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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Travel the world with those you love for Country View Crafts

Well the new challenge theme over at Country View Crafts is 'on your travels' and for my second offering I have made a little mini travel journal using lots of DecoArt goodies and my passport die designed by Eileen Hull...I think this is such a versatile die and sure to be used a lot!
So here it is :

and here is the inside : ready to be filled with all your travel pictures, souvenirs, holiday memories and whatever else you want ...

So some step x steps of the cover part ... I die cut the cover pieces from v thick card ( about 500gsm ). I then applied some DecoArt crackle paste through one of Andy Skinners new stencils -and left the crackle to do its magic! I then coated the pieces in titan buff paint (one of left painted )

I like to use my fingers brushes and semi dry baby wipes to apply my paint , swiping layers of colour across ..I started by swiping various colours, building up the layers including paynes grey, blue green light, burnt umber,

English red oxide, cobalt turquoise .. sorry got carried away so layers were built up until I was happy with how it looked...

I then , when happy -ish applied some interference gold ...applied here to one of left..

When happy I sealed with matte sealer to keep the layers I have already in tact...when dry I dripped some washes of quinacridione gold down ..to mimic rusty stuff!

To complete I added a layer of black antiquing cream, left to dry and then wiped back to reveal some of the colour underneath...I love the look this gives the finshed piece...the great thing is you can rub away as much or as little as you like...I then sealed with matte sealer (all DecoArt ).

To add to the front I die cut a movers and shapers Tim globe and treated with crackle, painty layers and antiquing cream before sealing...

Now for the inside ...I die cut all the pages using correspondence paper stack , inked the edges and added some rub ons to them..

I added ... some of my favourite photo booth images....these two look ready for some adventures...and one of the great small talk quotes, copped into sections and inked around the edges...

Inside the back cover I used the great new envelope die from Tim Holtz to create a little matching envelope to store tickets of any other small bits and bobs from your travels...and there is a perfect rub on for all you want to say... here ..collector of memories...

So here is the front cover complete with globe...all the ages were tied in in groups using dyed seam binding and tied on outside to form bows. I added a chit chat sticker to complete the cover ..

and on the side I added one of the gorgeous travel charms from idea-olgy range..

So hope you like my make, you have plenty of time to join in and it would be great to see what you make .xx

you could be one of the lucky guest designers or the winner of a voucher to spend in Susan's jammed shop, so why not pop across here to see plenty of inspiration and pop in an entry xx

So safe travels on your journeys...however near , or far....

Friday, 3 July 2015

The journey awakens the soul for A Vintage Journey.

Well it is going to be a busy week on the blog and today sees the start of the next journey over at A Vintage journey and the theme this month is Destinations.

Now as a huge fan of the found relatives I used one to inspire this piece...I love how each image seems to have a story to tell and this showed the way to Paris for these two young people to share and celebrate their love.

 I am not great with words so will let my crafting elements tell the story ....

I started by covering a mdf board with paper from the French Industrial paper stack with the Eiffel tower on it , covering with picket fence distress paint and smudging and hen adding areas of clear embossed script. 
I edged the board with tissue tape to finish of the sides of the board.

Now for layers of ephemear from the gorgeous Tim Holtz ephemera packs and also some pieces from the pocket card packs. I scuffed the edges and inked with walnut stain distress ink.

I tied a bow around it using seam binding coloured with tattered rose distress stain .

I just love this colour and it has to be added to my favourites list .

Here is a close up of the embossed text ...

I die cut some trellis using the new frameworks die from thick card, I coloured the card with antique linen distress ink and then covered with a layer of Decoart crackle glaze. 
When dry I rubbed walnut stain distress ink across the surface and into the cracks.

here it is against the background.

I scuffed the image and sanded it and added some tattered rose colour to the flowers using tattered rose distress marker.

Here is the finished piece I added some tattered rose flower embellishments, adding some buttons to the centres.

I added a stamped image of the Eiffel tower using the framelits set and die cut, inked and then covered with crackle glaze and when dry rubbed ink into the cracks. I added a scuffed and inked flashcard, a die cut heart..inked , crackled and then with ink rubbed into the cracks.

I lightly inked the flowers with tattered rose distress ink and also added a word band from idea-olgy range.

here is a close up of the Eiffel tower..

So I do hope you like my make and make sure you hop across here to see all my team mates makes..you won't be disappointed! 

You have a whole month to join in the fun and could be a guest designer or win a voucher for Country View Crafts our generous sponsor.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Life is meant to be a great adventure - For Country View Crafts

Well today is the start of a new challenge over at Country View Crafts and I am lucky enough to have chosen the new theme : which is on your travels... so here is my first make :
(make sure you hop across here to see my team mates wonderful makes ..and don't forget you have a whole month to join in , you could be chosen as a guest designer or be the winner of a gift voucher for Country view crafts shop..and believe me Susan has it jammed of all sorts of yumminess!)
So here is my first make :

For my this piece I created two mdf panels that make a pair  ..

I covered my boards with ivory card and trimmed to size, I then coloured using distress sprays and stains in frayed burlap, pumice stone and antique linen. I also added some DecoArt modelling paste through Industrial elements stencil.

I also added some modelling paste through a stencil onto one of the pocket cards.

I also inked through the stencil using walnut stain distress ink ( I did not stick the layers down , just laid ontot the background to place where I wanted to add the stenciled detail)

Again I added stencilled detail to the other panel.

I then placed my found relatives picture and pocket card ephemera onto the piece (again not glued yet) to guide where I stamped this fab handwritten stamp from Tim Holtz Handwritten thoughts.

This picture shows how I built up the layers in my background using layers of distress ink, stencilled and stamped details. The new distress spritzer gives great effects too...love those splatters!

I inked the edges with walnut stain distress ink and covered the sides in tissue tape to make the piece finished .

Here is a close up of the details... I added some idea-ology, a die cut using new movers and shapers plane...crackled and then coloured using paints and inks..and plenty of layered pocket cards and ephemera...topped off of course with one of the wonderful found relative cards ..

Here is the second panel :

with a crackled globe from movers and shapers die cut, more idea-ology and ephemera

I had such a lot of fun creating this piece.. and you have a whole month to join in the challenge ...you could be one of the lucky guest designers or a lucky winner of a gift certificate for Susan's lovely shop..

Make sure you hop across here to see all my team mates fab makes ..

Monday, 29 June 2015

My take on Tim's tag for June ...just!

Well yet again having been full of good intentions to create my tag early in the month time and life just ran away with me so here is my take on Tim's tag for this month..phew just made it!

Well you know me , I do love my neutrals...so that is what I used for my version of the crafty masters tag...all the details can be found here  .

I followed Tim's steps but changed certain bits, cutting my cup from ivory card and colouring using distress inks..and I created my background using some of the mini distress ink pads in my favourite browns.

I love the different textures and instead of string added some wire..

Instead of the stiching I added some little staple kisses and substituted the straw for a curly wire one!

I finished the top of the tag with some dyed seam binding tied in a bow...

I will be adding my tag to Tim's tag for June here ..better later than never xx