Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

I have been very fortunate to come in contact with so many creative icons/teachers/designers and I am even fortunate enough to call some of them my friends. From the local talented team at Clipper Street to other design team members, to people I just admire their work. 
I wanted to create more, I wanted to maybe try something I didn't do before and I sure as heck want to use some of the supplies I have sitting here! (I know you are all laughing at that one cuz you all know exactly what I mean LOL)  So the super talented Marjie Kemper started a short term group to work through some of the mixed media art books that are out there. She created a wonderful and supportive Facebook group and sets up prompts for the week! And I jumped on in!! AND....I am even doing my pages in my Dina Wakely Journal!! AND...I'm using stencils and products I haven't used but have had sitting here needing some love! 
So each week we share our page for that prompt, or you can work on a different prompt and share your work, it's very open and you can do more than one to share! The book for August is Dina Wakely's Art Journal Freedom and it has been so much fun so far. These are my pages for the different prompts and now to get to work on week 4, but I wanted to share these pages first! :)

Our Week One prompt was Repetition found on page 52. Here is my take on that one, using a stencil that had never been out of it's package and new Oxide colours and my new journal!



Week Two prompt was  Asymmetry found on page 14

Using my Seth Apter Dies with TH cork and Oxides

Distress Oxides on kraft and layered.

Finished page!
Week Three prompt is Contrast found on page 78. Used a die  and colours that I hadn't used yet! Also tried the scribble around the edge thing....I could learn to really like that part! :)



I'll be back with week 4 next weekend and September's book is The Mixed Media Artist by Seth Apter. You can still join in the group for the just search Mixed Media Art Book Group and Marjie will add you. 

Thanks for stopping by and hope you are all having some creative time today, and everyday!

Cathy

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Under the Sea...Again!

It's time for my second DT project for Mixed Media Mojo Challenges! And I just love the theme for August! The theme is Under The Sea with a seashell twist! I dug into my Graphic 45 papers and my Emerald Creek Gemstones, charms and embossing powder and created this "Under The Sea" tag! Isure hope you come and play along with us in the Mixed Media Mojo Challenge Facebook group!


I ran my tag through my Big Shot with the a fan embossing folder (i thought it kind of looked like scalloped shells) I then coloured the background with 4 different Oxides and edged it in Spiced Marmalade.


Got out some of my Emerald Creek embossing powders in Salted Shamrock and Metabloid Blue and my Ranger embossing pen so I could emboss the border.
 
Look at that beautiful Salted Shamrock border!

There was alot of fussy cutting with this one so I could layer up the oceany bits.

You can see all the fussy cut coral and the blue embossing on the mermaid's tail. And look at the beautiful gemstones!

More gemstones and the gorgeous seahorse key from Emerald Creek






Thanks so much for stopping by and having a look! Hope you join in on the fun with your Under The Sea creations too! The link for the Mixed Media Mojo Challenges FB page is at the top of the post!

Have a great day!

Cathy

Monday, August 14, 2017

I Am So Excited!

It's officially ready for purchase! The brand new Journal Treasury by Eileen Hull published by Bella Crafts publishing is waiting for you!

http://bellacraftspublishing.com/journal-treasury-with-eileen-hull-and-friends?ap_id=CathyP

You can order through clicking on the above image or by using the link on my sidebar, both are affiliate links for me. Which means if you order through these links, it does benefit me.

There are so many incredible projects from amazing designers included in this treasury. Eileen and the Bella Crafts team of Ann, Lisa and Theresa have done an incredible job of putting together so much inspiration for you!!

Please check out this amazing book and then get your hands on the Journal die and show us your creations in the Eileen Hill Fan Club group on Facebook. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your support!

Have a great day!

Cathy

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hanging out with Emerald Creek Today

Hello everyone!! So happy to be visiting Emerald Creek today as a guest! This month's dare is "Anything Goes" and these are always some of my faves since you can create anything! I almost went with a beachy theme since I'm still on a beach high after my trip to Nova Scotia and PEI in June. But then I realized I had some new Seth Apter dies and I wanted to use those too! So a bit of oceany in the background with anchors then all about embossing powders and circles over that.





Here are a few step out pics.

I used the Tim Holtz tissue paper and stamped EC's anchor in Watering Can and Black Archival from Ranger.


I used my embossing pen to colour over the anchors then embossed them in Gun Metal and Hammered Metal.

Hammered Metal is one of my all time faves!!

I used the Seth Apter Sheild dies to cut out all these pieces. I cut them out of cardstock and some TH adhesive backed cork. I used some Hammered Metal and Rose Gold on the cork piece and just love the texture I got.


Seriously love how the Hammered Metal melts and creates texture all on it's own! On the circle piece on the left, I used Hammered Metal on gel medium and did not heat it so I could have another texture in there.

Top has heated Hammered Metal and the circle underneath has the unmelted Hammered metal.

Don't forget to share your "Anything Goes" creation over at the Emerald Creek Blog for your chance to win a $50 GC!

http://blog.emeraldcreek.org/

Emerald Creek Products Used:

Other Products:
Tim Holtz Tissue Paper
Distress Oxides in Broken China and Faded Jeans
Seth Apter Sheild Die Set from Spellbinders
Watering Can Ink by Wendy Vecchi
Black Archival 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Mermaids and Seashells

Some of my favorite things are rolled into one exciting challenge at Mixed Media Mojo Challenges Facebook Group! The August challenge is Under The Sea with a seashell twist. Yes I love seashells and love spending time on the beach finding treasures.
This month I created a little scene in one of the TH shadow boxes.





A few step out pictures for you to see some of the parts.

I did a base coat with the 3 colours of TH Distress Paint, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves, using a very dry brush so I didn't get complete coverage.

Once my paint was dry I did a light layer of Ken Oliver Mineral Spirits in Metallic Sky for a gorgeous shimmer

I cut this mermaid tail out of a piece of BoBunny paper and painted it with Ken Oliver Mineral Spirits in Metallic Sky and the Ken Oliver Liquid Metals in Turquoise, Emerald and Quartz

Also did this mermaid tail and little seashell bra in the Ken Oliver Mineral Spirits in Metallic Sky and the Ken Oliver Liquid Metals in Turquoise, Emerald and Quartz

Used BoBunny paper for the background pieces and painted those with the Mineral Spirits as well. Just love the shimmer I get from them! The seashell is the Concha Seashell from Emerald Creek and embossed in San Tropez Tan and coloured with the Ken Oliver Liquid Metals.

The Concha sell stamp from Emerald Creek and the sand dollar is from my Spellbinders die set that also includes the seahorse below.

Seahorse cut out from Th cardboard and coloured with Finnabair paints. The little eye is one of gemstones available from Emerald Creek, it's the Black Tourmaline.

And this little seashell was a find from my trip out to Nova Scotia in June :)

These adorable little starfish are from Southern Ridge Trading Company and painted in Finnabair metallics paint.


Don't forget to pop in and share your Under the Sea with a seashell twist with us on the Mixed Media Mojo Challenge Facebook Group. Can't wait to see what you all create this month!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you are having a great day!

Cathy