Paperartsy September Challenge

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I wanted to make a birthday card for a friend who is very crafty and try something new. I spotted the metal art Lin Brown had made a demo for and thought I would try it. I love her bullrush stencil so I used that with Paperartsy metal and tools I bought from them a few years ago. They were very forlorn in a cupboard!
I enjoyed making the image, covered it with Little Black dress paint and then put different colours of Treasure Gold on top to create the moon and grasses round the bulrushes.
I will enter it into the September change at Paperartsy Blog.
I had fun creating the card, hope you like it x

The Colours of Autumn

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I got a Pinworthy mention!

I got a Pinworthy mention!

I love Autumn colours, especially the leaves on our Acer trees. We usually take a trip to an Arboretum to take photos. This inspired the pile of leaves.

Tim Holtz products are great for the colours I needed, plus the die and Texture Fade, my piece is totally Tim apart from the stamps!

I used Alcohol Ink to create a background of swirling Autumn colours with gold. I stamped some Paperartsy and Jofy seed heads on top with Archival ink.

The leaves were cut out using Tattered Leaves die. I used card and Postale Tissue Wrap. The Tissue was painted with Distress paint ( Wild Honey, Mahogany, Pine Needles and Vintage Photo)and then embossed with Frosted Crystal Antiquities. The card was DI inked using a variety of colours, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw.
The leaves were either embossed with Textured Leaves Texture Fade or painted with Distress Crackle and then stained.

I assembled the piece with some hessian ribbon and a word band.
It evokes the Autumnal feel for me, the Autumn chill in the mornings, mist and then the sun breaking through.

I am entering Challenge 15, The Colours of Autumn on A Vintage Journey.

So excited to get a Pinworthy badge!


Four Generations – Jones Crafts project 2

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Four GenerationsWe only manage to get together a couple of times a year and so try and get photos of “The Girls Together.” As my Mum lives in Spain she is known as Bis Abuela (Great Grandmother), I am Grandma, Jordan, my daughter, is Mum to my beautiful Grandaughter, Arabella.
I used some lovely Marion Smith papers from the “Motley” collection. I swiped DI inks in Weathered Wood and China Blue across the background paper, “Scarlet”,then built up layers using Collage, Off the wall, Darling and Carmie.
I liked the vintage rose image as we are all English Roses! I used Tim’s dies, on the edge Doily, Flower Garland and Word Play.
This is my scrapbook page for Jones Crafts.

Gift Bag

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Gift BagI wanted to make a small gift bag for a present and the Marion Smith papers were ideal. I worked out the size and used ” Off the wall” 12×12 paper. I scored 4, 10, 4 and 10cms down and then 16 and 7cms across. This gives you a flap to stick down at the side. You need to fold the box shape then fold a triangle shape at the bottom, front and back then stick together. (Sorry, should have taken photos!)
I fussy cut the butterfly frame from an “Off the wall” paper and glued it to the front. I punched a hole and threaded through some ribbon inked with a China Blue DI.image
I like how the papers mix and match pattern and colour.
This is a project for Jones Craft.

First Project for Jones Crafts

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Birthday Card
I was so excited to receive my first pack of papers from Jones Crafts. Lucky for me that they were pretty, vintage style, double sided Marion Smith Motley collection.
I made a Birthday Card using the gorgeous papers. I started with a kraft card and built up the layers using “Not too shabby” and “Carmie” papers from the Motley collection. The vintage images of dressmaking adverts inspired me to use one of my favourite Tim dies, sewing room and the rosette die for the skirt. I finished it with some lace and ribbon.the sentiment was a Paperartsy stamp. I used DI Vintage Photo for the edges.
This is my first project for Jones Crafts!

ATC’s for friends

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My first venture into making ATC (Artist Trading Card) was inspired by A Vintage Journey Challenge 13, particularly Richele Christensen’s creations.

I had some friends in mind when I was thinking about the designs and I wanted to reflect their interests.


Embossed backgrounds
I Covered card with foil tape and then dry embossed each card. I chose a TH embossing folder for each friend, I had steampunk, Ruth had American journey, Carol had butterflies and Marilyn had Autumn leaves because she likes countryside walking.

I used Distress Paints to create Tim’s Industrial background technique. The colours are meant to reflect the themes. I discovered that each colour has to be painted and wiped off individually otherwise the colours mix!


My ATC with the Steampunk theme had a Paperartsy stamp and TH film ribbon stapled on. I stamped Adventure onto the band and added a metal tag to the knot.





Ruth is going on holiday to America soon and I selected USA and holiday stamps. Her husband is a vintage car fan, the jalopy is travelling along a film strip ribbon road.



I chose butterflies for Carol, one of Tim’s stamps. I love inking with Distress Markers and then huffing on the stamp! I dyed the crinkle ribbon with Distress Stain and added a key. I stamped a C on the brad holding the key. I changed the background from the original embossing folder, choosing one which matched the butterfly stamps.

The last ATC had Autumn Leaves and acorns from a TH die cut from cor’dinations paper, sanded and inked. I embossed orange cor’dinations with the background die and frayed ribbon for texture. I added some chit chat stickers with tiny brads.

I really enjoyed making my first ATC’s and maybe they won’t be the last. I used some Tim techniques and lots of his products. I hope my friends like their cards!