Friday, January 12, 2018

Snow Day Mixed Media Canvas For Southern Ridge Trading Company

Hello everyone, I have a post over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog today for my Snow Day mixed media canvas that I created with Southern Ridge's brand new Winter Kids and Pine Branch chipboard along with one of my favourites, Snowflake.


Lots of texture pastes and glitter in the background of this one along with Distress inks and stains and Tim Holtz's Broadway Alphabet die cuts, hope you can pop by for my how to, see you there!

Deb xo

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Dreamer Of Dreams Nested Boxes For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by, happy New Year to one and all!  The start of the new year and the new month means it is time for another challenge over at A Vintage Journey and this month our theme is 'Think Inside Or Outside The Box'.  I am the host this month and here is the challenge brief:

For our first challenge of 2018 we'd like you to create with a box.  Any box of any size will do.  It can be one you made yourself or one that you are recycling or even one that you have drawn.  We'd like you to make your project either inside the box itself or do something imaginative on the outside or both if that's where your muse takes you.  As always we like to see your projects in our preferred styles: vintage, shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk.  So put on your thinking caps and re-imagine those boxes both inside and out!

Our sponsor this month is The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


and Linda is offering a generous $25.00 gift certificate to our lucky randomly chosen winner, thank you Linda!

For this challenge I decided to recycle a couple of small gift boxes from my craft stash, nesting them one inside the other.


And there is a lovely sweet surprise hiding inside the nested box, one of Tim Holtz's wee Salvaged Dolls ready to grant your wishes!


I've some step out photos on how I created my nested boxes, read on for the how to.

I started out with a couple of small gift boxes from my craft stash.


And then gathered up bits and bobs of Tim Holtz's Idea-ology embellishments and ephemera.

Both boxes got a quick coat of gesso and then the outer box was inked with Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink.  Some of Tim's plain Tissue Wrap was stamped with a fine script stamp and both the lid and bottom of the outer box were covered with it, using Tim's Distress Matte Collage medium.  The edges of the box and lid were then covered with a various designs of Tissue Tape or Design Tape (sorry I can't say which ones I used as I have them so mixed up now I don't know which collection they came from!).  A Memo Pin was inked with Gold Mixative alcohol ink and inserted into the top of the box before covering the back panel with some patterned scrapbook paper.


The smaller nesting box was inked with Broken China Distress Oxide ink and then covered with Terminology Tissue Wrap.  The edges of the box and lid were covered with more Design Tape and the back panel of the box covered with a piece of Tim's ephemera.  An Heirloom Rose was inked with Mushroom alcohol ink and added to the front of the lid to act as a pull.

One of the little girls from Tim's Paper Dolls was inked with Distress Markers and a water brush, just adding hints of colour here and there after the image was lightly sanded.


A Baroque Frame was inked with alcohol inks in Mushroom and Gold Mixative and then the Paper Doll was centered underneath the frame on the lid of the outer box.


To cover the inside of the outer box lid, a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock was inked with Vintage Photo and a touch of Walnut Stain Distress Oxide inks and then a sentiment and a bird and butterfly from a discontinue Crafty Secrets stamp set were stamped onto the inked panel and clear embossed.

The outside of the lid was further embellished with some Mirrored Hearts that were coloured with Gold Mixative alcohol ink.


One of Tim's Salvaged Dolls was painted with Walnut Stain Distress Paint and then the paint was removed just before it dried completely to leave it in the recessed areas of the doll.  Stonewashed alcohol ink was painted onto her dress and some Latte was painted onto her hair with an Alcohol Ink Blending pen.


The 'make a wish' Quote Chip was inked with Old Paper Distress ink and edged with a bit of Vintage Photo DI.

I wanted a spot for the recipient of this little nested box to be able to write down their wishes that they made, so I accordion folded a piece of printed copy paper to tuck into the lid of the nested box.  I stamped a crowned bird onto the front and used a piece of Tim's Linen Ribbon and a velcro dot to keep the accordion folded paper in place when the lid was closed.


The smaller nested box was adhered inside the outer box, with the Salvaged Doll inside the nested box.  The crown and wand from Tim's Treasures Adornments were coloured with Gold Mixative and adhered to the Salvaged Doll.  The accordion folded paper and ribbon were then adhered inside the lid of the nested box.

The Quote Chip was popped up on several layers of black fun foam and adhered above the nested box.  I coloured several Bouquet Findings paper flowers with some Broken China and Picket Fence Distress Stain and added them at the feet of the Salvaged Doll.


A little sign was made to place into the Memo Pin that had been inserted into the top of the outer box.  A piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock was inked with Old Paper Distress ink and the 'dreamer of dreams' sentiment from Tim's Quotations Metallic Stickers was added to it.  A couple of wee stars were die cut from some gold foiled Toner Sheet and added to the sign along with an edging of Platinum Stickles Glitter glue.


And finally a couple of Mini Foundations Findings box feet were added to the back corners at the bottom of the outer box so it would stand up straight for display when the lid was on.


Here are a few more close ups of the finished Dreamer Of Dreams nested boxes.





I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how my project came together, I had a lot of fun making this one!


I also hope that you will be inspired to enter our Think Inside Or Outside The Box challenge over at A Vintage Journey and be sure to pay a visit to see what the other Creative Guides have made to inspire you, they never disappoint!  Can't wait to see what you link up for the challenge and thanks again for visiting today, happy creating!

Deb xo

Thursday, December 28, 2017

From The Heart Tag For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, it's time for the last Tag Friday of the year over at A Vintage Journey, hard to believe that 2017 will soon be behind us!  If you aren't familiar with Tag Fridays at AVJ, the Creative Guides get to make tags of any colour, size or design that they choose in the months that have a fifth Friday in them.  December is the last month this year that has five Fridays so here is the tag I designed for our Tag Friday challenge.


Pantone just announced that Ultra-Violet is their Color Of The Year for 2018 so I decided to embrace the new colour trend and used lots of Distress products in various shades of purple to make my 'From The Heart' tag.  Read on for my how to.

I started out with one of Tim Holtz's Distress Mixed Media Heavystock hang tags and gave it a light coat of white gesso.  Distress Oxides in Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves were smooshed onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and the gesso'd tag dragged through until I was happy with the coverage.  The same process was repeated with the same colours of Distress Inks (love how the Oxides seep up through the Inks!) and then stenciling followed with Distress Crayons.  The Bubble stencil was coloured with Dusty Concord Distress Crayon in the bottom left corner and then the stencil was spritzed with water and the stencil monoprint applied to the upper right corner.  Wilted Violet Distress Crayon was then applied through the Splash stencil to the upper left corner and the stencil monoprint applied to the bottom right corner.


The tag was sealed with Distress Matte Collage medium and droplets of water were sprinkled over it once it was dry.  Liquid Platinum embossing powder was sprinkled onto the water droplets and the tag heated from below to activated the embossing powder.

Some gold metallic paint from my stash was thinned with water and splattered over the tag.


More Distress Matte Collage medium was applied over the tag and while it was still wet some gold embroidery floss was added to the bottom and Finnabair's gold Metallic Micro Beads were sprinkled here and there.

The tag was dried thoroughly, another coat of medium was added over top to ensure that the micro beads would stay in place and then some Indian Gold Nuvo Embellishments Mousse was added around the edges.


Gold Metallic Kraft-Stock was sanded and die cut with the heart from Tim Holtz's Scribbles and Splat die set and one of his heart Shape Strips.

The tag was then assembled, I added some fibers and ribbon from my stash to the the top of the tag, keeping it in place with some thin curled gold wire.


The Shape Strip die cut hearts were cascaded down from the top of the tag;


and the die cut Scribbles heart was added over top of the gold embroidery floss and micro beads at the bottom of the tag.  One of Tim's Quotations Metallic Stickers was then added over the die cut heart.


Love all the layers on the background and the great textures from the Distress Crayons, embossing powder and micro beads.


Have to admit I'm not much of a purple girl but I do love the combination with the metallic gold accents and hope you like it too.


Make sure to pop by A Vintage Journey to see all of the beautiful tags created by the Creative Guides for you, they are wonderful as always!  I'd like to take this opportunity as well to wish you all a very Happy New Year, may it bring you and yours joy, prosperity and good health!  Happy creating,

Deb xo

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry And Bright Christmas Card

Hello and thank you so much for stopping by today, happy Christmas Eve day!  I am here with a quick post today to share my final card to link up with Linda Coughlin's 12 Tags Of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style challenge, I can't believe that I actually got them all done this year!  Thanks to Linda for a wonderful and inspiring challenge sponsored by her online shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique, it's been so much fun.

My card today was based on Linda's week 12 tag and I was inspired by her use of all her 'leftover' bits and bobs from previous makes, her use of Tim Holtz's wonderful vintage Christmas ephemera and that fun retro tissue paper trim.


The first 'leftover' that I used on my card was a piece of Arches 140 lb cold press watercolour paper that had been roaming around my craft bench for months!  I inked the smooth side up with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain, spritzed it with water and then stamped it with Tim's Mini Swirly Snowflakes stamps and Stormy Sky Distress Ink.  More spritzing with water followed and then I spattered the background panel with some Heidi Swapp White Color Shine spray.


I love Tim's Idea-ology Christmas Fringe that he came out with this year but the colour wasn't going to work with my card so I wondered if it was possible to make some of my own?  I cut a couple of strips of silver and white tissue paper (just the cheapo $1 store stuff) and sewed it down the middle on my machine.  I then snipped both sides towards the center line of stitching, making sure to not cut the stitches as I went.

I then crinkled it up, smoothed it out a bit and voila, some tissue paper fringe!  Not quite as full and sturdy as Tim's but not a bad substitution!


The stamped watercolour paper background then got adhered to a white card blank and the silver and white tissue paper fringe was glued along the bottom edge.  I then started to gather up some of my 'leftovers': Mini Paper Snowflake foiled die cuts, bits of Mini Holiday Greens die cut from Kraft-Stock and foiled toner sheet and some assorted vintage ephemera from Tim's Festive Ephemera pack, one of his Christmas Quote Chips and a Christmas Paper Doll.

And then I just layered everything up and glued it into place, here are a couple of close ups.




I hope that you've enjoyed seeing my Merry And Bright Christmas card and thanks again to Linda for her wonderful Christmas tag challenge.


I'd also like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and may the New Year bring you all joy, good health and prosperity.  I took this picture from our front door yesterday just as the sun was setting behind the snow laden trees and it seemed the perfect way for me to convey my heart felt wishes to you all.  Happy Holidays!  Deb xo


Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Wishes Card

Hello, back again with another Christmas card inspired by Linda Coughlin's 12 Tags Of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style challenge sponsored by her online shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  This card was inspired by Linda's week #11 tag, I can hardly believe that I only have one more card to get finished before the deadline of December 29th!


I was inspired by Linda's Merry Christmas stenciled background on her tag and that wonderful plaid belly band, I had to make a few substitutions on my card though so read on for the how to.

I started out with a gessoed cardstock panel and inked it with Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink, activated with some spritzes of water.  I stamped a little greenery swap at the top and bottom of the panel with a Sleigh Ride stamp from Artistic Outpost and Simon Says Stamp's Olive dye ink.  The greenery swags were then masked off and Tim Holtz's Holiday background stamp was stamped over the entire background with Claret StazOn ink.


A plaid belly band was cut from scrapbook paper from Tim's Yuletide Paper Stash (at least I think it is from Yuletide!) and adhered across the middle of the background.  A piece of red satin ribbon from my stash was then adhered over top of the plaid belly band ... and that's where I stopped taking in process pics so you know the drill, here are some close ups!

Tim's Retro Merry Christmas die was cut from gold Metallic Kraft-Stock and sanded for an aged appearance.  The negative of the 'merry' word was then backed with silver Metallic Kraft-Stock and both die cuts adhered over top of the belly band and background.



A vintage Santa Claus image from Tim's Tidings Paper Stash was punched with the Sizzix 1 1/4" circle punch.  A large Tag Press ring was coloured with Gold Mixative alcohol ink, the Santa image inserted into the coloured ring and the tag created with Tim's Tag Press.  The tag was then popped up on some 3D Zots Singles adhesive dots below the plaid belly band.


And that was that!  I contemplated adding some more embellishments but didn't want to cover up any more of that wonderful stamped Holiday background so decided to leave it alone.


Thanks as always for stopping by, especially at this very busy time of the year.  I hope to get my 12th and final card finished before the 25th so hopefully will be back in a day or two to share it with you, till then happy creating!

Deb xo