Friday, September 23, 2016

Love Letters Storage Box

Hello, a quick post today to let you know that I have a tutorial over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's challenge blog for my Love Letters storage box.

Our current challenge theme of 'Your Favourites' inspired me to reuse the Mini Nested Stamp Frames, Iron Hinges 1 and the 4 Leaf Clover stencil in making my card or letter storage box.  Hope you will pop by to see how I made it and that you will also be inspired to join in our challenge.  You have a chance to win 4 designs from the online store - - a $20.00 (before tax) retail value of your own choosing!  Hope to see you there,

Deb xo

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Autumn Leaves Card

Hello everyone, hope you are having a lovely weekend.  It's cool and rainy here and the leaves are changing colour and falling to the ground; fall has most definitely arrived whether I want it to or not!

Seeing all of the falling leaves yesterday on our hike inspired me to make an autumn leaves card using Tim Holtz's new Leaf Prints stamp along with his Layered Leaf die and embossing folder set.

No step outs for this card but it was very easy to make, the background was created by first watercolour stamping the Leaf Prints stamps with various fall colours of Distress inks and then offset stamping the same leaves overtop using Simon Says Stamp's Olive dye ink.

The stamped leaves were protected with Distress Micro Glaze and the background then washed with Fozzilized Amber DI.  Some second generation script stamping and spattering with several colours of diluted acrylic paint (black, white, brown and orange) followed before cutting the background to size and tattering and inking the edges.

The Layered Leaf was die cut from watercolour paper coloured with several shades of Distress inks and then embossed with the coordinating embossing folder.  The embossed areas and edges were inked again with Gathered Twigs DI.

The 'autumn' flashcard from Tim's Elementary Flashcard pack was tattered and inked around the edges and tucked underneath the Layered Leaf and a length of jute twine.

A small bow was tied from jute twine and baker's twine and topped with a faceted brown flat back heart from my stash.

The assembly was mounted onto black cardstock with a 1/8" reveal on all sides and then mounted onto a cream coloured card blank.  As a final step, I watercolour stamped another of the Leaf Print stamps onto the envelope with Distress ink.

Thanks for stopping by today and hope that summer is hanging on for just a bit longer in your neck of the woods or if not that you too have been inspired by the changing of the seasons.  Have a lovely Sunday and as always happy creating!

Deb xo

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Presence Of Wonder Mixed Media Plaque

Hello everyone and thanks so much for stopping by.  I have a special post to share with you today, it's the anniversary of the first ever Emerald Creek design team blog post and to celebrate, Kim asked us to create an Anything Goes project with the theme of WONDERlust in mind.

With thoughts of celebrations and wonder dancing through my head, I ended up creating this Presence of Wonder mixed media plaque, utilizing lots of wonderful items from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.

Happy blogaversary Emerald Creek!

I have some step out photos of how I created my plaque, so grab a cup of your favourite beverage and read on.

I started out with a piece of manila cardstock and coloured it with Distress stains (Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch) using Tim Holtz's wrinkle free distress technique and spritz and flick with water.

I made a mask for the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Treeline stamp and sprayed the Distress ink coloured card with Brushed Pewter Distress Mica spray.  Wish I could really show you the wonderful shimmer you achieve with this spray but the camera just doesn't want to pick it up.

Next, I inked up the same Treeline stamp with Jet Black Archival ink and stamped it onto the sprayed and inked cardstock.

I then inked Emerald Creek's Eldergrove stamp with the same ink and stamped it multiple times in front of the Treeline stamp, embossing each stamping with clear embossing powder.  The Eldergrove stamp complements the Treeline stamp beautifully.

Time for some celebration fireworks!  I inked Emerald Creeks The Works stamp with Color Box Frost White pigment ink and embossed it with some Emerald Creek Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.  I then reinked The Works stamp with Wendy Vecchi's Red Geranium Archival ink, stamped it over the first stamping and embossed again with Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.  Love the ghosting effect of the two stampings overtop each other!  Again, wish the camera could pick up the shimmer from the embossing powder, it's wonderful.

Alcohol inks came out next (Pitch Black, Mushroom, Stonewash, Pool) and I coloured the Believe Buckle Connector charm and two Heart brads from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies along with a length of Tim Holtz's Tinsel Twine.  I slid the buckle connector charm onto the tinsel twine after heating the tinsel twine slightly with my heat gun.

I really wanted to use the 'presence of wonder' stamp from the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Handwritten Thoughts stamp set but it was too large for my project.  So I stamped the saying onto some card, scanned it into my computer and then resized it to the size I needed.  I printed it out onto some 110 lb white cardstock and then painted the sentiment with Tumbled Glass Distress stain and cut it out after it had dried.

The sentiment was mounted onto black cardstock and then I added a thick coating of Glossy Accents glue overtop to finish it off.  It was a bit of a procedure to get it resized for my project but worth it in the end I think!

Here are a few closeups of the finished plaque.  I distressed and inked the edges of the stamped card and mounted it onto a piece of chipboard packaging covered front and back with paper from the Recollections Tattered and Worn paper stack (discontinued I'm afraid to say), adding a piece of black fun foam in between for dimension.

The sentiment was also mounted on black fun foam for dimension, here's a side view.  You can just get a glimpse of the Small Easel that I die cut from black cardstock on the back of the plaque for display purposes.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing how I put my Presence Of Wonder mixed media plaque together.

And I also hope that you will join in our Anything Goes anniversary challenge over at Emerald Creek Dares.  There's a very generous $50.00 gift certificate up for grabs to the Emerald Creek Craft Supplies online store so head to your craft room and get creating!  Can't wait to see what you link up,

Deb xo

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Open If You Dare Halloween Accordion Tag Folder

Hello everyone, hope you are having a lovely weekend.  I've been having great fun here making a Halloween tag folder with some of my new Tim Holtz Halloween releases plus adding some of my favourites from years past.

I love it!  I made it with one sheet of 8" x 8" paper from the Regions Beyond paper stash, three #8 manila hang tags and lots and lots of ephemera images, stamps and charms.  I also made a Snapguide tutorial for you to show you how I made it.

Here's a few more pics of the folder, I do love Halloween!

Hope that you've enjoyed seeing it, I know I sure had a lot of fun making it, and that you'll pop on over to Snapguide to read my how to.  Have a great rest of the weekend and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Friday, September 9, 2016

Sit A Spell Fall Shadow Box

Hello and thanks for stopping by!  Just a quick pop in today to let you know I have a tutorial over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's challenge blog for this fall shadow box that I made for our current 'Your Favourites' challenge.

I revisited three of my favourite chipboard embellishments here; Bushy Trees, Andorandak Chairs and Small Bird Mix and reimagined them for fall (all three were used on my Memories of Summer mixed media plaque back in July).   Hope you will be able to come over to see my tutorial and that you will feel inspired to join in our 'Your Favourites' challenge, there is a chance to win 4 designs from the online store - - a $20.00 (before tax) retail value of your own choosing!

Deb xo

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Together Forever Fall Anniversary Card

Hello everyone, we're still at home waiting for the weather to hopefully smarten up before we head off on our camping trip (it was 2 C / 36 F here last night!) so I took the opportunity to make an anniversary card for my Mom and Dad's upcoming 60th wedding anniversary (Mom and Dad, if you are reading this stop now LOL!).  I just received some of Tim Holtz's Stampers Anonymous fall release stamps and decided to give the Floret background stamp an outing with an autumnal palette.

Here's a few step by step photos:

The Floret stamp was inked with Distress ink (Fossilized Amber, Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Aged Mahogany, Seedless Preserves), misted with water and stamped onto white cardstock.   To tone down the white card that was still showing, the entire stamped image was lightly coloured with Antique Linen and the edges coloured with Vintage Photo.  I truly meant for more of this lovely stamped background to show on my finished card but a dull cutting blade on my paper trimmer ended that idea :O(

The Stitched Rectangles die cut frame was embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  Love how the stitched details still show through the embossing!

The sentiment was printed out on my computer (font is Respective Slanted) and then coloured with Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress inks using Tim Holtz's wrinkle free technique (my Epson DuraBrite printer ink is waterproof so I am able to get it wet without it running or smearing).  I added a top coat of DecoArt Gloss varnish, trimmed it to size and adhered it to the stamped background with the embossed Stitched Rectangles frame over top.

Silver Deco sheet was coloured with Ginger alcohol ink, mounted onto some cardstock for backing and the words 'together forever' die cut with Tim Holtz's Handwritten Love dies.  The words were die cut again from black fun foam and layered underneath the Deco sheet words for dimension.

Tiny Tattered Florals and leaves were die cut from some of my hoarded saved Graphic 45 French Country Collection 8x8 papers.  This paper was also used to back my layered stamped image.

And then the card was assembled, I used some Bazzill Basics Brown paper to make my card blank and adhered the G45 French Country paper to the card front.  The layered stamped image was mounted overtop with black fun foam underneath it for some dimension.

The Deco sheet words were adhered in place above and below the framed printed sentiment.

And last but not least, the Tiny Tattered Florals flowers and leaves were adhered to the frame in the top right and bottom left corners.  I added just a touch of Platinum Stickles glitter glue in the center of each of the flowers.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing my anniversary card and that my Mom & Dad will like it, it was made with lots of love and heartfelt thanks for being such a shining example of what love and family is all about.  Love you both so much!

I'd like to link my card up with Craft Stamper Magazine's Make It Take It Anything Goes September challenge, I hope that my stamped Floret background will be enough to fulfill the stamped element requirement.

Thanks as always for stopping by today and if this darn weather doesn't smarten up I will most probably be back soon with another project.  Although we love camping, camping when it's near freezing and raining is nowhere near as much fun as when it's warm and sunny!  Have a great long weekend everyone and happy creating!

Deb xo