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Monday, 10 April 2017

Ink Swatch Book - Update

Hi everyone,


In February I posted about an ink pad swatch book that I made. I was delighted with how it turned out and especially with Inkylicious'  Ink Pad ID Reference Stamp that I used for each colour swatch.

I'm still delighted with it BUT...... in practice the swatch book is large and too cumbersome for me.  


In the back of my mind I was casting around for a better option  and whilst I was mooching around in my craft room the other day I came across this little plastic folder.





I purchased it from Paperchase many moons ago and I think it's designed to hold business cards. Well that's what I've been using it for... business cards from various craft shops etc.  Either way it was  absolutely perfect for the job I had in mind.....





As you can see it has a plastic sleeve and inside.......



There are 20 pages and each is divided into three sections.  That's over 120 colour swatches if you slot them in back-to-back. 
All I needed to do was trim away the hole at the top of each of my colour swatch tags and slip them into the plastic pockets (this little folder was just made for colour swatches. The pocket size is a perfect fit). 




If I want to remove a swatch to match it against a project it just slips out of it's pocket or alternatively,  I can match it up leaving the swatch inside the folder as the pockets are transparent.  If the original swatch gets damaged/marked I can just make another and slid it into it's pocket.... it's as easy as that. And it's the same if I get a new ink pad, I just shuffle the others up in their pockets to make room.




And here is the folder tucked away inside it's wallet.....






Next time I'm in Paperchase I'm going to see if they still make these and pick up a couple more for my Distress Paints & Stains.... they're just too perfect not to....lol.



Happy crafting,


Carol. xx




























Carol, xx

Monday, 27 March 2017

Anniversary Snail Mail Book

Hi Everyone,

I thought I'd share a book I made for a wedding anniversary present.  This post is a little picture heavy so you might want to grab a quick cuppa before you settle yourself down to read.....

I've been happily making snail mail for awhile now.... some of my own ideas and others from Pinterest... because I decided I would bind them into a book and add a note or letter in each one before giving them to my partner for our second anniversary.  Each one covers a particular theme of something we've done that month... e.g October - Halloween etc. 

OK, so here we go...... the cover 


 Outside cover with leather closure.



View of the spine.....



Close up of the clasp on the closure..... I used a small snippet of the paper on the clasp and coated it with Glossy Accents.


View inside the book.... I used "Stack the hinge" for my binding, cutting a slither off the LHS of each envelope to slip in the hinge from the binding to secure each envelope. 




Now for the inside of the book......

I decorated the front and back of each envelope so here is my first page/envelope......

 Front of the first envelope.....

 and now the back of that envelope.






  2nd envelope front.....


Close up of the front....

And back of the 2nd envelope....






 3rd envelope front.....


Back of that envelope.....






 4th envelope front

 And the back.....









5th envelope front.



and the back......










 6th envelope front....  This envelope contained a note about a lovely break we had in Welsh Wales. Hence the dragons and sheep.



and the back....









 7th envelope front.... this one contained a note about a boating holiday we had abroad so I chose a sea theme for decoration. 

and the back.....






 8th envelope front 


and the back of that envelope......






 9th envelope.... the design for this envelope is one I copied off Pinterest (sorry I don't know who originally posted this one but amazing art - I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it and had to try it). I really liked the stencilled moon in the background and the gorgeous autumnal colours.

 and this it the stylish witch on the back of my halloween envelope. I didn't seal down any of the envelopes so the design is continued under the flap as well as on top.






 10th envelope.... can't you tell it's almost Xmas!


And the reverse of the envelope says just that.....








 My next envelope was along the same theme and again another image spotted online and copied in water colour.


And the back of that envelope....








Obviously this envelope was a New Year theme... I was trying to capture one of our pride (we have three cats) looking ahead into the following year by peering into the envelope.


And the back of the New Year envelope.....






This envelope was a little different from the rest as it represented February which is a birthday month for us.... I wanted to make this one more mixed media and dimensional by attaching a tag.


Here are a couple of close ups.......














The next envelope was a play with Zentangles ... I doodled part of this one whilst sitting in a meeting one day (perhaps I shouldn't own up to that!)


 A wee close up.....



And the back of that envelope with a couple of party balloons.......

A close up of the party gal's balloons.






That's the lot.........

I have to say the freedom of sketching, doodling or painting on envelopes is wonderful. ... if I make a mistake, in the bin it goes (none of this embrace imperfection business for me.... I jest really).  

I just happened to come across a couple of packets of envelopes in our stationery drawer at home one day that were a perfect size to play on and the paper they're made from must be watercolour paper, as they take watercolour beautifully.   

I began playing on the envelopes last year and love sending them out to friends whenever I need to jot a line.  It's very addictive and now I can't stop.  Why not give it a try... if nothing else it'll brighten up your mailman's day.





 Have a brilliant week all and thanks so much for reading my blog ramblings.....

Carol.  xx 

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

One Door Closes Journal Page

Hi everyone,

I thought I would just share another journal page that I made around this time last year. The Stampotique door stamp had been on my wish list for ages so I was in my own little heaven when I eventually bought it.  Once in hand, I couldn't wait to set to on this journal page.  So here it is.....



I used a couple of colours of Ranger DP (sorry, I can't recall which they were now. Broken China and Faded Jeans perhaps?) which I worked/blended with a damp wet wipe so that the outside edge of each page was darker, the centres left lighter. Using a texture stamp and the same colours but this time in DI,  I randomly stamped, using the 2nd generation stamping technique, over each page. Then I inked through TH's brick stencil with brown DI and edged each page with the same colour to frame them.


 Then I went to work on my doors.  Firstly I stamped two images and cut out the door panels and glued them onto another couple of stamped images to add a little depth and dimension to each door. I did the same with the little hearts and added a tiny brad for the door knobs on each.  For the door on the RH page I stamped and fussy cut an extra set of hinges and backed the door with Ranger tissue paper.

I shaded and coloured both doors using my Ranger DIs. The little hearts were coated with Glossy Accents and then when dry, each door was coated in Ranger Crackle Paint. I took care not to coat the little hearts with crackle paint as I wanted these left clear so they would stand out.


And this is when one of those happy accidents occurred. Because I had used Ranger tissue and mat medium to the back of one of my doors, when the crackle paint dried it began to chip off where the mat medium had been thickest, leaving the coloured tissue paper in the centre of the door exposed.

Horror turned to being chuffed to little mint balls when I saw how awesome the effect looked....YEA!!!




As you can see there are a couple or three gruesome Stammpotique 'friends' behind the RHS door.  Using craft card and TH's Shattered stencil I blended Ranger DI through the stencil with an ink blending tool, splattered with a little Black Soot DI and then stamped the image of the three 'friend' in black Archival Ink. A touch of white marker pen to their eyes made the image pop a little better.



For the door frame and to hide the magnet closure for the RHS door,  I used some brown textured card from my stashed which I  distressed with a little Ranger Black Soot DI here and there.




Finally I added my title across each page in freehand and highlighted in grey with a FC big bush marker pen and white gel pen.


You can just make out the random texture stamping on the background in these last two photographs.

 I really enjoyed making this page, simple though it is.  Every time I leaf through my journal to find a new page to work on, I can't help flicking open the RH door to see those little chaps and hear the satisfying snap of the magnet as it closes the door afterwards  .... simple pleasures, ah.

Have a wonderful day and if you can, find a moment of two to craft this week. Bye for now.

Carol. xx