Sunday, January 21, 2018

Handmade art journal using Craft Consortium Winter Woodland papers

 I love my Art Journaling and needed a small journal or sketchbook for when I want to journal in front of the TV. Of course I could of bought myself one but it is much more fun to make one yourself!
I decided to cover my hand made Sketch book with the beautiful Craft Consortium Winter Woodland papers which are sold by The Fruit Pixie, who I design for. To finish it off I could not resist adding the sweet squirrel, one of the collage pieces you also get with the papers, to the front.
 
For the pages of the sketch book I used watercolour paper which I folded into 3 polios and then stitched them to a sort of false spine.
 
I then made the cover out of stiff card and covered that with the beautiful Craft Consortium Winter Woodland papers.
 
The spine of my watercolour paper pages was then glued on to the spine of the cover.
 
Once it was all dry it was ready to go!
 
If you have any questions about the making of my journal you can ask here or you can contact me through out facebook page.
 
You can find the Craft Consortium Winter Woodland papers in the Fruit Pixie online shop here -
 
The Fruit Pixies facebook page here -
https://www.facebook.com/thefruitpixie/?fref=ts
 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Craft Consortium Winter Woodland shadow box card

    For my first project of the year for the Fruit Pixie, who I design for, I chose to work with the beautiful Craft Consortium Winter Woodland paper pad that is available in the shop. To be honest with you I found it so distressing to cut this beautiful paper up, I just wanted to sit and look at it! But I took a deep breath and made my first cut!!!   There are so many wonderful seasonal papers in the pad and as you get with every Craft Consortium pad some of the papers have extra special finishes. You also always get some collage pieces to cut out too.     I used some of the collage pieces to make my shadow box card.
I cut the base of the card on my Silhouette Cameo and then used the lovely papers to make the card come to life.
 
The deer, robin,toadstools and acorn branch are some of the collage pieces in the paper pad
 
The paper at the back of the card is one of the beautiful shimmering papers, covered in ghostly pine trees in the mist.
 
The paper I used to cover the outside of the card is one of my favourite. A shimmer paper covered in pine cones. The reverse of the paper, again in a shimmer finish, is the opposite colour way, so gold pine cones on an off white background.
 
If you like me love your wildlife and the winter season then this pad is perfect for you. You won’t be disappointed I promise.
 
You can find the Craft Consortium Winter Wonderland paper pad in the Fruit Pixie shop here -
 
 
 

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Gingerbread house made of card

Happy New Year! Before the Christmas decoration are packed away I thought I would show you a project that started at the beginning of December.   I am a member of a craft group who meet on the first Saturday of each month. For our December crop I thought it would be nice if I took my collection of Tim Holtz village dies in so we could all make the little gingerbread house together. We all managed to get our houses made and just needed to finish them off at home. Here is mine, i finished it between Christmas and New year.
I made the base a lot stronger and deeper then the one on the die ( to be honest I never bother with it, its far too unstable ) as I wanted to be able to light up the house and to make a little garden for my house. The piping was done using some Pound shop wall filler which I piped using a disposable piping bag.
   I was really pleased with my finished gingerbread house, perhaps one day I will make a real one!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Folded Christmas tree decorations

For my Christmas post over on Tangie Baxter and Co, I am a member of the creative crew there, I have made these sweet, quick and easy folded Christmas tree decorations using Tangie’s beautiful Christmas digital papers.

You can use them as tree decorations as shown above. 

Or

Use them as a table decoration or place setting, just write the persons name on the tree.

The larger the circles used the larger the tree.

You can used lots of glitter or as above leave them natural.

They would also look great as present tags.

They are so easy to make, it would make a great project for children to make too.

What ever you do with them they always look great

If you would like to make these cute folded Christmas tree decoration you can find my photo tutorial over on the Tangie Baxter and Co blog here -

https://shoptangiebaxter.com/blogs/news

If you would like more information on the Art Journal Emporium you can find,it here -

https://shoptangiebaxter.com/

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Glittering pütz church

You might of noticed I love to make 3D projects especially little houses. I have been collecting the Tim Holtz village dies and have been dyeing to make the little church. As it is my Mother in Laws birthday in December I thought it would make a nice present for her.
I have put it together a little bit differently as shown on the box and also make a stronger base for it to stand on. I always make the building out of strong card and then cover it in my chosen paper, this time it was music paper. Once I was happy with it I paint it all over with PVA and cover it in glitter.
My Mother in Law loved it and thought we had brought it back from Austria! They really are a lovely project to make.

Friday, December 15, 2017

12 days of Christmas stamped decorations

Well Christmas is gradually creeping up on us, preparations are being made for the big day and I have some stamped decorations for you to add to your tree. I made these for The Fruit Pixie who I design for.
 
To make these decorations I have used the Creative Expressions 12 days of Christmas stamp set, along with the matching paper set.
 
The base of the decoration is stamp board but you can easily use thick card.
 
I painted the bases with the wonderfully shiny Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders. I used them as a paint this time by adding a couple of puffs to a drop of water then mixed it together into a paint. I then painted the fronts and backs .
 
The stamps were then stamped onto a sheet of the matching paper pad and cut out. I then stuck the different days of Christmas on the front and the 12 days of Christmas stamp on the back.
 
Then i drilled a hole in each of them and added some bakers twine and a bell, I love bells at Christmas!
 
Here are all the different decorations together.
 
 
The eagle eyed of you would of noticed the is no partridge in a pear tree. I must admit I did find that a bit annoying. It is included in the matching paper pad but it would of been nice to have the whole set in the stamps to.
 
They do look good on the tree though
 
Here is the back
 
I finished mine off with a coat of glittery varnish to seal them.
 
So, if you would like to make these decorations you can find the products in the shop.
 
The 12 days of Christmas stamps
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/creative-expressions-clear-stamp-set-12-days-of-christmas-25850-p.asp
 
The matching paper set
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/creative-expressions-8-x-8-paper-pad-12-days-of-christmas-25854-p.asp
 
Cosmic Shimmer Pixie powders
Can be found in the Fruit Pixie Etsy shop
 
Bakers twine
 
 

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Upcycled corner bookmarks

This is a wonderfully quick project for you that I made for the Fruit Pixie and would make a great extra little surprise if you are giving books as presents this Christmas. Upcycled corner bookmarks.    I have been making these for years and find they are actually better at keeping your page than other bookmarks as they slide onto the corner of your page and when the book is closed they stay there.    These corner bookmarks couldn’t be easier or cheaper as they upcycle the envelopes all those bills and letters that fall thought our letterboxes daily. All you need then is all those offcuts of papers we keep as crafters from our projects and some glue.    First collect together your envelopes and chop off their corners
Then all you need to do is cover them with paper. You do need to keep it flat and not too many layers of paper. One tip though, you might want to put something on one side that tells you its that side of the bookmark you were reading. Of course if you are using them in cookbooks or other reference books, I use them in my German course book, you might not need to know that.
 
Here are some I have made using different Craft Consortium papers
 
As you can see they are super easy and look really pretty. These would be great projects for the children to make, especially if they are bookworms!