Saturday, 31 December 2016

Beach Themed Mini Album

Hello my crafty peeps!
 Here we are at the end of 2016 and I managed to get one final blog post in.
This project was near and dear to my heart. 
It is a mini album filled with wonderful memories from my sister's recent 
beach wedding in Cabo San Lucas.
My sister & I on her wedding day - Dec 1 Cabo San Lucas
I had this Altered Art Box from Graphic 45 and paired it with 2 packs of paper from Ella & Vi. The Vintage Backgrounds & Just Beachy collections worked so well together to create this album.

I started by painting the Box a turquoise colour to match the colour of the bridesmaids dresses.
I covered the outside & inside of the box with papers from the paper packs.

I used some wooden starfish from Southern Ridge Trading Co that I first painted with Dried Marigold Distress Paint then sprinkled with Distress Embossing Powder in Antique Linen.
The seahorse & sand-dollar dies from Sizzix were perfect additions.

The Graphic 45 Art Box came with an accordion album but I built my own chipboard album to fit inside the box.

The papers from the Just Beachy Collection are absolutely gorgeous!

I added some distress to the edges of all the pages with some sand paper.

I added the photos on each page in a cascade. It was an easy way to get a lot of photos in this album.

A few pockets on some pages made it easy to slip in a few photo collages.

My sister & her new husband loved the album when I gave it to them at Christmas. I left some room for them to add some more photos & space to write in their own memories.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, my crafty friends! 
I'm here to share my December and final Technique Remix tag for 2016.
Click on the pic below to check out Tim's tag.

It's been a wonderful year of combining techniques in new ways & this month was no exception.

I decided to use Prima Color Bloom Sprays in Pressed Petal & Deep Teal with the Holiday Knit Layering Stencil. 

I used the Stitched Rectangles die set from Sizzix to make a few 'tiles' for my tag.

Here is finished tag - all ready to join its 11 friends. 

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Watercolour Christmas Card

Hello friends! I am here today to post a quick Christmas card I made this week.
December kind of snuck up on me and I had to get a dozen cards Christmas made and mailed in about 24 hours. 

I had found some inspiration on Pinterest - check out this gorgeous Christmas Tree card from Branch Studio.

Here is one of my finished cards:

I knew that if wanted a dozen cards done as quickly as possible that painting a tree with watercolour freehand was not going to work - I'm too much of a perfectionist. 

I decided to use my Mini Woodland Stencil from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous and Color Burst in Pthalo Green. I used some painters tape to tape off the stencil image that I wanted to use.

I sprinkled a little bit of the Pthalo Green powder over the image.

A couple sprays of water and those gorgeous blue/green colours just come alive!

After removing the stencil I took a fine brush and  pushed the colours around until I was happy with it. I love this technique because every card turned out a bit different.

After the tree dried I added some grey paint to look like snow & shadows. Then splattered the cards with blues, yellows & reds.

A couple hours later and I had a 16 backgrounds ready to be made into cards.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Selfie.....Technique Remix Tag for November

November is quickly coming to a close so I made some time to get my Technique Remix tag done.
This month's technique remix is a combo of rub resist & dimensional coloring.
 Click on the pic below to see Tim Holtz's tag.

Here is my version - 

Remnant Rubs are pretty cool & I need to use them more - especially with this resist technique.

I chose 3 colours of Distress Stains for my tag - Wild Honey, Seedless Preserves & Rusty Hinge.
I decided to ink the edges with Wilted Violet & Ground Espresso.

For my focal image I went with a stamp from Brett Weldele. These steampunk gentlemen are so cool!
I watercoloured my image with Distress Inks then fussy cut it out. I inked the edges with Ground Espresso & Black Soot.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Grandma's Roses

Hello! Today I am here to share a layout I made featuring a photo of my 
Grandma when she was a teenager.

I bought this sheet of paper from Treasured Memories during the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival in September. It is part of their exclusive dark edged paper line.

I also used some Fancy Frame chipboard and some tiny paper roses from Southern Ridge Trading Co.

First I coated the paper with matte medium. Once that was dry I applied a coat of clear gesso over the entire surface. (not shown). While I waited for this to dry I prepped my chipboard frames.

I began by painting the frames with two coats of Victorian Velvet Distress paint.

Next I tapped my Clear Embossing Ink pad over the surface of each frame and covered with Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies. Before heating the embossing powders I rubbed off some of it off so it exposed some of the pink paint underneath.

Next I took some of my white gesso and applied some on over a portion of my paper
 using a palette knife.

After the gesso had dried I applied some Distress Crazing Medium over the gesso. 
My next step here was to take some Distress paints in browns, grey and black and use my finger to apply it over the cracks left by the crazy medium.

Next I took a background stamp, some embossing ink & some Distress Powder in Aged Mahogany to add another texture over the focal area.

Just before assembling my focal point I decided to splatter some paint over the background too.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Oh Deer! ~~ Wild Whisper Blog Hop

It's an exciting day! Today I am participating in a blog hop featuring a paper line from a brand new Canadian design company, Wild Whisper.

Wild Whisper launched on November 1 with an fabulous line-up of boutique products that includes papercorkchipboard & wood veneerembossing powders & sequins

If you are following the blog hop you may have come here from Kim Evans blog post - Adventure Awaits! There are plenty more fun, inspirational & creative ideas ahead. So get comfy and be inspired!

I absolutely love the rustic designs paired with the muted colours.

Gorgeous, right?  I had a hard time choosing which paper to use because it was all so pretty!
In the end I ended up not using using any paper - my tag used 2 cards from the Holiday Style card pack. 

I started with a sheet of kraft cardstock that I trimmed to 7.5" x 3.5". I cut a 2" circle at one end and scored it at 2.5" from the end with the circle.
I took the 3"x 4" Oh Deer card & rounded the bottom corners. I also used the 4"x 6" green Antler card and trimmed it down to fit the base of the tag & again rounded the bottom corners. 
I then inked both cards and the kraft base first with Walnut Stain Distress Ink then Ground Espresso Ink with my round ink blending tool.
I spritzed the Oh Deer card and the kraft cardstock with some water for the droplet effect.

For the deer head - I first applied the green deco sheet from the Tim Holtz Holiday pack to some heavy card and die cut it out using the Dashing Deer die from Sizzix. I then inked the edges of the die cut the same way I did the cards.

To assemble my tag I used some score tape to adhere the Dashing Deer to the kraft cardstock at the score line. Next I stuck down the green Antler card and finally using some dimensional foam I stuck down the Oh Deer card. I added a bit of paper string and some brown sequins to the Oh Deer before I stuck it down.

My Dashing Deer was looking a bit 'naked' so I inked up some crinkle ribbon and tied it around his neck and added a Candy Cane charm from Emerald Creek

I covered the charm with Candied Apple Distress Paint and roughly wiped some off once it had almost dried.

My finished tag is now done and ready to pop on to a wine bottle - perfect for a hostess gift!

Please leave me a comment and you will be entered to win a prize pack of both paper collections and coordinating card packs from Wild Whisper! All comments left prior to 6pm MST on Nov 25, 2016 have a chance at winning! Winner will be announced by Wild Whisper on Saturday, Nov 26.
p.s. you have to leave a comment on all the participating blogs & videos in the blog hop to be eligible.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I created with the Holiday Style pack from Wild Whisper 
now head on over to YouTube to see another fabulous creation from

Want to connect with Wild Whisper?
You can find them on several social media platforms.
Instagram - wildwhisperdesigns

Products used to make this project:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Holiday Deco Sheets
Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Paper String - Stripes
Tim Holtz/Sizzix: Dashing Deer Die

Ranger Distress Inks: Ground Espresso; Walnut Stain
Ranger: Inkssentials Kraft Cardstock