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first cards – wee birdies

In the spirit of  ‘reduce (renew), reuse, recycle’ I have decided to make a dent in my collected craft bits. So here’s the result of one evening. With the added benefit of pages of wee birdies appearing in my sketchbook. There will be more… (I’ll have them available on my stall at Gt Budworth Craft Fair)

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Cardboard City

No, not a nickname given to a certain housing devlopment built in the late sixties/early seventies. Although from a stylistic point of view it might be easy to represent in this medium. These are the results of my late 2009 glue fixation 😉

please note: The folowing was prompted by an accidental viewing of Mister Maker when rescanning the telly for the digital switchover.

Starting with the underpinnings of flattened out book delivery covers, crisp tubes with lids, empty (and so far uneaten) muesli box, chosen because of the roofline,  and for the main building- a good plain box with an opening lid.castle first view
Moving on to the first decorative phase and the application of a good few coats of plain white acrylic over wrinkly tissue paper for the rusticated effect. I liked this look but it was to be a gift for a wee girl  so I kept going.
castle view 2
Finally I settled on yellow after trying beige and pink and added a few wee sparkly bits and greenery. I did remember to add chains for the drawbridge but it didn’t move as well as expected. The surprising thing was how useful craft foam was for roofs, cobbles and grass! The inside of the main building is lined with coloured paper. It opens at the top to house little people or dragons or trebuchet and seige equipment.
Castle - final view
This was not the end though. Having eaten all those crisps there were two wee tubes left. Towers! Little free standing Rapunzel enclosures, the pink one has a lifting off roof/lid the other has a base/lid with a push led light inside. Just poke your finger in the door and press down.
pink tower light tower
p.s. I am a bit off Pringles for the forseeable future!

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a new lease of life…

…for an old box file.

First skin your box file, then cover in last years flowery calendar blagged from your mum.

Peeling off the original red skin revealed a good matt paper base to glue onto and also reminded me just how old the box was, from around the early eighties! It was full of sketches from the job I had in the early nineties, conservatory and swimming pool stuff that I hadn’t looked at for at least three years.  Wee problem is I put all the sketches somewhere safe before beginning and now I cannae lay my hands on them 😦

Any way I think I have enjoyed doing this, but the process does make more of a mess that other things… all those tiny clippings from cutting out have to be gathered up afterwards and I’ve had a glue filled paintbrush in my hair on more than once.

The lid and box edges need to be taped as does the lid fold and the box corners should probably have strengthening three sided corner pieces added. Maybe little pyramids  made from cut up lager cans? or possibly just strong thick paper.

Should the box be varnished as a finishing touch?
I read that decoupage projects need a good few layers, seven?, to make them durable. Since this box will spend most of the time on a shelf  I might make do with just a couple of coats.

What I have to do now is find all my collected scraps from other boxes and envelopes and decant them into this new home. Great!