Monday, October 11, 2021

Gel Press Notepad for Topflight Stamps

Hello my Inky Friends, today I am going to show you the cover to my Gel Press Notepad for Topflight Stamps. I will do a run through of how to build the inside in a few weeks & some videos so stay tuned for that. Of course the best way to be sure you don't miss out, is subscribe to my blog & YouTube channel, yay.*Affiliate- some of these companies have given me product to use, play & experiment with. The ideas are my own but I tend to work with companies whose products I like so enjoy the inspiration.  **some of these links are affiliate, I receive a small percentage from the company at no cost to you. This helps me deliver free content!

My project is a Notepad mini journal made with Eileen Hull's newest Sizzix die cut. This can be used as an art journal, photo journal or hybrid scrap book. The Notepad cover measures 4 1/4 x 3 5/8" & can be used horizontally or vertically. As usual my supply list is down below.

One of my favorite arting pastimes is to work with a Gel Plate. It has been far too long since I have played with mine so pulling it out for this weeks post was definitely a good idea! This weeks theme for the team is stencils & Topflight Stamps has a lot of fabulous ones available. Gel Press & stencils go together like PB & Jam. 

Paint is one of the easiest products to play with so some Fresco Finish were grabbed in all sorts of colors. You will want a large variety on hand. This process is wonderfully addicting & once you start you won't want to stop! You will also need a brayer & some wipe off paper to clean in between pulls. I sometimes just grab a stack of the kids old homework or an empty journal for this. 

Paper of all varieties can be used. For example here is a sample of finished prints that I made while playing. Kraft, black & white card stock, copy paper, deli paper are just some of the papers you can use. Also use up that scrap book paper you don't like anymore- perfect!


I also pulled out some canvas because I knew I wanted that for my spine. If you have sticky back canvas or tape that works really well. The adhesive is nice and strong which makes it ready to use. 


My covers were cut out of mat board & then papers cut from my Gel Plate play. 

Love this! Such a unique background. This was with a PaperArtsy Stencil & layers of paint. 

Use the Gel Plate & stencil to quickly & easily add crisp paint images to the cover. 

For the spine I went with canvas tape sprayed with Mica Stain. This gives my tape a nice shimmer. You can see here how the stencil image is transferred to the tape. Looks awesome! Some of the circles were doodled using Posca Pens or paint pens.

Next step for the cover was to add some imagery. Mail Art stamp set is on the front, just pieces of the stamps were used. Once that was dry, a stencil with some Metallix Gel was scraped through. This adds a copper shine & some dimension. The stencil is the PSO90 by Sara Naumann using the diamond shape. Set aside to cure.  

On the back some of the images from the Foliage set were added.

To adhere the canvas piece, the easiest way I know, (which was taught to me my Dina Wakley) is to put the canvas piece adhesive side up on your craft mat. Center your spine in the middle lining up top & bottom and press down. Then simply bring your book down to the left side onto the table which will nicely adhere that side. Then to the right. Wohoo looking good!

Then it was just time to finish the cover. The wonderful Butterfly Post set was used for this. Stamped with archival ink & distressed with Vintage Photo. The squares were adhered in varying foam so they are at different levels. For example the 1st square was simply adhered with Supertape. The 2nd with Foam Adhesive & the 3rd with Foam Squares. Love this look!!! Lastly a Clipper Sticker was adhered on mat board, distressed & adhered. Hummm reminds me of the opening of Star Wars for some reason. Alright that is it for this week! I hope you have a really great creative week.

*for photos of Topflight Stamp products go here. 


Thursday, October 7, 2021

Video Tutorial for Mixed Media Stamp Storage Box!

 Hello Maker Fans, I have a 2 part video up for you on my YouTube Channel. It is a play along with me & we are making my recent Mixed Media Stamp Storage Box! For all the links to products in general that were used & step out photos go here.

Link To Video Part 1

Part 1: Building the base of the box, measurements, how to assemble. Also adding the 1st layer of decoupage, book text & how to add decorative napkin images. I will also show the original item made with this die cut. 

Link To Video Part 2

Part 2: Continuing to build the imagery. Decoupage, stamping, painting. A quick tutorial on using Eileen's postage stamps by Maker's Forte. Lots of tips & tricks to cover up mistakes & edges etc. I hope you make one!! Let me know in comments if you do especially if you put it on social media I will pop in & comment. Have a lovely inky day!

Monday, October 4, 2021

Tutorial for Full Size Wonderful Life Journal

 Hello Blogland, today is my tutorial for the Full Size Wonderful Life Journal. This Chapter 4 Sizzix release of Eileen Hull's has some awesome new diecuts. This journal is officially my favorite size. I hope you go and check out the Inspiration Teams recent blog post featuring the new die cuts. So much great inspiration. You can go here to get all the links.  

 I made a partial canvas book. The size is great, 6 1/4 x 8 3/4", nummy!! I have many ideas of what to use this book for. I think a hybrid journal, scrapbook, with some art journal elements. You know basically all the things. 

This book started with canvas on the outside. You can see the cuts in this photo. There are 3 holes for elastic, the middle holes line up so you have spots for 5 signatures. It is very easy to add signatures by running more elastic. The spine is 2" when used this way. If you want a smaller spine just cut some of it off. If you want bigger, cut and add another section. 

This is one of my favorite techniques if you follow me you know! Adding some decoupaged decorative napkins to the canvas. All the supplies are below with links where possible. 

Poppies on the front cover & sunflowers on the back. Decorative napkins have such wonderful imagery so the sky is the limit!

The canvas was a little plain for me so I added some Seth Apter Ice in Whiskey Frost. The great thing about this gel product is it adds a transparent layer so it is great for tinting. Also has a similar feeling to the decoupaged area which adds some consistency. 

Once that was dry it was time for some stencil work. This month Eileen's team is doing a cross promotion with The Crafter's Workshop or TCW. Using a bit of acrylic paint on a sponge some details were added to add interest. This is the very brilliant for junk journal stencil, called Medieval Music.

Time to work on the inside. It is always a good idea to reinforce the spine when making fabric journals. This helps prevent your book from bending when booklets or signatures are added. A spine piece was cut out of cereal box and had to be adjusted. The decoupage makes the canvas shrink a bit so this piece had to be cut to fit. Using Ultra Bond is a nice strong glue to attach the piece to the inside of my book. 

Let's look at the next few steps. On the left side is the cardboard spine piece. After adhering it nice & strong I realized it was a bit flexible, not what was wanted. So the right side a cut piece of mat board was used. That stuff is nice and firm. Once that was done the pieces were painted with Fossilized Amber. To make  the covers a little more sturdy 49th & Market scrapbook paper was added. Their card stock is a particular heavy weigh, perfect for book making. The bonus is the designs are also so pretty. I used a lot of items from the In the Leaves Collection. 

The spine on the inside cover (once dry) was stamped using TCW stamp set Sweet Sentiments. I used Archival Ink in a few different colors. This ink stamps really well on acrylic paint. You don't really see the images once the paper is in, unless you used notebooks. However it does peek through when flipping through the book, so it is a nice touch. 

Back to the cover, it was time to add a quote. A digital quote box was printed on paper. The awesome stamp from Eileen's latest Maker Forte set was stamped in Memento Ink. Once that was dry a layer of Eileen's clear embossing powder was used to create that cool epoxy look. A few brads were added, cause who doesn't love a good brad? Layers of ephemera were glued down, the quote on top. The ticket is also from one of Eileen's stamp sets.  

The spine was attached using Redline Tape & the center holes where the book attaches were reinforced with eyelets. The front & back cover were sewed around with my machine, changing stitches for fun. Elastic was run through creating the ability to slide in paper or booklets as wanted. 

I like making these removable ribbon, charm dangles. Really need to come up with a name for them. The ribbons were folded through a large jump ring and a thread wrapped around to hold the ribbon in place. A rusty clip was used and the jump ring glued to one side so it stays put even when the clip is removed. 

To finish off the cover a metal handle was glued on. A bee charm was added on a fabric ribbon piece. 

As I said we are doing a collaboration with TCW. I will have more journal items on my Facebook & Instagram in the next few weeks so be sure to follow me over there (links on the right of my blog). Here is an element I made using the Leaf Study stencil on top of a Distress Inked tag. Stencil Butter was scraped through with a palette knife. Look at how great that butter works through a stencil! A bit of background stamping & a quote were added with the stamp set. A photo was popped on & this will fit nicely in my journal once more pockets are added.

Now to work on the inside cover. Using Eileen's Tag die cuts a few tags were cut out of that paper pack. 

Here is how the inside cover looks. The tags were distress with Vintage Photo then topped with a ribbon or ticket. The 2nd tag is a digital. The quote "Seek the Good" is from Eileen's Snail Mail Inspiration stamp set. It was popped on top of a canvas piece, die cut from the extra's on the Full Size Journal die. 

Ok last element because this post is soooooo long. The front of the 1st booklet is again made from the paper pack. A pocket was made using Eileen's new Heart Mandala die cut. Then backed with paper & trimmed out. The library pocket & word "Junk Journal, is stamped from the Buttons..card set. The other pieces are from the paper kit or digital images. 

WOW that is the challenge with the book blog posts, so much info!!! Here is what the book looks like with the inside cover & the 1st booklet. I am already working on some more elements in this book because it is so dang fun! When I get more done I will do a video flip through. Thanks for joining me today!! I hope you have the chance to work on a book too!


Friday, October 1, 2021

Chapter 4 Release Time for Eileen Hull!

Here we go!! Chapter 4 release time for Eileen Hull Designs with Sizzix!!! Drum roll please. Very exciting die cuts are being released today & I am thrilled to be apart of it all. I hope you hop along & check out all the amazing inspiration from the Team! 

This is officially my favorite Eileen Hull die to date! This fabulous sized journal measures 6 1/4" x 8 3/4"!!! For real! You do need a Big Shot Plus or Pro to cut it but if you are a journal maker, hello!! The spine has room for 5 signatures & measures 2" wide. Of course you can adjust the spine to increase or decrease that. 

Here is the open cover. I may still add something to the back side we shall see. This is just 1 of 4 die cuts that Eileen has released for Chapter 4 read more below. I have more inside my book so stay tuned!  I will be back next week with a tutorial & maybe a flip through video! Suspense...

A note from Eileen...
The Chapter 4 Sizzix Release is exciting for so many reasons- there are two never-done-before designs! One is the Full Size Journal which is a Bigz Pro size- you will need a machine with at least a 9" throat to cut this die- like a Big Shot Plus or Pro. Not to worry- if you don't have that machine, Eileen will have the pre-cut pieces available in her Etsy store for you to work with. The other new technology is a 3D Embossing Folder! It's called Sweater and is oh so cozy. Also new this release is a Bigz Notepad die with lots of options for materials and uses, and a Heart Mandala Thinlits to decorate with!
There is a GIVEAWAY too- leave a comment on each of the designers' blog posts and you will be entered to win one of the new dies! Another prize will be given to someone who attends and comments in the Release Party Facebook Live.

Eileen Hull Designs
Julia Aston
Jennie Atkinson
Sue Eldred
Maggi Harding
Lisa Hoel << you are here
Tonya Trantham
Sarah Lizzie Dodd
Karen Bearse

Have fun hopping & good luck!! 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Fabulous Mixed Media Stamp Storage Box

Who is ready for a fabulous mixed media stamp storage box? I am!!! Today is the September release of Maker Forte stamps for Eileen Hull. I had way too much fun playing with these stamps & may have gotten carried away creating this bold, colorful box. Drum roll please!*Affiliate- some of these companies have given me product to use, play & experiment with. The ideas are my own but I tend to work with companies whose products I like so enjoy the inspiration.  **some of these links are affiliate, I receive a small percentage from the company at no cost to you. This helps me deliver free content!

I used the Sizzix Scallop Edged Box as my base. This is based on a project I did previously, so there is already a blog post, supply list at the bottom & with step out photos here. 


Link to Part 1 Video

Here is my play along with me video! There are 2 parts for this & you can pause to gather supplies and make one too. Fast forward if you are faster than me. Please share with me on social media & tag if you make one. I would love to see it! 

Part 2 of the video. 

If you aren't already, sign up for this blog to get notified! On the right side there is a space to "get new emails" which means you will receive my blog post in your email in box. 

Here is a side view of all the fun. If you are interested in these stamps Eileen has them on sale in her etsy shop. If you missed the Live release, the video will be saved on her Facebook Page. Thanks for being a blog follower!

Monday, September 27, 2021

Falling Into Autumn Art Journal Mini

Hello My Inky Friends, today I have a mini art journal page for you. I also have a video!! It is the start of a new week over on Topflight Stamps & we are moving into the Fall/Halloween realm. I have been working in a Dina Wakley 6x6 kraft journal & decided to just keep on going. 

Here is my Fall page, again played with quite a few different products. The funny thing about this page was being sure it represented Fall. For some reason bats immediately came to mind, yet bats fly around all the time! Anyway the spark for my page was the beautiful owl stamp by Visible Image. I suppose you could do any project and just add candy corn to the photo, LOL. 

Video Link

Check out my You Tube video & play along. Just grab supplies from the list below or whatever you have that you feel like playing with & create along!


These were the products I started with. As you can see they were added to while working. You don't have to know everything you are going to be doing when you start. Once creating the ideas spark from there.

Let's Get Inky! 

Started with some white gesso to help the background colors pop. I have been playing with Dina Wakley supplies just for fun lately so carried on experimenting with those. Stenciled through multiple images using her acrylic paint in Sedona, Tangerine, Fuchsia & Lemon.
Ahhh love these layers of stenciled images. In the end that 9 was a bit strong so it was knocked back with some gesso. 

Next up!

Let's make that cool leaf. The Lavinia stencil is so detailed & spritzing with multiple colors of Glossy Spray made for a nice shiny leaf. The back of the stencil was spritzed 1st with Pixie Spray. This creates a tacky surface that keeps the stencil in place. Wait a minute for the spray to dry & the stencil will stick down. This helps prevent the paint from seeping under the stencil. Spritz on the Gloss, letting the color dry in between if you don't want them to mix. Hot tip: Wipe the nozzle down & re-cap immediately to help prevent clogging. More tips on my video.

Glossy spray is a unique acrylic paint spray that dries permanent. Once the leaf was well dry, some doodles were added. *Hot Tip: Unless you are using a Posca Pen wait 4-5 hours for the spray to fully cure or you risk ruining your pen. The next time you go to use it, it won't work.
While the pen marks were drying it was time to add some stamping to the background. Using the Foliage Set & some Archival Ink in Cobalt Blue & Seafarer, random images were added. 

My focal image, the owl was stamped on white card stock in Black Soot Archival. The quotes were also stamped on parchment paper in a few colors. Which one should I choose? In my video, you can see more option choices as well as tips on getting photo polymer stamps to ink up & play nice.

Next up, time to glue. Once my decisions on placement were made, the images were glued down using Ultra Bond. I like to take the lid of & use an old credit card to spread the glue on the back of my cut out, then simply adhere it down. This glue is great for getting heavier papers to stay put, like card stock or watercolor paper. 

Here come the bats!! Using black card stock my bats were die cut. Not sure if this die is still available. It was from last year or a few years ago & as it is seasonal once it is gone they don't always bring it back. I may have glued one of the bats upside down, ssh don't tell anyone. 

A moon was cut out of white card stock & partially embossed with Seth's Blue Moon embossing powder. It helps give it that extra wow factor.

Time for more assembly!! The moon was highlighted & the bats doodled on using Posca pens. Way more steps were added then initially planned but that is the fun of art journal pages. Hop over to Topflight Stamps to see photos of the products.  Links are below & I hope you subscribe to my You Tube channel. More technique videos are coming!!! Have a great week!
  • Night Owl Stamp Set by Visible Image
  • Tracy Evans Foliage set by AALL & Create #496
  • Autour de MWA Stencil  "                  " #131
  • Sara Naumann Circle Stencil by PaperArtsy PS203
  •  "              "     Textures Stencil "        "    Ps090
  • Leaf Mask Stencil by Lavenia 
  • Seth Apter Blue Moon embossing powder by WOW
  • Dina Wakley kraft album 6x6 by Ranger Ink
  • "             "  Acrylic Paint          "            "
  • "          "      Gloss Sprays       "            "
  • Archival Ink  by Ranger Ink
  • Tim Holtz Bat Crazy die cuts by Sizzix
  • "          "   Frightful Things "        "
  • Ultra Bond by Therm*O*Web 
  • Pixie Spray "              "
  • Posca Pens

Monday, September 13, 2021

Mixed Media Monday Art Journal Page

Happy Monday, today let's make a mixed media art journal page. This is my Topflight Stamps post so you know there is going to be some stamping! The theme for the week is Pink Ink Designs so stay tuned for some awesome makes, this week from my team mates. Check back on the TF Blog to see what everyone is creating!  

My art journal page ended up having sort of a junk journal feel to it. Love all the layers. I had no intention of putting this much on it but was just having a great time adding all the details, so just kept going. The bad news is this Crab stamp is no longer available. Sorry, sometimes product sells out before the post goes up.  The good news is this page would be easy to create using any focal image! There are so many awesome Pink Ink stamps you could just switch it up with another like...

These Sea Nymphs, the details on these stamps is great.

So many awesome image on this set. I may need to get this one too. At the end of my post there is a link to my post on TF which has even more recommendations so check that out too. 

This project started with a page from an Art By Marlene journal. It is no longer available in this size but there are a couple of other sizes. It had some left over paint so that makes for a good starting point. 

The paper was spritzed with water & Infusions added in layers drying in between. Just love this effect. A Bit Jaded was also added so you can see that pop of color below. 

Ephemera was added from my stash as well as some die cuts from the Paper Elements set. Love those fish! Playing with the pieces, checks out how things will look as I build my page. 

 Added some washi tape too. 

My bizarre ocean scene needed some coral which looks so great, from the elements pack. 

Finally definitely needed some background stamping. As the crab set is no longer available some Seth Apter stamps created a lot of cool imagery. Just to show you don't have to theme all the elements in your ocean scene. These were stamped using the Prism Inks, just adds that extra bit of eye candy. That is it for this week. To see photos of the products I used hop over to the Topflight Stamps blog. I hope I inspired you to pull out your supplies & make an eclectic art journal, tag or card!! Until next time.



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