Guest Designer at AVJ

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I was so excited to gain a Pinworthy from A Vintage Journey challenge back in  February, for my Dreamer fabric collage. I was asked to be a Guest Designer with the theme “Quotes”, chosen by Jenny.

I have a jar of quotes handy and randomly chose a couple. The one that appealed to me was:
“You are the only one who can make your dreams come true.”

I had a small journal I wanted to cover and use for jotting ideas and sketching out ideas, the quote was just right!y

I started with a sheet of mixed media paper long enough to wrap around the journal and have pockets on the inside to hold photos and bits.

I was stuck for colours until I saw this spring blossom, the colours seemed perfect for a dreamy theme. I printed the photo and matched Decoart acrylic colours. This was useful to create a palette of colour.

I used Decoart paints to create the shades I needed.

 

The stencil was a Mandela, the pattern reminded me of endless dreams. I used TH Distress Texture paste, it is light and takes colour well. The paint was dripped and spritzed along with some Distress Crayons.

I stamped the Dreamer ( my lucky stamp), some script and texture.

Sewing has always been my love to create interest and texture so out came the machine and I went around the mandala stencil and the edge of the journal with straight and zig zag stitch. I stitched a length of sari silk to wrap the journal and added fabric beads from my stash.

I added layers of paper, lace and fabric for the title. I cut out the words and numeral, you, 1 and True, on Watercolour paper, ( I kept the ripped off section) using TH Thinlets, I die cut dreams, painted gold, to layer on top. I printed the other words using Paperartsy stamps with archival ink and felt tipped stitches round the words. I painted gold under the cut outs and used some paper made from Elephant Poo, my friend Ruth Winters brought me as a present from South Africa!

I finished it off with machine stitching, Treasure Gold for highlights.

I am pleased with the effect I achieved, hope you all like it too!

There is time to enter this challenge over at AVJ, some great inspiration from the DT, getting creating.

Hugs

Jan x


Daisy’s small storage

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I really enjoy decorating storage items and this small mdf tray is perfect for paints or bottles. I have recently attended a workshop with Kate Crane at Ministry of Mixology and wanted to practise the techniques I learned with her.

First I laid out all the pieces and checked where they would fit, the dividers have a different fittings front and back. I used Decoart paint.

The colours were layered up from pale to dark. Remember to do both sides of each piece, I always manage to miss one side!I dried each colour before adding the next layer.

When I assembled the tray the front looked bare so I added a large mdf arrow and the word, create. The edges were all painted black and had a hint of treasure gold applied.

These trays are available from
Daisy’s and Jewels


The Celestial Book

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I altered this book for a friend.
It began with an mdf door hanger, used to frame the night sky map.

 

Layers of chipboard, texture pastes, Crackle paste, beads, stars, DecoArt paints and Patina Antiquing Cream ( my new favourite!) later.

 

I created the embellishments with moulds, paper clay and hot glue gun.



The chart had a coat of clear gesso then glossy accents to seal it in place. I highlighted raised areas with Treasure Gold, then a coat of Decoart Soft Touch Varnish.

I enjoyed altering the cover,  now for the inside!

I am entering into the April Country View Crafts challenge, Rust.
Hugs
Jan x


Mothers Day Postcard

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I was so excited when Daisy’s and Jewels made mdf postcards. I could see endless possibilities for these cute cards. I have tested them in the post and there are no problems.
I decided to create a Mothers Day card and send it to Spain for my Mum.

I began by painting the mdf with DecoArt Titan Buff. I stamped the butterfly (Tim Holtz) with black Archival ink and heat embossed clear powder on the image. I made a mask of the butterfly on a post it and then stamped the background with translucent ink in blue and green.

The butterfly was coloured with Promarkers and then I dipped the edges in embossing ink then gold powder which was heated. I gave the front a coat of soft touch varnish for protection in the post.

The back of the card was painted and stamped. I used a Sharpie to write the address and message.

The card arrived safely in Spain with a present, I decorated the Jiffy bag to match the card! Mum was delighted.
Everyone at the post office was intruiged with the postcard.

I hope you like them too
Hugs
Jan x


Dreamer

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I have wanted to make a hanging with this lovely mini Paperartsy stamp. When I was little I wanted to have wings and dreamed about flying. The word dream has such a lovely sound I decided to enter the challenge at A Vintage Journey, Words that are Special.

I began with a selection of fabrics, canvas, muslin, sari silk and Tim Holtz. I dyed different lace in tea and coffee to get a vintage look.

I stamped the image and word using Stazon Ink, make sure there is lots of ink on the stamp!
I machine stitched and padded layers of the fabric with the lace onto a piece of canvas.

I found these beautiful copper earring hooks to dangle the threads of her dreams. I decorated each strip with beads and tokens from my stash.

I was pleased with the result and clipped it onto a TH hanger.
Hope you like it too!

Hugs
Jan x


Road Trip Journal

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imageI am following the Wanderlust Course and really loving it all, some classes more than others, but it’s good to be out of your comfort zone!

I made the travel journal from Kate Cranes class and loved creating all the pages. Here I am now on our great Road Trip from Phoenix Arizona up to Yellowstone in Wyoming. We have visited all the places in between too, Sedona, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Salt Lake City, Idaho Falls, travelling through Utah and Idaho.
Every night I add bits and bobs and photos from my LG phone printer!

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Still a few pages left for Yellowstone Park!

hope you enjoyed looking, hugs Jan x


Hit the Books

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Welcome to the new challenge at Our Creative Corner, the very talented Jennie is Challenge Host for May. She has chosen….

Hit the Books

Jennie said “I adore old book paper and old books and I am always glad to be able to breath new life into a dilapidated book which most people would consider throwing out!”

For your projects this month we would like to see you searching through your stash for old book paper or books and create a project with what you find. You might want to use papers within your project or you might want to breath new life into an old book by altering it in some way. I hope I have chosen a challenge theme with huge scope for projects small or large.

Whatever you make let us see you give those old book papers or books centre stage!

I decided to create a Spring Tag to show this fun photo of my Granddaughter and her little friend. I chose an old book of fairy tales to use as the background on the tag and the frame.

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 I really enjoyed collating the tag using Frantage and embossing powders heated on top of Versamark. The blush colour matched the girls clothes.

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The frame was covered in more book pages then painted with Decoart Quin Gold, I love the translucency of this paint. I gave it a coat of Crackle Glaze when it was dry. White Antiquing cream really highlighted the cracks in the final step. I rubbed some Quin Gold around the edges of the tag with my finger.

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The flowers and leaves were dye cut from Tims Flower Garland and Garden Greens. I chose yellow flowers to reflect the daffodils in the photo. I used Distress Coordination paper which was sanded at the edges.
Raffia wraps and metal word tags finished the piece, it was a messy but fun project!
our sponsors are
 
The winner this month will receive a huge bundle of goodies from our generous sponsor!
I am looking forward to seeing what you can do with old books.
I love the Spring feel of the little photo and will enter the challenge “Spring is in the Air” over at A Vintage Journey. Check out the DT beautiful work there.
hugs
Jan X

 


Going Rustic

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The return of the Challenge

We are taking a trip down memory lane at Our Creative Corner for this challenge!

I would like you to re-visit a challenge that has been featured at OCC

(Your creation has to be from one of the challenges featured here)

Please state what challenge you chose

 So click the link – reacquaint yourself with the rules of the challenge you want to do and have fun!

Our Creative Corner

I had this lovely photo taken last year of the four generations of females in our family and wanted a lovely frame to suit the background of the picture.

 So I chose Rustic from Oct 14! I used a £1 cardboard frame which I painted with Decoart products.

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I put blobs of paint at the top of the frame and scraped them down using an old credit card. I used TH script stamp and a splatter stamp with translucent ink over the top.

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To create the rusted wrought iron gate effect I mixed Paynes Grey with sand texture paste and scraped it through a flourish stencil. when it dried I dabbed Qincorine Gold on top. Gorgeous!

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I hope you are inspired to join our challenge, great choice, check out our lovely DT projects.

Our sponsor for this month is

Artistic Outpost will be donating a $15.00 gift certificate to their online sister-store Our Daily Bread Designs, where Artistic Outpost resides, to our randomly drawn participant. 

Good Luck everyone, I look forward to seeing your projects.

Hugs

Jan x


Darkroom Door Sponsor Spotlight

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I am so excited to share my Sponsor Spotlight with you!

I made a cushion using the amazing Darkroom Door stamps. It started out by stamping onto strips of fabric and ended up as a cushion!

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The stamps are so detailed and printed beautifully onto calico.

I used the Seaside collection.

Check out how I created the cushion at Our Creative Corner.

There is still time to enter my challenge, Sew and Sew, over on the blog, you could win some of these great stamps.

Hugs

Jan x

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Sew and Sew

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This month at Our Creative Corner it is my challenge for you!
I have really enjoyed being part of the DT and the exciting bit of choosing a theme for February –
Sew and Sew

Fabrics, wool, threads, lace – this months challenge is all about texture, layers and loveliness!
What scraps have you got hidden away? Any snippets of favourite clothes you can’t bare to part with?  Anything sewing related can be used in your piece. You could use stitches or sewing machines or fake stitches, it’s your decision. Don’t forget to get out your sewing themed stamps and dies.

Have fun and create something!

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I created a page for my neglected Folio about our travels in America. We visited Palm Springs in California and went up the Arial Tramway from the dessert into a blizzard! We were dressed for the heat and blue skies not for cold and snow, we laughed so much, it was a memorable day. I enjoyed using my sewing stash and scrapbook embellishments with my sewing machine to make a snowy page.

This is what I did…..

I used watercolour paper to blend blue Distress Inks and then splattered water cover to make a mottled effect.

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I used a Layering Stencil with Pearlescent Texture Paste to add snowflakes.

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I smudged embossing ink onto opposite corners and added thick powder and heat embossed to create a layer of “snow”.

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I stamped snowflakes and USA from Tim Holtz Blueprint collection using Hickory Smoke DI.

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My favourite die cut and texture folder came out to make vellum snowflakes to layer on top.

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Out came the sewing stash including ribbons and lace.

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I used Kraft card as the page for my Folio. TH tissue paper then layers of ribbon and frayed muslin were sewn on using a sewing machine. I used straight stitch and zig zag for variety.

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I painted a square with water onto the watercolour paper and carefully tore a frame out for my photo. I scratched the photo to add to the snowy effect. The lace and roses I had chosen were stitched around the frame and plastic Paperchase snowflakes added to the die cuts.

 

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Finally the title was glued on to finish. I used Alphanumerical thinlet die with TH metallic coordinations paper and kraft card for the moments sentiment on the side.

I really enjoyed using the lace and fabric to create so many layers of texture, I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge. There are great prizes to be won from our fabulous sponsor…

Darkroom Door is sponsoring one Rubber Stamp Set, valued at $31.95 AUD, to our randomly drawn winner.
 Hugs

Jan x