Friday, March 9, 2018

Happy Easter Spring Decoration For Southern Ridge Trading Company

Hello everyone, with Spring soon to be springing (she says hopefully!) and the Easter holiday on the horizon I made this Happy Easter Spring decoration for Southern Ridge Trading Company and have a tutorial to share with you over on their blog.

I used Southern Ridge's Happy Easter With Eggs chipboard piece and a couple of other pieces that have now been discontinued but were so perfect for the theme I couldn't resist!  You could most certainly substitute several of the frames and floral embellishments that Karen currently has listed in the shop to make your own.  Click here to take a peek at my tutorial and Think Spring everyone!

Deb xo

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Destination Innovation Vignette Box For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, I'm so excited to share a project with you today created for A Vintage Journey's 4th birthday celebration, congratulations AVJ on four years of fabulous challenges and inspiration! Our 4th birthday challenge theme, proposed by the ever so talented Brenda, is 'Treasure' and here is Brenda's brief:

Treasure can be described as wealth or riches we store or accumulate, a collection of valuable, interesting or useful things, bits and pieces we highly value, articles that we hang onto that we’ve bought or found and might never be able to purchase again. What is in your crafty or artsy treasure trove - those items we squirrel away to keep for something special? Maybe some elegant embellishments, that hoard of ephemera or memorabilia found in a junk shop, a tin of old buttons, rusty keys or diamanté jewels, a paper pad you get out and stroke then put away again, some beautiful fabric or lace you can’t bear to part with. We invite you in this challenge to share a project that includes a part of your treasure trove, just let us know what it is so we can see it and comment on it and remember our focus styles and genres to work in (which can be seen under our blog banner) if you would like to be considered for being chosen as one of our top 3 Pinworthy mentions.

For my 'Treasure' project I decided it was high time I dove into my hoarded saved treasured stash of Tim Holtz vignette boxes, Paper Stashes and Idea-ology trinkets.

Some bits and bobs of treasured ephemera courtesy of Jess at Two Mad Dahlias were grudgingly lovingly added as well, read on for my how to ;O)

As I said above, I have quite the treasure trove of vignette boxes, trays, picture frames and Etcetera tags from Tim so it was definitely time to dive in and start to use them.  For this project I chose to use a large Vignette Box and a coordinating Vignette Panel.

I also have a very large assortment of Tim's scrapbook papers so decided to be brave and use some of the paper from his Dapper Paper Stash.

I knew that I wanted my project to be masculine and industrial but wasn't sure where the project was headed initially, so I simply painted the Vignette box and Vignette panel inside and out with multiple colours of acrylic paints to give it a grungy, rusty feeling.

The inside of the Vignette panel (which would become the front 'door' on my finished piece) was stenciled with Tim's Gears Mini Layering Stencil #1 and Black Soot Distress Oxide.  To activate the Oxide ink, I then replaced the stencil and pounced on some Vintage Distress Collage Medium.

A paper pocket with a vintage compass and North American map image was torn open and adhered to the back of the panel with Matte Distress Collage Medium (I think this may be 7 Gypsies but not sure, sorry!) and in keeping with my industrial theme I sprinkled on some Hammered Metal and Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powders from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies to mimic bits of smelting slag.

My vision for my vignette box was coming clearer so I die cut numerous gears with Tim's Gears #2, Gearhead and Industrial dies and embossed them with a combination of Emerald Creek's Oil Rubbed Bronze, Burnt Copper Leaves and Hammered Metal embossing powders.

Some of the embossed gears were added to the inside of the front panel.

The Vignette box was covered inside and out with Dapper paper and the edges covered with some of Tim's Design Tape (sorry, not sure what collection this tape is from as I have them all mixed up now!).  The world map image from Tim's Documented stamp set was stamped onto Distress Heavystock, inked with Distress inks and adhered to the top inside the box.  Tim's Pipeline dies were cut from silver Metallic Kraft Stock, brushed with diluted black paint to age them and then the pipe joins were embossed with Hammered Metal embossing powder and the Pipeline assembly adhered inside the box.  More of the embossed gears were also added along the bottom edge of the box as you'll see shortly and some hinges added so that the front Vignette panel could be attached.

For the front of the Vignette panel, Distress Heavystock was dipped into numerous brown shades of Distress inks and then stamped with Tim's Dapper, Etcetera and Documented stamps. The corner piece was die cut with the Gearhead die from silver Metallic Kraft Stock and brushed with diluted black paint to age it.

To make a closure for the box, a Charmed bezel charm was coloured with Mushroom alcohol ink and then the 'Lord Stirling' name cut out from a vintage cigar band I had purchased from Two Mad Dahlias.  The bezel was then filled with Glossy Accents glue.

I got on a roll at this point and forgot to take pictures before I started to add all of my embellishments to the front of the panel so here are some close ups, apologies as usual!  The gentleman's hat and coat from Tim's Dapper stamp set were stamped and fussy cut and one of the embossed gears had a Philosphophy tag adhered into the center along with a Hex Fastener.  The 'Destiny' word and numbers on the Philosphy tag were enhanced with Brushed Pewter Distress Crayon.  You can also see that I added some more vintage ephemera from Two Mad Dahlias, some Adornments Stars and a large Arrow Adornment.  The Lord Stirling charm was added to the edge of the front panel with a length of chain and a Trinket Pin for a closure.

I had a label from Eileen Hull's Card Box Organizer left over, cut from Little Sizzles Mat Board, so I covered it with a fragment of map scrapbook paper (might be Tim's?  I'm not sure!) and then added the 'destination' word underneath the frame with Label Letters.  The 'innovation' word was also spelled out with Label Letters onto a fragment of sanded silver Metallic Kraft Stock and I then edged it with Pewter Liquid Pearls for a soldered look (not sure if I achieved that or not but that was the idea!).  Some small wooden spools were painted with silver pewter paint and added to the bottom of the Vignette box.

The story of my Vignette box came together with this wonderful gentleman from Tim's Paper Dolls, I adhered him and his faithful pooch to the inside of the box and leaned him on a large embossed Gadget gear.  I envisioned him as an industrial entrepreneur from the turn of the century who had revolutionized his industry with his innovative thinking and inventions.  He had already conquered the North American market (as indicated by the North American map and compass on the inside of the front panel) and now had his sights set on the rest of the world, hence the world map behind him.

He worked around the clock to reach his goals as he knew that time was not on his side, as the time clock on the inside of the Vignette box constantly reminded him!

Here are some closeups of the completed Vignette box, I'm so happy I broke out my hoarded saved treasured stash of Tim Holtz goodness to make it!

Hope you've enjoyed seeing how my Destination Innovation vignette box came together and that you've been inspired to break out some of your own treasured items and join in our 'Treasure' birthday celebration at A Vintage Journey.

Make sure to pop by to see what the rest of the Creative Guides have made to inspire you (click here to see their amazing creations!) and also take a peek at our new guidelines at AVJ, we are making a few changes with the start of our new challenge year, click here to read all about them.

Thanks as always for stopping by and happy creating!

Deb xo

Monday, February 26, 2018

LUCKY St. Patrick's Day Banner For Therm O Web

Hello everyone, popping in to let you know I have a post over on Therm O Web's blog for my LUCKY St. Patrick's Day banner created with many shades of green Deco Foil Transfer Sheets, White Foam Adhesive, Transfer Gel and Designer Stencils and iCraft Mixed Media Heavyweight Sheets.

I used some $1 store paper alphabet stencils to hand cut the LUCKY letters from the Deco Foil foam adhesive covered in shades of green foil.

The banners were cut from some Mixed Media Heavyweight sheets painted gold (hoping a leprechaun will be attracted to the gold colour so I can catch him and get him to tell me where that darn pot of gold is!) and then they were stenciled with Deco Foil Transfer Gel through some of Therm O Web's new Designer stencils.  The transfer gel dries clear and glossy so a great alternative to gloss texture paste.

The Irish lass tags were made with Tim Holtz's Tag Press and some vintage images courtesy of The Graphics Fairy and Magic Moonlight Studio.

The shamrocks were die cut with a Simon Says Stamp heart die from the remnants of the foil covered foam and a bit of Stickles Glitter glue finished it off.

Full step by step on Therm O Web's blog, hope to see you there and Éirinn go Brách!

Deb xo

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Blackbird Fly Mixed Media Hang Tag For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, popping in to let you know that I have a tutorial over on A Vintage Journey today for my Blackbird Fly hang tag.

It's our last stop on February's Destination Inspiration journey and this month our travel bags were filled with the following contents:

Product - Paint
Technique - Crackle
Colour - Black
Substrate - Tag

I used three different crackle techniques on my tag and incorporated that wonderful song lyric fragment from 'Blackbird', one of my favourites!  StencilGirl Products 'Black Birds In Trees' stencil was used on the background with Ranger Transparent Gloss Texture paste overtop Distress Crackle paint and I love how the crackle is still visible through the stenciled design.

Hope you'll be able to pop by for my how to, see you there!

Deb xo

Friday, February 23, 2018

Spring Joy Mixed Media Reverse Canvas For Southern Ridge Trading Company

Hello and thanks for stopping by.  I have a tutorial over on Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog today for a mixed media reverse canvas created with Southern Ridge's Pussy Willows, Berry Branch, Bare Branches and Elegant Vintage Flourishes chipboard.

I had this reverse canvas lurking in my stash from a previous project that hadn't gone quite as planned and the butterfly background when combined with Southern Ridge's Pussy Willow chipboard immediately had me thinking of Spring (despite the feet of snow and frigid temperatures here in B.C.!).

For me the very best part of Spring is the return of the songbirds so I stamped up a wee robin coloured with alcohol inks on one of Tim Holtz's Fragments.

I've a step by step tutorial over on Southern Ridge's blog, hope you can pop by for me how to, see you there!

Deb xo

Monday, February 12, 2018

My Heart Accordion Fold Keepsake Book For Therm O Web

Hello and thank you for stopping by!  I've got a tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog for a Valentine themed keepsake book that I made with a bunch of Therm O Web products, a couple of square artists canvases and some watercolour paper.

I had fun with this one, the heart on the front was created from Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Art Tape stenciled through Southern Ridge Trading Company's Heart stencil with Deco Foils and embossing powders.  The background was stenciled through StencilGirl Products Remembrandt Words stencil with Deco Foil Transfer Gel and then foiled with Rebekah Meier Designs Antique Pearl Mixed Media Transfer Foil.

The heart on the back cover was created from PeelnStick Toner Sheet covered with the new Wild Cherry Deco Foil which was then covered with multiple coats of UTEE.  The heart was then stamped with Tim Holtz's Ledger Script stamp while the UTEE was still warm (a thank you to my Creative Guide sisters at A Vintage Journey for reminding me about this technique!).

The inside 'pages' were formed from some accordion folded Arches 140 lb. cold press watercolour paper dipped into Worn Lipstick Distress ink.  They were then embellished with a selection of Valentine themed stamps, die cuts and tags from my stash, including Gina K. Designs soon to be released StampnFoil line from Therm O Web.

On the opposite side of the pages I added stamping (multiple stamps from my stash used here including some Fiskars, Stampers Anonymous, Tattered Angels and TPC Studios) along with letters die cut with Tim Holtz's Broadway Alphabet die from PeelnStick Toner Sheet covered with the new Plum Deco Foil.

I had a strip of the foiled Art Tape left over from the heart I'd made for the front cover so I added it here along with more stenciling through Southern Ridge's Heart stencil.

There's a step out tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog on how I created the covers of my keepsake book, hope to see you there and happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Deb xo