Thursday, 26 April 2012


If you saw my flower post a couple of weeks ago, you will know I had a little adventure trying to dry out some soggy paper flowers (ok I know it wasn't my best idea) but this week in pursuit of making a charm for Less is More’s challenge I resorted to using my cooker for crafting again.

….and apart from a slightly “fumy” smell (toxic??? nah! at least I don't think so???) I was quite pleased with the result…but I wont post a pic of some of the interesting brown splodges I  originally created…it seems not all plastics are created equal!S1052595

To create a charm I found a piece of picture hanging wire in my kitchen “bit” draw…(tell me you all have one of these…its that  parking place for bits you don't know what to do with but cant quite bring yourself to throw away and I have to say its a useful place to find interesting things to craft with). After twisting a piece into a heart shape I couldn't help feeling it needed to be a bit more solid….so I decided it needed filling…I considered several ideas but decided it would be nice to have an faux enamel look and the only thing I could think of was to melt some beads in the centre.

S1052594but the best beads I found to melt so far were some of my girl’s old plastic play beads, (I think they’re called pony beads) and as most of them were highly fluorescent I had to just use the clear ones. I popped five beads in the shape and put it under the grill (on non stick baking paper). It took a while to melt but I was quite pleS1052596ased with the glassy look.

I originally planned this as a white card with black and red accents….but I resort to this so much I made myself use some coloured scraps…not entirely comfortable with it but it makes a change….

and I know my husband will love it whatever I make.  Its for our 28th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday. I based the card on a song that he has sung to me (he can be a bit of an old romantic at times!) I have put the  lyrics inside….if you dont know it, its sung by Heatwave, the song is by Rod Temperton a very talented man (also wrote Thriller!)…I love this song and the words are wonderful….I found a fab clip on Youtube… worth a watch particularly when you see the brave choice of outfits!!!!!!!!!!!  (Steve this is for you…just promise me one thing……never….ever….. wear a tight fitting pant suit!!!…. Always and Forever yours).


Vicky Hayes said...

Diane you are amazing! Your charm is so resourceful I nearly fell over reading it! I love your card with the blocks of colour and I loved the post which is wonderfully romantic - happy anniversary for Saturday. Vicky x

Elaine said...

Great card and well done for making your own charm!!

Suze Bain said...

Love your charm and card Diane, I would never have thought to put beads under the grill. (Mind you, when we were kids we used to put crisp packets under the grill and they'd shrink to a tiny size which we'd make keyrings with). Happy Anniversary for Saturday! xx

Viv said...

Great card and well done on making your own charm too! Happy Anniversary for Sat too :) Viv xx

Chrissie said...

Isn't it amazing what you can find in the kitchen drawer!
This is wonderful Diane... how resourceful of you...your little heart is fabulous!
It's a great card.
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Faith A said...

Oh! my gosh, melting beads, who would have thought? made a great charm and a lovely card.

Aw! how nice to hear some romance for a change, hope you have a lovely day

Susan said...

Girl, you are REALLY resourceful! I never would have thought to make something like that! Your hubby should be thrilled with your creation! Happy Anniversary...and I do love that song!!

kingstonmama said...

Fabulous card, Diane! I love love to see what you come up with. :) Congratulations on 28 years. What a wonderful occasion to celebrate. Ann

Mandi said...

Superb heart
you clever stick!
Fantastic card

Thank you very much
"Less is More"

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Happy Anniversary for tomorrow Diane, what an old romantic! How special to have this song that means a lot to you both! Wow you're so brave melting the beads but a great result, love the colours together.
I Just popped over on your link, woah, tight trousers oh! my! Goodness but everyone wore them like that then ( so I'm told, she lied LOL )Have fun, Gay x

Diane said...

Really, a clever charm.....cute post..and yes, I have not one, not 2, but 3 of those drawers...yikes!!

Jenny said...

Your ingenuity knows no bounds my friend...only you would think about and actually make your own charm and succeed brilliantly :0)
Love how original your card is and thanks for the retro fashion flashback too!
Jenny x

Aileen said...

Your charm is gorgeous and very clever. Hope you had a lovely anniversary and I bet Hubby was well impressed. x

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