Thursday, 12 September 2019

Eileen Hull Journal


Hi there!

To coincide with the Eileen Hull Paper Trail, we have been playing with some of Eileen's die's at CVC headquarters. It was my first time trying out these dies and I love them already! It's so easy and quick to make a professional looking book. 

The first one I used was the Journal die. Although this die is no longer available, there are so many others that would look great with this treatment (see the Eileen Hull Sizzix page.) I stuck some of the Stix2 cork on the front and back, but avoided the spine as I thought it might crack on the creases. I stuck the cork on afterwards, but in hindsight it would be better to stick it onto the card first and die cut it all together.  I stamped it with a script stamp using black Archival and painted the spine with Decoart Burnt Umber acrylic paint. 

I covered the label with some of Andy Skinner's Super Nova embossing powder. I think it gives a fabulous contrast to the cork. I finished the label off with a Prima Mechanicals embellishment. I stuck some Tim Holtz paper on the inside of the cover and used some copy paper inside, and bound it using 2mm black hat elastic.

I'm looking forward to trying out the new Pocket Notebook die, if there are any left after the workshops!


Thanks for stopping by!

Celia  x

Monday, 2 September 2019

Visible Image Christmas 2019 stamp release

Hello it's Jane here today to showcase the new Visible Image Christmas stamps release. There are 6 new sets and they vary from mixed media to cute so there is something for everyone.

First up is Christmas Eve and shhhh...it's also my favourite.
  What is there not to love about this set as you can create town
 or country versions or both!
Also some gorgeous Christmas sentiments in the sentimental Christmas set. The sentiment I have used on both my cards above is taken from this.

Next is the brilliant Santa Claus
who has lots of fun accessory stamps including a brilliant pair of boot footprints.
There is a lovely background set called Christmas backgrounds

The words background stamp also works really well when repeat stamped and embossed as a textured background. I used an old Tim Holtz die set for the focal.


Snowman Jack is another fun set
 and in this sample I used the Christmas background words to make the mixed media background.
Finally, and very unique in my opinion, is the awesome Christmas Chaos mixed media set.
I made a pair of grungy tags with this set called Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

There are also 6 existing Visible Image Christmas sets which Susan also has in stock on the website plus lots of other sets and stencils.

Thanks for stopping by.  Remember that UK postage is FREE too...and... there are only 113 days til Christmas 😄⛄☃HO HO HO! Time to get those Christmas cards made.

Bye for now,

Jane x


Monday, 12 August 2019

A page in my Seth Apter book


Hi there, it's Celia here, with some more inspiration from Seth Apter. I've been making a book using some of his techniques, and today I would like to share how I made a page on fabric.

I used some calico and primed it with pva to give it some structure. I have already done one side of the fabric, so in my bid to complete some of my half started projects, I thought I'd do the other side. The edge of this page will be covered up when I stick it in, so I tried to bear this in mind when composing my piece.

I started by pulling out a pallet of colours from my PaperArtsy fresco chalk paints.

I randomly brushed some colours with a stiff hogs hair brush

Then did some stencilling with Chalk to brighten it up a bit.

A few crosses with Tim Holtz's Stitched stencil in Slate

And some stamping. I really like the new StazOn Pigment ink pads. They are really opaque so great for mixed media work if you want to stamp over lots of layers of acrylic or other mediums. I also used some Archival, as I only have the StazOn pigment in black at the moment(this will soon change...) I used some of Seth's new minis from PaperArtsy -EM41, EM47 and EM48. I used EM47 round the edge to create a rough border. 

Then I thought it needed some more colour, so I did some more stencilling with Butternut, Terracotta and Orchid.

Then came the embossing powder. I used Versamark to stamp one of Seth's Large Extras stamps. I used Rocky Road, but it didn't stick to the fabric very well. After heating, I went back in with a Versamark pen and some finer black powder to fill in the gaps. 

On the other side of the page, I had used a stencil and sponged the versamark through, which was more successful than stamping, so I did the same again. This worked much better. I used a stencil I had made with a Spellbinders die cut in card and Rustic Indigo
I finished off with some pen work to define some of the shapes and add more interest and finally stapled on a piece of hessian. Here is the finished page



and here it is stuck in my book.

If you feel inspired by Seth Apter, do check out his Creativation demo's on youtube, and also his blog or the old blog, The Altered Page 

Thanks for stopping by!

Celia  x

Saturday, 27 July 2019

June release Visible Image stamps

Hi it's Jane here today with a review of the awesome June release Visible Image stamps. Susan has the whole of this release on the website and you will find the VI stamp section here.
As I am sure you are aware, as well as being on the design team for Country View Crafts I am also on the Visible Image DT, so I am able to share some makes I have made with both these hats on.

The links on here are live and will take you to the CVC website and remember that Susan offers FREE postage and packing for ALL UK orders with no minimum and also posts world wide at very competitive rates. Check out the website for full details. 

So grab a cuppa, take a seat and I will take you through the whole release. 

First up is my favourite (I know I am not supposed to have one but I do!).  Mark Alexander who designs all the stamps knows I adore all things mermaid and he finally gave in to me "asking" for years (some call it nagging) for a mermaid set.
Here she is and the set is called Mythical mermaid. I just love everything about this set from the very confident, strong mermaid to all the little extra stamps..the shells, starfish, crabs, bubbles, waves and the delightful 2 dolphins. Plus the 2 awesome sentiments too. There are no less than 11 stamps in this set! 
This is the first card I made using alcohol inks, there is a lot of depth which is so hard to show in the photo.
This was my recent CVC  challenge inspiration make for July and you can see a step by step here.
 The accessory stamps in this set also make great ATCs and coins and are perfect for tags or in art journalling.
Just look how cute the dolphins looks on ATCs!
Next up is Faerie magic a very sassy fairy indeed
What is great about this fairy is that the wings are separate stamps so she can be stamped just as an enchantress as I did with these ATCs
or with her wings, which look fab with Glossy or Crackle accents. Her sentiment is so lovely.
The guardian angel is up next
He can be made dark, think Halloween, or as in my project below he can be very positive and uplifting. Again the wings are separate so he can work both ways and the birds are brilliant to stamp.
There are 3 new sentiments set, from the quirky to loving.
 and these work perfectly not just on cards but in art journalling and on tags 

Next up is the Tree of Life, again this works so well with mixed media.
My penultimate share is 
Just breathe This set is something really different and so original. 
I went with a medical twist for this make but just wait for Halloween...I can see all sorts of ghoulish twists with this one. 
So here we are at the final set which is called
and is perfect for this time of the year when we are all thinking about spending some time in our gardens or on holiday relaxing.
I combined this make with one of the sentiments and the sun stamp from the look forward with hope set.
and to give a heads up; On 1st August, when our new challenge starts over at Country View, I will also be using the Mindful Moments set again ...here is a small sneak peek! 
I will also have a step by step to share so do pop over on  to our challenge blog on 1st August when the challenge goes live. 

If you got all the way to the end of this long post, thank you very much and I hope that I might have given you a little taster of how these new stamps can be used. There really is something for everyone in this release. 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x