Thursday, April 30, 2009

egg oval greeting card in CD case

This is the  project  for  May, and  can be used  for Mothers day (May 10th) but can also be used for any  other special occasion.

To make this, take the  insert out of a plastic  CD  case.

Measure and  cut craftcard to fit the  front and  back of the  case.

Take a  scrap oval of shell, and  use this as  a  template to mark an oval on the  front  card. Cut out oval from  card, slightly smaller than  the  shell oval

Cut the oval scrap down to  fit in the  case when it is closed (there is  a  lot of  measuring to fit in  this  project..remember to  measure twice and cut once!) in egging we can adjust to fit as needed to as well.
Decorate the  card  and  the  oval scrap -I found this gorgeous earring, and  it was just  asking to be  used in a  project like this.
Now glue the  decorated scrap of shell to the oval cutout of the card, from the back of the front card with the  oval facing  out. 

add cord and braid around  edges of  oval. Cut out a  suitable picture (I used  gift wrap) and  paste this to the outside of the  back  cover. I  used stickers to  decorate around the  edges of  the  card, a suitable  verse can be  printed on light paper  and  pasted on the  inside of the  back cover. scrapbooking  embellishments are  very  nice to use as  well.

This CD case  greeting card can be safely  mailed anywhere in a  CD mailer!
a nice  way to use those oval scraps of  shell, and to recycle those old CD cases.. cheers  Dot

Friday, April 10, 2009

I I have finally put the  egg basket project together! I  hope you find this lesson useful..
Its a  goose egg, I  marked a  handle and cut it  out, painted  the  edges  with  gold paint, and  worried for  ages over how to  decorate it ! I wanted a  basket  weave effect, so ! first tried  gold braid woven in situ- nope, that didnt  work-it was too I thought about beading..seed beads didnt  look so  good- tricuts were  better  but getting the  basket  weave was  still a  hassle..getting  deadline  desperation  now- soI had a chat to EggyAnnie  on her  Wednesday  night  chat-by then I  was  thinking about using cake  decorating techniques  with  glue- its  wonderful how brainstorming  with  Annie Pattie and  Alice  set the  braincells soaring- The lightbulb went on yesterday (Thursday) why not try  mastic (paste made with bicab soda Cornflour and  water)LOL this one of  my  favourite pastes for making  roses. So out with the saucepan and  ingrediants and in a  few  minutes I had  a lovely ball of  paste to play with!
I learned  a long time  ago how to roll out paste with an even thickness, using a tile, some  credit cards and a roller. so I  set it  up last night and started work! 
I rolled strips first and  glued  them around the  side edges and  across the handle. I then used a  tiny 6 mm wide piece of  plastic card to  mark out the  basket weave  design. I  continued to paste and  mark the  paste as  I  added  it around the  egg and left it overnight to  dry..

I then drybrushed gold paint over the design to  highlight the  weave.

I filled the  basket with some  gold tinsel and  then added some  real chocolate mini  eggs!

I will convert this  egg into a  picnic  basket  after  the  holidays and maybe  add a  stand-although it  sits  very well without one.

I  hope you have a  go  with this  paste- I was  delighted with the effect!
Recipe for the  paste~
1/4 cup of  cornflour , Bicarb soda and  water. put into a  saucepan and  heat- stirring  all  the  time until it  forms a ball. Remove  from the heat and cover with a  damp cloth until its  cool enough to handle. knead well until its  smooth and pliable. keep in an  airtight bag.

 This paste dries very quickly no need to  fire or bake. colour can  be added while  working  with it  (making  a figure or flower etc) or in this  case after it is  glued in position (PVA tacky glue is fine)I will  add progressive pics of the  egg now..cheers  Dot