Saturday 31 May 2014

Thinking of You

Hello there Blogging friends.
For my DT post over at Cheery Lynn Designs this week I made a Thinking of You card which could easily adapt to many different occasions using the Cheery Lynn word dies.

 I had a lot of fun making this card. I used the Square Classic to cut out all my small frames and edged them with embossing powder on the outside and inside of the frames. I layered 3 frames with foam pads to give more dimension onto my card and kept the one with the wording flat. Layering them up onto different sizes of the Square Scalloped die. These 2 dies compliment each other so you don’t have to think about measuring out everything for your card, the dies do the job for you.

Cheery Lynn Dies Used :
You still have time to enter the Cheery Lynn Challenge this week -  Roses, and win a Shopping Spree of $20.  Make sure you use at least one Cheery Lynn die to enter.

 I’d love if you left me a comment to let me know you stopped by.
Enjoy your weekend,

 Julie x

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Tim’s 12 Tags of 2014 - May

Hi there Bloggers, My long awaited Wallflower paper pad arrived last week and I couldn’t think of a better way to start using it than to enter Tim’s May Tag here. This is my first time entering this so I am rather excited about the whole thing, like everyone else I crave a BlogWorthy Link.

 I read and re-read the instructions and decided I would work in reverse making all my little tiles first and then decide on my background colour for my tag.  Although I have many products of Tim’s I still found myself missing a lot of what he used but as Tim says it's your own artistic expression on the tag that’s nice.

 When Tim described the Tag and to use items you cherish I started to think of  things in my life that are precious to me and decided to express this on my Tag along with a few crafty things I have been holding onto. My inspiration is a sad story ..... My pregnant Siamese Cat 'Kizzy' many years ago had to be rushed to the Vet as she started bleeding heavily, she ended up having an emergency C- Section and 1 kitten survived. We brought them both home and I had to hand rear her kitten as unfortunately with her being premature her mum’s milk never came in. We named her 'Destiny' and I had to set my alarm for every 2 hours, day and night to drip feed her. It was a hard first few months for everyone helping but also very rewarding and what a little character she grew in to. Sadly, she passed away at the age of 4 because of under developed kidneys with being premature and I still miss her so much after many years. My tag is based on the inspiration and memory of her.

 I didn’t have Tim’s new Shadowpress folders but really wanted to use Destiny’s name on my tag so I cut out my Sizzix Wanted Alphabet strip (x2) and mounted my Kraft paper rubbed with a little Black Soot Distress on edges onto the Black cardstock at a slight angle to give the shadow effect.

My little heart I placed the Forget-me-Not into, which then inspired me to make some little Forget-me-Not styled flowers on my tag. I used the little Star rub-ons from the Botanical set to represent my little Star. I mounted all my Tiles in the way Tim described to do and edged some with Distress ink and others I double embossed with a Silver detail powder finally rubbing over a little Archival Ink to age.

 The Butterfly I layered twice. Top layer having distress inks on it and the underneath I layered two colours of Distress Glitter onto it and edged with Black Soot Distress, as Destiny enjoyed playing with Sparkly things. I didn’t at the time have Tim’s Industrial Stickers (on way to me as I type this) so I cut and embossed a piece of Mirri card and rubbed on a little Archival ink.

 I used Rusty Hinge, Tumbled Glass and Black Soot stains and Ink on the base of my Size 8 tag.

 Thanks for all your continued comments. I find the same as everyone else, it really helps inspiring you. I’ll be back on Saturday with my Cheery Lynn post. Till then, Take Care and Happy Crafting,

 Julie x

I wish to enter this in to : Tim's 12 Tags of 2014 - May

Saturday 24 May 2014

Time for Dad.

Hello there blogging friends and a warm welcome to my new followers. It's my day to share my post over at Cheery Lynn designs and the challenge this week is Make it Manly and with Father’s Day fast approaching here in the UK, I thought it would be nice to share a masculine card with you.

 I cut out the Steampunk Clock in black cardstock and also in gold mirri card. I then paper pieced elements together to make the workings of the clock stand out. I rubbed over my mirri card with a little Archival Ink to give it an aged appearance. The clock die comes with a background circle die too, which is a great idea as it really sets your clock off and makes it ‘pop’ on the page. I cut my background out with kraft paper and added a little crackles and distress.

The new Steampunk Corners are a fabulous accent to a card or scrapbook page. I cut mine out in black cardstock and rubbed a little gilding wax over to give a metallic look and complimented them with the gears die on my card which were also cut out in mirri card.

I’m off to the Craft Fair at Ingliston, Edinburgh for some lovely retail craft therapy on Sunday, love you to say Hi if you see me. Thanks for popping by and for your lovely comments, I really appreciate them.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Julie x

I would like to enter this in to : That's Crafty Challenge - Use Kraft

Shop At Cheery Lynn For :

  • XL-2 Square Scalloped
  • L-1 Square- Classic
  • L 253 Horizon Square Boutique Stacker Frames
  • B357 Clock w/Angel Wing
  • B437 Steampunk Corner Set
  • B340 Gears
  • DL278 Horizon Fishtail Banners 
  • Thursday 22 May 2014

    Cherub Keepsake Box

    Hello Everyone, Today I am super excited to be sharing this post along with Our Creative Corner in Top Talent Spotlight and hope you all enjoy looking at my box. I love when I have something that I can Upcycle and this box was perfect to do so. It started off life as a Balsawood box that soaps had been gifted in and I thought would be perfect to alter. My inspiration came from thinking I would love my box to look like an old vintage box you would see in an Antiques shop that already held a history from its previous owner.
     I started off by giving it a coat of Gesso to seal it. Then onto my layers of paint. I used several coats of Paperartsy and Distress paints continually sanding back every few coats. This was to give the look of age to my box and as if you were seeing through the years from all the layers. Eventually after many layers I was finally happy with the appearance.

     My Cherub is a La Blanche stamp, this and several other stamps were stamped onto paper hankies with different colours of Archival ink. I then separated the layers of tissue back so I only had the top layer.  I tore around the tissue of my stamped images rather than cutting the tissue with scissors – doing it in this way stops you seeing the edges. I gradually added a layer of multi medium onto my box to place my tissue images onto top and sealing over the top of the tissue again with multi medium.

     Once this stage was completed I stamped my flourish design and added Gilding Flakes and added several coats of multi medium to seal it. My lace was dipped into distress paint and a little Frantage and Distress Ink was added to the edges. My Tim Holtz metal embellishments had a little paint rubbed over them. I lined my box with some felt to finish it off.

     My box now sits on my fireplace hearth and I hope you love it as much as I do. Thanks so much to Laura and the team over at Our Creative Corner for this opportunity.

     Julie xx

    I would like to enter this In to the following challenges :
    Rhedds Creative Spirit - Anything goes altered art
    Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Challenge #73-3D
    Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Challenge 8 show us some metal/glass 
    Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes

    Tuesday 20 May 2014

    Time to Create.

    Hello all my fellow bloggers. I have been patiently waiting on my copy of Tim Holtz new Book which finally arrived enabling me to play at the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 3 run by Linda Ledbetter here. Each fortnight a page in the book is chosen to play along with a technique. I unfortunately missed the first challenge waiting on my book, but I am excited to share my entry for the second challenge. Info for the current challenge is on Page 56 of Tim’s new book.

    First of all I decided what colours to use in my Distress products - which are all listed at the bottom of my post and chose a few stamps and dies to compliment my Size 8 tag. I stamped my chandelier style stamp with Gesso and then started to layer on some Distress Stain. Once I was happy with this I started to stamp on my accent stamps with coordinating colours and more Distress. I don’t have a full photo of my tag before layering up as I got carried away and realised as I was just about finished it. So I will now just show some photo’s around my tag, as you will have to get Tim’s book to find out the How To technique applied with the Distress Glitter.

    Anyway, pop on over to the challenge blog and you will see lots of fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.

    Thanks to my husband Chris for picking up the Distress Glitter so well in the photographs. Hope you are all managing to get some time to create this week. 

    Julie x

    I wish to enter this in - Compendium of Curiosities 3-Challenge 2

    Products Used –

    Size 8 Tag, Distress Inks Victorian Velvet, Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge, Antique Linen and Peeled Paint. Distress Stains Victorian Velvet, Antique Linen and Rusty Hinge. Distress Glitter Victorian Velvet, Rusty Hinge. Cheery Lynn DL278 Fishtail Banners. Sizzix sewing room and weathered clock Bigz and Sizzix Tattered Florals Strip. Indigo Blu Hexagon and crackle stamps, Magnolia Script Stamp. Stampendous Chandelier flourish. Gesso. Craft Stash.

    Saturday 17 May 2014

    Friendship Card

    Hello all my friends and new followers...Welcome.  I have made a Friendship card to share with you all today.

    All my dies were cut out using white cardstock and shaded with Distress inks apart from my little butterflies of which I used Pearlised cardstock. 

    On the front edge of my card I cut this to be about half an inch shorter than the back edge. I then positioned 2 layers of the Dancing Doily die on the front and 2 on the inside of the card.

    I absolutely adore the design and elegance of the new Southern Charm Valance die. I placed a strip along the top and bottom of my card and then cut out another 2 strips and paper pieced the middle section into the sides of my card.Thanks so much for visiting and I really appreciate all your comments.

    Julie x

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    Stamp Used -
    The Friendship is the poetry of life stamp is by Stempelglede - just a note A5 stamp plate. 
    ( Available from Live and Love Crafts in about ten days time )

    Saturday 10 May 2014

    Cuties Card

    Hello, Thanks for popping over to my blog today and a warm welcome to my new followers. This weeks Challenge at Cheery Lynn is Lots of Layers – how could I resist making a card using this theme for my DT spot.

    I adore the versatility of the Cuties strips and decided to make a whole background out of the Cuties 1 today.

    Using white cardstock I cut out several strips. I had the idea of giving my background an Ombre effect (light to dark) so after die cutting, I inked them all up with co-ordinating light and darker shades of Distress. Next step, I wove the strips together going forwards and backwards with my paper between the petals and aligning my rows up. Once completed I glued in place onto a layer of cardstock before layering onto my card. I hope you all love the result as much as I do.

    You will notice wrapped around my centre image is also the Cuties strip. This time I mounted my inked strip onto the back of my image along with a little brown card to make my image ‘pop’. I then twisted the little petals back round with a pair of tweezers. I love this effect and each Cuties strip gives a different look when you do this.
    My flower was cut out again from white cardstock and inked in the co-ordinating shades I had used in my background.

    Have a lovely creative weekend and I’ll see you all next week and thanks for your continued comments, I really appreciate them.

    .Julie x

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    Other products used :

    Distress Ink Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw and Antique Linen. Pion Topper.

    I wish to enter this in to :  It's All About The Vintage And Beauty - Anything Goes

    Saturday 3 May 2014

    Make a Stencil from a Die

    Lovely of you to stop over at my Blog this May Bank Holiday weekend and a warm welcome to my new followers. I have exciting news to share with you all which is at the bottom of this post.
    Thanks for all the comments last week on my Wagon, I was delighted to hear how much you all loved it.

    I used a little  frame for my project purchased from a bargain shop giving it a coat of Gesso sanding it back and rubbing on a little distress paint.

    Using a sheet of Acetate I cut out my French Lattice Small Frame die. I now had a stencil. The idea in my head was I wanted to make my background look like an old Antique Delft Tile and thought this die would be perfect to use.

    I layered some texture paste over my newly made stencil onto the back of the frame and once dry gave it a coat of Gesso to seal. I then stamped little Butterflies all over in different angles. Next placing my stencil back onto my work  I brushed on some crackle paint. This way the paint only went onto the little tiles. When this had dried I rubbed some distress ink into the cracks. Don’t you think it looks like an old tile now ? 

    I used the Shasta Daisy to make some lovely bright flowers adding some Distress Ink into the centre of them along with a little  Flower Soft. The little buds were made using the same die but instead of layering up this time I just crushed the paper at the base on one layer and placed in at an angle.

    Now for my news - After finishing my Guest Design spot for April with Cheery Lynn Designs, I was ecstatic to be asked by BJ and Sandy to join the wonderful Design Team.  I am so excited to continue sharing my ideas using their amazing dies with everyone – Dreams do come True. They have a weekly challenge which you can win $20 to spend in their shop on some new dies.

    Hope you all have a creative weekend,


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