Sunday, 28 February 2010

Tim Tags (Part 2)

Here are my first attempts from the book, that we made last night. I used lables made from kraft cardstock so the effects are probably not as dramatic as using cream labels.
This one is the basic technique "Wrinkle free distress."
This was an unusual technique "Water stamping" that I had not done before. I used a Versamark pad for this, then spritzed the stamp before stamping on the card. Tricky this one as to the amount of water and the timing of the stamping!

"Blended Batik" I like this one a lot. Clear heat emboss, then ink, then iron off the embossing powder, great fun! Important to use fine detail embossing powder here, not UTEE.

"Perfect distress" this one it is important to dry the background thoroughly using a heatgun before stamping the main image for the perfect pearls, otherewise they stick to everything, background included!!

"Dabber Resist" I had an issue with my paint dabber on this one as the dabber tip had solidified! The paint is too thick as I used it on a brush to paint directly on the stamp. Clean your stamps straight away too! Clear stamps are good for this so you can soak them!

"Double distress" I passed the tag through an embossing machine before distressing it with the ink tool. This folder was maybe not so good for the stroking with an ink pad in the next stage, as the gaps in the embossing picked up lines from the edge of the ink pad. Also I would use and older pad for the stroking part, as mine was brand new and too Juicy! I added stamping to cover the mistakes!! I distressd the edges too with my distress tool.

My favourite of the evening "Inking Grunge" except I had no grungepaper so I used cardboard from some shirt packaging that was grey on one side and shiny white on the other. I used the grey side as it looked like Grunge paper!

"Rusted Enamel" this one was inked with 'faded jeans' ink, then clear embossed then inked again with Walnut stain. I would hve like there to be more brown showing for the rust, so next time I would knock off more of the embossing powder before heating.
So there are my first attempts! Can't wait to keep going and then they will all need decorating!! TFLx

P.S. Just trying out this blog background for a Mothers day/Easter/Spring theme, not sure!!! Wanted to feel more Spring like!

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Tim Tags!!! (Part 1)

Yay! My crafting friend came to play tonight and we pooled our resources and worked through the techniques in the first part of Tim's new book. We had great fun and the evening passed in a flash! We did not get past page 41 and only managed to do 8 tags! It was great fun. Some of the techniques I had done before, but a lot of them were new and I have learned a lot already! I am writing the techniques and the ink colours on the back of each tag and using them as a mini album sample pack on a book ring when it is finished. I did not have all the necessary bits and pieces, but we improvised!! I now have very inky fingers (and elbows apparently!!) Here's Sue getting busy with her heat gun!
I put Tim's book in my cookery book stand so we could follow along easily. I will photograph our efforts tomorrow in daylight! TFLx

Friday, 26 February 2010

2010 Decorative tape trend

Another big trend at Winter CHA 2010, according to Scrapbook Update, was the decorative tape trend. Several companies are showing some lovely tapes including 7 Gypsies, Tim Holtz and Pink Paislee to name but a few! Well, me being me, wanting everything but not affording it, I decided to have a go at making my own and I have to say I am pretty pleased with the results! If you are not regimented about Acid and Lignin free like me, (I use vintage papers all the time) then why not have a go too, it was so easy!
I used normal masking tape from the DIY store, a large Tim Holtz type stamp that I bought second hand and some Archival ink or Stazon. I love the transparent effect you get, just like the bought one. I have used some already on a Mother's day project I am working on. It adds another dimension and a vintage feel. You could colour it too by using Distress ink in your chosen colour, with a foam blending tool.
Start by laying out strips of masking tape on your cutting mat  to create a sheet you can stamp on. (I used a small spare mat I keep for travel purposes and I will leave it stuck to that until I need to make more) Ink up your stamp and begin stamping the image. I alternated the stamp using it upside down for some impressions. Fill all the gaps on the tape.
You can now peel of your strips of paper tape and use them on your projects. I ripped the edges of each piece and tore some in half lengthways to get narrower strips. I will definitely be doing this again! Have fun! TFLx

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Tim charms!!!

And I don't just mean his appearance on QVC lol!
I decided to make myself some little charms out of shrink plastic, (after seeing some here) to add to my "Tim" tags and mini albums as I wanted an economical option! I would love loads of 'Ideology' stuff, but I have not got any, so I am improvising!!! I was quite pleased with the results! See what you think!!
1. Stamp some Tim Holtz stamps (I bought mine on ebay) on to some clear Shrink Plastic using 'Stazon.' If you get a bad impression with a gap, turn it over and stamp a smaller stamp into the gap to make a collage. By stamping on both sides it adds depth.
2. Punch a hole in the corner with a Cropadile for attaching them later, then shrink them down, according to the instructions, using the heat gun, make sure you place a pokey tool or similar, in the hole to keep it still whilst shrinking it. (Be courageous, if it curls up, just keep heating and it will come right in the end) "Splat" it flat with an ink pad box to make sure it is flat before it cools.
3. After they are cool  I decided to add some rub on foil to the back of some of them using adhesive, so the foil shines through to the right side (I have never used this before!) Burnish them with a rag to distress them slightly on the back. (I used a mixture of bronze, gold and cream foil.)
Let me know what you think. The postage stamp one  is a bit too small maybe. Make sure you start with a medium sized stamp. (The bigger the piece of shrink plastic, the harder it is to contol when shrinking. One ended up with a wonky corner, but I quite like that. It makes it look old!) TFLx

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Spiral Flower techniques!!

They seem to be all the rage at the moment!! Tutorials everywhere! From Tim doing his in Sticky back canvas or Grungepaper here, (including template) to doing them in fabric here, here and here,
 to the ones I did last year using a large scallop punch here,
and the ones I did in patterned paper with curled edges, in a cybercrop class here! 
They are all the same technique, using different mediums!
All you need to do is make a spiral in paper, sticky back canvas, grungepaper or card or in the case of fabric, roll the fabric in a spiral shape on a circular background! The effects are different but the techniques very similar! Why not give them a go.
I have enjoyed playing with my sticky back canvas today. I have had it ages and never used it!! I coloured them with Tim Holtz distress inks in Spiced Marmalade and Broken china. The fabric ones are inked with the same two inks and the smallest one is painted using a Maya Mist in metallic turquoise. I have spritzed them with irridescent pearl Maya Mist and added some Perfect Pearls in bronze, to the canvas ones. I glued them together with glossy accents. TFLx
P.S. I have just ordered the QVC TSV! - Tim's Book was too much of a temptation in the end, Happy Mother's Day to me!!

Monday, 22 February 2010

Here come the girls!

I finally got around to making up my Maya Road People album I have had since summer 2008! It came with an SC kit and it has just sat there, an unfinished symphony! I got my inspiration here.
It was originally boy and girl book, but I wanted a row of girls, so I performed surgery and modified all the chaps by cutting off their broad shoulders and jointing their arms! I have just noticed their legs are slightly fatter too, but never mind! I had fun with my Woodware green scallop punch for the hairstyles! Have decided to leave them faceless as I always ruin things with faces!! Another banner decoration for the craft room! Sassafras is becoming a theme in the craft room!

Right, off to watch Tim Holtz on QVC tonight. Am going to be good and not spend, but like to watch his techniques!! More banner inspiration tomorrow. TFLx

Sunday, 21 February 2010

2010 Banner Trend

I was reading Scrapbook Update and it was reporting that 2010 looks like being a "Banner Year." They are appearing everywhere. Studio Calico had a banner paper in their December kit (that I have yet to start and use!"!) Their gallery had several great examples. This layout by Maggie Holmes and this layout by Nicole Samuels, this one by Steph Howell.
Chipboard banners have appeared too. I used a Maya Road chipboard album to make my banner here. Now there are canvas banners too, (there is one in the next Studio Calico kit) which you can even print on to. Also banner stamps are appearing as well as banner stickers (Jenni Bowlin ones in the next SC kit too!) and banners on patterned papers from Websters pages and October afternoon.
I decided to dig out my Pink Persimmon banner stamps that I bought and used on my Halloween plaque here, and scraped some Easter photo's from last year in Germany, with my latest SC kit which is very vibrant. I bought an Orange Maya mist and spice Marmalde distress ink to complement the kit and dug out some wooden decorations I bought in Germany last year that I used as stencils for the mist. Here is the end result.
The pennants are stamped and cut out, then edged with distress ink. I stitched them to a narrow ribbon that I also coloured using the distress ink so it matched. The two egg shapes worked well as stencils then I added a bit of doodling. The embellishment is another Paper whimsie that I embossed with the swiss dots folder (as in this tutorial here) and inked with Spiced Marmnalde and then hand curled. This add texture and dimension. An edge from a Sassafrass paper twirled into a flower centre and a Vintage Findings button in a contrasting colour, just stops the layout being all one colour! I stitched the chipboard alpha across the middle to hold in place. Some Martha Stewart butterfly punch outs, just add a little more texture.
Here is another use of the banner, in a door name plaque I made last October.So embrace the banner trend and give it a go! Cut them out of paper or fabric. TFlx

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Scrap room antics! My desk.

This post is for Sandra, who left a comment the other week, asking to see more of my desk!! As it is relatively tidy at the moment, I thought I could share it with you! I craft in the small bedroom upstairs, which I have claimed as my own!! The desk itself was a birthday gift from hubby a couple of years ago, when I decided the one I was managing on just was not big enough! It is from IKEA of course, where would us crafters be without IKEA!
It is constantly evolving and like most of us I am always trying to improve my storage system! Most of the boxes you can see are wine boxes that I have covered in Scrap paper, apart from the new one in the centre, which is a wooden seed box my sister gave me for Christmas, that she had bought in France. (She knows exactly what I like!)
On the slide out portion of the desk I have my MIL's old typewriter at the moment, God rest her soul, I am in a typing journaling phase. I had to laugh at DS2 the other day when he came in and said 'How does it work?' He proceeded to have a go and declared it far too tough to press the keys! I pointed out to him that his grandma had been a Secretary in the fifties, using one of these and had to manually set out letters and make carbon copies and he  said 'How do you erase a mistake?' To which I replied, you start again!!!! He was horrified! Oh the modern age!! I now fully understand why at the age of 78 mum finds computer keyboards too light and often ends up with several of one letter in the middle of a word as she is still touch typing! Anyway, as ususal, I digress, but I think that typewriter will find its way on to a layout with DS2's quotes at some point!
Back to the room, I also have my "Aldi" guillotine on this portion of the desk too.
Now we have the main part of the desk. On the right I have another wine box with adhesives and staplers in, with an old mug tree from the charity shop that holds my reels of DST. (I have tried a Herma dispenser, but it is always jammed!!!! I give up!) There are two pen pots to the right too, one contains my pliers and cropadile etc and one contains my paint brushes. To the left of the box of glues, there are two more pen pots, one is a vintage french jam jar containing my scissors, pens, files, knife etc and one is a small teracotta yog pot from France, with small tools like tweezers, pokey tool and rub on sticks in it. Here I also have a kitchen roll holder of ultra cheap kitchen roll to hand and my Big Bite. You may notice my heat gun out at the moment. I realised I was not heat embossing any more, so I have recently revived it for some Tim Holtz tags I was doing, and decided to leave it available for a while!
The little wooden trug (Again a present from my sister from France) holds all the small embellishmenst that come with my SC kit that I am working on at the moment. If I keep them together close at hand, they get used!! On the windowsill, behind the desk, you can just see and IKEA plate stand, that I use for standing layouts up to dry, but at the moment it is being used as a letter rack!! Lol!
The centre box on my desk holds my favourite things, close at hand. In here there is a metal bucket with my edge distresser, my brown chalk eye ink pad and my reel of wire. There are also my two favourite mini alpha stamps and two archival ink pads (Black and brown.) The rest of the box has favourite items like stick pins, labels, special buttons, tags etc that I collect and keep safe for future use. On the window sill you can just see a box I made that holds my sketch ideas and page map cards if I get stuck. I also have an old clock, as time flies in this room (sure it's on warp speed!) My lamp is a touch light from IKEA. I did have an angle poise from IKEA but it kept flashing on and off!! Not good! I have this same light on the computer desk downstairs and it was on special when I went, so I just got that. You can just see a small glass pot holding my Baker's twine colours next to the light. I love this!
Finally the alphabet box! This wine box was one of the first  I altered way back when! It  held two bottles of wine and has a divider, so in the back section I keep all my Thickers and alphas and in the front section, rub ons and tags. It was situated on the window sill, but since my operation and I could not reach I have moved it onto my desk.
So there you have it. With my craft mat, my glasses and a coffee mat I am all set to go! I hope you enjoyed the tour! More of my storage will follow. TFLx

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Charity cards for Haiti

I have used the HOTP "Dazzles" kit I received from my Scrapbooker of the Year runner up prize, from Scrapbook Magazine, to make some charity cards for a friend who is selling them at her church, for relief in Haiti. I have made a few as samples, but she is having a cardmaking session at her house for people to come along and make, so I have cut the rest up and  made card kits for her.
"Peel offs???" I hear you cry!!! Yes, I am not a 'peel off' person, but these will be fine for people to make as they are all included in the kit, including the little instruction, so for people who have not crafted before, that will work well.
I went back to the hospital yesterday for my check up after my operation and the specialist is very pleased with my progress, so that is good news. He hopes I will continue to improve at this pace over the next couple of weeks and I should be about ready for work again.
Monday, we did a little light shopping as hubby wanted to get a new suit, so I managed to struggle into "the works" and buy a few things whilst I was waiting! I bought some Rabbit printed cellophane bags and coloured tissue paper, and coloured straw for some Easter ideas. I also got two sheets of canvas for the printer and 10 small watercolour canvases that are going to make fab mini book covers (I hope) for the BIA machine! 10 for £1.99, what a bargain!
I did go in the Paper Mill shop and came out without anything!!! I must have lost my touch!! Lol! TFLx

P.S. I have switched to a different mode of posting on blogger, to make uploading photo's easier, unfortunately it does not seem to have spell checker!! I type so fast, there are always loads of errors, I apologise in advance if quantity of typo's increases!!

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Perfect pancakes!

Even Barney gets to partake in perfect pancakes! Actually I nearly forgot to make them! Just happened to hear it on the radio as I was making tea! Phew! Just in time!
When our old dog a home had the last bit of mixture, not enough to make a whole pancake, we called it a "Suky" pancake in her honour. It is still called a Suky pancake, just so we don't forget to share the last drop! (No sugar and lemon juice for him though!) No doubt these pics will find their way on to a layout somewhere!!
Happy pancake day! TFlx

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Let's talk texture! Fake metal

Another layout from last year's summer holiday, the turquoise waters of Lake Garda in the sun at Riva. I had to take the photo offset as the glossy photo was getting a glare from the flash. This was based on a page map sketch. I used some chipboard photo corners and a bracket and I sprayed them with Maya Mists in brown and irridescent pearl to create a tarnished, metallic like finish and then hammered them with my Tim Holtz distress hammer. I typed the journaling on a tag using our old typewriter again. The background paper is stitched to the card stock using the sewing machine. A Studio Calico Fabrip is pleated under the Vintage Finding button at the bottom to add more texture.
I may go back to this and add a spritz of Turquoise Maya mist that arrived in the post today!! TFLx

Friday, 12 February 2010

So here was me thinking........

....I had got over this operation rather well, when I started with pains last weekend. Needless to say it has put a dampner on things and I am slightly down to say the least :( Anyway, after a trip to the doctor on Monday, I am making a slight recovery, but still a bit uncomfortable. I managed to sit through the first half on DS2 in "Oliver" the other night, he was great. I am back to the specialist next Tuesday, so hoping for a bit of explanation there. Still not driving, in fact I took a bus yesterday for the first time in ages, to get to my appointment. Have finally given up on the anti-embolism stockings this morning too, I have done well, it is almost six weeks!!!
So, to crafty matters, I am having sporadic efforts in the craft room, but I feel my attention span is still short! Reading novels is still the one thing I get lost in and I somehow feel guilty that I am reading! I did a couple of layouts the other day, using a kit from last August with some photo's from last summer.
It occurred to me that when I get my photo's printed, I always go 6"x4," I then try and stick more than one on a page and the page is full before you know it! Smaller than 6x4 and it's not always easy to see what the photo is about and if you make each layout into a double, your albums would be full in no time! So, to avoid my layouts becoming boring and also because I am a "dimensionaholic" (if there is such a word) I have begun to get very brave!!! Follow me into the scary world of cutting into your photographs!!! Yep! You heard me, cutting them up!!! Lol!
This first layout I decided to punch out a point of interest in the photo on the right, my family walking towards this huge building, to give an idea of scale. I mounted the punch out on foam pads to draw attention to them.
The second layout was using two photographs of the same view, but one was more close up. I decided to cut out the boat in the foreground and mount is on two layers of foam pads overlapping the second photo, on one layer of foam pads. The remnants of the first photograph, was mounted flat on the background in the distance. This creates an unusual effect, still using the two photographs, but in a different way. I have also done this before, by overlapping photographs in a panorama.

Check this layout I did a while ago, where I cut out blown up photographs of the same flowers and stitched around them on the background huge photograph to add some extra dimension, creating foreground. (Notice this layout was done in my pre journaling days, when I was scared to death to write anything!!) Give it a whirl, get cutting and see how you get on!! (Remember not to use old originals though!!) TFLx

Monday, 8 February 2010

A Valentine mini album

I used three sheets of Basic Grey Porcelain papers and some stamps along with all sorts of heart shaped embellishments to create this cute little mini album. Some charms and ribbons decorate the key chain.
Two tags hidden inside this embossed pocket and a love quote beneath metal letters coloured with alcohol inks.A chipboard bracket painted and coated with glossy accents holds a secret journaling spot. The chipboard love bird, holding another quote, is sprayed with Maya Mists.The chipboard butterfly, sprayed with Maya Mist holds an embossed card with a heart punch out backing a secret photo. The stamped and heat embossed pocket holds two tags for journaling.This heart shaped embossed pocket holds a mini, mini album! It is about one inch square and called little treasures.The final pages have an acrylic man with a gemstone heart mounted over an embossed heart frame. Hidden behind is another tag that could hide photographs. The last page has an accordion fold mini album made from watercolour paper with an embossed cover. This can hold cherished photo's or memories.

Each page has been covered and trimmed, then the edges have been inked. Punch out hearts and butterflies add to the decoration. TFLx