Monday, January 23, 2017

Dawid's mixed media tag tutorial + video

Hello everyone.

Today I decided make a mixmedia tag. I made a video, where you can see, how I made them.

And my video for you.

Hope you like it,

thank you for visiting


Friday, January 20, 2017

Tips for monochromatic projects with Felicity

Hello OTR friends! Felicity here and its lovely to be back after a long break!
Wanted to share a tip or two about creating a project with monochromatic colours.

Tip1: If creating with one colour and all its shades are daunting start with something small. I will be the first to admit that not adding lots of different colours is difficult for me. So my very first project was using black and white on a 9 x 11 inch page.

Tip 2 - Dont try and add your little 'signature' pieces into something small that your not to comfortable with. Just add the bits and bobs in that colour/shades to understand and get the fill for different patterns in that colour.

Tip 3 - There are no rules about patterns being mixed up on projects. Ok perhaps you shouldn't wear a dottie shirt with a stripey skirt, but hey polka dots on paper with striped paper underneath is acceptable.

Tip 4 - Try creating a bigger project with your favorite colour. If you follow me on Instagram you will see that I love teal. If you love that colour you will no doubt have hundreds of papers and embellishments in that colour which makes it easier to make a project in that colour.

Tip 5 - Don't be hard on yourself if something doesn't look right or your frustrated. You may be out of  your comfort zone creating with one colour and all its shades but these are opportunities to allow yourself growth and learn more about your creativity soul.

Remember how therapeutic it is stick paper together and the memory your documenting.
I hope these tips help create your monochromatic project this month.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Joan's Book Art Tutorial

Joan here today sharing some book art 

~  I have always been fascinated and intrigued by any craft project using old books and/or book pages.  I am especially in awe of folded book art.  Unlike some diehard bookworms, I have no problem up cycling old books.  You can Google "Folded Book Art" and get hundreds of ideas and tutorials.  You can even purchase pre-marked books that tell you just where to make the folds ... and so I did.  After I complete my folded book art project

I decided it needed a special cover.

 First I made a book cover to fit my book.  I used a heavy weight white wrapping paper.  I used the same concept as making a book cover from a brown paper bag.

1)  I applied a light layer of Mod Podge to the front side of the book cover.

2)  For this step you have to work quickly.  I  laid a piece of printed tissue paper over the adhesive and  pressed it flat with my hands, smoothing out any wrinkles.  Then I had to let it dry.  To speed up the drying process I used a heat gun.

3)  I trimmed the excess tissue paper from around the book

cover using a pair of scissors.

4) I then distressed  the edges of the book cover using a distressing tool.

5)  I  applied four colors of distress paint on the tissue paper using my fingers.

6)  While the paint was still wet I misted with water to blend the colors.

7)  I partially dried the painted tissue paper with a heat gun.

8) I then sprayed the painted background with two mists of distress spray stain.

9)  While the stain was still wet I misted with water to react the spray stain and blend the colors. I blotted off the excess color with a paper towel to achieve the look I wanted.
10)  I printed the quote on cardstock and cut the individual words out.  I then adhered the words to the front of the book cover.  I highlighted a few of the words using a distress marker along the edges and immediately smudged the ink with a  Q-tip dipped in water to create a shadow effect.

11)  I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to seal the book cover.
12) Adding the key and some metal embellishments completed the project.

Thanks for visiting

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mid month DT reveal - January monochrome challenge

Welcome to the mid month DT reveal.

The team have some really great projects and you've still got plenty of time to join this months monochrome challenge.

Here are three projects to get your creativity flowing...




This month we thank our two wonderful sponsors:

Great inspo from the DT.

Hope you can play along.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Creating your own flower vines with Tania

Good Morning!  Tania with you today to share a fun tutorial making your own flower vines!  So simple you will be making your own in no time!  

Materials that you need are:
A Packet of Kaiser Blooms (can be any flowers but they need to have wire stems)
Paper Leaves with Wire Stems 
Florist Wire and Florist Tape (most florists stock this)
A Skewer 
 Wire Cutters (optional, I didn't need to use them)

Make sure you have all these supplies ready before beginning as will make life easier lol.

First up grab your three florist wire pieces (these should be around 10 -15 cms in length) and using the skewer wrap the top around the skewer to form your tendrils.

Now comes the fun bit making your vine.  Begin with one of your tendrils and just below where the spirals stop you need to start the florist tape.  Make sure you have it on a slight angle and begin to twist it downwards around the wire.

After you have twisted it a few times, you can start to add one of your flowers, repeat the twisting until the flower is secure, then you can add a leaf. A handy tip is to stretch the tape a little while twisting as this helps it hold better to the wire :)

Continue to add your flowers, leaves and tendrils until you are happy with look of your vine.  To finish off continue the tape to the end of the wire and cut off at the end.

A few close ups of my finished vine :)

Well that's all from me today.  I hope you have inspired you all to get crafty and have a play at making your own flower vines.

Until next time, happy crafting

Tania xx

Monday, January 9, 2017

Notebook cover tutorial by Candy

Welcome everyone to another month full of creativeness..

This is my first tutorial for the year and there will be many more to come.
I have made for you all today a covered note book, it is 8 1/2 x 6 inches

We had a mood board this month.
 We had to choose which colour scheme we liked and used it with white only. 
So this is what I have come up with.
 I got my hands very dirty I chose pink of course.

As I said I started with an ordinary note book.
 I cut a piece of patterned paper to 10 1/2 x 12 inches and then scored it at 7 and 7 5/8 inches 
this makes it easier to bend around the spine of your book.
I have used some 3/4 inch double sided tape and taped it to the wrong side of your paper, making sure you put plenty on as being a note book it will be opened and closed a lot and we don't want it to fall apart. Then lay your paper on your table and place the book on top of it lining up the score line and the spine of your book. Give a gentle rub all over to make sure it is well stuck down.

The paper is not long enouch to completely cover your back so we have to cut another piece at
 3 x 10 1/2 inches then score at the 2 inch mark. Then place your tape on the wrong side and tape to your book. I then cut another 2 pieces of pattern paper to cover the inside of the book. 
This will measure 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches tape this well to the inside of the covers of your book.

I then painted the front of my book with white gesso let it dry a little and using a baby wipe, wipe off the gesso leaving a little so it looks a bit shabby.
Using some light modeling paste and a floral mask, cover the front of the book, let dry.
I then went around the edges of the book with some pink chalk ink , then glued on the flowers, lace, feathers and coloured some white gauze with some pink spray and placed it around and under the flowers. After doing this I used my finger and some white gesso and went around the edges of my book and all over the flowers and leaves, just to dull the colours.

Thanks you for visiting
Candy Chelepy
2017 DT member

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Louise's monochrome layout with process video

Hi Crafters

Louise with you today ... wishing you a Happy New Year.
January is almost as busy as December but hopefully you will get a chance to play along with our January moodboard challenge.

My layout "The real deal"

The challenge this month is of course to complete a monochrome page - white plus a colour from the moodboard.

My inspiration came from the bright green in my photo and I used stash items to create my title first.
Then I used the chevron wood pieces to inspire the remainder of the background work.

You can hear all about it in the process video.

Thanks for visiting.