Saturday, January 13, 2018

Birthday card tutorial for Off The Rail Scrapbooking

Hi and welcome to my blog

I am sharing a tutorial I did for Off The Rails Scrapbooking. You can check out that post here.

This is the card I made for my Mum for her 85th birthday on Christmas Eve.

This is what you are going to need to create this card

Score and fold the black cardstock at 6" to make a 6" x 6" card base

Using the 5 1/4" x 2 1/2" pieces of cardstock and velum, mark down from the top 1/2" and in from the sides 1/2" and cut the corners off to make a tag shape.

Attach the velum to the cardstock. I used glue behind the pattern on the velum to do this so it would not show through the velum

Ink the edges of all your papers.

Using your Crop-o-dile, or similar, attach your eyelet to the tag.

Thread the ribbon through and secure in place. I have used a staple because my ribbon was very short but you could tie it off if you have longer ribbon.

Attach the 5 1/2" piece of cardstock centrally to the 5 3/4" piece of patterned paper

Then attach the 5 1/4" piece of patterned paper on top of the 5 1/2" piece

Using the square pieces of paper, attach the 2 1/2" piece centrally on top of the 2 3/4" piece and the 2 1/4" piece on top of that.

Layer the scalloped circle and the circles as shown

Assemble your greeting. I have made my greeting mat 1/4" wider and longer than the greeting

These are the items you should now have.

Attach the tag to the larges square assembly 1/2" from the left hand edge and 1/2" from the bottom edge.

I found that I had to use glue to do this as the d/s tape did not want to stick to the glittered paper I had used.

Take the small square assembly and run it through your Big Shot (or similar) with an embossing folded to add a little bit of dimension.

Attach this to your card panel 1 1/2" from bottom and 7/8" from right hand edge

Attach the circle assembly 3/4" from the bottom and 1 1/4" from the left edge using foam tape.

Attach sentiment in a suitable place according to your sentiment size. I have stuck mine 1 3/8" from the bottom and 1 1/2" from the right hand edge.

Add brads to the top right hand corner approx 1/2" apart.

Attach the card panel to the card base and you are done.

If you used a dark colour for your card base you may want to add a light coloured card to the inside of the card so you can write your message. I will write my message using a white gel pen.

Hope you have found this tutorial interesting and I would love to see your makes if you decide to give it a try

Till next time

Monday, January 8, 2018

Don't Forget to Fly Art Journal Page

Welcome back to my blog.

Today I am sharing an art journal page I created using another background from some years ago.
It seems I have quiet a few of these pages that have got backgrounds created and nothing else done to them. Some I like some I don't so I plan on working my way through these and trying to turn them into something I like and am happy to share with you.

So this is how the finished page looks

This was a double page spread. This is the other page which has not been touched so this is basically what I started with for this page.

The tree was created using Impasto Medium coloured with Cocoa Brown acrylic paint. I applied it very thickly and texturised it with my palette knife to give that bark look. I then gave it a coat of black watercolour paint which I wiped off of the high parts leaving it in the creases. I used my Faber Castell Big Brush marker in Green Gold over the top of the tree then some Adirondack acrylic paint in Pearl here and there for a bit of a highlight. I used Faber Castell Big Brush marker in Raw Umber to shade around the tree and an Artline fine point permanent marker for the fine detail

The white circles in the background are made with a couple of different sized caps dipped into white acrylic paint.

To make the birds I applied Color Crush powders randomly on some watercolour paper. The colours I used are Pineapple, Wheat Grass and Blue Heaven.

When that was dry I stamped the birds using the Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds stamp that I have been dying to use ever since I bought it.  I cut them out and attached them to the page using Matte Gel Medium.

For a bit of sparkle, which you can not really see in the photos, I added some Kiwi Smooch to the green bird and some Guatemalan Green Silks to the turquoise bird. Detailing was done with the same Artline black pen and a white gel pen.

The hand drawn boarder was coloured using a black Artline marker and a white Pilot permanent marker.

The title was printed on my printer then coloured with Dylusions Ink Sprays in Squeezed Orange, Lemon Zest and Bubblegum Pink. White gel pen to highlight the "FLY" section.

Well that is a very long post.
If you have stayed with me, Thank you

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Art Journal Page - Appreciate

Hi there.

Tonight I am sharing an art journal page that was very quick to create.

The reason it did not take me long was because the bulk of the page was completed a couple of years ago - that is the colourful part. I did that in a class and was not that impressed with it so I decided to cover most of it up and just leave the pattern showing through as flowers.

I have seen this technique on several different youtube clips and have always liked it so this was my opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.

I cannot remember what was used for the original page but I can remember we did an image transfer on it that was not so successful.

To the already coloured page I added some Texture Paste through the 13@rts circle stencil.

When the paint was dry I drew the flowers and then covered the background with black acrylic paint.

Once that had dried I rubbed Viva Inks Gold all over it with my finger allowing the black to show through more in some places than others.

With a Zig Writer pen I detailed the flowers with outlining and doodling before I went around the edge of the page with Adirondack acrylic paint "Pearl" dabber. I also used this to lightly wipe over the texture paste in the background.      

I added a Tim Holtz "Big Chat" word to finish the page off.

It is probably a bit too dark for my liking but I am happy with it apart from that.

Unfortunately the original was a double page spread so now I have to work out what to do with the other page.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Creative Inspiration Magazine Layouts

Hi there

Today I would like to share a couple of layouts that were published in the January Creative Inspiration Magazine

This edition of the magazine was dedicated to using one of the sketches created by Bev Code who is the Editor/Publisher of the magazine. There were hundreds to choose from.

These are the two layouts I chose to do.

Both of these layouts have a background of Texture Paste coloured with acrylic paint then put through a stencil. The Turquoise paint was actually a metallic paint and has a beautiful metallic shimmer in real life. When they dried they were both brighter than I wanted so I gave them a random spray with White Chalkboard spray to tone them down.

For the top layout I turned the sketch on it's side as I had a portrait photo and the sketch used a landscape one.

The papers for this layout are from a Studio Calico Paper pad called "Best Of".

Some washi tape and Bella Glittered chipboard letters for the title completed the layout. I particularly liked the horizontal strips of paper in the background. A technique I will probably use again.

This layout uses Kaisercraft "Fiesta" patterned paper and collectables for the "Dream Big collection"
Very happy with the way this layout finished up.

Why not go over and check out the other layouts in the magazine. Here is a link
You might find a sketch that you want to try

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Creative Inspiration January Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone.

Getting good here. Two posts in two days. Look at me go..........

I am sharing a layout I did as part of my DT activities for Creative Inspiration

This is my layout

and this is the sketch


The layout is about my Grand-Daughter's first sewing attempt. She actually made a skirt and it was good enough for her to wear. She still has it and wears it occasionally.

Because the layout is about sewing I have done a lot of sewing on the page. The background started with a coat of Gesso then texture paste mixed with glitter through a Kaisercraft circle stencil.

When that was dry I took to the page with some blue water colour.

Next came some stamping with Archival Black Ink. I used a couple of different stamps for this.

Each of the patterned papers were stitched into place with my sewing machine. I have attached a piece of the material that she used to practice sewing on before starting her skirt, which was made of the same fabric.

The scribbly circle and the scalloped circle were cut on my Scan N Cut.
The scalloped circle was cut using plain white cardstock then stamped with the  "Stitched Circles"  stamp by Kaisercraft.

Why not pop over to Creative Inspiration and check out the work by the other DT members and give the sketch a go.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time

Monday, January 1, 2018

Off The Rails January Challenge

Hi there friends

I am here tonight to share my layout for the Mood-board Challenge over at Off The Rails Scrapbooking.

This is the layout I have created

And this is the mood-board

January Challenge

It's all about babies this month so if you have any baby photos you have been wanting to scrap this is the ideal opportunity to get it done and maybe even win one of the great prizes they have on offer.

I created the photo collage in Photoshop and then had it printed at Officeworks. It is 7" x 5" and shows an assortment of photos of my daughter in her first 9 months. (She is now 44 so they have been waiting for a long time)

The background hearts are created with texture paste coloured with acrylic paint and put through Kaisercrafts "Love Quarters" stencil and a bit of Glimmermist splattered here and there. The papers I used are so old I cannot remember where I got them from or what brand they are. I bought them in a paper pack and threw the packaging away many moons ago.

I have set myself a challenge this year to use as much of my stash as possible and only buy the necessities. Let's see how long that lasts.

All of the chipboard was painted with Gesso and then stamped and doodled around. I also doodled around all of the patterned papers.

Pop over to Off The Rails Scrapbooking and check out the inspiration by the other Design Team members

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time

Monday, December 18, 2017

Joy Art Journal Page

An art journal page to celebrate the Christmas season.

The background is a collection of clothing tags attached with Gel Medium.  Some Glass Bead paste through TCW Mini Cubist stencil was then applied. The colour is Tim Holtz Distress Paints, in an assortment of greens and yellows. A light touch of stamping using Birgit Koopsen's Art Stamp, Life is Good finished it off.

I used my Faber Castelle Big Brush Markers to shade around the edges of the tags to give a bit of definition to them.

I have applied Texture Paste through a 13@rts circle stencil and when everything was dry I rubbed some Viva Inka Gold here and there.

The white dots are Viva Perl Pen.

The wooden ornaments were given a coat of Gesso before they were painted with Luminarte Silks and a gold acrylic paint for the metal rings that hold the ribbons. I then stamped on them with Stayzon black ink and the same stamp that I used in the background. They also got a rub over with the Inka Gold.

After I had attached the ribbon and the wooden baubles I once again used the Big Brush pens to shade around them.

I cut the title with a Kaisercraft Alphabet die, once in patterned paper and once in black and then attached them so they were slightly off set.  When they were dry they got a coat of Dimensional Magic.

A white gel pen was used to mark faux stitching around the edge of the page to finish it off.

This will be my last post before Christmas as we are going away soon and won't be back till after Christmas.

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas and I hope to see you back here next year.

My plan is to learn how to make and publish youtube clips in the early part of next year so hopefully you will join me in that journey.

Till next time
Thanks for dropping by

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Ray's Christmas Card

A quick post today to share with you the Christmas card I made for Ray (husband).

Once again a very simple card.

The papers are from an old Kaisercraft line and only uses scraps really.

The hearts are cut with a Do Crafts Scalloped Hearts die.

All of the papers have the edges inked with Black Versa Mark Ink to make them stand out from the background better.

The greeting is matted on some red cardstock and then attached with foam tape.

As I said, very simple.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Peg Art Journal Page

Hi everyone

Today I want to share an Art Journal page that I created after watch in video by Marami's Small Arts

You can see the video here.

The background is completely covered in clothes pegs, then a coat of Gesso.

The metal embellishments are added with a hot glue gun then the whole thing is sprayed with an assortment of Glimmermists and spray inks.

I have added the hot glue circles.

The metals including the peg springs have then been dry brushed with some Gesso and some white acrylic paint to highlight them.

I used Pearl Pens to add some pink and clear dots.

The lace panels have been added using Matte Gel Medium to hold them in place.

Some black ink around the edge of the page and the edge of the title complete the page.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time

Friday, December 15, 2017

Cindy's birthday card


It was Cindy's birthday yesterday so I made her a card.

The hearts were made with Texture Paste through a stencil but before I lifted the stencil off I sprayed it with a 3 Glimmermist sprays. The Glimmermist got under the stencil and I was not happy with it so I cut all of the hearts. I stuck the hearts to a panel, that was slightly smaller than my card base, that had been embossed with a text embossing folder.

I then cut a panel to go down the side of the card and wrapped a ribbon around it, tying it off with a knot. I am hopeless at tying bows so will generally use a knot if I can get away with it.

This panel and the sentiment, which was stamped and then heat embossed, are attached using foam tape.

I have got a few more things to share with you over the next few days so hope to see you back here soon

Till next time
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