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12 Journal Pages of 2013- December

Wow another year is almost over and I really had to think about this one owning neither frosted film or clearly for Art. I had an idea and went with it, not quite as translucent as the talented Mr Holtz

One of the best things in bringing my journaling pages together was that I got to use two new stamp sets one a Christmas Present from my Sister and Nieces and the other a set I had purchased for myself as a gift to myself.

 

Soo here is my December Art Journal Pages inspired by Tim’s tag

 
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It started of course with my Poinsettia which I created using a Stampendous Jumbo stamp, gold embossing powder, festive berries ink and a blending tool as well as some plastic packaging and some plain vellum, sadly it photographs a lot less 3d and remember it is going in an art journal so having it to big would have been a bit much though it is 3 layers of work

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I started by using some matt multi medium in a very very thin layer to add the vellum then I used a brayer to smooth it out.

Let it dry, used my blending tool with some leftover festive berries ink and coloured the vellum

I then used the spritz and flick technique to get the splotchy effect. Dried it and stamped and embossed my poinsettia, I did 3 of them the last layer being the lightest ink.

I used the clear tacky craft glue to put this together as I needed something quick drying and that would hold fast.

And when I was happy added the black gem to the centre I am really happy with how this turned out as an improvised Idea.

I then cut out my white cardstock to use for my background pages

Stained it in two diff blues then used stormy sky ink over the top, some more spritz and flick till I was happy with how cold it looked and then one of my fav techniques.

I really love creating splatters and while a fancy tool is lovely to do it with I am sure I have always just used a paintbrush and tapped it over my hand to get some great splattery effects.

You can also do this with an old toothbrush.

So I did a layer of Snow Cap stain, then Snow Cap Distress Paint and finally to give it just a bit more chill and a touch of shimmer some Pewter Distress Paint. I really love how my background turned out.

I used the word stamp from the Santa and List stamp set to stamp the bottom of my journaling pages it turned out quite subtle in some places but I liked that it was never meant to be really bold.

Added in some film strip ribbon, and some ideaology bits under my poinsettia.

Then I stamped Santa in Archival Jet Black and water coloured him in distress inks adding in some Doodlebug flock for his fluffy furry bits.

Added the Mirrored Merry Christmas from my Stash

and viola another year Done and Dusted

I am so proud of my pages for my Art Journal this year and how they turned out.

It has been a great learning curve for me and I always look forward to learning new techniques and increasing my ever growing craft wishlist.

2014 just to shock you all I am actually doing TAGS I know right that is going to be a real challenge for me as to be honest I am not a big fan of doing them but I am sure I will learn as I go!!

Another take on Tattered Florals

An idea popped into my head last night and would not leave.
Based on my very first blog tutorial here. Variagated recycled book flowers.

So here is the tutorial should you wish to watch the youtube video:

or if you preffer step by step instructions complete with pics go here

So being me and it being almost the 11th hour I had to try this with the tattered florals.

I had an ornament I never quite knew how I wanted to finish that I had experimented with clear gallery glass and pearl ex powder on the inside of.

I added some white paper twine around the top with some magic tape and a loop to hang the ornament.

Then used some glue dots to adhere the handmade scrunched tattered floral flowers around the outside of the glass bauble.
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and from a slightly different angle

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I had an idea when I was about to sort the flowers and dry them. I took out two pieces of white cs and placed the flowers over them. I misted the flowers and dabbed them off with paper towel pushing them down onto the cs

this is the results:

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and:

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the best thing is I now have two pretty handmade background or even card bases and thus wasted less distress reinker 🙂

12 Coasters December

Wow this year has flown by. Just one more coaster for me to catch up on and I will be done. Though you will have to wait a bit for the big reveal I am really excited at how it is all coming together.

I have been having some issues with my cb. So have to say I was super happy to find some pre cut mirror stickers which I used on this tag at a local cheapie shop, add in festive Berries and Evergreen Bough distress inks, some rock candy stickles, tissue tape, trim roses, Smooch spritz in golden glow, an angel die cut, some silver tinsel trim, and a festive chit chat sticker and viola you have my December coaster

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Its a Blog Hop Box-a-lope

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First off you should be hopping here from Daisy’s amazing blog

Welcome to my Box-a-lope tutorial I know there are a few of these already online though I just played with my scoreboard to get mine. It may look a little daunting in terms of steps but it really is very simple and I like to make things as easy as possible for each person so that all skill levels can accomplish my tutorials easily.

The best bit about this project its a one sheet of CS one so its great for stretching the budget, cards that are a little to big for a normal envelope or to sneak a few goodies in with your card.

step 1. Using your Martha Stewart score board with the envelope maker in place or a ruler and a pencil. Score your lines on the diagnal at 4.5″ and 5″

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turn and do this on all four sides your CS should have score or pencil lines to look like the ones in this pic

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Step 2: Cut down your corners on what all sides (I always cut the top two flaps off but you can tuck them in if you prefer it really is up to you) Make sure the two you are leaving to create tabs with you cut a small piece out of the end as pictured this will help it sit better.

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Note you can turn your cut off bits into photo corners for other projects very simply the following pics show you how easy it is

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ok back to our box-a-lope

Step 3 Turn your box-a-lope over and decorate your front panel this will make it easier if you want to stamp, emboss or ink your box rather than when it is already made up. You will notice I accidentally did my box sideways which was a decorating error on my part you do not need to do this you can have your box with the flap at the top it is totally up to you.

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Step 4 Add tape as shown to one of the side panels, the whole of your bottom panel and the outside of the little tabs

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Step 5: Stick the tabs to the outer bits of your box-a-lope

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step 6: Stick your side panels to each other being careful to keep the shape (if you have a book or thin box the right size use that to help)

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step 7: Stick the bottom fold over bit panel (I cut a rounded shape into the end of mine you do not have to I just like how it looks better and yes a corner rounder is on my wish list)over the side panels.

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Step 8: Add adhesive to your top panel, fill your box-a-lope with goodies and viola your done 🙂
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As a special give away for this blog hop I am giving the above box-a-lope stuffed full of goodies from my etsy store and some other stash away to one lucky commenter so comment on this post for your chance to win.

It is now time for you to hop on over to Ashley’s awesome blog

Day 3 Card 1 Masking

Love how many new Ideas and things to do with Alphabet stamps. I am so happy with this card I may well turn it into my Chrissy Card this year. I chose NOEL as my word instead of a Name simply because it was easier and I wanted to play with some Christmas Stamps (you can see how tired I am considering I posted in the wrong order)
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Layouts from ‘the Vault’ Part 3 Christmas Themed

You know I am really having fun looking back I can see so much I love about things I have created. How much I have grown and in revisiting the past some techniques I should really start using again.

The first layout is me as a little girl. I hand coloured the dress using Zig Writers. And sort of smudging them before it dried. It gave a great mottled effect. Not to fussed on the side embellishments for this one. It was another 6×6 page for my Mothers 60th birthday pressie. (the only non christmas layout in this set)

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The next is one I really love because it is just so unique thanks to the large chipboard Ornament. It was also the first time I got to play with Coredinations I love that stuff 🙂

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This next one I really love as the photos’s look like presents I have been told a few times it would make a great sketch for a challenge. For me I love just how christmassy it is

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and Lastly Meet Elf one of my Original Artist Bears. The holographic tape is tape that is sold for wrapping Christmas presents with however I bought some specifically to use in scrapbooking in the after Christmas Sales.

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Some Cards from ‘The Vault’

I have been sharing some of my older work on here the last few days because some of it I am really pleased with. The older the work the less stash I had to create it with. Even now yes my stash has grown considerably but it is by no means huge. Sometimes I think it is better that way as I am often forced to come up with creative ways to do something I want to do but with different products. Other times it can be frustrating to not be able to get something to turn out the way you wanted. The best thing I have discovered about it though is that it helps me think outside the box.

Today I want to share some cards that have been created over the last few years.

The first are cupcake cards I made using “Impasto” as icing. What I love about Impasto is that you can add acrylic paint to it and it will always keep the colour of the paint you have added. The cupcakes were done by creating circles and cutting them in half with a wavy type  line to replicate Icing drip. You then use a palette knife to spread the impasto over the semi circle and while it is still wet sprinkle over your mircobeads or glitter so it looks like you have sprinkles, then it is just cut out a rhombus shape out of corrugated card. Stick the cupcake wrapper down first then stick your iced cupcake top over it leaving some showing. Pretty simple and very effective, Buttons or rhinestones make a great ‘cherry’ on top.

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The next card is an explosion box I made for a friends wedding. There was a space for two envelopes one with money and one with a note of congratulations.

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and the inside looked like this

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The next cards I am so happy with how they turned out they use Fabric on them and It was a first for me at the time.

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Two different Christmas Cards. The Lace tree won a challenge on a forum that is no longer around.

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and that is all for this glimpse into the Heavenly Imaginings Vault.

12 Tags Tag 12 With a Fond Farewell

Here is Tim’s final tag link for 2011

  http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/12/12-tags-of-christmastag-12.html

Meet Tim, thus named because his creation was inspired by Tim Holtz’s last tag

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This Little Bearbie has the honour of being my smallest bear to date standing at just over 3″ or 8cm tall. His fabric is recycled curtain fabric offcuts and hand stamped and from one of my own unique bear patterns. But more about that later.

Here is the tag I created inspired by Mr Holtz’s

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I think in some ways I have put off writing this blog post as it is so hard to say goodbye to such an inspiring event.

What it has given me not just in terms of new techniques or inspiration but also in pushing my boundaries and helping me to grow as a crafter is immeasurable.

After a year fraught with broken appliances, a broken leg and other such disasters it has been a joy to allow my creative side a chance to fly freely culminating in my one and only bear this year. This little bear is my smallest to date standing at just a scotch over 3”

Materials:

Bear: Mini bear or Mini Bear Pattern.

Recycled Curtain Fabric off cut

Staz on Jet Black Ink (I have tried this with other inks and they smudge or fade to much on fabric)

Kaiser Sheet Music Texture clear stamp

4mm Lock nut joint set

3mm glass eyes or in this case as I am out I used some Pearls off a Prima Say it in Pearls flourish (necessity is the mother of invention so they say)

Stuffing (I use pollyflock)

Jingle bell

Burgundy Ribbon

Black Nose thread (either use DMC or some thick ish cotton)

Cotton or fishing line to sew (I use clear fishing line as it is cheaper than the clear sewing thread however it can take a little practice to get used to)

Needle

TAG: Manilla Tag (handmade from a manila folder)

Tissue Paper

Craft Wire Loop

Kaiser Sheet Music Stamp

Pearl Mist (home Made)

Die Namics 5 pointed flower Die

Burgundy Mist (homemade)

Kaiser Black and White Craft Paper

Homemade glimmer glaze (mine used triple thick, water, a drop of pine needles re-inker all mixed together)

Kaiser die cut elements

Tim Holtz clear stamps from both: Urban Grunge and Regal Flourish

Lucky Squirrel Polyshrink in clear

Gold Mixative

Utee & melting pot in my case a paraffin wax pot I got off eBay pre the Melting Pot being available for overseas use.

A Brad

Snow Cap Dabber

Moonlight Snow Glitter

Black Soot Distress Ink

Staz on Jet Black Ink

Heat Gun.

Multi Medium in Mat

Die Namics 5 pointed flower petals cut out of stamped tissue paper (around 6 petals needed)

Let’s start with the Bear.

If you have purchased your own little bear skip this part and move straight onto the tag.

If not you will need to stamp your fabric before cutting out your bear and following the pattern instructions. I tried to line up my pattern pieces so the Music pattern matched up where possible to allow for continuity and a more even looking bear.

Tip: When sewing mini bears I find it easier to leave the opening at the top of the arms and legs rather than the sides. This makes it easier to joint them and ladder stitch them closed.

To attach the jingle bell thread it through your ribbon and glue it at the back of the bears neck or alternately tie a knot. Keep an extra length of matching ribbon so you can attach the bear to your tag but keep it so he is removable as well.

I will create a pattern and do a bear making tutorial soon including step by step pictures and a downloadable free pattern at a later date.

Tag:

Background. Please follow Tim Holtz’s instructions for stamping the background and such. As I did not have his Tissue Paper I Hand stamped some of my own with Staz on and the Kaiser Music stamp and Proceeded as Normal

Wings: See this Link and Watch the Video on how to do this. I used the Regal Flourish wings with some gold Mixative rubbed over the back of them

http://youtu.be/igo7t0U26Bc 

  1. I added  some snow cap dabber over the music notes and tissue paper to give it a lighter image
  2. I used a little homemade glimmer glaze mixed with some moonlight snow glitter and painted over the whole tag
  3. Cut out your side tag and paint with homemade glimmer glaze in green. Put aside to dry
  4. Use your Die Cut elements from Kaiser, ink with a little black soot and rub in. I cut the scalloped strip into pieces to better fit the tag then stuck them together ready to place on the tag
  5. With some extra stamped tissue paper cut into small strips and glue around your wire circle. To do this fold the pieces in half stamping side out  and place the wire in the middle of this then with a small amount of glue glue the strips down. Keep going until a bit over half your circle is done. Then do the in-between spots. Cut the bottoms of the tissue paper into points and decide where it will be best with placement of the bear and such. Glue it into tag
  6. Adhere your Green tag onto the side you want it making sure it is glued over the wire circlet.
  7. Play with your bear and wing positioning and when you are happy with it. Glue the wings in Place
  8.  Now just below the center of the wings place a small hole in your tag.
  9. Put the matching ribbon around your bear’s neck and poke it through the hole in your tag and push it through. Either tie it a bow or tape it to the back of the tag
  10. Make your flower by piercing a small hole for your brad and putting it through your petals. I do this putting each layer in-between the petals of the last one. Scrunch one layer at a time starting with the top one into the centre of the flower. Do this as tight as you can. Set the flower on your craft mat and Spritz with burgundy mist (mine is home made with a little red food colouring, 3 drops of black soot re-inker and a little pearl ex powder for shimmer). Heat with your heat gun allowing some of the petals to singe for an extra grungy aged element and place on your tag. (Note I also did this with the Halo of tissue Paper as well to give it a little contrast)

That is it for 12 tags of Christmas for 2012 hope you have enjoyed my creations. Stay tuned for tips, tutorials and creativity.

12 Tags Day 11

Of Course all this is Inspired by Tim Holtz see todays tag here:
http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/12/12-tags-of-christmastag-11.html

Hi there

For anyone reading this blog I figured I should tell you a little about my crafty self. First and foremost I work on a budget, rarely get to buy things when they first come out and often have to bargain hunt to make my limited craft money stretch. So I tend to invest in re usable items such as inks, dies, or bulk lots such as the 2mm rhinestones.

As for today’s tag as I am already on overtime with my net I will have to watch the tutorial video next week after my new net month begins. So today yet again finds me improvising and playing. It was a lot of fun, a bit of frustration and honestly I love the result so the time and effort to hand Bling the flourish I feel is well worth it. So hard to believe that we are at the last day of 12 Tags soon it has flown by in a creative whirlwind. I for one can not wait to see what the last tag will be.

So here is tag 11:
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Materials:

Printworks Silver Vellum Christmas Sticker

Polyshrink in Clear

Tim Holtz- Blending tool, solution and foam

– Alcohol ink in cranberry

– Iced Spruce Ink

– Snow Cap Paint Dabber

– Glossy Accents

– Re-inkers in Broken china and milled lavender

2mm Rhinestones (as mentioned before I got these in bulk off eBay 20k for around $5 inc postage and use these to do homemade flourishes)

Heat Gun

CB Cut and Emboss Butterfly

Water Mister

Autumn Leaves Christmas Flourishes

Manilla Tag

1. Dab some snow cap onto your craft mat and dab around some broken china and a drop or three of milled lavender (I know it doesn’t show up it turns the broken china a kind of funky teal colour) Spritz with water and run your tag through it (like we have all done many times this week)

2. Dry with your heat gun (careful to dab any pools of liquid first)

3. Use the Water Splatter technique that Tim Holtz has instructions for on many of the 12 tags

4. Dry with your heat gun, splatter again if you feel it is necessary

5. Cut out 5 butterflies from clear shrink film (I did extra just in case)

6. Use your blending tool covered with cranberry alcohol ink and a couple of dabs of gold. Drop a drop of blending solution into the gold spots. Colour your butterflies with this. Adding more when needed or a little blending solution

7. Grab some tweezers and your heat gun (you will need to do one butterfly at a time if you want to shape them I suggest wearing rubber gloves if you don’t want to burn yourself). Place the tweezers gently on one of the butterflies and heat it with the heat tool

8. When it has shrunk. Pick up the butterfly and shape it with your fingers, I folded mine up towards the centre and shaped the wings. If it sets to fast re heat and try again. Do this for all of your butterflies

9. Stamp your flourish with Iced spruce onto the top corner of your tag (if you have loads of already made rhinestone flourishes in your stash use one of those)

10. Spread a little glossy accents along your flourish and place your rhinestones on top of it (I use superfine nail art tweezers) and repeat until your flourish is completely covered

11. Using a little glossy accents and your rhinestones glue a line of them inside your butterflies as their bodies

12. Using a little glossy accents on the bottom of them glue your butterflies in place (I used the ends of the flourish)

13. Attach your Merry Christmas Sticker

And that’s all there is to it.