Thursday, 22 October 2020

Wobblers and Shakers - Tim Holtz Stamptember 2020

 Hello Friends

Today I am sharing some wobbler and shaker cards (I love interactive cards!).  I created the fun cards with Simon Says Stamptember 2020 Limited Edition release of stamps.  I was so honoured to have received this stamp set as a gift from Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi - I have enjoyed every single minute of using this stamp set, which features the fabulous Snarky Christmas Cats.  Thank you so much to Tim and Mario for their very generous gift, I truly appreciate it!

First up are the wobblers.  I created Distress Ink backgrounds and used Tim's greenery die to create the foliage.  I added wobblers to each of the images and they wobble beautifully.  I wonky stitched around the edges of each card and added layers of card to create a snowy effect.  I did do a video but new Blogger will now allow me to upload it (:( - sad face).

Again, Distress Ink backgrounds with some added foliage, and of course, the robin.
Next up are the Shaker cards.... this is just a selection of the many I made - apologies for the light on the domes!
 Finally, here are some of the Wobblers alongside their Shaker pals, to give you a better look.

I really did have such fun creating these cards and now have a dozen cards made for Christmas, which is a big bonus for me!

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

Keep safe and well.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Day of the Dead - Tim Holtz

 Hello Friends

I am back today with another project - this time I used my brand new Day of the Dead Colorize die set by Tim Holtz for Sizzix (664969).  

I had such fun creating this but not so much fun trying to load the pictures onto the new Blogger - Grrr!

I do not have a step by step because I just made it up as I was going along but I have a few close-ups to share which will give you an idea of how I did it.

I started with an Idea-ology Vignette Box, the largest from the set of 4 and covered it inside and out.  The inside uses Ranger Distress Watercolour cardstock that I coloured with Crackling Campfire Distress ink using Tim's Wrinkle Free technique.  I added the Bigz Cathedral window die cut (a gift from my dear friend Kath while I wait for my die to arrive) from Tim's latest release of dies by Sizzix.  This was backed with a vellum picture (cobweb from Tim's Idea-ology Vellum Haunt pack). 

I constructed the characters according to the picture on the die, changing the colours here and there and I added some silk sari ribbon to the lady's shoulders.  I do love this set of dies, the guitar fits beautifully into the hands of the man.  I added some guitar strings with a fineline pen.
I added various Idea-ology pieces (Pumpkins, Skulls, Grave relics) along with some gauze from my stash.  To create the platform I used some thick card from my stash and I added the 'steps' using Tim's Etcetera Trims, painted with Black Soot Distress Paint.

Here is a view of the back of my project, I covered the Vignette back and sides with gorgeous paper from Tim's Departed Paper Pad and I created a light pack holder with card from my stash (sorry, make unknown).  Well, I had to add lights didn't I - no project is complete for me these days unless it lights up!  I used Tim's latest Idea-ology Halloween lights which are orange.

To finish the project I added an Idea-ology knob to the top of the box, I finished the edges of the box with some of Tim's older Design Tape and I added an Idea-ology Word Band, highlighting the words with Distress Crayon.
And finally, a view of the box lit up, it looks super cool at night-time!  I know  Day of the Dead is traditionally celebrated on 1 & 2 November and not 31 October but even though we are unlikely to have any Trick or Treaters this year but I will pop this in the front window, just in case.

I would like to share this project over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is 'Spooky!'.

I have just realised that Country View Challenges have a challenge this month of Halloween (Make a Scene) and I would like to enter my project.

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope you like my Day of the Dead Vignette.

Keep safe and well and I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Monday, 5 October 2020

Butterfly Specimen

 Hello Friends

Hope you are all well!  This is just a quickie post, I don't have any real steps to share because I just made this project for fun.

I absolutely adore butterflies and I was totally inspired by a project that the talented Ann Sullivan Barnes created HERE.  Isn't it gorgeous?

My project is an altogether simpler affair, I just wanted to create a piece that looked like it came from a collector's drawer.  

 It contains my two of my most favourite butterflies, the Monarch and the Swallowtail, the first found in North America and the second in the UK.  Both butterflies are from Tim Holtz stamp sets.  The Monarch is from Tim's new stamp set CMS410 - Specimen and the Swallowtail is from an older stamp set, CMS213 - Perspective.

I covered the outside of the vignette box with woodgrain cardstock coloured with Distress Ink in Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain.

For the inside, I used some beautiful handmade paper, spritzed with Distress Oxide in Antique Linen and then splattered with more Oxides to give an aged look.  I attached some Tim Holtz design tape around the edges.  I have yet to decide whether to add an acetate cover to the box....

The labels were typed on my new vintage typewriter, I love the type face!

 I added an Idea-ology knob to the top along with a number band, coloured with Distress Crayon.  

That's about it and the box/drawer now sits proudly on a shelf in my craft room and really brightens up my days.  I could never kill or mount a real butterfly this way, but Tim's stamps really do bring these glorious creatures to life!

Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate it and I hope to see you again soon.

Take care and keep safe and well.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Mini Books with Washi Tape

 Hello Friends

Sadly, this is my last Guest post for AALL & Create, I am definitely going to miss making weekly projects with their wonderful products.  

I am not usually a great user of Washi Tape but this latest release by AALL & Create really caught my eye and so I just had to have a play.  I made three tiny books.

I used Eileen Hull's Tiny Book die (Sizzix 664423), the book itself is 2.5 inches by 3 inches but is just the perfect size for the Washi Tape and some of AALL & Create's tiny images.

I simply applied the Washi to some matboard and then die cut each book.

I cut a piece of card for each book measuring 14 inches by 2.1/2" and scored this at 2 inch intervals.  I also cut some mats to fit each part.  These were decorated with some stencilling and inks in colours to match the cover.
The little characters below are from a variety of stamps by Janet Klein.
The second book was decorated inside and out with Washi, ink and a background stamp by Tracy Evans.  I love how the words pick up the colour from underneath.

In each case I added an elastic closure and on this one I used the Washi again to create a title.

The last little book is, I think, my favourite, I love the boldness of the red and black crosses against the white background.  To create the button closure on this one I applied Washi to some thick card and die cut the circle, adding some holes for the elastic to thread through.  The inside, at the moment is blank.

Thanks so much for your visit.

Keep safe and well.

Hugs, Anne xx

Wednesday, 23 September 2020


 Hello Friends

The Guest Designers at AALL & Create this week are creating cards.  I just received a DT package with some new stamps and stencils and the Frida stamp by Janet Klein seemed the perfect choice to go with my new goodies.

I used all of these goodies to create my little 6" x 6" card.
Hands up, I had to Google how to draw a Hexagon.  Once I had my template I traced it onto some watercolour cardstock and then cut out my card shape.

I used Scattered Straw Distress Oxide to create a background.
I used my new stencil Heapza Hexagonz (#112) and Scattered Straw Distress Oxide to create a background pattern before accenting this with stamp #384 - Lined Hexagons by Bipasha BK using Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide.
I stamped the beautiful Frida - stamp #377 by Janet Klein onto a separate sheet of watercolour card, coloured Frida with watercolours and then fussy cut her .  I used Autour de Mwa's fabulous new Washi Tape to create a grounding for Frida.
I used another fabulous new stencil - Hugely Hexagonal #108 to trace a Hexagonal shape and stamped my sentiment and two tiny paint tubes using the Frida stamp set. 
 I coloured the sentiment with watercolours before attaching to my card.

I decided to add a little more stencilling in the top right corner by using stencil #95 - Sunrise by Janet Klein.  Finally, I edged the card with black marker pen.
Here is a close up of the beautiful Frida.

Worldwide stockists for the stamp, stencils and washi tape I used on this project can be found HERE.

Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate it and hope to see you again soon.

In the meantime please keep safe and well.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Monday, 21 September 2020

Halloween 'Arthur' Journal

 Hello Friends

Eileen Hull's Teams are creating projects this month to celebrate 'The Great Outdoors'.  Since we are blessed with the sound of owls most nights where I live, and we are so close to Halloween, I decided to use 'Arthur' again to create a spooky journal, using one of Eileen's very first journal dies, the Bigz XL Journal (Sizzix 661906).

This is my second time using Arthur, if you would like to see him in a different setting, you can see him here.

To start, I cut the two journal covers from matboard.

I decided to cut the journal down slightly and I took just under an inch from the top and bottom, I rounded the corners and then punched holes top and bottom for the elastic to thread through.
I used Distress Oxide in various colours to create the cover of my journal, adding Crackling Campfire to my Scattered Straw moon before applying Wilted Violet and then applying Black Soot to the edges.
A view of the front and back.  After covering with Distress Oxide I spritzed with water to give a more textured look.  I swiped some colour over the moon to give it a more realistic look.
This is the inside of the covers, I covered these with some gorgeous paper from the Tim Holtz Departed paper pad.  I added orange elastic to hold my signatures in place.

I created a small pocket for the inside front cover and I added a Tim Holtz Found Relative to sit on the pocket along with a Quote Chip.
I created two signatures for the inside of my journal.  Again I used Tim's Departed paper pad and I decorated the signatures with more Found Relatives, along with some of Tim's Quote Chips. 
It was time to decorate the front of my journal. I used Tim's Mr Bones stamp set and Tim's Arthur die set, along with Tim's Bat Crazy die set.
I die cut Arthur, coloured him with Distress Oxide and constructed him.  I stamped the branch before attaching Arthur to the cover, along with a bat, a fence (a much older Tim Holtz On the Edge die) and a Quote Chip.
To complete the back, I stamped the branch again, added some more bats, a die cut cat (another older Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers die) and more of the fence.
Finally, I created a charm.  I used one of Tim's Ideaology clips, coating it with Distress Glaze in Fired Brick, along with an Ideaology Spider charm and a couple of others from my stash.
Another view of the completed journal.

Eileen will be posting more from her Design Teams HERE, where you can also see other 'The Great Outdoors' creations throughout this month.

Thanks so much for your visit, I will be back on Wednesday with another post, I hope you can join me then.  In the meantime, please stay safe and well.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Beetle for AALL & Create

 Hello Friends

My Guest Designer project for AALL & Create this week is a journal page.  I don't do journal pages very often, mainly because I like to create on a flat surface, so I took a page out of my journal and started...

I used Tracy Evans' Beetle stamp set (#335), along with stencil #19 by Autour de Mwa and the Chequered Figures die set (#22).  I think they compliment each other very well.

1)  I started by stamping the Beetles onto watercolour card with Archival Ink.

2)  I applied texture paste through stencil #19 and added some Cracked Pistachio Distress Glaze, randomly, allowed it to dry and then heated it.

3)  Next, I spritzed the card with water before adding watercolour in turquoise and let it run down the page and let it dry.  

4)  I die cut the Chequered Figures and applied them to the page and then added splatters to the page.

5)  Finally, I stamped and coloured separate beetles with Crackling Campfire Distress Ink, cut them out and added Glossy Accents to give them a shine, before adding them to the page.

Worldwide stockists for the stamp, stencil and die that I used can be found HERE.

Short and sweet this week, I hope to see you again soon.

In the meantime, stay safe and well.

Hugs, Anne xxx

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