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Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Stamperia - Belinda Basson Design Team - Project 1

 Hello Friends

  I am very excited as today is my first post as a member of Belinda Basson's Design Team for Stamperia! 

For those of you who follow Stamperia, you will know that my hugely talented blog friend and artist, Belinda has brought out her very own range for Stamperia, called Lady Vagabond and this coordinates beautifully with the Sir Vagabond release by Antonis Tzanidakis.  I see it as a love story between Lady Vagabond and Sir Vagabond and this little video explains the beginning of their lovely story.....

For my first project I have (re)created Lady Vagabond's telescope along with a box to keep her telescope safe whilst she is travelling...

First, I constructed the box.  I cut the pieces from black mountboard.

For those interested in the sizing of the box, this is as follows:
1) For the bottom of the box, cut mountboard pieces:  
    Base 9.1/2" x 3".  
    Cut two sides 9.1/2" x 1.3/4" and 
    Cut two end pieces 3" x 1.3/4" 

2) For the lid of the box, cut mountboard pieces:
    Top 9.1/2 " x 3"
    Cut two sides 9.1/2" x 1.1/4" and
    Cut two end pieces 3" x 1.1/4"

My box was quite a snug fit for the telescope so I added an extra 1/4" to the long measurements above, just in case you want to make one. 

Join and glue all the elements together and cover with Lady Vagabond paper of your choice.  I painted the inside of the box with Stamperia Glamour Paste in Gold, it gives a lovely sheen to the box.  I wanted the telescope to have a 3D appearance and so I added a 'shelf' inside the box to raise the telescope up and I set the telescope at a slight angle to give it a more rounded look.

I prepped the telescope, the wheel and the lock (all created with Stamperia's Extra Light Soft Clay and Belinda's Maxi Mould K3PTA484 (telescope and lock) and K3PTA487 (ship's wheel).  I used Stamperia's Black Primer to give them a good base.
I created some faux leather using Kraft paper and Distress Stain, cut this to size and mounted it onto the telescope (Belinda added some real leather to one of her projects and I loved the look).  I used Stamperia Cerantica Wax over the gessoed items, using my finger and a small paint brush and then buffed the items up with a soft cloth, before attaching them to my prepared box.
Here is a view of the outside of the finished box.  I did add a set of hinges to the back of the box after I covered the box with papers.
Finally, I added a chipboard sentiment to the inside of the box, which says 'Leave the road, take the trails'.
I had great fun making this project and am already looking forward to creating the next one, below is a picture of all of the Stamperia products I used to create my box.
Belinda Basson/Stamperia/Lady Vagabond 12 x 12 paper pack
Belinda Basson Maxi Mould  K3PTA484 (telescope and lock)
Belinda Basson Maxi Mould K3PTA487 (ship's wheel)
Stamperia Extra Light Soft Clay - white
 Stamperia Glamour Paste - K3P61B Gold
Stamperia Cerantica - K3P15G Metallic Gold (Antique Wax)
Stamperia Primer Spray Black (similar to gesso)

I hope it will not be such a long time before I post again, my mojo went on walk about over Christmas and New Year but it is slowly coming back.... I think!

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

Stay safe and keep well.  Hugs, Anne xxx


Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Eileen Hull Team Round Up 2020

 Hello Friends

Eileen Hull's Educators Team (along with her Inspiration Team) are sharing their favourite projects for 2020, using Eileen's dies.  As many of you know, I love making journals and my three favourites, as part of the Educators Team are all journals (no surprises there then!).

Here they are in a little more detail and I have added links to the original blog posts if you would like to see more:

Favourite #1 is a notebook created using Eileen's Notebook die.  The original post is HERE
I love how the monocle falls over the eye - well, small details please me...


It was a difficult choice to put my 'Arthur' journal second place so I think I may have to have two #1's.  You can see the original post HERE.  I used Eileen's early Journal Die to create my Halloween journal.


My third and final choice is my Honeybee notebook that uses Eileen's Notebook die.  I have used this die many times this year!  You can see the original post HERE.

I have had the pleasure of being part of Eileen Hull's team since early 2014, and was lucky enough to meet her in person and work alongside her at Creativation in 2018!  I love and regularly use many of her dies and am looking forward to seeing what delights she will tempt us with in 2021!

There is plenty of inspiration by other members of both teams on Eileen's website HERE, during the month of December.  I hope you will take a look if you have some free time over the festive period.

Just in case I don't get back before the big day, I wish you a very happy holiday season and a sincere hope that 2021 will look a lot different to the challenging year we are currently experiencing.

Take care and keep safe and well.

Hugs, Anne xxx





Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Christmas Cards 2020

 Hello Friends

I have been a bit quiet of late, mainly because I have been making, writing and sending out Christmas cards.  I thought I would share a few of them, no detail, just a few pictures.

The skates come out every year, I think the die must be 6 or 7 years old by now!  

This year I added the strolling couple, the trees and the holly and mistletoe dies to my growing collection.


The origami tree was created with Tim's Christmas paper pad, the presents in the sleigh is another new die, and the bold sentiments are one of Tim's new bold sentiments stamp set.


And finally, the snowflakes are another of Tim's new Christmas dies, I think this is one of my favourite snowflake dies ever, I just love how it layers up.  The snowflake backgrounds (another new die) is topped with an older snowflake die of Tim's and the Christmas Greetings card is simply stamped with one of Tim's holly stamps (Yuletide Gatherings).


Just in case I am not back before the big day, I am sending you all my warmest wishes for a very Happy (and safe) Christmas.

Thanks so much for your visit, they are always appreciated.

Keep safe and well.

Hugs, Anne xxx







Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Vintage Phone Box for Christmas

 Hello Friends

This is just a really quick post to share a Christmas dome I created using Tim Holtz's new Paper Village die (Sizzix 664741) to create a British Vintage Phone Box.  I have had this in mind since I first got the die a few weeks ago.

It was, however, a devil to photograph!

You can see the content a little more clearly below.  I added some of Tim's Woodland Trees along with texture paste for the snow, topped with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter to add some sparkle.  The edge of the dome was wrapped with Tim's new fabric tape and velvet ribbon, along with an Ideaology metal tag.
To make the phone box I simply added a rounded roof to the tall house in the paper village.  The window die gave the perfect phone box look.  I even crafted a small 'telephone' to go on the back wall of the box.  I painted the phone box red and dirtied it up a little to give it an 'old' look.  There are a few real life ones here and there our area and they are in a pretty sorry state (sadly).

 To finish off the top I used some of Tim's Greenery dies and I created a couple of pinecones following Tim's instructions in last weekend's Facebook Live.  You can see a replay HERE.  I added a few berries and glossed them up with Glossy Accents.
And finally - of course it had to light up!  I used a single battery operated tea light behind the phone box to give it a little festive 'glow'.
I am so enjoying making these festive creations.... I wonder if there will be any more, now that I have my Christmas cards made..... ?

Thanks so much for your visit, I truly appreciate it.

Keep safe and well.

Hugs, Anne xxx









Monday, 16 November 2020

Christmas Tin - Tim Holtz

 Hello Friends

I thought I would share a very quick post showing a Christmas tin I created after watching one of Tim's Saturday Facebook Lives (HERE), where he used the new Paper Village Thinlits die set.

I don't have many step by steps because I was just winging it as I went along!  I started with one of Tim's Ideaology tins.  I cut two of the village houses and fitted one of them on top of the other to represent a church.  I dyed three of Tim's Ideaology woodland trees with Distress Spray Stain, added some glitter and small beads to the larger tree.  The tiny trees have simply been brushed with gesso.

The outside of the tin was gessoed on the front and then covered with Ideaology tissue wrap.  I applied some die cut holly, some dyed Ideaology baubles for berries and added some of Tim's new Ideaology velvet ribbon to finish off.  I added a pocket to the back of the tin, finished it with Tim's Design Tape.  The pocket houses the Ideaology tiny lights battery pack.
I added some watercolour card to the inside of the tin, coloured with Distress Ink adding some white embossing powder and splats of white paint to give the impression of snow, along with a stamped sentiment.  The 'snow' at the bottom is texture paste and whilst wet I added some Distress clear rock candy dry glitter to give a light sparkle.  I punctured a small hole in the back of the tin and fed through the tiny lights before attaching the church to the base.

I finished off by adding a moon and one of Tim's new Darling Deer Thinlits to complete my scene.
Here is a view of the lit up church.  I added some plain vellum behind the windows.
Finally, here is a close-up view of the front of the tin.

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

In the meantime, keep safe and well,

Hugs, Anne xxx




Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Wonderful News!

 Hello Friends

I have some exciting news to share with you today!

The hugely talented Belinda Basson has developed a new line for Stamperia, called Lady Vagabond and I am honoured and thrilled to have been asked to join Belinda's brand new Design Team!  Thank you SO much Belinda!

There are a host of talented designers from different countries joining Belinda's new team.

Belinda has put together a little video to show the team (fingers crossed I have added it correctly!)


Belinda's fabulous range of products (SEE HERE) will be available towards the end of November.  It includes gorgeous papers, stamps, moulds, stencils, wooden shapes, die cuts and rice papers.  

Belinda shares a tutorial on her blog showing some of the newly released products HERE, all created in Belinda's trademark Steampunk style.  Belinda and the team will be sharing projects each week in future and speaking for myself I cannot wait to get my hands on the new products to make a start!

I am so happy to be part of this amazing new team and I hope you will pop back to see what I create with Belinda's fabulous new range!

In the meantime, please stay safe and well in this crazy world.

Hugs, Anne xxx


Friday, 30 October 2020

'Til Death Do us part.... for Halloween

 Hello Friends

I guess it is no secret by now that I love Halloween!  Growing up in Canada meant we celebrated Halloween every year and since moving to the UK I have seen it grow in popularity here too, albeit to a much lesser extent....

I have been avidly watching Tim Holtz's Saturday live sessions and having made some drippy candles following one of those sessions and I decided to incorporate them into a coffin vignette (as you do!!).

I did my best to photograph it in poor light but hopefully you get the idea.
  I started with one of Tim's new Coffin Vignettes and covered it with paper from one of Tim's paper pads.  The inside is decorated with Tim's Halloween Wallpaper.  This was then edged with some of the new Halloween Design Tape.

Inside the top deck I added the candles I created (adding some tiny lights for effect), some decorated bottles and a mini dome which I decorated with Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint and added an Idea-ology skull and pumpkin.
To create the middle deck I added a 'shelf' where I could display the Idea-ology Number Blocks.  These were painted with Crackling Campfire Distress Paint and then glazed with Crackling Campfire Distress Glaze.  To finish off I added a skull and a Found Relative (which I originally coloured with Distress Crayon but I preferred her plain and simple and so wiped off the crayon with a baby wipe.
In the bottom section I added some of Tim's Tiny Lights and used some of the new Halloween Vellum Haunts to cover the section.  I attached a spare Vignette shelf to the bottom of the coffin, painted it black and added the Idea-ology bat, a tombstone and skull along with some moss from my stash.
When I add tiny lights to my projects I like to contain the battery packs by creating pockets at the back of the project, you can see them here...
And here are those lights lit up!  
They both look quite spooky in the dark...

I had great fun making this project, I am almost sorry that Halloween will be over so soon.  Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xxx





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