Friday, July 14, 2017

Scary Bones Halloween Mixed Media Canvas For Southern Ridge Trading Company

Hello everyone, popping in to let you know that I have a post over on Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog today showcasing some of their brand new Halloween chipboard releases.

I've decided to start a new July tradition, rather than Christmas In July I think we should all start celebrating and creating for Halloween In July!

I used Southern Ridge's Scary Word, Coming To Get You and Corner Web chipboard pieces along with Deco Foil and Rebekah Meier Designs products from Therm O Web, stamps, inks, stains and stencils from Tim Holtz, DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paints and a great Steampunk Bat charm from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.  Hope you can pop by Southern Ridge's blog for my how to, see you there (and happy Halloween In July ;O)

Deb xo

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Playing With Paint Techniques Art Journal For DecoArt

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by.  I have an art journal project to share with you today that I made for the DecoArt Blogger Outreach program.  DecoArt very generously sent me these wonderful products (DecoArt Metallic Lustre Wax, DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream, Crackle Paste and Liquid Glass and DecoArt Americana Triple Thick Gloss Glaze);

and I combined them with the DecoArt Media Acrylic paints and mediums I already had in my stash, along with Eileen Hull's Passport die, to make this Playing With Paint Techniques art journal.

I've lots of step out photos on how I created it so grab a glass of iced tea and a comfy chair and read on for my how to.

Two covers and the journal spine were die cut from Sizzix Mat Board using Eileen Hull's Passport die and three signatures were cut with the same die, each containing two pages of mixed media paper and one page of 140 lb cold press watercolour paper.

The two covers and the spine were given a coat of DecoArt Media Gesso front and back.  I also painted one of the mixed media paper signature pages with gesso at the same time.

Both gesso'ed covers were then painted front and back with washes of diluted DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paints in Green Gold and Cobalt Teal Hue.  The washes and dips into the diluted paint were repeated several times, drying in between each layer of paint.

A dilute wash of Primary Cyan was then brayered onto one side of each of the covers, repeating as necessary until I was happy with the coverage.

A piece of tissue paper was stamped with a script stamp from my stash with Vintage Photo Archival ink and then the word 'paint' was stamped with Black Soot Archival ink with some individual alphabet stamps.

The stamped tissue paper was adhered to the front cover with DecoArt Americana Matte Varnish and diluted washes of Green Gold and Cobalt Teal Hue were brayered over the whole cover once the varnish had dried to marry the stamped tissue paper into the background.

I wanted to frame the stamped tissue paper on the cover but was afraid that a die cut frame would make joining the journal spine to the front cover difficult.  So I decided instead to use the negative die cut from the Ornate Frame #2 die as a stencil and applied DecoArt Media Crackle Paste through it.

The Crackle Paste was tinted slightly with some Green Gold Media Fluid Acrylic paint before applying it and I then gently wiped back any of the Crackle Paste from the left edge of the cover that infringed on the area where the journal spine was going to be attached.

After the Crackle Paste frame had dried and crackled, I gave the whole cover another diluted brayered wash of Primary Cyan Media Fluid Acrylic paint.

And then DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream in Raw Umber was applied over the frame to emphasize all of those lovely cracks.  A Chocolate Zig marker was used to shade around the edges of the crackled frame inside and out.

The inside of the frame was then covered with a coat of DecoArt Americana Triple Thick Gloss Glaze (this stuff is fabulous!) and once it had dried I realized that my poor frame was looking a bit bare.  So I decided to add some 'paint pots' filled with the three main colours that I had used to colour the cover.

I sketched out some paint cans and resized them on the computer and printed them out on some plain copy paper.  The outside of the pots were painted with Paynes Grey that was mixed with some Media Tinting Base to make a steel grey colour and the pots were then filled with Primary Cyan, Green Gold and Cobalt Teal Hue Media Fluid Acrylics.

The pots were fussy cut and adhered to the bottom of the frame and another coat of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze was added over the inside of the frame again.

 I also added some touches of DecoArt Metallic Lustre wax in Champagne Ice to the frame here and there.  You can catch glimpses of the wax on the frame in the picture above as well as see the amazing gloss finish from the Triple Thick Gloss Glaze.

I needed a way to keep my art journal closed so decided to alter an old paint brush and tie a bit of Crinkle Ribbon around it for a closure.  A small paint brush was cut down to size and I used a pencil sharpener and an emory board to taper the cut end.  The brush was coated with gesso and when dry the handle was painted with Green Gold Media Fluid Acrylic paint.  The ferrule of the brush was given a rust paint treatment courtesy of Andy Skinner (click here to see Andy's video for the technique and a complete supply list) and I painted the brush tip with Primary Cyan and then dipped it in Triple Thick Gloss Glaze so it would look wet.  Quite a pile of products for one little brush but it turned out pretty cute!

With the front cover finished, the journal spine was painted and dipped with dilute washes of Primary Cyan and Green Gold Media Fluid Acrylics and then aged with the Media Antiquing Cream.  After the paint had dried, the outside edges were stamped with a Wendy Vecchi Remnants Of Art stamp and Ground Espresso Archival ink.

The back cover was inspired by a beautiful canvas created by Brenda Brown for DecoArt.  I loved the use of the glass cabochons but didn't have any cabochons in my stash small enough for use on my journal.  So I added some dots of DecoArt Media Liquid Glass here and there on the back cover, tapping them slightly while still wet to flatten them out a bit and it worked perfectly to make some faux glass cabochons!  Stenciling with Media Gesso through some sequin waste followed along with random stamping using a Bubbles stamp from Finnabair and Forget-Me-Not Archival ink.

Dilute washes and drips of Cobalt Teal Hue and Primary Cyan Media Fluid Acrylics were applied after the gesso had dried.

And then a final wash of diluted Titanium White DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint was applied to the back cover along with some spatters.  A hole was punched and a grommet applied so that another piece of Crinkle Ribbon could be added for my journal closure.

Then it was on to the inside of the front cover which had already been painted with Green Gold and Cobalt Teal Hue paint.  I wanted to try Andy Skinner's Mega Crackle technique so started by adding some torn strips of Symphony Tissue Tape here and there and then added a coat of DecoArt Weathered Wood (yes, that is an ANCIENT bottle of Weathered Wood LOL!).

After the Weathered Wood had dried, I tinted Media Crackle Paste with Yellow Green Light and Primary Cyan Media Fluid Acrylics and applied it over the inside of the front cover with a paint brush.  Immediately the cracks started to appear but I set it aside to dry thoroughly on it's own (a very hard task for me as I am very impatient!).

After the Crackle Paste had dried I had lovely large cracks and you could see some of the text on the tissue tape through them which was exactly what I was hoping would happen!  But more layers are always better in my world so I used the tried and true vaseline resist technique (click here if you are unfamiliar with this technique for a how to) to add a further chippy paint layer overtop of the mega-crackle.

Then it was on to the inside of the back cover (congratulations if you are still with me, this is one long post!).  I wanted to echo what I had done on the inside of the front cover with the Tissue Tape so added some random strips of Symphony and Elements tape to the inside of the back cover.

Diluted washes of Green Gold and Primary Cyan followed but it was looking a bit to bright for me so I added a wash of Titan Buff and Titanium White to tone it down a bit.

Some stamping with Black Soot Archival ink and stamps from Tim Holtz's Noble Gent stamp set were added along with a pocket for storing some manila tags made with a vintage post card image from my stash.

I also added some DecoArt Metallic Lustre wax to the stamped rays with an old paint brush, just coating the brush with the wax and tapping it onto the stamped rays and then burnishing the wax with a soft cloth for that beautiful glow.

I've just created my paint techniques art journal so don't have many pages completed yet but I'll quickly share a couple with you.  I wanted to try some more of Andy Skinner's painted rust techniques so die cut some gears with the Gadget Gears die and embossed more gears with the Steampunk Texture Fades folder onto chipboard.  I used Andy's Easy Rust Painting Technique #2 on the die cut gears and his Easy Rust Painting Technique #3 on the embossed gears.  Click the links to view Andy's videos for the how to's and a complete supply list.

One of the mixed media paper signature pages was painted with Prussian Blue Hue Media Fluid acrylic paint and then was stenciled with Carbon Black through the Mini Gears Layering stencil.  After the black paint had dried, the stencil was replaced and the whole page covered with Media Gesso which was then daubed off while it was still wet with a damp paper towel.

The rusted gears and embossed panel were then glued onto the stenciled background and I wrote a little note to remind myself where I found these techniques for future reference.

I had some of the tinted Crackle Paste left over from the front cover so I painted it onto another page in the mixed media paper signature and left it to crack.  The paste was fairly thin in places so I didn't get too much crackle but it was a good learning experience to find out how thick the paste needs to be applied.

I added more Antiquing Cream to emphasize what crackle I did have and then just did some stamping and stenciling (with Andy Skinner's Old Film and Route 66 stencils and a Forever In Time stamp) for some interest.

Here are a few close up pics of the finished art journal, I am really pleased with how it turned out and had a lot of fun playing with my new DecoArt supplies!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today and apologies for the length of this post but I wanted to share with you all the fun that I had making my art journal.  A big thank you again to DecoArt for their generosity and I do hope that you like how I've made use of your wonderful products, I can't wait to do more experimenting!  Have a great week everyone and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Monday, July 10, 2017

Use Your Wings Mixed Media Canvas For Therm O Web

Hello everyone, I'm very excited to say that I have my first post as a Therm O Web design team member over on their blog today.  I created my Use Your Wings mixed media canvas;

using an image transfer technique with Deco Foil Transfer Gel and a multitude of products from Rebekah Meier's line from Therm O Web.  Distress inks and paints, stamps, die cuts and Idea-ology embellishments from Tim Holtz also came out to play, hope you can pop by for my how to, see you there!

I'd love to enter my canvas into Country View Challenges 'Things With Wings' July challenge if you don't mind popping over to Therm O Web's blog to see it, thank you!

Deb xo

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Geometry Squared Mixed Media Canvas For A Vintage Journey

Hello and thank you for stopping by.  It's the first Friday of the month and that means it is time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey.  Our theme for July is 'All Squared Up' and Tracy is our host, here is her brief for the challenge:

Whether a frame, embellishment, die cuts, drawn squares, doodles or windows, let's see where inspiration takes you, let's get all squared up and show how creative those right angles can look! Show us your squared up pieces in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style.

Our sponsor this month is Tando Creative and they are offering a package of mdf and mini shapes to our lucky random winner, thank you Tando Creative!

Tracy's prompt led me down a very graphic path this month which is not a style that I create in very often but I have to say that I love it!

My Geometry Squared mixed media canvas evolved with the help of Tim Holtz's new Stitched Squares dies, multiple stencils from Stencil Girl Products, Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Foam Sheets and Transfer Foil from Therm O Web and a colour palette of greens, yellows and oranges.  I've a few step out photos on how I created it so read on for the how to.

Tracy's prompt of squares had me rooting through my supplies to see just what I had in my stash and immediately my eyes lighted on Tim Holtz's new Stitched Squares dies that I'd just received.

Initially I was thinking of creating a layout with the single squares arranged in a random pattern but once I saw them layered upon each other as they tumbled out of the packaging my design idea was born.

I settled upon my colour palette and since there were 6 different sizes of dies I decided to cut two squares of different sizes from three masterboards.  The background on the first masterboard was created with Distress Oxide inks in Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber.  Stenciling followed through the Rectangular Patterns For Play stencil from Stencil Girl Products with Distress Crayons in Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron and a Starfruit Gelato.  Two squares were die cut from this first masterboard and the edges shaded with Forest Moss Distress Crayon.

The second masterboard background was created with Distress Ink in the same three colours as above.  Stenciling was added through Stencil Girl Products Doodle It Bigger stencil with Distress Crayons in Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber and a Clementine Gelato and with White Dina Wakley Media acrylic paint through the Numbers stencil.  Two more squares were die cut and edged with Forest Moss Distress Crayon.

The third masterboard background was painted with Dina Wakley Media acrylic paint in Lime, Lemon and Blushing.  Stenciling followed through the Doodle It Bigger stencil with Blushing Dina Wakley Media acrylic paint and through the Rembrandt's Words stencil with Bittersweet Chocolate Americana acrylic paint.  The last two squares were die cut and edged again with Forest Moss Distress Crayon.

I wanted a fairly neutral background for my layered squares so decided to use some Antique Pearl Mixed Media Transfer Foil adhered to a piece of Mixed Media Foam Sheet.  The foam sheets have double sided adhesive so it was easy to adhere the Transfer Foil to one side and then adhere the foiled foam to a piece of corrugated cardboard so my squares would have a sturdy backing.

I die cut all 6 sizes of the Stitched Squares dies once again from Mixed Media Foam Sheet and adhered them to the back of each stenciled square.  The adhesive backing was removed from each square and they were layered up one atop the other, alternating the orientation of the squares and the colours and patterns.

The 'create art' phrase from Tim Holtz's Quotations Metallic Stickers was adhered to the top square and a scribbley outline added with a black Pigma Micron pen.

The layered squares were then adhered to the foiled background and more scribbley lines added around the lowermost square with the Micron pen and a white Dylusions Paint Pen.  I felt I needed a little something in each corner so just doodled in some overlapping squares with the Micron and white Dylusions pens.

A Small Easel was cut from some scrapbook paper and added to the back to serve as a stand for my canvas.  You can see the dimension created by adding the Mixed Media Foam Sheet behind each of the squares in the picture below.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my Geometry Squared mixed media canvas came together, not my usual fare as I said but I really do love it!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you will be able to take a minute to visit A Vintage Journey to see all the 'squared up' projects created by the Creative Guides to share with you.  Looking forward to seeing what you link up with us this month as well, remember it's hip to be square!  Happy creating,

Deb xo

Monday, July 3, 2017

Celebrate 150 Fireworks Card For Emerald Creek Craft Supplies

Hello and thanks for stopping by.  I have a card to share with you today that I made for Emerald Creek Dares new challenge, 'Fireworks and Sparks'.  We just finished celebrating Canada's 150th birthday on July 1st with plenty of fireworks to mark the occasion so I made a card to remember that wonderful day.

Emerald Creek Craft Supplies used:

I've a few step out photos on how I made my card so read on for the how to.

I had used the Salted Raven embossing powder on a project that I made a couple of weeks ago and when I was melting it, it struck me that it looked exactly like the fabulous star filled skies that we are lucky enough to witness each and every night out here in the country.  I had a vision of a firework filled, star lit sky and that was my starting point.  I die cut the dome from Tim Holtz's Snowglobe die set (which I'm ashamed to say has never been used before this!) from white cardstock and embossed it with the Salted Raven embossing powder.

Next I stamped The Works stamp three times, embossing each stamping with a different colour of embossing powder (Northern Lights on the left, White with an overlay of Iridescent Shimmer in the middle and Candy Red on the right).

I then cut out a circular card blank with a round We R Memory Keepers Nesting Circles die that had a slightly larger radius than the embossed dome.  I let the die run wild off one side of my folded piece of white cardstock, leaving about a 1" wide area on the left side that wasn't cut to form the 'hinge' on my card.

Another circle die from the same set was chosen that had about the same radius as the embossed dome and a circle was die cut from kraft cardstock.  The embossed dome was adhered overtop and I stamped the Canada Map stamp onto the bottom of the circle (apologies to the Lower Great Lakes and parts of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories for cutting you off!!).  The thin strip in the Snowglobe die set was cut from more kraft card to finish off the area where the two die cuts met.

Some mountains and trees were die cut with the Snowglobe die set from Neutral Core'dinations cardstock and Tim Holtz's Classic Kraft-Stock.  They were sanded and lightly inked with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.

The embossed and stamped circle was adhered onto the front of the prepared card base and the mountains and trees adhered with Therm O Web Small Zots along the middle of the card.

The word 'celebrate' was die cut with Tim Holtz's Sentiment Words, Thin die from Classic Kraft-Stock, sanded and backed with a piece of white Core'dinations Neutral Cardstock.  Another piece of white cardstock was embossed with Oh Canada embossing powder and the 150 numbers die cut with Tim Holtz's Alphanumeric dies.

Celebrate and 150 were adhered overtop of the Canada Map stamp and the 150 numbers outlined with a fine line black felt pen to make them a little more prominent.  Last but not least, a bit more sparkle was added with a line of red glitter glue around the outside edge of the card.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my Celebrate 150 Fireworks card came together.

I'm really very pleased with how the fireworks look exploding against the Salted Raven night sky, it's pretty effective don't you think?

And I hope that I've inspired you to enter Emerald Creek's 'Fireworks and Sparks' July challenge , you have a chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate to their online store,,

as well as receiving a 10% discount on your next order just for entering the Dare!

As always, thanks for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Future's So Bright Hipster Tag

Hello everyone hope this finds you well!  Sorry for my absence but I've had a wonderful time visiting with my Mom and Dad who were up to visit us for a few days.  The computer and creating definitely took a back seat to their visit while they were here but unfortunately they had to head back home.  Once they were safely on their way, I scooted down to my studio to work on this tag for our Tag Friday post at A Vintage Journey.

Tag Friday's at A Vintage Journey are so much fun because we get to make any darn thing that we want so I took the opportunity to join in with the 'Get Hip For Summer' challenge being hosted by Tim Holtz and Sizzix.  I have to admit that I wasn't too sure about Tim's Hipster stamps when they were first released but after seeing all of the fun things folks have been doing with them I ordered a set from Simon Says Stamp and they arrived just the other day, perfect timing for my Tag Friday project!

I've a few step out photos on how I made it so grab a martini, put on some smooth jazz and read on ;O)

I started out by cutting a #8 hang tag with the Sizzix Tag Collection die from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and stenciled the sun rays with Tim's Rays stencil and Distress inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber and a touch of Wild Honey.  The stenciled rays were embossed with clear embossing powder in preparation for the next step.

Distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans were added in an ombre fashion from top to bottom and spritzed with some water.  The blue inks were then wiped away from the embossed rays with a damp cloth.

Stamping with Black Soot Archival ink and a globe from a Forever In Time 'Timepieces' stamp set and a ticket from Tim Holtz's 'Clear Stamps - The Journey' stamp set were added below the stenciled rays.

I wanted some more texture on the tag background so took the #22 Mini Layering Stencil set - Linen and coloured through it here and there with a Weathered Wood Distress Crayon.

And then in my usual style I got on a role and forgot to take any more in process pictures so here are some closeups and explanations.

I stamped that very cool goat from Tim's Hipster stamp set onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with Vintage Photo Archival ink and then watercoloured the image with Distress inks in Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Walnut Stain and a touch of Worn Lipstick.

He was crying out for a pair of shades so I stamped the glasses again and embossed the frames with black embossing powder and coloured the lenses with a black felt pen.  After fussy cutting the goat and the shades (or you can use the coordinating Sizzix dies to make your life easier), I adhered the shades overtop and then popped him up on some Therm O Web 3D Foam Squares on the tag background.

This guy is definitely a cool dude and I somehow saw him as an up and coming world renowned movie star with a fabulous future in front of him.  The phrase 'future's so bright, gotta wear shades' from the song by Timbuk3 came to mind so I printed it out on the computer and popped it up on more 3D Foam Squares  at the bottom of the tag.

He seems to have definitely found the Golden Ticket to success so I printed out a golden ticket image from a digital file courtesy of Vectoria Designs and attached it to the side of the tag with an Index Clip coloured with Sunshine Yellow alcohol ink and some Gold Mixative.

Since he is a legitimate movie star, I stamped the word 'legit' above his image with Black Soot Archival ink with a stamp from the Hipster set;

and then added an Adornments - Stars coloured with Sunshine Yellow and Gold Mixative alcohol inks and a File Tab coloured in the same way that had the movie camera image added to it.

Hope you've enjoyed seeing how my tag came together, I definitely understand the appeal of these Hipster stamps now, they are so much fun!

Hope you can take a minute to pop over to A Vintage Journey to see all of the tags that the Creative Guides made to share with you this month, as usual they are fabulous and I know you will enjoy seeing them all.  Thanks again for stopping by today and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo