Wednesday, 30 March 2016

"You Rock" dinosaur themed mini album (part 1)

Apologies this is going to be a long post as there are quite a few photos but do am splitting this in to two posts, as there is quite a lot to share!

When Nikky brought out the Sticks and Bones collection, I knew straight away what I wanted to do. A quick print of several design sheets, digi images, sentiments and a few paper designs, my mini album came to life. All the pages have been made using 12" card and folded in different ways to create hidden pockets and openings. All were hand sewn on to the spine and then the cover was added. Very few "real" embellishments have been added and I have tried to rely on the embellishments from the collection. As an added "extra" (or faff as my family would call it), I have covered all the inner spine with frayed hessian. I think this adds to the ancient theme.

Front cover.

 This is approx a 7"x7" album size but the majority of pages are 6"x6". I wanted there to be room for the pages to grow in both width and in height. The photo below is a close up of the front cover. Gotta love that dinosaur ... 

This photo gives you an idea of how big the album is and a little sneak peek at some of the hidden elements...

Inside cover and page 1
The inside cover has a little pocket edged with the hessian for either tags, photos or in my case, a note book. Page one has a hidden inside pocket to hide a journalling page/tag.

A close up of the handmade notebook and also the journalling tag/page peeping out of the pocket.

Pages 2 and 3

IThese two pages have areas to add photos and any journalling. Page 2 also has a hidden tag/page which shares the same pocket as page 1. Page 2 has a smaller pocket and I thought tags, tickets or memrobilia could be added here.

Photo shows one of the many tags I have made for this album using up my paper scraps.

Page 4

I am showing these two pages seperately as they both do different things, which however hard I try, doesn't make sense in the written form ... hence lots of photos. Above shows page 4 as you would look at it you you first opened the album. However ...

... if you pull the page to the right, it reveals a hidden journalling section ... but ...

... if you pull the page open to the left, it reveals a hidden pocket with a removeable, double sided journalling/photo tag/page. (see photo below).

Page 5

Now ... how to describe page 5. The page has been split across the middle to create two tabs that open outwards. The bone and button are the mechanism to open the pages and they reveal ...

... an inner panel where you can place a photo and extra journalling areas.

PHEW ... gonna stop there for the moment as there are quite a few more pages to share; they also have little extras too ...! One of the things I really must do very soon is make a box for the album (to protect it) and find someone who would like it as a gift. Uuummmm, my sister and I took the boys to Dinosaur Park the other year ... I wonder ...

Today is a day of nagging/boring jobs: banking, washing, housework but whilst the sky is a beautiful blue colour, I'm off to walk the dog.

x x x

Products and links:

Cards4Guys - something beginning with "A" - album
Lemon short bread - anything goes
Shopping our stash - something for the boys
Artisitic Inspirations - anything goes
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Love to Scrap - anything goes
Not just cards - anything goes
Use your stash - pop dots (I always use. Would be lost without them)

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

You are sew special with Tonic Exquisite Stamps

Whilst moving in to my new crafting area which the lads built for me for my birthday, I came across a wallet full of pre-stamped images. One of the images was a part coloured "It Girl", (from the Exquisite Stamps range from Tonic Studios) and that set a plan for a card in motion ...

Taking the stamp, I decided to make her dress out of material and lace, so stamped the dress three times. I cut each layer slightly shorter each time, to give the dress volume. The lace was added to the longest layer.

I then stamped the head and arms, colouring them with Nuvo Creative pens. I added this layer over my material layers to hide all my gluing.

Using the Claire lower case alphabet, I created my sentiment and placed the words in different places. I then added some sewing themed embellishments to my project as my finishing touch. The papers were also found in a scraps box and I am not sure where they are from ... sorry.

Thoroughly enjoyed making my card as to love a bit of paper piecing, although this time it was with material!

x x x

Products and links:

Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Craft your passion - anything goes
Love to scrap challenge - anything goes
Vintage Stamping - at least 3 layers
The Ribbon Girl - any image
Crafty Friend's - anything goes

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Remember the Moment ... large, mixed media tag

Oh my am I glad to be back playing with the rest of the team over at Love to Create challenges. Need to say a huge thank you to my teamies for their continued support and patience. Well on to my project ...


I decided to alter a huge cardboard tag with mediums, pan pastels and of course, Soup Stamps ...! I began by using a stencil and iridescent paste to create the background,

Next, it was colour the tag with my pan pastels and I wanted to go quite vibrant so chose magenta, yellow ochre and violet.

When the colour was "down", I used my colourless blender to blend them seemlessly together and then added a layer of white coarse pearl medium ... instant shimmer and shine.

As a finishing touch, I covered the whole tag with perfect medium and ultra thick embossing powder. Now on to the stamps .... have you seen the new Soup Stamps from Polka Doodles ... oh my, they are so versatile. I have used the Lemonade Fizz set on this project. I stamped a selection of images with perfect medium and coloured them with my pan pastels: magenta, yellow ochre, green shade and bright yellow green shade.

I cut all the images out, covered them with perfect medium and ultra thick embossing powder which added sheen. Whilst they were still 'warm', I molded the petals to give a more ruffled look.

As an highlight, I decided to use my favourite brick stencil from Doobadoo with white acrylic paint ...

Now to add the flowers, leaves and sentiments ...

The sentiment stamps are from DaliArt Butterfly Swirl set and were just so perfect for this project ...

Now all I need to do is brush up on my photography skills again as so out of practice. Trust me the tag looks more textural and vibrant in real life.

Right, off to get a shower, spruce myself up and out for lunch with the family. Have a wonderful Easter Sunday whatever you choose to do,

x x  x

Products and links:

Crafty Friends - anything goes
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
Altered Electics - anything goes
Crafting with friends - anything goes
Creative Corner - not a card
Simply Papercraft - anything goes

What's new on my blog this week ...

' I'm happiest when I'm with you' hanging heart decoration