Friday, 15 August 2014

August Crop Day

Tomorrow is our August crop, and as ever, we have put together an optional kit for you!  This month it's been designed by Janina, one of our regulars, and uses the lovely Marion Smith Nirvana papers. 

We always welcome newcomers to the crop, so if you'd like to join us, just drop me an email :)  Light refreshments are always available, plus a number of punches and tools for your use and there's a 10% discount in the shop!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The World is full of Magic

This month I was sent a very eclectic mix of papers and being a bit of a creative slump at the moment I was a bit puzzled as to what I was going to create.
I had this cut file on my Cameo just waiting for the right layout to place it on. . . voila. I added a little mixed media and some of the previous bits and pieces I have been sent from the shop this year and this is what I came up with.

The washi tape with clouds and hearts on matched perfectly with the reds and blues in the papers.
I wanted the title to stand out and not be lost on the page, by placing it on the red side of the Echo Park - Walking on Sunshine Beach Stripe paper.

I stamped onto the red paper with some versamark ink and clear embossing powder to create some texture to the paper. I used more ink and a stencil for the polka dots behind the photo. Before I glued my title down I carefully went around the edges with a sharpie marker to make it stand out a little more. I like the multi coloured look that the Puddle Jumper paper by Pink Paislee gives to my title. I used a faux stitch stamp for my page much quicker than the sewing machine!
Tracee x
All supplies used can be found in the shop

Monday, 11 August 2014

product review - golden gel medium - crackle paste

Hi, Carol with you today.  Back in June, Papermaze had a delivery of the Golden Gel Mediums - there are several types on the shelves - look here… today I'm sharing with you the crackle paste.

The texture of the paste is really light, unlike most texture mediums I usually use, its almost mousse like in consistency, goes on really smoothly and takes a while to dry like all crackle mediums.

I thought I would use tags as bases for this review, but, this medium is great on chipboard, wood and other solid substrates too.

I took three tags and treated them in the following ways:-

I added a thick layer of the paste onto the tag using a spatula:-

I painted a tag using acrylic paint and then stencilled the paste onto the tag:-

for the third tag, I mixed acrylic paint with the paste and then added a thick layer to my tag:-

here are all three tags together:-

 As you can see the cracks on the "au naturale" tag are much deeper,  the one with the paint/paste mixture are a lot finer…..the stencilled paste was a much thinner layer due to using the stencil but there is still a lot of cracks there, but, very fine.

Have a play and see how you get on with the product - we would love to see what you create…

In the meantime, this is what I created using the painted tag…

I stamped using a flower stamp and then coloured in using pens….. a text stamp was also used for the background.  distress ink was added to the edges and then a bit of colour using my pens….to finish it all off I added some jellibean wood spinkles to the middle of my flowers and some gilding wax to the edges….

TFL today.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Generic colour ways...

One of my all time favourite colours to craft with has to be Kraft. I love it for its versatility and because it can either be prettied up for a feminine project, or grunted up for a masculine one (and we all know how difficult it is to craft for men!!) 

Here's a quick comparison of two cards I have made in the past using a Kraft/yellow/grey colour scheme, and working them differently to get the style needed. 

Female cards can't go wrong with floral patterns and butterflies, whatever the colours.

...and for men, try adding ink splats, stitching and circles to hold the grungy, masculine look.

We would love to see any cards you have made using similar colourways.  
If you'd like to share any sort of project with us, email me (address on the right) and we may show some on here in the future :-)

Friday, 1 August 2014

Summer workshops sneak...

Our group of summer workshops were very popular, and although we do not usually share what we created, we thought it would be nice to give an example of the sort of  projects we create during one of our classes. 

For this class, we made our own masks, practised blending ink, created a flip section for more photos & journaling and incorporated some simple, but effective hand stitching. 

What I love most about these workshops is how each and every project created ends up being very different, despite all starting with the same products and instructions. 

During the Autumn, we shall be organising another batch of workshops, both daytime and evening, so keep an eye on the 'workshops' section of the website for those :-) 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Experimenting for the page...

So you may know that Art Journaling is based around trying out new techniques and simply having fun experiments on pages. But what if you used snippets of your experimentation on a layout? On this page below, I have played with different Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Paints & Stains on some Kraft tags, then laid them out as a background. It was great fun exploring the different properties of each, reacting with water, resisting each other and blending together. I stuck to the same 3-4 colours on each tag so that they still coordinated on the layout, but each one looks completely different, some subtle, some bold.

And here are a few snaps of the fun I was having playing :-) 

Friday, 18 July 2014

July crop & August opening...

Our July crop is tomorrow, and our kit has been designed by Anna this month, and uses the fabulous Good Day Sunshine papers from Simple Stories - very appropriate for the weather at the moment!!  

If you wish to join us, we have spaces available, just drop me an email!

We'd also like you to be aware that during August we will have restricted opening hours.  We will be open on the following days between 9.30 and 3.00:
Friday 1st
Tuesday 5th
Wednesday 6th
Tuesday 12th
Tuesday 19th
Friday 22nd
Tuesday 26th
Friday 29th
If you wish to visit us at another time, please contact us to arrange something!
Internet orders will not be affected and will be processed as normal :)