All Sewn Up

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This project grew and grew! It started off as an idea for a card, then became a scrapbook page then ended up as a canvas. I seem to have so much sewing related stuff of Tim Holtz, dies, layering stencils, embossing folders and stamps. Always an inspirational place to start.


I used Wallflower paper with a sewing image, then stencilled Measured with gloss gel paste and inked Latticework with Mown Lawn and Vintage Photo.

I hand sewed the zip to get more texture and pattern on to the project. I used Sewing Room and On the Edge dies and layered them with more paper, muslin, lace and ribbon stained with Crushed Olive, Wild Honey and Vintage Photo. I dry embossed parchment paper with Pattern and Stitches Set then inked with the same colours and used it to layer.


I added all sorts of embellishments and a definition of sewing.
The project then got too big to assemble so I painted the back of a canvas with Crackle Paint, and stencilled the canvas.
Touches of Treasure Gold were added here and there for sparkle.


I will enter it into A Vintage Journey Challenge, All Sewn Up. I hope you enjoyed looking at it, not sure where it will live, maybe it will be a present for a friend!
Please leave me a comment, I do appreciate it.

Christmas Cabinet Card

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What an interesting challenge fromĀ Linda Ledbetter on Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 15. The book is by Tim Holtz and you need your own copy to discover the techniques he uses. I had bought a packet of Cabinet Cards ( of course!) but wasn’t sure what to do with them. I was inspired by Candy Colwell’s DT creation, using the card for a tree decoration. Check out Linda’s blog for all the inspirational work.





My photo captures Arabella’s first visit to Santa when she managed to snatch his glasses off his nose! He was not impressed but she thought it was hilarious. She was only 7 months old, with Daddy, her first Christmas.





I covered the cabinet card with Holidays Past TH paper, and used my new die, the Prancing Deer and Tattered Pinecone. I used some seasonal stickers, journal ticket and then embossed Merry Christmas on core’dinations for the back. I used 2 stags to make him more sturdy and gave the front core’dinations deer a Pine Twine garland and red star. I finished it off with a few snowflake buttons and tiny pearls, Treasure Gold and gold Stickles for sparkle.


imageI made a tag to fit under the photo, covered in Holidays Past paper and stamped with Wonderful World.


I had fun making the Cabinet Card and think Arabella will treasure it in the future.


I am inspired by Tim and used lots of his products and techniques making my Cabinet Card.

The challenge is generously sponsored by Inspiration Emporium and there are goodies from Tim and Mario to win!

Please leave a comment, I do appreciate them x

Adventures with Koalas in Australia

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Koala in Cape Otway

We had such a magical experience when we discovered Koalas in the Otway Forest, Great Ocean Road, in Australia. We were so keen to see wild Koalas in their natural moderate rainforest habitat we took several detours off the road. Then we spotted one high up in the Gum Tree eating Eucalyptus leaves. Once we recognised where they liked to hang out we found some near the ground and actually stroked one. It’s fur was so soft, we felt privileged to be there. The animals are so beautiful.

I wanted to make a scrapbook page to reflect our experience.

I used several On The Edge Tim dies (Torn Notebook, scallops, Ornate) to cut long strips of paper and arranged them on top of two 12×12 papers to add strength. I used Paperartsy paints, Lin Brown Limited Edition ( I won those Close upon a Finnibair Workshop in Middlesborough) to make a bold layer to put the strips on. My favourite stencil was used to create resist using 3D Glossy Gel with some background stamping. I added some lace for texture then sprayed Dylusions and Ranger inks.

The flowers and leaves were die cut from Tattered Flowers and Greenery with cor’dinations papers.

I wanted a special title so used Tim Holtz Coloured Crackle technique from p53 of CC3. You will have to use your own copy for details because I am entering the challenge, hosted by Linda Ledbetter and sponsored by Funkie Junkie. The DT have gone to town with Coloured Crackle!Coloured Crackle


The letters were crackled, then covered in Tim’s rock candy glitter. ( I glittered the brads for the flowers to match.)

I was pleased with the background crackles.

I am joining in with the Magic Challenge at Our Creative Corner, there are some amazing scrapbook pages by the DT.

Please leave me a comment, I do appreciate reading them.