Destination USA

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We had such a fab holiday in the USA in May. We did a Road Trip around California, Arizona and Nevada. We saw some amazing and spectacular sights. I am making a TH Folio to store all our memories.

I bought fabric from Joanns and collected souvenirs, tickets and ephemera wherever we travelled.

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This is the front cover, fabric pieces machined together with padding. I added a cabinet frame,ephemera and bits and bobs, a work in progress! I die cut letters from a TH die with white felt. I stamped black archival and clear embossed Tim’s Travel blueprints around the edges.

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I sewed pieces onto the front to include the inside flaps. I have covered the inside with tissue paper.

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I am entering the challenge at A Vintage Journey, the DT have created some great inspiration.

Hugs

Jan x


G45 Greenhouse Thermometer

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Hi Everyone
Here is my latest creation for Jones using Graphic 45 Rare Oddities Collection. This was quite a challenge as a lot of the papers in the collection are Halloween orientated and I had in mind what I wanted to make, something useful, a Greenhouse Thermometer for my husband. The papers are beautifully coordinated in colour so that once I started the mojo flowed!

I bought a canvas board, 12 x 10 ins, for the base so I had a sturdy foundation. It had a couple of coats of black Gesso. I chose “Charmed I’m Sure” paper for the background, inked and rounded the edges after cutting it to size (11.5×9.5ins). I used a good layer of Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue to secure it and brayed over the top to ensure it stuck.

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Now it gets interesting! I cut out the cabinet and central portion from “Rare Oddities” paper. Then I scored along the edge of the middle pillars, so when it was folded it fitted the background. I inked the edges of the pillars to define them, using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I built up a layer of old corrugated card to support the top and bottom middle sections of the cabinet. The card is not visible and a similar colour.

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I managed to find a variety of cheap garden thermometers at The Range, they varied in price from £1.99 to 40p!
I chose a plastic, shaped one with suckers on the back as it raised the thermometer to a good height and fitted into the cupboard aperture. I covered it with “Frightfully Sweet” but it looked dull, so I cut out and layered pieces from the reverse side of the paper. I used the sections that mentioned plants. All the pieces were inked. I cut out a strip for the thermometer but it became invisible over the background. A strip of pale paper on the back sorted that problem.

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This is the back of the thermometer, you can see the patchwork pieces I used and the original bird pattern.

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The suckers were held on with shiny, silver screws which didn’t match. They had a quick coat of DecoArt Quinacridone Gold paint, I also dribbled watered down paint to look like rust marks.

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The chipboard and Cardstock die cuts in the set had so many lovely things to use I was spoilt for choice! These are the ones I chose to use. I gave the title and the butterflies a good coat of Glossy Accents, to seal and shine.

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At this stage it still needed something else to finish it off. I took the butterfly theme and used “Brews and Potions” with Tim Holtz Butterfly Duo, die cut and texture fade. I used black archival to ink the folder before running the butterflies through. I think that gives them better definition.

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The whole piece will be in my husbands greenhouse, so to protect it I painted a good layer of Matt Medium over the top. The envelope details were picked out when it was dry with Glossy Accents for contrast. (I thought he can keep labels in the envelopes.)
Finished!

I hope you like it and are inspired to create using these lovely papers.

Hugs
Jan x


Canvas- the July Challenge from The Mirror Crack’d

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Hi everyone,

Welcome to our July Challenge at The Mirror Crack’d.

Our theme for the month is a Canvas
Our host is Esther,a new member of the DT and she will be choosing our Winner and Top 5.

Instead of a physical prize this month we would like to offer our Winner a Guest Designer spot for a future challenge.

We hope our fabulous Design Team can inspire you. Please pop by their blogs and show them your appreciation.

I love this photo of my granddaughter in her first winter snowsuit and decided to create a textured canvas to compliment it.

I started with a Masterboard, if you want more details check out our April challenge. I brayered all these colours of chalk paint and them stamped script and bubbles on top. An A4 sheet of wax tissue paper just neatly wraps a 6×4 canvas.

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The next step was to use a diamond stencil and texture paste. When I scrapped the paste onto the stencil I pushed glass beads into the pattern before removing it. The opposite corner had Rock Candy dry glitter tapped into the paste. I dried it with a heat gun which raises the paste and gives you a nice sprinkle of glitter in your hair too!

 

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You can see the details of the stamping. I also put texture paste through a script stamp. Then everything had the Treasure Gold treatment!

 

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Theses are the products I used to get the effects on my canvas.

 

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The photo frame is a TH die cut which I heavily heat embossed with Gold UTEE.

 

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I love love the wintery sparkle from the beads and the frame. I know it is the height of summer but I had a use that photo!

I hope I have inspired you to join the challenge, I look forward to seeing your creations.

Hugs
Jan x


Road Trip

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Hi everyone, I have been busy creating a folio of our Road Trip around California, Arizona and Nevada. I made this pocket from Tim’s Jalopy die and used Layering Stencils technique for the background.

I am joining the lovely Linda Ledbetter‘s challenge 31, using the Layering Stencil technique on page 47 of Compendium of Curiosities Vol 3. Sorry you need your own copy to find the instructions!

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These are the stencils I used.

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These are the paint and DI used.

I was inspired by Anita Houston, on the DT, she has made a great piece using the Jalopy die.

The challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium plus prizes from Tim and Mario! Wish me luck,

Hugs
Jan x