Friday, February 22, 2019

The Journey Vintage Valise

Hello everyone, I have a new project to share with you today that was inspired by the 'Things With Wheels' challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog.  The theme of wheels got me thinking about modes of transportation which made me think about traveling and vacations which made me think about luggage which finally led me to my finished design!



I've had Tim Holtz's Vintage Valise die in my stash forever and (yet again) had never used it so I pulled it out only to realize that it wasn't a dimensional die (how sad is that!).  So the first step was to figure out how to make it 3D.  I cut out the front and back panels from Little Sizzles Mat Board and covered them front and back with some Destinations Paper Stash and then made a shadow box frame 1" deep, covering the inside with Travel Design Tape before assembling it. In order for the front of the valise to drop down and open up I made some hinges withe the Vintage Valise die and adhered them to the bottom of the shadow box frame with brads.


The shadow box frame was attached to the back panel of the valise and a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock coloured with Ground Espresso and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks for the background of the shadow box.

Straps were die cut with the Vintage Valise die from cardstock distressed to look like faux leather.  To keep the front of the valise closed I added some small velcro dots to the top of each leather strap.


The corners were die cut from sanded gold Metallic Kraft Stock and vintage travel stickers from Dover Pictura were added to the front.  Dots of Pewter Liquid Pearls were added the straps to look like rivets.  The same details were added to the back of the vintage valise.

The world map from the Documented stamp set was stamped onto the prepared shadow box background and it was adhered into place.  The truck from Tim's The Journey clear stamp set, a sentiment from Classics #16, a compass from Forever In Time's Timepieces stamp set, more vintage travel posters from Dover Pictura and a plane from Tim's Emporium Ephemera pack were adhered into the shadow box, popping some of them up on iCraft 3D Zots (I got the planes, trains and automobiles in there!).  The front of the vintage valise was adhered to the hinges and more vintage travel posters added to the inside.


Two Mini Pulley Wheels were painted with Ground Espresso Distress Paint and then given an aged patina with Distress Crayons in Ground Espresso, Rusty Hinge and Tumbled Glass.

The Pulley Wheels were adhered onto the bottom of the valise.


A handle for the valise was die cut from several thicknesses of mat board with the Vintage Valise die that were glued together, painted with Brushed Corduroy Distress Paint, stamped with the Birch stamp and then coloured with Ground Espresso Distress crayon.  A tag was die cut from Tim's Hotel Components stamp (I was going to use it on the inside of the valise but it proved to be a little too big).

The handle was then adhered onto the top of the vintage valise and it was complete.


Here are some closeups of the finished project.




I ended up adding a couple more elements to the inside of the valise, an image from my stash of vintage luggage (courtesy of The Graphics Fairy) and a stamped ticket from Tim's Ticket Booth stamp and die set.






And here is the back of valise.


I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how it all came together and thanks again to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog for the inspiration, I had a lot of fun with this one!


Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo

Monday, February 18, 2019

Mix It Up For Spring With Deco Foil For Therm O Web

Hello everyone, I have a couple more projects to share with you today over on Therm O Web's blog that I made for their Creativation booth back in January.  I used Therm O Web's brand new Deco Foil Metallix Gels and Deco Foil Flock Sheets (which are being released in March) for these creations and had so much fun playing with these new products.


The Butterflies and Wildflowers Mixed Media Plaque was created with Copper Deco Foil Metallix Gel and Rainbow Shattered Glass Deco Foil Transfer Sheets.


Have to admit I wasn't too sure about the Rainbow Shattered Glass foil when I first saw it but it is absolutely spectacular on Tim Holtz's Detailed Butterflies with a die cut overlay of cardstock covered with the Copper Metallix Gel!



I used more of the Copper Metallix Gel on the background, stenciling with it onto cardstock inked with several shades of green Distress Inks through the Deco Foil Pinwheel stencil.


And as you can see, Tim's Wildflowers and Wildflowers #2 die cuts were watercoloured with more Distress Inks and layered in the background.


Have to admit I adore how this project turned out xo


For my second spring inspired project, I made this In Flight Mixed Media Shadow Box with the new Orange Deco Foil Flock Sheets.


The Orange Deco Foil Flock Sheet was applied to kraft cardstock and then die cut with Tim Holtz's Layered Dragonfly die and Texture Fades Embossing folder.  I die cut a second pair of wings from Deco Foil Polka Dots Clear Designer Toner Sheet that had been foiled with Deco Foil Lapis Watercolor Transfer foil.


Not wanting to waste the rest of the Orange flocked cardstock, I decided to use it as my background and stenciled it with Deco Foil's Swirls Stencil and Deco Foil Transfer Gel and then foiled it with more Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil Transfer foil.  A little shadow box was made from kraft cardstock and the foiled and flocked background adhered into it.


A banner was stamped with the sentiment and adhered onto the lower edge of the box;

And finally the dragonfly was popped up on a couple of layers of Gina K. Designs Black Foam Squares to appear as if it was hovering over the background.


I love these new Deco Foil Flock Sheets, you can transfer the flock onto a variety of surfaces with different Deco Foil adhesives and gels or you can use the Flock Sheet as is and stamp them, emboss them, stencil them ... so many fun ways to get some fun flock texture onto your projects!


I have a few step out photos and a more detailed description of how I made these two projects over on the Therm O Web blog so pop on over to take a peek and Think Spring everyone!  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating,

Deb xo

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Discover Moments Mixed Media Banner

Hi everyone, back to share another mixed media make with you and this one was inspired by the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog theme of 'Typography'.


I had a Distress Oxide background (coloured with Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Faded Jeans DOX) that I had made for another challenge and not used so it became my jumping off point for this project.  Tim Holtz's new Cutout Blossoms dies hadn't had an outing yet so I die cut them into the prepared background.


I was mulling over what direction this project should take (yes that's how I work, I just dive right in without a clue about how it's going to turn out!) and remembered that I had some of Tim's Display Hangers that had been lurking in my stash for quite literally years.  So I backed the Cutout Blossoms with a piece of Tim's Correspondence Paper Stash, over stamped the whole piece with the Ledger Script stamp and Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink and cut it out into a banner shape sized to fit onto the Display Hanger.

Time for some typography (or I guess more typography since I'd already stamped the background with the Ledger Script stamp), I die cut the words 'discover moments' with the Handwritten Journey die out of sanded Classic Kraft Stock and applied them to the bottom right corner of the banner.


I also just received Tim's new Tattered Butterflies Bigz die so I inked up Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with Distress Oxide inks in Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain and die cut the two butterflies from it.

I pounced a generous amount of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint onto the die cut butterflies and let it do it's magic.  Once the paint was crackled and dry, I inked over the butterflies with Ground Espresso Distress Ink, wiped off the excess and then lightly spritzed them with water to let the Distress Ink seep into the cracks.  The butterfly bodies were adhered onto the butterflies and their wings gently shaped into curves.


The Display Hanger was first finger painted with Distress Paints (Rusty Hinge, Ground Espresso and Iced Spruce) and then more colour was applied with Distress Crayons in Rusty Hinge, Tumbled Glass and Ground Espresso.  The words 'sweet life' were applied to the Display Hanger label with Words Remnant Rubs and the label and epoxy sticker overlay then adhered onto the hanger.

A heart and bird charm from Tim's Treasures Adornments were coloured in the same manner as the Display Hanger and affixed onto the neck of the hanger with jump rings.


A 'wonderful' Muse Token and brad were then coloured with Iced Spruce Distress Paint and more patina added with Distress Crayons in Rusty Hinge, Tumbled Glass and Gathered Twigs.

The Muse Token and the butterflies were adhered to the prepared banner, the completed banner was clipped onto the Display Hanger and my Discover Moments mixed media banner was complete.  Here are a few closeups of the finished peice.








I hope you've enjoyed seeing how it came together and thanks to Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog for the inspiration!


As always thanks so much for stopping by today and happy creating,

Deb xo

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Create Art Mixed Media Panel

Hello everyone, I have a mixed media panel to share with you today that was inspired by the 'Winter Blues' challenge over at Frilly and Funkie, here is the challenge brief:

January is the longest winter month and lots of us get the "winter blues." Let's take the winter blues in a positive direction by creating a mostly monochromatic vintage or shabby chic project done up in shades of blue. You may use a bit of white, beige or grey for contrast, but I would like to see the blues to be front and center in this project.

Edited to add:  thank you Frilly and Funkie for choosing my Create Art mixed media panel as one of your Top 3!

I just got Tim Holtz's new Wildflower Stems from his Chapter 1 Sizzix release so decided this challenge would be a great time to take them out for a spin and I couldn't think of a better way to beat the winter blues than to Create Art!


I started out by finger painting a piece of pale blue cardstock with a bit of white gesso and crackle medium.  Inking followed with multiple shades of blue Distress Inks and then I stamped it with the Papillon stamp set and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.   A coat of Vintage Distress Collage Medium followed but I lost some of the blue colouration after adding it so I scribbled on Distress Crayons in shades of blue with some Picket Fence and then spattered the page with diluted white acrylic paint.


The edges were tattered with a Paper Distresser and the background was then applied to a piece of cardstock that was edged with French Design Tape.

Distress Mixed Media Heavystock was inked with multiple shades of blue Distress Inks and flowers were die cut from it with both the Wildflower Stems #1 and Wildflower Stems #2 dies.


The Wildflower Stem die cuts were then adhered to the prepared background, popping up the flower heads on pieces of black foam squares and outlining around the Wildflowers with Distress Marker in Stormy Sky.  A piece of blue grossgrain ribbon from my stash was wrapped around the background panels and the 'Create Art' Quote Chip centered over top.  Clippings Stickers phrases were then added and outlined again with the Stormy Sky Distress Marker.


Two more pieces of script and navy blue scrapbook paper were layered together and the prepared background panel popped up on top of them with black foam tape, a Small Easel die was added to the back for display and my Create Art mixed media panel to beat the winter blues was complete.

Here are a few closeups of the finished piece.






Hope that you've enjoyed seeing how it came together and thanks to Frilly and Funkie for the inspiration!


Have a great week everyone and happy creating,

Deb xo