Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Faux-Leather Technique Notebook

I've a fun Faux-Leather Technique Notebook over on the Core'dinations blog today. I used Sheena's fab video tutorial on how to create the faux-leather look using cardstock (which works fabulously using Core'dinations cardstock!). Sheena used fabric on the back of her cardstock but I just used another sheet of cardstock that I had used the faux-leather technique on and it worked really well.

It's such a fun technique to try, the glycerin and water mix really makes the cardstock so flexible! You have to try it to believe it! I used some Kraft Core from the Nostalgic Collection because I just love the colors and I used some Distress Ink to highlight the embossing. To add the soft sheen and add some durability to the surface I used some artist's Satin varnish to the cover.

Sheena has a second tutorial on how to create the page inserts for the notebook too. It's just some basic bookbinding, I used some linen thread for extra strength. The brads I added for some decorative detail.

I wrapped some leather cord around the outside of the notebook just to act as a decorative closure.

Here's a peek at the inside, I used some green Kraft Core from the Nostalgic Collection as a contrast and used a different Anna Griffin embossing folder.

I'll definitely be making more of these notebooks, they would make fabulous little gifts. I can't wait to play around with the design, the possibilities are endless! The finished size is 5x7", just in case you were wondering. For more details visit the Core'dinations blog. Thanks for dropping by today! : )

Friday, April 4, 2014

A spring painting!

I painted! For the first time in seven years and I forgot how much I loved the process! Don't worry I'm still making cards and I love paper-crafts but I felt the time was right to start painting again. So I thought I'd share it here with you! : )

I still had all the art supplies (I used acrylics on a 10x12" canvas) from years ago. I have lots of palettes, a table top easel and lots of other gadgets but I'm still most comfortable using an old plate (one that belonged to my granny), a chipped old glass, a bundle of paper towels and some of my favourite brushes that I've had for years. I used to work from photographs but I felt the urge to paint directly from life. I did take a couple of photos for reference in case my narcissi started to wilt faster than expected.

I managed to finish this in just two days, which is pretty fast for me. I was mindful not to overwork the painting because I really wanted it to be soft and fairly loose. The narcissi came straight from the garden and the little jug belonged to my granny, it was actually quite plain so I added a strip of embroidered floral ribbon from my stash!

The colours were really important for me, I just love a yellow and turquoise colour combo, it's so uplifting. Once I was fairly happy with all the elements I added some washes to add a softer, warmer tone to the painting. I can see the imperfections but I like how it turned out and to be honest I'm never really happy with anything that I've painting but I like the feel of this one. So it will have a permanent home in our kitchen diner after I get it framed.

Oh and I'm starting an art journal (I've been wanting to do one for ages but wasn't sure where to start!) and now that I'm painting again I hope an art journal will keep the momentum going! So I'll be sharing a page or two from that here too. But you'll still be seeing plenty of cards and paper-crafts from me too! Thanks for dropping by today, have a great weekend! : )

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Core'dinations Torn Spiral Flower

Just sharing a card I have over on the Core'dinations blog today, there's also a step-by-step tutorial on how to make the torn spiral flower too. They're really easy to make, all you need is some Core'dinations  cardstock, no dies or anything needed, not even a scissors! : )

I hope you'll pop over to the Core'dinations blog and check out my tutorial. Thanks for dropping by, I hope you're having a great day! : )