Monday

10 ways to use remnant lace on your projects





It's no secret that I love lace. And that I'm super lucky that people like to keep their remnant lace and send them my way. :) My faves are white so that I can colorize them any way I want to. I don't mind the small pieces either. With gel medium, I can create the "whole" illusion. *winks*
Here are 10 ways to use remnant lace on your projects.


Black-and-gold-tag
Black and gold tag

1. Layer the lace over patterned paper for contrasting texture and interest on your tag.

Here I layered the black peekaboo lace over patterned paper and then added another layer of paper blooms for even more texture and interest. I tied all the elements together with gold book corners, and gold mica flakes for a dramatic look.


A-mixed-media-canvas-inspired-by-Iceland
A mixed media canvas inspired by Iceland

2.  Try lace over lace for a dreamy feel.

My canvas base was first covered with remnant lace and wrapping tissue, gessoed and then misted. Next, I applied white gesso on the raised surfaces to really showcase the intricate lace patterns. Then I added the lilac floral lace pieces to create an ethereal feel to the piece.

The overdone tea tin
The overdone tea tin

3.  Gold and white lace - a winning combination.

Spray paint an old tea tin with gold paint, add a layer of white remnant lace and embellish to your heart's content. :)

Shabby-chic-magnet
A shabby chic magnet
4. Peach and aqua work well too. 

Here I used the peach lace as the backdrop for the embellishment cluster on my shabby chic magnet.

Pretty-envelopes
Easy to make pretty envelopes

5. Decorate little envelopes with lace.

These are so easy to do and are fabulous for tucking in little notes for a special someone.

The-textured-neutral-card
Neutral textures on a card
6.  Have a play with textures.

When you keep to neutral tones, you can play up the layers without making it "heavy" or overdone. Here I adhered a lace layer over a wood ATC and incorporated a diecut on top.

Altered-zipper-bottle-for-LESSology.
An altered bottle tutorial

7. Cover up a glass bottle in a pretty way.

This is why I love clear bottles. :) Cover up with white remnant lace and add drama with a zipper for a one-of-a-kind paintbrush holder.

Beautiful-card-by-Yvonne-Yam-for-Maya-Road1
I love the look of peekaboo lace

8. Use lace to tone down a busy patterned background.

Went a little overboard with the misted background? No worries, just tone it down with a little peekaboo lace....it looks like you did the background on purpose.

Afternoon-tea
Afternoon tea

9. Create textural interest by using lace as a photo mat for your layout.

The lace really helped to tie all the neutral elements together and make it a little more feminine.

Window
Window for LESSology

10. Make a pretty window display backdrop.

Here I used the vintage lace to create "dramatic" curtains for my "window" frame.


There you have it...10 ways to use remnant lace on your projects.  Which is your fave?



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Friday

When the Gangster Gang directed the photo shoot...


When-the-Gangster-Gang-directed-the-photo-shoot

The other day I decided to give the Gangster Gang (nephews + niece) creative freedom to direct the photo shoot with the hope of scoring some decent photos in the process. *winks*


Of course, I got photos like someone with a finger up their nostril and another "biting" someone's butt....*LOL*


You know, things that the kids thought was funny.*shakes head*


You can tell by the photos here that my plan backfired and I didn't get nice photos. :(


But I did have fun putting together this layout with new goodies from my bloggy pal Lizzy Hill (all those fabulous tropical diecuts). :)



Playing along with Stuck?! Sketches.



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Wednesday

A textured and layered tag


A-textured-and-layered-tag

I love making textured and layered tags which are great for adorning a gift bag in lieu of a card. 


My tag base is always cardboard from packaging because it holds up better to my "abuse". :) 

I had a little "accident" and stained the patterned paper that I had adhered to my tag so I went in with a stencil and textured paste. Which I then decided to paint gold. And when that looked a little too gaudy, I went in to tone it down with some white gesso.



I distressed the edges of a smaller Prima tag to form the base of my focal point. Then I went in with some Maya Road embellishments. And finished my tag with gold glitter ribbon from packaging.


Hope you are having a great week friends! :)


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Monday

Old clock turned photo frame


Old-clock-turned-photo-frame

I bought this vintage-inspired clock about 2 years ago. It was one of those battery suckers that never told time accurately and only looked pretty. So when it finally stopped working even though it had a fresh battery, I was kind of happy *insert evil background music*.... You know, because I get to alter it!


Of course, even in "death", the clock had to torment me a little more. It took a bit of time to actually dismantle it. *winks* This was from a few weeks ago....


This was from this past weekend...mid-way through the process when I was auditioning embellishments....yes, it was a tough audition, a lot of them didn't make the cut! *LOL*


Now,  I didn't start out thinking it would a photo frame but since I had multiples of a photo of my parents, I went for it.


Their heads form a heart. :)


White lace trim is just divine! Thanks Lizzy Hill! :)


It was a fairly easy albeit time-consuming project. But it turned out really pretty. What do you think?


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Tuesday

Photo booth props from found objects


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So I found these fun photo booth props that I made for my grand-aunt's 90th birthday bash last November when I was sorting through my "save-it-for-a-rainy-day" stash the other day.


Now it was easy to just head to the store to buy ready-made props of course but I thought to myself, "Why buy when I can make them, right?" [Apparently I enjoy creating more work for myself...*winks*]. 

And then of course, I just had to challenge myself to use some found objects around the house. Er, you know to reduce the amount I was hoarding. ;)

I had spray-painted some plastic containers to be the "pots" for my giant flowers [They were the large plastic containers for protein powder that I nabbed from a body-building uncle.] So I decided the lids would be great for the "frame" of my photo booth props.


I also had these old paintbrushes that had lived past their usefulness which I thought would be perfect "sticks" for my props.

The challenge was of course to attach the two items together in an elegant way. Okay, just in a way that it would at least hold together for the duration of the party. *LOL*

So I pleated some scrap paper that was then glued to "hold" the paintbrush and then attached the whole thing to the plastic cover. A black Sharpie + white pen and some chipboard letters completed my photo booth props. [If you were wondering about the words I actually used...wonder no more, I just tried to form plausible words from my chipboard letter stash...haha]


Here you have my ever-sporting mum and sister, posing with my photo booth props, including the giant paper flowers. 

Hope you are having a great week so far!

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Monday

Black and white altered box


Black-and-white-altered-box

One of my goals this year is to finish up all of my half-done projects or just get rid of them. *dramatic music plays in the background* 

Don't get me wrong. I love to recycle and repurpose but when the stuff you save for a rainy day starts to overwhelm you, you've got to take drastic measures, right? *winks*


Here's the first of my half-done projects that I managed to save from the "jaws" of the recycle bin....a black and white mooncake box. I remember spending quite a bit of time covering up this red box in remnant lace before applying a layer of black gesso. And then chucking it to a corner where it stood unloved and almost forgotten for the last few months. *Bad me!*


I added a coat of silver glaze to really highlight the texture from the lace and was about to do my usual clustering of embellishments thing when I found this lovely lace from old lingerie in my stash. And of course, decided to go another direction.


I think it turned out pretty classy actually. Another box to add to my mum's collection of decorated boxes.  

P/s: I always thought that these boxes will eventually be mine again in a few decades but apparently, my mum has promised my niece that she will get them. *LOL*


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Thursday

Sweet treat party


Sweet-treat-party

So my sister went on a skiing vacation in Canada back in December/January and came back with sweet treats for us.  


Here is the Gangster Gang (niece + nephews) posing with their maple syrup lollipops.  And why yes, it was totally staged. I made them take a video to thank aunt E. *winks*



And I got a few baking related pressies too! *big smile* Yeah, that is a really tiny whisk. *LOL*


I had fun rummaging through my paper scraps for this cutesy layout. It was a sweet treat indeed to find bits and pieces that somehow "work" together on a layout.


Playing along with My Creative Sketches.



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Tuesday

My attempt at a shaker card...


My-attempt-at-a-shaker-card

Shaker cards have always been challenging for me because I like my cards to be done fairly quickly. But for some reason, these pink sequins and jar were calling out to me...so meet my attempt at a shaker card. *winks*


Well, a mini shaker jar on a card. [Yes, I was thinking that if it didn't work out, I could replace that element with something else.] 


I had to fiddle quite a bit with getting the sequins to sit properly in the jar but I think it turned out okay?? *LOL*


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