Make Something Today

ShereenAftab

ShereenAftab

I’m Shereen, married to Aftab and mother of two grown up children. I’ve been a doctor, a business woman, a stay at home Mom and finally doing what I love best which is ‘making pretty things’.
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Hello dear friends. You must be wondering about the title of today’s post. Well don’t we all want to ‘make something’ everyday? The day I don’t make anything in my craft room, seems to have gone to waste. But then there are plenty of those days when inspiration is not my friend. As hard as I may try nothing seems to come together. Lately I have discovered that it is better to make something; it doesn’t have to be perfect. Roaming on pinterest I came across a very clever quote and I totally subscribe to it. ‘Make Something Today even if It Sucks’.

I made myself a tiered caddy for my craft supplies.

I modified a box that a soup bowl came in. It was pretty sturdy so I thought it would be a shame to throw it. I cut the sides on a slant. I pushed the Flap of the box inside so it lies against what is now the back of the box. it makes the back strong and you don’t have to cut it.I fashioned a kind of a box from corrugated sheet (from another box lid) so it would lie in the part of the box behind the partition to give the back portion some height. Then I adhered a piece of chipboard to the front of this this ‘box’ to make the partition. I painted all the edges with black paint. Then I covered the box and the partition with book paper in a manner I thought looked nice with using more text in some areas and some blank spaces in others. I used mod podge for this purpose. Then I used washi tape for the edges. For the banner I adhered book paper onto chipboard and cut some pennants out of it. Then I colored these with distress inks; worn lipstick, shabby shutters, tumbled glass and scattered straw. I assembled the banner and embellished it with twine and other embellishments. The bird is a chipboard piece from Prima. I left it that but I felt the banner needed to say something and suddenly it came to me. ‘Make Something Today even if It Sucks’. So that is what I did.

Till next time.

Yellow and Blue.

ShereenAftab

ShereenAftab

I’m Shereen, married to Aftab and mother of two grown up children. I’ve been a doctor, a business woman, a stay at home Mom and finally doing what I love best which is ‘making pretty things’.
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Today I’m sharing with you a keepsake box and a birthday card that I made to go with it.

 

I used a round paper mache box; 4 inch round and 2.2 inch in height. I started by giving it  a couple of coats of  cream acrylic paint letting the first dry before painting on the second coat. It is important for the paint to be applied in a thin layer. Its more even this way and dries very quickly.

I decide to use some Prima ‘Vines’ to build a wreath on the lid top.  I used hot glue to stick the vine in place. Next I used a large blue flower from the Prima Free Spirit Funky Flowers pack as a focal point and then added more flowers and leaves to go round the wreath. I stamped some butterflies on pale yellow dotted cardstock with the new Watering Can archival ink and added them to the lid top. I love this color because it is not harsh like black but is dark enough and so it can be used on soft compositions like this one.

I added a chipboard piece saying ‘Share, Smile, Giggle, play, Hug often’. The background of this piece was a stark white so I smudged the edges a bit with the cream acrylic paint so it ties in with the rest of the composition. I tied a jute trim around the lid edge and adhered some small resin roses in a few places over the trim which help keep it in place. For the main body of the box I wrapped round some adhesive fabric tape and a cream trim on which I added some flat back pearls.

I painted the inside of the box in cream and lined the inside bottom with a felt circle in case someone decides to put delicate items inside the box.

For the card I took a 6×6 Off White card and cut a window in the front using a spellbinders die from the nestabilities circles set.  Again I used a Flower Vine to line the window partly. I used a yellow funky flower for my focal point and added leaves and flowers to fill in the gaps.

I stamped the sentiment ‘Have a Fabulous Birthday’ with the water can archival ink on the circle piece resulting from cutting the window. I sponged a bit of Scattered Straw distress ink around the edges of the circle, lined it with the window and adhered it to the inside of the card. I added two stamped butterflies to the circle. Lastly I stamped another sentiment ‘Sending you smiles on yellow dotted cardstock and adhered it to the bottom left corner of the card.

Till next time.