Friday, July 19, 2019

Mixed Media Envelope Folio Journal Insert

Hi again everyone, I've got another altered envelope journal insert to share with you today (click here to see the one I made for TheFireflyStudio67's Five On A Dime YouTube challenge).  I don't know why but I love mucking about with envelopes to see what can be created with them!

This envelope folio arose from my usual bull in a china shop method of crafting, I die cut the window for TheFireflySudio67's altered envelope insert in the wrong spot on my first try (slow down and watch the video Deb!!) but didn't want to 'waste' the envelope so turned it into this mixed media folio.  I used up all kinds of bits and bobs in my craft stash; stenciled and printed papers, gel plate prints, die cuts and images that had been hanging around in my saved bits forever.  I used a #10 envelope and 2 #8's and ended up with 4 journaling tag tuck spots.

The #8 envelope on the front flips open to the left, I attached it with a cardstock hinge to the #10 envelope.

The #10 envelope was configured in the same way as for TheFireflyStudio67's envelope insert (click here to see her tutorial) and I used a piece of faux glassine (technique courtesy of Nik The Booksmith) in the die cut window opening.

The #10 envelope flips up to reveal a third little tag tuck spot with the second #8 envelope below it

The second #8 envelope was attached to the folio with the #10 envelope flap (see TheFireflyStudio67's tutorial to see what I mean).

And here's the back of the folio, I adore that packing tape stencil transfer that is on the envelope flap (the dark green pattern), it's a technique that I learned in Mary Beth Shaw's Nothing To Hide workshop at Art Is Magic's Creative Retreat Weekend (sorry I can't share the technique as it is currently being taught by Mary Beth).

No idea where I'm going to use this envelope folio, it may just be a stand alone journal folio or I may build a junk journal around it and use it as an insert (bass ackward as usual!).  But where ever it ends up, I love how eclectic it is; abstract and vintage together with lots of bright colours makes me very happy these days!

Thanks as always for stopping by today and whatever creative endeavours you are up to, hope you are having a wonderful time!

Deb xo

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Altered Envelope Journal Insert - Five On A Dime Challenge

Hi everyone, hope this finds you well.  I discovered a fun YouTube challenge hosted by Gina, TheFireflyStudio67 (thanks to papercrafter45).  Gina challenged us to make a journal insert using 5 'ingredients' and her design for an altered envelope journal insert and since I can never turn down an altered envelope challenge I had to join in the fun!  We were to use a #10 window envelope, a paper doily, a safety pin, a button and some lace.  Here is what I came up with.

Gina's design uses a windowed #10 envelope, altered to form a psuedo-waterfall insert that houses two tags and journaling spots (or you could add photos if you prefer).  I incorporated the doily element (required element number 1) on the inside of my insert and used a Tim Holtz Doily die cut wrapped around the lower waterfall element.

The back of the insert has another journaling spot and the tab at the top (which is actually the envelope flap) is how the insert will be adhered into the journal.

I used Ephemeras Vintage Garden's digital Vintage Queen Bee journal kit for all of my patterned paper elements.   I didn't have a window envelope (required element number 2) so, inspired by papercrafter45, I die cut a window into a regular #10 envelope and backed it with some acetate packaging so the tag inside showed through.

The required safety pin element (required element number 3) was added to the top flap and I used it to hold a die cut ticket that had a bee Remnant Rub added to it along with a little flower charm that I coloured with Alcohol inks.

A piece of coffee stained lace (required element number 4) was added to the left side of the window with a Wildflower Stem die cut over top and a button (required element number 5) and tulle 'flower' at the bottom.

And finally, two tags were made to fit into the pockets formed by altering the envelope.

If you have the time, head on over to watch Gina's tutorial and hope you will join in the fun and make an altered envelope journal insert of your own for her Five On A Dime challenge!  Thanks to Gina for the inspiration and as always thanks to you for stopping by today, happy creating!

Deb xo

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Cherished Vignette Box

Hi everyone, hope this finds you all well.  I've been working away on art journal pages but took a break from journaling to make a little tiny vignette box assemblage.

This project was inspired by a very depressing news story I read earlier this week; I won't go into details but suffice to say I found it unthinkable that racism was not only being tolerated but actually celebrated by the people the news story reported on.  So I made this little Cherished vignette box to fight the intolerance and bigotry that seems so rampant in our world today.  It's small but filled with love for everyone no matter their race, religion or creed xo

No step outs for this project but here are a few close ups and I'll share some of the products that I used.

I started with smallest of Tim Holtz's Vignette Boxes and covered it with DecoArt Champagne Mist Metallix Gel, Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint and Folk Art Antiquing Medium.  A Baseboard Frame was also painted with the crackle paint and antiquing medium.  The inside of the vignette box was covered with Journal cards and a bit of Ledger Script stamping and some gold Metallic Kraft Stock hearts were die cut and adhered to the back.  Those wonderful kids from Tim Holtz's Paper Dolls were coloured with Distress Markers and popped up off of the back of the Vignette box.  The Baseboard Frame was adhered to the front and more gold die cut hearts added around the edges.

Typography Findings letters were coloured with Alcohol Inks (Mushroom and Sepia) and adhered to the top along with some Bouquet flowers coloured with Distress Marker and Distress Ink.

The word 'cherished' was printed out on the computer and dipped into puddles of Antique Linen, Old Paper and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks.

A 'listen' Philosophy Tag was coloured with Alcohol Inks and the lettering highlighted with Brushed Pewter and Picket Fence Distress Crayons.  A bit of Pewter Liquid Pearls was added into the hole on the Philosophy Tag.

On the other side, a 'story' Typed Token was treated in the same manner.

On the back of the Vignette box, three Fragments were adhered to images from Tim's Wallflower Paper Stash and then inked with Mushroom Alcohol ink with a wee drop of Alcohol Blending Solution in the middle of the fragment to push the alcohol ink back to the edges (a wonderful Tim Holtz technique!).

And that was it.  I love how it turned out and hope that the love and the message contained in my Cherish vignette box will resonate with you as well.

Thanks as always for stopping by and happy creating,

Deb xo

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Remember Mixed Media Plaque For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by.  It's the first Friday of the month so that means it's time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and our theme for July is Precious MetalsAmanda is our host for this challenge and here is her brief:

For this challenge we would like to see some kind of precious metal feature in your project. Think gold, silver, brass, copper, aluminium, steel..... It could be in the form of embellishments, cardstock,  paint, gilding wax, foil, gold leaf or rub ons. Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I decided to create a mixed media plaque with multiple metallic accents for Amanda's challenge, starting out with a base of metallic foil and building from there.

 I used metallic foil, metallic cardstock, metallic embossing powder and metallic embellishments to create my Remember mixed media plaque, read on for the how to.

I first applied some of Rebekah Meier Designs Vintage Tin Mixed Media Transfer Foil to a piece of her double sided Mixed Media Adhesive Sheet, burnishing it well to transfer the foil and then removed the adhesive backing from the other side and applied it to a piece of kraft cardstock for stability.

Torn strips of corrugated cardboard, vintage book pages and a scrap of lace were adhered to the foil for texture and interest.

Ranger Opaque texture paste and Crackle paste came next, applying it randomly over the foil and textured surfaces but making sure to leave some of the foiled areas still visible.

After the texture pastes had dried thoroughly, washes of semi-transparent DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint were applied in Green Gold, Yellow Green Light, Cobalt Teal Hue and Cobalt Turquoise Hue. Each layer was dried before applying the next and the paint washes were wiped back from the underlying foil here and there.  Interference Gold was then mixed into some of the Green Gold and Cobalt Turquoise Hue Fluid Acrylic paint and allowed to drip and run down the background.

Once everything had dried completely, spatters of diluted white acrylic paint were added over the whole piece and the background set aside for the moment.

Tim Holtz's Flower Garden and Mini Bouquet dies were cut from Copper Metallic Kraft Stock and Distress Mixed Media Heavystock.  The Heavystock die cuts were then embossed with Oil Rubbed Bronze embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies and the petals gently shaped while the embossing powder was still warm.  The embossed flowers were adhered on top of the Metallic Kraft Stock die cuts, slightly offsetting them so the copper was slightly visible below.  Some stems were die cut from more of the Copper Metallic Kraft Stock.

A Hinge Clip and Quote Band were inked with Alcohol Inks (Sepia, Mushroom and Copper Mixative).  The sentiment on the Quote Band was coloured with Black Soot Distress Crayon, rubbing the crayon back to reveal the lettering, and then lengths of rusty wire were twisted onto each side of the Quote Band.

Then it was time to assemble the plaque.  Several graduated layers were adhered together to back the foiled background - a piece of Dapper Paper Stash, more Copper Metallic Kraft Stock and kraft cardstock stamped with Tim Holtz's Ledger Script stamp.  The foiled background was then popped up on top of these layers with strips of Gina K. Designs Black Foam Tape.

The Quote Band was affixed in place by wrapping the rusty wire around the foiled background and tacking it on with staples.  The staples were inked with a bit of Rust Alcohol ink and an Alcohol Ink Blending pen.

The Hinge Clip was applied to the top right corner and a little tag clipped in place (this image is from Ephemera's Vintage Garden).

The finally, the three layered cone flower die cuts were adhered along the bottom of the plaque.

Love the dimension created just by curling up the petals on the embossed die cuts while they were still warm.

And you can still catch hints of the foiled base layer underneath all of that fabulous texture and paint.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my Remember mixed media plaque came together and that you have been inspired to join in our Precious Metals challenge over at A Vintage Journey.

Make sure to pop over to see what the other Creative Guides made to inspire you (they are all amazing as usual!) and can't wait to see what you link up, happy creating!

Deb xo

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The 100 Day Project - Days 62 To 73

Hello, hello, back with another installment of my #100daysofartjournaling for #the100dayproject.  I am seriously behind and will not get all of them done in the 'proscribed' time what with family and design team commitments but I intend to soldier on and get them all done in my own time frame.  If you missed the first 61 days (!), here are the links to my posts:

I've continued to work on my Carolyn Dube Permission To Play corrugated cardboard art journal for all of these posts and I'm having a blast working in it, not my usual style but so much fun!  So without further ado, here are days 62 to 73, enjoy!

Day 62

Explore art journal page for day 62, think this is going to become the cover to my Permission To Play art journal.  Love that fun stamp from Viva Las Vegas! stamps :)

Day 63

Not sure why this page works but somehow it does!  Love the juxtaposition of the abstract background with the vintage images from Ephemera's Vintage Garden

Day 64

A page for best friends or sisters :)  Love those stamps from Dina Wakley, I remember reading somewhere that they were created from childhood photographs of Dina and Dyan Reaveley.  Used Tim Holtz's Crochet die to separate the two halves of the page, it is so intricate!

Day 65

The page started with the pocket watch stamp then I added the feather from Tim Holtz's Bird Feather stamp set, his Weathered Clock die embossed with Hammered Metal embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies and the wings on the pocket watch were from a winged heart stamp in my stash.  Think I spy a Dapper stamp in there too!

Day 66

Going Round In Circles, stamp from Aall & Create and Seth Apter Coffee Rings die cuts.

Day 67

Had that little boho bird stamped at the top of the page so added the other elements (a Mixed Up Printables digital flower, Ephemera's Vintage Garden butterfly, Mixed Up Printables seed packet and Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems die cut) stacked on top of each other so it looked like he was perched there.  Rise Up sentiment compiled from hoarded saved die cut alphas in my stash ;O)

Day 68

Stamped the flower (an old wood block stamp from my stash) onto a piece of Carolyn Dube's Sparks Of Inspiration digital paper then stenciled with Tim Holtz's Typo stencil and a punch of scribble journaling.

Day 69

A whole bunch of silliness here but I love it!  Had the 'ticket' already stamped on the bottom and somehow that led me to circuses and that fab sentiment stamp from Tim Holtz's Life Quotes stamp set.  The elephant and ringmaster are from his Big Top stamp set.  Too much fun!

Day 70

Had to get out a whole lot of angst on this page, so sick and tired of all the hatred, racism, misogyny and ignorance spewing out of the mouths of politicians these days.  We are all connected people, to each other and to every single living thing on this planet.

Day 71

This started with that number 5 which got me thinking about that dumb movie 'Ten' which led me to contemplating about how we all measure ourselves against unattainable societal archetypes and the rest, as they say, is history.  Love that quote from Teddy Roosevelt, a wise man!

Day 72

In the interests of full disclosure I have to admit that the original background on this page was an unmitigated disaster so I gessoed over the whole dang thing!  What was left was ghostly white circular shapes from some stenciling underneath that reminded me of a full moon and away I went!  Think I first saw this moon technique from Astrid MacLean, Distress inks in shades of yellow on a circular die cut and then stenciling with Tim Holtz's Speckles stencil.  Works a treat, thanks Astrid!

Day 73

Lots of colour on this one so I had to tone it down for the sake my of eyeballs with some Wildflowers silhouette die cuts.  Still one of my all time favourite Tim dies!  Think I spy some Papillon stamping in the background and pretty sure that was a StencilGirl Products stencil.

So that's it for now, nearly 3/4's of the way finished for #the100dayproject and I have about 5 more pages to complete in my Permission To Play cardboard art journal to finish it off.  Will then bind it and will try and film a flip through video for you. think it is going to look great once completed :O)  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo

Monday, July 1, 2019

Happy Birthday Canada!

It's July 1st and that means it's time to celebrate the confederation of my wonderful country Canada, happy birthday Canada!

I am so thankful and so very lucky to be a citizen of this amazing country where all peoples from all parts of the world are welcome and work together to make us the wonderful place that we are.  Don't get me wrong, we have our problems too; there are hateful, racist and misogynistic people spouting their vile views here as well but I like to think that the basic decency of Canadians will ensure that these hateful ideologies will not find fertile soil here in Canada ❤

I used a vintage map of the Dominion of Canada and Newfoundland (Newfoundland didn't join confederation until 1949) as the background and inked a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with Distress Inks in Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Antique Linen and Picket Fence to make my Canadian flag.  I printed out 'true north' (words from our national anthem) on the computer and popped them up on foam dots.

The maple leaf was die cut and embossed with Tim Holtz's Layered Leaf die and Texture Fades embossing folder from more Heavystock sprayed with Barn Door Distress Oxide Spray.  The 'proud to be Canadian' stamp is one I've had in my stash forever and was stamped and embossed with Candy Red embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies and popped up on top of the maple leaf with more foam dots.

The 'strong and free' sentiment (also from our national anthem) was printed out on the computer and popped up on more foam dots and that was it.

Have a wonderful day wherever you may be and hope you will join me in wishing Canada a very happy birthday, thanks for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo