Wednesday 30 August 2017

Mixed Media Letter Rack

Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by today to see my DT post for Craft Consortium using a selection of their products to decorate my MDF letter rack which I won a couple of years ago in a crafty competition. I have had this sitting in my stash for sometime but after tidying my Craft Room I decided it was time to alter it.

I started by giving it a coat of Gesso, this helps give the MDF a seal and helps keep the vibrancy in the Decoupage Paper. Next I added a layer of Mod Podge and pressed a full section of my paper onto the letter rack. 

Once dry I trimmed at the edges roughly with scissors and then rubbed at the edges with a sanding block for a neat edge. I repeated the process on all the sides.

I went around the edges with a coordinating Acrylic paint and once dry I added some Gilding Wax to give an aged look.

Using papers from the Gypsy Gypsy pad I fussy cut out all my elements. My postcards and stamps were tattered at the edges adding accents of lace, staples and a Die Cut Doily from Cheery Lynn for extra detail. 

My Rose was shaped in my hands to give a bevelled edge and glued in place with Silicone Glue.

Finishing with beautiful butterflies fussy cut from the pad and pretty embellishments for an eclectic feel to compliment the paper.

Craft Consortium Products Used :

Thanks so much for all your lovely comments and please do check out Craft Consortium and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for regular inspiration and giveaways.

Craft Hugs, 

Julie x

Monday 28 August 2017

August Blog Hop - Fall and Winter New Release

Hi everyone, today at Cheery Lynn Designs we are a having a fun Blog Hop as we introduce the new Fall and Winter Dies, another amazing release that you are going to adore.

My card today showcases the cute new snowman/snowlady and the super sentiment Let It Snow along with some previously released Dies.

It was so much fun bringing these cute snowmen to life. I cut them both out in glitter card and used Ultra Fine tipped pens to highlight my embossed areas and used Copic pens to colour my White Glitter card on their noses and arms.

My Let It Snow sentiment was shadow layered with Black Glitter cardstock to give a 3D effect.

My snowflakes on the corners come with the Let It Snow Sentiment and I added some bling into the centres for extra sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by today and I'd love if you left a comment before hopping to your next stop LISA'S blog. Be sure to finish the hop to be in with a chance of winning a $20 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs.

Happy Crafting, 
Julie x

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Thursday 24 August 2017

The Dressmaker and Card Tutorial

Hello everyone, today for my DT post at Cheery Lynn Designs I am sharing a new style of card to "me" which I thought was a perfect style for my idea of a shop window. I had noticed this style of card being sold on the Craft Channels and thought I could easily makes this, so let me share with you how I made it.

I started by cutting 2 sheets of cardstock to measure 10 x 6 inches and then scored both sheets at 1.5", 2", 8" and 8.5". Next I glued my 6" square of paper in place on both my background layer and top layer. Once dry I die cut my aperture out using my Square Stacker Die, you will also notice I have added the Anastasia Border around the centre of my aperture and to the sides of my card. I also added strips of patterned paper onto my sides sections and glued both end panels on each side together.

My stylish ladies and dressmaker stamp from Crafty Individuals have been fussy cut and  glued onto my card with Silicone Glue.

I also added Die Cut flowers on to the Ladies clothes.

My sewing machine was Heat embossed with Black Frantage, adding some thread onto the spool and Gold Promarker pen onto the handle and base.

My corset was cut out in Maja papers, adding touches of lace and lots of pearls.

My dress I added lots of bling a tiny flower and placed onto my diecut hanger which was cut out in Kraft card adding a touch of Silver onto the hook. 

My tailors dummy was also cut out in Kraft cardstock. I then layered my dress on with a touch of Silicone Glue behind to hold the curved shape, adding lace and more tiny flowers.

I finished with touches of cheesecloth, tiny buttons, scissors and bobbins of thread.

I hope you feel inspired to make a card like this which folds flat for posting. You could also use different shapes of your Stacker Dies to create different style aperture windows.

Happy Crafting,
Julie x

Cheery Lynn Dies Used :
L1 Square Classic Silver Stackers

Monday 21 August 2017

A Little Birdie Told Me

Hi everyone, today for my DT inspiration with CraftConsortium I using one of my favourite paper pads called Bloom Beautiful, I just love the colours, designs and pretty birds in this collection.

I started by matting and layering various papers from the pad, tattering them at the edges with my scissors for a shabby feel. I complimented this with some lace and ribbon.

I added sections of a Die Cut Doily behind my image and tattered layers which I heat embossed with a Pearl Embossing Powder.

My pretty little birds were fussy cut and added amongst my flowers to compliment the design on the paper.

Finishing off with lots of bling and a tattered banner with a stamped sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by today and for all your lovely comments and please do check out Craft Consortium and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for regular inspiration and giveaways.

Crafty Hugs, 
Julie x 
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Saturday 19 August 2017

Forever Together

Hi everyone, today for my DT post with Cherish The Memory I am sharing some more inspiration using the stunning Studio Light Summer Feelings collection. I love the beautiful tones, the Die Cut images and pretty shabby feel you can make on your crafty products with this collection which suits a variety of occasions on cards or scrapbook layouts.

I started by tattering a sheet of paper from my 6x6 pad to use as my base layer and also tattered a couple sheets to use as layers on my card adding extra detail with Cheery Lynn's Sophie's Heart Tiny Doily, lace, netting and twine fibres.

My Ribbon flower was added as a finish touch to compliment the pretty dress and a collection of Die Cut images, pearls, glass beads and micro beads.
Thanks for stopping by today and please check out Cherish The Memory Etsy Shop to see their beautiful range of papers and craft packs with new items being added weekly. You can also follow them on the following links :

Crafty Hugs,
Julie x

Monday 14 August 2017


Hi everyone thanks for stopping by, today for my DT card at Cheery Lynn Designs I am sharing some more inspiration using their fabulous new Vintage Dies.

My card has lots of layers using coordinating papers from Pion Design. I started by Die cutting my layers and adding Gilding Wax around the edges. This was to compliment my Gilded Birdcage and to give an opulent feel to my card.

You will also notice my diecut corners have had Gilding Wax rubbed all over them.

The corner of my paper was placed into my Die and cut to give a curved edge and I fussy cut around the bird and foliage, mounting in place with some Silicone Glue and a touch of Cheesecloth.

My centre layers I layered in place with foam tape for added dimension, adding some sweet birds onto my Birdcage for extra detail.

Finishing with a pretty Floral bouquet, some die cut feathers and bling.

Wishing you a lovely week.

Happy Crafting, 

Julie x

Cheery Lynn Dies Used :
LPC12 French Flair Pierce and Cut Tool

Tuesday 8 August 2017

Ahh Tissue ! Craft Consortium

Hi Everyone, today for my DT post at Craft Consortium I am sharing inspiration with one of their gorgeous Decoupage papers. They have so many in their range that suits every taste and styles for our crafting.

I purchased a chipboard tissue box from Hobbycraft and began altering it. First I gave my box a coat of white Gesso and once dry I started gluing on torn sections of Decoupage paper with Mod Podge Matt, adding a final coat of Mod Podge to seal the paper.

I always decorate my projects all the way round and on the inside, I think this gives a more professional finish and fools the eye into not believing it's started as Card.

I added small metal feet and a pretty paper from the Gypsy Gypsy pad to the base.

On the front I fussy cut out butterflies also from the Gypsy Gypsy pad and double layered them adding a drop of Silicone Glue behind the wings to help keep their shape.

My lid has a selection of embellishments from the Always and Forever collection for the perfect finishing touches.

Finally adding a box of tissues inside.

Thanks for stopping by today and for all your lovely comments and please do check out Craft Consortium and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for regular inspiration and giveaways.

Crafty Hugs, 
Julie x

Craft Consortium Products Used :
Decoupage Paper Victorian Wallpaper 

Friday 4 August 2017

Adventure is Worthwhile - Step by Step Tutorial

Hi everyone, today for my DT post at Cheery Lynn Designsam sharing with you all a step by step mixed media project on a 5" x 7" Artist Canvas Board using more of the fabulous Dies from the newly released Vintage Collection, so let's get started.

When I was deciding the composition on my canvas I first placed my Dies roughly where I wanted them and once I had decided on the placement I cut them all out from Cereal Box card. Cheery Lynn Dies always cut beautifully with this substrate and it helps to give more texture on a mixed media project when paints and mediums are applied. You will also notice on the Hot Air Balloon I cut the Balloon section from corrugated card.

Next I added Black Gesso to my die cuts and whilst still wet I sprinkled over Embossing powders for texture and a rust effect, heat setting in place.

Next I placed my die cuts back on my board to help me decide what colours I would make my balloon and wings. You will also notice at this point I had highlighted the texture on my cogs with some Gilding wax in a Renaissance Gold.

The wings were coloured with a Silver Alcohol Marker, touches of Gilding Wax and a Clear Glitter Pen to add touches of sparkle.

For my balloon I added Gilding Wax over the corrugated card. The outer part I added Black Gesso and a dark brown to the basket..

My ballon was glued together adding the cogs and a chain from an old necklace which was attached with brads for extra detail and a steampunk feel.

I now started to work on my background, gluing the negative parts of the Distress honeycomb die onto my canvas.

I added a selection of Acrylic paint onto my canvas starting with darker colours at the top. My plan was to have an ombré look of dark going to light and in colours that look similar to a landscape.

I loaded my flat paintbrush up with a lot of water and brushed the paint through from one side to another, making sure my paintbrush had plenty water on it to blend the paints easily.

Once dry I started to add some stamping with a Cogs Stamp and Grey Archival Ink, adding touches of Gilding Wax around the outside of my frame and onto the small corrugated pieces of card.

Now onto the fun part of seeing all the elements come together as I glued them into place. You will notice I also added some extra cogs onto the frame, keeping some complete and others cutting into sections.

My Penny Farthing I added Gilding Wax at the spokes on the wheels and cogs in to the centres. Finishing with a fun sentiment from Chit Chat Stickers.

I do hope you have enjoyed my post and feel inspired to have a go at making a mixed media project with your die cuts.

Thanks for stopping by,

Crafty Hugs,
Julie x 
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