Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Inspired by Lailenia - An Autumn Handbag Charm,

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven, Followers and Friends! Over at PaperArtsy, there have been some spectacular autumn creations this month, and last night - September 29th, Leilania shared her Shrink Plastic experiments with a beautiful result. She made a great Halloween pendant. I've loved the possibilities of Shrink Plastic since I discovered it a while back. I decided that I would use it to create a quick gift in the form of a handbag charm. Instead of a Halloween Theme like Leilania, I went for an Autumn one; as this was to be a little October birthday gift for a friend's daughter.
First I painted a sheet of Polyshrink with some water-diluted Fresco. I used Butternut, which is now no longer available, but there are other lovely autumnal shades in Frescos: Autumn Fire springs to mind! I had a little Eiffel Tower charm from a broken pendant and a dog tag, given me by friend, Lucy and some jump rings. These I painted with Guacamole Fresco.

My next step was to die-cut my plastic into leaf shapes, using Tim Holtz's Tattered Leaves die. I then punched a hole at the tip of each leaf with a Cropodile!
Before melting my leaves, I stamped them with these images from Lynne Perrella's PaperArtsy Collection 028 in Jet Black Archival. To both steady the plastic in the blast from the heat tool and to keep that hole open, I anchored my leaves with a pair of craft tweezers.
Treasure Gold in Rose Quartz, Green Amber and Classic gave a nice antique look to the painted dog tag, jump rings and charm.
I also gave the backs a good coating of Treasure Gold. You could glaze your leaves with Glossy Accents or a couple of coats of clear UTEE, but I decided to keep them matte. This was such a quick gift to make, I couldn't believe how soon it was finished! Paris is, I suppose, considered most beautiful in the Springtime; but I love the city in the light of an autumn afternoon. I first visited Paris with a dear friend thirty-five years ago in late September and it was just magical. As we were wandering through the steep cobbled streets of Montmartre the incredible voice of Edith Piaf singing 'La Vie en Rose' rang out from the window of a tall apartment building. My friend and I felt as if we were part of a Francois Truffaut film! I should like to link my handbag chain to PaperArtsy's September Challenge here and thank you for taking the time to drop by Magpieheaven today.

20 comments:

  1. A beautiful charm Julie Ann, so many thoughts of Paris so long ago arisen by a lovely gift from your Friend. I am sure it will be much appreciated and loved :-) xxx

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  2. Fabulous charm Julie Ann! Wonderful memory and beautiful gift, it's a lovely xxx

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  3. I'm so glad that I did drop by Magpieheaven today Julie Ann. This is totally enchanting and as usual your commentary does not disappoint . I must admit to having bypassed the challenge but yours does excite me. Might go and have a rummage! Xx

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  4. Loved seeing this process and I just adore the final results! So glad I stopped in today! Beautiful creation!
    XO
    Kim

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  5. This is so lovely!! Thanks for sharing the steps you used to make this!

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  6. Your little charms are beautiful Julie Ann! I love the stamping on them!
    Alison xxx

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  7. Oh the beauty of this Autumnal charm is so evident. I so love the notion of die cutting the shrink plastic (at such times I so wish I had a die cutting machine).
    To walk the cobble streets of Paris with this charm dangling from a frisky little designer bag .... excuse me while I day dream LOL.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  8. This is wonderful!! I love the idea of the lp images on the leaves, painting the dog tags, and using th on the back of the shrink plastic. Such good ideas and it works so well. And you didn't even need a dog!

    Lucy x

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  9. Hey Miss Julie Ann, well you know I call the Shrink Plastic your signature pieces, you have been creating them forever always so Gorgeous, these are just perfection, a fabulous gift, I love you left it flat, give it a whole new vibe. Now Paris is my dream trip, and I'm sure I would love it best in the fall you make it sound magical. Thanks for sharing this inspiration, I'm off to my desk all inspired to dream :O), hope you have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS )))..

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  10. Beautiful, and it will be a gift well received, I am sure.

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  11. Love your charms, must start making some for Christmas!

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  12. Love your charms, must make some for Christmas!

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  13. Thanks for the great tutorial Julie. Your charms are amazing.

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  14. Look at you create! What a Fab gift! I want one for my bag now! teeheehee
    Love that you shared as always my friend! xoxo

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  15. thanks for sharing this it is brilliant! xo

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  16. Wow wow wow this is gorgeous, I so wish I could get shrink plastic to work for me. Such beautiful gold charm for your bag love it. Kezzy :-) xxx

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