Friday, 7 June 2019

Tissue Paper is the challenge theme for June over at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyonexx As mentioned in my last post we have a new challenge theme for June over at the A Vintage Journey Blog. My lovely teamie and  dear friend Astrid is this month's challenge host and here's what she has to say about the challenge :
"There are many different ways you can incorporate tissue paper into your project - create texture by scrunching it up, stain it, paint it, wax it, stamp on it, emboss on it. You could use cheap tissue from the supermarket, recycle gift wrapping tissue, or even use old dressmaking patterns. Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk."
I have used a tissue napkin, separating the layers of tissue before adhering to the substrate with a glue medium.
 Gesso was applied to the large jumbo tag and one of Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Bookboard Frames.
The words Paris and Carte Postal, Fleur De Lys and date were stencilled using some Thats Crafty Light Texture Paste through Andy Skinner's stencil.
 Whilst the texture paste was drying I prepared my napkin, separating the tissue layers then trimming to fit.
 Some Decoart Timeless Chalk Paint was painted on to the Jumbo Tag and a coat of Decoart Raw Sienna was applied to the bookboard frame. Once dry Thats Crafty Crackle Glaze was applied to both substrates.
 A coat of Decoart Chalk Paint in Lace was then thinly applied to the tag and Bookboard with amazing effect.
 The tissue napkin was adhered using Ranger Glue medium and I thought that adding some torn pieces of tissue added to the aged effect I was trying to create. I love that the crackle can be seen through the tissue x
 Various Distress Inks, Vintage Photo, Bundles sage, Walnit Stain and Fired brick were gently applied over the tag and bookboard.
 Then some gilding wax on the raised stencilled areas.
Finally some charcaol was applied and blended around some of the waxed words/numbers.
Some  TH Idea-ology Paper Dolls with trasparent wings attached along with flowers  and a large butterfly from  TH Botanical Ephemera  and a chipboard quote completed the shabby vintage appeal I was trying to create.
I would like to enter this jumbo tag in to the challenge theme over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog, where the challenge is "Embellishments, Trinkets and Trims "
My embellishments are Tim's Idea-ology Paper Dolls, Botanical Ephemera, Quote chips and lace as well as some vintage ribbon at the top of the Ranger Jumbo Tag.

For even more inspiration please click HERE, which will take you over to theAVJ blog where you can see all the inspiration provided by my fellow Creative Guides xx
Thanks again for dropping in as its lovely to know you have visited and as always I will get back to you to view your crafty makes too xx

Huge hugs and Happy Crafting xx
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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Quick cards

Hello peeps x Just a couple of quick cards to share today using LaBlanche papers and ephemera along with some lace/muslin from my stash.

I absolutely love LaBlanche stamps/products and have some transfers to play with along with some shrink covers for bottles and jars, which I will share with you soon xxx
Have a great week and I shall see you on Friday when I am back with my DT creation for A Vintage Journey's June challenge theme xx

Huge Hugs and Happy Crafting xx

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Friday, 31 May 2019

It's Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey Challenge

Hi everyone x As it's the 5th Friday in the month its time for our "Tag Friday Post" over at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog. 
Some of my lovely team mates put together some amazing tags and share the details of their process too !!
There's also some  exciting news too !! To find out more click HERE

Meanwhile here is my tag :
 I started off by painting one of Rangers Manila tags in a very light brown chalk paint, then added some That's Crafty Crackle Glaze. Once dry I painted over some DArt Chalk Paint in Lace.
Distress Ink in Cracked Pistachio, Pickled Raspberry and Spiced Marmamlade was applied to the tag, followed by some stamping using Ranger Archival in Sepia. The Wildflower stamps are by Lynne Moncrieff for That's Crafty. (Lynne's Wildflowers Set 2)
The sentiment and butterflies are also from one of Lynne's stamp sets for Thats Crafty.( Lynnes Affirmations Set 1)
The butterflies were inked in Cracked Pistachio and Pickled Raspberry using a Ranger pen nib  to blend the colours.  Some  of Tim's Idea-ology was adhered to the butterflies. 
The sentiment was stamped on to some tea/coffee stained papers and a litle piece of lace added.
I then edged the tag in Black Soot DI to make the tag pop.

Thank You so much for dropping in and for leaving a comment x I really do appreciate the comments you leave and endeavour to repay the compliment. 

Huge Hugs and Happy Crafting

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Surprise & A Few Journal Pages

Hi everyone xx I apologise for my absence but sometimes life gets in the way and I have been so busy with many things I have not found time to edit/post. However, having recently had a very special birthday I am now retired and hope to create/post on a more regular basis. 😄
Below is a signature for inside a journal, which I made whilst spending a crafty day with my lovely friend, Astrid MacLean, of Astrids Artistic Efforts  Blog and my mammy, Rita, of RMG Creations Blog.
Astrid creates the most amazing journals in her own unique style and on that day we decided to create a signature insert using altered papers, which were stained with coffee and tea, We also made some pockets for holding a note/tag as well as flaps where we could reveal a message or quote. 
It was such a fun day and you can see my signature below, which I am now starting to fill with various scraps of papers/stamps and vintage lace. 

 The cover above was from a Tim Holtz Paper Stash
 Tim Holtz Fragments stamps were inked with Archival Ink in Sepia and stamped here and there, then some papers  from my stash were cut and glued.
 Some hand writing to be applied on the flap, although I do love this quote. 

I do hope that you are all well and I send my best wishes and hope to visit your blogs over the next couple of days xx 😍😍

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Friday, 22 March 2019

Celebrate the Journey at AVJ

Hi everyone x  Today I am sharing a card tutorial over at AVJ  and thought I would give you a sneaky peek !!!
 I do hop you can pop over and see all the details by clicking HERE. You can even join in with our monthly challenge, HERE, which runs until  18:00 hrs on the 3rd April 2019

As always thanks for dropping in x Your visits are truly appreciated and I love to drop by your blog too xx

Huge hugs xxxx

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Friday, 22 February 2019

Creative Card Making Post over at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog

Hi everyone and a huge warm welcome to my new followers x It's always lovely to have you visit and leave a comment, enabling me to get back to you x 
Today I am sharing a Creative Card Making Post over at A Vintage Journey. To view the step by step details please click HERE

Below is a little sneaky peek of my 8x8 inch card:
At this point I was considering what my final layout would look like (by shuffling everything around) and of any additional embellishments I could incorporate x

Crafty Hugs & Best Wishes

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Friday, 15 February 2019

Your Hearts Desire Project Tutorial over at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone x Just a wee heads up to let you know that today I am sharing the tutorial for my heart canvas over at A Vintage Journey challenge blog today. Click HERE to be transported to the page.
 There is still time to participate in our monthly challenge, which is Your Hearts Desire. We love to view your projects and for inspiration provided by the Creative Guides click HERE

Huge hugs and crafty wishes xx

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Friday, 1 February 2019

Your Hearts Desire at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog

Hi everyone xx It's my turn to host the monthly challenge theme over at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog. "Your Hearts Desire" is the name of the challenge and we want to see hearts as the main focus on your project. 

Here is what I have created for the challenge:
Lots of layers of paint and sprays as well as fabric, washi tape and glue. I will be sharing the step by step over on A Vintage Journey on the 15th February so pop back then for the link xxx
There's lots of inspiration from the Creative Guides, which can be viewed by clicking HERE
You also have the chance to be chosen as one of our Top 3 Pinworthies and to receive a badge for your blog. 
The challenge runs until the 28th February at 18:00 hours so lots of time to get creative xx

Huge hugs and Happy Crafting xx
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Monday, 14 January 2019

Sentimental faux encaustic canvas

Hi everyone and a Happy New Year to friends both old and new xx I must apologise for not blogging in December but life got in the way as I am sure many of you experienced and with work and personal commitments something had to give !!!
So I am here today sharing a faux encaustic canvas that I created last year, whilst taking part in Laly Mille's online workshop xx I have not finished the workshop as yet but do plan to as I so enjoyed the journey were were taking. 
It was also nice to get back to using paints and other substrates wth no particular plan in mind ! 
Lots of Painty layers and creative writing using white paint over  aged paper.
The photo is an old sepia one of my husband playing in the sea as a toddler. I did not plan to use this photograph, but when I used a technique shared by Laly the word 'Sea' appeared from below the layered  paints so it seemed quite appropriate. The nets, shells and bark were purchased in Hamburg several years ago in a lovely store called Depot. Wish we had one in the UK !!!
 Thank You so much fro dropping in to my little corner of Blog Land x Your visits are truly appreciated and I love to visit your blogs too xx

Best wishes in 2019

Crafty Hugs xxx

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Friday, 30 November 2018

It's Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog today. I hope you are all well and managing to survive this cold weather xx I must admit I don't mind the cold weather if I am all wrapped up and the sun is out as I can really enjoy an invigorating walk, then at night I enjoy getting cosy and warm with a mug of hot chocolate and even better some marshmallows...yum !!

Anyway I must stop rabbiting and share the details of this post x  Over at A Vintage Journey we have a tag Friday post when there are five Friday's in a month. Myself and the  very talented creative guides create tags, which they post over at A Vintage Journey and then share the details  of the creative process on their blogs. To view the Tags at A Vintage Journey CLICK HERE

The background was created using Decoart Chalk Paints and Crackle Glaze. I just love the depth of the crackle that I can achieve. Once dry I edged the tag with Black Soot Di, which then makes the crackle/colour stand out.
I fell in love with the Sizzix Cool Yule Dies by Tim Holtz and thought them the perfect addition to my  Christmas gifts this year. The other additions are from Tim Holtz Christmas Ephemera, which I have had in my stash since last year, finding them only when I had a recent declutter/tidy. As I love to use brown paper and string to wrap my gifts I placed some string to complete the tag. 

One of my favourite songs and the reason for the style of wrapping xxxx

Thank You so much for dropping in, its so nice to have you visit and I am probably busy creating cards as usual I am running late.....but I shall get there xx

Much love and crafty hugs
Annie xx

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