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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Renovating my old dollhouse

This is not my dollhouse, but mine was exactly like this!
So I shipped my old dollhouse to Canada few years back. Took it apart, removed some old the previous renovation wallpapers (that I did as a teenager in the 80's).

It has stayed in the shipping package since then. Now that my niece is coming for a visit in few weeks time, I had to get the dollhouse back together.

So I sanded all the pieces and removed any leftover glue or wallpaper and then painted the walls. One of the upstairs room got a copper metallic paint (I used Fusion Mineral Paint as my paint). The other upstairs room is Sterling (light gray)
Downstairs backwall is Inglenook.

Two of the dividing walls got wallpaper (just some scrapbooking paper) on one side. I left one of the dividing walls out, got more of an open plan downstairs. 

I also added one window in the small downstairs room. That was designed as a washroom, but since I no longer have any bathroom pieces (and when I was a kid, my dolls didn't really go to the bathroom...) I figured I'll turn it into a small bedroom.

The floor was made from coffee stir sticks (thinner and narrower than popsicle sticks), which were really easy to cut to size with craft scissors (I used Tim Holtz scissors). I also used the coffee stir sticks as baseboards.

The staircase railing broke on transport, so I removed the piece that had the remnants of the spindles and used a piece of paint stir stick as the railing. It's probably not to 'code' (fairly low), but makes it easier to move the dolls up the stairs ;-)

Finally furnished! Might have to paint the balcony railing....

Friday, 13 April 2018

furniture upcycling projects

So, this spring I finally decided to tackle some of the furniture painting and upcycling projects I have postponed.


I picked up this dresser few years back in our neighbourhood. It was in pretty bad shape, needed some frame work and the top was totally gone.

So I took both sides off, replaced them with new wood, sanded the whole thing, strengthened the structure and painted it all. 

The interior was bright red and I wanted to go white, so it took a good primer and several coats of white paint, but I finally got it there. The doors and the sides have been painted with Fusion Mineral Paint. 

It is still missing a top, as I need to add some bookshelves to the ends to make it double the size. Then it will serve as my kitchen island.


The next project was a small nightstand. The surface of it was in pretty bad condition, so I decided to paint it and wanted to try some decoupaging on this piece. The sides had perfect rectangular shapes, that I could fill with paper. Looking it now, I think I should have painted the piece lighter, as the contrast between the decoupage paper and the piece is a bit hard, but this is what it is now.


The third project was an entryway storage bench. We keep our grocery bags in this unit, and it can also be used as a bench (a bit high, but works for taller people).


Then I made a small entryway side table out of an old white floating shelf. It needed extra support as if you would lean on it, it would have fallen off the wall, so I bought some prefab legs from the hardware store and painted them the same colour as the shelf.


I also painted another side table at our entryway (you think one side table would be enough, but we actually have 3 tables and the storage bench in our entryway!!!)


Then I wanted to test Indian Inlay Stencil. I knew it is a bit finicky, but I didn't want to try this stencil on a major piece of furniture without practising with it first. This was the first piece of stencilling, where I did more than just the top. I found it was tricky to keep the stencil on its place, specially on the narrow legs. So I would next time use a stencil adhesive to keep it down better. I guess I should also work with my patience. I'm always in a rush to get the item ready, so I'm really having hard time waiting for the previous stencilling to dry before tackling the next section.
IKEA chair painted with Fusion Mineral Paint and Indian Inlay Stencil


And then I did something for my craft room also. I did an new tabletop out of an old desk top. I painted it with Fusion Mineral Paint and then stencilled a lace pattern on top of it.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Golden Brusho butterflies

These cards were inspired by Dena Albec. They use Beautiful Day stamp set and Brusho Crystals.

I first embossed the butterflies (on both cards) in gold embossing powder on Shimmery White card stock (Shimmery White is the best card stock to use with Brusho crystals).
I also gold embossed the sentiment on Dabber Denim Card stock for one of the cards.

Then I coloured the butterflies with different techniques. The first one I sprinkled brusho on the card and spritzed it with water. I added some water on the butterfly wings with aqua painter ti cover the entire butterfly with colour.

The second card I used aquapainter to add water on the spots where I wanted yellow colour, and then sprinkled Yellow Brusho on those areas. Then I added water on the areas where I wanted green and sprinkled Moss Green on the butterfly. I tried to keep the colours away from each other. Then I added Prussian Blue to the centre parts of the butterfly wings.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Magical Day

Here is another card made using the 'Magical Day' stamp set and the matching thinlits.

The background is made using Brusho Crystals. On this, I sprinkled the crystals on the card stock, and then spritzed it with water. You can see that the centre of the paper got quite wet, and the crystals blended more, and at the edges, the crystals make more of a splatter design. 

This card also has some dazzling diamonds. 

Here are some random Brusho techniques. These will become cards at some point.

This one I watered the paper with aquapainter, and then sprinkled the brusho (Prussian Blue and some Brilliant Red)

This one I sprinkled Prussian Blue Brusho on the paper and then sprized it with water.

This one is my favourite!
I sprinkled Brilliant Red and Yellow Brusho on the paper and spritzed it with water. Then I let it dry completely, and then drew some swirls on the paper with aquapainter and sprinkled some more Yellow Brusho on the paper. You can actually also paint with Brusho! Just use a piece of plastic (or a clear block), sprinkle some crystals on it and use your aquapainter to pick the colour up!

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Celebrate You!

I love this 'Celebrate You' thinlits die, available as a Sale-a-bration freebie, when placing an order of $120. Don't worry, you can get it also later this year, as it will show up again in the next annual Catalogue, at the beginning of June 2018. It has 3 dies, two of which have been used in this card. The third spells 'amazing' which I'll show in the next post.

The stamp set on this one is 'Waterfront', from the Occasions catalogue p.48.
The background is made using Brusho Crystals, also on the Occasions catalogue, p.26. 
The Brusho Crystals are a cool way to make different kind of backgrounds, and I've been using them lately in almost all of my cards, just to try out different ways of using them. I'm also planning on doing a Brusho class, maybe towards the end of February, early March.

Also the cut out 'celebrate' is made using Brusho. I splashed Brusho on white card stock and once it dried, I cut out the word using the Celebrate You thinlits.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

One of a kind

I love this new 'Magical Day' stamp set!
I got it thinking it will make great cards for my niece, who is into Disney princesses. So far I have made couple of cards with it, and it is so versatile.

It has this cute unicorn stamp, and you know unicorns are such an IN item nowadays.

The pink is 'Blushing Bride and the I used Archival Basic Gray for the sentiment and unicorns. The bakers twine is the new whisper white with silver metallic thread.

The middle unicorn is cut out using the matching die and popped up with dimensionals. I also added one rhinestone on the unicorn. The background unicorns are randomly stamped in different angles.

Friday, 26 January 2018


Okay, Stampin'Up! has brought back the alcohol ink blend markers. You might remember they had these few years back (blendabilities), but they had some problems with the tips drying (they were not airtight). So now they have fixed the problem (??).
I know, I'm a Stampin'Up! independent demonstrator, but I haven't been able to jump this wagon yet. I guess I'm waiting for the verdict, weather they are problem free or ....

I like how they have reduced the nr of pens to 2, instead of the previous 3. I found that the 3 pens were almost too close in tone, so this is much better. 

I also find that since Stampin'Up! introduced the watercolour pencils and now the BRUSHO Crystal ink... there are other colouring options available, so I really don't need another one.... maybe I'll order few next time just to see if I like them....
But click on the link above to see the new colour options!