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I have some very important news to share with you today. Earlier in the year I was contacted by the wonderful people over at Ampersand Art, the makers of Stampbord, and invited to create a project for their website for September/ October 2010. Of course I jumped at the chance, I love stampbord. 

Here is the finished piece I designed and created for them.

Perpetual Calendar, created for Stampbord WebProject

Perpetual Calendar, created for Stampbord WebProject

Now head over to the Stampbord website and download the project sheet and you too can create your very own calendar. This would be the perfect gift for a special friend or family member, and make one to inspire you in your creative space. 

Links

Stampbord How to September October 2010  Perpetual Calendar

Stampbord 

Crafty Individuals Wren Stamp Swirl Stamp

Graphicus: Words of Inspiration

I’ve really enjoyed this opportunity of working with new Stampbord surfaces. This larger size of block was a challenge, but one I’ve enjoyed and it does give you much more scope to design on. 

Thanks to 

Stampbord for giving me this opportunity to try more of their products. Glenda Waterworth from Graphicus & Crafty Individuals for their permission for me to use their images in this project. 

Let me know what you think 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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In today’s post, I’d like to share some pictures of a postcard that I created for my friend Glitter Monkey

Vintage Postcard - Front

Vintage Postcard

Here is the back of the card 

Vintage Postcard - Back

Vintage Postcard - Back

Stamps used; Tim Holtz, Crafty Individuals, Penny Black and Making Memories (Magnetic Alphabet; Rummage) 

Inks Used; Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Versafine in Onyx Black 

This was great fun to make, I’m really enjoying my new inks and stamps. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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In today’s post, I’m sharing a picture of my very first fabric covered book. 

My First Fabric Covered Book

My First Fabric Covered Book

Back in early May a good friend Crafty Nanna took pity on my lack of sewing skills and came round to get me started with sewing. She also very kindly left me a huge pile of fabric to play with. The fabric I covered the book with has a lovely suede finish. Very tactile, and would make great books for men. I covered the book board with a light layered of PVA and applied the fabric. The turn in’s on the corners were tricky, as if I applied too much glue it seeped through and marked the surface. 

Here is the book, once it has been decorated 

Fabric Covered book, decoarated with ATC

Fabric Covered book, embellished with ATC

I created an ATC using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Versa Fine in Onyx Black 

Stamps: Crafty Individuals; 204, Elusive Images; UA6GW0194; Words of Inspiration, Hero Arts; H2365 Old French Writting. 

Binding Style: The book is bound in my favorite Coptic Stitch using brown linen thread. The book is just over A7 in size, perfect for popping into your pocket. 

This piece fits in with this month’s theme of ‘F’ for The Virtual Crafting Challenge, ‘F’ for Fabric :) 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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Here is my latest Stampbord project, an ATC

Stampbord Project featuring Birds

Stampbord Project

This one features

Stamps; Crafty Individuals, Making Memories Magnetic font (Rummage)

Ink: Tim Holtz Distress ink, Ranger Adirondack ink

Ranger Acrylic Dabbers.

Stampbord News

I also have some very important news to share with you all. Back in April I was contacted by Ampersand Art, the makers of Stampbord, who invited me to create a project for their How To section. I am very pleased to say that I accepted and you can find out more on their news page. My project will be published in September.

Links

Stampbord

Stampbord News

Ampersand Art

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post, a video tutorial featuring; Tiger Paper. Tiger paper is my name for the background papers I produce using particular distressed inking techniques.

You Will Need

  • Ranger Color Wash inks, in three colours. I use Stream, Denim and Eggplant in the video
  • A larger spray bottle of water
  • Gloves, this is a messy technique ;)
  • A plastic box to spray into
  • Blank newsprint or copier paper
  • Cardstock
  • Mini Mister bottles (optional)
  • Sponge
  • Plastic mat or similar to protect surrounding areas

***It is important that you protect the area, around your spray box. These inks do tend to spread and any unprotected surface may be inked if you do not protect it ;) ***

Method

Use a variety of different card stocks, each kind will give a different effect. Suggestions for cardstock to try:

  • Water Color Paper with a texture
  • Mat Board
  • Coated card (laser printer paper could work)
  • Glossy Card. Works very well.

Links

To find stockists of the products used in the film, here are links to their manufacturers.

The finished projects featuring Tiger Paper, used stamps from;

More details on the Finished Projects, featured in the film

  • ATC
  • Clip Board

Tiger Paper is great fun to make. I hope you give it a try, do show me the results if you do. If it isn’t working for you, try different cardstock. This is one of those techniques where results vary, depending on the card you use.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today, I would like to share a picture of the piece I made for this month’s, Virtual Crafting Challenge. For March 2010 the theme is ‘C’. I’ve maxed out on the C’s used in this project! 

  • Crafty Individuals Stamps
  • Cuttlebug die cut letters
  • Chip board (well matt board)
  • The final piece is a Clip Board

So I recon this one counts :) 

Clip board, featuring Crafty Individual Stamps.

 

Stamps Used: Crafty Individuals; CI-116, CI-017, CI-173 

Cuttlebug Alphabet; Olivia 

Inks; Colour Wash Spray, in Denim. Distress Reinker, in mini mister; Pine Needles. Adirondack, dye based ink; Denim & Bottle 

Paints Used; Acrylic Dabbers, Silver, Bottle & Denim 

Alcohol inks; Bottle & Denim 

This was my first crafty session in a while and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It just goes to show, it really does pay to buy the same colour pallet across a selection of ink/paint mediums. It gives you complete freedom to create, what ever the surface. You know that the colours will match and tone together :) I love Ranger products :) 

The background was created using Colour Wash inks, this is my own technique that I call Tiger paper. 

Tiger Paper, my own technique.

 

I have got hold of some mini misters, to decant my colour wash ink into a smaller mister. The original spray bottles the Colour Wash comes in, are fantastic BUT they are keen and do require large areas to be covered with plastic to prevent them being covered in ink. Not a starter for filming!  I plan to film a tutorial with the technique, so fingers crossed the mini misters will be safe with my camera. 

Close up of stamping on the clip board

 

This is a close up of the stamping before the dimensional distressed letters were added. Distressed letters may be coming up as a tutorial soon too ;) Watch this space :) 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share some pictures of the ribbon bound book that I created for The Virtual Crafting Challenge of ‘Peel Offs, Ribbons and Stickers’.

Front cover of ribbon bound book

Front cover of ribbon bound book

 The main image is on watercolour paper coloured and stamped with Crafty Individuals stamps and Katzelkraft stamps. The panels were cut using Cuttlebug and using the Nestabilities Curved Rectangles dies. The cover is cut under the panel to allow the ribbon to hide in between the cover boards, so it isn’t visible from the inside of the book.

 

Detail of spine stitching

Detail of spine stitching

 

I had originally planned to add three strips of ribbon to the book, but hadn’t accounted for the kettle stitches required at the head and tail stations DOH! Oops.

The panel on the back cover

The panel on the back cover

 

Here is the view of the back of the book. Again to hide the slit that the ribbon goes through on the cover I have used a pair of panels cut using the Cuttlebug and Nestabilites Curved Rectangles dies.It doesn’t show in the photo’s but the panels and covers were sprayed with Perfect Pearls in gold, which adds another dimension to the finished look.

 

I’ve really enjoyed making this book, and now I know to use kettle stitches top and bottom the next one will have a neater finish on the spine ;) Each book I create teaches me something new, which is part of the fun of bookbinding.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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