Category Archives: Craft

Disney shoes!

I just wanted to give you all an update of the latest commissioned pair of shoes that I have finished!

Chip and Dale – Rescue Rangers!

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If you would like to commission a pair of hand painted shoes then please drop me an email at Queen_Ursula@hotmail.com

What do you think of the Rescue Rangers shoes??

Alyssa xx

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Plus Size Disney – Queen of Hearts

In a change to my usual outfit posts, today I am covering a look that I actually wore on a recent trip to Disneyland Paris!

This is my Plus Size Queen of Hearts Disneybound – I hope you like it!!

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You can find items similar to the ones I wore here …
Red Cardigan – Yours Clothing
Rose Dress – Ebay
Red Tights – Ebay
Necklace – BlackHeart Creatives

I made the playing card flower crown myself and absolutely love the way that it came out.

If you would like me to provide details of my makeup for this look, then please let me know!

This was definitely my fave outfit of my trip, what do you think of my Queen of Hearts style?

Alyssa xxx

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Plus Size Disney – Rapunzel

I have actually ordered the majority of items in this post to do my very first princess bound on my trip next year!!

Everything in this post is available online right now!

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Dress – ASOS Curve
Lilac Tights – eBay
Cardigan – Simply Be
Disney Flower Ears – ASOS
Shoes – Simply Be

I think this is a super funky twist on Punzie and intend to fashion myself a Pascal bag to go with it.

If you would be interested in hearing more about the crafting I do to fit in with my bounds, let me know.

Alyssa xx

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Brand Spotlight – Black Heart Creatives

I love jewellery. I especially love jewellery that can be customised to my exact needs or wants and Black Heart Creatives are a wonderful brand that can do just that!!

The company is the brainchild of the adorable Charlotte. I have had the pleasure of meeting Charlotte at an event we exhibited at together and can say that she is a total sweetheart.

The website has a large collection of designs available to buy ‘off the shelf’ and the collections change fairly regularly. My favourites at the moment are

Dancing Lady Emoji Necklace

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Tickled Pink Flamingo Earrings

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Fries B4 Guys Necklace

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The most amazing thing about BHC for me though is the wonderful bespoke service that Charlotte offers. The website has a gallery of bespoke designs here. If there is something you want made, you just have to drop an email to Charlotte via the website and she’ll work with you to create the item of your dreams!!

I’ve had a few items made myself and plan on having a lot more in the future! My latest necklace is this stunning design which I think I’m going to be wearing A LOT!

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Please do check out Charlotte’s work and buy handmade!!

Alyssa xx

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PAYDAY WEEKEND DISCOUNT!!

This weekend I am offering a massive 25% discount off of EVERYTHING in my Etsy store!!

This includes bespoke designs! If you contact me for a quote this weekend and place an order before Monday, you will save 25% off of whatever you order!

I’ve included some pictures of designs to help inspire you, please check out my shop too!

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Hopefully something there will inspire you … I’m willing to try and make anything your heart desires!

I ship internationally!

Alyssa xxx

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Summer Savings!!

I am offering a 10% discount on everything in my Etsy store until the 8th August 2014!

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You just need to enter the code AUG14 at checkout to claim your discount!

I ship internationally and this include bespoke designs too!

So pop along to my shop here and buy something pretty!!

Alyssa xx

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Silk Painting

Silk painting is one of my absolute favourite crafts to do. It is a challenging painting medium and getting good results can be a bit hit or miss on occasion but I think that’s why I love it so much.

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Silk dye is not a very forgiving material to work with, it takes great precision and accuracy to ensure that any barriers that you have created are entirely water tight and if this has not been done then your design can all leak into each other and create a big blotchy mess ruining hours or work and creativity. Yet I still love to do it!

When silk painting goes right it is one of the most vibrant and effective painting styles you can create. The products that I personally use are all iron fixed and once that has been done can be washed and worn over and over again without compromising the design or vibrancy of what I have created.

My silk painting process starts with designing my product on paper. I have various sized pads that I work with, occasionally I draw the entire design on one large sheet but more often than not, I draw out the individual components and then trace them into the design where I want them. This gives me the flexibility to change designs if I want to and also means that no two designs are exactly the same, which is a factor I really enjoy about my creations.

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Once I have traced the images, I stretch them onto my frames and secure them with silk pins to maintain the resistance and secure them in place without damaging the delicate silk. I then use Pebeo Gutta water based outliner to create the barriers around the outside of the areas that I want to paint with the dye. This product comes in many different colours including a clear design which dissolves when you iron it at the end of the process. Once this has dried (I usually leave it overnight to be safe) you should check that it has gone all of the way through the silk to the other side, this will help to prevent the colours from bleeding when applied.

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Applying the silk dye itself is relatively simple if the outliner has set correctly, you should be able to just load your brush with dye and then place it onto the silk and watch it spread to the barrier. Using water will allow you to play with the opacity of the dye allowing you to create a more smoky effect or more intense colour. The dyes can either be pre-mixed in colours you wish to use or you can do this on the fabric itself for a more dramatic effect. I enjoy using the Pebeo silk paints but am currently experimenting with some other brands which I will feedback about in a further post.

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I will be uploading a brief picture tutorial of my silk painting from start to finish in the coming weeks, I just need to take the time to photograph the entire process from start to finish first!

I have included some pictures of some of my finished designs, what do you think?

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They are mostly available to buy in my Etsy store, I also offer a bespoke design service so please do get in contact with me if you would like to order the design of your dreams!

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What is your favourite craft?

Do you have a store I can visit? I always love to support other artists.

Alyssa xx

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Part of Your World

I have just finished a hand painted bag design of Ariel from The Little Mermaid for my Etsy store.

I took pictures throughout the process (for once) so thought I’d share them with you so you can see my design process in stages …

I started with finding an inspiration picture …

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Following are the stages painting stages…

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This bag is available to buy here alternatively you can order a bespoke design here. I would LOVE to make you the bag you’ve always wanted.

What do you think?

Is there anything you’d like to see on a bag?

Alyssa xx

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Totes Amaze!

I have started to paint 100% cotton bags to add to my Etsy store and so I thought I’d do a little blog post to update you with what is available so far!

The ever popular “Sleeping Death” design was the first I added

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Today I added “Poor Unfortunate Souls” to the store as well, an Ursula inspired design that I love!

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With all painted tote bag designs I include free personalisation, this could be either a name or a quote.

I will be adding a bespoke tote bag option shortly where you can have pretty much any design you want painted for a set price!

I ship internationally so everyone can enjoy my designs.

Please check out my store here and let me know what you think!

Alyssa xx

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Sleeping Death

“ The Victim of the Sleeping Death can be revived only by Love’s First Kiss”

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It’s no great secret that I am more a fan of the Disney Villains than the princesses, I can understand the appeal of the princesses to the masses but I’d much rather root for the bad guy and my artwork does have a tendency to reflect that.

One of my favourite designs, which incidentally is one of my most popular ones, “Sleeping Death” poison apple print. The poison apple is such an iconic villainous prop that it is instantly recognisable and either loved or hated by Disney fans dependant on what side of the fence you root for!

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Silk painting allows me to create some very dramatic effects with the colours in this piece and I have made it with a variety of backgrounds for different customers. The grey smoke effect has proved the most popular and can be seen in my Etsy store at the moment on one of my smaller scarves, I love this and wear if often as a headscarf when I’m trying to tame my crazy curls!

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This design proved so popular that I have branched out and made a few bags with it on too, this are brand new to the store this week so I would love to know what you think of them?

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What other products would you like to see this design painted on to?

Do you own this scarf? I’d love to see how you style it!

Alyssa xx

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