Friday, 14 June 2019

Mini Flip and Pocket Album for Mini Album Makers

Hello Friends

Today, on the Mini Album Makers Blog I am sharing a little tutorial (based
on an album by one of my favourite journal makers - Anne of Anne's Papercreations).

If you have the time I hope you will pop over there to have a look.  It was so much
fun to create this album from scratch.
 Thanks so much for your visit,
I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Hugs, Anne  xxx

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Watercolour Notebook Journal for AALL & Create

Hello Friends

For my Guest designer project this week I have created a journal this week, using two AALL & Create stamps by Tracy Evans - #79 and #154, a stencil #61 by Aida Domisiewicz, and using vibrant watercolour colours.
I started by die cutting a Notebook Journal by Eileen Hull (Sizzix 663635) from Mixed Media
Artist Board, the advantage of the board is that it takes a lot of wet products.
I spritzed the board with water and then randomly applied two bright colours of watercolour paint.  I painted both sides of the board.
On the inside of the cover  I used Aida's Circle Chain Stencil and applied Picked Raspberry Distress Ink with a blending tool.
I set the cover aside and used  300gsm stamping card to create two signature covers 
and a pocket for the back of the notebook.  I coloured both sides of the card in the same
way as the cover.
I stamped each of the covers with flowers from Tracy's Sketched and Doodles Moments stamp set.  I coloured the flowers with alcohol markers in toning colours.  The sentiments are from the same stamp set.
I stamped the beautiful Feathered Bloom stamp by Tracy Evans on the cover, it is a wonderful
size for use with this notebook.  I stamped in Black Versafine and then stamped, coloured, fussy cut and applied the small flowers, just to make them 'pop' a bit more.
Finally, I assembled the notebook, adding the back pocket and signatures.  I like to add pockets to the back of my notebooks as it covers up the elastic closure and gives a much neater look.
To finish off I added some charms and a clip from my stash and used some leftover card 
to make a tag to fit in the pocket at the back.  The elastic closure was plain white
elastic that I coloured with the watercolour paints.
I really enjoyed using some bright and different colours (for me) and I love the boldness of the stamping against the bright background.

You can find a full list of worldwide stockists for AALL & Create products HERE.  If you have not already seen it on Facebook, AALL & Create have a new release of stamps today, there are some amazing designs, which will be available for purchase soon!

As always, thanks so much for your visit,
I hope to see you again soon.
Hugs, Anne xxx

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Houses for AALL & Create

Hello Friends

For my Guest designer spot at AALL & Create this week I used two stamp sets by
Kaitlin Paltridge to create some cards, my card box is nearly empty!

I used stamp set #191 and #193 to create a New Home card and a couple of mini cards.
For the larger card I masked and stamped both stamps onto a piece of watercolour card.  I kept the backgrounds on all of the cards fairly simple.
I stamped the houses a second time, coloured them and cut out some elements so that I could decoupage them up onto the card.
These stamps are an ideal size to create smaller cards.  This time I stamped directly onto the cards and coloured them directly with watercolour paints.  For the card on the left I also stamped and coloured a second house and decoupaged just the bottom half of the card, to give some dimension.

The stamps I used are available from AALL & Create.  You can find a full list of 
worldwide stockists HERE.

A quicky post today, thanks so much for your visit.

Hugs, Anne xx

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Mini Album Makers- Under the sea book

Hello Friends

The first of the month means a new challenge at Mini Album Makers and, as always, the challenge is to create any handmade book.  Enter any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals and book arts.  See the full rules here.

I decided to create something a little different this month - a piece of book art with an underwater sea theme.  
I started with a 'book box', this one is by Tando Creative.  In the UK this is available here.  I gave all of the pieces  a coat of gesso before assembling.

Next, I gave the pieces a coat of turquoise paint.
I covered the outside of the book box with some papers by Stamperia.
For the inside box part I coloured a piece of watercolour cardstock.
Next, I gathered together some elements that I thought might look good inside the box.  Me being me, I completely changed my mind on some of the items, as you will see in the finished book...

I decided to add a porthole to the front of the book, this one was created with a die by Tim Holtz.  I aged it a little and added a stamp for the quote.

To finish off the box, I attached some charms to a chain and added them to the box key.
Here is a view of the inside of the box.  The items on the left are from some old papers in my stash.
We really do hope you will join us this month at Mini Album Makers.  Our Sponsor this month is Catherine Moore Character Constructions who are offering a $25 Gift one lucky winner.


To see what my incredibly talented teamies have made please visit us at Mini Album Makers.

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

Hugs, Anne xx

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Notecard Journal for AALL & Create

Hello Friends

My project this week as Guest Designer for AALL & Create is a journal with a difference.  It is a little project that could be made as a handmade Birthday or Christmas gift.
The journal itself is an Eileen Hull die (Sizzix  ), I cut it from black mountboard and then stencilled the whole cover using AALL & Create Stencil #50 by Autour de Mwa.
I stamped AALL & Create's #175 stamp by Kailin Paltridge onto a die cut piece of white mountboard and coloured the lips with watercolour paint.
Below is a view of the inside.  I created pockets and some mini cards and envelopes.
I decorated the card holders with the same stencil as the cover.
To create the six notecards I used AALL & Create stamp sets #175 (Kaitlin Paltridge), #6 (Tracy Evans) and #165 (Tracy Evans).  The notecards measure 3.7/8" x 2.1/2".  The envelopes were created with a Tim Holtz die and measure 4" x 2.3/4".
For anyone who is interested, I created the two pockets using the design below.  I am sharing the dimensions on light colour card so that you can read them!
To finish off I added a toggle button and elastic closure.

You can find a full list of international stockists for AALL & Create stamps and stencils HERE.

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

Hugs, Anne xxx

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


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