Friday, 31 January 2020

Embossing Moments

Hello and welcome!

It's the fifth Friday of January so over at A Vintage Journey the Creative Guides get the chance to create for our Tag Friday. It is always fun to experiment and what better than to try some of the lovely products I bought back with me from Creativation 2020.

I was very lucky to meet and get to know the lovely Kim Evans of Emerald Creek. Her embossing powders are quite different to anything else I have used in the past with lots of lovely textures and colours.  For this tag I have played with Seth Apter's Vintage Beeswax and Gwen Lafleur's Moroccan Sun (from her Boho Blends).  (I also got to meet the lovely Gwen too!)

I love how the Moroccan Sun creates quite a rusty feel when used with some brown ink.

And the Vintage Beeswax works well on a cream cardstock die cut too.

Another die cut which was inked a bit more before applying the Vintage Beeswax.

You can just about see some of the stamped texture in the Vintage Beeswax.

And here is how it came together.

I collaged some vintage papers onto my tag and applied a little Distress Ink 
through a layering stencil.

Three coats of the Vintage Beeswax were then layered over the top of the papers. On the last layer I stamped into the hot wax to create a bit of texture but it is difficult to see it in the photograph.

The die cuts were cut from ordinary cream cardstock and inked a little before adding a single layer of the Vintage Beeswax. The result is a nice quality die cut which certainly doesn't look like cream cardstock!

The cogs were cut from greyboard and I embossed a single layer of Moroccan Sun 
adding a little brown ink around the edges.

A lovely chance to play with some new products and thank you Kim for being so generous in giving me a little bag of lovely products to play with.

Do hop on over to A Vintage Journey where nearly all the Creative Guides have this month created a tag for your inspiration. And you can join in as well .... all the details are on the blog.

Have a great weekend!
Jennie x

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Gardening Journal with a Hint of Spring

I am over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight sharing a project for the new theme
Hint of Spring.

I have used some of my favourite Scrapcosy (aka Raquel) stamps combined with Eileen Hull's Pocket Notebook die to create this small garden journal for recording notes and a little watercolour painting.

Do join me over on the PaperArtsy blog for a full step by step of how I created the front panel.

See you there!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Desktop Displays with Eileen Hull's Latest Sissix Dies

Hello and welcome!

I have been very lucky to have had the opportunity of creating with some of Eileen Hull's latest Sissix dies ahead of Creativation in Phoenix later this month. And not just that I am VERY excited to be going myself ... but more of that in another post.

Today I am sharing two projects I have made with the new Display Stand. This is a brilliant die and I can see the creative potential for using this over and over in lots of different ways. It cuts in one piece (yes!), lies flat for posting and is great fun to decorate.

I thought it would be lovely to make a scrapbook layout which would also double as a birthday card for a favourite friend.

And completely different ... a desk tidy combining it with another of Eileen's dies.

The die easily lies flat for posting - just brilliant!

For the scrapbook layout I coated the front pieces of board with white gesso and then added some stamping, texture paste using a stencil and bit of watery ink.

I have used different die cuts for layering - my favourite to way to create depth. Some are layered on foam. I have also added a sentiment from Eileen's Floral Arts and Words Thinlits die.

For the desk tidy I made a shortened box using Eileen's CD Wrap and Box Storage Die. A large post it note pad sits inside perfectly.

I have used Stamperia Winter Botanical papers to decorate the stand and the box, fussy cutting some smaller pieces for decoration. This was so quick and easy to make I think I could have one for each season!

The outside edge of the inside (if you get my meaning) is on show once the stand is finished, so for the scrapbook stand I roughly painted the edge with chalk acrylic paint to match the design.

But it is possible to cut a piece of cardstock measuring 5 1/4" x 5 3/8" to fit. I cut a 1" border around three sides and left 1 3/8" at the bottom. I found it works best if only the top is glued that way the bottom moves with the stand when folded or closed.

The stand is very sturdy and means you can place a lot of embellishments on the front without fear of it falling over.

Eileen's Creative Team are making some fabulous samples using this new die and she will be sharing them over on her blog HERE. Do keep visiting as you will find loads of inspiration for these new dies both now and during the show in Phoenix.

As always thank you for joining me today and I hope to be sharing more projects with Eileen's new dies soon.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Small is Beautiful ....

Hello and welcome to my first creative post of 2020. I hope, like us, you have had a restful and peaceful Christmas and are now ready to jump into not just a new year, but a new decade!

As it is also the first day of the month we are starting a new challenge at Mini Album Makers and I have decided to start the year with some small tiny books representing the four seasons which have helped me use up some small, but precious pieces of scrapbooking paper and were great fun to make.

Whilst taking stock of my paper supplies earlier last month I decided to use some of these fabulous little pieces of Graphic 45 papers from the Time to Flourish pack which have been so much a favourite but which I couldn't part with even the tiniest little piece!

It is always fun making a new book(s) and at Mini Album Makers we just ask you to share whatever you have made this month. The team love their bookmaking and you can be assured of some great inspiration. Do hop on over to the MAM blog to see more.

As I had made quite a number of books for Christmas presents I had lots of small leftover bits of paper and board. So ..... in order not to waste anything I decided to create a little set of books none of which is more than 2" high.

Spring was my first little book and I had a few little labels which filled a few pages.

Then I turned to some summer papers. The book measures 2" x 2" but has a thicker spine than the rest which makes for a lovely chunky book especially as I had more in the way of labels and cutouts.

By the time I got to Autumn I realised that a plain inside cover suited the books well. Autumn has a similar chunky spine to Summer but the book measures 2" x 1.75" (and really is kinda cute!).

And finally to Winter which is the smallest book of the set measuring only 2" x 1.5". I was running out of papers at this point so it is quite a thin book but has some lovely labels and quotes inside.

And here are a few steps explaining how the books came together:

I sorted all the left over bits of paper from my Christmas present making and pulled together four books of varying sizes, although they were all 2" high.  I made sewn signatures in the normal way but only used two holes for the sewing.

Board was then cut to fit the signatures and I played around on my papers to see what would fit. I am using papers from the 8" x 8" paper stack which means the images are small enough for these tiny books.

The board covers were made in just the same way as I make my larger ones.

I always glue the long edges first .... no idea why but I find it makes for a neater finish.

Once you have everything stuck down don't be tempted to bend the paper as it never folds correctly. Always score with a bone folder first for a crisper fold.

There are many videos/step by steps on the internet showing how to make board cover books and I have used the same principles for these small ones. Once you have the skills it is easy to translate them to any size.

I don't expect the books will be used for anything but were fun to make and look really cute sitting on the mantlepiece and have caused a few comments!

So another creative year starts and I have much to look forward to ... more about that later in the month!

As always thank you for joining me and I wish you all a very happy, healthy and creative year ahead.

Jennie x