Friday, 11 April 2014

April Flowers Tag

Hi Everyone,

Firstly a big welcome to my new followers, its so great to Welcome you to join me on my crafty journey.  I am so chuffed with myself as I have managed to get my Tag done handy again this month. Mr Tim Holtz has really given us such a beautiful April Tag for inspiration have a look HERE and see for yourself together with his usual easy to follow step by step.  The techniques Tim has used this month are such fun to do.  Here is my take on it.

I followed Tim's instructions fairly close apart from the colours, I used stormy sky paint over the tissue tape, then frayed burlap, weathered wood and vintage photo over this spritzing with the water at various stages to give a mottled look.
I wanted the trellis to be white with just a bit of a worn look to it so I painted the grunge board with Picket fence distress paint, and once dried and sanded back coloured the worn parts with vintage photo.  I  sort of knew I wanted a bit of a rustic look and so I added some rusty corners with the vintage photo distress embossing before adding the trellis.
Next I added a variety of different papers, metal embossed sheet and glossy accents into the various gaps in the trellis
Followed by roses and leaves die-cut from Wallflower paper and pink core card, mounted onto a burlap tattered flower.  I was torn between the idea of 2 or 3 roses for ages, then decided that 3 was good on this and I would put 2 on my atc which you can see further down the page.  I gave the little roses and leaves a couple of drops of glossy accents to resemble raindrops (it is April after all). 
To keep in tune with the rusty effect on the corners of the tag, I added some rusty curled wire, and a chit chat sticker.

The number 4 was cut from eclectic elements fabric, it was a bit fiddly getting it in the right place, but it cut with ease with the bigz die through the big shot.

The tag was finished off with vintage ribbon dyed with tattered rose stain and a little pin and key.  The top of the tag is thread with linen ribbon tied with a little twine bow.
  I have my little atc to show off as well for my wall hanger, the roses and trellis look huge on this, but I still think it looks ok.  The roses were coloured with squeezed lemonade tinged with broken china, and Victorian velvet on this and the ribbon is also Victorian velvet.  A little chit chat sticker reminds me of the month.

 Here it is with Jan/Feb/March
 Hope you like my tag and atc, as always a huge Thank you to all who visit and comment.
Mo x

Sunday, 30 March 2014


Hi Everyone,
The clocks have gone forward, we have lost a whole hour, but what a lovely Spring morning it is, a lovely day for all the mums to put their feet up and be pampered as its Mothers Day here in the UK. A perfect day also to share with you a springtime altered book box I did recently. The inspiration for this project was taken from techniques shown in the March edition of Craft Stamper by Anna-Karin.   I was drawn to the colourful little blue tit she had created and could not resist putting myown twist on the project. 
The book itself was one of the brown papier mache ones and it was given 2 coats of gesso and a good tickle on all the edges and spine with  treasure gold.  The background was dry embossed, coloured with various distress inks, and then over stamped with a grid stamp.

The flowers are a mix of tattered florals and punched centres cut from card stock that has been pre- inked and stamped and they are sitting on a burlap flower with Kraft leaves.
Here is a close up of the blue tit, he was die-cut using the Bigz caged bird die, dabbed with embossing paste, painted and then dry brushed with black to reveal the detail of the texture.  The ornate frame is cut from mount board to give it some backbone, it was coloured with broken china stain and then given a coating of  sticky embossing powder and sprinkled with tumbled glass distress glitter.
The inside of the box was kept quite simple, just painted and lined with frayed burlap.  A piece of textured card was coloured with distress inks and stamped with archival black, finished with a craftables butterfly die-cut and a ribbon to tie it all together.
On the close up here you can see the lovely summer grasses stamp and the sentiment, both of which are from Woodware
Yesterday me and Anne were escorted to the Happy Stampers show at Port Sunlight by Mr Anne and Mr Mo.  The bribe was breakfast at the garden centre and a promise not to spend too much.  We were both very good! we kept to the first part of our promise, and the boys went to walk off their hearty breakfast leaving me and Anne to concentrate on not spending to much money!  we did have a lovely time and met up with lots of crafty friends throughout the day and say hello.  
Right off now to enjoy the sunshine,  have a lovely day everyone
Mo x 

Monday, 17 March 2014

2.5 March Tags...

Hi Everyone,

I got a chance to do my March tags yesterday as the Grand Prix season is underway so whilst my DH was glued to the tellybox, I sneeked upstairs to play with one of my new stamp sets that I picked up on a visit to Art from the Heart on Saturday. I was not able to get hold of the bird & feathers stamp that Tim used, but I fell in love with Mariposa Butterfly on the Classics 17 set and come up with these.

The steps followed were pretty much as Tim's Tag which can be seen HERE
 The main image was stamped using walnut stain DI.

 I distressed the background with frayed burlap and then went around the edges with Walnut stain.
 I then gave it a little spritz & flick with water and dried.
The top row of butterflys were done using a couple of dabs of each colour ie Spiced marmalade, Weathered wood and Broken china onto the stamp and as you can see it gives a subtle effect with all 3 colours blending.  Next I started to colour the 2 main images with distress pens direct to the card on the left and watercolour pen on the right.

Next came another fun bit using my new spritzer than I purchased when me and Anne went to Harrogate last Saturday.  I used the Weathered wood distress pen and Tims doileystencil to get the effect, as Tim would say the effect looks pretty cool!

  The tags were finished using tissue tape, coloured twine, word bands and Vintage ribbon coloured with distress stains for the bows.

You may have noticed in the title I mention 2.5 tags... well here is the .5, yes its my little atc using the same techniques to go into my display. 
3 down 9 to go
Thank you as always for dropping by today, if you like these please do comment I really appreciate your feedback.  Till the next time bbfn
Hugs Mo x 

Friday, 14 March 2014

Faux Leather Books

Hi Everyone,

So sorry, I have been AWOL from blog land for a whole month, but back now to show you my little faux leather note books.  I spent a crafty day with Anne a couple of weeks back now and one of the things we were playing with was Kraft card, glycerin and water to make faux leather sheets.  The step by step for this technique is put together really clearly by Sheena Douglass  Here.

These two books are made from just one A4 sheet of Kraft card, and I still have one more piece to do another one.  The books vary slightly with the way they are kept closed. 
With the larger red butterfly one below I have sewn a wooden button onto the front with hemp and then pulled it through and  attached a couple of beads and leather charms on the end.  
You can see from the photo below that I have covered the stitches from the front with a hand made with love label. Obviously by doing this you can see the button was an afterthought and maybe it should have been under the fabric, but I think the label would still be required to cover the small bulge made by the stitching.   You can also see the pages themselves a little clearer here, I made them from cartridge paper and put together 3 sets of 4 held together with hemp sewn through to the back.  The cartridge paper is really nice quality so was nice and strong to take the hemp.

Below is the inside of the smaller brown book, don't you just love that owl fabric, I picked it up from a really nice fabric shop at Lady Heyes Craft Centre near Frodsham.  The fastener for this book is just elastic cord threaded through a button and tied together.  As you can see this is detachable from the book and just simply wrap around the book and the button to close. 
This one is not the best of photos, but it shows the back of both books, the owl on the back of the brown one is so much better than the one on the front, doesn't that always happen? I attached a couple of beads to the spine of this one, I think they look quite nice.
So there we are two little books very little cost, and both quite different.
I am off to Harrogate tomorrow with Anne for a mooch around the craft show, and of course we can't go to Harrogate without paying a visit to Art from the Heart.  I have a wish list as long as my arm, and I just know it will get longer the more I see, ooh! I can see my bank balance suffering already.  
Thank you for your visit today, I promise I will be back soon bbfn. Hugs Mo x

Friday, 14 February 2014

February Tag

Hi Everyone,

I have just finished my February Tag well ahead of time for once and it being Valentines day today, I thought it would be a good time to showcase it.  Most of the techniques are as Tim did in his excellent tutorial which you can view Here .

 Mine differs in a few ways the first being the colour.  I love seedless Preserve and as you can see I have used this as the main ingredient for my tag.  I mixed the background up a little by having the hearts lighter than the surround (a mix of Milled Lavender and Frayed Burlap, clear embossed and then Seedless Preserve DI rubbed over the edges.

Like Tim I have used the Chalkboard technique for blackboard at the back, and mounted a heart onto it cut originally from corrugated cardboard torn back a little, painted with Distress Paints and then a few dabs of glossy accents over parts of it and sprinkled with Seedless Preserve Distress Glitter. I just love the way we have all these Ranger products now in all the colours and they all blend so well.

I used the chalkboard technique again for the Tiny Phrases sentiment.

I wanted to put a couple of little kisses onto the tag and found this little xoxo amongst the chit chat stickers which with a little DI fitted into the bottom corner of the blackboard perfectly without it being to loud. 

I don't yet have any industrial stickers in my stash so I used metal tape onto card and ran it through used the Vintage Lace decorative strip to create a border.   I used Distress Paint onto a word band and rubbed it back with a wet wipe so the words matched the project, and this was attached using my tiny attacher.

The heart charm was from my stash, I filled it with glossy accents and sprinkled distress glitter onto it, let it dry and then used distress paint to colour some linen ribbon.  Can you guess where the 14 came from ??
It was one of the little numbers from the Tim's Remnant Rubs backed onto a tiny square of self adhesive linen.

Now if you tuned into my tag last month you may remember that I had decided to do a little atc to go with each tag so I could display it in my wall unit which Anne bought me last year, so here is my little February atc together the one I did in January.
So there we are, I hope you all have enjoy lovely Valentines evening   with those who are very special to you.  Thank you as always for visiting and your very lovely comments.
Hugs Mo xx  


Sunday, 9 February 2014

Giant Flowers, Friends & Fun

Hi Everyone,
As some of you already know I was on a weekend retreat with Hels Sheridan last weekend superbly organised by Sue Tucker and accompanied by my lovely best friend Anne.  I think I may well be the last of 19 ladies to post what we got up to as other things have taken priority and before I knew it I am a week behind! (where does time go too?). 
On Saturday we made this lovely canvas using a paper piece technique and as usual, Hels gave us plenty of embellies and die cuts to play with.
 The leaves are die-cut from the new Bigz Spring Greens die, and the flowers are of course a mix of tattered florals.  The big one in the middle is the largest one from the new Bigs xl die and you can see how big it is nestled in-between 2 of the normal size ones from the Bigz die.  Here they are before I spritzed them, they look like porcelain on the picture, aren't they just lovely.  
 I love this little Wendi Vecchi Buzzy Bee and the mix of cogs and buttons (can you see a Unicorn??)

 You can see the gold embossing paste black stamping and my black spritzing better on  the photo below.  Hels made each of us a little UTEE birdie in her melt pot, we highlighted this and a few of the die-cuts with treasure gold.
In the pictures below you can see Diane signing her autograph on the back of her canvas and blog friend Rachel smiling for the Camera.  
Anne on the other hand seemed focused on her flowers and the Cosmic Shimmer

I look completely chilled in-between Anne and Rachel during our lunch break
 Here is everyone showing off our handiwork from Saturday

 Sunday saw us with another lovely project made from a master Board with embossing paste, inks and die cuts
This close up photo shows the detail of the inked flowers, stamped and coloured butterflies and  sentiments, 
We had a lovely weekend and it went so quickly, We are now looking forward to the next one.
Thank you everyone for visiting
Hugs Mo x 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Just The Two Of Us x

Hi Everyone,
I am so excited and honoured to have been asked to be Guest Designer for the fantastic challenge blog Frilly and Funkie this month and design a project for their current challenge which has the theme Valentines day with a twist the twist being  there can be no hearts! colours to be used are the traditional red, white, and pink.  I had to really use the old grey matter on this project, and I  was thinking of what was going on in my head when I thought of Valentines day and my DH. 
We are going to celebrate our 30th (Pearl) Wedding anniversary this year so wanted pearls to feature somewhere, we both love birds, and as we have never been blessed with children, it is just the two of us hence the title for this piece.
 This is quite a picture heavy post as I have done a step by step so you could have a go at something similar. I must apologise for the quality of some of the photos, I was making up the project last week and the days were very dark so getting a good photo was difficult to say the least.  By the time the project was finished, the sun came out for 5 minutes so the completed pictures are much brighter.  Please click on the photos for a closer look.  I have done it as a small wall hanger but it could be adapted to a card quite easily so here we go.
 First Distress card with Victorian Velvet DI, then stamp over this with Maroon Archival Ink.

I wanted another layer and saw a brilliant detailed video by the very talented Jenny (Buttons) on how to colour your texture paste  with archival re-inkers check it out HERE.  I have not got any archival re-inkers so I just dabbed my pad onto the craft sheet and mixed some texture paste into it.  I don't think you can get the intensity of colour that Jenny did on the video, but it gave me a soft subtle pink I needed for this project.
Remember to tape down your stencil over the card so it doesn't slip
(the more observant of you will notice I took the photo before stamping the card).

 The effect is lovely don't you think?

 Next I took a small canvas and went around the edges with Victorian Velvet distress stain (about an inch in from the edge), I placed the Tim Holtz Bubbles stencil over it to texture the coloured edges  this time keeping the embossing paste white.  When dry, I went around the very edges of the card and the canvas with Festive Berries distress paint to give it a tiny border

The Card was then layered onto the canvas. I punched two holes in the top of the canvas with a cropadile and added eyelets for a ribbon.

I cut 2 die cuts from the Ornate Frames Bigz die. The first one was embossed with Aged Rose Frantage embossing enamel  and the second one was painted with Festive Berries Distress Paint.  

I also painted the centre oval from one of the frames and an on the edge doily again with Festive Berries, and then stamped over with Maroon archival using the Indigo Blu baroque bauble.  The frames were layered up slightly offset, and the doily attached to the base.

 All these elements were then mounted onto the base and adhesive pearls were added

 The birds came from a Creatables die (I think its called Winter Birds) and these were given a coat of distress crackle Rock Candy.  The edges of the birds were inked with a little weathered wood DI to give a shading.

I took some copy paper and smooched it through some distress stains on a craft mat to get some colour onto it, the when dry, die cut flower swirls (I only needed 3 but I got a bit carried away cutting as many as I could to use on later projects).

Using a quilling tool, I curled them up and gently curled each petal back 

Gluing 3 together onto a small punched circle of card.

 I die cut a couple of leaves and added some glossy accents raindrops onto the roses
My cricut came to the rescue again for the sentiment, together with a couple of chit chat stickers, and I threaded an organza ribbon through the eyelets for the hanger, with matching bow and pearl drop

 I would like to thank everyone who has dropped by to have a closer look at my Valentine hanger and hope it has inspired a few of you to have a go  with some of the techniques.
If you haven't already done so, pop over to the Frilly and Funkie  blog to see the inspirational projects the design team have made.  Do join in the challenge if you can, they want to see vintage or shabby chic projects in the traditional red, pink and white but remember
 the twist is that there can be no hearts.  If you are chosen as our winner by the team, like me, you could be invited to be the next Guest Designer. There is also the chance to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique for one lucky entrant chosen at random.
Hugs Mo x