Thursday, 21 April 2016

Emerald Creek Dares - It's A Charmed Life

It's time for the next challenge at Emerald Creek Dares - and this one features the wonderful charms from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies. Kim has a fantastic selection of charms available at her online store. 

This will be my final Design Team post for Emerald Creek ~ I have enjoyed working with Kim & her amazing line of embossing powders, charms & stamps over the last 8 months. Check out the Design Team Call on the Emerald Creek Dares blog if you would like to join this fabulous Canadian design team!

Now on to my project - I created a vintage look canvas.
I started with a flat 8x10 canvas and using matte medium glued down scraps of patterned paper from the Emporium Of Curosities Mixed Media Paper Pack from IndigoBlu.
Next I applied molding paste through the Flourish & Harlequin Layering stencils form Tim Holtz/Sizzix. I also applied DecoArt Crackle Paste with a palette knife.
After my canvas was completely dry I sprayed it with Dylusions Ink Sprays - Ground Coffee & Postbox Red. 
Still using the Emporium Of Curiosities Paper Pack from IndigoBlu, I placed paper pieces that I inked and distressed. This was going to begin forming my centre focal point.
The flowers were made using paper from the same paper pack and the Jumbo Tattered Foral die from Sizzix. Each flower is made of 6 layers of paper that I sprayed with water and scrunched up before fixing together with a brad.
The greenery is chipboard cut from the Garden Greens Die from Sizzix. I painted it with Peeled Paint Distress Paint. I then randomly stamped  a script stamp over the painted chipboard before covering  the pieces with the new Crazing Collage Medium from Ranger. I absolutely love the crackle finish the crazing medium leaves when it dries.
To add a bit more grunge I added some Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder by first 'painting' on some matte medium over the edges of my canvas then sprinkling on the embossing powder. I let the this dry before heat embossing the powder.
A couple of Copper Filligree Leaf Charms from Emerald Creek perfectly finished off my floral focal point. A couple of vintage photos added to my canvas and I was done!

Now check out the rest of the design team projects for some more amazing inspiration then head over to the blog to share your 'Charming' projects with us for a chance to win!

Products used:

Emporium Of Curiosities Mixed Media Paper Pack - IndigoBlu
DecoArt Crackle Paste
Crazing College Medium - Ranger
Molding Paste
Layering Stencils - Harlequin, Flourish
Doily Die - Sizzix
Jumbo Tattered Florals Die - Sizzix
Garden Greens Die - Sizzix
Dylusions Ink Sprays - Ground Coffee, PostBox Red
8x10 canvas - Dollar Store

Friday, 15 April 2016

More Playing With Crayons - Make & Take Tag

I am still playing my Distress Crayons and learning new techniques. 

Here is one I tried just as an experiment & I loved it so much I used 
it for the make & take at our last Paradise Lost Crop.

I started with a cardstock tag covered with a layer of white gesso before 
scribbling 3 colours across the tag.

Next a quick spritz of water over the entire tag and then I took my scraper tool
to the tag.

I pulled the scraper tool across the tag to drag the colour down the tag. 
I love the rough look it made over the gesso. 

Next I ran my tag through the embossing folder. To make the embossed image pop off the tag I gently rubbed the Festive Berries Distress crayon over it then rubbed it with my finger. 

I added some Black Soot Distress Crayon to the edge, an embossed butterfly from the Sizzix Butterfly Duo die. The sentiment is a stamp from Dyan Reaveley.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Mosaic Heart ~ My Tim Tag April 2016

I'm here to share my take on Tim's Tag Remix for this month. I wasn't sure about the whole mosaic thing but when I was able to get my hands on the Distress Paper Mosaic Kit. I decided to give it a go.

Check out Tim's blog for all the instructions here 

My first tag was a direct copy following Tim's. I really love the Distress Woodgrain cardstock - the fine details of the texture is amazing!

While I was waiting for my mosaic layers to dry I was thinking of some ideas for another tag ~ and I decided that I would try some hearts from the Sizzix Heartfelt die.

I liked how they turned out so I made tag base using cardstock covered in gesso then sprayed with Prima Color Bloom in Boysenberry.
I added some Ground Espresso Ink with my blending tool to the edges of my tag and it just made the boysenberry look so much richer.
I added another layer with the Ringer layering stencils from Tim Holtz. 
Its my new favourite stencil!

A few rub-ons, paper scraps and cheesecloth and my tag was complete!

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Emerald Creek Dares - Anything Goes

It's time for another challenge from Emerald Creek Dares and this time it is Anything Goes!

This month I chose to upcycle some glass vases I found at the thrift store ($1 each!). These will be perfect to hold some cuttings from garden. My tulips, lilies & poppies are already starting to pop up so I hope the snow stays away!

On to my project....
So pretty and so simple to do!

First I gave the vases a quick clean up as they were quite dusty from being stored in the garage.
Next up I painted each vase then while the paint was still wet I sprinkled with a selection of pastel embossing powders from Emerald Creek.
Distress Paint Worn Lipstick & Emerald Creek Pastel Pink Embossing Powder

Left - Distress Paint Twisted Citron & Emerald Creek Pastel Green Embossing Powder
Right - Distress Paint Dusty Concord & Emerald Creek Pastel Lilac Embossing Powder

I left the vases to dry on their own before using my heat gun to heat set the embossing powders.
After the heat setting the embossing powders, I took an ink blending tool and applied Potting Soil Archival Ink all over the vases to highlight the beautiful details.

I dyed some crinkle ribbon for each vase using the coordinating Distress Stains and added some charms for a finishing touch.

& Tim Holtz Idea-ology Typed Token

I used Distress Crayons to add some colour to each charm. These work especially well 
on the Typed Tokens.

Charms - Prize Cameo Charm & Squirrel Charm (both from Emerald Creek) 

I painted the cameo charm with Wilted Violet Distress Paint and wiped away some the paint after it was dry. I used the Peeled Paint Distress Crayon on the squirrel.

Charm - Love Your Life Frame 

I found this charm in my stash and used Distress Crayon to highlight the words.

These were so much fun to make and I can't wait to fill them with some fresh flowers!
Products used for this project:

Distress Paints - Worn Lipstick, Twisted Citron, Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet.
Ranger Archival Ink - Potting Soil
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Typed Tokens - hope
Crinkle Ribbon
Vases - Thrift Store 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. 
Now it;s time to visit the rest of the Emerald Creek Design Team Blogs and get even more inspiration before you show off your Anything Goes project at the Emerald Creek Dares blog. I can't wait to see your amazing creations!

& Special Guest Blogger