Friday, 16 March 2018

Free on Friday 16 March 2018, album and digital art

 Welcome to Free on Friday,  I have been having lots of crafty fun this week.  I wanted to make some mixed media paper for a mini album.  I covered both sides of two 12 x 12 papers with paper napkins, gesso, paint and sprays.  I was using my heat gun for drying between layers and over heated it, now it doesn't work - I shall not do that again :(   The next day my sheets were totally dry and I made a mini album.

Mini Album

Having taken photographs of the mixed media sheets, I started with an idea of using a silhouette against the background.  I cut out a horse from a photograph to make the silhouette.  From then it developed into the following picture.  I changed the colour of the background to make each horse.  I just love how my work takes on a life of it's own sometimes :)

On to today's free images.  It is St Patrick's Day tomorrow and I hope you like the selection I have put together for you.

 The frogs in my garden have been croaking merrily and my ponds are full of frogspawn.  It has rained so much yesterday and today I will not be surprised if they lay eggs in the wet areas of the lawn!  We may be in for some more snow over the weekend, the frog spawn should be safe as long as the temperature does drop too low for too long.  We even have some tadpoles left from last year, I imagine they will be the first to leave the pond.  Thank you for visiting, take care till next time x

Friday, 9 March 2018

Free on Friday 9th March 2018

A warm welcome to Free on Friday here at Crafting With Jack.  Today I have cards from the Tuck Company with an Easter theme.

This one is a real beauty.

I hope you like them, see you soon and until then, take care x

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Aeroplane pop up card

A friend of ours is retiring and I wanted to make something special.  He loves taking photographs of aeroplanes.  So I searched for aeroplane colouring pages, sized them to fit, did a little colouring and this is the result.  It is the first time I have tried one of these cards, I got the template free in a magazine.  I was running out of time and I wanted to do a card for my mother in law.  I have had these beautiful card blanks from Create and Craft for several years.  I added the sticker at the bottom right and added some ribbon and the word "On Mother's Day With Love" on the right.

The weather here has warmed up and the snow has all but disappeared from the garden, spring is on it's way :)  Join me for Free on Friday, until then take care x

Friday, 2 March 2018

Free on Friday 2nd March 2018

Today I have a Christmas card from Tuck Company.  The first picture is the top of the card, it opened out by lifting the four flaps, which revealed the second image, the inside.  The third image is the back of the card.  A card for leaning against the wall, instead of standing up by itself.  I love the subtle colouring of this card.  I have tidied up the images, apart from the Christmas verse, the images could be used for any occasion.  They are all 6 x 6 inches.

If you use any of my images I would love to see what you have made.  Send your photographs to the email at the top of the page, without the spaces of course.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Outlawz and Dragonslair FB Challenges

Today I am showing you the results of my busy crafting week (and these aren't all of my efforts!) .  The wild rose flowers were from The Outlawz  Progressive Thursday Challenge, the sunflowers from the Special Challenge at the Outlawz and the bunny from Dragons Lair FaceBook group.  Since I am trying to improve my colouring pencil skills, I used colouring pencils for the images, then photographed and imported them to my laptop apart from the Sunflowers which I backed with purple card. 

Then I made some digital backgrounds, which I was very happy with.

I made a suitcase for the bunny to sit on out of digital paper,  and other bits that I customised.  I think I might try making a stacking set!

The theme for this card was "sunshine" which is always good to see whatever the time of year.  Join me for Free on Friday tomorrow and if the weather conditions are bad where you are, keep warm x

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Free on Friday 23 February 2018 and latest makes

I have been sorting out some fabric and part finished crafts from when I was working with the elderly.  I covered the folder on the left with two cushion covers (the craft was to decorate that plain patch you can see).  I cut off the long edge on both covers and attached them together by hand sewing while they were in position on the folder.  Before I sewed them together I covered the cardboard cover with scraps of fleece fabric to give some padding.  I finished with 3 buttons on the spine.  For the inside of the folder I made some pages with 12 x 12 paper and some pocket pages.

I bought a Tim Holtz Stamping Platform a week or so ago.  The cover was an additional expense so I thought I would make my own.  Using some left over bags I made for my elderly craft group, I made a bag with double layers of that material and some soft furry fabric.  The finished bag fits in a calico bag I have had for some  time but not used.

I bought some pocket pages some time ago to store small images in.  I kept them in a storage box, but every time I tried to go through them the images kept falling out.  I store the bigger images in a Papermania folder, but the images tend to gall to the bottom making it bulky.  So for my padded folder and the folder above I made my pages by scoring 12 x 12 paper at 10 inches for the top and 9 inches for the side.  Then I stuck the pocket page on top and punched two holes along the side.  The pocket page does show at the bottom, but I suppose I could have joined two pieces of card together Then the flaps are folded over making the images more secure and easier to look through.

I hope that wasn't totally confusing!

Now for today's freebies:

I hope you like these pretty young ladies.  
Until next time, take care x

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