Saturday, 16 February 2019

Wendy Vecchi Country Flower Journal

Hello Friends

I feel so thrilled and honoured to have been asked by Wendy Vecchi and Ranger Ink to try out some of Wendy's latest release of products including Wendy's Make Art Stamp/Die/Stencil - Country Flower set. Thank you again, to Wendy and to Ranger Ink for giving me this opportunity!

I have been down and a little subdued this week due to the death of a lovely friend and neighbour but I sat down yesterday and created one of my favourite things, a journal.
The gorgeous flowers on the front are from Wendy's new Make Art Stamp/Die/Stencil set called Country Flowers.  They remind me of blue Cornflowers. 

In the UK, Wendy's new releases are available to pre-order from Art From the Heart (I am not on commission!).
This is the contents of the beautiful parcel I received.  It includes Wendy's new stamp/die/stencil sets, her new Washi Tape range and new colours of  Wendy's Make Art Blendable Dye Inks.
After die cutting the journal (Eileen Hull's Wrapped Journal with the flap cut off), I stamped and embossed one of Wendy's older background stamp sets (Script WVBG022) to the front and back.

The thing I love about Wendy's new stamp set is that it has a stamp for the image, and another one to add colour to the image and then a die set to cut the flower (and leaves) out.  So quick and easy and such a reasonable price £14.99 in the UK (and $14.99 US) for the set!  I also love the way the stamps take the inks, (both archival and dye inks) and they stamp with just a tiny amount of pressure (great for those of us who have dexterity issues!).
Here is a view of the completed cover, you can see that I added some stencilling, using part of the stencil that comes in the set.
I added two pockets to the inside of the journal.  The left hand side was decorated with some of Wendy's gorgeous Washi tape.  The pocket on the right hand side was stencilled, again, with the stencil that comes with the set.
I created three signatures for the inside of my journal, again using stamps, dies and stencils from the set and I incorporated some Washi tape too.
 Finally, here is a view of the completed journal.

I will have a few more projects to share over the next couple of weeks, using Wendy's products, I hope you will visit to see them.  Do check out Wendy's blog HERE to see more of her new release.

On Monday and Tuesday next week I will be attending Stitches (the UK's much smaller version of Creativation) with my dear friends Kath and Enfys, and we are meeting up with other friends, Zoe and Kaz, and no doubt lots of others, to discuss all things crafty.  I am really looking forward to it.

Have a lovely weekend and I will have another post to share on Monday for That's Crafty.

Hugs, Anne xx

Thursday, 14 February 2019

All You Need Is Love

Hello Friends

I am here today sharing a card made as Guest for AALL & Create, to celebrate today,
Valentine's Day, for those of you who hold with the celebration.

We don't 'celebrate' as such but we do exchange cards and I really enjoyed making this one.
I used two AALL & Create stamp sets, #45 by Tracy Evans and #57 by Olga Heldwein.

I cut a piece of card 6" square and stamped a part of the larger stamp and then used Tracy's heart stamp to add the hearts to the side.  I stamped, coloured (with Ecoline inks) and fussy cut the elements I wanted to add.

I cut a piece of card slightly larger, to mat my topper on and coloured it with the same red ink to coordinate. I used some red and blue paint to add splatters to the background.  I cut some thin wire to add to the circle element of the design.  It adds some lovely texture.

Here is a close up showing the wire, the hearts (coated with Glossy Accents) and the lovely little dragonflies (I love the little hearts on the wings).  Finally I added my sentiment (a Tim Holtz chitchat words sticker).

The stamps I used are available from shops around the world, you can find details HERE.

Thanks so much for your visit and your support, I really do appreciate it!  I know lots of people prefer Facebook and Instagram these days - and let's face it, it is much quicker to leave a little comment, in our busy lives, but I am sticking with my blog too as it is a record for me.  

Hugs, Anne xxx

Monday, 11 February 2019

Coins, coins and a holder for That's Crafty

Hello Everyone

I have a new project over on That's Crafty Blog today, a rather large project,
here is a little sneak peek....

I hope you have time to pop over and have a look at the whole project HERE.

As always, thanks for looking and I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx

Thursday, 7 February 2019

She wore flowers in her hair....

Hello Friends

My Guest designer project this week for AALL & Create uses a wonderful stamp (#54) by Bipasha BK, and two stencils, one (#6) by Autour de Mwa and and one (#47) by Olga Heldwein to create a large 5" x 7" card.

The background was created as part of a (very) happy accident!  Last week I was watching my lovely friend Tracy Evans demoing at a craft event, using a shaving foam technique through a stencil.
 I tried the technique but did it all wrong, but when I applied Distress Oxides over the mistake I ended up with a background that I loved!
I stamped over the background with Stamp #54.
I stamped again over the piece of card that was left over and cut out the elements I wanted to layer up.  I ripped the edge of the bottle element to add some further texture and interest.
I added some more stencilling using texture paste, made from 13Arts Magic Powder, coloured with Distress Oxide.  I added Glossy Accents  to the eye and the crown and decoupaged them.
I love the sentiment on this stamp - 'She wore flowers in her hair' ....
These are the products from AALL & Create that I used, all of which are available from AALL & Create website.

As always, thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate it.

Hugs, Anne xx

Monday, 4 February 2019

Dream Big, Fly High for That's Crafty

Hello Friends

My Guest designer project for That's Crafty is a trio of Artist Trading Cards using
some beautiful design papers by 13 Arts.  Here is a sneak peek for you:

I hope, if you have the time, you will pop over HERE and have a look at my very quick and easy project this week.

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again later in the week.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Friday, 1 February 2019

Sketched and Doodled Mini Journal/Album

Hello Friends

The first day of the month means that we have a new challenge starting at Mini Album Makers!  We had some fabulous entries last month and I hope you will join in this month.

Each year I like to make a mini journal / diary to keep notes, thoughts and appointments in.   I am a bit late this year but better late than never I guess!

To create the base I used my all time favourite die - Eileen Hull's Passport die by Sizzix (660331), I just love it's compact size.  I cut it in black mountboard, which is nice and sturdy.
I do love a bit of colour and so I stamped, coloured and fussy cut several flowers from AALL & Create stamp set #154 by Tracy Evans.  I used Ecoline watercolour ink markers for my colouring.
Before adding the flowers to the front cover, I stamped and embossed in white WOW embossing powder, using Stamp #150 by Tracy Evans for AALL & Create.
On the inside front cover I added a die cut by Tim Holtz, his Stitched Slots Thinlits die by Sizzix (662697), it is a really handy size that fits the journal perfectly.  I also added the elastic binding as shown.
For the inside back cover, I like to cover up the knot created by the elastic closure and I created a pocket.  I added my favourite quote for my journals - stamped and embossed in white.  The stamp is by Darkroom Door.

The pocket is easily made, using a piece of card 4.1/2" x  4.3/4".
On the long side, score at 1/4", 3/4", 3.3/4" and 4.1/4"
On the short side score at 1/2"
Cut off the corners as shown to lessen the bulk, use a bone folder to crease all the score lines well and glue into the journal.
I stamped and die cut several tickets (stamp and die by Tim Holtz) to show how the holder can be used.  

I cut three signatures 3.1/4" x 4.3/4", one in white card and two in black card.  The first one contains a 2019 diary (purchased).  I added the remaining flowers to each of the signatures, adding a little doodling and some washi tape to 'ground' the flowers.
The second signature contains plain watercolour paper.

 The final signature contains ruled paper for notes.  I added a pen holder to the middle signature as I never seem to be able to find a pen when I need one!

I do hope you can join us at Mini Album Makers where
  Our generous sponsor this month is
and the super talented
Kae Pea
aka Kristen Powers
Join our challenge this month 
and you will be eligible to receive a prize package
Rubber Moon
You probably are aware of her amazing rubber stamps,  as well as her stencils
and now her unique inks called
Moonlight Duo Tint & Hue Ink
Take a look at her artistry here & follow along for ideas galore:

Dream it. Make it.™

Thanks so much for looking, if you would like to see what my talented team mates have made this month, then please check them out HERE.

I am adding this to Craft Stamper 'Take it Make it' Challenge HERE.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Thursday, 31 January 2019

I Love 'EWE'

Hello Friends

I am back today with my Guest designer project for AALL & Create.  I was challenged to use Olga Heldwein's Spooks stamp (AALL & Create #136) and do something completely different with it.

After much head scratching I had a light bulb moment and saw a sheep ... in the pumpkin... so I made a Valentine card.
To create the card I used the following:
Stencil #49 (Olga), Stamp #33 (Tracy Evans) and Stamp #136 (Olga)
I stamped the pumpkin twice, made hand drawn heads (and later some curly top knots), added some hand drawn legs and simply doodled some 'wool' onto the bodies.
The sky was created using Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass.  I put the stencil over the sky and used a baby wipe to wipe away some of the colour.  The heart was stamped using Stamp #33 and the heart was coloured in with a red marker.  The small hearts were hand drawn and also coloured with the red marker.  The letters are by Tim Holtz.
The sheep were grounded using Peeled Paint Distress Ink and a stamp from set #33.

I may not look at all my stamps in a different way in future but it was an interesting challenge and one I really enjoyed and, on the plus side, I have DH's Valentine card made early!

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

Hugs, Anne xx


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