Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Faux Leather A4 Journal Tutorial

Hey peeps
I've come up with a nifty A4 journal using Sheena Douglass' faux leather technique
and a few tweaks of my own so I thought I'd share
 I've made this A4
but you could easily adapt it to make smaller ones

To do the basic journal you will need
An A4 note book, (two for a pound at most pound shops)
An A4 embossing folder
Some distress Inks
A water spray and some glycerine
A piece of material or Aida or card 4ins wide 12in long
4 A4 Kraft Card (Two outer, two inner)
(you could use any 300gsm card but you end up with more of a suede effect)
Follow Sheena's You Tube HERE to do the basic faux leather technique
These are my two outer leaves, just leave them to dry flat somewhere
Take your material (I've used Aida)
and distress/colour/grunge up

I added some Inka Gold to give it a mottled gilded look
and creased it lightly down the middle

Take the card cover off your note book
I've used two and stuck them together with a thin layer of Mod Podge

Whilst everything was drying I dug out a few bits of Grunge Board Minis
and cut a hinge in grunge Board from TH hardware findings die
I coloured them with green DI and rubbed with Inka Gold
I'll use the hinge to fasten my journal
but you could use twine or thong wrapped round
or some ribbon even

line up the outer  leaves, leaving about an inch gap
and lay your material over leaving a little over hang at the top and bottom
once you're happy, glue it down with PVA
At this stage you could trap ribbon/thong under to use as a closure if you wish

glue the top edge and fold over, do both ends

 This next bit is your preference
I've used plain Kraft card but you could use whatever you wish
Sheena uses material-I've used card to make it more substantial
Bear in mind most of it will be covered up though if you follow the rest of my Tut
Next is the embellishing bit so the brads wont show
Line up the hinge half front and back and mark the holes
Don't forget- don't make it too tight as your paper needs to go in yet
I added a hitch fastener at the front for my fastener
and used brads on the back
I added a little flourish too
Next is adding the pages

Take your pages and line them up nicely leaving a bit of space at the spine side
I've used strong DS tape to stick it
Then just close the cover and smooth down and repeat for the back page

 I added a few bits to personalise it on the front
Then I sealed the whole thing with Matt Mod Podge
You could use any medium to seal or the use spray and shine as Sheena does
If you use PVA, water it down a little then it spreads nicely

And Ta Dah a nice journal
I'm really pleased with how it turned out and I hope you have a go to
Share if you do have a go
Be Good

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Imagination Crafts DT Post - Inspiration

Morning peeps 
Here's a bit of mid month inspiration for the
Imagination Crafts Challenge 
I've made a wall plaque with a shabby faux wood finish

Stuff I've used
IC 6x6 MDF
IC Panel stencil
IC MDF paints -  white and cream
Inkadinks (two green shades)
IC Sparkle Gel (used a drop of green Inkadinks to colour)
IC Mica powders over the gel for a darker shade
IC Crackle Medium
White acrylic paint
Espresso and Pesto  Adirondacks IP
Glossy accents
Tim H Grunge board minis (text)
Here's the shop link if you fancy a browse
Don't forget to pop to the IC BLOG to check out the DTs work too
Thanks for looking
Be Good
Kath xx

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Imagination Crafts Challenge - April - Anything Goes

Hi Peeps

Its challenge day over at
And this month we have been given one of the new panel flower stencils to play with

 Stuff I've used
IC Papers (One of my new ones)
IC Panel stencil
Modelling paste
White and Distress EP
Couple of Sheena stamps
Walnut Stain DI
Kraft card
Here's the shop link if you fancy a nosy, they have some great stuff !
 Hope you can come and join in
Thanks for looking 
Be good 
Kath xx

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Sleepless nights ............Crafty makes .......

Hi Peeps
Well I don't know about you lot but my sleeping at night has been rubbish.... hot.... cold....itchy feet's.... snoring husband........ cat on my head ........ ha ha ha still at least I have something to do to while away the hours ... so here's last night batch

I've seen a few of these card boxes around and so had a go last night .not my usual kind of thing but im brewing an idea for a steampunky one !..... I kinda cheated and used double sided card stock but I'm happy with the results for a first go

Stuff I used
Tim Holtz 12x12 Lost and Found
Tattered Floral dies - Sizzlet strip and movers & shapers
Vintage Photo DI
Woodware lace edge die
Tonic Flourish die

I've been meaning to enter a few challenges but I always forget... oops ha ha
This card was made for The Left of Centre Challenge....
its more grungy than 'dark' I suppose,
but it fits the theme of Favourite Book  .......... can you guess ? 

Stuff  I've used
Stampotique - Daniels Hearts & Prom Queen
Chicken wire stencil
White acrylic paint
Distress inks - Spun Sugar, Tattered rose, Pumice Stone, Black Soot
Sentiment printed off PC

One of my fave books is Steven Kings Fire Starter lol .......... is that a bit too tenuous hee hee

Challenges entered with box card
Challenges with Card
Be good

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Imagination Crafts Mid Month Inspiration - March

Morning peeps 
Here's a bit of mid month inspiration for the
Here's my mid month xx

Stuff I've used

Imagination Crafts Products
Orchid Stamp set
Silkies and Chalkies paints
Golden glow Gilding Flakes
Bronze Stencil Paint

Distress Inks - Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade
Black Stazon
Metal corners from my stash
Here's the shop link if you fancy a browse
Don't for get to pop to the IC BLOG to check out the girls demos
Thanks for looking
Be Good
Kath xx

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Trying a few techniques .....

Hi peeps

I made these a couple of weeks ago when Linda was over .... We started out trying direct to paper / one layer techniques but kind of went off on our own tangents as we do .....

This one is using Paper Artsy Stamps 
I stamped the flower, masked it off , stamped the wood panel then coloured in etc ... I've got a bit of a halo around the image but not to worry eh ! It adds to the grungyness!

This is using Indigo Blu stamps
I stamped coloured with DIs and a few splashes and matted it up on white mats, then  splattered around some more with DIs 

This Hydrangea Stamp set from Inkylicious is one of my faves, I stamped it onto an old book page,
coloured it and cut it out, I created the block by tearing a 'hole' in a bit of copy paper and used it as a mask, then just layered up the flower and added the sentiment then
matted on card coloured with the same DI 

They are all quite simple but effective I think !
Thanks for looking 

Be good 
Kath xx 

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Mixed media canvas

HI peeps
Well here's something I've been working on for a couple of days
 It took a while to do all the layering and getting the media to dry hee hee
 It then took me a day to sort the embellishment's ......... but I thoroughly enjoyed a bit of me time  
I was hoping to video it coming together but my camera is having a hissy fit and my phone wont play nice ... ah well maybe next time 

 Stuff I Used (this is as I used it)
30 x 40 canvas - one layer of gesso
Scraps of 12x12 stuck with watered down mod podge 
Imagination crafts stencils dots/damask/
Tim holtz large flourish - liquitex paste
Pieces of netting, lace, a crochet doily and scraps of tissue stuck with MP
Once dry I gave it two good coats of white acrylic
Then dry brushed with coloured (cream mixed with a touch of burnt umber and a dot of red)
Stenciled the words with paste
Lightly dry brushed white gesso over the raised areas

Made frames with various moulds -UTTE / P of Paris/ white mod podge stick
Various pics from collections added and glossy accents to seal in frame
Inka gold and white acrylic to shabby them 
Paper flowers coloured with tea stain and dipped in UTTE 
Various metal embellies from my stash 
Then I just layered them up and glued with pinflair 
I added a bit more shading with dry brush once it had all dried 

Phew all done 
Needless to say myself and my cave needed a scrub after hee hee 

Hope you like it, I had fun making it 
Be good 
Kath xx

Friday, 7 March 2014

LEJ Challenge Freebee post

Good Morning Peeps
It's Challenge day over at LEJ Designs Challenge Blog
and the theme this months theme is Die cuts

Instead of a project I've designed a paper bow template for you to use over your pretty papers, please leave a comment if you take a copy and share this post 

The first randomly drawn winner will receive four Digi’s from

The second randomly drawn name will win some crafty goodies
Don't forget if you use an LEJ designs image you get entered in to an extra prize draw.
The jackpot is 2 Digi's this week

Thanks for looking
Be good
xx Kath xx