Friday, 22 August 2014

A Little Touch of Tim for a Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and welcome!
Today the lovely Alison from Words and Pictures has set a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey. The theme is "A Little Touch of Tim". What she wants us to do is create an ATC, and of course as A Vintage Journey is a challenge blog inspired by the work and techniques of the one and only Tim, it should be in true Tim style.
Here is what I made:
To be honest, this theme made me feel really nostalgic, as it was making and swapping ATCs that first got me into blogging and paper crafting, now many moons ago. It has been years since I last made ATCs, but it was fun to return to it, and so I made a little set of 3.
Here's a quick run down of how I went about it:
I cut 3 bits of card to just a fraction smaller than the obligatory 2.5 by 3.5" because I like to mount my ATCs to make them a bit stronger.
I distressed the edges and then added some texture through  Tim's Speckles stencil.
I had selected 3 photographs (vintage freebies from the net, all depicting groups of 3 children, I had 3 on my brain for some strange reason).
I added some bits of old book pages, tore around the photo and then adhered it to my card:
Next I used paints and inks, little collage scraps and some stamping, mounted it onto inked Kraft card until it looked like this:
I love how these ATCs are just perfect for adding little off-cuts and other scraps we all have flying around.

The other two were done in pretty much the same way.
The little key on this one was a die cut, coloured with Antique Bronze Distress Paint and then, while the paint was still wet I added some Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder and some Ranger Antiquities Rust EP for the rust effect.
For this one I fussy-cut the children to show some more of the background, I gave the girl a little crown cut from a tiny bit of Tim's Industrious Stickers.

When I had completed all three I decided to create a Triptych with with the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Gothic Arch die, I love how it is just the right size to mount ATCs on. I cut 3 from...... guess what? The packaging of Tim's Stencils!. I then cut two strips of Kraft card to act as hinges and then cut three more from some Prima paper to act as backing and to hide the hinges.
It can fold together and be tied with a ribbon, the front was decorated with a smaller arch cut from another bit of Prima paper (all from the Time Travelers collection).
I did some faux stitching with a white pen and a butterfly cut with the new French Flight Framelits set; a couple of chit chat stickers finishes it all of.

Well hope you like this little touch of Tim. Make sure to hop over to A Vintage Journey to see the amazing ATCs my teamies have created, and we all hope you will play along. You could win a £10 voucher from Country View Crafts our wonderful sponsor or be selected as one of our "Pin Worthies".

Have a great weekend and stay inky!!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Garden Hanger for Calico Crafts

Hello everyone and thanks for dropping by here.
My turn to post on the Calico Crafts Blog, so just a little pre-view here I'm sorry to say.

I have been having fun playing with different mediums and crackle effects, if you want to find out more, all you have to do is click here.

Hope you'll take the time to look and let me know what you think.

Thanks for visiting like always and see you next time!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Butterfly Birthdays

Hello everyone and lovely to have you visiting!
I seem to be in card-making mode right now, but then I have a lot of birthdays to make for in August...
I made two rather similar and fairly quick cards, here is the first:
I used the Tim Holtz layered Butterfly die with matching embossing folders for both cards. The base is a paper from the Prima Time Traveller collection.

I cut the butterfly first from Grunge paper and then from a small piece of a paper from the Finnabair Sunrise Sunset collection. I glued the two together and then ran them through the embossing folder. I inked and spritzt with some Walnut ink and when dry covered it all with Clear Rockcandy Distress Crackle paint. When the crack appeared I rubbed some Walnut Stain Distress Stain into the cracks and highlighted the raised bits with Treasure Gold. I also used one of the Shadow Press folders, though it is hard to see on the photos.
The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Classic 11 set. I also added a piece of the Trellis die cut from Kraft Card.

The second one was done in a very similar way, using the same paper collection.

This time the butterfly was cut from 480 grms white card and coloured with a mix of Golden Fluid Acrylics and Distress Inks.
The butterfly was covered in Rock Candy Crackle again and the cracks highlighted with Walnut stain. I love how it took on an almost glass like appearance.
This time I fussy-cut some flowers from one of the other papers and mounted them onto the trellis die cut.
The word Congratulations was embossed with a Darice folder.

Well hope you like my cards, the first one is for an artist friend, the second for my sister in law, neither of them are into card making at all, so fingers crossed they will like them....
 Isn't it amazing how the month of August is just flying by? Thank you for visiting and hope you will find some time to do something creative!


Monday, 18 August 2014

Crafty Individuals Gift Set

Hello everyone, just a sneak peek here today. It's my turn to share a sponsor spotlight over at Our Creative Corner. Our sponsor this month are the wonderful people at Crafty Individuals.
Here's a glimpse of what I made, to see it all,please head over to Our Creative Corner.
Hope youi will take the time to look and thank you for visiting here today.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Tag Friday for A Vintage Journey

Hello all and thanks for dropping in! Today the creative guides are sharing tags over at A Vintage Journey, we will also announcing our latest winers, so do hop over to take a look.
Here is my tag:
It is a triple layer tag and pretty much the opposite of clean and simple, I think I got carried away a bit....
Here is a quick step by step:
I started by cutting 2 tags from Manila card stock using the largest tag die from the Tim Holtz Framelets Tag collection set, it's about # 8. I created a background with the help of Faded Jeans and Vintage Photo Distress Inks and also used some Bister. If you don't know what Bister is, please click here. I curled the edge of one of the tags and then stamped with bleach using stamps from the Classics 7 set.

Obviously, as I was going to layer one tag on top of the other, I did not need to colour all of the bottom one. Here is a close up of the bleach stamping. Love the effect, even though it is a little smelly..
Next I cut a third tag, tore it in half and coloured it with the same colours of Distress Ink:
I ran the bottom though a little embossing folder, the Tim Holtz fancy swirl one and highlighted the raised bits with Vintage Photo, by taking the little mini ink pad straight to the raised bit and then spritzing with water. Next I prepared my embellishments:
I altered them with Peacock Feather and Tumbled Glass Distress paints. I also used some Espresso Alcohol Ink and highlighted with Treasure Gold in White fire.

Time to layer it all up
I added some flowers, the large one was made with the Tattered Florals die and a little tattered banner with some rub on words. I also added a few bits of tissue tape.
The little dragonfly was tucked above the rolled up second layer:

Finally I made a little tag to fit in the pocket:
Again using the same colours of Distress Inks but this time on a Kraft card tag. I also did some stenciling, more bleach stamping with a little text stamp and the main sentiment is from the Classics 11 set.

Well hope you like my over the top tag
Believe it or not but I am actually a huge fan of Clean and Simple, I just can't do it lol.

Well, there you go, make sure to go and see the amazing tags my teamies have made and stay inky and creative!
Happy weekend everyone!!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Autumnal ATB

Hi everyone, hope you are doing alright.
Today is a sneak peek day here on my blog, as I have a project over at the Artistic Stamper.
Hope you'll take the time to see the whole project! Thanks for visiting anyway and have a great week!

Monday, 11 August 2014

A Card for David

Hi everyone and thanks for passing by here. I have a quick post today, sharing a card for someone special...
So who is David, you may ask.... Well many of you will know the lovely Anne Redfern, also known as Redanne.

Well recently Anne and I met up together with our husbands for a lovely meal out. Anne had even arranged for a very special surprise, because both Mo and Jenny, two other blogfriends that many of you will know, were there as well and their husbands. We had so much fun!!! As it happened to be Anne's husband David's birthday the next day, I made him a card and this is it.


It's an 8 x 8, for the vocal image I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder and coloured the background with a mix of Gelatos and Distress Inks. The little gentleman is from the Paris to London set.

I stamped him on smooth card, fussy cut him and then mounted him on a vintage postcard that I think came from one of the Tim Holtz paper collections, not sure as it was from my scrap box.
The embossed sentiment is from a Darice folder.


I used the Trellis Frameworks and Distress Doily cut from Kraftcard for the background.

We had a lovely evening and it was so nice of Anne and David to share this special evening with us all. Thank you Anne for organising this lovely surprise, as I said in a previous post already, blogfriends are the best!!!

Hope you are all having a good week. Thanks for visiting

Friday, 8 August 2014

Time Flies when you are having fun....

Hello everyone and lovely to see you here today.
Time Flies is the theme the lovely Chris has chosen for the latest challenge over at A Vintage Journey

Well, time certainly does seem to fly and most certainly when you are having fun and I had loads of fun when altering this canvas.


I started with an 8 by 8" prepped canvas and began by adding some texture through Tim's Latticework Stencil, still one of my favourites, though some of the new ones are stunning too!
I used Wendi Vecchi's Texture Paste, now this is actually white, but obviously I had not cleaned my stencil well enough... oops. Ah well, as neutral were going to be my colour scheme, I decided not to worry.
I made sure some of the texture would also go over the sides:
For some further interest I added some strips of Tissue Tape and some scraps of a paper serviette.
Next I added some (further) colour with the help of Antique Linen Distress Paint and Vintage Photo and Walnut stain Distress Inks using the new mini ink pads.
Now for the embellishments, I decided to use the Weathered Clock and Layered Wings dies, taking the theme literally (and not very originally...)


I cut all pieces from Grunge Paper and then the clock again from a piece of Prima paper from the Time Traveler's Collection. (That seemed suitable, but I loved the paper anyway...)

I layered the wings up and then gave them a coat of Tarnished Brass Distress Paint. As it looked a bit too browny for my liking and I wanted a more shimmery effect I also added a coat of Decoart Dazzling Metallics in Luminous Gold. This gives a lovely golden glow, hard to see from the photo.
After cutting the clock from Grunge Paper I gave it a coat of Picket Fence Distress Crackle paint and when that had done it crackling magic, rubbed over some Walnut Stain Distress Stain to seem into the cracks and rubbed Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the edges.
I glued the centre bit of the paper clock onto the grunge paper one for strength and then covered that in Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint, to fit in with the rest of the clock.
Time to put it all together: As you can see from the main photo, I layered the wongs behind the assembled clock and then made a flower cluster using the Tattered Florals die, I used SU Vanilla card a lovely gift from my friend Jennie of Live the Dream, I also followed one of her amazing flower tutorials.
Some scuffed up letter tiles finished it all up.

Well, hope you like my altered canvas, I had great fun making it.
Mke sure you check out the new challenge at A Vintage Journey, you are going to love all the amazing inspiration from my teamies, they have totally out done themselves again and fingers crossed you fill find a moment to play along. You could be in with a change to be one of our winners!!
Enjoy the rest of the month and see you next time, - stay inky!!!

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