Monday, July 18, 2016

Guest posting for Emerald Creek Designs

I am so excited to be guest posting for Emerald Creek Designs today.  Emerald Creek is an online store that specializes in embossing powders, stamps, and carries a ton of Ranger product. 
The current challenge they have running is Blast from the Past-Anything Goes

 I decided to take a piece I still love, but remake it using Emerald Creek Supplies and see what I could come up with.
Here is the original.  It's very soft and feminine.  I still have it hanging in my craft room.  

I wanted to have the remake be a little bit darker, kind of like her bad big sister. My more recent work has a much looser look.  I am loving splatters and drips.  I have been using my fingers to spread on inks, stains, and paints.  It doesn't look pretty when I have to go out, but it sure is fun.  
Her wings are so cool.  I used the Charred Gold embossing powder and this stuff rocks.  It's super chunky and you can layer it on really thick.  It moves around so you can create drips and waves. 
The flowers have some sprinkled in the centers too.  Some of the petals were dipped in the Soft Fallen Snow Embossing powder for an added layer.  The leaves were embossed with Vintage Ivy. The bottom corner has some Hammered Metal to mimic the metal corner I used in the original piece.  

Here's one more close up.  I hope you liked my redo.  

What have you been crafting? 

Emerald Creek Supplies I used:
Hammered Metal Embossing Powder
Charred Gold Embossing Powder
Soft Fallen Snow Embossing Powder
Vintage Ivy Embossing Powder
Sea Chest Stamp

Other products available on Emerald Creek:

Mowed Lawn Distress Stain
Broken China Distress Stain
Salty Ocean Distress Stain
Crushed Olive Distress Stain
Mowed Lawn Distress Ink
Broken China Distress Ink
Salty Ocean Distress Ink
Crushed Olive Distress Ink
Peacock Feathers Distress Crayon
Mermaid Lagoon Distress Crayon
Twisted Citron Distress Crayon
Black Soot Distress Crayon
Tim Holtz Craftcore Cardstock
Distress Markers

Other Products:

Sizzix Layered Wing Die
Sizzix Tattered Pinecone Die
Sizzix Tiny Tattered Floral Die
Cabinet Card
Found Relative Card
Archival Ink
Tissue Wrap
Acrylic Paint
Fude Ball Pen
Canvas Panel
EZ Steam II
Paper flowers
Foam Tape
Double Stick Tape
Hot glue

Monday, July 11, 2016

Altered Matchbook

Over the weekend I posted a sneak peek of this before I had my blog post ready to go.
Wow! I got a crazy response to this little matchbook when I posted it on Facebook and Instagram. Please excuse the wiggly camera.  I was shooting it myself and I also had terribly chippy nails I was trying to keep out of the shot.  
I followed this amazingly simple tutorial to make mine.  
Here are some better photos of my little matchbook!
I used manila to make my base and covered it with Distress Inks. Black acrylic ink was pounced through my stencil to complete the back.  The little book is just a light weight cardstock folded according to the tutorial instructions.  
All of the ladies are from Art Chix Studios.  
I hope you enjoy seeing some closer looks!