Alphabetise Your Life

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A few months ago I was lucky enough to receive Ornate Alphabet by Oxford Impressions to play with and knew immediately what my first makes would be, personalised key chains as gifts for friends.
Back in April I made a keychain using Stampbord which I  enjoyed making, knowing I would make some more in the future. The Ornate Alphabet set allowed me to bring a  personal touch to this gift idea.keychainlynneYou can possibly guess which friend this was made for!detailUnusually, a very short post from me!
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We have arrived at Sunday once again and for me that means time for a new DT post for That’s Crafty.
This week I have made a return to a favourite theme of mine, Paris.DIGITAL CAMERAIf you would like to see the project in full along with supplies and instructions then you can see it HERE.Thank you for your visit today.

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This is a card I made many weeks ago, when I first received Oxford Impressions’ With Love stamp plate.As with previous DT projects using this stamp plate, once again I selected some stamps from With Love and combined them with other plates.
Oxford Impressions Stamps:-
With Love (from Oxford Impressions’ Etsy store and also from That’s Crafty)
Jane Austen
French Script
DIGITAL CAMERAMaison and the lovely little house were stamped onto a painted background, the tag received the same treatment. To create more depth and pattern I also used the damask stamp from French Script. Here is a little close-up peek at the background. DIGITAL CAMERAA Crafty Individuals Shabby Tag, I know, what would I do without them, is the base for the house from the Jane Austen plate. DIGITAL CAMERALike so many of you I utilise every little scrap. Maison was stamped onto the piece torn from the bottom of the Shabby Tag with the addition of a little scrap of tea stained lace. DIGITAL CAMERAThis wonderful sentiment from the Jane Austen plate, so perfect for the theme, was stamped onto Stampbord, the background is once again the damask stamp. DIGITAL CAMERAA piece from a vintage doily along with fragments and a key.DIGITAL CAMERAThank You for visiting this post, your visits are always so welcome.

Dressed Up To The Nines

In the DT package from The Altered Element, 3 Stampbord dominoes nestled amongst the many other items. Stampbord is an incredibly versatile product which is also light enough to create jewellery.  I decided to make a brooch and a pendant for a necklace, incorporating lace into the necklace, which is very in Vogue at present.

For the two projects the supplies are:-2 x domino Stampbord, Anna Corba Vintage Label stamps, Anna Griffin or Chalk Ink pads in soft pink, soft green and duck egg blue, pearls (long enough to create a double loop),  key charm, flat back pearl, ceramic and metal flower embellishments, chandelier style jewellery finding, antique jump ring (Tim Holtz), eye pin, 2 small and 1 large pearl beads,  brooch pin, cream lace, Crop-a- dile and gold permanent marker.

Instructions – Prepare the 2 Stampbord pieces in a similar manner. Sponge lightest ink colour onto Stampbord. Heat set at every stage. Stamp floral elements and words from Vintage Labels with a combination of the selected ink colours. Sponge edges with ink. Run gold marker around edges and also finish the back of the Stampbord by colouring with the gold marker.  Punch holes in appropriate places.

Close-up of the stamping on the Stampbord. Stamped words and labels from Anna Corba set using soft and muted ink colours.

Pendant – Double a rope of pearls. Use some jewellery wire to hold shape of the double rope (I placed this slightly towards the side – see main photo). Tie vintage cream lace  onto the pearls and into a bow – this will also disguise the wire.  To attach the Stampbord to the rope of pearls, attach the three pearl beads to an eye pin, inserting one end of eye pin through the hole in the Stampbord and attaching the other end to rope of pearls.  Add a ceramic flower to the Stampbord domino.

Brooch –  Attach antique jump ring to chandelier style jewellery finding, small pearl bead to second jump ring and finally a key charm (For a more eclectic finish I mixed silver, antique brass and bronze findings but for a more cohesive appearance select one finish, i.e. silver or gold). Add a metal flower and flat back pearl to top corner of Stampbord. Add a brooch pin to the rear. 

( Anna Corba Vintage Label stamps are available from The Altered Element. They also stock a wide range of jewellery findings in various finishes and also stock beads and lace.

Live Life To The Max

The Stampsmith do this wonderful A4 UM sheet of words and phrases Say It With Flair. The words and phrases vary in size which is so clever as you have more scope for the type of projects you can use them on. With this sheet you will literally never be stuck for words.

Some of the words marry up beautifully and the idea popped into my head of making ear-rings.  Not sure if this is the smallest size of Stampbord available, 1″x1″ but I have to say that even with the addition of beads the ear-rings are very light.

Before stamping the words I sponged inks on the Stampbord then heat set. Personally, I am not a huge fan of the scratch tools but as I wanted a contemporary look I opted for some scratching.  The border is a clear stamp from LLB Venaissance Clear Stamp Set.

Such jewellery would make a thoughtful gift for a friend and the ear-rings could be tailor made with words of encouragement suitable for the recipient.

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden

The end of March is nearly upon us and for me that means my term as March Muse over at Gingersnap Creations is nearing to an end. It was such an honour to be their first ever Muse and a wonderful opportunity for me. Thank you to Ali and Shar for allowing me to have such fun.

Over at Gingersnap Creations their Random Redhead Challenge is the theme of Growth. Immediately I knew I would use Sweet Briar, a stunningly beautiful stamp by Lynne Perrella. Sweet Briar is stamped onto a 2″x2″ piece of Stampbord which I inked with Tattered Rose, Shabby Shutters and a touch of Tea Dye before stamping her.

By chance as I was digging out the Stampbord this silk rose fell out of the storage box. Perfect! As it is a hair accessory I was able to bend the clips and hang from the hole at the bottom of the Stampbord.

Here is a close up –

As I made this pendant the song “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden” popped into my head. As a child I remember my mother had this single. Obviously I had to use it as the title for this piece of jewellery.