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Friday, 24 February 2017

Guest Artist at Creative Carte Blanche

Hello Friends

I am super excited and very honoured to have been asked by the wonderful Hels Sheridan to be Guest Artist today at Creative Carte Blanche!  I have been a huge fan of all of the talented designers at CCB since they were involved in the challenge blog Compendium of Curiosities several years ago.  They gave me lots of encouragement and I am grateful to them for that.

In actual fact it was Hels and another dear friend Kath Stewart who got me involved in
crafting/blogging so I have a lot to thank these ladies for!

Since the theme this month at Creative Carte Blanche is 'Love Is In The Air', I created a love themed card in a paper block style (that I learned in a class with Hels a few years back), adding a large grungy heart, a handmade flower and Hels' trademark harlequin pattern as an accent.
I started by choosing some pieces of Ephemera from Tim Holtz Idea-ology collection and used Ranger Glue 'N' Seal to glue them in place on a 6" x 6" piece of grey board.
I applied a layer of Distress Collage Medium - Crazing and allowed it to dry naturally.  Next I applied a coat of the Vintage Collage Medium.  Once dry I applied Distress Crayon around each piece of Ephemera and smudged it to blend it in.
I stencilled the harlequin pattern using Ranger black Texture Paste.  I drew an outline around a hand cut heart with black Distress Crayon.
The heart was painted with DecoArt Media Crackle Paint and when dry, this was painted with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Pyrole Red.
I applied a layer of Antiquing Cream in Raw Umber, let this dry and wiped it away with a damp cloth.  The Raw Umber is less harsh than black and it fills the cracks in nicely.
To finish off  I added the words (a Tim Holtz stamp) and also a hand made flower.   Here is another look at the finished project.
If you have not joined in at Creative Carte Blanche with your love themed project, there is still time to do so HERE.

Thank you again to Hels and the team at Creative Carte Blanche for having me as their Guest today!  If you do have the time, please pop over there and leave the team some love....

Thanks to you too, for visiting, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Clearsnap ColorBox Blends for Eileen Hull

Hello Friends

During the month of February, Eileen Hull's Inspiration team are sharing projects made with Eileen's range of inks- ColorBox Blends by Clearsnap.  I need to say up front that, at the moment, these inks are not available in the UK, but hopefully they will be soon.

ColorBox Blends come in a range of 16 colours, they are produced in sponge top dispensers that are so easy to use.  They can be used for paper, card, fabric, wood, clay and more!  The dispensers hold 10 times the amount of ink of a normal ink pad. You just need to heat set them for permanence. 

I used three colours of ColorBox Blends - Bay, which is a soft teal colour, Nutmeg and Stop, which is a pretty amazing red!  I used the inks in four different ways.
I die cut the elements I wanted to use - Eileen Hull's Bag, Caddy die (Sizzix 657123) and Eileen Hull's Flower, Pansy die (Sizzix 661109).  I cut the flower three times, to give a nice big flower.
I decanted some of the ink (Bay) into a spritzer bottle and added water in a ratio of 50:50 and spritzed the caddy all over (coverage is excellent) and heat dried the pieces.
I used a third colour of ColourBox Blend (Nutmeg) to stamp here and there using a script stamp by IndigoBlu.  I didn't use a stamp block, as I wanted a more random look.
I coloured the flower direct to card, colouring both sides.  Once dry, I scrunched them up and fastened the petals with a pearl brad.

To colour the ribbon, I dabbed the ink on my glass mat, added some water and dragged the ribbon through and then heat set the colour.

To finish off I stamped the words Bloom and Grow with Nutmeg and added them to the caddy.
Another look at the finished caddy.

If you would like to see how my Teamie, Tracy used the inks you can see her post here.

Thanks for your visit today, I really appreciate that and any comments you leave.

Take care and hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xx


Friday, 3 February 2017

Words That Are Special at A Vintage Journey

Hello Friends

The challenge this month at A Vintage Journey is 'Words That Are Special' and it is being hosted by the talented Jennie.  Here's what Jennie has to say about the challenge:

'We often use words for cardmaking, scrapbooking, journalling, layering backgrounds, stamping, collage, in mixed media work, on our tags.... In fact words are often an integral part of our design processes for many of our projects.  This month, show us words that are important or special to you, and how you incorporate them in your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial or steampunk art.'

My favourite stamp from Tim Holtz is the sentiment one I used on my card, it is a sentiment I keep up in my craft room as a daily reminder to be grateful for all those little things in life that make life  special!

I started off with a piece of watercolour card and I stencilled with clear texture paste and Tim's Floral stencil.  I didn't take many process photos due to the poor light but I will explain some of the process.
Once the texture paste was dry I brayed several colours of Distress Paint over the card - Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Scattered Straw, drying between each colour.  I used Broken China and Picket Fence Distress Paint to splatter over the card.  I love the way the texture paste resisted most of the Distress paint but gives some nice texture.

The florals and butterflies were die cut and added.
Finally I added the sentiment, stamped in black Versafine and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I added some of Tim's Idea-ology string to finish off my simple card.

I hope you will join is at  A Vintage Journey and share with us, words that are special to you.

Our sponsor this month is Country View Crafts who are offering a £20 voucher for one randomly chosen individual.

Thanks for your visit.  Hugs, Anne xx


Monday, 30 January 2017

Destination Inspiration at A Vintage Journey

Hello Friends

Over at A Vintage Journey it is my turn to share a Destination Inspiration post
using certain predetermined items from a travel bag.

Since I am looking forward to the end of Winter and the arrival of Spring
and Summer, I went for my favourite theme - underwater.  Here is a sneak peek...


I hope you will go over and have a look at the details HERE.

Thanks for your visit.  See you soon!

Hugs, Anne xx


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Creativation (CHA) with Eileen Hull

Hello Friends!

It is that time of year when Designers from around the world meet to show their latest
designs for the year, at CHA - or Creativation as it is now known.  This year it is being held
in Phoenix, Arizona.

It is always such an honour to be asked to do samples for Eileen Hull and I have to say
that this year there was much excitement in our Design Team when we saw Eileen's
designs for this year!

I can only show you a sneak peek at this stage, of the four projects I made for Eileen, but all will be revealed very soon!
Eileen drives around 2,500 miles to the venue each year, along with her beautiful 1960's camper van called Scotty and this year Eileen is taking Scotty into the venue again, where I am sure he
will create much interest!

Here is Scotty at CHA in 2016 all set up in the Make and Take area.
If you are lucky enough to be attending Creativation this year I hope you will visit Eileen and Scotty, where you will be able to see all the samples that the Design Team have made.

This year my dear friend Jenny Marples will be demoing for Eileen Hull, as well as Mitsyana Wright from the Design Team.  They will be on the Sizzix stand, using Eileen's latest release dies.  I am so excited for both of them and just wish I could be there in person too!

Thanks for looking, I hope to see you again very soon.

Hugs, Anne xx

Monday, 16 January 2017

Baby It's Cold Outside...

Hello!

I don't make New Year Resolutions, mainly because I always fail to keep them, but this
year I have resolved to start making Christmas cards early.  I don't want to be caught out again
this year, having to rush at the last minute...

The lovely ladies at Creative Carte Blanche have a new adventure for us this month, 
called 'Baby It's Cold Outside' - a perfect opportunity to make my first Christmas card
of the year, with a view of a cold winter scene through a window.

In addition Frilly & Funkie would like to see what we are inspired to achieve this year, for me it is to create Christmas cards all year long!
 I am not sure of the technical term for this kind of card but I call it a book box card, I am not going to go into any detail about it's construction as there are so many tutorials available on YouTube.
I started by making the 'book' element which measures 6" x 5", stamping the Tim Holtz Scribble Woodland view and die cutting the Sizzix window, which was cut twice, along with a piece of acetate for the 'glass'.
The sky was coloured with Distress Ink, the cabin and trees were coloured with Distress Markers and I used Distress Stickles on the ground part.
The outer part of the book box was created by cutting a piece of patterned cardstock (Maja Design) 6" wide and 11" in length to cover the front, back and spine of the book box in one single piece.  I added the strip of card around the middle to hide the ribbon closure.
To create the inner part of the box I cut a piece of patterned cardstock 6" x 5" with an aperture measuring 4.1/2" x 3.1/2".  The tree and deer die cuts were a gift from my lovely 
friend Sara Emily of Sarascloset  - thanks again Sara!
Another aperture was cut into the front part of the book box, measuring 3.3/4" x 2.1/2" to fit the window frame.  One window was attached to each side of the aperture with a piece of acetate between to form the 'glass' part.
Finally, I added some die cut foliage (Tim Holtz).  The berries are from Tim's Idea-ology range (Pearls) and I coloured them using Ranger Alcohol Ink in Red Pepper.  The sentiment was stamped in Ranger Black Archival Ink.

So that is one card down, just a few dozen more to make.

I am joining in Craft Stamper's January challenge which is Anything Goes!

I would also like to join in Emerald Creek's latest challenge - #4 - Bring on the New - my new items are the gorgeous Tim pearls and the Maja Design papers I purchased specifically for this project.

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

Hugs, Anne xx

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Eileen Hull - Share a Card Technique

Hello Everyone!

Belated Happy New Year wishes to you!  We have been under the weather in our household so I am a bit late with this post.  This month for Eileen Hull, the DT are concentrating on card techniques.

I have gone for a simple technique, not new by any means but one that is useful for covering up papers that you may not like and a great technique for making quick and easy cards.  Of course, I had to add my all time favourite of Eileen Hull's flower dies - Flower, Heart & Soul - Sizzix 661108.
The technique is very simple.  Using a piece of packaging material and your favourite die, cut two sets of flowers from the same sheet.
Cut your chosen patterned paper to size.
Stencil over the paper, I used some Cut & Dry foam and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Translucent White, but this would work equally well with watered down Gesso, or any chalky paint.  The idea is to create a faint outline and not not a solid print.
The leaves were cut from another of Eileen's dies - Leaves, Spring - Sizzix 661111.
To create the flower I die cut three sets of petals, and used a button from my stash for the centre.
  I die cut a sentiment using a Tim Holtz Thinlits word die and then gathered my pieces together to complete the card.
It was a last minute decision to add some splatting to the card and I did this using Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Picked Raspberry.  In real life the splatting looks beautiful, the light is very poor here today.
It took me less than half an hour to put this card together, the die cutting took the most time but you could have lots of items die cut and you could put cards together in no time - so quick and easy.

As I write this post, Eileen Hull is making her way to Creativation (formerly CHA), in Phoenix, Arizona in her beautiful vintage camper van, Scotty.  Eileen will be taking Scotty onto the convention floor and she will be demonstrating her fabulous new release of dies (they are must haves!!).  I am also thrilled to tell you that my dear and exceptionally talented friend Jenny Marples (Buttons) will be demonstrating for Eileen Hull, in the Sizzix Booth!!  If you are attending, please do try and visit both Eileen and Jenny, they would both love to see you! 

Thanks so much for your visit, I will try and catch up with you all soon. 

Hugs, Anne xx

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