Monday, 22 July 2019

Red Leather Journal

Hello Friends

I do love making journals and this week I am sharing a red leather journal created with Eileen Hull's latest Notebook die (Sizzix 663635).  This die is a brilliant size and cuts all in one piece so it is perfect to use with leather.
I started with a beautiful piece of red leather, this is approx 1.5cm thick, I find that this is the best thickness to use without putting any strain on your machine.
When cutting with leather I like to cut with the wrong side facing down so that the score lines do not show on the outside of the journal.  Once cut I attach some co-ordinating card to the inside with a strong adhesive.  This does cover up the score lines inside but also adds some stability and because the leather is soft, it still bends nicely.

Note:  If your leather is thick, do not add any extra bulk by attaching card first and take care when running through your die cutting machine, ensuring you use the right combination of plates for your machine.  If it is too thick you could damage your machine.  When I get a new piece of leather I do a little test with a small piece of leather first and if I meet any resistance I stop.

I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder to emboss the leather, one half at a time, using a busy pattern means that it is not necessary to match the design fully (the join will appear on the spine).
The Notebook die does not come with holes punched in the spine, which is great because you can choose how many holes you would like.  I punched two holes at each end with my cropodile and added eyelets.  I wanted to have an elastic closure so I punched two holes in the back of the journal and added eyelets to allow the elastic to feed through.
I like to add pockets to my journal and I used the same co-ordinating card to make one closed and one open pocket.
To create the closed pocket, I did this in a single piece, following the above measurements.  I folded it and glued the two small edges to create an open topped 'envelope'.
Once glued together, I added a closure to the lid and front that could be fastened with some light string.  I punched a small circle to add to the tail of the string to prevent fraying.
I created an 'open' pocket using the above measurements.  I folded and glued this in place on the back cover.  The advantage of attaching this pocket is that it hides the elastic closure fixings.  To attach the elastic closure, I fed it through the eyelet holes and stitched (or you can staple it) it together before attaching the pocket.

I fed elastic through the spine and tied it in a knot, leaving sufficient room to add a couple of signatures.

You can then create signatures to fit your journal and add these.  The size of the finished journal is 5" x 3.3/4", a nice handy size to fit in your handbag/purse.

I do get asked where I get my leather from, I purchase it in the UK from a company called Artisan Leather.  To make this size of journal I buy an A4 size, this will make two full journals in this size.

In the USA, Eileen Hull sells leather in her Etsy shop which you can find HERE.

Here is another look at the completed journal.  It has already gone to a good home!

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments and I will do my
best to answer them.

Thanks so much for your visit, it is much appreciated.

Hugs, Anne xx

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Tracy's Poppies for AALL & Create

Hello Friends

I am back this week with my Guest designer project for AALL & Create.  I made two cards with the beautiful newly released stamp sets by Tracy Evans #206 (Hexagon Stem), #200 (Hope) and #210 (Background Mash Up) together with stencil #59 by Autour de Mwa.
My favourite background technique at the moment is brayering with paint.  I created two backgrounds using similar techniques but with different colours.
The first card uses light colour paint tones, all brayered separately onto mixed media cardstock.
I don't dry between each layer, I just keep adding the colours until I am happy with the result.  I then applied the stencil, using both paint and gesso dabbed through with an old makeup sponge.
I cut down the parts of the background I liked, to fit my card and mounted these onto black card.
For the above card I stamped, coloured and fussy cut four poppies from stamp set #200 and over-stamped these lightly with stamp #210 to add some texture.  I added two flowers to the card and then layered up the flowers with sticky pads to give them some dimension.
For my second card I simply brayered in a different set of colours, adding some stencilling as previously.  This time I stamped stamp set #206 directly onto the brayered base, stamping six further poppies and layering these up as before, after over-stamping each of the poppies with stamp set #210.

The sentiments on both cards are stamped from the two flower stamp sets.

You can find worldwide stockists for the stamps and stencil I used today, HERE.

I do apologise if I have not visited you lately, sometimes life just gets in the way
but hopefully normal service will be resumed soon!  In the meantime, thanks so
much for your visit, it is much appreciated, especially in these days where blog visiting seems to 
have fallen out of favour somewhat.

Hugs, Anne xx

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Journal Page for AALL & Create

Hello Friends

My Guest designer project for this week is something a bit different from me, a journal page.  I don't really do much journalling, as a rule, so I thought I would chance my hand at it, using a new released
stamp set #199 by Tracy Evans for AALL & Create.
My journal is a standard size with 8.1/4" x 5.1/4" sized pages.  I didn't want to work directly in the journal so I cut some mixed media paper to fit.
I used watercolour paints to create my backgrounds and added some splatters.
Adding some stencilling with with AALL & Create stencil #59 by Autour de Mwa and some further stamping using AALL stamp #210 by Tracy Evans created some extra texture.

Next, I stamped the flowers across the page and coloured them with  watercolour paints.  
I stamped, painted and fussy cut some extra leaves and added them, followed with the sentiment
from stamp set #199.  Finally, I added the pages to my journal and doodled around the edges.
You can find worldwide stockists for all of the AALL & Create products I used HERE.

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

Hugs, Anne xx

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Floral candles for AALL & Create

Hello Friends

For my Guest designer project his week at AALL & Create I have tried a technique that has
been around for many years but is a new technique to me.

I used Olga Heldwein's fabulous new floral stamp set (#195) which is part of the brand new
release, stamping onto to tissue and applying this to candles.
My results are not 100% perfect but I did learn some things along the way - like, use a smooth candle and not one with ridges on (like the candle on the right).
I started by stamping onto tissue paper with Versafine Clair in Nocturne Black onto some tissue paper.  Once the ink was dry I used watercolour pencils and also oil pastels to colour the gorgeous peony flowers.  I coloured from the back and not the inked side of the tissue.
I used a water brush to 'paint' around the edge of finished design with water and then gently tore the excess paper away.  A rough edge melts much better into the background than a smooth one.
I decided where I wanted the design to be and I placed this on the candle.  I applied gentle heat with my heat tool, doing a small area at a time and I used an old credit card to smooth the image as I went along.  Because there were ridges in the candle I wanted to make sure that the image fully  adhered to the candle.

I did the second candle using a different technique.  I don't have process photos because everything gets quite hot using a heat tool and I needed both hands!  This time I used a smooth candle, prepared the image in the same way as the first one, laid the image onto the candle and then wrapped the whole candle tightly with greaseproof paper (the white one).  Keeping it wrapped tightly I applied the heat with the heat tool.  As the greaseproof paper is white, you can see quite clearly when the image is adhered to the candle and you can move on to another part.

In both cases there was some slight residue of wax on the image and I wiped this off
with a clean piece of kitchen towel and it came away easily.
I wrapped this candle in cellophane and added a bow, I thought it would be a nice way to
present the candle as a gift.
This is the wonderful stamp set  by Olga Heldwein (#195) that I used.  You can find a full list of worldwide stockists of AALL Stamps and Stencils HERE.

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

Hugs, Anne xx

Friday, 14 June 2019

Mini Flip and Pocket Album for Mini Album Makers

Hello Friends

Today, on the Mini Album Makers Blog I am sharing a little tutorial (based
on an album by one of my favourite journal makers - Anne of Anne's Papercreations).

If you have the time I hope you will pop over there to have a look.  It was so much
fun to create this album from scratch.
 Thanks so much for your visit,
I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Hugs, Anne  xxx

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Watercolour Notebook Journal for AALL & Create

Hello Friends

For my Guest designer project this week I have created a journal this week, using two AALL & Create stamps by Tracy Evans - #79 and #154, a stencil #61 by Aida Domisiewicz, and using vibrant watercolour colours.
I started by die cutting a Notebook Journal by Eileen Hull (Sizzix 663635) from Mixed Media
Artist Board, the advantage of the board is that it takes a lot of wet products.
I spritzed the board with water and then randomly applied two bright colours of watercolour paint.  I painted both sides of the board.
On the inside of the cover  I used Aida's Circle Chain Stencil and applied Picked Raspberry Distress Ink with a blending tool.
I set the cover aside and used  300gsm stamping card to create two signature covers 
and a pocket for the back of the notebook.  I coloured both sides of the card in the same
way as the cover.
I stamped each of the covers with flowers from Tracy's Sketched and Doodles Moments stamp set.  I coloured the flowers with alcohol markers in toning colours.  The sentiments are from the same stamp set.
I stamped the beautiful Feathered Bloom stamp by Tracy Evans on the cover, it is a wonderful
size for use with this notebook.  I stamped in Black Versafine and then stamped, coloured, fussy cut and applied the small flowers, just to make them 'pop' a bit more.
Finally, I assembled the notebook, adding the back pocket and signatures.  I like to add pockets to the back of my notebooks as it covers up the elastic closure and gives a much neater look.
To finish off I added some charms and a clip from my stash and used some leftover card 
to make a tag to fit in the pocket at the back.  The elastic closure was plain white
elastic that I coloured with the watercolour paints.
I really enjoyed using some bright and different colours (for me) and I love the boldness of the stamping against the bright background.

You can find a full list of worldwide stockists for AALL & Create products HERE.  If you have not already seen it on Facebook, AALL & Create have a new release of stamps today, there are some amazing designs, which will be available for purchase soon!

As always, thanks so much for your visit,
I hope to see you again soon.
Hugs, Anne xxx

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Houses for AALL & Create

Hello Friends

For my Guest designer spot at AALL & Create this week I used two stamp sets by
Kaitlin Paltridge to create some cards, my card box is nearly empty!

I used stamp set #191 and #193 to create a New Home card and a couple of mini cards.
For the larger card I masked and stamped both stamps onto a piece of watercolour card.  I kept the backgrounds on all of the cards fairly simple.
I stamped the houses a second time, coloured them and cut out some elements so that I could decoupage them up onto the card.
These stamps are an ideal size to create smaller cards.  This time I stamped directly onto the cards and coloured them directly with watercolour paints.  For the card on the left I also stamped and coloured a second house and decoupaged just the bottom half of the card, to give some dimension.

The stamps I used are available from AALL & Create.  You can find a full list of 
worldwide stockists HERE.

A quicky post today, thanks so much for your visit.

Hugs, Anne xx


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