18 July 2018

Simply Beautiful for AALL & Create

Hi everyone and welcome. Today I have a new project to share with you using some beautiful stamps and stencils from AALL & Create.

Simply Beautiful for AALL & Create

There's lots of delicate layering going on with this one adding texture and detail without masking the beauty of the images below. Whilst many of the designers from the AALL & Create team have put together coordinating sets of stamps and stencils don't be afraid to mix it up a little. I found some of the older designs from different designers combined perfectly with the newer releases from others.

The background to this card began with some brayered cardstock using various shades of lilac, mauve and white paint.

Pale purple permanent ink was softly blended through the stencil on the right side of the background using the graphic side of the design.

This fantastic border design by Bipasha BK was stamped in coffee archival ink over the stencilling, again concentrating on the right side of the background. Some of that ink was also blended around the edges of the cardstock to create a more distinct border and add some ageing.

Returning to the stencil I added texture paste over the stamped design using the ink stencilled layer as a guide for where to position it. This produced a lace-like look and demonstrates perfectly how delicate and well cut the design is. I also ran a line of machine stitching at the edge of the stencilling to define the border.

To finish, one of the butterflies from Olga Heldwein's border stamp was coloured and clear embossed, whilst the words were taken from Tracy Evan's stamp set, trimmed to fit the design.

Close Ups

Here are a few close ups of the finished card so you can see the layers in more detail;

You can purchase the stamps and stencils used in this project from AALL & Create HERE and they also available from many of your favourite retailers across the World (listed on the same page).

Hopefully I've given you more ideas for using these stamps and stencils. Make sure you check out the AALL& Create page on Facebook to see lots more inspiration from a host of hugely talented designers.

That's it from me for today. Take care of yourselves and get creative!
Jenny xxx

17 July 2018

Junk Journal for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. Today I have a new Junk Journal to share with you, featuring Eileen Hull's dies by Sizzix and her Colorbox Blends inks by Clearsnap. I made this with the wonderful Elizabeth Robinson in mind, inspired by a gorgeous hand-felted pouch she created for me a little while ago (make sure you check out the photo at the end of this post). The other source of inspiration for this journal was Tonya Trantham, who created a stunning Bohemian style mini album from Eileen's Stamp & Photo Storage Scoreboards Die HERE. I loved the size of the finished album and the clever way she'd used the die cuts.

So with all that spurring me into action here's the Junk Journal I created for Elizabeth;

You'll see it has a beach themed cover, holding real shells surrounded by Seth Apter's 'Dirty Sand' Baked Texture Embossing Powder and small semi-precious stones, both from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies. All the coordinating brass charms that help to finish off the spine came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. The die cut word 'Journal' comes from Eileen Hull's new 'Journaling Words' Thinlits Die Set. And you'd be forgiven for thinking this was created using acrylic paints of some sort, but no! In this case all the colours applied on the cover are Eileen's Colorbox Blends Inks. Let's show you how this came together.

Creating The Cover

I started by cutting two of the main shaped from mountboard using the Stamp & Photo Storage Scoreboards Die, removing the tabs on the bottom/top and overlapping the two side tabs to form a spine. I also cut a strip of mountboard the same width and length as the spine, gluing it in place over the top to strengthen the spine further.

Next I covered the front side of the cover with cotton muslin, tucking it over onto the reverse side at the edges. I also cut a piece to fully cover the reverse side. You can use your choice of wet glue or adhesive tape to secure the muslin in place.

Once dry I mixed some of the 'Uniform' Colorbox Blends Ink with water and applied it to the fabric on both sides of the cover. These inks are designed to work with fabric and colour it really well. Once dry I rubbed sandpaper over the surface to give it a worn look (it also helps to soften the surface) and dabbed the 'Nutmeg' Colorbox Blends Ink around the edges to add a touch of vintage age.

The card panels that were then applied to the inside and outside of the cover over the fabric were cut from Tim Holtz 'Correspondence' Paper Stash (each one being 3 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches, with a final strip for the spine measuring 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches). More of the 'Uniform' Colorbox Blends Ink was applied to my craft mat and diluted with a little water so I could dip each piece of card into it.

I repeated this process with the 'Nutmeg' Colorbox Blends Ink, using less this time. I also blended the ink directly from the sponge applicator to the edges of the card pieces.

As the Colorbox Blends Ink is a wet pigment ink it's ideal for applying to your craft mat and brayering over surfaces; I used the 'Coconut' shade this way to achieve a more weather-worn look to the card.

This 9 x 12 stencil is called 'Thistle' and comes from StencilGirl Products - I applied 'Frog' Colorbox Blends Ink through it with a mini blending tool onto the card pieces.

Did you know Colorbox Blends Inks can be used for stamping too? I applied the 'Ebony' shade directly from the ink wand to my stamps (designs from Tim Holtz 'Correspondence' and 'Purveyor' stamp sets by Stampers Anonymous) and added them to the design.

Some Tim Holtz Design Tape was added in random strips to finish the design (the piece on the left) but I wanted it to look even more weather-beaten. So in a move that will give some people chills I dry brushed white gesso over the top and then drew the outlines of the thistles through the stencil again with a permanent blue ink pen. These pieces of card were then glued into position on the inside and outside of the cover ready for the final embellishments to be added.

A couple of side by side holes were punched into the top and bottom of the spine so elastic could be threaded through to hold the signatures. This white 1.5 mm elastic was coloured with more of the 'Uniform' Colorbox Blends Ink, added in swipes direct from the ink wand.

To finish I used Distress Collage Medium Matte to glue some shells into place, squeezing a little extra around the edges so the 'Dirty Sand' Baked Texture Embossing Powder could be scattered around them. Once the Collage Medium had dried I could then use a heat tool to melt the powder a little, revealing some of the gold shimmer contained within it. The semi-precious gemstones from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies were also added to this beach-scape border along with the die cut word (you can even buy seashells from them HERE). And the seaside themed brass charms were linked to the elastic threads on the spine to finish the cover.

A Video Flip Through

Rather than take lots of photos I've put together a video flip through so you can see the junk journal inserts. These were created using lots of off-cuts from my scraps box, tea stained notepaper, more Tim Holtz Paper Stash ('Wildflower' and 'Memoranda') and Dina Wakley Cotton Watercolor Paper from Ranger. I used a selection of Eileen Hull's new Thinlits Die Sets to cut the mats, tags and pockets including 'Credit Card Sleeve & Tags', 'Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves', 'Journaling Cards, Hearts', and 'Journaling Words'. Let's see more here;

The Close Ups

As promised on the video here are a couple of close up shots so you can see more of the detail on the journal cover;

And at the beginning of this blog post I promised to share the beautiful hand-felted pouch that Elizabeth created for me, so here it is - gorgeous right!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing today's project for Eileen Hull Designs using her Sizzix Dies and Colorbox Blends Inks. If you have any questions please let me know in the comments section below. And as always I highly recommend you check out the array of inspiring projects created by my team mates over on Eileen Hull's website - there are many more ideas, tutorials, tips and techniques to be found that are bound to set those creative juices flowing.

There are a couple more project posts to come from me this week so do stay tuned for those. In the meantime take care of yourselves and get creative!
Jenny xxx

11 July 2018

B Happy with Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are already half way through the latest challenge, 'B Happy'. This is what our host for this challenge, Cec Wintonyk, is looking for: "Create a shabby chic or vintage project that makes you happy and features birds, bees and/or butterflies. You must use at least one of these things with wings and it must have a place of prominence on your creation but if you wish to use two or more, please feel free to do that."

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

For this challenge theme I choose to make a card incorporating one of the reverse embossed backgrounds created as part of my recent Saturday Showcase over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog.

For the background I used a piece of Tim Holtz 'Memoranda' Paper Stash, brayering White Acrylic Paint over before dipping it into a mix of Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink and water. As well as adding Remnants Design Tape and machine stitching, I applied Texture Paste through the 'Stitched' Layering Stencil (which has become a firm favourite).

You'll see I added the de-bossed piece from my Saturday Showcase tutorials in the centre of the card. Like many of you I was 'persuaded' to get Tim Holtz 'Flower Jar' stamps and matching die set by Zoe Hillman's Saturday Showcase (SO glad I did!) and have used some of the flowers in one of the jars. All were 'painted' with Distress Inks whilst the jar was clear embossed, much like the essential butterflies (remembering the theme, "B" Happy) which came from the Tiny Things 2 stamp set. Finally I added words from the Theories stamp set. Here some close up photos so you can see the detail more clearly;

That's it for my embossed butterfly card for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have also created lots of amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Take care of yourselves and get creative!

Jenny xxx

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