Steampunk Vintage Card

Hey guys! So Monday was my Dads 65th birthday and I wanted to make him a card but unfortunately I’m not a card maker but I had a go, and I’m really pleased with the end result. To make it dived right in to my Tim Holtz stash and picked out some awesome pieces I thought worked well together to create this steampunk vintage look. I began by cutting and scoring a 5×7 card base as I had some envelopes in that size. I then picked out some scraps I had left over from a previous project from the Tim Holtz Lost and Found Paper Stash 12×12 book and trimmed, distressed and stamped them.

The stamp set I used is a really old one but I’m sure it has been rereleased, in the early release it was called Little Things and it has loads of little vintage images, perfect for this project. I stamped the images using Jet Black Archival Ink and inked around the edges using a combination of Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Inks. To give a little interest in the background I added a couple of strips of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Elements Tissue tape to my bottom paper layer.

I then began to assemble the card adding in stamped die cuts from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Possibilities Framelits with stamps set, tucking them in behind some of the paper layers. I did the same with some die cut and distress inked cogs from the X-Cut Chronology die set. For the finishing touches I added a metal Quote band from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology range and some black string.

Overall it was a really fun experience to make a card in this style especially as its totally out of my comfort zone to make cards in any from. Although I can’t imagine cards will become my main focus in the future, I enjoyed having a go and it gives me another way to use the ton of craft supplies I have in my stash. Why not have a go? or just push yourself out of your crafting comfort zone and try something different? If you do, follow me and drop me message on Facebook, Instagram or twitter so I can have a look at what you did. Happy crafting!

CHSI Stitches Show

Hey guys! This year I was lucky enough to be able to attend the CHSI Stitchers show in Birmingham UK for retailers. I had a sneak peak at some of the new products being released this year which was super exciting and I cant wait to order some of them when they become available. The highlight for me though would have to be meeting Dyan Reaveley a signature designer from Ranger. She was super nice, gave us a little demo of her new Dylusions Diary line and let us have a flick through some of her filled journals which was a real treat. This was a memorable moment for me so I thought I would share it with you, she is a real inspiration and hugely talented. I’ll definitely be investing in some of her new products released this year as I’m sure some you will to. Happy crafting!

Flowers & Cogs Photo Frame Giveaway

Giveaway now closed

After receiving over 100 likes on my Facebook page, 100 follows on Instagram and of course lots of views on my blog in just a few days, I decided to do a giveaway on my social media pages. I created this little frame in the same theme as my earlier project Flowers & Cogs Canvas to give away as thank you for all the support. To be in with a chance of winning this frame go ahead and like my Facebook page, follow me on Instagram and comment below telling me which is your favourite post or project I’ve done so far. Thank you again and good luck!

The winner has been announced on my Facebook & Instagram pages (20/02/2017)

Vintage Burlap Panel

Hi guys. This has got to be my favourite piece I’ve posted on here so far, mainly because its comprised of lots of different Tim Holtz products and I seriously love that guy. It all started when I purchased some Burlap panels and wanted to try one out immediately, thankfully I’m really happy with the outcome. I began by applying a small amount of texture paste to the Burlap panel with a pallet knife, waited for it try and added some Ground Espresso Distress paint.

Once this had dried I began placing some various pieces of Tim Holtz ephemera from the Expedition, Thrift shop and Emporium packs. Some I stuck flat to the panel using my Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue and I then started to build it up using sticky foam pads. The final paper piece I added was picture from the Tim Holtz Found Relatives which I fussy cut around so you could still see every layer behind it. Of course, I distressed every layer before attaching it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give it more definition.

The final touch was adding some embellishments which I painted with Ground Espresso Distress paint. I then added a piece of string going all the way around the panel, underneath some of the top layers held up by sticky foam pads.

This was a really fun project to make, lots of layers, very vintage, loads of Tim Holtz products. Perfect! Why don’t you give it a try and send me some pic’s on Facebook? I would love to see your take on it. Happy crafting!

Playing with Powertex

Hi guys. This was the result of my first attempt at using Powertex, the idea was to see what happens to different materials when they are stuck to a canvas. I dipped them into the Ivory Powertex, rang out any excess and placed them onto my canvas. I’m really pleased with the outcome even though it was just a practice run for a Christmas gift I planned to make. First I used an old t-shirt and a reeled-up piece of string.

I did my best to wrinkle all the materials up while sticking them to my canvas to give it a little more depth. I then added a small piece of hessian which when dried feels amazing.

When I purchased the Powertex they had some accessories which I found very interesting and couldn’t wait to try out. 3D sand & Balls which come in 4 sizes of stone like balls ranging from sand size to about 5mm round. They worked great, really fun texture.

Once I had applied all the materials I wanted to use I sprayed the canvas with another product from Powertex called Bister Sprays. They come in a range of colours so I decided to use a few on this project since I was just having a play with it. Once applied I dried with a hair dryer on the coolest setting as instructed and this is what created the cracked effect.

Overall this was a really fun learning experience and I really enjoyed using this product. The effects are amazing, it dries completely solid and it really nice just to stroke (as strange as that sounds). Have you used Powertex? What did you make? If you haven’t I would recommend it, have a go even if it’s just for fun. Happy Crafting!

Flowers & Cogs Canvas

Hi guys. So this is a canvas I put together to display on my wall in my new craft room, which is still a work in progress at the moment but I’m so looking forward to it completion. I chose to used turquoise as my main colour as it is probably my favourite to craft with, its bright, fresh and coordinates beautifully with most metallic colours. The products I used to create this are…….

  • 7x5inch Canvas Board
  • Large wooden paint brush
  • Gesso
  • Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste
  • Bigz Gadget Gears #2 die set
  • Dutch Doobadoo Stencil A5 Bricks
  • X-cut Chronology Cog Die set
  • Pack of Craft Paper Roses
  • Pack of Papermania Paper posy
  • Selection of buttons
  • Small piece of gold ribbon
  • Tim Holtz Ideaology Big Chat stickers
  • 1 Sheet of White heavyweight cardstock
  • Scraps of craft card
  • Dylusions Teal Ink Spray
  • Distress Mica spray Tarnished Brass
  • Distress Paint Brushed Pewter
  • Distress Paint Ground Espresso
  • Mini Mister
  • Water Brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic glue
  • Sticky foam pads

To begin I painted my Canvas and the metal part of my paint brush with a thin layer of Gesso, waited for it to dry and then applied my texture paste to my canvas through the brick stencil. While that dried I die cut 10 assorted cogs and gears with some white heavyweight cardstock. I then painted them using the Distress Paint Dabbers, Brushed Pewter first and adding a little Ground Espresso to make them look a little dirty. The paper flowers were coloured adding a very light mist of the Teal spray and then use the Mini Mister filled with water to spread the ink around. This gave the flowers a water coloured finish, I then added the Mica spray and of course they need a little blast with a heat gun to dry them off. I was then able to do a dry layout to see how it all looked, playing around with it placing buttons in spaces I didn’t like.

After finding a Layout that I liked it was time to finish my background before I stuck everything. I put a small squirt of Teal spray on my craft mat and used the water brush to lightly apply some colour all over my canvas, continuing with the water colour look I had achieved with the paper flowers. This also needed a good Blast with my heat tool so I could begin sticking, starting with the large paint brush using my hot glue gun. I used my Cosmic Shimmer glue to attach the cogs so they sat nice and flat but everything else I used hot glue for an instant stick. After the main body of my Project was stuck I flicked through my Big Chat sticker book to find some words I felt worked for this project. I backed them with some craft card before using some sticky foam pads to attach them. This was a super fun project and can be adapted in so many ways, give it a try? Happy crafting!


Grandpa Green Explosion Box

Hi guys. This is my first Blog post, yay! I thought I would start with something I created last year for a friends grandpa. He was turning 90 so she wanted something cute for him that she could fill with memories and photos of his family. I decided to make an Explosion Box that I had seen on various sites such as Pintrest. They appeared to be quite easy to grasp once you had your base layer size all mapped out and it was a really enjoyable project. I used various patterned papers, stickers, inks, and metal embellishments to get the finished look I wanted.

In the examples I had seen there appeared to be a lot of waste card from the assembly of the exploding box feature. I decided to use these parts instead of cutting them off to create pockets and pages that open, which gave more panels to put pictures on and space to store tags.

Overall this was a really fun project and my friend loved it. I’m looking forward to making more of these in the future as they make great presents for all sorts of occasions and they look great just stored on a shelf with all your other bits and bobs.

If you want to know what measurements I used to create this box feel free to message me. Happy Crafting!