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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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12 Tags June

I know cutting it fine this month as well, even worse my Journal pages have been finished for almost 2 full weeks.

I have been rather busy with a bear commission. Which I will share a pic of later today.

Here is the Link to the Maestro Mr Tim Holtz’s Tag

I don’t have the Distress Markers and if I am completely honest am in no hurry to own them, yes I have played with them but given I own a lot of the inks and both water pens I think they are not a high priority for this budget scrapper.

As soon as I saw the tag I knew what I wanted to do. Use my Midnight Fair Stamps as they are perfect to colour.

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I used salty ocean distress paint, mowed lawn ink, and stormy sky stain but instead of going down my manila cardstock I went across to give the look of water, grass and sky. (See Tim’s post link above for how to do it)

I then did a little misting and spritz and flick. Pulled out a Tim ATC stamp to stamp the background and a kaiser stamp for the little fancy 1/4 circle things.

Stamped my Midnight Fairies and watercoloured them with distress inks and water brushes.

Added a smidge of perfect pearls to the fairies wings and to create the sparkle effect (just felt like a change from glitter) also wrote the month in perfect pearls.

I added the flowers which look very funny in the pics but are really sweet pearlescent ones with a small raised red dot in the center

and viola this months take was done.

Kind of simple looking but I am really happy with how it turned out.

May’s Mixed Media Journal Take on 12 Tags

I am unbelievably late with my May take on Tim’s  12 tags.

My only excuse is that I have spent most of the month working on 2 pieces for my very first art competition. Which I will share with you all soon.
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I am not lucky enough at present to own any of the Rubz, but did make and loose a sheet of my own rub ons of a sort (a technique I will share here for turning any stamp into a rub on type image using the plastic packaging most embellishments come in)

You can see where I used them on the first page at the side and down the bottom, unlike most rub ons they have no missing bits for the colour to absorb into.

I also used some Kaiser Bonjour rub ons in random places as per Tim’s technique.

Used a mix of distress stains for my background which I feel like I am slowly starting to get the hang of as you can see on the 2nd page.

I used Ranger’s 12×12 manilla cut to size for my Donna Downey Art Journal I was sent in a swap last year.

The Stamp I used in the Center is one I picked up at a local red cross shop for $5 I fell in love with the renaissance feel of it and whilst I do not often buy wood mounted stamps owing to the space they take up I just had to have this one.

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Not having any of the enamel tags as yet I did some experimenting to figure out how best to create my own faux enamel look and believe me it was a learning curve in the end I simply used Rangers embossing dabber over a cut circle of chipboard and sprinkled over hero arts white embossing powder and then after I heated it added another coat of the embossing powder and heated it until smoothish.

I then added another bonjour rub on and an idealogy chit chat word sticker. Then inked around the edge in Archival Jet Black ink and smudged a little around for effect

Added some tissue tape with a little diamonte bling.

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Decorated a fragment pendant thingy by again white embossing the back and putting a bonjour rub on on the front and adding a Diamonte chain to it

and thats it pretty simple this month other than a little inking of the edges with a blending tool and some Archival Jet Black

I did look at this for a while and wonder if I wanted to add anything else, I am sure I could probably add more but will leave it as is sometimes uncluttered is a good thing.

Aprils 365 Days of Love Gratitude Journals

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These are small notebooks that I covered and decorated fairly simply (I did 21 of these in one hit having 5 already done and needing to add a few more to the pile)

They all have some variation of this written inside:

Dear Wonderful You,

Please use this notebook as a gratitude journal by writing 5 things you are grateful for in it everyday.

Love a friend

Bear in mind they are only small notebooks and I only wrote on the first page 🙂

not sure what I am doing for May yet and honestly it may be the end of the month or next month before I get to it but be assured I will.

Kaiser Cards (from Chapter one and Sweet Nothings Pads)

I recently challenged myself to use pretty much only the paper pads and what was in them to create these two cards. Although I couldn’t resist adding the red roses to the Chapter one card for a little pop of colour.

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I got the Chapter one Paper Pad when spotlight had them on sale because It is not colours that I would normally use and I knew it would challenge me. I cut the 2nd scalloped strip from a piece of pp in the stack (you can tell which is the hand cut one), This is for a friends birthday.

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This card is completely from Kaisers Sweet Nothings paper pad (I love that pad so much a friend sent me an extra one)

It was made as a thank you card for a friend.

 

It was really hard to not at least ink the edges of things and to add a little of this or that but overall I am really pleased with the results of these cards.

A little bit of creativity with Kaisers Needle and Thread

Our local Craft and sewing store Spotlight (explination added for non Aussies who read my blog) had Kaisers paper pads marked down to $7.50 each so I decided to pick up two of them one being Chapter one to help me step out of my comfort zone, and the second Needle and thread because I love it so much. That trip also yeilded as always a few really cool bargains, one of which was two packets of 6 paper mache matchboxes for just $1 each.

A couple of days after I got my new stash home I was talking to a friend on the phone and started playing. This is what I created. Adding in a vintage pattern paper flower (cut from Carnation Creations), and a little misted Tissue paper. Their was no purpose to this project it really just was one of those ones that flowed and happened on the spot so to speak.

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I started by covering the matchbox and making my flower, then misting the lot with one of my homemade mists. I use my Martha Stewart score board to get the paper to the right size it saves lots of fiddling around and means you can pre score your corners and other fold lines. I have taken to using it in place of my paper trimmer even as I find it easier and love the distressed edge you get.

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I then covered the inside bit of the matchbox, misted some tissue paper, and created a template for the top part of the dress from a scrap of cardstock, covered it in the same paper I had used for the sides of the matchbox and scrunched the tissue paper around this to form the skirt. I then added some pearls. Decided where I wanted the dress in the box and viola a wee project completed.

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Febuary/March 365 Days Of Love Project Boxes

Hi All

I am sharing this on both this blog and my musings blog because well it really does fit both.

My project for this year started as 365 Love letters to strangers and has evolved into what I now call 365 days of Love. I did not want to give up on the project for lack of things to write about or to feel pressured to come up with stuff all the time so I have evolved the project to include random acts of art and craft and well to just be whatever I need it to be on the day as such.

So for feb and march I created a wee box of Love, with everything from a Little album, mini paper bag of bath salts to a handmade heart cushion hangy thing.

Anyway here is the finished box:
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the box before it was wrapped with a good view of the Heart cushions that were hand cut out, hand sewn and hand stuffed actually the 23 of these took me a rather long time to complete and I am sure between them and the other things I made more than warrent 2 months project time.

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the 2″ square boxes I made from scratch:

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the 1″ Paper Bags made from one of My fav MFT Dies

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The Love albums that I had to fight with my cuttlebug to cut out (both the letters and album are quickutz)

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The boxes ready to be wrapped:

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and all finished with a Tim Holtz butterfly die cut and a pretty mulberry rosebud

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They also include a turkish delight easter egg as its easter, and some have a small turquoise heart bead in them.

It was a lot of work to get these done, when I thought oooh a box of love for valentines day I had no idea it would take me so long to get them done.

I have to say though that I am really happy they are now complete just have to print a little label for them to say what they are about and give them away 🙂