52. Hopes and Wishes Chest

And here we are at the last post of the made by pin year.  I’ve made it…or rather, I’ve made a year’s worth.

This last make is a Hope and Wishes Chest for the new year.

I bought some blank chest shaped boxes.  (I learned my lesson from the very first make – an attempt at making a box!)

I found that it if you aren’t going to paint these, it is best to cover them with very thin paper.

I used specially bought paper for the middle one above and it was too thick to stick down smoothly, especially over the curves.  The left hand one is covered with used stamps from around the world and the one on the right is covered in a replica of the very first copy of the Times of London.  ( I think this one is the most effective).

I then covered all of the paper with acrylic medium gel and left to dry.

After 24 hours, I printed, cut out and stuck on some words to the outside and a map to the inside of the lid.

This is when I discovered that the layer of paper had made the lids too thick to close over the bases easily. I remedied this by rubbing a candle over the parts that close which allowed them to open and close a lot easier.

I used them as gift boxes and hope they might be used to store the recipients hopes and dreams for the year ahead.

Happy New Year everyone!

42. Card for Mike

One of the family has a big birthday this week and as he loves maps as much as I do,  I’ve made him a card using an old map and some cut out letters.

I learned how to make letters like this in art class in my first year of high school – one of the more useful things I learned in school.  When I was in school we made the squared paper from scratch but that is hardly necessary (I wonder why we did that???).

So, using some squared paper, I marked out the letters with a pencil and ruler. Then I cut them out. I found an old map featuring the town where Mike was born and grew up and placed the letters on the map.  I then drew around them with a pencil.  You could do this on the reverse of the map if you don’t want to get pencil marks on the front but I wanted to make sure I got the town centrally placed.

I cut out the letters on the map and stuck them to the front of a blank card.

15. Coaster from a CD

I was going to make something seasonal for this make.  My mum suggested some Easter Egg Hunt signs, which is a great idea and pretty simple. but as the weather has been so great I’ve been busy digging the garden and haven’t had the time to cut out and paint signs in time for Easter Monday.  Maybe I’ll make these for the next appropriate holiday…Hallowe’en?

This week I’m making a coaster from a CD.  This sounds like all you need to do is find an old CD put it on a table and set your coffee cup on it, which is exactly what I’d been doing until this week.  I’ve been looking for something to make from the many old CDs that have accumulated in our house and at last I’ve found it.

This is what you’ll need:

  • Old CD
  • Some interesting paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue
  • Brush
  • Can of spray varnish

Trace around the CD onto the paper and cut the circle out.

Brush one side of the CD with strong PVA glue and then stick the cut out circle onto it.

If you would like to add any other pieces of paper at this point paste them on top with more PVA.

Wait until the glue is completely dry then spray with varnish.

Leave to dry completely before setting your cup on it.

4. Personalised Thank You Card

Well, the craft morning at the library went very well.  When I got there at around 10am the kind ladies behind the desk told me that we’d sold 10 tickets.  Pretty good I thought and said to my lovely daughters who had come to help that they may not need to stay for the whole time as I was sure I could manage 10 children.  The event started slowly at 11am with a few small children and their parents drifting in to the room.  I settled the first few down and got to know their names.  Then the fun began.  By 11.15 there were 19 children and 12 parents plus 2 daughters, 1 grandson of 6 months and me squeezed into the room.  We brought in extra tables and eventually had all the children working away making beautiful origami hearts and then paper beads.  At 12:30 when we finished, daughters and I crawled out happy but exhausted!  Everyone seemed to really enjoy the morning and all left with either a beautiful card and/or necklace but I’m glad it is only twice or three times a year.

On Sunday husband, N. and I were invited to a work friend’s home for lunch.  What fantastic timing after a hectic Saturday.  We spent a glorious afternoon with J, T and their talented family and I thought this morning that I’d like to send them a special thank you.  Last week, in one of those synchronistic (is that a word?) moments, a fellow folksy seller, Cat In The Moon contacted me to say that one of my map cards had inspired her to make a card for a friend out of an old ‘A to Z’ using the page showing the street where they both used to live.  ‘Aha’, I thought this morning, I’ll make J and T a card using our old ‘A to Z’. So, here is how I made it:

You will need:

  • Some A5 size card.  I have a box that I bought at The Paper Mill Shop quite a few years ago.
  • Some backing paper to use under the map (the turquoise paper above)
  • An old A to Z
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue
  • Ruler
  • A biro pen that no longer works
  • Acrylic medium gel

Using the ruler and the empty biro score a line down the centre of the card on both sides where the fold will be.

Find the road that you want to use in the A to Z and using the ruler and grid lines on the map draw an outline.  For this one I drew an outline of a house.

My intention then was to glue the turquoise paper to the front of the brown card and then the map house to the turquoise paper.

Not so fast!

The glue spurted out from behind the turquoise paper and marked the brown card.  No problem I thought, it won’t show when it dries and carried on. the map didn’t stick well to the turquoise paper and the whole thing looked a mess.  Nevermind, I thought, I can fix this and using my trusty Acrylic Gel medium brushed over the whole lot. Not a good idea.  It looked even messier with glue spots showing through the brush marks on the brown card.  I peeled the map and turquoise paper off the brown card and left it to dry.  It has dried with brush marks so I’m going to give it another coat I think.

Gave it a few more coats of watered down acrylic medium gel and eventually got rid of most of the brush strokes.  Before the last coat, I raided grandson G’s  art and craft supplies for some glitter and found some little green sparkly stars that I dropped on the wet gel.

Left it to dry overnight.

Right, I thought this morning.  I will get this card finished then go out and sweep up some leaves before the rain starts.

Not so fast.

I decided to use double sided tape to attach the turquoise paper to the brown folded card.  Only mistake was that I didn’t throw the one I’d messed up away and ended up, in my haste, attaching the paper to the back of the messed up brown card.

Quick rethink.  It was impossible to take the paper off the card without ripping it so I cut the brown card leaving a small frame of brown around the turquoise.  Then attached it to another piece of card, grey this time.  You’ll see what I mean in the photograph below.

You will see from the photograph that the roof of the house is a slightly different colour…that is where the page of the map had yellowed with age.

Turned out ok in the end, I think.  Anyway, it is in the post to J and T.  I hope they like it.