Friday 27 October 2017

Raven Accordion

Hi and welcome, today I have another accordion for you. I have been gardening most of the week, preparing the garden for Winter and my poor back needs a break so I had a little creative time this morning.

I created a tag accordion using Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplate Die, colouring the background of each background with Distress Oxides Wilted Violet and Twisted Citron. The Oxides really appeal to me as I love adding lots of layers to my designs. I began by adding a layer of Twised Citron Distress Oxide, applying the ink directly to a Non-Stick Craft Sheet and then spritzing with water and then mopping up the ink with the tag and spritzing once again with water and then drying with my heat tool. I repeated this process a few times to add layers of the same colour to each tag. I then repeated the same process with Wilted Violet, but this time added a little less colour so that the green layer was still visible.
My next layer was a mono print using Tim Holtz linen stencil, applying Black Soot Distress Ink to the stencil, spritzing with water and then placing the inked stencil, ink side down onto my background and then dabbing with a piece of kitchen towel.
I then applied white paint to the same stencil, applying the paint to the stencil with a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam and then placing the stencil paint side down and dabbing lightly with a piece of kitchen towel to ensure good contact with the card. I love the delicate lighter layer this gives to my design.
I applied Dusty Concord Distress Paint to the edges of an old tin lid and then pressed the lid onto the background of the tag, I repeated this on all three tags. I then blended Dusty Concord Distress Paint around the inside of the circle using my finger. Whilst the paint was still wet I then added touches of Wilted Violet Distress Paint to add shading, blending the two colours together with my finger. To add a litle lightness to the centre of the circle I applied a light layer of Twisted Citron Distress Paint, again applying with my finger.
I used my Stamp Platform to stamp the Raven as I wanted a really dark black image so I stamped several times using Black Archival Ink.
I added some shading around each of the circles with a Black Soot Distress Crayon, smudging the edges with a damp baby wipe.
I distressed the edges of each piece and then blended Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink around the edges and then spritzed with water and dried with my heat tool. I also added some Clippings Stickers for a further layer of interest.
I added some delicate splatters of white paint along with some scratchy paint lines using an old credit card.

I am quite pleased with how all the layers look on this piece.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a lovely weekend.


Sunday 22 October 2017

Fun Accordion

I had a little play before starting on deadlines this morning and created a fun little accordion.
I created an accordion from black card and began decorating with a few doodles and added sentiments from my range of stamps from AALLandCreate which are available HERE.
The background has been created with Distress Inks Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade, I love these two colours together.
One of my favourite sentiments from my set 'FEARLESS' added to one of the accordions.
A few of my doodles and some dots of black paint to add a further layer of interest.
Another inspirational quote from my set of stamps 'be yourself'.
I also added a touch of stencilling in the background to add another layer of interest to the design.
I added my little bird and highlighted him further with a touch of Black Soot Distress Crayon.
I love creating little accordion's each section is only 2 inches wide, just perfect for a little doodling and quick creative time.
I added a few scribbly lines around the outside of each section and added a few dots of black paint using a small ball tool.
Thanks so much for stopping by.


Friday 13 October 2017


Today I have a project using stamps from AALLandCreate including my own range of stamps. All stamps are available from the BOUTIQUE.
I opted to create a book this time around using Eileen Hull's ScoreBoards XL Die Passport Book.  Its such a joy creating with stamps that you have designed yourself and I still can't quite believe I have my own range of stamps.
I began by die cutting the covers and pages for the book and then coloured each mountboard piece with Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylics in Lemon and Magenta.
I stamped one of my sentiments along the spine and added some background stamping. I stamped the Bird from my stamp set which you can find HERE using Black Archival Ink, stamping over the Magenta stamped layer. I love adding layers to my designs. The background stamping has been created using Autour de Mwa and Fiona's stamp sets which you can also find in the Boutique. I masked my bird and then added the Feather behind. I love that the Magenta stamping is still visible behind the darker, bolder black stamping on top.
I added painted layers inside along with some background stamping. I stamped my bird with Black Archival Ink and then inked the stamp lightly with Magenta paint and stamped over the top to give a second layer of colour. My Stamp Platform worked beautifully for this process.
I am loving this colour scheme at the moment and I adore the inspirational quotes from my set of stamps.
I wanted to keep the book fresh, bold and funky.
I stamped FEARLESS on top of the focal imagery, adding some touches of Magenta on top. I also included a monocle over the birds head, adding a feather embellishment below taken from an old piece of jewellery.
I stamped 'Rise Above' below my bird to ground the image so that it was not floating on the page. I also included some scratchy paint lines with an old credit card.

I bound the pages together with some black twine.
I am really pleased with the outcome of this little creative time. Hope you enjoyed your visit.


Thursday 12 October 2017

A Sensitive Soul

Today I have created a card just for fun with pieces left over on my desk.
The background has been created with Distress Oxides Vintage Photo and Wild Honey with a touch of monoprinting using a Layering Stencil and Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink.
The Raven has been die cut from a sheet of the Clippings Stickers and I added a handsome gent behind from the Regions Beyond Paper Stash. I also blended Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the die cut shape to highlight further.
I machine stitched the die cut piece to a cabinet card to give it some weight and stability and added an Adornments Arrow embellishment along with a spider and number 31.
I added a remnant of cheesecloth, died with Black Soot Distress Ink to add further texture to my design.
A few delicate splatters of black paint also add a further layer of interest. Each of my metal embellishments were also coloured with Butterscotch Alcohol Ink.
Thanks so much for stopping by.


Tuesday 3 October 2017

Eileen Hull Holiday Projects

Hi and welcome to my monthly post for Eileen Hull.  This month the Design Team are showcasing their Halloween, Christmas or Autumnal Projects.
I decided to create a Halloween project using Eileen's Passport Scoreboards XL Die.
I began by cutting my front and back covers and pages from mountboard and then adding colour using Distress Paints Ripe Persimmon and Twisted Citron, applying the paint with a brayer.
I embossed all my pieces with Tim Holtz Floral Texture Fade and then added Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Ink over the top, simply swiping the inkpad across the raised areas. I then dried the ink with a heat tool before applying the next colour.
I then applied Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide over the top to give a second layer of colour and once again dried the ink with my heat tool.
I adhered the front and back covers to the binding which has also been coloured with Distress Paints.
I then machine stitched the front and back cover to the spine and then dry brushed Black Soot Distress Paint across the raised/embossed areas.
I only used a light touch to add the dry brushing as I did not want too much black paint coverage.
I die cut five Raven's from black card.
Adhered all the layers together to give me one dimensional Raven.
I highlighted the embossed area on the Raven with a touch of Wax and added a Clippings sticker to the top.
No Raven is complete without a Paper Doll!!! I also added a feather behind which had a touch of stamping added using the background stamp from the On The Farm Stamp Set.
I added some skull beads randomly to the twine.
I also included some Design Tape and a Transparent Tile all from Tim Holtz Idea-ology range. I added a circle of twine for added texture.
My fellow team members will be posting each week for the month of October with their inspiration for this month, stay tuned.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Monday 2 October 2017

The Silence!

I created today's card just for fun.
  1. Apply Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink to the background of white card, blending the colour to add layers and depth to the colour. Continue to apply colour until you are happy with the depth and vibrancy. Rub over the card with an Anti Static Bag.
  2. Place the Visible Image Grungy Union Jack Stencil onto the coloured background and apply VersaMark Ink over the stencil, applying with a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam.
  3. Remove the stencil and then sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder. Melt the powder with a heat tool.
  4. Blend Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the embossed image, again blending the ink with an Ink Blending Tool or piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam, applying layers of colour to give depth.
  1. Add delicate splatters of black paint to give a further layer of interest.
  2. Staple the background piece to a piece of black card and then onto a further layer of card coloured with Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink.
  1. Die cut a Raven from Tim Holtz Halloween Clippings Stickers.
  2. Add a touch of shading around the Raven with Black Soot Distress Ink.
  1. Before adhering the die cut Raven to the card, place the Visible Image Skull Shadow Stencil onto the background and then blend Black Archival Ink over the stencil.
  2. Affix the Raven to the card.
  3. Add a Clippings Sticker to the background.
Thanks so much for stopping by.