Envelope Pocket Book Project

Hi Everyone!  Over at The Studio - A Thriving Artist Community (Facebook Group) April is hosting a Pen Pal Project where each participant is to make a Envelope Pocket Book to send to their Pen Pal.

As I had never made one before I thought I would make one to get the hang of it and test out a few things so when it comes to making the one to post I would have it all under control.

I have shared some of the steps I took to make these cute books below and I must say I really love them and can see I'll be making a few of them in the coming weeks.

First Step was to get some color onto the envelopes. The Envelopes I used were DL Size (approx 22 x 11cm).

Dylusions Spray Ink, Gesso, Chunky Chevron and Wedding Ring Stencils from the Crafters Workshop along with a Polka Dot Background Stamp from Darkroom Door.

The backside I used Spray Inks, Stencils, Stamps and some Washi Tape

I decided to add some color to the inside of the pockets.  Here I used some remaining centres from my envelope and punched out some photo corners.  Later I also added further color to the inside using some Distress Stains.

Using my paper towel that I sop up my excess Spray Inks and Paints with I covered two pieces of cardboard for my covers.  This gives a wonderful textured fabric look an feel to the covers.

Once my covers were dry I then stuck my covers onto my pockets, remembering to include a tie so my book could be kept closed.  

For my front cover I used one of my new Frameworks Dies and cut out a piece from one of my left over envelope centres.  I mounted this onto a piece of cardstock also cut with the die and then stock this to the front cover.

Here's my finished book, with some further embellishment.  The idea for the Pen Pal Project is that you can add some messages, ATC's, tags etc to the pockets for your Pen Pal.  A lovely gift which costs very little to make.

Tim's Tags of 2014 and some New Stash

Hi Everyone!  Yesterday I spent a wonderful few hours crafting at my local scrapbook studio Time to Create and came home with some wonderful new things, which included two of the new Alterations Frameworks Dies from Sizzix.

Upon arriving home I wanted to play and remembered that the April Tag for Tim's 12 Tags of 2014 had used one of them so I decided to make my take of his tag using it.

As always I don't own all the wonderful products he used on his tag so I had to improvise.  I replaced where he used Distress Paints with Distress Inks and Stains and my roses and leaves were cut using a different non Sizzix Die and a punch.  I don't own any of his charms so instead added a wooden word strip with the word inspire.  

Supplies Used:
No 5 Manilla Tag, Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, Pumice Stone Distress Ink, Weathered Wood, Bundled Sage, and Evergreen Bough Distress Stain, Sizzix Frameworks Die - Trellis, Dienamics Mini Royal Roses Die, Stampin Up XL Bird Punch (leaves)
Prima Divine A4 Paper Pad, Havana Brown Seam Binding, Inspire Wood Word Strip, Green Rhinestones

I love the pretty combination of these elements and the colors on my tag (a little out of my normal style too) and have to say that I can see these frameworks dies have so many possibilities I can't wait to play with them some more as well as add a few more to my stash.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Trending Tuesdays - Making Moos

Yes another month has just flown by and its time for another Trending Tuesdays post with the Altered Pages Design Team.  All month the team at Altered Pages has been playing along with the themes over at Unruly PaperArts which have been Mail Art and Moos and their RAQ themes of Teacups and Tiaras, so the challenge for today was to make some Moo's.

You may remember I gave a bit of sneak peek in one of my earlier posts of my project for today.

I teamed up some bits and pieces from my Mailbox Muse - Alice's Utterly Mad Party Kit with a chipboard Tea Cup from the Leaky Shed.

I used the stamps in the Mail Box Muse Kit and the Moo Background Collage Sheet from Altered Pages to create my three Alice Inspired Moos.

I had someone in mind to send these to, so I mounted them onto a piece of the G45 paper which came as part of the Mailbox Muse Kit and decided to make a envelope with some of the other papers in the kit using my Quick Cutz Eyelet Die to house them in.

I painted my Chipboard Tea Cup from the Leaky Shed with Green Acrylic Paint before adding some more color with ink and a few extra details before adding this to the front of my envelope.

I stamped the Alice's Utterly Made Tea Cup wording onto my tea cup and then used a little bit of twine and a small piece of cardstock to create the look of a teabag to which I added some further stamping.  My completed project is already on its way overseas to it's new home.

Making these moos got me in the mood for making some more and I will be sharing my love for making Moo's a little later this week over on the Unruly PaperArts Blog if you'd care to take a look.

Thanks for stopping by today and happy creating!

Cards in Envy - April Showers

Hi Everyone I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!  Can someone please tell me where do the days go?  I am running so behind this week......like this post for the latest challenge at Cards in Envy should have been up on my blog last night but I didn't get to it....so here it is and I am a little embarrassed as the photo of this card isn't the best.....the lighting is all wrong and I am not sure if it is the pink tones upsetting my camera or the time of day now that we are in Autumn or whether the issue is simply just the person taking it......lol.

Anyhow enough of my waffle here's the card.  The umbrella with the rain drops and wording are stamps from Unity.  I have simply used spray inks and Gelatos to color my background and for an extra Spring Touch added some stamped flowers.

Be sure to pop over to the Cards In Envy Site to see all the fabulous creations from the rest of the team and have a great day!

Deep Red Stamps Mail Art Challenge

MailArt has definitely been a popular theme this month.  I recently saw that it is the current theme over at the Deep Red Stamps Blog......and being that I own some of their wonderful red rubber I thought I would play along by Altering a Couple of Post Cards.

Mail Art Challenge Badge

The Deep Red Stamps I am working with today are Marilyn, Audrey Hepburn and Laurel and Hardy Nice Mess, so I thought I would make some Stars of the Silver Screen Postcards.

Deep Red Rubber Stamps, Stars of the Silver Screen

I started my project using some old postcards from my Stamping Up /Demo Days - which I coated with black Gesso and then dried brushed with White Gesso.

I then messily stenciled with some White Gesso, before spraying the entire card with my chosen color of Dylusions Spray Ink.

Once Dry I added some stamping with a flourish, I repeatedly stamped over the same area starting with white, then a darker color to coordinate with my Dylusions Color or Black Ink.

I also stamped and cut out some stars and a piece of film strip (Unity Stamps) to add in some extra detail to my Stars of the Silver Screen.  All the edges of each element were inked with coordinating color ink.  

Marilyn and Audrey Hepburn Postcard

For my Audrey and Marilyn Postcard I used the film strip piece and layered this over a piece of newsprint paper.  Three Yellow Stars were added to the top.  I added a little bit of color to their skin with a Waterbrush and some Gelatos.  To this postcard I also added some extra detail to the bottom with a border punch.

Laurel and Hardy, Nice Mess Postcard

For my Laurel and Hardy Postcard I added three stamped blue stars and the words which are part of the stamp from Deep Red Rubber.  My stars weren't standing out from the background enough so I added a touch of yellow Gelato and also Sprayed them with a Gold Spritz Mist to add a touch of Shimmer.  I also added a touch of color to the faces of Laurel and Hardy with my Waterbrush and Gelatos.

WOYWW #254

It's been absolute ages since I have linked up with the wonderful Julia's What's on Your Workdesk Linky Party, anyhow I had the camera sitting on my desk having taken some shots of last nights full lunar eclipse and thought I would make the effort today and catch up with everyone's desks.

The past few months have been busy with various children in for short term emergency placement and respite care, undergoing surgery and just the everyday.  But this week I've had some much needed 'No one else to think too much about' - me time, so I got into crafting mode which appears to be in full Mail Art Swing this month.  Its a theme being featured this month over At Unruly PaperArts, Altered Pages and is also the Challenge Theme I discovered yesterday over at Deep Red Stamps.  I've been busy making postcards, ATC's and Moo Cards and this weekend I am hoping to play over at the Easter ArtAthon at ATC's For All.  Anyhow here's a look at just what is on my Desk this fine and sunny Wednesday.

To the left of my main photo you will see I have piled up all my stencils.  Some are in need of a good clean and I also need to find a better way of storing them.  If anyone has any ideas I'd love to hear them.  In the centre and my main current project is one I am doing for Altered Pages Monthly Trending Tuesday Post.  The items I have showing in this photo may just give away part of what it is all about.

I have also pulled out my Deep Red Stamps with the idea of playing along with their current Mail Art Challenge.  I found some old postcards from back in my Stamping Up Demo Days I thought I would alter.

As today progressed I painted my Chipboard TeaCup Green and teamed it up with a Die Cut Large Eyelet Envelope (A Quickcutz Die) to complete my project, if you want to see more you'll have to wait until next Tuesday sorry.

Anyhow that's it from me for today, I am off to think about and get a start on my Deep Red Challenge Project as well as visit my fellow WOYWWer's and see what they have been up to.

Happy Wednesday

Unruly PaperArts RAQ - Tea Cups and Tiaras

Over at Unruly PaperArts this month their Reader Art Quest Challenge Theme is Teacups and Tiaras. Yesterday I had the whole day to myself pretty much to catch up on some art, so with some Tea Inspired Collage Images on hand from Altered Pages, I made some ATC's.  

I thought I would share one of them with you today as a reminder about the Unruly Challenge!  My Background was created from cleaning Gelatos off a Stencil (TCW Swirly Garden) with a baby wipe over a piece of white cardstock.  

Also don't forget that this month you get double the Mail Art Inspiration as we are cross promoting with Altered Pages throughout April.  Be sure to visit both blogs to view the wonderful projects from both the Altered Pages and Unruly PaperArts Teams.

Time to Spring Forward!

This month I was asked to be a GD over at Anything But a Card which is a fabulous challenge site which requires you to design anything but a Card to a set theme.  The theme currently is Spring Forward where they are wanting you to welcome spring by using bright colors with Spring and Easter in mind or simply seeing where your muse takes you.

I love everything about Spring, its my favorite time of the year and I am honored to have been asked to join the team over at ABAC for this challenge. As we head into Autumn here in Australia any chance to play with some of my favorite colors is a given, and so with time being short and Easter just around the corner I embraced my messy side and created a tag.

My tag today uses images from Altered Pages (Victorian Easter Collage Sheet), whilst my background has been created using distress stains, Gelatos and paper scraps.  I also added some further interest using a flower border punch strip, bright striped paper and a cute pastel green bunny brad from the Eyelet Outlet.

Be sure to pop over to ABAC and check out all the other wonderful spring inspiration from their Design Team.