Saturday, 18 April 2015


Hello all, welcome and thanks so much for dropping by here today. The other day I was lucky enough to find an amazing leather hand bound journal for a really reasonable price, and even though I really have no need for a new journal, I could not resist it....
It's quite small (about 4 3/4 by 5 3/4), and really fat. The pages are made from what looks like a kind of thick mulberry paper with some lovely textures to it, so I thought it would be perfect to do some simple journal pages without any fat embellishments or anything, and as it's not too big, individual pages should not take too long.
So here are just a few pages of what I am going to call, my simplicity journal.....
I gave the pages a quick wash of gesso, slapped on some paints, did some background stamping and then stamped various focal stamps  mostlyfrom  Tim Holtz  straight onto the page or on a separate bit of card first..
For this one I stamped the Butterfly from the Perspectives set straight onto the page. Then I stamped it again, inking up the stamp this time with a few different colours of Faber Castel Big Brush pens and stamped it on smooth card and then immediately clear embossed it. I cut it out, covered it with Ranger Glue and Seal and when that had dried coloured it further with the Big Brush pens. The Glue and Seal makes it possible to blend the pens with your fingers and when it has dried it is totally permanent.
The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Small Talk collection stickers.
So many wise words in there. I think all the pages in this journal will have quotes to go with them.
A few splatters with watered down gesso finished this page and there you have it, - quick and simple, that's journaling how I like it best......

Here are the next two pages:
More Butterfly imagery, background done in a similar way, paints, background stamping (Indigo Blue and Prima) The butterfly was cut and embossed with the Tim Holtz Butterfly Duo die and embossing folder and coloured with Decoart Media paints. The text was stamped with the Ken Oliver letter stamps.

I also added some Crackle Glaze (Decoart), hard to see on the photo. This is actually a little page I inserted into the journal, below you can see the other side:
The pears are a Stampendous stamp and the little envelope and journaling tags were made using some Prima Cartographer papers.

Well, that's it for today...Thanks so much for your visit today like always, very much appreciated whether you leave a comment or not.
Look after yourselves and stay creative!!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Altered File folder final 2 tags

Hi everyone, just a very quick post from me today, just to share the final two tags for my altered file folder.

Like with the first two tags the backgrounds were done with paints, inks, stencils and diecuts plus some background stamping.
The focal image is a scrap of a paper serviette again, worked into some water colour paper with the help of paints and inks.
The metal embellishment was altered with some alcohol inks and paints.
The final tag, done in a similar way, just using slightly warmer colours. The paints throughout this projects were a mix of Distress Paints, Decoart Media Fluid Acrylics and one or two Golden Fluid acrylics. All these paints have very similar properties and work beautifully together.

The embellishment this time is a stamped butterfly from the Tim Holtz Water Colour set. I covered it with Decoart Liquid Glass (a very similar product to Glossy Accents), to give it more dimension.
And here finally you can see the two tags fitted in their pockets of the second page in the folder.

Thank you to all of you who have given ideas as to where to find these in the UK. sadly all the ones I found that are really the same or very similar, come from the US and are so expensive, specially as you have to buy a box of 100. I am considering ordering a box though, and would be willing to sell some folders to whoever is interested. If you would be, let me know. If there are enough people, I will be in touch

Meanwhile thank you for visiting like always and I hope you are having a great week!

Monday, 13 April 2015

Altered file folder part 2, - the tags

Hi all and thank you for dropping by today. A week or so ago I posted an altered file folder and today I want to share the first two tags I made to fit inside the pockets.
The one on the left was made almost entirely with bits and pieces the lovely Linda from the Funkie Junkie Boutique put in with a parcel of goodies I had ordered from her. I then tried to make the one on the right in a similar style. Here are some details:
The background to this one was done with a mix of texture paste through a Tim Holtz stencil, a mix of Decoart Media paints and Distress Paints and of course my beloved Treasure gold.
The central panel is about ATC size, background done in a similar way and then I collaged the rose image and a couple of die cuts Linda had sent me, added some hearts cut from book papers and a couple of chit chat stickers. I added shading, covered the whole panel with Decoart Crackle Glaze and then rubbed in Antiquing cream to bring out the cracks.
A little metal heart ornament altered with some paints finished it all off..

Now for this one I also want to show you the back quickly. I covered it with some paper from a DCWV 6 x 6 paper line I discovered while in the States. It's called Gauze paper, and yes the paper is actually covered with real gauze. (I found you can get it in the UK at Crafty Charlies)! I just loved it the moment I saw it. It comes in a variety of colours, this one was sort of dark turquoise, and then I just added some sprays and bits of Treasure gold, just as an experiment, but there are of course endless possibilities., - think dry brushing, die cutting, embossing etc etc.
Alright, now onto tag number 2:
Background done in a very similar way, with the addition of some die cuts cut with the Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlets.
This time the central panel was done on watercolour paper with a scrap of a paper serviette, some background stamping and some paints to blend it all together.
I die cut a heart from another scrap of the gauze paper, this time I dry brushed it with various colours to blend with the rest of the tag.
Here you can see how the tags fit neatly into the pockets of the folder:
Alright, 2 more tags to go for the next page, but I thought I would post them on another day so as not to make this post too long.

Thank you for visiting like always and have a wonderful week!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Vintage Floral Spring card for CVC

Hi everyone and thank you for dropping by here. Hope your weekend is going well.
I have a very vintage style project to share with you, it will be showing today on the Countryview Challenge blog where the theme this month is to use Kraft card. I love using Kraft card and this is a Crossover card. The base of both the card, some tags and a matching box, are all made from Kraftcard. This box was inspired by a similar creation from my friend Cobs from the Cobweb Emporium. I had never made a crossover card, but a quick google search soon led me to an excellent tutorial here. Really this card is not so much a card, rather than a kind of pocket. So I decided to make a couple of tags, a gift card and a box for them all as well.

Here are some more details:
I made the card base from Kraftcard and covered it with papers from my stash I then created a label for the front, again made with Kraft and decoupaged some Spring elements on top.
 On the inside I stamped some of the Tim Holtz French flight butterflies, before I glued the crossover part of the card together.
Next I gathered some elements I wanted to use for my tags:
I die cut a doily from Kraft, a circle from Cord'inations (also a kind of Kraft card and took some images from the paper collection, Papermania) I was using for this project. I then adhered them together like this:
I inked all the edges and sanded the Cored'nations as you can see. I then also made a little envelope and gift card, all to fit inside the pocket of my crossover pocket.
Next  I wanted the embellish the outside a bit further and created a little flower cluster to fit on the front too.
The main flower was made from Crinoline with the Tim Holtz die, the leaves are from Heartfelt Creations.

The final part was making a box type envelope to fit all the elements into. I used my WRMK envelope punch board for that:
Again, I made it from Kraftcard of course and lined it with papers and element from the same collection. This is the front, and below you can see the side.

I left the back quite plain and you can see of the card and tags all fit neatly inside.

There is still plenty of time to play along with our challenge, so hope you'll decide to join in. There are so many ways in which Kraft card can be used.
Thank you for visiting like always and have a great weekend!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Altered file folder part 1

Hello everyone and thanks so much for dropping by here.
While on a trip to the States recently I purchased some Manila file folders with the idea of altering them.So today I want to share the first one with you:
Just by the way, I would LOVE to know why it is not possible to get these Manila folders here in the UK, while in the US you can get them just everywhere.... I have searched and searched for them, so if anyone knows of a place where to get them here I would love to know. These are so much fun to do, and you can turn them into tag books, journals, mini albums or whatever you want. There are a ton of tutorials on how to do this on you tube, so I am not going to bore you with how I made mine, but as you will see, it has 4 pockets on the inside, which I am going to use for some tags.
The whole thing was coloured with a mix of Distress products, inks, stains and sprays using Peacock Feather, Faded Jeans and Walnut Stain. I created several layers, the top one being water colour paper and using Tim's Flower Garden stamps set. I stamped one, masked it and then stamped the other and coloured with Distress markers.
One of the butterflies from Tim's Water Colour set, stamped on water colour paper, fussy cut and then again coloured with Distress Markers.
This is the back of the folder, done in a similar way. This time the butterfly is from the Butterfly Duo Die and matching embossing folder. I added Decoart Crackle Paint to it and then coloured it with Decoart Media fluid acrylics in matching colours. I then highlighted the raised bits, first with Walnut Stain ink and then with Treasure Gold.
The cracks don't really show up, but I still quite liked the way it turned out.
Below are some pictures of the inside pockets.

I over did it rather with the Walnut Stain Distress Stain Spray, and they turned out a bit too dark, so I decided to lighten it all up a bit by stamping and gold embossing some swirls. This one is my favourite swirl stamp from La Blanche.

The tags are in process, but I'll show you those in another post...
Spring is in full swing here in the Northern Hemisphere, so I thought I would stick with a flower and butterfly theme.
I am going to add this to the new challenge blog Stamps and Stencils, the theme is anything goes and I used stamps and stencils through out this project.

Hope the weather is kind where you are, and thanks so much for visiting like always.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Baby Steps

Hello everyone and before anything else,  a very warm welcome to all new followers, I feel so honoured you have signed up here, thank you!

I hope you all had a great Easter weekend, we have had the most gorgeous weather, which has been wonderful!!!

As some of you know, I have been away from home for a while, but have just come back and am slowly getting back into the swing of things. I think my mojo was somewhere left behind on my travels, so to get back to my craft table and do something, I decided that a small project was the way to go....
Last year, like quite a few of us, I started the 52 cards pick up challenge, invented by Stephanie Ackerman. It's basically a challenge to alter 52 playing cards, one for each week in the year. I think I managed about 26 and then gave up. You can see some of my original cards here. Well, to cut a long story short, Stephanie has now brought out a die through Sizzix that will cut boxes to hold your playing cards, so this project is made using the die and then I altered 3 further playing cards that were still left from my pack to fit inside.
The box was made from Kraft card and used some scraps of Prima paper to decorate it.
Here are the cards:
They are in a very different style of the original 52 pick up cards. But I decided to keep at least the heart theme going.
They are pretty much entirely put together with scraps from my scrap box, plus some home made ephemera, using the Tim Holtz Correspondence stamp set.
The background to each card was done in the same way, I covered the playing card with scraps of print, Gesso and some Distress Paints, did some stencilling and background stamping and then collaged the bits and pieces.
The box is just the perfect size for the cards and would probably hold as many as 5 or even 6 cards.

The box itself has a handy little flap attached to close it, so here you can see the back of the box with the flap tucked in.
These boxes are the perfect size for ATCs and would make a great gift for a friend of course. Here in the UK the die is available at Countryview Crafts! And even though this is not a design team piece, it fits our current challenge "Use Kraftcard" perfectly. Why not hop over and play along .....

Anyway, thanks so much for visiting like always and have a great rest of the week!
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