Monday, January 6, 2020

Winter Forest Snowglobe Inspired Vignette Box For Therm O Web

Hello everyone and happy New Year!  Hope you all had a fun holiday season and that 2020 brings us all peace, joy and creativity xo  I'm starting out my year of creativity with a snowglobe inspired mixed media vignette box that I created for Therm O Web's Snowglobe week over on their blog (I was thinking outside of the globe LOL!)

I have a step by step tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog to show you how I made this wintery scene with Therm O Web's Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets and Designer Toner Sheets inside one of Tim Holtz's Vignette Boxes.

Deco Foil Silver Stars Foil was die cut with Tim's Swirling Stars die over top an embosssed White Latte Deco Foil Flock background.

The Tree Line die and Winter Wonderland deer also made an appearance.  The trees were die cut from more Deco Foil Flock (Emerald Green) and the deer from sanded Classic Kraft Stock.  A 'snow bank' of Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste helped them to stand up inside the snowglobe snowbox!

Artificial snowflakes and Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter were used for the snow and a piece of foiled Polka Dots Clear Designer Toner Sheet enclosed the scene.

The outside of the box was simply white washed and then embellished with Paper Snowflakes cut from more Silver Stars Deco Foil.

Hope you can pop by Therm O Web's blog for my how to, see you there!

Deb xo

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Wishing You Joy

Hello and thanks for stopping by today, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas day filled with the love and companionship of family and friends xo

I went down to my brother and sister-in-law's to celebrate with both of our families and wanted to share with you a gift that I made for my Mom and Dad this year (now that they have received it!).

I embellished some wooden letters that I purchased with paint, stamps, die cuts and some of Tim Holtz's Christmas Idea-ology, love how they turned out!

The letters were given a base coat of warm white acrylic paint and then dry brushed with green and gold and lightly stamped with Tim's Ledger Script stamp and Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink.

Ranger's Opaque Matte Texture Paste was added here and there in little snowy drifts and then sprinkled with Distress Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter while it was still wet.

Tim's Mini Holiday Greens were die cut from cardstock inked with multiple shades of green Distress inks and then adhered together back to back to form the evergreen sprigs.  I left a bit of the white card showing here and there to simulate snowy branches and added Tim's Idea-ology Gum Drops on the J and the Y ...

and coloured a Fluted Star with Gold Alcohol Ink Mixative on the O.

One of Tim's adorable little Decorative Deer was added as a finishing touch inside the O, how I love those wee deer!

Hope that you have enjoyed seeing how my JOY wood letters came together and I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of you much joy and good fortune in the coming New Year.  Happy Boxing Day everyone!

Deb xo

Monday, December 23, 2019

Snowflakes Mixed Media Wall Hanging For Therm O Web

Hello everyone, just popping in quick to let you know that I have a tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog for a snowy home decor piece that you can display all winter long once the Christmas decorations come down!

I created it with Therm O Web's Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets, Foil Transfer Sheets and Metallix Gel.  I also used corrugated cardboard since we all seem to have a bunch of boxes hanging about after the Christmas presents have been opened.

Tim Holtz's Snowflake Duo Bigz die and accompanying Texture Fades embossing folder were used for all of the snowflakes along with some Chipped Sapphire Distress Stain and Idea-ology Typography letters.

Little finishing nails were coated with white paint as hangers for my foiled snowflake ornaments.

And Ranger's Opaque Crackle Texture Paste added lots of yummy textures.

Hope you can find a minute or two at this busy time of year to pop on over to Therm O Web's blog for my how to and I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a joyous holiday season with family and friends.  Have a very Merry Christmas everyone, I appreciate all of you so very much!

Hugs, Deb xo

Monday, December 9, 2019

Quick And Easy Flocked Christmas Cards For Therm O Web

Hello everyone, popping in to let you know that I have a tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog today for some quick and easy Christmas cards made with Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets.  Hard to believe that it is already December 9th and only a couple of weeks until the Big Day so if you are like me and need some handmade cards FAST check out my tutorials 😉

These two O' Christmas Tree cards are super easy and the best part is that you get two cards with just one technique!

And by simply embossing the Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets with your favourite embossing folders and adding either die cuts or stamped images you can have some lovely cards in no time at all.

(Tim Holtz Retro Merry Christmas and Tree Line dies from Sizzix)

(Tim Holtz Modern Christmas stamps from Stampers Anonymous)

And then, not wanting any of the embossed flock to go to waste I then made up some super quick and easy cards with the 'leftovers' :O)

Hope you can pop by for the how to's and get some inspiration for your own quick and easy to make Christmas cards with Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets, see you there!

Deb xo

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Merry Winter Wishes Clipboard For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, it's the beginning of December (how did that happen!) and that means it's time for a new challenge over at A Vintage JourneySandy is our host this month and the theme that she has chosen is Holly Jolly Christmas.  Here is the challenge brief:

This month Anything Goes as long as it says Christmas and is in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

For my Holly Jolly Christmas project I decided to alter one of Tim Holtz's Oh Deer clear acrylic clipboards (I bought it years ago and had totally forgotten I had it!).

It was so much fun to alter and I have a quick tutorial to share with you on how I created it.  I don't know how readily available Tim's Oh Deer clipboards are these days but you could always use a regular clear acrylic clipboard instead, there were lots of styles available online when I searched for them.

I started out by inking the deer clip with Alcohol Inks in Latte, Mushroom and Rust and then randomly added some of the same colours onto the acrylic clipboard.

The back of the clipboard was then covered with Tim Holtz's Forest Collage Paper and Distress Matte Collage Medium.  The front of the clipboard was randomly stenciled through Tim's Starry Layering stencil with white acrylic paint.

The 'merry winter wishes' sentiment was then added with a combination of Letterpress blocks, an Elementary Flash Card held on with a Hinge Clip and a Christmas Word Key.  I also started to add some of Tim's Christmas Ephemera.

More Christmas Ephemera was layered onto the clipboard with that wonderful horse drawn sleigh image taking pride of place on top of the merry Wordpress blocks.  Grit-paste was added to the deer clip's antlers and ears (this is actually Tim's Grout paste since I don't have any Grit-paste!).

More Grit (Grout!) paste was added along the top of the merry Wordpress blocks and here and there on the letters themselves.  Baubles were coloured with alcohol inks (Silver and Gold Mixatives and Lettuce) and embedded into the wet paste.

And finally a Small Woodland tree was inked with Shabby Shutters Distress Spray Stain and inserted into a Thimble. More Grit (or Grout) paste was added around the bottom of the Thimble with a couple more alcohol ink coloured Baubles and bit of Grit paste brushed onto the tree to look like snow.  Some sayings from Tim's Christmas Clipping Stickers were inked and added here and there on the clipboard and it was done.

Here are a few closeups of the finished clipboard.


I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how it all came together and that you have been inspired to enter our Holly Jolly Christmas challenge over at A Vintage Journey this month.  Make sure to pop by to see what the other Creative Guides made to inspire you as well, so many wonderful holiday creations to fill the season with joy!  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy holiday creating,

Deb xo

Monday, December 2, 2019

Go Explore Pamphlet Stitch Art Journal For Mixed Up Creative Academy

Hello everyone, popping in to let you know that I have another tutorial over at Mixed Up Creative Academy for my Go Explore pamphlet stitch art journal.

There are eight book making tutorials included in Mixed Up Creative's Beautiful Books masterclass from such talented designers as: Claudia Neubacher, Monique van Dijk, Katy Leitch, Jennie Atkinson, Leslie Lineberry, Jennifer Gallagher, Erica Evans and me!

It's only £7.95 (about $14.00 CAD or $10.30 USD) for all eight of these book making tutorials and would make a great Christmas gift for someone special or buy the course for yourself and make some beautiful books as give as gifts this year. Head on over to Mixed Up Creative Academy to check it out: and happy creating!

Deb xo

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Wooden Snowman Christmas Ornament

Hi everyone, hope you are all having a lovely weekend.  It's bitterly cold here so I've been squirreled away in the studio doing some organizing and working on projects.  While puttering about I came across a box of wood ornament blanks that my DH had cut for me years ago when I was doing a lot of decorative painting.  I decided to bring out the acrylics and the brushes and painted up this adorable little snowman ornament from Sandra Malone's 'Seasons Best Volume 3' book.

It's been quite literally years since I painted so I'm more than a bit out of practice (don't look too closely at those shading floats, yikes!) but it was fun to see this cutey come to life as each layer was added.

I do love Sandra's designs, I have several of her books and it looks like my hubby cut out a bunch of her designs for me so I think I'll paint up some ornaments as gifts this year.

Off to paint some more (and work on some DT projects, I have about three things on the go right now!) so will be back in a bit to show you what I've been up to.  Stay warm wherever you may be and happy crafting,

Deb xo

Friday, November 29, 2019

Peace On Earth Deer Canvas

Hi everyone, hope this finds you all well and that my American followers are having a lovely Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.  I have a little 5 x 7 mixed media canvas to share with you today that was inspired by Anna-Karin of Layers Of Ink's mixed media winter landscape.

I don't have any step outs but you can view Anna-Karin's tutorial here which pretty much describes the steps I used as well.

I used Tim Holtz's Prancing Deer die and layered him up several times then tied that bright red jingle bell around his neck for a pop of colour.

The background was stenciled with Southern Ridge Trading Companies Stars stencil as well as with Tim Holtz's Starry Layering stencil.  The 'peace on earth' Christmas Word Band was inked with Stonewashed and Mushroom Alcohol inks and then the words emphasized with a Picket Fence Distress Crayon.

The Snowflakes were embossed with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder and I used real mica flakes scattered around the canvas (I have about a pound of the stuff from my primitive crafting days!)

Ranger's Matte Opaque Texture Paste was used for the snow and I spritzed it with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter and my Glitter Duster while it was wet.

Thanks to Anna-Karin for the inspiration and hope you've enjoyed seeing my version of her lovely mixed media canvas, enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone and happy creating!

Deb xo