Monday, 26 September 2016

A Visit to the Scrap Shack

If you have attended an Paradise Lost Crop or retreat over the last 2 years you have probably met Debbie Lamey & shopped at her Scrappin' & Cardmakin' mobile store.

Debbie has been travelling to retreats, crops, farmers markets in central Alberta for years but last year she decided a more permanent space in her hometown of Ponoka would allow her to do what she loves while spending more time at home.

So the Scrap Shack was born ~ 450sq feet of crafters heaven in Central Alberta.

I had the opportunity to visit The Scrap Shack a few weeks ago.
It is a cozy spot located in the backyard of Debbie's home in Ponoka.

Debbie carries a wide variety of products including stamps & dies.


There are lots of inks choices - including Archival & Distress.

Debbie carries a beautiful selection of cardstock colours & adhesive choices.


Debbie also carries product from Calgary manufacturer Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.

Debbie also carries a fabulous selection of mixed media products - great for art journalling!

If you find yourself in the Ponoka area, I highly recommend a visit.
To check The Scrap Shack hours & upcoming classes visit the blog.





Friday, 23 September 2016

Beautiful Moments - Mixed Media Layout


If you get a chance to head out to Spruce Meadows and take in the show - there are lots of vendors, demo's & make & takes.

Here is a mixed media layout I designed using products from 3 vendors that be at the Carnival this weekend: Southern Ridge Trading Co, Emerald Creek Craft Supplies & Treasured Memories.

The amazing background paper is an exclusive line from Treasured Memories. 
It is gorgeous and includes florals, travel & vintage.

Karen from Southern Ridge Trading Co is a chipboard die & stencil manufacturer from Kamloops. Her products are fantastic and there are hundreds of designs!
I also used some charms & embossing powder from Emerald Creek.

Now on to the steps -
To start, I spread a layer of matte medium of the paper to protect it from the paint, gesso & 3D gel I would be using.

Next, I applied a coat of clear gesso to give the base some grip.

To start adding some texture I spread some crazing medium and random spots. 

I used some 3D gloss gel and stencils to add some more texture but not take away from the background paper. Once everything was dry I used my black soot Distress Crayon around the edges. 
I splattered some watered down white gesso & black gesso on my layout and finally dripped some Twinkling H20's.


I altered the chipboard pieces with Distress Paint and Twinkling H2O's. I also added some Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powders to the mushroom chipboard pieces.

I added a tiny porcelain flower to my faerie flower.

I added the Emerald Creek Faerie charm to the sentiment chipboard die with a jump ring.




Products used:


Southern Ridge Trading Co Chipboard

Emerald Creek Craft Supplies
Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powders
Faerie Charms

Distress Paint
Distress Crayons
Twinking H2O's
Matte Medium
Clear Gesso
Black Gesso
White Gesso
3D Gloss Gel

Tim Holtz Layering Stencils