Archive for September, 2009

Marci and Lots to Do

I went down to The Stamp Attic yesterday and picked up Marci – a Stampotique original. She is pretty cute!

The Stamp Attic has a brilliant selection of stamps and is well worth a visit.

Here’s Marci transferred onto an ATC which is my entry this week into the Lots to Do challenge. The other stamps used are from Paperartsy, including a new (and very useful) background ‘mini’ (No 56 – coffee rings?), which seems to suit Marci!.

Marci ATC


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Completed Journals

I have managed to complete my journals following Julie Prichard’s fantastic videos from her Super Nova online course. She demonstrates three journals. I completed number 3 first (it didn’t need book boards or linen tape so I was able to use what I’d got and you can see that here).

Journal 1 is stitched and bound with linen tape. The sticky linen tape was purchased this week on a trip to London from Falkiners bookbinding store in Southampton Row. Lovely shop and well worth a visit. Here’s the journal covers and inside.

Stitched JournalStitched Journal Inside












The next one, Journal 2 is the ‘Long, Tall. Skinny’ and it looks like this – all pages are collaged prior to binding. The linen tape is used for this book too.
















I am really thrilled with the way these books have turned out and on the second part of Super Nova we are now following ideas for art journal pages.

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scan0003Another Christmas card today using Paperartsy Egg & Nog stamps. Those three trees are big favourites of mine – they seem to work for all kinds of cards. This card is using Mojo Monday 104 sketch and I will also count it in for the Basic Grey challenge (embossing) and Rainbow Lady’s challenge (Christmas with stars) – the stars are subtle but they are there!

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Paperartsy Day 12

What a great selection of ideas there’s been over the last 11 days on the Paperartsy blog. I (sadly) didn’t get a chance to post yesterday but hope you took a look at Day 11’s offerings. Jo Capper-Sandon’s ‘Fairy’ table setting is inspired and, as usual, Isabelle’s work is gorgeous and full of ideas to use – I love the way she has ‘cuttlebugged’ her flowers and will definately be using that idea in the future.

I get to do the last day and here’s what I came up with for this years Nut & Meg Plates 7 and 8 plus a few simple cards using Egg & Nog Plates

Day 12 Elf Gift Card HolderDay 12 Elf Gift Card Holder - OpenDay 12 Elf Gift Card Holder Inside 1

Pockets formed in this card are ideal for gift cards etc. Instructions for all projects are over on Paperartsy blog.











Day 12 Nut & Meg Cat Card




Don’tyou just love this little guy!







Day 12 Rose Box





These ‘roses’ are a lot easier to make than they look. You can find a link to a tutorial on the Paperartsy blog.











Paper Pieced SantaPointsettiaChristmas TreesChristmas trees and snowflakes











That’s my lot  for now, but I love Paperartsy stamps and if you pop back they will continue to crop up in my ‘makes’.

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I would love to be ‘good’ at Art Journaling and dabble in it from time to time (I don’t upload though)! Today I finished making a journal ready to work in and it turned out really well.

I enrolled on Julie Prichard’s Art Journaling Super Nova online course and am loving it. Part 1 involves making 3 different journals. I have Journal 1 part finished and Journal 2 part finished – Journal 3 is done!

Julie Prichard Fabric Journal

This is what I would call a practice piece so the colours etc weren’t really that well thought out – I just used what came to hand.

The cover for this journal in the class is made from fabric. Julie makes a patchwork type, quilted cover in her video but as I had this ‘book wrap’ half completed from a workshop I took with Angie Hughes at The Bramble Patch I decided to use it.

Angie’s class was great – we used fabric, paints, foils, paper, stamps, machine and hand embroidery etc to make woven book wraps. This was my first attempt and my first go at free machine embroidery. It is far from perfect – my sewing machine broke so I had to borrow one which didn’t help, but it was OK for this trial piece. Guess I’ll have to journal about ‘flowers’.


The pages inside are single sheets ‘sewn’ together around tapes which are then attached to the inside of the covers. I used Fabriano paper and here you can see how the ‘stitching’ looks from the inside – it allows to pages to open flat.



Julie Prichard Fabric Journal inside stitching














I can’t show you how the stitching looks on the spine because I didn’t think to take a picture of it but it was easy to do, although bit fiddly, and it was fairly quick to do. The stitches go across tape down to hold it in place against the spine and the tapes are then sewn to the cover (Julie glued hers but I don’t have any fabric glue).















I will definately make this journal again with more thought about tape and backing fabric colour!

The second part of the Super Nova starts on Wednesday and covers the journaling side – I can’t wait for that.

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Paperarsty Day 10

Did you see the lovely designs yesterday  (Day 9) on the Paperartsy blog. Gorgeous samples from Isabelle (have aways loved her style) and a very special tag by Jo Capper-Sandon who is wonderfully talented.

Today its my turn! I used Nut & Meg Plate 2 and some of last years Egg & Nog stamps all from the Squiggly Ink collection. They are fabulous to work with. Do check out the other collections too though – they continue to remain favourites of mine and I use them a lot – see here and here.



Egg & Nog Tag

Nut & Meg 2 Pointsettia Tag

Nut & Meg 3 Ornament TagNut & Meg 2 Snowman TagNut & Meg 3 TagNut & Meg 3 Tree cardNut and Meg 2 Treat Bag

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A couple of my cards are on the Paperartsy blog today. Go on over there to take part in Leandra’s giveaway and to see other lovely samples from Julie Harrington using Nut & Meg Plate 8  (I must get some of those paints!)

Day 12 Nut & Meg Ornament Card














This ornament design from Plate 8 is gorgeous . The other stamps used are from last years Christmas collection, Egg & Nog, and so is the Santa on this card (it’s much ‘shinier’ in real life).



Santa and swirls

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