Monday, 14 January 2019

ATC Chunky

Hello Friends

My project as Guest designer for That's Crafty is an ATC Chunky. 

 I can only show you a sneak peek here but if you would like to see more, I would love if you could pop over to That's Blogging Crafty -  HERE.

Thanks so much for your visit and any comments you may wish to leave here and/or over there, I truly appreciate it and hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Time to Bloom...

Hello Friends

Today I am sharing my latest project for AALL & Create.  

I used the beautiful flower/domino stamp (#149) from the latest release by Tracy Evans.  It is a great size stamp to use with DL sized cards but I wanted something a little larger.

The base is 6.1/2" square of Watercolour card and I used my Watercolour Paints by 13@arts.  They are highly pigmented and retain their colour beautifully when diluted with water.  I wet the base card and just 'dropped' the colour in and just let if flow.

I stamped the image two times onto card, coloured two of  the flowers, again with the paints.  I fussy cut one of the flowers and ripped around the second coloured flower, leaving some of the base stamping intact.

Once the paint was dry I stamped onto the base card.

I added the torn card, lining it up over the stamped image and layered up the flower, adding some Glossy Accents the the centre of the flower to make it pop.   To finish off I added some coloured splatters using the different colours of paint that I used to colour the base and flower.

If you wish to buy any of the various releases of AALL & Create stamps you can find the worldwide stockists HERE.

I am adding this to Craft Stamper January Take It, Make It Challenge here.

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

Hugs, Anne xx

Monday, 7 January 2019

That's Crafty Storage

Hello Friends

Welcome to my next weekly post for That's Crafty, it is just a sneak peek again... who doesn't need some pretty storage to house those wonderful new Christmas goodies.

If you have time and/or you would like to see the whole piece, I hope you can visit That's Crafty blog HERE. 

Thanks for looking, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Artist Trading Coin Mini Album

Hello Friends!  Happy New Year!  I wish you all the very best for 2019!

A new year and a new challenge at Mini Album Makers.  As always, it is anything goes as long as it is any handmade mini album, scrapbook, journal 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 rules over at Mini Album Makers.

Artist Trading Coins seem to be all the rage at the moment with lots of people swapping them.  I made a mini album to hold three coins securely for posting.

I cannot take any credit for the design of this mini album, I saw a YouTube video a few years ago by a lady called Kathy Orta King, HERE.  I wanted my album to be large enough to accommodate the ATCoins which are 2.1/2" in diameter, so I changed the measurements of mine.
I found a beautiful sheet of 12" x 12" paper in my stash and some Prima self adhesive letters that I thought matched nicely.
Take a sheet of 12" x 12" paper and cut it down to 9/3/4" x 12".  I am listing the score lines below:
On the 9.3/4" side - Score at 3.1/4" and 6.1/2"
On the 12" side - Score at 2", 2.1/4", 5.1/4", 5.1/2", 8.1/2" and 8.3/4"

Cut as shown above.  The 2" piece will be the cover for your album (shown middle, left above).  Make sure to keep the little 1/4" tabs intact as these will form the pockets. I used a hole punch to cut little finger holes in each of the small pockets.
Once all of the little tabs are glued into place, the inside of the completed album should look something like the above.

To finish off I used a left-over piece of card to strengthen the fold over tab.  I also added a metal eyelet to the flap and added a length of hand dyed vintage ribbon to act as a closure.  And so, there you have a quick and easy album to store ATCoins for sharing.  My ATCoins are not new, they are from a previous post here.

Our fabulous Sponsor this month is Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts who are offering a package of goodies to one lucky winner.

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We do hope you will join us this month at Mini Album Makers, it would be lovely to see you there.

In the meantime, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Monday, 31 December 2018

Seahorse ATC Stack for That's Crafty

Hello Friends

I hope that you are looking forward to the New Year, it is hard to believe that it is tomorrow!

I am delighted and very honoured to have been asked by Laura Holland of That's Crafty to be Guest Designer for the next three months, so each week, on a Monday, I will be sharing a new project created with some wonderful products from That's Crafty!

I can share a little sneak peek of my first project here:
 If you have time, I would love it if you could visit That's Crafty to see my whole project, there is a lot more to see.

Thanks so much for taking the time, it only remains for me to say I hope you have a wonderful New Year's Eve and all the very best to you for 2019! 

Hugs, Anne xx

Thursday, 27 December 2018

VW Campervan

Hello Friends

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and are now looking forward to the New Year!

I am sharing my weekly project as Guest Designer for AALL & Create, using Bipasha BK's beautiful VW Camper van stamp #141.  Having a holiday in a Camper van has been on my 'bucket list' for years and so I created a travel journal, just in case I ever get the chance!
The finished journal measures 5.1/2" x 3.1/2" by 7/8" deep.  I sized it so that the Camper van stamp would cover the front and back in one stamping.
The above is a view of the back.  I have a few steps to share with you, should you be interested in making a simple journal.
I cut three pieces of chipboard as shown above. 
I used a stamp platform and black archival ink to stamp my image onto a piece of calico cotton and coloured it with 13 Arts Watercolour paints.
I attached the painted calico cotton to the chipboard, leaving a small gap between the covers and the spine, to allow for easier closing.
The above is a view of the finished outside of the journal before adding the signatures.
The inside of the journal was finished off by adding card to cover the inside back, front and spine.  I added elastic for the closure and I also used elastic to hold the signatures in place.

The stamp set I used is available from AALL & Create Boutique, HERE.

Thanks so much for your visit, I will be back on 31st December with some exciting news!  In the meantime, if you are on holiday, enjoy your break.

Hugs, Anne xx

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Time Flies...

Hello Friends

Time really does fly, it is less than a week until Christmas day, how did that happen?

My weekly Guest Designer post for AALL & Create uses a beautiful A4 stamp by Tracy Evans and the stamp is called 'Time Flies'.  
These very dull days make it difficult to get good photos.....

I have condensed the photos, as this is a very busy time of year.  Briefly, I stamped with Archival ink onto tissue paper and glued this to my large chipboard tag with matte medium.  You can of course, stamp directly onto the tag and with some clever masking you can cover the whole tag with the stamp.

I used Distress Paint to colour my tag, including the background and left it to dry. I mixed Texture Paste with Distress Oxide (Gathered Twigs) and then applied this through AALL & Create Stencil #39 by Autour de Mwa randomly over the tag.
A view of the tag before embellishment.  I added clock hands to the clock element.
A view of the top.
Another view of the completed tag.

As always, thanks so much for your visit, I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, I will see you again after Christmas.

Hugs, Anne xxx

The stamp and stencil set I used are shown below,  these can be purchased from stockists listed here at AALL & Create.


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