Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Floral Journal

This is a floral themed journal I made for a swap on the MyMakes.net forum.  The cover is a birthday card from my Mother-in-Law and there are flowers galore inside.  This really was a lovely journal to work on, just right for the beginning of Spring! There are lots of pockets, tuck spots and tags and plenty of  journalling space.

Thank you for watching, I hope you enjoyed a breath of Spring too.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Purple Journal

I was lucky enough to be a member of the January journal design team using the beautiful Purple Jenndi digikit from melodimade.com. In addition to the lovely papers in the kit I used the Artisan Design Butterfly Background and Spotted texture stamps, Laurel Burst, Sycamore and Daisy Burst stencils, gelli prints, and some floral and bird images from the Graphics Fairy.

The cover is a rich pink and silver fabric and the journal is Traveller's Notebook size with 3 removable signatures and there are silvery bells on the spine tassel. There are lots of journalling spots and tags throughout and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

Here's a quick flip through of the pages:

Thank you for looking!

Monday, 20 January 2020

Butterfly Dancer samples for Artisan Design Group UK

On Tuesday 21st January on Hochanda (Home of Crafts, Hobbies and Art), Pete Simpson of Artisan Design will be launching his created licensed designed stamps: The Butterfly Dancers: Now available for pre-order in either mounted and unmounted formats at https://www.artisandesigngroupuk.com

Here's what I've created for the design team using "Mason" and "Jorjie" - watch the shows tomorrow and see if you can spot any of my makes!
Card with Mason and Spotted background

Jorjie on a smooshed Distress Oxide background

A little notebook with Brusho background and Mulberry paper 

Inside the notebook with some of  the "worker" stamps in Mason's set

I liked the worker stamps so much I used them to make a
card with Distress Oxide on photo paper background

A mixed media tag using Jorjie on a collaged bookpaper
background and added texture using the Laurel Burst
 stencil and texture paste.

A canvas with Starlight metallic paints and Daisy Burst stencil, with
 Fern stamped onto vellum.

Easel card using Artisan Design Veiny texture stamp and Mason

Sparkly embossed Jorjie on Daisy Burst stencilled background and resin flowers

Jorjie again, this time on a shaker card.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Winter's Kiss envelope

As soon as I saw my new RHS magazine I knew exactly what I was going to do with the envelope it came in, which always has a picture of the magazine cover on it.  This month it was a beautiful icy rose image and with a background that matched the Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink perfectly, it was just asking to go in a junk journal. 

In the same post was a nice large envelope, so I used the Artisan Design Snowflake mask to make a pretty background for the rose and the wording, and trimmed it with some glittery washi tape.  Quick and easy but I think it's so pretty, and I'll add it to a Christmassy journal I've started creating.

Friday, 20 December 2019

Christmas Carol Challenge and Swap

It's definitely a Christmas Carol theme this Christmas - firstly the Dickens novel was our book club read for December, then I took part in a challenge which involved making a card and a mixed media piece, one to be based on the Dickens and the other to be any Christmas carol, using Artisan Design products.  Then the carol theme was chosen for a 6x6 scrapbook page swap on the My Makes forum.

These are my makes for the challenge.  My card is "In the Bleak Midwinter" with some suitably wintry looking deer and a village scene, and for my mixed media piece I took a canvas board and used Distress Oxides on photo paper to give a stone effect for Scrooge's headstone.  The lettering was done by hand. In both I have used the Artisan Design Snowflake mask and Distress Oxides as a background, and in the Scrooge one I've used the AD Fern stamp to add some foliage round the stone.  Flock made a nice snowy effect on both.

I made a similar style Bleak Midwinter scrapbook page for one of the swaps, and the other was inspired by The Holly and The Ivy.

I was lucky enough to be a winner in the challenge and received this wonderful prize of a set of Faber Castell watercolour pencils.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Christmas Tree Tag

I've learned how to make an origami Christmas tree for a tag swap - very simple but I liked the technique so I made another one to go on the front of a card too. The background of the tag is an embossing folder from Couture Creations and the card background is the Snowflake mask from Artisan Design Group UK.  The papers were magazine cover mounts from my stash. I learned from a video on the Newbie Junk Journal Facebook group, but there are instructions on YouTube and Pinterest if you search for origami Christmas tree. Do have a go, it's very easy to do.


Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Flow-type journal cover

I turned a 20p hardback book from a charity shop into this cover for a flow-type journal.  Once the pages were removed I gessoed the cover and added some torn scraps of book paper, then used three colours of my brand-new Brushos to colour it purples and blues.  I really enjoyed playing with the Brushos and plan on trying out some more techniques soon.  I stencilled the front cover with an alphabet stencil and the back with the Daisy Burst stencil from Artisan Design.  I used matt gel through the stencils and once it was dry highlighted it with Diamond Starlight Wax and added a beaded dangle to the spine. 

The inside was lined with an off-cut of wallpaper. As it's going to be a flow-type journal, which will hold papers, envelopes etc. for the recipient to use in her own journal making, I decided to use elastic cord to hold the contents in. I made an inside spine and tied the elastic round that so it wasn't visible on the outside and trimmed it with Washi tape.

Here's the finished journal, stuffed full of goodies!