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Wherever I go I love to take photos of textures, be that rust, lichen, aged stone and brick, peeling paint that sort of thing. A few years ago I found this wonderful weathered fence and just had to take a photo.

Weathered wooden fence

Weathered wooden fence

Now that I’ve been experimenting with acrylic paint, I discovered a great way to replicate the weathered wood look. I dug out a little card box, that I bought to alter and have been ‘saving’ and decided its time had come and that it would become a weathered wooden box.

Weathered wood Box

Weathered wooden fence

Previously when I’ve been creating this effect, I haven’t used any gesso as the board I was working on was already white. This time the box was brown, so I applied a coat of gesso using a scrap of car sponge. Anyone joining me on this workshop will discover that car sponge will become a bit of a trade mark as my go to tool of choice. I’ll let Blue Peter keep their sticky backed plastic, its car sponge for me hehe. The paint behaved differently over the gesso so it took more blending that I had expected, but with more layering and blending, I am very pleased with the result.

Do you like it? Would you like to know how to create this paint effect? Join me on friday for a video tutorial on how to create ‘Weathered Wood Paint effect’. You won’t believe how easy it is, and the result is flat (unless you want to add additional mediums to the paint to bulk up the texture). So this effect would be perfect for art journals, cards, ATCs as well as book covers.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing the; Avon Box Easel

Avon box easel; open

Avon box easel; open

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Avon
  • Item number: Unknown
  • RRP at time of writing: £19.99

Reason For Buying

I wanted a small table top easel that wouldn’t take up too much space to store but be stable in use. Since my sketch book is A5 and I tend to work on this size of paper for my painting too, a lot of easels have been too large and also very heavy.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Light
  • Stable
  • The angled part of the easel folds flat for storage and has a latch to keep it closed.
  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable handle
  • Feet underneath so it doesn’t scratch your table in use
  • Affordable
  • Secure, well-fitting latches for all opening/folding sections
  • Sturdy handle
Avon Box easel; closed

Avon Box easel; closed

Cons

Just a niggle not a deal breaker.

  • Since it has a handle you can carry it by one of the short ends, little feet or some protection for the opposite end would have been nice in case you want to put it down.

Build Quality

Good. The handle and latches ar brass fittings and sturdy. You want to treat it nicely for it to last well but I’m not one to mistreat my tools so its fine.

Value for Money

Excellent. I like the portability and the storage option. I could dispense with some other bags and just use this on a sketching trip.

Avon Box Easel; storage drawer

Avon Box Easel; storage drawer

Would I buy it Again?

Yes.

Summing up

I love this easel! I work on small-scale paintings so don’t need anything larger. Folding flat for storage is a very helpful feature of the easel. The built-in storage space is big enough for essentials and I think I’d try using this on my lap on sketching trips too.

If you want something small, not too heavy but sturdy I’d highly recommend this easel.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share some pictures of gift bags that I recently made. This years Christmas card has a holly theme and I found the perfect gift bags in John Lewis BUT when I tried to order them online they had sold out of the size I needed. {sob}.  After a plea for help, my dear friend Lynn (Garden Pinks) pointed me to a tutorial that had printed gift bags. The tutorial was excellent but the bags themselves were not quite to my style, so as Tricia Morris would say, I made it my own, and here are the results.

Medium/Large Gift Bag. Christmas Holly 2011

Medium/Large Gift Bag. Christmas Holly 2011

From the tutorial I took the basic measurements and tried them out on paper, learned how it all went together then went to design some papers. Opened Craft Artist from Serif but in my own collection of digi kits I didn’t have any holly. Luckily my computer was online at the time, and after scrolling through lists of elements, I discovered that there was a digikit available that had THE most perfect holly. DH helped me download and install ‘Yuletide Joy’ digi kit and I put some papers and images together to make the bag.

After a play, I also worked out how to make a smaller gift bag from a single sheet of A4 card. I redesigned my layout to work in that format. I worked out where the scorelines would be so I could place my main image (holly) in the right place and in the later bags I’ve also added a seasonal greeting. LOVE LOVE the versatility of Craft Artist, there are plenty of projects that you can print out or just add background papers too. Once you get going though, the only limit really is your imagination.

Medium/Large and small Gift Bags. Christmas Holly 2011

Medium/Large and small Gift Bags. Christmas Holly 2011

Craft Artist is ideal for crafters of all levels and is really easy to use, great if you don’t have much room to craft in.

Not got Craft Artist yet? You so need it, if pennies are tight there is a free version of a cut down version of the software available and there are also some free digikits too. Treat yourself to a craft room on your computer, the embellishments and papers in the digikits are stunning, best of all you can use them over and over again, and you don’t need to find shelf space for all the stash :)

Links

Really wish there was more light so I could film a video tutorial of how to make these. Autumn/winter in the UK though is very low light and I need very bright sunny day AND all the lights on to get something worth watching. Made lots of notes along the way, so there will be a video tutorial of this when the light allows.

Hope you like them and give Craft Artist a try, it’s so much fun.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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Do you have lots of craft CDs or photographs on your computer? Would you like to make hand-made gifts for the special people in your life? Read on for Tutorials and tips for making your own handmade calendars. They are quick and simple to make and if you have youngsters at home they can help to make them too.

You will Need

  • 12 x 12″ Cardstock Patterned or plain if you wish to stamp your own designs on.
  • Decorative papers, main images I used Joanna Sheen’s Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady CD
  • Calendar, see downloads in the links section

Desktop Calendar Gift Set

Desktop Calendar

Greeting Card & Gift Tag - Desktop calendar Gift Set

Use your favorite crafting CDs to modify the styles to your own taste, and download the calandars from the links  below.

Links

Calendar Templates

Basic Calendar – Original. This is a modern yet classic font, which will compliment most styles of project.

Basic Calendar – Oriental Style This is an oriental style font which will compliment Eastern projects.

Basic Calendar – Elegant Style Font. This is a classic style font, it suits the Edwardian Lady themes and would work well with Anna Griffin styles too.

Why not ‘collect’ all three. These templates are for personal use, you are welcome to create projects using them for gifts or as completed projects to sell. If you use these templates for projects you publish in print or online, please link back to me here.

Would love to hear what you think of these, and to see your finished calendars :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Here is a project I made using the Crafters Companion Envelobox Creator.

Set of Gift cards in dimensional Envelope box

Set of Gift cards in dimensional Envelope box

Within the dimensional envelope is a small set of cards with coordinating envelopes.

Products used

Pearlescent card, Anna Griffin Stamps, Crafters Companion Envelobox Creator

Inks; Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Pewter Cats Eyes ink, Zig Art & graphic pens for the hand drawn flowers and trees.

Hope you like it, its quick to make and ideal for a nice little something for someone special.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Since this month’s Virtual Crafting Challenge is paper, I thought you might like some tips on how to store your ever grown paper and card stash.

Moisture and light are the enemies of card and paper. Avoid them if you can, either by storing your card in solid colour boxes so the light cannot get through. Alternatively put your clear boxes in a dark cupboard ;) I would strongly avoid using card board boxes to store you card and paper stash in for long-term storage. You may have bought scrapbook safe papers but if you store them in acid rich corrugated card boxes, they will become discoloured by the storage boxes acid and lignin!

My favorite option for paper and card storage are the Really Useful Boxes.

Really Useful Boxes for storing Paper & Card

Really Useful Boxes for storing Paper & Card

The Really Useful Boxes are really sturdy, strong and have clip down lids. You want to store these in a cupboard though as the clear plastic means if they were stored in direct light, the papers inside will still fade over time. The boxes are available in a wide range of sizes, from stores such as WHSmiths, Staples and Hobby Craft. Try office supply stores too.

Less bulky are these kind of boxes.   (Haven’t seen a brand name on these, sorry).

Plastic Box for storing Paper & Card

Plastic Box for storing Paper & Card

These are great and still stack but because the lids just drop on, unless you pick them up just right, you can easily drop the contents out by mistake! Also available from Hobby Craft.

Links

Really Useful Boxes This is the UK site but they have world-wide distribution and links from this site.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share a picture of the Gift bag I made for the gloves I’ve made for MIL for Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day Gift bag

Mother's Day Gift bag

 

I created this using a template on the Serif Craft Artist program. I changed the background and added the text and images. It turns out I’ve decorated the wrong panel of the bag, so don’t look too close or you’ll see the white line oops!

Craft Artist is great fun and you have so many options for altering the templates and projects on there. I’m really enjoying trying the new features on there. Do give Craft Artist a go, you can download a free cut down version from their website.

Links

For more information about the program and where to get hold of it, check out the links below.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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