Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Spooky Halloween Vignette Box

Hello everyone, I have a new Halloween project to share with you today, this one has been rattling around in my head for awhile and now that my current DT assignments are completed I had to make it!


I made a quick little step video to share with you as well, had a lot of fun making it as well, love the music!! ( Munster Beat! by Martinibomb and the Coconut Monkeyrocket courtesy of Oddio Overplay)


Tim Holtz's largest Vignette Box was my starting point and I was thrilled to find out that those adorable Trick or Treat'ers fit perfectly across the bottom of the box!


Stampers Anonymous Regions Beyond haunted house stamp was stamped onto Distress Ink coloured Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with Village Graveyard and Mixed Media Halloween die cuts over top.


Pumpkinhead pumpkins were stamped onto Distress Oxide coloured cardstock and mounted on top with the 'spooky' Halloween Typography word.  A Crossbones Adornment and Halloween Typed Token were added to the upper corners.  Halloween Kraft-Stock was used to cover the outside of the Vignette Box and some web washi tape from my stash was added around the outer edge (think I got it at Michaels?).


Curiosities Ephemera on the sides.



And a Jack-O-Lanterns die cut on the back.


Hope you've enjoyed seeing it and that you enjoyed the video too, thanks for stopping by and happy haunting!


Deb xo

Monday, September 3, 2018

Colours Of Autumn Mixed Media Frame For Therm O Web

Hello everyone!  As hard as it is to believe, September is upon us and with that comes thoughts of fall here in the Northern hemisphere.  With that in mind, it's Apple and Leaf week over on Therm O Web's blog and I designed this Colours Of Autumn mixed media frame, complete with a step by step tutorial, to celebrate the season.


I used  the lovely new Wilderness Deco Foil Clear Designer Toner Sheet on the background along with Copper Deco Foil Transfer Sheets.

Distress Inks and Stains were used to colour the background and an Occasions Small Talk Sticker was also coloured with Distress Inks.  The Mini Framed Panel was painted, aged and then foiled with more Copper Deco Foil for a faded gilded appearance.


Tim Holtz's Layered Leaf die and embossing folder were used for the focal leaf along with more Copper Deco Foil (ever tried foiling with your embossing folders?  Head over to my tutorial for the how to!) and Paper Artsy's Olive Tree Infusions coloured the Distress Heavystock die cut.


My hoarded beloved Alpha Dice were aged and added to the bottom of the frame (I've gotta find some more, I'm running out of letters!) along with a variety of leaves punched from more coloured Heavystock.


I also made a quick little step tutorial and posted it to my YouTube channel, having fun making these!


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


Deb xo

Friday, August 31, 2018

Spells And Fortunes Halloween Luminary For Therm O Web

Hello everyone, I have a tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog today for my Spells & Fortunes Halloween luminary created with some of Therm O Web's new Deco Foil Clear Designer Toner Sheets that they have just released for fall!


I used Cobwebs & Cauldrons and Pumpkin Patch for my luminaries windows, foiling them with Copper and Purple Deco Foil Transfer Sheets.



Tim Holtz's 3D Luminary was stamped with his Damask stamp and I embellished it with lots of wonderful Halloween Idea-ology (Halloween Word Bands, Halloween Typed Tokens, Oddities Adornments, Crossbone Adornments, Boneyard and Boneyard Skulls)



Tim's Village Graveyard ghost was die cut from card covered with Opal Deco Foil Transfer Foil and added to the roof with some curled rusty wire.


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


Deb xo

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Winter Wonder And Snow Time Tags For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, it's time for another Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey!  Tag Fridays occur every month that has five Fridays in it and the Creative Guides get to make anything that they'd like on a tag substrate. For this month's Tag Friday I made a couple of hang tags, starting with this Winter Wonder hang tag.


Yes, I know it is still August but I've been working on Christmas designs for over a month now so had lots of Christmasy bits and bobs on my desk that came together to make my tags.  No step outs photos I'm afraid as I was making them in between working on other projects but here are some close ups.

For the Winter Wonder tag, I started with a #8 gesso'd tag and inked it with Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink with some Iced Spruce DOX smooshed here and there.  Stamping with Brushed Corduroy DOX and a fine script stamp followed and then I stenciled it with Tim's Snowflake layering stencil and Ranger Transparent Gloss Texture paste.  I then got impatient and tried to dry the texture paste with my heat gun which caused major bubbling.


The tag had also curled up terribly so I layered a piece of tin foil over the tag, ironed it and when I peeled the foil back most of the texture paste plus the underlying DOX came with it, leaving the ghosted stenciled Snowflakes.  I love it but don't know if I'll ever be able to repeat it LOL!

Tim's Paper Mosaic Grout was applied along the top edge and sprinkled with Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter when it was wet.  Bits of Sanding Grout were also added here and there on the face of the tag and glittered to simulate snowflakes. Gold Metallic Trimmings ribbon and some other gold tinsely (is that a word?) ribbon from my stash were added for a tie and a gold Deco Foil Dimensional Star die cut was adhered under the snowy top edge.


A Mini Retro Ornament Mover & Shaper was die cut from white card, painted pink (a combo of Dina Wakley Media Blush and White acrylic paint) and lines of Platinum embossing powder were added to the painted die cut along with a stamped Holiday Drawing star embossed with a white sparkle embossing powder from my stash.  I toned down the stamped snowflake with Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink and added some around the edges of the ornament as well.  The gold bow was die cut from sanded gold Metallic Kraft Stock and then the ornament was 'hung' with a piece of button thread painted with gold acrylic paint.


One of Tim's Christmas Typed Tokens was inked with Caramel and Gold Mixative Alcohol inks and when dry the 'wonder' word enhanced with Picket Fence Distress Crayon.  The Token was hung with more button thread.


Tree Line trees were die cut from cardstock, inked with either Antique Linen or Brushed Corduroy Distress ink and then finger painted with Glossy Accents and sprinkled with the coordinating colours of Distress Glitter.  The trees were then cut and layered and added to the bottom edge with a snowy bed of sanded texture paste and more Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter over top of them along the bottom edge.


And that was it for the Winter Wonder hang tag.


I still had lots of die cut snowflakes on my desk along with a faux chalkboard sentiment I'd been playing around with so decided to make another tag.  I'm calling this one Snow Time, don't you love those wonderful Christmas Paper Dolls from Tim Holtz?!


The background for this tag was much more conventional, white acrylic paint stenciled through Tim Holtz's Snowflake Layering stencil with layers of blue Distress Inks over top.


A line of hot glue icicles were added across the top and white cardstock Mini Paper Snowflakes were finger painted with both Pumice Stone Distress Glitter glue and Star Dust Stickles Glitter glue and added here and there over the background.  A Vintage Ice Skate and Mini Vintage Snowflake charm from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies were coloured with Snow Cap Alcohol Ink Mixative and tied on with white thread.  I also coloured the blade of the ice skate with a silver gelli roll pen.


The hot glue icicles were created by laying a line of hot glue onto my craft mat, pulling the icicles down with a pin while the glue was hot and then sprinkling it with some Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy Dry glitter.  Once cooled, the back of the icicles were painted with white acrylic paint before adhering them to the top of the hang tag.


The faux chalkboard sign was made by scribbling chalkboard chalk onto black cardstock and then rubbing some of it away with my finger.  Tim Holtz's Mini Doodle Greetings sentiment was stamped onto the cardstock with Distress Clear Embossing Ink and embossed with fine white embossing powder.  More chalk was added here and there, the sign cut to size and adhered to the tag.


The ice skating Christmas Paper Doll was lightly coloured with Distress Markers, think I used Spun Sugar, Bundled Sage and Stormy Sky.  A sanded white texture paste was added along the bottom of the tag and sprinkled with more Distress Clear Rock Candy glitter but the paste started to flake off after it had dried ... that's what you get for using cheap texture paste (definitely NOT Ranger!).  So I had to glue it back onto the tag with Glossy Accents and added more Rock Candy glitter.


The little Candy Cane charm and brad were also inked with Snow Cap Alcohol Ink Mixative and the brad sprinkled with Rock Candy Distress glitter while it wa still wet. The Candy Cane was then further coloured with Stonewash Alcohol ink and the Alcohol Ink Blending Pen (I know candy canes aren't normally blue and white but red and white wasn't going to work on this tag!).


And that was it for my Snow Time tag, hope that you enjoyed seeing it.


And I also hope that you will pop over to A Vintage Journey to see what the other Creative Guides have made for our August Tag Friday and that you will be inspired to join in with a tag of your own.  We will have an InLinkz link up for you to add your tag and we will choose our favourite tag and showcase you in our next winners post, so hope you will join in the fun.  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Craft Room Clean Up File Folder Junk Journal

Hi everyone, hope you are having a great week.  I've been doing a clean up of my craft room, going through multiple folders and boxes of bits and bobs I've squirreled away over the years.  Just as I was about to throw a whole bunch of it out, I also came across a manila file folder mini album I'd started years back and never finished.  I decided to finish the mini journal with some of my 'junk' and to do something I thought I'd never do, film a flip through video and post it on my YouTube channel :o0




Please excuse the mumbling and stumbling, first time I've ever made a video and this feeble attempt took about five tries, I finally gave up trying to correct all of my mistakes and posted it as is LOL!  Don't have any idea how all you talented folks make process videos or heaven forbid a live broadcast, I am in awe of your talents!

Thank you Mini Album Makers Challenge blog for choosing my file folder junk journal as one of your August 2018 Top Five! xo


Have a great day everyone and happy creating!

Deb xo

Monday, August 20, 2018

Winter Wonderland Shaker Shadow Box For Therm O Web

Hello everyone, even though it's still August we are celebrating Christmas week over on the Therm O Web blog and since it's Monday we are Mixing It Up For Christmas!  I made this Winter Wonderland shaker shadow box with Therm O Web's Deco Foil products and have a step by step tutorial to share with you over there.


I used multiple Deco Foil Transfer Sheet colours, the Deco Foil Swirls stencil with Deco Foil Transfer Gel and the Polka Dots Clear Designer Toner Sheet became my shaker window (isn't that little dot pattern perfect for Christmas?  Looks just like snowflakes!)


Tim Holtz's gorgeous Prancing Deer, Woodlands trees, Mini Paper Snowflakes and Village Christmastime dies from Sizzix came out to play too.


A little artificial snow in the bottom;


and then all sealed up with Symphony Tissue Tape and Christmas Design Tape.


Some of Tim's Festive Paper Stash and a Small Easel die cut on the back to make sure it stands up securely (at least I think it's Festive, I've got all of Tim's Christmas papers all mixed up now!).


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


Deb xo

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Documented Day Art Journal Page

Hello again, back with another art journal page for Tina Walker's #TheStencilfiedJournal collaborative project in conjunction with StencilGirl Products.  Tina's week #10 prompt was:

'Using stencils, document your day.'


Have to admit this was a struggle, not because of the prompt subject matter but because I am somewhat limited in the StencilGirl Products stencils that I have in my stash so had to create some rather esoteric images to document my day!

The left hand page was stenciled with the Doodle It Bigger and Tropical Floral stencils to depict the red sunrise I awoke to that day caused by wildfire smoke.


Like many others in the west, we are inundated with smoke from the wildfires which makes for spectacular sunrises and sunsets but also makes being outside for any length of time very uncomfortable, so the flowers at the bottom of the page represent my poor garden that went untended yet again.


The edges of the pages were numbered from 1 to 24 to represent the hours in the day and I did some messy asemic style writing so I'd maybe be able to figure out what I was thinking when I made this page in years to come LOL!

The top half of the right hand page represents the crafting I did that day which is for future DT projects that I have to keep secret ;O)  I used the Journal Notes 6 stencil and the Inside Out stencil.


And finally, the bottom of the page represents the reading that I did before heading to bed, I used the Rembrandt's Words Small stencil.


So that's my journal page for week 10's prompt, kind of a struggle but I did get it done.  Week 11's prompt is now out and this week we are to retrieve the page that we put outside way back in week 2 and incorporate it into a new journal page layout.  Can't wait to see what Mother Nature has added to my page, I'll be back as soon as I get it done.  Thanks as always for stopping by and happy creating,

Deb xo

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Hip 2 B Square Art Journal Page

Hello everyone, I'm playing catch up yet again with Tina Walker's #TheStencilfiedJournal challenge that she is hosting in conjunction with StencilGirl Products.  This art journal page is for Tina's week #9 prompt which was:

'Let a friend stencil a page, using only one colour'


The person who stenciled this page in my art journal wishes to remain anonymous so I shall honour their wishes :O)  They don't do any crafting at all so I was very impressed when they designed this page!  They used Distress Archival inks in their favourite colour, black, (Hickory Smoke background and Black Soot stenciling) and they chose to use StencilGirl Products Rectangular Patterns For Play stencil.  Think I made the comment when they chose that particular stencil that it was 'hip to be square' (thank you Huey Lewis and The News!) so that's where the sentiment arose from.  I have a stash of extra letters that I've die cut over the years so they used them to add the words :O)

On to week 10's prompt which is to document your day with stencils, not quite sure where I'm going to go with that one but once I figure it out I will be back!  See you then and happy creating,

Deb xo