Thursday, February 21, 2019

Creative Reminders

Today I'm sharing my! It started with a challenge from Rita Barakat on New Year's Eve and then I kind of wanted more.
I'm sure I'm not the only that struggles with being/staying positive somedays. I have great days, but some days are hard. So what started as a challenge, turned into little embossed/foiled/stenciled/papered labeled wooden tags that now hang in my kitchen, where I can see them everyday!
There are no step outs on these little lovelies, just the finished projects and some close ups of the gorgeous texture. And I used some of my favorite companies to create these.

The little hanging tag family

It all started with this embossing challenge in the Rise and Shine with Rita Barakat facebook group. 

Chipboard pieces for the background are from Southern Ridge Trading Company and all the embossing powders are from RB Magical Mysteries line from Emerald Creek

Look at this lovely texture!

I love the simplicity of this tag

Added a touch of RM Mixed Media Medium, some Ranger Foil and a TH Quote Chip

Painted with Finnabair paints, Ranger texture paste through Rebekah Meier's stencil from TCW.

It was an embossing night for sure and I pulled out some of my faves from the Seth Apter Baked Texture line from Emerald Creek.

Yumm!! Patina Oxide and Chunky Rust!

Background paper from Canvas Corp, Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture EP, AI dyed roses from TH, TH Quote Chips, TH baubles dyed with AI, Southern Ridge Trading Company Chipboard, Patina Oxide EP

Little close up of my resin roses and baubles, dyed with alcohol ink.

Yes, I am addicted to Patina Oxide embossing powder!

And to be able to hang them all, I used some wire from my stash and Eileen Hull's Twist and Style Tool.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Heart Day - Valentine's Blog Hop

It's Valentine's Day! That means it's time for a huge blog hop with some amazingly talented creatives!
For my project, I focused on best friends! We all have them, we love them and they need to be reminded too! Especially that bestie that knows way more than any person should, has seen all the crazy, has stood beside you and held you up when you couldn't stand on your own. I've been very fortunate to have a few of these people in my world. From over 40 years ago to 27 years ago to family that you've known since the day you were born!
Happy Valentine's Day to all the amazing friends I have!
Time for the project now!

I started with a great little canvas that I picked up at my LSS. I didn't do any gesso on this one and just layered on my Distress Oxides. 

Some pretty layers and splotches using Barn Door, Aged Mahogany and Fired Brick.

Once the inks were dry I used Rebekah Meier's Skylight stencil, Ranger Embossing Dauber and the gorgeous Ancient Amber Embossing Powder from Seth Apter and Emerald Creek!

I then stenciled on a layer with Spiced Marmalade. Once that was done, I mixed some Spiced Marmalade with TH Crazing Medium and stenciled on that with RM Stencil Distressed Lace. 

Here's a close up of the crazing medium mixed with the Spiced Marmalade.

I dressed up my Paper Dolls with a little foil and wings that I tinted with some Finnabair wax.

This was such a fun non traditional Valentine to create! Thanks to Cathy Frailey from It's Oddly Appealing for bringing us all together for this hop!!

Make sure to hop on over to all the other amazing creatives that are taking part!! Enjoy your Valentine's Hop!

Thanks for playing along and have a great day!
Supplies Used:
Distress Oxides in Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany and Barn Door
Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade
Rebekah Meier Stencils TCW803s Distressed lace and TCW801s Skylight
Rebekah Meier Mixed Media Medium
EC and SA Baked Texture in Ancient Amber 
Eileen Hull Journaling Cards, Hearts
Finnabair Antique Brilliance Wax in Fire Ruby
TH Small Talk, Snarky
TH Crazing Medium
TH Paper Dolls
TH Botanicals
Ranger Foil

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Irisdescents Make Me Smile's true! I love iridescent paints! I love these beauties from Ann Butler Designs and Earth Safe Finishes!

Today's project is a pretty little passport journal. Even though we have had a minimal winter here, I am ready for spring and all colours that say spring! Lilac and lime, yum!

Finished product

I started with the Eileen Hull Passport Journal and Ann Butler Designs Iridescent Lilac. I only used one coat, but if you want a deeper colour you could use two coats.

Once the Lilac paint was dry, I very lightly sponged on the Iridescent Silver for a bit more interest.

I used Ann's Stencil Girl stencil L643, it is one of my faves. I love that it has a matching corner stencil on the same sheet. Added a bit of Ranger Gel Medium for this step.

After the medium dried I sponged over it with Ann Butler Crafter's Ink in Limelight. I liked the look but I wanted the green to be a bit more prominent. So I mixed the Crafter's Ink with Ranger Texture and put it through the stencil again!

Love how the Crafter's Ink and texture paste turned out!

The top design is in Archival Black using the matching corner stencil. I made three little inserts for the journal with watercolour paper.  

Make sure to follow Ann Butler Designs to see the fabulous creations from the design team created from all of Ann's amazing lines!

Have a great week everyone and thank you for stopping by!


Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Art Journalling with Ann Butler Designs

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Today's project isn't a Christmas one, I think it's the start to my plan to art journal every week! Today's page was created featuring Ann Butler Designs Products!

I started with a watercolour paper page in my Dina Wakely journal.  I love using Ann's Crafter's Ink as a watercolour medium. The technique I used for this background is called the Kiss technique that I learned from watching Vicki Boutin, the video for the basic technique is HERE my take used inks instead of crayons.

My colours, journal and transparency all ready to go.

Smooshed my ink pad on a piece of transparency, then spritzed it with water. I did my colours one at a time, but you can do them all at once.

This is the finished background. I gave it a quick shot with my heat tool to make sure it was dry.

For my border I used Canyon and Desert Sand with Ann Butler Design Stamps by Unity. Love that these stamps have no edge, so you can stamp your image right against the previous image!

As an extra border I used an edge stamp and Desert Sand again.
While the page was drying, I painted my Eileen Hull Trinket Box Die pieces with Sheer Bronze Iridescent by Earth Safe Finishes. It dries so quickly that I was able to move to my next step right away.

I wanted a bit more texture so I stamped one of my images in Desert Sand all over the frame and oval piece.
Under the frame are words from Dina Wakely's Collage Words, and I used TH Distress Collage Medium in Vintage to glue them down.

And lastly I added some TH Small Talk stickers and brushed over them with a touch of  Vintage medium.

Thank you for stopping by and make sure you head on over to Ann Butler Designs to check out some amazing projects and order your products!

Have a wonderful holiday season!


Monday, October 8, 2018

Magical Mysteries Blog Hop with Dragon's Eggs and Fairy Wings

It’s Blog Hop time 

and we are featuring the magical mysteries line from Rita Barakat and Emerald Creek!

We are hoping to introduce you to many ways of using these new and mysterious embossing powders, turning your works into magical art. 

A special thank you goes out to all of the talent in this line up. Joe, Midge & Madge, Ken, Fredrique, Cathy, Stephanie and our amazing coordinator Katelyn, we couldn’t have done this without you. 

It’s Blog Hop time 

and we are featuring the magical mysteries line from Rita Barakat and Emerald Creek!

We are hoping to introduce you to many ways of using these new and mysterious embossing powders, turning your works into magical art. 

 To enter the contest just comment on every project in the Hop by clicking through the links at the bottom of the page. The contest closes October 10 at11:59pm  One lucky winner will be announced Friday October 12.

Wow!! If you have not tried/seen or gotten your hands on these amazing powders, you NEED to!! A magical partnership between Rita Barakat and Emerald Creek has brought all this shimmer and beauty to you!
So thrilled to share these with you, and so honored to be a part of the Hop with such incredible creatives! 

Be sure to follow the hop, I'll pop the list down at the end of this post for you. You will be inspired to create with after seeing the projects from the Hop!
And on to my project! It's all about the fairy magic.

These powders were a dream to work with. So much lustre and shimmer and a touch of glitter.
I started with a 5X7 canvas board and used Dina Wakely Black Gesso to cover it. Once that was dry I stamped a border with my Branch Out and Mushroom stamp from Emerald Creek. 

I moved that aside and then cut out a small piece from my Graphic 45 paper stash of Fairie Dust. I embossed the first letters with Kiss of the Fairy and did the border with Dragon's Egg.
Then it was time for the fairies!! Adorable little chipboard ones from Southern Ridge Trading Company. Let the embossing begin! For these little ones I used the Fairy Wings set and started with the base for all of them. The little bird was done with Mermaid Fin (such pretty glitter)

I have the bird feeding fairy and the artist fairy painting her canvas.
This little one was done with the Fairy Wings Base, Green, Gold and Blue over the base.

The artist fairy was done with the Fairy Wings Base, Blue, Purple, Pink and on the body I added a touch of Kiss of the Fairy for the sparkle.

 And one last shot of the completed project. I just love the colours and how they all work together and you can use the Fairy Wings base on it's own too, such a pretty iridescent purple shine.

Now make sure to follow the hop to be inspired and for your chance to win!

Happy hopping and enjoy the inspiration featuring Rita Barakat's Magical Mysteries Embossing Powder created with Emerald Creek!
Happy Thanksgiving (for us Canadian folks) and have a wonderful week!

Supplies Used:

Rita Barakat Magical Mysteries Embossing Powders - Fairy Wings Kit, Kiss of the Fairy, Dragon's Egg, Mermaid Fin, Midnight Magic
Emerald Creek Mushroom Stamp
Emerald Creek Branch Out Stamp
Dina Wakely Black Gesso
Graphic 45 Fairie Dust paper