Monday, May 23, 2016

Discovering May Flowers Art Journal Page At Mixed Media Mojo

Hello everyone, I have a tutorial over at Mixed Media Mojo today for an art journal page I made with our May challenge theme in mind which is Flowers with the added twist of adding Stitching, either real or faux.

I added lots of flowers in the form of die cuts, stamping, stencils and even some free form hand drawn flowers and both real and faux stitches made an appearance.  Click here to head on over to see my tutorial, hope that you will enjoy it!

Deb xo

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Meandering Book Take Three

Hello everyone, sorry for my absence from blogland but our summer-like weather has been calling me outside.  We've been hiking and going for rides on the ATV's, working in the garden and enjoying the sunshine.  Reality has set back in today and it is cooler and raining but it was fun while it lasted!

I received the third meandering book in our ongoing round robin swap for the Mixed Media Studio ( you can see the first two books that I added my pages too and sent on their way here and here) and as this book's owner didn't specify a theme I decided to do a couple of vintage nature themed pages since that's what I love to make!  The first page is a collage of Tim Holtz's Fragments showcasing the wonderful Botanical Tea paper collection by Graphic 45.

I aged the fragments with some Mushroom alcohol ink (see Paula Cheney's description of the technique here), glued them overtop of some selected images from the paper collection and adhered the fragments to another piece of Botanical Tea paper that had the edges distressed and inked.  The butterfly (from the $1 store) was inked with Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo Distress inks and popped up slightly on some fun foam.

For the second page, I used one of my new Southern Ridge Trading Company chipboard frames that happened to be the perfect size to fit on the meandering book page.  I simply coloured the frame with some Vintage Photo Distress ink and then added gold foil randomly as demonstrated by Tim Holtz for his November 12 Tags of 2015 here.

The cardstock background was coloured with multiple shades of blue Distress inks, some spritz and flick with water and random stamping with a script stamp and Potting Soil Archival ink.  The Wildflower die made yet another appearance, water coloured with Distress inks this time, and to continue the gold theme on the frame I used some Antique Gold Rub 'n Buff on a bird and branch embellishment (bought at Walmart years ago).  The dream Typed Tokens was coloured with alcohol inks and Tattered Rose Distress paint and a small heart stud (used to echo the hearts in the corners of the chipboard frame) was coloured with more Rub 'n Buff and adhered on top of the typed token.  It's so much fun to get these meandering books and add pages and as the books have now visited more people before making it to me, it is great to see what others have added as well.

I also finished another of the 4x4 technique book pages that we've been swapping (you can see my previous pages here and here), this month we were to make a page demonstrating a faux metal technique.  I used two great tutorials to make my page, the first was for a faux rusted metal by Jenny Marples and the second was for a faux tarnished silver by Shelly Hickox.

I used a We R Memory Keepers chevron embossing folder on the background and the gears were die cut using Tim Holtz's new Gadget Gears 2 die (which coordinates perfectly with his original Gadget Gears die).  The next 4x4 technique page we are to create is faux leather techniques so I'll post a pic of it once I get it completed.

I'll leave you today with a little collage I made on PicMonkey of some of the columbine wildflowers that are currently in bloom in the garden.  The variety of colours is wonderful and the bees love them as well which is always a bonus for any garden!

Our snowball viburnum bush is just about at it's full glory so I'll post some pictures of it soon and our peonies should be blooming any day now so be prepared for lots of flower pictures over the next while LOL!

Thank you as always for stopping by and I will be back on Monday on Mixed Media Mojo with an art journal page so hope to see you then.  If you are celebrating a long weekend as we are here in Canada this coming weekend have a wonderful time, let the summer camping season begin!  Happy creating (and camping!),

Deb xo

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sew Special To Me

Hello again and welcome!  It's time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and this month the theme is Sew Special (this is my second post today, if you are looking for my guest designer post for Anything But Cute click here).

Jenny is our hostess this month at A Vintage Journey and here is her brief for our May challenge theme.

Add fabric to your entry in some way be it felt, burlap, ribbon or cloth and if you're really feeling brave maybe include a touch of real or faux stitching!

This month we are proud to be sponsored by the wonderful people over at Calico Craft Parts.  They are a family run UK business specializing in wood craft products, check out their amazing range at

I took Jenny's prompt at face value and added just about everything in her brief to my project except burlap!   A special blogging friend has just generously sent me a lovely package so I took this opportunity to create something extra special for her.  She is a wonderful seamstress so the theme was perfect and I made her a card and a little needle book.

I made the card first and utilized lots of Tim Holtz elements that had a sewing theme; a needle and thread blueprint stamp from the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember 2014 limited release, scrapbook paper from the Crowded Attic paper stash and the new Stitched Oval dies.

I stamped the needle and thread image onto a piece of coffee stained muslin and coloured the spool with Vintage Photo and Brushed Corduroy Distress ink.

I sewed around the spool of thread randomly with some heavy black thread and then made a 'needle', the same size and shape as the stamped needle, from a piece of rusty wire and threaded it with the black thread after inserting it through the stamped image.

I ripped and fringed the muslin to size and randomly sewed around the edges with my sewing machine (you'll note that the tension was all messed up but I kind of like it!)

I die cut a frame from the Stitched Ovals dies as well as die cutting two of the scalloped borders from black Core-dinations cardstock.

The die cuts were then lightly sanded to reveal the lighter coloured core.

A piece of sewing pattern scrapbook paper from Tim's Crowded Attic paper stash was cut to size slightly smaller than the kraft card blank I was using and the edges were distressed with the Tonic distress tool.  The stamped muslin, oval frame and borders were adhered to the scrapbook paper and then the whole piece was attached to the front of the card.

I stamped the sentiment again onto cardstock coloured with Tea Dye distress stain, heat embossed with clear embossing powder and then cut it out and mounted it on some black fun foam for some dimension.

Four mismatched vintage buttons from my stash were threaded with black embroidery floss and adhered to the four corners of the card front.

As a finishing touch, I stamped a dress form image from an old Crafty Secrets stamp set inside of the card with some Vintage Photo Archival ink.

Then it was time to work on the needle book.

I die cut two covers from kraft cardstock using Eileen Hull's Needle Book die and embossed one of them with Tim Holtz's Rulers embossing folder.

The raised embossing was highlighted with some Potting Soil Archival ink and then the two cardstock covers were glued together for strength.

 I stamped the inside covers with various sewing related images from the Crafty Secrets stamp set and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.

The whole cover was then sealed with matte Distress Collage medium to protect it from wear and tear.

I die cut two of the needle book closures, one from kraft cardstock and one from a script scrapbook paper, and adhered them together.  A small button was tied with black embroidery floss and adhered to the closing strap to echo the buttons on the card and I used a Velcro dot as a closure for the needle book.

The dress form was die cut from black cardstock with Tim Holtz's Mini Sewing Room movers and shapers die and adhered to the front cover of the needle book to echo the dress form stamped inside the card.

Two pieces of heavy cream felt were cut to size and sewn into the needle book with a length of Crinkle Ribbon.

With the two 'pages' of felt, my friend will have plenty of space to store her needles and pins.

Thanks so much for stopping by (again!) today and I do hope that you've enjoyed seeing my contribution to our Sew Special challenge at A Vintage Journey.

Please make sure to hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have made to inspire you, they are as always simply amazing!  Hope that you will break out your fabric, ribbon and needle and thread to join in the fun and link up your projects at AVJ, we can't wait to see what you will create!  Have fun and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Celebrating My Style With Anything But Cute

Hello everyone, I am so glad you stopped by today as I have some wonderful news to share with you.  Back in March, Pamellia from the Anything But Cute challenge blog contacted me to let me know that I had been chosen as one of ABC's favourite artists of the year, what an honour!  She asked if I'd be interested in doing a guest designer post for them as they celebrate their one year anniversary and I of course jumped at the chance. (This is my first of two posts today, if you are looking for my Creative Guide post for A Vintage Journey, click here).

Anything But Cute's theme for their anniversary celebration is 'Celebrate Your Style'

and the brief was to create a mixed media project in our own way and in our favourite style.  It's no secret that my favourite style is vintage and that I am always inspired by Mother Nature so here is the mixed media reverse canvas that I created for Anything But Cute's anniversary celebration.

I just purchased Tim Holtz's Layered Dragonfly die and embossing folder so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to use it and I have to say I love how this piece turned out!  I took some step by step photos as I created it so grab a cup of your favourite beverage and read on.

I started out with a 6" x 8" stretched artists canvas and covered it inside and out with a coat of gesso.  The inner recess was then painted with a graduated wash of blue acrylic paints from my stash.  I covered the sides of the reversed canvas with some cigar band scrapbook paper from Tim Holt'z new Dapper Paper Stash and sealed it all with Distress collage medium.

Next I die cut and embossed the dragonfly from watercolour paper and coloured the dragonfly's body with Distress inks in shades of blue and green with a water brush.  After the inks had dried, I added some blue and pearlescent Perfect Pearls to the dragonfly and then coated it with Distress Rock Candy crackle paint.   While the crackle paint was drying I die cut the dragonfly wings from clear acrylic packaging and embossed them with the coordinating embossing folder.  The dragonfly was then given an inking with Tea Dye Distress ink to highlight the crackled paint finish and the clear acrylic wings were attached.

A piece of cardstock was then coloured with Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Pumice Stone Distress inks, spritzed and flicked with water and spattered lightly with Gathered Twigs and Picket Fence Distress sprays and die cut with the Birch Trees die.  Since the die cut was a little too short to fill the entire length of the reverse canvas recess, I stamped tissue paper with Tree Branch Archival ink and an Inkadinkado Meadow stamp and adhered both the die cut and the stamped tissue paper into the interior of the reverse canvas with Distress collage medium.

I then used Tim Holtz's Wildflowers die to cut some flowers out of kraft cardstock and die cut the flowers again from black fun foam.  The fun foam was adhered behind the kraft cardstock die cuts and then the flowers were glued over top of the birch trees and stamped wildflowers.

It was at this point that I got on a roll and forgot to take any more in process pictures so I'll show you some close ups of the finished project and explain what I did, sorry about that!  I had a Tim Holtz 'Presence of Wonder' stamp that I wanted to use for the sentiment but it was a little to large for this project so I stamped it onto some paper, scanned it into my computer and resized it, and then printed it out onto some heavy white cardstock.  I then die cut the sentiment with a Sizzix Sizzlits Ornate Label #4 die and backed it with some scrapbook paper from the Dapper Paper Stash.

The stark white cardstock was looking a little too new for my liking, so I coated the label with Vintage Distress collage medium and when that was dry added a coat of Crazing Distress collage medium.  When that had dried, I coloured the label with Vintage Photo Distress ink and wiped it back to reveal all of those wonderful little crazed cracks, much better!

Flowers were then die cut with the Tiny Tattered Florals die from some Dapper scrapbook paper and blue cardstock from my stash and leaves were die cut from green textured cardstock.

A wee bit of Star Dust glitter glue was added to the centers of the flowers after they were adhered to the frame.

More flowers were die cut from the Dapper scrapbook paper using the smallest flower on the Tattered Florals Bigz die and a faceted gem was added to the centers of these flowers.

The butterflies were die cut from a scrap I had in my stash from a previous project, using the Butterfly Tendrils die from Simon Says Stamp (no longer available I'm afraid to say).  I added a teeny tiny butterfly from the same die cut to the top of one of the wildflowers.

I adhered the dragonfly to the frame of the reverse canvas to give the illusion that he was hovering over top of the birch trees and wildflowers.

 And here's a picture from the side to show you the dimension of the acrylic wings.

So there is my contribution to Anything But Cute's 'Celebrate Your Style' anniversary challenge.

 I'd like to thank Pamellia and the design team at Anything But Cute for the amazing honour of being chosen as one of their favourite artists, there are so many incredibly talented folks around blogland that I feel like I won the lottery!  I do hope that you will head on over ABC to see the amazing creations from the design team and other guest designers and that you will also 'Celebrate Your Style' and join in the fun.  Can't wait to see what you create!  Thank you as always for stopping by and happy creating,

Deb xo