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!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Something just a little different...

Hello everyone and thanks for dropping in here. Today I have something just a little different to share...
Ok, so I admit it is yet another little journal, made with the Eileen Hull Journal die, but this one has my own lettering designs inside. I am always a bit reluctant to share these, as I am still right at the beginning of my lettering journey, but it's all about the journey right, and not perfection, so here goes.

The outside was made with some pretty Prima papers from the Wild and Free collection. As this journal is all about hand lettering I made sure some of the gorgeous vintage lettering was showing, just for inspiration.
The closure is just elastic, no penholder this time, as I am using lots of different pens in here. I added some Distress Crazing medium as well for some crackle effect.
Here you can see the crackle a little better, I inked over it and then wiped away the excess with a baby wipe, so the ink would just go into the cracks.
Here is the spine, I used some slightly elasticated ribbon to hold the inserts inside. It's just stretchy enough for them to slip under.
Here you can see what it looks like from the inside. More pretty lettering on those papers, - it's only when you start to practise lettering yourself that you really appreciate what those lettering artists of the pastachieved, - no digi programmes then, it must all have been done with pen and ink.....
Ok, now to the inserts:
Here is the first one, practising drawing banners.
A few slightly more complex banners, patterns,  and a page of drills. I do loads and loads of those almost every day, it's the only way to get better....
Yet more banners and practising words, mistakes and all I'm afraid.
And finally I share some lettering designs, all of these were copied from things I found on Pinterest mostly. They take ages to do, but I love doing them....
On the left some encouraging words for myself to keep going, and on the right playing with different ways to write a date. Below still a few lettered quotes.
Lesson to learn here, - don't write on too thin paper, it bubbles...... duh
Here I was experimenting with using pencils rather than markers to colour my design. The original was a chalkboard design.
And here the final one, coloured with a mix of Tombow Brush pens, coloured pencils and a white gelli roll pen.

Lastly, if any of you are Eileen Hull's journal die lovers, there is an awesome Facebook group that you can join, here is a link: Journal Lovers Fanclub

Well that's it for today, thanks for your visit and I hope you will find something creative time.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Passport to Paris and some journal freebies

Hello lovely visitors, welcome. Today I am sharing a little passport sized notebook created with the Eileen Hull passport die over on the Shimmerz blog, so just a little preview here. You can find the rest of it HERE

I have also designed a number of freebies, for those of you who like to create little books like this. 
The first two sets of two double pages are sized to be printed on A4 or 8.5 by 11 papers and fit Eileen Hull's passport die exactly they are 6.5 by 4.75" per double page,

 This next set is sized to fit the Midori sized travel journal as inserts, they are 21 cm by 21 cm (8.25 by 8.25 approx) I would suggest if you print these pages set your printer setting to landscape orientation. It might be wise to open them in a photo editing programme first and to make sure they are down loaded to the right size, if not just resize them to the correct size and they should print correctly. The size is just right to create inserts for the Eileen Hull Journal die

Well, that's it for now, and if you want to see how I used some of these in my little journal, just click here
Thanks for your visit like always

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Fun with friends and a little book again

Hello all, thanks for dropping by here. Today I am sharing a little book created with Eileen Hull's passport die.
A few days ago I had some friends over for an afternoon of crafty fun and we all made one of these (well we did not finish them), but we made a good start and I have now completed mine.
Here's a photo of us all around our table
From left to right: Rita, Jennie, me and Annie
We had so much fun and decorated our covers with texture paste and paints, Infusions, Oxide inks, stamping and so on. It's always so inspiring to see how different people create such different things all using the same stash.
Below is the spine, I used twine to sew my signatures and threaded the middle one with some beads for decoration.
Mine turned out quite fat as I created 3 inserts, using coffee dyed papers, some Tim Holtz and Prima papers as well as some digital print outs I had prepared for us all in the right size. I'll be sharing some of these as freebies in days to come, so stay tuned :).
Here is the back of mine, I left it quite plain, while adding a few embellishments to the front:
The saying is made with a stamp from a set by another Scottish friend, who sadly could not be with us, - Lynne Moncrief from Adorn. Annie had very kindly brought this stamp set along and I think we all used it in places.

As I made 3 little inserts, each with about 5 double pages'  I'll only show you a few of the pages, maybe I'll share a few more at some other point, - here goes:

Here you can see how I tucked the ribbon for the closure under a couple of little punch outs.
A page with a pocket and a little tag, - it's all in junk journal style again, which at the moment is my favourite style for making these little books and journals.
Here is the little tag that fits inside the pocket, another space for a quote or some journaling.
Some subtle stencilling and a coffee dyed page.

I sewed the signatures together with twine, that I also then pulled through to the cover as you might be able to see from one of the photos above. I left it all quite plain, so things can be added at some later stage. I am probably going to use this for some of my favourite hand written quotes.

Well, that's it for now, thanks for your visit like always and see you next time, have a good week!

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