Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Belinda Basson DT - Lady Vagabond Book Nook

 Hello Friends

It is time to share my monthly Belinda Basson Design Team for Stamperia project and I cannot begin to tell you how much fun I had creating it! 

For many years now I have wanted to create a book nook but frankly did not know where to start!  So when I saw that CoolKatz have designed a kit, I knew I had to make one for Lady Vagabond.  The period style properties suited Lady V so well (in my mind anyway!).

A book nook is literally a miniature world that you tuck into a book shelf between your books.  If it lights up, it just makes it so much more interesting.  A strategically placed mirror at the back makes the 'street scene' look never ending...

The wonderful Stamperia products I used to decorate the book nook are listed at the end of this post.

Here is Lady V outside the pub named after her, all packed up for a trip on her beautiful airship.
It was great fun building the kit, I used Stamperia Allegro paints and Stamperia Rice paper to decorate the house and pub.  To create the illusion of leaded windows I used a permanent black pen on acetate.
I used the Lady Vagabond 8" x 8" papers to create some mini books, that were then placed in the bookshop window.
For the window above the bookshop I added a doll's house sewing machine, just for the sake of authenticity, even though it is hard to see once the book nook is fully constructed.  I know it is there and it just made me happy!
The floor of the book nook was created with Stamperia Cream Paste and I used the end of a knife blade to create the cobbled effect.  Once dry I applied Stamperia Allegro Paints to give it worn cobble colour.

The Lady V sign over the pub was created by hand from a piece of card.
Once the book nook is filed away in your bookcase you don't really see the outside but I wanted it to have a finished look and I used the Lady Vagabond 8" x 8" papers and they fitted perfectly.

I placed Lady V (Stamperia die cuts) and her luggage in the opening to the street scene so that she would not get lost inside.  Lady V's cat was stamped onto Stamperia Shrink Plastic sheeting with archival ink.  Once shrunk she was the perfect size to sit alongside her mistress.

A final view of the book nook, I just love how it looks all lit up!  I really hope you might consider making one of these, they are so much fun and they would make a wonderful gift for any avid reader.

Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate you taking the time.  

Take care and keep safe and well.

Crafty hugs, Anne xxx

Stamperia Products Used:

Stamperia Lady Vagabond 8" x 8" Paper Pad SBBS27

Stamperia Lady Vagabond Rice Paper White Flowers DFSA3083

Stamperia Lady Vagabond Die Cuts DFLDC27

Stamperia Lady Vagabond Flying Ship Stamps WTKCC190

Stamperia Allegro Paints - Milk White KAL110, Brown KAL106, Grey KAL73, Black KAL03, Rame Metallic KAL117

Stamperia Cream Paste - K3P53

Stamperia Extra Forte Glue DC075

Stamperia Shrinky Bits (Shrink Plastic) - DFSBA4W

Monday, 11 October 2021

Tim Holtz Village Collection 2021

 Hello Friends

Well, what can I say, it is October (to me that signals Halloween) and Tim Holtz has released a fabulous new die set, called Village Collection along with some new mini embossing folders.  I do have the original Village collection but I like the size of this new one... so I just had to didn't I; especially after seeing all the wonderful inspiration from Tim's amazing Makers.  If you missed the 'live' you can see it HERE.

I have to thank Art From The Heart for their always fantastic service, my dies and folders arrived last Friday and I just had to get started right away.  I don't have a step by step for you because this project just took on a life of its own as I was building it...

I built the Manor House first and then added House #2 and (just out of view) I added the additional side building.  

I had some of Tim's Halloween papers from a few years back and had just enough of the orange and black to complete the buildings.  The windows each have 'glazing' from some cobweb acetate from the same paper pack.  Just like the original set of dies, the houses go together like a dream!

The base is a wooden box 10.1/4" x 6" and I covered it with some of Tim's design tape (Halloween) from a few years back.

The trickiest part of the piece was the brick wall.  I knew I wanted to use the gate from Tim's Village Graveyard die set to create an entry.  

The new embossing folders are approximately 4.1/2" x 3" and I repeat embossed some cardstock to give me some longer strips to create parts of the wall.  I used Hickory Smoke Distress Paint, watered down, and randomly swiped paint over the embossed brickwork to give a distressed look.

I scored each long strip to create the wall (3 bricks deep for the sides, two bricks deep for the top and three bricks for the back).  I mitred the corners to give nice corner edges. I cut strips of card to join onto the base.  Because the top was a little uneven I put a strip of card along the whole top to give a finished appearance.  I also created some 'pillars' to hold the gate in place.

I created the cobbled paths in the same way as the brickwork fence and fussy cut around some of the cobbles to make them look realistic.

The graveyard was added by die cutting the tombstones from black card, again using the Village Graveyard die set.  I put four layers together to give them strength and dry brushed them with Hickory Smoke Distress Paint.

All that remained was to paint the 'ground' with various colours of green paint and once the Manor was in place I added some moss, a few (model railway) trees and twigs together with a small pumpkin charm from my stash.
Some of you may be wondering at this point, whether I added lights to my creation.... well, of course I did, it is for Halloween!  I added a set of Tim's Halloween mini lights in green.  It has quite the eerie glow at night time!

Not the best of photos but I have photographed the original Manor house I built a few years back alongside the new one, just to give you an impression of the difference in size of the Manor house.

To finish off my new Manor house diorama I added a word chip. The light switch for the tiny lights is hidden underneath.

Thanks so much for your visit, it is much appreciated!

Take care, keep safe and well.

Crafty hugs, Anne xxx

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Belinda Basson DT - Exploding Box

 Hello friends

My project this month for the Belinda Basson (Stamperia) Design Team is An Exploding Box.

I used Stamperia Lady Vagabond papers, moulds, paints and chipboard to create the box and all of the items are listed at the end of this post.
I wanted the box to hold quite a lot in the middle part, so I made it larger than the standard 4" x 4" sized box.
To make the base I used black cardstock that is 16" x 16" square, the centrepiece is 4" square and the sides each measure 6" x 4".  You would normally cut away the 'side' pieces but I wanted the box to be quite sturdy, so I simply cut away the corners so that it would fold in properly.

I covered each of the outside and inside pieces with Lady Vagabond papers.
Each of the inside sections contains a different scene.
Top left:  I added some chipboard pieces, mounted onto black cardstock.
Bottom left: The frame is made with a Stamperia mould and painted.  The Sir Vagabond chipboard pieces are mounted onto watercolour paper.
Centre: I created a bookcase from cardstock and mounted books that I fussy cut  from the Lady Vagabond 8" x 8" cardstock.
Right:  I mounted the pieces using chipboard pieces from the Lady Vagabond chipboard set.
The centrepiece for the box is made from Stamperia moulds, using resin and painted with Stamperia paints to create a rust effect.
I created the top, in black card, just slightly larger than the base at 4.1/8" square and covered it with Lady Vagabond papers.
The cogs on the top were created using a Lady Vagabond mould and painted with Stamperia paints.
And finally, here is a view of all four sides of the box.

I have never made one of these boxes before but I enjoyed this one and will definitely be making more!

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

Crafty hugs, Anne xxx

Stamperia Products Used:

Lady Vagabond 12 x 12 Paper Pad - SBBL82 

Lady Vagabond 8 x 8 Paper Pad - SBBS27

Sir Vagabond 8 x 8 Paper Pad - SBBS25

Lady Vagabond Soft Maxi Mould - K3PTA482

Sir Vagabond Soft Maxi Mould - K3PTA488

Stamperia Picture Frame Mould - K3PTA496

Lady Vagabond Wooden Shapes - KLSP091

Sir Vagabond Wooden Shapes - KLSP085

Stamperia Chipboard - Lady Vagabond - DFLDC27

Stamperia Chipboard - Sir Vagabond - DFLD25

Stamperia Allegro Paint - Earth Brown - KAL40

Stamperia Allegro Paint - Turquoise - KAL25

Stamperia Allegro Paint - Warm Red - KAL06

Stamperia Allegro Paint - Nero Black - KAL03

Monday, 30 August 2021

Simon Says Stamp Designer Spotlight - The Count in his castle

Sadly, this is my last week in the Designer Spotlight for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  

Those who know me, know how much I love Halloween and completely inspired by several of Tim Holtz's Makers in his recent Halloween release video I just had to create a special Halloween Project using some of the new products that Tim has just released.
The challenge this week is Glimmer & Sparkle!  You may not see mine immediately, but it is there in abundance!
I created a vignette of 'The Count' in his castle, looking out and surveying his vast and very spooky estate...... Glimmer and sparkle may not be immediately evident in the photos but I have used Tim's new Distress Mica Sprays along with his Distress Midnight Mica Flakes and Nightfall glitter.
I don't have any process photos to share with you as I was not sure when I started this project what I actually wanted to achieve!  I can show you how it all started though... I used a piece of mount board from my stash to create the inside castle wall, mainly so that I could die cut the cathedral window through it and the window frame would have lots of texture too.
I scraped some Distress Texture Paste - Grave, over the whole piece before applying a coat of Distress Grit Paste - Crypt over the whole piece, making sure there was plenty of texture.  I wanted it to resemble an old castle wall.  Once dry I sprayed with Distress Oxide Spray in Pumice Stone and then finished with a good spray of Distress Mica Stain - Empty Tomb.  This gave a lovely shimmery finish.
Next I die cut the cathedral window from the textured mount board and then glued it back into the opening and used some of the die cut left overs to create a 'frame' around the window.  I took one of Tim's Etcetera tags - small, and cut the mount board to match the tag as I wanted to create a 3D project.  I used a vignette box between the tags to give some dimension.  I painted the sides of the vignette box with Hickory Smoke Distress Paint.
I took a piece of watercolour cardstock and placed a small round mask where I wanted the moon to go and spritzed the whole piece with Hocus Pocus Distress Mica Spray, to add a lot of shimmer.  Inspired by a technique that Stacy Hutchinson used I spritzed the moon with water (rather than ink) to make the moon image bleed a little and give it a spooky appearance.  I die cut elements from Tim's new Vault Series die set and Ghost Town #2 set, attaching them to the inside of the vignette box, along with a set of Tiny Lights before attaching the cathedral window tag to the front of the box. 
I wanted the Count to appear as if he was inside his castle, looking out onto the graveyard and moon outside.  I die cut the Count, assembled him and added Nightfall Distress Glitter to his cape to give him some sparkle.  I added an Etcetera Bracket Trim for a ledge under the window where I could place my die cut Candle from the Candlelight die set.  I sprinkled some Distress Mica Flakes - Midnight here and there to also add a bit of shimmer. The candle holder was spritzed with Distress Mica Stain in Crooked Broomstick, which gave it a lovely shimmer.

I thought it would be fun to add a Creepy Eye to the Count and the small size fits perfectly!
I added another Etcetera Bracket Trim to the bottom of the vignette to give the Count a base to stand on.  I added a few pieces of Tim's Idea-ology bits and pieces from my stash, including the lovely Toadstools and lots of Mummy Cloth which was tinted with Distress Mica Stain in Empty Tomb and Pumice Stone Distress Oxide Spray.  I finished it off with some more Mica flakes.
We are hoping you will join in the challenge this week, it would be lovely to see you there and as always, there is a $25 gift voucher for one lucky winner to spend.


And finally, here is a view of the vignette all lit up!  It looks quite spooky in

 real life.  I just love the expression on the Count's face....

The products I used are listed below.


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

Crafty hugs,

Anne xxx


Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz Die - Cathedral Window

Tim Holtz Sizzix Colorize die - The Count

Tim Holtz Sizzix Colorize die - Candlelight

Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits die - Vault Series Halloween 2021

Tim Holtz Ranger Texture Paste - Grave

Tim Holtz Ranger Grit  Paste - Crypt

Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Mica Spray - Empty Tomb

Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Mica Spray - Hocus Pocus

Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Mica Flakes - Midnight

Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Glitter - Nightfall

Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Oxide Spray - Pumice Stone

Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Paint - Hickory Smoke

Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag - Small

Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Vignette Tray

Tim Holtz Etcetera - Bracket Trims

Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Tiny Lights

Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Toadstools

Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Creepy Eyes

Monday, 23 August 2021

Simon Says Stamp Designer Spotlight - Week 4

Hello Friends

My project this week in the Designer Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is a mini Etcetera tag. 

The challenge this week is Spritz and Splatter and so I got out my Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains, including the new Limited Edition Distress Mica Spray and had lots of fun getting very inky and messy!

I used a Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag (mini) as my base.  They are not really mini but measure approx 8" x 4.1/2" and give a nice sturdy base.
I started with a sheet of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolour Cardstock and spritzed three colours of Distress Spray Stain randomly over the card (Picked Raspberry, Salvaged Patina and Scattered Straw).  To move it even more I spritzed with water and then took another piece of cardstock and placed it over this one to mop up some of the wetness.  I now have a second piece of coloured cardstock for another project.
I glued the cardstock to the Etcetera Tag and went around all the edges with a black marker pen to give a finished look.  Next I took Tim's Ledger Script stamp set and very lightly stamped all over the tag (you can barely see it but it adds some extra 'texture').  I then stamped Tim's Faded Type stamp set in black at the top and bottom.

I splattered the whole tag with white gesso along with the three colours of Distress Spray stain that I used to colour the card.

Next, I die cut the gorgeous Perspective Butterfly from some black card. 
I then spritzed the butterfly rather heavily with the new Tim Holtz Distress Mica Spray in 'Empty Tomb' (I love the names of these new sprays!).  It added a gentle sheen to the butterfly.  I ended up using the spray on the tag reinforcer too after using a marker to colour it black.

To finish the tag off I added one of Tim's Word Chips along with the number 2 from the Idea-ology Odds & Ends set.  I used some Distress Embossing Glaze in Salvaged Patina to add a little shimmer to the number.

We hope that you will join in the challenge this week, one lucky winner will receive a $25 voucher to spend!

The products I used are all listed at the end of this post.

I cannot believe that this is week 4 being in the Designer Spotlight - sadly, just one more week to go.  I have something a little special to share next week so I hope you can visit.  As always, thanks so much for your visit, it is always appreciated.

Crafty Hugs, Anne xxx

Products Used:

Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag - Mini

Tim Holtz Distress Watercolour Cardstock

Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains

Tim Holtz Distress Mica Stain - Empty Tomb

Tim Holtz Embossing Glaze - Salvaged Patina

Tim Holtz Sizzix Perspective Butterfly die

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Ledger Script Stamp set

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Faded Type Stamp set

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Odds and Ends

Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Quote Chips

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Belinda Basson DT - Lady Vagabond Airship

 Hello Friends

My project for Belinda Basson's Stamperia Design Team features Lady Vagabond's wonderful Airship which I have contained in a large frame.... and it lights up too!

I was inspired by my friend Jo who suggested a 3D airship and I took five sheets of the Lady V 12" x 12" paper pad, fussy cut each airship and layered them up to create some dimension.

I cut some of the windows out and added some rusty wire mesh behind to emulate the look of the original windows and this allowed me to add some tiny lights behind the windows.  I edged each of the pieces with Distress Ink to take away the whiteness.

To create the 'waves' I painted some white card with Stamperia Glamour Paste in Turquoise before cutting it into a wave shape.  I added two layers so that I could add the 'message in a bottle' that Sir Vagabond sends to Lady Vagabond....

I turned my attention to the frame, first covering the frame with Stamperia Allegro Turtle Dove paint, then applying a coat of Gold Glamour Paste and once dry I added a coat of Stamperia Crackle Paste which added some wonderful texture.

I added some texture paste to two of the corners using Belinda's Lady Vagabond stencil. I painted the flowers with Allegro paints in Turquoise, Nature Green and Corn. I added Stamperia metal gears to the bottom of the frame.

Next, I added Stamperia Cerantica Ancient Wax in Gold to the whole frame.  It did dull down the flowers on the corners but it was the look I wanted.

I used Belinda's Lady Vagabond stencil again, along with Stamperia Glamour Paste in Turquoise, to add the sentiment to the backing paper.
Finally, my favourite part, I added some tiny lights to the back of the airship before attaching all the pieces inside the frame.

A final look at Belinda's beautiful airship.

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

Crafty hugs, Anne xx

Stamperia Products Used:
Stamperia Lady Vagabond 12" x 12" paper pad - SBBL82
Stamperia Lady Vagabond Stencil - KSG454
Stamperia Glamour Paste Turquoise - K3P61C
Stamperia Glamour Paste Gold - K3P61B
Stamperia Crackle Paste Transparent - K3P50
Stamperia Allegro Paint - Turquoise KAL25
Stamperia Allegro Paint - Nature Green KAL30
Stamperia Allegro Paint - Corn KAL36
Stamperia Allegro Paint - Turtle Dove KAL22
Stamperia Cerantica Ancient Wax - Gold K3P15G
Stamperia Metal Gears Mixed - SBA406
Stamperia Metal Gears Large - SBA407

Monday, 16 August 2021

Simon Says Stamp Designer Spotlight - Week 3

Hello Friends

It is time for my next Designer Spotlight project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

The challenge this week is 'Dry Embossing'.

I created a small journal to keep notes in.
I used four Tim Holtz 3D Embossing Folders to create the cover and the signatures.
I started with the Journal cover (cut using an Eileen Hull journal die) and used Distress Ink in Prize Ribbon to colour the whole cover, inside and out.  Next, I used the Elegant 3D Texture Fade to dry emboss the cover.   I covered the whole cover with Distress Micro Glaze to prevent transfer of the Distress Ink.  To highlight the embossing a little more I dry brushed, very lightly, over the embossing with Picket Fence Distress Paint.  The paint is permanent once dry so I did not need to add any more of the Glaze. 
I used the Butterfly 3D Impresslits to cut and emboss the butterfly.  I coloured the butterfly with Distress Oxide Spray in Fossilised Amber, highlighting the body and dots with Distress Ink in 

The frame is a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Baseboard Frame that I primed with Gesso and then painted with Prize Ribbon Distress Paint before stamping with Tim's Baroque stamp set inked with white ink.
Next, I created two signatures to fit inside the Journal, colouring one with Prize Ribbon Distress Ink and the other in Fossilised Amber.  The blue signature cover was dry embossed with the Tim Holtz Engraved 3D Embossing Folder and the yellow one was dry embossed with his Kaleidoscope 3D Embossing Folder.

I added words to the cover and the signatures using a discontinued Tim Holtz Alphanumeric die.
To finish off I added some ribbon, coloured with Fossilised Amber Distress Ink.

Here is a view of the completed back of the Journal.

 We hope you will join in the challenge this week.

There is a $25 gift voucher for one lucky winner.

At the bottom of this post you will find a list of the products I used to create my embossed journal.


As always, thank you for your visit, it is much appreciated.

Take care and keep safe and well.

Crafty hugs, Anne xxx


Products Used:

Tim Holtz 3D Embossing Folder - Elegance

Tim Holtz 3D Embossing Folder - Kaleidoscope

Tim Holtz 3D Embossing Folder - Engraved

Tim Holtz 3D Butterfly Impresslits Folder

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Baroque stamp set

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Baseboard Frames

Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays

Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze

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