Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tiny Book - Junk Journal

For August, Eileen Hull's Design Team is making Junk Journals focusing on embellishing the pages.  I used her Tiny Book Die to make my journal and I decorated the pages with recycled cardboard slide frames,  a fun technique I learned from this YouTube Video.
I used a piece of Belagio Cork Fabric for the cover and for the slide on the cover.
I covered and decorated a recycled slide for each page, adding various Chat stickers and rub ons to the pages.
I colored the Paper Dolls with Ranger Distress Markers.
I left the slide below uncovered since it was red and went with my patriotic theme.
I left the last pages blank accept for a butterfly rub-on and a Small Talk Sticker
The Sizzix Hinge Clip was just the right size to use as a closure for my Tiny Book Junk Journal!
I learned how to do the slides on this YouTube video. 
 She used slides that you could easily separate the front and back.  
The front and back frames of my slides  (old slides inherited from my parents attic) were glued together.  The only issue with this would be if I wanted the back to be clean, but I attached the slides to a page so it didn't matter for me.  
First you just push out the negative - it comes out easily.
Then I cut a piece of what I wanted to cover the slide with (I used Balagio Cork Fabric and Tim's Floral Collage Tissue Paper).  I adhered the slide to the material and clipped the corners as shown.
I put glue on the flaps and folded them onto the slide.
I cut the fabric covering the slide opening with an x-acto knife, corner to corner.
Added glue and folded them over the slide frame.
If you had a slide that easily separated - you would then glue the back of the slide back on, covering the material.
 Here's the back of a slide covered with the Floral Collage Tissue Paper (with the negative adhered onto the front of the slide cover)
And here's your covered slide frame!
After I covered the slides, I adhered the negative back onto the front so the sprockets show,  you can also adhere it to the back - if you don't want to see the sprockets.  For my cover - I didn't use the negative at all - I just let the book cover show through.
These are the 5 slides I made for my journal 
(the one used on the cover - top left  wasn't covered yet!)
Three are covered with Tim Holtz Floral Collage Tissue Paper and one is left uncovered as I liked the red!
I die cut the Tiny Book out of Matboard that I had adhered a piece of Belagio Cork to using a sheet of ScorTape. 
I show two pages below, but actually ended up using 3 pages - cut 4 1/2" x 2 3/4" scored at 2 1/4".
I colored the pages using Distress Oxide Inks in Twisted Cintron and Frayed Burlap, rubbing the inks on my craft mat, spritzing with water and then pressing the pages into the inks.
I looped a black elastic cord through the center of the 3 stacked pages and knotted it on the outside of the binding.
 The binder clip holds the book closed nicely.
My Tiny Book - Junk Journal is a small 2 1/4" x 3". 
 Please check out Eileen's Blog every Wednesday in August to be inspired by the rest of the Design Teams Junk Journals!  

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I'm also linking my Tiny Book to:
Anything Goes

Paper:  Black Matboard - Sizzix, Rustic Cream and Midnight Blue Cardstock - PTI.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Oxide Twisted Cintrol and Frayed Burlap.
Supplies:  Tiny Book Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, old slides that were my dad's, Paper Dolls, Small Talk Occasions, Floral Collage Paper, Big Chat Stickers, Quote Chips, Remnant Rubs Special Delivery and Botanicals, Industrious Stickers:Borders, Hinge Clip - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology, Belagio Cork Fabrics, black elastic cord, Beacon 3 in 1 Glue, iCraft Ultra Bond Adhesive, Ranger Distress Markers Worn Lipstick, Ripe Persimmon, Forest Moss, Carved Pumpkin Tea Dye, Stormy Sky, Brushed Corduroy, Spiced Marmalade, Pumice Stone, Spun Sugar, Peeled Paint, ScorTape 6x6 sheet, black Stabilo Pencil, Gold Stargazer Star Confetti - Honey Bee Stamps, star punch - Sizzix.

Monday, August 3, 2020

August CAS Christmas Card Challenge - 12 Days of Christmas

 Here we are in the Dog Days of Summer and what better way to try and cool off than by making a Christmas Card??!!   The August CAS Christmas Card challenge has just been posted and Susan our creative hostess this month has chosen The 12 Days of Christmas as her theme.  You'll find her description of the challenge over at the Blog
(you don't have to have the EXACT images from the 12 Days!)
I just happened to have a partridge in a pear tree image from the retired set Scandi Doodle Christmas by Waltzingmouse.  I simply embossed the image in gold and framed it using Halfsies Dies from The Greetery.
I also gold embossed the sentiment from O Holy Night by PTI on the inside.
So, if you'd like to cool off with the CAS Christmas Card team, our lovely August Guest Designer Meg,    and get a jump on your Christmas cards, please stop by the CAS Christmas Card blog for some 12 Days of Christmas inspiration!

I'm also linking my card to:
Anything Goes

Stamps:  Scandi Doodle Christmas - Waltzingmouse (retired), O Holy Night - PTI.
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Halfsies Dies - The Greetery, Gold Embossing Powder - Ranger.

Saturday, August 1, 2020


Today I have a card to share that I made for three challenges.
The cat and sentiment are from a set called Kit'n Caboodle from Papertrey Ink.  I embossed the background with Weathered Embossing Folder from Taylored Expressions.  The cat is popped up on foam dots above the sentiment 'shelf'.

Here are the challenges I was inspired by:

I was inspired by this dress from Miss Vogues website

for my sketch

Stamps:  Kit' N Caboodle - Papertrey Ink
Ink:  True Black - PTI, Hero Hues Sea Salt.
Paper:  white, True Black, Fine Linen - PTI
Accessories:  Kit'N Caboodle Dies - PTI, Weathered embossing folder - Taylored Expressions, Sentiment Strip dies - Neat and Tangled, Lacy Edge die - unknown, foam dots. 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

July - A Vintage Journey Tag Friday

This month there are 5 Fridays - and when this happens - we have a Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey!  Any tag will do as long as it's in the vintage, shabby, mixed media, rustic style and everyone is welcome to join in and link up their tag to share with us!

I used Gertrude front and center on my tag today!   She's having a snack of leaves and standing in a bed of flowers!

I had the background of the tag already done. I had made it after watching a Saturday blog post that Tim Holtz did using Ranger Distress Resist Spray.  I put Tim's Heart Struck Stencil over the 3 1/8' x 6 1/4" manila tag and then sprayed through the stencil with the Distress Resist Spray.  I washed the stencil immediately and let the tag dry.
I rubbed Distress Oxide Inks in Seedless Preserves, Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and smooshed the tag into the colors, one at a time, drying between colors. (Sorry - no photos of this process!)

I thought it would make a great background for Gertrude!  
Die cutting all the various pieces for Gertrude out of specific colors seemed rather tedious to me.
(although the pieces are conveniently marked on the back saying what color to cut them in if you are following the photo on the packaging!) 

So I thought I'd ink up an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of watercolor paper using 4 brownish Distress Oxide Inks - Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain -  light to dark - and use that sheet for all the pieces.

The first layer was Antique Linen DOX. 
I used the same method with each color,  rubbing the ink on my glass platform,
(yes, I finally cracked and bought one!)
spritzing with water and then smooshing the paper on to the color. 
When I had the coverage and look I wanted, I dried the panel with my heat tool and went on to the next color.
Second layer of color was Frayed Burlap DOX.
Third layer of color was Vintage Photo DOX.
Fourth and last layer of color was Walnut Stain.
Then I die cut all the pieces from the panel.  My only design thought was to have the largest piece and the giraffe dots piece be from the darker areas.  I then glued Gertrude together, following both the picture and the score marks on some of the pieces. 
I did cut the mouth, eyebrows, lashes and hooves out of black card.
I wanted her to be eating some leaves off a tall tree and to also be standing in greenery and flowers so I got out the Funky Foliage die set
I actually missed putting on the second layer of two of the legs and a base layer over the ears (you can see those pieces in the top right corner!)  but it was too late to put them on - and luckily Gertrude looks fine -  next time I'll know better!  
DOX inks are kind of dull when they dry - so I rubbed over Gertrude with Distress Glaze and then buffed it with a paper towel - to seal the ink as well as to brighten the color a little bit.
I love long tall Gertrude, and I think using the one sheet of mixed colors worked out well!
So please check out the rest of the Creative Guides inspiring tags.  We hope you'll link up a tag that you have made to share with us!

Here's the link to A Vintage Journey Tag Friday!

Stamps:  What's Up - Avery Elle
Paper:  Water Color Paper - Canson, True Black - PTI, Manila Tag - Ranger, green, tan, red, Kraft Core Core-dinations.
Ink:  Obsidian - Altenew, Ranger Distress Oxide Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Seedless Preserves, Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmelade.
Accessories:  Gertrude Colorize Die, Funky Foliage Dies - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Distress Glaze, Distress Resist Spray - Ranger, Linen Ribbon - Idea-ology, water mister.