Friday, August 26, 2016

Wild And Free Card

Hello, popping in today to let you know that I have a quick tutorial over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's challenge blog for my Wild and Free card.

I used some lovely chipboard pieces from Southern Ridge plus embossed with one of Karen's new stencils, hope you will pop on by to read my how-to and that you will be inspired to enter our Anything Goes August challenge.  There are 4 chipboard pieces up for grabs, a $20.00 (before tax) retail value from the online store - - of your own choosing!  See you there,

Deb xo

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Last Of The Meandering Books - Ocean Denizens

Hello everyone, hope you are having a great week.  I've just completed the last pages in our ongoing meandering book swap at Mixed Media Studio (click here to see links to all of the previous pages I've completed) and have sent it on it's way.  The owner of this book had asked that we create pages on the theme of Ocean/Sea Life and I also discovered that she is an avid scuba diver so here is one of the pages that I created for her.

If you recall, each page in the book is made from 4x4 fabric panels sewn together and as the books have traveled around Canada and the U.S., each recipient of the book has been decorating two of the pages.

I started this 'Ocean Denizens' page with a 4x4 square of cardstock printed with a vintage map of a cay in  Belize, which seemed rather appropriate!  Ground up walnut shells were mixed with Ranger Translucent Matte texture paste and glopped along the bottom for sand.  I found this vintage giant clam illustration online, resized it and coloured it with Distress markers.  The image was cut in two along the line of the upper shell and I tucked in some pirate treasure (aka bits of old jewelry!)

Tim Holtz's Holiday Greens die made lovely seaweed in behind and I played with Ranger Shrink plastic for the first time and stamped the seashell from the Simon Says Stamp/Tim Holtz Stamptember 2015 release and coloured it with alcohol inks.  Hard to believe I know that I've never used Shrink plastic before, boy is it fun!

More Shrink plastic was die cut with Tim Holtz's Mini Apothecary Movers & Shapers and coloured with alcohol ink to make the mini message in a bottle at the feet of the hard hat diver.

And yes, I even made a teeny tiny message to put in said bottle!

The hard hat diver image was one I found online, I believe it is an illustration from a vintage diving manual.  I coloured the etching with Distress inks and markers and then added some bakers twine for his air hoses (good air in, bad air out!) since the air hoses on the illustration did not extend paste the top of his diving helmet.  You can't see it in the picture but I also added a drop of Glossy Accents over the face plate on his helmet.

One of Tim Holtz's Wildflower die cuts made for more loverly seaweed in behind the diver.

And last but certainly not least, I found this magnificent giant Pacific octopus image at The Graphics Fairy and used artistic license to add him to my Caribbean diving scene :O)

He was resized and fussy cut with scissors and a finger knife and then I added a bit of fun foam under his body and glued down all those lovely arms so he looked like he was floating down to protect his treasure from the marauding diver, look out buddy!

I did make another page for this book but unfortunately the picture didn't turn out too well and the book was on it's way back to it's owner before I realized.  I do hope that she will like both of them though, I had great fun making them.  I can't wait to get my meandering book back and as soon as it arrives (and we get back from holidays) I will post some pictures so you can see how it was decorated by all of the participants.  My theme was Nature/Outdoors so really excited to see what everyone created!

I'd like to enter my Ocean Denizens 4x4 page into the following challenge:

Mixed Media World - MMW #17 - Summer/Sea/Nautical

I've just about completed all of my upcoming projects for September and October in preparation for my absence during our holidays in September and have them scheduled to publish while we are away.  Hoping it all goes smoothly as we will be without internet or cell phone connections so I'll have no way of checking to make sure, wish me luck!  I don't know if I'll get back before we leave so just in case I will say bye for now and have a wonderful September.  Thanks as always for visiting, happy creating and see you in October!

Deb xo

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Explore Life August 12 Tags Of 2016

Hello everyone, I meant to get this post up earlier today but our hound dog had a run in with a skunk (!!!!) so we've been repeatedly washing and rinsing and washing and rinsing trying to get rid of the stench.  In her defense, we never had skunks around here before this year so she was not aware of their stinky defensive strategies ... she is very aware now!  She is still rather odoriferous as she got it full in the face and washing around her eyes and ears is problematic but it is somewhat better than it was.  So here I sit at the computer with a clothespeg on my nose, typing (just kidding, it's not quite that bad LOL!).

I've been working like crazy getting DT projects completed for September since we will be away on holidays and I have to get them completed and scheduled to post before we leave.  But I managed to find a couple of hours today to get my August Tim tag completed while waiting for gesso to dry.  You can see Tim's complete tutorial here, this month's tag was a remix of brayered stain from July 2013 and frameworks from April 2014.  Here's my interpretation of Tim's August tag.

I decided to add some emboss resist to my background before brayering it with Peeled Paint, Broken China and Mustard Seed Distress stains.  I used the Ledger Script stamp with Distress embossing ink and clear embossing powder.

I used the Honeycomb Framework die, cut from some Wallflower paper stash paper.  For the pieces to infill the framework I used some scraps from my stash, Mirrored sheets, Deco sheets;

and some burlap, stamped and dyed muslin and a hydrangea print napkin.

The Layered Leaf die was cut from black cardstock and embossed with the accompanying embossing folder.

To anchor the leaf, I sewed some Stripes Paper String onto the tag and then attached a No. 5 tag from my stash with jump rings (no idea where it came from but it's cute!)

A Vial label was wrapped around the edge and I added the 'explore life' Remnant Rub to it.

Some Distress ink stained Crinkle ribbon and jute twine finished off the tag.

I can't believe that it is nearly the end of August, only 4 more tags to complete for 2016, where or where has this year disappeared to?!

Thanks as always for stopping by today and hope you have had a less fragrant weekend than we have had!  Have a great week everyone and happy creating,

Deb xo

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fruits Of Our Labours Mixed Media Canvas

Hello everyone, just a quick pop in to let you know I have a tutorial posting over at Mixed Media Mojo today for this mixed media canvas I made for our August challenge theme of Harvest with the twist of adding Fruit.

Hope you'll be able to stop by to take a look (click here for my tutorial) and that you will be inspired to join in our August challenge, can't wait to see what you create!

Deb xo

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Papillon Mixed Media Tag

Hello everyone, just a quick pop in to let you know that I'm hosting over at A Vintage Journey today for the second stop on our Destination Inspiration Journey for August.  I created this Papillon mixed media tag with the contents of my travel bag and have a little tutorial for you on how it was created.

Click here to head on over to read the how-to and also, don't forget to enter our August challenge, Stencil It!, there's a lovely prize from Country View Crafts up for grabs as well as our coveted Pinworthy badges.  Hope to see you there!

Deb xo

Friday, August 12, 2016

Courage To Imagine Mixed Media Assemblage Plaque

Hello!  Just popping in quickly to let you know I am hosting over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's challenge blog today and have a tutorial to share with you for my Courage To Imagine mixed media assemblage plaque.

Our August challenge theme at Southern Ridge is Anything Goes and while I love the possibilities of an anything goes challenge I usually have a heck of a time deciding what to make, too many ideas running about my noggin!  So I decided to fall back upon my love of all things vintage and combined lots of lovely chipboard embellishments from Southern Ridge Trading Company with a plethora of Tim Holtz goodness :O)

Hope you'll be able to pop by to see how I made it and that you will be inspired to join in our August challenge, you have a chance to win 4 designs from the online store - - a $20.00 (before tax) retail value of YOUR OWN CHOOSING!  See you there!

Deb xo