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

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ten Minute Ombre Birthday Card

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by.  I have a card to share with you today for the new Sweet Fades challenge over at Emerald Creek Dares.  Kim has dared us to make a project utilizing an ombre technique that can be made in ten minutes!  Now I have to admit that this was a real challenge for me because I am not what you'd call a speedy crafter.  I hem and haw and change my mind and try 5 different things before I decide what I am going to do.  But I decided to face Kim's challenge head on and with the help of Nicole Wright's Fallen Blossom stamp set, some Emerald Creek Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder and Distress ink I managed to make this ten minute ombre birthday card.

I've some step by step photos to share with you; on your mark, get set, go!

I started out with a package of thank you cards from Michaels as my card base.  They are a great size for quick cards (3 3/4" x 5 1/8") and made of good heavy cardstock  As I am always adding a panel to the front of the card you never see the thank you script!

I tore a piece of watercolour paper to size (3 1/2" x 4 7/8") so that it would have a 1/8" reveal on all sides.  I like the torn ragged edges on watercolour paper but you could also use your paper cutter to trim it if you prefer a neat edge.

I positioned Nicole's Fallen Blossom stamp and sentiment onto the watercolour paper (on the smooth side of the cold press paper) and added the three individual blossoms in the set onto a scrap of the same watercolour paper.  I adhered the stamps to an acrylic stamp block and stamped the images with Jet Black Archival ink.

While the archival ink was wet, I sprinkled on the Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder and heat set it and repeated that for the individual blossoms.

Time for ombre!  I chose three colours of Distress inks (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire) and smooshed them onto my craft mat separately.  I spritzed each colour with some water until it beaded up and then LIGHTLY misted the embossed watercolour paper.  I started with the lightest colour and worked my way up the card, adding progressively darker shades and trying not to overwork the colours or to get the paper too wet (I don't have a lot of time to dry it!).  After the ombre watercolouring was done I quickly picked up some leftover colours from the craft mat and did a quick little watercolour on the single blossoms with my water brush.

I dried the ombre paper with my heat tool until the sheen was gone (trying not to get too close so I didn't remelt the embossing powder) and then quickly dried and fussy cut the single flowers.  The single flowers were mounted onto some foam pop dots, the (almost!) dry ombre paper was adhered to the cardblank with my tape runner, the single flowers adhered in place overtop the ombre image and the card was done.  Time!

The iridescent shimmer embossing powder made all the difference, adding some much needed interest to this simple card.

And even though it was a bit of a struggle fussy cutting those teeny little flowers in record time, they added a layer of depth that made it worth it!

I do have to admit to adding another accent to this card that fell outside of my ten minute time limit but it only took another minute or two to do, honest!

I stamped, embossed and watercoloured the three individual flowers from the Fallen Blossom stamp set on the inside of the card and on the envelope, well worth the additional time I think!

So that's my ten minute ombre birthday card, I do hope that you have enjoyed seeing it.  It just goes to show that you can create a beautiful handmade card in mere minutes for those times you have forgotten about Aunt Tilly's birthday!

Emerald Creek Craft Supplies used:

Other supplies used:

Michaels 'Thank You' cards
Arches 140 lb cold press watercolour paper
Acrylic stamping block
Tim Holtz/ Ranger Distress inks - Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire
Flat paint brush
Water brush
Tape runner
Foam pop dots

 I hope you will be able to take a minute to pop on over to Emerald Creek Dares to see what my team mates have to share with you and that you will be inspired to join in our Sweet Fades challenge.  And no worries, you can take longer than ten minutes to make your project if need be but it's fun to see what you can accomplish when that clock is ticking!  As always, Kim has a very generous gift certificate to her online store, Emerald Creek Craft Supplies for one lucky participant in our challenge so hope you will enter and good luck!

Deb xo

Thursday, August 4, 2016

A Measured Life Mixed Media Plaque

Hello and thanks for stopping by.  It's time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and this month Amanda has chosen the challenge theme of Stencil It!  Here is her brief:

There are so many fantastic stencils available to us right now and so many ways in which to use them so we would like you to include stenciling in whatever it is you choose to create for this challenge.  Don't forget all the ways in which they can be used - inks, sprays, paints, texture/embossing pastes and gesso are all stencil friendly.  So be sure to have fun and embrace your stencils in your vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial or steam punk projects.

Our wonderful prize sponsor this month is Country View Crafts,, and they are offering a £20 voucher to our lucky winner!

Like most of you I have many stencils and I usually get stuck in the rut of just colouring through them.  But as Amanda pointed out, there are many ways to use stencils and fortunately for me we just finished doing a refresher on stencils in Tim Holtz's Summer of Creative Chemistry course.  So I was revved up and ready to go for this challenge and here is what I created.

I used multiple stencils in the making of this mixed media plaque and I coloured through them, stamped through them, embossed with them and used texture paste, inks and paint through them.  I was in stencil heaven!  I've a few step by step photos to share with you so grab a cuppa and here we go.

I started out with a piece of manila card and quickly coloured it with Old Paint Distress stain.  I then used Stencil #1, Tim Holtz's Measured Layering stencil, with Old Paint Distress ink to lay down the first layer.

Embossing with Stencil #2 came next.  I used Southern Ridge Trading Company's 4 Leaf Clover stencil and put it through my Big Shot and then emphasized the embossed areas with Tea Dye Distress ink.

Stamping through Stencil #2 was next on the agenda.  I replaced the 4 Leaf Clover stencil and stamped through it with Wendy Vecchi's Remnants of Art stamps and Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink.  I felt that the embossing needed more emphasis so I added some Walnut Stain DI.

Stencil #3, Tim Holtz's Mini Plus stencil, was used to apply some Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture paste here and there and, once the paste had dried, I coloured the plus signs with Vintage Photo DI and Ground Espresso Distress stain.

On to Stencil #4!  I just got this wonderful Andy Skinner Old Film stencil so used the numbered film strip with Old Paper Distress paint.  Once the paint had dried, I coloured over the manila card with Ground Espresso Distress ink and rubbed back the ink from where the stenciled paint had resisted it.

And last but not least I used Stencil #5, Tim Holtz's Clockwork Layering stencil with Walnut Stain DI onto manila card to use as a background for my Weathered Clock die cut.  After stenciling the image, I cut it to fit and then did some spritz and flick with water plus sprayed it with Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist in Vandyke Sepia and did some fly specks with Lamp Black acrylic paint to add more interest.  The Weathered Clock die cut was initially inked with several shades of brown Distress ink but I was losing it on the stenciled background so coloured it instead with Old Paper and Weathered Wood Distress paint and then covered it with clear UTEE.

Time to assemble my plaque.  I adhered the Weathered Clock die cut to the Clockworks stenciled card and attached the clock hands with a copper coloured brad.  I embossed the clock hands with Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.  The clock was then adhered to the multi-layered stenciled background.

I made a base for my plaque from chipboard packaging covered front and back with papers from Tim's Wallflower and Crowded Attic Paper Stash's and die cut a Small Easel to act as a stand.  I decided to tatter the edges of the multi-layered stenciled background and inked them again with more Walnut Stain and Ground Espresso DI.

I tore the edges of the stenciled film strip and inked them with Ground Espresso DI.  The film strip was atttached to the background with some screwhead brads that were coloured with Rust, Caramel and Mushroom alcohol inks.

I painted some cardstock with Old Paper Distress paint and then printed the sentiment onto the painted card with my computer printer (not sure what this is doing to my printer heads but I love how it looks!).  The sentiment was die cut with a Spellbinders Labels #8 die and inked around the edges with Ground Espresso Distress ink

I also added a couple of Words Remnant Rubs to the background as a finishing touch.

Hope you've enjoyed seeing how I created my 'Measured Life' mixed media plaque, I had a lot of fun playing with my stencils in so many different ways!

I do hope you will be able to take the time to pop over to A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides made to inspire you this month and that you will break out your own stencils and join in our challenge this month.  I can't wait to see what you make, have fun and happy creating!

Deb xo