Monday, January 16, 2017

All Aboard for CHA's Creativation

CHA's Creativation starts this week, which means it is time for the Emerald Creek's new release reveals to begin. With so many creative goodies to play with, it was hard to pick which of my creations to share first on my blog. Since my make 'n take class is a mixed media piece, I elected to go with a clean and simple multi-occasion watercolour card. In creating this card, I went on a little adventure across the new lines... I frolicked in the "Reef", I dabbled in the "Mill", and I contemplated in the "Quarry". Those are in reference to the names, that owner Kim at Emerald Creek has given to the segments of the release.

Supplies: Conch Shell stamp, sentiment stamp, Clear and Oil Rubbed Bronze emboss powders,  Citrine stones (Emerald Creek Craft Supplies), Tim Holtz Distress inks [Antique Linen, Spun Sugar, Abandon Coral, Mermaid Lagoon], Versamark (Tsukineko), graphite aquarelle All (Stabillo), 140 lb hot press watercolour paper (Fluid)

I started in the "reef" by stamping the conch shell with a precision stamping tool (in my case a MISTI). I first wet the watercolour paper and then stamped with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress ink. Then, I used a waterbrush to move the colour around. Next, I stamped with Spun Sugar and Antique Linen again. Once that was dry, I stamped with VersaMark and clear embossed the shell and then coloured it with Spun Sugar and Abandon Coral. Next, I used Mermaid Lagoon to colour the water and a Stabillo graphite All pencil for shading. Once that was done, I splattered on some Antique Linen and Mermaid Lagoon. Then, I masked of the "est" part of the Warmest Wishes sentiment stamp and just used the warm wishes part with Oil Rubbed Bronze emboss powder. While at first I had gotten a perfect clean stamped sentiment image, I decided at this point to add a few loose grains to give my "sand" area more character. In order to not have the grains blow into unwanted areas, I heated them from below the paper. Lastly, I visited the Quarry and used the Citrine stones to add embellishment details and a little sparkly pizzaz to the sea floor.

I will be at Creativation on Friday and teaching a free mixed media make 'n take class first thing Saturday morning in the Emerald Creek booth #1930. Be sure to stop by and say "Hi", if you are attending the show. I look forward to sharing the creations that I made for the show when I return. 


Emerald Creek Craft Supplies used:
Conch Shell Stamp (Available January 21st)
Citrine Stones (Available January 21st)

Other items available in the EC shop: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen, Spun Sugar, Abandon Coral, Mermaid Lagoon)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Shine Bright ATC

Okay, a rarity for sure... a second post for the day! As I was gathering scraps and cleaning up from my Happy 2017 card, inspiration struck again and I made this ATC out of some of them.

Supplies: Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints [Night, Ocean, Sterling, White, Lime], Star Bright stamp set, gesso, Stickles, white embossing powder (Ranger), white cardstock (CTMH), black cardstock (Bazzill), Signo white pen (Mitsubishi Pencil Co.), star jewels and purple metallic thread (Dollarama)

This came together so fluidly. I just love when that happens! The best part is that I am extremely pleased with the background that I created for this little mixed media gem. I just played with paint and love how it worked.

First, I gessoed the ATC cardstock base and once dry I added some dabs of my new Dina Wakley Acrylic paints in Ocean and Night. I spritzed the card with water and then using a paint brush. I dragged the colours out and let them blend. Next, once it was dry I stamped on Sterling for some shine with a scrap piece of bubble wrap. Lastly, I stamped the shine sentiment from Dina Wakley's Star Bright stamp set with her white paint. I love, love, love, how it turned out!

Assembling the ATC, I added purple metallic thread, silver Stickles, and two star jewels with the scraps and newly made background.

Naturally, as the same inspirations from Simon Says Stamp Monday ChallengeWork It Wednesday monthly challenge and  Mixed Media and Art were still at play as the original Happy 2017 card, I am adding them into the same challenges once again. Click on any of the image links below to learn more about each challenge.



Happy New Year!

With the New Year upon us, it's all about 'new' things . There are two 'new' challenges over at Simon Says Stamp. This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is about using something new as is their Work It Wednesday monthly challenge over on the main blog. And there is a new challenge blog that has popped up on the mixed media scene... Mixed Media and Art. It looks really promising given its' spectacular mood board and amazing design team takes on it. With such wonderful inspiration, I just had to play along.

Supplies: Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints [Night, Ocean, Sterling, Lime Blackberry Violet], Star Bright stamp set, gel medium (Ranger), chipboard numbers (American Crafts), mini shimmer alphas (Making Memories), marker (Sharpie), glass beads (Craft Medley), cardstock (CTMH), glass glitter and aluminum foil (Misc.)

I cracked open some new tubes of Dina Wakley's heavy body acrylic paints in Sterling, Night, and Ocean to make the background. I added a light watered down touch of lime to bring in a green haze. Using the Star Bright stamp set, I then stamped the stars on both foil and cardstock using the Ocean paint and one of my favourite colours of Dina's paints Blackberry Violet. While those were drying up, I added some glass glitter to the American Crafts chipboard numbers. Once they everything was dry, a little fussy cutting, then black and white splatters for the stars and black Sharpie marker edging for the numbers. Next, I adhered the stars in a collage and added the Happy 2017. Lastly, I used soft matte gel to glue down my new shimmery turquoise-green glass beads.

There you have it. A New Year's card for my first new card of the 2017!

If you click on the each image, they are linked to each site's challenges so you can check out the inspirational pieces there.


Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!


Monday, December 26, 2016

Emerald Creek 2016 Review

Today, I am up on the Emerald Creek blog sharing all my Design Team Dare Challenge projects for 2016 with a month-by-month linked pictorial review.

Since I was fortunate to have joined the Emerald Creek Design Team, the later half of 2016 has just flown by. It has been a fun and embossed filled seven months of Emerald Creek goodness. A big thanks goes out to Kim Evans (EC Owner) for giving me an opportunity to create with her products. It is my fervent hope that my Dare projects bring some measure of pleasure and some inspiration to all you Emerald Creek Dares fans out there.

I am super excited that my 2017 with Emerald Creek will begin with me meeting Kim and some fellow Dare mates at CHA in January. I am looking forward to the adventure and the chance to explore and create with the new releases!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Emerald Creek Winter Wishes

As the song goes..."It's the most wonderful time of the year!". It is magical merriment with the wonder and beauty of snow (well at least for us northern folks) and the spirit of holiday celebrations of multiple faiths. 

I paired a red and white colour scheme with elements of a distressed wood background, metal and bling for my card take on this month's Emerald Creek Winter Wishes Dare.

Supplies: Victorian Snowflake Charms, snowflake stamp, Noel sentiment stamp, Candy Red embossing powder (Emerald Creek Craft Supplies), patterned paper (Simple Stories), Tim Holtz Picket Fence Distress ink and paint (Ranger), vellum (The Paper Company), VersaMark  (Tsukineko), baker's twine and card base (Recollections), clear jewels (CTMH), red jewels (Dollarama)

I started my card out by randomly stamping the Flakee stamp on a piece of Cedar/White Ledger Simple Stories Snap Basics distressed wood background paper with Picket Fence Distress ink. Once the ink was dry, I splattered the piece with Picket Fence Distress paint to add some more "snow". While that piece was drying, I heat embossed the Noel stamped image on vellum with Candy Red embossing powder. I used a masked stamping technique to add more of the snowflakes and stars to the rest of the vellum stripe, heat embossing as I went along. Then, I attached two of the Mini Victorian Snowflake Charms and one the larger version using baker's twine and glue dots securing the twine at the back with tape. I assembled the card onto a 4" x 5 1/2" card base and then added the red and clear bling bits to finish it off.

You have until the end of the month to enter the Emerald Creek Winter Wishes Dare. Up for grabs is a $50 gift certificate for the Emerald Creek Shop as well as discount codes for purchases. Details, as well as some other awesomely inspirational takes by my fellow Dare-mates, can be found here on the Emerald Creek Blog.

Sending you warmest wishes for a fun and happy holiday season!


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Lest We Forget

This month, in honour of our veterans, I created this card for Emerald Creek Dares.  As time passes, it is important for us to remember those that made the greatest sacrifice in service to our country... Lest We Forget. It is with great gratitude that we recognize and thank the many men and women that serve our country, protecting rights and freedom, both here at home and around the globe.

First, I Distress inked the card background and the I used the "Remember" stamp from the Fallen Blossom stamp set to create the multi stamped text using a second generation stamping technique to soften and fade it as a background. Then, I heat embossed one of the Remember stampings as a sentiment focal point. Next, the Vintage Timepiece was heat embossed with the Hammered Metal emboss powder and then coloured with a combination of Distress paints and Distress inks. One of the stand alone flowers from the Fallen Blossom set resembles a poppy so I double heat embossed it -first, its' outline in Midnight Black and then filled it with the Candy Red for colour. A little fussy cutting and shaping for both the time piece and poppy to give them dimension. Lastly, I upcycled a Lindt Easter bunny red neck ribbon by aging it with Distress Stain and then threading on two Distress Paint distressed Three Star Metal Bands for a bit of a military touch.

Emerald Creek Products:

EC store products:
Distress Mini Ink Pads: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain
Distress Stain: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo

Distress Paint: Peeled Paint, Candy Apple, Antiqued Bronze, Black Soot

For Dare challenge details and to check out my fellow Design Team member's takes on this month's Emerald Creek Dare, please follow this link here.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Falling into Celebration

Part 2 of the Falling into Celebration Dare is up on the Emerald Creek blog today and I have a Diwali card to share with you. To celebrate the Festival of Lights, I went for a stellar display on a Distress ink watercolour galaxy background.

I first stamped the Sunny D sun on a 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" piece of Ranger watercolour paper and heat embossed it using a combination of Tangerine Orange and Vegas Gold emboss powder. Next, I stamped a variety of stars from the Sweet Dreams stamp and heat embossed them in Vegas Gold. To add a bit more light to my future galaxy, I splattered water using a waterbrush and then heat embossed some more Vegas Gold emboss powder on the background.Then came the watercolouring part. I watercoloured the stars using Tim Holtz Scattered Straw mini Distress ink and the sun with combination of Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, and Ripe Persimmon. Once they were all dry, I wet areas around them using a water brush and then began dropping in other colours (Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, and Wilted Violet). Next, I added Black Soot and Chipped Sapphire, working them with water to allow them to blend. I added in more of the other colours as need until I was pleased with the look. After mounting my dried piece onto black cardstock covered card base, I added the CAC Shishoni Brush script Silhouette cut sentiment to complete the card.

Come celebrate the season with us over at Emerald Creek Dares by entering our Falling into Celebration Dare challenge for a chance to win a $50 store credit. Other projects by my fellow DT mates, can be found here along with the challenge details.


Emerald Creek Products used:

Other Products available in the Emerald Creek Shop:
Mini Distress Inks - Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Celebrating Fall

As the season turns, we are once again thankful for the fruits of the harvest. For this month's Emerald Creek Dare challenge, I shared an idea for personalized place cards to bring a Fall festive feel to a table setting when celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends. Loaded with upcycled bits, this project is super easy to put together and uses corrugated cardboard, scraps of burlap, birch bark, and the most readily available and plentiful element of the season... fallen leaves.

I collected a variety of fallen leaves in sizes that would work with the scale of the place card. Try picking those that are newly fallen with greater moisture content. The colour of the leaves is added with emboss powder so you needn't be concerned about the colour of the leaves.

To emboss the leaves, I rubbed a bit of petroleum jelly on the leaves. I used Vegas Gold emboss powder on the oak leaf, Candy Red emboss powder on the maple leaf and a 3/4 to 1/4 mix of Thanksgiving to Tangerine Orange emboss powders on the poplar leaf. I experimented with a variety of ways to adhere the emboss powder to the leaves and while they all worked, I found I really liked the coverage and look of petroleum jelly. It takes a bit longer to activate the emboss powder when heating it and it will bubble due to the moisture content of the leaf. You will get different looks depending how long you heat the emboss powder. I found that I was able to retain a fair amount of detail and truer emboss colour by letting it just get to the heated bubble point but you can heat it for longer causing the leaf to dehydrate and slightly shrink in size. **NB - On a cautionary note, the embossed leaf stays hot longer than normal embossing on paper so be careful with handling until emboss cools.**

The base was made with corrugated cardboard that was scored, folded, and stripped of its' outer layer after being spritzed with water for easier removal. A scrap piece of burlap was glued on with Glue n' Seal and a piece of birch bark was adhered on top of that.

After arranging and adhering the embossed leaves, I used a VersaMark brush pen and hand scripted my guest's name onto the birch bark. I embossed the name with my leftover custom mix of Candy Brown, Mirror Gold, and Vegas Gold emboss powders (see this post here for ratios used).

Come celebrate the season with us over at Emerald Creek Dares by entering our month long Falling into Celebration Dare challenge for a chance to win a $50 store credit. Other awesome projects by my fellow DT members, Deb and Pam, can be found here along with the challenge details.


Emerald Creek Products Used:

Friday, September 16, 2016

Emerald Creek's First Anniversary

In honour of Emerald Creek's First Year Blogiversary and Kim Evan's sojourn into new territories for her business, I decided to follow her lead and spread my wonder-lust wings a bit too! I took the opportunity to embrace the Anything Goes Anniversary Dare and try something very much out of my ordinary repertoire with this altered trellis.

During my quest for a project idea for the Dare and with Emerald Creek's products in mind, my imagination was completely sparked when I spied this small brown metal fairy trellis in my local Dollarama. I just knew that the fairy's outstretched hand would work perfectly with a butterfly and I would be able to work with flowers which I do so like to do.

But, being somewhat practical by nature, I didn't want something solely decorative. I wanted it to be able to able to handle some moisture in use with plants. Thus, it forced me to experiment and get creative with materials to make it work as I envisioned it could.

What I learnt was that... foil alone (even the thicker BBQ variety) was too flimsy to withstand the intricate fussy cutting part of the leaves and ... foil tape would not be cost effective nor practical given the volume of leaves needed and used in the project. What I discover that worked was a form of something I had used in the past to withstand cutting through my Silhouette machine. I adhered regular kitchen aluminium foil to 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock with gel medium. It provides the right amount of support for the foil, it is easy enough to fussy cut, and is not compromised by a bit of moisture due to the foil front and use of gel medium which can withstand water once dry. The foil is easy enough to colour with alcohol inks and equally easy to heat emboss.

I prepped two foil covered cardstock pieces and once they were dried and flattened, I coloured them with Tim Holtz Ranger Alcohol inks. One whole sheet with a mix of Citrus and Clover for the leaves and on the second sheet a 1/4 was coloured with a blend of Sunshine Yellow and Watermelon to create orange for butterflies with a 1/2 part coloured Pool blue for flowers, and the last 1/4 left uncoloured in case of any boo-boos or if I needed more of anything.

For this project, I did a very Kim-esque thing and mixed up a concoction of embossing powders (about equal parts Candy Brown and Mirror Gold with a bit of Vegas Gold Emboss Powder for some sparkle) to get just the right colour and look that I was going for that would compliment and coordinate with the trellis's paint finish.  Working in quarter page increments, I stamped the images with Versamark ink, applied the emboss mixture, and heat set it. Once the pages were completed, I began the task of fussy cutting out all the pieces. Building from the bottom up, I adhered them in place with gel medium on the trellis until I was pleased with the arrangement. Once it was all dry, I placed it in a planter box of Irish Moss. It makes its' home as a cute whimsical addition to our light-filled entrance area.

Supplies: Leafed in the Corner stamp, Fallen Blossom stamp set, Large Butterfly stamp, Candy Brown, Mirror Gold, and Vegas Gold Emboss Powder (Emerald Creek Craft Supplies), VersaMark ink (Tsukineko), No Name Aluminum foil (Loblaws), cardstock (Staples), gel medium (Golden), Tim Holtz Sunshine Yellow, Watermelon, Citrus, Clover, and Pool alcohol inks (Ranger)

I must say that it has been exciting to be a part of Emerald Creek's first year journey into the realm of social media. Congrats to Kim on all her success and growth over the year! Thanks for having me along for the ride and here's to many more adventurous and successful years!

To commemorate the Emerald Creek Anniversary event, the entire DT team have created projects for the post. Be sure to check them all out over on the Emerald Creek blog here. I hope you too take on this month's 'Anything Goes' Dare and join us with one of your own labours of love for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate and a 20% off discount code to the shop.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Circle of Friends

I think another title for this post could be Easy and Detailed, you know like those articles that you see in magazines. It was not my original intention to do this. Over the years on my blog, I had done some posts about doing "Add-to"s where I might add an item or two to make something work that was bothering me on a layout well after I had declared it done and posted. With this page, it was more than a simple "Add-to". It all started with inspiration from the More Than Words August main challenge.

I had initially sketched and created this simpler 'Easier' version and at the time when I finished it, I liked it.

I don't know about you but I do not put my newest made pages straight away in an album, rather I display them in my scraproom.  So this is how it came about that as I would enter my scraproom over the next day I thought... umm, it needs more... it needs some black on the circles.  I had debated about inking the edges but that was not practical at that point as they were already adhered to the background so instead I faux stitched them with a pencil. This required the removal of the photos and titling which is where dental floss comes in handy. ;)

Then, I was thinking that it needed a bit more colour added to the border areas. Once that was done, I was thinking that I would draw in more of the red, by adding red paint to the corrugated, chipboard, and cork title letters. However, after I did that, I didn't care for it so I painted them black.

Yet, it still needed something more for the red, so I decided to Archival ink stamp the large Asian flower on patterned paper. Then, I misted, scrunched them, and air dried them. Once dry, I flattened out the shapes a bit, sanded them, and the fussy cut them out, prior to putting some black glitter glue as the centres. I tucked them under the photos helping to create a second visual triangle on the layout and I was pleased by the results.

However, I still had a nagging sense that something was off about the balance of the layout. I solved it with the journaling lines. They help draw your eyes down the page to an end point. Now I feel a sense of rightness and completion with the 'Detailed' version.

Supplies: patterned papers, small and large Asian Bubble Flower stamps, Flowers mask, corrugated letters, chipboard letters, cork letters (Magenta), Tim Holtz Distress inks [Wild Honey, Dried Marigold, Barn Door], Distress Paints [Evergreen Bough, Barn Door, Candied Apple, Black Soot], Black Archival ink (Ranger), Cloudy Sky and Black StazOn (Tsukineko), glitter glue (Hampton Art), pen (CTMH), Sketchy Circles Silhouette cut file (SCT)

Now I know that there are those that will like the easy version over the detailed one and vice versa. That is one of the many beauties of art, it is in the eye of the beholder both as one experiencing it as the viewer or just knowing when it feels done and right for you as the artist creating it.

Magenta is once again the challenge comment sponsor so head on over to the More Than Words Challenge to see the beautiful inspirations by their DT, leave a lovely comment for a chance to win a $25.00 Magenta Gift Certificate, and see the lovely creations of fellow entrants.


Magenta products used:
ME076 Tangerine Odyssey - 10 sheets
Tangerine Odyssey Patterned Paper ME076