Sunday, 16 March 2014

A Birthday Gift for a VERY SPECIAL Lady........

Evening all,

LOL I am still here, honest. I'm just pottering away in my own time at the moment rather than doing any challenges, which will more than likely continue for the rest of the year hee hee.

My apologies if I don't blog hop so much either, I only get on my lap-top for a short time in the early evening at the best of times!!!

Anyhoo, I made this for my fab big sister Karen (me being the 'pesky' one ha ha ha) for her recent birthday. It is a junk/smash journal made from 12x12 scrapbook papers. The cover is made from a large cereal packet..................

........this was covered with some wrapping paper then painted, stenciled and doodled on until I was happy.

The internal signatures, 3 in total, are 12x12 papers folded in half and stitched in using a 5 hole pamphlet stitch down the middle. I then had a fiddle and put in the 'X' stitches at the top and bottom to anchor the pages.
The papers I used were single sided and were glued together for stability and edged with various washi tapes. Some pages have pockets for tags and some have additional tip-ins for journaling on. The inside covers have vellum pockets too for some extra storage hee hee........

Hee hee hee, I filled the pockets with various bits of arty/crafty fun, either made by me or pilfered from my stash. I decorated the fronts of the tag inserts too, leaving the backs free for journaling.

I used some of my own hand-made stencils, Tando stencils, Prima stamps and various other stamps from my stash throughout the journal.

Hopefully Karen will have as much fun playing with it as I did making it.

Many thanks for popping by and leaving a comment if you feel you would like to.

Mahoosive hugs to you all

Dawn x x x x 

Friday, 24 January 2014

Craft Barn Quotes & Lyrics Challenge - SMILE

Evening all,

ha ha ha I did this last weekend but totally forgot to blog it - hey ho!!!

Whoop whoop, The Craft Barn are doing another fab annual challenge for 2014, this time focusing on quotes and lyrics. If you would like the details in full and fancy a peek at the other entries so far please pop on over HERE.

I decided to bind my own book to do this challenge and will do a separate post to show you more when I can.

The pages are 6x6 inches so nice and quick to do........

Collage images from Google.
Lyrics from Wikiquote.
Border stamp by Hampton Arts.

Many thanks for popping by and leaving a comment if you feel you would like to, your time and thoughts are much appreciated.


Dawn x

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Craft Barn Alpha Challenge - Cover................

Happy New Year folks, may it be a goodun for us all.

Whoop whoop I managed to finish my cover at last, but sadly due to waiting for things to dry I just missed the linky thing which closed last night - hey ho at least I can say its all done tee hee.

Here you go........

Lol I couldn't face sanding my cover or applying a zillion coats of gesso so I covered my book in napkins and pva to create a key and some texture. The edges were tidied up with some tissue tape.
A base coat of electric blue acrylic was applied, no need for gesso as this is a good opaque colour!!! I then brayered on some turquoise acrylic to catch the texture. The edges were treated with some viva decor inca gold and I decided to do this across the whole cover too to further highlight the texture. Once dry this was buffed to a shine.
The title was created using some Tim Holtz grungeboard shapes - painted, stamped with archival ink using a stampers anonymous classic set, and edged with inca gold again. The 2 in the middle was embossed twice with gold. 
Tee hee, big sister to the rescue with some book corners too, thank-you sweetie.

Many thanks for popping by and leaving a comment if you feel you would like to, your time and thoughts mean so very much.

Huge hugs

Dawn x x x