Thursday, 18 October 2018

AALL & Create Project 1

Hello Friends

I was completely dumbstruck when Abs (Autour de Mwa of AALL & Create) asked me to join his Design Team for a temporary period of three months, it was not something I ever expected and I am over the moon happy!  Each Thursday I will post a project using AALL & Create stamps and stencils.

I would like to thank everyone who left me messages on Facebook, I was really humbled by the comments by friends on this temporary appointment, thank you all!
Even though summer is long gone, I could not resist Olga Heldwein's gorgeous Underwater Wonders stamp set to create an underwater scene.

I started with a large MDF tag.
I painted the tag with gesso ant then applied some crackle paste here and there.  After painting over the tag with Dina Wakley turquoise paint I applied embossing paste through Stencil #39.  Once the paste was dry I used ink through the stencil here and there, it is very subtle.
I am so in love with Olga Heldwein's gorgeous seahorse stamp!  I stamped in Potting Soil Archival ink and used watercolour paints to colour my seahorses and then fussy cut them out.
I coloured a few of the shells from the stamp set and cut them out.
Next, I used embossing paste through Stencil #44, coloured the starfish and ammonites with ink and cut them out.

To create the sea floor I added some greenery, my cut out stamped elements, some real shells, wood planks and some art stones.
Finally, to finish off, I added some words from the stamp set and also some charms from my stash.

I hope you will join me next week when I will have something completely different to share with you.  

Should you wish to purchase any AALL & Create stamps or stencils you can find a complete list of world-wide stockists in the e-shop HERE.

As always, thanks so much for your visit, I really do appreciate you taking
the time.  Hope to see you soon.  

Hugs, Anne xxx

Monday, 8 October 2018

In Memory of.... the Undertaker

Hello Friends

Oh how I love Halloween!  When Tim Holtz came out with his new  Etcetera Tombstone Tag set I couldn't wait to get my hands on one (or two...).  I will say this, it was a complete nightmare to photograph but I think you will get the idea (I hope!).

I don't have many process pictures but I can show you how I started off!
After painting the elements in Black Soot Distress Paint, I applied a lighter colour with a brayer.
I then brayered a whole range of Distress Paints over the elements to create an aged 'stone' look.  I used a few of Tim's texture stamps to add some interest and then I flicked/splattered  a range of matching paints over the whole surface.

Next, I assembled the pieces, not with any plan in mind, although I was certain that I wanted the  Zombie hand to hold the light.... and the Trophy cup to hold some Halloween flowers....
I followed Tim's instructions for adding the 'hand' to a project by drilling a hole in the Tombstone.
At the bottom, I added a Trophy Cup, which I first covered in black Gesso and then stippled it with Hickory Smoke Distress Paint, to age it.  I created some flowers using Tim's Tiny Tattered Florals die.  I also used one of Tim's Garden Greens dies and also the new Tangled Twigs in the background.  The Raven was a last minute addition.
The 'Undertaker' was added to Tim's Ornate Frame and the words are from the new Halloween Quote Chips.
Finally, here is a view of the Tombstone unlit, and lit up, it looks really good in the dark!

If you are thinking of making a large piece of home decor for Halloween, the Tombstone is ideal, it is really quite large when completed and would be ideal lit up in a window on All Hallows Eve!

Edited:  I realised, (a bit late in the day) that I could enter That's Crafty's Spookalicious Challenge this month HERE....

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

Hugs, Anne xx

Monday, 1 October 2018

Mini Album Makers - October Challenge

Hello Friends

The first of October means that we are starting a new challenge at Mini Album Makers and as always Our Rules are very straightforward : Any Handmade Book goes.  Enter any form of handmade mini album, scrapbook, journal or book art.  Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project. 
Since we are sponsored this month by Seth Apter, I have created a mini album using Seth's fabulous Baked Textures along with his dies and stamps and Paper Artsy paints.

Using heavyweight black card I brayered several colours randomly onto the card and then over-stamped with a 'crackle' stamp (make unknown) to add some texture.  I did several sheets of card.  I just love the way the colours look against the black card.
I die cut my pieces for the cover and two extras for the inside covers, in plain black.  I also cut three signature covers from the same brayered cardstock. The beauty of the Passport die is that it also cuts perfect signatures to fit inside the Passport journal.
After die cutting the spine in plain cardstock I used Seth's Baked Textures Embossing Powder  - Rocky Road to create a lovely contrast.  I also die cut several pieces from Seth's Steering Wheel die (S4-741) and his Broken Maze die (S4-743) for a couple of the signature fronts too.  These were also embossed with Rocky Road Baked Textures.  The EPs give a wonderful tactile feel to the die cuts.
I created a pocket for the inside of the journal and applied the 'steering wheel' due cuts to the signature covers.  The steering wheel on the front cover of the journal was layered up three times and I added a mini corked jar, filled with some Baked Texture powder (Vintage Beeswax).

I added the signatures to the journal and stamped the word Experiment from Seth's ESA08 stamp set, this was also embossed with Rocky Road.

To finish off I always like to add some handmade charms and I also added a black crinkle ribbon closure.

Our generous Sponsor this month is Seth Apter who is offering one lucky winner a full set of his Baked Textures Embossing Powders by Emerald Creek - what a fabulous prize!!

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I hope you will visit us at Mini Album Makers to see what my talented teamies have made and also to join in - you might just win the wonderful prize from Seth Apter!

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

Hugs, Anne xxx

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Fall-O-Ween (2) for Eileen Hull

Hello Friends!

This is my second post this month for Eileen Hull, this time using two of Eileen's journal dies and Halloween papers from DCWV (Die Cuts with a View).

Sadly, this is my last post as part of Eileen's Inspiration Team, I have taken the difficult decision to step down from the Team after four and half wonderful years.  I will miss my Teamies a lot but I will still be using Eileen's dies and inks as often as possible, I do believe that Eileen designs some of the best dies in the industry.  My grateful thanks to Eileen and the whole team!

I have two projects to share with you, one using Eileen's Wrapped Journal and one with Eileen's Passport die along with papers from DCWV (thank you DCWV!).
I am not going to take you through step by step this time, but I have some photos to share of the cover and inside of each album.  This one is made with Eileen's Wrapped Journal (Sizzix 662816).  It will hold four signatures, with plenty of room for more.
The papers are wonderful for creating the signatures, I have used a whole range of them - although choosing was quite difficult.  I always like to add a tag/ticket holder in my journals and I love to add pockets to the inside front and back.

Journal Number 2
For this journal I used Eileen's Passport die (Sizzix 660331), which is my favourite (currently) of Eileen's journal dies.  It is such a handy size.
Again, my signatures were made with the beautiful DCWV Halloween papers, the paper pad comes with stickers and elements that can be used as tags.  Some of the papers are beautifully foiled too.

I added tabs to the signature covers to add some interest.

Here are the DCWV paper pads that I used, one is pattered and one is plain - the plain one is full of gorgeous Halloween coloured papers.

To finish off both journals, I added some handmade charm hangings, a few die cuts and Sari ribbon, sparkly twine and yarn.  I had such a lot of fun making these!

So there we have it, two more Halloween journals finished, I seem to be building up quite the collection!  I may even be back with more before Halloween.

Thanks so much for all your support whilst I have been part of Eileen's team, I hope to see you in Eileen's Fan Club (there are over 3,000 members now!) or here in the future!

Hugs, Anne  xxx

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Fall-O-Ween for Eileen Hull

Hello Friends

This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team are celebrating Autumn by creating Fall-O-Ween projects, either creating an Autumnal project or a Halloween project!  Of course, I went for Halloween!

Do please check out Eileen's blog HERE all this month for inspiring projects.  Eileen also has a Fan Club of Facebook HERE where over 3,000 members share ideas and projects.

For my project I used Eileen's new Wrapped Journal (Sizzix 662816), Tim Holtz latest Halloween fabric gifted to me by Jenny Marples and Halloween buddy Juli Riedel (of Voodoo doll fame).  Thanks again ladies!

The journal was created during a super fun crafty day with some dear and fabulous friends - Rita McGranthin, Annie Gilmour and Tracy Evans, three exceptionally talented ladies!

I covered the journal, inside and out with Tim Holtz latest release of Halloween fabric, it gives the journal some added strength.  I don't have any process shots (sorry) but we were having fun playing and I forgot, so I am showing you how I finished the journal off instead.  Having said that, all of Eileen's journals are just a dream and very easy to put together.
Here, on the inside cover you can see how the fabric (on the cover) goes with Tim's latest Halloween paper (on the signatures).  The gravestones, cat and hat are all from older dies from Tim Holtz.  The gravestones were covered in two of  Seth Apter/Emerald Creek's Baked Textures in Rocky Road and Patina Oxide.  The words are from a Tim Holtz stamp set.
You can see here that I used Tim's Design Tape to give strength to the signature.  The fabulous witch is a die from one of Tim's previous Halloween releases.  She is missing her broomstick and cat here!

The signature cover this time was stamped with Tim's Gothic background stamp and white embossing powder was added.
Again, another of Tim's Halloween dies and word for the ghosts, the bats are from a very old Memory Box die.
The spider's web was stamped with Tim's cobweb stamp and embossed with white, the spiders are from one of Tim's very old die sets.  They were embossed with Rocky Road Baked Textures - they look quite creepy in real life!
From Tim's latest Halloween release, Mr Bones just had to make an appearance - I bought him for my Guest month with Simon Says which you can see HERE if you missed it.
On the cover I used an old Tim flourish die as a branch for the Raven to sit on.  The Raven is actually one of Tim's older stamp releases, he was stamped, fussy cut and then covered with embossing ink and coated with Seth Apter's Rocky Road Baked Texture.  The closure is one of Tim's Idea-ology Custom Knobs.

The tag was created using Tim's new Alcohol Lift Ink on Yupo - my first experiment with this new technique, it was so easy and such fun to do!  Thank you to my lovely friend Kath who bought me the set for my birthday whilst we were at a craft event!

To finish off I added some charms from my stash and some sparkly orange yarn.

Another Halloween project done and dusted!  Thanks so much for your visit,
I hope to see you again soon, I have a couple more Halloween journals to
share next week using Eileen's journal dies and papers from DCWV.

Hugs,  Anne  xxx

Saturday, 1 September 2018


Hello Friends

This month sees the Blogaversary of Mini Album Makers and we are celebrating by having a Blog Hop and Giveaway!!

We are giving a $25 gift certificate from to one lucky reader whose name will be chosen at random from all of the comments on the Design Team blogs (so please be sure to leave one).  In addition, our sponsor,  Lindy's Stamp Gang will give a $25 gift certificate to one lucky participant in our challenge.

Congratulations to Autumn on achieving a wonderful first year, the blog has gone from strength to strength and it has been such a pleasure to see so many amazing entries!  If you have arrived here from the wonderful Jennie Atkinson's blog, then welcome!

I have gone all teeny tiny this month and created a vintage looking domino album, with a sea theme.

I am sharing a few step by step instructions, in case you have not tried a domino album before.  I will not be adding measurements as I find that dominoes come in a whole variety of different sizes and I would not want to confuse anyone!
I measured the domino carefully and then took some cream card, scored it to fit the domino size, then spritzed it with Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist in Golden Doublooms.  Whilst this was drying I added some gilding flakes to the edges of each of the dominoes and left these to dry too.

I attached my images to the front of each domino with Distress Collage Medium and then coated each with two coats of Collage Medium.  This is a really important step if you wish to coat the dominoes with Resin, as it seals the image properly.  The Ice Resin dried with a slight vintage tone.

Next, I mixed the Ice Resin (use your chosen type of Resin) and added it to the top of each domino and left these to dry thoroughly (it may take a day or two).
Before attaching the accordion element to each domino, I added a picture to each of the 'pages' and added a piece of ribbon to each cover. and then attached the accordion to the covers.

To finish off I added some Tim Holtz Chit Chat words and two jewellery beads to each domino to represent feet.
A final view of the completed mini album!

Please do visit my teamies during this blog hop, their projects are amazing!  Be sure to leave a comment on each one, we have two wonderful prizes on offer, a $25 prize from another $25 prize from one of our wonderful sponsors, Lindy's Stamp Gang. 

Nancy Wethington - Art-From-The-Heart
Jennie Atkinson - Live the Dream
Anne Redfern - RedAnne (That's me)
Maria Lillepruun - Magic Attic Design
Alison Bomber - Words and Pictures 
Autumn Clark - SewPaperPaint

Please do join in our challenge this month, at Mini Album Makers, we do love seeing your wonderful creations!

Thanks so much for your visit,  the talented Maria Lillipruun is the next stop on the hop. I hope you enjoy hopping around to visit everyone! 

Hugs, Anne xx

Monday, 27 August 2018

Simon Says Stamp - Designer Spotlight - Week 4

Hello Friends!

This is my final week in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Designer Spotlight (sad face) and I would like to thank them, along with all of the Designers for having me back again.  It has been a real pleasure, I have really enjoyed making projects for the challenges.

So, it is time for a new challenge and this week the challenge is 'Fall'.

Fall, to me, means we are getting close to Halloween!  I have used some of Tim Holtz's new Halloween release Mr Bones stamp set, his latest Shifter Stencil along with lots of  Tim's older Halloween products to create 'Mr Sherlock Bones'.

Meet Mr Sherlock Bones!

I have grouped the 'how to' photos so that my post is not too long.
I could not wait to get my hands on Tim Holtz's new Shifter Stencils, this one is the Diamond shape and boy, are they clever!!
1)  I placed the stencil on white card and used Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide through the stencil
2)  I placed the stencil back on the card (as Tim demonstrates HERE - starting around 22 minutes), shifting it over and used Black Soot Distress Ink (I wanted a really strong black)
3)  I wanted to experiment to see if I could fill in the white spaces left as it was a little too bright for my liking.  I shifted the stencil and used Pumice Stone Distress Ink
4)  I was not entirely happy with the grey colour so I placed the stencil back over half of the Pumice Stone coloured diamond shapes and used Shabby Shutters Distress Ink - now I am very happy!
5)  I wanted a shelf where I could put some bits and pieces, so  I cut off 1.1/2" from one of Tim's medium sized Etcetera Tags.
6) I covered the tag with my stenciled card and glued the 'shelf' to the bottom of the tag.
7)  I gathered together lots of Idea-ology pieces that would go on my shelf.  I also coloured some gauze with Black Soot
8)  I stamped the Spider Web stamp onto white card and toned it down with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and slid this inside the Cabinet Card
9)  I stamped Mr Bones onto white card, embossed the image with Black embossing powder, fussy cut him out and then attached a red glass bead to his eye
I attached the Idea-ology Monocle and Spider to the frame.
Here is a close up view of the shelf.  The word 'wicked' is from the Mr Bones stamp set.  I added some red alcohol ink to the mini corked bottle, to resemble blood.... and added lots of other spooky elements, including another one of the spiders....
To finish off, I attached a word band to the top, coloured with Distress Crayon and added some string and black ribbon to the top.

Products used:
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stamp - Mr Bones
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Webbed Halloween Stamp
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Shifter Diamonds
Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag - Medium
Tim Holtz Cabinet Card Frames
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder - Black
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Incantation Word Band
Tim Holtz Corked Domes
Tim Holtz Tiny Vials
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Boneyard Skulls
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Pumpkin Pieces
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Boneyard Bones
Tim Holtz Wicked Metal Adornment - Spider
Tim Holtz Assemblage Monocle
Tim Holtz Distress Oxides
Tim Holtz Distress Crayon

Each week there is a fabulous $50 gift voucher on offer!

All the of the products that I used, which are available from Simon Says Stamp 
are listed above.
I hope you like Mr Sherlock Bones and also hope that you will join in the 'Fall' challenge this week and if you have time please have a look at what the Design Team have created, there are some amazing 'Fall' creations.

Thank you again to Simon Says Stamp for having me in the Designer Spotlight.

Hugs, Anne xx


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