Autumn Blast ~ Journal

The weather changed here in the UK, and although some call it Autumn, to me, a Sun lover, it feels like Winter already.

It seems that the wind blew the Autumn to my craft table, spreading all it’s colours on my project.



This was my second attempt, that’s the reason in this pictures you don’t see the embossed words.

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This was my first attempt. I embossed the words first as I thought I would be spraying the colour. Things didn’t go very well with the spray bottle…



I also covered the rest of the stencil, because again, I thought I would be spraying…



Instead, I pulled out the homemade texture paste, and spooned a bit into my craft table. Then I added some color.

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I threw some Aged Mahogany on the background,



and moved on to the title.

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Then I made a huge mistake, I attached the title to my background, but decided to apply some crackle paint on it to get a cool effect. If you do this, only attach your piece after the crackle paint is dry, as the paper will shrink a bit. I then had to ‘massage’ the paper to get it straight.

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More crackle paint on my leaves, that I later added Aged Mahogany distress paint here and there.

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 The close up.

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And the final result. 



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Flourishes & Inches ~ Black & White ~ Journal

Here we are. Me and my creation  for today.



Materials used:

Flowering Flourishes stamp set by Stampin’ Up!

Vintage stamp set by Crelando

Black Archival ink

Black Soot distress ink

1 1/4″ square punch, 1 1/2″ scalloped square punch, and 2.5″ square punch


I started by punching out the 1 1/4″ squares, then I stamped the images and inked the edges.

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For this layer I just punched the scalloped squares out and inked the edges.



For this one I used the handwrite stamp, and again inked the edges.



For the background I used the big stamp from the Flowering Flourishes stamp set.



I also inked the edges of  the printed word journal, and assembled everything with liquid glue. Adding a layer of white cardstock also with inked edges, but this time very lightly inked.



My camera doesn’t allow better close-ups without blurring, so these are the best pictures I can take for now.

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P.S I’m submitting this post to the  Vandicraft’s Artistry Challenge #14, Black and White.

Clocks & Gears ~ Journal

I’ve lost the count of the number of times I had to start all over again… In the different layers!

It took me three attempts to get the first layer, then was the trouble with the rustic look on the gears… I gave up on that one, and just used Antiqued Bronze paint while I wait for the “proper” materials to arrive! 

Even though I painted a clock hand from one of the weathered clock die-cuts Zoe had sent me, I wasn’t liking the look of it in this… I guess this is a… Picture frame? Anywho, Zoe still saved my bacon. She had sent me some metal items from the Tim Idea-ology, and on that bunch it had the ideal hand, that’s actually named game spinner, and the beautiful brad (Fasteners), I’m already confused with so many different names for the same object! Moving on.



For this layer I used the dictionary4me stamp (by TSOL) and scattered straw distress ink.



I then used the clock from The Journey stamp set (Tim Holtz Visual Artistry) I just LOVE clear stamps!



And the sentiment from the same stamp set, with Cobalt archival ink.



I die cut the pocket watch (?) and used the same clock. 

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Here I used this wonderful technique to get the leather look, then I use the 3D M-Bossabilities Creative Cogs embossing folder.



I don’t have (that) much patterned paper because I like to make my own backgrounds, so here I made exactly that. The stamp set I used here is called backgrounds2build (by TSOL).

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I used the Tarnished Brass distress paint for the first layer,



Then I used distress ink in a poor attempt to get the faux patina look, and the only think I managed to do was to move the colour from one side to the other… I should have dabbed some paint on my craft sheet and get messy fingers! Lesson learnt. To seal the ink I used Judikins Micro Glaze.




Although this was not what I had in mind, I ended up settling for this layout. That or I would trash everything… And I just noticed that I’ve never got to distress the letters on the word journal… Oh well, not a good day to remember names, or anything else for that matter!



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Name the Princess ~ Journal

Last week I made a journal cover for a boy, so this week I had to bring one for girls.

It’s nameless because I can personalise as people’s wishes.

I’m working on two more with castles (purples) and four with princess carriages, then I’m out of die cuts. I don’t own the die cutters, I buy the die cuts from Tracey. But if I have Fairy Godmothers queueing up to by journals for their Princesses, then I’ll order more 😉




Material used:

Manuscript Background stamp set by Artemio

Flowering Flourishes Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up!

Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Picked raspberry, Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord distress ink

Die cuts & gems

Stampin’ Dimensionals

Liquid glue, I used Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive


For my first layer I used the Manuscript Background stamp, and the Tattered Rose distress ink.



For the second layer I combined the big stamp from the Flowering Flourishes Stamp Set with Worn Lipstick distress ink.



I then used Shaded Lilac to distress from the outside to the inside, but without covering my entire surface.



Dusty Concord to darken the edges.



Picked Raspberry to ink the edges of my words and the princess.



I wanted to add some texture to the die cuts, so I’ve tried the technique share by Debbie on this post. Trouble was my die cuts weren’t glossy paper, so the paper absorbed all paint almost immediately, and by the time I was trying to wrinkle the plastic wrap there was no paint left. I guess it would be fun to use the technique first and then die cut.  

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So, here is the cover waiting for a Princess’s name.



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Hands Off ~ Boy Journal

A journal for boys



The honeycomb die cuts that Zoe, from IGIRLZOE, sent me 🙂



This was what I thought I would be doing… Yeh, I’m no longer very good at keeping up with plans… But I kept the main idea.



Heat embossed the honeycombs with orange embossing powder. The title was stamped with the miniabc2stamp (by The Stamps of Life).



Distress paint and water on my craft sheet. When we mix the water to the distress paint the result is a very pastel tone. 



Totally out of my comfort zone with all this colours for the background. 



But mixing the water gave it a very soft, and again, pastel look. 



Here I used one stamp from the Six-Sided Sampler stamp set (by Stampin’ Up!) combined with embossing ink, plus Old Paper embossing powder (by Tim Holtz)



Then I used the extra4kids stamp set (By The Stamps of Life), It is written and Stitches stamp sets (by Bo Bunny), and Gorgeous Grunge stamp set (by Stampin’ Up!)

I inked the edges with Festive Berries distress ink, and added some bits of tires Washi tape.



I matted it with a layer of blue cardstock.



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Rainbow Magick ~Dream Journal

Okay, so today I have a another journal to share with you. I love making covers for journals!



As I was refilling some stuff in my kitchen, I ended up with a pile of cardboard to throw in the recycle bin, which made me think that I could start the recycling straight from my house.

And indeed I recycled the cardboard from the boxes of cereals, biscuits, coffee and anything that came in a cardboard packaging.

For that I used the Big Shot to cut the images, then I just applied some gesso to make them white, so I can use any colour.



I distressed the branch with Brushed Corduroy distress ink first, then I used one of the stamps from the Cracks & Specks stamp set with embossing ink, and brown embossing powder.

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I loved the result so much, I did it again but this time I used Black Soot distress ink and black embossing powder.

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Here I used the Brick Wall Decorative Strip Die to make the mask, and the Homemade Smooth Texture Paste recipe (scroll down a bit to find the recipe) by Gabrielle Pollacco.



After the Texture Paste was dry, I distressed my main page plus the Arches.

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I then grabbed a Aqua Painter and used it with different colours on the brick wall.

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Allowed it to dry and embossed it with clear embossing powder.



I also embossed the birds, first with white embossing powder, then with an embossing powder that is a mix of colours, using the same stamp again for some texture.

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Here I first stamped the image with the Lightning Black ink, but for some reason the image wasn’t clear so, as I was ready to start from scratch again I had the impulse to clean the image with a baby wipe… Just out of curiosity… And what happened was that the black ink was removed leaving a white shade of the image. Here I didn’t hesitate and stamped the image again with the Black Archival ink, and I was amazed by the result! If I wanted to have the white shadow on purpose I probably couldn’t get it…



For the printed title I tore the top and bottom, and distressed it with Old Paper and Scattered Straw.

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After stamping the other images, I inked the edges with Whisper White ink.



I coloured the stars on my title with a white pen, and sprayed the sheet with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz. Which was not a very good idea as the combination of the water based product interfere with the distress inks… But, I love the shimmer.

The last thing I did before attaching my elements with liquid glue, was to stamp the background with the Flowering Flourishes Stamp Set. It really gives the final touch… I think. Meaning, I love it!

Then I added a layer of black cardstock, and the cover was ready.



Close up pics

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Clocks ~ Journal

Another journal for today 🙂



For this one I fussy cut the printed title, and inked the edges with Pine Needles distress ink.



Then I used the Big Shot to emboss the strip of cardstock, measuring 13 x 3,5 cm, with the Pretty Print Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (that you still can find in the Clearance Rack).



I also embossed my main cardstock, measuring 20 x 13 cm, with a wall embossing folder. This folder gives you a very light texture.



I used the Pine Needles distress ink again.



And attached the title with Stampin’ Dimensionals.



I used Shabby Shutters to lightly distress my background.



And Bundled Sage to distress the clock dies.



Then I pulled out the retired Clockworks Stamp Set,



and used Pine Needles again to distress the edges.



I used the big stamp from the Sea Bubbles Stamp Set (by Designs by Ryn) combined with Forest Moss distress ink. (Note to self: Next time remember to stamp before embossing… If you know what you are doing beforehand.)



And Vintage Photo to ink the edges of the patterned paper, distressing more than edges on the bigger piece.



Then I took out the charms and the Burlap Twine,



attaching them with glue dots, and distressing the edges of the entire sheet with the Pine Needles distress ink.



More Stampin’ Dimensionals, glue dots and liquid glue to hold everything in place, and some gems.



Close up details

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A layer of Always Artichoke measuring 20,5 x 13,5 cm and it’s done.



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