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Wednesday, 5 August 2020

The Crafter for AALL & Create

Hello Friends

Well, here I am, twice in one week, with something completely different to my last post!

My Guest designer project for AALL & Create this week is a mini album created with a wooden spool bobbin.
I used The Crafter stamp set by Janet Klein, together with the Paint Your Dreams stamp set by Tracy Evans, the newly released stencil - Lotza Trianglz by Autour de Mwa and an A3 size piece of watercolour card for the album element.
I cut a piece of the watercolour card to fit the spool.  I used Distress Inks to colour the strip of card and stamped the elements I wanted along the strip.  I used the Lotza Trianglz stencil and Texture Paste to add some detail and then coloured the elements with watercolours.  The Crafter was stamped, coloured with watercolours and fussy cut.  The spool was gessoed in white.
I added some stamping to the reverse side of the card and coloured with watercolours.  The spool was painted with Distress Paint in Picked Raspberry.  I made a little sign for the top, using a cocktail stick wrapped in thin wire, along with a scissors charm.
For my closure, I attached a small button and a piece of elastic.
Here is a view from the top. I added the sign, scissors and a paper clip to the top of the spool with some 3D glue.

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

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

Keep safe and well.  Hugs, Anne xxx


Monday, 3 August 2020

Simon Says Stamp Designer Spotlight - Week 1

Hello Friends

I am hugely honoured and delighted to have been asked, again, to be in the designer spotlight for the month of August, for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

This week the theme is Happy Birthday!  It is a very special one, Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog is 10 years old!  Happy Birthday!  The design team is also featuring Stampers Anonymous Products this week.


I have chosen to celebrate the birthday by using 10 different sets of my beloved Tim Holtz stamp sets, by Stampers Anonymous, to create my accordion book project.

I started by creating the covers, using mount board measuring 5.1/2" x 4.1/4".  I used Tim Holtz's  wrinkle free technique to colour the front and back, using Antique Linen, Speckled Egg and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks.  Once dried I stamped the beautiful Baroque stamp set by Tim Holtz, using a Ranger Distress Embossing Dabber and applying Rusty Hinge Embossing Glaze.  I heat set the covers and set them aside.

The accordion element is 24" x 5.3/8 and scored at 4" intervals along the long side.  I cut this from plain white card and used Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide to darken all of the edges.  I attached this to the front and back covers.  This gave me 10 separate surfaces to work on.  I then cut 10 pieces of Mixed Media card to 5.1/4" x 3.3/4" for my mats.  I used the Tim Holtz wrinkle free technique on all of the mats, using a variety of Distress Ink and Oxides, with the intention of creating a vintage look background.

I turned my attention to the images for the mats.  I stamped the script images from Tim's Faded Type stamp set, using Coffee Archival Ink.  The butterfly was stamped separately onto white card, again in Potting Soil and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The butterfly (stamp set Perspective) was coloured with Speckled Egg Distress Ink.  I fussy cut the butterfly, cut it in half and added it across the two pages.
For the next set of pages I stamped the insects from Tim's Entomology stamp set, coloured with Distress Ink, fussy cut and attached this to the mat.  Likewise, the camera from Tim's Inventor 8 stamp set was coloured, fussy cut and applied.  I added some Idea-ology filmstrip to the pages to add another layer of texture.
For the next two pages I stamped  images from Tim's Flower Shop stamp set, and simply coloured with Distress Ink.
The next two pages use stamps from Tim's Inventor 9 stamp set.  I stamped the images onto Mixed Media card, coloured them with Distress Ink, fussy cut them and added them to the pages.  I added a couple of Idea-ology arrows, for interest.
My last pages (but by no means least!) feature two stamp sets, Tim's Glitch 1 and my favourite Professor stamp set, (The Professor 2) again coloured with Distress Ink.  I added the Idea-ology Optical Lens to add some detail.
To complete my accordion book I used Rusty Hinge Distress Glaze to coat an Idea-ology Hinge Clip and attached an Idea-ology Swivel Clasp and Monocle with numbers from my stash, to represent the special birthday and also my use of 10 stamp sets.  To complete the look I dyed some ribbon with Rusty Hinge Distress Stain and wrapped the book as my closure.
Here is a view of the finished pages in situ.
A final view of the front and back.  I added a sentiment from Tim's Perspective stamp set, attaching it with an Idea-ology Label Frame.  I also added an Idea-ology Salvaged tag to the back, to hold the ribbon in place.
I hope you will join the challenge this - Happy Birthday is the theme.


To celebrate the special birthday, if you enter the challenge you will have the opportunity to win a $50 voucher to spend!


All of the products I have used that are listed below are available from:



I am looking forward to next week's project already.  I hope you will join me!  As always, thanks so much for your visit.

Keep safe and well.  Hugs, Anne xxx


List of products used:

Antique Linen,  Speckled Egg, Broken China, Tea Dye, Gathered Twigs, Rusty Hinge, 
Chipped Sapphire
Speckled Egg, Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Embroidery

Hello Friends

I am back with a project for AALL & Create.  I wanted to do something a little different with stamps other than stamping and colouring, and so I created some embroidered projects.  I have not embroidered for years and really enjoyed the process.
I used three stamp sets by Tracy Evans...
I don't have too many process shots to share with you because I just got lost in the process.
I cut some calico larger than the embroidery hoop, stamped the images with Archival ink and then stitched the images with embroidery thread, using the hoop to keep the calico taut.  Once completed I removed the calico from the hoop, added a running stitch around the calico and added it back to the hoop.  As I wanted to leave each project on the hoop, I gathered the calico to the back and added a piece of card to tidy the backing.  I painted each of the outer hoops and applied these to the inner hoops.

The bee is the first one I completed.  After stamping and stitching the honeycomb, I filled the honeycomb in with watercolour pencils.  I did the same with the bee wings and gave them a touch of glitter to give them a lighter appearance.

The hare body is quite open and I was able to use long stitches to fill him in.

The final hoop is a beetle.  It took a few colours to complete the beetle and I really enjoyed creating this one.  Well, in truth, I enjoyed creating each of them, I am not the greatest embroiderer but I found it quite a relaxing task in the evenings - it only took an evening to complete each one.

You can find a list of worldwide stockists for all of the stamps I used HERE.

That's all for now, thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon.  Actually, I am back earlier next week with a very special project.....

Hugs, Anne xx

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Vintage Typewriter

Hello Friends

I hope you are all well, we are into our 19th week of lockdown here, strangely enough it just feels like the norm now and I am not anxious to go out anytime soon!

My Guest designer project this week for AALL & Create has a vintage vibe to it.
I used two of Bipasha's beautiful stamp sets - Time Out #325, Janet Klein's Background Noise #338 together with the Abundance Stencil #85 by Olga Heldwein.

I started by creating the background using Distress Oxide inks and the wrinkle free technique.  I covered the stencil with Seedless Preserves, spritzed it and applied it to the background.  This left a lovely delicate pattern.
I stamped the typewriter image onto white card and used an edging die to create the torn page look.
I stamped and fussy cut the typewriter again and also stamped the wording from stamp set #338, to use in the typewriter.
I gave the page and the note for the typewriter a vintage look with Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs.
I layered up the typewriter, added it to the page and then some corrugated card and fixed it to the background.  To finish off the card, I added the sentiment from my stash.

Worldwide stockists for the stamps and stencil I used are listed on the AALL & Create website HERE.

As always, thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again next week.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

The Life of the Bee...

Hello Friends

I hope you are still staying safe and well in these crazy times.  I had a week off from doing projects as Guest designer for AALL & Create so I could concentrate on making samples for Tracy Evans' Hochanda shows..  

I am sharing the 'how to' for one of those projects today.  It has been shown on Facebook already but I have had several requests for more detail...  The idea originated from a tin I saw on Pinterest a while back. The beautiful bee is from Tracy's newly released Honeybee stamp set #330.
And here is the inside of the tin...
I condensed the photos so as not to make the post too long.  I used the products below, along with the AALL & Create Cells die by Bipasha BK.
1.  Take a piece of card 11" x 1.3/4" and score at 1/4" intervals, scoring on the 1.3/4" side.
2.  Glue along the long side to form a long honeycomb shape.
3.  Once the glue is dry, cut the shape into 1/4" pieces.
4.  Join the pieces together to form a honeycomb shape.
5.  Use black gesso on the inside of the tin.
6.  Stamp the honeycomb from Tracy's Honeybee stamp set onto tissue paper.
7.  Paint the top of the tin, and the reverse side of the stamped tissue with Fresco paint in Haystack. 
8.  Line the inside front of the tin and the sides of the bottom half of the tin with book pages.  I used pages from a vintage book (The Life of the Bee), paint with watered down Haystack paint and splatter with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to add to the 'aged' look.
9.  Add the prepared 'honeycomb' to the base of the tin. Create faux honey by using Seth Apter's Vintage Beeswax along with some Tim Holtz Distress Glaze in Fossilized Amber, adding the powders in thin layers and heating each layer until the desired depth is achieved.
10.  Add the painted tissue to the top of the tin, using Matte Medium to attach it and then also seal the layer with Matte Medium.
11.  Use Washi Tape to decorate the lower part of the outside of the tin, sealing this with Matte Medium.
12.  Stamp and fussy cut two bees, colour them and emboss with two layers of clear embossing powder.
13.  Stamp and fussy cut the beehive for the inside lid of the tin (not shown).  I wrapped some thin wire around the beehive, added some charms for detail and used 3D glue to raise the beehive slightly.
14.  Die cut Bipasha's Cells die and trim to fit the top of the tin.  Use Vintage Photo Distress Ink to age the die cut, glue in place and add one of the bees.
15.  Finally, add the second bee to the honeycomb inside the tin. 
Here is final view of the finished tin

You can find a list of worldwide stockists for the AALL & Create stamp and die set I used HERE.

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

Take care and I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xxx


Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Honeybee ...

Hello Friends

I hope you are still staying safe and well.  We are still in lock down here, just watching the world going by from a distance.

My Guest designer project this week for AALL & Create is a mini album using Tracy Evans' wonderful newly released stamp set - Honeybee #330. 
 I absolutely love the stamp set and can think of lots of way I want to use it.  I also used the Cells die by Bipasha BK #14 as the cells were a good match with Tracy's stamp set.
I started by cutting one of Eileen Hull's Notebooks (Sizzix 663635) from matboard and covered the outside with Tim Holtz Distress paint in Fossilized Amber.  I used some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap and stamped the honeycomb randomly over the tissue.
I attached the stamped Tissue Wrap to the Notebook with Matt Medium.
I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the bee hive and the bee.
I attached the beehive to the cover, adding some tiny bee charms and some wire for extra detail.  The numbers, top right are from Bipasha's Cells die (I didn't want to waste them!).
I created two signatures for the inside, by painting more card in Fossilized Amber, stamping the honeycomb in black and adding the die cut Cells, the lovely stamped bee and the beehive.  I coated the bee with Glossy Accents. 

I also stamped the bee onto shrink plastic, coloured it and attached the shrunken bee to the bottom right side of one signature.
To finish off I added some bee charms to a Tim Holtz binder clip to add to the side of the mini album.

You can find a list of worldwide stockists for the stamps and die that I used HERE.

Here is a final look, I am really pleased with the result.
Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon.

Keep safe and well.  Hugs, Anne xxx

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Magnify It by Bipasha BK

Hello Friends

Well, another week has passed us by.  Those of us who are being 'shielded' have been told we can now go out after 12 weeks in lock down, but I have to be honest, I don't feel quite ready yet so am giving it another couple of weeks to be sure... keeping myself busy with lots of crafting!  I hope you are keeping safe and well.

My Guest designer project this week, for AALL & Create, is a mixed media board, using two newly released stamps by Bipasha BK and a stamp set by Autour de Mwa.
I started with an 8 inch circle of mixed media paper and created my background with lots of Distress Spray Stains (Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw and a little Picked Raspberry).
I stamped Bipasha's Magnify It (#319) stamp set onto the circle in black Archival ink. 

Next, I cut a circle from the background, using a Sizzix dome as my guide for size.  I attached the circle onto a canvas board, added flowers from Bipasha's Blooming Beauty (#324) stamp set which I had already stamped and fussy cut.

I placed the dome on top of the circle/flowers and glued them all into place.  I stamped and fussy cut all of the flowers again from the Magnify It set.  I also stamped the magnifying glass from the same stamp set, fussy cut it, embossed it with clear embossing powder and placed it to one side.

To finish off the base I stamped Autour de Mwa's Intersecting Circles (#364) to the bottom of the circle using Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.
I added the base over the dome, onto the canvas board and then added the fussy cut flowers from Bipasha's Magnify It stamp set along with the embossed magnifying glass.  The dome doesn't actually magnify the flowers underneath but I like the illusion it creates.

To finish off I stamped the sentiment again (from Magnify It) and raised it up so that I could attach a mini magnifying glass charm.
These are the stamp sets I used and you can find worldwide stockists for the stamps

Finally, here is another quick look at the completed piece.
Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate it.

Stay safe and keep well.

Hugs, Anne xxx


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