Friday, November 17, 2017

Guest Designer at A Vintage Journey

I am excited to be a Guest Designer at A Vintage Journey today.  Anne is the hostess for their challenge this month and she is calling it Mini Marvels.  She describes it this way:

This month's challenge is to create something in miniature - it could be a little book, a tiny scene, a small canvas, a wall hanging or even a box. It MUST be 4" or less in size and be created in your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk style.


I decided to make a micro album and a box to present/store it in.  I am going to show you all the pages in this little gem but I really got carried away so there are lots of photos. The album is 3 3/4" long x 2 1/4" wide and 2" thick.  All the pages are punched on one side and have been tied together with some sari silk so it opens like a tag book.  I will describe the pages in general and then provide a list of supplies at the end.

This was a great way to use up scraps of paper in my stash but I tried to give it a vintage vibe and tie everything together with lots of black and cream and with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Where I could I used hinges for tuck spots and pockets, especially the side and horizontal pockets.  The hinges allow for the full us of the pocket.  Corner pockets were just adhered with 1/8" double-sided tape.  They too could have hinges but it takes a little more figuring out so they don't show.

Grab a cup (or glass) of something, sit back and enjoy.


The cover has patterned paper, a punched and layered flower with a gem centre, a sentiment and a die cut flourish.


On the left you see the back of the cover with patterned paper.  On the right is a page with patterned paper, a gem flourish, black lace, painted leaf, and a punched and layered flower with a gem centre.




On the left is a page with patterned paper, and a pocket with a punched border that includes a folded journaling spot.  On the right is a pocket page with patterned paper and a fussy cut corner tuck spot fussy along with a couple little tags.

The photo mat shown is an example of each of the photo mats in the pocket pages with a scrap of paper from one of the papers that I used - each side of each photo mat has a different paper and are designed to fit the small photos that you get in a package of school photos.



On the left is page with patterned paper, a long pocket with a sentiment and a folded journaling spot with a belly band.  The right page is made of foil paper-backed tape that has been embossed and then coloured with alcohol inks.



The left page is the back of the embossed foil.  The right pocket page has patterned paper, a side pocket with ribbon and a fussy cut butterfly and holds a couple of journaling spots.




The left page has patterned paper, a fussy cut tuck spot with gems and a couple little handmade tags.  The right pocket page has patterned paper with a band that holds a couple of folded journaling spots.


The left page has patterned paper and a horizontal pocket that holds a bunch of little tickets,  The right page is a stamped piece of acetate.



The left page is the back of the stamped acetate.  The right pocket page has patterned paper, a centre band that holds a folded journaling spot with a stamped cover.



The left page has patterned paper with a fussy cut tuck spot and a couple handmade tags.  The right pocket page has patterned paper, a fussy cut tuck spot with a brad and a couple little journaling spots.



The left page has patterned paper, a corner tuck spot with a punched and layered flower and holds a little journaling spot.  The right page is another foil embossed page coloured with alcohol inks.



The left page is the back of the embossed foil.  The right pocket page has patterned paper, a corner tuck spot with little punched flowers and holds a folded journaling spot.



The left page has patterned paper, a side pocket with a punched border and holds a folded journaling spot.  The right page is hard to see but it is another stamped acetate page.



The left page is the back of the stamped acetate.  The right page has patterned paper with a decorative horizontal pocket that holds a folded journaling spot.



The left page has patterned paper with a corner tuck spot and a folded journaling spot.  The right page is the inside back cover and has patterned paper.  The back cover also just has patterned paper.



This is the box that has been made from medium chipboard and  measures 4" long, x 3" wide and 3" high.  All sides of the box top have patterned paper - the bottom has been left as is.  The very top is decorated with lace, a gem flourish, a loopy organza bow, silk flowers and painted silk leaves. .

SUPPLIES:

Papers
Gilded Lily, Mon Amour, A Ladies Diary, Once Upon A Springtime (Graphic 45), Printery, Nature's Garden (Prima), Capella, Little Black Dress (Basic Grey), Olivia's Sweet Stop (The Paper Source), Cowboy, Sunshine (My Mind's Eye), Cream Card Stock (Recollections), Chipboard (Gift)

Stamps
Enjoy Life (IndigoBlu), Curious Possibility (Tim Holtz), Printery (Prima)

Inks
Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger), Staz On Black (Tsukineko), Pitch Black, Sunshine Yellow, Willow, Mountain Rose, Snow Cap Mixative Alcohol Inks (Ranger), Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)

Paints
Pure Black, Peridot Metallic, Ice Blue Metallic (Folk Art)

Miscellaneous
Foil Tape (Home Depot), Acetate (Staples), Lace (Fancy Gap Warehouse), Eyelets (Making Memories), Ribbon (Offray), Rhinestones (Dollarama), Silk Flowers and Leaves (Wild Orchid Crafts), Sari Silk (Gift)

Tools
Various Flower Punches (EK Success), Border Punches (Martha Stewart), Eyelet Setting Tool (Making Memories), Embossing Folders (Tim Holtz and Sizzix), Dies (Spellbinders), Box Maker (Aleene's), Double-Sided Tape (Scor Tape)

I hope you are still with me and liked my micro album.  I think I will enter it in the following challenges:

Mini Album Makers - November Challenge


Thursday, November 16, 2017

12 Tags of Christmas - #7


I am back again with my project for the challenge sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique, 12 Tags of Christmas - Week 7.


Once again Linda has created some gorgeous inspiration for us to follow and once again I have made a card.  This time I took my inspiration from the plaid.

I started with some red card stock (Bazzill) for the blank and then added a panel of plaid paper from a pad called Good Ol' Sport (Graphic 45) that I found at Tuesday Morning in the US on a visit a year ago.  When I bought it, I never envisioned using it to create something for Christmas - bonus!


I found the lovely vintage online at christmasgifts.com and printed it, inked the edges with Fired Brick Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) and then mounted it on more red card stock.


The poinsettia was cut from a die (Marianne Creatables) and some Antique Linen Distress Stickles (Tim Holtz) were added to the edges.  The petals were layered and some large seed beads (Dollarama) were added to the centre.


I cut holly branches from the Holiday Greens die (Tim Holtz) and scraps of white card stock.  The Stickles were added to the edges.

I rubbed a Christmas Typed Token (Tim Holtz) with some Classic Gold wax paste (Treasure Gold) and added it to the top of a white organza bow with some red burlap string.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

12 Tags of Christmas - #6


I am finally back with my next offering for the 12 Tags of Christmas - Week 6.  This fun challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.


Here is the tag Linda created to inspire us and once again I made a card, which is within the challenge rules.  This time I was inspired by the red (unlike many others, this is a favourite colour for me at Christmas) and the snowflakes.

I started with some cream card stock (Recollections) for the card blank.  Next I added three panels of paper from a pad called St. Nicholas (Graphic 45) that were distressed.  The edges of these panels (and all other elements) were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).


I cut a corner piece from some more cream card stock and punched the angled edge with a border punch (Martha Stewart), the name of which has escaped me since I have had it for so long.  Then I ran the corner panel through an embossing folder called Starry Night (Sizzix).


Next I cut snowflakes from the Paper Snowflakes Mini die (Tim Holtz) and cream card stock as well as some gold from my stash (DCWV).

To assemble the card, I stamped the word Joy (Hero Arts) using Aged Mahogany DI (Tim Holtz) onto a scrap of cream card stock and added it to the card with the snowflakes.  Adhesive pearls were added to all the smaller snowflakes and an antique jingle bell (Tim Holtz) was added with some deep red burlap string to the larger snowflake.

I am loving being able to get ahead on my cards and am trying my best to make them flat enough that I can pay regular postage.  I am winning on some and losing on others.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Timeworn


It is the start of a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and this time our hostess, Autumn, is calling it Timeworn.  Here is what she has to say about the challenge:

As the last leaves fall from autumn trees, we are reminded of the beauty of yesterday. The leaves crinkled underfoot, the clock ticking onward, a fleeting memory... For this challenge, we would love to see your timeworn vintage or shabby chic creations celebrating the beauty of the aged, dated or weathered.

I decided to make an all occasion, mixed media card for this challenge with a rusty palette.


I started with a scrap of white card stock and attacked it with Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Frayed Burlap Oxides.  Unfortunately it warped a bit so next time I need to use a better substrate but I got the effect I wanted so I spritzed the back with water and put it between a couple of sheets of wax paper with a heavy book on top and it helped to flatten it out somewhat.


Next I started adding some interest to my panel.  First I used some Crackled Texture Paste through a Harlequin stencil.


Then I used Jet Black Archival Ink and a Bubbles stencil to add some dots.


Some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink through a stencil called Dots and Stripes Borders was used to add a few lines - they are very subtle.


My Crackled Texture Paste is getting really dry and while I can still spread it and it does crack, it has a tendency to start to flake off so this time I decided to seal this panel with a coat of Crazing Collage Medium.  I also gave it a light spray with some Lindy's Buccaneer Bronze Moonshadow Mist.


The next step was to make my big flower.  I cut one of each size petal from crinoline using a die called Shabby Posies and dyed them with a mixture of Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Ink.  Once they were dry I sewed them together and inked the edges with  Gathered Twigs DI.  I added some brassy seed beads to the centre.


Next I stamped one of the leaves from the Leaf Prints set onto a scrap of cream card with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I used a Zig embossing pen to highlight a few areas and then heat embossed them with some Gold embossing powder from Stampendous.  The leaf was fussy cut and the edges were inked with some Gathered Twigs DI.

To assemble the card, I added the background to my cream card blank.  I added a couple strips of burlap followed by some brown fibres from EK Success Adornments (in my stash for eons).  The leaf print was added next along with a carved button, half of a flourish that was inked with Gathered Twigs DI and a little metal clock.

After I was finished I decided I wanted to add some white splatters but since I didn't want any on the embellishments I just used a stencil brush and pounced some white acrylic paint through a splatters stencil in a few random areas.

The following products used to create this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Pastels


It is time for a new challenge at Stamps and Stencils and this time I am the hostess.  I decided to call it Pastels and here is how I am describing it:

We have been treated to a riot of bright, warm colour since the spring bulbs made their appearance and continuing throughout summer and fall so let's go in the opposite direction and make a project with soft, pastel colours. Don't forget to include some stamping or stenciling or both in your creation.

I decided to create a small canvas with a variety of pastel colours.


I started with a flat canvas (Artist's Loft) and added some texture with a Flourish Stencil (Tim Holtz) and some Molding Paste (Golden).  Next I added some strips of lace (Fancy Gap) and some white burlap (The Funkie Junkie).  Everything was covered with White Gesso (Liquitex) and when that was dry I added some watered down Blush Fresco Finish paint (Paper Artsy).


Next I put together all the elements that I was going to add to my canvas starting with the sentiment.  When I was in Virginia last year visiting my lovely friend Patti, she had this wood mount stamp called True Friends (Stampendous) that I fell in love with so she stamped it 8 times for me onto some heavy card stock (Recollections) with Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger).  I cut one of the images out, distressed the edges and then inked it with Spun Sugar and Milled Lavender Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).



I used some Spun Sugar, Scattered Straw and Dried Marigold Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) to cover a scrap of card stock.  Then I added some Crackle Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi) through a feather stencil (IndigoBlu).


The little girls are part of a collage stamp (Darkroom Door) called Friends.  I stamped it in Watering Can Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi), fussy cut it and then coloured it with pencil crayons (Prismacolors) blended with OMS (Gotrick).

The butterfly is a laser cut from my husband that I inked with Scattered Straw DI and then ran through an embossing folder called Victoria (Cuttlebug).  Some adhesive pearls (Michaels) were added to the body.


The wooden letter "F" (Dollarama) was given a coat of white gesso (Liquitex)  follwed by a coat of Orchid Acrylic Paint (DecoArt) and then some Poodleskirt Pink Acrylic Paint (DecoArt).  I sealed it with some Gloss Mod Podge.



The big flower is cut with crinoline (The Funkie Junkie Boutique) using the Shabby Posies die (Tammy Tutterow).  It was dyed using a mixture of Milled Lavender and Dusty Concorde Distress Inks (Tim Holtz).  A big adhesive pearl (Recollections) was added to the centre.

The little flower (WalMart) had a tiny button (Dress It Up) added to the centre.  Finally I added three tiny polka dot buttons that were in my stash but I can't remember where I got them.

This November challenge runs until December 6th at 20:00 UK time so you have lots of time to share a creation with us.