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





Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Peace ---- A Wild Whisper Christmas Card

I am so excited to be participating in a blog hop for Wild Whisper this week. 
Watch for the blog hop to go live at 6pm MT on Friday, Nov 18.

However, I was so inspired by this beautiful new paper that I decided to make a Christmas Card to share with you today. 


I started by trimming a 4"x 5.25" piece from this 12x12 design from the Holiday Style Paper pack. 
After rounding the corners, I sprinkled a bit of Pthalo Green Color Burst Powder
 & misted with some water.
The paper curled a bit but held up really well with the moisture.

This piece is a 3"x 4" card from the Holiday Style Card Collection. I rounded the corners and used my ink blending tool to apply some Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink to the edges.

Next I used the Stacked Snowflake Die from Sizzix to cut out some snowflakes in the Holiday green deco sheet. I also trimmed out one of the banners from another 3"x 4" card.

I added a pop of colour by cutting out the word PEACE from a piece of Holiday Red Deco sheet with the Holiday Handwritten Thinlit set from Sizzix.




Monday, 7 November 2016

Let It Snow....Christmas Gift Tag

Tis the season for gift tags! 
I absolutely love designing and making these mini works of art.
This gift tag was attached to a pair of treat filled Christmas socks for a gift exchange party with a great group of friends. Yes, we had a Christmas Party this past weekend and it totally got my in mood for Christmas. 

Here is my finished tag ~

I started by cutting out my tag in kraft cardstock and my blue base from Ranger Distress cardstock.

I started with the blue distress cardstock - I applied embossing ink to one side of my chevron embossing folder & embossed the cardstock. Next I sprinkled Weathered White Antiquities Embossing Powder (Ranger Ink) over the embossed cardstock and tapped off the excess.

Before I heat embossed the powder I rubbed the powder off the raised parts and in various spots around the edge.

I distressed the edges and applied some Walnut Stain Distress Ink to 'dirty' it up a bit.

To create my focal image. I first started by cutting out the Dashing Deer die cut from kraft cardstock.
I used a sponge to apply white acrylic paint to the Halftone background stamp from Stampers Anonymous and laid the die cut down on the stamp.


I laid a piece of copy paper over the die and stamp and gently applied pressure. I love the random pattern it made on the die cut.

I made sure the paint was completely dry before covering the die cut with Gathered Twigs Distress Stain. (Sorry - I forgot to get a photo of this step)

For the tag base I applied Ground Espresso Distress Ink over the entire tag, spritzed some water and made sure to dry it completely with my heat gun.

I took some ephemera pieces from the Festive pack and added some Vintage Distress Collage Medium over all them. When this dried I applied some Crazing Medium as well. 
I applied some Crazing Medium to the die cut word 'SNOW' as well. I just love those tiny cracks!
I finished off my Dashing Deer die cut by adding some lines with my Dylusion Paint Pen. It really helped define the edge. I brown sequin for the deer's nose was perfect for a small bit of bling.

There you have it - my finished tag for a pair of treat filled Christmas socks.









Thursday, 3 November 2016

More Color Burst Cards

I'm back with another set of cards made using Ken Oliver's Color Burst Powders.


I started by stamping my sentiments on to 140lb watercolor paper and embossing with black embossing powders. I decided to do watercolour wash over the embossed sentiments.


To make my watercolours, I squeezed just a tiny amount of Color Burst Powder on to my palette and used my waterbrush to add water.


I picked up the colour with my brush and washed it across my card. I kept working the paint until I got the effect I got. 


I added some splatters of paint to the cards too.


To finish off my cards, I embossed the edges with black embossing powder and added a few sequins.