Sunday, August 23, 2015

Steampunk ATC's Storage Box

Good Sunday morning everyone, hope you are having a great weekend.  Just a quick post this morning to show you the storage box I made for the steampunk ATC's that I made for our current swap at the Mixed Media Studio (click here to see that post).

As I mentioned yesterday, I based this storage box on a tutorial I found on YouTube by PaperCrafter45.  I had to change up the measurements slightly to accommodate these ATC's (I made it a bit thicker and a bit taller) and after doing some math (can you smell the frying brain cells??!) here's the box I ended up making.

I used the Steampunk Spells paper by Graphic45 (love it!) and a Martha Stewart punch to add the decorative border.  The base of the box was made from kraft cardstock that was distressed with some Vintage Photo distress ink.  The third gentleman from Tim Holtz's 'Possibilities' stamp and die set was feeling a bit miffed at not being included in this project (his fellow compatriots were both used on the ATC's) so I coloured him up with some distress ink and a water brush and added him onto a round backing cut from embossed foil card left over from making the ATC bases.  A star was cut from the same leftover foiled card and both were distressed with black, rust and brushed pewter acrylic paint.  I made the speech bubble on Picmonkey and used a font called Extra Ornamental No 2.

Nothing fancy on the back, just covered it with more of that lovely G45 paper.

And here are the steampunk ATC's in their storage box, hopefully it will keep them safe as they make their way to Illinois.

That's it for now, have to get sewing on the August door banner and get it on it's way and I want to try and join a couple of more challenges but am runnining out of time as we will be heading out on holidays in a week or so.  Time to get the roller skates on so see you later and happy creating!

Deb xo

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Steampunk ATC's

Hello all, hope this finds you well!  I'm back again with another post to share some steampunk ATC's that I made for the current swap in our Mixed Media Studio group.  What is it about the steampunk theme that appeals to so many of us?  Our group has been pretty quiet the last while but as soon as the steampunk theme was announced, everyone came out of the woodwork to sign up for the swap LOL!

I made two ATC's and used a similar background technique for both of them.  I glued tin foil (aka aluminum foil or kitchen foil) to two pieces of cardstock and then embossed them using Tim Holtz's Clockwork folder for one and his Pocketwatch folder for the other.  I cut the embossed card to size ( 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"), coloured them with black acrylic paint and rubbed the black back while the paint was still wet, leaving it just in the crevices.  I then added bits of rust coloured paint, a bit more black and some brushed pewter here and there and dried them both.

Here's the first ATC:

I stamped the three gents from Tim Holtz's Possibilites stamp and die set and cut them apart.  I added wings to the middle feller and coloured him with Distress ink and a water brush.

I then stamped the clock from Tim Holtz's 'Life's Possibilities' stamp set, coloured it with more Distress ink and added the clock hands with a brad, all from my stash.

The nuts and bolts are glue on embellishments that I got at Michaels and I mounted a couple of them onto some gears 'cause you gotta have gears on a steampunk ATC!  The 'time flies' sentiment seemed appropriate for this ATC so I printed it out on the computer and finally edged the whole ATC with some Elements tissue tape.

The second ATC was a bit of a struggle, I knew I wanted to add the gears to a balloon stamp I had;

but wasn't sure where to go from there until I happened to drop one of the Possibilities gents on top of the stamped light bulb and, well, a light bulb went off LOL!

More colouring with Distress inks and a water brush on all of the stamped images and I used some Yellow Light acrylic paint (DecoArt Americana) on the light bulb filament.

Couldn't resist the 'flight of ideas' sentiment!  I edged this ATC with more tissue tape from the Elements tape set and there was the second ATC done.

I did kind of muck up the first ATC in that I brought the wing a little too far outside of the ATC border, they are meant to fit into a protective sleeve but the wing means that the ATC is too wide to fit.  So I've decided to make a box to put both of the ATC's in so that they will be protected both on their journey and once they make it to their destination and I'm going to use a YouTube video by PaperCrafter45 as my template.  I'm going to have to adjust the measurements slightly to accommodate these ATC's so will post a picture of the box as soon as I get it figured out LOL!  Have a great weekend everyone and happy creating!

Deb xo

Thank You To Arlette

Hello blogging peeps, I have a special post this morning as a way of saying thanks to Arlette of Thammie et Compagnie.  She was kind enough to choose me as one of the recipients of her 'Sisterhood of the World' blog award.  While I have chosen to make my blog award free, I thought I owed Arlette some answers to the question she posed for her recipients and also to let her know how much I appreciated her thinking of me.  So without further ado, here are my answers to Arlette's questions:

1. When did you first start blogging?

I had to go look at the start date for my first post to answer this question, it appears that I started to blog in July of 2010, holy smokes, I didn't realize it was that long ago!

2. Do you have several blogs?

I do have a selling blog as well as this blog but have to admit that this is the only one that I really keep up with.  I also had a blog for my photographs but that poor blog was languishing so badly that I made it private since I hardly ever tended to it.  So while I do technically have several blogs, this is really the only blog that I post to on a regular basis.

3. What is the reason behind your main blog name?

I live in the Paxton Valley here in British Columbia, Canada and when I first started to blog, I was heavily involved in creating folk art and primitive crafts so my name became Paxton Valley Folk Art.  My interests have now shifted to creating mixed media artwork but I do still view my mixed media work as folk art so the name remains.

4. What inspires you to write your posts?

I mostly write my posts to share my current creations and to write descriptions of how I went about making them.  I have learned so much from all of the other generous artists around the web that I want to share with others what little knowledge I have.  It's probably been said a million times before and in a much more concise manner than my rambling musings but if I can help someone figure out how it's done, that's good enough for me!

5. How do people around you feel about you being a blogger?

I am very lucky to have a lot of support from my family, my hubby is my biggest fan and is unfailingly understanding of my creating, picture taking and computer pounding as I write my posts.  He's a wonderful guy and I am very lucky to have him in my life.  My Mom & Dad also regularly read my posts and give me wonderful feedback and encouragement, I am a very lucky gal!

6. Are you a cat person or a dog person?

I'm an animal person!  Doesn't matter what species, colour, age, gender, furred, scaled or feathered, I love them all and could never choose one over the other.  That being said we are currently the parents of three rescue dogs so at present the dogs rule in our house!

7. Do you like reading the book before watching the movie or it is the other way around?

Definitely reading the book first, books are so rich and layered and full of details that movies can never do justice to the story in my opinion.

8. How do you relax and get rid of tensions when life is GRRRR?

I make art!  Heading down to my studio and pulling out paper, paint, glue and glitter makes the whole world drift away.

9. If the Earth were a place without pain, suffering, injustice and other bad things, what would your life be?

Wow, that's a very interesting and very difficult question!  I can only speculate but I don't really see my life being much different that it is now.  I have been very blessed in my life with loving and supportive parents, careers that fulfilled and interested me and a husband and (furry!) family that I love beyond words and who love me.  So I really can't imagine an existence much better than the one I have.

10. Write about anything you'd like.

I'd like to thank Arlette very much for choosing me for her award and for her very kind words about me on her blog.  If you aren't familiar with Arlette or her amazing dolls, I encourage you to head on over to meet her and to also check out the other amazing bloggers that she elected for her award.  Thanks so much again Arlette, you are so very kind!

Deb xo

Friday, August 21, 2015

Shoot For The Stars August Tim Tag

Happy Friday everyone, hope you've had a good week.  I can't believe that the weekend is here again already, time does indeed fly!  It's a cool and windy day here, we went from 30 C (86 F) yesterday to 12 C (54 F) today, rather a shock to the system!  It's feeling ... dare I say it ... very 'fallish' here today which is something I am definitely not quite ready for.

I completed by August tag to link up with Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2015 challenge.  I won't go into all the steps that I used to make it as Tim has a wonderful tutorial on his blog (click here to see it) and I followed most of the steps he used to make his.  Here's a pic of my August 12 tags of 2015.

The die cut window background is a great technique and one I will be using often, so many possibilities with this one; Tim used word dies as did I but I can see using shapes and images as well to great effect.  I seemed to be on a star kick with my embellishments so chose the 'shoot for the stars' sentiment.

The gent I used for my image is from Tim's 'French Industrial' salvage stickers, he looks rather reeserved and distinguished don't you think?  I didn't have any mushroom alcohol ink to age my mirrored star so used a light coat of Pitch Black instead and also used it to colour the arrow adornment and my fragment charm. I added some star remnant rubs to the charm and attached it to the arrow with a fragment of rusty wire.

The globe the gent is resting his hand on is also from the salvage sticker set.  I don't have any small talk stickers so I typed the sentiment up on the computer, mounted the fussy cut words on some white cardstock and then sanded the edges back.  A spattering of gold metallic paint was added with a tooth brush after masking off the parts of the tag I didn't want covered.

Tim's goal with this month's tag was to find new ways to use supplies that we already have and also to add multiple layers to add interest.  So I layered some film strip ribbon embellished with more star remnant rubs from my stash along with a fragment of embossed foiled cardstock that was lurking in there as well.  The red bottle cap image was one I'd punched out for use in my junk journal so I embossed it with clear embossing powder and layered it on top of everything.  Adds a nice punch of colour I think.

The cap image also helped to cement the story of my tag; the gentlemen pictured is an entrepreneur and inventor who, through hard work and perseverance, attained world wide distribution rights and patents for his unique product.  His hand resting upon the globe signifies his accomplishment and the stars scattered around the tag represent his firm belief that anything is possible if you shoot for the stars!

So that's my take on Tim's August tag, thanks as always to Tim Holtz for his continuing inspiration and thanks to you for stopping by today.  Have a great weekend and happy creating!

Deb xo

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Winged Tags

Hello, hope your week is off to a great start.  I've been working on a project to link up with A Vintage Journey's current challenge which is 'Things With Wings', hosted this month by the lovely Anne of Redanne.  Here is Anne's prompt:

Tim Holtz has designed the most wonderful butterfly, dragonfly and bird stamps, dies and papers.  We would like to see you create a project using one (or more if you wish) butterfly, dragonfly or bird.

I immediately thought of Tim's 'Butterfly Duo' die and embossing folder set and decided to make a butterfly hang tag.  But since it is a butterfly DUO die, I ended up with two beautiful butterflies and so ended up making two tags, variations on the same theme.

Here is the first tag, I created the background using Tim's stencil monoprint technique (Compendium of Curiositites, Vol III, page 48) using the Gothic layering stencil and Distress inks in the colours of Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky and Old Paper.

I found this wonderful quote online and decided that pairing it with the 'Knowledge' muse token was very appropriate.

I used a technique that I saw on Shari Trumbull's blog (Ain't That Artsy Fartsy) to crackle the word snippets and used Clear Rock Candy Distress paint to get that lovely crackle aged with Walnut Stain Distress ink.  Thanks for this technique Shari, I love it!  Do you see the bit of glitter in the upper left corner?  I wanted to add a bit of shine here and there to the tag so I applied some Star Dust Stickles glitter glue through the layering stencil with a palette knife.  It worked like a charm and is definitely something I will do again in the future.

The butterfly was cut from a masterboard that I coloured with Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade Distress stains and inks.  I did some drops of stain and also of Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist onto the board plus some spritz and flick.  After cutting the butterfly with the Butterfly Duo die, I added some Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint.  You will note that this butterfly is not embossed ... that's because I got carried away and added the blue seed beads to her body before I remembered to emboss her!  I hand cut a heart from some corrugated card and then added some coffee stained cheesecloth in behind as the heart was looking a little stark against the tag background.

I added some curled gold wire to the butterfly for her antenna and mounted her on pop dots on top of the corrugated heart.  You can see all of the lovely crackle on the butterfly in this picture.

The upper corner of the heart was feeling a bit bare so I coloured a large mirrored star with Butterscotch and Caramel alcohol inks, much better!

After I was happy with the first tag, I moved on to butterfly tag number two.

I used a monochromatic colour scheme on this tag and used the stencil monoprint background technique again with the Gothic stencil but this time used Antique Linen, Old Paper and Weathered Wood Distress inks.  I then did some overstamping on the background using a script stamp and a couple of small butterfly stamps from a discontinued Crafty Secrets set.

I used the same masterboard to cut this butterfly and actually remembered to emboss this one after giving her a coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress paint!  I then added some clear micro beads for her body that were a gift from a friend.  More mirrored stars coloured in the same manner as on the first tag were added here and there.

Another lovely quote found on the internet was treated in the same manner as on the previous tag and was mounted on pop dots over top a fragment of lattice cut from the butterfly masterboard using one of Tim's Mixed Media Thinlits dies.

Here's a closeup of the butterfly, love all those crackles!  The 'faith' typed token was chosen to echo the quote used on this tag and I coloured it with Rust alcohol ink after highlighting the lettering with some Old Paper Distress paint.

Another closeup of the mixed media thinlit die cut (love them!) and the wonderful crackle on the words of the quote.

Thanks as always for stopping by my blog today and thanks to the Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey for another wonderful prompt to inspire us.  Have a great week everyone and happy creating!

Deb xo

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Junk Journal Obsession

Hello blogging peeps, hope this finds you well!  I've been working like mad on a new obsession (like I needed another one :O), junk journals!

While I was combing through my stash to find paper remnants for the matchbook notebooks I made for my Mom, I realized that I had a WHOLE lot more paper and scraps than I'd ever be able to use up making little matchbooks!  Hmm, what to do?  I headed over to YouTube to see if I could get some inspiration and just happened to have a video by ZucchiniKitty entitled 'Journal' suggested to me in my feed.  I clicked on the link to take a peek and when I did said "OMG, how did I not know about junk journals before?!"  I started searching YouTube and in short order found many wonderful junk journal tutorials by Ephemeras Garden, Ashmita Roy and Jen of Eve Designs to name but a few.  After watching several videos, I took bits and pieces from each of them and started on my journey to make my own junk journal.

Have to admit it's been a steep learning curve, I've made many mistakes and learned a lot but I am having so much fun!  This is definitely a work in progress; although I only added 3 smallish signatures to my junk journal, I still have many pages to complete.  It has become a true obsession and I have to tear myself away from my studio as I've been spending hours on end putzing away on it!  I do have some photos to share with you if you'd like to take a peek, come on and we'll do a flip through. (Just be warned, it's a very picture heavy post!)

A few cover details - a Found Relatives card on the front coloured with Distress markers and I tore the back off of the card to layer behind it (not sure where I first read about that tip but thank you to whomever came up with it!).  I layered an Alpha Card on top of the cabinet card along with a Fragment Finding that was aged with alchohol ink and backed with some Wallflower paper (Tim Holtz's tinted vision fragments technique, Compendium of Curiosities Vol. I, page 55).  The 'first prize' medallion was made from accordion folded aged paper and I added some tissue tape and lace to the edge of the cover.  Beads and a 'Unique' muse token were tied to the signature binding threads, I chose the unique token as this book will definitely be one of a kind!

You will note that the elastic loop closure is on the front cover ... not my original intent but that's what happens when you don't pay attention to the orientation of your inside cover papers!!  The papers used on the covers both front and back are by Vectoria Designs.  I will add a link to all of the designers whose papers and elements I used in this junk journal at the end of this post but I'm unsure of the provenance of some of the fragments in my stash.  If you recognize any of your designs and I haven't acknowledged you let me know and I will add a link to your site.

Back cover and yes, this is where the elastic loop should be inserted, doh!

I used ZucchiniKitty's method of using a piece of printed cardstock as the 'cover' for each of my signatures and then filled the inside pages with coffee stained copy paper and bits of printed papers from my stash that I also coffee stained.  My neighbours are now totally convinced that I am truly mad as I was outside for hours spraying paper with coffee and then hanging them on the clothesline to dry :O)  I used hinge clips adorned with snippets of stained crinkle ribbon for some of the journaling cards and also finger painted the cardstock on each signature with some gesso in preparation for painting or stenciling or whatever else I decide to do.

The butterfly image in the picture above was the embossing powder that was transferred onto a piece of newsprint after I did Tim Holtz's blended batik technique (Compendium of Curiosities Vol. I, page 36) on an envelope that I made to use in the journal.  After I lifted the newsprint off of the envelope, I wondered if the embossing powder transferred to it would leave a distinct enough image to be seen?  So I coloured the newsprint with some Vintage Photo distress ink and voila, there it was!  I roughly tore the image from the newsprint and adhered it to the cardstock with some matte Mod Podge; two, two, two images from one :O)

Did some second generations stamping here and there and added a banner and an alcohol ink stained mirrored star to a paper clip to hold the journal card on the left hand page.  I will be further embellishing each of the pages with some artwork but haven't even begun to think about that yet!

I created a tuck spot for another journal card on the opposite page with layered elements and then added the button made from cardstock and chipboard packaging (see the tutorial by delygirl1961 here) to the bottom to act as a stop.

I coloured an envelope with Distress stain and stenciled it with Tim Holtz's 'Tracks' stencil and made an envelope liner with a stash paper remnant.  I made a cardstock wallet to put inside it for journaling or ephemera and secured the wallet with a circular paper clip tied with crinkle ribbon.

The buttons card was just crying out for some real buttons so I sewed some on!

Made another journaling tag tuck spot using the clock from Tim Holtz's Thrift Shop ephemera pack and added some clock hands with a brad.  The coffee splatter was stenciled using the negative die cut from a Scribbles and Splat die.  And I love how the froggy ATC image from Ephemera's Vintage Garden coordinates so perfectly with the images on the digital paper from Far Far Hill!

The 'secret garden' and poppy pods were stenciled using a PaperArtsy ELB 004 stencil and I made another journal card tuck spot using an 'Admit One' ticket.

Made a belly band to hold a large #8 hang tag, haven't quite decided how I'm going to embellish the tag yet.

Made an envelope from some more coffee stained copy paper to hold some treasures.  I love that little owl stamp, it's been in my stash forever.

Here's the envelope I made using Tim's blended batik technique, love how it turned out!

I sprayed the envelope with a walnut stain spray before stamping and embossing it and lined it with more paper remnants from my stash.  This third signature has been covered with some beautiful collage papers courtesy of Astrid's Artistic Efforts, thank you Astrid!

I've just started to embellish the third signature; in this signature I added a sealed legal size envelope with both ends cut open to act as a spot to tuck journaling cards.

And for the back 'cover' of this signature, I made an envelope using a Sizzix 'Pocket with scallop edge' die which happens to be the perfect size for a #5 hang tag.  I stenciled the tag using the negative from Tim Holtz's bird branch die and then stamped it with that great sentiment from his Life Quotes stamp set.

So that's as far as I've gotten with the junk journal so far, I absolutely love it and can't wait to see how it evolves over time.

I've also been working on a little mini file folder journal that I first saw on Astrid McLean's blog and that was inspired by a YouTube tutorial by ThePaperAddiction.  It's not too far along as yet but I'll share some pictures in a day or two as I think I've kept you more than long enough today!  Thanks as always for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.  Happy creating!

Deb xo

Image and paper sources used in this junk journal:

Vectoria Designs
Ephemera's Vintage Garden
Astrid's Artistic Efforts
Far Far Hill 
Big Brown Dog - Digital Antiques
Crafty Secrets
Cathe Holden
Wings Of Whimsy

If you recognize any of your images that have not been credited in this list, please contact me and I will add a link to your site.  Thanks to all of the generous artists out there sharing their beautiful images and papers!