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D T Project – Masculine File Folder

It’s been a long time since I made a masculine project, especially with so much stamping on it but I had so much fun with this file folder and photo album.

Another D T project for Marcy Coat Designs.

Made a show and tell video which you can find here.

I’m also leaving a link here for another wallet which I made in 2014

Papers used are just perfect for this folder and below is the link of where you can find them.

Distressed Script Papers,    Coffee Dyed Music Papers,   Jumbo Word Strips Bundle,   Coffee Dyed Papers,   Masculine Journal & Scrapbook Kit,

Lined Coffee Dyed Papers,   Burlap, Linen and Wood Papers


Beer Mat Album

Didn’t realise how long ago it was that I last made a Beer Mat Album, over 2 years ago.  My last one which you can see here was a Beer Mat Brag book,  coincidentally it was also for another FSC New Year challenge … da da da da – spooky!!!

Fashionable Stamping Challenges starts off the New Year with a theme of  “Something New” which was picked by my fabby teamie sister Esther.  This could be new stash, new technique or even a new resolution which you may have made (and already broken lol)!!!!

Still on a roll with my new Gelatos but this time I have used them to cover the beer mats.  Aged the frame with a sprinkling of different distressed embossing powders before adding the image.  The corrugated background was coloured with Gelatos.

Not going to bore you too much about how it was made because time is such a precious thing to us all.

“A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words”

Hopefully my pics tell a story just as well as a large amount of descriptive text.


One thing which I will tell you is that Gelatos seem to work better with a primed surface, Gesso being my preferred medium of choice.

(Irene told me the tip about the Gesso.)

I have used a mixture of new and old stamps, dies and even some new masks which gives a different feel to each page.


Last page of the ‘Beer Mini’ which uses one of my new Christmas stamps, isn’t she just divine?


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.


Flimsy & Delicate But Very Beautiful

If it wasn’t for Andrew, the making of this flimsy and very delicate teensy weensy ‘Tea Bag Book’ could not have been possible.  Not being typically English of me but I have never formed a relationship with tea.  (Really can’t stand the stuff.)  I’m a REAL coffee drinker kinda gal, black and no sugar but if out for coffee and cake with friends then it’s a large LATTE with Starbucks being my fave.  None of your ole instant for this baby.

 Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight have a theme of  “Heat It Up” which was picked by the lovely ‘Mrs B … as you know it’s Avril to you and me.

She looks really fed up but  I love this image which is why I decided to add her to the front of the album.  Left the back rather plain as there is so much going on elsewhere.

Andrew probably only drinks one cup of tea a day, so collecting used tea bags has been a struggle for me … he forgets to keep the used bag!!!!  Finally managed to dry out a few so this little book could see the light of day.

1st pic shows the used t-bags (dried) but with the tea emptied out.  2nd, details the stamping and embossing.  3rd, is where I have added an extra piece of paper onto the edge of the bags.  Because of the flimsiness of the bags I had to find something which wasn’t very heavy and a light manilla envelope was perfect for this.  Also distressed over with DI Vintage Photo.  4th, the reverse side of the bag where I have collaged some tiny images mainly from one of Tim Holtz collections.


1st pic shows some unused t-bags which I wanted to alter into little tags that fitted inside the square t-bags.  I had to open each bag individually, pour out the tea then flatten ready to make the tags.  2nd is the made up tags which had some stamped card fitted inside.  How this was done was to stamp and emboss some sentiments and quotes onto the card then these were placed inside the white tissue-like paper bag.  Again because it is only like a tissue paper you have to work very carefully with the materials.  Sealed the end with a Spellbinders cut down tag die .


More and more pics, this time with the album put together and displayed in all it’s glory.


Just about near the end of the photo showing and I really hope you enjoy looking at this album as much as I enjoyed making.



New Home For G45 And Tim

In the end this turned out to be a project that just didn’t stop.
*** Heavy on photos which is so unlike me as you all know I am not a fan of taking them ***

Desperately wanted somewhere to keep my ephemera goodies of Tim’s and also wanted to decorate the box which I bought from the MDF man at Ally Pally in 2012 … yep had it that long.  The goodies fitted perfectly in the box, which you can see here if you want to see the post.  This left a lot of room at the top so next came the album.

Finally cut into the Menagerie paper pad  which wasn’t as bad as I first thought, what is it with me and papers?  I am always the last to show off papers used because I can’t bring myself to show them the scissors.  Used a variety of G45 papers from different pads which was teamed up with Tim’s.

Lots of stamping, fussy cutting, pasting through stencils and painting with pearlised translucent paint leaves me one happy bunny.  Totally love this album so keeping it for myself oh and the box, sorry Amber!!

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See how much space was left even after adding Tim’s ephemera packs so I  designed the album to fit perfectly and to leave room so it comes out easily.

Remember all the rage about faux leather well I have lots made and that’s how I did the strap for the buckle.   Glued two pieces together before cutting to the right size and stitching around for added strength.

Even more photos …


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Nearly finished …


Well the back of the album anyways!!!


Envelope Album

First page of an envelope album which I started the other day but as you can see here I have sailed away on a different path yet again.  This is definitely what crafting is all about, just go with the flow!!

This time I have used a different stamp for the front which is from Indigo Blu called Dancing Children.  First used this stamp here but only showed the girls from the end, today you can see all the stamp..

Originally I wanted the album to be a little sophisticated but then veered off  and went for a Springtime feel.  Because our weather at the moment is so unpredictable … should be Spring by now … I went with a scene that looks as our weather does … storms, snow and in between some beautiful sunshine.  Background paper is a G45 sheet.

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  Made the background by first stamping then masking off before adding DI’s Ripe Persimmon and a mixture of Mustard Seed plus Squeezed Lemonade.  Did the flick technique with water and when dry blended some Black Soot and sprayed a little of the Dylusions White Linen.   Coloured the children with a mixture of Copic Markers, really enjoyed getting them out and having a play something I haven’t done in ages.

Have to show more later as I am off to start my class project for today!!!


Feeling Brown, Blue and Cream

Here is one of my fave colour combinations when crafting, blue and brown, it is especially beautiful when teemed with flowers and birds.

All the stamps are from Indigo Blu, “Live, Laugh Love” and “Nature 1” except the little flowers which are from Stampin Up.

Stamped the bird onto tissue paper and whilst drying I painted the Ornate Frame die with some blue and beige chalk paint. Used the same paint for the bird before adding to the middle of the frame. Also ripped the tissue very gently to add a more distressed feel. Matted everything onto brown embossed cardstock which I enhanced with a little gilding wax called Patina.


Distressed Medieval Matchbox

Made this little Matchbox with two new stamps I bought a while ago and only just getting round to using them. They look so medieval (quite gothic in fact) that I wanted to create a touch of opulance to the mix so added some gold embossing powder randomly around the edges which gave me the distressed look I was aiming for. One image was stamped with Versafine black and the other with Versafine Vintage Sepia.

Made the match box with a Stampin Up Envelope maker … this little gadget is super cool … then used Gesso to dilute the colour of the papers on the outside. Tim’s Harlequin stencil came into play but only a little also used some of the DI Seedless Preserves for her hair.

Opened the box a little for the next pic and the last one shows off the other stamped image inside. Only used a few embellies to enhance the images, a bit of gold beading and two buttons.

Can you believe the papers are from Graphic 45 the Mother Goose collection.

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Imagine Being Inspired

I was definitely inspired this morning when I saw what the Sunday Stamper (Hels) had as her theme this week – A Stitch In Time. Sadly I don’t sew nearly enough these days but I love buying the sewing stamps. Especially this set from Indigo Blu called “Sewing Mends The Soul”.

Also entering into the very first challenge at A Vintage Journey with an “Anything Tim Challenge”. Hop on over and have a look at the Design Team’s work because if you are a Timmy fan then this is the place for you to be inspired, the design team samples are gorgeous.

Didn’t clear away the DI colours … Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen that I used on my last post which just shows how much I like the combination because I have used the same again. Used a movers and shapers die called Imagine and a PaperArtsy stamp set called Buttons 3. I totally got deep down and dirty with this make but hey that’s what this crafting lark is all about plus I didn’t really get a sewing machine for Andrew!!!!

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Water Inspired

Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight have a fabulous theme of Water Inspired which was picked by the lovely Amanda.

Another of those cards that lays flat so makes it easier for posting but this one has wndows. This is similar to a card we made in my class last week, (gave the other away before I took a photo) so decided to make another for the FSC challenge. The theme today makes for a great man’s card so will be going into my future card box. Which incidentally I haven’t shown yet … will try to take photos next week and post.

Sideways on view of the card with the windows open. As you can see for the inside windows I made two pockets for little tags to be added. The other pic is how the card looks when fully opened.

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The middle band on the cardstock was masked off before being inked, stenciled and stamped.

This last pic is how everything looks when folded flat to go into an envelope.

Added a little digital collaging with my graphics program around the edges.


G45 Nuts & Bolts Album

I made another of the “Nuts & Bolt” album as I call them, with my SIL Irene, but this time with Graphic 45 papers called Coutour. The last one I made was primarily stamping which you can see here and here but this one is very little stamping and more about the papers.

Who shows the last page first … well I had a play around with my graphics program again and liked the background, looks super cool eh!!! Loved the result of what I did here so played again.

I can hear you saying less of the playing and more of the showing Shirl!!!
OK here is the first page with some molding paste and ink through a stencil. Just to hi-light those super fussy cut pieces.

Each tag has a number, die cut from the movers and shapers magnetic set called Cargo, with a different embossing folder being used for each black page.

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Fussy cut the tickets and also the prim and proper Miss Madam sitting in the chair.

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Also mixed some of the papers from the French Country collection from Graphic 45.