Saturday, 9 June 2012

Altered Art Sample for Polkadoodles Shows on Create & Craft TV..

Hello again my lovelies,

well as promised earlier here is my last sample that I made using the gorgeous

that was launched by Nikky Hall and Rosemary Merry on the Polkadoodles shows on Create & Craft TV today.

I made this altered art item with something that I have also had for a very long time, again as soon as I saw the Sewing kit I just knew what I would make with it so....

I have altered this...........

to this .....

The ingredients you need to make my altered art ribbon reel ornament are...

Wooden Ribbon Reel / Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint Vintage Photo and Tarnished Brass/ Distress Inks Vintage Photo and Tea Dye/ Fat Quarter's cut into 5 strips using different designs/ Cotton reel embellishment's/ DMC thread/ DMC in red and aida fabric to cross stitch on/ Sakura gelly roll pen Silver Star to colour the thimble/ Vintage Buttons/Mini tape measure/Wooden skewer/narrow gingham ribbon
and of course the fabulous Picknix Collection...

How to make it....

Paint one half of the ribbon reel with the Vintage Photo Crackle Paint, let it dry. When dry paint the other half with the Tarnished Brass Crackle Paint, let dry. Snap the wooden skewer to size and insert into the hole in the middle of the reel using pinflair to secure, this is the support for the mannequin, print two from the All Sewn Up kit for the back and front and cut out, ink the mannequin before attaching using the Distress Inks.

Select your chosen embellishments, print them out and fussy cut them all and ink the edges using the Distress Inks. Colour the thimble with the Sakura pen to give a metallic sheen.

Following the pattern from the printed out cross stitch heart, cross stitch a heart to match. Trim the fabric to a square and pull the edges so it looks frayed.

Using Pinflair glue begin to attach the fabric strips. Wrap DMC thread around the cotton reel embellishments. Glue each embellishment of your choice from the kit all around the reel as shown. Adding other embellishments such as the cotton reels and vintage buttons.
Attach the cross stitched heart to the front, wrap the tape measure around the mannequin as shown. Finally add the word art and sentiment to the front. 

All the way around the reel....

You can easily adapt this to embellishments of your choice and the colours you prefer. I absolutely loved making this, I feel it would be the perfect gift for a sewing friend!

You see, it is possible to make lots of gorgeous projects using the fantastic

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my Altered Art project for my Polkadoodles Sample. Treat yourself to the collection, I know you will just love love love it!

Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings and look at my crafty make's. I really do appreciate it, and love to share my ideas with you all.

Have fun and a very happy crafting,
with lots of love from me,


  1. Freakin awesome hun! This took my breath away when I saw it on the tv - don't know how you managed to part with it!!

    Claire xxx

  2. A totally awesome creation NJ which really caught my eye when I saw it. A real stunner and I agree with Claire's comment - maybe you should ask Nikky if you can have it back later on lol
    Fliss xx

  3. Stunning! Your altered art piece is fantastic, hun - what a fab and creative way to use the elements from the CD. Well done, you. Hugz, Jan xx

  4. WOW,WOW,WOW This is really stunning work of art. I LOVE IT!
    Michaela xx

  5. Completely and totally mind blowingly awesome . . . Nickki. x x