Wednesday, 25 June 2008

In My Pocket...........There Are Some Buttons!!

Hello Peeps,

Well, here it is! The launch of a brand new Blog Challenge. I really hope that you all love this one, it is slightly different from normal and I hope that you will all find it lots of fun.

You will see from the title that the new Challenge is called "In My Pocket". Now, this is a really simple challenge in as much as all you need to do is cut a pocket shape from card or paper and then decorate it, hide the "theme" of the week and then pop a post here to let me know you have taken part.

Here is the template for the pocket, which I hope will help you .... of course, if you want to make your pocket larger or smaller, then that is entirely up to you :O))


Instructions for Template: Firstly, take a piece of cardstock and cut 7" long. Next cut it to 3 3/4 " wide. Score a line 3" from the top of the card. This will make your folded flap. Now cut off the corners of the card - the best way to do this, I find, is to cut one corner, then use the offcut to make a little guide to cut the other corners, so they are all the same. I found a right angle cut gave the best look, but again, this is entirely up to you. Now all you need to do is get cracking with the decorating!!

Rules!

As with most challenges, there are always a few "rules". With this one, the only rule is that you must use the theme of the week to be your "hidden" object. The decorating is entirely up to you - use inking, stamping, papers....the choice is yours.....just remember to hide away the "theme" of the week under the flap. Oh, I almost forgot! The flap on the pocket can be secured using a closure or you can leave it open - again, the choice is yours!



Here is a little pocket I made using those most delish papers from the Urban Couture range by K & Co. Combined with some cute birdy stamps from Autumn Leaves, I used Teal StaZon to do all my stamping, used an emery board to distress the edges of the papers and then hid the buttons under the flap.


You can use your little pocket for loads of different things. I have made this one as a little greeting to send to a friend. How about making your pocket so you can add it to a Scrapbook Layout? You could add little photo's to it and make it a journalling feature. You could even keep all the ones you make and turn them into a little book!

Anyway, all that is left for me to say is ENJOY!! Please remember to pop your name on this post and the place where you are showing your creation.

Thanks for looking!

Hels xx

Later that day.........

I have been getting ever so messy this evening :O)) I decided to make another Pocket but this time using inks and stamps and goodness knows how many buttons and Grungeboard and Cracklepaint and well....you get the gist! LOL

Once I had made my template, I slapped on some Vintage Photo Cracklepaint and went off to have my dinner whilst I waited (ever so patiently) for it to dry. By the time I had eaten my yummy homemade curry (which, I hasten to add is the sum total of my culinary expertise) I nipped off to the craft room (making use of the fact that Grim was watching the footy) and finished off the rest of the decorating.



I used Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, applied with Cut & Dry foam on my swizzy new "proper" applicator tool, and then spritzed the whole pocket to within an inch of sogginess with Gold Glimmer Mist. I dried this off with a heatgun - I find this effective cos it leaves little dots of colour that really lift the background. I then used Aged Mahogany Distress Ink and blended this over the pocket, leaving patches of the Frayed Burlap showing thru. I used a piece of that most heavenly paper from Costco for a little bit of the inside flap and then set to with the stamping. Using black StaZon ink, I stamped the Skull and then stamped the Flourish with Aged Mahogany. I made the mistake of using Gold Dabber and clear embossing powder to stamp the Birds, which don't show up very well at all, on the front flap. I won't be doing that again!! The stamps are by Stampers Anon Tim Holtz collection and the letters are StudioG :O))



Finally, I went a little bit mad with some old buttons, that I had to firstly remove the shanky bits, and yes, they do hurt when they hit you in the face!! I can't find my clippy tool thingy so I had to use scissors, whoops, another pair to be re-sharpened, and then used a metal file to get the shanks flatter. I popped a couple of buttons onto the Grungeboard Skull and then added the others to the lower part of the pocket. Oh, and I also used a length of those teensy little beady chain bits to make the skull look like it was dripping with gold.....treasure....as in Buried Treasure!

Are you still awake? Gosh, I was going to do a brief description but as usual, I got carried away...anyway, the rest you can see for yourself, so I will shut up now! LOL

Thanks to those of you who have already joined in - I am so loving seeing all your different designs and am hoping I will be seeing plenty more!!

Hels x



43 comments:

Andrea said...

what a beautiful pocket Hels, love all what you have done, your artworks just fabby xx I am useless with instructions so next time you see me you can show me how to do the pocket please x :-)

Jennie said...

That is gorgeous and I may well join in cos I love the idea!
xxx

Hels said...

Andrea, no probs hun, I will send you the template with the other things I posting today :O))

Thanks Jennie - hope to see your lovley artwork here today !

Karen said...

Lovely idea Hels, haven't done anycrafting for a couple of weeks now so maybe this is the project to get me going again!

Angie C said...

Ooooh, what a gorgeous pocket you have made Hels. I think I'll have to have a go at this :-)

Linda Elbourne said...

I love your ickle button in your pocket more than I love Polly ;0) XXX Now I need to read the instructions again and then I will see what I can do XXX

craftytrog said...

Love your lickle pocket Hels! Off to make a template now?! Might have to use some of those lovely bright buttons I bought at The Hilton!! :0) xx

** Shaz ** said...

Brilliant pocket Hels and a great challenge have done mine hope you are good Hugs Shaz xx

Minx said...

I see you have put your late night spend to good use ;op

Loving the idea and loving your pocket, it's beautiful xx

Off now to make my template and get started xxx

Hels said...

Aw thanks for joining in Shaz, love love love your Pocket - and you are the very first person to join in!!! Hugs xx

Ann said...

Hels - what a beautiful pocket & fabulous challenge!!! I love the idea tis brilliant!! Maybe this will inspire my missing mojo to return!!!
I hope so - Fabulous work Hels xxx

craftyscot said...

great challenge Hels, love your pocket
Shazza
x

craftytrog said...

Hi Hels!
My pocket is now on my blog! :0)
Hugs, Alison xx

hilmof said...

Beautiful pocket Hels - off to make one now :):)

Linda Elbourne said...

Great challenge Hels - Mine is here:-

http://acraftingjourney.blogspot.com/2008/06/in-my-pocket.html

Jo said...

Love this challenge! and it gave me an excuse to use my new stamps too!

http://thiscreativechaos.blogspot.com/2008/06/funky-new-challenge-blog.html

looking forward to seeing what else there is!

hilmof said...

Well I've had a go

You can see it here

http://hilmof.blogspot.com/2008/06/this-is-my-entry-for-new-challenge-on.html

Thanks for looking

Joy said...

I love your ickle pocket Hels I'm behind with my all my challenges as usual but would love to do this one as I think it's a fab challenge xx

Minx said...

I'm all done now, hope it's ok xx :O)
check it out here...
http://thealteredinker.blogspot.com/

Hels said...

oooh, I am really happy that so many peeps have joined in already!! Thank you all, I have been and visited you and am wow'd by your brilliant creatiosn....thank you all xx

Angie C said...

Gosh Hels, I lurve your "later" pocket it's even more stunning than your original one (ooops, can I say that?) LOL.

I've also had a play and my pocket is now on my blog

http://angiec-crafting.blogspot.com/2008/06/buttons-in-my-pocket.html

Hels said...

Aw Angie, course you can say that...I prefer this one too!! :O)) Thanks for joining in - am loving your creation x

CraftyC said...

HIya Hels,
Its half past one in the morning and have just read this new challenge for the 1st time. Just hope your new stamp designs arrive soon and I may just have to find some time to play!!!!
Clairexx
(Am gonna try and stamp some more images for you and will post soon as!

Dawne said...

http://dawne-abitofthisabitofthat.blogspot.com/

Craftyideas said...

Love your pocket Helsxx

Hels said...

Thanks for joining in Dawne x

Karen said...

Have finally made my ickle pocket - its on my blog http://karen-welcometomyworld.blogspot.com/ if you fancy a peek :)

Dan said...

A lovely challenge :) Here is my effort:

http://dan99.blogspot.com/2008/06/catch-falling-star-and.html

Hels said...

Thanks for joinin in Karen and Dan, love what you have both made xx

Debbie said...

Love, Love, your new challenge. I am back, have had a busy month, rearraging my Craft room..But I think I am finished with it now, and couldn't resist jumping in on this challenge..its my first. *wink* My piece is a little different put let me know if it works, and it is the right measurements.



http://creationsbydebbiejean.blogspot.com/2008/06/pocket-sewing-kit.html

CraftyC said...

I loved doing this challenge Hels and think I will be making a few more of these. My piece is on my blog!
Clairexx

http://clairebsd.blogspot.com/

stamp and scrape said...

Such a great idea for a challenge - I wish every success with it. I was very inspired by it, and couldn't wait to get inking and spraying this morning. Here's my contribution:

http://stampandscrape.blogspot.com/2008/06/pins-and-needles.html
Ros

Hels said...

Claire and Ros, thanks for joining in - love what you have been creating xx

Andrea said...

have made my pocket and its now on my blog xx

Hels said...

Thanks for joining in Andrea, love your pocket hun xx

Sue said...

Love the challenge and here is my pocket. Have made the pocket for the next challenge already!

Paul B said...

What a great challenge!!! Had a play, got very messy and ended up with the following. Hope you like :)

http://theartsiders.blogspot.com/2008/06/in-my-pocketthere-are-some-buttons.html

Paul x

Heidi said...

Great challenge, mine is on my blog now! http://craftinginasmallspace.blogspot.com/

Craftyideas said...

Love your pockets Hels they are gorgeous. I have had a go and made my first pocket. Here is the link:-

http://rachelpcraftyideas.blogspot.com/

Love Rachxxx

Carole said...

Lovely work.

I came upon this challenge totally by accident yeterday. My pocket is on my blog;

http://noteworthymusings.blogspot.com/

Hels said...

Wow, thanks to you all for joining in, I guess you all love making the pockets :O)) Carole, you are right hun, there are no rules which way you have your pocket and I love the card you added to yours. Hels x

Lorraine said...

looking for your altered boxes!! love this grungey skull image nice work with the inks

Andria said...

Okay, I got to your blog from the blog of someone who left a comment on someone else's blog, and now I'm here, dreaming of pockets and buttons. I think I'm going to have to try out your challenge. :D

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