Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fa-La-La Christmas Card

Hello everyone, I'm back to share another Christmas card inspired by Linda Coughlin's 12 Tags Of Christmas Funkie Junkie style challenge sponsored by her store, The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  My Fa-La-La card took inspiration from Linda's wonderful week #2 tag with it's shabby vintage styling and colour palette, what's not to love!


I started out the same as last week with an A2 kraft card blank and a front panel cut from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock.  I'm still waiting on my stamps and stencils from Tim Holtz's 2017 Christmas release to arrive so used a Dyan Reaveley Alphabet Border stencil and Ranger Opaque Crackle texture paste for the stenciled background and sealed it with Distress Vintage Collage Medium once the crackle paste had dried.


Inking with Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink followed to the raised stenciled design and to the edges of the panel, followed by touches of Indian Gold Nuvo Mousse applied to the same areas.

To echo the vintage vibe on Linda's tag, I stamped an old Hampton Art Hot Fudge Studio stamp (RSS011) onto Heavystock with Potting Soil Archival ink and die cut it with a Spellbinders Lacey Squares die, inking the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink and adding touches of Indian Gold Nuvo Mousse.

I was intrigued when Linda said she had die cut the snowflakes on her tag from corrugated paper, I'd never thought to die cut such delicate dies from corrugated cardstock so had to give it a try and it worked wonderfully!  I used Tim's Mini Paper Snowflakes dies to cut snowflakes from some kraft corrugated card, added touches of white gesso to the corrugations followed by inking with Vintage Photo DI and more Nuvo Mousse.

The kraft snowflakes were a bit lost when I put them up against my background panel so I cut more snowflakes from white corrugated card, inked them in the same manner and added more Nuvo Mousse.


I then layered the two die cut snowflakes, offsetting them with the kraft snowflake on the bottom and added some flat back pearls and a 'gumdrop' gem from the $1 store that I inked with Gold Mixative alcohol ink.

Tags were cut from Heavystock and stamped with Vintage Photo Archival ink using Tim Holtz's Holiday Drawings, Artistic Outpost's Sleigh Ride and Crafty Secrets Christmas Joy stamps.


A finally, a Snowflake Adornments charm was embossed with some fine gold embossing powder.

And then the card was assembled, here are a few close ups.





Love the shimmer from the touches of Nuvo Mousse!


A greeting from Tim's Doodle Greetings 1 stamp set was added to the inside, stamped with Black Soot archival and clear embossed.


Hope you've enjoyed seeing my Fa-La-La Christmas card and that you'll join in the fun over at Linda's blog.


I'm still behind on Linda's weekly challenges but catching up slowly, stay tuned for week #3 coming shortly!  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo

Friday, October 13, 2017

Bone Yard Skelly Tag For Southern Ridge Trading Company

Happy Friday The 13th, bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!  I have a scary Halloween decoration to share with you today over on Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog that I made with their Skull, Skeleton and Spider Web chipboard, it's a Bone Yard Skelly tag!



I used one of Tim's small Etcetera Thickboard tags as the base, covering it with some of his Halloween scrapbook paper.  Lots of Halloween Idea-ology, a Regions Beyond stamp and the Vintage Spirits die added to the ghoulish fun along with foils and adhesives from Therm O Web and embossing powders and charms from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.  Pop on over to Southern Ridge's blog for my how to, if you dare!  See you there,

Deb xo

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Woodland Christmas Card

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by today.  I just found out that Linda Coughlin's 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style challenge for 2017, sponsored by her store The Funkie Junkie Boutique, has started woo-hoo!  Actually, Linda's challenge started on September 25th so I'm already 3 weeks behind but I am determined to get all 12 challenges completed this year (she says hopefully!).  If you aren't familiar with Linda's 12 Tags challenge, she posts a tag once a week and challenges us to make a tag, card, journal page or anything else that we'd like, inspired by her tag.  If you complete all 12 of the challenges, you will be entered to win a $50 Grand Prize gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique as well as two $25 Runner Up gift certificates, thank you for your generosity Linda!

For Week #1, I decided to make a Merry Woodland Christmas card that was inspired by Linda's woodland theme and her lovely warm neutral colour palette.


I've a few step out photos of how I made my card, enjoy!

I made an A2 size card blank from kraft cardstock and set it aside.  A panel for the front of the card was cut from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock to 4" x 5 1/4" and painted with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain.  Inking with Antique Linen Distress Oxide and spritzes of water followed and then a few evergreen trees were stenciled onto the panel through Tim Holtz's Mini Woodland layering stencil with Frayed Burlap Distress ink.


Watercolour stamping with the Tree Line stamp set and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink came next with more spritzes of water over the entire panel.

And then a few more trees were watercolour stamped in the same manner with a Hero Arts Vintage Christmas Wishes stamp set and the deer from that same set was stamped with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink.


For a little winter sparkle, the whole panel was spritzed with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.

Deco Art Champagne Ice Metallic Lustre was finger painted around the edges of the panel and buffed for more shimmer.  The edges were then distressed and inked with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink.


My stamped deer was looking a bit lonely so I masked off and stamped the deer from Tim's Scribble Woodland and Holiday Drawings stamp sets onto the card panel.

Three deer were die cut with the Winter Wonderland dies from brown kraft core cardstock that was lightly sanded.


And then I got on a roll and forgot to take any more pictures, as usual!  So here are a few closeups.

The prepared panel was adhered onto the kraft card blank.  A piece of sheer gold star ribbon was added across the top with double sided tape after a light inking with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  A deer charm from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies was embossed with their Oil Rubbed Bronze embossing powder and attached with a brad over the ribbon on the left side.


The Merry Christmas sentiment from Tim's Scribble Woodland stamp set was stamped onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock coloured in the same manner as the background of the panel (Distress Stain and Distress Oxide in Antique Linen).  The sentiment was stamped with Black Soot Archival ink and clear embossed and then Platinum Stickles glitter glue was added around the edges.  A snowflake charm from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies was embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder and attached to the panel with a coordinating brad.


The three die cut deer were adhered along the bottom of the card front, love that little guy who is looking up!


And finally, a sentiment from Tim's Doodle Greetings #2 stamp set was stamped on the inside of the card and three snowflakes from his Mini Paper Snowflakes die set were cut from silver Metallic Kraft-Stock and adhered on the left side (because I forgot to insert the brads before I put the panel on the front of the card and had to cover them up! :O)


So that's my take on Linda's 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style 2017 - Tag #1, hope that you've enjoyed seeing it and that you'll join in the fun over on Linda's blog.


Thanks again for stopping by today and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Autumn Leaves Mixed Media Canvas For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, thank you for stopping by.  The month of October is upon us with it's crisp cool days and changing leaves here in the Northern Hemisphere and with that in mind our October challenge at A Vintage Journey is Crazy For Autumn ColoursJennie is our host this month and here is her brief:

Choose a bold, colourful, autumn palette this month for your vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project. Let's see those wonderful autumn colours in all their glory!

Calico Craft Parts is our generous sponsor this month and they have an Autumnal bundle of Calico Craft Parts wood and MDF products for our randomly chosen challenge winner, thank you Calico Craft Parts!

For our October challenge, I made a fall canvas with a multitude of autumn leaves in the colours of fall.  I wanted to include the touches of frost and ice that we often experience on cool October mornings here in Canada so added metallic foils, embossing powders and mica sprays to represent that icy component.


I have some step by step photos to share with you on how I made my Autumn Leaves mixed media canvas, so grab a cup of hot cocoa and read on!

I started with a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock cut to about 6" x 9" and die cut it with Tim Holtz's Mosaic Bigz die.  Inking came next with saturated colours of yellow, orange and rust Distress Stains and Inks so that the colour would seep up into the Opaque Crackle texture paste that was applied through Tim's Autumn layering stencil.  After the texture paste had dried, the panel was sealed with Distress Matte Collage Medium and the crackles were accentuated with Vintage Photo Distress Crayon.


Another piece of white cardstock was inked up with multiple colours of Distress Stains and Inks in green, yellow, orange, rust and red.  Some sprinkles of Color Bloom spray in Lime Wedge and Gilded were added here and there as well.

The coloured cardstock was then die cut with a variety of leaf dies and punches (Small Tattered Florals, Tiny Tattered Florals and Garden Greens dies and Recollections Oak Leaf and Maple Leaf punches).

A piece of burlap fabric from my stash was adhered onto another piece of white cardstock cut to about 1/2" larger on all sides than the die cut panel and then the die cut panel was centered on top of the burlap.

Several lengths of Ranger Metal Foil Tape Sheets were embossed with Tim Holtz's Floral Texture Fades embossing folder and then coloured with Ground Espresso Distress Paint.  After the paint had dried slightly, the paint was burnished off of the raised embossed areas with a dry cloth.


The lengths of embossed tape were then wrapped around all edges of the burlap panel (the tape has an adhesive backing so easy-peasy to apply!).

Tim's Leaf Blueprint was stamped twice onto Heavystock coloured with Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Fired Brick Distress Inks and then sprayed with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.  The stamped leaf was die cut with the coordinating Leaf Blueprint dies and the die cut pieces layered with some black fun foam in between.


The phrase 'autumn leaves' was die cut with the Broadway Alphabet die from Deco Foil PeelnStick Toner Sheet that was covered with Rebekah Meier Designs New Penny Mixed Media Transfer Foil.  The letters were lightly sanded to distress them slightly.

More leaves were die cut and punched from Deco Foil Toner Sheet covered with Rebekah Meier Designs Transfer Foils in Old Gold and New Penny and Gina K. Designs Sweet Mango Fancy Foil.  The leaves were sanded lightly and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


Did you know that the Mosaic die cut outs are sized exactly for Tim's Idea-ology Fragments Findings?  I layered up three of the foiled die cut leaves, adhered them under a Fragment that had been inked around the edges with Mushroom alcohol ink and then adhered the Fragment piece into the coordinating die cut opening with Glossy Accents glue.

A few of the die cut and punched leaves were embossed with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Fractured Ice embossing powder.  I love this embossing powder as it takes on the colours of whatever is underneath it, it's magical!


And finally, one of Emerald Creek's Filigree Leaf charms was embossed on one side with their Charred Gold embossing powder and on the other side with Moss Stone Green embossing powder.

The leafs and embellishments were then adhered onto the burlap mounted panel, adding the inked, embossed and foiled leaves both inside the die cut openings and scattering them around the outside edges as well.  The embossed leaf charm was added to the top right corner of the panel.



The Blueprint Leaf was added to the bottom left corner and the foiled letters adhered across the bottom of the panel.  Some of the letters were bumped up on die cut fun foam so they would be at the same height as the letters adhered over top of the Blueprint Leaf.


I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how my Autumn Leaves mixed media canvas came together and the you will enter our Crazy For Autumn Colours challenge at A Vintage Journey.


 Make sure that you pop over for a peek at what the other Creative Guides made to inspire you, wonderful creations one and all as usual!  Thanks again for stopping by today and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Monday, October 2, 2017

Frightfully Wicked Halloween Banner For Therm O Web

Hello and happy haunting my friends, I have a spooky Halloween project over on Therm O Web's blog to share with you today!


Hee-hee, I had so much fun making this one!  I used Therm O Web's Mixed Media Heavy Weight Sheets, Deco Foil and transfer foils from Rebekah Meier Designs and Gina K Designs and HeatnBond Lite Iron On Adhesive and Fabric Fuse Liquid Adhesive ('cause my sewing skills are rather abysmal and the stitching is just for show!).  Lots of wonderful Tim Holtz Halloween ephemera, adornments and dies came out to play (love those Skull, Jack-o-Lanterns and Vintage Spirits dies!) along with many of his spooky stencils and Distress inks.  Hope you can pop by for my how to, it's going to be frightfully fun!

Deb xo

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Haunted Mansion Halloween Mixed Media Decoration For Emerald Creek Craft Supplies

Hello and thank you for stopping by my crypt today, bwa-ha-ha-ha!  I have a wonderfully spooky mixed media Halloween decoration to share with you that I made with lots of wonderful embossing powders, charms and stamps from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies for their October Dare, Freaky Fun!


I used Emerald Creeks' Salted Raven, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Hammered Metal embossing powders along with their Skare D Cat stamp and Steampunk Bat charm and paired it all with stamps and die cuts from Tim Holtz and Deco Foil Transfer Foil from Therm O Web.  I've some step out photos on how I created my Haunted Mansion Halloween decoration, read on if you dare!

I started out with a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, cut to about 6" by 7".  I stamped that wonderful spooky mansion from Tim Holtz's Regions Beyond stamp set with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink and then embossed it with Oil Rubbed Bronze embossing powder.  A flurry of bats were die cut beside it with the Mixed Media Halloween die.


The cardstock was then coloured with Distress Inks (Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke and a touch of Black Soot) using the wrinkle free Distress technique.

The Skare D Cat stamp was stamped onto more Heavyweight cardstock and embossed with Salted Raven embossing powder, fussy cutting just the black cat once it was embossed.


The perching raven and branch were die cut from the Ravens & Feather die set and the raven also embossed with Salted Raven embossing powder.

The 'boo' word from the Vintage Spirits set was die cut and embossed with Hammered Metal embossing powder.


I tried a little experiment to see if I could foil the Steampunk Bat charm with Deco Foil and it worked!  I used the Deco Foil Adhesive Pen to cover the bat, let it dry till clear and tacky and then rubbed on some Black Deco Foil.  A couple of spots didn't quite get covered (I love that lost and found worn appearance!) so I added some Mushroom Alcohol Ink and was really pleased with the result.

A piece of dark brown Classic Kraft-Stock was sanded to reveal some of the kraft colour and then die cut with those adorable kids from the Trick-or-Treat set.  I ended up die cutting another one from black cardstock and layering it behind for a bit of a shadow.


Black cardstock was inked with Black Soot Distress Oxide and the fence and gate die cut with the Village Graveyard set.

A piece of Deco Foil Toner Sheet was cut to the same size as the prepared Heavystock and Black Deco Foil adhered onto it with a foil laminator in the same area as the die cut flurry of bats.  The Heavystock was layered overtop of the foiled Toner Sheet and the edges tattered, frayed and inked.  A piece of scrapbook paper from Tim's Materialize Paper Stash was cut about 1/4" larger on all sides and layered behind and then the embellishments were added.

The embossed 'boo' word was adhered to the top of the panel.


The Steampunk Bat was layered overtop of the die cut flurry of bats, I think he is the leader of the pack (not sure if you call a bunch of bats a pack or not!).  I also coloured some of the bat off cuts with Pitch Black alcohol ink and added them here and there around the panel.


You can see some of the shine from the black Deco Foil behind the die cut bats in the picture below.


 The little trick or treaters were added just below the bats and the wrought iron fence and gate layered overtop of them all across the bottom of the panel.


The fussy cut embossed Skare D Cat was added to the bottom left of the panel, popped up on some teeny pieces of fun foam.


And finally, the embossed raven and branch were added to the bottom right with the raven popped up on more fun foam.


I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my Haunted Mansion Halloween decoration came together, it was spooky fun to make!


I also hope that you will be inspired to join in our Freaky Fun dare over at Emerald Creek Dares, you have a chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate to their online store, www.emeraldcreek.org:


and just for entering the October Dare, you also will receive 10% off of your next purchase from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies!


As always, thanks so much for stopping by and have fun getting your spook on, happy creating!

Deb xo