Friday, April 13, 2018

Things With Wings Journal Holder

Hi everyone, Eileen Hull is having a fun little challenge over on Facebook on her Eileen Hull Fan Club page, she has challenged us to make something with wings using at least one of her Sizzix dies.  I decided to make a journal holder using Eileen's Scoreboards XL Planner Storage & Organizer die along with a couple of her Scoreboards L Stamp & Photo Storage dies.


I used Ephemera's Vintage Garden's 'Wings For Jonathon' digital journal kit for all of the components, a quick and easy way to add lots of beautiful wings!


I wanted to add two of Eileen's Stamp & Photo Storage boxes inside the Planner Storage & Organizer so I slightly widened the spine of the Planner Storage box.


I cut out a finger pull on each of the Stamp & Photo Storage boxes and added two little journals inside each one.


The journals were created with images from the 'Wings For Jonathon' journal kit printed onto copy paper (on both sides) and then sewed them together with some baker's twine and a pamphlet stitch.


I added some journaling tags and a couple of little envelopes with more journaling spots from the same digital kit as well.


And that was it, quick and easy with the digital papers!


If you have one of Eileen's dies in your stash, head on over to Facebook and join in the fun, the only rules for the challenge are to make something with wings on it and use at least one of Eileen's dies and you have until April 26th to get your project completed.  There will be a random drawing for a prize so that everyone has a chance to win, hope you will join us!  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Rusted Techniques Mini Journal For A Vintage Journey

Hello and happy April!  With the start of the new month it is time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and this month our host Autumn has proposed the theme of 'Rusty and Crusty'.  Here is Autumn's brief:

Many of us love rust and enjoy looking for new ways to get that authentic look of crusty peeling metal. For this challenge include some rust in your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project, whether it be the real thing, a faux technique or just a rust colour on your project.

Needless to say I was very happy to join in the fun this month, who doesn't like rust!  I decided to make a little mini techniques journal as a quick reference for the plethora of rusting techniques we all love to use, here's what I ended up with.


Eileen Hull's Needle Book die was the perfect size for my mini and I've already filled it with 4 different faux rusting techniques, read on for the how to.

To be honest, I started this project by simply cutting out multiple diecuts from cardstock and playing with different rusting techniques.  It wasn't until I had a bunch of them completed that the idea for the mini journal came to me.  I first started out by die cutting the hinges from Tim Holtz's Hardware Findings die and treating them with a rusting technique that Andy Skinner had demonstrated for DecoArt Media (click here for the link to Andy's video).  I first added some of Tim Holtz's Distress Paper Mosaic Grout for texture here and there on the hinges;


and then followed the steps as set out in Andy's video.  I didn't have any of the transparent yellow paint that he had used so instead diluted down some Cadmium Yellow Americana paint and it worked just fine.  I ended up coating them with some Distress Matte Collage medium at the end to dull down the shine.

Next I decided to play with Tim Holtz's rusted enamel technique from his Compendium Of Curiosities I book.  Instead of adding the Distress Ink direct to paper as he had done, I first coloured a piece of cardstock with the wrinkle free distress method using Rusty Hinge DI.  Once happy with the background, I tapped the cardstock into the puddles of Rusty Hinge one more time and then sprinkled clear embossing powder over the whole piece.


The embossing powder stuck to the droplets of Distress Ink and after heating it to activate the powder I added a coat of Ground Espresso DI and rubbed it off of the embossed areas.  Wowser, I love it!

I cut out the Crosshatch die from the prepared card, what a cool rusty look!



The Weathered Clock die cut was next, I tried to do Tim's rusted enamel technique on it but apparently didn't flick off enough of the clear embossing powder so ended up with a Rusty Hinge embossed clock, not what I was looking for!  Acrylic paints to the rescue, I stippled on some brown, black and a touch of green and manged to get a reasonable facsimile of rust.


It was lacking texture though, so I added a coat of Distress Matte Collage medium and then heated the medium with my heat tool while it was wet so that it bubbled up and gave some great textures.

And finally, I went back to a tried and true rusting technique, acrylic paint and cinnamon.  I painted a Hardware Findings key with black acrylic paint and, while it was wet, sprinkled on some ground cinnamon, patting it down into the paint so it would stick.



I repeated the process a couple of times to get some good texture and then coated the key with more Distress Matte Collage medium and heated it with the heat gun so it bubbled.

Now it was time to make the mini journal, I die cut Eileen's Needle Book die from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and coloured it inside and out with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide inks.


The outside of the Needle Book was stamped with Tim's Mesh background stamp and Rusty Hinge DI and I painted some fragments of cheesecloth with rust coloured acrylic paint and adhered them to the front and back of the cover.  The edges were inked with Rusty Hinge and Ground Espresso DI.

I then sprinkled on bits of Oil Rubbed Bronze embossing powder here and there, heating it from below to melt the powder so it didn't blow away.


The rusted hinges were wrapped around the Needle Book and I sewed a 'rust' coloured button to the front for a closure.  The word 'rusted' was spelled out with Tim's Label Letters onto a fragment of rusted enamel cardstock I had left over and a label was cut out for the front of the journal (I ended up having to edit the word down to 'rust' as I didn't have quite enough room!).

And finally, some pages for the inside were cut from a little artist's sketchbook I had in my stash and the pages painted front and back with Antique Linen Distress stain.


The pages were sewn into the cover with some button thread painted with rust coloured paint and the rust technique die cuts adhered to the pages.  I wrote out a brief description of each technique for quick reference.  I rusted up a Hinge Clip with more rust coloured acrylic paint.




To keep the mini journal closed, I threaded a piece of rusty wire through the back cover, twisted it together and then wrapped it around the button I'd sewn onto the front.  I added dots of black Enamel Accents into the holes on the rusted Hardward Findings hinges.


Here's a peek at the back cover, I used one of the crosshatch offcuts to cover up where the rusted wire had been threaded through.


Hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my rusted techniques mini journal came together, I had a lot of fun playing while making it and can't wait to fill it up with even more ways to make rust as I discover them.

I'd like to add my Rusted Techniques mini journal to the April challenge over at Mini Album Makers Challenge blog.




Make sure to pop by A Vintage Journey to see what the other Creative Guides have made to inspire you and that you will consider entering our Rusty and Crusty challenge, you can never have enough rust!  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating,

Deb xo

Monday, April 2, 2018

Happy Spring Mixed Media Card For Therm O Web

Hello everyone, I've got a tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog today for my Happy Spring mixed media card that I made with their Deco Foil Transfer Sheets, Designer Stencils and the brand new Clear Designer Toner Sheets (which I am totally in love with!).


I made this layered card with two  blank card bases, cutting out the nested die cut openings in the first card and layering it over top the second card.  Tim Holtz's Vintage Cabinet Card Mover & Shaper die and Mini Cabinet Card Mover & Shaper die were used to die cut the layered openings.


Dina Wakley's Scribbly Birds came out to play, I love those wee birds and the sentiments!


I created a pocket when I adhered the two card bases together so that I could insert a tag, you could write a special secret message to the recipient on the back if you'd like.


I lined up the Deco Foil Designer Stencil pattern on all of the card surfaces so that they would form a continuous pattern when the card was closed.  Took a bit of head scratching to figure out how to do it but it worked pretty well!



Oh how I love those sweet Scribbly Birds!


Dina's Scribbly Flowers and Insects were stamped on the inside of the card with Leaf Green Archival ink.


Love how that little bird is peeking out through the foiled Clear Designer Toner Sheet, like she was peeking out from behind the leaves of a tree xo.  These new Clear Designer Toner Sheets are the bomb, I just got them and can't wait to play with them more, my heads spinning with ideas!


Hope you can pop by Therm O Web's blog for my how to, I love how this card came together and hope you will too.


See you there and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Spring Beauty Hang Tag For A Vintage Journey

Hello and thanks for stopping by, I have a Spring inspired hang tag to share with you today for Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey.


Spring is proving to be very elusive here in B.C. so I decided to make this Spring Beauty hang tag in the hopes that it might speed Mother Nature up just a bit!  I've a few step out photos on how I made it, read on for my how to.

I started out with a piece of unloved scrapbook paper from my stash and gave it a coat of DecoArt Media Gesso and dashes of Media Crackle Paste.  Once the mediums had dried I cut off a strip about 5" wide and set the rest aside for another project.


I coloured the strip of scrapbook paper with washes of DecoArt Media fluid acrylics in shades of green and blue and then randomly stamped it with Vintage Photo Archival Ink and the Papillon stamp.

Stenciling came next through the Splash and Blossom layering stencils with transparent blue and green shades of DecoArt Media fluid acrylics and then some spattering with diluted Indian Gold Nuvo Mousse and Heidi Swapp White Color Shine.


The scrapbook paper was then adhered to a #10 hang tag, trimmed to size and the edges inked with Vintage Photo Archival ink and some more Indian Gold Nuvo Mousse.

Flowers were die cut from Tim Holtz's Wallflower Paper Stash with the Tattered Florals and Small Tattered Florals dies and butterflies die cut from the same scrapbook paper and some gold Metallic Kraftstock with the Mini Detailed Butterflies dies.


Foliage flourishes were die cut with the Sizzlets Decorative Flourishes dies from more Wallflower scrapbook paper.

And finally some stamped sentiments were created.  The 'one touch' sentiment (from a discontinued Crafty Secrets stamp set) was stamped with white ink onto black cardstock and edged with DecoArt Champagne Metallic Lustre.  The 'Beauty' word from Tim's Perspective stamp set was stamped onto some acrylic packaging with black Stazon ink and then cut into a banner shape.  The acrylic banner was gently heated with a heat gun and formed to give it some dimension.


And that was pretty much it!

Here are a few close ups, I added some fibers and ribbon to the hang tag hole with some curled gold wire and some Finnabair Metallic Micro Beads once all of the elements had been adhered.




Hope that you have enjoyed seeing how my Spring Beauty hang tag came together, I'm really, really hoping that Mother Nature likes it and will speed up the arrival of Spring around here, it's still snowing for Pete's sake!


Make sure to pop by A Vintage Journey to see what the other Creative Guides have made to inspire you, I've seen them all and they are wonderful as usual!  We are also starting a new tradition at A Vintage Journey for our Tag Friday posts, we will have a linky tool set up so that you can add your own hang tags if you'd like.  We won't be offering any prizes but we will pin our favourite to our A Vintage Journey Pinterest board and show case it in the next month's winners post, so hope you will be inspired to join in the fun.  Thanks as always for stopping by today and think Spring everyone!

Deb xo

Monday, March 26, 2018

Celebrate Spring Mini Album For Therm O Web

Hi everyone, stopping by to let you know that I have a tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog for my Celebrate Spring mini album created with their Mixed Media Sheets, Deco Foil Designer Stencils and Deco Foil Transfer Sheets.


The Mixed Media Sheets are an amazing product, a blend of paper and fabric that stands up to anything you can throw at it.  I had been struggling with the fact that the sheets don't like to accept water based mediums such as inks and crayons until I had a (very belated!) light bulb moment and realized that gesso was the answer ... er, duh!!  I've used Distress Oxides, Distress Inks, Distress Stains and Distress Crayons in this little album and they all reacted perfectly on the gessoed Mixed Media Sheets.  This substrate takes a licking and keeps on ticking as the saying goes, never any piling or tearing, it's a definite keeper.

Tim Holtz's Small Tattered Florals, Mini Detailed Butterflies and Garden Greens Thinlits all made an appearance on the cover.


I added three single page signatures inside and sewed them in with embroidery floss, adding a heart bead that my Mom had just given to me on the spine, it was the perfect addition!


The inside pages were embellished with vintage digital images courtesy of Ephemeras Vintage Garden and foiled Wildflower die cuts.


Some Flutter butterflies stamped onto Champagne Deco Foil and an envelope with a secret journaling spot inside were added to a couple of the other pages.  The Pinwheel Deco Foil Designer stencil was used under the Flutter butterflies along with DecoArt Media Crackle Paste. and Denim Deco Foil was added around the edges of the envelope page with the Deco Foil Adhesive Pen.



I'd like to link my Celebrate Spring mini album up with Mini Album Makers March challenge :O)

Hope you can pop by Therm O Web's blog for my how to, I had a lot of fun making this and see a lot more Mixed Media Sheets in my future now that I've had my (belated!) light bulb moment!


See you there and happy creating,

Deb xo

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Thank You Mixed Up Mag!

I am so very honoured and excited to share with you that I've been invited by Katy Leitch, the editor of Mixed Up Magazine, to be a regular contributor to her wonderful mixed media publication, thank you so much for this amazing opportunity Katy!


I will have my first project in the summer issue (sometime in June or July), can't wait to share it with all of you and to be a regular contributor to this wonderful mixed media community.  Thanks again Katy, I'm over the moon!

Deb xo