Friday, 6 December 2019

It's a Holly Jolly Christmas !

Hello to you all and welcome to this rather indulgent post!


I say indulgent because I just had SOOOO much fun making these wonderful little houses using Eileen Hull's House Ornament Die (as well as a few embellishments from some of her Thinlits dies). It brought back so many wonderful memories of making decorations like this as a child.

So I give you .....


...... three little Christmas houses, three great techniques!

All of which fit perfectly into our new challenge at A Vintage Journey which is

A Holly Jolly Christmas

Basically anything goes as long as it says Christmas and is in our preferred 
styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, journaling, timeworn or steampunk.

Check out some great Christmas inspiration from my fellow Creative Guides and 
all the details of the challenge for this month by clicking
the link HERE.

House Number 1
Simply covered with some gorgeous Christmas paper


For all the houses I cut windows from Eileen's House/Pocket Stitchlits die. They don't quite match the window but actually look like proper vintage astragals from a distance!


The roof is made from a piece of greyboard which I ran through a wood embossing folder and then inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


I love clusters of flowers and berries at this time of the year and you might just be able to see underneath a couple of flowers cut from Eileen's Journalling Cards (Flowers and Leaves) Thinlits.

House No. 2
Sparkle!


The technique used for this house was crackle paste added through a brick stencil and when it had dried I spritzed it with Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold Spray.


The roof for this house was cut from corrugated packaging which had white acrylic paint dry brushed onto it.


A similar cluster around the window but you might just make out underneath I have used the leaf spray from Eileen's Floral Arch & Words.

House No. 3
Peeled Paint!


I love this technique! A combination of washi tape, crackle paste, PaperArtsy Infusions and a final layer of Texture Paste.


You can see the full technique HERE.


For this house I placed my cluster on top of the roof ..... just for something different .... well not really! I didn't want to hide any of the gorgeous cracked paint! Again I have used leaves from Eileen's Journalling Cards Thinlits dies cut from text paper. I also dyed the ribbon with the PaperArtsy Infusions to keep everything consistent.


I think these three little houses are going to look great on our Victorian mantlepiece amongst the ivy and lights. I wished I hadn't stuck down the bottom as I think they would also look fabulous with a little light inside ..... that means I need to make another one!

Thank you so much for joining me and I hope this gives you some ideas of how to use some of Eileen's fabulous dies.

Have a great weekend!

Jennie x



Sunday, 1 December 2019

Christmas Memories Book

Hello and welcome to this first day of December!

And what better than to share with you a small Christmas notebook for recording Christmas memories and which I hope will be brought out each year and added to in order create a timeline journal.



As it is the first day of the month it also means we start a new challenge at Mini Album Makers. There is no theme, just share with us any finished book you have made and if you can share with us how you made it as we love to see how books are constructed. My fabulous teamies have made some gorgeous books (as always!) so please do hop on over to the challenge blog HERE to see them. 



I have used Eileen Hull's Notebook die as the base of my book and decorated it with some fabulous Stamperia Wintertime papers. I have kept things simple and just added to the cover some layered papers and a small bunch of bright red berries.


A little bit of muslin between the layers adds a little texture.



I have kept many pages blank for writing on, but added a few covers to my signatures and used some of the gorgeous labels which come as part of the pack.

So here is a short tutorial of how the book was constructed:


I used thick mountboard to cut the covers and spine using Eileen's Notebook Die, cutting the spine from the covers and glued them to my patterend paper.


The corners were mitred and the edges folded over. I decided to use red sticky tape instead of glue - it is quick, dries quickly and means the papers lay lovely and flat.


Use a bone folder to score the papers around the spine before folding them otherwise they will crease.


I have stitched my signatures together following this wonderful video HERE by SeaLemon. It is very easy to follow. I have then glued paper to hold everything together (I am working on this bit and trying to perfect it so it lies flat and glue doesn't seep through the signatures!) and also glued some folded paperstock onto the top and bottom of the signature pile.


These pages then glue down onto the book as the photograph above shows. It is really important that you work with the covers flat at this stage.


Choosing the right papers for this part of the book is really important as either a plain or a patterned cardstock can really alter the look of your book.


The papers don't always meet the edges of the book so it is necessary to cut a small strip of patterned paper and glue this to the edge.


I made two panels to fit the front of the book from layered patterned and plain cardstock. I decided to sew the edges rather than glueing. I then sandwiched the muslin between these two layers.


A super little book measuring only 3.75" x 5" but which feels really sturdy and is full of pages for recording our Christmas and New Year memories.

As always thank you for joining me today and I hope you have a fabulous month leading up to the Holiday Season with hopefully some time for crafting.

Jennie x