Thursday, 15 November 2018

AALL & Create Project #5 - A Journal

Hello Friends

The weeks are flying by!  I have another project to share with you, using AALL & Create products.  This week I have created a journal using my favourite Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal die along with two stamps by the hugely talented Tracy Evans.
I absolutely LOVE making journals and Tracy's stamps are perfect for this kind of project.  Stamping onto tissue paper is my favourite technique at the moment, it allows beautiful stamped images to be added to textured surfaces.
I started by brayering colours of paint onto mountboard.  Several layers later I had some wonderful texture and beautiful muted colours.
I stamped the beautiful dragonfly from Tracy's stamp #113 and then painted the dragonfly on the reverse. This mutes the paint colour just slightly but gives a lovely finish. I always use a waterbrush to dampen around the image so that it tears unevenly - this helps the tissue to blend into the background, once it is glued down.
I decided I wanted some detail on the back of the journal too so I stamped Tracy's stamp #119, again onto tissue paper and coloured the flower in (shown below).
The same colours were used to colour this second flower.
I finished the whole journal off by covering the whole of it with Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium - Crazing.  It gives a slightly crackled background and helps the tissue to 'melt' into the background.  I think the crackle just about shows in the photo above.

To finish I stamped the dragonfly again, coloured it, cut out the wings and layered them up, and I added a clock hand and brad to add some interest to the dragonfly.

The stamps I used to create the journal are:
Tracy's stamp #113
Tracy's stamp #119
You can find a list of worldwide stockists HERE.

To finish off any journal I always like to create a hanging embellishment, this time I added some beads from my stash, simply adding them to head pins and for the closure I dyed some seam binding and attached this to the opening flaps.

As always, thanks for your visit, I appreciate any comments you may wish to leave.  See you soon.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Monday, 12 November 2018

Tim's Tiny Snowglobes

Hello Friends

Just a quick post to share some Tiny Snowglobe tags I created using the Tim Holtz Tiny Snowglobe dies (Sizzix 663119) along with the matching Dimensional Domes (Sizzix 663559).

I thought it was about time I got started on my Christmas crafting and couldn't wait to use these dinkie dies and domes.  I didn't want anything too fancy but I do like the two that I created with Tim Holtz's Christmas Worn Wallpaper...

Not the best photos on this dull, rainy day, but they are just the cutest little shakers!  I have not labelled them all yet as I will personalise them to add to Christmas gifts for family and friends.
1)  The dies and domes
2) I die cut them all in white card as they are quite tiny
3)  The elements were coloured with markers
4)  The constructed dinkies, you can see how tiny they are against the ruler!
 I also used Tim's Framelits tag die (medium size) to cut the tags.  Once the dinkies were cut out and constructed it was so easy to put the tags together because the domes come with their own sticky backs and the circle die that comes in the pack cuts the holes for the domes perfectly!
Aren't they just the cutest little domes!

Thanks for your visit, I really appreciate it.  I'll be back on Thursday with my latest AALL & Create project, hope to see you then.

Hugs, Anne xx

Thursday, 8 November 2018

AALL & Create Project #4

Hello Friends

I am back this week with another project for AALL & Create, using Tracy Evans's beautiful large flower stamp #109.

I  needed a quick card for someone who loves her garden, so I  layered up Tracy's gorgeous flower, to give it  the look and feel of a beautiful sunflower.  OK, it was not all that quick but she loved the card so that made it all worthwhile!

This large A4 stamp is available HERE.  One half of this stamp  is large enough to cover the whole of an 8" x 8" card front.

I used one half of the stamp #109 to stamp some of the flowers that would be used for layering. I wanted the background to be fairly simple so that the layered flower would take centre stage.

Here are a few of the steps I took:
1)  I used 13 arts watercolours and watercolour paper for the base, it measures 8" x 8".
2)  I stamped the flower onto the watercolour base
3)  I coloured the flower on the base and the extra flowers
4)  I added seed beads to the centre of the layered flower
5)  I love how Tracy adds wire/thread to her projects and I highlighted the circles with some fine florists wire 
6)  Finally I stamped the words again and added them to the finished card, the card base was layered up onto some black card and then onto a white card base.

Thank you for your visit, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx

Thursday, 1 November 2018

AALL & Create Project #3

Hello Friends

I am here again for the second time today, with another project for AALL & Create, this time I created a journal spread in my much neglected journal!
I was watching a video recently by Aida Domisiewicz a few months back, when she used watercolours in a very fluid way.  Bipasha's beautiful stamp set seemed perfect for my two page spread - I wanted the chess set to take centre stage.                                                                              

I wet the page with water, left it for a moment or two and then dipped my watercolour laden brush into the wet area and just let the watercolour move around.  Not shown, I took another colour (purple) and let is spread around too.
Next, I stamped directly using Bipasha's stamp set #115 onto the page and again on a spare sheet of watercolour paper, added some shading here and there in grey and fussy cut the pieces out, ready to place over the stamped images.
To add some texture, I stencilled some texture paste through Stencil #39 to the top left and bottom right of the spread.

Although I loved the effect, I thought it needed a little more and so I drew a squiggly border around the whole of both pages and blocked it out in a checkerboard style, I love how it matches the chess board and helps to draw the eye in.
I stamped the word Check Mate from Bipasha's stamp set #122.
I hope you like my very simple page, I have never used watercolour in this way - I really enjoyed the freedom of it!

The stamps and stencil I used are available from a list of stockists HERE

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you will check out my other post today too.

Hugs, Anne xx

Mini Album Makers November Challenge

Hello Friends, this is my first of two posts today.

A new month means a new challenge at Mini Album Makers! As always, it is Any Handmade Book Goes.  Enter any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals and book arts.  Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project.  You can find full details of the Rules on our home page.

I wanted to use this beautiful Gypsy Soul Laser Cut, along with some Tim Holtz fabric, so I altered a plain journal with fabric to accommodate the laser cut.

I have a few photos to show you how it all came together.
1.  I used a ready made journal, some Tim Holtz fabric and a Laser Cut from Gypsy Soul
2.  Cut the fabric to size with a 1" border all around.  Glue the fabric to the outside of the journal and leave to dry.
3.  Fold in and glue down the corners.
4.  Fold in and glue the sides to the cover.
5.  (not shown) Glue one page over the fabric at the front and back to cover the fabric, this gives a nice neat finish to the front and back.
I usually always add a pocket or an envelope to the inside of all my journals. It is so easy to do by cutting and folding as shown in photograph one above. 

For my envelope I cut the card to 8.1/4" tall x 7.1/4" wide and scored at 3.1/2" and 7".  The bottom tab is 1.2" and the top fold over tab is 1.1/2".

You will need a Cropodile or hole punch and some eyelets to create the closure.  Adjust the sizes to correspond with your size of journal.  Once you have made one of these, it gets easier and it finishes your journal off beautifully and gives you a handy place to store small items and/or a pen or pencil.

I used the beautiful laser cut from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts (our Sponsor this month).  I embossed it with Black Embossing Powder.  To finish it off I added a flower charm from my stash.

Our Sponsor this month at Mini Album Makers is Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts who will be offering a prize pack to one lucky winner.

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Thanks so much for your visit today, I hope you will join in this month at Mini Album Makers, we would love to see your creation(s).

Hugs, Anne xx

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

The Monster Mash, it was a Graveyard smash ...

Hello Friends

Does anyone remember the Monster Mash by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett?  I really only remember it nearer to Halloween and I can't get it out of my head.  I love Halloween and I usually make just one large project but this year I have done three!  If you missed them, you can see the others HERE and HERE, using the latest Tim Holtz Halloween products.

I also said I was not going to buy any more Tim Holtz Halloween stuff, but as you will see, I broke down and bought quite a few things.... but what the heck, we only live once!

I am not going to go through the details because I think it is fairly self explanatory, but I will say, it was an absolute nightmare to photograph!!  It definitely looks much better in real life...

Count Dracula is showing Mr and Mrs Bones the way - Mrs Bones has a blood stained shawl with a black rose to hold it together.  Mr Zombie is making his way on his own, who knows where Mrs Z is..

I decided to add some lights behind the glittery sky and at the bottom to show the monsters the way to the party.

A couple of close-ups.

Thanks for your visit.  If you are visiting today, Happy Halloween or, if afterwards I hope you had a great Halloween!

I hope to see you again tomorrow when I will be sharing not one, but two new projects.

Hugs, Anne xx

Thursday, 25 October 2018

AALL & Create Project 2

Hello Friends

I am pleased to share with you my second project for AALL & Create, a large tag.  Autumn is one of my favourite seasons and Tracy Evans' gorgeous large flower reminds me of my favourite Autumn sunflowers which are still in abundance at the moment

The products I used from AALL&Create are:  A4 Stamp #109, by Tracy Evans, Stamp #6 by Tracy Evans, Stamp #45 by Tracy Evans and Stencil #39 by Autour de Mwa.  These are available from a list of suppliers HERE.

I started by covering a tag with gesso and then a random coat of crackle paint.
Once dry I gave the tag a coat of rusty colour paint, followed by a layer of blue and let this dry.  I lightly sanded the top so that some of the rusty colour would show through.
Next, I stamped the flower onto tissue paper, cut it out and painted it from the back with acrylic paint.

I attached the flower to the tag, stamped a second centre and raised it up with some silicone and used one of Tracy's trademark designs - thread, to add another texture.
I added a butterfly from one of Tracy's earlier release of stamps and used a clock hand as a body.
I always like to add charms to chunkier tags, I stamped the flower onto shrink plastic, coloured it with markers and then shrank it down, it makes a lovely sized charm.
Here is another look at the completed tag again, where you can see the stencilling I did on each side using AALL & Create Stencil #39 to tie my elements together, and the sentiment I added.

Thanks so much for your visit, as always, I appreciate your comments.  I hope to see you again next week, if not before, if I can fit in a Halloween project.

Hugs, Anne xx


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