Saturday, 21 May 2016

A Gift set for Shimmerz

Hello lovely blog visitors, - thanks for dropping in. Today I am sharing a project on the Shimmerz blog, - a little gift set:
If you want to know how I put this together, - all you need to do is click here.

Hope you will have some creative time this week and thanks for dropping by like always!


Sunday, 15 May 2016

Leftover fun

Hi al and like always, thank you for taking the time to drop in.
As my crafty/arty journey is slowly starting to change, I am increasingly wondering what to do with all the supplies I have collected over the years....
Well, here was a fun little idea I found on Pinterest. A tag accordion booklet created with some of those endless left over papers and collage bits that I have and that are filling up boxes and drawers...

I cut the tags with the Tim Holtz die, connected two at a time with wide double sided tape and then covered the backs with further tags cut from design/ scrapbook papers. Below some close ups:
A mix of Prima paper and Kaisercraft ephemera pieces.
More Prima and image from Paper Whimsy.
More of the same
A few words were added here and there using Tim Holtz word stickers.
Here the back of the booklet, using up further papers.
The whole booklet folds together accordion style of course, and can be held together with a book ring.
Or opened up and decorate a shelf or mantle piece somewhere.

Well, that's it, quick, easy, fun to do and good to use up some of those leftovers we all have collected.

Thank you for visiting and have a happy week!
xxx

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Behind the covers.....

Hello all and thanks for dropping by here. A couple of weeks ago I created a cover for a little Moleskine Sketchbook, it looked like this:
The full description  of how I made it can be seen here in case you missed it. Anyway, today I thought I would show you some of the pages inside... It is a mix of watercolour, ink and pencil work, and please bare with me, it's baby steps for sure, as I practise to get better at painting and drawing..... Anyway, here goes:
There is nothing that I find more difficult than architecture and perspective. Of course I kind of know about horizon line, vanishing points etc, - but knowing and actually managing, is quite a different thing..
I seem to have a fascination with Hawthorn, so the page above shows first the blossoms, then the berries. I am trying to learn to paint more loosely and less precise...

The drawing below was copied from a photograph I found on line, always good to practice birds. On the whole I find drawing a lot easier than painting.
This one was done with watercolour pencil mostly and then finished with some light washes of paint.
Here finally a double page that I have called reflection on an ordinary day. A view from my bedroom window, and a little study on blueberries which I love to have for breakfast.

Well, that's it for today, thanks for indulging me as I practice, practice practice. Hope you are all having a good week and see you next time.

Monday, 9 May 2016

May Freebie and a project for AVJ

Hello all, so happy to see you here! May seems to be flying by, - where is the year going....?
Anyway, today I want to share some new freebies with you and also a little preview of a project I am sharing today on A Vintage Journey, where in fact I am using one of the papers as part of the project. Hope you'll take the time to look.
Anyway, here are the freebies, they are designed to be printed 8" x 8".



Like always, by TOU are easy, you can use these papers for whatever you like, you are welcome to sell what you make with them, please just don't sell the papers as they are in whatever form.

Ok, and here is a little preview of my project using them over at A Vintage Journey:

If you want to see what I did, - just hop over.

Thank you for dropping in here today and have a great month of May!!

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Dreaming of Spring - a project for Shimmerz

Hello lovely bloggy friends, thanks for looking by here today.
I am sharing a project over at Shimmerz today, so just a little preview here:

If you would like to see more detail and a full step by step, - just click here.
Have a lovely weekend and thanks for your visit!
xxx

Friday, 6 May 2016

Sew Special for a Vintage Journey

Hello everyone! It's the first Friday of the month and that means a new challenge is starting at A Vintage Journey! The wonderful Jenny has chosen the theme Sew Special. This is what I made:
This is what Jenny had to say about the challenge:
Add fabric to your entry in some way be it felt, burlap, ribbon or cloth and if you're really feeling brave maybe include a touch of real or faux stitching! We are looking forward to seeing what ideas you have to incorporate this sew special theme in your vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk projects.
Now when I first heard about the theme, I was filled with trepidation, - sewing and me just don't go together, but adding some fabric to a project is no big deal, so in the end I decided to make a very vintage shabby chic project, it's a large card with a pocket that can hold a gift card or tag.
I started with a piece of sticky back canvas that I have had in my stash for ever. I added some Ranger translucent texture paste through one of Tim's layering stencils and let it dry.
I added some colour using Distress Sprays: Antique Linen, Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet and as you can see it became a complete mess, specially when I added some stamping. At that point I was nearly ready to ditch it all and start over, but then decided to simply cover it all up to hide the worst bits.

I don't own the Dress form die but happened to have some die-cuts purchased on ebay years ago, so I traced around the middle part for the dress (made from a gelli print paper), and decided that would be my focal point.
I also made a flower, made from crinoline and cut with the tattered florals die.

A couple of little ribbon spools, cut with a die designed by my friend Baerbel Born. As you can see I tied some bits of lace around them.
A pair of scissors charm to go with the sewing theme was also dug out of my stash to be added.
And a little doily to cover up the worst parts of the background behind the dressform....
I layered it all up, added some lace to the side and the front was pretty much done.
The substrate for my card was an 8.5 by 11 piece of Manila card stock folded in half, I put tissue tape right around the edges and then added this pretty vintage piece of rice paper to the inside.
The pocket was made with the distressed doily die and cut from a piece of card covered with the top layer of a paper napkin in similar colour tones.
The little gift card/tag carries on the vintage sewing theme, both on the back and the front.
And here the tag sitting in its pocket.
Below finally you can see the back of the card. Adding a similar style with the use of some La Blanche stamps.
Well, that's it for now, my vintage sew special project, all complete.
If you haven't been there already, please hop over to A Vintage Journey to see the projects my teamies have created. I promise you will not be disappointed! And please feel free to join in our challenge, we would love to see what you come up with!

Thank you for visiting and have the most wonderful weekend!
xxx

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Butterflies and Blooms for Mixed Media Monthly

Hello all and Happy May!! Well, the r is out of the month, but what about the lovely warm weather that's supposed to come with Spring???

Anyway, this month at Mixed Media Monthly our theme is Butterflies and Blooms, and this is what I made:
Here is the graphic of our challenge, if you are going to join us, make sure to add it to your post.
Our sponsor this month is the wonderful Ken Oliver!!
The prize is a set of Color Burst Caribean Brights and a Best Ever Craft Mat!! So if you like the Color Bursts make sure to join!!

Onto my project, - it's a little altered file folder with space for 4 tags inside.
For this particular one, I snipped off the tabs at the side. I folded it accordion style and created pockets by folding up the bottom of the folder and gluing down the sides on the ends and the fold lines.
Here is the front.

All I did was ink the edges and then played with some pretty papers and stamps. I'll show you a few details so you can see how I went about it.

I used some papers of the pretty Prima Butterfly collection by Jodi Lee. I cut the  paper to size,  added some stenciling, a butterfly die-cut and a Tim Holtz metal word band for the cover..
Here is the inside, using further papers, stamping in matching colours, subtle stencilling and some embellishments.
Panel 1 close up
Panel 2, - I tried to find stamps that would match the paper elements.
Panel 3 with subtle stamping to match the mood of the papers.
Panel 4, more of the same.
Below the panels on the back:

As you can hopefully see, I used some dyed seam binding ribbon underneath the papers so the folder can be tied shut.
All the elements on this one are cut from the paper line.

The little tags that go inside the pockets were all part of the paper collection too.
Well, that's pretty much it. A simple project that could make a great gift for a friend, with inspirational quotes written on the tags.

Thank you for visiting today, and don't forget to visit Mixed Media Monthly, where you can see some stunning projects from my team mates, get all the details about our challenge and of course we would love it if you play along.

Thanks for your visit today!
xxx

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