Sunday, April 28, 2019

Wanderlust week 17

Wanderlust- week 17 Theme - Patterns Teacher - Kasia Avery

   A new month, a new theme on my online course. This month its patterns. In this lesson we made decorated pieces of paper with different patterns and then made them into a page 

As I also love to sew and make quilts I thought I would make a paper quilt page.

Cherish mini album

     I must confess I LOVE making mini books or any book to be honest! So today I have a quick and easy way to make a mini book. This project I have made for The Fruit Pixie online shop, who I design for. It’s ideal for a few photos or perhaps an extra special card for someone. 

It is very easy to put together and decorate, anyone can do it.

For the base for my mini book I used one of my favourite dies from Couture Creations
their Tabbed Journal die -
( half price at the mo too!!)

I cut out 4 pieces with the die in card then another 4 from the beautiful Kaisercraft In the Attic papers. I used the 6x6 paper pad -
( also half price )

You need to cut 2 pieces of your paper with the pattern you wish to see facing into the die and the other 2 pieces with the pattern you want facing out.
This is because we will attach the separate pieces of the book to each other using the tabs and it makes it more stable to have every other piece
upside down, as you will see soon.

Just lay your 4 pieces out in a row so you can attach one piece to its neighbour using the little tab piece. 
You will need to turn every other piece over so the first tab is at the top but the next piece has its tab at the bottom
and so on. It just makes it a bit more stable.

Once dry fold your strip of pieces into your mini book by folding into a zig zag shape.

Then cover the pages with their papers. You can either cut off the tabs or not depending how you feel.

I then decorated mine using pieces from the little paper pad and the pieces from the sticker sheet.

Here is mine -

My cover using some of the stickers from the sticker sheet.

This page used stickers and pieces from the paper pad.

One of the sentiments from the paper pad.

Again stickers and pieces from the paper pad, including the borders.

Then the last page, using another sentiment and a couple of the stickers.

This is such a sweet little project to make and so quick and easy to make. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Wanderlust week 14

Wanderlust- week 15  Theme - Steampunk. Teacher - Finnabair

     I was so excited about this class, I have followed Finnabair since before she was famous but had never taken part in one of her classes.

    So this week we were taught how to make a steampunk box using her techniques.

I chose to use a wooden box from The Works to work on.

We used modelling paste to make lots of texture. 

   Then built up our Steampunk look using anything we could find.

As mine was a big box I needed some large cogs to help fill the space and give it some night. So I turned to my trusty Silhouette Cameo,
an electric die cutting machine.

I cut each sharp out 3 times and glued them on top of each other. Then they make a dimensional piece. Once painted they blend in with
the other metal and wooden pieces.

For my centre piece I used a fake pocket watch I had had for years and added some real watch parts to add interest.

I then painted it up with layers and layers and layers of paint.

It was then finished off with different coloured waxes.

This was quite a project but I am pleased with how it turned out. 

This course is getting better and better!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Wanderlust week 13

Wanderlust online course - week 13 - Theme Steampunk- Teacher Kasia Avery 

    New month, new theme and it’s one of my favourites Steampunk!! There are some very exciting classes this month, which might take a while to finish.

     The first class was a fun one though, our teacher is our host as well, Kasia Avey. We were given lots of fun Steampunkie images and asked to invent something in the mad scientist Steampunk style using them.

      I loved this one and had lots of fun with it. Here is my invention 

I think it’s some kind of holiday house? 

Compleate with entertainment in the form of a musical octopus who also takes the holiday snaps for your album.

If you feel you need to keep up your daily fitness training then you can take a turn on the bicycle. Which is also handy if you feel
like a change of scenery, you can then bicycle your way there.

Of course the hot air balloons have propellers so it is not to much like hard work.

Wanderlust week 12

Wanderlust online course - week 12 - Theme rivers - Teacher Kasia Avery.

    This weeks page was concentrating on enjoying the process of making the page and not always expecting a finishe page at the end of it. 

So we made a pull out book made of different papers and fabric which represents a river. We then added stones to dangle below and painted the background of our book. The book was added to the page and the background of the page painted. 

Then we had to stop!

I also made some of my own tape to add to my page and used some paper beads I had made ages ago.

Later we can go back to our river page and continue the process.

We have been given prompts to pick at random with ideas for the next few layers untill it is eventually finished, when ever that may be!

It feels funny showing you a page half finished but I will post the finished page whenever it is finished.

Wanderlust week 11

Wanderlust week 11. The theme is rivers and the teacher was the wonderful Laly Mille. I had done a few things with her online before so I knew it would be fun. 

  We used loads of different mediums on the page got very very wet! My poor home made journal needed a bit of repair after the class.

I like the result but I think I over worked it a bit too much.

Always a hard job to know when to stop.

Wanderlust week 10

I am way behind on my posting for my Wanderlust course. For the month of March the theme was rivers. Here is my page made for the Clair Etheridge class. I even astonished myself and drew the dragonfly and beetle myself!! 

We made the collage papers that we then tore up to make our page. Loved this class!!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Easter Card

  Can you believe how fast this year is going? Spring is here and Easter just around the corner! 

So today I have a cute little Easter Card to show you using the Craft Consortium Little Fawn and Friends stamps I
have made for The Fruit Pixie online shop.

I stamped the sweet little rabbits onto white card using brown archival ink.

Then used my watercolour paints to paint the background and stamped images.

I then mounted it onto a piece of the matching paper pad, added a die cut sentiment and a 
couple of the Craft Consortium enamel dots to finish it off.

You can find the Craft Consortium Little Fawn and Friends stamps and enamel dots along with 
their beautiful Washi tape and the cutest little pine cone charms you have ever seen in The Fruit Pixie online shop here!

The archival ink pads I used here. These are waterproof inks so you can use watercolours 
and other water based colour without you stamped image bleeding.

Card blanks are here