Saturday, October 14, 2017

Nightmare before Christmas button brooches

The Fruit Pixie sells some of the Dress-it up Disney character button sets. One of my favourite films is “ The Nightmare Before Christmas “  so when I spotted the Nightmare before Christmas Dress-it up button set I had to have a play with them. You get lots of buttons in the set, Jack Skeleton and two of his heads, as well as Sally and Zero the ghost dog.    I have chosen to use one of Jack Skeleton’s heads and Zero the ghost dog to make these cute rosette style brooches.
These are so easy to make.
 
All you need is some black felt and orange ribbon. 
 
To make the Zero the ghost dog’s brooch I cut a strip of the black felt using pinking sheers. I then stitched a running stitch along the bottom of the felt strip. This doesn’t have to be neat, so you don’t have to be a good seamstress to do this.
 
Gather your felt up into a tight circle by pulling on your thread and then stitch the two ends together to form your first rosette.
 
Do the same for the ribbon piece.
 
Layer the felt rosette on top of the ribbon one and put your button on the top with the shank of the button poking through the hole in the middle of the two rosettes.
 
Stitch the button to the sides of the rosettes to secure. You won’t see this so make sure its nice and secure.
 
Cut another small piece of felt and stitch that as neatly as you can on the back of your rosette to cover the hole. You can then add a brooch back to the back too to make a sweet brooch for your bag or coat.
 
The smaller brooch made using the Jack Skeleton head button was made in the same way but I used a thiner ribbon and thinner strip  of black felt.
 
Of course you don’t have to stop at two rosettes, you can build them up using different ribbons, lace and fabric strips as you wish
 
I hope you like my brooches and will give them a go. If you have any questions or need help then you can contact me here or over on our Facebook page.
 
These and other Disney Dress-it up buttons can be found in the shop here -
Ribbons and lace here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/fibres-ribbons--trims-54-c.asp
Brooch backs -
 
I have a couple of other projects for the Dress-it up Disney buttons coming up so pop back again very soon to see what else you can do with these buttons.
 
           

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Have a batty Halloween card

 October sees the start of the busiest time of my crafting year. Starting with Halloween and then on to Christmas.    Halloween is not really celebrated here in the UK, even if all the shops try their best to convince us we do in order to sell us even more things. I love it though. We have a pumpkin lantern that hubby carves and then we sit and watch old halloween films and eat pumpkin soup. As I have been crafting for a very,very long time I have lots of homemade Halloween projects that come out each year to decorate our home.     So my project today is a sweet little card for Halloween I made for The Fruit Pixie.
This is a stepper card using the backing papers from Craftwork cards. The main stamped image is by Stampendous called Halloween magic.
 
I painted the image using Indigoblu luscious pigment powders. These are beautiful powders that can be used in many ways. I just added a spot of water to a minute amount of the powder and mixed it into a wonderful pearlescent paint. 
 
I then added some cogs, to match her hat and some bat die cuts and finally stamped another of the Stampendous stamps to finish it off.
 
You can find the stamps I used here in the Fruit Pixie shop here - 
 
The beautiful luscious powders here -
 

Monday, October 02, 2017

Craft Consortium Tell the Bees decoupage paper covered box

  Here is my new box I have covered with the beautiful Craft Consortium decoupage papers that I have made for The Fruit Pixie. These are not just normal papers, these are tissue thin but strong enough to be worked with then they are wet. They are very easy to use and very forgiving. I have used these sort of papers before on other projects, I will leave you the links of the other blog posts I have written at the bottom of the page. The papers I have used this time are the Tell the Bees papers.    The box I used I bought from The Works and is a wooden box. I prepared the box before I began by rubbing down the wood with sandpaper and then painting it with white gesso. I painted it white so the pattern and colour of the paper came through more.
The way I work with the decoupage paper is to cut it to size and then apply a runny PVA glue, I water the PVA glue down till it is like single cream, I paint the glue mixture on to the surface and also the back of the paper. Apply the paper to your surface, gently rubbing out the air bubbles if there are any and then paint another layer of the watered down PVA over the top. 
 
Once the box is covered with the decoupage papers and then left to dry. I then painted the sides and edges of the box with Cosmic shimmer paint.
 
 
For inside the box I painted it with Cosmic Shimmer chalk paint in a colour that matched the paper.
 
I wanted to add some interest to the lid of the box and the inside. I had made this box to keep my little bits of hand quilting and sewing in, so I used hexagons cut from the Tell the Bees paper pad. I inked their edges with a brown ink and when I had decided on the pattern I glued them into place. The hexies on the top are 1 inch hexies and the ones inside are 1.5 inch hexies.
 
Before I use the box I will add another layer of the PVA mixture to seal in the paper hexagons as it will get a lot of handling.
 
You can find the Tell the Bees decoupage papers in the Fruit Pixie shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craft-consortium-tell-the-bees-collection-715-c.asp
 
Cosmic Shimmer paint-
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-paints-644-c.asp
 
As I said I have worked with this type of paper before. Here is a post I did a few years ago using another of the Craft Consortium decoupage paper and a different shaped box
http://thefruitpixie.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/craft-consortium-decoupage-paper.html
 
This post is showing my candle holder jars I made with the wood design Craft Consortium decoupage papers -
http://thefruitpixie.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/craft-consortium-candle-jars.html
 
   

The Haunting journal pages

I design for a very talented digital kit designer Kyrsty Scrapbook Designs. As part of the halloween collaboration of all the designers at Mischief Circus, a wonderful online shop where you can buy her digital kits, Kyrsty has just released this spooky halloween                                    kit - http://www.mischiefcircus.com/shop/product.php?productid=24771&cat=&page=      Here is the first of the two pages I made for the release of her kit - 
I had great fun playing with this kit. I loved the cat and rat skeletons!
 
Please don't dismiss digital kits, they can easily be resized to what ever size you need and printed out on a normal home printer for your craft. The huge advantage, apart from having as many of any one paper or element you want, you have no storage at all!!

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Third Man fan book

As those of you who very kindly read and visit my blog regularly will know that I design for Tangie Baxter and Co. Each month I write a blog post for her showing how I use her digital products in mixed media form.    My Septembers blog post was due just after we returned from Vienna, Austria and as I always have to take some art work to do whilst I am away I thought I would combine the two.    I decided to make a The Third Man fan book. The wonderful film The Third Man is one of my all time favourite and it is set in post war Vienna. This film has to be one of the best films ever made, in my humble opinion and so I took this as the subject of my little traveling art book which I worked on in our down time whilst in Vienna.
I made the little book out of Watercolour paper and painted the background using my Gelli plate and a homemade stamp made to look like bricks.
 
For each page I used stills from the film, found on the internet, die cuts I cut out on my Silhouette Cameo and collage pieces from Tangie Baxters digital kit Read all about it.
 
Here are my pages
 
I also used some of the Ranger Distress crayons and white pencil and pen and a good black pen to give the book an arty style.
 
I took the photos, with the help of my Hubby, in front of the famous Prater in Vienna.
 
I added one of my die cuts as an extra page in the book using Washi tape. It is not finished in this photo, I finished it on the flight home.
 
I had such fun with this book and it was wonderful to be in the city where the film was set as I worked on it.
 
The back of the book and the end. It all takes part in the sewers of Vienna!
 
If you haven't seen the film then I really recommend it. It is such an iconic film, beautifully shot with the background of old Vienna. What more could you want? 
 
I love Vienna, it is my favourite city in the whole world, so I can recommend a visit here too.
 
Before I add all the links I thought you might like to see the Prater in all her magnificence without my book in front of her. It is the same giant wheel as is in the film, she is almost 200 years old and still looking beautiful. Yes of course I have ridden on her, a wonderful experience with beautiful views of a beautiful city all round too.
 
 
If you would like to read my full blog post you can find it here-
https://shoptangiebaxter.com/blogs/news/the-third-man-fan-book
 
Find out more about Tangie Baxter and Co and the Art Journal Emporium here-
https://shoptangiebaxter.com/pages/art-journal-emporium Untill my next post, take care x
 
 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Craft Consortium Tell the Bees hanging decoration

For this weeks project for The Fruit Pixie, who I design for,  I have made a hexagonal hanging decoration using the beautiful Craft Consortium's Tell the Bees paper kit.
The decoration itself is a file I cut using my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine but there are all kinds of decorations available to decorate.
 
I used the script paper from the paper pad to make the actual decoration.
 
I used a tiny part of one of the papers to collage the bee hives into the centre of the decoration. 
 
I then used a few of the wonderful sequins to add a little shine to the collage.
 
The little bees around the outside are also from one of the papers, you get a huge amount of bees on one sheet of paper!
 
On the other side of the decoration I stamped the hexagonal stamp a couple of times on the background. This is very easy to do as the stamps are clear, so you can see where you are stamping. I stamped this using the Distress ink Tea Dye.
 
I added some of the little bees that I had cut from the paper. I raised them up on 3d foam. Of course I had to use some of the sequins to add a bit of sparkle.
 
I also added a sequin or two around the outside of the decoration to catch the light.
 
This is such a cute little decoration. You can find all that I used in the shop
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/
 
I hope you liked my little decoration x
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

Monday, September 04, 2017

Graphic 45 City Scapes Travel journal

  For many years now I have made myself a travel journal for each of our holidays. I like to make them individual and somehow connected to the place we are visiting. In the next few days we are off to Vienna in our beloved Austria, to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. When I saw the Graphic 45 City Scape papers, available from The Fruit Pixie shop I knew they were perfect for my Vienna Journal.
 
I made the base of my journal cover from stiff card, folding it so I had a deep spine to sew my pages in to.
 
I then covered the outside with the Streets of Dreams 12x12 paper and the inside with the Map the Past 12x12 paper.
 
I then decorated the cover using the collage pieces from the Global Odyssey 12x12 paper.
 
I like my journals to have something to keep the covers closed. This time I used a strip of double paper with a small magnet inside.
 
I added the place and year of the trip using die cuts.
 
On the inside cover I made a pocket from some contrasting card and then used the Impression Obsessions City Landscape layers die, which goes so well with these papers.
 
I also used the stamp sets to decorate the pocket and decorated the top part of the page with more of the collage pieces.
 
 
The first page of my travel journals are always and itinerary page and this time I decided to decorate all the pages using the wonderful stamps. I made a mask to use on every page that covered the middle part of the page. I could then stamp around the outside and over the mask so when I removed it I had a clear area in the middle to write my diary in.
 
For this page though I cut a frame to frame the itinerary.
 
For each of the pages I chose 2 different stamps to use to stamp around the edges using the mask to mask off the middle part of the page.
 
I love to collect all sorts of tickets and bits and pieces while I am away so I like a place to keep them safe. This time I decided to use CD pockets which I stuck to thin flaps I had sewn in-between each page. To decorate them I used some more of the die cuts I had made using the Impression Obsession Landscape layers die.
Some of the pockets I decorated using the collage borders on the papers.
 
All it needs now is to be filled with my Viennese adventures!
 
These beautiful Graphic 45 City Scapes papers can be found in the Fruit Pixie shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/city-scapes-698-c.asp
 
The Impression Obsession City landscape layers die, which are 2 separate dies, here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/impression-obsession-die-city-landscape-layers-26740-p.asp
 
 
 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Jam recipe book

Over the past couple of years I have really enjoyed jam making. It was something I always had problems with, my jam would set solid!! Buying a jam thermometer has solved that problem, so now there is no stopping me!!   I love the internet for searching out jam recipes but I find I can never find the same recipe the following year. This has now happened a few times so I decided it was time to make a jam recipe book to keep them all in.
Of course with my Silhouette Cameo anything is possible, so I adapted a 3d card that had a mason jar as its base and turned it in to my book cover. 
 
All I had to do is create a label, which is easy using the basic shapes.
 
You can cut any font you have on your computer on my Cameo so I found a font I liked and cut the letters out.
 
The strawberries I had in another 3d card file so I cut a few of those and embossed them in a dotty embossing folder.
 
All I needed to do then is stick it all together, cut some 5x5 pages to go inside and bind it all together using my Bind-it-all machine.
 
 
Now I have a place to keep all my jam recipes. No more endless searching the internet to find them again. As well as a nice afternoons crafting too!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

MDF Tag beach huts

  As it is August bank holiday weekend here in the UK, I thought I would share my beach huts I have made for The Fruit Pixie online shop using the MDF tags. Of course your tags don't have to be made of MDF you could easily cut tag shapes from any sturdy card for this project.    
This is such an easy project to make.
 
First I drew around the tag shapes on white card and cut them out.
 
I then placed them on my Hougie board and scored every half inch to give me the look of horizontal boards.
 
I chose nice ice-cream colours from the Cosmic shimmer chalk paint and painted every other board. Then left them to dry.
 
 
For the doors I cut pieces of white card and again scored ever half inch but this time vertically, on my Hougie board. I cut thin strips of the same card which I stuck on to make the door surround. A little sticky pearl made a great door knob.
 
I glued the painted beach hut card pieces onto the tags
 
For the roof I cut strips of the same white card and stuck them on top of the painted tag shapes so they looked like a roof.
 
The roof trim was make the same way as the roof but I used a border punch to cut the patterned edge
 
Attach your door's to the middle of the beach huts.
 
Play around with the arrangement of the huts Until you have something you like and then stick them together.
 
This is the back of my piece. The holes make it easy to hang them up.
 
I then cut the word beach on my electronic cutting machine and stuck them on across the beach huts.
 
So there we have a nice summery home decor piece. I have mine hung on the wall but it can also just be stood up. Of course you can add little shells and bits and pieces you pick up on a beach walk to decorate your huts.
 
I used a Hougie board to do all my scoring. You can find them in the Fruit Pixie online shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/hougie-board-13054-p.asp
 
I used the Cosmic shimmer chalk paint here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-paints-644-c.asp
 
 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Tell the Bees stamped card

  I have been using the Craft Consortium Tell the Bees stamp set, available from The Fruit Pixie, to make this sweet card.
I used a white 5x5 card blank for the base.
 
I stamped the bee and the words Queen Bee in black in and mounted onto a piece of card from my scrap bag.
 
I then stamped the hexagon background stamp several times onto the card base using the scattered straw distress ink.
 
I attached the topper onto the card using 3d foam and glued the beautiful sparkley sequins on to finish the card off.
 
 
You can find the 5x5 card blanks, as well as many other sizes in the Fruit Pixie shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/5-x-5-card-blanks-508-c.asp
 
The Tell the Bees stamp set and sequins here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craft-consortium-713-c.asp
 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mountain side of dreams Art Journal page

Each month I write a mixed media post as part of my creative crew duties for Tangie Baxter and Co.    This month I wanted to do a page with the July collage sheets. As part of the Art Journal emporium we receive a weekly work sheet as well as a collection of collage sheets. This month they really captured my imagination as you can see.
I am such a mountain girl, so I loved both the images and the poetry.
 
You can find information on joining the Art Journal Emporium here -
https://shoptangiebaxter.com/pages/art-journal-emporium
 
My blog post plus a short tutorial can be found here -
https://shoptangiebaxter.com/blogs/news
 
 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy paper Fawn Fairy Toadstool house

As soon as I saw these beautiful Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy papers, available from The Fruit Pixie, I knew I wanted to make a fairy house. I decide on the SVG Cuts Toadstool house box from their cotton tail village set to cut on my Silhouette Cameo.  
I cut all the pieces in white cardstock to make the box and toadstool more sturdy, then cut the pieces again in the Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy papers.
 
For the bottom of the box I used the beautiful gilded paper, which cut extremely well on my machine.
 
For the lid I used the glitter dot paper and then decorated it with one of the rub-ons that come in the paper kit.
 
 
 
The top of the toadstool I used the deep pink print paper in the kit and then covered the white spots with Glossy Accents crackle.
 
Of course they just had to have a pet ladybird cut from the flower paper.
 
 
The two little fawn fairies who live in the toadstool were from one of my digital kits. You can find lots of free pictures on the internet to use for them. I then used a deer die but just cut off his antlers to stick on their heads.
 
The flowers are all taken from the flower collage paper and I also added some dried moss to make it look like the forest floor.
 
The trick to making them stand up by themselves is very simple. I actually used the waste backing of the rub-ons but you can use acetate or anything see-through you have to hand. I cut it to size then folded in half. I then stuck my fairies on to one side and the bottom of the folded piece to the box so they stood up by themselves. 
I did the same for the flowers too.
 
All it needed then was a dab of glitter pen and a little door knob for the front door and their home was complete!!
 
I really hope you like my Fawn Fairy Toadstool house. It really was such fun to make and I am sure my friends would agree very me!!
 
You can find the Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy paper kit here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craft-consortium-paper-pad-gypsy-gypsy-26861-p.asp
 
 

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Teenage boys birthday cards

I think the hardest cards to make for a crafter have to be teenage boy's cards. Last month I had two to make, one being my nephews 18th and the other a family friend a couple of days after.    Luckly my nephew is a keen Star Wars fan so I came up with this card for his birthday, not your usual 18th birthday card but one he would like 
 
The second card was this one 
 
I am lucky that I have my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine that I just couldn't do without now.

KSD The Big Game digital kit

Monday, August 07, 2017

Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy paper Birthday card

  Today I have a beautiful vintage style card to show you that I have made for The Fruit Pixie. It looks as if I have spent ages cutting and collaging but thanks to the wonderful papers in the Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy paper kit, it is a nice quick card to make.
The bottom right corner is a corner from one of the 12x12 papers in the Craft Consortium kit. So all you need to do is cut that out. I bubble cut mine ( not cutting out all the little details ) and because this corner was on a plain background it works well.
 
The card behind, where I have placed the greeting, is a glittered card. These come in a sheet of cards in the paper pack too.
 
I used scraps of the blue glitter dot papers to fill in the gaps on my card front. All the papers are double sided so you can use every scrap you have left.
 
To finish the card I added some flowers, again from scraps of the papers I have used to make other projects, in the top left corner and the bottom right and then added my sentiment which is a die cut.
 
You can find these beautiful papers by Craft Consortium in the shop here-
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craft-consortium-paper-pad-gypsy-gypsy-26861-p.asp
 
I was working on these 6x6 card bases, which are lovely quality - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/50-craft-uk-6-x-6-card-blanks-kraft-25999-p.asp
 
I hope like my vintage style birthday card, what will you be using your papers for? I would love to know.
 
Until next time, take care, 
 
   Love Katrina

Monday, July 31, 2017

Craft Consortium Gypsy paper art journal page

 I was very excited the other day when the Fruit Pixie, who I design for sent me the new Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy paper kit.   The first thing that has to be said about this paper kit is just how beautifully presented it is. I have never seen a paper kit like this before and I have seen hundreds over the years. They have packaged it in a way that you can use every single piece of the packaging. The kit is a set of completely different type of papers, all 12x12 but some are partly glazed, some embossed and glittered and some with the most beautiful pearl finish to them I have ever seen. All are double sided and you get 4 of each design so you don't have to decide between the designs, you can use both. They all have a vintage flower, nature theme running through then but also have some plains in there too to compliment the floral. As well as the papers you also get a full 12x12 sheet of rub-ons and some collage pieces you can cut out yourself to add to your projects. If you like vintage florals you wont be disappointed with this kit I promise you. The only problem is making yourself take it apart and use it!   So after a lot of looking at it and stroking it I did make myself tear out one of the papers and use it. Here is an art journal page I created using the IndigoBlu Junk and Disorderly journal.
To create the page I used one of the brown sheets in the journal as I was going to use paper for the backing.
 
The backing paper is the duck egg blue embossed glitter dot from the Craft Consortium Gypsy pad.
 
I searched through all my digital kits to find a suitable face to use and sized it to the size I wanted and printed it out. There are lots of free images available on the internet for you to print out or of course you could use an image from a magazine or even a family photo. You just need a face you like looking sideways. Of course she has hair under the flowers, I just collaged over the top.
 
In the set of papers you get a sheet with postcards on one side and glittered cards on the other. I cut out some of the postcards and collaged them down the left hand side of the page.
 
Then I made myself a cup of tea, grabbed my scissors and a sheet of the flower collage paper and sat in front of an old film and cut them all out. I used half of the sheet and still had a fair few flowers over.
 
Once I had a nice pile of flowers I arranged them to cover her hair. Then I had the tricky job of sticking them down without moving them too much! 
 
I used one of the lace rub-ons along the bottom. These are easy to apply if you do it slowly. I find it easier to cut the design out of the sheet of rub-ons, then measure and cut the length you need. The problem with rub-ons is they react to the heat of your hand. So if you try to use them straight from the sheet you will get bits of rub-ons all over the place which can ruin your work and also waste these lovely rub-ons.
 So cut your piece, then lay them gently in place without handling them too much. I then rub my finger over the whole rub-on to help stick them in place. Then using something hard but smooth, a bone folder or just the back of a spoon is good, rub over the rub-on firmly but not too hard. These are very detailed rub-ons and you need to make sure you rub down every single tiny piece down. No matter how well you have rubbed it you won't of get ever single bit so whilst still holding the covering sheet in place, start at one end and slowly and gently lift the covering sheet up. As soon as you get to a spot you have missed stop and lay the covering sheet back down again and rub the missed piece. Then gently lift it up again and carry on. That way you will end up with a beautiful rub-on on your project.
 
To finish the page I added a bit of my Wink of Stella glitter pen.
 
You can find the Craft Consortium Gypsy, Gypsy paper kit in the shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craft-consortium-paper-pad-gypsy-gypsy-26861-p.asp
 
The IndigoBlu Junk and Disorderly art journal here-
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/indigoblu-junk-and-disorderly-art-journal-26811-p.asp
 
 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood clock

I have needed a new clock in my craft room for months now and I decided it was time to make a new one. I ordered a cheap clock mechanism from the internet and when it came I was ready to go. I have already decided I would use the Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood papers available from The Fruit Pixie shop and knew I wanted a Art Deco style clock. Here is my finished clock
I cut the base shape on my Silhouette Cameo three times so it would make a sturdy base once they were all glued together. I then cut it again from one of the papers from the Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood 8x8 paper pad and glued it on the front.
 
Using the collage sheets included in the pad, 2 strips from the film papers and some of the words from the word collage paper I collaged the front of my clock.
 
I cut the film frame, numbers, clapperboard and camera on my Silhouette Cameo from black card. I backed the clapperboard with some of the Vintage Hollywood paper so it filled in the gaps in the shape. I then stuck them on to the clock face.
 
The hardest part was getting the clock mechanism through a hole in the middle of the clock face which I cut using a craft knife. It took a bit of trial and error but I got there in the end.
 
After I had worked out how to put this clock together, it didn't come with any instructions, I realised I could mend my old clock. I was so pleased because it was my Wallace and Gromit clock which I love! 
 
So now I have 2 clocks!!
 
           You can find this beautiful paper pad, as well as lots of,other wonderful things are available in the Fruit Pixie shop here -                                                    http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/vintage-hollywood-703-c.asp
                                                                                                                                                    

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Back to School Planner from scratch

As part of my Tangie Baxter Creative Crew duties for her Art Journal Emporium I write a Mixed Media blog post each month. This month I created a Back to School Planner from scratch, using some of Tangie Baxter's digital papers kits.    I made this planner for a young person going up to Senior School but I designed it so you can make it however you want it. It has a cover with pockets and a deep spine so you can attach individual books to it using elastic cord.
Inside is full of wonderful colour due to Tangie Baxter's lovely papers you can print off at home as many times as you want to.
 
The planner has pockets on the inside cover
 
Room for plenty of books so the planner works for you. I show you how to make the books too.
 
The back cover has another pocket and then a place for your favourite pen too.
 
I have written a very detailed tutorial, it is a long one so get yourself a cuppa! You can find my tutorial on the Tangie Baxter and Co blog here -
https://shoptangiebaxter.com/blogs/news
 
While you are there, have a look in her shop too. All her kits are digital but that dosen't mean you have to use them in a digital format only, as you can see by my planner. Everything I used in my project was from a digital kit. I could re-size, alter, add to and then print out. A big advantage for me is they take up no space in my craft room, just a USB stick!
 
Tangie also runs a subscription Art Journal Emporium. You will receive art journal prompt, ideas and digital content for your art journal each month. You also have access to a classroom full of hundreds of ideas and inspiration as well as a weekly Vlog from Tangie. You can find information for that here-
https://shoptangiebaxter.com/collections/frontpage/products/tb-co-subscription-center

Friday, July 14, 2017

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Shine card

 This is my card I made for The Fruit Pixie using the Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood papers and stamp set that can be found in the shop.
There are so many things you can do with this beautiful paper pad. I used the 8x8 paper pad, they reduce the whole paper down so you have a smaller sized image, perfect for this 6x6 card blank.
 
I used one of the papers for the blue background that I mounted onto some black card. I then cut the stars out from one of the other papers and collaged them onto the background.
 
Using a black Steblo pencil I drew around the stars to darken the edges.
 
The two postcards are from the ephemera pack. Lots of beautiful cards that have a different design on each side so lots to choose from.
 
Using the Stamp set 2 I stamped some of the images onto Kraft card and cut them out. Then added them to my card as you can see.
 
I completed the card by cutting a part of one of the borders from the border paper and threading it through a diamante ribbon slide.
 
You can find the Graphic 45 Hollywood paper pad, stamps and ephemera pack in the shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/vintage-hollywood-703-c.asp
 
 
Diamante ribbon slide -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/gatsby-chic-ribbon-sliders-18875-p.asp
 
6x6 card blanks -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/50-craft-uk-6-x-6-card-blanks-white-14478-p.asp
 
I thought this would make a lovely card for someone who has passed their exams perhaps.
 

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood little house

  Today I have a project to show you that I made for The Fruit Pixie online craft shop using the Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood papers and stamps. 
My dear hubby bought me the Tim Holtz little house die for my birthday and I thought I would try it out using these wonderful papers and stamps from Graphic 45.
 
I cut the base out of some thick chipboard and then cut the Graphic 45 paper again using the same die so the pieces would fit perfectly. I used the 8x8 paper pad for this as the scale of the images was better for a smaller project. 
 
 I cut the die cut parts of the Graphic 45 paper apart as I find you get a better finish to your finished project if you don't go around corners with paper.
 
I painted all of the sides using the Cosmic Shimmer black paint.
 
I stamped some of the stamp images in black ink onto kraft card and cut them out. I then used them as collage pieces along with a paper stamp from the stamp border paper.
I used more of the borders to decorate the roof and the sides.
 
To finish it off I drew around the collage images with a chalk pencil.
 
I really enjoyed making this little house, I think I will be using this die a lot.
 
I hope you liked my project and it has given you some ideas of your own.
 
You can find this beautiful paper pad and stamps in the Fruit Pixie shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/vintage-hollywood-703-c.asp
The paint I used here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-paints-644-c.asp
 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Borage Art Journal page

  A Few weeks ago I wrote a post for the Fruit Pixie aimed at art journal beginners, which showed you how I build up my art journal pages.  There is a lot out there for art journalers, it has become very trendy at the moment and if you believe all the hype can be very expensive to even begin. As an art journaler of many years experience believe me all you need is a book and your choice favourite craft products that you already have.          I love my paints so I began with a simple paint and stamped page you can find here -          http://thefruitpixie.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/angels-are-near-art-journal-page.html  The book that I have been working with is the IndigoBlu Junk and disorderly book which has a mixture of dark and light pages as well as a few tags. You can find it in the shop here - http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/indigoblu-junk-and-disorderly-art-journal-26811-p.asp
So now I can show you my page. This time I have built on the layered background and added some collage and some creative lettering.
To start this page I wanted something in the background, under the paint. This just gives you something peeping through background. So I used a piece of book paper from a Chinese book and glued it to the base, along with a vintage coat check ticket.
 
I had chosen my paint colours to match my main collage piece and added a little of each colour to my glass mat.
 
Paint the background using more than one colour at the same time and covering up the pieces of collage. 
 
One of my favourite ways of making different marks with my paint is to use an old credit card or gift card, any of the plastic cards we get these days. You can get all sorts of wonderful marks with these. Just draw the edge through some paint and just play. You can make lines of course but you can also put it down on the edge then tilt it slightly and spread the paint from your card onto your page. This gives a great mark.
Once you are happy with your background (if you Don't like it then just add more paint until you do like it) you can start to build up your finished page.
 
I chose a wild flower print from the ever changing ephemera section of the Fruit Pixie to be the main focal point of my page. I tore the borage plant out of the page to make it easier to blend in with the background
 
I also cut the little plant description out and a dictionary definition from a dictionary page and added that to the page.
 
One thing I love to do on my art journal pages is my own creative lettering. I have been playing about with calligraphy ever since I was at school. This time I used a glass dip pen and acrylic ink to write my word. 
 
The only tip I can give you about lettering is just practice and play with your own writing. You do have to change the way you think about the way you form your word. You are drawing your letters not writing. I always begin by drawing the basic letters, like you do when you learn to write, leaving a bit more room between your letters. Then gradually fill them out until you get the look you want. Just keep tweaking them until you like the look. You will find that you form your own style and look, which is great!
 
 
To finish my page off I used some of the stamps from the ephemera section. I did get told off by my hubby, a stamp collector since a boy, for not letting him see them before I used them. Apparently I have used a victorian stamp which he was horrified about. Oh well!! 
 
I also used some postage themed rubber stamps from my own collection with a grey ink,  just to add another layer.
 
So there we have it, the finished page. Don't forget to add a date and signature so you know when you made it.
 
The Fruit Pixies ephemera section along with the Fruit Pixie Etsy shop is always worth a look for interesting collage pieces for art journaling. 
 
All the products I used, except the stamps, were from the Fruit Pixie. Because of the ever changing products available in the ephemera section because they are all vintage pieces, you might not be able to get exactly the same but you can use the idea and techniques to achieve your own beautiful page.
 
Here is where you can find the products I used -
 
IndigoBlu Junk and Disorderly journal-
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/indigoblu-junk-and-disorderly-art-journal-26811-p.asp
 
 
Cosmic Shimmer paints - http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-paints-644-c.asp
 
Ephemera -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/ephemera-64-c.asp
 
I really hope you enjoyed looking at my Art Journal page and will have a go yourself. It really is a great hobby. If you have any questions Ill be happy to help. You can ask them here or on the Fruit Pixie Facebook page.
 
Please remember that Sarah-Jane, the Fruit Pixie is on a well deserved holiday From 22nd June until 12th July 2017. So any orders placed during this time will be dispatched after the 12th July 2017.