As I am the host for this month's challenge at A Vintage Journey I am today sharing a tutorial of my Cup of Tea project, a jam packed Eileen Hull Wrap Around Journal full of tea dyed papers, tickets, textiles and little envelopes.
Do join me by clicking the link HERE for tips on tea dyeing and how I put together a large journal.
..... that's our new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and no surprises that it is me who is hosting the challenge!
You know how much I love dying anything that comes across my desk and this month I am challenging you all to pour a cup of tea (or coffee) and use it in your project.
In your cup you could dye lace, ribbon, wood, paper and flowers, or use it to create splashes or cup rings on your project. And don't just limit yourself to "ordinary tea" - there's green tea, yellow tea, black tea, herbal and fruit teas - whatever you've got in your cup!
As I am the host this month I am only going to give you a few "sneak peeks" as I will be back later in the month with a full project tutorial. I have used Eileen Hull's Wrap Around Journal die to create this little vintage book full of stamped papers and envelopes.
In the meantime why don't you hop on over to A Vintage Journey and check out all the wonderful projects created by my fellow Creative Guides. You will be totally inspired !!
Sadly today is my last day on the team at Calico Craft Parts. I have had a lovely time creating with their wonderful products and shall continue to do so. But other exciting possibilities and openings beckon so I have had to make the decision to say goodbye to the lovely team.
I am sharing some of my favourite pieces over on the blog today, so do hop on over if you would like to see what they are! The Gibson Girl is my all time favourite!
It is my turn to share a creative card making tutorial over at A Vintage Journey today, so if you would like to know how I created this single layered stamped card then hop on over by clicking the link HERE.
... and the fifth Friday of the month, so a Tag Friday for us all over at A Vintage Journey!
As Creative Guides we really love these tag creation days - a chance to experiment, use up bits on our craft table and generally have fun! Do hop on over to the blog HERE see the stunning tags created by the rest of the team. And some fabulous news as we have four new designers joining us which is really exciting - so welcome to Anne, Barbara, Toni and Jo!
This tag was really a chance for me to use some of the habitual "bits" that sit on my desk. I seem to have crafted so much with textiles just lately there were loads of little pieces gathering dust so I cut some tea stained calico into a tag and decided to just sew bits and pieces randomly.
Once everything was sewn to the linen I could then attach it to a cardstock tag by sewing around the edges. I didn't use any glue at all - everything is sewn on!
There is no stamping on this tag but I did add a little texture paste to the empty area on the right hand side.
All the ribbons and lace have been in a tea-bath for varying lengths of time and they all take the colour differently. It really is my favourite "go to" dye.
This metal embellishment has been sat on my desk for months, so at long last it has been used!
I really had fun making this tag and it came together really quickly with all the random sewing.
As always thank you for joining me and I do hope you all have a lovely weekend which includes some form of crafting.
We have a new challenge starting over at A Vintage Journey today which is all about books. As this co-oincides with me flying out to Cyprus with my two old school friends for our annual trip away, I just had to make a journal.
The lovely Deb is our host this month and our challenge theme is "Book It". For all the details of the challenge then hop on over to her fabulous blog post HERE and also to see how the rest of the Creative Guides have interpreted this fabulous theme.
I recently bought these gorgeous Stamperia papers and thought they just summed up the feel of Cyprus (not having been there yet though!). The patterns were bright and quite large so I thought they would suit Eileen Hull's Journal Die best.
I cut my covers out from stiff card first and decided I needed to get the patterns absolutely perfect on the covers. So rather than put the papers in the Sissix machine I measured everything and cut it out of the paper to get that gorgeous design wrapping around the journal.
The 1/4" corner chomp on the Crop-A-Dile is a perfect match for Eileen's die so I got my rounded corners easily.
The covers were then adhered to the board. As I only wanted two signatures inside (I am only on holiday for a week!) I glued the spine together to make it smaller.
I then glued strip on to the spine and repunched the holes. Voila! all ready to go with decoration!
I had bits and pieces of the papers left for decoration and of course lovely tags which are included in the paper stack. There is a pocket on the inside cover ......
.... and this year very glamorous photographs depicting the three of us !!!
Small collages on the individual pages just ready for journalling.
A useful pocket for tickets.
Some of Alison's wonderful Friendship quotes.
And another pocket on the inside back cover. I have been waiting to use this Tim Holtz Found Relatives photograph for ages!
There is not much decoration on the cover as the papers were just so beautiful I didn't want to cover them up. (The translation is: Nothing is Art if it does not come from Nature.)
The journal is all ready in my case for writing up each evening and all the little collections of bits and pieces I manage to collect! I don't know how many of these wonderful Journals I have made now. Eileen Hull has really given us so many wonderful dies I can't imagine not going on holiday without one! Thank you Eileen!!!!!
As always thank you for joining me today and don't forget to hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see all the other fabulous makes for this challenge. And of course I hope you find the time to join us too.
Hello and welcome to you all on this first day of yet another month!
As usual my first post of the month is for our challenge over at Mini Album Makers where every month we hope that you will join us in making an album or book in any medium or theme. We just loVe making books!
I got a bit caught out a couple of weeks ago and realised that I had got totally muddled by the days and weeks of the month and suddenly realised it was my friend's birthday that day. So what to make really quickly? As luck would have it Eileen Hull's new Notebook die had arrived the day before so I dived in and made this little vintage book in next to no time!
I have used some fabulous 13Arts papers and vintage elements already in my stash.
Not much in the way of embellishment .......
.... but just enough to add a bit of interest!
I used Eileen's die to cut both the board and papers for the book. These 13Arts papers are only printed on one side, so no agonisingly long decisions about what side to use! I like to cut the papers in three rather than trying to glue them around the book.
I cut some already tea dyed papers using Eileen's Passport Die for the inside signatures and marked where the holes needed to be in my covers and punched them using my Crop-o-Dile (it has a good long reach).
I then stuck the papers down on the inside of the book covers, trimming the spine lightly so the covers fold easily.
I then re punched the holes through to the inside and added my two signatures using some hessian twine. Voila! then just a few minutes more adding a few embellishments.
I am very pleased to say my friend loved the book and had no idea I had only made it that morning ..... (hope she doesn't read this !!!!).
I hope this gives you some inspiration to join us in our challenge this month. Sometimes we really feel like pushing the boat out and creating a masterpiece ..... sometimes it is nice to pull something together really quickly. However, you are feeling this month I hope you will join us. Do hop on over to see what the rest of our fabulous team have been getting up to by clicking the link HERE and to get all the details of the fabulous prize on offer from our sponsor this month : THE FUNKIE JUNKIE BOUTIQUE.
As always thank you for joining me today and happy crafting!