Friday 31 January 2014

Twelve Tags of 2014.......... #January

At last ! Here is the first of my tags for the Tim Holtz  'Twelve tags of 2014' challenge, posted with not a moment to spare! you can see Tim's tag and a full tutorial of the process, by following the link here. I've followed Tim's tag pretty closely for this, as I was fortunate enough to have several of the supplies he used. I've now put the circles die on my wish list, as it was pretty tricky cutting the centre out of the pocket watch with scissors and I can see that those circles would be very useful for other projects. I'm also adding a picture of the tag I did for my design team post over on the eclectic Paperie blog. I've used Tim's lovely new 'Bird Feather' stamps and layering stencils. I could make tags all day long, such good fun ! Many thanks for all the inspiration Tim x

Tuesday 28 January 2014


I seem to be making a habit of being 'late to the table' with my posts recently. Apart from my job as a teacher keeping me busy, the only other excuse I can offer is that my attic workroom is pretty cold in the winter. The central heating in our house doesn't extend quite that far and it's very hard to leave the side of the lovely log fire burning in our living room. Enough excuses ! In the spirit of being better late than never, I'd like to share this journal page which I've just finished as my DT piece for the eclectic Paperie eTeam Challenge.
 Andie is hosting the challenge and she has chosen the theme of 'Hope'. There is only one day left but you might just have time to join in. In any case I'd certainly advise you to hop over to the blog and see some of the fabulous projects. Andie has created a beautiful layout with the most gorgeous detail.
I decided to finish a journal page I'd started at the beginning of the year. It remained unfinished until the other day when I had a 'light bulb' moment, with the realisation that 'Hope' is exactly what the beginning of a new year is all about!...... Time to get that Page finished!
I started by spraying some Dylusion Inks onto a page which I'd previously applied Studio Gesso.
Lots of nice drippiness with these sprays ! I then stamped out 2014 using Tim's big number stamp set and black Archival Ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder and then....... I got stuck ! bold, black, stark, shiny numbers. Hmmmm ! what to do next so I put my journal away and waited for inspiration to strike. Fast forward to  three weeks later and a renewed interest in my fabulous but neglected Twinkling H2O Water Colour Paints. These gorgeous metallic paints, proved to be perfect for painting on some fireworks. It's a good idea to spray the surface of the paints with water first and allow it to soak in for a few minutes before use. I used my Tim Holtz water brush to paint with.
I felt that the page was at last starting to come together, that is until I decided to add a bit more bling! I have a big dense roll of gold transfer foil that I acquired several years ago. I placed a piece over the embossed numbers and covered with a piece of paper, then ironed over the surface with a fairly hot iron. Eeeeek ! the embossing melted and the gold transferred beautifully but it had spread out and just about obliterated the numbers. Oh what to do now? I felt I'd ruined  the page. Still, I consoled myself with the idea that the whole purpose of an art journal is to experiment, therefore I just couldn't leave it there. So out came the number stamps, more Black Archival ink, and some black embossing powder.
Here's how the numbers look now. I rather like the way they have turned out, almost like they're on fire. Some of the gold has also transferred onto the page and created a lovely texture. Distinct possibilities for future projects ! I used a Dymo label maker to emboss the word 'Hope'. I considered using larger text but with such huge numbers I thought it would be too much and I just really like that little label. A small word that means so much! x
So, if you have a few minutes spare and want to create something on the theme of Hope, or maybe like me, you've started something  and just need a little incentive to finish it, get it up loaded to the eclectic Paperie e Team Picks Challenge, before midnight on the 29th of January EST. We would love to see what you come up with and you will also be in with a chance of winning a $15 gift certificate for Kim's wonderful eclectic Paperie shop. She has a great selection of the new items from CHA as well as old favourites. Here are some of the products I've used.

Monday 13 January 2014

'Hearts' ....Get Altered While There's Still Time !

The lovely and very talented, Sue Lelli is the hostess for The Get Altered Challenge over on the eclectic Paperie blog and she has chosen 'Hearts' as this months theme. A great subject and certainly one that I'll never tire of ! You can see Sue's lovely hanging, by following the link here. After much pondering, I decided to make a tag as my DT contribution. I used a Dyan Reavley Harlequin stencil with Brushed pewter and Festive Berries Distress Paint, for the background and followed a technique that Paula Cheney demoed on her blog, She created a two colour background for a gorgeous Christmas card which you can see by following  this link. Paula has an amazing talent ! Here is the background to my tag..
After stenciling the tag with the Distress Paints, I blended in some vintage Photo Distress ink and a little Black Soot to the roughened edges. I then cut two hearts, one in card and one in red honey comb paper, remember that stuff ? 
I adhered the honey comb heart to the card for added stability. I freehand cut a pair of wings and covered them with Pumice Distress Glitter. I love the antique look of this product, it takes glitter to a whole different level. Before attaching the wings and heart, I stamped the  Crafty Individuals flourishes in black Archival Ink and added a few words of those very handy Remnant Rub Ons.
A little phrase from the Stampers Anonymous Simple Sayings set and a strip from the Ideaology Industrious Borders complete the tag and of course, not forgetting  the coloured seam binding!  If you fancy playing along with the eclectic Paperie Get Altered Challenge, you still have a few days left. Hop over to the blog by following this link and you'll find plenty of inspiration. Follow the challenge 
rules, upload your project and you could be the lucky winner of a $15 gift certificate for Kim's lovely eclectic Paperie shop.
 I'm also entering this tag into  the Our Creative Corner, 'no more shopping sins' challenge, where we are being challenged to use some of those coveted products we've all bought but rarely used. No doubt you can guess what shopping 'sin' I've used here, yes that's right, it's that 'must have honey comb paper. I wonder when it will get another airing ! x
Here are some of the supplies I've used. Click on the thumbnails to be transported to the eclectic Paperie shop