Thursday, 17 April 2014

Mixed Media Triptych

Hello everyone, thanks for dropping in.

Today is just a sneak peek post here I'm afraid to say.... The full project can be seen on the Calico Crafts blog. Here are a couple of photos to try and tempt you to have a look at the full project....

Of course I would love it if you went to have a look and tell me what you think. All you need to do is click HERE. You may have to refresh your page to see this project.

Anyway, thanks for visiting  and have a wonderful Easter weekend when it comes!!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Tim's April Tag

Hello everyone and lovely to have you drop in.
I am sharing my April Tag for Tim Holtz's challenge.
The original can of course be seen here

Well, like with most  of us, mine has turned out quite differently, though I used the same sort of techniques, substituting those products I don't have for other ones. But like with my last 3 tags, I am mounting all of my size 8 tags onto a size 10, so I started by creating the background for my big tag.
I created a background with Antique Linen, Salty Ocean and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks, using some spritz and flick and the new lattice stencil. I then overstamped with some stamps from the Mercantile set and stamped in Pottingsoil Archival and a bit of Jet Black. I also used the large number stencil for the number two but in the end that was covered over with the smaller tag.
So for that one I started just like Tim described, I just used slightly different colours.
Here you can see the Frameworks Trellis which in my case I cut from grey board and then painted with various colours of Distress Paint.
As I have neither the mirror stuff nor cork, I cut my inserts from greyboard covered with paper, then hessian and then I painted some of the little grey board panels first with Brushed Pewter DP and when that was dry covered it with Rock Candy Crackle Paint and when the cracks appeared rubbed Walnut Stain Distress Stain over it, I love how it turned out. The hessian was stuck to card before cutting and I look forward to using the actual framework of that in a future project.

Next I covered the tag with some tissue tape and then did the embellishing pretty much like Tim described. I made 4 flowers with the Tattered Pinecone die, but used the leaves from the Spring Greenery.
Here are some details:
Here you can see the flowers, cut from the French Industrial paper stash.
I died some matching seam binding but made a separate bow which I glued on the length of ribbon that I had put around the tag. As I don't have a Philiosophy tag, I used one of the little heart charms.
Because my tag is so much larger I had space for an extra flower. I also added the month again at the top.
Here you can see a bit of tissue tape sticking out behind the frameworks, I love how it balances out the little text panel on the other side. You can also see that I shaped and distressed the greenery a bit. I added some shading with a Walnut Stain Distress Marker to make the frameworks stick out a bit more and add some depth.
Well, there you are. I have loved doing my April tag, I so love those Frameworks dies and I still have a ton of the little tiles to use in other projects.

Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend and if you celebrate it HAPPY EASTER!!!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Enjoy the Journey

Hello all and welcome to friends, followers and visitors, thanks for dropping by.
Now it has to be said, I am not a card maker, and yet here is a second card less than a week since the last one.... I blame the beautiful Wallflower papers by Tim Holtz.
Making cards with these papers is so easy. I took two of the papers, you will know most likely that the Tim Holtz collections include different sized papers, 12 x 12", 6 x 6", ATC sized and this collection also has 3 x 3" papers. All I did was take two of them, mounted on white card and then of course I added some stamps and a bit of inking and distressing.
Here is the ATC sized one. The background to the lovely birds and eggs, picks up the same subtle motif on the larger piece, making the two a perfect match. The stamp you see here is from the Haberdashery set. I also added some remnant rubs to the bird paper.
A couple of quills/feathers from die cut from the mini inkwell set, attached together with a bit of twine and one of the new little heart charms.
The hand is from the Mercantile set and the saying from the simple sayings set.

Well, there you have it, quick, easy and fun to do.

Thanks for visiting and make sure to stay inky!!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Embrace Possibility

Hello everyone, happy Sunday to you all and welcome.
When this post goes live I will be at Ally Pally and really hope to catch up with some of you there.
Meanwhile, here is a snippet of my latest project for The Artistic Stamper.
Hope you'll take a minute to hop over there, and of course I will love it if you leave me a comment there.
Have a happy, inky Sunday and a great week ahead!!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Dare to Dream

Hello all and lovely to have you drop in here. A short and quick post from me today: Those that visit regularly here will know that I love Tim Holtz's new paper collection Wallflower. I took the firm resolve to stop stroking these papers and to start to use them for many different projects. (Some of which you may have seen already). But here is a card: I've used a stamp from the new Mercantile set, a saying from Simple Sayings, Remnant Rubs, the mini feather die and stencils.

And a couple of close ups:
 The bottle was stamped in Wateringcan Archival and then coloured lightly with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap. I bent it round a bit for some dimension, coloured the feather with Pumice Stone and Frayed burlap and then glued it behind.

The sentiment was also stamped with watering can and then adhered with foam tape.
This was quick and easy, as really, the lovely papers do all the work for you!

Hope you are having a good week and thank you for visiting!!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Shabby ATB

Hello everyone, welcome to friends, followers and visitors alike! Lovely to have you drop past here today!
After playing with my ATB die a while back, I wanted to have another play and this time I created one of these Artist Trading Blocks in a more shabby chic style:

I cut the largest of the three blocks out of white mount board and added some texture with the help of Wendy Vecchi Embossing paste and a stencil. I also added some inking through the Tim Holtz Lace Layering Stencil I then did some background stamping with an Artistic Outpost text stamp..
Here you can see the stenciling a bit better. I also stamped the egg from The Tim Holtz Nature walk set on two of the sides. I inked the stamp with a Faber Castell Large Brush pen and the texture on the egg appeared all by it self!
Have to say, I really like how it turned out, all speckled, without even using the second spotty stamp. No idea why it happened like that, it just did lol, lucky accident?
This time I left the lid of the box open and lined the inside with some pretty papers from the Tim Holtz French Industrial paper collection. I adhered a heart (this comes with this particular die set). I had painted the heart with burnt umber acrylic paint and when dry put Picket Fence crackle paint over it. When that was dry and the cracks appeared, I sanded the edges a bit, to shabby the heart up a bit more still.
I glued a pearl brad to the center.
For the top of the box I created a flower cluster and added some greenery from the Tim Holtz strip die.
Here you can see the box from the back with some of the greenery trailing over:
Well, that's pretty much it. Hope you like the shabby  ATB version.
I stuck to a limited colour palette this time: Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap and Bundled Sage and Iced Spruce for the greenery.
These ATBs work as home decor or as gift boxes, and I have to say, I absolutely love putting them together!

Hope you are finding some time to be inky and creative! Here's hoping for some more sunshine!!

Friday, 4 April 2014

A little bit French for A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and lovely to see you.
I am super excited to be hosting the 3rd challenge over at A Vintage Journey. The theme I chose was "A little bit French. You can read all the details over on the blog there.

For my project I created a little mini book inspired by Tim's new Collection Folios, only as I don't have one yet, I decided to create a kind of mini version myself.
The little book tells the love story (Histoire d'Amour) of the dashing young Francois Du Pré. You can see him here on the cover (ok so I found him among Tim's Found Relatives....).
I made the cover for my little book out of Ranger manila card stock.
 I cut it to 6" by 11 3/4" (I did not want it totally square) and scored at 5 1/4 from both sides leaving me with a 1 1/4 spine.
The inside of the book was constructed following Laura Denison's Stack the Deck method. Here is a link to instructions on how to do that. I made mine out of Kraft Card. This is what it looked like from the front and the back:
I used two 6 x 6" envelopes and some tags and tickets to make the inside. You will need to glue the envelopes shut and then trim one side to the size you want the pages to be. The opening will fit over the hinge bits as you can see from the photos below:
 Envelope trimmed to size
And slid over the hinge bit. Please note, only do this after you have covered your envelopes with your chosen papers and decorations.

Alright, let's look at the pages now and hear the story of how Francois found the beautiful Rose Delieux...
Here you can see Francois, born just outside Paris, the son of a well to do industrialist. He is an avid writer and writes the most wonderful love letters. Hence one of his many inkwell and quill pens on the cover.

One day on a trip to Paris, while visiting friends, he met the beautiful Rose, dressed in all her finery, still young and demure, but oh so lovely, Francois fell in love with her on first site:
Here is one of the many love letters he would subsequently write to her, but alas, for many a month, he never got a reply...
As the months and years passed, Francois started to pine away, until one day he decided he must return to Paris to meet her again, he asked his friend and mentor to come along with him...
On the left a tag, depicting this trip and on the right, his mentor, the stern monsieur La Blanche. This is how they fit into the folio:
Now on this trip, something special happened, you will see it on the back of these tags: (I will only give you a brief outline of a very long story)...They met Rose's younger sister, sweet Geraldine. The moment she saw Francois she remembered him, and with a twinkle in her eye told him to just be brave, go and see her big sister and ask for her hand in marriage. The reason she had not written back was only because she was not sure that his intentions were honourable, but really she had been pining for him terribly too... You see Geraldine below, when she was still very young
Well, Francois, did not need to be told twice, and off he went to see Rose again, this time much more mature but just as lovely as before.
As you can imagine, what happened next was wonderful, - he fell on his knee, proposed and soon the wedding was celebrated. Below is one of the pictures of the wedding, unfortunately a little damaged by time. Rose still looks a little uncertain, but in her heart she was blissfully happy.

For their honeymoon they decided to go to London; not long after Rose fell pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful little girl, they named her Geraldine, after her sister, because she had been instrumental in bringing them together.

Their trip to London, you can see one of the tickets of a theater performance they saw, and of course they also saw the changing of the guards and Big Ben.
Little Geraldine aged 3. (This was a photo transfer using gel medium. Shelly Hilcox has a brilliant tutorial on how to do this, you can see it here: )

The back of the tags and the end page showing some of Francois's illustrious ancestors, all worthy industrialists too.....

Here you can still see the outside covers when the book is open and with that I have come to the end of my story.
Hope you liked it and that you could see more or less how I put it all together. The papers were from the French Industrial and the new Wallflower collections. All photos from the Found Relatives cards,  I used several different stamp sets, but mostly Paris to London and Nature Walk and of course loads of different bits of Ideaology. Almost all product used can be found at Country View Crafts who are the sponsors of our challenge.
Well, thank you so much for dropping in and maybe some of you even stayed with it until the end. Hope you will check out the Vintage  Journey blog and see the amazing projects my team mates have created and of course we all hope you will join in the challenge!

I apologize for this very long and photo rich posts and hope you will have a great weekend and enjoy some inky creative time!!

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