Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Over the top

Hi everyone and lovely to have you visiting. Many of you will have heard and seen the wonderful ATBs (artist trading blocks) designed by Eileen Hull. I have made several ones already which you can see here and here
This time I played with the 3" block die and came up with this:

To be honest, I think I went completely over the top with this one literally as well as figuratively speaking, but I have enjoyed seeing some of the box cards here and there in blog land and wanted to see whether I could do something similar with an ATB. The box was cut from mount board and before putting it together I lined it with papers from the madame Perauds collection:
I then made 2 inserts as you would do with a box card and then had great fun embellishing.

I left the lid open and added a Tim Holtz pedestal die to it. I had cut it from Kraft card, then added some Clear Rockcandy crackle paint and darkened it with Walnut Stain Distress stain. I then decorated with various other bits and pieces, mostly bits that were flying around on my desk anyway, a good way to use up left overs.
Here are a few detailed views:
A Prima, wooden clock, a butterfly stuck onto a cocktail stick, a rosette made from some more of the same paper collection and a piece of Cored'inations card with a Spellbinders die, plus some flowers etc.
Here from  the other side:

The front and sides and also the back were all covered with more of the same papers and then embellished in a similar way.
The front with some embossing and stamping around the sides.

The right side with half a rosette and some stenciling.
The other side with part of the Trellis Frameworks die, the other half of the rosette and a bumble bee cut from one of the papers.
Well, that's it, an over the top box. No idea what I will do with it, but I had good fun making it lol.


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

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Springtime Playtime...

Hello everyone and welcome! Let me start by wishing everyone a very happy Easter!! Here in the Northern Hemisphere Easter is all about new life and today I am sharing a little mini book full of Springtime images.
The cover of this was actually created quite a while ago with the help of a Stampendous stamp. The background was created with the help of Distress paints and inks, the Papillion Text stamp by Tim was stamped in Walnut Stain and then I over stamped the Paris/Eiffeltower in Black Archival. I stamped it again and then fussy cut the flowers and coloured those with Distress Markers in Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar.
I added a bit of Stickles to their centres. Oh an I had also added some texture through a Crafty Individuals stencil and coloured it with Treasure gold.
 The construction of the little book itself is easy, you will need 2 sheets of 12 x 12 " strong card, - score at 6" one way and at 4 and 8 the other way. After that it is constructed in exactly the same way as Tim's W book. If you want more detail, just email me.

Alright, now for the inside pages, after doing loads of DT work, I really just wanted to play with my own stamps and inks, using all my favourite techniques of ink blending, stenciling and stamping.
I used smooth stamping card through out, the vocal stamp is from Inkylicious, coloured with Distress Markers. The stencil in the background I think is from Creative Expressions. I wanted the colours through out to reflect the transition from winter into Spring, and as I want to add this to the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie which is Flights of Fancy I included loads of birds and butterflies throughout.
The stamps here are all from Kaisercraft, the stencils are Tim Holtz and Prima. The butterflies were stamped twice again, first in Plum Archival including the background collage that is part of the stamp, and then just the butterflies in Jet Black archival.
Another Inkylicious stamp, stamped with Faber Castell Big Brush pens and then coloured with them also, scribbling on craftmat and then using a water brush. Stencils are Tim and Prima again.
Here's a close up of the birds. I love how these stamps are so detailed even though they are polymer ones and really quite cheap.
More of the same, the colours slowly turning more Spring like. Stamps from Stampendous, stencils Tim and Prima. Not really sure where this particular butterfly was from, it may have been a Kaisercraft one.
Here is the last page I have done so far, this gorgeous bird is from The Birds of a Feather set from Artistic Outpost, I coloured it with Distress Markers. The swirly one around the outside is a very old Stempel Glede one.
Below you can see how the pages fit into the book
As I used two 12 by 12 sheets for my basic booklet, I have still got about 3 pages left to finish, but I leave those for another time.
Here is the back cover still, using the same background stamp I used on the front to tie it all together.

Hope you like my little playtime booklet, the individual pages of the book are 6 x 4. Thanks so much for visiting and if you celebrate it I wish you the most wonderful Easter and don't eat too much chocolate!!

I am entering this into the Flights of Fancy challenge at Frilly and Funkie and as the challenge this week at FSC is Flying Things I am also adding this there.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Freebie at last

Hello everyone, welcome and lovely to have you visiting!
It has been an age since I last posted a freebie, and as I know that many of you started to follow me because of my freebies, I thought it was about time I shared another one with you, so here goes, my Springtime/Easter gift to you:
I used part of the background I created for my Tim tag as the background for this paper, not something I have done before. If you want to see the original just click the link.

This time round I am just posting the jpegs here, if by any chance you would like the tags separately, just email and I will be happy to send them to you.
As always, you are welcome to use these in your own creations in whatever way you like. You can sell what you make and don't need to give me credit. All I ask is that you don't distribute them in digital form or claim them as your own.

Thanks for visiting and happy Spring time to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere!

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!!


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