Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Art Journal Page - Today I Choose Joy

Good morning friends

My art journal page today is a very bright one.

You can see the process video on my YouTube channel here.


The inspiration for this page came from Pinterest.

I wanted to create a page that had a very bright background with a detailed white design on it.

I am working on my ring bound journal which is 8.25" x 8.75". I have given the page a coat of 13 arts Gesso then after it had dried I applied an assortment of acrylic paints with a sponge. Some of the paint was smeared on and some was pounced on. The colours were applied in a random manner until I had the look that I was after.

Using the 3 circle stamp from Dylusions Anatomy of A Page stamp set I stamped randomly around the page with both Stazon Jet Black ink and Encore Gold ink.

Nest step was to lightly stamp with Kaisercraft's Chicken Wire stamp and Jet Black Stazon ink.

The white focal design was made using a Kaisercraft stencil, I think it is called Doily but not sure as I have thrown the packaging away, and some Mont Marte Modelling Paste. This dries white so was ideal for making the design stand out from the background and for adding some texture to the page.

A Sharpie Fine Line permanent marker was used to outline the whole design.

Using some gold acrylic paint, which I watered down I added some splatters over the whole page and then some Navy splatters were added to the area where the white design was not.


I have a couple of fineline bottles that I keep watered down acrylic paint in, in both black and white. I used these to put a border around the page and then went around the outside of the page with a Kaisercraft black ink pad for some extra definition.


The final step was to trim the computer generated quote that I had printed on normal printer paper, attach it to the page with Aleen's Original Tacky Glue.

To help this blend in with the page I used my Fudeball black pen to draw around the edge of the quote and then my Stabillo All black pencil and a wet brush to add some shading behind the quote.


Don't forget you can see the whole process over on my YouTube channel here.

Thank you for spending your time with me today
I hope you like the video if you watch it and subscribe to my channel.

Till next time
Hugs
Julie

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Scrapbooking Layout "Beautiful August 2018"

Good morning to you.

Thanks for joining me here on my blog.

I have created a layout to share with you today. You can watch the video here if you want all of the details.


I was going for a minimalistic look with this layout but didn't get as minimalistic as I had in mind. Having said that I am more than happy with the way the layout has turned out. That's what happens all too often isn't it, we start off with one idea and then it takes on a life of it's own and something completely different happens.

I have used some Dylusion Ink Sprays (Vibrant Turquoise, Squeezed Orange and Rose Quarts) to splatter in a vertical line down the middle of the white background.

Then using an assortment of small stamps and a bright pink no brand ink pad, and Archival Ink pads in Tiger Lily and Black I stamped down the middle of the background in the same area as the splatters.

I cut my patterned papers next. Kaisercraft Blue Bay and Fiesta 6.5" papers pads along with Paper Pleasure Plus - Bubble Hearts were my choice for this layout. The patterned paper pieces on this layout are so small you would be able to take the opportunity to use up some of your scraps.

Once I had inked around the edges of all of the papers I attached them to the layout.

I filed around the edge of the photo, which I had trimmed to 4" x 4", with an emery board and attached that to the layout using some craft foam to give the photo some height.

The doodling around each element was done with a Uniball Eye Micro black pen. One of my favourite pens for this type of thing.

The chipboard title has been painted with acrylic paint in a colour to go with the layout and attached with glue. This too has a doodled border.

Using the two turquoise papers and my Kaisercraft DD501 Arrows die I cut some arrows and attached them so they were pointing to the photo from both sides.

I had some embossed foiled heart stickers in pink and orange that I added around the photo.

A Martha Stewart Around the Page heart punch was used to punch some tiny hearts from a piece of turquoise paper and they were added to the cascade of embellishments tumbling down the centre of the layout.

Final touch was to add a few dabs with my Pearl Pens in pink, white and black. This added both colour and texture.

Thanks again for spending some of your day here with me today

Don't forget to check out the video here

Till next time
Hugs
Julie

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Daisies Are Art Journalling Page

Good morning

Today's post is sharing an art journal page I created over the last couple of days.

I did not start off with a plan for this page and just went with the flow.

You can see the video here.


This page is going into my 8.5" ring bound album.

I have covered the background with Tim Holtz tissue paper using Mat Medium.
A light coat of Gesso pushes the pattern to the background.
When all of that is dry I took the page to my sewing machine and stitched a zigzag border around the page and a few vertical lines over the page.

To colour the background I used some Colour Blast Colour Paste. I have used both a sponge and my finger to apply the colour.

I used a no name circle stamp to stamp randomly in the background with Archival Inks in Venitian Orange and Black.

Using  a Dylusions stamp called Further Around the Edge, I stamped some leaves on the bottom of the page using two green and a black Archival Ink.

To colour the leaves I used three shades of green from my Pan Pastel set. This was applied with a sponge applicator and then I went over them with a wet brush to set them.


To create the focal point I used watercolour paper that I had given a coat of Gesso. The stamp I used to stamp the flowers is one I have had for about 15years, it is from Embossing Arts Co. and is called 192-GB Giant Flowers.

I coloured the flowers using my Faber Castell Big Brush markers and then detailed the flowers using a Micron black pen.

After I had fussy cut the flowers I used Matt Medium to attach them to the page.


Using my Stabillo All black pencil and a small wet brush I did some shading behind the flowers.

I printed my quote and attached it to the page using Gel medium.

I have a fineline bottle with some watered down black acrylic paint in it and I used that to put a border around my quote and around the page.

I hope you will check out my video here.

Thank you for spending your time here with me today.
Till next time
Hugs
Julie

Friday, June 21, 2019

Guest Design Layout for Creative Inspiration

Good morning

Today's layout is a layout I created for Creative Inspiration. They have asked me to be a guest designer this month and the mini challenge that I have chosen is to use LACE on your project

This is the layout I have created for inspiration.

You will find the Challenge here.

You will find the process video here.


I have completely covered a sheet of white cardstock with strips of lace to create my background. I recently acquired a heap of lace from a friend and I was looking for ways to use some of it.

I have chosen this photo of my family and felt that pink was OK for the background because there is only one male in the photo. (My brother)

The paper I have chosen is Kaisercraft's Oh La La range.

I have double matted my photo and then layered it on several of the patterned papers.

I have used a mixture of die cuts and stickers for embellishments. The heart die cuts have been embossed with a Cuttlebug script embossing folder.


The two strips of punched paper have been punched using an American Crafts Knock Out Scallop punch. Kaisercraft tiny gems have been added to the butterfly bodies.


All of the papers have been inked with black ink and attached to the lace background with Aleene's Original Tacky Glue as I did not think that double sided tape would hold to the lace.

The title uses Heidi Swapp "Centre Of Attention" chipboard letters, they have been painted with Terra Cotta Acrylic paint and then given a coat of Glossy Accents

So why not go over to Creative Inspiration and join in the fun of the Mini Challenge. There are prizes to be won and the winner could be you.

Don't forget to check out the video over on my YouTube channel.

Thank you for spending some of your day here with me

Till next time
Hugs
Julie

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Gate Fold and Z Fold Birthday Cards

Good morning to you.

Today I am sharing a couple of cards.

I was inspired by cards I saw on Pinterest when I went looking for something that was a bit different than the normal fold card.

I made a video while creating these cards and you can see it here.




OK let's start with this one


I started by cutting some white cardstock 6.5" wide by 6" deep and then scored it at 2.25" on the 6.5" edge. This makes a 4.5" x 6" card.

I used a no-name Stitched Heart die to cut a white cardstock heart that measures about 4" wide by about 4.25" deep. I scored the heart a 1/4" in from the right hand edge and then attached that to the card base, using glue, approx centre of the right hand edge of the card base.


Now that my card base is assembled I cut patterned paper so that it fits on the front left panel and the inside panel so that there is only a very thin white border showing around the edge when the patterned paper is attached to the card base. All of the papers on both of these hards have the edges inked before they are attached.

I have used a 6" x 6" paper pad that I bought from Cheap As Chips called Ballerina by Molly's. It has some beautiful papers in it including some with gold foiling.

Using the same foiled paper that I used on the left hand front of the card, I cut a smaller heart to mount on top of the white heart.


Using a Kaisercraft die I cut 2 large and 2 smaller flowers from pink cardstock. I stamped on the flowers using my script stamp and some Encore Gold ink for added detail.
Each petal was cut a little deeper into the flower, the edges inked and then rolled to give the flower some dimension. The four flowers were then attached on top of each other with glue and a pearl was added to the centre.

I used a no-name die to cut the rose outline in gold cardstock.

I attached the gold flower first and then the pink flower on top.

The sentiment and verse are Kaisercraft clear stickers. Once I had attached them to the card I gave them a good burnish with my Bone Folder so they will stay in place.

The second card is a Z fold card.


I started with a 6" x 12" piece of cardstock because that is what I had left from the card above but you could start with a 4" x 12" piece.

I cut diagonally so that the car measured 2" at the front edge and 4" at the back edge.

The card base was scored at 4" and 8". Starting from the 8" score create a valley fold and then a mountain fold at the 4" score line

Next I cut 4 each of 6 different sized hearts from some paper from my stash.

This paper (it is actually cardstock) is white with a resist pattern on it when you buy it. I have used sprays to colour the background and the resist repels the colour so the pattern stays white.

I attached the stars to the top edge of the card using glue and then attached another star to the back of each star so that no matter which side you were looking at you would see a coloured star and not the back of one.


A 1" strip of the same patterned cardstock was attached to the bottom front of the card to hold the sentiment. The sentiment and verse are once again the clear stickers from Kaisercraft.

I hope I have given you an idea or two for your cards today

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Don't forget to pop over to my YouTube channel and watch these cards being created. You will see the video by clicking here.

Till next time
Hugs
Julie



Sunday, June 16, 2019

"Sweet" Layout for Creative Inspirations sketch challenge.

Good morning to you all

I have created this layout using a sketch designed by Bev Code over at Creative Inspirations where I am a guest designer for this month.

You can see the sketch here.

You can enter the challenge here.

Check out my process video here.


I have used Kaisercraft's Wandering Ivy paper range for this layout. 

The floral background was cut to a 1" frame so I could use the same paper on the front of the layout for embellishing.

The white paper was torn on each edge so it measured approx. 11" square, I inked the edges then attached it to the 1" floral frame.


To create the embellishments for the page I have used some Washi Tape, (the blue and white chevron strips) and some patterned paper and also some Navy card stock that I punched along one edge with a Martha Stewart punch.

I added the strips to the top left corner of the layout and below the photo.
Once these were in place I took the layout to my sewing machine and stitched around the page where the two background papers overlap. I did two rows of stitching one straight and one zig zag.

I did the same stitching on top of the floral strip of paper in my clusters

For the top cluster I added a black scalloped heart and a piece of the branding strip from one of the papers. I did some doodling using my White Signo pen around the heart.



The embellishments at the bottom left of the photo are a mixture of die cuts and foiled stamping which has been fussy cut. This is the first bow I have made using my new bow die, very happy with it.

For the title I stamped "Sweet" onto a piece of acetate and then heat embossing it with black embossing powder. this was then attached to the top left of the photo using a bit of wet glue behind the letters so it does not show through the acetate.

Hope this layout inspires you to make something today.

Don't forget to pop over to my YouTube channel and watch the video for this layout.

Why not have a go yourself. You can enter your layout into the challenge here.

So glad you have spent some of your time here with me on my blog today.

Till next time
Hugs
Julie


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Cindy 1974 Layout for Scrapping Fun Kits June 2019

Good morning

Today I am sharing with you a layout I have created for Scrapping Fun Kits using their July kit.

You can see a detailed video of the creation of this layout here.

You can subscribe to Scrapping Fun Kits here.

This is the layout I have made. It showcases the first year of my daughters life. We did not take as many photos back then as we do now.


I decided to go for a grid style layout.

There is a very cute tissue paper in the kit, I attached it to some white cardstock and used it as patterned cardstock. I cut it to 11" x 11" and matted it on some pink cardstock from my stash to create the background for my layout.

My photos are 2.25" x 2.5" so I cut 9 pieces of white cardstock 2.5" x 2.75" to use as my grid pieces.
I attached my photos to 4 of these using foam squares.

Two pieces of twine from the kit were wrapped around one of the panels and tied with a knot. A pair of little jewel feet, from the kit, were added to the bottom right section. A section of a Kaisercraft gem flower was added to the bottom left of the panel and the year the photos were taken was added to the top of the panel.

Both the title and the year were cut using Kaisercraft DD700 Alphabet Upper Case and Die-namics Little Numbers dies in both pink and black.

They were then stuck on top of each other so that the pink was on top and slightly off set so it looked like they had a shadow. This helped them stand out from the background.

The embellishments for the bottom centre panel were 2 stickers that came in the kit. I mounted one flat on the panel and one was mounted with foam squares.


The two panels on the left of the layout were treated as one because I wanted to include the very cute felt giraffe that was in the kit. I added some pink lace to the top panel and then attached the giraffe so that it overlapped the two panels on the left and just a tiny bit of the centre photo.

I then attached a monkey, that I had fussy cut from the cut-apart-sheet, to the top of the centre panel so he looked like he was hanging there.


I used a Stitched Nested Hearts die to cut 4 hearts from an assortment of the patterned papers in the kit. I inked the edges of them all and then attached them, one top of the other, with a strip if d/sided tape, down the middle of each heart so I could fold the edges of each heart layer up. Three pink pearls were then added for a bit of bling.

For a little more texture on the page I added some pink and yellow thread behind the bottom right photo and the top left photo.

To finish the layout off I drew a border around both of the background layers using my ruler and a black Uniball Micro pen.

Don't forget to check out my video here and you can subscribe to Scrapping Fun Kits monthly kits here.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time
Hugs
Julie

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Baby Cards using Scrapping Fun Kits June kit

Hi there everyone

Well it is June and very cold. I am afraid that the cold weather is not my best friend. I am, unfortunately, a fair weather girl and I am not that keen on all the layers of clothing one has to wear in the colder months.

Today I am sharing a set of new born cards I have recently made using the June Scrapping Fun Kits kit. You can subscribe to the kits here.

You can see the process video on my YouTube channel here.

These are the cards.


The first card is for a new baby girl and measures 4.5" square.

I have layered 3 of the patterned papers so they decrease in size by 0.25" for each layer. i.e. 4.25", 4", and 3.75"

The scalloped hearts are cut using the 4 smallest dies in my Do Crafts Scalloped Hearts die set from the same pink cardstock the card base is cut from.

I inked around the edge of all of these pieces with Versa Color Orchid ink. I attached each heart on top of the other with just a strip if d/sided tape in the middle of each heart so that the sides of each heart can be lifted to create some dimension. I also covered the smallest heart with sparkle using my Wink of Stella pen

I wrapped some yellow lace from the kit around my embellishment panel and tied it in a bow before I secured it to the front of the card.

The giraffe was fussy cut from the cut-a-part sheet and attached to the card front with glue so it slightly overlapped the bottom layer of the hearts

A computer generated sentiment was printed on the same pink cardstock and attached using foam tape.


For a little bit more detail on the inside of the card I covered the background of the right hand section with some of the patterned paper and then added the larger heart. I matted another sentiment onto some of the patterned paper from the kit and attached that to the top area of the heart so there is room to write a personal message on the heart. The heart was also covered with sparkle from the Wink Of Stella pen


For the baby boy I card I created a tri-fold 5.25" square card using some light blue cardstock from my stash.

I cut a piece of patterned paper to 5" square to put on the inside of the card and 2 pieces of 2 5/8" x 5" pieces for the front and inside left of the card.

I created the sentiment on the computer and printed it on the same blue cardstock that the cards base is made from. I cut a fishtail from each end of the sentiment for a little added detail.

The "Cuddles" die cut was in the kit so I cut the "s" off the end and used 2 blue ink pads to colour it so that it complimented the other colours on the card.

The sentiment and the die cut were then added to the blanket that I had cut from the cut-apart-sheet.

Using 2 pieces of bakers twine I wrapped the front patterned paper a couple of times and then tied a knot. This was attached at the back of the patterned paper with d/sided tape before I attached the patterned paper to the card base.

The embellishment panel was attached to the front of the card so it over hung about half way.


To decorate the inside of the card I cut several pieces from the cut-apart-sheet and attached them to the bottom of the card once I had attached the patterned paper to both areas of the inside of the card.

For a detailed video on how to create these cards click here.

If you want to subscribe to Scrapping Fun Kits kits you can do that here.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time
Hugs
Julie

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Happy Flower Child Art Journal Page

Good morning everyone

Today I am sharing an Art Journalling Page that I really enjoyed making.
I have videoed the process and you can see it here

I want to have an Art Journal that is disc bound and I do not have the "Joggles" type of discs or the punch so I thought I would try using rings for binding and just a normal hole punch for the holes and see how I like the idea and then if I am happy with the way it works I will buy the punch and the discs.

The reason this type of journal appeals to me is that you can take the page out of the journal, work on it flat and then add it back into the journal. I am also only going to use one side of the page for art and on the back I am going to write what products I have used on the page. I look at some of my early pages and I can not remember what I have used to create them so I am really looking forward to being able to note this for each page.



To start this page I am working on 190gsm Mont Marie Watercolour Paper that I have torn out of a pad and trimmed down to make it about 8" square. This size appeals to me.

I gave the paper a coat of 13 Arts Ayeeda White Gesso and let that dry naturally.

Using my palette knife I applied some Mont Marte Modelling Paste through a Kaiseercraft stencil randomly on the page. Once again I let this dry before going onto the next step.

I sprayed the page with a good covering of water and added the Color Crush and Colour Blast powders and moved them around with more water until I had the colour as intense as I wanted it.

To add some more interest to the background I used a Kaisercraft Stitched Circle stamp and Stayzon Black ink to stamp randomly. I did the same with Inkadinkado stamp - Dot Flourish and Encore Gold Ink.


Using Sizzix Petal Flower die and white cardstock, I cut 12 large petals and 12 small petals to create my focal point.

To add some interest to the petals I stamped with Deep Red Water Droplets Background Stamp and embossing ink and heat embossed the circles using 2 blue embossing powders.

The petals were attached to the page using Matt Gel Medium being very careful not to smudge the background. I did put a coat of Gel Medium on top of the flower because I had planned to do the shading with my Faber Castell Big Brush markers but as often happens I changed my mind.

I gave the flower petals a rough outline using a fine permanent marker.

To give the flower some more detail I used a set of Semco pearlescent water colours. First detailing was added using a light blue and the final details were added using a darker blue.

Watered down black acrylic paint in a Fineline bottle was used to outline the flower petals and give the page a border.

An old earring from my stash was attached to the centre of the flower using my hot glue gun and some watered down white acrylic paint splatters finished the page off.


 Hop over to my YouTube channel and you can see the whole process.

Thanks for dropping by today
Till next time
Hugs
Julie


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Three Children's Birthday Cards

Good morning

Today's post is about these three children's birthday cards I created

You can see the video here.

I have used a couple of paper pads I have had for some time for these cards. One is Amy Tangerine's Yes Please and the other is Studio Calico's Best of Studio Calico

Because they are for children I have chosen to use bright colours and to make them interactive or tactile


For the first card I have cut a 12" x 12" piece of yellow cardstock to 5.25" x 10.5", this has been folded in half to make a 5.25" square card base.

A piece of white card stock that is 4.75" square has been put through my Big Shot with a Cuttlebug embossing folder to create some texture for the background.

I have wrapped black crochet cotton around this piece of cardstock and tied a knot in it to secure the ends.

Using my Big Shot and my Die-Namic Mix and Match Banners die I have cut 8 banners from the Studio Calico papers. Four were added to the card using glue and the top four were added using foam squares.

The greeting was printed from my computer and then mounted on a piece of the same yellow cardstock that the card base is made with. This was then added to the card using foam squares

To finish the card off I doodled some faux stitching around each of the elements on the card and added a black gem to the centre of each banner.


The second card is a shaker card using the Amy Tangerine papers.

The card base is plain white cardstock that is cut to 8" x 6" and folded in half to make a 6" x 4" card base.

I have cut one piece of patterned paper 5.75" x 3.75" and another 5.25" x 3.25" and a strip that is 0.5" x 5.75". I have cut a pieces of white cardstock  5 3/8" x 3 3/8" and another 5/8" x 5.75". 
I inked the edges of all of these papers and mounted the strip of patterned paper on top of the strip of white cardstock so it had an even border along the long edges and was flush at the narrow ends.

I used my Ultimate Crafts ULTM57570 heart die to cut the heart out of the centre of the previously cut patterned paper, and I also cut it out of another patterned paper so I could have the turquoise heart to lay on top of the acetate for detail.

I assembled my shaker section on the patterned paper with the heart cut out by attaching a piece of acetate to the back of the paper with glue, made a casing all around the outside of the heart with foam tape, added the fine glitter and then attached the piece of white cardstock that I had cut so I had a small border all around the patterned paper. This was then attached to the largest piece of patterned paper and then the whole assembly was attached to the card base.

The matted strip of patterned paper was added using glue.

The greeting was stamped using a Hero Arts stamp and Stayzon ink and then attached to the card using foam squares.


The third card is a tri-fold card with a pop out centre strip.

I have used the Studio Calico papers for this card.

I cut a piece of red cardstock to 10.5" x 5.25", folded it in half then folded the front section back on itself at the halfway point.

I cut another piece of red cardstock the was 10.5" x 3" and folded that in the same manner.

I cut a piece of patterned paper 10.25" x 5" and attached that to the card base and then cut a piece of white cardstock 10.5" x 2.75" and attached that to the other piece of red cardstock.

Using a free die I got with a card making magazine I purchased some time ago I cut 12 balloons in assorted patterned papers.

Using my hot glue gun and some crochet cotton I added "tails" to the kites.



I used foam squares to add the kites to the front section of the panel and hot glue to add the rest of the balloons being careful not to have any balloons on the folds.

The ballon panel was then added to the card using hot glue so that the longer section was attached to the front of the card.

The greeting was cut once from red cardstock and three times from white cardstock and these where layered on top of one another to create a nice sturdy greeting about the thickness of chipboard, The die that I used to cut this greeting was a no brand die from Wish.

The greeting was then attached to the front panel of the card so that about 1/3 of it over hung the front fold.


If you have any questions about these cards please leave it in the comments or you can check out the process video here.

If you enjoy the video please subscribe to my channel and share the video with your friends.

Thanks for dropping by today
Till next time
Hugs
Julie