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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

Monday, August 13, 2018

Tiny Tea Light Houses For Therm O Web

Hello everyone, I have a tutorial to share with you today over on Therm O Web's blog using the brand new Brutus Monroe Deco Foil collection.

I made these Tiny Tea Light Houses with both the white and clear Designer Toner Sheets in Brush Strokes, Distressed Circles and Coffee Rings, foiled with Dry Brush, Tide Pool and Sunrise Transfer Foils.  The Tiny Houses die from Sizzix was widened slightly to accomodate the battery operated votive candles and the openings were die cut with some of Gina K. Designs' dies.

The houses were inked inside and out with Distress Inks (Rusty Hinge, Weathered Wood and Antique Linen);

and some Stickles Glitter Glue was added under the eaves.

Think I'm going to make a whole village, they look so cute lit up at night!

I die cut some shapes with the Gina K. Designs' dies to decorate the back from Deco Foil Toner Sheet that I foiled with the negative images left on the Transfer Foils after making the houses;

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

Deb xo

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Fall Leaves Stenciled Fabric Book For Rebekah Meier Designs

Hello everyone, I am very happy to say that I have a tutorial over on Rebekah Meier's Stencil Love blog today for my Fall Leaves stenciled fabric book.

I was thrilled when Rebekah asked me to be a guest blogger and I can't thank her enough for this wonderful opportunity.  Rebekah Meier is an author, designer, teacher and blogger and I was first introduced to her amazing work through her Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media line of products from Therm O Web.  She has a passion for mixed media, collage and fiber arts so with that in mind I decided to make this little fabric book that incorporated her Therm O Web Mixed Media products, some of her lovely stencil designs from The Crafter's Workshop and muslin fabric.  Many of Tim Holtz's products from Sizzix, Stampers Anonymous and Ranger Ink also came out to play along with DecoArt's  Media Fluid Acrylics and Americana paints and some dies from Spellbinders.

Hope you can take a minute to pop over to Rebekah's blog for my how to and thanks again to Rebekah for this wonderful opportunity!

And I'd like to enter by little fabric book into the August challenge over at Mini Album Makers Challenge blog if they don't mind popping over to Rebekah's blog to see my tutorial!

Happy creating everyone,

Deb xo

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Follow Your Heart Mixed Media Canvas For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, I'm here today to share a mixed media canvas that I created for our August challenge over at A Vintage Journey, 'How Can You Resist'.  Amanda is our very talented host this month and here is her brief:

There are any different products in mixed media that you can use to do a resist technique - gesso, distress glaze, wax, embossing powder, etc. We would like you to use at least one resist technique on your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project.

I used several resist techniques on my Follow Your Heart canvas including the use of embossing powder, acrylic paint and gesso, read on for the how to.

I started out with a piece of kraft card and stamped it with Picket Fence Distress Stain and Tim Holtz's Papillon stamp.  After the Distress Stain had dried completely, I stamped the script again with Distress Clear Embossing ink, offsetting the stamp ever so slightly, and then embossed it with Ranger Clear Embossing powder.  To reactivate the Picket Fence Distress Stain that was still exposed under the embossing powder, I covered the whole piece of card with Stormy Sky Distress Stain and then spritzed it with water, gently heat drying it before the Picket Fence script bled too much (you have to heat the card gently so that you don't remelt the embossing powder).  The background was trimmed to size and edged with Ground Espresso Distress ink.

For the second resist technique, Distress Mixed Media Heavystock was stamped with Tim's Floret background stamp and Iced Spruce Distress Paint.  Once the paint had dried, the card was inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Stain, dried again and then the excess Distress Stain wiped off of the paint stamped images.  Tim's Detailed Butterflies were die cut from the stamped and inked Heavystock and the detailed overlay was die cut from black cardstock.

Gold Metallic Kraft-Stock was gently sanded and some Garden Greens and Wildflowers die cut from it.

An Enameled Tag had the 'follow your heart' sentiment applied to it with Tim's Words Remnant Rubs and it was then inked with Mushroom Alcohol ink.  It came out a little too dark so I added a drop of Alcohol Ink Blending Solution to it and then reinked the edges with Mushroom alcohol ink.  The Remnant Rubs did resist the alcohol ink to a certain extent so you could maybe add this to the list of resist techniques I used LOL!  A Word Band was also inked with Mushroom alcohol ink and when dry, the words were highlighted with an Antique Linen Distress Crayon.

A piece of butterfly and moth scrapbook paper from my stash was selected to back the Papillon stamped kraft card and a piece of kraft corrugated card was chosen to to back the entire composition.

The kraft corrugated card was cut to size and white gesso was finger painted around the edges.  Gathered Twigs Distress Stain was painted over the gesso once it had dried and then it was spritzed with water and wiped back,  The gesso acted as a resist to the Distress Stain, especially in the corrugations.  The edges of the corrugated card were then painted with diluted Indian Gold Nuvo  Embellishment Mousse to echo the gold Kraft-Stock die cuts and finally the edges inked with Ground Espresso Distress ink.

Here are a few close ups of the completed canvas,  the edges of the butterfly and moth scrapbook paper were tattered and lightly inked with Ground Espresso Distress ink before adhering it to the corrugated back panel.

The Enameled Tag was attached with a small brad.

The Word Band had a piece of Linen Ribbon threaded through it before it was adhered to the bottom of the Papillon stamped background.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing my Follow Your Heart mixed media canvas, I had a lot of fun playing with the resist techniques I used on it.

I also hope that you have been inspired to join in our 'How Can You Resist' challenge over at A Vintage Journey.  Make sure to pop by when you can to take a peek at all of the wonderful projects from our fabulously talented Creative Guides and I can't wait to see what you make too!  Happy creating,

Deb xo

Fall Love Art Journal Page

Hello everyone, I've finished an art journal page for Tina Walker's #TheStencilfiedJournal project's week 8 prompt:

'Stencil with glue.'

Tina's project is in conjunction with StencilGirl Products and we are to use their stencils on our pages so for this layout I used their Houses stencil, Valentine Of Mine and Scribble Scratch Handwriting stencil with Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Medium which is a multi-purpose adhesive.

The right hand page worked very nicely, I stenciled through the Scribble Scratch stencil on the top of the page and then applied Forever Blue Perfect Pearls powder over the Mixed Media Medium (it stays slightly tacky when dry so needs to be 'sealed' with something) along with some die cut leaves from my stash (Tim Holtz's Leaf Blueprint and Sizzix Arbor leaves).

The Houses stencil on the bottom of the right hand page with Rebekah Meier Designs New Penny Mixed Media Transfer Foil over top, love it!

Some strips of Terminology Tissue Wrap were also adhered here and there, text is always good!

The left hand page was not as successful as I had a lot of bleeding under the stencils (the page is just copy paper in my junk journal so think perhaps that was the issue?) but que sera sera, ya' gotta deal with it!  The Valentine Of Mine stencil at the top of this page with Seth Apter's Ancient Amber embossing powder over top, I traced through the stencil once the powder was embossed to give it some definition and then wrote 'Fall Love' with a black PITT pen.

The Scribble Scratch stenciling on the bottom left was a total disaster so after sealing the Mixed Media Medium with Perfect Pearls powder I covered it up with more Arbor die cut leaves from my stash along with a die cut heart ;O)

Onto week nine now, the prompt is to have a friend stencil a page in your journal with one colour.  I'm going to ask my hubby to stencil a page with the colour and StencilGirl Products stencil of his choice, this should be interesting as he is not a crafty guy ... maybe this will convert him LOL!

As the summer is progressing here in B.C., the wildfire season is unfortunately in full swing now and we had a very unpleasant deja vu flashback to last year's emergency evacuation when a lightening caused wildfire broke out across the valley from us.  The sound of water bombers picking up water from the lake below our home was the first indication, have to admit my heart skipped a beat or two when I heard the roar of their engines.

The fire is still a long ways away but it's unsettling to look out your back door and see the smoke rising over the ridge

and the water bombers circling overhead as they prepare to make their drops.

A huge thank you yet again to the B.C. Wildfire Service for their bravery and dedication in keeping us all safe and hoping for rain for everyone's sake.  Take care everyone,

Deb xo

Monday, July 30, 2018

Under The Sea With Rebekah Meier Designs and Carta Bella

Hello everyone, I've got a tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog today for this fun ocean themed project created with Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media line of products from Therm O Web and Carta Bella's Summer Splash Collection Kit generously supplied to me by Echo Park Paper Co. thank you Echo Park!

Tim Holtz's Sea Life stamp set was paired with Distress Stains, Distress Archival ink and Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder on Rebekah's Mixed Media Art Paper and her Mixed Media Medium was stenciled through Tim's Bubble stencil and then dusted with Pearl Perfect Pearls powder on the Carta Bella Flamingo Fun paper background.  One of Carta Bella's Summer Splash Element Stickers was used for the sentiment.

Mixed Media Foam Sheet foiled with Mixed Media Transfer Foil was die cut with Tim Holtz's Garden Greens and Mini Holiday Greens dies for the dimensional 'seaweed' and then coloured with Alcohol inks to give a green tinge.  The seaweed stamps from the Sea Life stamp set were stamped on more Mixed Media Art Paper.  The stamped critters from the Sea Life stamp set were popped up on Zots 3D clear adhesive dots for some dimension.

The 'sand' along the bottom was created from Mixed Media Art Paper, Carta Bella's Summer Splash Dot The World 6x6 stencil, DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint and more Mixed Media Transfer Foil.

Southern Ridge Trading Company's Mini Anchors and Mini Ocean Set chipboard starfish were inked, painted and foiled and added to the sandy bottom for more dimension and blue glitter glue finished it all off.

Hope you can take a minute to pop by Therm O Web's blog for my how to, I love the retro feel of the Carta Bella Summer Splash papers and how it coordinated so well with Rebekah's products and the Sea Life stamps.

Have a wonderful week where ever you may be and if you are really lucky hope you are having a wonderful time at the beach enjoying nature's treasures Under The Sea, see you again soon!

Deb xo