Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Mini Book and Crafting Heaven!

As some of you will know I have been on holiday in Crete and on my way home had a stopover in Edinburgh and had the wonderful opportunity to meet up with Astrid, Rita and Annie for a crafting session. 

Astrid had already die cut these little Eileen Hull Passport Mini Books for us to use and we got stuck in with texture paste, gesso, Infusions and Distress Oxides.

We managed to cram in a lot of work as well as laughter and cake but the time passed just too quickly!

Here are some close ups

We all started with a coat of gesso, then texture paste through a stencil. Then the surface was primed with Chalk PaperArtsy Fresco Paint before having fun with PaperArtsy Infusions using lots of water - as I do! I think I used Sunset Beach.

Then I added layers of Distress Oxides:
Worn Lipstick
Vintage Photo
Walnut Stain

before adding some text stamping

I really love this final effect.

We also got to use Lynne Moncrieff's new stamps which are just the perfect size for this little mini book and stamped so beautifully on the coffee stained paper Astrid had also prepared for us.

I am not quite sure what I want to use the little book for yet, so decided to keep things reasonably plain. This is a great size mini book for using up scraps of some favourite papers. These are the remains of my Prima Almanac papers which I have had for ages waiting to use for something special.

So yes .... crafting heaven ..... a fabulous project and an opportunity to craft with three very special friends, something I don't get the chance to do living here on this remote island.

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x



gibonik said...

Wow... this is such a lovely book:) Gorgeous!!!

A Pink said...

Gorgeous! Jennie in every way. Love the quote!
Thanks for sharing your holiday pics and your crafty time pic . Great to see you having fun .
hugs x

Jan Hill said...

Oh Jenny I love this, the colours are beautiful! Hope my die is waiting for me when I get home x

Team Clark said...

Oh how lovely it is Jennie! The color palette is scrumptious, as was the cake I'm sure! I'm thrilled that you lovely ladies had a play day and really enjoy seeing the results. The pages are just perfect and the covers exquisite! Hugs, Autumn

Rita said...

I just knew you would have to finish it Jennie. It is indeed very vintage and beautiful. Hopefully I'll get mine finished tomorrow. Special memories that we had on Sunday and it does not seem like 3 years has passed since our last meet. Hugs R xxxx

Redanne said...

Play days really are the best and it looks like you all really enjoyed yourselves very much! I love your finished journal, the muted tones are gorgeous and the dolls you chose for the front are really beautiful. I love Lynne's new stamps too! Anne xx

Brenda Brown said...

The cover is delightful Jennie, beautifully muted yet with fabulous layers that create depth and interest. The simple photo, quote and embellishments finish it perfectly xxx

Astrid Maclean said...

Jennie your finished book is shabby perfection!!! I so love those soft pink tones! The way you decorated the spine looks super too! We had such a great time and now I cannot wait for a next get together! xxx

Marci said...

Beautiful little book, I love the color and the stamping.

Candy C said...

Jennie....your little book is vintage, shabby perfection! I love all of it! The colors are so soft and sweet. Love your little paper dolls. Love the subtle script stamping. Your soft pink now is the perfect finishing touch.
Love your photograph of the crafting buddies, too. There is a WHOLE LOT OF TALENT in that beautiful picture!

Annie said...

Your journal looks so beautiful Jennie xx love the colours and of course Lynnes Affirmation stamps x guess I will have to get a move on and complete mine !!!! It was wonderful to catch up with you again and I look forward to the next time. Astrid totally spoiled us it was an amazing day

Take care
Annie x

Sara Barker said...

How fun you ladies were able to craft and have fun together--truly a blessing! And what fabulous results you achieved at your special play day! Love this gorgeous album--the colors are so beautiful and so YOU! Hugs!