Jun 1, 2020

PaperArtsy Gelli Print Accordion Mini Album

Hello friends!  Today we begin a new challenge at Mini Album Makers!  We are thrilled to have The Funkie Junkie Boutique as our sponsor this month and do hope that you'll play along in our challenge.  During quarantine I decided to make this fun and quirky little book from my mini gelli prints, focusing on one page at a time and enjoying each day.  I pulled together loads of my PaperArtsy stamps from flowers to minis to Zinis and tried to make a little village of joy.  Here are some panos so you get the full effect.

I used the Eileen Hull Mini Album die, which is 5" square and attached an accordion panel to the right inside.  I cut my gelli prints just smaller than each page and used loads of background stamping, watercolor and fussy cutting throughout.

I truly enjoyed working on this project and hope to inspire you to do something just for fun if you can.  Remember to join us with your handmade book for a chance to win a prize from The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  

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May 29, 2020

AALL & Create Enumerated Tiles & Masculine Train Cards

Hello all!  Today I have a few cards to share from a recent play with some awesome AALL & Create stamps.  I pulled out lots of gel prints that I've made recently and stamped the Enumerated stamp repeatedly on portions of the papers so I could fussy cut and layer the tiles.  

I used mounting tape to pop up certain elements more than others.  I added clear crackle paint on the center tile.  

I added details with a white Posca pen and some faux rust with Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo.  

I had a few leftover tiles and decided to make a third masculine card.  I took another dark print and stamped the train from the Archway stamp set onto it.  I stamped it again on a lighter print and fussy cut the train to pop it out, surrounding it with those tiles.

More paint pen details and sanding to bright highlights.  I am just so pleased with these cards and have loved working in a darker palette for a change.  I hope you are doing well!  Hugs, Autumn

May 26, 2020

Tracy Evans Stamped Circle Canvas Collage

Hi friends!  I had a wonderful holiday weekend playing along in an online class with Tracy Evans and her fabulous AALL & Create stamps.  Tracy shared the steps to make her glorious grey and yellow silhouette canvas and I played along in a blue and green colorway with the butterfly stamp from her Time Flies stamp set

When Tracy announced the class I was excited to find a circle canvas on which to work, but couldn't seem to find any online for a reasonable price.  Some members of the class group ordered cake boards, but I wanted something more sturdy, so I chose circular wooden cutouts I found HERE on amazon in a ten-pack.


I gessoed my circle board and worked directly onto it.  I loved using it as a substrate because it was nice and smooth.

I used some beautiful scripture lists from an old hymnal and one of my Papa Harold's old keys.  I didn't have the right sized embroidery hoop, so I stapled on a jute loop.

I embossed one of Tracy's stamp sentiments onto a scrap of inky card in white and layered with black washi tape.  My favorite part was adding the old dried up paintbrush.  It was super fun taking this class and you can still sign up by contacting Tracy, though it wouldn't be live.  I'm already signed up for her next class in two weeks!  :)  I hope you're finding something fun to fill your days.  Hugs, Autumn

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May 22, 2020

AALL & Create Coffee Cup Flower Pots Card

I've been dying to share this fun card with you guys!  It's the only one I've made for the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop so far, but it's one of my all time favorites. 

I pieced together some gel printed and brayered papers.  The circles were made on the prints by adding cardstock circles directly onto my gel plate between printing (to remove some of the paint).  I cut a circle from the brayered book page to complete the design, then stitched the around the layers, highlighting the circle pattern. 

I just had to have this darling stamp set, Flower Pots by Fiona Paltridge for AALL & Create.  I used Distress Inks and a water brush to color each pot to coordinate with my printed papers.  I made a tag with a scrap print to dangle the sentiment. 

I am having so much fun adding stitching to my mixed media projects these days, but now I am out of sewing needles.  What product are you missing during isolation?  I find so many ways to make do, but some things just can't be replaced!  Here's to better days my friends!  Hugs, Autumn

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May 21, 2020

AALL & Create Stamps Pop-up Mini Book

Hello friends!  The other night I had an idea to make an accordion book with pop-ups similar to a star book, but that could be displayed opened longways, accordion style.  I've worked out the measurements to share with you if you'd like to make your own version.

The neat part of this concept is the dimension and the ability to create windows, which I did with a simple circle punch.  You could definitely make it more elaborate with a variety of die cut windows.  But I used very large stamps by Tracy Evans for AALL & Create and wanted them to be the focus of each page, with the circles simply accenting the text in the background.

Again, this is me trying to step out of my comfort zone and embrace the rainbow.  LOL!  I hope to make another version in vintage tones in the future.

To make the fold, I scored a sheet of 11x14" bristol at 7" on the 14" side to make the piece small enough to fit in my paper cutter.  Then I cut it into two 5.5" long sections.  I scored both long pieces at 3.5" from each end and glued the two panels together overlapping one piece.

To make the center folds, I cut three panels to 4.25x6" and scored at 3" on the 6" side - AFTER stamping.  I glued these pieces with a tiny stream of wet adhesive on each side as shown below.

I made simple cardstock covers.  Everything was colored with a combination of Distress Inks and Oxides and highlighted with Zig markers.

And here is the front and back cover.  I'm just having so much fun making a variety of little books and enjoying my stamping.  Make sure to scroll back through the blog for the other books I've been working on.

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