Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Meg's Garden: Forgotten Meadows Long Stitch Book

Hey all you create creatures out there reading my blog post today.

I got something new and oh so awesome for you. Well, I think it is awesome none-the-less. 

Now I have tried my hand at book making for a while and have done many coptic stitch and other binding methods before. This time I tried long stitch. I am so impressed with the outcome, I had to show you all. 
 There is a youtube clip at the end of the post that shows the whole process of making the book and it was a lot of fun.

I decided to use the Forgotten Meadows Collection and make a leather bound journal with the Long Stitch binding method. There are a few different tutorials out there, but I used this particular tutorial which seems simple and easy to do.

The two library card I put at each end of the book. Which I filled with tags and some of the journal cards that come in the kit.

I printed out three copies of the book pages from the kit. I used the line page to print of the back of all the pages too as I will use this book for notes while out and about.  

The book was the be for note taking while I was out so I didn't want to add any flowers or balky embellishing.  The book closes up nicely and will be very handy in the future. 

Remember to watch the video to see the making of the book and the final project.

Thank you so much for reading this post and I hope you like the project.

Please leave a comment or any questions.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Meg's Garden: Cards of Forgotten Meadows

Hello crafters and thank you for visiting my blog today. 

I have some step cards I have made with the new collection from Meg's Garden Forgotten Meadows that was released in February .

I really love the ephemera in this collection, which I really wanted to use for the cards. I am not big on the whole having "happy birthday" or " happy anniversary" on the front of the card, I like making generic cards where that information is written in on the inside to the recipient of the card. This gives me free reign to do whatever I want on the outside of the card.

For the first step card I used the Mini/card maker pack of Forgotten Meadows. I used the ephemera from the 12 inch Cut and Create page which has some wonderful ephemera.  I also used some of the Mini Rose Braid at the base of the card and the lovely paper flowers and rose buds.  The small bottles are also available as Meg's Garden and I love adding them to small cards as a bit of a feature. These two I filled with some of the ephemera rolled up. The inking around the edge of the paper is done with Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress ink.

For this second card I have use those wonderful paper leaves and paper flowers again, there is however this time a small white fabric Heirloom flower.  I found a Filigree Oval metal embellishment, a Tim Holtz pen nib and Word Band in my stash which works well. The edges are inked with Pumice Stone to add some contrast but not drown out that lilac in the wisteria on the paper.

I hope you like these two cards and please leave a comment or questions. Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Monday, 9 March 2015

The Coming of Age of a Young Man.

Hello there crafters. Welcome to my blog again. 

Today I have a treat for you. My nephew turned 18 this weekend. I have been very busy the last couple weeks, but I whipped this card up last week for the birthday celebration.

As you may have worked out by now, I love easel cards. They are so much fun to make, I find as you get to adorn the inside of the card as well. 

The card is 6x4 inches and I made the envelope for it specifically as the card had a bit of depth to it that I didn't want to try and jam into a standard envelope.

For the gears I used this technique to emulate rust. 

 I hope you like this card, please feel free to leave a comment or question.

I also entered this card in a GEAR it UP challenge over at http://sandee-and-amelie.blogspot.co.at. The challenge can be see over here: http://sandee-and-amelie.blogspot.co.at/2015/03/gear-it-up-march-steampunk-challenge.html

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Dare to be different

HI creative types and regular readers.

I have a Halloween special for you. Last year on Halloween my brother sent me this photo before he went off to a party. Something to know about my brother and I is if you are going to make and effort at all we do a really good job of it. 

With this layout my aim was working with textures. So I did a lot of black on black with a few textile stamps with silver.

With this layout my aim was working with textures. So I did a lot of black on black with a few textile stamps with silver.

The lettering and circles were done using my Silhouette Cameo again.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Some Market Research

Hello dear readers.

I hope that many of you could do my a big big favour and complete a short survey for me.  It is through facebook, so you can either complete it here or use this link to head over to the survey. Please feel free to share this survey with any friends or family too that do crafting as well.

I do apologize for the dark text on dark background, this is why I have added the facebook link.

Many thanks in advance.

Monday, 2 March 2015

The Individual

Hi readers! A new post for you.

So, another photo of my big brother from his visit in 2014. This layout is one of my favourites. 

Materials list:
Prima Marketing Ledger Paper, Tim Holtz Ideology Word Band, Kaisercraft texture script stamp, Creative Embellishment Compass Rose, Kaisercraft texture Stains stamp, Imaginarium Design Edward Relief chippy,Hero Arts Silhouette Feather. Various gears and Cogs. Scrap bits of card stock. True Hemp Crafter's Cord.

I also entered this LO in a GEAR it UP challenge over at http://sandee-and-amelie.blogspot.co.at. The challenge can be see over here: http://sandee-and-amelie.blogspot.co.at/2015/03/gear-it-up-march-steampunk-challenge.html