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Archive for September, 2015

Mr Bright Ideas

How cool does Mr Bright Ideas from darkroom door look,  cuts rather a dashing light don’t you think???

Used him on another Wallet Pop Out Card.  The panel at the front drops down to reveal a rather interesting inner.

Thought the quote from visible image went rather well.


Used a katzelkraft stamp for the inside called So Special.



More Junk

Sharing a few more pages with you from my junk journal.  I say a few because there are loads in the book and I love everyone of them.  Also loads of flippy flappy smaller pages with lots of yummy ripping and tearing on the edges.

The first page has a pocket which houses a little mini junk journal notebook.  (My first attempt at a junk journal, wanted to see if I liked making it.)  When removed it shows off a gorgeous page with two very pretty ladies.


 The first pic shows a ripped vellum pocket for a sideways tag.  Next pic shows off the tag when taken out.  Turn the page and you can see the vellum pocket from the other side.


I have loads of vellum in my stash which I very rarely use now.  This is a great way of using it as I made vellum page dividers, very tactile and delicate looking.

There are, as I have said, loads of pages but I think this is enough for now.


Junk Journal

Sharing some of my Junk Journal with you today which Irene and I started whilst facetiming last week.

Stumbled across these Journals whilst mooching on Youtube.  Didn’t follow any particular video – just got some ideas.  So if you want to make your own just type in Junk Journal and have a mooch.  The book so far has three signature sections which were hand sewn into place and I am toying with putting in a fourth.  Just about anything goes with these books


Already there are lots of pages and I want to add more elements so the fastening to shut the book had to be flexible to be able to do this.

Decided on an old necklace clasp which was lurking in the depths of my bit drawers which worked really well.


Close up of the clasp shows how robust it is and also the showing of the inside pages.

Lots more pages to follow showing the vellum, tags, lace, parchment paper,  doilies and loads of other materials used.



Wallet Pop Out Card

Being a crafty person all my life (especially sewing, quilting, knitting and cross stitch) my journey into cardmaking started about 15 years ago.  Now there wasn’t very much about, no C&C and certainly no die cutting machines or dies.  I still have the very first Sizzix die cutting machine gathering dust in the cupboard … what a machine that was!!!

Over the 15 years my crafting has definitely changed but I am so glad that I started all those years ago as some of the things I learnt (especially about kinetic cards) have stayed with me.

  Love all the painting, stencilling, embossing, inking and loads more which now gets incorporated into my work but I still love the challenge of making something that has the wow factor when opened.

My classes are mainly cardmaking and I have decided the girls need refresher courses in some of the cards they have made in the past.  You can see the original card here which was five years ago and below is the updated version.

We made a gatefold card last time round and this time it’s a wallet style card.  There is a little hidden magnet which keeps the card closed.


Used a stencil for when the little front piece drops down and the word imagine was highlighted  with a white pen.


Now comes the exciting bit, the explosion of paper when the wallet is fully opened.  Did a different fold this time round and also fluted the edges.


Irene and myself are still facetiming and this week we have been making a junk journal which is so different from the above card but that’s the beauty of crafting.  Can’t wait to show you the finished book.


FSC Are Having Words

After having my craft room re-modelled here I am still on a mission to tidy the items in it.

The embossing folders were next in line for being re-organised they used to look like this.


Now they look like this.


After deciding what my storage box was going to look like I measured the largest embossing folder, which is a Spellbinders M-Bossibilities, then went from there.  Worked out how many compartments were needed before cutting all the bits from greyboard.  The hinges were made from blue heavy cardstock.

The overall size of the box is 12 3/4″  x 6 1/2″.


Tidied everything away before giving the whole thing a paint of black gesso.

Not sure why but no matter how careful I am that black gesso seems to get everywhere, is it only me or do you have the same problem???

When decorating the box I realised it would fit very nicely for FSC’s next challenge which is words.

Yes that’s right FSC  are having ‘WORDS’  …

… now I know what you are thinking but they are not the argumentative kind.  The FSC design team are all so very warm and thoughtful that cross words are unheard of.

LL chose the theme (lovely Laura) and what a popular one it is as we all love to add words to our projects.  These can be sentiments, quotes or even a poem like Dot has chosen for her make.

Words are so very powerful, they can stimulate and animate people and that’s what FSC would like to see in your makes this month.

Definitely sitting proudly on my desk with a few other things I have made, can you remember the paint brush holder here.

What you haven’t seen before is the book ends that hold my collection of Compendium of Curiosities books – I just never got around to doing a post on these.


The sides can be seen on the desk so used stamps which I particularly like.


My next project is a box to hold my stencils in!!!!

I would love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.


Drop Down And Pop Up

Class makes are part and parcel of my weekends plus the girls are all so experienced now that each week becomes a challenge of what to make for them.

The challenge is the best part and what I love most about this card was the working out of the gatefold and how to incorporate the die and a pop out element.

I chose the Distressed Doily die to form the edges and some very pretty digital images to adorn the card.

The card opens to reveal the gorgeous G45 stamp which was stamped onto cream cardstock then cut out.

The inside drops open to reveal a pop out element where we added a couple of digi vintage postcards.  The frame was die cut then placed over one of the images.

The girls all love to fussy cut so I printed more digi ladies onto cardstock for them to cut out and add to the back of the card.


Everything closes flat for posting and fits perfectly into a 6″ x 6″ envelope.


Tic Tac Toe At VSC

Below is a card I made for Vintage Stamping Challenges where the theme this month is Tic Tac Toe and the lovely Christine picked it.

Very simple rules, you must chose 3 elements in a line, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally to feature in your project.


For my card I chose to use the top horizontal line from the grid above which is Twine, Vintage Tones and People.  Used two gorgeous stamps from Flonz’s range of stamps which are here and here.


I really hope that you can join us for this month’s challenge.  To enter just click Mr Linky at the bottom of the VSC web page and maybe it could be you who wins the $20 from Flonz’s store.

Please visit the DT’s blogs for more inspiration and also it would be nice to leave them some love.