Monday, November 23, 2015

Snow Day

Hello!  My apologies for being absent from blogland for so long, I can't believe I haven't posted since Remembrance Day.  I have several big projects in the works and time has been flying by, my poor DH hasn't seen hide nor hair of me as I've been madly creating down in the studio.  But the largest project is now done (apart from taking photographs, editing said photographs, writing the blog post, linking the blog post .... in retrospect I guess it's not done quite yet!) and I feel like I have a bit of time to pop in and say hi.  Hi!

As the projects I'm working on are for scheduled design posts, I can't share them with you yet but here is a sneaky peek of a very small part of one of the projects :O)

It's been very inky and Christmasy around here lately!

And speaking of Christmas, it is definitely a winter wonderland here today.  They are forecasting that we will be getting 20 - 30 cm (7 - 12 inches) of snow today and tomorrow and so far it is looking like they are right.  The snowy flakes are softly falling and the world is looking very white.  Here's a picture of a wonderful little nest I spied on a walk with the pups this morning, memories of summer!

The forecast is also calling for an 'Arctic outbreak' to follow the snow (sounds very ominous, doesn't it?!) and the temperatures are going to be plummeting.  I am really hoping that the cold will not last long; the snow I can handle, freezing temperatures not so much!

I will try to get back to say hi again if time permits, but if not I hope you'll pop back for the first of my mystery projects on Sunday afternoon.  The rest will be following hot on it's heels for the beginning of the month of December (can someone please tell me how we got to talking about December already??!) so you will be very sick of me very soon!  Thanks for stopping by today and hope that it is warm and a little less snowy wherever you may be.  Happy creating!

Deb xo

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Lest We Forget

In thankful remembrance of my Uncle.

Corporal Gerald E. Riddell,
17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars,
7th Recce, B Squadron

Who lost his life in service to his country during World War II.

Remembered always with love, pride and gratitude, we shall not forget.

In Flanders Fields
by Major John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.
Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Deb xo

My tag was inspired by Tim Holtz's November 12 Tags Of 2015 and IGirlZoe's November tag, thank you for the inspiration.  And I would like to link my tag with Emerald Creek Dares 'Remember The Fallen' challenge, what a wonderful theme to honour those who serve!

Edited to add:  Thank you to Emerald Creek Dares for choosing my tag as the winner of their 'Remember The Fallen' challenge.  Your kindness is very much appreciated!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Celebrating With Fireworks At A Vintage Journey

Hello and thank you so much for stopping by today.  I am thrilled and excited beyond words to be able to share with you my first post as a Creative Guide at A Vintage Journey!  I was delighted and honoured when Brenda Brown contacted me to let me know that I'd been chosen to be one of their new Creative Guides, along with Amanda of Ink-A-Pink and Olga of Scrap Forever.  To be selected to join the amazing and talented design team at A Vintage Journey is indeed a dream come true and marks the start of a new and exciting endeavour for me in my own creative journey.  I hope you'll continue to follow along to see where this new path will lead!

This month's challenge at A Vintage Journey, hosted by Nikki, is 'Baby You're A Firework'.  Here is Nikki's description:

Fireworks are a big part of celebrations at this time of the year. Be inspired by them to create a Tim style project; think Distress Glitter, bold colours, ink and paint splats and fun. Go on, light up that night sky.
Put your own interpretation on it – Tim inspired of course. It doesn’t have to have Tim products but say what your inpiration is both in your AVJ challenge piece and in your own blog post.

You can make anything you want, as long as it clearly follows our Travelling Instructions. Just click HERE if you want to double check before entering.
Our challenge is a monthly one and a randomly chosen winner will receive a £20 gift voucher from our very generous sponsor, Country View Crafts. We also award our Pinworthy badges to the Top 3, chosen by the Creative Guides.

At first I couldn't figure out the November firework reference in the prompt until I remembered that Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated in England on November 5th.  As we don't celebrate it here in Canada, I chose instead to concentrate on the celebratory aspect of fireworks.  My hubby has a birthday coming up near the end of the month, so I decided to make a birthday card for him using Tim Holtz's hilarious Bird Crazy stamps and dies.

I have to tell you, these stamps crack me up every time I break them out!  And now that Tim also has the Crazy Things accessories stamps and dies to complement them, the creative possibilities are endless.  I was also influenced by Tim's Crazy Thoughts stamps which I don't have yet, so that was where the inspiration for my 'blast' word bubble came from.

I started out with two pieces of scrapbooking paper, one black and one dark grey, each cut to 6" by 12".  I spritzed both of them with Brushed Pewter Distress stain and Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist.

When dry, I glued them together and scored the paper in the middle to make my 6" square card blank.  That's also where my in-process pictures ended as I got on a roll and completely forgot to take them so I'll explain my steps as I show you the finished card.

All of the crazy birds were stamped twice onto white cardstock with Jet Black Archival ink and then die cut using the Bird Crazy Sizzix dies.  The eyes, beaks and wings were cut with the same die set from the second stamped image so they could be mounted on pop dots once I had finished colouring the birds with Distress ink using a water brush.

I cut the firework from a piece of cardstock from Tim's Correspondence paper stash and gently rolled it to give it some dimension.  The sparks coming from the top of the lit firework were created by snipping off bits from a silver tinsel Christmas garland and then adding dots of silver Stickles glitter glue.

I stamped some of the Crazy Things accessories onto white cardstock with Jet Black Archival ink as well and fussy cut them out (I don't have the dies for the Crazy Things yet, it's on my wish list!) and coloured them with Distress ink and my water brush.  I wanted this guy to be holding a firecracker so I drew one and cut it out and added some more bits of silver tinsel to the end of it, hope it doesn't blow while he's holding it!

There is a wee string for the balloon included in the Crazy Things stamp set but the logistics of cutting it out by hand were beyond me so I just used a piece of black button thread instead.  I love this deflated balloon, so funny!

The letters for the sentiment were die cut using Tim's Alphanumeric dies.

I die cut each letter twice, once from blue scrapbook paper and once from white cardstock, and then layered each letter, bumping the die cuts slightly to give the letters some dimension by adding a highlight in behind.

The bubble for the 'blast' image was created on PicMonkey and I then die cut the word using the same Alphanumeric dies.

I used the negative of the letter die cuts this time and just pieced in the offcut pieces for the 'B' and 'A' to form the letters.  I don't have a firework stamp, so used a Ranger Clear Emboss It pen to draw the exploding firework image and heat embossed it with some silver embossing powder from my stash.  I added a few finer lines with a white gel roller and then added dots of blue glitter glue to the ends of the silver embossed lines to create the exploding firework.

On the inside of the card, I decided to show what happened when that lit firework went off, it's bird crazy mayhem!

Crazy birds and birthday presents are flying everywhere!

I cut the 'exploded' top of the firecracker from the same Correspondence paper stash cardstock as I had used on the front of the card and added dots of Stickles glitter glue leading to each one of those crazy birds and their gifts.

Whoops, she's lost her party hat in the explosion!

Oh-oh, there goes the present he was bringing to the party!

Eeeks, hope he isn't headed for a crash landing!

The inside sentiment was created in the same manner as on the front and I added more of the embossed exploding fireworks as well as a few mirrored stars.

I had so much fun making this card, I was giggling the whole time as I put it together and I do hope that my hubby gets a chuckle out of it as well :O)

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope that these crazy birds brought a smile to your face too.  I also hope that you will head on over to A Vintage Journey to see what other inspirations the Creative Guides have made for you (they are absolutely stunning as always!) and that you will be inspired to join us in this month's challenge.  Have fun!

Deb xo

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Fall Leaves Art Journal

Happy Halloween my ghoulish friends!  Hope that you have the pumpkins carved and the treats ready for all the little hobgoblins that will be visiting soon.

I've been working on an art journal page to link up with the latest challenge at A Vintage JourneyAlison is the host this month and she challenged everyone to do some 'Art Journaling With Tim'.  Here is her brief:

"Art Journaling with Tim?" I hear you cry... "But Tim Holtz doesn't do much art journaling".  You're right, he doesn't (or if he does, he keeps it to himself!), so what I'm looking for is how you incorporate Tim's techniques, style and products into your own art journaling.

As the fall season is upon us, I decided to do an art journal page in the colours of fall using Tim's Distress inks and stains and also incorporated many of his wonderful leaf dies and embossing folders.

The background was created with Distress Stains blended while wet and then flicked with water droplets and some Biscotti Perfect Pearls spray.  Bits of paper ephemera and Symphony tissue tape were adhered with gesso and some overstamping was done with the Ledger Script stamp.  Vines and branches were stenciled on with some Ranger matte texture paste and coloured with Distress paint and then the whole page was sealed with matte Mod Podge.

I coloured three pieces of cardstock in different colour ways for the leaves using Distress stains, inks and sprays.  The leaves were die cut using the Layered Leaf die, the Leaf Blueprint die and the Arbor die.  I also cut two of the Mixed Media thinlits dies from the same masterboards as well as cutting the 'FALL' label using a Spellbinders die.

In the upper left corner, I added a wee bundle of twigs (perhaps some kindling for a fall bonfire?) that also has the 'play' Typed Token attached as a reminder to make sure you jump into these piles of fall leaves! The typed token was coloured with some Wild Honey Distress paint and some alcohol inks.

Over on the right side of the page, Arbor leaves were cut from watercolour paper coloured with Distress inks and lettered with some alphabet stickers courtesy of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine and attached to the stenciled texture paste branch.

I also used a glass pebble to overlay a snippet of dictionary page where the word autumn appeared, adhering the pebble with some Glossy Accents.

I do believe that I first learned this technique from Alison, the host of this month's challenge at AVJ, so it seemed appropriate to include it on my page :O)

I found this vintage picture of a young feller proudly holding his prize pumpkin on Pinterest.

I coloured the black and white image with some Distress ink and a water brush and mounted it behind an Idea-ology Fragment that was coloured around the edges with some alcohol ink.  You can find the how-to on this technique (and many more ideas on using Fragments) on Tim's blog here.

The FALL label was lettered with the same alphabet stickers and the edges of the label were highlighted with just a touch of copper Stickles glitter glue.

I also coloured a Mirrored Star with alcohol ink to nestle amongst the fall leaves in this  corner.

So that is my fall leaves art journal page using many of Tim Holtz's products and incorporating some of his techniques as well.

I had a lot of fun art journaling with Tim, thanks for the great prompt A Vintage Journey!  There are still a few days left in the current challenge, so break out your Tim supplies and your art journal and head on over to join in the fun!

Thanks as always for stopping by today and hope that you have a fun and safe Halloween my friends, happy haunting (and creating!).

Deb xo

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Another Christmas Deer

Happy Sunday everyone, hope you all had a great weekend.  I've been having a play with more of the new Christmas releases from Tim Holtz and made another ornament incorporating the new Holly Ribbon embossing folder.

I seem to be on a deer kick as I also used the prancing deer die that I bought last year.  The base of the ornament is chipboard covered with some scrapbooking papers from my stash and I embossed the holly ribbon onto some watercolour paper and then coloured it with Distress inks, Biscotti Perfect Pearls spray and some Heidi Swapp white colour shine spray.

I made a wee wreath for the deer from some Tim Holtz pine twine, some pip berries from my stash and one of the jingle brads that had the prongs cut off.  I added gold Stickles glitter glue to the deer's antlers and also added a bead around the edge of the embossed holly ribbon panel.

I made the Merry Christmas label on Picmonkey and then covered it with clear UTEE and cracked it once it was cooled.  Some Gathered Twigs Distress ink was worked into the cracks to highlight them.

I had some white glittered snowflakes in my stash but the colour was wrong for this ornament so I coloured them with some alcohol inks.

I started out colouring the snowflakes with some Stonewash blue alcohol ink but the colour wasn't working so I removed it (with some Blending Solution) and added the Butterscotch and Copper Mixative combo that I used on the silver tinsel stem on my last ornament.  Much better!

On the back of the ornament, I layered some more ephemera bits and bobs from my stash.

The ornament hanger was made from a piece of Distress ink coloured crinkle ribbon.

So that's my prancing deer merry Christmas ornament which will probably end up being gifted to one of my Mixed Media Studio buds :O)

I now have to change gears and head back into fall mode, the current challenge over at A Vintage Journey is 'Art Journaling With Tim' and I'm envisioning a fall themed Tim Holtz inspired journal page.  So the Christmas supplies will have to get filed for now and I'll break out the orange, brown and green palettes once again to work on my journal page.  As the journal page is not even started yet, it will be a few days before I can show it to you but it's looking wonderful in my head LOL!  Have a great week everyone and I'll see you again in a few days.  I do promise to get around and visit you all very soon as well, my blog reader was off-line for a few days so I've fallen behind but hope to get caught up soon.  Thanks as always for stopping by and happy creating!

Deb xo

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Birch Trees And Reindeer

Happy Saturday everyone!  Hope you had a great week and have lots of fun and creative stuff planned for the weekend.  I've been playing with some of the new Christmas releases from Tim Holtz that I just bought and here's an ornament that I made using the Birch Trees die, which I love!

In fact, I loved the die so much that I didn't want to cover it up so I used a piece of clear packaging to mount the adorable little reindeer on so you could still see the birch trees in behind.

I used some transparent texture paste to stencil the snowflake onto the clear packaging and then, while it was still wet, I sprinkled on some white sparkle embossing powder that I had in my stash.  Once the texture paste was dry, I heat embossed the snowflake, you can find the how to for the technique on Tim Holtz's blog (12 Tags of 2015 - March).  The packaging shrunk and wrinkled as the embossing powder melted, love the dimension it created!  I spritzed the back of the clear packaging with some Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist like I did on my September 12 Tags of 2015 to simulate Tim's Frosted Film and then added some gold Stickles glitter glue around the outside edge of the clear packaging circle. I added some of the gold glitter glue to the reindeer's antlers as well, he is the Leaping Deer die from Memory Box and I cut him from some Core-dinations cardstock that was embossed with the Spellbinders Circles impressabilities die.

I mounted the clear packaging circle onto a memo pin and added the 'peace on earth' tidings token and the star brad to the pin (another Tim Holtz technique, check out his 12 Tags of 2015 -May for the how to).

The snowflake was attached to the memo pin with a jump ring before the tiding token was attached and I dyed some crinkle ribbon with Distress Ink and made a bow to disguise where the memo pin was inserted into the ornament.

I heat embossed the snowflake and the star brad with the same white sparkle embossing powder that I used on the snowflake.

Love how the embossing powder adds so much texture to the metal embellishments and how you can change the colour of them to coordinate with your project.  (If you are going to try it, be careful, the metal gets VERY hot as the powder melts - use tweezers!!).

I added some vintage Christmas printables from my stash to the back of the ornament plus a snowflake die cut that was gifted to me.

I only had silver tinsel stems so I coloured the stem for the hanger with some Butterscotch alcohol ink and a touch of Copper mixative, worked like a charm!

I do love how this ornament turned out, we are going to do a Christmas ornament exchange in our Mixed Media Studio group so this just might end up heading off to one of them ;O)

I've got another ornament in the works using the new Tim Holtz Holly Ribbon embossing folder and hope to have pictures tomorrow to share with you.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo