Adding nail varnish to water Adding white card on top of nail varnish removing card from nail varnish Finished prducted Using my cards for Project Life

Saying I was going to post my weekly Create 52 projects on Sunday was a ridiculous idea. Sometimes I won’t get a free bit of time to make things until Sunday and then it puts pressure on me to edit the pictures and write the post the same day. So I’ve decided it’s more realistic to post them the following Wednesday. Let’s see how this goes.

Last week I had a lot on so I didn’t get around to any crafting until Sunday. I’ve wanted to try this marbling effect on paper for ages so I decided to try it on 6×4 and 3×4 white card so I can use them in my Project Life album. I really wanted to use Christmas colours like red and gold but unfortunately I didn’t have those colours. I’ll definitely pick up some cheap red and gold nail varnishes soon and try it again.

All you need is:

  • A container (preferably a disposable one because it may get some nail varnish on it)
  • Water
  • Nail varnish (whatever colours you like but glitter in a clear varnish doesn’t really work too well)
  • Card (or what ever you want to add the marble effect to)
  • A wooden skewer or something to mix your nail varnish
  • A tweezers

It’s a really simple process:

  1. Add the water to the container until its 3/4 full.
  2. have your card ready as the nail varnish sets quickly.
  3. pour a couple of small drops of nail varnish onto the water. It should sit on the water rather than sinking (if it sinks, you may have added too much).
  4. Swirl the nail varnish around with the skewer immediately to mix colours or change the design.
  5. Using the tweezers, gently place the card onto the nail varnish, which should be sitting on the water.
  6. Leave it for a few seconds.
  7. Again. using your tweezers, lift the card from the container and leave it somewhere to dry. It should be dry and ready to use within a few minutes.

I hope you try this technique. It’s quick, easy and fun. Next I’m going to try marbling a plate to use as a ring plate and I’m also hoping to make some marbled Christmas cards to use in my Project Life album.

Have you tried this marbling technique before?

Gift bag

gift bag contents

My friends and I do Kris Kindle every year. We try to arrange a night in or out where we have some food, some drinks and swap presents. Last year I hosted a little pre-night out gathering and thought it would be a fun idea to make little gift bags for each of my friends. 

 

I bought plain black gift bags and made simple labels with each of my friends names and the year on them. The bag included some chocolate, a face mask, a set of false eyelashes, a mini notebook, a Yankee wax tart , a lollipop and a hangover kit I put together.

 

Do you have any fun ideas for gift bags?

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I’m excited to share my first project from my new Create 52 project. I bought this plain canvas really cheap in a chain shop (Euro Giant) and used a gold sharpie for the quote.

The quote is from the song Swinging on a Star by Bing Crosby. My grandad sang this song constantly and you would often hear him saying “or would you rather be a fish?” to himself.

It’s up on my wall now & I will think of him every time I see it.

A creepy doll - 2011

= A creepy doll – 2011

A black and white TV star - 2012

A black and white TV star – 2012

Jane from Twilight - 2013

Jane from Twilight – 2013

It’s that time of year again! I love love love Halloween. Whats not to love? Lots of sweets and treats and an excuse to dress up and wear what you want without worrying about how crazy you look. I don’t really understand store bought costumes. I think they usually look great and if you can buy something, wear it as it is and be satisfied with it then good for you but I prefer to make my costume and if it doesn’t involve something a bit crazy in the make-up department I’m a little disappointed. 

While I decide what to dress up as this year I thought I’d share some of my costumes from the last few years. I better get my thinking cap on.

What are you dressing up as this Halloween?

Becky Higgins Post

Um….this post is pretty self explanatory but I was really excited to find out that Project Life creator Becky Higgins used my photograph to promote the Project Life App and online store. 

Hamper Lorenzo & I

1) The hamper,  2) Lorenzo & I on his christening day

My beautiful godson Lorenzo was christened last month and I put together this hamper as part of his christening gift. I think it’s a nice idea and you can put it together at a reasonable price depending on where you buy the items to put into it. I added some things he can use now and some things my friend Steph will need for him soon such as socket covers. I bought the L for Lorenzo in a craft shop, sanded it down and painted it so she can frame it, hang it on his door or put it in his bedroom.

I think it would be a great gift idea for parents of a new baby. Can I suggest putting things that a baby will need down the line such as corner covers and sippy cups. Any new mother will tell you they receive plenty of 0-3 month clothes.

purchases

(Okay okay, none of them are plastic…)

I found a shop called Cotton On, which I assume is an american brand, in one of the malls in Dubai. I went in looking for something completely different (It’s a clothes shop) but I stumbled upon a section with Typo products (another america brand, I think).

I got all four items for €20 so I reckon it was a bargain. I don’t need any of this stuff but I’m thrilled with them all. The ‘Love is the New Black’ sign is actually a paper tablet cover. I’ll be using it on the wall. It cost €4. The Eiffel Tower  scissors, which I’m extremely excited about, was the most expensive item at €9. I love all things ombre and I’ve also got a thing for anything I cant write in so the notebook was a must at €4. The wooden @ sign was the biggest bargain of all at €3 and will go perfectly in the bedroom. I’m not sure if I’ll hang it on the wall yet. 

Anyway, they’re my purchases for the week. Dane also bought me LOADS of scrap-booking stuff for Valentine’s Day but the less said about that the better. It is not a cheap hobby.

 

Oops. I’ve since learned both Cotton On and Typo are in fact Australian brands. Thanks Nikki. Keep up the good work Australia.

iPad

iPad

While I was in Dubai with all the time in the world this summer, I read blogs constantly. I would check in for any updates every other day while eating my breakfast. As the summer went on, I would add more and more to my bookmarks list as I discovered them. Since I got home, and especially since I went back to work, I’ve hardly had a chance to look at my own, let alone any other blogs. Yesterday I sat down with my breakfast for a good hour reading away. It was lovely to check out what I had missed (which was a lot) but I also realised it was really relaxing to just flick through them at my leisure without rushing off to do something else. My new plan is to do this for an hour every Sunday morning. After all, isn’t that what Sundays are for?

I say it’s a plan but I seem to be make a lot of plans in September (back to work, all go go go with work plans, you see?) My other Autumn plans include; not working in the evenings or on weekends and taking an hour every week to lie on my bed listening to music. We’ll see how they work out. I’m feeling optimistic. Anyway, just in case anyone is looking for some new blogs to read, i’ll list the ones I have bookmarked below. I have different reasons for liking each one. Some make me laugh, I enjoy the style of writing some bloggers use, some draw me in with amazing photographs and some I just find the topics interesting. Here goes:

The Colosseum, Rome

My Dad has invited me to take part in a blogging challenge over the coming months so I decided it would be a good idea to share it here. That way people will understand if my posts getting extremely competitive. (Okay, we know they won’t. I’m the least competitive person ever…)

It’s not specific to just us, any old blogger can join in. For details, check out his post here

P.S. Choosing a photograph for this post was difficult. I took this photograph in Rome in 2011. Rome was pretty high up on my ‘places to see before I die’ list. That will make sense if you choose to pop over to My Tiny Mind and check out the details of the challenge.