Tuesday, 8 April 2014

GD: Julie Ann Lee Project #3 A Happy Ending {Part 3}

Hi there, Julie Ann here again, welcome to my last Guest Design spot! I am so sad to be saying 'Goodbye' but I do love happy endings so I'm trying to focus on all the fun and excitement of the last few months! Who knows, perhaps one day I might be allowed back for an encore? Anyway, here's tonight's 'curtain call'.

I'll also be showing you how I made a little purse to add to the project with some faux ephemera. First, having painted my back cover with Gesso, I then applied Vanilla Fresco, Yellow Submarine, an edging of Tango and a touch of Zesty Zing here and there!

I added interest to the spine by stamping the design from LPC028...

And adding an image stamped on some more of the painted card I'd prepared.
Turning my book over, I stenciled in Tango with my Prima flourish stencil. Then, using a medium thick brush I painted sweeping strokes of  Blood Orange, Nougat and Yellow Submarine to create the impression of drapery. 

I added a little bow of Seam-binding dyed with Fired Brick Distress Ink. I stamped 'Happy Ending' from Sara Nauman's Eclectica 08 onto Tango coloured card and stacked several layers. I also stamped in Vintage Sepia Versamark with Mini98 again! 


To finish off I added stenciled Treasure Gold flourishes, a little Prima bird painted with Mermaid and South Pacific and some gold UTEE...

I love the idea of having all kinds of ribbons, fibres and 'danglies' attached to a journal so I decided to use a Size #7 tag and fold it into a little envelope or purse that could be attached to the journal with an eyelet. 

Here is my tag, painted in a matching colour to my book. I folded it in three places on a score board with a bone folder, making sure that the part that was to be the flap was slightly smaller. I die cut the blue card to make my ticket to a Happy Ending that could be slipped inside.

The tag can then be folded into an envelope shape. I stuck my flap down and slipped my 'extras' in the sides, but you can leave it open if you wish.

It's surprisingly easy to clip a hole in the binding with something like a 'Crop-a-dile', add an eyelet and then thread through some waxed cotton. I curled back the edges of my purse and added a metallic pearl as a faux clip. You can add all kinds of bits and pieces. I used tiny granules of UTEE to decorate the hat from LPC003

Below you can see I stamped my die-cut ticket with ESN08 'Happy Ending' stamp. There's an image from LPC028 in there and I added some 'fun' mini tags.

 I aged and tore my ticket and had fun collaging on the mini tags!

They were like mini art dolls in costume. I liked the look of this tiny Indian mirror-work mirror I found in my stash - another reminder, along with the Sara Nauman text, that the theatre holds a mirror up to nature!

Here is a close-up of 'The Fool' who so often helps us to reflect on the true meaning of life

The reverse side of the 'fool' from the enchanted isle!

Thank you so much for all your support throughout my semester with PaperArtsy. It's been really exciting having this opportunity to share with you.

I'd love it if you could find the time to play along this week, it's always so exciting to see what you create - remember you can take any elements from what I have created and just have fun. 
Julie Ann x

Leandra Says: It has been our pleasure watching your journey as a GD, your use of colour and textures is always beautifully executed. A huge thank you from all at PAHQ. x

Gillian Says: What a finale to bow out on Julie Ann ... thank you so much for sharing your creative thoughts and beautifully detailed projects with us all. x

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 April 13th 2014


Helen said...

Simply beautiful!! Have loved your stint as a GD - well done

APG Jamie said...

love it!!!

Lin said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! encore!!

Darcy Marshall said...

Really stunning, love the curtain on the back.. love it all lol

Anonymous said...

Well, I knew it would be a wonderful finale from you, Julie Ann, but that is completely spectacular & utterly gorgeous. I love the curtain & the little tag envelopes are fantastic. Congrats on a brilliant PA semester.

Hazel Agnew said...

Sitting here, waiting to try on the costumes and take my turn on the stage and I haven't been disappointed. The back cover made me gasp Julie Ann. Love the suggestion of a curtain draped there. Such a neat and clever idea to fold a tag for the purse. Love all the imagery and their explanations. You make it look so easy but I have played today already and just getting the blend of paints right is an art in itself. Thankyou so much for sharing your fabulous world of make believe with us. I look forward to lots more from you. You are an exceptional lady!! Xx

Craftyfield said...

Lovely painted curtain! Beautiful project, the attention to detail is fantastic.

massofhair said...

You WILL be back Julie Ann for many encores i am sure. Thank you for sharing your creative processes and knowledge with us, i am more informed about many things because of you sharing so much.

Beautiful Finale, one of the best projects any PAGD has given us, full of inspiration!

Thank you also for all of your wonderful comments and support. You are a gem of a person Julie Ann, continue to Sparkle:-) xxx

Lucy Edmondson said...

I have loved watching this project evolve, julie Ann; it is spectacular. I love how you have pieced together elements of the Lynne perrella stamps and mixed them with Sara naumann. I love the sweeping brush strokes for the drapes. So many details. Hope to see more of you,

Lucy x

butterfly said...

A spectacular finale to a wonderful semester of amazing creations. A huge Bravo! from me... and Encore!! too!
Alison xx

Kathi said...

This project is outstanding.

Thanks for sharing your projects over the last semester!

Steven said...

yummy, yummy project!

craftytrog said...

A fabulous finale Julie Ann! xxx

ddazzled71 said...

Such a fabulous project to finish off your GD spot Julie Ann, I love the happy ending and your little purse and tags. As one door closes there is always another opening and I think there will be many more doors about to open for you and your gorgeous work! xx

Deborah Wainwright said...

What a wonderful finale. I have thoroughly enjoyed being on this crafting Journey with you Julie Anne. You have brought some fantastic projects to the stage and I am so inspired by your generous spirit. Very well done. We want more lol xxx

Sioux P said...

unfortunately I am a new comer and this is the first project of yours I have seen but I shall be following your blog from now on. Love your work.

sam21ski said...

How very fitting for your last post, gorgeous and been great to see your fabulous projects

Sam xxx

Unknown said...

Fab finale to a great project! Love the little envelope purse! xx

Etsuko said...

Beautiful finale to a great project Julie Ann! I love the stamp that you named "faux ephemera".I will send a huge applause and Encore!! Thanks a lot. Etsuko xxx

Juliz Design Post said...

Such magical work Julie Ann. Looking forward to your next curtain call at PaperArtsy.
Applauds, Julie x

May said...

Fabulous creative work...Love the little purse.... Thank you so much for all the wonderful inspiration...looking forward to your encore... Hugs May x x x

craftimamma said...

As the others have said Julie Ann, a fabulous finale and fitting ultimate subject for your last post for this semester (I'm sure it won't be the last time we see you on here). I agree with Hazel, getting the paint blended properly is an art.

Lesley Xx

Cocofolies said...

A fabulous project wow!!!!! Hugs, Coco xx

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow wow wow absolutely gorgeous amazing and a fantastic end to your week. The back and the little wallet o tags is awesome. So loving the curtain, the way it swoops across it reminds me of visits to the Theatre Royal to watch pantomimes. Stunning. Kezzy:-) xxxxx

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