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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!!

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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.

Jingle the Elf