Ivory Moon

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Army Barracks

Fernli Designs DT make 

Hello again everyone,   Today i wanted to show you this make I have made ....  I was asked by my Aunt and Uncle to make a special card for a friend of theirs who was turning 70.  My Uncle was a Staff Sargent  in the '16 Signal Regiment' .... and I have always been so proud of him and my aunt who also served for a while.    Any way having met their friend (who's nick name is REME)  in the Signals they wanted something army themed and suggested a trunk with army type stuff coming out of it ....    I got SO SO excited as we talked and had a million and one things running through my head of what I could do .... and this is what I came up with ...

I bought some Action Man items from ebay  and used these as accents around the room and coming from the trunk ... TOTALLY OUT of scale but hey its not meant to be (that is what I am sticking to !!!) 

Any way the bed is made from round lolly sticks and the flat coffee stirrers ... the mattress for the bed is corrugated cardboard cut to size, stacked and glued together,  I dyed some cotton fabric with my distress inks and made a little pillow and added wadding to it then sewed it up .

 The binoculars are made from rolled paper in different sizes (I used a toothpick to do this then used gems for the glass there are also gems on the other end too but its all stuck down so can't photograph it now ... then finished them off with a small amount of black ribbon for the neck loop.

The floor is a piece of A4 paper in a tan colour and then stamped using 'Baked Brown Sugar' Stampin' up ink and with the Stampin' up Hardwood stamp.  The boot is an Action Man one.  The boot polish is made from punched circles of card all stuck together, inked around the edge and i rolled a piece of grey card around the outside to finish it off .... i took a scrap of cotton fabric and scrunched it up and used a Sharpie Marker pen in Black and dotted it on the bottom to look like a used polish cloth.
The Trunk is the ATC SHRINE and was perfect for what i wanted as it opens .... it is very simple to put together and there is a link on the site showing you how to assemble the hinges ...  I painted it with a coat of Black Gesso then painted it in a gunmetal grey paint .
Inside I put the other boot and a green army bag and the helmet and glued these all into place then arranged the gun how I wanted it then that too was glued into place.  The name plate was made using the old fashioned able makers from the 1960/1970's which was given to me by my in-laws ....  it fits in so well with the whole look.
The walls are just paper in the colours of the regiment  and the CERTA CITO is the Regiments motto which my uncle asked me to include ... the gun on the wall was so huge and even more out of scale than all the other stuff so I decided to have it as a wall ornament.... I had some pale blue paperclips that matched in really well and I bent them twice so I could use them to mount the gun.   The locker was made from 2mm chipboard and I used an off cut of the round lollysticks on the inside as a hanging rail and also added a shelf ... once put together I covered it in Silver gaffer tape to give it a more metal look.  Added another REME sticker to the front, an off cut of the green fabric folded to look like a spare blanket is on the shelf.  
Hung the Action Man uniform onto some coat hanger paper clips I had.  Added a brad to the door for a handle and the job was done .... the door does open and close but I purposely left it open so inside could be seen.
The next thing i did was to find a downloadable image of the Regiments Badge and printed it out 5 times then fussy cut out all the bits i wanted and used Silicon glue to make then all stand out as a 3 D image .

Lastly I made a display box for the whole thing 
I added some Washi tape around the windows and added some metal corners I had to the corners of the windows at the front, side and lid ..
I printed out a tag with the wording of my Aunt and Uncles choice and backed it onto some card which matched the Washi tape. I also added ribbon to the tag and then I found a Dog Tag with the word FRIEND on it so cut a length of ball chain and added it to the tag.   

Thankfully my Aunt and Uncle were thrilled with it which is always a relief .... but I have to say I am really pleased with how it turned out .... I have done a short video which is up on YouTube ....... here is the link ......... IVORY MOON

Many thanks for stopping by 
I would love it if you could leave a comment letting me know what you think ..

HUGS Tina xxx

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Hey everyone .... I bought a box frame from a charity shop last year and had planned to use it for a christmas scene but it came in very handy for my Halloween project ..
This is the Box Frame which is from Ikea ...(I got it at a charity shop last year for £1 )

I painted the whole thing black and cut the paper to size ...  

After assembling the Bird house  (£1.49p) I painted it black then used some silver rub and buff on it ... I cut the door and window frame from orange card and purple for the door ... I painted the small wooden bits black, added silver rub and buff to it then added some White Sharpie pen for the little details 

I used 2 of the lamp posts (45p for 2) painted them grey with Chalk Paint and dry brushed with black paint to add a little detail before gluing them together I inked up some Acetate with red ink and cut it to size then glued it between the two lamp posts then glued them together ... 
The Grave stone is actually the centre of the Nouveau-frame-2 (and start from 25p each)

I used the Tree 2  (these come in small, medium and large and start from 30p )
Again just painted black and Silver rub and buff on the top 
The Fence I used 4 of these and the small piece near the house is a piece I cut off from a longer piece .... I used my Tim Holtz scissors to cut and it was really easy ... yet the fences are really sturdy .. ( they are 5 for 35p) 
The lettering  is  40mm high and you get the whole lot for £1 (BARGAIN OR WHAT !!!!) 
I painted the letters with purple chalk paint and again went over it with Silver Rub and Buff I glued the HAPPY to a piece of black card and stuck it to the top of the box and the word HALLOWEEN was just stuck by the tops of each letter to some purple ribbon I had and glued at the sides of the box  

So your grand total to buy your Fernli Designs products to make this would cost you £3.82 ..... I am sure you will agree it looks far more expensive than that ..

Thanks so much for stopping by ... Don't for get to go to the Fernli website and please leave me a comment telling me what you think many thanks 

Tina xxx

There is a video on my youTube channel where you can see this is better detail ... please go have a look and subscribe  HUGS TINA xxxx

Friday, October 10, 2014

Hello Everyone ....

Time for another Fernli Designs DT make .....   While I was looking through all the AMAZING embellishments that Fernli have one their website I came across the tree.... Well obviously my first thought was 'Wonderful its October Halloween is not far away so I can make a haunted tree ....

BUT when my DT package came Lou had put some lovely little hearts in there and I thought that they would look lovely with my families names on them and I was thinking about using them as Christmas tree ornaments at first .... which lead me to thinking of my Family Tree so putting the 2 together was just the perfect match ...

I have made this for my gorgeous eldest son Dean and his beautiful partner Julia and my wonderful grandchildren Luca and Ava

Sorry for the reflection but this was the only place I could get any decent light ...

This is a very quick project ... I simply gave everything a coat of white Gesso them used Chalk paint on the tree (warm white) and Cadet Blue and China Pink for the hearts.    The Sentiment was printed out from my computer .

This will be one of their christmas presents ... I really hope they like it 

Thanks as always for taking the time to stop by xxx 

Tina xxx

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Hey people ...

Here is my design team make for Fernli Designs .... I ADORE these little picket fences and have had this idea in my head for ages ..... so finally got around to making it ....

I started by painting the picket fences with Spun Sugar Distress Paint (about 3 coats ... ) once dry I painted over the Cosmic Shimmer Crackle Glaze.  Then when that was dry I gave it a coat of Warm White Also a cosmic Shimmer Chalk paint.   


I glued the fences together and stuck a strip of card don the back of the fences where they joined just for added strength.  

Then I painted one of the Fernli Designs Swirls with a shimmer paint (Pink Plum) and glued it to the bottom of the Fence Frame.

The only thing left to do was to add the decorations of feather, photo, and metal tag, ribbon and some card .... 

I would love to know what you think

Thanks for stopping by 
Tina xxx

Thursday, September 18, 2014


SNEAK PEEK Number 2 :)  

I LOVE bow fronted cards made with Acetate  ... and this Acetate from Crafters Companion is just THE BEST ... it is thick, durable and just down right YUMMY ..  The Die I have used is the CHRISTMAS VILLAGE DIE .... so so versatile  I cut the image twice once with Black Mat Card and once with Centura Pearl White Card then slightly staggered them so it looks like snow is on the rooftops of the buildings  ...

AND this is not JUST a card .... I made a small box base using the Mat Black Card to hold 6 t light candles in and then wrapped it (MATCHBOX STYLE ) with some more of the gorgeous Acetate I stuck the Acetate to the card using the Red Line Tape ... added a small tab to the base of the box so it can easily pulled out to access the candles .... A great way to give a small token gift at Christmas Time ...

 Thanks for stopping by ....  Call back later for ANOTHER sneak peek :) 


Create a Card Christmas Range

Hello again ..... Crafters Companion are just about to launch their new range of the Create a Card Christmas dies .... Here is a sneak peek of a few of them ....

I made this decoration using an old Coffee Mate Tin (which my neighbour very kindly saves for me )  I cut out the Die  (The die I used for this is the CHRISTMAS VILLAGE Die) on some Core'dinations card and backed it using the Snowflake Acetate .... I painted the inside of the tin with Black Gesso ... I then marked and cut out a section of the Tin and used Red Line Tape to stick the Die cut to the tin over the opening .  I then decorated the rest of the outside of the tin with Christmas papers

 On the lid which was gold plastic  I coloured the whole thing using a black Sharpie pen.  I used the Die'sire Quilling range of dies to make the flowers on the top  ( Rose - Large and Small- and the Stamen Die ...) I also cut out some Ivy and Holly leaves using the Die'sire Range and glued these to the top of the lid using the Collalls 3D Glue (That stuff is AMAZING and I LOVE it)   I found a spray of pearls and also glued this under one of the flowers

Inside the tin I lined it with some Wadding fabric (which looks like snow) and added a LED T LIGHT which changes colours ..... I hope you agree with me that when lit it looks really cool ... but also looks good as a decoration during the day when the T Light is switched off .

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Create a Card (Christmas)

Another NEW launch from Die'sire are the Create a Card Dies .... these are a great idea especially if you are new to crafting or don't have much time to make a load of cards ..... using these you can make a card in about 10 minutes add a ribbon and it looks stunning ..... but if you are more experienced and have loads of time to experiment with them there is sooooooo much you can do with them .....

Here are some of my samples for the launch of these Christmas themed Create a Card dies

Create a Card - Christmas Eve
Die'sire - Holly 
Die'sire - Snowflake

Create a Card - Christmas Eve
Die'sire - Holly 
Die'sire - Snowflake

Create a Card - Christmas Present
Die'sire - Fir Tree
Collall Glue - Tacky & 3D


Create a Card - Christmas Eve 
Die'sire - Fir Tree
Die'sire - Holly
Embossalicious - Let it Snow
Stamps - Sheena Douglass - Christmas Visitors 

Create a Card - Christmas Present
Die'sire - Snowflake
Collall Glue - Tacky 
Core'dinations Card
Green Ink 
Flat Back Pearls 

Create a Card - O'Christmas Tree
Centura Pearl Card 
Collall All Purpose Glue
Blue Gems
Blue Ink

Create a Card - Christmas Present
Die'sire Fir Tree
Die'sire Snowflake
Pink Ink
Embossalicious Hessian 


Create a Card -O' Christmas Tree
Die'sire Quilling Rose (large and Small)
Die'sire Quilling Stamen
Die'sire Holly
Die'sire Leaf Swirls
Green Ink
Embossalicious Let it Snow
Seed Beads
Collall Glue Tacky and 3D

Thank you all for stopping by .... I would really appreciate any comments from you xxx

Tina xxx

Friday, August 15, 2014

Classiques Christmas Collection

The NEWEST Dies from Die'sire  ...... oh my word what can I say ....I LOVE THEM  they are so easy to use (as always) ... great designs and so versatile.  

Here are some of my samples that I made for the Create and Craft launch of the new dies  ...

Classiques Christmas Collection STAR OF WONDER
Sentimentals HAPPY HOLIDAYS 

 Classiques Christmas Collection SANTAS SLEIGH
Die'sire FIR TREES
Vintage christmas Collections 6x6 paper pad.

Classiques Christmas Collection ORNATE BAUBLE
Classiques Christmas Collection FILIGREE BAUBLE
Die'sire HOLLY
Vintage Christmas Collection 6x6 paper pad
Sheena Douglass stamps... CHRISTMAS VISITORS
Vintage Christmas CD ROM .. Sentiments

Classiques Christmas Collection SCENIC PINES
Vintage Christmas CD ROM sentiments
Viva Pearl Pen (101 Ice White)

Classiques Christmas Collection SNOWFLAKE BAUBLE
Vintage Embossalicious VINTAGE BELLS

Classiques Christmas Collection THREE WISE MEN
Die'sire IVY
Die'sire HOLLY
Vintage Christmas SENTIMENTS

Classiques Christmas Collection SEASONAL TREE 
Vintage Embossalicious VINTAGE SNOW BELLS
Spray and Sparkle SILVER 
Core'dinations card 
Collalls Glue

Classiques Christmas Collection SEASONAL TREE
Classiques Christmas Collection SCENIC PINES
Classiques Christmas Collection ELEGANT REINDEER
Classiques Christmas Collection POST BOX & ROBIN
Vintage christmas CD ROM CD ROM

Collalls Glue TACKY AND 3D
Spectrum Noir Pencils
Blending solution

Classiques Christmas Collection
Die'sire- HOLLY
Spectrum Noir Pens - GB4, CG4, DG3, DR6

Classiques Christmas Collection JINGLE BELLS
Sheena Douglas- A Little Bit Festive - CHRISTMAS VISITORS
Vintage Christmas -CD ROM
Collalls Glue -3D and Tacky
Glass Gems 

Classiques Christmas Collection-THREE WISE MEN, STAR OF WONDER, NATIVITY 
Die'sire - LEAF SWIRLS
Vintage Christmas CD ROM
Collalls Glue- 3D,ALL PURPOSE

Many thanks for stopping by .... I would love to know what you think xx

Tina xxx

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