Thursday, 4 April 2013

Blog Hop, A Castle and a Giveaway (now closed)

Here is it ladies and gents, the very first 'Mad About Scrappin' Blog Hop!! Head on over to the 'Mad About Scrappin' Blog where you will find a list of Blogs to visit and may have a chance to win some goodies along the way!!!

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Jeanette Bagley   -------- You are Here

I have a fun project to share with you today which I made using some of the lovely products from the Store, all the lace, heart bling, flowers, leaves and pearl sprays were purchased from either the online 'Mad About Scrappin' Store or from one of their 'Flog it Friday' sales on their Facebook Like Page.

My project is a Pin Cushion Castle, I've been struggling with a tiny pin cushion for some time now and have received a few beautiful stick pins from friends in swaps etc so thought it was about time I had a decent Pin Cushion to hold them, and what better way to display bling than in a Castle :) right!!

My castle was made using an empty Milo Bar (energy bar) box, I cut in about 2/3 way up and then created the castle tops by cutting out little squares. These were attached together securely using masking tape. The two towers on either side were made using tp (toilet paper) rolls which I added a little grunge board to the top to make them a little higher.

Everything was coated in gesso to give it a little 'tooth' so that the paper would stay stuck to the box. I covered the castle in Kaisercraft's white 'Timeless' collection papers and then went about decorating it. There's lace around the tops of everything, black beaded trim on the towers together with the heart bling trim, I gesso'd the tops and added a little fine glitter.  Around the base I used a small black lace and added some bling mesh on top which I had in my stash, I also put three small black die cuts across the front to help break up all the pattern and to tie in with the black lace/bling.

The entry to the castle is just papers cut to shape and an old buckle that I had that was similar to a door, around this I used a tiny trim from Lindcraft. A little pear spray was placed at either side like trees to help disguise the joins (and to look pretty) together with a lovely large flower which I also gesso'd and glittered.

For the inside I cut some foam (as in fruit box) to shape and filled the bottom of each compartment then layered some wadding over the top and finished by covering in some white satin. Once finished and dry my lovely pins were placed in the castle to be displayed :)


If you would like to win some of my own hand made Stick Pins together with a few little goodies then please leave me a comment below and I will draw a winner on 9th April after the Blog Hop has finished. You do not need to be a follower of mine but it would be nice if you were :)

Thank you for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop, your next stop will be

Renee Iveson

Jeanette xx


  1. Looks fantastic Jeanette :) You are so very creative and this OTP is AWESOME!
    luv Renee

  2. Oh Jeanette, your work really is just breathtaking. What a fantastic job you have done!
    Hugs Jo x

  3. Hi Jeanette, I love your castle, great place for your beautiful stickpins. Just took a look around, and all your projects are wonderful. Take care, Hugs ~ Karen

  4. Hello Jeanette, love your creations they are gorgeous. Also love the look of your blog. Huggsss Kelly (from NBC)

  5. This project is spectacular, it would be gorgeous sitting on your desk with your pins. You are so clever x Lou

  6. I love your work hun and am now following your blog too so enter me in your sweet giveaway, Thanks....HUgs Jane

  7. Wow I am just blown away with the castle!! You are so talented Jeanette!!!

  8. Gorgeous creation, so innovative

  9. Wow! An old milo box! That is incredible! I don't have many stick pins but this is a fabulous way to display and admire them! Very impressed indeed!

  10. Wow, wow, wow! This is incredible, amazing, beautiful, fantastic and all those other words! I just love this. Always wondered what to do with my pins.

  11. lady after my own heart <3
    you obviously love beautiful things...vintage and French :) your talent and patience has paid off coz this is divine. love it, TFS :)

  12. Wow, that is amazing, what a cool idea.


  13. i also love pretty laces and all things vintage.thanx for the chance to win some pretties.

  14. Look at that little castle!! So cute!!

  15. Thank you so much to everyone who entered :) I will be drawing a winner later today
    - Jeanette

  16. Hi Jeanette, I have just discovered you on YouTube. I live in Australia too. Your videos look amazing - I am now a subscriber. Can't wait to watch all of your videos when time permits. I love this Castle Pin Cushion, are you or have you done a tutorial on it? Would love to see how you actually made it. You are very talented, thanks for sharing your wonderful projects - Pauline


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