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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Tie Dyed Paper - Will it Work?


Hi Everyone, thanks for stopping by my blog today.
The challenge over at A Vintage Journey this week is Just Stain It using your distress stains. This product is fairly new to me but after getting my first bottle about 3 months ago I very quickly realised it to be a must in my craft room. I love how backgrounds turn out and the ease of colouring ribbon, flowers and die cuts makes it perfect for my style of craft.

After a couple of days of thinking about this challenge and looking at the DT 's samples and Tim's blog I realised that distress stains sometimes takes on a look of being tie dyed. Could I actually manage to tie dye a piece of paper with distress stains ? Maybe not but I was going to try.



I started off by wetting a piece of water colour paper and scrunching it up and tied with elastic bands and pressed my colour into the sections. But when I opened it up I realised my paper was too heavy to take the stain in every area. But using a lighter weight watercolour paper I felt would dissolve.


Next attempt, I lifted a piece of copy paper knowing this would just breakdown if I added water I decided to use my mix of Glycerine and water (1 part to 6) and sprayed on my paper on both sides. This softened the paper but didn't make it go extra limp. I then applied my bands and repeated process. It nearly worked but the paper had torn quite a bit with the bands.


So finally I repeated my process of the Glycerine, scrunching my paper from the centre but this time I tied a length of elastic band into the sections rather than wrapping round and round. I squeezed different colours of stain into my paper squeezing each section. I then cut my bands and unravelled the paper and dried with the heat gun. Yippee it worked and I love the effect.


I distressed the edges and then mounted my tie dyed paper onto black card stock and stained my flowers the way Tim shows you swiping my die cuts through the stains. My leaves I also added some texture from a stamp with Archival ink. My little metal embellishment was painted with distress ink and my ribbons were made from an old sheet ripped up and stained.


Well I hope you love the effect as much as I do and give it a go and I'd love to hear your comments on my card.

Happy crafting,

Julie x

Products used :
Sizzix tattered florals strip 
Cheery lynn DL278 horizon fishtail banners
Distress stains


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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Painted Industrial CC3 Challenge


Hope you are all having a lovely weekend and managing to get some crafty time and a warm hello to my new followers. The latest challenge at Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities is painted industrial. Although I can't tell you how to do the technique you will find it out Page 46 of Tim's new book.



I started with a little bargain frame which had a burlap centre, my husband had kindly brought it into me as a present knowing I would enjoy altering it. I sanded it down and painted it adding some tissue tape.



I'll just show you round some photo's now as can't give too much away and a lot is self explanatory.






Thanks to all who continue to support my creativity looking and leaving comments on my blog. It's really appreciated.Till next time,


Julie x


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Saturday, 26 July 2014

A Royal Christmas


Hello everyone and a warm welcome to my new followers. 
For my DT project this week at Cheery Lynn Designs, I have made another Christmas card to showcase the beautiful Snowflake Doily die from Cheery Lynn's new release. This die blends itself to Christmas and any other occasion depending on what shade of paper you choose. I decided to give it a regal theme so stuck mainly to reds and golds in my card.


I cut my doily out in gold card and offset the angel wing behind in red card stock and added some diamant├ęs around the circumference and mounted my poinsettia flower on the top with a dazzle in the centre.



You will see I cut out my Lattice Valance die in red card and I love the way it frames my card. I also paper pieced in some gold card behind my die cut which helps to make it pop.


I extended my Horizon stacker die, paper piecing behind my doily, you will also notice I used part of the Lattice Valance die across the centre band, adding a Greetings message and stickles around my card to finish.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my card. Next Saturday I will show you all how to make your Snowflake Doily into a square frame.

Julie x

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Altered Chest


A warm hello to all my kind followers.
It's a been about a month since I did a mixed media piece, seems longer so I decided with the various things I have lying in my craft room just begging to be altered, I thought I would alter this little chest combining it with the challenge at Country-view challenges and That's Crafty.


I bought this little chest from our local B&M store, they always have great things which are   reasonably priced which are fab to alter. I started off by giving this a sand down and then applied some Grunge Paste through my stencil. I love this doily pattern. I also placed little die cut corners onto the drawers. Once dried, I next sealed my whole box and drawers with a couple of coats of Gesso applied with a baby wipe, leaving to thoroughly dry.



I then started to blend 4 shades of PaperArtsy paints onto my chest, sanding back every so often to reveal different layers. Once I was happy with the shade I used a script stamp to apply some more Gesso and an Archival ink to apply some crackles. I then started to rub a little Gesso around the corners in the same way we blend distress inks at the edges. This just made it a little more shabbier looking.


My Butterflies were stamped onto a paper handkerchief with Archival. I then tore around the edges and applied the one ply of tissue with some multi medium to my chest. I then sealed my whole chest with a couple of coats of multi medium added some pearls and Treasure wax.


My daughter had handed me a bag filled with some old Jewellery a few weeks ago. I made my little feet from one of the bracelets painting the beads with Gesso and applying Treasure Gold. Finally applying some hot glue to glue them onto my chest. I also lined my drawers with a little square of felt.


Thanks for stopping by my blog,

Julie x

Products Used: 
PaperArtsy paints - rose, haystack, butternut, vintage lace. 
Gesso.
Archival ink potting soil, treasure gold rose quartz.
Grunge paste.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Flowers in a Cart


Hello everyone from sunny Scotland, and a warm welcome to my new followers. I hope you are all managing to get some creative time.
My mojo has been running on full power over the past week so I now have a few things being prepared to post. Do you remember my post - Flowers on a Log, if not you will see it here. Anyway, in my head I have a couple of variations of this project planned, but have been awaiting the perfect challenge or GD spot to make them. Finally, this month Our Creative Corner and A Vintage Journey and various other challenges listed below, fitted my idea perfectly for one of them. My post is photo heavy so will try to keep my writing to a minimum so if there is anything you would like to know please just ask.

I started off by making a rectangular box with my Scorpal, and then yes my favourite item the coffee stirrer sticks were given a coat of Gesso and PaperArtsy paints and crackle glaze were applied to them. Next, I glued them onto the sides of my box, once dry I then glued my box together and applied a little distress to the edges and added my little hinges which had been die cut in kraft, distress and little rust marks stamped on, finally adding black liquid pearls for the nails.



My wheels were die cut out with a cereal packet and 5 layers glued together. I applied distress paint and distress ink around the edges. Once all dry I used my crop a dile to punch a hole in the middle, added my die cut cog rubbed with a little treasure gold. I then cut down a barbecue skewer and placed my wheels on either end, hot gluing to my cart and adding another couple of sticks to the front to form my tow bar. I put a little hessian in my box to give it more of a Tim Holtz feel, but you only see little bits of it now the flowers are in it.




My flowers and leaves are all die cut out from various dies using kraft white and patterned paper. My kraft and white flowers had distress stain added to the paper the way Tim demonstrates in his videos, spraying a little water on to them and stamping with some distress ink. I then scrunched my flowers and let them dry in the sunshine.... Yes I did say sunshine and not heat gun lol, finally spraying a little glimmer mist on too.


My leaves we're made in the same way adding inks and stains, but I also double embossed with embossing powder some leaves to give a nice shiny look. Cheery Lynn's leave dies have veins in them and I find when you add the stains it starts to pool in the veins which I love.



I die cut out my bunting and stamped the word flowers and distressed the edges. I put the wording on both sides so my project can be appreciated a full 360 degrees. Barbecue skewers were painted with distress and rolled over a word stamp with archival ink to give more texture. My ribbons were made from an old sheet which I had saved a length of. I ripped 3 sections and placed into a diluted solution of distress stains and scrunched up to dry with my heat gun.



Well I really appreciated you seeing through my post. Thanks for stopping by and I'd love if you had time to leave me a comment.


Julie x

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Merry Christmas my Deer


Lovely to have you popping over to see my DT post for Cheery Lynn Designs today.  I thought I would share over the next few weeks some cards I have made using some of the new dies from the Cheery Lynn July 2014 release, to give you some ideas for planning, dare I say it.....your Christmas cards.



My icicles were cut out in glitter card and I offset them slightly and layered them twice to give depth to my card.

My frosty trees are the base die from the build a Christmas tree die. This die I love as can be used as a decorated tree or bare tree layered up or on its own, also as foliage with your flowers and the decorations as accents on other things. I cut my die out in various shades of card stock and sprayed with an adhesive and dipped into a fine glitter. I glued down the spine of the tree so it would lie flat to the paper and my branches were lifted up to add more dimension.



My window was cut out using the oval die and stamping snowflakes onto the frame. My winter scene was made using inks and embossing powders. To the side of the window you will see my Mistletoe, this was die cut out and glitter applied in the same way as the trees and I also place some liquid pearls onto it to represent the little white berries.





My deer I cut out in brown and white card which I'd applied glitter to and I then layered them together slightly offsetting to give a shadow effect. Finally, adorning my card with snowflakes and more glitter to finish.

Julie x

Cheery Lynn new release dies:



Other Dies

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Cheery Lynn July 2014 New Release


Today is a very exciting day for all of us at Cheery Lynn Designs as we launch July 2014 new release. A word of caution as you check out the Cheery Lynn Designs blog and my Teamie's blogs in the side bar ...... there are some 'must haves' you will just have to add to your basket or wish list, so don't say I didn't warn you lol.
For those of you who know my style of craft you will see why the Build a Tree die was a 'must have' for me.


It comes in sections and you start with the small base tree building on as much foliage to the size of tree that suits you. It also doubles as accents of foliage mixed with your leaves and flowers and as bare trees. The top of the tree has a little star or angel to be added should you decide to decorate it, along with the other tree ornaments. I cut out my ornaments in several colours of card and mixed them up in a tub and just added some to my tree. My candy canes are cut out in red card and a white pen tipped onto them to give the striped effect. I also added a little stickles.

My sentiment was die cut in gold and red paper. I offset the red to the back of my die to give a shadow effect on the wording and added the red to the front on the tree and added glitter glue.


My poinsettia style flowers were made with the snowflake die that comes along with the sentiment. I used my ball tool to add some dimension and layered it up 3 times. The greenery to the back is part of the foliage on the Build a Tree die. I cut it out in green card sprayed with glue and dipped into glamour dust. 


The background of my card was stamped and embossed with tinsel embossing powders and stickles on my card to decorate further. I also paper pieced 2 square background dies together to fit my base card.

Look forward to hearing your comments,

Julie x

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Stitching Time



Hello Everyone,

Thanks for stopping by my blog today to see my DT project for Cheery Lynn Designs. I have a small sewing I bought in a sale a few years ago and it lies neglected in my craft room so this weeks challenge was the perfect inspiration I needed to use it.







I love the Tiny French Pastry Doily die and it's versatility of using complete, to compliment the other sizes it comes in or cutting it into sections. On this card I cut it out in black card to accent on layers of my card and also in brown card to use as photo corners on my topper.




My flower has been made by cutting out an old lint bandage with the Gardenia strip, I then sprayed my petals with some water and coloured with distress stain. Scrunched the material and dried with my heat gun. Once dry I unravelled them and layered a few together with a couple of stitches and a little lace.



My zig zag is made by cutting out the Expandable Tiny Borders in Kraft paper. I put a little faux stitching in the centre before spraying with a little water to scrunch it up for texture and only put a little glue in some areas so it didn't lie flat on the card. I stitched some lace into the layers using my machine. Adding on my other embellishments and die cuts to finish.


I'll be back on Tuesday next week to share the post with my other Teamies as we showcase the exciting New Release at Cheery Lynn Designs.


I'd love if you have time to leave me a comment.

Julie x


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