Thursday, July 31, 2014

Vintage Matchbox Just Stain It/Vintage Travel/Anything GoesChallenges

Hello and welcome,

I have been having such an amazing time in my studio. The Vintage Vibes are true and strong.
I have created a matchbox (using the Tim Holtz  Matchbox Die) with a hidden face and a mini interactive book to fit inside. Just for something a little different you will find a young girl who likes to walk from one side of the page to the other, and a mans face appears as you pull the drawer out.  The mini book measures approx 5.5cm x3.5cm and is 1cm thick. I've enjoyed making this so much I think I will make some more.

This piece has been entered into three challenges:
1st Challenge is A Vintage Journey which has a challenge Just Stain It using Tim Holtz Distress Stains.  Well I have learnt so many more ways to use this amazing product, like adding it to my mini mister bottles that have been sitting empty for far to long. Now I really really need more bottles.  I also stamped with it and was pleasantly surprised with the end result. This challenge is being sponsored by Country View Crafts here is the link..... who are offing a 10 pound voucher to the winner.
My Tim Inspiration for this piece was to totally age this piece up and  to try out the Brushless Watercolor technique in CC2.  These books really are worth purchasing, they are beautifully designed and are a really quick way to access different techniques. Here is a link if you would like to purchase one from Tim himself.....  I have also used Tim's papers, stickers, rub-ons, inks and stains on this piece.
I have also included here a link I thought you might like with Tim Holtz showing some ways for you to use the Distress Stains......

2nd Challenge is Frilly & Funkie where the challenge is Vintage Travel....hence the  Hot Air balloon charm.  Apparently in 1782 the first Hot Air balloon was propelled through the air.  As I browse through my little book I feel as though I am travelling on a vintage journey through times gone. This is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.. which the ever wonderful Linda runs herself. There is a $25 voucher for the winner, so why not join in with me. Here is the link for the Boutique.....

3rd Challenge being Simon Says Stamp..... The challenge is Anything Goes. Brilliant I say!! You can create anything and enter it. Its as easy as that. Why not join me over at Simon Says Stamp and have some fun creating your own piece. Simon Says Stamp is the sponsor and are offering a $50 voucher to the generous is that??

Ok are you ready to see my latest creation........hope you enjoy it!

If you get the chance to play with the distress stains I urge you to put some in mini misters, this is so much fun. The eye has been stamped in the bottom of the drawer.

Once I started spraying the pages with distress stain I them mopped up the leftovers with the book cover. For the cover I used thin chipboard and the pages Tim's manila paper.

This is the outside of the book cover.

This is the inside of the book cover.

Once completely dry I scored then glued the pages together.

This is the matchbox cover. I've cut a hole in the front so I can place some acetate (which has alcohol ink on it) and a metal plate which you will see in the next photo.

I have also added some stamping and texture paste.

I am using magnets for my closure and I didn't want to cover them with paper so decided to alcohol ink them, let them dry and then I placed a rub-on on top. I think they came up pretty good.

Here is the little girl who likes to wander across the page.

Here she is on the right hand side now. These are the two pages decorated and ready to glue together.

Back of the pages.

Now I have the inside of  the cover, the bottom of the drawer, and the pages ready to be glued into the book cover.

If you've made it this far that's brilliant..... thanks so much for stopping by today.
Till next time......

Monday, July 28, 2014

Man Journal Painted Industrial and Emboss it!!

Hello and Welcome.

Today I have a new project to share with you and I have named it Man Journal.

This piece is being entered into two challenges the first being over at Linda Ledbetters Studio L3 Compendium of Curiosities 3-Painted Industrial Challenge # 7 on page 46. Here is the link so you can pop over and see all the amazing entries

This is a technique called Painted Industrial and if you would like to know how this is done you will need to purchase a copy of Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities here......  Tim will even sign it if you wish.
This challenge is being sponsored by Tim Holtz and
Inspiration Emporium

The 2nd challenge is Emboss It!!! Simon Says Stamp has two wonderful weekly challenges, this one falls on  a Wednesday. There is a $50 voucher to spend in store for the winner. Here is the link so pop on over and see some amazing pieces of art.

There was inspiration for this journal and it came from the very talented Andy Skinner, check out his blog you wont be disappointed..... Andy also has a You Tube channel.

I would also like to mention the system for this journal is a technique used by Laura Denison and it is called  Stack the Deck. Its a really easy way to create a journal of your own. This is the link so be sure to check it out...

I hope you like it!



Lets have a look inside.

Some close-ups.

A close up of the pages and tags.

Thanks so much for visiting here today. I would love to know you were here so feel free to leave a comment or ask a question. Have a wonderful day!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dies & Distress!

Hello and welcome,

I have some very exciting news to share with you today.........

A Vintage Journey has asked me to be Guest Designer for Challenge #10 Distress & Dies. I immediately jumped at the chance. What an honor!  This is my very first time as Guest Designer and I have had a wonderful time creating this piece for you. I hope you like it......

My Tim influence is everything distressed and vintage, because I just can't get enough of it. I love altering items like Tim does.  Here I have used a lot of Tim Holtz Dies and all the Distress Products.  I had all the distress products except for the embossing powders so a good crafty friend of mine was kind enough to loan me her distress embossing powders.....Thank-you Paula ......OMG! If you haven't tried these powders....and you love grunge/ really must give them a go.  Apart from Tim's Vintage/Grunge Style I also love the different effects you can achieve with these distress powders.

The Sponsor for this challenge is Country View Crafts, they are offering a 10 pound voucher to the winner. Please head on over to
A Vintage Journey to see all the amazing entries and inspiration.

It all started with an old book.......

Start cutting your desired shape through the front cover of your book with a craft knife. As you get further down you will need to place a cutting mat so as not to cut all the way down into the book.  I cut down roughly half way.   I flipped the book over so I am now looking at the back cover.  Place a craft mat in between your last quarter of the book and the part you don't want to cut into. Start cutting a smaller window through the back cover cutting  roughly a quarter of the way into the book.
Now you should have the front part of your book cut into half way. The back of the book cut in a quarter of the way. In between the front and back cut should be some pages that are not cut. Hope that makes sense.

Starting on the outside of the cover: Cover this in Picket Fence Distress Paint. Allow to dry.  Now with modge podge randomly stick down some scrunched up pieces of tissue paper. Dry.  Then get your desired stencils and add the texture paste with them. Allow to air dry.  Once desired look is accomplished seal with modge podge.

Now for the color: Start adding your Distress Stains until you like what you see. I did use  a heat tool and also let it air dry a couple of times and kept going back till I was happy with it. Then I added some Distress paint with my finger here and there.

Cut desired die cuts from water color paper and grunge paper.  I then used a variety of items... Tim's scratcher, some rub-on's, crackle paint and some  have embossing paste then distress inks.
Then you will need to add Distress Powders. You will notice I didn't end up using all of these pieces.

Grab Tim's Lost Relatives, distress edges, add some rub-ons and distress marker through the spritzer.
Stick one of the Lost Relatives in front cover and one in the back.

Using the Ink pads ink the pages on all three sides of the book and add some Distress marker through the Spritzer.

Now lets alter those pearls....if it has a hole place it onto your tweezer end then add embossing ink and roll it in your desired embossing powders, then heat set. Don't forget to shake the powders before use.
Once you have decided where your acetate and cut dies will be placed. then you will need to glue your pages together. I started gluing the  pages around the acetate so I could add more elements if I decided to do so at the end. I glued the pages over a couple of nights and left them with some heavy books on top.

 Add your altered pearls to one or more sections of the book. I placed mine with the boy and his dog in the front.

Now I am gluing the pages together. I placed some glue in the tray then sprayed roughly 4 or 5 sprays of water so it is easier to spread with the brush.

Once you have glued all the pages together you can then add Distress Embossing Powder to the three edges of the pages and heat set.

On the front cover you will see I placed the mini pocket watch behind the mini globe.

Back window with another of Tim's Found Relatives.

A close up of the the distressed pearls.

Dies used:
Mini Globe, Mini Pocket Watch, Mini Jalopy, Mini Key & Padlock, Clock Key, Bottle Top, Mini
Clipboard bottom , File Tabs, Torn Notebook, Plaque & Postage
Botanicals & Numbers
Distress Paints:
Picket Fence
Distress Stains:
Festive Berries, Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo, Pumice Stone
Distress Marker:
Forest Moss
Distress Ink Pads:
Embossing Ink, Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo, Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles
Distress Embossing Powder:
Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Numbered, Cargo &Bubble
Dylusions Letter Jumble
Prima (Valerie Foster Designs)
Brick Wall

Old Book, Acetate, Craft Sheet, Heat Gun, Tweezers, Water Spray Bottle, Paint Brush, Pearls, Craft Knife
Water Color Paper, Embossing Paste, PVA Glue, Modge Podge, Double Sided Tape, Tissue Paper (white)
Crackle Accent, Grunge Paper, Metal Plate & Brads, Metal Corner Flourish, Metal Chain, Philosophy Tags, Tims Scratcher, Distress Tool, Distress Marker Spritzer, Rub-Ons Botanicals & Numbers by Tim, Found Relatives

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!