Saturday 25 January 2014

An Accordion Birthday card

Hello Blog friends both new and old.  Thank you for the wonderful response to my Tag Holders in my last post and I was thrilled that a few of you have visited Helen to buy the pattern.  You really will enjoy making the holders.

I do not normally blog family cards but when I was parceling up a card to send to my lovely Brother in Canada, I thought it fitted well into a couple of challenges that are currently running.  My older Brother is a larger than life character and having spent the whole of his adult life in the Canadian Navy he is quite a tough guy - but he has a big soft heart.  I miss him terribly as he lives 5,000 miles away and we do not get to meet up as often as we would both like so we tend to wear our hearts on our sleeves when we send cards to each other.  Anyway, on to the card which I think he will love.  These cards are always difficult to photograph because of their large size and today is a very grey and rainy day!  Click on the photos for a larger view.

I kept the design fairly simple as it is for a man. I embossed the outer frames with a Tim Holtz embossing folder and then after joining the four pieces together, the base card was painted with Walnut Stain Distress Paint but it was a little dark, so I painted over this with Antique Linen Distress Paint and then again with Broken China Distress Paint.  In real life the three colours are visible here and there on the frame.  I decided against any further treatment because I liked the 'worn' look that the three colours created.

The sentiment reads - Just a note to say, although an ocean apart, you are always in my heart.  Happy Birthday Big Brother.

The inside frame was coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Marker to create frame for the toppers.

The toppers were coloured with Walnut Stain and Broken China Distress Ink and then I spritzed and flicked water to create a more aged background.

On the first mat I added  mini Feather and Inkwell dies, coloured and edged with Black Soot Distress ink and paint.

For the second mat I coloured a mini Globe die cut which was coloured with Salty Ocean Distess paint for the water and the land masses were coloured with Peeled Paint Distress paint.  The outer edge of the globe is coloured with Brushed Pewter Distress paint.  I love the way the mini Movers and Shapers dies fit the accordian card mats so well.

A mini heart die has been added to the third mat and a birthday sentiment to the last mat.

This is a close-up of the heart, for extra interest I cut out a 'brother' definition from a dictionary, coloured this with Festive Berries Distress ink and edged it with Black Soot Distress ink.  I went around the edge of the heart with a charcoal pencil to give it some depth.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

The challenge at Frilly and Funkie is Warmth of Winter where you are to make something to warm the heart of someone dear.  As well as an opportunity to be a Guest Designer there is a $25 prize for a randomly chosen winner to spend in the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Simon Says Monday Challenge is 'A' and as mine is an accordion card and therefore appropriate for the challenge.  Winning entries are Spotlighted and there is a random prize draw of $50 to spend at Simon Says Stamp.

Edited:  I have just seen that Inspiration Emporium have started up their challenges again and would like to add this, if possible, since it is all about die cuts (Dieing for 2014) and I have plenty on this card.

Thanks for looking and hopefully commenting, enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope to see you again soon.  Hugs,  Anne xx

Tuesday 21 January 2014

Tag Holder for Tim Tags

Thank you so much for your positive comments on my Tim tag for January 2014, it gave me a much needed boost!

I have made (and blogged) my own style of tag holders in the past but when I saw Helen Allen's Tag Storage Project on her blog (HERE) I just had to buy the the plans from her Etsy shop and make one (well, two actually).  For that reason I will not be able to give you step by step details as to how I put this together but if you like it, please visit Helen's shop where she has many inspiring projects.  This project includes five full videos and over 20 pages of written text so it was very easy to follow.

This is the second one I made, I made a couple of mistakes on the first one in my haste to complete it and I am much happier with this one, if you click on the photos you can see a closer view:

Here it is empty, the front has a flap which folds down to get the tags in easier.  The pole at the top holds the tags, it comes apart at one end so that you can feed your tags through.  Helen designed it to take a standard No. 8 tag but the instructions include a holder for smaller tags too.

And here it is, full of my twelve 2013 tags.  The papers I used to cover the holder have a sewing theme so I added a charm holder with a sewing machine, scissors and a pretty birdcage.

This shows the end more clearly, I did both ends the same and I have added pretty little crystal  bead feet to the holder bottom.

Helen suggests displaying favourite tags at one end and this is one of my favourites from 2013.  I would not have been able to make it without my lovely blog friend, the very talented Brenda sending me the appropriate die cuts, thank you again Brenda!

This is the first one I made, with gorgeous papers from Maja Designs.  If you have not used Maja Design papers before I hope you will check them out, they are superb quality and the designs are gorgeous.  Linda Coughlin sells a large range and the Funkie Junkie Boutique and her postage rates are very reasonable.

Front view

End view showing the door opening

Filled with my 2012 Tim tags, the base on this one is slightly thinner than the other and I added some pretty blue beads for feet.

One of my favourite 2012 tags, added to one end.  I made this one slightly bigger than the norm so it will not fit in the holder, unfortunately!

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed making these wonderful holders, they do take a few hours to make but they are worth every minute and it is a great way to display tags, they can be heavily embellished or left reasonably simple, like mine.  The next one will be with Tim Holtz papers for my 2014 tags.  Apologies for the photo heavy post but I hope you have enjoyed seeing the holders.

Take care, thanks so much for your visits and bigger thanks if you take the time to leave me a comment, I really do appreciate every one and always try to repay the compliment.  Big hugs,  Anne xx

Saturday 18 January 2014

Tim Tag January 2014

Hi everyone and a big thank you to my new followers and also to those of you who regularly follow, I really do appreciate your kindness and support.  Apologies for not posting much lately and maybe not commenting as often as I usually do,  but I just can't seem to get into the 'groove' at the moment.  I have promised myself that I will use up lots of my stash (or NBUS, never before used stuff) as my lovely friend Darnell calls it!  I have also promised myself to spend more time crafting and a little less time blogging - but it's hard!

Anyway, on to my tag.  For once I had nearly everything that Tim used on his tag (yay, nothing new!) and in an attempt to kick-start my mojo I  followed Tim's technique closely to see if it would inspire me - and it did:

I am not going to take you through a step by step because Tim does it so well and my only differences are the words, the style of a couple of the cogs and the words on the ticket.

The little charm at the top was an absolute nightmare to do.  Tim suggested using a toothpick and he was not wrong!  It took me longer to do that charm than the rest of the tag - but it looks great now!

 I used the sentiment on the ticket, just because I love it.  I went a bit over the top with my splatting black paint as it even shows up on the ticket and I am not sure I was meant to.....but I like it.

Doing Tim's tag has helped with the mojo issue, as well as spending a wonderful day crafting with my lovely friend Mo, who always inspires me.  I have even made a tag holder today that looks a bit like a piece of home decor, so I may show that next week, because I am really pleased with it.

In the meantime, thanks so much for looking and I hope your weekend is going well.  See you soon!  Hugs, Anne xx

Thursday 9 January 2014

New Year's Resolution

I try every year to make New Year Resolutions, but they don't tend to last very long so this year I am trying to be totally realistic, in making just one and then sticking to it.  My idea was inspired by Claudia who asked us to use up one of our shopping sins for Our Creative Corner - well that got me started, so my one and only resolution for this year is to 'USE IT' - use all that stash that I bought and intended to use but never did....

This project, which is my Design Team piece for Nicecrane,  uses some of my really beautiful and rather expensive Maja Design Vintage Autumn papers (up to now I could only stroke and then had to put them away again), flowers that I have had for several years, lace that I seem to have had forever and a die that my lovely friend Mo bought me about a year ago and has never been used until now.

The beautiful image is from Nicecrane Designs which you can purchase from HERE - Children in the Victorian Age IV CS.  Ignacio sells so many wonderful images, you will be spoiled for choice!

She is just so very beautiful!  I printed the image out in black and white and then coloured her bow, dress, flowers and cheeks in pale pink with Distress Markers.  They give a beautiful subtle colour on the glossy photo paper. I will add a sentiment if and when I send the card.

The papers were cut to size and distressed around the edges and lightly coloured with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  A smaller piece frames the picture and the edges have been dipped into Embossing Ink and coated with White Frantage.

The leaves were die cut from scraps of the backing paper and the flowers are a selection from my stash.  The lace was edged with another piece of backing paper to create a little dimension.

Since I have made this card based on my New Year's Resolution I would like to join the challenge over at Frilly and Funky which is New Year's Resolutions and you need to create a vintage style project.  There is a £25 voucher for the winner to spend at The Funkie Junkie Boutique (where Linda's prices and delivery times are excellent) and an opportunity to be a Guest Designer.

I hope you are all having a good start to your New Year, thanks so much for having a look.  Hugs, Anne xx

Wednesday 1 January 2014

Shopping Sins for Our Creative Corner


I am back with my Design Team piece for Our Creative Corner.  Laura announced some exciting news about changes to the OCC blog so I hope you will pop over HERE to get all the details.

The wonderfully talented Claudia has chosen the theme this month which is 'No more shopping sins' and in Claudia's own words:

A popular pledge amongst crafters is ‘I will use up my stash’. Don’t we all have cupboards and shelves groaning under the weight of things we’ve bought and decided to save for a project that never happens? And then you feel guilty so you hide it under a new pile of (new) stuff!

This January I decided that it's the perfect time to finally get rid of that guilt. I challenge you to find one of your former ‘shopping sins’, open the packet, stroke it one last time, and then USE IT!

So bring out all of those treasured hoarded items that you feel guilty for buying and put them on show - and make your secretly gnawing scrapaholic's guilt go away. As simple as that ;)

I am a massive fan of Wendy Vecchi and I have many Art Part packages which are still unopened.  Yes, I admit it, I am a terrible hoarder but it really does take a lot to make me open the packages.......... well this month I have opened three!!  So it is a big thank you to Claudia!  I am going to try to do this more often this year........

I also used my favourite Wendy sentiment stamp and stencil and created this hanging:

The base is made from the Square and Rectangles Art Parts set and has been covered in Walnut Stain Distress Paint.  I stenciled over the frame with Wendy's Dots and Stripes Borders stencil and Potting Shed Archival Ink to give a light but defined border.

The sentiment was stamped onto cream cardstock with Ranger Black Archival ink and I used the same stencil to create a light pattern by using Antique Linen Distress stain.  I matched the pattern to the frame to give a more uniform appearance.

The leaf is from the Leaves Art Parts set, it has been coloured with Peeled Paint Distress Paint, over-stamped with the background stamp from Wendy's Love to Make Art set of stamps.  It was a bit bright so I dabbed some Potting Shed Archival ink here and there to grunge it up.

The flower is from the Florals Art Parts set, coloured with Fired Brick Distress Paint and over-stamped with
the same background stamp as above.  The top layer of the flower is made up from Clearly for Art attached to Frosted Film , coloured with Wendy's Red Geranium Archival ink, heated and shaped.  The beauty of the Clearly for Art is that if you are not happy you just re-heat it and shape it again - love that.  The centre of the flower has been stamped with the flower from the Art in Bloom set of stamps, then cut out and coloured with Dried Marigold Distress ink.

To finish the top of the hanging, I wound some rusted wire around a pokey tool, attached it to two Tim Holtz bull dog clips and added these to the top.

So, open up one of those 'shopping sins' packages, create something and join in the fun over at Our Creative Corner this month.  We would love to see you there!  In the meantime, please go over to have a look at what my very talented teamies have made this month, it is a real treat with lots of 'shopping sins' on display.

It just remains for me to say once again - HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours, hope 2014 is a fabulous year and that you find lots of time to create.  Big hugs,  Anne xx
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