Wednesday, 21 August 2019

WOYWW #533: Paper lantern

Here I am again for WOYWW, or as Julia likes to call it, Whizzday. That's the day when we whizz around each other's desks - and also the day that marks a new week in the WOYWW calendar following the one that has just whizzed by. And there's no whizzday without a desk share, so here's mine:

I did a good tidy up and unearthed a few bits and pieces that I was going to use for a mini project, but never got around to it. I did finish my lantern though, which I can show you today. I wish I could give you a tutorial as well, but the truth is a bodged my way through it. I know there are some Sizzix lantern dies, but much as I wish, I can't keep buying all their dies, so I make do with what I have.

This was done with an old frame die and the pediments bigz die. It's sitting in a shadow box that I made out of paper. Similarly, the top is an upside down shadow box. They're easy to make just the right size. There's a tutorial here. I covered the whole thing in crackle paste and then inked it up with acrylic inks and used a bit of gilding wax to bring out the highlights.  I used vellum in the windows and gold embossed some stamped images. Metal corner embellishments complete the look.

And here it is in action with some LEDs inside - it comes off the base for that purpose. 

In order to restore Oreo to his rightful place on my blog following last week's K9 feature, here he is lounging in my husband's reading chair - who's currently on his way back from LA (literally sitting on a plane somewhere over the Atlantic as I write this), so he doesn't know! Oreo is allowed on this chair under strict supervision with a zero tolerance rule - one dig of the claws and he's booted off - and he knows!

Happy #533! Hope you have a good week!


  1. Morning Zsuzsa. Wow! That lantern is something else! Well done. You are so creative - I would never have thought of anything like that - but the effect with the light on is great.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #5

  2. Love the majestic Oreo sitting on his (Masters) Throne. Gorgeous chair, just the kind I want - and the right colour. Only thing is there are so many other things we need doing before the new furniture comes. Maybe a few years off!
    Lovely lantern, absolutely gorgeous jewel-like colours - and the crackle! Swoon! This is what you do so well, I so look forward to your makes.
    Hugs Neet 10 xx

  3. Neet nicked my line! I was going to mention Oreo on his throne :-D. Cats aren't daft, we've trained all ours over the years! That lantern is gorgeous, in daylight and with the LEDs, very Belle Époque, I love it :-D
    Hugs LLJ 7 xxx

  4. What a great lantern. Have a good day . Helen #4

  5. What a stunning lantern, and its looks great when lit, You cat is very like my felix I had for years,

    Happy WOYWDW Lilian B #12

  6. woooooowwww... that lantern leaves me breathless, sooo wonderful! I might try making something similar towards the dark winter evenings... I'll stalk your blog by then to copy some things *teehee* Happy woyww and a big hug from Holland! Marit #17

  7. Love the tidy desk with all the signs of fabulous crafting projects having been created. The lantern is incredible and looks wonderful with and without the lamp lit. Have a lovely week. With Love & God Bless, Caro x (#8)

  8. Wow! First I love your desk pad and all that splatter, messy goodness. And that lantern wow!! Have a great week. Dorlene #23

  9. Loving the lantern Zsuzsa, gorgeous texture too. I think Oreo is keeping the chair warm for hubbies return. He certainly looks the part sat there. I'm afraid I wont be dressing up for the Steampunk festival, just taking the photos. It's difficult to do both and you really need a buddy to enjoy the festival properly and I don't have anyone who is brave enough to want to join in. You have to be absolutely sure you are going to be there as the tickets for the main part of the festival have to be bought more or less as soon as the current one finishes, it is so popular that the evening events just sell out as soon as the tickets go on-line. There are people on the website still begging for accommodation from anyone who has a spare room to rent, think I need to buy a shed Lol! Have a lovely week and a very happy woyww, Angela x13x

  10. Your lantern is fabulous, Zsuzsa! In your signature colour too! I thought it was brilliant enough until I saw the picture of it lit up, and it's just magical... Such a lovely idea!

    Thank you for your visit. I don't consider washing at 90 degrees to be enironmentally unfriendly because we have solar panels and I always put the machine on during daylight hours and let the sun do it! I only do it once a week. Everything else gets washed at 40 degrees. I've always washed the towels at high temperature because they always come out spotless, and it kills off all the bugs and they stay fresh. While I was having my chemo, a friend did all my laundry for me and she washed the towels at 40 degrees and they went smelly. In the old days we used to be able to boil things, but 90 degrees is the next best thing! My linens always come out spotless. I suppose I'm old fashioned but I love real table linen and I always starch our napkins.

    My cleaning lady came today and she laughed when I told her the vet said Ruby was fat. She said she can't be that fat, or she wouldn't be able to squeeze behind the fridge every week to hide from the horror of the Hoover! Lovely to see Oreo enthroned - he doesn't look completely relaxed, though, as if he's half expecting to be turfed off at a moment's notice!

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #1

  11. Thanks for your encouraging comment. means a lot.
    Hugs, Neet xxx

  12. Wow, the lantern is fabulous and I love the textures and colours - just scrumptious! Have a great week,
    Diana x #20

  13. Your lantern is splendid, I can imagine how nice it is shining in your garden or on your terrace during a summer dinner! Oreo looks a bit like a king on his throne. Have a nice weekend!

  14. When the master's away, the cat will play! I hope Oreo enjoys his holiday spot! He looks very "masterful!" We have lots of black squirrels here, and brown and gray as well! Thank you for your kind words about my card - I really do have to let it go or I won't be able to make more - isn't that silly? I LOVE your lantern! So beautiful! You should make one for Hallowe'en - a very spooky one! Canadian cousins say meow back to Oreo! Thanks for your visit! Have a great week, Lindart #21

  15. Mm Oreo looks quite regal as he surveys his kingdom till someone comes home, Zsuzsa!😉
    Ah love the finish and detail on your lantern, very clever indeed!
    Thanks for being a blessing, and may God bless you too.
    Happy belated WOYWW.
    Hugs, Shaz in Oz.x #3

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  16. Thanks for your return visit, Zsuzsa - no worries about the washing at 90 degrees! I only do it once a week anyway. I can see your point if you are doing it every day with loads of nappies but on the other hand, regarding nappies, the disposable ones cause huge problems with landfill. Whatever you do, you are going to affect the environment in one way or another and it's just a question of which is the lighter footprint really.

    I am loving my little flour sack wipes and so glad I did this! I am steaming ahead with Phase 2 of the eco project and hope to have something to show by Wednesday!

    Lol at Oreo and his pill! The only time we had a cat do that was ages ago with an antibiotic - it said "palatable" on the box, and she took each pill out of my hand and swallowed it as good as gold. Our normal experience, I have to say, more resembles Caro's story lol!! My hubby crushed up the worm pills and put it in their food and they ate it up just fine, so that's obviously the answer for our 2. They are always so hungry and hoover up their tea in double quick time so they probably didn't notice!!

    It's always a good idea to worm them regularly if they go outside, and especially if they are regular hunters. Worms are also associated with fleas and we have to keep on top of that awful problem too! I tried natural remedies and they didn't work at all... We now use Indorex spray for the house (expensive but the most effective) and something new from the vet (can't remember what it's called) which has replaced the spot-on which the fleas have apparently developed a resistance to. What we put up with for the privilege of being slaves to these furry domestic rulers... They seem to be flea-free at the moment which is a blessing. Always a problem in the summer.

    Shoshi x

  17. An amazing lantern, it looks fabulous lit up. Oreo looks so comfy too.
    Kath #27


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