Saturday, 14 October 2017

Mini Album Makers - Handbag Charm Album

It is my turn over at Mini Album Makers to do a little tutorial on how to create an album.  I have chosen to share a mini Handbag Charm Album.

Each year my good friend Margie and I meet up for one crafty day, to share ideas and techniques.  This year Margie kindly showed me how to create one  these little albums and I have been somewhat hooked ever since.  They do make great little stocking fillers for Christmas and they are really fun and easy to create!

Here is a little peek at some of the mini Albums that I have made.  If you would like to see how, please visit Mini Album Makers HERE.

Thanks so much!  Hugs, Anne xxx

Monday, 9 October 2017

Destination Inspiration at A Vintage journey

It is my turn to share a Destination Inspiration Post at A Vintage Journey this month.

Here is a little sneak peek of part of my project:

If you have time I do hope you will visit  A Vintage Journey  to see the whole project!

Thanks for your visit, hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx

Friday, 6 October 2017

Crazy for Autumn Colour at A Vintage Journey

This month at A Vintage Journey, the talented Jennie is our host and her choice of topic is 
Crazy for Autumn Colour!

Here is what Jennie had to say:  'Choose a bold, colourful, autumn palette this month for your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project.  Let's see those autumn colours in all their glory.'

Autumn is my favourite time of year, with all the glorious autumn colours and since we just had the Harvest moon, I chose to make a harvest inspired project.
I used an 8" x 8" canvas, my Tim Holtz large pumpkin die along with Tim's Fall Foliage Thinlits die set for the leaves.  The acorns are from Tim's Mini Acorn and Pumpkins die set.
To create the faux wood background I used a tutorial by Jenny Marples which you can find HERE.  I omitted the alcohol ink layer that Jenny used and substituted a little Distress Glaze.  I used a sheet of 12" x 12" white card as my base.
The canvas was covered with the faux wood and given a coat of Indigo Blu Slap it On which acts as a sealer.  The word thankful was cut using a Tim Holtz Thinlits set of dies.
I die cut two pumpkins. cut one down and layered it on top of the first one to give some dimension.  The pumpkin itself was coloured with Carved Pumpkin Distress Paint, given a good coat of Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy.  Once dry I rubbed over a watered down layer of Walnut Stain Distress Paint and used undiluted paint around the edges.
The acorns were die cut 8 times, the caps cut off 4 of the acorns and these were coloured with Distress Paint and overstamped.  The acorns were given a coat of Glossy Accents and when dry I layered up the extra caps to give them a little dimension.
Finally, I die cut lots of leaves and coloured them with a mix of Distress Oxide Inks and Distress Inks in lovely autumnal colours.  The pumpkin and leaves were layered up onto a rough piece of corrugated cardstock.

To finish off I added some tendrils made from paper covered wire.

Our wonderful sponsor this month is Calico Craft Parts who are providing an autumnal bundle of Wood and MDF products to one randomly chosen winner!

 I do hope you have the time to hope over to A Vintage Journey to see the beautiful creations that my Teamies have made.  It would be lovely too, if you would join in Jennie's lovely autumnal challenge.

Thanks so much for your visit, I will be back on Monday with the first Destination Inspiration Post of the month of October... hope you have a great weekend and find some crafty time!

Hugs, Anne xx

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Mini Album Makers October Challenge

Hello Friends

It is time for a new challenge at Mini Album Makers, we had such a fantastic response to our very first challenge, it was a joy to see so many beautiful entries - thanks so much!

This month at Mini Album Makers and as always, the challenge is to create any form of (completed) handmade book, including mini albums, scrapbooks, journals and other book arts.

Recently, I  got my hands on some of the new Halloween range by Tim Holtz and could not wait to create a spooky mini album (using Eileen Hull's Passport die - Sizzix 660331).

I have lots of photos to share with you so I have condensed some into collage form.
1. Die cut the Journal, use Distress Oxide to colour the front and inside of the covers.
2. Die cut the signatures using Tim Holtz Halloween Paper (cut 2 for each signature).
3. Stamp the Journal covers with Tim Holtz Webs & Damask stamp set.
4.  Die cut all the elements you want to use on the cover and insides.
Join the front and back to the spine and set aside.
Add some pockets to the inside cover of the album.
And now for the fun, to create the inside signatures!  I created three signatures, each with two page sets and covered them with Tim's new Halloween papers, along with die cuts old and new.  The pockets were all created with paper left over from cutting the pages.
A couple more of the pages, I love the witch and cobweb!  I attached the signatures in pairs, with black elastic and threaded an Idea-ology charm and word band to the side of the Journal.  To finish off I made a hanging charm using Tim's Idea-ology.  I also used Remnant Rubs and die cuts to complete the front and back covers.

I just love the way my mini Journal turned out and hope that it inspires you to join in the fun at Mini Album Makers this month!

Our very generous Sponsor this month is Gypsy Soul who will be offering a fabulous Laser Cut Prize Pack to one lucky randomly chosen winner!  Thank you Gypsy Soul!

I am entering this Journal in my dear friend Darnell's NBUS Challenge #12 here.  The Raven, Cobweb, Idea-ology and some of the Tim Holtz papers are all NBUS!

Thanks so much for your visit!

Hugs, Anne xx

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Mini Blog Hop Giveaway Winner !!

Hello Friends!

Today is the day where my friends Jenny Marples, Tracy Evans and I announce the winners of the fabulous Eileen Hull Journal die!!

Remember, if you were not lucky here, you may have been lucky on Jenny or Tracy's blog, you can find their results here:



The response was wonderful and I thank each and every one of you for taking the time to enter, I just wish I could give a die to each of you!
  I took all of the names who correctly followed the rules and excluded those who already have the die, and used Random Number Generator to do the selection, so without further ado, the winner is.....

Margaret Mifsud

Congratulations Margaret!  You can find my email address in my Profile on the sidebar, please let me have your address and I will get the die posted off to you on Monday!

Thank you again to everyone who joined in.

Hugs, Anne xx

Friday, 29 September 2017

Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey

Hello Friends!

When there are five Fridays in a month we share tags over at A Vintage Journey.

At this time of year when most people's thoughts turn to beautiful autumnal colours - mine turn to Halloween!  I was inspired by a beautiful card by Richele
To create the tag I used a Tim Holtz Etcetera tag (the smallest size - 10" x 5.1/2").  The background was created with Distress Oxide in Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet and Iced Spruce.  I used a separate piece of card, placed the inks on my craft mat, spritzed with water and dragged the card through, drying before applying another colour.
I die cut the spider web by Tim Holtz from the new Halloween range and glued this to the top of the tag.  The word 'wicked' was cut from a Tim Holtz orange deco Sheet and mounted, slightly offset onto black cardstock.  The word 'witch' is from Tim's chit chat stickers.  The stars were cut out using the Tim Holtz Witchcraft die.  Once cut, I put them back in, randomly, mixing the colours.

The spider at the top is from Tim's Ideaology range, he is attached by some thin wire, which gives him some movement.

I do love this fabulous witch with her cat, this is from Tim's new Halloween release (Witchcraft), as are the gravestones, gate and fencing (Village Graveyard).  The fence and gate are mounted with a slight bow to give some dimension and I added Tim's Twisted Thorn Edge to the base to give the look of tree roots.

I hope you have the time to go and visit my Teamies over at A Vintage Journey, they have some fabulous, inspiring tags to share with you!

Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate it!

Hugs, Anne xx

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Eileen Hull New Release - Book Club Part 2

Hello Friends

This is my second post this month, showcasing Eileen Hull's fabulous new Sizzix Book Club collection.  Eileen designed this new release to be three-in-one dies - dies that serve multiple purposes, making them extremely versatile!  If you missed Part 1, it is here.

Within the new release in Book Club are three new Scoreboard dies (which Eileen is famous for) and these dies can be used to create gift boxes, storage boxes, home decor projects and more!  A further three sets of dies can be used to embellish them - there are so many possibilities!

The dies will be released before the end of this year and the whole Inspiration Team are sharing little peeks to tempt you.  Today I am sharing three projects, I don't have any details to share, just pictures today!

First up is the Scoreboard Book and Pages die, I used this die to create a Birthday Planner Book, this book really is a great size that will fit into a handbag/purse.
The next project uses the Trinket Box/Frame die - I used it in a slightly different way, to make a shadow box (it actually lights up too!).

This is the same die as the Trinket Box/Frame above but I turned it into a pretty tissue holder.  I am sure there are lots of other ways to use this fabulous die!
Over on Eileen's blog, each week, there are lots more projects that my amazing team mates have created.  If you would like to see all the different ways these dies can be used I hope you will visit for more sneak peeks!

As always, thanks so much for your visit, I will be back soon to share some Halloween projects.

Hugs,  Anne xx


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