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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Be Open - Journal Page

Hi everyone, 

I’m sharing my entry for Week 27 of France Papillon’s ALAD/ASAW challenge. 

The theme for this week was,  "What message would you give  the world?" I decided that mine would be a general message to just ‘Be open’.    I though that if we were open to others we might learn to respect their thoughts, ideas and choices, even if they weren’t our own. To be open to love too, in whatever form it manifests.  To be open to ourselves and to our own emotions and feelings. I thought that, just maybe, if the world could be more open there might be a little more acceptance and tolerance...... Maybe simplistic but I can hope.

Anyway, that was my thinking behind this journal page:




To get the ball rolling I chose some white 140lb cardstock which I cut to 13 x 20 cm. Next using a combo of Stamping UP Watercolour Ink (Saraha Sand) and  Ranger Distress Oxide and Distress Inks (hickory smoke, bundled sage) I smooched and blended the inks to get the background I wanted. Then splattered with water to give a ghosting effect when I dabbed it off with a dry paper towel.


Flipping the page over to the reverse, I drew a 2” circle roughly in the middle of the page and then sliced inside the circle with a craft knife to create segments.  I also added a couple of strips of complimenting coloured paper from my stash, along the top and to on of the bottom corners.



Going back to the front of the page, I added Ranger text tissue paper and washi tape with a little Ranger Multi Medium (matt) for good  measure. 



I made a small vertical cut to the top RH corner and rolled back the edges. I also rolled back the bottom LH corner..... (now you know the reason I glued colour paper to the back, as this now shows through to the front of the page).  To get rid of any white edges, I inked all edges with a Faber Castell Artist Big Brush Pen (cold grey).

My next step was to use my current ‘go to’ stencil by TCW (mini tile texture)  and Ferro Texture Paste (graphite) randomly over the page. I really enjoy the combo of these two together, especially the grittiness of the Ferro.



Now I wanted to create a rust effect on my page and after experimenting with one of two mediums I resorted to using Ranger Distress Stain (rusty hinge), letting it flow through and around the texture paste with the aid of some spritzed water and drying between each application to get some depth of colour. 



I cut another piece of the colour paper but this time to the size of my page and with the right side of the paper facing to the back of my spread, I glued it in place. This way the front of the coloured paper would peek through the cuts in my spread.......

Now for the heart: this was drawn free-hand out of a test piece of the background card. The edge of the heart was again coloured using the FC Artist Big Brush Pen (cold grey). I also applied a thin coat of Windsor & Newton Artist’s Acrylic Gesso (clear) and set it aside to dry, which in the current heat took less than 3 minutes.  


To colourise the heart I used the same Ranger DS that I used for the drippage (rusty hinge) and then coated it with a coat of Ranger Crackle Paint (clear rock candy).  As the heart was small (about an inch in size) my layer of crackle paint was kept thin so that the crackling and crazing would be fine when it dried. To finish it off I wrapped my heart in 3mm silver jewellery wire.

Here is the heart wrapped in wire sat on
one of the rusted elements I talk about below.
I decided to rust a few metal elements, a key, a floral medallion and a numeral and to do this I used Finnabair’s rusting kit. This was the first time I’ve used this kit and it certainly does what it says on the bottle.... it’s amazing and looks so realistic. I glued the rusted medallion into the centre of my circle and layered the heart on top with dimensional foam pad and a touch of Glossy Accents.




My final touches were to add some gold coloured seed beads and irregular hand stitching in black cotton.

A close up of some of the
irregular stitching and seed beads.

 The rusted key was glued to the top LHS corner ........


and the numeral tucked behind the rolled back bottom LHS corner.........



A computer generated sentiment was edged with hickory smoke and black soot and layered on top of some dyed gauze.  The page edges  were similarly inked to help frame it and a few more splatters added in rusty hing, black soot and white gesso. 


My journal page was complete once backed with black card and a couple of tiny tags, one for the date and the other to denote it was made as a ALAD/ASAW challenge piece.



I am really enjoying France’s challenge.... it’s really make me stretch my mojo. But by only doing a layer a day, it’s gives me time to ponder my next step/layer, so it’s not stressy at all.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my post.... thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.


Carol. xx

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Procrastination Journal Page

Hi everyone,

today I'd like to share a journal page I made last week for France Papillon's ALAD/ASAW Challenge.  If you've not heard of it, then pop along to her blog (Here's the link)  and take a look. The challenge has been running for 27 weeks now but you can join anytime.... it really is great fun and there is some amazing artwork being posted on the challenge Facebook page each week.

We're half way through the year and the challenge theme for last week (week 26) was intention setting i.e how do we want to spend the rest of the year. For me, the intention is not to procrastinate or at least to try.  That was the theme for my spread, so here it is.......


Why a door?  Well, the door opens and my sentiment is tucked away behind....  my door is firmly closed on procrastination! (Well, I'm working on it).

A quick process run through:  To start with I used 300 gsm Daler Rowney cold pressed watercolour paper cut to 13.5 x 19.5cm so that the finished page would fit in my art journal. I also cut another piece to use as scrap.

Using Windsor & Newton Cotman watercolour paint (paynes grey) spritzed with water, I created some colour by letting it flow down the page.  I did the same on the piece of scrape watercolour paper but, when this was dry, I added plenty of splatters using the same colour paint.  

The picture below shows what the two pieces looked like side by side. The  journal page is on the LHS, the scrap piece on the RHS.


Using the scrap piece and the Sizzix Mixed Media Thinlets die (#3, wall die) I cut bricks and edged them using a Faber Castle Pitt Artist Big Brush Pen (cold grey) to get rid of the white edge. 


 I also hand drew a door and an arch onto another piece of scrap card. I wanted these for the focal image on my journal page.  Some of the bricks were glued around the arch and then the whole thing edged with a little Distress Ink (hickory smoke).




The door was firstly backed with Ranger tissue paper to add a bit of interest and then the wooden planks defined by scoring them gently on a scoreboard. Both sides were painted with a mix of  Stamping Up Watercolour Wonder Crayons (brights collection - yellows),  SU Watercolour Pencils (browns) & the paynes grey I used for the background. When I was happy with the look and the paint was dry I coated both sides, Ranger Crackle Paint (rock candy) on the woodwork and Glossy Accents on the metalwork.

My door closure was a Ranger Ring Fastener which hid a tiny magnet to help keep the door in place.

I glued the door inside the arch and then secured both in place where I wanted them on the page. Once this was done, I added a few bricks around the outside of the arch to make it look more authentic and also at the top RH and bottom LH corners of the page.

To create some shadow I used a Derwent Charcoal pencil and a stubby blender  and went round each individual brick and also the arch, inside and out. 



Next I added random touches of silver, to the bricks and arch, with Pebeo Mirror Effect Leaves (silver) and also some Prima Mini Art Stones for texture.  I dyed the stones first though, using the same tones of yellow and paynes grey  as on the rest of the spread.


Now inside the door needed attention. I applied Ferro Texture Paste (graphite) through a Crafters Workshop 6x6 stencil (mini tile texture) to mimic the outside brickwork. Then ran a little drippage with the same yellow tone watercolour crayons and mopped up the spare colour from my craft sheet with a piece of gauze. I used this to layer my sentiment which was computer generated onto a piece of white card and then edged with Distress Ink (hickory smoke). Both were secured in place behind the door with double sided tape.


To frame the page I edged with Distress Ink (first hickory smoke & then black soot).

As always, I backed my page with black card and added a tiny date tag to the top RH corner together with another tag to remind me it was a ALAD/ASAW challenge piece.

Edging the tiny bricks and fixing them in place was very fiddly but it appealed to the OCD in me, as I actually found it very satisfying building these little walls and the arch.  The colours, especially paynes grey, is definitely my 'thing' and I'm finally getting to grips with using mini art stones. When I first tried, I ended up with more scattered around my craft room than on the page! Now I'm a dab hand at pretending they're grains of salt and sprinkling them with gay abandon.

A couple or three more pictures before I head off:

My closed door on procrastination



A wee peep behind the door



Finally a close up of the crackle texture on the door and
Glossy Accents on the metal work.

Thanks so much for reading my post and see you again in a couple of days with my week 27 challenge piece.

Happy crafting,

Carol, xx

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Beautiful Chaos - Journal Page



Hello hello hello everyone,

I'd like to share a journal page today, that I started last Sunday for week 25 of France Papillon’s ALAD/ASAW Challenge. As the challenge is a layer a day (hence ALAD), I’ve been working on this page along side one or two other projects this week, but because it’s rather a simple page, I managed to complete the spread before the end of the week.



I took a piece of Daler Rowney watercolour card (300gsm white Aquafine cold press) and trimmed it to 14cm x 20cm so that the finished journal page would fit nicely into my Moleskine art journal. 

Using Stamping Up Watercolour Wonder Crayons (blues from the subtles collection) I added delicate aquatic colours to the page, firstly by activating the colour from each crayon with a little water on a stamping block and then by adding the colour from there onto the page, spritzing with water to aid the flow and blending.



The Las Vagastamp (scribbled circle) is one of my favourites at the moment. Using a Misty Stamping Tool I stamped the image, firstly in Archival ink (French ultramarine) followed by Ranger Embossing Ink to then emboss the image. I used  Stamping Up embossing powder (fine detail transparent)  and a heat gun to heat set the image.


I also stamped the scribbled circle image one more time. This time onto a scrap of card, which I then fussy cut to use as a mask. 

With Stamping Up ink (baja breeze) and a Stamping Up stamp (French script), I lightly stamped the script onto the page but only in the areas where I'd added the aqua blue tones earlier. As it’s easier to get a more delicate, softer print if some of the ink is ‘stamped-off’ onto a scrap of paper first or gently dabbed- off with a tissue before stamping, this is what I did. I also used the script stamp unmounted  rather than on a stamp block.



Next, with the aid of a Stamping Up Stamp Positioner and the same Archival French Ultramarine ink, I added a few random splatters to the page using the Visible Image stamp (Ink Splatters) and the tiny arrow stamp from the AALL & CREATE #39 stamp set.


With Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Watercolour Paints (golden aqua, golden malachite) I coloured in the centre of the circle, gently building up the colour until I was happy with it. When it was dry (I left it to air dry overnight) I applied a thin layer of Range Distress Crackle Paint (clear rock candy) and again set it aside to air dry. I deliberately kept the layer of crackle paint thin, so that the centre of the circle would  be filled with fine crazing. 




I felt a border was needed but didn't want to detract from the delicate feel of the page, so out came my trusty sewing machine to add a single line of white stitching around the page.



To my finish off my page, I added random touches of silver with Pebeo Mirror Flakes and a circle of wire to the circumference  of the scribbled circle. For this I twisted two strands of 0.3mm jewellery wire (aqua green, silver). The wire circle was secured in place over the embossed scribbled circle with Ranger Glossy Accents


My sentiment was chosen from Ranger Small Talk stickers, edged in Ranger Distress Ink (stormy sky) and positioned over the wire using foam pads and a daub of Glossy Accents.

As usual, I'll be adding a tiny date tag with a mini white brad to the top of the page before gluing it into my art journal.

And here's the finish page again. Hope you like it .....



Thanks so much for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you.

Happy crafting,

Carol, xx


Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Creativity Takes Courage - Journal Page

Hi everyone,

I'm SOOOOO excited to share this journal page with you, not because of how it came out but because of how I made it.

I am a HUGE procrastinator and, as a result, a slow crafter. I ponder and deliberate on everything before leaping to the next stage of a project. That's why France Papillon's ALAD/ASAW Challenge is great for me. It gives me time to walk away between each layer and an opportunity to think about what I want to do next in the project..... It's a bit like going on holiday or Christmas, half the fun is the anticipation and planning. 

Well, I set myself a challenge yesterday, to just sit down and play without any idea where my creative muse would take me. Easy enough you might be saying, but not for me. I never make a journal page or a tag without first having an idea of the layout in my head  or an idea of the theme that I want to represent.  

But yesterday I allowed my creativity to fly free and here's the journal page she rewarded me with:





I started off with a page taken from my Moleskine art journal which I trimmed down (you’ll see why below), then using a Stamping Up stamp set (lovely letters) and Archival Ink (black) I randomly stamped a few letters on the page. 


Next I laid down some washi tape on the page. Unfortunately I’ve acquired various tapes over time and don’t know the names of them but I know a couple were Ranger Washi Tapes (Botanicals)


I followed up with more stamping using an AALL & CREATE stamp set (#39) again in black Archival ink.



I’ve had a Hampton Art stamp (2232 Queen Tag) since forever and rarely use it.... well today was the day to give it an airing. First, using a stamp positioned and masks I sectioned off each of the tag elements in the stamp and stamped them on the page with the same black Archival ink. 



I also stamped the whole stamp another six times on a   separate piece of watercolour card (140 gsm).  I wanted to isolate various components in the stamp e.g the crown, butterfly, postage stamp, plant etc. so that I could layer them up to give extra dimension to three tags and the whole page. 

After fussy cutting some of the components, all the edges were inked with a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Big Brush pen (black). Then some were coloured with Stamping Up Watercolour Wonder Crayons (brights set), some were embossed with Stampendous Embossing Powder (black) using Ranger Distress Embossing Ink, some were coated with Glossy Accents and some got various combinations of each.



Whilst the three tags were drying I added texture to the main page by embossing a couple of stamps from a Visible Image Stamp set (ink splatters) using the same black embossing powder as earlier ........


I  also applied Sweet Poppy Texture Paste (pearlescent white) through a Crafters Workshop Stencil (mini tiles texture).



For colour I used the same SU watercolour crayons as before, choosing only the yellow and mustard coloured crayons from the set. To enhance the colour and texture further I randomly embossed with an embossing powder from the Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel Kit (aged gold- opaque) and a Versamark pen



To lift the page still further and to accent one of two areas out came my Pebeo Mirror Effect Leaves (silver) which again was applied randomly, basically where ever the fancy took me.

I really was on a major roll by now so out came my Ranger Remnant Rubs (special delivery) and some tiny self-adhesive half pearls.... on they went together with some random scribbles in black.



To secure the three tags in place I used tiny coloured brads from my stash and for extra measure little double sided tape to the back of each. A mini gold heart brad was also added to one of the tags too.

These are the made up tags before they were
fixed to the journal page.

Flipping through my book of Ranger Small Talk Stickers “Creativity Takes Courage” jumped out at me. So, firstly edging the sticker with a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Big Brush pen (black) to hide the white edge, I gave it a little help to adhere to the page by adding a dab of Ranger Matt Medium glue.

Because I trimmed down the size of the page that I took from my Moleskine art journal before I started,  I could now back it with black card. This acts as both a frame to the page and also hides any bleed through to the back. As usual my tiny date tag was added before I finally called it a day.

Here are a couple more pictures.....

Bottom LHS corner of the page.
Top RHS corner


Trying to show the dimension on this tag.

Here are the two mini tags in place.

Again trying to show the dimension on these tags

And finally the bottom of the page.
I am chuffed as little mint balls at how this page turned out. I’m really delighted with the colour and texture on the page and, if it’s at all possible, I enjoyed the crafting process even more than I usually do.  The page may not be everybody’s cup of tea but it's mine. Will I try this process again?     
                                                    CERTAINLY WILL. I loved it.

Have a wonderful, wonderful day everyone. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Happy crafting,


Carol, xx