Friday, June 16, 2017

True North Strong And Free Canada 150 Plaque For Southern Ridge Trading Company

Hello everyone, popping by to let you know that I have a tutorial over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog today for a celebratory mixed media plaque I made in honour of Canada's upcoming 150th birthday.  Happy birthday Canada!

On July 1st, we will be celebrating 150 years since the Confederation of our wonderful country, what a party it will be!  I used Southern Ridge's Maple Branch, Fall Leaves and Handrawn Heart chipboard along with dies, stamps, inks and crayons from Tim Holtz and embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.  Hope you can pop by for my how to, see you there!

Deb xo

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Resist Techniques Coaster Book For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, popping in to let you know I have a project over at A Vintage Journey today for the second stop on our Destination Inspiration journey for June.  This month our travel bags are packed with the following supplies:

Product: Paint
Technique: Any Resist Technique
Colour: Shades of Orange
Substrate: Beer Mat or Coaster

and I decided to create a little book of resist techniques made from coasters for my stop on our journey using techniques from Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities books, volumes I and III (I need to buy volume II!).

Orange isn't a colour I use very often but I used most every orangeish shade of Distress ink, stain, spray and paint that I had in my stash, you may need sunglasses to view a couple of pages LOL!  Hope you'll be able to stop by A Vintage Journey for a peek, see you there!

Deb xo

Monday, June 5, 2017

By The Sea Postcard For Emerald Creek Craft Supplies

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by.  I have a postcard to share with you today for our new challenge over at Emerald Creek Craft Supplies challenge blog and this month Kim has dared us to create a project with the theme of Surf and Turf, how fun is that!  I decided to make a postcard with a seaside theme using lots of wonderful stamps, embossing powders, charms and some new to the shop seashells from Emerald Creek.

I managed to get lots of surf in my postcard but not too much turf, unless a seagull can count as turf?!  Here's a list of the Emerald Creek Craft Supplies products that I used on my postcard:

I've a few step out photos of my By The Sea postcard so grab a mug of ale me hearties and read on!

I started by cutting a postcard (4" x 6") from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and inking it up with Distress inks, sandy brown tones on the bottom of the card and sea coloured blues on the top.

Next I cut a piece of self adhesive dry wall tape and stuck it to the postcard, bunching and pulling it so it looked somewhat like a fishing net.  Oil Rubbed Bronze embossing powder was then sprinkled overtop and melted.

The Tall Ship stamp was then stamped onto the card background with Hickory Smoke Distress Archival ink so it was just faintly visible on the 'horizon'.

The Seagull and Water Logged stamps were stamped onto Heavystock with Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink.  I just overlaid the Seagull stamp on top of the Water Logged pilings, it worked out perfectly!  The stamped images were watercoloured with Distress inks and fussy cut.

The Starfish was next, stamped onto Heavystock with Tree Branch Archival ink and watercoloured with Distress inks.  I ended up stamping and fussy cutting two of the starfish in the end.

The Cerith and Concha seashells were each stamped twice onto Heavystock, once with Hickory Smoke Archival and once with Ground Espresso Archival.  While the ink was wet, I embossed the stamped images with Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.  Watercolouring with Distress inks followed and all four of the shells were fussy cut.

The two shells were then layered overtop of each with Zots 3D glue dots with the Hickory Smoke stamped shell on the bottom.

The Ancient Anchor charm was embossed with Oil Rubbed Bronze embossing powder along with a brad.

And finally, the Steampunk Octopus charm was coloured Tim Holtz alcohol inks with a mixture of Red Pepper, Rust and Mushroom.

And then the postcard was assembled.  The Seagull and Water Logged pilings were adhered onto the background and the Anchor charm attached with a brad.  The Cerith Seashell and one of the Starfish were attached with Zots glue dots and a Shoreline seashell was glued into place as well.

The Concha Seashell was layered overtop of the Cerith shell along with another starfish and some more Shoreline seashells and the Octopus charm was added just above the Concha seashell.

The sentiment was printed out on the computer (font is called Typical Writer) and I cut out the strips, adhered them with glue and then did some scribbley outlining around the strips with a white gel pen and black Micron pen.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my By The Sea Postcard came together.

And I also hope that I've inspired you to enter our Surf and Turf challenge over at Emerald Creek Dares!  There is a very generous $50.00 gift certificate to the online store,, to be won;

and as well you get 10% off your next purchase at Emerald Creek Craft Supplies just for entering the challenge!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I can't wait to see what you link up for the challenge, happy creating!

Deb xo

Friday, June 2, 2017

Dandelion Sunrise Mixed Media Panel For Southern Ridge Trading Company

Hello all, popping in to let you know that I have a post over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog on how I created my Dandelion Sunrise mixed media panel.

I had some pages left from my Zen Dragonfly garden journal that I made a couple of weeks ago, so used one of them as the base for my panel and stenciled it with Southern Ridge's Clouds stencil and Tim Holtz's Broken China Distress Oxide ink.  Southern Ridge's Dandelion Seed Stems, Delicate Lace Doily and Small Birds Mix came together with Therm O Web's Deco Foil and Rebekah Meier's Art Tape to complete my mixed media panel, hope you can pop by Southern Ridge's blog for my how to!

Deb xo

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Rise Above Mixed Media Canvas For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, it's the start of a new month so that means it's the start of a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and this month our host Nikki has chosen the theme 'Canvas'.  Here is her brief:

Let's work with canvas this month in our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk style. It doesn't matter how as long as some canvas is a dominant feature of your project.  Perhaps you may use a canvas in the traditional way or use the reverse to create a shadow box? Canvas boards are fabulous to work on or perhaps you have some canvas sheets which can be cut and adhered to another surface.

Our sponsor this month is Shimmerz Paints and they have generously donated a $25.00 voucher for our randomly chosen winner to spend in their store, thank you Shimmerz Paints!

I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to break out some new stamps designed by A Vintage Journey's very own Tracy Evans!  I adore Tracy's wonderful little bird stamps that she designed for AALL & Create and so created this motivational canvas to display in my studio.

The phrase 'rise above' brought visions of bubbles rising to the surface of a glass of soda to me so I decided on a circular motif for my design and got to work on my canvas.

A flat 5" x 7" artists canvas was primed with gesso.  I then created a stencil from cardstock by die cutting it with Sizzix's Circles die and then adding some smaller circles to the 5x7 stencil with Tim Holtz's new Circle punches and a Fiskars punch I had in my stash.

I quickly slip slapped some Old Paper Distress Paint onto the gesso'd canvas and then applied Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste through the circle stencil I'd made.  While the texture paste was still wet, I sprayed on Shabby Shutters and Crushed Olive Distress Spray stain.

Once the crackle had dried, I added Distress Crayons in Forest Moss, Peeled Paint and a bit of Twisted Citron to emphasize the texture.  Ground Espresso Distress Crayon was also added around the edges to frame the canvas.

Stamping came next with Ground Espresso Archival ink and some more stamps from AALL & Create (set #3 by Fiona Paltridge and set #10 by Autour de Mwa).  The stamp along the bottom edge was first stamped onto tissue paper and applied with Distress Matte Collage Medium and the other stamps were stamped directly onto the canvas.

The canvas was then spattered with diluted DecoArt Americana acrylic paint (Avocado Dip and Cool White).

Then it was time to stamp Tracy's stamps; I stamped the numbered bird and the phrase 'Rise Above' onto a couple of the die cut and punched circles that had been created when I made the cardstock stencil.  I first coloured the circles with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink and then stamped the images with Ground Espresso Archival ink  and clear embossed them.  The little bird was watercoloured with Distress inks and a water brush, I used Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral and Ground Espresso and then edged the circles with Twisted Citron and Ground Espresso.

Everything is better in 3's, so I took a smaller punched circle and stamped a circular star stamp from a Tim Holtz Mixed Media clear stamp set in the same colours of Archival and Distress inks.

The three stamped and inked circles were applied to the prepared canvas and outlined with scribbley lines using a black Micron pen and white Dylusions paint pen.

This was the first time I'd used the new Ranger Opaque Crackle texture paste, love the variation of crackle you get depending upon how thickly you apply it!

And as a final step, I added some motivational/inspirational words and phrases around the edges of the canvas.

Thanks to Tracy for her wonderful stamps, I love them and will enjoy looking at this canvas every day in my studio.

I would like to link my Rise Above Canvas with Simon Says Stamp's current Monday Challenge,  'We're Going Round In Circles'.

Hope you've enjoyed seeing how my canvas came together and that you will join us this month at A Vintage Journey for our 'Canvas' challenge.  Be sure to pop by to see all of the inspiring canvases created by the rest of the Creative Guides, you won't be disappointed!  Can't wait to see what you all link up, happy creating!

Deb xo

Friday, May 19, 2017

Zen Dragonfly Garden Journal For Southern Ridge Trading Company

Hello everyone, just popping in to tell you that I have a tutorial over on Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog for my Zen Dragonfly Garden Journal.

I used Southern Ridge's new Zen Dragonfly chipboard journal kit along with some Therm O Web iCraft Deco Foil to get that gorgeous iridescence behind the dragonfly laser cut along with some stencils and more chipboard from Southern Ridge, die cuts, inks and ephemera from Tim Holtz and some gorgeous digital papers from Ephemera's Vintage Garden.  Hope you can pop by for my how to, see you there!

Deb xo