Monday, 20 November 2017

Textured album insert

Hello lovely blogfriends, today I want to share a project using three of my favourite things:

So what are they you may ask?
Well, first of all, I have become addicted to Midori size notebooks, so this is what this is. They are inserts for a Mindori Travelers Journal, and I love putting these together using the Eileen Hull Journal die. If you want to know how to do this, - here is a brilliant video that explains it. This one is going to be used for handwriting practice, - it has squared paper inside.
Second up, are Tim Holtz Oxide Inks and
last but not least Decoart Fluid Acrylic paints and various sprays, and it is these latter two that I used for this cover.
Below a quick step by step:

 I added some texture paste through a couple of stencils to a plain Midori travelers journal insert.

Next I covered it with gesso, some crackle paste and three colours of Oxides, I also used a tiny bit of Paynes Grey acrylic paint around the edges.

Then I added a variety of sprays and the whole thing came to life.

Finally I highlighted the raised bits with some Distress Crayons and then with the help of a glue stick and some foil added a few bits of gold glimmer here and there.
Below a few close ups still:

Well, that's it for today, and like usual,
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Vintage Christmas cards (further variations)

Hello friends! Well, here we are, nearly the weekend and that much closer to Christmas......
Today I have 3 further Christmas cards to share.

Below a short tutorial of how I made them:

All of them started with some textue paste and a stencil:
I then added colour with a mix of Acrylic paints in Titan Buff, White and Burnt and Raw Umber, I used different brands, Decoart Fluid Acrylics, Golden Fluid Acrylics and Paper Artsy Frescos, using both a brayer and my fingers.
On one of them I also used Distress Crayons to get a kind of patina effect.

Raised bits were also highlighted with Treasure Gold.

I then added various die cuts and vintage images as focal points, and that was pretty much it.
Below a few close ups still:

Below a short slide show to see them in close up

I am going to add one of the cards to the following challenges:
Countryview Crafts: Stencils
That's Crafty: Stencil it
Frilly and Funkie: Timeworn
Thanks for your visit like always

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Variations on a theme

Hello lovely visitors, thanks for taking the time to drop by!
Having been away from home for nearly 3 months, means I am way behind with Christmas cards. But in the last few days I have been busy trying to catch up, so here is the first batch of cards...

They all use the same Stampendous stamp and are probably going to be the most traditional cards I will make this year, meant for those of my friends and family that like that sort of thing. The finished cards are all 5 x 7 with minimal embellishments for easy posting.
The word Noel was cut with Tim's die, I think it was a new one last year. I embossed it with Stampendous Frantage powder.
The little twig was another Tim Holtz die from the Holiday Greens Mini set. The white berries were made with Tonic Studios Nuovo crystal drops, a recent discovery that makes the most berfect pearl drops.
The next cards are all pretty similar, like I said, variations on a theme...
For this one I stamped and then fussycut the holly part of the stamp, and the berries were done in the same way but this time using red crystal drops.
I also embossed the edges of the cards with Stampendous Ancient Bronze EP.

Finally, a couple more, all done in a similar way:
This one more simple, stamped in Plum Archival ink and the middle part just coloured a bit with brushmarkers and a water brush.
And here a variation in blue tones.

Well, that's it for today, I am currently working on a second batch, more mixed media in style, - so stay tuned as they say :o)

Thanks for your visit like always and I hope you are having a good week!

Friday, 10 November 2017

Back from Australia and Rubber Dance Bird album

Hello friends, welcome, specially also to all my new followers, thank you so much for being here!
Well, I have finally returned from Australia after nearly 3 months, and though I will miss my grand daughters a lot, it is also good to be back home again (and my craft space and supplies).

Today I am sharing the cover of a little book I made using the Sizzix Eileen Hull Mini Album die and some free stamps I received from Rubber Dance.
I decided to use this little album to keep photos of some of the amazing birds I saw in Australia. The stamps I used are from the Merry Magpie set, and there certainly are plenty of magpies there! Though in real life I much prefer all the other colourful birds that frequently visited the back yard where my son had built a little bird house. Anyway on to the project:
As you can see, - after cutting the actual album covers from matboard, I coloured them in various Distress Ink green tones. Next I took a  postage stamp die cut that was still flying around my craft desk and painted it with Decoart crackle paint.
Once the cracks appeared I painted it with dark brown acrylic paint and then rubbed Decoart white antiquing cream into the cracks.
I cut a piece of card coloured with blue shades of Distress inks for the background and then played with the various stamps in the set to decorate the rest of the panel.
 Apart from the sentiment that was stamped straight onto the background and then clear embossed, I stamped all of the other elements on separate bits of card, fussy cut, coloured  and then positioned them until I was happy with the composition.
These stamps are not my usual style but I had great fun playing them. All of the Rubber Dance stamps are great for all sorts of projects, be they cards, mixed media and specially also art journaling. If you don't know them yet do check them out.
Well, that's it for now, but before I leave I will just share a few of the photos I intend to keep in the album.

It's strange to jump from late Spring straight into late Autumn, here in Scotland it starts getting dark already just after 4, - that will take some getting used to again.... Anyway, thanks for visiting my little blog and I hope to be more active in blogland again and pay return visits just as much as I can.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Mini Album Makers November challenge (plus some freebies)

Hello friends, can you believe it is actually November already? Where has the year gone....?
Well, it's the first of the month and that means there is a new challenge starting over at the Mini Album Makers challengge blog.
So here is my contribution for this month's challenge:
Whether we like it or not,  Christmas is only a few weeks away. We all know what a busy time of year lies ahead, and so I thought I would make myself a littlle Christmas planner. I am including some freebie pages in this post, so if you want to, you can download those to make your own. But first let me tell you how I made mine.
I'll start with the cover: I used the Eileen Hull Mini Album Die and cut the cover from white mount board to which I had added some scrapbook paper. Next I coloured both sides using a mix of Archival and Distress inks, did some spritzing and flicking and finally added a little gold foiling, using a gluestick and some Ranger foil.
On the back I added a little angel left over from another project. It was cut with a Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers die. The nodges you see on the top and bottom were cut by me. Eileen's Passport die has nodges like that, which I like because it makes adding inserts easier, so if I want I can print more of the inside pages and add them later.
I added some Tim Holtz charms to the spine and my inside pages are attached using an elasticated ribbon glued and twisted around some black elastic. I'll show you more in a minute, but first the embellishments:
I made the poinsettia using the Tim Holtz Poinsettia die cut from some Wendy Vecchi Clearly for Art and coloured it with alcohol ink. I glued a brad in the centre and added some little berries around (making a bit of a mess). Next I added some cheesecloth with gel medium, having coloured it with Distress sprays to match the rest of my cover first. I then arranged some metal branches, berries and leaves round about my poinsettia and glued everything to the cover with hot glue. A light coat of gesso was added to it all to give it a bit of a frosty look.
Finally I added the title with little stickers, but as I had no numbers left I had no choice but to add the year with a black and white pen, not too happy with that, but too late to do anything about it.

The album closes using the tab that comes with the die and a little magnet.
Alright onto the inside: I designed some papers in Photoshop Elements, printed them and then cut them with the die. HERE is a link to a video where Eileen shows exactly how to do that.
And here a few more of the pages:
I darkened the edges with some Vintage Photo DI, and put a little key in the centre attached to the end bit of the ribbon, so it can act like a little bookmark.
Well, that is pretty much it. Below you will find the freebies for the inside pages, for those of you who want to have a go yourself.

If you don't have the die, you can of course still use the papers, just print, cut with a trimmer, round the corners if you want and fold in half. In any case make sure to print them two sided, otherwise you land up with every other page being white once you have folded them, you may want that of course, and add your own notes or whatever you want.
Well, that's it for now, - sorry for this very long post, but please make sure to check out our challenge and see the wonderful books and albums my talented teamies have created. And if you decide to play along again, you could win a $25 voucher from Lindy's Stampgang!!!
    Have a good month of November, - happy crafting and creating and thank you so much for your visit here today!

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