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Friday, October 17, 2014

Baby Mini Book

WARNING!!!! Photo Heavy!!
One of my colleagues, Krystal recently
gave birth to her son, Jimmy.
I didn't make a welcome baby card, instead
I made this mini book.
 








 
The book began life as a 12"x12" sheet of white
cardstock, folded like a maze book but then
pages glued together to make 8 double
spreads. I then primed them all with gesso.
Once dry, coated each page with texture paste,
(my binding ingredient - baby talc)
once this was dry it all got a coat of
clear gesso to seal and then when that was dry
I went in with blue acrylics in baby blue & sea spray.
It took 3 days just to get all that done!
So I busied myself making the watercolour paper stars.
Photos were all taken by Krystal, partner Mark
and various friends/relatives.
I had the pleasure of meeting baby yesterday
even had a cuddle! and Krystal loved
the book so I can now share it!


Friday, October 03, 2014

Another Wedding Commission!

This time it was another colleague,
Hollie, who requested a card for her friend
Samantha's big day.
My design brief was, hearts & roses,
Cream & deep red & to include a phrase
& a verse. Quite a lot to go on.
Here's what I came up with..
 
Die cuts by Tonic Studio
Embossing Folder - Vintage Floral (roses)
by crafters Companion.
I added the phrase like a banner.
 
 I used Art Extravagance Texture Paste
by Finnabair /Prima in Platinum crackle to
age this Tim Holtz die cut bookplate.
 
Verse created in Silhouette Cameo design software.
I then printed it onto cardstock before running
through the big shot.


Finally, I made a box for her to put it in
& decorated it with more tonic studio die cuts.
I saw this box on this You Tube Video  by LiveLoveScrap.
I just had to give it a go.
Very pleased with the finished result.
 

I have been very busy, reading,
learning & playing in my art journals.
Nothing complete that I am able to share just yet.
I am also creating a mini book for a colleague, Krystal
who recently had her first baby.
That I will be sharing soon.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Commissioned By The Groom!

My colleague Matthew is getting married today.
Congratulations to both him & Hayley.
He asked me to create a card which
he could give to Hayley on the wedding day.
His only instructions - it had to be "Hot Pink"
After I had got over the thrill of being asked
to create such a special card,
I got to thinking....
is he sure!!!!!!!
 
I was away for a week at my sister's at the time.
He messaged me on Facebook with his request.
I am glad to say he was right, I did it and
he reported early this morning that most
important of all....
She Loved It!!!!
Job done!
 
So here it is.
 
 
Card covered with a doily & sprayed with a
diluted re-inker - Picked Raspberry.
Once dry I glued lace across the centre.
The heart is created from some sheets of French book text.
I lightly painted them with gesso
edged with picked raspberry ink
& attached in the centre.
Message was computer generated & die cut.
I selected French text for two reasons.
a) it is romantic
b) Hayley's parents live in France.
So I knew it would have hidden meaning for her.
The card was mounted onto a white folded card
& I added plain velum in the centre to which
I stamped feathers in white ink.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Another photo

A slightly better photo of Rain!!

Art Journal - Rain

This is my twelfth journal page.
I based it on a favourite song of mine
Rain - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
I am NOT happy with how the blue shadow looks
because it really is not that colour on the page!!!!
 
 To create my page I took a piece of scrapbook paper
I knew I would not use on a layout & covered it with gesso
spritz blue inks all over it and allowed to dry.
I then covered it with Tim Holtz tissue.
I added a bit of blue paint with sponge here & there.
I die cut Umbrella man from chipboard & used
it as a stencil to apply Viva Décor Ferro paste
in Steelblue. I let it be uneven too for texture.
I stamped images of rain drops, rain in words
& die cut letters & added a lady with Umbrella.
Stamps by Katzlecraft,
(mine were previously loved)
Studio G & Inkylicious

 
This is a small postcard I made to send
some documents to my sister.
 

 
used distress emboss ink & black embossing powder.
I then gently stippled paints around them.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Recent Creations

Firstly I am sharing the final pages
in my 3x3" handmade mini journal.
They are a bit hard to photograph  because
I coloured the pages with two shades of Inka Gold
 
 
Next is the start of a new project.
My very first hand stitched (bound) art journal!
This book measures 91/2x51/2" open page spread.
This journal is all about backgrounds
with texture/colour/imagery.
This first image is the front piece of the booklet.
 


This is the first double page spread.

 
Second double page spread.
I want this all about colour and texture
I want to experiment with stencils, pastes
floral images and stamping.
I am not bothered about any journaling on the pages.
I will share the cover when the journal is complete.


Sunday, August 03, 2014

Album/Box decorate Tim Holtz Style

WARNING!!!!!
PHOTO HEAVY!!!
 
First picture is a collage of it all.
 

This is my favourite side. 

Totally love the top of the lid.

Back.

Close up of centre Eiffel Towers.
These would not meet neatly in the middle
& so I have put battery tea light in centre.

 One of the sides.
 
 Front - wish I had used my favourite side for this!!
 
 The mini album inside.
I wanted to make a functional mini album.
I wanted it to be cheap to make and
I wanted to use my Tim Holtz papers
& new Stamps & Dies set French Flight.
I can not take credit for the design of this book, the credit
goes to Kit Bauer (Paper Kitz) She has a You Tube
Channel where she made mini books from one single
sheet 12x12. So of course this thrilled me!
This was fun to make. The box itself took 25 minutes.
The decoration took about 5 hours over the course of a week!
French Industry Paper
Distress Ink - Walnut Stain/ Antique Linen
Hand stained coffee paper
Tim Holtz Stamp sets
Chipboard - backs of A4 pads.
Trinket Pin
Book Plate die
Chain
copper brads aged with Inka Gold Browngold

Friday, July 18, 2014

Create

 
My eleventh art journal page.
This is possibly my second favourite.
I started with a piece of scrapbook paper
Squared Papermania Happy days
I clear embossed the swirls & borders top & bottom
before spraying re-inker sprays in
Spiced Marmalade/ Fired Brick
Wild Honey/ & a mix of Fired Brick with Mandarin
Perfect Pearls for shimmer.
I added the Tattered Bird & Text (both TH)
by stamping onto tissue & apply with gel medium.
Flowers & butterflies - ISC Friendship plate.
I stamped the images in Hero Arts Cup o Joe
& edged the page with Rusty Hinge/Barn Door
You might not see but the page was also over-stamped
with script & a crackle stamp using Apricot & Sand Hero Arts inks.
Images coloured with Big Brush Pitt Pens.
I loved the quote & felt the background squares gave
an industrial/urban look.
 


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Two More Mini Journal Pages

 With this one I coloured my pages orange
& then applied homemade texture paste through
the stencil while the background was still slightly wet.
It gave this fab paler orange texture.
Stencil - TCW

 
This started off as reduction stencilling,

but then, I started to add touches of
colour to make the stars & flowers pop.
Image - ISC friendship plate
 
only one more spread to go and my mini is finished!!


Saturday, July 05, 2014

Happy Birthday Tracy





My sister Tracy's special birthday.
Spending time together for her big day
Special thanks to my friend, Jade who is very kindly  house sitting for me.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Art Journal - Friendship

 
This is my 10th Journal page.
I am VERY happy with this one!
I was inspired (as I most often am)
I fell in love with this colour palette
after watching this video.
I modified the reduction technique
& even added some 3D swirls using gesso.
MATERIALS USED
Stamps - Art Journey & Craft Individuals.
Words -Tim Holtz Chit Chat Stickers
Quote in circle - Friendship plate - ISC
My paint colours are rose & turquoise acrylic
with degrees of white mixed in .
I added TH Seedless Preserves Distress paint
some Artistes Baby Blue paint
Pitt Artists black pens in 4 sizes.
FRIENDS - Alice alpha die X-cut.
Circles drawn around die cut card shapes.
Inka Gold in Turquoise.
Copic markers in flesh tones
Distress markers for girls clothing.
 


Sunday, June 22, 2014

More Wedding Card Photos

Following on from the post yesterday,
here are two far better photos of the Wedding Card.
 
Detailed Front

In the box

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A Commissioned Wedding Card

I was asked by a colleague, Lorraine
to make a wedding card for 21st June 2014
for her relatives, Lewis & Rachel.
Here is a photo of the box lid that I made for the card
to be kept in after the big day is over.
 

Here are a few shots of the card.
I made it to resemble a book
and I am VERY happy with the finished piece.
 




 
Lorraine was delighted with it! I was pleased about that!!
I did take a photo of it in the box,
think it must be on my phone.
Materials used;
Tim Holtz hearts dies
& butterfly dies
Silhouette Cameo die cut machine
Martha Stewart Cherry punch
Prima papers
 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day Card

Happy Father's Day, Dad!!
I made this card for him using my
newest set of Tim Holtz stamps.
 

To make the background, I cut a square slightly smaller
than the card front and applied home made texture paste
through a Crafter's Workshop Harlequin stencil.
I made my own texture paste after watching this brilliant
video on You Tube by Leanne



Once my paste was dry (I left it over the day while out at work)
I then sprayed with re-inkers diluted in a little water.
I used Gathered Twigs/Wild Honey dried it and then
sprayed with more Gathered Twigs and Fired Brick,
leaving the bottom left texture free for so I could
stamp the nest and feather.
Both birds and eggs were stamped, coloured using
distress inks and cut out. I used my favourite shades of
Hero Arts shadow inks to stamp the eggs;
Soft Sand & Wet Cement, edging with a little
Cup O'Joe to darken the speckled areas.
I applied a little bit of Viva Décor Ferro in Amber Gold
using my fingers to some of the raised harlequins.
This provided a little more texture and shine.
All the cut outs were added on foam.
I added a slight side view so you can perhaps
get a better view of the dimension.
 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Cards & a Layout

The first card is for my friend, Katie.
She left yesterday & begins a new job on Monday.
We have been friends for 6 years
& I needed a suitable card to wish her luck.
I used a mix of Indigoblu & Lavinia Stamps
along with Crafty Secrets Birds.
I added crackle medium to the wings
and the card warped a little!!
 
 
This next card is also for a work colleague.
It is Lorraine's birthday tomorrow
I know she is busy this weekend so won't see this.
I used a Heidi Swapp Damask stamp
& used a "previously loved" stamp.
I just had to use my new Hero arts
Shadow inks in green hills & Raspberry Jam



Finally, I have another layout
for my third 8x8 mini album.
I used homemade spray inks for the subtle
background colour & my memory box die
I then used the die to cut some 7dots studio Messy Head
paper to fill in some of the circles.
I added mini butterflies.

I used weathered wood distress ink
to colour the Typset alphas (die cut)
I stamped the floral design
(Elusive Images)
My journaling is really simple,
just 3 words
feel, you, here
They are on the butterflies on the right.
Finally I covered the photo & added paint splatters.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Desk Tidy & Art Journal

 
This first piece of art is something
that has been sat for over 6 months half done!
You know what it is like!!!
Well I'm proud to have completed it at last.
Somewhere to put the pens!!
Constructed using Kraft  Tall card blanks.
Crown die cut border using Silhouette Cameo
Stamp - Kaisercraft
 
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This next piece is my 9th art Journal page!!
Quite impressed, although I did originally set
out to make 1 page a week (insert blush)
Think I under estimated how long
these can take to create.
 

 
It is based on one of my favourite quotes
by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The page idea came to me after a chat
with a colleague who is pregnant.
I imagined these are all the things
she wishes for her unborn son.
 
I even wrote it with my own handwriting!
Though I have to admit I hate my writing
& did it in pencil first on faint drawn lines!!
Stamps are LOTV
Stamp Bug & CI
Indigoblu &Autumn Leaves
Word strips - TH Chit Chat
title - die cut from two
alphas Moxie & Alice
Background built up of layers
paint, ink, gesso.
Stencilling & stamping.