Tuesday 14 May 2013

A key spool..

Yesterday the guest designer on the PaperArtsy blog was France Charles, she came up with a super nifty little way to make a key fob. It was so cute i just had to make one. 

She even made a little video showing how to make it, check out her video in THIS BLOG POST..

So here is the one I made. 

I painted my spool with PaperArtsy Fresco paint. 

London Bus.. Blood Orange..French Roast.. Stone

I used black archival ink to stamp a giraffe ( sent by the lovely DEDE...) and some text onto a piece of card, this was also coloured with fresco paint. 

The text reads ' free your soul' and is from Artistic Stamper, (designed by my lovely friend Donna )

The fibres are old and from my stash, except for the red one with the text on it. That is a piece of seam binding, dipped in fresco paint then heat set. Once dry i stamped it with archival ink and a text stamp from PaperArtsy. I used the same text stamp on the 2 flat ends of the spool. 

I stamped the giraffe onto shrink plastic and heat set that till it was teeny tiny. I coloured it with a smear of fresco and then added a layer of glossy accents. 

Around the main body of the spool I added a little cotton yarn, and some black stickles.

it was really fun to make and was tremendously helpful in my quest to procrastinate and not do any of the work that I was meant to get finished last night lol


  1. Playing is as good as a rest...such a sweet key fob. Off to watch vid now :D XXX

  2. Ha ha! Wonder what you'll find tonight to delay you.... this is gorgeous, Darcy!

  3. It's fab Darcy! Love the giraffe and the stamped ribbon!

    Lesley Xx

  4. Love it Darcy the colours are great and the giraffe is soo cute!!!

  5. Lubly colour choice, right lush

  6. Beautiful SO on my to do list love this idea huge amounts ;) Dxx

  7. This is gorgeous Darcy.
    C x

  8. This is beautiful; I love the colours and the glossy accents on the shrink plastic is so effective xxx

  9. So many ideas, so little time! Wonderful fob.

  10. yep, still love it as much as the first time i saw it! love the deep red color, sheer yumminess, and the fun stamps you used!


  11. Gorgeous and I love the colours!

  12. Gorgeous take on France's spool, love the colours too.

  13. Wow! This is fabulous Darcy! I love the colours & stamps you used!
    Have a great weekend,
    Alison xx

  14. What scrummy colours, love your version :o)

  15. Great take on France's make, loving the red tones to this one. Thanks for joining in our GD challenge this week. xx