28 Oct 2017

Envelope mini JJ

Today I am sharing an envelope mini junk journal and will be playing at Mini Album Makers Challenge but before I show you my album I would like to say how super surprised and excited I was to win the prize Seth Apter donated for their first challenge September challenge which you can see in photo below, so today I had chance to have a play with them all and I have used them to make my JJ, I had such fun too.

I am addicted to making these mini Albums and always save envelopes from the mail I trimmed the top to tidy it up I have to say I don’t always do this as I like the rough edge to show usually but this one was a bit too jagged as I wanted to use it for the covers of my JJ.
Distress  crayons were used for the background layer of colour, then using distress inks, distress oxides    And distress crayons I had a great time with Seth’s stencils and stamps in my prize......still can’t belive I was so lucky.....hope I have done them justice.

I had no idea really what I was going to make but this is the way I like to play and I am really pleased with the result. All the pages are sewn together and I added stitching to the front to highlight the words I had used from the large stencil.
 I will us this JJ for putting in my ideas and jotting down notes on the go as this is usually where an
idea striI never have any paper. With this in mind I have left blank pages using coffe dyed paper sewn together leaving a pocket at the top of each page, useful for keeping notes, or folded envelopes....lol.

While I was cleaning the stencils I noticed my working paper was looking very nice so I have used this in my papers, you can see from the following photos, a larger piece was cut to size and sewn together with some coffe dyed paper and folded up at the bottom to make a pocket where I have added 2notebooks I made, the binding is again my waste paper.

Tuck spots were created on another page with torn pieces and some washy tape.

Inside the front cover I made another little note pad which was sewn together and glued in.

Finally the back cover washi tape was used to secure the bakers twine som that the closure would stay attached when opened, a Tim Holtz clip was used.

Thank you for looking hope you like my project it was simple but lots of fun, thank you Mini Album Challenge love these challenges and a very big thank you to Seth Apter for the generous prize which I have loved playing with.
I would also like to play at
A Vintage Journey
Country View Challenge

15 Sep 2017

Vintage Journal

Today I'm Sharing my very first Junk Journal I have wanted to make one for so long and at long last I got my hands on Eileen Hull Journal Die from Country View Crafts and I was off.  I am also sharing this JJ with the A Vintage Journey challenge which is Alterted Art and Mini Album Makers Challenge

The Die is fabulous and making the covers is so addictive, I have cut several now from all sorts of recycled bits they are waiting to be turned into my next projects what ever that may be lol.
However back to this post, I have cut the covers from recycled mount board hubby had disguarded, it was a not very nice shade of brown, I was going to paint over with gesso and colour, but at the last minute I decided to see if I could run the covers through an embossing folder....yes it worked.  Next step I painted with paper artsy paint, colour chalk which is a soft cream, sanded this back and I just loved the result so stopped there.

The tag was recycled from my bits box which I stamped over Tim Holtz stamps, the lace was  originally a piece from lace collar from Mums sewing box when she last had a clear out, and the trim on the spine was from my Grandmothers sewing bits and bobs I inherited from her along with her singer treadle sewing machine which I still have. To finish the cover I went over the edges with Creative Expressions Glitter Kiss which is gorgeous and sparkly but in a subtle way.

I have also started on the pages using lots of Tim Holtz stamps and coffe dyed papers, I have really enjoyed this new journey and love love trying out new things, playing with stamps and punches and lace all my me happy.  As you can see from the thickness of the book I have gone a bit overboard hee hee hee but it is so addictive once you start.


I wanted this to be a vintage Junk Journal as I was using the lace and trims from My Grandmother and Mums sewing boxes I think now though it will also where I try new things and practice my JJ skills and of course use my stamps......a lot.

Hope you have enjoyed looking and I will share more pages as I go along.

23 Feb 2017

Distressed Flowers


Today I would like to share a card I made  for the Claritystamp Challenge on Facebook, using up some of my backgrounds I have been making  so this was quick card to put together.
Background was made with Distress Inks and I also added some Ken Oliver Colour Burst and spritzed lightly.

Using Claritystamp stamps I stamped 3 times onto the dried background with shabby shutter distress ink for a muted image.  I married two stamps together as I wanted to use this pretty Lady's Mantel stamp and the stem from another.  Word stamp stamped onto same background cutout and Flakes applied to edges.......very sticky fingers..... 😊
Using flitter glue For the final image and Guilding Flakes I also dabbed glue randomly onto background and applied the Flakes.
This panel was mounted onto coordinations card which I sanded back, added to a Kraft card blank.

I would also like to add to the following challenges

Thanks for popping by 'till next time


16 Feb 2017

All you need.......

.......Is Love

After a mamouth clear out of my craft room and 4 sacks of recycled card and paper later I have nearly finished not quite still some boxes to go through, I have been brutal with all the bits and scraps of card and paper also items to alter have gone......although I still have 1 box of backgrounds and large scraps of card.  So today I had a fabulous time in my tidy craft room making a mess oh yes my empty desk is no longer but I had great fun getting inky.

I have used Sheena Douglass stamps from her range of A Little bit Festive proving Christmas stamps do not always have to be used just for Christmas.  This Victorian Gentleman is so handsome don't you think.

My gentleman was coloured using Spectrum Noir Pencils, distress ink vintage photo was blended onto card for a vintage feel, next this was embossed with a Sheena folder which  I distressed the edges and blended vintage photo and ground expresso on the embossing, gold guilding wax  was added to the embossed area also.
The paper I founded while clearing up and it reminded me of Victorian wallpaper, but it was too clean so I distressed with vintage photo and the edges where distressed and torn...that's better..... guilding wax was also added to edges.
Tim Holtz tattered banner was cut from card coloured with distress ink barn door vintage photo stamped in ground espresso. The background piece was stamped and distressed as before, the word love was a wooden word coloured in same inks and gold guilding wax applied to edges.  All this was mounted onto Kraft card .

I would like to join the following challenges

Inspiration Destination challenge Anything Goes #122

Sparkles Monthly Challenge  #89 Love

2 Feb 2017

Stormy Weather

Today is windy and pouring with rain so off to the craft room to play.   While playing I came up with this using some of my favourite Tim Holtz stamps, actually I won this set some years ago
 and it is signed by Tim!!!  I have only just bought myself to actually ink the stamps.......

Over at Country View Crafts there challenge for February is a time challenge 30mins or under, this took me 28mins, I had a background already made which I cut to size stencilled some circles over the background with various distress inks, sequin waste was on my desk from something else added a few tiny buttons and stamped my umbrella man in black versifine ink onto the main background and also onto another piece of distress ink background and cut him out. Words from same set on the same background stencilled with circles and cut out, a very quick make  which all came together in a flash.....I do like days like this......


Country View Challenge time challenge 30 minutes or under

A Vintage Journey  Going round in Circles

till next time


29 Jan 2017

Winter Walk

This Christmas card was made using a stamp set from Sheena Douglass stamp range.
I stamped with Distress ink vintage photo and blended with water for a watercolour look.
The sparkle on the snow and on the trees was added with spectrum noir clear sparkle pen which I have tried to capture in this photo


I mounted my die cut panel onto gold background which I made using pebeo metallic gold paint ages ago, I am trying to use my backgrounds which I have fun making and then don't use in my cards so this year I am goin to use them and also make as many Christmas cards as I can to save the rush I have every year.


Alphabet Challenge Blog  W for Winter Walk

Christmas Card Challenges      #5 Snow

31 Dec 2016

In the Bleak Midwinter

Hi bloggers

I have been on a new crafting journey this year as I was introduced to the Clarity Stamps Groovy Board system for parchment crafting, many many years ago I tried this craft and quickly realised that my Line work was not good, so gave up, this System means I get crisp lines everytime and I am really enjoying learning the new skills required to take this Groovy Journey further, this said I made this Christmas card

I used the new Groovi Club Baby Plate which is sooooooo cute and I would like to enter this in the
Clarity Challenge, I am  being brave as this is only the second card I have made with this system, all my other attempts with this system are still works in progress so watch this space as they say I may be brave and post them....lol. '''Tis a scary journey for a Stampaholic........no stamps no ink used!!!!

Clarity Challenge Blog.         Carol Singing And Christmas Joy

Crafty Boots Challenge.       Winter Wonderland

Envelope mini JJ

Today I am sharing an envelope mini junk journal and will be playing at Mini Album Makers Challenge but before I show you my album I would...