Tuesday, 14 January 2014

GD: Julie Ann Lee - Renaissance Casket (Part 3)

Hello, Julie Ann back again with my final project of the week, thank you so much for stopping by to see more of the world inside my casket, I can't believe that is my first week up already. Tonight I'm going to share my creativity in how it all finally came together.


For this stage in my project I used LPC015 and LPC008. I wnated to add text, as this casket is a kind of mini journal. 

I love the Eclectica plates for journalling and I intended to use Sara Naumann's ESN08, but in the end I fell in love with Lin Brown's new flower sentiments and I used ELB05 to create some found poetry. Here is a secret reveal of Lin's new stamps for 2014, they will not be available until February.

For my tiny tag book within a box I decided to use the smallest size of Manilla Tags #1, but when I looked at them closely, I thought they would be too small for the effect I wanted, so I went for the next size up Manilla Tags #2

I made a washy puddle on my brand new craft mat that I got for Christmas (this shows what a ‘newbie’ I am – my first craft mat!!!) I then swiped a couple of tags through Caramel, dried and then swiped through Guacamole and vice versa with another two.

For my fifth tag I painted with a generous coat of French Roast, allowed this to dry and then spread with a thin layer of Crackle Glaze. Finally I coated this in Guacamole and stamped it with Mini 98, the lovely feather. This became the inside cover of my tag book.

For my front cover I used the StencilGirl 6x6 Leaves in Hey Pesto over Guacamole, added some script from Mini 75, a Shrink Plastic flower and a little Prima Wooden Bird in flight – maybe one of his feathers went to make that quill? I also added a little punched out leaf.

I liked the way he appeared to be about to flutter from the box.

He also fitted well into the base of the box, appearing to be fluttering away in front of the topiary tree.

I stamped my other tags using Potting Soil Archival Ink, combining elements of the Lynne Perrella images with Minis 75, 31 and 84.

I edged my tags with dry brushed Chocolate Pudding, Florentine Treasure Gold and sprinkles of melted UTEE gold over a little Versamark to help it not to fly all over the place! To create my poem, which isn’t technically a haiku, but is veering in that direction, I painted some Smoothy White Stamping Card with Antarctic then sprayed with a mix of two or three drops of Antarctic; two or three drops of Inky Pool in half a mister bottle of water. I then stamped all the sentiments from ELB05 over this in Potting Soil Archival Ink. I cut and pasted my poem along with punched out leaves, giving – I hope – the impression of the ideas and the foliage flowing through the book.

‘When you look,
See a world...

Moments, the Hand of Heaven
   And eternity...’
On the reverse side, the sentiment reads: ‘Hundred wishes...’

... infinity.

I joined my tag book by punching little holes into the sides of the tags and threading them through with crochet twine, using a very large-eyed needle. The final tag was stuck to the base of the casket. It just remains to give a last look at the outside of my casket with a few final touches.

As you can see I added a smaller rose just in front of the butterfly. This is because initially that delicate little creature was too vulnerable all alone and came unstuck! Now he rests against the feather a little and is locked into place by the smaller rose. This meant I could cover more surface area with glue and keep him secure. I’ve also added a little scrap of text from my sheet of sentiments, ‘Wild Flower’.

Thank you so much for looking at the first posts of my first Semester. I’d love to know what you think of my Renaissance Casket and I hope that you will be inspired to play along and create your own little box of delights.

Julie Ann x

Leandra says: Wow it's adorable, so many small details, the tags look just stunning, such wonderful use of colour, I'm really loving the watery tones you get in the backgrounds too. A fantastic start to your semester Julie Ann!

Gillian Says: I adore how you have pulled it all together and how you have threaded the tags so they continually flow and tell the story. The colour palette is divine.

If you would like to join in this week's challenge and play along with Julie Ann's techniques, then do link up your creativity here, and go in the draw to win some PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by 17:00, Sunday January 19th 2014.


Helen said...

oh my word that tag book is just divine!! and as for Lin's new stamps...! Julie Ann, well done on your first week with PA - you rocked it, totally. xx

Dana said...

Beautiful Julie Ann!!! Congrats to Lin as well for her new stamps! You both rock =0)

Deborah Wainwright said...

A lovely finish to a brilliant project. I love your tags so much and the colours you chose throughout are lush Congrats on your first project it's a winner. Xxx

Lin said...

Well Julie ann that little tag book is absolutely gorgeoue..from the colours to the stamps you've used and I love the way you've stitched it all together!! And aren't you the lucky one to get your hands on those new stamps!!
Fantastic start to the semester xx

margaret said...

A lovely project Julie congratulations xxx

Unknown said...

Fab project hunni! I really enjoyed seeing how it evolved. Well done. xxx

JoFY said...

Love this last look inside your project - so many lovely details.
Well done!

Hazel Agnew said...

You've done it again. Unusual and stunning. It all works so well together. Loved it all and love the way that you stage your photos with lace etc. genius. Xx

Mark said...

Wonderful project with so many details. I enjoyed every day seeing how it evolved!

massofhair said...

Lucky Girl to get to use sekrit stamps lol, love what you have done with them!!!

Stunning tag book Julie Ann, your colour choices are fantastic, especially love the feather on the tag, glorious & need to make one like it.

Thank you for such a great First Project, you should be proud of yourself:-) xxx

Sarah B said...

love your tag book - beautiful project with so much detail - well done xx

butterfly said...

An absolutely beautiful accordion tag journal, Julie Ann - I think it's probably my favourite bit of the whole project!!

And those new stamps from Lin are absolutely to die for - NEED them!
Alison xx

Miriam said...

Truly gorgeous work.... and those stamps will definitely be making their way to my home in February!!!

yoursartfully said...

I've just caught up on all three days, what a fabulous project Julie Ann. I love how each day would lead you to the next, very clever. I love how you stitched your tags together, really nice touch. Then I see that you got to use my new stamps too. I love how you used them and I can tell you it's such a buzz when you see someone use your stamps, so pleased that you liked them enough to use them.....thank you.


yoursartfully said...

I've just read my own comment, I said "I love" quite a few times lol !!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Such a fantastic idea, a wonderful project.

PetraB said...

A stunning project, colours and stamping work so perfectly together.

jojo79 said...

Beautiful Julie - a great first week. Love the new stamps Lin.


Lucy Edmondson said...

Beautiful, julie Ann! Love the stitched together tags and the gilded rose and those wonderful new lb stamps just made for you!

Lucy x

Anonymous said...

There are so many exquisite details in this that I need to go and study it once more but I absolute adore the stitched tags to form the booklet and also the gorgeous way you embellished the lid of the box.

Anonymous said...

Seriously gorgeous x

craftimamma said...

Well done Julie Ann, you triumphed as your casket and its contents are totally gorgeous! How wonderful that you are the first to showcase Lin's wonderful new stamps. I can never get enough wordy stamps and find it difficult to make any project without words on it somewhere. These will definitely be next on my wish list and I do wish I could get to Stevenage but it's too far :-(.

Well done for having the courage to put yourself out there and being such a total success.

Lesley Xx

Craftyfield said...

Fantastic project! So many lovely stamps too...

Reflective Art Studio said...

WOW... Love it-!!

Sid said...

Lovely work Julie !

Rebecca said...

Lovely work, well done :)
Happy craftin

Carol Q said...

absolutely love those tags Julie Ann - especially the way you've linked them together.

Anonymous said...

Julie Ann, sorry I'm so late getting to this, but my goodness what a treat it is. The tag book is gorgeous & you've used Lin's gorgeous new stamps perfectly.

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love this little tag book more than anything so far and since I loved it all it's a case of "to infinity and beyond"! So inspiring Julie Ann!

Dianne said...

Oh Miss Julia Anne,that book is the BOMB..You know I love little books and this one is exceptional and how you gather it together is phenomenal, I'm in love with it, the blended colors you used are stunning together,the new stamps are fabulous and right up your alley, the way you displayed it all is perfect, this project was outstanding, work, your is only going to get better, your soaring high now Miss Magpie, ((( BIG HUZS ))) Cuz...:O)

mamablitger said...

Oh dear...just LOVE your tag book... It's awesome !!! Thank you for sharing and also adding teasers of new upcoming stamps....dribbling.....sigh....LOL
Hugs from SPAIN

Alison said...

Beautiful & inspiring! This is such a wonderful project Julie Ann!
Alison xxx

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow absolutely gorgeous stunning tag book. I have so loved how all your makes this week became an awesome amazing box of treasures, truly inspirational :-) Kezzy xxx

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