Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Flowers ATB

Welcome everyone, it's the first day of May (how in the heck did that happen?!) and time for a new challenge over at Mixed Media Mojo.  This month our challenge theme is Flowers with the twist of adding stitching, either real or faux.

I decided to use an ATB (artists trading block) that I had made for another project and then not used and adorned it with handmade fabric flowers.

The twist of stitching came into play when I did a little hand and machine stitching on the flower centers and leaves, read on if you'd like to see how I made it!

I started out by die cutting some white cotton sheeting fabric with Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals die and then dyed the various flower parts with shades of Distress inks in blues and purples.  I just 'smooshed' some inks on my non-stick craft mat, spritzed them with water and dragged the flower die cuts through the puddles.   Next I stamped the flower parts with Tim Holtz's Ledger Script stamp and Watering Can Archival ink and assembled the various petals to make my flowers.

Stitching came next, I sewed the 'stamens' in the centers of some of the flowers with my sewing machine using dark brown thread and for the others hand stitched some French knots with green embroidery floss.  I then painted the flowers with Mod Podge fabric stiffener and dried them with my heat tool, gently shaping the petals as they dried.

Leaves came next die cut from the same white cotton sheeting fabric with the Sizzix Arbor die.  I coloured the leaves in the same manner as the flowers with various shades of green Distress inks and hand embroidered a line of stitching down the centers of the leaves with green embroidery floss.  They were also painted with fabric stiffener and dried and shaped with a heat tool.

I wanted a 'mossy' bed for my flowers to nestle in so I dyed cheesecloth with the same colours of Distress inks as I'd used for the leaves.  The ATB, made from kraft coloured corrugated cardstock and cut with Eileen Hull's ATB die, was covered here and there with some Wendy Vecchi Crackle texture paste and once it was dry I added some Twisted Citron Distress ink overtop of the white texture paste.  I then sprayed the ATB with Prima Color Bloom spray in Lime Wedge to accentuate the cracks on the texture paste and gave the whole thing a spritzing of Picket Fence Distress spray before shading the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

It was then time to assemble the ATB, I pulled out some images from Tim Holtz's Emporium and Thrift Shop Ephemera packs that I thought would compliment the flowers and started layering.

For the top of the ATB, I also die cut a little scalloped tag with Tim Holtz's Tag die set and stamped it with a butterfly and the word 'Imagine' from stamps in my stash.  To echo the butterfly image, I then die cut a butterfly with a Simon Says Stamp Butterflies die from some Tim Holtz Mirrored sheets. I die cut it twice, reversing the one die cut, so I could adhere them together back to back so there was a mirrored surface on both sides.

I nestled the mirrored butterfly in amongst the flower petals, love how the flower is reflected in it!

I then continued to adorn each side of the ATB with the flowers, leaves and ephemera images, here are some pictures of each side.

(The little bee was die cut with the Spellbinder's Laurel and Bee die set).

I had some flat green beads in my stash so I used them as 'feet' for my ATB.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my May Flowers ATB.

If you have a minute, pop on by Mixed Media Mojo to see what my team mates have created for our May challenge and hope that you will be inspired to link up your own floral creations and join in the fun!

I'd like to link my May Flowers ATB up with the It's A Charmed Life challenge over at Emerald Creek Dares where they are celebrating Moms with charms, bling and other embellishments.  I don't have a lot of bling on my ATB other than my mirrored butterfly but I do have lots of embellishments so hope it will qualify!

Have a great week everyone and happy creating!

Deb xo

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mosaic Singing Bird Tag

Hello everyone, I'm just squeaking in under the wire with my April 12 Tags of 2016 to link up with the ongoing challenge over at Tim Holtz's blog.  There is actually still 9 hours left until the link up closes so lots of time right?!

The technique remix that Tim used for this month's tag was faux mosaic from March, 2012 and paint resist from November, 2015 and Tim mixed it up even further on his tag by using his new Distress Paper Mosaic kit and Distress wood grain cardstock (click here to see a detailed tutorial on how Tim made his tag).  As I had neither of those products nor even a wood grain stamp or stencil I had to go in a completely different direction and consequently my tag looks nothing like Tim's.  I did however use the paint resist technique and did do my own version of paper mosaic so I followed his brief as best I could.

Since I don't have a wood grain stamp or stencil, I used the Blossom stencil with Old Paper Distress paint for the paint resist on my background and then overlaid that with an ombre 'sky' using Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans Distress inks.

I die cut my bird with the Sizzix Birds Bigz die and covered it with some Martha Steward Texture Effect texture paste.  It has a great stucco texture so worked perfectly for my 'grout' background.  Once it had dried, I pieced in my paper mosaic snippets and was going to give everything a coat of Distress collage medium when I spied the Vintage Distress collage medium and decided to use that instead.  Love the aged patina that it gave!

I then glazed each teeny little paper 'tile' with Glossy Accents and can only say thank goodness I had just bought the Ranger fine tip applicator for my Glossy Accents bottle because otherwise I think there would have been a fair amount of cussing going on!

I cut a branch for my bird to perch upon using Tim's Bird Branch die (I just snipped of the bird and will keep him for another project) from some vintage advertising scrapbook paper in my stash

and stamped the 'singing bird' sentiment from Dina Wakely's Scribbly Birds stamp set onto cardstock coloured with Antique Linen Distress ink.

And then it was time to assemble the tag; I used one of Tim's Game Spinners and tied a Typed Token onto it with a piece of twine and then added an Elements Remnant Rub onto a Vial Label and wrapped it around the side of the tag.

I have some very heave jute twine in my stash so I unraveled a piece and used it for the hanger.

The branch was glued to the tag surface and the bird was mounted onto some black fun foam and perched on the branch for a bit of dimension.

I have to admit I was not a fan of the paper mosaic piecing as I was doing it, I'm not the most patient person in the world and this technique requires patience!  But I do love the end result, it really does look like pieces of mosaic tile.

I glued a piece of jute ribbon along the bottom of the tag and then mounted the fussy cut sentiment over top of it with more fun foam.

And that's my April 12 Tags of 2016, better late than never as the saying goes!

Thanks for stopping by today and thanks as always to Tim Holtz for his never ending creative inspiration.  Have a great rest of the weekend and hope you will be able to stop by tomorrow for my Mixed Media Mojo May design team project, I had a lot of fun making it.  Enjoy your weekend and happy creating!

Deb xo