Thursday, 23 April 2015

More craftpart fun

Hello everyone and thanks so much for dropping by here today!

I admit it freely, I am a "little book" addict, I just love creating them and they have so many uses. So today I am sharing a couple of pages in another one made from a file folder, a buff coloured one this time.

Here are the two double pages I will show today, more will follow later:
First double page
second double page
Now because I know some of you might want to know how I made it, - here is a link to the tutorial I followed, though I slightly adapted the size.

I did not use a manila folder for this one but a much thinner buff coloured folder, they are readily available in the UK and worked fine for this rather masculine project.

Here are some closeups:
The paper I used is a download from Megs Garden, it's a paper collection called Sherlock and is full of yummy masculine papers, tags and ephemera. The old car stamp is a collage stamp from La Blanche. Also did some background stamping and stenciling to add more texture and interest.
Here is the other side:
This side has a pocket made from an envelope image that comes with the collection of papers, the feather stamp is another one from La Blanche and inside is a tag and a tiny little note book made with off cuts from the file folder.
I decided to embellish with some Calico Craft Parts, just perfect for this project.

A corner wood shape, they have the most amazing selection;
And a little butterfly, again there is a wide choice. For this kind you could push out the darker bits, but I decided I rather liked the texture it gave, so I left them in. I did not do much altering on them this time, just darkened them with a mix of brown paint and ink, though the first one has some Decoart crackle glaze on it too.
Here is a quick look at the next two pages still, a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp, some background stamping and a quote, digitally created as was the steam punk bee stamp. That's the great thing with downloadable papers, you can add text etc before printing them. And of course another Calico Flourish, again they have a stunning collection of them and you can expect to see many more.
And another pocket page, using the Tim Holtz gentlemen as focal images. I fussy cut two of them for the pocket and the third one on the tag that fits inside:
The cogs are from another wonderful collection of Craft Parts

Well, that's the first two double pages. The little book has 6 double pages in all and is made from 3 file folders.
Oh and for those of you who are interested, I found a source for manila folders in the UK. I'll be in touch with those of you who indicated you might be interested in sharing a box with me.

That's it for now, thank you for your visit and stay crafty!!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

A Box for my Craft Parts

Hello dear blogfriends, thanks for dropping by here.
Today I am super exited to share not just a new project with you but also to announce the starting of a new and exciting venture.

Some of you may have heard this already, but I am just so happy to tell you that after the sad destruction by fire of the wonderful Calico Crafts shop, they have now re-started under a new name and are concentrating on making their wonderful Calico Craft Parts. There are new and exciting designs appearing almost every day, you can check them out HERE

I was lucky enough to be invited back on their Design Team, and here is my first project, showing some of these fantastic new designs (and using some old ones too):
With so many new designs, of course I needed a place to keep them, so decided to alter a box for my first project to keep them all in.
The parts I used in this project were: Ornate Keys (set of two) and the Fleur de Lis Decorative Woodshapes. I also used the frame in which the adorable little hearts come. Of course I used the hearts themselves too, but those will be shown in a future project.

Now I'll give you a quick step by step on how I altered my box and rusted up the craft parts:
I started with a plain paper mache book box and covered it with strips of tissue paper for texture:
Next I added a layer of Gesso, added some Decoart Crackle paint and then coated everything with a coat of Decoart Chalky Finish Paint in the colour Serene (light blue).
The spine of my box had some strips added already, but I decided to add some more decorative elements to them, so I added some hessian ribbon:
Then the aging process began. First some different colours of Blue Decoart Media fluid acrylics
Then some Burnt Umber and Paines Grey Media fluid acrylics
And finally several layers of Antiquing Creams, both in white and Verdigris. I also highlighted the raised bits with Treasure Gold in the colour Onyxite, which looks great in real life, but was impossible to capture properly in my photos.
Here is what the spine looks like now:
Now to the Craft Part. They come looking like this:
Pretty gorgeous already, I love the burnt edges, and of course could have left them like this. But I wanted a rust effect for this project. So I first coated them with Decoart Media Texture Sand Paste, followed by Quin. Gold and Quin Burnt Orange applied in patches.

Next they were darkened with Burnt Umber and then Antiques with Antiquing Cream in Verdigris:
Here is a close up of one of the keys:
The heart backing and the little hearts were all given the same treatment and then adhered to the box:
I fastened the keys to their backing with a bit of rusty wire:
The back and inside were all done in a similar way also, but as this post is long enough as it is already, I'll leave it with that.
For the moment Calico Craft Parts does not have a blog yet, so the DT are showing projects on their own blogs, but you may want to check out their Facebook page  and Pinterest Boards, to see many inspiring examples of how these Craft Parts can be used.
Thank you for visiting like always and have a wonderful week!!

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!

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