Thursday, 14 December 2017

One Sheet Wonder

Hello friends, thanks for dropping in here at this busy time of year!!
Today I am sharing a little minibook tutorial over on the Mini Album Makers blog. This could be a fun last minute gift for someone.
If you want to find out how this is made, all you need to do is CLICK HERE.

Hope your holiday preparations are going well!
Stay calm and keep crafting and creating!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The end is in sight...

Hello friends, how are your preparations for the big day going? Being retired, I am for once fairly on top of the game, and as far as Christmas cards go, I am nearly there. So here is one of my last sets, using bits and pieces left over from other cards and projects.
 All these were done with Graphics 45 papers and mostly die cuts using Tim Holtz dies.
As you can see, all are done in a very similar design, with just subtle differences on each card.

It very much speeds up the process......

Anyway, that's pretty much it, I think the photos are really self explanatory, so no longwinded descriptions this time.

Hope all your preparations are going well, wishing  you a peaceful time ahead, and thanks for your visit like aways

Sunday, 10 December 2017

4 cards Tim style

Hello friends, - today I have some more cards to share. I called them Tim style, as I have used quite a few Tim Holtz products for these, though on 3 of them I used some backgrounds I still had left from an earlier cardmaking session.
The backgrounds were made as explained in an earlier post HERE
I then added collage elements, stamped, fussy cut from some of Tim's papers or using some of his ephemera pieces.
I decided not to purchase Tim's new Christmas paper dolls, as I knew I would never use them all and I have still tons of his other paper dolls, so I just found some old photos on Pinterest, printed and then fussycut them myself, - easy enough 😃....

All of them were simply embellished with some diecuts, in an effort to keep them flat for posting.
This one uses a little snow angel I still had in my stash.
This little guy came on the same photo as the other one, I just cut them out separately.
The globe image was cut from gold metallic Core d'inations Kraftcard and then treated with alcohol ink to give it an aged look.
And here the final one, collaged onto some of Tim's last year's paper stash, with another found photo.

Well that's it for today. Like always thanks so much for your visit and kind comments. They are always much appreciated, specially during this busy time of year!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Bulletjournal November 2017 flip through

Hello friends,
Today I want to share the next instalment of my bullet journal. If you do not know what a bullet journal is, you can check out my first post HERE, or even better read the information on the official bullet journal website HERE

This is my December cover page, hand drawn and designed by me😊

I know this is not what you usually see on my blog, but I love bullet journalling. It keeps me organised, it's the perfect balance between the left and right side of my brain, - helps me do something creative everyday and practise my lettering. Below a quick video of my November pages, I thought that might be better than sharing lots of photos, for if you are not interested, you can just move on.

Well that's it for now, - short and sweet, - we are all busy, but I hope you find some time to be creative too.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Wintry scenes simply stamped

Hello friends, thanks for dropping in during this busy time of year. I really appreciate it!
Today I have a selection of simple stamped cards to share, susing Penny Black and Inkilicious stamps. This one was inspired by the work of Jill Foster, who is one of Penny Black's designers and she does fantastic  tutorial videos on youtube under the label PB & J.
The same stamp but using different colours, - I also added a couple of die cuts to this one.

Another Penny Black stamp, again with a few die cuts added to finish it off.
And here the last one, kept mostly in sepia ones again, using an Inkilicious stamp.

Well that's it for now, - hope your holiday preparations are going well. I am determined not to get stressed this year, which is a lot easier to do when you are retired.... :o)

Thanks for dropping by like always!

Friday, 1 December 2017

A steamy Christmas for Mixed Media Monthly #43

Hello lovely visitors, this is my third and final post for today, busy times here on the first of the month.....
This project is for Mixed Media Monthly where the theme this month is "Believe".
I created an 8 x 8 steampunk themed Christmas canvas, meant for a friend who loves steampunk.
Here is the graphic for our challenge this month
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Our fantastic sponsor is Boozy Bear, who sells an amazing selcection of stencils and chipboard elements. These are the products I used for my canvas: a stencil called "123" and two steampunk themed chipboard pieces, - "Spin Around the Clock" and "Gear Wings".

Here's a quick step by step of how this came together:
I used two pieces of steampunk style paper from an old collection of DCWV papers I had in my stash, I sanded around the edges to reveal the white core and to distress them a bit.
This is the smaller of the two pieces that I used to stencil over with my stencil and some Distress Ink in Ground Espresso.
Next I selected my chipboard pieces, I broke the Spin Around the Clock one in two, to make it fit onto my canvas with the composition I had in mind. I wanted to give the pieces a metallic look, so rubbed Versamark ink all over them and then embossed them with Stampendous Ancient Silver embossing powder.
I wanted them to look more like corroded metal so pounced Pitchblack alcohol ink over them.
I chose one of Tim Holtz's paper dolls to be the focal point for my piece and then all I had to do was put it all together.
The Merry Christmas piece is a Calico Craftpart and the word believe was computer generated.

I added a little bit of shadow around my steampunk angel using a Stabilo All pencil, fixed a little Tim Holtz star embellishment to his forhead and I was done.

Well that's it for today, I apologize for so many posts all on one day, thank you for your visit(s) and your patience, and if you have a spare minute please hop over the the Mixed Media Challenge blog to see what my teamies have created and I hope you will find the time to play along with us.

Vintage Christmas mini album

Hello friends and welcome! This is my second post on this busy first of December. So many new challenges starting on this day, and this particular one is for the Mini Album Makers December challenge.
Eileen Hull is our wonderful sponsor this month and so I created a Christmas themed album using one of her fantastic dies, the Mini Album one.

Below a quick tutorial of how I put this together:
I cut the cover for the album from matboard and then cut the angel with the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapes Cherub die. I embossed the bottom half with a little embossing folder, first the front and then the back cover  and finally coloured and stamped the outside with Distress inks in Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire.
Next I added some pearl glimmer mist for a bit of sparkle (sorry, hard to see on the photo)
My next step was to make a little panel to glue behind the Cherub cut out. I took a bit of scrapbook paper in dark blue and brown tones, added Decorart Crackle glaze, let it dry naturally and when the cracks appeared and the piece was dry rubbed white Decoart Antiquing cream into the cracks and then adhered it behind the angel.
Here is a close up, where you can see the cracks a little better.
Next I started work on the inside pages. I used scraps of two different collections for my inside pages, 7 Dots Studio North Country collection and the newest Maja Design Christmas Collection, Joyous Wintertimes, as it has similar blue tones and I thought they would work together. I used the die to cut the inside pages.  Eileen shows exactly how to do this in a video HERE
I used elastic cord to slip in my pages, below a couple of photos:

What I love about this method is that you can add more and more pages as you need them. I have created 5 pages so far. For those of you who would like to see them, I have added a video slideshow at the end of this post.
I added some charms to the spine and the album closes with a simple sheer ribbon.
There are many pockets and tuckspot on my pages and I created little tags to fit inside, but of course you can also add photos or whatever you like. Below a quick flip though video:

Well, that's it for now, thank you so much for staying with me. I do hope you will check out the wonderful albums my teamies have created, all you need to do is click HERE, and of course we would love it if you play along with us and create an album yourself to share with us there.
Happy creating!

Winter Wonderland at A Vintage Journey

Hello lovely blogfriends, welcome here on this first day of December! Well, it's going to be a busy day here on this blog, as the first of the month means the start of many new challenges, so here goes, post number 1: A little wintry scene for A Vintage Journey
The lovely Sandy who is hosting our challenge, chose Winter Wonderland as her theme. I made a little reverse canvas (the size is 5 x 7).
Here's a quick step out of how I made it:
I covered the sides of the canvas 's back with a thick layer of Decoart Crackle Paste. When it had dried and cracked, I rubbed brown Antiquing cream into the cracks to give it an aged look.
Next I cut a bit of smooth stamping card created a little mask with a punch, adhered it with low tack tape to where I wanted the moon to be and then coloured the page with Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks.
After removing the mask I still blended a little Stormy Sky over the moon so it would not be too stark, and then stamped a little Tim Holtz tree stamp many times, first in Black Soot and then Chipped Sapphire, going lighter as I wnt up to make them look as if they are disappearing into the distance.

For the foreground I used this tree line piece from Calico Crafts, coloured with a mix of Distress inks and pens. I blended some thick modelling paste over and around it, in an effort to make it become part of the background. I also added a few little stars with a white pen.
Finally, the sentiment was another Calico Craft Part, lightly coloured with some Treasure Gold in Pewter, and that was pretty much it.
Well, I hope you like my little wintry scene and do hop over to the Vintage Journey blog to see the fabulous creations of my teamies!! And if you do have some spare time, do play along, as our sponsor this month is no other than the wonderful Andy Skinner!!

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