Monday, 28 May 2012

Altered Spool

Hi folks, just to let you know that I have a project over on the Chocolate Baroque Design Team Blog today. There is a new stamp sheet out called Sunny Sunflowers, full of bold blooms and great leaves to make some fabulous projects. The Design Team will be posting lots of samples over the next few days, so keep checking the blog to see what they have made.

For this project I have combined the stamps with one of Lesley Wharton's super Downloads; Patterned Spools set 5, which is a lovely gold and plum colour combination. I have used a wooden cotton reel that was about the perfect size for this project. I primed this with gesso, and painted it a soft lilac colour, using Eco Green acrylic paint. I nearly always mix my own colours by combining a cream acrylic paint with a darker colour until I get the colour I want. I make sure that I have enough paint to finish my project though, as you never get the colour the same second time around! I then printed two of the spool sets onto card, and stuck two of the correct size together so that they would fit around the cotton reel. I edged the card with a little bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then stuck the downloads to the cotton reel.

I stamped three smaller flowers, and several leaves, colouring these with Distress Markers, toning the colours in with the download colours. I also stamped a couple of tiny Butterflies from the 'Butterfly Bliss stamp plate, and coloured these in as well. I stuck the flowers around the cotton reel, adding the leaves, and one of the butterflies.

I placed a large shrink plastic flower with two leaves that I had coloured on card earlier and the last remaining small butterfly onto the top of the cotton reel over a circle download. I punched a hole into the middle of the download where the hole in the cotton reel was situated.

My Husband very kindly provided me with a metal rod with three wires which he had attached through holes along the top part of the rod. I bent these to look like branches, and stuck beads on the end, and inserted the rod into the hole in the cotton reel, turning it into an earring holder.

I added leftover beads and jewellery findings to some shrink plastic images that I had made and hung these on my little 'tree'.

Here's a close up picture of the earrings:

These will be great for the Summer and only cost and pound or two to make. They are in my favourite colours, so they will go with lots of things that I wear. There is lots of space on my little holder for plenty more pairs of earrings, so I am going to rummage through my stamps to see what else I can shrink to make into jewellery.

Thanks for stopping by, xx


Paula Whittaker said...

very nifty project - fab work Judith.

craftimamma said...

I love this project Judith. The holder itself is so pretty but the earings do it for me. They are gorgeous! I'm so getting behind on the stamp sets I want, lol!

Lesley Xx

Aquarius said...

Goodness me you have been busy - I've been meaning to use my spool download and this has certainly spurred me on but I might just NEED those stamps!! Love the ear rings too on their stand.

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous project Judith, love it and those earrings are lovely. Great use of those gorgeous stamps. For some reason can't comment on DT site as anonymous tag has been removed. Love Suexxx

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Stunning work Judith. Love it. And the earrings are fabulous.
Lovely greet

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

What a great project Judith, I love the spool and what you've done with it. I also love those earring you've made, the flowers shrink to the perfect size. Looking forward to seeing any others you manage to make.

Sue x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow Judith ! Your spool-earring holder is gorgeous and it's so wonderful that you created earrings to match. Amazing work, Love it ! Shirleyx

Paula (PEP) said...

The colours of the spool are just gorgeous & I particularly like your leaf earrings. The way you decorated the top of the spool without hindering the wire is a lovely touch & makes the whole cohere beautifully.
Paula (PEP)

Elaine said...

This is a great project Judith, making use of your many skills. The spool download is used to brilliant effect, the earrings are perfect and it all comes together really well with the sunny sunflowers. Elaine xxx

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