Don’t you chase my seagulls!

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We had a great holiday in LA in May with my daughter, son in law and granddaughter. Arabella spent most of her time chasing the seagulls on the beach. She was very possessive and told all the Americans ” Don’t you chase my seagulls!” Accompanied by a wagging finger, they thought it was cute luckily.

When I saw the latest challenge at A Vintage Journey, Things With Wings it brought back happy memories of Arabella on the beach. I decided to make a page for my Destinations USA Folio.

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I began by using the mono printing layering stencil technique from CC3. I used Tim’s Flourish stencil onto textured cardstock. I made a print and then used the stencil a second time to get a shadow next to the first print but lower down. I spritzed DI markers and inked the edges with Hickory Smoke and Ground Expresso.( Arrived in the post yesterday! )

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The TH feather die and embossing folder were perfect for seagull feathers. I cut, inked and embossed vellum but also made some blue to highlight the vellum. I created wrinkle free distress card, CC1, using the same background inks to make the feathers.

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I made a seagull using Tim’s Caged Bird die, I cut him from white card then inked with Hickory Smoke and Ground Expresso to get the gull colour.

I cropped the photo to fit my tag and made Arabella the focal point with a thinlets die circle. The silk ribbon was coloured with the same DI. I added the new plane charm because Arabella was so excited to have flown to LA. I coloured the plane with Faded Jeans alcohol ink.

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The title lettering was a very old Cricut alphabet die from my stash!

This was such a fun page to make, the Folio is filling up nicely,

Hugs

Jan x


Tag 2 for The Grand Finale!

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I enjoyed making my first tag for The Grand Finale, over at Linda Ledbetter’s blog so much I made a second! A huge thank you goes to Linda and the DT for the Challenges and inspiration, I have had fun joining in And learned a lot.
I used Tim Holtz Layered Stencil Monoprint technique. You need to read the instructions in his book, CC3.
There are fabulous prizes from Tim and Mario and The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

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I used DI with an Andy Skinner stencil I have just bought that fitted my travel theme. I used watercolour paper this time to get a patchy effect. I used the stencil as a template to outline some of the letters and numbers.

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Hickory Smoke DI made a great edge, love how that colour compliments the other new colours this year. I used a Prima compass stamp and a Tim corner stamp to enhance the Travel work and make it pop.
A drop shadow folder links the two tags but this time I used tracing paper and made it into a belly band. I can add tickets when it is in place in my Destinations Folio.

Hope you like Tag2
Hugs
Jan x


Destinations Tag for The Grand Finale!

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I am really enjoying making my Destinations Folio about our trip to the USA. I am working on our time at Hermosa Beach, LA, which we spent with my Granddaughter. I made this tag to fit between photo pages and souvenirs.

The background is a Layered Stencil Monoprint technique. I am entering Linda Ledbetter’s CC3 Challenge 34, The Grand Finale, so you will need to find your copy of Tim Holtz book for the instructions!
This is the stencil and DI used for the technique.

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I stamped some Blueprints with Black Archival, clear heat embossed and inked the images. I created the drop shadow using an inked embossing folder, Tim’s new tool certainly makes that much easier!

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I cut a strip out to create a pocket for journalling tags, I stuck some tissue tape on the edge to strengthen it and inked with Hickory Smoke. A bit of faux stitching finished the tag. I dyed silk ribbon with Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber and tied in a loose bow before adding a compass charm.

 

I can’t believe this is the last challenge from the book, I have loved the creative journey through the book and the inspiration from the DT, thanks everyone. I hope to win an awesome prize from Tim and Mario or  the generous sponsor The Funkie Junkie.

 

hugs

jan x


Masks for The Mirror Crack’d Challenge

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

Our theme for this month is Masks, they can be Theatrical Masks, Stencils or Mask Techniques.

Susanne is our host for this challenge who will be choosing our Winner and Top 5

We are thrilled to be sponsored by
WOODWARE CRAFT COLLECTION

With a prize of £12.00 to spend at your favourite Woodware Stockist, either in store or on line.

Check out the amazing inspiration from our team at The Mirror Crack’d.

I decided to play with Mask Techniques for my DT creation. I wanted a focal point for a Pocket Page to put in my Destinations Folio.

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I chose this supercool new stamp from Paperartsy Hot Picks. I used a bright blue Archival to stamp once onto the card then again onto thin post it stamp paper for the mask. The next step is to cut out the mask – when the ink is dry!

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The mask was gently stuck over the image using the post it adhesive strip. I inked over the card with Distress Inks. When you ink over the mask work from the center to the sides. Underneath is clean and white.

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The next Mask Technique is using a Layering Stencil ( some call stencils masks) and clear embossing powder. I pushed a mini embossing ink through the stencil rays, having trapped the paper mask underneath. Remove the stencil and masks, then cover the ink with clear embossing powder and heat set.

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I love the shine of the rays. I used 2 Distress Inks over the embossed rays, make sure you have the mask in place too. Gently use a baby wipe to take extra ink off the rays.

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Nearly finished! I added some chit chat words I snipped and inked with archival blue.

imageI hope you are inspired to play along with us! I am looking forward to seeing your creations.

Hugs

Jan x


Mexico Moods for Our Creative Corner

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Hi Everyone

This is the summer challenge from Our Creative Corner

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We want you to grab any inspiration you like from these wonderfully exotic photographs…

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Go for colours, shapes, textures, objects or style – There is certainly plenty of inspiration to choose from here in this selection of glorious, vivid, colourful photographs.

Join us in the summer holiday mood….!!!
I was inspired by the cacti on the mood board when I found this photo if my husband at the Grand Canyon, Nevada. We had an amazing helicopter ride right down into the canyon and this was the champagne stop!
There were lots of cacti and lizards to snap, the colour of the sky is awesome and matched his  tshirt.

 

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I chose a white, linen effect 12×12 paper. Then out came my Dylusions sprays. However the spray was too harsh, I was looking for a more splattered, delicate effect. I tried blowing blobs of ink through a straw but I wasn’t happy with that. At that point I discovered I could blow the ink off the end of the tube straight onto the paper.
Just the effect I wanted!

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These are the Dylusions colours I used, taken from the mood board and to fit the landscape and vegetation.

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I used Tim’s new Hickory Smoke DI to stamp the landing eagle and the sentiment, I like the faded effect. A strip of film strip ribbon finished the page. (Sorry it’s a bad photo, the stamps are clear and the packaging is old!) The letters were die cut from black card using a TH Bigz die.

I wanted a clean, simple look to make the colours pop off the page.

Now it’s your turn, you have until the end of August to join our challenge! Check out the Design Team inspiration they have created some beautiful items for you to look at.

Our generous sponsors have some great prizes on offer…..

 

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Hugs

Jan x