Friday, March 24, 2017

Dreamer Mini Travel Journal

Hello everyone, thank you for stopping by!  I've a few step out photos over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog today on how I used their chipboard embellishments to decorate the cover of my Dreamer mini travel journal.  I combined several chipboard pieces from a variety of sets including their Film Strip Section Frame, Cedar Trees, Friends Of Nature and Get Muddy Buddy.

The base of the journal was made with recycled manila file folders using a YouTube tutorial by The Paper Addiction, I just resized it to fit the size of Southern Ridge's Film Strip Section Frame.

I've just started to embellish the inside of the mini journal and said over on Southern Ridge's blog that I'd go into more detail on the products and techniques that I used on the inside pages I've completed so far, so here we go.

This journal design incorporates lots of top and side tuck spots and pockets so I cut some tags from file folder off cuts.  For the two top loading tags, I cut the pull tabs with my WeRMemoryKeepers Envelope Punch Board, coloured them with Walnut Stain Distress ink and added phrases from Tim Holtz's Occasions Small Talk Stickers.

The inside front cover has a side loading pocket and I matted the pocket and the tag with digital papers from Ephemera's Vintage Garden, making the paper slightly lighter in my program in case I wanted to do some journaling over top of the design.  A fragment from Tim Holtz's Globe die was layered onto the pocket and a tab cut with Tim Holtz's Tiny Tabs and Tags die was added as a pull on the tag.  The 'found' sentiment is from Tim's new Quotations Metallic Stickers and the 'fill my soul' sentiment on the back of the front cover tag is from his Clippings Stickers.

I stamped a butterfly and this wonderful sentiment from a discontinued Crafty Secrets stamp set onto the top of the pocket page as a 'secret message' once the tag was removed.

A #8 tag was adhered to the opposite page prior to matting it and the front of the tag covered with this lovely vintage image courtesy of Candy Colwell.  A snippet of Tim Holtz Linen Ribbon was added as a pull on the hang tag.  The tag for the top loading pocket on this page was covered with more Ephemera's Vintage Garden digital paper and the sentiment is from the Occasions Small Talk Stickers.

The backside of the #8 tag was covered with more Ephemera's Digital Garden paper for a journaling spot and Emerald Creek's Large Oak Tree stamp was stamped onto a piece of coffee stained muslin and matted onto the pocket page.  Love the fabric matting, think I will be using this more often!

And that's as far as I've gotten so far, there are 8 pages in total in this mini album along with 6 pockets so I've a few more pages and tags to complete but I'll try to remember to share them with you once I've got them completed.

Hope you can take a minute to pop on over to Southern Ridge's blog for more details on how I embellished the outside of my Dreamer mini travel journal, have a wonderful day everyone and happy crafting!

Deb xo

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Playing With Infusions

I got some happy mail today, a parcel filled with Paper Artsy Infusions!  Have you seen or used these amazing waterbased colour stains?

They are granules that you shake out onto your paper and spritz with water and then watch the magic happen.  They have walnut crystals in them as well as the dye pigments and the reactions that occur are fabulous and totally unpredictable, I love it!  After making some colour swatches I decided to play and here are a few of my experiments.

First of all, I tried a technique I'd seen on YouTube by Kim Dellow where she stamped an image with embossing ink and then sprinkled it with the Infusions, click here to watch Kim's video.  I grabbed one of Dina Wakley's Scribbly Bird stamps and stamped it onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with embossing ink, sprinkled the image with Sleight Blue Infusions, spritzed with water and watched the magic happen.

Adore!  This wee guy will be making an appearance on a future project I am sure.

Next I tried Kim's technique (same video) of embossing ink through a stencil but this one was an epic fail for me, used WAY too much water and totally lost my stenciled image but I still love the background, look at that play of colours!

Think I used In The Navy, Olive Tree and Golden Sands Infusions on this one.

Okay, onwards and upwards, this time I didn't use any embossing powder and simply sprinkled the Infusions through StencilGirl's Black Birds In Trees stencil onto the smooth side of Arches 140 lb cold press watercolour paper.  I used In The Navy and Rusty Car Infusions and spritzed with water while the stencil was still in place, letting the Infusions do their thing before carefully removing the stencil.

OMG, I am in love!  And as an added bonus I then made a stencil monoprint with the water activated Infusions that were still on the stencil, I just grabbed a piece of cheap 110 lb white cardstock and pressed the stencil down onto it.

The colours are just amazing, this was only the two Infusion colours (In The Navy and Rusty Car) but look at all of the pigments that are revealed in this monoprint.

That was the extent of my play today, I'll be doing more experimenting but just wanted to share my results with you in case you've been contemplating getting these Infusions.  I heartily endorse them (and no I'm not getting paid to say that ;O) and am so glad I decided to purchase them.  If you have used them or decide to give them a try let me know so I can come take a look at what you've created.  Thanks as always for stopping by today and hope you can pop back tomorrow when I'll have a new project for Southern Ridge Trading Company.  Hope to see you then and happy creating!

Deb xo

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Dwell In Possibility

Hello and thank you for stopping by.  Today I have a project to share with you that I made for part 2 of our current challenge at Emerald Creek Dares, 'Splatter Some Fun'! This month, Kim has dared us to let loose and get messy and to splatter paint, powders, ink, coffee, tea, pastes or whatever you can think to splatter!

I took on Kim's challenge and for my Dwell In Possibility mixed media panel I splattered ink, paint, water and embossing powders and here is what I ended up creating.

Emerald Creek Craft Supplies used:

I've a few step out photos on how I made it, enjoy!

I started out with a piece of 110 lb. white cardstock and smooshed it with Antique Linen Distress Spray stain spritzed onto a stamping block and then I smashed my Old Paper and Bundled Sage Distress Stain daubers directly onto the card for those lovely splatters.

After doing a bit of background stamping with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink and a script stamp from my stash, more spatters and splatters were added to the background with diluted Cool White and Dark Chocolate Americana acrylic paint.

The background was sealed with Distress Matte Collage Medium and once dried, I splattered on some droplets of water and then poured clear UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) over top.  The water droplets held onto the UTEE crystals long enough for me to melt them from the back side of the paper.  Melting the UTEE from the back of the paper keeps the crystals from blowing away as you heat them, just be careful you don't burn the paper (ask me how I know this!!).

Next I grabbed a piece of background paper I had left over from another project (if you want to know how I made the background paper, click here) and I stamped Emerald Creek's Oak Tree stamp with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink.  The foliage on the tree was splattered with water and sprinkled with Northern Lights embossing powder and heated from behind to melt it as with the UTEE.  Next the bottom of the tree was splattered with more water and Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder and heated again.  The image was roughly torn out to reveal the white edges.

A small tag was die cut with Tim Holtz's Tag Collection dies from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and coloured with multiple shades of green Distress Stains and more water splattered onto the water reactive inks.  That lovely sentiment from Dina Wakley's Scribbly Bird set was stamped with Black Soot Distress Archival ink and clear embossed.

A copper coloured Heart brad from Emerald Creek was embossed with Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder and attached through the hole on the stamped tag.

And then the panel was assembled.  A piece of black corrugated cardstock was cut about 3/4" larger on all sides than the splattered background panel and the edges lightly sanded to reveal the white core.  A piece of script scrapbook paper was cut about 1/4" smaller on all sides than the corrugated cardstock and adhered over top.  The prepared splattered panel was then centered and glued on top.  One of Tim Holt'z new Quote Chips was lightly coloured with Old Paper Distress ink and edged with Frayed Burlap Distress ink and glued to the top.

The stamped and splatter embossed tree was adhered to the background panel and a couple of pieces of raffia wound around the bottom to anchor the tree image to the panel.

A wee little robin from Tim Holtz's Botanical Layers ephemera pack was perched on top of the stamped tag and the tag was adhered over top of the raffia.

I love the effect of the melted clear UTEE splattered over the background, looks like tiny drops of water are clinging to the page, perhaps a Spring rain shower that just passed through?

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how I put my splattered Dwell In Possibility mixed media panel together, thanks Kim for a fun dare!

I'd like to enter my Dwell In Possibility mixed media panel into the March Make It Take It Challenge at Craft Stamper Magazine.

I hope that you will join in our Splatter Some Fun challenge this month, you have an opportunity to win a $50.00 gift certificate to Emerald Creek's online store

and as well you will receive 10% off your next order from Emerald Creek just for participating!

Make sure to stop by Emerald Creek Dares to see what my team mates have created to inspire you and can't wait to see what you link up, happy splattering and creating!

Deb xo

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Heart Whispers Spring Decoration

Happy Sunday everyone!  I've been working on a mixed media piece using one of Tim Holtz's new Etcetera Thickboard tags and just got it finished this morning.  I'm calling it Heart Whispers, love how it turned out!

Despite getting 8 inches of fresh snow over the last few days, this morning I could hear the black birds trilling down by the frozen beaver pond, a robin was chortling from a tree top as he made a short stop before heading down into the valley and last night I heard a V of geese, high up in the sky, honking away as they headed north.  So despite the snow and chilly temps, Spring is truly on it's way and it's imminent arrival has certainly been influencing my art over the last few weeks.

I've a few step out photos on how I created my Spring decoration, enjoy!

I started out with a piece of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper from my stash that was rather ho-hum so I decided to jazz it up a bit for my Etcetera tag background.

Finger painting with gesso came first, just smooshed some DecoArt Acrylic gesso around with my fingers, spritzing with water as necessary to thin and move it.

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint came next, thinned again with water for some lovely translucent washes of Primary Cyan, Green Gold, Yellow Green Light and Cobalt Teal Hue, drying in between so the colours didn't get muddy.  After I was happy with the layers I added some dry brush highlights of Titanium White.

A layer of stenciling came next (ignore the leaf mask in the picture above, I ended up not using it in the end!) and I used multiple stencils from Seth Apter, PaperArtsy and Tim Holtz plus some sequin waste with the same colours of DecoArt Media paints plus some Cobalt Turquoise and Prussian Blue Hue.

A wash of diluted DecoArt Media Titan Buff acrylic paint was then applied over the whole sheet to blend it all together.

Time to add stamping, I used a multitude of background stamps from Seth Apter, Finnabair, Dina Wakley and Tim Holtz with inks from Stazon (Midnight Blue), Ranger Ink (Leaf Green and Forget-Me-Not Archival), Simon Says Stamp (Olive) and Color Box (Frost White).

With all the lovely birds and their glorious songs returning to our part of the world, I decided to add some die cuts made with Sizzix's Birds die, cutting them from a variety of green scrapbook and cardstock papers from my stash.  They were adhered with Distress Matte Collage medium and then the whole page was given another coat overtop to seal it.  The birds were then outlined with Forest Green Distress Crayon.  Have to admit I loved this background so much at this point that I had a heck of a time cutting it apart!

But cut it apart I did and applied it to one of Tim's new small Etcetera Thickboard tags with Distress Matte Collage medium, sanding the edges once it had dried and shading the edges slightly with more Forest Green Distress Crayon.  I say a small Etcetera tag but they are definitely not small, this Thickboard tag measures 10" tall by 5 1/2" wide.

And then it was time to embellish and in my usual style I got on a roll and forgot to take any in process pictures so will show you some closeups.  Everything was adhered and sealed with Distress Matte Collage medium and shaded with either Forest Green Distress Crayon or Distress Marker.

A moth from Tim's Thrift Shop Ephemera pack had a bit of Stickles Glitter glue applied to it's wings to echo some glitter on embellishments at the bottom of the tag.  That lovely sentiment from the new Clippings Stickers was framed under a Fragments Finding that was aged with Mushroom Alcohol ink and the wee metal bird was a piece I got years ago, think it may have been from Michaels?

Some Crinkle Ribbon was coloured with Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress inks and secured through the hole at the top of the Etcetera tag with some green wire from my stash.  The wording on the head of the 'treasure' Trinket Pin was enhanced with Picket Fence Distress Crayon.  The nest charm (think it was from Michaels again) was first coloured with Snow Cap Alcohol Ink Mixative and then coloured with Stonewashed and Mushroom Alcohol inks and attached with a jump ring to the Trinket Pin.

A corner spray of florals from the new Botanical Layers Ephemera pack was added to the opposite top corner and a Heirloom Rose was coloured with Stonewashed Alcohol ink and then had some Snow Cap Mixative applied overtop to tone down the blue colour.  The 'wonder' sentiment is another Clippings Sticker, I adore those new stickers, so many fabulous inspirational words and phrases!

More Heirloom Roses coloured in the same manner here and I nestled one of them inside a Wishbone since I am really, really wishing for Spring to arrive soon!  I then layered multiple floral ephemera pieces from the Botanical Layers and added that wee robin on top of them all.  And that wonderful sentiment is again from the Clippings Stickers.

A butterfly from the Botanical Layers, I gently bent up one wing and only adhered it on one side so it appears to be about to lift off in flight.

Lots of assorted bits and pieces here at the bottom of the tag, a lovely vintage label image from the Botanical Layers was inserted into a Memo Pin and a chipboard butterfly embellishment from K&Company was adhered overtop of the Memo Pin loop.  The ephemera images layered underneath are from the Thrift Shop Ephemera pack.  More Crinkle Ribbon coloured in the same manner as at the top was tied in a bow around the bottom of the tag and the Memo Pin was inserted into a pretty blue egg chipboard embellishment from K&Company.

The nest chipboard embellishment from K&Company just happened to be the exact same size as the image of the nest on the Thrift Shop Ephemera piece below it, love it when it when things like that happen!

Hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the details on my Heart Whispers Spring Decoration, I had a lot of fun making it and am hoping that Mother Nature will enjoy seeing it too and will hasten Springs arrival for us!

I'd like to enter my project into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog - Make Your Own Background

Stamps and Stencils - Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheep, Cheep

Craft Stamper Magazine - Make It Take It Challenge March

Country View Challenges - Inspired By Tim Holtz

Thanks as always for stopping by today and have a great week everyone, happy creating!

Deb xo

Friday, March 10, 2017

Dream Of Sunny Days Tag

Hello everyone, popping in to let you know that I have a tutorial over on the Southern Ridge Trading Company blog for my Dream Of Sunny Days tag.

As Spring is proving to be VERY elusive in these parts, this is about as close as I'll get to sunny days, gardens or flowers and greenery for quite some time!  I used several chipboard embellishments from Southern Ridge (Delicate Lace Doily, Cedar Trees, Ferns and Foliage Sprigs) along with their Brick stencil.  Distress inks, sprays and crayons, the Tiny Tattered Florals die, Occasions Small Talk and Clippings Stickers and Mercury Rising embossing powder completed the design.  Hope you can pop by for my how to and that my tag will inspire your own dreams of sunny days, see you there!

Deb xo

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Woodland Spring Vignette Box For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, thank you for stopping by today.  We are celebrating our 3rd birthday over at A Vintage Journey this month (how time flies when you are having fun!) and we are marking the occasion with an All Aboard anything goes challenge theme.  Here is Brenda's brief:

Come join in our birthday challenge and although we still need to see you working with our preferred genres and styles you can choose whether you share a card, some altered art, a journal page, a painting, in fact whatever you fancy, but with no theme to follow.  Let's have some fun, share our current creations and enjoy the informal feel of our birthday celebrations!

Our generous sponsor this month is Country View Crafts,, and they are offering a £20 voucher to their online store for our lucky winner, thank you Country View!

I decided to make a Spring vignette box for our 3rd birthday challenge at A Vintage Journey.  We are still deep in the grips of winter here in British Columbia but at this time of year my thoughts always turn to Spring and hopefully my Tim Holtz inspired Woodland Spring vignette box will encourage that gentle season to arrive sooner rather than later!

Tim's Idea-ology products old and new were combined to create my shadow box and I have some step out photos for you on how I created it.  So grab a cup of tea and some birthday cake and read on!

I started with one of Tim's House Vignette boxes and covered the back, roof and sides with white gesso.

I added a wash of diluted Iced Spruce Distress paint (not shown) but decided I needed something more so added a layer of Melange Tissue Wrap applied with Liquitex Matte Fluid MediumWildflowers were die cut from white cardstock and applied to the back and sides of the vignette box with more matte medium.

Another wash of diluted Iced Spruce Distress paint was applied over top of the wildflowers, followed by another coat of matte medium and then the colour of the die cut flowers was enhanced with Distress Crayons in Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo.

A piece of kraft cardstock was covered with a thin layer of DecoArt Media Modeling Paste and then the wet paste was stamped with Tim Holtz's Papillon stamp.

Once dry, the paste was washed with thinned Iced Spruce Distress paint and then dry brushed with Americana Celery Green and Green Tea acrylic paints.  The raised stamped areas were then highlighted with Picket Fence Distress crayon.

The inside of the vignette box was given a wash of diluted Iced Spruce Distress paint and the stamped and painted cardstock was trimmed to size and adhered onto the back wall of the box.

More cardstock was coloured with multiple shades of brown Distress inks and stains (Gathered Twigs, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo) and die cut with the Birch Trees die.  A couple of the die cut birch trees were then cut out and adhered to the sides of the box on each inside edge.

Some Design Tape from Tim's Regions Beyond set was adhered to all of the exposed edges on the front of the box.

I seem to have forgotten to take a picture of them but letters to spell the word spring from Tim's new Typography Findings were coloured with Mushroom alcohol ink and adhered with E6000 glue in the top recess of the vignette box.  A butterfly from the Botanical Layers ephemera pack was popped up on several layers of double sided tape behind the letters.  A couple of images from the Emporium Ephemera pack were adhered to the back of the lower recess and a piece of green Distress ink stained cheesecloth was glued along the bottom.

Shading was added to the edges of the box with Walnut Stain Distress crayon.

Time to add the roofing!  The same piece of brown coloured cardstock that was used to die cut the birch trees was cut into 'shingle' shapes and adhered to the roof of the vignette house.

On to the inside embellishments now, a Trophy Cup was coloured with Mushroom Alcohol ink and some images from the Elements Remnant Rubs pack were added to the front.  A snippet of green Distress ink coloured Crinkle Ribbon was tied onto the bottom of the cup.

A wee Decorative Deer was coloured with Ginger alcohol ink and some white dots were added to the fawn's behind with white acrylic paint.

Some of Tim's new Bouquet Findings flowers were coloured with Wilted Violet and Dried Marigold Distress Spray stains.

Cardstock was coloured with the same colours of Distress Spray stains and Tiny Tattered Florals were die cut from the card.

Multiple shades of green Distress Spray stains (Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive and Lucky Clover) were used to colour another piece of cardstock and some of Tim's Mini Holiday Greens were die cut from it.

And then the vignette box was assembled.  Some greenery and one of the Tattered Florals were tucked into each side of the spring Typography Findings.

Here's a closer look at the Botanical Layers butterfly in behind the letters. These new ephemera pieces are lovely and sturdy.

A 'Believe' Philosophy Tag was coloured with alcohol ink and the lettering and numerals enhanced with Picket Fence Distress crayon.  A heart stud from my stash was also coloured with alcohol inks and adhered over the hole in the tag.

More Botanical Layers butterflies were popped up on the back wall of the vignette box with double sided foam tape.

The Trophy Cup was filled with the Bouquet Findings and Tattered Florals flowers.

Another piece from the Botanical Layers ephemera pack was added to each lower corner of the vignette box.

Love that the Bouquet Findings flowers can be tinted to any colour that you desire, they take colour beautifully!

The little Decorative Deer fawn was nestled into the other corner of the vignette box and Mini Holiday Greens die cuts, some wee twigs from the yard and a few of the Tiny Tattered Florals flowers were arranged around her.

And finally here's a view from the side, love how my shingles turned out!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today, I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my Woodland Spring vignette box, I had so much fun creating it!

Make sure to pop by A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have made for our birthday celebration, as always they do not disappoint.  And we also have a very special announcement at AVJ, Autumn of Sew Paper Paint and Sara Emily of Sara's Closet have joined our design team and we are thrilled to bits to welcome these very talented designers to the family!

I'd like to enter my Woodland Spring Vignette box into the following challenges:

 Country View Challenges March challenge, Inspired By Tim Holtz.  My vignette box is pretty much all Tim, love his designs and products and he inspires me every day, thanks Tim xo!

Frilly and Funkie Welcome Spring challenge.  Spring is the theme of my vingette box and I'm hoping it will speed up Spring's arrival here in B.C. so I can give it a proper welcome!

I hope that you will join in our birthday celebration fun at A Vintage Journey and will link up whatever your heart desires, we always love to see your amazing creations.  Thanks again for stopping by today and as always, happy creating and think Spring!

Deb xo