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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Book Club New Release - Eileen Hull

Hello Friends

A while back I shared some sneak peeks of Eileen Hull's latest release in her Book Club range.  The new release has some amazing dies ranging from Bookmarks right up to ScoreBoard XL dies, including the Card Box, Planner Storage & Organiser.  The dies in the new range are intended to be used in several ways, which a great thing for us crafters - we all love to get value for our money!!

I am sharing the Sizzix ScoreBoard XL die (662361) - Card Box, Planner Storage & Organiser and also the Passport die, also a Sizzix Bigz XL die (  )
I know I shouldn't have favourites but this is one them from the new release, it is a lovely compact size and holds the Passport Journal beautifully.  Of course you can us the box to store your handmade cards, photographs, die cuts, whatever you like - I can imagine a whole row of these......
The die cuts in one piece as you can see above.  I brayered the whole piece using a blend of white paint coloured with Eileen Hull's ColourBox Blend ink to give a soft pink colour.  Once dry I brayered DecoArt Titan Buff over the top of the pink.

I painted some plain white cardstock in the same colour combo as the holder.  I used this to cut the Passport pieces.
To add some detail I stencilled onto both sides of the holder as shown above.

To decorate the Passport journal, inside and out, I used some beautiful papers and journal cards gifted to me by a wonderful crafty friend - they are so beautiful!
I added three signatures to the journal, each with two pages and I added some small envelopes to the front and back covers.
Here is a view of the journal inside the holder, but of course the holder has many other uses, the sky is the limit with this die!

All this month my very talented team-mates are sharing their samples too and you can see these on Eileen's blog HERE.

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xx



Monday, 6 November 2017

A Vintage Journey - Destination Inspiration

Hello Everyone

Just a quick post to say that I am first up this month over at A Vintage Journey with a Destination Inspiration post.  Here's a sneak peek....
If you have the time, I hope you will pop over and have a look - and if you can, please join in our Mini Marvels challenge this month!

Thanks for looking, hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xx

Friday, 3 November 2017

Mini Marvels at A Vintage Journey

It is hard to believe that we are in November already!  Our latest challenge at A Vintage Journey is Mini Marvels and I am hosting the challenge this month.

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 our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk style.
I challenged myself to create a mini snow globe scene in 3D but using some one dimensional dies by Tim Holtz, a glass Christmas decoration and a plastic cup.  The finished piece is just 4" tall.

I have not taken many process shots because it was just so quick and easy to make.  Above, you can see what I started with - A Christmas decoration, a plastic cup and I also used the Tim Holtz Snowglobe #2 die  and his Tree Line Thinlits die.

I gave the cup a good coat of Black Gesso and then a coat of IndigoBlu Raven Black Metallic Paint. I needed somewhere to hide my battery pack (yes, it lights up!) and so I cut a hole in the tub as shown.
I cut out the elements twice from the Snowglobe die.  To construct the buildings in 3D, I cut narrow strips of card which I used to join the front to the back of each building that I wanted to use.  In this case I chose to use the Church.
In this photo you can see how dinky the elements are!
The top looked a little plain so I dotted Glossy Accents around and sprinkled them with glitter to give a snowy effect.  I attached an Idea-ology piece to the top to cover the hole where the cord once was.
Once the church was glued together I added to a round of card with a hole cut in the centre for the lights to fit through, I glued the little trees in place and added some Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter to represent the snow in the base. The whole piece was then glued together
Finally, I added some black lace around the bottom edge of the Christmas bauble and here is the snow globe all lit up.  I took this shot in late afternoon, the reflection on the glass made it difficult to photograph in total darkness, but hopefully you get the picture!

I do hope you will join in our Mini Marvels Challenge at A Vintage Journey this month, we have a wonderful prize on offer from Southern Ridge Trading Company who are offering a $50 varied selection of chipboard & wood veneer laser cuts.

Thanks so much for your visit, I really do appreciate it!  See you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xxx

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Mini Album Makers - November Challenge

It is time for a new challenge at Mini Album Makers and, as always, it is any form of handmade mini album, scrapbook, journal and book arts.

I am still in 'mini album' mode and have created a little Christmas album, which tucks nicely into a small decorated gift box.
The finished album measures 2.1/4" x 2" and is 1.1/4" deep.
I used Eileen Hull's Box, Candy Drawer die to make my gift box.  It is cut from chipboard.
The box was painted with Black Soot Distress Paint, covered with paper from the Tim Holtz stack of paper.  All the raw edges were coloured with Black Soot Distress Oxide.
To create the album, cut a piece of board to 5.3/4" x 2.1/8" and score at
2.1/4" x 3.1/2".  Cover with your chosen paper and cut the corners as shown.  Fold the corners over and glue in place and place to one side to dry.
  To create the spine for your pages cut 4 pieces of lightweight card as follows:

1.  Cut a piece of card 1.3/4" x 2" and score at 3/8" and 1.5/8"
2.  Cut a piece of card 1.5/8" x 2" and score at 3/8" and 1.1/4"
3.  Cut a piece of card 1.1/2" x 2" and score at 3/8" and 1.1/8"
4.  Cut a piece of card 1.1/8" x 2" and score at 3/8" and 5/8"
Fold and layer up the spine pieces and glue together to form a 'fan' shape.  Glue a piece of card to the inside of the album.  I usually just glue the spine area and leave the cover pieces to be glued down later, this way you can trim the edges if necessary.
Next, cut your 'pages', you will need 8 of these, 4" x 1/7/8" and score and crease in the middle.
Glue the 'pages' in as shown and then glue to the base of the album.  Once fitted, glue the inside covers of the album, trimming if necessary.
Decorate your pages as you wish, I filled mine with lots of Christmas sentiments, Christmas trees, snowflakes and I added a little pocket to the front and back cover.  I added the number 25 to the front cover and also added an elastic closure.

To finish off the box I added a Tim Holtz Poinsettia in white card, some red jingle bells and some dyed seam binding.

So there you have it, I hope you like it!

Our wonderful sponsor at Mini Album Makers this month is Lindy's Stamp Gang.

Lindy's are offering a $25 voucher to one lucky winner!



We would love to see you join in this month at Mini Album Makers Challenge,

I would like to add my project to the Frilly and Funky Trick or Treat Challenge.  Not very Halloween-like but my frilly treat is that the mini album hides away in the little box....as a surprise.

Thanks for your visit, hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne  xx

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Something Wicked Comes Your Way .....

Hello Friends

In between DT work and a few commissions I found a little time to create another Halloween project.  I was totally inspired by Jan Hobbins Owl lightbox HERE - it is amazing!

I got a bit wrapped up in the making that I didn't take many process photos.
I used the smallest of Tim Holtz Etcetera tags for my base,  I added a 1" edge to create a 'box' shape.  The inside 'base' was covered with one of Tim's self adhesive glitter sheets in orange.
Tim's new Owl die was die cut from a large sheet of heavy white card.  The owl was then coloured with Black Soot Distress Ink and then I applied Emerald Creek Midnight Black Embossing Powder and heat set it.
The leftover white card (which now has an owl shaped aperture) was coloured with Wilted Violet and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide.  I wanted the background behind the owl to appear as though the moon was shining behind him.  Once coloured, the owl was glued back into the aperture.
The word 'Wicked' was cut once from a black self adhesive sheet and backed with orange card.  The Idea-ology spider was coloured with Distress Embossing Powder in Spiced Marmalade.  The words are chit chat stickers and the cobwebs were cut from Tim's new cobweb die. I added some die cut leaves to the branch to add some autumn colour.
I added some lights into the 1" recess and here they are lit up - this was before I added the extra words, stars and the spider.

Thanks so much for your visit, I will see you again soon I hope!

Hugs, Anne xx

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Fall-i-days with Eileen Hull

This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team are celebrating Fall-i-days or any other holiday we like!  I chose to make a Christmas Planner, or as I have called it - Christmas Lists!
I have been enjoying making real leather journals and this turquoise is my favourite  colour.  
These journals are such a handy size to fit in a handbag/purse and I will be able to change the inserts year after year.
I used Eileen Hull's Passport Journal die (Sizzix 660331) and cut my leather pieces.
I used a strong leather glue to put the pieces of the journal together.
I cut further pieces from card to line the inside of the journal and glued these in place.
I made a small envelope to fit the inside back cover of the journal.  It is similar to the one I created here, I just changed the dimensions to fit the smaller journal.
I used the die to cut my insert covers.
I printed off some 'lists' paper from Ray Blake's website HERE.  I did have to cut them to size to fit my covers.
I used minimal decoration, a Tim Holtz snowflake and some paper dolls.
More paper dolls.  The clip at the side was made from bits and bobs from my stash.
I added a third list booklet, isn't that little boy just adorable!
To finish off I added a Tim Holtz metal frame, coloured with white embossing powder.  The handwritten label was coated with Glossy Accents.

All month long my teamies will be making and sharing their Fall-i-day makes over on Eileen's blog, if you do have time please do visit, you will not be disappointed!

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Mini Album Makers - Handbag Charm Album

It is my turn over at Mini Album Makers to do a little tutorial on how to create an album.  I have chosen to share a mini Handbag Charm Album.

Each year my good friend Margie and I meet up for one crafty day, to share ideas and techniques.  This year Margie kindly showed me how to create one  these little albums and I have been somewhat hooked ever since.  They do make great little stocking fillers for Christmas and they are really fun and easy to create!

Here is a little peek at some of the mini Albums that I have made.  If you would like to see how, please visit Mini Album Makers HERE.

Thanks so much!  Hugs, Anne xxx

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