Día de los muertos

This is a 6″ square  ‘pop art style’ canvas that I made for the Cloth Paper Scissors  Day of the Dead competition.  The squares are painted with Tim Holtz distress paints. The skulls are my own ‘Funky Bones’ designs which have been cut from card which has been covered with torn book pages (from Grey’s Anatomy). I normally just use thick white handmade paper or white felt for the skulls, but using the torn book pages adds to the randomness already created by the mismatched button eyes & hand-sewn mouths.

Day of the dead skulls canvasDOTD canvas detail 1DOTD canvas detail 2DOTD canvas detail 3DOTD canvas detail 4

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Mint Sauce – Coptic-Bound

After completing my latest bookbinding course at Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts I felt able to attempt the ‘holy grail’ of bookbinding – Coptic Stitch by myself. I wanted to make a unique & meaningful Christmas present for my partner. He is a big fan of Mint Sauce – the mountain-biking sheep from MBUK magazine. Sadly Mint is no longer in the magazine, but he has a huge stash of Mint cartoons from old magazines. I picked 2 suitable ones for the front & back covers (having first scanned them & replaced the scanned copies back in his stash).

I covered boards with the cartoons & edged one side & the corners with buckram. I set alternate blue & green eyelets along the buckram edge. I lined each signature with alternate blue or green paper for contrast. Sewing on the final signature & cover is still a bit tricky. It is slightly easier to sew the final signature & then the cover separately but this means a double row of sewing on the last signature, which can look messy, but then again so can a single row if it is not sewn on straight.

Front view

Front view

Open view of signatures

Open view of signatures

Spine

Spine

Spine detail

Spine detail

back cover

back cover

 

 

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Recycled Plastic Necklace with Eyelets

This necklace was made by finger knitting with waxed cotton cord & randomly threading on recycled plastic shapes through an eyelet hole in the middle of each shape.  Finger knitting can be tight & neat or, as in this case, loose & with a random ‘netty’ appearance. The plastic came from my growing stash of brightly-coloured plastic bottles.

It isn’t finished yet as I haven’t yet decided on the closure, but I am pleased with the combination of colours. It would also look good using  different shades of the same colour of plastic, or all black plastic & coloured eyelets.

Recycled plastic eyelet necklace

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Mothers Day

There is no need to add a sentiment. This lovely background paper, with the word ‘mother’ in different languages, says it all. A big. bold flower in co-ordinating colours is all that was needed.

Mothers day flower pink

Mothers-day-flower-blue

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Coptic Cassette

Cassette tapes are no good for playing anymore, but they do come with 4 conveniently-placed holes which allows them to be bound into a book. The most time-consuming part of this was the cutting of the paper for the signatures as, inconveniently, cassette tapes are not a size that is a proportion of a standard sheet of paper.

 

Coptic-bound cassette book

Coptic-bound cassette book

 

 

Coptic-bound cassette book

Coptic-bound cassette book

 

Coptic binding

Coptic binding

Coptic-bound cassette open

 

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Lego Notebook

This is my first lego notebook. I used a 16 x 16 pin square & spiral bound it using my Bind-it-All. I think for my next one I will use more spirals as it seemed a bit loose. I only used lego for the front cover &  covered grey board for the back. It would also look good coptic-bound. Maybe for my next project.

Lego Notebook 1 front Lego Notebook 1 open

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Santa Claws

Being a cat-lover I jump at the opportunity to include them in my work. I love this slinky black cat. Without the Santa hat it can be adapted for many different occasions.Santa Claws 3Santa Claws 1

Santa Claws 2

 

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Vintage Sewing

I was asked to make a large (A4) birthday card for an 80 year-old lady who used to do a lot of sewing. I immediately thought of the Tim Holtz mannequin die. The ‘dress’ is cut from an old hessian bag. The Cottage Cutz vintage sewing machine was thread with real thread, & a paper tape measure stained with distress ink completed the look.

Vintage sewing birthday A4

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Fantastic Plastic Pendants

At last I have managed to amass a good selection of various colours of plastic bottles for my junk jewellery. These pendants were made from various toiletries / cleaning products bottles.

Plastic bottle pendants

 

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Get Well Mummy

I got this Sizzix moveable mummy die ages ago as I thought it would be good for get well cards. Unfortunately, once assembled, it was bigger than I thought & too big for my everyday cards. Until now, when I was asked to make a get well card for a work colleague. It had to be big A4 size so that everyone could sign it.  The arms & legs should be loose & move with the brads but I stuck them down as I didn’t want them to get pulled off as the card was passed around. I added a double insert so that there was lots of room for people to sign.

Get well mummy A4

 

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