Monday, 28 November 2016

November Destination Inspiration at A Vintage Journey.

Hello all, hope you are keeping warm and cosy!
I am sharing a project over at A Vintage Journey today, hope you'll hop over to take a look. Here is a little preview:
There's a detailed step by step, - all you need to do is click HERE

Friday, 25 November 2016

And another two for the box....

Hello all, welcome and I hope all my American friends had a great Thanksgiving!!
Today I have a couple of quick Christmas cards to share. I am still on a mission to make most of this year's cards myself.
I decided to pull out some of my Tim Holtz stash, - old and new and have a play. I won't bore you with detailed descriptions, but if you have any questions, feel free to email.
Card number one, using the globe and doily dies.

Card number 2, using some of the new stamps and layering stencils:

Well, there you have it, another two to add to my box, still quite a few more to do. Hope you are all finding the time to do something creative during these busy days, - I find it actually relaxes me and that surely must be a good thing....
Thanks for your visit

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Vintage card for Shimmerz

Hi all, hope this month has gone well for you so far.
I have a project on the Shimmerz blog today, - here's a little preview:
If you want to see more, - well you'll know what to do, - just click HERE Hope the link is working, blogger has been driving me crazy.... Anyway, have a happy week ahead, and thanks for your visit!

Monday, 14 November 2016

12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style, tag 4, 5 &6

Well, here we are, only about 6 weeks to Christmas and I finally get round to posting my next 3 cards inspired by Linda's tags. If you are new to what this is all about, you can read all about this wonderful challenge by clicking HERE.

So without further ado, here are my next 3 cards inspired by the tags:

I'll briefly talk you through them one by one
This is inspired by Linda's tag 4. You can see the original HERE. I was inspired by the crinoline poinsettias, and by the white layer on top of the red. I just changed my colouring to a darker red, and as I did not have many of the products Linda used, I improvised with what I had. My top layer was created with a holly die, I think it's from Crafters Companion.
Here's a close up of the poinsettia, I brushed on some gesso for a snowy effect, but now wished I hadn't as the spray I used to colour my crinoline (a mix of  Festive Berries and Aged Mahogany Distress Spray) started to run and turned it slightly pink (yuk).
I used the same stamp Linda did for her tag, but fussy cut it and mounted it on some black card as it did not show up enough.
 Alright, onto tag number 5, I am turning all of mine into cards this year.
I pinched a lot of Linda's ideas on this one. The original can be seen HERE
I was inspired by the colours Linda used, Kraft and cream, - though mine is more white. As my cards are smaller than Linda's large tags, I changed the lay out quite a bit, but I loved how she made use of both the positive and negative of the holly die cuts and her use of background stamping with text.
Above a little close up of how I finished mine with ribbon and berries.

Finally, my favourite card of the three, inspired by Linda's tag 6. You can see her version HERE
I absolutely adored Linda's tag 6, the use of Kraft with white is just wonderful I think, I love the sort of folk art/ peppercake/ Scandinavian feel it gives....
 I obviously used Tim's Nordic Layering Stencil aswell with white texture paste, and then substituted with what I had in my stash, to create something in a similar style.
I loved Linda's heart, and tried to achieve something similar with a bauble die that has a pattern for embossing, instead of doing that I cut it and then used it as a stencil with the paste again. It's a little Marianne die.

I used exactly the same stamp for the greeting, white embossed like Linda had done.
I don't have the tree die Linda used, nor the deer, so I just adapted with what I had. The little deer is a chipboard embelly I found in my Christmas box, that I just painted white with gesso.
Well, there you have it, 3 more for the box... I just love this challenge as Linda makes me think of things that I would never have thought of myself. Thanks so much Linda for all your inspiration!!
Thanks for your visit like always!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Paloma's Passport

Hello friends, thanks for dropping in.
Some of you may remember the post I did about Paloma, the little dove of peace. If you missed it and want to know who Paloma is, - you can find it here

Well I finally managed to finish a new little passport for her:
There are loads of pages here, so I thought once the addresses of people she is going to visit have been added, on the remaining pages, participants could maybe add some quotes or other messages and the little book could eventually, after Paloma has finished her journey, be sent to Lys as a gift for starting this wonderful project.

Anyway, I'll give you a quick run down of how I put the book together and show you some more pages.

I used Eileen Hull's Passport book die, and started by cutting all the different parts from mat board, plus two additional pages also from matboard.
Next I cut a number of inner pages from scrapbook paper (Blue Fern Timeless).
For putting the book together I followed Eileen's instructions she gives in this video. But before doing that, of course I had fun decorating the pages, cover and spine.
This is obviously the spine. I used a background text stamp, one of Tim's layering stencils and Distress Crayons from set 3, pretty much throughout. I love the effect of rubbing the Distress Crayons through the stencil, it looks so dimensional...

I also dry embossed the mat board inner pages, using various embossing folders.
And then coloured them with the help of some acrylic paint (Paperartsy Fresco in Buff) and again the Distress Crayons. I also used stamps from the Tim Holtz Correspondence set, mostly stamped in Maroon Archival ink.
one side

other side of the same double page
a matboard page next to a paper page

inside of the same mat board page
and another sample, I just so love how the mat board can be dry embossed, that was a totally new idea for me....
And a final example of a double page. As you can see, I bound my book with twine and chose the Correspondence set because of the travel theme incorporated in that set.

For the covers I added more textural elements by covering them with texture paste and while still wet pressing a wet text stamp into the paste. Stupidly I forgot to take a picture before finishing the cover with paint, crayon and some die cuts, but I hope you get the idea.

Well, that's it, if you missed my last post about Paloma and would still like to be added to the list, please be in touch soon. I know we have hit busy times for everyone, but this is such a worthy cause in our troubled times.

I am going to finish with a quote from Hilary Clinton's Concession speech last night:

Fighting for what is right is worth it!

Thank you for your visit like always and may Peace be with you!!

Monday, 7 November 2016

A Very Vintage Card for Shimmerz

Hello all, and happy Monday! Today I am sharing a vintage holiday card over on the Shimmerz blog, so just a little preview here.
If you want to see more, please just click HERE

Have a happy week and see you next time!

Friday, 4 November 2016

Cracking up - a new challenge at A Vintage Journey

Hello friends and visitors, thanks for dropping in. We have a new challenge starting over at A Vintage Journey, the lovely Alison from Words and Pictures is our host and she chose the theme Cracking Up.
This is what she had to say about her challenge:

Share your crackled projects – whether your crackle is stamped, painted, texture paste or any other kind of crackle. To be a winner or Pinworthy mention your project must be in a vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk style.

Well, I chose to continue with my mission of getting my Christmas cards done in good time. I also wanted to show that using crackle does not always have to mean making complex 3D projects. So, below a few steps as to how I got to my finished card:
I started with a piece of very strong card. Added a coat of clear gesso to seal it and then applied texture past through a fairly open stencil. This one is one of Tim's Layering stencils
Next I started to add colour with acrylic paints, in various blue and buff tones, using both a brush and a baby wipe to blend.
Here you can perhaps see a bit better how the paints settled into the crackle textures.
Because I wanted my favourite vintage look, I added brown tones around the out side with the help of a coffee coloured gelato. I also added some white paint splatters for a snowy effect.
The raised bits were further highlighted with Treasure Gold gilding paste and I also stencilled a word (again from a Tim stencil), highlighting that also when the texture paste had dried.
Next I stamped my focal image, a Stampendous stamp that I recently received, though it is quite an old one. I stamped it in dark blue archival and then blended faded jeans and brushed corduroy distress inks around it. Then all that was left was to put it all together.
I matted and layered with white in between, so it would not get too dark.
Here you can hopefully see what is still visible of the original crackle, I just hoped to give it all a bit of a wintry, sparkling feel....
And here finally is the finished card, another one to add to my box.....
Make sure to hop over to A Vintage Journey if you have not been there yet, to see all the amazing projects my teamies have created and read all the details of the challenge. And of course we all hope you will get out your crackle and play along!

Thanks for your visit here today and happy creating!!

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