Oct 21, 2013

LESSology Challenge #30: Guest designer Suman Pandit

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This month, we have the lovely Suman Pandit as our guest designer.

I have made two projects for LESSology Challenge #30 Kitchen Raid. Upcycled some old stainless steel containers and a wafer box  for this challenge. There have been few things I wanted to try for some time and that is using crackle effects and decoupage. I have used locally made inexpensive products for both these techniques.

I started with lightly sanding the steel containers so that the paint can adhere better.I used bronze,copper, blue and aqua green metallic acrylic colors as a base coat and left it overnight to dry. next used Fevicryl Hobby Ideas crackle medium all over. Wait for about 5-10 minutes and then painted over with a bit of rust mixed with white acrylic colors As I had applied a thick coat of crackle medium, the resultant cracks started appearing soon and are quite defined and big to show the various layers of mixed colors underneath. 

I have added some wood and mirror embellishments on the lid, the second one had some pink stones so I painted over with matching colors. Have kept it simple as did not want to take away from the beautiful crackle effect. Finished with two coats of clear varnish. 

For the chocolate wafer box decoupage  ( box image from the net as forgot to click a picture ) , I first painted with white acrylic color.  Adhered this nice green net effect and wine glass print napkin with home made mod podge ( diluted fevicol MR with water in a 1:1 ratio), left to dry overnight and then coated with another layer of fevicol mix. 

The different laces are from the super cheap scrap basket of a local lace and button store. for the lid I have used the gorgeous off white flower and the green foam flowers which I received from Tone-Lill all the way from Norway, the glittery leaves are hand cut from the lace. 

It is a pleasure and an honor to be here on LESSology today  to share my work with all of you. Thanks to Yvonne and all my friends at LESSology for inviting me to join the fun here with all Up cycling enthusiasts !!

Oct 15, 2013

LESSology Challenge #30: Creative inspiration of Linda Lapotka

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So, have you been busy in the kitchen? *winks* Let's check out what design team member Linda Lapotka whipped up for LESSology Challenge #30: Kitchen Raid!

What a fun challenge we have for you this month! There are so many fun things you can up-cycle from your kitchen.

I found this strainer when I was cleaning out my mother-in-law's house. I knew I wanted to make it in to a pincushion.

First I cut some circles from muslin.

I turned that and filled it with some crushed walnut shells. It is lizard bedding. Crushed walnut shells are suppose to be good to clean and sharpen you pins.

Next I sewed the little bag in the strainer.

Then the fun part. I added lace to the back and started embellishing.

I added this beautiful piece of tatting to the front.  Then some ribbon, and flowers. 

Now this is hanging in my work area, and ready for my pins.

Here is the video I made while I was working on this project.

I hope you will join the challenge at LESSology this month.

Oct 14, 2013

LESSology Challenge #29: Birthday Party winners!

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A very big thank you to all who left us sweet comments last month and especially those who celebrated our second birthday with us by playing along with LESSology Challenge #29: Birthday Party.

The winner of the challenge whose project will also grace the cover of the LESSology 2nd Anniversary e-book is....

Buffy upcycled a container and created a matching card! Congratulations Buffy! Please e-mail your mailing address so that we can get your RAK out to you. Please also email high-resolution files of your project so that we can include them in our e-book!

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And now for our Top 3!

Congratulations to our Top 3! Please email high-resolution photos of your projects to us so that we can include your projects in the LESSology 2nd Anniversary e-book.

P/s: Don't forget to play along with our current challenge - LESSology Challenge #30: Kitchen Raid!

Oct 11, 2013

LESSology Challenge #30: Creative inspiration of Yvonne Yam

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Have you been enjoying the creative inspiration for LESSology Challenge #30: Kitchen Raid? How about one more before we break for the weekend? Let's see what design team member Yvonne Yam raided in her kitchen.

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If there's one thing I have a lot of at home, it's wall space! So I decided that I want to make a collection of family photos using old pie plates. :)

I started by decoupaging old book paper to the pie plate. Tearing the book pages into smaller pieces and overlapping them when they are glued down help to create a little more texture. When everything is dry, apply a colour wash of your choice over it. I used Faber Castell gelatos.

I added a photo of my nephew and niece, then created a fun little "scene" using chipboard, gold mica flakes, a resin bird and blooms.

Now imagine a wall full of these decorated pie plates....with delightful pictures of these cuties...and maybe some of me...*winks*

Come play along with us...join in the fun with LESSology Challenge #30: Kitchen Raid! :)

Oct 10, 2013

LESSology Challenge #30: Creative inspiration of Mitra Pratt

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Hello there! Have you been raiding your kitchen in preparation for LESSology Challenge #30: Kitchen Raid? *winks* Let's see how design team member Mitra Pratt tackled the challenge.

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I came up for the idea of a magnetic hanging frame in the kitchen after I got sick of things on my fridge. I thought that it would be a great place for the school calendar as well. 

Plus it works nicely with our latest challenge here at LESSology for raiding the kitchen for project supplies! I made the original hanging frame back in November of 2011 and it was getting very faded. Plus, everyone forgot to write in the days on the calendar every month rendering it a bit useless. ;-) 

Here is how it looked before the transformation. The actual base was originally a very thin piece of board with a pink wash and just a plain black frame. 

One night I gave my Big Shot a rather large work out and embossed piece after piece of aluminium tape. 

I carefully covered just the front of the frame with these embossed metal stickers. 

Then it was time for some paint. Wanted a pearl pink look so used some liquid pearls for my pink color. 

A quick sand and my frame was ready for metal!

Getting the metal was a little adventure in itself. I went to a local steel yard with my frame and got to pick out the exact gauge of steel I wanted. Then, pulled around back and some dude cut it to size.

Of course being raw steel, I then had to paint and rust treat before I could cover with chalk board paint. 

See, I couldn't make up my mind! It's not only magnetic, but also a chalk board! ;-)

If you look closely, I also went over my textured frame with a brown Stazon Ink pad. Love how pretty that recycled book page flower still looks. It's magnetic now so I can move it around.

My vintage silverware is also magnetic! I wanted to be able to easily take everything off this board for washing!

A fun practical project that hopefully inspires you to go on a kitchen raid yourself & play along!

Oct 9, 2013

LESSology Challenge #30: Creative inspiration of Julie Tucker-Wolek and Lynnda Hosni

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Ready for another round of creative inspiration for LESSology Challenge #30: Kitchen Raid? Let's check out how design team members Julie Tucker-Wolek and Lynnda Hosni raided their kitchens! :)

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Hi everyone! Julie with you here today to share my take on this month's challenge! I had a lot of fun with this month's challenge of raiding my kitchen to find something to create with!! :)

I had these wooden spoons and believe it or not ... I had this Hallmark shopping bag in a drawer (caused I liked the saying on it ... and I knew I would be making something with it someday! LOL!!) 

I made a canvas with the goodies above :) 

Can't wait to see what you create for this challenge ~~ Julie :)

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Hello ...
Today it's my turn to reveal what I did for LESSology Challenge #30 - Kitchen Raid..
This is another FUN challenge!... There are so many upcycled items in the kitchen that I can create for this Challenge!!! [Go get ready and RAID your kitchen!!] {LOL}
Okay I admit...I'm being lazy...so I decide to go easy !!!
 I used my cutting board to create this wall hanging!!!
The cutting board...

Look!!! All dolled-up ... Tadaaa... here is my wall hanging!!!
 Some closed-up photos....

I really can't wait to see what you all will create for this challenge!! - Lynnda

Oct 8, 2013

LESSology Challenge #30: Creative inspiration of Kirsty Vittetoe

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This month, we want you to raid your kitchen not for food but for supplies that you could cleverly use for your creative projects! Today, let design team member Kirsty Vittetoe show you what she did with her kitchen paper towel!  

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My project today is a 6x8 layout for my mini album. I want a textured photo so I printed it on a piece of paper kitchen towel. You can use the plain one but I thought I could make use of those pretty prints on the kitchen towel too.

I used spray adhesive like this one to glue the paper towel to a piece of cardstock.

And then use scotch tape to hold the top of the page before I put it into the printer

I love how the photo looks on the paper towel.

Nothing goes to waste.... I cut out the petals and leaves and used it as embellishment for my page.

Here you go...

And of course those pretty doilies are from packaging materials too!

Come join in the fun!

What a brilliant use of the kitchen paper towel Kirsty! Have some fun ideas forming in your head right now? Well, we want to see them! Raid your kitchen and play along with us...LESSology Challenge #30: Kitchen Raid!