Long time no post huh? Things have been a bit quiet here lately, it’s been one of those weeks where everything seems to be piling on >_< I’ve had the flu so feeling fairly un-energetic during a week that was very high paced for work. All of that means no energy left over for blogging which really sucks 🙁 I should be back up to posting every day next week again though and I’ve almost finished setting up my gallery and some other things which I’ve been planning for a long time so please look forward to that!
Back to it, one thing I did manage to do this week was deco my purse lip colour pack. I bought the container from Daiso several weeks ago and filled it up with lip colours that I use regularly.
I was just going to post the deco part of this project but after receiving a question from the lovely Mrs Aunty Leroy about how to save lipsticks which have been
trashedenjoyed by kids, I thought I’d add in the rest!
This is the container I bought from Daiso, it was $2.80 and has 12 spots as well as a mirror and a tiny useless brush.
Using a sharp (sterilised) knife I cut off the end of each of my favorite lipsticks and smooshed them into place. It’s not particularly pretty but works like a charm XD
Lastly I took a lighter to it and melted the tops so they all looked nicer. Obviously if you plan on doing this please be very careful of fire and plastic.
After that it was just a matter of wiping any excess or overflow colour off.
Now let’s talk about the deco!
I’ve discovered the joy of backwards tweezers for deco 😀 😀 😀
I’ve used regular tweezers before but if you’re working for more than an hour or so they can give serious hand crampage but reverse tweezers where they scissor shut automatically are genius! Still not as good as the Magic Pick but very awesome none the less.
So first thing I did was decide on the design as per usual. This I wanted to be more plain and subtle. I have a lot of deco stuff in my handbag so it’s nice to keep some of it plain for variety. I picked a center piece (big metal diamante bow) and basically filled in the rest of the lid with rainbow finish acrylic gems my Mother found on sale at a junk store.
First I glued the center piece in place with epoxy glue.
Once it was dry I laid down a line of glue along the bottom edge and placed the first row of diamantes.
I used the edge of my magic tray to make sure they dried completely level. Super important because if you screw up the foundation row the rest is very difficult to get straight!
I continued around the outside until I had a complete border.
Then it was just a matter of filling in the middle!
I use 5min epoxy glue so I work in small sections that I can easily fill in that time. I put down one row of gems around the outside row and worked inside in rows.
This is the first section finished…
Rinse and repeat leaving space around the bow to fill in later.
Once the rest was dry I filled in around the bow as closely as possible while following the pattern.
And there you have it ^_^ A good evening craft that only took as long as 1 episode of Buffy XD
What do you guys think? Hope you’re all having a good weekend!
I’ve been waiting for my phone contract to end for ages so I could upgrade and when I finally got my new phone the first thing I did was of course try to plan out some deco for it!
Lucky for me SuperKawaiiMama had just been on a shopping spree in Singapore with Val from Dweam and they’d brought me back some new Swarovski crystals so I had a lot to play with 😀
The first thing I did was lay down protective contact and completely encase the phone to avoid any stray glue problems.
I experimented with placement and the kind of charms. I really wanted to use the silver charm which James bought me a few years ago because I’ve been doing so much knitting lately XD
I finalised my design and did a small test run. This time I decided to go for something flush to the phone rather than a heavy case like last time. I went for a design that was less random because it suited the shape of the phone more.
Then it was time for gluing ^_^ I did the edges first and then using a ruler to make sure it was even and straight laid down a foundation row.
After the basics it was time to fill in the middle areas.
Cut off the extra masking contact and that’s it!
I haven’t decided if I’ll keep this design yet as it’s not my favorite of the designs I’ve had in the past but if I decide to change it will be as easy as peeling off the contact 😀
If I do end up doing it again I’m definitely using the knitting queen charm again XD
Firstly! As a lot of you probably know Queensland was recently flooded quite badly. That’s where I used to live before I moved down here to Melbourne. Nuffnang put together a charity auction to raise money for the victims and my donation was 4 sets of my nails. Currently the bidding is up to $20 for the package so please do go have a look because it’s a good cause and a huge bargain right now!!
Click here to visit the auction!
When I was a kid I pretty much lived in baseball caps and after looking through waaay too many gyaru photo dumps on Tumblr they started to grow on me again. Very practical for both Summer and covering dark roots 😉 After spying this one at a tourist store for $6 I set about making it much more “me”. Now it’s become know as my
“I’m-busy-working-and-if-you-interrupt-me-right-now-and-I-lose-my-train-of-thought-I-will-beat-you-to-death-with-this-hat”… hatwork hat because I wear it when I’m writing important emails XD
I wanted to make it match the shoes I decorated way back here so I pulled out all my supplies again ^_^
What you need:
- A cap to use as a base
- Copic markers (or permanent pens like a sharpie)
- Diamantes etc for decorating
- Epoxy glue.
I wanted to go for a pink leopard print again so I started by marking in light purple all of the spots:
Next I used a darker purple to roughly mark the areas around the spots.
I covered the entire back 2/3rds of the cap leaving the front plain.
Next I filled in the background with light pink.
At this point it should look something like this:
Next I gave everything a second coat with the markers to darken it up and make it look much more like the pinks already on the brim ^_^
Last it was time for a little deco to jazz up the front!
I stuck the pearls, jewels and plastic heart on using epoxy and added a couple more on the crown above the “princess” embroidery.
And that was it!
Not exactly my every day look but I still think it’s adorable and I would totally wear it on casual days!
The best part is that it’s completely custom so you can really do whatever design you like and have something completely unique ^_^ What do you guys think?
So my Mum bought me this cute little calculator for Christmas as something to deco, how could I say no to a challenge like that XD
The parts I used are mostly from The Sticker Monsterwho is beyond awesome! People always ask me where I get deco parts from and I always give the following answers:
All of those places ship internationally and all of them are full of awesome stuff so no more questions about that XD
First thing I did was put together a basic design by laying out the main pieces on the calculator…
I transfered the flowers to the side while keeping the design in tact so I could see what needed to go where. Then one by one I glued them in place.
Now let’s talk about glue. Again another question I get at least once a week is about the glue that I use. Glue which can be used for deco:
- 99% of the time I use epoxy glue. It comes in 2 parts which are mixed together. This stuff is hard as nails and once you glue things with it they aren’t coming off so make sure you’re sure before you glue.
- E9000. I haven’t used this but many other people recommend it.
- Clear nail polish/super glue. Only useful on false nail. They don’t hold very well so if you use them on a phone or whatever it’s not going to last.
- Hot glue. No. This is not good for deco. Not only is it not durable enough but you will probably burn yourself and also it doesn’t stick well to flat smooth surfaces.
- Jewels that come with sticky backs. Meh they are ok but eventually the sticky loses it’s stick and they either peel off or you will lose the jewel. Generally I peel the sticky off first then epoxy them down or just use them on things that won’t get knocked around like this calculator.
So after gluing down the flowers I started adding larger jewels around the edges of the buttons…
Then smaller jewels, stars etc…
And I just really kept going until I felt there was enough. Done!
This is the kind of deco that only takes a few minutes especially if you’re using sticky back jewels ^_^
Of course you probably shouldn’t let your boyfriend take the before/after shots -_-‘
I haven’t decided if this is finished yet, I might continue the deco around the other other side but I’m more focused on my next big project… my laptop. I’ve finally settled on a new design for it so I just need to get off my butt and get some parts now 😀
Just a quick post to show you some nails and deco that I did a little while ago.
These nails were a present for the lovely Vintage Grrl. She wanted something a little dark but still pretty. The base was black, I added silver swirls then stamped a red Fleur De Lis over the top using a konad plate. Lastly I restamped the konad with white and top coated.
And this is a nail case I deco’d a while ago…
The hearts are puffy and I was going for a Hello Kitty-ish Valentines theme XD
I don’t know if I really like how it turned out but it’s certainly striking!
All I seem to do lately is workworkworkworkwork but it’s all going to pay off soon and I’m hoping it will be worth it! So today as a little break I decided I would show off what I did to the camera that let you look into my brain the other day 😀
Started off all black and boring and ended up like this:
The lens crystals are Swarovski’s from The Sticker Monster and the rest are bits and pieces I’ve collected from around the place.
I thought about doing a more uniform design but I settled on going crazy with it again so it matched my phone and my personality 😀
I’m very happy with the result and after several weeks everything is in tact. The coolest part is that when you switch the camera on the jewels rotate with the lens 😀
I’ve been testing out the video quality too and I can’t wait to do some more filming with it.
I am hoping this week if I can get a little spare time I will be able to bring you all some more nail art tutorials including the roses I did last time 🙂 Oh and I’ve updated the Reader’s Gallery with all the new photos, sorry it took so long >_<
So there you have it ^_^
Hope you’re all having a good week I’m off to bed so I can get a jump on tomorrow!