Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Back to School Planner from scratch

As part of my Tangie Baxter Creative Crew duties for her Art Journal Emporium I write a Mixed Media blog post each month. This month I created a Back to School Planner from scratch, using some of Tangie Baxter's digital papers kits.    I made this planner for a young person going up to Senior School but I designed it so you can make it however you want it. It has a cover with pockets and a deep spine so you can attach individual books to it using elastic cord.
Inside is full of wonderful colour due to Tangie Baxter's lovely papers you can print off at home as many times as you want to.
The planner has pockets on the inside cover
Room for plenty of books so the planner works for you. I show you how to make the books too.
The back cover has another pocket and then a place for your favourite pen too.
I have written a very detailed tutorial, it is a long one so get yourself a cuppa! You can find my tutorial on the Tangie Baxter and Co blog here -
While you are there, have a look in her shop too. All her kits are digital but that dosen't mean you have to use them in a digital format only, as you can see by my planner. Everything I used in my project was from a digital kit. I could re-size, alter, add to and then print out. A big advantage for me is they take up no space in my craft room, just a USB stick!
Tangie also runs a subscription Art Journal Emporium. You will receive art journal prompt, ideas and digital content for your art journal each month. You also have access to a classroom full of hundreds of ideas and inspiration as well as a weekly Vlog from Tangie. You can find information for that here-

Friday, July 14, 2017

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Shine card

 This is my card I made for The Fruit Pixie using the Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood papers and stamp set that can be found in the shop.
There are so many things you can do with this beautiful paper pad. I used the 8x8 paper pad, they reduce the whole paper down so you have a smaller sized image, perfect for this 6x6 card blank.
I used one of the papers for the blue background that I mounted onto some black card. I then cut the stars out from one of the other papers and collaged them onto the background.
Using a black Steblo pencil I drew around the stars to darken the edges.
The two postcards are from the ephemera pack. Lots of beautiful cards that have a different design on each side so lots to choose from.
Using the Stamp set 2 I stamped some of the images onto Kraft card and cut them out. Then added them to my card as you can see.
I completed the card by cutting a part of one of the borders from the border paper and threading it through a diamante ribbon slide.
You can find the Graphic 45 Hollywood paper pad, stamps and ephemera pack in the shop here -
Diamante ribbon slide -
6x6 card blanks -
I thought this would make a lovely card for someone who has passed their exams perhaps.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood little house

  Today I have a project to show you that I made for The Fruit Pixie online craft shop using the Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood papers and stamps. 
My dear hubby bought me the Tim Holtz little house die for my birthday and I thought I would try it out using these wonderful papers and stamps from Graphic 45.
I cut the base out of some thick chipboard and then cut the Graphic 45 paper again using the same die so the pieces would fit perfectly. I used the 8x8 paper pad for this as the scale of the images was better for a smaller project. 
 I cut the die cut parts of the Graphic 45 paper apart as I find you get a better finish to your finished project if you don't go around corners with paper.
I painted all of the sides using the Cosmic Shimmer black paint.
I stamped some of the stamp images in black ink onto kraft card and cut them out. I then used them as collage pieces along with a paper stamp from the stamp border paper.
I used more of the borders to decorate the roof and the sides.
To finish it off I drew around the collage images with a chalk pencil.
I really enjoyed making this little house, I think I will be using this die a lot.
I hope you liked my project and it has given you some ideas of your own.
You can find this beautiful paper pad and stamps in the Fruit Pixie shop here -
The paint I used here -

Friday, June 30, 2017

Borage Art Journal page

  A Few weeks ago I wrote a post for the Fruit Pixie aimed at art journal beginners, which showed you how I build up my art journal pages.  There is a lot out there for art journalers, it has become very trendy at the moment and if you believe all the hype can be very expensive to even begin. As an art journaler of many years experience believe me all you need is a book and your choice favourite craft products that you already have.          I love my paints so I began with a simple paint and stamped page you can find here -  The book that I have been working with is the IndigoBlu Junk and disorderly book which has a mixture of dark and light pages as well as a few tags. You can find it in the shop here -
So now I can show you my page. This time I have built on the layered background and added some collage and some creative lettering.
To start this page I wanted something in the background, under the paint. This just gives you something peeping through background. So I used a piece of book paper from a Chinese book and glued it to the base, along with a vintage coat check ticket.
I had chosen my paint colours to match my main collage piece and added a little of each colour to my glass mat.
Paint the background using more than one colour at the same time and covering up the pieces of collage. 
One of my favourite ways of making different marks with my paint is to use an old credit card or gift card, any of the plastic cards we get these days. You can get all sorts of wonderful marks with these. Just draw the edge through some paint and just play. You can make lines of course but you can also put it down on the edge then tilt it slightly and spread the paint from your card onto your page. This gives a great mark.
Once you are happy with your background (if you Don't like it then just add more paint until you do like it) you can start to build up your finished page.
I chose a wild flower print from the ever changing ephemera section of the Fruit Pixie to be the main focal point of my page. I tore the borage plant out of the page to make it easier to blend in with the background
I also cut the little plant description out and a dictionary definition from a dictionary page and added that to the page.
One thing I love to do on my art journal pages is my own creative lettering. I have been playing about with calligraphy ever since I was at school. This time I used a glass dip pen and acrylic ink to write my word. 
The only tip I can give you about lettering is just practice and play with your own writing. You do have to change the way you think about the way you form your word. You are drawing your letters not writing. I always begin by drawing the basic letters, like you do when you learn to write, leaving a bit more room between your letters. Then gradually fill them out until you get the look you want. Just keep tweaking them until you like the look. You will find that you form your own style and look, which is great!
To finish my page off I used some of the stamps from the ephemera section. I did get told off by my hubby, a stamp collector since a boy, for not letting him see them before I used them. Apparently I have used a victorian stamp which he was horrified about. Oh well!! 
I also used some postage themed rubber stamps from my own collection with a grey ink,  just to add another layer.
So there we have it, the finished page. Don't forget to add a date and signature so you know when you made it.
The Fruit Pixies ephemera section along with the Fruit Pixie Etsy shop is always worth a look for interesting collage pieces for art journaling. 
All the products I used, except the stamps, were from the Fruit Pixie. Because of the ever changing products available in the ephemera section because they are all vintage pieces, you might not be able to get exactly the same but you can use the idea and techniques to achieve your own beautiful page.
Here is where you can find the products I used -
IndigoBlu Junk and Disorderly journal-
Cosmic Shimmer paints -
Ephemera -
I really hope you enjoyed looking at my Art Journal page and will have a go yourself. It really is a great hobby. If you have any questions Ill be happy to help. You can ask them here or on the Fruit Pixie Facebook page.
Please remember that Sarah-Jane, the Fruit Pixie is on a well deserved holiday From 22nd June until 12th July 2017. So any orders placed during this time will be dispatched after the 12th July 2017.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Sunshine hanging plaque

 I apologise for the long gap between posts this month but my Mum has been in hospital and what with daily life and hospital visiting it has not left much time to craft.   I have had fun though making this hanging plaque using the wonderful chipboard houses and chipboard trees by Crafty Individuals, available from The Fruit Pixie Online Shop who I design for.
I cut a base for my plaque from some box card and covered it in paper from the Craftwork Card Bohemian Dream paper pack. I cut a strip of more of the paper from the same paper pack to give my house,tree and bush a base to sit on.
First I chose a house then a tree and bush from the chipboard sheets and painted them a base colour using the 
Cosmic Simmer chalk paint. I then chose an IndigoBlu stencil and added some contrasting paint through the stencil.
Once dry I stuck them together and drew the outline with a black fine liner. Then assembled my plaque using some die cut clouds, sun and a kite. I added the little word and number also from the Craftwork Cards Bohemian Dreams papers.
I then just had to,add some of the Craftwork cards Candi as apples on my tree.
The bright yellow word Sunshine was added to finish it all off.
I love these chipboard shapes, they are so easy to paint or colour with inks and I love the quirky shaped houses.
You can find the chipboard shapes in The Fruit Pixie online Shop here-
Paper pack-
Paints -

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Trainer birthday card

It was my hubby's birthday last week. He has loved one star trainers ever since they came onto the UK market, so When I spotted this card in the Silhouette design store I thought it would be perfect.
The Silhouette Cameo is so easy to use and the designs are beautifully designed to all slot together, i just had to add some string for the laces and hay presto a wonderful card!
I am happy to say hubby loved it too!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Return of the swallows art journal page

As part of my creative crew duties for Tangie and Co I write a blog post each month. My speciality is mixed media so it will always include paint or pastes, inks and crayons. This month I used the new kit released by Tangie and Co to celebrate International Scrapbooking day which was the first Saturday of May.   All of Tangie and Co's products are digital. I find digital products more flexible then buying papers etc as you can have them as many times as you wish in what ever size you want. They are not just for digital art. Here is my page for May -  
You can find my step by step tutorial on the Tangie and Co blog here -
The Tangie and Co products I used can be found here as well as details of the wonderful Art Journal Emporium membership -