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New Etsy Items and a give away

Well it has been a while, but I can finally reveal 2 new products that are now in stock in very limited quantities in my Etsy Store

Each Dragonfly or Seam Binding flower pack come packaged in lovely little hand made boxes. If you mention in your notes when checking out that you came to my store via my blog (insert the blog Name Heavenly Craft Musings) I will add a free gift of 1 m of Hand dyed Seam Binding

The first new Range is fantasy film dragonfly’s featuring fibre optic bead bodies. Each one is a unique creation and no two are exactly alike. (click on the photo to be taken straight to the etsy store

Heavenly Imaginings

The Purple Dragonflies do not show up as well in photo’s I tried everything to get a great pic. They have hues of brown, green and of course like all fantasy film rainbow

Heavenly Imaganings on Etsy

Next comes some Hand Dyed Seam Binding Flowers. You may remember seeing these on my budget layout I created. Now you can grab some for yourself at just $4 a 6 pack,

Heavenly Imaganings on Etsy

and lastly White Seam Binding Flowers ready for you to mist, dye or use as is (also in a 6 pack for $4)

Heavenly Imaganings on Etsy

Here is what the white flowers look like Misted with Various Brands of Mist

&nbsp Smooch Spritz Mixed Berries (Donna Salazar)

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (sorry I don’t know the colour it is supposed to be pink poodle but is far to light for that)


and a home made mist


Want to Win the 3 misted and 3 white seam binding flowers. It is simple leave a comment below to be in the draw to win! All countries welcome.

Suitcases, Clowns, Mario and Tim

It has been an Amazing week (or so). With lots of creativity and things I just could not share until they had been given to who they were intended for.

So I have been trying to work out how to do these blogs.

Lets start at the Gifts and work our way through the Packaging then to the recipients. I think in order is probably less confusing for everyone including Me.

It started with the Distress Clowns. I was very lucky to get to go to the T!m Holtz Artful flight workshop in Sydney. Now if you look back to my last 12 Tag’s of Christmas Post you will see a wee bear on my Tag who is Named Tim. I did consider giving him to Tim however I just could not bear to part with him. The Pattern he is made from is now called ‘Tim’ as I always name my patterns after the first bear made from them.

So I decided to Make a wee (they are 3” tall) bear for both Tim and Mario (after all Mario brings us so much sunshine with behind the scenes and brings us all into Tim’s world I thought a small token of thanks was in order). These little bears Insisted they wanted to be Clowns, I was set to just give them a Mini Bear and leave it at that. In distress colours of course (wonder when we will get Colour Washes and Paint Dabbers in the Distress colour palette). However as my bears sometimes do they told me they wanted to be clowns.

So a grungeboard circle for a hat (painted in snow cap, with Baby Blue stickles and inked in squeezed lemonade), hand Misted Fabric in Squeezed Lemonade  and Broken China. With Seam Binding in Festive Berries and Peacock Feathers. I then went a little Nuts, I hand dyed the Nose thread to co ordinate but was not quite happy with the results soooo I then Created a glaze with a very very small amount of re-inker and some glossy accents. Which I then used on the clowns noses and also dipped the rhinestones in (told you I went a bit nuts). There is a product called Nose shine however it can be a little sticky. I really love how the glossy accents looked and how hard it sets so will be doing this again in the future (for some reason my brain has gone to the I want to do a distress clown for every colour of distress ink however I think I might get bored with that will see how I feel about it as I am bear making). I should also add these bears are made from recycled curtain fabric that would otherwise end up as landfill. Just in case the Distress did not make them cool enough already!

And here are the Clowns (after all Mario and Tim always look like they have fun and ‘Clown around’)

Next came the how do I package the bears. Yes I could have just wrapped them up and handed them over but where is the fun in that. So I have been working on a suitcase box tutorial for a friend. Using my Score board. (If you do not have one I highly recommend one) I will be posting up a step by step tutorial for this soon. The best thing about the box is its very economical just one sheet of Cardstock, a 5” x12” strip of patterned paper (that is optional), 10 small brads, some crackle paint, adhesive and Ribbon or faux upholstery suede(from a reverse cycle garbage place and saved from ending up as landfill), and a couple of buckles, as well as some small Sizzix Tags using Kraft core.I will also be adding a small piece of grungepaper to help make the back sturdier (Lesson learnt from the fact they got a smidge squished on the way to Sydney)

Sooo here are the Suitcase Boxes




Now Let’s start with Mario’s Reaction even though he opened his second. There are less photos. I love how delighted He was with the bear and you will see a fantastic reaction as he opens his present.





And Now for Tim opening his Bear 🙂 The whole moment is some what surreal I remember hearing words like wow and cool but honestly not much else. But I think the facial expressions as its being opened say a lot more than I can remember right now.






What I learned Both Tim and Mario exude gratitude and Joy, so never be afraid to give them something you have made. They take as much delight in it as you do. Next post will be all about the workshop.

And that’s all there is there isn’t any more for now 🙂

A Layout for under $2.50 Yes You Can!

Photobucket Guest DT May Challenge Layout: My Entry

This layout cost me under $2.50 actually if I am honest it cost $2.20 in total to create. Yeah I know right? I never originally set out to create a budget layout it just turned out that way.

This month’s Guest DT member Jody set a monthly challenge to create two clusters with 5 or more things in them. For the most part I used flowers that I made myself. Although there are some mulberry paper roses that I used as well.

Inspired by the background of the photo (me in Year 7), and the new teal Peacock Feathers Distress ink and re-inker that had recently arrived on my doorstep. I set to work.


I had already played with making my own Peacock Feathers mist and also misting some seam binding in various colours and such.

The first step for me was creating the background. You can do this in many ways, swiping your ink pad over the card stock, with cling wrap or the way I did with a scrunched up piece of paper towel. This gives a mottled effect. However it was a little too dark for what I wanted. So I took an old Snow cap paint dabber added a smidge more paint from a new one, added some water and shook well. Bingo I had a perfect tool for whitewashing over the cardstock to tone down the colour.

I also used this technique to tone down the DCWV Jewel Stack cardstock I used to matt the photo on. In fact that was the next thing I did. Then I stuck my photo onto the cardstock and adhered it to the background (the Cardstock is a plain Sam & Lucy 12×12 from a pack that I picked up on sale).

The next step was creating my boarder with seam binding. This is actually very simple you place tape around the boarder of your photo matt and then stick the seam binding to it. I folded the edges over as I went however you could also cut your seam binding to fit if you did not want the fold. Either way you will not see the joins or folds as they are covered with flowers.

Then it was a matter of playing with flowers and such to see what I wanted for my clusters. The large Flowers are Tissue Paper cut from A Fiskars large circle punch. You punch through several layers of tissue paper put a brad in the centre then scrunch each layer from the centre outwards. I misted mine with Homemade Peacock feathers mist.

The seam binding flowers I also handmade from the same seam binding I used for the boarder.

Once I had decided on how I wanted my flowers. I then used Inkadinkado Dot Flourish stamps to create my flourishes. I repeated the same stamp 3 times to create the flourish. Stamped with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. (What I love about this layout is it also shows you that the different ways you use an ink can show as almost different colours). Then added some hot fix rhinestones from my stash (obtained cheaply from eBay) over the Dot parts of the flourishes in different sizes.

Then I stuck my flowers down where I wanted them. Made some pearl sprays using pearl sprays and wire. It only took 2 stems of pearl spray. I used the wire to sepperate one stem into two sprays for the clusters.

Glued them in with a little glossy accents and viola a layout that won’t break the budget

May Coaster

I know I know where is April’s coaster I hear you asking me. It is almost finished just needs a finishing touch of course it would help if I could actually find the thing

Here is the link to T!m’s version  http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2012-may/

I eneded up using 2 layers of pattern paper on mine, I inked and played with it a bit however it was to dark so I used Jenni Bowlins Malted Milk Paint dabber to tone it down . Stamped on some flourishes in Gold and added some of my faux enamelled/porceline flowers to the corners along with a little tissue paper skirt I made.

Think it will take me a bit more practice to get the flowers then again it may well be how fast the Utee sets here now that it is winter.

So here it is my May Coaster


Hearts and Flowers

So here it is Mr Holtz has presented us with a brand new challenge. Instead of the 12 tags of Christmas (Which in a way I kinda hope he will still do in addition to the monthly tags yes I know I am greedy) we now have the 12 tags of the Year. This begins with the season of Love.

Now I thought about this for a while, a friend said she was going to do a mini album so that nixed that idea, lots of people do cards again nixed that Idea. So I have decided to do Coasters. Now I do have a plan for these but want to leave it a bit before I share what I will be doing with said coasters. After all with 3d elements they will definitely not be for drinks!

For this coaster I used Tim’s Love Stamp, his script one. Stamped onto tissue paper and layered ( I used the Paint Dabbers in Raspberry and pale pink for this and also used them directly onto the stamps). Them over the coaster that I first painted in snow cap.

Once I had done this I used a Cuttlebug Die of Nested Hearts to cut out some cs for the centre heart.

The centre heart is not an even heart. I glued them together onto a chipboard base also cut from the Die. It took a bit of practice to know which way to fold the hearts but once I got it, it was small side to small side and larger side to larger side. Glued them together to make a concertina effect.

Misted with Smooch Spritz Cherry, hand painted each section with Multi Medium, before sprinkling with Red Laser glitter from Stuff by David.

The Flower is made with hand dyed Tattered Inspirations Seam Binding.  This I stitched the bottom of and gathered it to form the flower, then ran the stitches through the bottom. Lastly adding a small Kaiser Rhinestone to the centre.

Winsor & Newton watercolours form the stem and leaves. These were then painted over with Renoir Iridescence Medium, and then traced around with a felt tip pen.

The small hearts are actually foil confetti that I had in my stash. I was not happy with how they looked so I used some more Multi Medium to coat them in the Red glitter then added a little glossy accent

Gold Leaf completes the edges and that is it Viola a Hearts and Flowers Coaster. So here it is: