Sunday, 18 February 2018

New Album part 1

I decided to have a go at making a album, in my usual crazy way, I watched several tutorials, decided on two different types and made my first one today.  I have my friend Vanessa coming round tomorrow to make one, so I thought I would check I knew how before I showed her :)  We had decided on an 8 x 8 album so the first thing I did was to cut the cardboard for the cover.  I used the cardboard from cereal boxes.
The measurements are 2 pieces of 8 1/4 inches square and 1 piece 8 1/4 inches by 1 3/4 inches.  I used two 12 x 12 papers for the cover and 2 for the inside cover.  Score one inch in for the outside cover, fold over and crease.  Place the board up to the line with equal distance top and bottom and glue down.  Fold in the top and bottom and crease, then fold in spine side and crease.  Mitre the corners by cutting diagonally across leaving 1/8 inch by the tip.  Leaving spine side, fold over other sides and glue down.  Leaving a narrow gap glue down spine, cut off flaps of spine and surplus.  Make other side in the same way except mark the gap, leave the flaps on and enough surplus to nearly fit across the spine.  Glue the two side together up to the mark you made.

Cut two pieces for the inside cover making sure there is no overlap on the spine or crease.

To make the pages cut six pieces 9 inches x 8.  Score at 8 inches and 8 1/4.  Crease the ends to give the shape below.

The first piece is the front, add double sided tape and glue to the next page as shown.  Keep adding the pages sticking the last flap to the back inside cover (not the spine).

Add double sided tape to the spines of the pages and starting at the back, press each one down  on to the spine of the inside cover.

Now of course it needs decorating.   I hope this inspires you to have ago.  Till next time, take care x

Friday, 16 February 2018

Free on Friday 16 February 2018

A warm welcome to another Free on Friday.  Before I show you today's free images I thought I would show you my tidy craftroom.  I have spent the past two weeks sorting , getting rid of some stuff and trying to ensure that I haven't got the same type of things stored in several different places!

My room is not very big and it is filled with a lot of stuff, I can't promise to keep it like this, but I feel quite satisfied with my achievements.

My husband is working on shoe storage under the stairs.
On to today's free images:

 This one has had the phrase removed.  Have a great weekend and take care, till next time x

Friday, 9 February 2018

Free on Friday 9th February 2018

A warm welcome to Crafting With Jack this cold wintery day.  We have had rain and snow - at the same time and a bitter cold wind.  Thank goodness for the central heating:)  I have been reading Groosham Grange with my grand daughter, she comes to me after school to read and do some mathematics.  Groosham Grange was written by Anthony Horowitz, the same author as the series “The Power of Five” that I enjoyed.  Groosham Grange was written for a younger audience and therefore is not as gruesome as “The Power of Five”, nevertheless it is quite a thrilling story and filled with funny moments all the way through.  We enjoyed it so much I have bought a boxed set of similar books by Anthony Horowitz for us to read together.

I don’t know how many times I have sorted out my craft room before, but I am busy doing it again at the moment.  I keep too many odds and ends.  So I have been ruthless - well, perhaps not that ruthless!  With each sort out I strive to become better organised.

Hope you enjoy today's vintage cards, are you feeling the love in the air?  See you soon, until then take care x

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Envelope books and tag for Outlawz Challenge

Waving "Hello" to all my followers :)  It's been snowing here the last couple of days, but a very fine snow that is not sticking around.  We have had lots of visitors to our bird table and now it is near the kitchen window, it gives us endless pleasure.  I have tried taking pictures through the window, but I think I need to clean the window!  I see the birds, grab my camera and then wait for them to come back, they are so quick!  

I have been watching loads of tutorials on YouTube about envelope books.  I had seen some before so I had a good idea on how to make them.  I had a couple of crafty friends round Monday so I wanted to make sure I had everything written down as we were all going to have ago.  We had a go at the type with a spine and none of us were pleased with out first attempt at lining up the envelopes.  Sandra knew that using a heat gun would unstick the tape so that was a very useful tip.  Vanessa went home with a completed project, Sandra went home with an improved attempt and I left mine for another day.  I did make a simple envelope book though.

This type is super easy and since I can't find the tutorial on YouTube I can write you one if you want to know how.  That's the trouble with YouTube, you watch one, then another, then another :)  The cover is on the left.  I used washi tape to strengthen the middle and add some colour.  Using washi tape I stuck a piece of lined paper to each left side and a piece of drawing paper to each right side.  This is going in my handbag as a note/sketch book.

I showed you some cards I made here.  I used a chalky paint on them and found if you print on them the ink gets absorbed into the paint too much.  Everything started off sharp and then when I went back it had blurred.  Slightly disappointed I looked through my butterflies and found these cut from wrapping paper.   They are quite large and have a glittery finish.  I used some chalky pastels to add a warm colour to the background to tone in with the butterflies and used a printed word at the bottom.  I didn't really like the addition of the word, so I digitally covered it and added text over it in P.S.E.

I am entering this card in the Thursday Twist challenge at the Outlawz.  The twist for this week is a "one word sentiment", it is always "anything goes".

I hope you will join me for "Free on Friday" this week.  Until then, take care x

Friday, 2 February 2018

Free on Friday 2nd February 2018

A warm welcome to Free on Friday.  Today I have the last three of the "Floral Fantasy In An Old English Garden"

I think one is a bit spooky!

I am still working on yesterdays theme for "Your 30 Day Art Challenge" on Facebook.  Rubbing away the top layer is proving a little too much for my hands and shoulders!  My daughter did help earlier and I thought it was done, but when it dried you could see areas that needed work on.  This is it so far.  It is still wet so I won't be able to see if it's really done until it dries.

I want to add some colour - mixed media style, but my husband is not too keen (nothing new there)Take care and have a great weekend x

Thursday, 1 February 2018

30 Day Art Challenge

I have started a 30 day Art Challenge on Facebook.  Today is day three, my project for today isn't finished, but I have until midday tomorrow.   As preparation for this challenge I started sorting out my box of scraps.  These pieces of card were in the box all measuring approx 3 inches by 7 inches.  Normally I use gesso as a bottom coat, on these I used a chalk based paint in grey blue and yellow.  On some I used strips of washing tape, then took them off adding more paint.  You can see a sample of the original card in the photo below.

Day one was to create something based on one of God's promises.

Day two was to create a piece of art based on one of the names of God that means a lot to you.

Day three is to create something you love and then give it away.
I had a bit of a problem with this as although I am often pleased with my art, I am not sure my family like it.  So I decided to make something I knew would be appreciated.  I made some index cards for my daughter for her grooming business.  I had given her a new index card box and her other cards were a little big for it.  It was on my list of "To do".  Secondly I am making a canvas for my daughter in law.  I took a self-photograph with my mobile phone last year of my grand daughter and myself.  I liked the half with my grand daughter so I cut myself out :)   I made into a black and white picture, enlarged it and printed it with my laser printer.  Using a Deco art photo transfer medium I have glued it to the canvas and have to wait until tomorrow for the next stage.  

Till tomorrow then and it's Free on Friday tomorrow!

Friday, 26 January 2018

Free on Friday 26 January 2018 and more colouring pencils

A welcome to another "Free on Friday" here at Crafting With Jack.
I was out yesterday and bought two packs of colouring pencils costing £1.99 and £2.99.  I have been trying out the cheaper end of the market, did you see my post here?   The result is below.  You can see the cheapest ones at the top were really awful.  The Crayola, which are the ones I use normally came out the best.

 I also ordered some in "The Works" sale last week.  Colourista from Crafter's Companion and Daler Rowney.  The Daler Rowney were not as good as the Crayola and the Colourista were about the same as the Crayola.  The two packs I bought yesterday were both good.  The Noris ( Staedtler) £2.99 had an odd plastic feel to them, but worked well and the Hobby World ones at £1.99 were metallic (on the left) and they worked "okay" on black,  the colour range was not so good as there didn't seem much difference between the colours.

So you can get fairly good quality pencils on the cheaper end of the price range and I found that most of the companies offer sometimes three different qualities of pencil.   I think if colouring is a big part of your art, go for the expensive ones - although the reviews on them are surprisingly varied.  Otherwise try the medium range, most companies offer small packs which are easier on your pocket when you are trying different ones.

Today I have three more of the "A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden".

Until next time, take care x