Friday, February 24, 2017

Life's An Adventure Canvas

Hello everyone, just popping in to let you know that I am over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog today with some details on my Life's An Adventure canvas that I made to display in their booth at Creativation 2017.


Hope you can stop by for a closer look, see you there!

Deb xo

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Black Bird Love

Hello everyone, hope this finds you well!  I've been having a play in my studio in between watching the Scotties Tournament of Hearts curling (our Canadian women's curling championship, yes I'm a curling nerd!) and here is what I made.


I'm calling it Black Bird Love, right now it is a mixed media plaque but it may become a card in the very near future for someone special ;O)  I was inspired by the current challenge at Stamps and Stencils 'Texture, Crackle and Paint' and by the new DecoArt Media fluid acrylic paints I have in my stash, loving those gorgeous greens!  I've included a stencil, stamping, crackle, various textures and paints in this piece so hope I've fulfilled all of the challenge requirements at Stamps and Stencils.  I've a few step out photos of how I created it, read on for my how to.

I started out with a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and applied Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture paste through the new Clouds stencil from Southern Ridge Trading Company.  Multiple layers of Tumbled Glass Distress stain and Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch Distress inks followed.


I then cut out sections of the stenciled cardstock with my Fiskars finger knife, following the stenciled design, to make my 'cloud banks' and edged them with Peacock Feathers Distress ink.

A piece of corrugated cardboard packaging was cut out, the edges torn to reveal the corrugations underneath, and I finger painted it with DecoArt Acrylic gesso and then added layers of diluted DecoArt Media fluid acrylics in Green Gold, Yellow Green Light and Cobalt Teal Hue.  Spritzes and drips of water were also added as the paint was dried between layers.


Background stamping came next with Black Soot Distress Archival ink and the Tim Holtz Papillon script stamp and Inkadinkado's Meadow stamps.

The standing bird from the Sizzix Bigz Birds die was cut from some Fancy Pants Designs 'As You Wish' Celebrate scrapbook paper and backed with another die cut from chipboard for some dimension.


A couple of lengths of white button thread were coloured with the Green Gold and Cobalt Teal Hue DecoArt Media fluid acrylics.

A script printed paper flower from Recollections was coloured with a couple of different shades of blue Distress inks and spritzed with water and scrunched up for some texture.  More Recollections paper flowers from my stash were chosen to coordinate with my colour scheme, think I've had these particular roses for years!


And then the plaque was assembled, the 'cloud banks' were layered across the top of the corrugated cardboard base and two of the pieces were popped up on some fun foam for a bit of dimension.


The 'with love' chalkboard tag was a freebie courtesy of Lia Griffith over at the Ellinee.com blog (click here to get the download) and I adhered it on top of the clouds with a little resin Heirloom Rose.


The florals were layered overtop of the coloured button thread and some wee twigs from the yard in the bottom left corner, perhaps the string and twigs will become nesting material for the black bird?


And finally, a length of black and cream ribbon was added along the bottom edge so the black bird would have a place to perch.


Hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my Black Bird Love mixed media plaque came together, this will be the closest thing to Spring that we will see around here for a while so I have it up on the mantel right now and hoping it will bring us some spring weather sooner rather than later!


Have a great week everyone and I will be back again on the 24th with another project for Southern Ridge Trading Company so hope to see you again then, happy creating!

Deb xo

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Love Is All You Need Valentine

Hello and thanks for stopping by.  We are Rocking The Red at Emerald Creek Dares this month and for my challenge contribution I decided to make this Valentine's Day card for my hubby.


Have to admit this challenge was a bit of a struggle for me, I don't use red very often and was having a heck of a time deciding what I was going to make until my eyes fell upon Emerald Creek's wonderful Cardinal stamp, nothing redder than a male cardinal!

Emerald Creek Craft Supplies used:


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

The new Chrysanthemum stamp was stamped 4 times onto white cardstock with Festive Berries Distress ink.  Think I was channeling my inner Andy Warhol!


The flourish die from Mixed Media #2 was die cut into the top right corner and backed with a piece of red cardstock.

The cardinal was stamped in Jet Black Archival ink onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock , clear embossed and then coloured with Red Mahogany, Barn Red and Festive Berries Distress inks and a water brush.  Accents of Candy Red embossing powder were added to his crest, wing and tail coverts.  A heart was die cut with the Wings & Heart Movers & Shapers die from a scrap of paper from my stash and adhered in the cardinal's beak.


A tag was die cut with a Tag Collection Framelits die, coloured with multiple colours of brown Distress inks and then clear embossed with some hearts stenciled on with Southern Ridge's Heart stencil.  The sentiment from the Fiskars Love Simple Stick stamp set was stamped with Black Soot Distress Archival ink and clear embossed again.

A branch was die cut from kraft cardstock with the Bigz Bird Branch die and coloured with Ground Espresso Distress ink.


Three flowers were stamped onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with the Daisy stamp, embossed with Candy Red embossing powder and watercoloured with Barn Red Distress marker and Ground Espresso Distress ink.

A couple of Filigree Leaf charms were coloured with Ginger and Mushroom alcohol inks and then half of each leaf was embossed with Weathered Wood embossing powder.


A Believe Buckle Connector charm was coloured with Mushroom alcohol ink and slid onto a length of red and white Baker's twine.

The Believe charm was adhered into place with E6000 glue and the Baker's twine affixed onto the back before adhering the background onto a piece of black corrugated card.


The cardinal was mounted onto some black fun foam and positioned on top of the branch.


The tag was added to the right side of the card and one of the daisies was adhered overtop the hole in the top of the tag.


And finally, the Filigree leaves were adhered with E6000 glue to the left side of the card and another of the stamped and embossed daisies was glued over top of them.


In the end, I had a lot of fun Rocking The Red!  My hubby really liked the Valentine's Day card I made for him too which made my day :O)


Hope that you have been inspired to break out your red craft supplies and that you will enter our Rock The Red challenge, you have a chance to win a very generous gift certificate to Emerald Creek Craft Supplies online store and you will receive 10% off your next order at Emerald Creek just for entering the challenge!



I'd like to link my Love Is All You Need card with Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge blog's 'Use Your Favourite Tool' challenge.  I've used two of my favourites here, my Big Shot for the die cuts and Distress Inks, I can't create without them!  

Thanks so much for stopping by today and make sure to pop by Emerald Creek Dares to see what my teammates have made to inspire you, happy creating everyone!

Deb xo

P.S.  I've gone back to my 'usual' way of sharing my tutorials as most folks commented on my last tutorial post that they like to read about how I do each step so thank you all for the feedback, much appreciated! xo

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Crazy 4 U Valentine's Day Card

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  Hope you all have a wonderful day filled with lots of love and laughter xo 

Haley The Hound Dog asked me yesterday to make a Valentine's Day card that she could give to her Daddy so out came the Crazy Dog stamps and dies and here's what I created :O)


Happy to report my hubby loved it but really how could you not love those adorable Crazy Dogs?!


I started with a red card base, added some pink and red striped cardstock from my stash that I tattered and aged with Distress Vintage Collage medium and then I layered on some die cut hearts from my stash.  Think they had come as part of a die cut swap a few years ago so not sure what dies or embossing folders were used to make them.  An Amy Tangerine Document alphabet stamp set was used to stamp the sentiment onto some Distress ink coloured cardstock with Black Soot Distress Archival ink and clear embossed.


I purposefully left some of the edges inked on the individual alphabet stamps to get the faint lines around the letters, reminds me a bit of Tim's Blueprint stamps.

A 1" circle punch was used to punch out the 4 U and the entire sentiment was mounted onto black fun foam.


Haley was happy with the card too, although she wasn't real sure why the Crazy Dog was giving her Daddy some flowers rather than a ball or a bone, who in the heck wants a mouthful of flowers for Pete's sake?!


Hope you've enjoyed seeing my Crazy 4 U card and that you all have a wonderful day with your loved ones.   I'll be back again on the 16th with another Valentine's project that I made for Emerald Creek Craft Supplies so hope to see you then, happy creating!

Deb xo

Friday, February 10, 2017

Hugs And Kisses Mixed Media Valentine

Hello everyone, I'm popping in quickly today to let you know that I have a tutorial over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog for my Hugs And Kisses mixed media valentine.


I used a page from one of Karen's chipboard albums as the base for my valentine along with her Wild Heart, Love and Hearts banner and Heart stencil.  I also broke out some of the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics and mediums that Tracy Weinzapfel very generously gave me at Creativation 2017 to transform a piece of scrapbook paper I wasn't too fond of into this nummy background.  Hope you can pop by for my how to, see you there!

I'd like to link up my Hugs and Kisses mixed media Valentine with the Be My Valentine challenge over at Frilly and Funkie's challenge blog.

Deb xo

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

And Fly Again Mixed Media Tutorial

Hello all, just a quick pop in to let you know that I have a tutorial over at Mixed Media Mojo today on how I made my And Fly Again mixed media panel.


Lots of lovely new Tim Holtz Idea-ology on this one so hope you can pop by for a look and also hope that you will enter our February challenge, Love with the twist of Wings, we have a wonderful new sponsor at Mixed Media Mojo so even more incentive for you to come join the fun!

Sadly, this will be my last post at Mixed Media Mojo as I am leaving their design team so want to take this opportunity to thank Maria very much for having me on her team over this last year, it was lots of fun!  Maria has rounded up an exceptionally talented new group of designers for her team this year so make sure you keep following them, there will be lots of creative inspiration for you to enjoy.  Thanks again to Mixed Media Mojo for the fun and to you for following me on my creative journey,

Deb xo