Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Belinda Basson DT - Lady V Steampunk Jewellery

 Hello Friends

Another month has passed and it is my turn to share a project created for Belinda Basson's Stamperia Design Team.  I had great fun creating some jewellery for Lady Vagabond to wear.

This first one is one of four pieces I created and I have to say it is my favourite (I do love dragonflies).  I created a 'bust' to display them on, details of which I will share at the end of this post along with details of all the Stamperia products I used.

For this first one I used Belinda's Stamperia Keys & Locks  Mould  to create the key in resin.  Once ready I covered the key in Cerantica Ancient Wax - Copper.  I used some copper wire from my stash to fashion the wings of the dragonfly and backed these with Belinda's White Flowers Rice Paper.  I attached the wings to the key with more copper wire, adding some decorative details to the key before hanging the dragonfly on a chain.
The second necklace was created using Belinda's Chipboard elements in the form of the cat and trunk.  I placed these in a metal pendant from my stash and added Stamperia clear Crystal Resin to encapsulate the chipboard, and then added some chain elements to finish off.  

(Note:  before adding any chipboard or paper elements to a Resin piece they should be 'sealed' with a matte medium on all sides to prevent warping and discolouring once the Resin is added).  
This third piece (above) was perhaps the easiest of all.  I used Stamperia's Atelier Frames Mould to create the pendant from resin.  Once set I applied Cerantica Ancient Wax in Turquoise and then added some Cerantica Metallic Silver to highlight areas.  Lace was applied around the edge and I finished off the back with some plain card to hide the lace edges and the metal pendant fitting.
My final piece was created using a Sir Vagabond Greyboard Gear, simply painted in brown and then I added some large and small Stamperia metal gears and some chipboard clock faces.  I added these to both sides of the pendant so that it looks finished from the front and the back.

Here is a view of all four necklaces:
For the bust stand I created a simple pattern from white card and then transferred this to heavy black card and cut it out.
I drew a bustier shape and cut this out in some calico fabric.  I glued the Stamperia White Flowers Rice Paper to one side using some fabric glue from my stash and once dry I machine stitched some shaping into the bustier and finished the top off with some bias binding to give a neater finish and glued the whole piece to the card bust.

I hope Lady Vagabond will be pleased with her new jewellery!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit, I really appreciate it and I hope it is not another full month before I post again.  In the meantime take care and keep crafting!

Hugs, Anne xxx


Stamperia Rice Paper - White Flowers DFSA3083
Stamperia Mould - Lady Vagabond Keys & Locks K3PTA485
Stamperia Mould - Atelier Frames K3PTA496
Stamperia Chipboard - Lady Vagabond DFLCB18
Stamperia A4 Greyboard - Sir Vagabond Gears & Clocks KLSPDA414
Stamperia Metal Gears - Assorted SBA406
Stamperia Metal Gears - Large SBA407
Cerantica Ancient Wax - Metallic Silver - K3P1S
Cerantica Ancient Wax - Turquoise - K3P15T
Cerantica Ancient Wax  - Copper - K3P15R
Stamperia Crystal Resin - KEN13

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Belinda Basson DT - Stamperia - Cog Bookends

 Hello Friends

My Belinda Basson Design Team project for Stamperia this month is a set of steampunk cog book ends which are very grungy.  I think it shows the real versatility of Belinda's beautiful moulds in that they can be used to create 3D projects.  All of the Stamperia products I used are listed at the end of this post.

I started by creating the cogs, using quick setting white Resin and Belinda's large cog mould.  Once the cogs were released from the mould they were painted with black gesso.  I find the gesso works better if you do this stage as soon as possible after de-moulding.  I made four of the large cogs and glued them back to back to create the two large 3D cogs, this was not necessary for the smaller cogs as they were going to be layered up individually.

Next, I used a combination of paints to colour the various cogs before applying Stamperia's Mix Media Art Rust Effect paste and reagent.  The rust effect takes 24 hours to 'cure' but it comes out beautifully textured and rusty!  The rust covered up some of the paint colour and so I used the Stamperia Turquoise Paint (KAL25) to create a patina look in small random areas.

The final step was to layer the cogs up to create my dimensional piece.  I used my glue gun to attach the pieces to the finished bookend bases.
I purchased the bookends on line, they are very sturdy and came unfinished.  I started by applying Stamperia Black Paint to the bases and then I applied Stamperia's gorgeous Transparent Crackle Paste and left this overnight, just to ensure the crackle was completely dry.
Once the crackle was dry (left of photo), I applied Stamperia Cerantica Rame Metallico (Copper) using a soft brush and getting it into all the little nooks and crannies.  I left it to dry for a short time and then I wiped over the whole bookend to remove any extra wax.  There is such a lovely sheen....
I just love these cog chippies by Stamperia and I thought they would finish the bookends off beautifully.  I dabbed Black and Brick Red Stamperia paints over the chippies to give a rusty look (I did not use the grey paint in the end).  Once dry I added the chippies to the book ends.
The final step was to add the chippies to the book ends.  The picture below shows the lovely crackle on the bookends and the beautifully rusty cogs!

Stamperia Products Used:

Stamperia Mould - K3PTA482
Stamperia Mould - K3PTA488
Stamperia Paint - Black KAL03
       Stamperia Paint - Brick Red KAL20
Stamperia Paint - Earth Brown KAL40
Stamperia Paint - Turquoise KAL25
Stamperia Crackle Paste - Transparent K3P50
Stamperia Decorative Chips - SCB37
Stamperia Centrica Metallic Copper - K3P15R
Stamperia Rust Effect Kit - KE41M

I am so pleased with the way the bookends turned out and they are now happily sitting on a 
bookcase in my craft room.

Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate it and I look
forward to seeing you again soon.

Take care,  Anne xxx

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Belinda Basson DT - Stamperia - Airship

 Hello Friends

My Design Team project for Belinda Basson this month features Lady Vagabond and her wonderful airship.  I used lots of Stamperia products and they are listed at the end of this post.

I began by a recycling an old picture frame.  The frame was covered in a sheet of Stamperia Rice Paper, attached with Stamperia Mix Media Glue.  I chose an image from the Lady Vagabond 12" x 12" paper pad to show behind the frame.  I thought the rooftops were appropriate for the airship to fly above.
The next step was to paint the covered frame with Stamperia Allegro Paints ( Turquoise and Mattone) dabbing the paint on randomly and leaving it to dry.  I love the way the image from the rice paper still shows through.
 I also applied a coat of Stamperia Crackle Paste (Transparent), thorough a Media Stencil and when dry I was left with some wonderful cracks and a slight sheen over the frame.  I think you can just about see the crackle in the above photograph.
Next, I used some quick setting Resin from my stash, Belinda's Lady Vagabond's airship mould along with the large set of wings mould and I painted these with black gesso before giving them a coat of Allegro Paint in various shades.
Once the paint had dried I applied Stamperia Cerantica waxes, in Metallic Turquoise and White to bring out the highlights in the airship.
The tops of the wings got a coat of Cerantica Argento Metallico (Silver) to bring out the beautiful detail of the wings.
I assembled the pieces for the airship, adding the large set of wings behind and attached these with silicone glue.

To create the scene at the bottom of the frame I used a selection of Belinda's die cut chipboard pieces.
On the left hand side I used a Stamperia bottle to house a 'map' constructed of Lady Vagabond Design Paper and I attached a chain from my stash to the bottle for added interest.
And here again is a final look at the completed project.

Stamperia Product List:

Lady Vagabond 12" x 12" paper pad
Lady Vagabond Wings MaxiMould - K3PTA482
Lady Vagabond Airship MaxiMould - K3PTA487
Stamperia Rice Paper - Train Mechanism DFSA3080
 Allegro Paints - Turquoise KAL25, Mattone KAL20, Nero KAL03, Avorio KAL12
Cerantica Waxes - Metallic Turquoise K3P15T, White K3P15L, Argento Metallico K3P15S
Mix Media Stencil KSTD049
Lady Vagabond Die Cuts
Stamperia Bottle
Stamperia Crackle Paste - Transparent
Mix Media Glue

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit, I really appreciate it and I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty Hugs,  Anne xxx

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Belinda Basson DT - Stamperia - Piano Hinge Album

 Hello Friends

My Design Team project for Belinda Basson this month is a Piano Hinge Album using Belinda's gorgeous Lady Vagabond papers by Stamperia.  I have wanted to make this type of album for ages and it was surprisingly easy to do!  I found a really useful short YouTube video which explains the process very simply and gives measurements so that you can very easily have a go yourself. 

 I used my own measurements on my album to suit the size that I wanted.  The notches are cut at one inch intervals.
I created four 'signatures' for my album, from heavy Kraft cardstock as I wanted the front and back page to be heavy enough for my covers.
Once I added the design papers to the front and back cover they were a really good weight.  I used a combination of papers, die cuts, chipboard shapes and crackle paste to add some texture and age to the covers.
This is one of my favourite pages, using a mix of Lady Vagabond papers and chipboard elements.  In some of the pages I created secret pockets to store tags or ephemera in.
For the next set of pages I used papers which I decoupaged, along with some chipboard pieces.  I am in love with Belinda's fabulous airship!
Again, I used Lady Vagabond papers and chipboard.  I also created a deep pocket and added some Stamperia metal cogs, crackle paste and inks to add some texture.
The final pages were covered with more Lady Vagabond papers, chipboard and the luggage is decoupaged up.  I added a Kraft envelope to keep those little bits and pieces safe.
If you do watch the video you will see that the designer created a box to hold his album and I liked the idea, so I created one too.
I constructed the box from black card using the following template I created, it fits the size of album that I made.  I simply covered the box with Lady Vagabond papers, aged with inks and crackle paste and added a metal plate from my stash along with a chipboard piece.
To finish off the album I created a charm using bits and pieces from my stash, adding a little map element (Lady V papers) to the bottle.  
The album fits inside the box (allowing for some expansion) and showcases the piano hinging beautifully.  I finished the ends off with some colour coordinated string, knotting and gluing the edges.  You don't need to glue the ends, you may want to add some extra pages to the album.  My pages are quite thick and I didn't want to crowd the box.
I cannot stress enough just how easy it is to make a piano hinge album and it is just something a bit different.

Thanks so much for your visit and please excuse me if I do not get fully back to social media for a little while yet, I am taking each day as it comes at the moment.

Hugs, Anne xxx

The Stamperia products I used in this project are:

Stamperia Lady Vagabond 8 x 8 paper pad
Stamperia Wooden Shapes - Lady Vagabond
Stamperia Chipboard - Lady Vagabond
Stamperia Crackle Paste - Transparent
Stamperia Scrapbooking Accessories - Metal Cogs

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Home Sweet Home....

Hello Friends 

Firstly, I apologise for being missing for so long.  Unfortunately I spent nearly a month in hospital (not Covid related) and have only recently come home, still not 100% well, but I am taking lots of time to slowly recuperate.  I want to say a huge thank you to all those who missed me, messaged me, sent me cards and flowers and most of all to those very special friends who supported me through a difficult and worrying time.

Before being whisked away, I followed a Youtube tutorial by one of my hugely talented Stamperia team mates - Shamela Hendricks.  Shamela made a larger exploding house album and box but I didn't have enough of the gorgeous House of Roses papers .... and so I made a half sized album and exploding house shaped box.

This is a view of the front of the 'closed' album cover.  

Here it is 'exploded'.  My dinky album version measures 4.1/4" x 4.1/4" (album) and the house measures 4.1/2" by 6" maximum.  I modified my house to include four sides,  whereas Shamela's house has three sides, using the album itself as the fourth side.
My favourite set of pages includes a waterfall section.  I really enjoy making interactive elements to my albums.  I also created pockets in all of the pages, to store little tags or bits and pieces.
Here are a few more of the pages using the beautiful Stamperia House of Roses papers.  I added some Stamperia House of Roses chipboard, along with ephemera and die cuts from my stash.
Here is a view of the outside of the little album, using Stamperia House of Roses ephemera pieces.

I loved making this project.  Shamela is a great teacher, she takes time to explain everything well.  I hope you might find time to check out her video, if only to see her completed project, it is incredible.

Thanks so much for your visit, I am so happy to be 'back' and I will slowly be getting back into social media and look forward to visiting all my friends soon.  Please bear with me!

Hugs, Anne xxx

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Belinda Basson DT - Stamperia - Music Box

Hello Friends

Welcome to my blog.  Today I am sharing my second Stamperia blog post as part of Belinda Basson's Design Team.  If you are a follower of Stamperia on social media you will have seen some of the absolutely incredible projects that my team mates have been sharing there.

For my project this month I created a rotating music box.

The glare from the dome makes it difficult to see properly so here is a view without the dome:

And so you can see the movement, I did a little video...  I had all kinds of problems trying to load it up so I hope it works!

To start, I created Lady Vagabond and the suitcase from quick setting resin, using Belinda's Stamperia Mould and then painted her using Stamperia Allegro paints. 
Since Lady V was going to rotate on the music box, I decided she needed to be 3 dimensional, so I applied some Stamperia Extra Light soft clay to the back of the moulded Lady V and painted it.  It did not need to be a 'perfect' back as she was going to stand in front of a stained glass window.  Once the paint was dry I applied a thin coat of Stamperia Fluid Gloss Medium to give a slight sheen to Lady V and her suitcase. 
I turned my attention to the rotating base part (a purchased deconstructed mechanism that has been in my stash for a while).  I used some of Belinda's Stamperia Rice Paper (White Flowers) and used Glossy Gel to adhere it to the bottom twist part of the mechanism.
Next, I applied some of the Lady V design paper to the upper part of the mechanism and gave it two coats of Stamperia Transparent Crackle Paste, it dries clear and gives THE most wonderful crackles.  I added some design paper to the rotating base part along with a 'message in a bottle' and a binocular charm.  I added a small handle to the suitcase.  The suitcase is part of Lady Vagabond mould, I created it with Stamperia Extra Light Soft Clay and just cut it away from the larger luggage piece, sandwiching two pieces back to back to give it a 3D appearance.
I created a 'stained glass window' using two Tim Holtz die cuts (a  gift from my dear friend Kath) with some alcohol inked acetate sandwiched in the middle.  The window fitted perfectly on the base and looks gorgeous when the sun shines.

Of course I had to add Belinda's famous cat (the Supervisor) from Belinda's die cut chipboard range to complete the base of the music box.  I added labels to each side of the music box, the London word is cut from design paper and the other is a chipboard piece which says 'there is in all artists a little of the vagabond'.
A final view :

I had great fun and absolutely loved making this project and play it at least once a day - I think David is resigned to hearing it now - lol !
I added a list below of the Stamperia products I used, they are widely available around the world.  I have added some UK links to shops that sell a variety of Stamperia products.

Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate it.

Keep safe and well.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Stamperia Products Used:

Stamperia Lady Vagabond 8 x 8 paper pad
Stamperia Lady Vagabond Rice Paper - White Flowers (A3)
Stamperia Allegro Paint (various colours)
Lady Vagabond Mould - K3PTA487
Lady Vagabond chipboard die cuts
Stamperia Extra Light Soft Clay
Stamperia Transparent Crackle Paste (K3P37)
Stamperia Fluid Gloss

UK Stockists of Stamperia Products:

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Stamperia - Belinda Basson Design Team - Project 1

 Hello Friends

  I am very excited as today is my first post as a member of Belinda Basson's Design Team for Stamperia! 

For those of you who follow Stamperia, you will know that my hugely talented blog friend and artist, Belinda has brought out her very own range for Stamperia, called Lady Vagabond and this coordinates beautifully with the Sir Vagabond release by Antonis Tzanidakis.  I see it as a love story between Lady Vagabond and Sir Vagabond and this little video explains the beginning of their lovely story.....

For my first project I have (re)created Lady Vagabond's telescope along with a box to keep her telescope safe whilst she is travelling...

First, I constructed the box.  I cut the pieces from black mountboard.

For those interested in the sizing of the box, this is as follows:
1) For the bottom of the box, cut mountboard pieces:  
    Base 9.1/2" x 3".  
    Cut two sides 9.1/2" x 1.3/4" and 
    Cut two end pieces 3" x 1.3/4" 

2) For the lid of the box, cut mountboard pieces:
    Top 9.1/2 " x 3"
    Cut two sides 9.1/2" x 1.1/4" and
    Cut two end pieces 3" x 1.1/4"

My box was quite a snug fit for the telescope so I added an extra 1/4" to the long measurements above, just in case you want to make one. 

Join and glue all the elements together and cover with Lady Vagabond paper of your choice.  I painted the inside of the box with Stamperia Glamour Paste in Gold, it gives a lovely sheen to the box.  I wanted the telescope to have a 3D appearance and so I added a 'shelf' inside the box to raise the telescope up and I set the telescope at a slight angle to give it a more rounded look.

I prepped the telescope, the wheel and the lock (all created with Stamperia's Extra Light Soft Clay and Belinda's Maxi Mould K3PTA484 (telescope and lock) and K3PTA487 (ship's wheel).  I used Stamperia's Black Primer to give them a good base.
I created some faux leather using Kraft paper and Distress Stain, cut this to size and mounted it onto the telescope (Belinda added some real leather to one of her projects and I loved the look).  I used Stamperia Cerantica Wax over the gessoed items, using my finger and a small paint brush and then buffed the items up with a soft cloth, before attaching them to my prepared box.
Here is a view of the outside of the finished box.  I did add a set of hinges to the back of the box after I covered the box with papers.
Finally, I added a chipboard sentiment to the inside of the box, which says 'Leave the road, take the trails'.
I had great fun making this project and am already looking forward to creating the next one, below is a picture of all of the Stamperia products I used to create my box.
Belinda Basson/Stamperia/Lady Vagabond 12 x 12 paper pack
Belinda Basson Maxi Mould  K3PTA484 (telescope and lock)
Belinda Basson Maxi Mould K3PTA487 (ship's wheel)
Stamperia Extra Light Soft Clay - white
 Stamperia Glamour Paste - K3P61B Gold
Stamperia Cerantica - K3P15G Metallic Gold (Antique Wax)
Stamperia Primer Spray Black (similar to gesso)

I hope it will not be such a long time before I post again, my mojo went on walk about over Christmas and New Year but it is slowly coming back.... I think!

Thanks so much for your visit and I hope to see you again soon.

Stay safe and keep well.  Hugs, Anne xxx

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