Saturday 28 June 2014

The Case of the Missing Mojo or when Prima meets Tim Holtz

Hi everyone and lovely to see you here.
In the last few days I have been working like crazy scheduling all of my design team posts for when I am away and with that on top of being right at the end of the school term, things have felt rather busy. I apologize for maybe also not being as regular as I would like to, in visiting your lovely blogs.

Anyway, with all projects pretty much out of the way I had some time to create something just for myself but of course, Mr Mojo had decided to go on holiday already.... what now? Well I found this video on you tube and decided to just have a play with some of the many papers that are filling drawers full in my craftroom, here is what appeared:
It's a little wallet style mini book full of flaps for photos and pockets for tags. The details of the construction can all be found in the video if you are interested, so I'll just show you what I made of it.
Obviously the picture above shows the wallet closed, it does so with a magnet.
Here you can see it all open. The sides fold up accordion style. The whole thing is made of two pieces of 12 x 12 Kraft card and the construction is actually really easy. I covered each part with left over papers from the Tim Holtz Wallflower paper Stash and then embellished with journaling tickets and bits and pieces of various old Prima collections, mainly Romance Novel and Tea Thyme. I'll let the photos do the talking:
Here you can see how the flaps fold in.

The left flap folded over again, paper enhanced with stencils and stamping.

And the same with the flap on the right.

An extra pocket at the bottom, - this was an adaption of the design in the video, space for more tags or photos.
Here you can see some of the tags inside that particular pocket
One of the side pockets, there is one on each side as the whole little book is symmetrical.
The wallet with all the flaps folded in. Here you can see how it closes with the magnet.

And finally some of the tags and an extra little envie for notes and things.

Well, there you have it, a little wallet mini book. It's coming with me next week when I go off to Australia to see my grand children and I will keep all my favourite memories and photos of my time there inside when I come back. This was great fun to make and really quite quick and easy to do and I know already I will make more of these. They will make great gifts as well and could be done in so many different styles.

Thanks for visiting and have a good Sunday!!

Friday 27 June 2014

Wooden Plaque Steampunk style for Calico Crafts

Hello everyone, lovely to see you! Can you believe it's nearly the end of June? Time flies when you are having fun, and I had loads of fun making this project! Another sneak peek day today though,  I'm afraid,  for Calico Crafts.
Really hope you'll take the time to look and I would love it of course if you leave me a comment there.
You'll need to refresh the page once you have clicked HERE.
Nearly the weekend, so enjoy and thanks so much for visiting!!

Thursday 26 June 2014

Playing with Paperclay for the Artistic Stamper

Hi everyone and thanks for dropping in. Today is just a sneak peek day again I'm afraid....
With the wedding season right upon us, I created a romantic vintage piece. Hope you'll take a look, all you need to do is click here
Hope you are having a good and creative week and get to enjoy some sunshine too!!!

Sunday 22 June 2014

Mixed Media piece for a crafty friend

Hello lovely blog visitors, thank you for dropping in.

A while back my wonderful talented friend Heather Jacobs and I agreed to do a swap. Heather lives in Australia and is my all time favourite mixed media scrapbooker. If you don't know her work, check it out and be prepared to be amazed!

Here is part of the piece I made for her:

Anyway, Heather told me about two particular pieces she would like to receive in her swap. The first one I have shown  already, if you missed it you can see it here. The other piece she liked was something I did years ago, she thought it was a post card, turned out it was actually a journal page, so no way obviously I could use that for a swap.

Anyway, thought I would try and re create something similar and put it on the inside of the other card, which was a bit floppy anyway. Fingers crossed she will like this new version too....

Here are some close ups:
Gorgeous Leonardo stamp (I have had it for years, think it is Oxford Impressions). Stamped onto tissue paper and then merged into the background made with a mix of Fresco and Distress paints.
Bits of lace, cheesecloth and tissue tape together with some little chit chat sticker to let her know how much I value our friendship! Heather and I have never met in person (yet) though we have been blogfriends for years, but we both know that one day we will meet.....
Some more tissue tape, lace and background stamping. The lace was high-lighted with some Treasure Gold (hard to see on the photo).
Part of a Paperartsy stamp, again stamped onto tissue and merged into the page.

Well, hope Heather will like my re-creation of the original and that it reaches her safely.....

I am going out to Australia in two weeks time so will post it out from there.

Have a good week everyone and see you sometime soon in Crafty Blogland!

Saturday 21 June 2014

All she wanted was to be a queen of hearts

Hello everyone and  so lovely to have you drop by. Can you believe it is Mid Summers day already here in the Northern Hemisphere... ? I can't believe how time flies and that the days will now start to get shorter again.... half way to Christmas....

Today I am sharing a journal page which I created just for fun:
After playing in my journal when doing my Tim tag, I really wanted to do another page as I have had so little time for journaling recently. You can see that page HERE if you missed it.

I'll do a quick step by step with photos so you can see how I built up my page:
I started with putting some Dreamweaver stencil paste through a couple of stencils, Prima top left, Memory Box bottom right. When dry I added some subtle colours with Distress Paints: Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, a bit of Weathered Wood and Pumice Stone. I also spritzt some home made sprays (Victorian Velvet re-inker and water, and Weathered Wood re-inker and water) over the textured bits.

Next came some torn book pages, tissue tape, a bit of Gesso and some stenciling with Pumice Stone Distress Ink throught the Tim Holtz Dots and Lattice Work stencils:
I also added some stamps from a Lynne Pyrella set. I stamped the beautiful main image first straight on the page with Watering Can Archival. I then stamped her again and cut her out, coloured her with Victorian Velvet and Pumice stone and adhered her to the page. Next I stamped the middle section again with Plum Archival, cut out just the heart and adhered that, I also stamped the crown from the same set straight onto the page.

Nearly done:
Some glossy accents on the heart to make it pop a bit more.
Some little scraps from a paper serviette adhered with Gel medium over the textured bits.

A butterfly made from paper clay in a Martha Stewart mould.
Some background stamping with Kaisercrafts texture stamps. The feather is from the LP set. The little crown and pen nib are Stamping Up stamps. The sentiment was computer generated.
A bit more stenciling and texture stamping and adding some shadows with the help of a Pumice Stone Distress marker and that was it...
Hope you like it and thanks so much for visiting!!

Thursday 19 June 2014

Best wishes

Hello everyone, thanks for dropping by here and I very much hope your month is going well, be it summer or winter where you are....

It's my turn to share a project for  the Spellbinders International Flair blog .
As it so happened I needed a card, and though I don't create cards often, I decided to do one for this occasion, using both some older and some newer Spellbinder dies.
These are the Spellbinder products I used:
A2 Matting Basics B
Royal Wings 3D embossabilities folder
Grateful Lattice Expandable Pattern
Ribbon Banners
Tattered Blossoms (Heartfelt Creations Dies)
Other products:
Heartfelt Creations Tattered Blossoms Pre-cut set,
Tattered Angels Chalk Board glimmer mists
Distress Inks
Home made spray inks
Golden brand Iridescent Gold acrylic paint
Rock Candy Distress Glitter
Paper Clay butterfly embellishment made with Martha Stewart mould.
Sentiment stamp

I started by cutting a piece of card with the largest of the matting basics dies and ran it through my chosen Embossabilities folder.
Next I cut a piece of the Grateful Lattice and cut it to the size of my base card
 I then stamped my chosen flowers in Hydrangea Archival ink and cut and embossed them with the matching die. I also cut and embossed my chosen feathers. I inked them while still in the die.

I coloured my background card with my Chalk Board Glimmer and home made mists and darkened the colours with Chipped Sapphire DI. I also added a bit of gold acrylic paint for extra sparkle
I trimmed the piece of Lattice so that it would only cover part of the card and coloured with more spray inks for a distressed look.
Next I inked my flowers with Chipped Sapphire DI and shaped them with a flower shaping tool. I fitted a little spacer bead in the centers.
I inked my feathers with spray mists in similar colours to the background. I added some Distress Glitter to both the flowers and the feathers.
I cut one of the leaves from the Foliage die set and coloured it with Iced Spruce  and Bundled Sage DI and shaped and distressed the petals with a flower shaping tool again.
I stamped my chosen sentiment onto the ribbon banner
I layered it all up as you can see below and tucked the little butterfly behind the flowers.

I matted my background panel first onto white and then blue card and that was it.

Nothing special really, but I enjoyed making it and I hope you like it...

Thank you for visiting and have a creative week!

Wednesday 18 June 2014

Tando Creative Sponsor Spotlight for Our Creative Corner

Hello everyone, thanks for visiting.
Just a sneak peek post today I'm afraid to say.
To see the full project, you'll need to click HERE.

Thank you for dropping by and have a good rest of the week!

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