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Crafty Creatives Box 16 Circus

This is my 4th box, part of the appeal to this is the surprise, when the pink package arrives and you finally get to find out the monthly theme and explore the goodies in the box. But… when you open your box there is a lovely sheet of patterned paper hiding the good stuff, they have all been so nice i am sure i will find a use for these too. back to the box.

paper inside box

pretty paper

The next thing you find is the art card, I particularly like this one the artist is Luke Spooner a.k.a Carrion House.
As I get more boxes and more art cards I will have to think of a way of displaying them.

Carrion House art card

Carrion House art card

Next comes a stripey bag with the kit inside, another surprise and you start to get a peek at the goodies.

Inside the box

Getting a peek at the goodies

After this stage I like to take all of the bits out one at a time and examine what I have got.

Contents of the box

exploring the contents

Swirl Patterned Buttons
Rubber Stamps
Purple Beads
Masquerade Pendants
Blank Coasters
Temporary Tattoos
Circus Images (mirror images?!?)
Patterned Paper

After reading the kit contents I realised the images are in reverse so that you can use them as a transfer, the instructions of how to to this went up on the Crafty Creatives Blog. I am giving this a go, the glue is drying as I write this post

What’s in the kit?

Animal Pendant kit

Bear pendant kit

The kit includes a plastic animal and some decorative bits and pieces to transform it into a circus animal.
To be honest, this kit isn’t really me BUT I have had a bit of inspiration and I am working on a different piece of  circus inspired jewellery and I think I have a plan for the bear too possibly involving the glue and some glitter.
I will update when I get the chance.


I didn’t manage to get round to blogging about the last box, annoying, as it has been my favourite so far, everything in box 15 was black and white themed. There was a black pen and a mini sketchbook, perfect for some on the go zentangling,  a needle felting kit, I love needle felting. So far i have made two penguins, 4 mini penguin charms, two ghosts and a mini snowman charm that I haven’t photographed because he is really creepy looking!
I will add a clasp to the mini penguins so they can be added to a bracelet or a necklace.

Needle felted penguins

needle felted penguins

needle felted ghost


There was also a gorgeous fabric fat quarter, mini blackboard peg, polymer clay rose, domino beads, Aubrey Beardsley prints, graphite pencil, teabag folding squares and pins.


inside box 15

black and white





Denim Pen Case

My Crafty Creatives box 15 was waiting for me when I got home from work today… But I can’t tell you about that till Saturday, all i will say is that it is great and I felt like it was made especially for me.

What I can show you is the little project I made last week from the recycled denim, braid and star studs In box 14. I thought that the denim looked about the right size for a pen case, I am loving to zentangle and doodle at the moment and like to carry my pens with me so this was a perfect project.

I gathered my materials; denim, braid, a zip, star studs and some fabric for the lining I chose some vintage style flowery fabric.

gathering materials

I decided to have the braiding at the top and cut two strips to size, one for the front and one for the back.

Cutting the braiding to size.

Choosing lining and cutting it to size.

All of the fabric to make the case.

To make a zippered case/purse.
The main thing to remember is the sandwich;
Denim right side up
(i have put the braid in here right side facing up)
Zip right side facing right side of denim
Lining right side facing right side of denim
and that is your sandwich.

Making the fabric and zip sandwich.

Pin your sandwich, i fold the ends of the zip into the seam to neaten the finish.

Pinned sandwich.

Pop your zipper foot on your sewing machine and stitch, you could hand sew this using a back stitch.

First side sewn. 

Attach the other side in the same way, using the same sandwich.
Open out so that you have right side of denim facing right side of denim and right side of lining facing right side of lining, halfway open the zip.
Starting on the bottom of the lining side, stitch all the way round leaving a 3-4″ gap as seen in the picture.

Stitch round the outside leaving a gap to turn through.

Trim the corners and turn through the gap.

Turn the case right side out.

Before closing the hole in the lining attach your star studs.

Adding the stars.

Almost done.

Stitch up the hole in the lining.

Finish by sewing the hole in the lining.

Fill with pens or pennies or make up and enjoy!

Finished case filled with pens being used in another project.


Pimped My Shoes, with GLITTER

I have really fancied having a go at this for a while now, at what you say? Customising some shoes with Mod Podge and glitter or fabric, I chose glitter.

I bought these shoes in the Next sale a few years ago, they fit so well that when they started to look tatty I just couldn’t bare to throw them away but I haven’t worn the in ages so they seemed like a good choice. If this project went all wrong I would only be loosing a pair of shoes I probably wouldn’t wear again and if all goes well I’ll have new glittery shoes SQUEEEEEEE.

So… here is what I started with; silvery leather lace up shoes with tatty looking toes, Mod Podge, three colours of glitter, a brush and some tubs to mix the glitter and glue in.

shoes glitter and glue

All the things i used

Oh I also used a bit of sticky tape to mask of the main part of the shoe, these shoes have a line of stitching so it was easy to decide how far up the glitter was going to go.
I decided I was going to try for an ombré pattern using the three glitters green/turquoise, pale blue and bright blue.

I started by mixing the glitter with the glue and then painted some on.

First colour of glitter on the shoe

Getting the first colour of glitter on.

I did both shoes at the same time so that I could make sure I  had roughly the same amount on each shoe.
I then added the pale blue glitter glue mix, in between adding glitters i covered my glue so that it wouldn’t dry up as I was sure I was going to need at least two coats to get good coverage.

Adding the 2nd colour

Adding the pale blue glitter.

You can guess what is next, you got it the bright blue glitter.

Adding the 3rd colour

Adding the bright blue glitter.

Both shoes with the forst layer

Both shoes with the first layer of glitter.

When the first coat dried you could clearly see the stripes of colour…

first layer dry

The first layer of glitter dry.

what I really want is one colour to blend into the next.

When adding the second layer I painted on the pale blue first and then tried to blend the other colours in by working quickly so that the colours were still wet. It was difficult to tell how well this was working when the glue was wet.

Adding thesecond layer

Trying to blend the colours in this layer.

As it dried I could see that the blending had worked really well.

Second coat dry

Big smiles as the second coat dries and it’s looking good.

The next step was to add a coat of the Mod Podge on its own over the top, I added two!

Last coat of glue

Adding a last coat of glue.

Now they are dry they look like this…

Finished Shoes

Glittery toed shoes :)

Shoes finished

I cant wait to wear these.

Sparkly toes

I mean just look at how sparkly they are.

I have also added a quick spray of spray shine varnish, because I had some and I thought it might extend their new life.

I think it is clear that I am super happy with my new shoes, I just need to find somewhere to go to wear them :)

I have also found myself looking round the room to see what else I can pimp up with glitter, I have some awesome neon pink and some pink hologram glitter just shouting out to be glued on something 😀

Activity Day

Mugdock Country Park had an outdoor activity day today.

Scene of park

I went up to the Gallery to be an extra pair of hands and i am so glad I did because look what was right outside the gallery window.

Hog roast

Hog roast

Yes, I did have some for lunch and yes it was delicious.

On my way to the car I met some gorgeous birds.

Bella the Barn Owlbella barn owl

Bella, Barn Owl
Click on the images for a larger view (you know you want to!)


Lobey, Turkmenian eagle owlLobey, Turkmenian eagle owl

Lobey, Turkmenian eagle owl,


Sanda, Lanner falconSanda, Lanner falcon

Sanda, Lanner falcon

It was amazing to see these birds so close, they are absolutely beautiful and fascinating.

The birds of prey were from Strathblane Falconry and the girls were absolutly amazing so full of information and enthusiasm about the birds.

Origami Box – How To

I have been making some origami boxes recently, they are so easy to make and really cute.
The boxes in the picture are made with patterned craft papers, but you could use whatever you have to hand: printer paper, magazine pages, wallpaper works well or you could even make a good use for all that junk mail we get!

While making one of the boxes I photographed each step, I have made these into a guide to share with you.

The boxes are excellent for jewellery, other small gifts or you could just make the base and put trinkets in it.

Making step 17Box Base

Click here for the step by step instructions Origami Box

Whats happening?

There is FREE Postage on all of the Jewellery in the shop until Mothers Day treat your mum or yourself, I wont tell!

As well as some mother day inspired jewellery I have been making…


home made Pizza

Pizza with Katy

tablet case

A case for my new tablet…

Jewellery, a mess and bookmarks…


These are the first experiments, I think I will be keeping the cookie, the flowers and the toadstool.

And I have been keeping up the Zentangling, not every day but a little bit most days.

Zentangle on tab

I drew a lot of this tangle while in the waiting room at the dentist, it was drawn on sketchbook pro on my tablet. I think it looks a bit like things growing wildly out of a green house or the Eden project exploding.

New Year Resolution and a Little Competition

New Years Resolution ish

I bought the book; One Zentangle a Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, And Fun by Beckah Krahula.
So far a am doing well, I’m not being to strict with myself, if I cant fit it in then I’m not going to beat myself up about it. So far It has been fun, each day there is an exercise, learning a new design or something new to consider in your designs and then a daily tangle. It leaves a lot up to your own vision and creativity and nothing is ever wrong.

Here are a few of my favourites so far

Day 1 tangle

Day 2 Tangle

Day 10 Tangle

Day 11 Tangle


And here is the little competition…

I made one of these for a friend for Christmas, I am 99% sure that she will know exactly what is is as soon as she sees it but do you?

If you know what it is leave a comment below with your answer by Friday 18th  and i will pick one of the correct answers at random to receive one as a little January treat.

What Am I?