Sunday 25 October 2015

Travel Journal Folio

This is one of those projects that you wont get finished in class, it's designed for you to take home and complete with your own photos, knick-knacks and souvenirs.
So we started out with the small Tim Holtz folio - the wee foldy up bitty that you get for the inside to make the spine of all the pages and inserts is so simple and so clever.
So we used my very favourite card - Oyster Contour from Papeterie Crafts - this is great card, it's paler than the Ranger Manilla and has a hammered texture, and best of all it stands up to lots of distressing techniques, and because of the hammered finish you get some gorgeous finishes.
So we clear embossed some of the stamps before we distressed all the panels I had pre-cut with a mixture of Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Gathered Twigs, and Evergreen Bough distress inks, splattered some water at them, and used the same inks to do some stamping.

 Then we got to the fun bit, adding all sorts of tags, diecuts, pockets, fold-outs etc to the spine. So there was lots more distressing going on, and adding some rub-ons and chit-chat well as making a clever wee travel journal with lots of pages, from the Tim Holtz Vintage Valise die

Here are the supplies we used...
Tim Holtz Folio
Printed Paper
Oyster Contour Card
Kraft Card
White Gold Paper
Distress Inkpads: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Gathered Twigs, Evergreen Bough
Clear Embossing Powder
Viva Travel Stamps
Bakers Twine
Seam Binding
Tim Holtz Chit Chat Stickers
Tim Holtz Dies: Tiny Tabs & Tags, Tags & Tie, Big Ticket, Vintage Valise, Baroque

Designed by Debbi Glennie for the Papeterie Winter Craft Retreat 2015. Copyright of all designs belongs to the designer and therefore may not be replicated for class purposes without written permission.
Thanks for visiting, I appreciate any comments Debz x

Saturday 24 October 2015

Anyone for Wine?

Hi again,
back with another project from the craft retreat - this time I'm sharing an altered wine box. I always have at lease one bottle of something to give as a gift at xmas, and by decorating the box it comes in it kinda doubles the gift.
So I'd been experimenting with the Sizzix hexagon dies - they are designed to be used for quilting, but I've used them here to create a faux quilted effect.
Basically I die cut a load of hexagons from the galvanised and gold leaf paper from Papeterie Crafts. I've used paper for a reason - I used card for the first prototype and found the card was a bugger to stick round the box, it kept trying to lift. The paper is 120gsm so it's a good weight to work with.
I decided on how many different designs I wanted and put the diecuts into equal piles.... some were stamped using Tim Holtz stamps and Ranger White Pigment ink, some are embossed with Tim Holtz embossing folders, some are heat embossed and some are just plain for contrast.
Because the hexagons don't fit perfectly around the wine box, I filled the gap and covered the lid with some Ranger Foil Tape that I'd embossed.
It doesn't matter if the hexagons are stuck on perfectly - I used a bottle of distress stickles to hide any gaps. 
You could always add more embellishments - maybe some die cut poinsettias or snowflakes  to the box - or even a sleigh and some reindeer.

Thanks for visiting, I appreciate any comments Debz x

Dearie Me

I should just start every post with "Long time no see..." lol
There's no point in apologising, I'm sure you all realise that life gets so busy at times that you run out of time to blog, or even craft.
Since we last spoke I've moved house again, back out to the country, so it's meant a bit of upheaval for everyone, especially the kids who have all had to start at new schools. But kids are resilient creatures and they've taken it all in their stride and settled in really well - although they have had the odd wobble, and miss their old friends, they have been amazing. Even Scott has commented on what an improvement his new school is.
So we've also had a few birthdays, Faith was 9 in the summer, Scott turned 16 (I know, how the hell did that happen!!) last month and Willow was 11 just the other week and oh boy those hormones are running riot there! Graham's birthday was today, but as he's offshore we celebrated it last week when I had my day off.
We've been incredibly busy at work too, we had our Winter Craft Retreat in September, which was a huge success - so much so that we're almost fully booked for the Spring Retreat, then we had Scraptacular, which was a new venture for us and something we're hoping to develop further for next year, and various classes and wedding exhibitions too.
I have to say, I really enjoy the wedding exhibitions. Its so nice to talk to couples who are all excited about their wedding and hearing about their plans.
Anyway, now that we're pretty much caught up on all my news, I'd love to hear how all of you are in blogland.
So because it's been an age since I shared any crafting I'm going to schedule in some posts featuring the projects I created for the Winter Craft Retreat.
This was one of the first classes I taught at this year's winter retreat - back to using one of my favourite media... alcohol inks.
I used a selection of Adirondack alcohol inks and Letraset inks on a variety of surfaces including glossy card and heat resistant acetate. 
Here's a list of the supplies I used: 
Oyster Contour Card*
Kraft Card*
Black Card*
Diamond White Card*
Heat Resistant Acetate
Glossy White Card
Tim Holtz "Words For Thought" stamps
Tim Holtz "Mini Holidays 5" stamps
Tim Holtz "Paris Memoirs" stamps
Embossing folder
Alcohol Inks
Blending Solution
Sanding Block
Archival Inkpad
Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia Die
*all produced at Stoneywood Mill and sold at Papeterie Crafts

Designed by Debbi Glennie for the Papeterie Winter Craft Retreat 2015. Copyright of all designs belongs to the designer and therefore may not be replicated for class purposes without written permission.
Thanks for visiting, I appreciate any comments Debz x

Sunday 31 May 2015

Tim Holtz Tiles

Hi again,
back again with another project form the craft retreat - this time I decided to alter a couple of mdf tiles. These tiles are quite inexpensive but are so easy to work with.
The first one I used to demonstrate that it's not necessary to paint or prepare these tiles to make something lovely...
First we stamped the raised frame part using a brown ink, the centre panel was made using a piece of oyster contour card. First we clear embossed an image, then coloured the panel with distress ink, stamped with the same colour of ink, then flicked water at it for the splatter effect. The butterfly was also clear embossed and coloured in the same way then fussy-cut and attached over the die cut trellis

The second one was used to demonstrate a completely contrasting finish, lots of bright colours and a primed base...
The frame part of the tile was painted with a chalk effect paint for a matt finish. the background was clear embossed as before, but this time we used some nice bright colours to colour it and black archival ink to stamp a sentiment. The feathers were diecut and embossed the coloured with the same colours of distress ink, with bakers twine added to finish it off

MDF Tiles
Distress Paint: Antique Linen
Clear embossing powder
Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs
Tim Holtz  Perspective stamp set
Tim Holtz Paris Memoir stamp set
Mini Mister
Tim Holtz Trellis  die
Oyster Contour card
Kraft card
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Tim Holtz Feather Duo die and embossing folder set

Bakers Twine
Thanks for visiting, 
I appreciate your comments 
Debz x

Saturday 30 May 2015

Thank you

Thank you all for the lovely comments I got welcoming me back to blogland, it's going to take me a wee while to get back into the swing of blogging, a lot of my online time is taken up with work social media stuff, but I'll do my best to allocate some time to my own blog and all of my lovely followers - thanks for your support :)
So I thought it might be an idea to catch up on some of the projects I did for the recent Spring Craft Retreat at The Papeterie in Aberdeen. In case you don't know, they hold a craft retreat twice a year in April and September - and one of the things that sets it apart from other retreats is that YOU can choose whether you go for 1, 2 or 3 days, YOU can choose to take the accommodation package or organise your own. AND YOU also have a choice of classes to pick from. 
Aberdeen might seem like a long way away for some of you, BUT we have a fantastic international airport here in Aberdeen with great links to most regional UK airports as well as regular flights to and from all over Europe and beyond.
Anyway, getting back to the projects - I taught 9 classes over the 3 days, hard work but great fun and very rewarding ...
This was the Promarker Notebook, this class ran twice...
Spiral notebook
Oyster Contour card
Diamond White supersmooth card
Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps
Tim Holtz Paris Memoirs stamps
Tim Holtz Random Quotes stamps
Memento Inkpads: Tuxedo Black, Bamboo Leaves, Toffee Crunch, Desert Sand, Pistachio
Distress Inks: Crushed Olive, Gathered Twigs
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils
Clear embossing powder
Tim Holtz Tag & Tie die

Seam binding

Thanks for visiting, 
I appreciate your comments, 
Debz x

Sunday 3 May 2015

I'm back!

GWell, I've given this a lot of thought and decided to come back to blogging. I thought blogging was dead, but I'm happy to say I was wrong. It seems there's still a place for blogging and it can go hand in hand with other social media. So I'm going to try to post regularly again :)
So I thought I'd share a card I was asked to make for one of Graham's colleagues to give to her mum. 
I used a Saturated Canary image that came on the cd with Creative Cardmaking magazine called Wine O'Clock and coloured her with pro markers and flex markers on Super Smooth Diamond White card from The Papeterie. And added a cheeky bit of glamour dust to her dress and wine glass stem.
I used the inner part of the Sue Wilson embroidered strip let die to cut the pattern from the image layer then mounted it onto glitter card.
Debs x

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