Friday, December 2, 2016

Believe Christmas Card

Hello everyone, just a quick pop in today to let you know I have a tutorial for my Believe Christmas card over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog today.


My night sky background has made another appearance here along with that gorgeous Believe laser cut sentiment from Southern Ridge and their intricately cut snowflake embellishments.  And Tim Holtz's Christmas Word Band, Jingle Brads and Mini Paper Snowflakes die cuts were the perfect accompaniment!  Hope you can pop by Southern Ridge's challenge blog for my how to and that you will join in our December challenge, Christmas and New Years, for a chance to win 4 designs from their online store - chipboard.ca - a $20.00 (before tax) retail value of your own choosing.  See you there!

Deb xo

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Winter Magic Christmas Ornament For A Vintage Journey

This is my third post today, if you are looking for my Mixed Media Mojo post click here and for my Emerald Creek Dares post click here.

Hello and welcome!  The month of December is upon us and it is my pleasure to be the host over at A Vintage Journey for this month's 'Winter Magic' challenge.

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, December brings the start of winter and for many that means freezing cold weather and Christmas.  But winter is so much more than that and so we ask, how would you interpret the magic of winter?  Snow, icicles, colours of blue, silver and white, the festivities of Christmas, misty winter landscapes; show us what your magical focus is for the season!

Our very generous sponsor this month is Country View Crafts and they are offering a £20 gift certificate to their online store, www.countryviewcrafts.co.uk, for our lucky winner.  Thank you Country View Crafts!

For my Winter Magic project I decided to incorporate a few of my winter favourites onto a Christmas ornament, since Christmas is a big part of what I love about the winter season!


I used Eileen Hull's Embroidery Hoop die as the base for my ornament and so was able to incorporate a second winter themed scene onto the reverse side.


Grab a cup of eggnog and I'll show you my how to!

I started out by die cutting two of the Embroidery Hoop dies from thick chipboard packaging.  I layered the two die cuts and glued the outer and inner rings together, setting the two inside circles aside for another project.


The outer ring was then heat embossed with Weathered Wood embossing powder on the ring portion of the die cut and Hammered Metal on the faux tightening screw at the top.

The eagle eyed among you will have noticed that the Weathered Wood embossing powder in the container is darker than usual.  The white inclusions in the Weathered Wood embossing powder were a little too stark for the look I wanted so I coloured a portion of the powder with several colours of brown alcohol inks (Latte, Ginger and Caramel).  I just added a drop of each to the powder and kept stirring until the embossing powder was evenly coated and the alcohol ink had dried.


The original powder is on the left and my alcohol ink coloured powder is on the right, it worked like a charm and embossed perfectly.

The layered inner ring of the embroidery hoop die cut was then coloured with a Zig marker in brown.


I stamped the deer and cabin from the Holiday Drawings stamp set onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink and added a touch of Fossilized Amber Distress paint on the door and windows for a warm yellow glow inside the cabin.

The evergreen boughs from the Scribble Woodland stamp set were stamped with Iced Spruce Distress ink onto heavystock and the deer head from the same set was stamped with Ground Espresso Archival ink.  The berries on the evergreen boughs were coloured with a touch of Barn Door Distress paint.


The deer head was fussy cut, coloured with various shades of brown Distress inks and a water brush and the antlers coated with Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter Dust.

Both the stamped cabin and evergreen bough images were then lightly coloured with a wash of Tumbled Glass Distress stain diluted with water.  The shadowed areas on the cabin stamped image were darkened slightly with Stormy Sky Distress ink and a water brush.  The three snowflakes from the Holiday Drawings set were stamped randomly onto the cabin image and embossed with Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.  The cabin stamped heavystock was then adhered to one side of the inner embroidery hoop ring and trimmed to size,


and the evergreen bough stamped image was adhered to the other side of the inner ring.

Another piece of heavystock was coloured with multiple shades of green Distress inks spritzed with water on my craft mat and a variety of greenery die cut with the Mini Holiday Greens dies.


White 110 lb cardstock was die cut with the Mini Paper Snowflakes die and the snowflakes sprinkled with Rock Candy Distress glitter.  Some Frozen Alpha Parts snowflakes were also coated with Rock Candy Distress glitter but in the end I didn't use them so they are ready for a future project!

And then it was time to assemble the ornament.  The inner ring was inserted into the outer embossed embroidery hoop and adhered into place.  I started on the stamped deer and cabin side of the ornament first.


A frost ring was added around the edge of the stamped image with Rock Candy Distress glitter and Glossy Accents glue, overlapping the embossed outer embroidery hoop ring slightly.


The Frozen Alpha Parts snowflakes were getting lost against the Rock Candy Distress glitter so instead I die cut some more Mini Paper Snowflakes from card coloured with Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky distress inks and embossed them with Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.  They were layered around the edge along with the white Distress glitter covered snowflakes.

You can catch a glimpse of the stamped Iridescent Shimmer snowflakes in the picture below along with the glitter of the frosted edge.  I also added some of the Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder to the roof of the cabin.


The sentiment was stamped onto more heavystock (from the Holiday Drawings stamp set) with Ground Espresso Archival ink, clear embossed, cut out and adhered to the ornament.


Some Crinkle Ribbon was coloured with Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo and Stormy Sky Distress inks and added as a hanger to the top of the ornament.  A bow was added to each side of the ornament from the same ribbon as well.

On to side number two!


The die cut greenery was layered around the outside edge of the embroidery hoop.


The fussy cut deer was then layered over top of the stamped background and the greenery arranged around his neck.


I adore this deer, I think it is my favourite stamp of Tim's Christmas releases xo

Another sentiment from the Holiday Drawings stamp set was stamped and embossed as the previous sentiment and the berries on one of the Mini Holiday Greens die cut were coated with some Vintage Platinum Stickles Glitter glue to coordinate with the deer's antlers.


The second Crinkle Ribbon bow was adhered to this side and the ornament was complete.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how I constructed my Winter Magic embroidery hoop ornament.


I also hope that you will be able to take a moment to stop by A Vintage Journey to see the magic that my fellow Creative Guides have conjured up to inspire you, they have outdone themselves which is really saying something!  And I can't wait to see what YOU create for our Winter Magic challenge, you have until January 5th, 2017 (!) to link up your creations so go make some magic and as always happy creating!

Deb xo

Song Of Christmas Card

This is my second of three posts today, if you are looking for my Mixed Media Mojo post click here and for my A Vintage Journey post click here.

Happy December everyone and thank you for stopping by today.  It's December 1st (as hard as that is to believe!) and time for a new challenge over at Emerald Creek Dares.  This month Kim dared us to create a project filled with Winter Wishes for Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years or whatever holiday you and your family celebrate at this time of year.  I decided to make a card celebrating the music of the holiday season which always fills my heart with joy.


The inspiration for my card came from that wonderful Partridge Tree In A Pear stamp from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies and I paired it with Emerald Creek's Noteable, Eldergrove and Pine Cones stamps, the Mini Victorian Snowflake charms from Emerald Creek and the Vintage Tidings die by Tim Holtz from Sizzix.  I've a few step out photos on how I made it so grab a cup of wassail and read on!

I started out by stamping the Partridge Tree In A Pear stamp onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock card with Jet Black Archival ink and clear embossing the image.


The stamped image was watercoloured with Distress inks and fussy cut.

The colours were looking a little too bright for the vintage feel I was aiming for so I added a coat of Distress Vintage collage medium which added just the right touch of aging to the image.


Gold Deco Sheet was mounted onto some kraft cardstock and the word Noel from the Tim Holtz Vintage Tidings die set was cut from it.  A second Noel word was die cut from black fun foam and the Deco Sheet die cut word was adhered on top for some dimension.

I found the sheet music for 'The 12 Days Of Christmas' online and printed it out onto 110 lb white cardstock for my background.  Three Pine Cones were stamped along the bottom with Ground Espresso archival ink and clear embossed.


The Eldergrove stamp was stamped three times with Ground Espresso Archival ink just above the pine cones.  The Noteable treble clef stamp was stamped three times as well with clear Distress Embossing ink and heat embossed with Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.  The whole background was then inked with Frayed Burlap Distress ink and the ink gently rubbed off of the Noteable treble clef images so that they popped off the background.

The bale was cut off of five Mini Victorian Snowflake charms and they were embossed with some white sparkle embossing powder that I had in my stash.


And then the card was assembled.  I cut a card blank from kraft coloured cardstock and adhered the stamped sheet music background paper to it after I had tattered and inked the edges of the sheet music and spattered it with some diluted Picket Fence Distress paint.


The Noel die cut was adhered to the top of the card


and the partridge and pear image was mounted onto some black fun foam and adhered just above the pine cones and over top of the Eldergrove trees.


I ended up adding a bit of gold embossing powder from my stash to the partridge's head and also added some clear Wink Of Stella to her feathers which isn't showing up in the picture but which gives her a lovely shimmer in the light.

The embossed Victorian snowflakes were then adhered here and there on the card front with E6000 glue.


And as a final touch, I stamped a sentiment on the inside of the card from Tim Holtz's Doodle Greetings 1 stamp set with Jet Black Archival ink and clear embossed it.


I think it ties all of the Christmas carol references on the front of the card together rather nicely!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how I put my Song Of Christmas card together.


I also hope that you will enter our Winter Wishes challenge this month at Emerald Creek Dares, you have a chance to win a very generous $50.00 gift certificate to Emerald Creek Craft Supplies online store - emeraldcreek.org - what a great Christmas present that would be!  Thanks again for stopping by and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Season's Greetings Winter Wonderland Decoration

This is my first of three posts today, if you are looking for my Emerald Creek Dares post click here and for my A Vintage Journey post click here.

Hello and welcome, it's December 1st and that means it is time for another challenge over at Mixed Media Mojo.  This month our theme is Winter Holidays with the twist of adding Sparkle.


With the holidays soon to be upon us, I decided to make a Season's Greetings winter wonderland decoration that will be gifted to someone very special this Christmas (and no, I'm not going to give out any hints about who that might be LOL!).  For me, the perfect winter holiday is time spent in the mountains and forests of my beautiful home province of British Columbia so that is the scene that my mixed media plaque depicts.


I added lots of sparkle to my project with Deco sheets, Rock Candy Distress glitter and Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder and have some step by step photos of how I made it, enjoy!

I started out with a sheet of 110 lb cardstock and stenciled it with clear Distress embossing ink through the Speckles layering stencil and then embossed it with Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.  The embossed card was then dragged through a pool of Blueprint Distress stain on my craft sheet and spritzed with water until I had the depth of night sky colour I was looking for.


I die cut two Tree Line dies from vintage advertising paper I had in my stash and layered then onto the background, popping up the foreground trees slightly with bits of black fun foam.  DecoArt Snow-Tex was applied to the bottom of the card with a palette knife and after it had dried, the snow and bottom edges of the trees were embossed with more Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.

You can see the dimension of the trees in the picture below and I ended up adding another layer of sparkle to the base of the trees at the end with Distress Rock Candy Glitter.


Two Woodlands trees were die cut, one from silver Deco Sheet mounted onto some kraft cardstock and the second from black fun foam.  The two die cut trees were layered one atop the other.


The same silver Deco Sheet was coloured with some Mushroom alcohol ink and two sizes of Dimensional Stars were die cut from it.

The chipboard sentiment 'Season's Greetings' that I found at Michaels was simply covered with a coat of Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.


And finally, a piece of corrugated cardboard packaging was cut out to be about 1/2" longer and wider than the embossed and Distress stained night sky cardstock.  The top layer of cardboard was torn off here and there to reveal the corrugations and I then finger painted it with DecoArt white acrylic gesso.  Once the gesso had dried the plaque was assembled.

The embossed and Distress stained night sky cardstock was adhered over top the gessoed corrugated cardstock and a sprinkling of Distress Rock Candy Distress glitter was added all around the edges of the exposed cardboard edge.  The silver Woodlands tree was adhered to the left side of the assembled plaque and the smaller of the two Dimensional Stars was added to the top of the tree.


A piece of silver Nordic motif satin ribbon was added along the bottom edge to anchor the tree and finish off the bottom edge.


The Season's Greetings sentiment was adhered to the background, centered over top of the Tree Line die cuts, and the larger of the two Dimensional Stars was adhered to the upper right corner.


And finally, a Small Easel was die cut from scrapbooking paper and adhered to the back of the corrugated cardboard for a stand.


Wish the sparkle and shimmer of this piece showed up better in the pictures, it's a true winter wonderland when seen in person!


Thanks so much for stopping by today to see my Season's Greetings Winter Wonderland decoration and hope that you have been inspired to enter our Winter Holidays with the twist of Sparkle challenge over at Mixed Media Mojo.  Make sure to pop by to see the other wonderful winter creations that my fellow design team members made to share with you and hope to see your sparkly creations over there too.  Happy creating!

Deb xo

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Winter Wonderland - November 12 Tags Of 2016

Hello everybody, popping in at the last minute (as usual!) with my November tag for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016.  Apologies for the pictures, it was only 3:30 p.m. when I took the photographs but was already so dark I had to turn the porch lights on to get a decent shot!


I won't go into details as Tim has a full tutorial on his blog (click here to see it), this months tag was a remix of Remnant Rub resist from May, 2013 and Dimensional Colouring from November, 2015.  As usual, I went off piste with my tag but really love how it turned out.

I used the gold and silver Gilded Christmastime and Gilded Holidays for the remnant rub resist portion of my tag and used multiple shades of blue Distress stains to colour it.


I don't know about you but I have a heck of a time with these gilded remnant rubs, the ones from this years release aren't too bad but the ones from last year are next to impossible to transfer, drives me crazy!

And the Dimensional Colouring portion of my tag wasn't so much dimensional colouring as it was dimensional stamping LOL!


I used this Christmas tree image from a Recollections Christmas clear stamps set, stamping it in black, embossing it with Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder and then colouring the swirls with Distress stain.  The star was stamped again, gold embossed and popped up on a pop dot.

For my word band at the bottom, I used a piece of scrapbook paper from Tim's Tidings Paper Stash, die cut the word 'winter' into it with his Holiday Words:Block die and then backed the negative image with Mirrored Sheet.


Four Jingle Brads in gold and silver were used to attach the word band to the bottom of the tag.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek and again, apologies for the pictures but that's what happens when you procrastinate yourself into a late day picture taking at this time of year LOL!  Hope you will stop by tomorrow as I have a jam packed day of posts, three in total if you can believe it, see you tomorrow and happy creating!

Deb xo

Friday, November 25, 2016

Exciting News From Eileen Hull and Bella Crafts Publishing!

Good morning everyone, I am very excited to tell you that Eileen Hull, in conjunction with Bella Crafts Publishing, has just released a new ebook Die Cutting Magic with Eileen Hull and Friends.


This ebook is filled with over 100 projects created by Eileen Hull and many other talented designers using Eileen's Sizzix dies.  There are over 40 projects with step by step instructions so you can create them on your own, tips and tricks for using Eileen's Sizzix dies and a whole bonus gallery of inspirational project photos.  And I am honoured and thrilled to be able to say that I have some of my projects in this book, thank you so much to Eileen and Bella Crafts Publishing for the opportunity.

Eileen's book is available right now and at the special introductory Black Friday price of $2.97 (yep, you read that right!), a 77% savings on the regular price of $12.97.  This special offer expires at midnight PST on November 28th so make sure to get your copy before then.  You can make your purchase by clicking the link above or by clicking the link in my sidebar.

And as another bonus, Sizzix is having a Black Friday sale as well so it's a great opportunity to get Eileen's die at a wonderful price.

I hope that you will enjoy the ebook and I'd love to see any projects that you create after reading it, drop me a line or leave a link in the comments so I can go take a look.  Thanks again to Eileen and Bella Crafts Publishing for including my projects in this great publication and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo