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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

imaginarium fairy business

Fairy Business 
By Sue Smyth 

Recently I went to an visual installation that featured
fairies, dragons and elves, it was gorgeous.
It so inspired me to do a woodland
fairy canvas  

First I started with crumpled tissue paper, which I painted 
black, then I added wood fibre, also painted black

Then I painted the canvas moss green and dried
it off . And then added
inka Gold and metallic paints.

Next I altered a plastic doll to look like
a woodland fairy.
The wings are a large butterfly which
has had moss added to it.
I have added a skirt in sheet moss 

Cloisonne Butterfly technique 

This is one of my favourite techniques (please forgive the blurry
shot here lol)
Cover a chip butterfly with 
Purple liquid pearls, use 
a toothpick to move it out to the edges nicely.

Then add dots of gold liquid pearls.

Then use a toothpick to swirl the 
gold around the purple while it is 
still wet. Dont over do, 
then allow to dry. 

Then I have arranged my canvas, added
vines, tiny mushrooms, pine cones and flowers.

Here are some close ups to show the details

A little Christmas Cheer 

With the silly season almost here, my thoughts 
turn to decorating. 
This was a purchased book box that 
I thought would be lovely if decorated in side.

So I added some background paper then the 
ID window, which is covered with my 
faux snow..see below for recipe

It gives a wonderful textured look to the window

Then some green moss looks like 
foliage, especially when I have
dabbed it with a little white gesso to 
create a snowed look.

I have tucked some Tim Holtz deer in side the window too and 
of course some ID chipboard trees, also 
covered in the faux snow.

Faux Snow 

It is really difficult I know lol

1 teaspoon of white gesso
1 teaspoon of white glitter 
mix together until happy, add more glitter for more

You can use fine glitter (which I have) or 
chunky glitter for a more textured look.

Happy Crafting 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

October spookiness

October Spookiness 
By Sue Smyth 

I love decorating, whether it is for Halloween or Christmas 
so each year I make a spooky book to 
use in a Halloween display.
I have been experimenting with lashed binding
on the spine and wanted to incorporate it in this project.

This year I wanted to do Dracula's Diary and I had the
idea in my head for most of the year.

I wanted to use fangs and bats and trinkets along 
with a neat key or two.

Here I have embossed one of the chipboard swords with
Stampendous aged silver embossing powder, it is 
great for covering chipboard and is even better when 
done twice.

The fangs were painted black, then cut in half.
then rubbed over with gold paint, 
I have stuffed the top of them
with shredded muslin.

I have painted the trinket with black gesso, let sit
for a minute or two then wipe 90 percent of
it off with a baby wipe for a better
antiqued look.

My boys love dragons, and I found in Kmart
some plastic dragons and a mini castle play set(see below)
and thought this would make a great 3 D top for a box.

I love the texture of the castle, once you
paint it with black gesso and add colour over the top
the texture is enhanced.

I love the vibrant dragons eye, quite by
accident I put lots of black seed beads
around and they kinda covered the edges
like the eyelids of a dragon.

The head I cut off the toy and glued onto the
top of the castle.
I wrapped black fibre around the base and
pushed into the glue to add strength.

That lovely Dragon eye.

The wing I wanted to have a red tinge to it
so I have added red inka gold over the top of the blue and 
purple inka gold.

This is toy set I used...so cool

The base was a box from Couture Creations Seasons Greeting

Add you layer of texture using chipboard and 
adhering it down with gel medium.

After adding a layer of texture paste with a stencil
that resembles scales, I added the Emma frame
but cut it up to fit.

Once you have all of your texture on,
paint with black gesso, I think
this is kind of nice even with out the 
next layer of paint.

Now dry brush with after midnight Dylusions paint. 
This gives the box a bright blue hum under the 
final layers.
Then dry brush cobalt inka gold over top with a fan
Then add spots of purple and green as desired.
Finish with a final layer of Art Alchemy Metallique gold wax.

I have included a few photos of my altered book display for 
This is why I do so many, they look cool on display dont you think?

Happy Crafting 
From Sue 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

couture Creations blog post 2

Love Christmas Layout 
and Christmas note book 

By Sue Smyth

This time using Let Everyday Be Christmas 
I have made a regular layout, with lovely
matching double sided papers 
it is a snap to cut panels and fussy cut, especially
when you have pre cut ephemera and tags.

I have die cut leaves with the Christmas Branches set,
they are so versatile to tuck under my layered
bauble. To create the scalloped lacy border I have used the Reindeer
Medallion Die 

To add the 3mm pearls I lay a line of glue down along
the edge. then using a pointed tool I pick off 
the pearl and place on the glue.
This means the pearl is never coming off, our heat
here in QLD
 can make pearls fall off over time.

To cover the book, trim the paper to approximately the 
size you want.
Then use a gel medium or glue to adhere it to the 
cover well.

Then decorate as desired.
Here I have used a panel of paper
which has been glued to a panel of chipboard.
Over top I have die cut from white cardstock to cut a Snowflake doiley

Then I have layered the die cuts too. To make
them sturdy, again I have glued them to chipboard
and then adhered down.

I have added 3mm pearls and white fibre for 

Of course add rhinestones to the nifty Christmas Branches die 
to make them resemble holly

Products Used

C0725489 Let Everyday Be Christmas Paper Pad
C0725492 Let Everyday Be Christmas Die Cut Tags
C0725493 Let Everyday Be Christmas Ephemera 
C0725508 Let Everyday Be Christmas Christmas Branches Decorative Die set 
C0725510 Let Everyday Be Christmas Reindeer Medallion Decorative Die 
C0725513 Let Everyday Be Christmas Snowflake Doiley Die 
C0725516 Let Everyday Be Christmas Peace and Love Background Die 
C0724633 Snowflake 3mm pearls 

Happy Crafting 
Sue Smyth