowers, Dahlia, sunflower, lace flower ... these are so easy to make and really quick ... I used Core'dinations card for the brown flowers and then sanded them to reveal the pink core.

Here are a few more samples 

Die'sire - LEAF 1
Die'sire- Quilling - STAMEN, DAHLIA
Embossalicious - Picnic Plaid
Core'dinations (Yellow and Orange)
First Edition - DESERT BLOOMS
Sentimentals - NATURE
Ribbon , Button
Collall Glue - ALL PURPOSE, 3D GLUE
Ink - Stampin' up (Pumpkin Pie)

Die'sire - Ivy
Die'sire - LEAF 1
Die'sire - LACE BORDER 2
Paper- Trimcraft - THE LONDON LINE
Martha Stewart Punch Monarch Butterfly
Other - Pearls, Brads, Trim
CollallGlues - 3D, ALL PURPOSE

Die'sire-Quilling- STAMEN, DAHLIA
Die'sire - LEAF 1
Collall Glue - Tacky, 3D and all Purpose

Many thanks for stopping by 

Tina xxx

Monday, May 12, 2014


Time for another post .... here are a few samples that I have recently made for Crafters Companion  i have had loads of fun making this batch of samples ...

This was made using one of the new 'Create a Card' die from Die'sire ... they are really great to work with and makes putting a card together really quick ..  this one is called DECADENCE

Here is the same die but I have made it into a photo frame .... it is such a versatile die

This photo is of my gorgeous granddaughter and my sons friends little boy .. i love this picture 

This 'Create a Card' die is called ROMANCE and once again is beautiful and so easy to use and make beautiful card .... with this card I found the centre of the heart and put on two different colours of card  to get this effect ... 

When I did this card i decided not to cut it out but use the whole thing as a stencil ... I had some A4 double sided sticky paper and placed the die onto it then covered it in glitter ... sadly the photo does not show how beautiful the colour of glitter really is .. its almost a teal colour ... I then removed the die and added black glitter to the remaining space ... I LOVE how it really shows how beautiful the whole die is ... the paper flowers are made using the Die'sire quilling dies and are actually the same colour as the teal glitter but obviously it doesn't show that in this photo ...

Many thanks for stopping by i would love you to leave me a comment 

Tina xxxxx 

Sunday, March 23, 2014


I have had a LOVELY few days making this next project ... I ADORE working with Fernli Designs products they are just amazing ... I recently did the little desk top letter rack and while working on it I had another idea pop into my head so had to make it and here it is 
I am thrilled with how it turned out  ... I used papers by Prima called 'Engraver'  and some Tim Holtz paper I had ...

I was recently lucky enough to have my name pulled out in a recent  draw from Fernli Designs  and I obviously asked for the letter rack but Lou very kindly sent me lots of other goodies and among them were these swirls which I have used as legs for the letter rack and the numbers which all I did was stamp onto them with versafine black ink  ...
I also got this lovely scroll in my package which I glued to the top of the letter rack and intend to put mine and my partners name on it in Gold. 

Thank you for stopping by I hope you leave me a comment on your thoughts xxx Many thanks
Tina xxx

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sneak Peak number 2

Later than promised but here is another card using the brand new dies from Crafters Companion and Die'sire

This was made using the 'Create a Card' die ROMANCE  ... I simply put 2 different papers together after finding the centre of the die and put it all through my embossing machine  then before removing the die I used my 'Stampin up' inks and a sponge over the top to highlight the exposed the parts ..

I also used the Embossalicious folder 'Gothic Script'  and the 'Cameo Stamping Frame' and stamps from the new set of Sentimentals  range 'NATURE'   Love a lllllllll the new ranges from
Crafters Companion  and at the moment there is FREE postage till Sunday 23rd March (midnight)  UK only ..

Thank you for taking the time to visit me

Tina xxxx