Wind in your hair

Another one made while on holiday, with diy resist spray, crushed olive, peeled paint, weathered wood, iced spruce, stazon claret and stazon pumpkin. And bundled sage, that seems to be a new favourite.

Also again a stamp from the beautiful stampset Essense of Nature .

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I sprayed the resist s[ray and let dry, then I inked up the tree with the 2 stazon colours and stamped it. I then added the iced spruce and weathered wood around the tree, and peeled paint, budnled sage in the tree. Some more crushed olive in the tree and at the bottom. The text was stamped onto a separate piece treated roughly the same way and the same colours. It is glued down with foam dots so it is raised from the card. The butterflies are only accented/coloured with white gelpen.

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The background of the card was pastel green, but it didn’t quite match so I put gesso over it, added some bundled sage distress paint, stamped cracked  texture from the Mail Art stamp set  around the edge with pumpkin and witped some more gesso over it to tone it down again a bit. The edges of the white backing card is inked with bundled sage and a bit of weathered wood.

 

This is my second entry to the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #12. 0d9ec-cbc_11Daqadoes150624wo102154003

Bare feet

We went away a few days so I too packed half a crate with crafting supplies, having to choose in advance what to bring. While we were packing the car, the mailman arrived with a package from Chocolate Baroque! New stamps to play with. I also brought along loads of unfinished cards and backgrounds, forcing myself to finish some. And I printed out the CB challenge 12, and took only the distress inks with matching colours with me. I stil find it difficult to match colours from screen – is it bundled sage or weathered wood? Is it bundled sage or crushed olive?

I am going on vacation and I take along with me….

  • colour 1: Rusty Hinge – Brushed Corduroy (Stazon: Claret)
  • colour 2: Dried marigold – spiced marmalade (Stazon: Pumpkin)
  • colour 3: Peeled paint, crushed olive
  • colour 4: Iced spruce, weathered wood, bundled sage.

And I brought my tube with distressmarkers, although I don’t have all colours (got about half of them). Also brought water brush, water spray bottle, home made resist spray, distress paint bundled sage, distress paint brushed corduroy, paint dabber copper metallic. Craft knife, ruler, white gelpen, black gelpen, scissors large and small, mounting foam (as I had new stamps), stamps, stencils, sponges, acryllic blocks, cloth, paper/cardstock and ofcourse a craftsheet (no cutting mat – I forgot, but the envelop of the stamps worked good).

Now, my first entry for the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge #12:

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Where to start with this one… I guess the background. I used a stencil (ginko leaves) from Designs by Ryn, sprayed it with the resist spray and let dry. (not the stencil ofcourse). Next I covered the paper with distress paint bundled sage, let that dry, then added some weathered wood – those are the darker stripes. I didn’t apply it in stripes – I had applied the distress paint that way and the ink was just filling the gaps. Daqadoes150623di154517013

I inked up the plant first with Stazon Pumpkin then partly went over it with Claret. After stamping the image I found it lacked the grounding part, so I took a sponge and applied stazon pumpkin on the bottom half and claret on top of it, more in the corners. It was way more then seen here on the image.

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I stamped the quote – I love it, a big reason for getting the set. (I’ll just ignore the fact the ink wasn’t good in all places).

The red was too present, so when I got home I added some stazon cleaner on it and wiped lots off, this also showed the resist effect more.

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The background – two frames on top of eachother (I always cut the middle section out to save weight while mailing it. The cut out sections ofcourse can be reused again.) I used the same stencil on the frames. My plan was to use different colours on the frames, but it turns out the colours of the leaves look lto be applied with the same colour, just different effects due to the base colour. On the largest frame I used weathered wood/iced spruce for the leaves, on the smaller frame I used a green one (bundled sage?). I did colour over it with distress inks and stazon inks, to make it blend more.

For once not the last week of entering the challenge… :)

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Timeless

Just about an hour or so untill the challenge closes, so I’ll hurry!
Pictures taken just a few minutes ago, so bad light – I’ll edit the post tomorrowafternoon with some daylight pictures.

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With flash.

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I started with a background made with the Ginko Stencil from Designs by Ryn, I used Distress inks ofcourse. Chipped Sapphire (or Broken China or Faded Jeans? I used all three colours this evening…) and Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers.  Also Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves. After making the background I stamped some thistles on it from Chocolate Baroque, and then spritzed with home made resist spray. Next I embossed the butterflies on (stamp from CB). From left to right: Adirondack Stream embossing powder (quite a thin/fragile line). The next one is a brandless embossing powder picked up from a euroshop or bookshop. I notice the difference in quality, this one doesn’t “flow” or melt into itself as well. Next on the right is Ranger Blue Glass – this one melts very well into a thicker bit. Details can get lost but it adds indeed a blue glass look. The bottom row is twice WOW! Earthtone Grape regular, I’m always a bit disappointed how it turns out. Looks nice in the jar but a lot darker after embossing.

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I next coloured the butterflies partly with matching distress markers. Or almost matching (pine needles and peacock feathers for the Stream butterflie, Worn lipstick/Spun sugar for the middle one, tumbled glass/broken china for the Blue Glass one and Dusty concord and Stormy Sky (which is not like the distress ink Stormy Sky, the marker is quite purple). The thistles are stamped with Distress inks, seedless preservers and dusty concord. I took my waterbrush, made it quite weat and mixed the colours – also the background colours mixed in.Daqadoes150616di233516005

Then I added Crackle accents to the 4 butterflies on the edges, and glossy accents on the middle one.Daqadoes150616di233607006

Strange things the picture does to the card – The texture in the more pink butterfly isn’t as high here, and the colours in the lower right aren’t as .. oh wait they are. Didn’t look like that after colouring, but it looks great!

Next thingI did was ink the edge royally with broken china, so the butterflies stnad out more.

Oh and then ofcourse the sentiment – I applied some gesso on the spot where it would go and wiped it out with my finger, inking it up a bit with cracked pistachio. Embossed the sentiment with Ranger super fine detail black embossing powder.

Almost the last thing I did was spray it with water to get the drops effect. Ofcourse last thing I did was make up the card as seen.

This was my 3rd entry for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #11

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Now the bonus card:

When I have to wait for something to dry I make another card. This often results in 4 or 5 backgrounds/cards which I am working on in one session. Usually 2 or 3 are finished. I was playing around with the thistle stamp a bit, I liked it :)

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I used the same distress inks and embossing powders as before. I inked up the bold thistle stamp and sprayed it with water to get a more blurry effect, I repeated this several times. Then I took the other thistle stamp and used another colour and stamped it.

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I inked up the rest of the card with blue/green colours.

Embossed the bubble wheel. Next was the fish. I didn’t mask it off when stamping the fish with embossing ink (wiped the embossing ink away in the bubbles and then wiped the embossin powder that ofcourse now stuck to the whole bubble away. The seahorse is stamped with Stazon Midnight blue – I didn’t want it to stand out as much as the other two stamps.  Daqadoes150616di233745009

I felt the detailed thistles weren’t clear enough, and the bubblewheel was too much at the front (should be behind the plants more) so I stamped and embossed the detailed thistle several times with a mix of the pink/purple embossing powders. Looked better now. Then some simple colouring with markers.Daqadoes150616di233726008

Don’t pay attention to the stamplines – I’ll have to cut the stamp a bit narrower or stamp more carefully next time. I added glossy accents to the bubbles and eyes of the fish and seahorse and mounted the card as seen.

Tomorrow hopefully some daylight pictures – it looks like bronze embossing powder but it’s black, I promise!

Thanks for visiting :)

 

Daylight pictures:

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Myths come to life at twilight

My second entry for Chocolate Baroque fits the first one, ofcourse the colours match but also the stampset is largely the same.

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Here the flower and unicorn are decoupaged on the card. Background leaves stencils is from Designs By Ryn, stamps (lantern, and flower) are from one set of Chocolate Baroque, the unicorn is from another (discontinued?) stampset.

This is my second entry for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #11

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The lines of the decoupaged paper were much more visible, the glue dried up faster then I could glue it on. Usually I put the glue on the surface where the images will go, but this time I wanted as little glue on top as possible, so that meant putting the glue on the back of the image. And doing that on tissue paper without it tearing is a challenge. Then gluing it – I thought it went quite ok (the manes folded double but I managed to pull them straight without tearing it) and then I realized it wasn’t straight! argh. The unicorn should be tilted to the right a bit. Let’s just say it leans toward the lantern to light it with it’s horn.
As the lines of the tissue paper were more visible, I made use of it and even added more white around the unicorn, like it has just appeard out of thin air / out of the mist.

Below: For this card the upper left background was used.

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I like the somewhat dark grungy look, it does remind me of the Japanese cartoons like spirited away, like the spirit world that sometimes shines through to the earthly world. Cartoons for adults (not meaning it has got sexual content but with angry spirits etc). Twilight, the time that myths come to life.

Enlighted

I´m late for this months Chocolate Baroque Challenge – it ends Wednesday! So without further ado, here is my first entry:

 

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For Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 11

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Above: I reversed the flowers stamp with the use of tissue paper –  stamped on it, tore it out, glued it on the stamped side onto the card. The lantern and flowers are coloured with white gelpen, and there are white rayds coming from the lantern. Some grungy highlights run across the lantern (drawing a ling and wiping it a bit while it’s not yet dry).

Below: Here are the bacgrounds I made, I often start a colour challenge with making several backgrounds. I experimented with a self made resist spray (thanks to the frugal crafter) although I did not make is as thick as hers. Actually I’m not sure I used it on these backgrounds, I’ve been playing with it the same evening but not sure how often I used it :P.

Anyway, below you see tome of the backgrounds. Leaves stencil is Designs by Ryn, honeycomb stencil is.. hmmm not sure… the fragments stamp is Chocolate Baroque. The lower right is the base for this card.

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Here are thsoe same backgrounds outside, and a flower with tissue paper on which I applied the glue to the wrong side – the back of the stamping. I tried to get little glue on the top (decoupage glue) as that acts as a resist to water based inks (yup, that’s the ingredient for the resist spray).

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I was indoubt wether to add a sentiment, but I like it this way. Hope you do too!

Hallucinations

From lack of sleep… tired.. been to Hamburg this weekend with my sisters, it was wonderfull, but getting back and working early next day, followed by a night with not much sleep due to a baby wanting to throw a party in the middle of the night is a bit too much maybe.

A while ago I told you (goodbye lullabye part 1) I got sidetracked (goodbye lullabye part 2) while working on one project, and made a bunch of backgrounds of which I had no clue of how I was going to use them due to the bright contrasting colours.

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Modelling paste through one “sun” pattern, covered wit hcopper acryllic paint. Other places only acryllic paint.  Not sure what I used to colour the turtle: distress ink and/or Caran D’ache neon colour crayons.

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Stamped the seadragon for placement, then added gesso on and over the stamped image, heat embossed the dragon with distress embossing powder and coloured with Caran D’ache neocolours. Embellisments (diecuts) are from my stash. The card is matted onto a white card on wich I painted a messy frame in copper.

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One of these is my last entry for the Designs By Ryn May challenge. I think I’ll choose the seadragon, as I like how it looks somewhat plastered on, like he is in his own bubble.

Edit: I chose the turtle, it’s better photographed / better visible.

And now, bed!

 

A last minute move

 

A last minute post for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #10.

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As it’s last minute, it’s nightphotograpy unfortunately. I’ll see if I can get a daylight picture edited in this week.

I started this card by placing a stencil and going over it with distress stain bronze. I then lifted off the stencil and placed it on another piece of cardstock (This is where the chessboard is stamped and cout out from), so there’s the positive and negative image of the stencil. I then applied ink – a mix of shaded lilac & dusty concord, spun sugar, and again a mix of victorian velvet and seedless preserves. (although dusty concord and seedless presevers could have been swapped). The metallic stains act as a kind of resist, so it still stands out a lot.

I stamped the chessboard onto the other cardstock. I had inked it up with  Stazon cherry pink and violet (something). I added some more white pen on the chesspieces and castle, but it didn’t really cover the distress stain so I left it as it was.

I had started other cards before this one, but the balance of colours was always off, there wasn’t enough white in it. So I left the chessboard just as it was, it was good like this.

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I glued the card in place onto white cardstock, leaving a strip of white on the right side for balance. Oh I almost forgot, I stamped and heat embossed the text ofcourse.

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So that’s it, it was a difficult challenge for me this time again and a lack of time also, but I am satisfied with the result, although I like the other card I made more. Thanks for visiting!

Edit: the outdoor picture taken this morning, no sun / bit cloudy:

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Silver moon rising

Moonshadow

Silver White moon man

Silent ascension begun

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I saw this stamp at De-Stempelwinkel and liked it a lot, so what do you do then? I wonder where the text comes from, who wrote it.

Anyway, the card. I made it in the last 2 or 3 weeks, and I forgot what I did on the background. There’s lots of stenciling – I see some art deco arches (Stampinback.nl?) in wild honey slightly on the card, and sunbursts (Dutch Doobadoo). sec, getting the card…. aaah the white in the background are giant stitch crosses from a A3 sized stencil from Marianne Design of Joy Crafts. It’s a reverse print of the stencil. So 3 stencils, it was getting a bit busy. I had this new stamp and watned to try it out, so why not this card?Daqadoodles150507do111554002

Ooh ascension… fill up… drops rising up, but not in the sea, it should be more dreamlike, more moonlike. Silver waterbubbles. I stamped in on top of the text, as I figured the text would be visible enough – I think I should have wiped a bit more embossing powder off it at the text, but the look I wanted (bubbles going before the text) has succeeded. Embossed the bubbles with pearlsilver embossing powder.  Also added a fairy, but removed her wings (wiped the ink from the stamp) and only very slighly went over her with a wet brush to mix the colours in her dress more. She’s a moonghost now, hardly visible, like when you try to hold on to a dream.Daqadoodles150507do111622003

I added drops of glue onto the bubbles for some body, I wanted to know if I could get the same effect as glossy accents with it. Tip: don’t put the card in upright position when it has drops of something on it.

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LAst but not least, I wanted to use some dies agan. It’s been ages since I used them. I didn’t want a forest scene, or sea scene, but some sort of mix between it. Like seaitems but above ground, like a fog in which magical things can be seen. The thing the items have in common is the coloursetting. The backcard is coloured in Stormy sky too, and the middle matted card has the crushed olive and forest moss.

It’s a strange card. But is it strange in the way it’s supposed to be, with water elements in the air, grass in a sea? Is it dreamlike strange?

This is my second entry to Designs by Ryn Customer Creation Challenge – May.

Not sure if the text is featured enough for the Challenge of De-Stempelwinkel, which is Surrealism these two weeks. (Oh wait, they sell also the stamps from Designs by Ryn!) I hope dreams are surreal enough!

Spring is pink

I posted a snapshot of the finished background on facebook allready, but here is how I made it.

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Put some pink/soft purple tones on the paper, then place the stencil and go over it with a brighter colour. Make sure it’s dry, and use anti-static bag. Put the stencil back in place, dab some embossing ink through it with a sponge, remove the stencil ans sprinkle clear embossing powder on it. Tap off the excess embossingpowder (ofcourse pour it back in the jar) and heat it with the heating tool.

I’m not sure if I added the dots before or after this, could very well be before this step. The dots are a tim holts stencil, and one part was done with mdelling paste and acryllic paint and the other with ink spray I think. Not sure anymore…

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Next, take some contrasting colours (not too hard, but light) and ink it over the image.

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This last card turned into this one:

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I added the butterfly, it was a precut vellum shape, which I coloured with alcohol inks a while ago. The stamp is from ArtSpecially.Daqadoodles150415wo084140004 Daqadoodles150415wo084148003

The second card still isn’t finished, I got a very pretty fairy to put on it, but it covers too much of the background. Maybe I should leave it as it is? Less is More? Hmm. but the fairy matches it so well… I guess I’l have to make another background like this.

This is my first entry for the Designs by Ryn May Customer Creation Challenge.

WOYWW #x – Workspace then and Now.

It’s been a while since I participated in WOYWW, and I am not doing so now as this post has been ready for a while but somehow I don’t manage to post it on Wednesdays. Didn’t participated for the most common reason: major lack of time to be online. I knew I wouldn’t have the time to visit people, so I didn’t participate. I still don’t have much time, but I’d like to show the changes made to my workspace.

Before

An open cupboard, (actually an IKEA PAX cupboard, 58 cm deep, 100cm wide, 236 cm high) with a curtain (from the childrens room from the previous appartment) in front of it. Lots of storage space, but not it didn’t turn out very convenient as I had to keep moving stuff to get to the stuff in the back.

This is how much of my stuff is stuffed away.

This is how much of my stuff is stuffed away.

Turning around, you can see the table, and 3 chests of drawers. Or actually, you can only see one. Two are stacked, and the other one is next to them, below the shoebox decorated with white-rosed paper.

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Here you can see the two stacked ones.

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Now

(Or rather, end of february 2015). I got another pax, the less deep one (35 cm, still 100cm wide and 238 cm tall) and added doors. Our current bedroom is differently shaped and a bit smaller then the previous one (moved april 2014), so we got sliding doors instead of these hinged doors. At first, I didn’t think they’d fit well in our living room. But now I think they do, it looks way better then the curtain, it looks less cluttered as the floor and cupboardoors match quite well. Also, as you can see, the tower of drawers is now next tot the cupboard.

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Then onto some (I think clever) storage system. You know how supermarkets sometimes have special offers where you can save stuff? This sheet of metal is from Jan Linders, you could save grocery magnets so the kids could make a grocery list with images. The backside is covered with chalkboard paint.

With double sided tape I stuck it to the door and added some of the sizzix movers and shapers dies to it. This way I can SEE them, and therefore hopefully use them more. I added some tape at the height of the shelve, as I shouldn’t put dies there – they’d hit the shelve if I do. I did add a little helper thingy there, that small square isn’t a die but is meant to be able to lift paper out of sizzix bigz frame dies more easily.

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Note that purple thingy on the cupboard door? It´s a Grippy. It´s meant to keep your cellphone from sliding all over the dashboard of your car. It´s made of the same material as the old slimy hands which you could throw against a wall and then it would walk-climb down. We liked it so we bought a few to give a way as gifts to other nerdy friends, but we forgot about them. Later when I found them I thought I might be able to use them. Now I use them indeed… Put it on an acryllic block, put your unmounted stamp or mounted-but-not-sticking-stamp on it, and voila! Same effect as the tack’npeel, only now both sides are tacky instead just one, and you don’t attach it permanently to your acryllic block. Reason I used this is that I didn’t have a large enough size of tack ‘n peel on an acryllic block, and you attach the tnp permanet to a block. I don’t have multiple same sized big acryllic blocks so I didn’t want it permanently attached.

 

On the other side I stuck two A4 magnetic sheets. I didn’t have any more at the time, meanwhile I have added two more to have a bit more space for my dies. Many dies are on there, some that aren’t are nesting dies, I still prefer those in the metal tin (that used to hold pencils) which I lined with magnetic sheets as well. Now it is very easy to see my dies and pick one. I haven’t noticed I used them more often by the way. I love dies, I keep buying some occasionally, but I don’t use them a lot anymore, I often find it hard to combine them with stamping.

Daqadoodles150228za001440007The bottom shelve is still unsorted, I just stuffed all (or most) remaining paper there. On the next shelve are my binders with stamps, stencils, inventory list, spare mounting foam and a few stuff-tainers.

The third shelve: on the left part in the back are A4 papers/cardboard in my self made magazine files (made from cat litter boxes). I hardly use those papers. In front some tins with brushes and the plain tape. In the tin with the apple on it (stroopblikje) are brushes which my kids are allowed to use. Next to it, HEMA correspondentie kaartjes which I bought recently, I quite like them. In the brown box is A5 cardboard in several colours or designs. Don’t use those often either. Sometimes as backing card. In the blue plastic bin are the larger sizzix dies, many of them second hand. On top of it, you can see the pencil tin which hold some nesting dies, and on top of that a lightly decorated shoebox with unfinished cards inside. I have a new stack to add to it.

4th shelve, more little and big shoeboxes. Above it a shelve with A3 sixed paper and other bits that don’t fit on another shelve.

6th shelve, (6th if the bottom is a shelve too, that is): lots of small shoeboxes. My sponges are on there, distress markers, a very nice wooden alfphabet stamp set.

Shelve above that contains stuff. (Mostly used item from this shelve: the glues that are on the front. The other boxes are much less used).

Top shelve: acryllic paint, finger paint, childrens paint and finished cards. Stored out of reach of enthousiastic childrens hands. Ofcourse, the paint should be in the plastic bin with the yellow lid behind it, but you know how it goes… you grab some paint out, put the bin back, use the paint, clean up everything and quickly store the paint somewhere near the place it should be stored.

Nowadays I don’t buy those large containers of paint anymore – it’s good for large projects but I hardly have those. Now it’s just the ranger paint dabber/do crafts/alleene’s/hema small sized acryllic paint containers. Those fit into the drawers on the right.

The pictures were taken a few weeks ago, currently working on a different project.

Oh I made one more change to the workarea, this was before Easter to be able to hang up some cholates. Let me make a picture, brb!

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…… sorry it took a bit longer, ofcourse cleaned the table empty (still was stuff on it) and removed the chair with all the clothes.

Bundis upcycled – I’ve always wanted a decorating thing ( those circles which hang above a table and you can decorate?) but not enought to actually buy one. We didn’t have space to hang it anyway. But I wanted to hang up chocolate easter eggs! So I made this, and hung the eggs beneath and had put young plants/seedlings on top.

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The eggs are ofcourse eaten, the seedlings gone outside, and the space reclamed for my glass jars.

Beneath it now are 3 hearts – the smalles one is from Freya, she got it from one of my sisters on her birthday. The other two was a gift for me, they were plain white and for me to decorate. I’ve decorated one with alcohol ink, then put a varnish on top and then stmaped the drops. Problem is I stamped with Versafine rather then Stazon, and oily ink on varnish is not a good idea, doesn’t really adhere/dry. Still have to do the edges and the other side. Oh, and the other heart as well ;)/

 

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The kids aren’t allowed on the table and know glass can break. They’ve left it alone so far, only time when they wanted to get something is the hearts or the mini chest. The hearts can be seen in the bottom of the closet – still brown/not painted. Here, my kids have painted them. For Denise Silva from https://sdenisesilva.wordpress.com/ I’ve put the tissue boxes on the table.  Oh and I altered/repaird my Ikea lampshade a bit more. See here for the first part – now I have repaired the two holes on the edges. Didn’t have that decoupage paper anymore so made my own using plain white tissuepaper and some distress colours.