Monday, 22 August 2016

Make a Wish...

Hello Friends!

I am trying to keep up with journaling as I have two lovely journals that I rarely touch, one is a Dylusions one and it is really big (which is what puts me off - all that white space!).

The theme this month at Creative Carte Blanche is Sun, Moon and/or Stars.  Yvonne asks
for one or all of them, so I decided to create a journal page - a really big one!
I chose to use the moon and some stars for my page.
I cut four pieces of the Tim Holtz Birch Tree die and carefully pieced them together, they measure approx 10" x 7".  I gave the piece a coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint and then applied some Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke Paint with a cut up credit card.  I applied it in patches to try and give the appearance of Birch bark.
To created a mask for the moon. For the background I used a Distress Crayon in Chipped Sapphire, smooshing it quite heavily across a piece of white card, which was prepped with Gesso.  I lightly spritzed the crayon and moved it around with my finger.
I took the mask off and used Tim's Stripes Stencil over the moon and sky and wiped off some of the crayon with a baby wipe.  I used a small paintbrush dipped in water to remove some small dots to form the 'stars'.
Before attaching the Birch Trees I added a tiny bit of glitter to the moon to give it a bit of shine, sadly this does not show in the photo.  I attached the Birch Trees using some thin foam pads to raise them slightly over the background.  The words are from Tim's Big Chat words.
I decided a bit late in the day to add some 'ground' colour, using a Distress Crayon in Vintage Photo.  Once I attached it to my journal page, I thought it lacked something, so I added this rabbit (by Crafty Individuals), also coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Crayon.
A final look at the completed page.

I am entering this into Creative Carte Blanche - Sun, Moon and/or Stars monthly theme.

Thanks so much for looking, hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xx

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Twist and Style for Eileen Hull

Hello Friends

Eileen Hull is famous for her beautiful flower dies and she has now introduced a 
Twist and Style Tool which will twist wire, cord and lots of other things too.  I made a few things, once I got started I didn't want to stop!

First up, I made some wire flowers and added these to two boxes made with Eileen Hull's Box with Scalloped Edge die.  These boxes make lovely gift card holders.
The tool is very simple to use.
I added the third flower I made to a crackled bottle and I just had to make this cute bird.
To make the bird, I twisted the wire and shaped it with a jewellery tool.
  The bird is backed with some Kaisercraft paper from my stash and I topped it with DecoArt Media's Liquid Glass.  The bird was based on a project my team mate Tracy Evans did last 
week. Thanks for the inspiration Tracy!
This is the Twist and Style tool, the base has a suction cup which will fix to any hard surface, 
once fixed it is incredibly easy to use.
I struggled at first with the wire and then tried using a bow maker to hold the wire in place.
It worked beautifully and held the wire firmly whilst I shaped the petals.
I used some thicker black wire, used the tool to twist it and then coiled this so that it would create a flower centre. 
 I wanted to 'bulk up' the flowers a bit more and added some plain wire petals.
To secure the centres I used some invisible thread/cord.  I had some of the black left
and I made this into corkscrew shapes to add to my bottle project.
I thought it would be fun to make a little earring holder too.  This was made by twisting four
strands of wire together for each of the holders and using my jewellery tool to create
the holder elements.  The four pieces were held together by a single piece of wire and
this was pushed into the centre of an old thread spool which I painted with some 
silver paint.  To finish off I added some pearls.  It actually works too!  This is my
prototype, I am going to make another one, which I hope will look a little more professional!

I had lots of fun using the Twist and Style tool, it is not in the stores yet but will be soon.  It will be available from  It makes wonderful stems for flowers.

If you have time to visit Eileen's blog  and also here, you will see some other projects made by
my team mates.
As always, thanks for looking, hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx

Monday, 8 August 2016

Destination Inspiration at A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone!

It is my turn at A Vintage Journey to provide some inspiration , using the contents
of our Travel Bag.  It is always good fun to see what the team come up with!

If you have time I hope you will go over there to see what I created, here is a 
little peek.....

The lovely Amanda has also kicked off a new challenge - Stencil It and you can 
find details of that over there too!

Thanks so much for your visit, hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xx

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Creative Chemistry 103

Hello Friends, I am here again with a quick post!

I have been participating in Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry 103.  It has been quite
an intensive week but I have completed 5 lessons so far and am loving every minute!

I am simply sharing the results of the first five days here, just pictures and a few words.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Just one more day to go, but I can officially say that I am in love with Tim's new Distress 
Grit Paste (Day 3) and also using Alcohol Inks on Tim's Alcohol Ink Yupo (Day 5)!!

I did have intentions to make cards each day, but as you can see, I only managed
a couple on Day 1....

Anyway, if you are not doing the class, but feel you would like to, then just go to for more information.  It is not expensive and it is so worth it!

Thanks for your visit!  Hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xx

Friday, 5 August 2016

Shabby Garden at Anything But Cute

Hello friends!

It is time for a new challenge at Anything But Cute and the amazing Lisa has chosen
Shabby Garden as her theme and she has provided a gorgeous mood board for inspiration!
I was inspired by every section of Lisa's stunning mood board and after a bit of advice
from two crafty superstars, Jenny and Darnell, I managed to finish off my card so that
I actually liked it - thank you ladies!

This is Lisa's gorgeous mood board, who could fail to be inspired by this beauty!
I started with some beautiful Maja Design paper and added some Deco Art modelling paste
through a Tim Holtz stencil.
A piece of recycled cardboard was coated with crackle paint.  The chippie window was backed with
Maja Design paper, a fancy trim was added to the top and the whole piece was coated in
Titan Buff Media Fluid paint, followed by a coat of Weathered Wood Crackle Medium and
then given a final coat of Titanium White Media Fluid paint.
The tiny birds (and the bird house) were gifts from my lovely friend Nicola, aren't they
just adorable?
A close up of the lovely birdhouse.  I added a piece of chain, coated with gesso, to 'hold up'
the little birdhouse.
Finally, I added some lace and ribbon across the card and made this corner decoration from
bits and pieces I had in my stash.

So, if you would like to join in with us at Anything But Cute, check out the details on the
challenge blog here.  You can also see some fabulous creations from my uber talented teamies.

As always, thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xx

Friday, 29 July 2016

Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey


As there are five Fridays in July, it is time for another Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey!

I do not do monochromatic very often but I had this beautiful seahorse left over from
another project so he was my starting point.  I used lots of other Tim Holtz items
to make the tag, you can see what my teamies have made here.

 I used Tim's Stripes Stencil and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to create my background. 
The seahorse was coloured with Salty Ocean Distress Stain and given a good coat of 
Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint.
 The leaves were cut and painted with Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint.  I added some burlap, painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint and finished off with a word band and 
some dyed seam binding.

Our current challenge, Monochromatic still has a few days to run at A Vintage Journey, I hope you will join us there, we have a $25 voucher from The Funkie Junkie for one lucky winner!

As always, thanks for looking!  Hope to see you soon.

Hugs, Anne xx

Edited - some of my post just disappeared for a while, but seems to be back now - my apologies if you do not see the whole post!

Friday, 22 July 2016

Blossoms and Bookpages


This month at Creative Carte Blanche the lovely Hels has chosen the theme of 
Blossoms and Bookpages.  The CCB team have made some stunning creations,
it is definitely worth a look!

I have been saving hoarding Wendy Vecchi's Art Parts for several years now and as some of
my friends know, I don't like opening new packets, I just like to save them to look at - BUT, I 
opened the 'Create a Container' package to make my piece.

To create the background I painted the parts with Scattered Straw Distress Paint.
I used Wendy's Art for You background stamp for the back and front piece.  The trim and
leaves were painted with Lucky Clover Distress Paint and then over-stamped with Wendy's 
Nature's Art background stamp.  I assembled the pieces of the container.
To create the book page background, I ripped up a few pages from an old book and used
Glue 'n' seal to glue the pages to a piece of Wendy's Clearly for Art (clear).  I stamped
Wendy's Art Works flowers using Ranger Black Archival ink.  
The flowers were cut out and sprayed with Scattered Straw Distress Spray Stain and heated
with a heat gun to shape them.  The button brad centre was coloured with Ground
Espresso Distress Spray Stain.
The sentiment is from Wendy's Art and You stamp set, stamped in black Archival ink and
embossed with clear embossing powder.

I added the bee at the top - one of Wendy's Blossom Bucket Range.

I really enjoyed making this, I think I may just have to crack open a few other
Art Part packages and use them now!

Edited:  I have just noticed that the Funkie Junkie Boutique is offering an extra discount
of 15% off Wendy Vecchi stamps, in their Friday Focus this week.  Linda's prices are always
discounted anyway, so this makes buying Wendy's stamps even better!

As always, thanks for looking!

Hugs, Anne xx


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