Friday, 21 July 2017

Nature Journal installment 1

Hello friends, today I have a new journal cover to share with you, made with the awesome new Eileen Hull Journal die.
Unfortunately this die is extremely hard to come by. I have had mine on pre-order since February, but have just heard it is now on its way to me. The cover used for this one was donated to me by my wonderful friend Anne Redfern, you can see some amazing examples and tips of how to use the die on her blog. Now that I know my own die is on its way to me, I finally felt ready to use the last one of the ones she sent me....
The covers were coloured with a mix of Doxide Inks in Faded Jeans, Iced Spruce, Cracked Pistachio and Vintage Photo, using both blending tools and dipping. I then toned it all down a bit with a layer of watered down gesso for a more faded look. I did some gold embossing around the edges, some background stamping with various flower stamps (Paper Artsy and Tim Holtz) and finally used some of Tim's wild flower dies as my focal point.
They were coloured with the same inks and then tied together with a seam binding bow, again, died with the same colours.
I added some nature themed charms to the spine and used some text stamping on the back.
The closure is made from one of the dies that comes with the set. It closes at the front with a little magnet.
I added one of Tim's chip board phrases and a pen nib to the front, some tiny flecks of gold foiling to the flowers, to blend in with the gold embossing, and that was pretty much it.
I made a first insert out of Kraft card, I will use it as backgrounds for watercolour nature themed pages I am planning to keep in this jounal, but more of that on another day, stay tuned :o)
Thanks for your visit like always

Monday, 17 July 2017

Friendship, a card for Shimmerz

Hello friends, - I hope your month is going well and if you are in the Northern Hemisphere you are enjoying some lovely summer weather.
Today I have a card to share over on the Shimmerz blog, so just a little preview here:
And like usual, thank you for your visit here and happy creating!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

three simple cards

Hello friends, thanks for dropping in! I don't make cards very often these days, but when I do they tend to be multi layered mixed media ones, which are not always suitable to give to more traditional friends. So today I am sharing three more "traditional" cards, needed for some up coming occasions:
I used my Tombow Markers and the Misty stamp tool for the flowers and Distress Inks for the backgrounds of all three of them.
For this one I used a Chocolate Baroque stamp I have had in my stash for ages.
The next one uses a rose stamp, and I can't remember who made it....

The last one uses a couple of Paper Artsy stamps and the butterfly is from a Tim Holtz set.

Not my usual style at all, but I had fun making them, digging out some rarely used stamps, and may well make more in the days to come.

Thanks for your visit like always and I hope the sun shines for you!!

Monday, 3 July 2017

Be Brave - an art panel for Shimmerz

Hello friends, thanks for dropping by. Today is just a preview day as I have a project share on the Shimmerz blog, so just a little snippet here to hopefully tempt you over to see the rest.....
If you want to have a quick run down of how this came together, - just click here:

Thanks for your visit like always and hope you have plenty of time for creativity!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Use Your Wings for Mixed Media Monthly #38 Altered Embellishments

Hello lovely visitors and happy July!! As you will know, the first of the month means a new challenge at Mixed Media Monthly, and this month our theme is "Altered Embellishments!
Our wonderful sponsor this month is UmWow Studio, who sent us all some of their super chipboards to play with.

Here is the graphic for this month and if you decide to play in our challenge, remember to add it to your post if you want to be in with a chance to win our sponsor's prize! You can read all about it HERE.
Alright, onto my project: I decided to use one of Tim Holtz's Etc tags, made from very strong chipboard, as my backdrop. This is the small size, but it is actually huge!
I added some stencilling using texture paste and then covered it with Paperartsy Fresco Finish paint in Buff, using a brayer. Once the paint had dried I sprayed it lightly with water and then added a few sprinkles of Paperartsy Infusions in "The Sage" and finally some more stencilling using Distress Crayon in Gathered Twigs. A bit of background stamping with a text stamp finished it off.
Next I started to play with my embellishments. I took a couple of my lovely chippies, covered them with crackle paint and two different colours of acrylic paints and when that had dried some green and sparkling sprays. Below a close up of one of them:
Next I stamped a couple of butterflies, fussy-cut them and then coloured them using brush markers and then arranged it all on my tag together with some flowers from my stash and a Tim Holtz Quote Chip altered a bit with a Distress Crayon.

Well, that's it from me for today. Hope you like my project and you will decide to play in our challenge, and of course, - don't forget to check out what my talented teamies have created!

Friday, 30 June 2017

Choose to Shine, - Tag Friday at a Vintage Journey.

Hello friends and visitors. It's the last Friday of the month and the 5th Friday and that means it's Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey. It's the time when team members that want to join, create a tag which we share just for the fun of it. Here is mine:
To make it, I used two tags cut from Kraftcard. For the top layer cut the hanging flower with a Sizzix Sizzlits die by Tim Holtz. I then stamped a text stamp with gesso to act as a resist and then coloured with Distress Oxide Inks.

 For the base layer I first coloured the general area I knew would show with Distress Oxides, using a mix of green tones. I then used a matching layering stencil that matches the Sizzlits die, matched it up and deepened the colours with Distress Crayons.
Next I glued the two together and then all I had to do was embellish my tag.
I stamped a butterfly on Kraft Card, coloured with the Oxides and then glued one of the Paper Dolls over it to create a kind of Summer fairy. I also did a bit more stencilling using Distress Crayon.
I added a Tim Holtz Quote Chip, cut in two to fit the space, a few strips of Washi tape and a bit of gold foiling, and that was it.
If you like creating tags, - do hop over to A Vintage Journey, to see the awesome tags my teamies have created. Plenty of inspiration there to see you through the month!
Meanwhile, thanks for dropping by here and have a wonderful month of July with hopefully plenty of sunshine!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Today is Full of Possibilities for Shimmerz

Hello everyone and welcome to this sadly neglected blog.....
I am sorry I have not posted for ages and ages, but life is taking me in different directions right now and blogging has taken a backseat. However, today I have a post going life on the Shimmerz blog, so I am sharing a little preview here.
Should you wish to see more, all you need to do is CLICK HERE.
Have a good week, and hopefully the sun shines for you!

Friday, 2 June 2017

Discovering - Use a Cavas for A Vintage Journey

Hello friends, today is the start of a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and the lovely and talented Nikki has chosen the theme "Use A Canvas". Here is the canvas that I put together for the challenge:

Our sponsor this month is Shimmerz
One randomly chosen winner will receive a voucher for $25 to spend in their store!

I used a 5 x 7 canvas board, I love these as they can also be used as special cards for friends. I called it Discovering, because of the word from my quote and while using a canvas is hardly a new discovery for me, I discovered several things along the way. Below is the recipe and just a few step out photos:
1: Add some strips of vintage book paper to your canvas.
2: Cover it with a thin layer of watered down gesso.
3. Add some acrylic paint, I used two Paper Artsy Frescos, Vanilla and Buff and painted mostly around the outside of my board, making sure the paper kept showing.
4. Add colour with Distress Oxides, using a blending tool, I used Vintage Photo, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio and several Shimmerz sprays that match these colours to perfection:I Vibez\ Green Acres and Jeni B Bleu.
5. Add the tiniest bit of Infusions, I used "A Bit Jaded", plus a couple of sprays of Distress Spray in Ground Espresso.
6. Add some stenciling using a Distress Crayon, Vintage photo used here and Cracked Pistachio with some Tim Layering stencils.Follow with some background background stamping. Stamps used here are by Seth Apter and Wendy Vecchi.
7. Select some embellishments, mine came either from my scrapbox or were stamped, using Tim Holtz stamps. The gent is one of his paper dolls.
8. Arrange them until you are happy with the result and add some shadow around you focal image, - done :o). As you can see a couple of Ideaology pieces also found their way onto the canvas for a finishing touch. Below a few close ups still:
I added colour to the wander charm using a Distress crayon, - this works much better for me than using paint the way Tim shows, I always mess that up...
The sentiment was stamped on a piece of coffee stained paper left over from a previous project.
And that was pretty much it. Make sure you check out the wonderful canvasses my teamies have created over on A Vintage Journey, - and hopefully you will decide to play along, you can read all the details over on the blog there, and trust me, working on a canvas is great fun!
Thanks for your visit like always and have a wonderful month!!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Mailart for Mixed Media Monthly June challenge # 37

Hello friends and Happy June, - hope the sun shines for you!!
It's the first of the month and that means a new challenge at Mixed Media Monthly!!
I created a piece of mail art, but that is not really our theme! It's our 3rd anniversary and like usual in June our theme is pick any theme from the previous year. Here is our badge for this month, listing all the themes:
I picked # 36, but put a twist to it, and added a real stamp as well as some rubber stamping.

The background was created with 3 different colours of Oxide Inks, Broken China, Faded Jeans and Vintage  Photo.
I decoupaged a piece of the top layer of a paper napkin on one side.
The special delivery sign is a Tim Holtz stamp from his Correspondence set, stamped in Plum Archival and then fussy cut.
I hand lettered the address label, which by the way is just made up, I think most people would not enjoy having their address publicly displayed like this. It will be easy enough to cover it with the address of the real recipient :o)
And finally the back of the envelope. I adhered a part of another mail themed paper napkin and some additional stamping  with a Crafty Individual stamp I received from Donna Bowman our DT leader last month.

Now before I sign off, our sponsor this month is :
Donna is offering a $50 voucher for one lucky winner!!!

Well, that's it for now, make sure to head over to the MMM Blog to see all the awesome projects the other team members have created and remember if you decide to play, do add our badge to qualify  as a winner. Hope to see you there and have a brilliant creative month!

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