Thursday 19 July 2018

Guest Designer at Stamps and Stencils!

Hello Friends

A quickie post today.

I was so honoured to have won the Let's Fake it Challenge over at Stamps and Stencils recently and they kindly asked me to be Guest Designer today HERE.

So thrilled!

Stamps and Stencils is a wonderful challenge blog and I am a huge fan of the Design Team members, they are all so talented!

I am sharing some of my favourite projects over there, if you would like to see them!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, I am doing something very special....

Big hugs,  Anne xxx

Tuesday 3 July 2018

Book Club 2 - Eileen Hull - Wrapped Journal 2

Hello Friends

I have shared a couple of Wrapped Journals using Eileen Hull's fabulous new die, this one is my second offering for this month as the Inspiration Team are sharing Journals all this month, and also using Eileen's Color Box Blend inks by Clearsnap.  You will be able to see lots of inspiration all month on Eileen's blog HERE.

I wanted to make a 'manly' style Journal, after seeing my super talented Teamie, Mitsyana's make a while back, I wanted to see if I could recreate the 'look' of faux metal that she created but just using matboard as my base.
For the Journal cover I used Eileen's Wrapped Journal (Sizzix 662816) and a stencil by Autour de Mwa of AALLandCreate - Stencil #28.  Additional supplies were Eileen's Color Box Blends in Ebony, Texture Paste, Pebeo Gilding Wax in Silver and PaperArtsy paint in Snowflake.

After die cutting the Journal I applied Texture Paste through the stencil and left this to dry naturally.  Once dry I applied the Ebony Colour Box Blends with a paint brush (these inks work just like paint) and left it to dry.  I mixed Ebony ink and Snowflake paint together until a lovely gray colour was achieved and this was painted onto the inside of the Journal.

To create the faux metal appearance I used my finger to apply the Gilding Wax and once dry I buffed it up with a soft cloth.
I selected my embellishments, one of Tim Holtz's small pocket watches, one of his skull and cross bones charm, a word band, a hitch fastener and a couple of brads.  The chain, hitch fastener and brads were coloured with silver Alcohol Ink and the word 'salvaged' was coloured with Distress Crayon before silver Alcohol Ink was applied to 'age' it.
Here is a close up of the embellishments once attached.
For the inside of the journal I created four signatures and also added some pockets and tags, using Eileen Hull's new Framelit dies - Credit Card Sleeve & Tags (Sizzix 662810) and some Tim Holtz design papers.
A close up of one of the tags inside a Credit Card sleeve.
Finally, a view of the completed Journal, I am really pleased with the way this one turned out! Huge thanks to Mitsyana for the inspiration!

As I said earlier, all month long Eileen's Inspiration Team will be sharing projects HERE, where you will find lots of inspiration, as well as on Eileen's Fan Club page on Facebook.  There are nearly 3,000 fans in the Club, all sharing projects, hints and tips.  Eileen offers wonderful prizes once key milestones are reached and 3,000 is the next milestone..... just saying!!

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon.  I have some fabulous news to share with you in August....

Hugs, Anne  xx

NB.  I put some links in for the UK where Eileen's
and AALL products can be purchased.  I do not receive any commission 
from any of the companies named, I simply share the details to assist 
you in finding them.

Sunday 1 July 2018

Mini Album Makers July Challenge

Hello Friends

July sees a new challenge over at Mini Album Makers and we would love to have you join in!

Our Rules are very straightforward : Any Handmade Book goes.  Enter any form of handmade mini album, scrapbook, journal or book art.  Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project. 
This month and I made a journal, using a new Wrapped Journal die by one of our Sponsors, Eileen Hull, along with some of my favourite paints, stamps and stencils.
I started by painting some A3 sized card, using Dina Wakley Heavy Body paints in Ruby and Turquoise and applied this with a brayer.  I added some white Gesso at the end to tone down the colours.
Next, I stamped onto the painted card, using Archival ink and Stamp Sets #63 (Olga Heldwein) and #33 (Tracy Evans) by AALLandCreate.  I wanted to have some real contrast so I stamped #63 again on plain painted card and cut the circles out.  These were glued on top of the stamped circles on the base card, as shown below.
 I glued one piece of this to some mount board and die cut a Wrapped Journal.  The rest was used to create signatures.  The die cut journal is shown below.  I added some splatters to the journal using the same colours of paint and added a few die cut numbers.
  To create the signatures I used the other piece of painted card, added some stencilling using Stencil #6 (Autour de Mwa) by AALLandCreate.  I mixed Eileen Hull's Color Box Blend ink in 'Stop' with some 13Arts 'Magic Powder' to create texture paste.
The paste was applied randomly through the stencil.

I used another of Eileen's new dies - Credit Card Sleeve & Tags (Sizzix 662810) to create a pocket on the inside cover.
A close up of the sleeve and stencilling.
I used the rest of the card to make further signatures and added more stencilling, using the same stencil as previously.
The photo below shows the back of the finished journal.  I added elastic for a closure and some die cut numbers.

I added some trinkets to the side of the journal.
A final look at the completed journal.
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I hope you will be able to join in with us at Mini Album Makers this month, we would love to see you there.  The Design Team have provided some wonderful inspiration!

Thank you for your visit, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx

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