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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Light at the end of the Valentine tunnel...

Hello Friends

My lovely soul mate and I have been together for 25 years this year, he is a great railway enthusiast. So for Valentine's Day, and my Guest Designer project for AALL & Create, I used Bipasha BK's fabulous newly released stamp set #264 Archway,  to create a mixed media 3D project.
I know it doesn't have any hearts on it but I have saved those for his card.
I also used Stencil #38 Cracked Walls 2 by Olga Heldwein.
I started by decorating the inside of the box, for the 'tunnel' element.  This box has an arched front  and is self assembly (from That's Crafty) in the UK.  I used the stencil and some texture paste to line the walls of the 'tunnel' and painted the back wall with black gesso, dry brushed with some white gesso.
Next, I stamped the arway from the stamp set, I did this a few times, coloured them with Distress Inks in various grey and black colours.  I wanted to cover the archway completely so I cut up and paper pieced the stones to the front.
To give a little realism to the stonework I gave them a coat of Distress Clear  Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint which I hope you can see in the photo above.  Once dry I applied a coat of Matte Medium to dull the shine a little and then highlighted a few areas with some Hickory Smoke Distress Spry which settled nicely into some of the cracks.
Next, I cut away the track from my stamped and coloured train image and 'laid' the track in the opening of the box.  To give the base a more realistic look I glued down some of Seth Apter's Rocky Road Embossing Powder between the tracks.
I coloured the train with watercolour paints, fussy cut it out, layered it up in three layers to give some dimension and attached it to the back of the box.  I added some greenery and the tunnel number 25.
So, you may wonder why I mentioned the light at the end of the tunnel in my title.... well, that's because I added a light to the top of the box so that the train can be displayed at any time of the day or night....

I am pleased to say he loved his train, I have kept his card as a surprise though!

The stamp set and stencil I used are available from a worldwide list of stockists HERE.

For once I have made a project that actually fits in with a challenge!  I am entering this into Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is 'Crack it up'.  I used Distress Crackle Paint on the tunnel and a Crackled Wall stencil on the inside.

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

Hugs, Anne xxx


Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Botanicals and Sputniks for AALL & Create

Hello Friends

My Guest designer project this week for AALL & Create is a pair of quick and easy cards
using a left over paint brayered background, along with a beautiful stamp set (Scripted Botanicals #197 by Bipasha BK) and a stencil (Sputnik #79 by Olga Heldwein along with a little decoupaging to create some extra dimension.
This paint and stencilled background is one I had left over from a Gelli plate session, not all that successful but of course, I don't like to throw anything away and I needed two quick cards.  I used the Sputnik stencil and several colours of PaperArtsy paints.
After cutting the background into two I stamped the image, using Versafine Clair ink.
Using some scrap watercolour card I stamped the image again, twice and fussy cut the dragonfly and moth.
Using some watercolour paint I coloured the fussy cut images.
I mounted the images using 3D glue gel and layered up the cards onto white card bases.

You can find a list of worldwide stockists of AALL & Create Stamps, Stencils and Dies HERE.

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

Hugs, Anne xxx


Saturday, 1 February 2020

Masculine/industrial for Mini Album Makers

Hello Friends

The first day of the month means that we have a new challenge starting over at Mini Album Makers and I have gone Masculine/Industrial, creating a mini sketchbook using my newfound skill of Coptic binding and adding some industrial covers to give a masculine feel to the book.

I have watched quite a few videos on the Coptic binding technique but my favourite tutorial, which shows the process very simply, can be found HERE by Sea Lemon.  I will admit, it does take a bit of practice but once mastered, it allows the sketchbook to lie flat, making sketching and painting so much easier.  I have not repeated the process here as Sea Lemon explains it so much better than I could ever do!
The difference between her book and mine is that I created a set of five bindings spaced 1" apart across the whole edge and I used 7 signatures (you could add lots more to create a thicker book).  However, I do suggest using a small number of signatures until you really get the hang of it.
The photo above shows how beautifully the Coptic bound book lies flat, perfect for a sketch or watercolour book.  My finished book measures 6" x 4" and for each signature I folded paper sized 8" x 6", one paper for each signature.
For the covers I cut 300gsm cardstock to just over 6" x 4", one for the front and one for the back cover, as I wanted to cover up the binding on the front and back.  I used Tim Holtz's 3D embossing folder (Mechanics) and embossed each of the covers.

I took silver gilding wax (Pebeo) and used my finger to lightly coat each of the covers and then used a soft cloth to buff over each cover.  I just love the industrial look this creates.
To decorate the cover I die cut Tim Holtz's Bigz die -  Steampunk Parts and pieced it together before applying gilding was again to the pieces, silver for the outer edge and gold for the 'propeller' to make it stand out a little more.

Below is a close-up.
Another view of the completed sketchbook.
We hope you can join in the fun at Mini Album Makers this month, it would be lovely
 to see you there.

This will be my last month with Mini Album Makers, I have taken the difficult decision to
step down from the team.  I would like to thank Autumn for giving me the opportunity to be on the team and my lovely teamies who I have enjoyed working alongside.

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

Hugs, Anne xx

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Floral Canvas

Hello Friends

I created a round canvas this week for AALL & Create using one my favourite embossing techniques, along with Tracy Evans beautiful Wild and Free stamp set #238.  I also used Stencil #87 Totally Dotty by Autour de Mwa and the Code cutting die #12 by Bipasha BK.
These are the stamps and die that I used.
I used an 8" round canvas and stamped the flower image in Versafine Clair and stamped a few numbers from the same set around the edges of the canvas.
Once the ink was dry I applied Distress Oxides to my craft mat (Aged Mahogany, Scattered Straw and Antique Linen) using them individually, smooshing my canvas through the colours and drying each time until I had the background that I liked.

I used the Totally Dotty stencil to add some accents around the edges, again using Aged Mahogany Distress Oxide.  Once dry I finished the edges of the canvas with Distress Oxide.
I did not take photographs of the next step because it requires working quickly (something I am not too good at!).  I took two of Seth Apter's Baked Textures, Vintage Beeswax and and touch of Ancient Amber at a ratio of approx 5:1 directly onto my craft sheet and carefully melted these with my low heat craft tool.  I had already inked up the part of the stamp that I wanted to show and when the Baked Textures were completely molten (and extremely hot!) I stamped the flower image into it, pressed it down and left it for a moment or two.  Once cooled I added it to the canvas with 3D glue.  I love the clear image that it gives and also the texture the stamp creates.
I stamped and cut out the word 'Wildflower' and raised it up to add a little dimension.  Finally I die cut the 'Code' from white card and them heat embossed it with Seth's Ancient Amber Baked Texture before adding it to the canvas.  I felt it lacked a little something and so I added three nail head screws to finish off.
Here is a final look at the completed canvas.
You can find a list of worldwide stockists for the AALL & Create products I used this week, HERE.

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

Hugs, Anne xx


Sunday, 19 January 2020

Vintage Dress Form

Hello Friends

I am not scheduled to make a project for AALL & Create this week but I couldn't resist 
using a couple of stamp sets by Tracy Evans - All Measured Up #235 and Style It #245 to
create a quick vintage style card for a friend, so I thought I would share it!
I started by creating my background.  I used Vintage Photo and Spun Sugar Distress Oxide, smooshing them onto my craft mat and dragging the card through, drying after each drag, until I was happy with the result.  I also created some others to use as mat and layers.
I stamped the dress form using Archival Ink and then smooshed the same two colours of Distress Oxide in the background.  I stamped and fussy cut part of the form onto a separate piece of card.
All that remained was to put the card together! I added some stitching to the corners and then some thread, very much in the style of Tracy Evans herself, and a scissor charm.  Here are a few close ups.
If you like the stamps I used, there is a list of worldwide stockists HERE.
I would like to join in the Craft Stamper Take it Make it challenge for January.

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

Hugs, Anne xx

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Journal for AALL & Create

Hello Friends

My first project of the year as Guest Designer for AALL & Create is a journal, one of my favourite things to create!  AALL & Create has a new release of dies and stencils and I used
a beautiful new stencil - Abundance by Olga Heldwein.

The beauty of these new stencils is that they are large enough to cover nearly the whole of Eileen Hull's Notebook die (Sizzix  663635).

I was a little short on time so I literally cut the base from black mount board, took the stencil, some white paste and applied it to the journal cover.
I felt that the paste needed to look more blended to the background so I used crackle paste over the whole of the cover to tie the two together.  It is a very fine crackle (see below) and gives a lovely sheen to the journal.
To create a closure I applied some more paste to the central part of the stencil and when dry I cut out a circle, crackled it, punched two holes in and threaded my elastic through.

  I thought it looked like a fancy button so I made a few more for future use.
Here is a view of the back of the journal.
I did create a pocket and some inserts for the inside but I have shown the construction of those many times before, so I have not repeated them here.

You can find a list of worldwide stockists for AALL & Create products HERE.

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

Hugs, Anne xxx

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Focus for Mini Album Makers

Hello Friends

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope your year is filled with all good things!

It is time for a new challenge at Mini Album Makers, where as always, the challenge is to create any handmade book.

Each new year I am full of enthusiasm for making resolutions, some of which I do keep, but others fall by the wayside.  This year I am going to try and focus on what I want from the year, noting down any bright ideas I might have in this simple notebook holder.

I started by die cutting my cover using Eileen Hull's Scoreboard Notebook by Sizzix 663635 from black mountboard.
I wanted two pockets for the inside, pockets that would hold a notepad on one side and a little storage pocket on the other side.  I used the pattern below to create each of the two pockets from kraft card (shown in white card below so that the measurements show up more clearly).

This is how the pockets fit inside the journal cover.
To decorate the outside I die cut a frame using Tim Holtz's Bigz die Trinket Frame by Sizzix 664186 and used Tim's stamp set, Eclectic Adverts CMS372 to stamp onto the frame.  I used Tim's stamp set, The Professor CMS373 to stamp out the light bulb.
I stamped onto pockets and coloured elements and highlighted others, using pencils.
I used Tim Holtz's die, Alphanumeric by Sizzix 660056 to cut my letters out for the words 'Focus' and 'Ideas'.

I created a notepad by cutting down a large notepad to fit one of the pockets.
To complete the notebook holder I added a Tim Holtz Idea-ology clip and attached a monocle to highlight the one of the eyes.  I also added some doodling.
Our fabulous sponsor this month is AALL & Create who are offering a bundle of
stencils to one lucky winner!
Website: https://www.aallandcreate.com
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  We hope you will join us this month at Mini Album Makers, our rules are very simple.  Any Handmade Book Goes.  Enter any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals and book arts.  Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project.  Please ensure you read the full rules.

If you have time, please pop over to see what my lovely teamies have made over at Mini Album Makers, you will not be disappointed!

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

Hugs, Anne xxx

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