Friday, May 19, 2017

Zen Dragonfly Garden Journal For Southern Ridge Trading Company

Hello everyone, just popping in to tell you that I have a tutorial over on Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog for my Zen Dragonfly Garden Journal.

I used Southern Ridge's new Zen Dragonfly chipboard journal kit along with some Therm O Web iCraft Deco Foil to get that gorgeous iridescence behind the dragonfly laser cut along with some stencils and more chipboard from Southern Ridge, die cuts, inks and ephemera from Tim Holtz and some gorgeous digital papers from Ephemera's Vintage Garden.  Hope you can pop by for my how to, see you there!

Deb xo

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fairy Garden Dream For Emerald Creek Craft Supplies

Hello everyone, I'm back to share with you a mixed media plaque that I made for our current challenge over at Emerald Creek Dares.  This month Kim has dared us to 'Dream A Little Dream' and create a fantasy or dream inspired project.  I have to admit to being stumped by this one at first until I spied Kelly Klapstein's Dream Phrase stamp set in my Emerald Creek stash and when I combined it with Nicole Wright's Fallen Blossom stamp, the Chrysanthemum stamp, some Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder and a few Pyrite Gemstones my Fairy Garden Dream was born.

Of course every fairy garden needs a fairy so Tim Holtz's Paper Dolls and Botanical Layers ephemera came out to play as well to create my little fairy baby.  I've a few step outs on how I created it, enjoy!

I started by stamping the Chrysanthemum stamp on 110 lb white cardstock several times with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink and then spritzing with water to activate the ink.  I wasn't sure what the final size of my project was going to be so I stamped the Chrysanthemum six times but ended up only using four of the panels in the end.

Every garden needs some flowers so I prepped some white cardstock with a soft green background using Old Paper and Bundled Sage Distress inks and then stamped Nicole Wright's Fallen Blossom stamp with Victorian Velvet Distress ink and heat embossed it with Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder (which unfortunately is not showing up in the pictures!).  I then watercoloured the blossoms with a combination of Spun Sugar Distress marker and Victorian Velvet Distress ink and a water brush.

More flowers were die cut from Thermoweb iCraft Light Weight Mixed Media sheet with Tim Holtz's Small Tattered Florals dies.  The flowers were coloured with Victorian Velvet Distress ink, spritzed with water and scrunched up and then dried with a heat tool.

A little sitting baby image from Tim Holtz's Paper Dolls was lightly coloured with Distress markers and a water brush and a Butterfly from the Botanical Layers ephemera pack was coloured in the same manner.  The butterfly was attached to the back of the sitting baby and a fairy baby was born!

I forgot to take any any in process pictures for the next steps, my apologies as usual!  I can not come even close to duplicating Kelly Klapstein's gorgeous calligraphic writing so I cheated and printed the words 'fairy garden' in Freebooter Script font onto white cardstock.  The word 'dream' from Kelly's Dream Phrase stamp set was then stamped below the computer printed words with Black Soot Archival ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  My computer printer ink is waterproof so I was then able to lightly colour the background with the same combination of Old Paper and Bundled Sage Distress inks as had been used on the background of the Fallen Blossom flowers.

Some leaves were then die cut from more cardstock coloured with Old Paper and Bundled Sage Distress inks with Tim Holtz's Garden Greens dies.

And then the plaque was assembled, the Chrysanthemum background was adhered onto some kraft corrugated cardstock and the the fussy cut stamped Fallen Blossoms and sentiment were mounted onto pieces of black fun foam for dimension and adhered over top.  Wish the Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder would show up in the pictures, it adds a lovely sparkle to these pretty stamped posies!

The die cut greenery was tucked in behind and the die cut flowers were assembled with tiny pieces of Pyrite Gemstone added to their centers.  I love the way the flowers turned out using the Light Weight Mixed Media sheet, they have a gorgeous texture and are ever so slightly transparent.

And the Pyrite adds another lovely bit of sparkle to my fairy garden!

And finally, last but certainly not least, my little fairy baby was mounted onto some bits of fun foam and then perched on the 'dream' word, just look at that face!

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how my Fairy Garden Dream mixed media plaque came together,

and I hope you've been inspired to make your own dream or fantasy inspired creation and join us in our dare this month at Emerald Creek Dares.  You have a chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate to Emerald Creek Craft Supplies online store:

 and in addition, you will receive 10% off your next order from Emerald Creek just for participating in our Dare!

 Thank you as always for stopping by today, have a wonderful weekend and happy creating!

Deb xo

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Circle Evolution Mixed Media Techniques Art Journal Page

Hello everyone, it's a rainy, thunder rumbley day outside so decided that it was the perfect time to play with some of my new Therm O Web supplies (see my last post for my exciting news!).   I experimented with their Heavy Weight Mixed Media Sheets, Easy-Cut Adhesive and Deco Foil in my mixed media techniques journal that I made a couple of weeks ago with Eileen Hull's Journal die.

I called the journal page 'circle evolution' because of all the ways I used Seth Apter's Coffee Ring die cuts along with Stencil Girl Products Circular Patterns For Play stencil on my page and I've a few step out photos on how I created it.

I started with a piece of Heavy Weight Mixed Media Sheet and first tried inking it with Distress inks and an applicator.  The Mixed Media sheets have an intriguing texture, part way between fabric and paper, and it wasn't accepting the Distress ink colour real well with the applicator so I went directly to the sheet with the Distress ink pad with good results.  I tried a little spritz and flick with water and then decided to stencil over the Distress inked sheet with Stencil Girl's Circular Patterns stencil and some DecoArt Media fluid acrylics.  The Mixed Media sheet took the paint like a dream with great vibrancy of colour.

Now that I'd started down the circular path, I decided to die cut the Mixed Media sheet with Seth Apter's Coffee Ring dies.  I then decided to give the die cut rings some dimension so covered some black fun foam with Easy-Cut Adhesive, die cut the Coffee Rings again from the foam and then peeled off the top layer of the Easy-Cut Adhesive and adhered the Mixed Media sheet die cuts on top.

I was then left with a piece of black fun foam that had the nested Coffee Ring negatives cut into it.  I loved how it looked so I peeled off the Easy-Cut Adhesive that was already on the fun foam and burnished on some Lime Deco Foil. There was one edge that didn't have any of the Easy-Cut Adhesive on it, so I used the Deco Foil Adhesive Pen to fill in the blanks and then went back over that area with the Deco Foil again to get full coverage.

I loved the negative image that was left on the Deco Foil after it had transferred so decided I had to figure out a way to use it too!

While I was contemplating that, I gessoed a double page spread in one of the removable signatures from my mixed media techniques journal and then inked it with Distress Oxides and stamped it with Tim Holtz's Pine background stamp and Distress Ink.  Some words from Stencil Girls Tropical Floral stencil were added with Black Soot Distress ink;

and then I masked off the word 'secret' from their Inside Out stencil and inked it with Twisted Citron Distress ink and outlined it with a 0.01 black Micron pen.  The secret will be revealed shortly!

I cut a piece of the stenciled Heavy Weight Mixed Media sheet slightly larger than the Deco Foiled fun foam die cut and adhered the fun foam over top with some Mixed Media Adhesive.  Four Finnabair Mechanicals brads were coloured with Pitch Black alcohol ink and inserted into the corners of the Deco Foiled fun foam.

And then I inked and stamped a #8 hang tag so that I had a place to record everything I'd used on the page for future reference.  These circles from a Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge stamp set were perfect for my page's theme!

And then I just adhered each of my circle elements to the pages.

I also decided to use one of the negative die cuts left on the Mixed Media sheet after I had cut out one of the Coffee Rings.  I outlined both the Coffee Ring positive mounted on top of the fun foam and the negative die cut with a little scribbley Micron pen to give them a little more presence on the page.

 My secret revealed :O)  Don't know how long this element will last since the Deco Foil is designed to release from the clear backing paper (I may end up with some lovely foiled dots of glue instead in the future!) but I loved the look of this Deco Foil negative so much I couldn't bear not to use it.  You can also see my record of the techniques and products I used on the back of the tag in this pic.

So that was the first of many play days with Therm O Web's products, let the fun begin!

Thanks as always for stopping by today, have a great weekend everyone and an extra special wish for happiness to all the Mom's out there, hope your weekends are wonderful!

Deb xo

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Thank You Therm O Web!

I have some wonderful news to share with you today, I've been invited to join the design team for Therm O Web!

A huge thank you to Therm O Web and Julia Sandvoss for this incredible opportunity (and to Eileen Hull who helped bring us together!).  I am very excited to get started, a big box filled with all kinds of Therm O Web goodness arrived in the mail today (this is just a small sampling).

My 'official' start on Therm O Web's blog will be in July but be sure to stay tuned for some projects before then ;O)  I'm really looking forward to experimenting with Thermo O Web's products in my mixed media projects and especially to have the opportunity to work with Rebekah Meier's Mixed Media line that she has designed for Therm O Web (pics of Rebekah's products to follow soon, they are on their way!).

Thank you again to Therm O Web and Julia for asking me to be a part of their amazing design team, still pinching myself to make sure that it's not all a dream.  Happy creating everyone!

Deb xo

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Traveling Swaps

Happy International Scrapbook Day everyone!  I'm not a scrapbooker but certainly do admire those of you who create those wonderful memory filled pages, hope you are all having a great day!

I wanted to share a swap with you that my friend Judy (Judy's Mixed Media and Textile Magic Creations) sent to me all the way from Australia.  She is so very generous and I can't wait to dive into this treasure trove of papers, tags, embellishments, dies and so much more, thank you Judy!

Isn't that card with the beautiful face amazing?!

And one would think that a swap traveling from Australia to Canada would have quite far enough to travel but apparently this package decided to take a little side trip to Germany of all places!

The envelope got torn open somewhere along the way (but fortunately Judy's impeccable packaging kept everything inside) and so the nice folks at Deutschen Post put it into a plastic bag for safekeeping as it made it's way across Germany, thank you Deutschen Post :OD

I'm playing with Tim Holtz's On The Farm stamp set today and am having fun stacking up the critters.

No idea where I'm going with this but I do love this stamp set, thank you Tim!  Have a great weekend everyone and thanks again for a wonderful swap Judy, happy crafting everyone!

Deb xo

Friday, May 5, 2017

Dragonfly Beauty Mixed Media Panel For Southern Ridge Trading Company

Hello everyone, popping by to let you know that I have a quick tutorial over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog for my Dragonfly Beauty mixed media panel that I made with their fabulous new Zen Dragonfly and Wild Flower Bouquet chipboard and Zen Dragonfly stencil.

DecoArt's Media Fluid acrylics came out to play as did Tim Holtz's new Distress Oxides, Distress ink and his Perspective stamp and Emerald Creek Craft Supplies embossing powder.  Hope you can stop by for my how to and be sure to visit Southern Ridge often this month as the design team has been challenged to use the new Zen Dragonfly on their makes this month, can't wait to see what everyone creates!

Deb xo