Monday, January 16, 2017

Sneak Peek For Emerald Creek Craft Supplies!

Hello everyone, thanks so much for stopping by.  I am really excited to be able to share some sneak peeks with you today of new products that Emerald Creek Craft Supplies will be debuting at Creativation 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona in just a few days time.  I received a fabulous inspirational package from Kim a few days ago and here is what I ended up creating with some of it.

It will be no surprise to Kim that I ended up using her wonderful Oak Tree stamp (both the large cling mount and the smaller wood mount version) along with her new art stones, love them!  I paired them with Kelly Klapstein's Dream stamp, the Eldergrove stamp, Flower Crest brads and Vintage Feather and Pine Cone charms and love how my Dream Of Nature mixed media canvas turned out.

I'm afraid I don't have any step out photos as I had about 3 projects on the go at the same time as I race to get ready to leave for Phoenix in a few days (yes, I'm attending Creativation 2017 this year and am as excited as a school girl about it!) but I'll show you some closeups and try to describe for you how I made my canvas.

I started with a 5" x 7" flat artists canvas and covered it with white gesso.  Distress stains followed in Old Paper and Bundled Sage and then some drips, drops, sprays and splatters of water, Mowed Lawn Distress spray and a touch of Lucky Clover Distress stain followed.  The background was feeling a little too intense so I finger painted overtop with more white gesso and then did some second generation stamping with the Eldergrove stamp and the smaller wood mounted Oak Tree stamp in shades of Hickory Smoke and Ground Espresso Archival inks.

I also stamped some script very lightly with an old stamp from my stash and then did a tape transfer of some dictionary words and sealed the canvas with Distress Matte Collage medium.  A piece of cheesecloth stained with shades of green Distress inks was also added for a bit more texture and then the canvas was edged with Distress crayons in shades of green and brown.

Two Flower Crest brads were coloured with Latte and Ginger alcohol inks and a piece of jute twine strung between them at the top of the canvas.  A Vintage Feather charm was embossed with Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder and suspended from the twine along with a couple of Pine Cone charms that had been coloured with Ginger and Mushroom alcohol inks.

A lovely little chipboard bird from Southern Ridge Trading Company's Small Bird Mix was then coloured with Walnut Stain Distress ink and adhered just above one of the tape transfers.

The large Oak Tree was stamped with Ground Espresso Archival ink onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, clear embossed and fussy cut.  The image was edged with Frayed Burlap Distress ink, mounted onto some black fun foam and adhered to the canvas.

Kelly Klapstein's lovely handwritten Dream stamp was also stamped onto Heavystock but I used Jet Black Archival ink this time and clear embossed it.  After fussy cutting and edging with Frayed Burlap the sentiment was mounted onto more black fun foam and adhered along the bottom edge of the canvas.

And then it was time for those wonderful new art stones, they are so gorgeous in real life!  I used two of the colour ways Kim had sent me (sorry, I don't have any links or names for them yet as Kim has been crazy busy getting ready for Phoenix and hasn't had time to list them) but I'm going to call them topaz and quartz because that's what they remind me off.

I hope that you have enjoyed this sneak peek of just a small portion of all the wonderful new items at Emerald Creek Craft Supplies, I had so much fun creating with them!

Make sure you head on over to the Emerald Creek Dares blog to see what my teammates have made to inspire you and be sure to head back on January 18th when the rest of the team will post their creations with all the wonderful new releases from Emerald Creek, what a fun week!

I'll be heading down to Creativation 2017 on the 18th and will be back home on the 24th so will fill you in as soon as I get back, it's going to be so much fun!  I'm teaching a make 'n take class for Southern Ridge Trading Company on the 21st from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. so if you happen to be in Phoenix make sure you pop by Booth #1934 (Southern Ridge) and Booth #1930 (Emerald Creek) to say hi!  Have a wonderful week everyone and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Friday, January 13, 2017

Baby It's Cold Outside Winter Canvas

Hello all and thanks for stopping by!  Just popping in quick to let you know I have a project to share with you over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's challenge blog today for our current Winter challenge.

We've been experiencing repeated cold snaps here in B.C. and that most certainly influenced my design since it's definitely been cold outside LOL!  Hope you can stop by for a peek at my canvas and that you will join in our Winter 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 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Winter Rounds Into Spring Mixed Media Plaque

Hello and thank you for stopping by.  It's time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and this month our challenge theme is Going Round In Circles.  Here is Brenda's brief:

Whether large or small, 2D or 3D, clock face embellishments, buttons, eyelets or created with paint pot lids, stamped, stenciled, doodled or finger painted, let's see what gets you going round in circles.  This challenge theme particularly fits with the art journaling style we love to see but can also be incorporated into a vintage, shabby, mixed media, industrial or steampunk project.

This month our generous sponsor is The Funkie Junkie Boutique and they are offering a $25.00 voucher to their online store for our lucky randomly chosen winner.

For my Going Round In Circles project I ended up making a mixed media home decor plaque that represents the perpetual circling of the seasons.  With Christmas and New Years behind us my thoughts are already turning to Spring and here is the piece that I created with that in mind.

I've a few step out photos of how I made it, enjoy!

I didn't have a clear idea of what I wanted to make when I started this project so I just pulled out anything vaguely circular in shape or design that I had in my stash to see what would spark my muse.  The first thing I did was die cut some circles with the Sizzix Circles Bigz die from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and when I looked at the negative images left over from my die cuts an idea for some framed elements started to coalesce.

I cut the negative die cut to about 5 1/2" square and added matte texture paste through Tim Holtz's Flourish layering stencil here and there.  The floral circular patterns of the stencil made me think of Spring and that was when the idea for my final design came to me.

After the texture paste dried, the frame was sprayed with Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress spray stains, drying in between each layer of spray.  The stenciled texture paste and edges of the frame were then emphasized with Frayed Burlap and Ground Espresso Distress ink.

Time to work on the circles themselves; two were stamped with the Rosette background stamp and Ground Espresso Archival ink, clear embossed and then coloured with Salty Ocean Distress ink.

Two more circles were coloured with Frayed Burlap DI and then run through the Postal Texture Fades embossing folder.  I tried to incorporate a bit of the circular Paris postal mark onto each circle and then enhanced the raised embossed areas and edges with more Frayed Burlap DI.

The Lace die from Tim's Mixed Media #2 set was die cut next and I punched out one of the circular floral motifs from the die cut with a 1 1/2" Fiskars punch.  The punched die cut was coloured with more Salty Ocean DI and then backed with a solid 1 1/2" punched circle coloured with Frayed Burlap DI.

Flower petals were die cut with the Tatttered Florals Bigz die from cardstock coloured with Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky and Broken China DI, stamped with a script stamp from my stash and Ground Espresso Archival ink and then the petals were spritzed with water, crinkled up and dried with a heat tool to form the flowers.

To back the frame, I cut a piece of corrugated cardboard packaging 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" square, tore off some of the top layer from the cardboard, finger painted it with gesso and then sprayed it with Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Salty Ocean Distress spray stains.

I felt I needed another layer beneath my circle frame, so I cut out a 6" x 6" piece of script scrapbook paper from Tim's Crowded Attic paper stash, distressed the edges and aged them with Frayed Burlap and  Ground Espresso DI and mounted it on top of the corrugated cardboard backing.

The two largest prepared circles where then adhered to the scrapbook paper, positioning them so they'd be visible through the circle frame.

The circle frame was mounted onto some black fun foam and positioned in place over the prepared background.  I did a bit more script stamping onto the circle frame with Tim's Ledger Script stamp to continue the script motif.  The smaller prepared circles were positioned inside each of the openings on the circle frame on black fun foam and the florals glued on top.

I added a flat back pearl into the center of each of the Tattered Florals flowers.

The sentiment (a proverb according to Internet sources) was printed out onto cardstock coloured with blue Distress inks, die cut with a Spellbinders Victorian Tags die and mounted onto more black fun foam.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing how I created my Winter Rounds Into Spring mixed media plaque and that you will be able to take a minute to stop by A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have made to inspire you, they are wonderful as always!  Hope to see your circular creations linked up as well for our Going Round In Circles challenge this month, can't wait to see where your muse takes you!  Happy creating,

Deb xo

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Welcome 2017!

Happy New Year everyone!  It's January 1st, 2017 and time for a new challenge over at Mixed Media Mojo.  This month our challenge theme is New with the twist of adding Clocks.

I decided to make a New Year's mixed media card for my contribution to this month's design team projects and finally used my Stencil Girl 'City Scape' stencil.

Hope you can pop over to Mixed Media Mojo to see what the rest of the team has created to inspire you and you will also get a lovely surprise when you visit there, we have several NEW design team members joining us this month, welcome one and all!

As time is a little short for me this month, I am going to wait to post my tutorial for this card until I get back from Creativation 2017 on January 25th so hope you can pop back then for my how to.  In the meantime, I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.  May 2017 bring us and our world peace, understanding, acceptance and respect and no matter how remote that possibility seems right now, I fervently hope that by some miracle my wish for us all will come true.

I'd like to enter my card into The Mixed Media Monthly January challenge 'Put A Stencil On It'.

As luck would have it, the stencil I used is a Stencil Girl Products stencil, 'City Scape'!

Deb xo

Friday, December 30, 2016

December 12 Tags Of 2016 Plus One I Forgot!

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by.  I just finished my December tag for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016, I can't believe that the year is over already!  Tim's fabulous December tag was a remix of Shadowpress from May 2014 and Burlap and Punches from December 2015 (click here to see Tim's December tutorial).  As Christmas has come and gone, I decided to make my December tag on a winter theme and here is the result.

I don't have any of the Christmas Shadow Press folders so used the phrase 'good life' from the Documented set and embossed it with silver embossing powder.

I made some 'tiles' as Tim had done from various scrapbook papers, design tape and ephemera, topping them with Idea-ology embellishments.

My stenciled burlap background got lost in the shuffle but I had stenciled it with the Snowflakes layering stencil and Blueprint Sketch and Pumice Stone Distress sprays.

I added some Mini Holiday Greens die cuts to the top as I don't have any of Tim's punches and topped the greens with Mini Paper Snowflakes die cut from some silvery blue card I had made for another project.

Some gesso 'snow' was added to finish it off along with a burlap ribbon held on with some silver wire.

With December's tag completed I then went over to PicMonkey to make a collage of my 12 Tags of 2016 to share with you .... only to discover I had never made September's tag!  Have no idea how I missed making it but it was a problem I had to rectify so I set to work.  Tim's September tag was a remix of Distress Patina from April 2013 and Alcohol Ink Resist from September 2014 with some alcohol ink stamped resist on Yupo paper from Tim's Creative Chemistry 103 class thrown in for good measure!

What a fun tag to make, so many fabulous techniques!

I used the umbrella man stamp from Tim's Sideshow stamp set for the alcohol ink stamped resist technique, the Yupo paper is amazingly reactive and every single tiny detail on that fabulous stamp appeared as if by magic.

I didn't have any of the Framed Alpha Parts so used letters from the Ransom Alpha Parts set and glued them onto some Film Strip ribbon that I sewed into place.

And as I said, the Yupo is VERY reactive so I got a bit of leaking under the stencil when I did the alcohol ink resist technique through the mini Industrial layering stencil but hey ho, I'm embracing imperfection!

Wish more of the paint patina technique on the background showed up, it is gorgeous!

And so with that, all 12 tags of 2016 were completed and I was able to put together a collage of my Tim tags.

What a wonderful year of inspiration, thank you so much Tim for sharing your talent and creativity with us all, I've enjoyed each and every minute of it!  Here's hoping that the tradition will continue into 2017 and wishing everyone a very happy New Year!

Hugs, Deb xo

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Leftovers Tag

Hello everyone, hope this finds you all well and ready to celebrate the New Year.  I can hardly fathom that it will be 2017 in a few days but the calendar doesn't lie!  I'm here today to share a tag with you that I made for our Tag Friday post over at A Vintage Journey.  In every month with 5 Fridays, the Creative Guides can just have fun and create a tag in any style or theme that they want, I love Tag Fridays!

I decided for my tag that it was high time that I dove into my ever expanding pile of leftover bits and bobs from projects I've created this last year (and truth be told, there are probably more than a few bits left over from previous years!).  Here is the 'tovers' tag that I ended up creating, amazing what materializes when you throw all of those leftovers into one pot!

I've a few step out photos, hope you will enjoy seeing them.

I started out by quite literally dumping all my leftovers onto my desk and separating them into piles of die cuts, fibers, images, etc.  Have to admit this is only a small portion of my leftovers, must make a New Year's resolution to start using them up!

It was no surprise that neutrals and browns were the predominate colours in my leftovers pile so I coloured a Distress Mixed Media Heavystock tag with Tea Stain, Vintage Photo and Walnut Ink Distress inks using my favourite wrinkle free distress technique as a base.

I wanted a bit more interest on my background so I broke out the Flourish layering stencil which I hadn't used for a while and inked through it with Frayed Burlap Distress ink.

Then I started to layer some of the leftovers - a bit of coffee stained cheesecloth, a Stitched Oval frame and a length of burlap twine.

I had a fragment of a tag that I'd cut up, think it was a Remnant Rub resist tag that hadn't quite turned out the way I'd wanted, and I centered the bee image under a large clear glass cabochon and glued it on with Glossy Accents.

Some black silhouette Wildflower die cuts were added along the bottom and the cabochon was adhered to the top of the Stitched Oval frame.

And then in my usual style I got on a roll and forgot to take any more in process pictures so will show you some closeups of the finished tag.  I added a piece of corrugated cardboard binding from a Passport die cut that had some white gesso finger painted onto it and layered a fragment from a Honeycomb Frameworks die cut over top.  I layered some bits of random scrapbook papers from my stash behind the Honeycomb framework here and there.

Hearts die cut from a trashed tag and what looks to be Correspondence paper were then added along with a die cut metallic finish star and a layered 'cherish' word, cut with Tim Holtz's Handwritten Love die.  A small alcohol ink coloured star stud was adhered amongst the wildflower die cuts as well.

The edges of the Stitched Oval frame were sanded before adhering the Wildflower die cuts, think this is Coredinations Kraft Core paper?

And for a final touch I added the 'with love' chalkboard tag to the top along with a scrap of Distress ink stained Crinkle Ribbon.  I honestly have no clue where the chalkboard tag came from!

So that's my With Love 'tovers tag, not too bad for an amalgamation of bits and bobs!

Hope you will have a minute to pop over to A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have made for this Tag Friday, it seems that many of us had the idea to use our leftovers to create our tags!  Thanks for stopping by today and if I don't get back here before New Year's Eve I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year and may 2017 bring peace, tolerance and understanding to us all and to our fragile planet.  Best wishes everyone and happy creating!

Deb xo