Sunday, 23 April 2017

Back from Japan

Hello all and welcome! I have finally returned from my trip to Japan, and as perfect timing would have it, I was delighted to be invited by Eileen Hull to create a journal cover with her Journal Die from her new Heartfelt Collection.


As regular visitors will know, before leaving for Japan I started a Midori traveller's journal to take along on te trip, if you missed it you can see some of the prepped pages here and here, and as Eileen's new die is just the right size for Midori notebooks, I knew it would make for the perfect cover.

I'll give you a quick step by step how I made it:


First I painted the covers with a mix of Golden Titan Buff and Victorian Velvet Distress  acrylic paints, scraped on with a little craft scraper.

Next  I added some Japanese text pages. These came from a vintage Japanese book picked up in a little antique store in Kyoto. It is printed on very delicate tissue paper, just perfect for mixed media projects.

Then I created a little front panel. The background was done with Oxide Distress Inks in Worn Lipstick, Broken China and  Vintage Photo. I then stencilled a cherry blossom branch with a Crafters Workshop stencil using Distress crayons and added a little Japanese stamp, picked up in a stationer's shop in Tokyo. I am sorry to say I actually have no idea what it says..... Here is a close up:

I added a bit of shadow with coloured pencils to bring out the flowers (it was of course cherry blossom season, Sakura as the Japanese call it), and a bit of foiling using a glue stick as well as some flowers etc from my stash.
Here you can see the front and back. The back page just had some scraps of a paper napkin and some Japanese washi tape added to it still.

The inside of the covers was done with paper from the new Tim Holtz Memoranda collection. It seemed to fit the junk journal style of some of my inner pages just perfectly.
The title was done with an additional little die that comes with the main journal die.
The spine has some charms, the Japanese one can be used as a bookmark for the inside.

The closure, another little die that comes with the main one, was adhered to the back cover and then tucks perfectly under the front panel as you can see below:

As the front panel was adhered with foam tape there is just the right space and this makes it super easy and quick to open and shut and as I plan to make several further inserts, there is still loads of space inside this brilliant cover die. 
Here are a few of the inside pages still, mostly all done while in Japan:





And finally, because so many of you asked for it, some photos taken during the trip. We literally took hundreds of photos, so this is just a tiny selection lol.
 One of the numerous temples we visited, this one is in the hills, just outside Osaka.

View of the countryside around the temple
View of a bamboo grove outside Kyoto
 A Shinto shrine

Cherry blossom season, a view near our apartment in Kyoto
And finally, just a few family picks, meeting up with our grand children was one of the main reasons we went there in the first place....
The oldest, 4.5 years old
And the younger one, nearly three.
Having some fun in one of the temple gardens while mum and dad were exploring

Well that's it for today....Japan is the most amazing country and we definitely plan to go back some time. Thanks for staying with me through this mammoth post and until next time!
xxxxx


Monday, 17 April 2017

Oxides and Shimmerz, - a journal spread

Hello friends and welcome.
Just another preview today, the main project can be found on the Shimmerz blog HERE
I wanted to explore how the new Oxide Distress Inks would play together with Shimmerz products. If you want to find out more, all you need to do is hop over
Have a wonderful creative week, hopefully enjoying some sunshine and creativity....
xxxxx


Thursday, 6 April 2017

Japan travel journal part 2

Hello friends, hope you are all well and happy.
Today I want to share some more pages from my Japan travel journal. If you missed the first part, - you can find it here.
I did another mix of collage and own made background pages. The above is obviously a collage one.
I love this junk journal style and it is such a great way to use up all these bits and pieces that we all seem to hoard.
I used some paper from the Tim Holtz Etc 8 x 8 collection. I half the page, which makes it just slightly smaller than the pages of the Midori travelers notebook pages, adhere it to the lined paper in the note book and then put tissue tape around to make it fit.
I added a little tuck spot,  and tucked a mini envelope behind it . I then  made a tiny little book to fit behind the envelope, for a few bits of further journalling. The little envelope provides more space to keep little bit and pieces, tickets, keep sakes, little photos whatever collected during the day.
Another page, done in pretty much the same way. This time the envelope was made using the Tim Holtz pocket envelope die. I glued only 2 sides, so create another tuck spot/pocket.

The envelope opens and closes  with the flap tucked behind the little heart made with the help of a little punch, when you glue down only the bottom half, it makes for the perfect closure. A tag fits in the pocket behind.
Finally just a decorative page, using Oxide and Distress Inks, an element from the Botanical Layers ephemera, some  shadow work with  a couple of a Distress Crayons, some stencilling use a Seth Apter stencil and a Distress Crayon and finally some background stamping and washi design tape.

Well that's it for today, thanks for your visit and stay creative!
xxxxx

Monday, 3 April 2017

Spring canvas for Shimmerz

Hello everyone, it's that time of the month again, my turn to show a project over on the Shimmerz blog. There is a step by step on the blog there, so here only a little snippet:
I had fun making this, - hope you'll have the time to hop over.
Hopefully the sun is shining where you are and have a great week!
xxxxx

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Mixed Media Monthly - Show us your super power

Hello all and happy April!! This moth at Mixed Media Monthly we want you to show us your super power.....
Well to be honest, I did not find this an easy topic, so I decided I would let myself be inspired by nature, for to me, there is nothing more powerful then the magic Nature can display, especially at this time of the year.
Our sponsor this month is Stampers Anonymous, the winner will get a set of Bret Wedele stamps and he is our guest designer too this month.

Here is our grapic for this month's challenge, - be sure to include it if you are going to play along.


I decided to make a butterfly the central feature of my project, for butterflies certainly display super power when they emerge from their chrysalis at this time of year. Below a few step by step photos:
I started by putting down some texture through a couple of stencils, the one on the left is by Tim Holtz, the one on the right by Paper Artsy.

Next I added colour with my Oxide Distress Inks, pressing colour down on my craft mat, spritzing with water and then dipping and drying until I was happy with the results. Those inks certainly display super powers too, I just love them and they inspire me to step right out of my colour comfort zone...

I added some background stamping, using a couple of Wendy Vecchi background stamps, stamped in white acrylic paint. Raised bit were highlighted with normal Distress Ink.

I cut my butterfly from card coloured with Oxides, using a Spellbinder die.
I gathered some further embellishments and then put it all together. Below a few close ups:

A flower cluster,coloured with Victorian Velver Distress Ink and for the leaves using a variety of dies  cut from scraps of the same card the butterfly was cut from.
The word highlighted with some chipped sapphire distress ink.
And here at last, the finished card. The sentiment is one of the new Tim Holtz quote chips.

Well that's it for now. Hope you will decide to play along with our challenge and be sure to hop over, get all the details of the challenge and see what my awesome teamies have created to inspire you! All you need to do is click HERE

Thanks for your visit here today, always much appreciated because I realise how busy everyone is...
xxxxx

Friday, 31 March 2017

Spring Queen tag Friday at A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, happy Friday and last day of the Month, - where did March go?....
It being a month with 5 Fridays, this means the happy team at A Vintage Journey are sharing tags for a bit of inspiration today and here is mine:
Like many of us it seems, I wanted to have a play with my new Distress Oxide Inks again. I had a number of try out tags flying around, so decided to use one of them. I'm sorry that I don't have step by step photos of how I created the first bits, but this is what it looked like when I decided to use it as the base for this project:
I think I used Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, and Vintage photo. Spreading them on my craft mat, spritzing with water and then dipping my manilla tag into it drying between layers until I was happy with the result. I then used a couple of Wendy Vecchi's background stamps, Rectangle Collage Stamp and the Vintage Text, stamping in Black Archival. Finally I ran it through one of Tim's newer embossing folders and highlighted the raised bits with matching colours of Distress Crayons, Cracked Pistachio and Walnut Stain..
Next I selected a number of different elements I wanted to add to my tag: One of the new paper dolls, she was holding an American flag, which I cut off as I wanted to turn her into a Spring Queen, some elements from the new Botanical Layers and from the Snippets Ephemera.
As you can see, I added some further elements still, some tissue tape,  some new design tape at the bottom of my tag and other bits and pieces from my stash.
Below a few close up photos still:
I decided to add a bit of colour to the girl's sash with a Cracked Pistachio Distress Crayon, it looks much more silky in real life than on this photo. The little star is from the new Ideaology Findings stars.
I love these elements from the Botanical Layers, they save so much time fussy-cutting, and many of them go so well together.
The words are from the Quotations Metallic Stickers, I added it on top of some tissue tape.
Shadows were added around the main elements with a Stabilo All pencil to add more depth to the collage, and that was it.

If you would like to see some more inspirational tags, please go over to see what my teamies have created, - I am sure you will not be disappointed! Just click HERE

Thanks for dropping by here today. I know I have not posted very often lately, but life has taken me in other directions. Hopefully there will be more time soon again.
xxxxx

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