Sunday, 22 December 2013

Snowman costume for my grandaughter

A chance for me to play with face paints and  create an outfit for fancy dress competition - and she took first prize making me very proud 

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Viking outfit

the outfit for 'Viking day' at school - it will be worn for one day only !!

Monday, 9 September 2013

Birthday album for April

An album for a friends 18th with lots of interactive pages of photos inside using papers of black cream and red (April's favourite colours)

Monday, 5 August 2013

Sunday, 21 July 2013

The Long Road

Today I did my pages for a circle journal of desert island discs
The track I had to depict was Nickleback's See you at the show from 'The Long Road' album
I started off with paint and stencils printed from a gelli plate adding painted images

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

French Country

Today I had a workshop for some friends to put together an album using Graphic 45 French country papers
The tag hanging on the spine is printed onto shrink plastic and the book is embellished with layers of paper images,washi tape,tags,postage stamps, metal charms and 3d flowers
I used an 8x8 page  as it was with a slit above the postcard to hold a tag (which I will add a photo to)  Most of the pages are cut from 12x12 pieces with fold-outs pockets etc

This page has a fold out section on the left and a square fold out section on the left so more photos/embellishments can be added - the section on the right continues over the page to for a belly band

.... and the belly band is secured on each side and holds a photo mat

this shows an extra panel stuck to the left which folds out to reveal more photos and a pocket cut from one of the images on the 12x12 to hold a tag

This page has a centre piece which opens out to show more photos - Cutting down the pages means you can be creative with all the cut off pieces

As the papers are double sided the pieces folded back give an interesting contrast
(oops that picture of the pears needs to be straightened) lol
As a contrast I've made a few of the pages from black card - the card I used is strong enough to support this metal frame which has been coloured with alcohol inks - and is a great backdrop for the pendant embellishments - all of which are stuck on with silicon glue

and on the reverse a card fram inked and stamped using French country stamps with a journalling cut out from a 12 x 12" page from the book
Cutting overlapping pockets from off-cuts gives an interesting variation for tags journalling or extra photos

This fold down page has been trimmed on the left to avoid the ringbinder holes  the photo on the front is matted onto black card and used as a pocket for another photo

Inside the back cover is a shaped pocket cut with an 'on the edge' die and this has an postcard which is also a pocket - lots of places to add extra photos or journalling tags

Now to add the embellishments and extra pages

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Holiday Journal

Off on my holiday next week - now I have my journal ready to go to Tunisia - looking forward to the sun and the rest (as in relaxation)!
I have made the cover from a fabric paper made from layers of fabric papers and tissue and stitched suitable images and stamped words   I have given my cover a waxed finish and lined it with hand dyed fabric
I have used double sided scrapbook card for the pages so I can add photos etc

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Concertina booklet

A simple concertina booklet with pockets and tags using Crafty Individuals papers and tags

Monday, 11 March 2013

Arch Triptych

 7 gypsies chipboard arch and G45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers
I hinged the boards together with fabric strips before decorating with the papers adding pockets and a belly band strip to make it interactive  All products are from Calico Crafts Here

Friday, 22 February 2013

Cabinet Card book

These book covers from 7 Gypsies in the style of Victorian Cabinet Cards lend themselves for an easy but striking book  I lined the aperture with lace on the inside before sticking in my image I added the book rings after punching the holes along the edge  The ribbon and clock button were added for decoration
All the products are from Calico Crafts  Here

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Steampunk Curio box

I altered this little box with its sliding perspex cover with a steampunk theme
After painting it black I stuck calligraphy paper in the recesses and added stamped images and charms
All the products used are from Calico Crafts Here

Monday, 28 January 2013

Hearts and Flowers

A gesture for Valentines day or a sign for a home full of love
I painted the wooden plaque in red acrylic paint and stamped in black ink  To add texture I spread some modge-podge through sequin waste and when dry I used Treasure brass paste to highlight
The small wooden heart is painted with gold metallic paint and stamped in black then decorated with a hessian tag and fabric flowers All the products are available from Calico Crafts

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Bird book

A covered booked shape box suitable for male or female
Covered in bird patterned tissue paper with a wash of blue acrylic paint with the addition of punched hearts and wooden bird shape  The bird and hearts are stamped with text stamp and black ink  The whole box has shades of ink and Treasured Brass rubbed on for highlights  The inside is painted with gold metallic ink and has scrapbook images to finish off  All the materials can be found at Calico Crafts Here

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Sweet child of mine

A page for a collaborative journal - layers of stencilled inks and paint with stamped images depicting the Guns 'n Roses song Sweet Child of Mine   Edges distressed with added lace