Saturday, December 16, 2017

Peace And Joy Christmas Card

Hello everyone, I have another card to share with you today that I made for Linda Coughlin's 12 Tags Of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style challenge, sponsored by her online store The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  My Peace And Joy card was inspired by Linda's week #8 tag (and yes, I am woefully behind with her challenge yet again!!)

I was inspired by Linda's lovely Distress Oxide modern colour palette, her embossed background and the use of the corrugated card for the banner.  I didn't take any in process shots to share with you but it's pretty straight forward so I'll just describe what I did with some closeups.

I started out with a white cardstock background panel that was inked with Broken China Distress Oxide and then embossed with Tim Holtz's Flourish Texture Fades folder.  The embossed design and the edges were rubbed with some Champagne Ice Metallic Lustre from DecoArt and the panel mounted onto a white card blank.

I finally received Tim's Swirly Snowflakes and Mini Swirly Snowflakes stamps so decided this was a good time to give them their inaugural inking!  I inked three of the snowflakes with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide and then embossed them with Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.  I doesn't show up in the picture but the shimmer is so beautiful!  I then die cut the snowflakes with Sizzix's coordinating Swirly Snowflakes dies.

The banner was created in the same way that Linda made hers, the shape was cut out from white corrugated cardstock and the raised areas inked with more Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide.  I then spritzed the banner lightly with water to activate the Oxide ink and when it had dried finger painted on some more of the DecoArt Metallic Lustre.

One of Tim's Metallic Stickers Labels was stamped with the Peace & Joy sentiment from his Scribble Woodland stamp set (it was the perfect fit!) with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink.

The Two remaining stamped and die cut snowflakes were layered one atop the other with Zots 3D Singles adhesive dots and added to the top of the banner.

And that was it, I stamped one of Tim's Doodle Greetings #2 sentiments on the inside and the card was complete.

Thanks as always for stopping by today and hope that your Christmas preparations are coming along.  We got our Christmas tree decorated the other night;

and our stockings are now hung by the chimney with care;

so Santa, we are ready whenever you are!  Happy Holidays and happy creating everyone,

Deb xo

Friday, December 15, 2017

Santa's Woodland Flight Mixed Media Christmas Decoration

Hello everyone, hope this finds you all well and ready for the holidays, scary how quickly the days are flying by! I have a mixed media Christmas decoration to share with you today that I made way back in September for a magazine submission but due to some technical glitches it didn't get published.

I've called it Santa's Woodland Flight and have a few step out photos for you on how I created it, enjoy!

I started out with 6"x7" piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and die cut it with the Winter Wonderland snow/stars die repeatedly across top and about 1/2 way down the panel. I then coloured the die cut cardstock with Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky and Tumbled Glass Distress Stain and Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.

Deco Foil Toner Sheet was then covered with Gina K. Designs Sparkling Silver Fancy Foil and adhered behind the die cut snow/stars for some shimmer and sparkle in the night sky.

Santa and his sleigh were then die cut from black cardstock with the Village Christmastime die.

The Winter Wonderland smallest deer (the little cutie who is looking upwards) was die cut from sanded brown Classic Kraft-Stock.

A wreath and bow from the Village Christmastime die set were cut from sanded Classic Kraft Stock (green and red) and adhered around the deer's neck with a touch of Wink Of Stella added to the bow on the wreath. The little deer was die cut again from black fun foam and layered to pop her up.

Two Tree Line dies were die cut from white cardstock and embossed with Lasting Impressions Stamps Forest Arabesque embossing powder, a lovely dark green and copper powder I had in my stash. Touches of Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder were added here and there to both tree scapes with a Ranger Clear Emboss It pen.

A second piece of Heavystock was cut for the bottom of the panel to about 6"x2 1/2", inked in the same way as the top piece and stamped with Tim Holtz's Stamptember 2016 plaid stamp and Pine Needles Distress Ink.

The plaid stamped cardstock was layered overtop of the bottom of 6"x7" background. One of the embossed Tree Line die cuts was adhered at the top of the plaid panel and Santa and his sleigh were added above the trees, flying across the starry/snowy sky. The straight Stitched Rectangles border die was cut several times from Deco Foil Toner Sheet covered with Rebekah Meier Designs Vintage Tin Transfer Sheet, each foiled border piece was then sanded and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. A piece of Tim's Christmas Paper Stash was cut to about 1/3" larger on all sides than the 6"x7" background and the Heavystock panel centered overtop with the foiled border strips covering the edges.

Tim Holtz's Retro Merry Christmas was die cut from PeelNStick Toner Sheet covered with Rebekah Meier Designs Old Gold Transfer Foil. The foiled words were sanded lightly and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The negative 'merry' die cut was backed with Toner Sheet covered with Rebekah Meier Designs Vintage Tin Transfer Foil. A second 'Christmas' word was die cut from black fun foam and layered behind the foiled Christmas word.

A piece of corrugated cardboard was cut to about 1/3" larger on all sides than the layered background. The top layer of cardboard was torn off here and there to reveal the corrugations. White gesso was fingered painted around the edges and when dry they were inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink and embossed with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder. The prepared panel was then centered overtop the corrugated cardboard background.

Mini Holiday Greens evergreens were die cut from sanded Classic Kraft Stock in two shades of green and then the Deco Foil Adhesive Pen was used to add touches of Rebekah Meier Designs Old Gold Transfer Foil to the tips of the branches. Each evergreen was die cut again from black cardstock and layered underneath the foiled green evergreens to give them a bit more substance. The second embossed Tree Line die cut was popped up on pieces of black fun foam and offset slightly to the right and below the first one. The wee deer with was added on top of the second Tree Line die cut, gazing up at Santa's sleigh as he flew over her wintery woodland home. The sprays of foiled evergreens were then tucked underneath the second Tree Line die cut below the wee deer.

The foiled Merry Christmas greeting was then added to the bottom left corner and some of Tim's Adornments Stars were inked with Mushroom and Gold Mixative alcohol inks and added here and there around the panel.

A Small Easel die cut was added to the back for a stand and my Christmas decoration was complete, here are a few more close ups.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my Santa's Woodland Flight mixed media Christmas decoration, I'm glad I got a chance to share it with before the big day arrives!

Have a great weekend everyone and as always happy creating!

Deb xo

Monday, December 11, 2017

Foiled Christmas Ornament Trio For Therm O Web

Hello everyone, I have a post over on Therm O Web's blog today for my trio of foiled Christmas ornaments.

I used many of Therm O Web's metallic foils (Deco Foil, Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils and Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Transfer Foils), Gina K. Designs Foil Mates and some lovely Christmas scrapbooking papers from Carta Bella and Simple Stories.  Tim Holtz's Tree Line, Mini Holiday Greens, Mini Paper Snowflakes and Snowglobe dies and Eileen Hull's Embroidery Hoop die from Sizzix plus lots of Platinum Stickles Glitter glue from Ranger Ink also made an appearance, hope you can stop by for my how to.

And be sure to pop by Therm O Web's blog each day this week, it's Christmas Ornament Week and the design team will have lots of wonderful ideas to share with you for your own holiday crafting, enjoy!

Deb xo

Friday, December 8, 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017

A Merry Blue Jay Christmas Card For Emerald Creek Craft Supplies

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by.  I have a Christmas card to share with you today that I created for our Anything Goes Christmas or Winter challenge over at Emerald Creek Dares.

I used Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Cardinal, Eldergrove and Pine Cones stamps, Steam Punk Christmas Tree and Pine Cone charms and Weathered Wood, Iridescent Shimmer, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Soft Fallen Snow embossing powders, read on for my how to.

Since we don't have any cardinals out here in Western Canada, I decided to transform Emerald Creeks Cardinal stamp into a Stellar Jay.  These beautiful blue birds flock to our feeders at this time of year so I had some very handsome models posing for me!  I stamped two of the Cardinal stamps onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock tags and watercoloured them with a multitude of blue, purple and a hint of black Distress inks.

For the background of my card, I inked another piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with shades of blue Distress Stains and then stamped multiple tree line images with Emerald Creek's Eldergrove stamp.  I used Iced Spruce Distress Ink to stamp the trees in the background for my 'shadow' tree line and then gradually built up the colours to darker greens as I moved forward.

To add some snowy sparkle, I then sprinkled the inked background with dots of water and quickly shook on some Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder and heat set it.

The edges of the background panel were tattered with scissors and the 'merry christmas' sentiment from Tim Holtz's Holiday Drawings set was stamped with Black Soot Distress Archival ink and clear embossed.

Emerald Creek's Pine Cones stamp was stamped a couple of times onto kraft cardstock and embossed with Oil Rubbed Bronze embossing powder and the pine needles coloured in with a green Recollections ink pen.  The pine cones were fussy cut and a bit of Emerald Creek's Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder was sprinkled on top of the pine cones.

Tim Holtz's Bird Branch was die cut from more kraft cardstock and the bird was trimmed off.  The branch was then embossed with Emerald Creek's Weathered Wood embossing powder and then inked with Mushroom alcohol ink to soften the white colour in the Weathered Wood embossing powder.

Emerald Creek's Steam Punk Christmas Tree charm and a brad were given some shimmer with green Stickles Glitter glue.

And one of Emerald Creek's Pine Cone charms and three star brads from my stash were inked with Sunshine Yellow and Gold Mixative alcohol inks and then given a wee brush with some gold Stickles Glitter glue once the mixative had dried.

And then the card was assembled; the Steam Punk Christmas Tree charm and a couple of the star brads were added around the 'merry christmas' greeting and the background mounted onto a kraft and white star patterned card blank.

The embossed branch was adhered to the background and the two fussy cut Stellar Jays were adhered on top with the top blue jay popped up on some 3D Zots Singles adhesive glue dots.  The wee gold pine cone was inserted into the beak of the top jay.

The stamped and embossed fussy cut pine cones were then added to the branch die cut as well with one of the stamped cones popped up on more 3D Zots Singles for a bit more dimension.

You can see a bit of the dimension on the card in the picture below.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how my Merry Blue Jay Christmas card came together, I love how it turned out.

I hope that you've been inspired to join in our Anything Goes challenge over at Emerald Creek Dares as well, you have a chance to win a very generous $50.00 gift certificate to the online store -

And you also will receive a 10% discount off your next purchase from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies just for entering our Dare so what are you waiting for, come join in the fun!

Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating,

Deb xo

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Winter Celebration Mixed Media Assemblage For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, the month of December is now upon us and that means it's time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey. This month our host Sandy has proposed the theme of Winter Wonderland and here is her challenge brief:

For the month of December let's think of the season as well as the holiday with Winter Wonderland. As the song goes, sleigh bells ring, snow is glistening! Let's see some snow, snowmen, bare trees would be nice or some snow covered pines in the meadow. Whatever Winter Wonderland means to you in your vintage, shabby, mixed media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk style.

Our sponsor for this month's challenge is the uber talented Andy Skinner and he will be offering up a special gift to our randomly chosen winner, thank you Andy!

For my contribution to this month's AVJ challenge, I decided to create a mixed media assemblage celebrating the season with snow covered trees, icicles and snowflakes, cool wintery colours and some sparkle and shine to mimic the dance of sunshine and moonlight on snow covered fields.

I've a few step out photos of how I created it so grab a cup of hot cocoa and read on!

I started out with a small Tim Holtz Vignette Tray (4 3/4" x 9" x 1") and covered it inside and out with some of his new Christmas Paper Stash and Design Tape from his Christmas and Aristocrat sets.

Therm O Web's Deco Foil PeelnStick Toner Sheet was covered with their Turquoise Deco Foil and Tim Holtz's Ornate Frame #2 was die cut from it.  The foiled frame was gently sanded and then I rubbed some silver metallic paint over the frame with my finger, taking off the excess with a slightly damp baby wipe.  The foiled frame was then bumped up on a couple of layers of die cut black fun foam for dimension.

Tim's Tree Line die was cut from the same Turquoise foiled PeelnStick Toner Sheet, sanded and aged with silver paint in the same manner as the frame and the Tree Line die cut adhered along the bottom edge of the Vignette Tray.

More PeelnStick Toner Sheet was foiled with the Turquoise Deco Foil but this time I also peeled off the backing on the Toner Sheet to expose the adhesive side and foiled the backside of the Toner Sheet as well.  The double sided foiled Toner Sheet was then die cut with Tim's Mini Holiday Greens dies.

One of Tim's Trophy Antlers deer was painted with Walnut Stain Distress Paint and when the paint was just about dry it was wiped off to leave the paint in the recessed areas only.  The antlers were painted with gold paint and then sprinkled with Vintage Platinum Glitter Dust (love that stuff!).  One of the snowflakes from Tim's Snowflake Duo die and embossing folder set was cut from white cardstock, embossed and then inked with Cracked Pistachio and Tumbled Glass Distress inks.  The Trophy Antler deer was then adhered into the center of the snowflake.

The large icicles and three snowflakes from Tim's Frozen Findings were glittered with a bit of Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.

Pinecones, Ice Skates and Snowflake Adornments charms were embossed with Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.  A Christmas Typed Token was inked with Stonewash and Snow Cap Mixative alcohol inks and then the lettering enhanced with a Picket Fence Distress Crayon.  The Typed Token then got a little sprinkle of Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder as well.  Tim's Small and Mini Woodland trees were also embossed with Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder and the edges of their stands covered with either blue or platinum glitter Design Tapes.  Typography letters to spell out 'winter' also got a bit of Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder on the top of each letter (it's hard to see in the picture, sorry!).

And then it was time to put the assemblage together.  A couple of the embossed Woodland trees were adhered to the top of the Vignette Tray.  A small Decorative Deer that had been coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Paint in the same manner as the Trophy Antlers deer was added to the other side along with the foiled Mini Holiday Greens die cuts.  I made up some 'snow' by mixing white acrylic paint with some clear glitter and Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder and added little drifts of snow here and there.  The glittered icicles were adhered along the top edge of the Vignette Tray.

The Typed Token, Snowflake and Ice Skate charms were tied together with some blue thread and hung down the right side of the tray.  The three Pinecone charms were added to the left side.

The foiled frame was centered at the top of the Vignette Tray and the Trophy Antlers deer and snowflake were adhered in the center of the frame.

Two more Woodland trees were added to the left side at the bottom of the Vignette tray and the 'winter' Typography letters added to the right.  More of the paint/glitter/embossing powder 'snow' mixture was added here and there.  The three Frozen Findings snowflakes were adhered between the foiled frame and Tree Line die cut.

And that was it, my Winter Celebration mixed media assemblage was complete.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how it came together and that you will join in our Winter Wonderland challenge at A Vintage Journey.  If you need more inspiration, make sure to head on over to AVJ to see what the other Creative Guides have created to share with you, amazing projects as always!

I'd like to link up my Winter Celebration mixed media assemblage with:

Jingle Belles: Baby It's GOLD (or Silver or Copper) Outside challenge - I've used some gold/platinum glitter on the deer's antlers plus the turquoise metallic foil so hope that will qualify!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo