Friday, April 21, 2017

Love Heart & Soul Mixed Media Canvas

Hello everyone, popping by to let you know that I have a tutorial over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog for my Love Heart & Soul mixed media canvas.


Perfect gift for Mother's Day or for the horse lovers in your life, don't you think?  I used Southern Ridge's Mare and Foal, Taneesha Heart and Heart Filigree Border chipboard pieces along with their Heart stencil.  Tim Holtz's Flourish Layering stencil, Alpha Numeric dies, Quote Chips, Ledger Script stamp and lots of Distress products also came out to play along with DecoArt's Media Fluid acrylics.  Hope you can pop by for my how to, see you there!

Deb xo

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Double Duty Dare

Hello and thanks so much for stopping by.  I have a project for Emerald Creek Dares to share with you today, actually I have a couple of projects since Kim's dare to us this month was to look at our products differently and create 2different projects using the same products.  She asked us to take one creation and give it two purposes or use one product in two different ways (ie/ a stamp as the image and as a pattern).

I decided to use one of Kim's stamps, the Tiger Lily stamp, in a couple of different ways.  I first used the stamp in a conventional way, making a floral birthday card with the stamp as the focal image.


But then I noticed that the bottom part of this floral stamp looked remarkably like a big splash of water;


and that led to this card, I had a hoot making this one!


I've a few step out photos for both cards, read on for the how to(s)!

For the Tiger Lily birthday card, I started out with a Michaels card blank and cut a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with a 1/4" reveal on all sides and inked it up with Distress inks in Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Carved Pumpkin with the wrinkle free distress method.  The Tiger Lily was stamped with Vintage Photo Archival ink and then embossed with Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder.


The Tiger Lily was then watercoloured with the same colours of Distress ink to intensify the colours on the floral stamp.

One of Emerald Creek's Three Star Metal Band charms was embossed with Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder and a bit of the embossing powder was lifted off by dabbing it with a paper towel while the powder was still soft (be very careful you don't burn yourself!) to reveal the details on the charm and attached with brads (also embossed with Burnt Copper Leaves) to the card front.


A birthday greeting from Simon Says Stamp's Birthday Balloons 4 x 5 3/4" clear stamp set was stamped with Black Soot Archival ink and clear embossed and three stars from the same stamp set were stamped with Vintage Photo Archival ink and clear embossed to echo the stars on the charm.


And then it was time for card number two with the Tiger Lily stamp.  I started with the same sized card blank but this time orientated it vertically.  Distress Mixed Media Heavystock was cut to the same size and inked up with Distress inks in Tumbled Glass and Broken China with the wrinkle free distress method and then the 'splash' portion of the Tiger Lily stamped was inked with Broken China and Salty Ocean Distress inks.  I used a Broken China Distress marker to ink up the fine little dots on the stamp.  The 'splash' was stamped onto the bottom of the prepared cardstock and then embossed with clear embossing powder.


I repeated this process with a second piece of cardstock for the inside of the card but more on that later!

I die cut Tim Holtz's Pipeline die from chipboard and embossed it with Hammered Metal embossing powder.  I added some patina to the Pipeline pieces with Distress crayons (thanks to Nicole Wright who shared that tip on her Instagram feed!).


I searched on line for a vintage photograph to use for my diving lady and found a pic of a very flexible young contortionist.  I cut off her legs (sounds very cruel when you put it that way!) and added her to the bottom of the card as if she was diving into the water.  You can see the patina effect with the Distress crayons on the Pipeline segments in the photo below as well.


The sentiment 'make a splash' was die cut from black cardstock with Tim Holtz's new Traveler Words Thin dies (I just cut a bunch of his words and used the die cut letters to spell out the sentiment) and added some Glossy Accents to the water droplet die cut with the Pipeline die.


And then it was on to the inside of the card!


The second stamped and inked piece of card was adhered to the inside and I found another vintage photo of a lovely lady to be my diver emerging from the Tiger Lily water splash.  She kind of reminds me of Esther Williams (and all of you young 'uns will have no idea who I'm talking about LOL!)  The 'on your birthday' sentiment was die cut from the same Traveler Words Thin dies as on the front.

The 'happiest' sentiment in her hand and the balloon were stamped with a Simon Says Stamp Birthday Celebration 3 x 4" clear stamp set and fussy cut.  The balloon was watercoloured with blue Distress inks and a piece of button thread was added for the string.


And that was it!  I really love this second card, makes me laugh each time I look at it and I'm so glad that I took a second look at my Tiger Lily stamp to see it's 'double duty' possibilities, thanks for a fun dare Kim!

Emerald Creek Craft Supplies used:


I hope that you've been inspired to take a second look at some of the supplies in your craft room and that you will join in our Double Duty challenge this month.  There is a very generous gift certificate from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies online store up for grabs:


plus you get 10% off your next order from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies just for entering our Dare!


Hope to see you there and as always thank you for stopping by and happy creating!

Deb xo

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Very Wonderful Place

Hello everyone, popping in to let you know that I have a tutorial over on A Vintage Journey today for my 'A Very Wonderful Place' altered wood panel.


We are traveling on our Destination Inspiration journey for April at AVJ and this month our travel bags are filled with the following supplies.

Product - Distress Inks/Paints
Technique - Stencil Monoprinting
Colour - Green
Surface - MDF

I had lots of fun creating my project with these ingredients and hope that you will be able to stop by for my how to, see you there!

Deb xo

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Create Art Mixed Media Techniques Midori Style Journal For Eileen Hull

Hello and thank you for stopping by.  I am very excited to share with you a journal that I made with Eileen Hull's brand new Scoreboards XL Journal die!  I was thrilled and honoured when Eileen contacted me to ask if I'd make a journal for the launch of her new Sizzix HeARTfelt line of dies and I of course jumped at the chance.  She kindly sent me the matte board die cuts for her new Journal and here is what I created with them.


I absolutely ADORE this die and can't wait to get my hands on it, it is apparently being shipped now by Sizzix so should be available to all of us soon, woo-hoo!  Eileen has been sharing the journals made by her very talented design team on her blog this month so make sure you pop over to take a peek at all of the eye candy.

I don't have any step out photos I'm afraid as it was one of those projects that started out in fits and starts and then took off at warp speed and I totally neglected to take any pictures.  So I'll share some close ups with you and explain what I did and hopefully you will get the gist.  I'll warn you in advance though that there are a lot of steps and pictures so grab a cup of your favourite beverage before heading in!

I decided to make a mixed media techniques journal in a midori style so that I could easily remove the signatures as I worked on the techniques and then replace them with another blank signature as I filled them up.  This Journal die cut already comes with three sets of pre-punched holes for adding three signatures (although you could easily expand it if need be) so three signatures it was.  Since I would be working with lots of paint and inks, I created my signatures from Arches 140 lb cold press watercolour paper, Canson mixed media paper and then I also added some copy paper, digital scrapbook papers and some recycled newsprint packing paper for journaling and doodling.


I also added some pocket pages (like the ruler stenciled page in the picture above) so I could tuck tags, cards and ATC's into it for techniques that weren't conducive to being worked on in the signatures themselves.  I sewed the signatures together with a pamphlet stitch and some heavy weight button thread and then it was onto the covers.

I painted both the front and back covers inside and out with a wash of diluted Cobalt Teal Hue DecoArt Media fluid acrylic paint and then randomly stamped with Tim Holtz's Etcetera stamps and Vintage Photo Archival Distress ink;


and stenciled with Stencil Girl Products Scribble Scratch Handwriting stencil and Titanium White Media fluid acrylic paint and Tim Holtz's Burlap layering stencil and Ranger Opaque Texture paste.


Both covers were sealed with Distress Vintage Collage medium and then the stenciled Burlap texture was coloured with Frayed Burlap (what else?!) Distress crayon and a touch of Walnut Stain.

For the front cover, Eileen Hull's Embroidery Hoop die was cut from some recycled packaging and embossed with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Weathered Wood and Hammered Metal embossing powders.  Tim Holtz's Globe die was cut from green Classic Craft Stock, sanded to reveal some of the kraft core and then adhered beneath the embroidery hoop, it was a perfect fit!


The words 'lifetime adventure' - since that's what our creative endeavours are! - were die cut with Tim Holtz's Handwritten Journey dies from more Classic Craft Stock, mounted onto die cut black fun foam for dimension and gently sanded.

Ephemera from Tim Holtz's Emporium Ephemera pack was adhered to the bottom half of the front cover with Distress Matte Collage medium and shaded with Ground Espresso Distress crayon.


The 'create art' Quote Chip was aged with Old Paper and Frayed Burlap Distress crayon and adhered over the ephemera and the word 'everyday' die cut with the Handwritten Journey dies in the same manner as previously described.

On to the back cover!


Tim Holtz's Compass Blueprint die and stamp set was watercoloured with several shades of blue Distress inks, adhered onto the back cover with Distress Matte Collage medium and the edges shaded with Ground Espresso Distress crayon.


The word 'discover' was spelled out with Alpha Tiles,


and I added my initials to the bottom with Transparent Alpha Tiles.


I knew that this journal was probably going to get VERY fat as I worked in it, so I cut off the ends of two of the adjustable latches that are also die cut with this die and adhered them together to form an extra long closure.  The latch was painted with Frayed Burlap Distress paint and then adhered to the back cover with a Number Brad.


A length of Distress ink coloured Crinkle Ribbon was tied to the other end of the latch and three charms pinned onto the ribbon with a Loop pin.  The Philosophy Tag and the Typed Token were coloured with Mushroom, Latte and Rust alcohol inks and the four leaf clover charm from the Souvenir Adornments Charms set was coloured with Lettuce and Clover alcohol inks.  The writing on the two tags was emphasized with Picket Fence Distress crayon once the alcohol inks had thoroughly dried.

Before adhering the two covers together, I added a Custom Fastener with another length of Crinkle Ribbon through the middle hole pre-punched into the journal cover so the journal could be tied closed.


Three lengths of elastic cord were tied together on the inside of the journal cover so the signatures could be easily slipped in and out.


To this point I've only embellished the inside of the front cover and one technique page so not too many more photos for you to suffer through!  I added a gusseted pocket to the bottom of the front cover for tags and journal cards, stenciling it with the Ornate layering stencil and Distress inks and then stamping it with the Noble Gent stamp set and Black Soot Archival ink and clear embossing.


The panel at the top of the page was created with Paper Artsy Infusions (believe this was Sleight Blue?) and then stamping it with stamps from the Dapper and Noble Gent sets with Black Soot Archival and clear embossing.  A Quotations Metallic Sticker was added that echoed the 'create art' sentiment on the front cover.


Eileen Hull's Recipe Card & Label die makes the perfect sized journal cards!  I die cut them from some scrapbook paper in my stash (sorry, no idea where it came from!) and stamped journal lines on the back with a Wendy Vecchi Fun With Art stamp.


The tag was die cut with Tim Holtz's Tag Collection die and stamped with Noble Gent stamps and Hickory Smoke Archival ink.  A piece of Linen Ribbon was added to the top of the tag and I've recorded the inks, stamps and techniques I've used on this first page on the reverse for future reference.

Last but not least, I made my first techniques page to record several mixed media faux metallic effects.  Tim Holtz's new Pipeline die seemed an appropriate surface to demonstrate them on!  And I broke out my new Distress Oxides for the first time for the background on this page, can't begin to tell you how much I love them.


I gessoed the page first and then added Iced Spruce and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide along with spritzes, flicks and sprays of water.  The tag was a mop up of the same colours.  Pictures don't begin to do this dye/pigment ink justice, it is quite amazing in real life and the chalky texture is swoon worthy!

The Pipeline die was cut from some medium weight chipboard and then each segment was treated to a different faux metallic technique.  I used Shelly Hickcox's tarnished silver technique and a technique Nicole Wright just shared on Instagram using Distress crayons overtop of Emerald Creek's Hammered Metal embosssing powder.  I then experimented with Distress crayons overtop of Emerald Creek's Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder for a faux copper patina and tried acrylic paints in several colours pounced overtop of black gesso to simulate a faux rust.


The tag (stamped with the Dapper stamp) has all of the techniques I used, products and designers listed on the back for quick and easy reference in the future.  I plan to do the same with all of the subsequent technique pages I create so inspiration will always be available right at my finger tips.


Thank you so much for stopping by to take a look at my journal and thank you again to Eileen Hull for asking me to take part in the launch of her fabulous new HeARTfelt Journal die!


And as a very special added bonus, my journal and all of the journals created by the talented designers participating in Eileen's launch, will soon be compiled into an ebook from Bella Crafts Publishing.  It will be an amazing compilation of all the varied ways that you can use this wonderful die so stay tuned for the details, rumor has it it may be coming out in May.  Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone, hope the Easter bunny brings you lots of goodies and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Friday, April 7, 2017

Destination Vacation Ocean View Card

Hello, just a quick pop in today to let you know that I have a tutorial over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog for my Destination Vacation Ocean View Card.


I continued the film strip theme from my mini travel journal that I made last month but this month I used Southern Ridge's Wavy Film Strip Frame.  The wave design of this film strip frame immediately made me think of the ocean, so I grabbed their Mini Ocean Set for those wonderful sea creatures and their Foliage Pieces to make some 'seaweed'.  The Fish Net Stencil completed the ocean setting along with some of Tim Holtz's Mini Holiday Greens for more 'seaweed' in behind.  Hope you can pop by for my how too, see you there!

Deb xo

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Find Joy In The Ordinary

Hello and welcome!  It's time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and our host Annie has chosen the theme of 'The Magic of Three' for April.  Here is Annie's brief:

It is said that using three of something adds more interest and power whether it is a conversation, art or numbers.  Let us see you use three of something in your challenge project (numbers, techniques, stamps, colours, words, products - the list is endless!)  Let us know your magic 3 components and ensure your project is in our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk styles that we favour.

Our very generous sponsor this month is Emerald Creek Craft Supplies
and they are offering a $50.00 CAD gift certificate for their online store www.emeraldcreek.org to our lucky winner, thank you Emerald Creek Craft Supplies!

For my Magic of Three project I decided to explore how many ways I could incorporate trios of design elements.  I used three stencils and three stamps on my background, grouped three trios of flowers created in three different ways onto three little panels within my framed project and as a finishing touch added three butterflies.


I've some step out photos on how I created it, hope you will enjoy seeing them.

I started out with a piece of scrapbook paper from Tim Holtz's Wallflower Paper Stash and stamped it with three different stamps (the script stamp and the small trio of butterflies from Tim Holtz's Papillon stamp set and the small bee from Dina Wakley's Scribbly Flowers and Insects set) using Ground Espresso Distress Archival Ink.  I then stenciled the background with Gloss Transparent Texture paste using the Flourish, Concerto and Mixed Media 101 layering stencils.


I then spattered the stenciled and stamped background with three colours of acrylic paint (Decoart Americana Asphaltum, Desert Sand and Cool White) and spritzed a bit of Brushed Sage Distress marker here and there with Tim's spritzer tool.

The background was adhered onto the base of a Mini Framed Panel and the frame itself was painted with Old Paper Distress paint and then a wash of Walnut Stain Distress paint was added to age it.  The frame was adhered over the prepared background and the sides of the background panel were coloured with Distress crayons (Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy and Gathered Twigs) to blend it in with the painted frame.


Three panels of varied sizes were cut from cardstock coloured with three different colours of green Distress inks (Peeled Paint, Iced Spruce and Bundled Sage) using the wrinkle free Distress method.  The edges of the panels were shaded with Frayed Burlap Distress ink.


The first set of three flowers were then die cut with the Tiny Tattered Florals die from cardstock coloured with Raspberry Infusions and a bit of Picked Raspberry Distress ink.  The three flowers each had a dot of Platinum Stickles glitter glue added to their centers.

The second set of three flowers were die cut with the Tattered Florals die from some blue patterned paper from the Wallflower Paper Stash.  Each flower had a brad added to the center and the brads all had a touch of Platinum Stickles glitter glue applied to them.


The third and final trio of flowers were die cut from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with the Wildflowers die and were watercoloured with Distress inks (Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint).  A touch of Platinum Stickles glitter glue was added to these flowers as well.

Three butterflies from the Botanical Layers ephemera pack were coloured with Distress markers and Distress inks so that they coordinated with the three colours of flowers.  The bodies of the butterflies were highlighted with a bit more Platinum Stickles glitter glue.


And finally, I cut one of Tim's new Quote Chips in two so that it would fit into my design, edging the Quote Chip with Frayed Burlap Distress ink.

And then the framed panel was assembled.  The three Distress ink coloured panels were arranged over the background and the middle panel was popped up slightly on some pop dots for a bit of dimension.  The Quote Chip sentiment was added to the bottom left corner,


and the three butterflies adhered to the frame.


Each trio of flowers was adhered to the panels and some leaves, die cut from more Wallflower paper, were tucked in around the Tattered Florals and Tiny Tattered Florals posies.


The clover Wildflower die cut was popped up with a pop dot to add some dimension to the middle panel.



I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how I created my Find Joy In The Ordinary mixed media frame, I had a lot of fun exploring The Magic of Three!


Make sure to pop over to A Vintage Journey to see all of the wonderful projects from our talented Creative Guides and I hope that you will be inspired to explore The Magic Of Three with us, can't wait to see what you create!

Deb xo