Thursday, 16 May 2019

Red Baron for AALL & Create

Hello Friends

As we are not too far away from Father's Day here in the UK,  I created a male themed card as my Guest Designer post for AALL & Create this week.  
I used Olga Heldwein's fabulous Red Baron stamp (Stamp #114) along with her Geometric stencil (#81). 
I started by using a piece of watercolour card and applied a layer of watercolour paint over the whole piece.  Before it dried I placed the stencil on top and rubbed gently over the stencil with a damp cloth to lift some of the colour.  The cloth needs to be damp but not too wet.
I created two backgrounds using the above method and also stamped a plain piece of card (which was used to fussy cut and colour the airplane element).  
I cut the rest of the elements from the darker of the two base pieces.  I also painted some screw head brads to use as embellishments.
I layered up each of the circles on foam pads to give them some height.  The airplanes were added without dimension.You can also see the brads in place here.  I stamped a sentiment from a stamp set by Tracy Evans.

To finish off I splattered over the whole card with white, black and red acrylic paint, mounted it onto black card and then onto a white card blank.

You can find a list of worldwide stockists of the stamps and stencil I used HERE.

Thanks so much for your visit, it is always appreciated!

Hugs, Anne xx

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Mixed Media Board for AALL & Create

Hello Friends

My project for AALL & Create this week is a little different for me!  I had not really
intended to create a 'Jessica Rabbit' lookalike and I didn't really have a plan, but I have long been inspired by the faces that Jane Davenport paints and so she just evolved.  Kaitlin Paltridge's beautiful face stamp was a perfect starting point!
The board measures 8.1/2" square and is good strong board so it took a lot of product.
I planned where I wanted to have her face and stamped it using stamp #129 by Kaitlin Paltridge for AALL & Create, the stamp is called 'Edge'.
I used watercolour paints to colour in her face, pencilled in her hair and then covered the parts of her face that I wanted to hide with a little gesso.
I did the hair next, using several colours of acrylic paint and then gave it a wash with watercolour paint.  I used a black fine liner pen to scribble on the hair to give it some movement.
Next, I used watercolour paint, spreading it quite randomly over the background and then used Stencil #79 (Sputnik) by Olga Heldwein over the background, lifting some of the paint off with a wet paper towel.
I don't have an 'in process' picture but I covered the face and hair and then stamped over the whole piece with stamp #119 (Print by Numbers) by Tracy Evans.  I felt it needed the boldness of the black to tone down the hair colour somewhat.

 I stamped and coloured two flowers from Tracy's stamp set and added these to her hair.  I also stamped the sentiment from stamp #54 (Strings 'n' Scripts) by Bipasha BK.

Finally, I added some splatters of white acrylic paint.

You can find worldwide stockists for the stamps and stencils I used HERE.

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

Hugs, Anne xx

Friday, 3 May 2019

Book It for A Vintage Journey

Hello Friends

It is time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and the theme this month is 'Book It' and the lovely Deb is our host.

Deb says 'there is nothing better than curling up with a good book to take us away to another place!  This month we'd like you to think about books - perhaps you will make a book, or a journal, create a journal page showing a scene from one of your favourite books (do please tell us what book) or a card showing someone reading or made using text stamps, stencils or word stickers.  Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk'.

I have a real love for old cameras and for making journals, so I combined the two for this month's challenge and created this grungy notebook journal, using a wonderful new camera stamp from Inventor 8 (CMS375) by Tim Holtz, one of many gifts from my dear friend Kath Stewart.
After die cutting the journal base, using Eileen Hull's latest notebook journal die (Sizzix 663635), I used Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo and Pumice Stone, smooshing it on my mat and picking it up with the notebook journal, drying it off, picking up some more until I was happy with the result.
I did the inside of the cover in the same way.
I stamped the camera onto the front cover, I also stamped the back of the notebook with another of Tim's new stamp sets, Fragments (CMS 368).  I stamped more of the elements and gathered the Idea-ology items together that I wanted to use to decorate the notebook.

I added a ready made collaged pocket to the inside front cover and I used Tim's Stitched Slots die (Sizzix 662697) for the inside back cover.
I layered up the camera on the front of the journal, added elastic stringing and placed an Idea-ology drawer pull to the side of the journal.
I created one signature, added some Remnant Rubs and a film strip (a very old Tim Holtz die), along with some Idea-ology film strip which I added to the pocket.
To finish off the inside I made a file folder and added some charms attached to an Idea-ology clip.  I added an elastic closure for display purposes only, the finished journal is free of the closure, I didn't want it to interfere with the camera.

EDITED:  I have been asked how I made the File Folder above, here is a 'pattern' that I created for Eileen's Passport Journal which is a similar size to the new Notebook.

I do hope you can join us at A Vintage Journey and I hope you will visit to see the wonderful projects that the team has made.

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

Hugs, Anne xx

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

File Folder Album for Mini Album Makers

Hello Friends

The first of the month means a new challenge at Mini Album Makers and it would be lovely if you could join in with us.  Our rules are straightforward, any handmade book goes. Enter any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals and book arts.  You must add our badge to your post and link to our challenge to be eligible to win a prize.  Please see the full rules on the Mini Album Makers blog HERE.

I had a single manila file folder sitting on my desk and I wondered if I could make a whole mini album from it, and it worked!

Here is how I made the mini album:

I started by cutting the file folder in half mid way and I then folded the outer edges towards the middle, no measuring, but I did try to keep the folded edges all in a line, at the left hand side, so that the edge of the album would be nice and neat.
This is how it looks after folding.  Later on I rounded some of the pages, including the cover.

I separated the two sections and added glue to the marked areas above and also along the spine section (not shown as marked above). This creates a lovely big 'pocket' in the middle of the journal.
Note:  It is not strictly necessary to add glue to the spine edge to create the pocket as a binding will be added to the finished album.
I then created two top opening inner pockets by gluing two edges, as shown above, leaving the top of each one open.

The mini album comprises four sets of pages and three pockets, two at the top and one at the side, all of which you can add tags or keepsakes to.
Now it was time for the fun part!  I had some lovely neutral tone papers in my stash and I used these to line each of my pages.  I added some random pieces of collage and some washi tape here and there.  I added a beautiful Tim Holtz flower die cut (Sizzix 664163) on top of the collage.  I also finished each of the edges of the pages with Antique Linen Distress Oxide to give a neat finish.
For the next set of pages I created a pocket on the left side, decorated with Tim Holtz's latest Crochet die (Sizzix 664178) to finish the pocket.  I added some collage to the right hand side along with another Tim die cut flower.
For the third set of pages I created another pocket on the left side, finished it with another piece of Tim Holtz Crochet die cut - it looks like real lace.
For the final pages I added some collage papers and another die cut flower.

I added a border strip to the edge of the completed album, to finish it off and make it look neat.  For the ribbon closure I added a little envelope to the back and threaded some sari ribbon through.

I decorated a few tags (standard size 8 trimmed to fit) and tucked these into the pockets.
Here is another view of the front, I added more of Tim's flowers to finish off.  I also added some of Tim Holtz's Clippings Stickers word strips to each of the pages and to the cover.

The size of the finished album is approx. 5.3/4" by 5" at it's widest.

Our Sponsor this month is The Funkie Junkie, a wonderful Craft Boutique, who are offering a Prize Package to one randomly selected winner.

We do hope you will join in with us this month at Mini Album Makers.  I hope you will visit to see what my talented teamies have made to inspire you!

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

Hugs, Anne xx

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Ladybird Journal

Hello Friends

I have been wanting to create a journal with the beautiful Ladybird stamp by Tracy Evans for a while now and this week's project for AALL & Create gave me the perfect chance to do so.
The 'medium' sized Ladybird is the perfect size to fit Eileen Hull's latest (wonderful) journal die.
This is possibly the quickest and easiest journal I have ever made.  I simply die cut the journal from some mixed media art board (by Daler Rowney) and stamped the part of the image I wanted to show on the cover.  I stamped in two parts, masking off the back section to stamp the front and then masking off the front to stamp the back.

I used watercolour pencils to colour the ladybirds.
I carefully watercoloured around the bugs in a lovely sky blue watercolour paint.

I had a piece of alcohol ink coloured mica sheet left from a previous project.  It was not quite big enough to cover the whole bug but I quite like the effect and so attached it with some Glossy Accents.
I continued the blue colour on the inside of the journal and added a pocket to the left hand side in black card mat and layered with some co-ordinating blue card.

I created two signatures, the first of which you can see above.  The cover measures 3.1/2" x 4.7/8" folded.  I used a Tim Holtz die to add some interest to the cover and stamped, coloured and fussy cut one of the ladybirds for the cover.

The second signature was created in the same way as the first.
A view from the back.

The journal will fit two or three signatures comfortably and I used black elastic to hold the signatures in place and also as a closure for the journal.

To finish off I stamped and cut out some of the words and a heart from the same stamp set and then attached a couple of Ladybird charms to a bulldog clip as decoration.

You can find a full list of suppliers who sell AALL & Create stamps, including the beautiful Ladybird stamp HERE.  You can also purchase the stamps direct but we prefer, where possible, that you support your local suppliers.

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

Hugs, Anne xx

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Kings, Queens and Edison

Hello Friends

My project this week for AALL & Create includes stamps and a stencil by Olga Heldwein - Kings & Queens, Edison Game and the Geometric Grid stencil.  

The two stamp sets work together perfectly and I used them to create a card in a colourful collage style.  I think the shapes work beautifully together.
I started by painting three colours of watercolour paint onto watercolour cardstock.  On a second piece I stamped and partly coloured the image.
I placed the stencil on top of the watercolour paper, holding it in place with my fabulous new Wendy Vecchi  Stay-tion and used Distress Inks to add stencilled detail.

I also stamped extra pieces, coloured them and fussy cut them to add to the finished card.
To finish off I added all of the pieces to the watercoloured and stencilled background, raising some of the elements up to add more detail.
You can find details of the stamps and stencils I used here at AALL & Create, where you will find a full list of worldwide stockists.

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

Hugs, Anne xxx

Monday, 15 April 2019

Wendy Vecchi by Stampers Anonymous

Hello Friends

I have been extremely lucky to have received some new stamps from Wendy Vecchi (and Stampers Anonymous) along with her co-ordinating Mat Minis, one for each set of stamps. I created a chunky 'wall' measuring 9" x 4.1/2".

These are the stamps and Mat Minis I received from Wendy - thanks so much Wendy, the quality of the Stampers Anonymous stamps is excellent, as always, I don't think you can beat red rubber for ease and quality of stamping.   The Mat Minis are new to me, I found them to be very substantial, easy to use and they took inks beautifully.  The Mat Minis are set WVMM32 and WVMM31.

I began by building the 'wall' using one of That's Crafty's MDF Chunkies.

Once built I gave the block a good coat of Gesso.  I then mixed some Ranger Texture Paste with some Distress Oxide Re-inker in Fired Brick and applied this to the front and all sides of the block, through one of Wendy's older stencils - Basically Bricks.

When the paste was dry I covered the whole piece with a spray of Fired Brick Distress Spray and gave a few of the bricks a touch of Gathered Twigs Distress Spray to give a more natural look.

I used each of the stamp sets: Art in a Pot SCS 168 and Window Art SCS 169 and stamped onto the Mat Minis, coloured all of the elements with Distress inks and assembled the pieces.
Here is a view of the finished plant pot together with a sentiment from the Art in a Pot stamp set.
To finish off the window I added some 'wallpaper', faux curtains and added some shrink plastic flowers to the window box.
Here is a final view of the 'wall', it comes with a hanger on the back so that it can be hung up or placed on a shelf.

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

Hugs, Anne xx


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