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


Graphic 45 Communique

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I made some cards and a tag for Jones to use as samples at the trade show. All the projects used Communique papers.

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I enjoyed creating a mini album/ address book from one sheet of 12×12 paper and then filling the pages with hidden pockets and tags.

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I hope you like them, please leave me a message, I do appreciate your thoughts
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Communique Mirror for Jones

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I was really excited to receive the new Graphic 45 Communique papers and wanted to make something special with them. I covered a cheap IKEA mirror, £1.50 when I bought it!
I covered the wood in paper and made a frame from strips for the mirror. Then the fun began, making a collage of camera and photo related images.
I finished off with some of Tims Found Relatives and added fragments. I used a fragment as a lens for the larger image.
Hope you enjoy looking, here are close ups of the corners.

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Hugs
Jan x


Vintage Traveller

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I spent a lovely time up in the attic today playing in my journal. I created a page using blended Distress Ink,( Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo)spritzed water. I stamped with the same inks using Tim’s anonymous set .
Layering stencil added another interesting element using Ground Expresso, with remnant rubs continuing the travel theme.
The gentleman I like to think was a self made man who dreams of travelling,he is waiting for his luggage to arrive. I created some layers with Tims pocket pages, stickers, die cut rusted cogs. I die cut the frame from Tim’s metallic paper, used a travel texture fade and gave it the industrial treatment. A few Chit chat stickers made the title.

I decided to enter the fun challenge at A Vintage Journey, check out their DT work, its amazing!

Hugs

Jan x


January Challenge

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Welcome to the January Challenge at Our Creative Corner.

The theme was chosen by Claudia, our talented Resident Designer.

This is what she said ……

Make time

Why not promise something good to yourself for the new year’s start?

To make more quality time for yourself for example and spend it doing what you love? Creative time is quality time if you listen to your inner voice and follow your own speed instead of listening to the clock ticking and reminding you of deadlines or other duties. Other work will be done so much easier (and faster) after some recreational me-time as it will have fueled up your energy!

So escape the endless circling and rushing and get yourself in the right mood for some me-time…The mood board we have in store for you could be a good start.

I challenge you to calm down, enjoy what you see and let yourself be inspired by it. No precise theme to narrow your creativity down – just the colours, shapes, directions, textures and hints of possible themes.

Soooooo,  I began by creating a Masterboard. I used the colours from my stash of opaque acrylic paints which matched Claudia’s Moodboard. I used a brayer to lay down a basecoat then added translucent shade of blue to make layers and depth.

This is the base layer.

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Unfortunately I got carried away and had a great time, stamping and heat embossing and forgot to take photos!!!!

I used a Tim Holtz stamp with Hickory Smoke to stamp and smudge stamp then Black Archival with clear embossing powder to give shine and layer.

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I cut two tags and chose my favourite. I cut out the numbers 2016 using TH Alphanumericals thinlet die and adhered cork behind to create an under layer. I took inspiration from the circles in the Moodboard to die cut cork picture wheel and used some DecoArt rusted cogs and weathered clock from my bits box alongside the butterfly. I chose the butterfly for new life and because its pretty!

(The copper foil and ribbon were recycled from Christmas present wrappings.)

This is what I ended up with.

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I look forward to seeing where the Moodboard takes your creativity.

Our sponsors this month are Creative Embellishments

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Creative Embellishments will be providing a voucher to spend at their store.

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I wish everyone a bright and shiny New Year!

Enjoy creating,

Hugs

Jan x


Wish Upon a Star

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Over at Our Creative Corner we have a new challenge for December.

Trish has set the theme:

“My challenge to you all this month is a very simple one… Stars!
I have a passion for stars, stars are incorporated into my email addresses, internet log ins, business name and even my tattoos 🙂
I would love for you all to share your creations, full of stars! Star stamps, star die cuts, star embellishments, star shaped backgrounds, it’s up to you! Use lots, or just the one, as long as there is a star somewhere, you’re good to go!
I can’t wait to see all your wonderful creations!”

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This year I decided to create hanging decorations rather than cards and put them in fancy envelopes.

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The card is 4″ square with rounded corners. I used a Tim Holtz layering stencil to heat emboss stars using Tarnished Silver powder.

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The sky was DI in shades of blue with a spritz of Picket Fence for snow.

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I die cut a TH Prancing Stag from Kraft card and inked him with Expresso. The edges of the card were glued and then dipped in glitter for a snowy sparkle. I put extra white glitter so he looks as if he is bounding through snow drifts.  He has a tinsel wreath round his neck, I cut a tiny tag and wrote Merry Xmas with a holly leaf and berries. He has a black pearl eye.

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The stars are from a grab bag made by Tando Creative, later cut thick card. I heat embossed two with gold. One was wired to the stags antler with red fine beading wire. The other star is for the envelope.

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I cut a Kraft card square 7 3/4″, then scored a 4″ square in the middle. I used a cup as a template to round the sides. These fold on top of each other and the fourth side tucks in.

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I inked the star layering stencil on top using Expresso then clear heat embossed to give a lovely shine.

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I finished the decoration with some red ribbon to hang, put it inside the envelope, tied it with string and the star.

I hope you join in our challenge and are inspired by the Design Teams take on stars. I am looking forward to seeing what you create.

There is a lovely prize from Tando to be won!

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Tando provide a surprise parcel of goodies for the prize winner.

Hugs
Jan x


Fireworks!

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I love fireworks! When I retired all the children at school sang Katy Perrys song “Baby you’re a firework’ in the leaving assembly.
When I saw the challenge at A Vintage Journey with the song title I was so excited. However RL got in the way for a while but eventually I created a small canvas. I am always inspired by Tim Holtz products and techniques and have used them in this project.
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I began by using TH layering stencils with texture paste to create stars and bursts of light. The foreground was collaged book pages. The blue wasn’t working so out came the black gesso! I highlighted the texture paste with Treasure Gold, sorry I got carried away and forgot to take photos.

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The layering stencils I used were stars and snowflakes.

 

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The foreground was inked with these colours to reflect the glow of the fireworks. The Styled Label was inked and spritzed with the same colours. I wired it around the canvas through eyelets.

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The Thinlet dies were the perfect shapes for the firework bursts. I used my new Metallic Kraft Core paper in gold.

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I edged the canvas with Bronze Distress Paint which made the colours pop. The stamps were inked with black archival then clear heat embossed. I cut out and then coloured the children with distress markers. A touch of gold mica flakes across the ground gave an extra sparkle.

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I enjoyed making the canvas, the song title brings happy memories!

wish me luck in the challenge, check out the inspiration from the Design Team at A Vintage Journey.

hugs

Jan X



Water

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Welcome to our November Challenge.

Our theme for the month is Water.
Splish, splash, splosh!

Water is such an integral part of our lives, the weather, rain, snow or storms. The landscape, the ocean, rivers and waterfalls. In our homes, cooking and cleaning. So many sports involve water, leisure and pleasure!
Show us your inspiration, what will you create?
We are intrigued, will it be a scrap page, a canvas, a card, a 3D project or a tag?

I am hosting, and  will be choosing our Winner and Top 5.

What a challenge! So much choice!
I was inspired to create a tag after my husband brought home a lovely bunch of wild flowers from the Allotment. I took the theme of water and life.

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The background was paper from Tim Holtz Destinations pack. I loved the woven effect and the colours. I used a Rhyn water drop stamp with glossy accents on the drop. This just added a rainy water effect.
I used texture paste through a stencil to create spider web effects then Treasure Gold to highlight.

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The vase is a TH die, Apothocary Bottles, I used tracing papers crumpled onto Frosted Film. DI on the front, gesso and Paperartsy Blue Glass paint , with a touch of Pewter Guilding wax on the back to make a frosted glass effect.

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The flower stamp was From Stampers Anonymous,  stamped with Archival on to book text and smooth card. The flower was coloured with yellows, oranges and vintage photo. I wanted an Autumnal feel to the tag. They were fussy cut and layered onto the tag.

 

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The title was a TH Thinlets, Adventure,  die cut into the background paper, ripped, inked and bradded over the bottle. I heat embossed the brads to get the colour to match. I used different sizes of foam tape the raise the flowers and make the bottle dimensional.

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velvet and satin ribbon finished off the tag!

Hope you enjoyed reading the process and are going to join our challenge.

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

hugs

Jan x


Topsy Turvy

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Wow, it’s November already, we seem to be well into Autumn, here in England!
Our challenge this month at Our Creative Corner is…..

– hosted by our lovely Lys.

This is what she says…..

“We often try to do the ‘right’ way, use the suitable thing, organize our creations following definite lines or intentions… and sometimes it doesn’t go the way we wanted to. Sometimes it goes to the bin, sometimes we discover something new… and we love it!

On the right side or topsy turvy… Is there a right side in art?

So let’s play!: whatever it is: upside down, inverted, reversed or escaping from the right order…. Please show me one “topsy turvy” creation, and how it came to life in your hands.”

 

I have been fascinated by reflections in water and love taking photos of interesting compositions to scrapbook. When Lys put up the challenge I thought of the photos I had taken in New Zealand at the Mirror Lakes. It was an amazingly eerie place, you were not quite sure which way up everything was because the signs could only be read in the reflections!

This is how I created my scrap page.

I wanted to experiment with Brushos, not having much success in the past this was also part of the challenge. I wanted to create lines of symmetry so I folded the paper slightly lower than half way down and sprayed water along the crease and at the top. I had put needle holes in the top of the Brusho lids and shook the powder on the crease and top half only. I sprayed water again and quickly folded the paper to create a monoprint. I heat dried, sprayed, heat dried until I liked the effect. I used linen effect 12×12 white paper. I waterbrushed the edges and then tore to create lovely wavy lines. However some of the invisible Brusho powder was on the edge and turned blue with the waterbrush, interesting effects! Quite Topsy Turvy!

 

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I decided to try a vertical line of symmetry using texture paste and TH layering stencil. I folded the page vertically, scraped the paste through the stencil on the left hand side, cleaned the stencil, flipped it and scraped more paste through. I was pleased with the result. I used Dreamweaver Pearlescent Texture Paste, love how the colours underneath shine through.

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I wanted the Journalling to be symmetrical and experimented with TH thinlet word dies. I stuck plumbers tape onto card and die cut the word at the top. So far so good, the letters came out easily! The second cut was on the back, lined up underneath the first, this was not so easy to get the letters out. I think it looks effective.

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The LO needed a shot of yellow to balance the Mirror Lakes sign. I used chipboard letters, originally brown and patterned. They were heat embossed with yellow enamel then gold glitter and more enamel to embed the sparkle.
It doesn’t show to well on the photo but the pearl texture paste, the NZ glitter and silver Journalling really shine.

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The paper I mounted the page onto was DI inked with Iced Spruce, Pumice Stone,and a hint of Hickory Smoke to match the colour of the rushes.
I hope you are inspired to join our challenge for November.

We have some great prizes sponsored by Decoart.

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I wish you luck, have fun!

Hugs

Jan x