Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pulling Double Duty

The theme this month on the Emerald Creek Dare is Double Duty.  We needed to create a project that could have more than one use or use something in an unexpected way.  My tag could be given to a friend that might need a little pick me up or would make a great little gift for Mom, since Mother's Day is coming up.  Can you guess what the skirt is made out of? Read on and you'll find out.  
I started by cutting out my dress form and using an embossing folder on the top portion.
I ran embossing ink over the top and sprinkled it with Charred Gold.  If you wanted the embossing powder to adhere only to the raised areas you can ink your folder and run it through your machine.  I wanted it to look a bit messy.    
I took some used tea bags and emptied them out.  Confession time.  I hate tea.  I am also not a coffee  fan.  The only reason I had these tea bags was because I was wicked sick last winter and my doctor suggested I drink tea.  I bought the tea.  I didn't get used until I made these skirts.  I inked the bottom half with various colors of Distress Ink and then stamped the Fallen Blossom stamp using Hydrangea Archival Ink.  
Accordion fold the bags and then run a quick stitch through the top.  I wrapped it around the waist and tied it.  I then ripped the top un-inked layer of the tea bag so you could see more of the detail underneath.  
A paper flower and the handmade charm finish off the dress form.  
I have no idea where this tag came from, but I thought it really fit the nature of this project.  A little message, some gel pen scribbles and my tag is complete.  
Can you use your supplies in an unexpected way? I'd love to see what you come up with.
Don't forget to pop over and enter the challenge for a chance so win a gift card to the Emerald Creek shop.  

Monday, April 17, 2017

Secret Garden Door Hanger

Hey Everyone,
 I am back with another Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts project today. 
Can you spy the tiny fairies hiding in the secret garden? I had this Door Hanger staring at me and I knew I needed to make something.  I thought I would make something in my traditional snarky fashion.  When I started rooting around for supplies I was pulled toward flowers.  Maybe I wanted to use them because I  know these ones won't give me allergies! 

I covered my wildflower chipboard with Vintage Ivy Embossing Powder.  The flowers were given a quick coat of Green Pearl Embossing powder.  I added it right on top of the Vintage Ivy. The rest of the color was added by using Distress Markers and Distress Oxides.  I also used a piece from the Birdwatching set and gave it the same color treatment. 
The entire door hanger is covered with a piece of Wildflower paper from Tim Holtz.  I inked the edges with Vintage Photo. I hot glued a big hunk of moss to the bottom.   
I chose two of the Small fairies and them painted with Mowed Lawn Distress Paint Metallic Distress Paints
I wanted the fairies to be a little surprise that you don't see right away when you look at the piece so I covered them with Fractured Ice Embossing Powder.  
Don't they look kind of mossy now?
I added flowers to the moss and plunked one of the fairies right in there.  
The other one is hanging out up top blowing wishes to the flowers.  

I hope you enjoy! 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Worth the wait

Sometimes a tag can take all day to create. 

Sometimes it is worth it.  
A Vintage Journey- Magic of Three Challenge (There are 3 lines of text, there are three different types of flowers)
Country View Crafts Rust Challenge This is the rusty tag I started with.  The frame has been patinaed to look rusty too. 
Try it on Tuesday Botanical Challenge


Monday, April 3, 2017

Bingo was his name-o

I am not a dog person.  I have four cats.  It's not that I don't like dogs.  I just like them in other people's houses. I do really like this dog. Meet Bingo.  
This Flourished Elizabeth Frame from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts is so gorgeous.  I started just kind of playing around and this is how my whole project started.  

I applied a thin layer of gesso to my chipboard.  
I use an ink dauber and then wash it when I am done.  Once my gesso was dry I applied a layer of Mowed Lawn Distress Paint.  I love that I can dry this paint with my heat tool.  I am not a patient crafter.  I added various color of Distress Oxide Inks and Vintage Photo Distress Ink to age the frame.     

I love how the ink looks weathered.  

I glued the frame to an old bingo card and added some wallflower paper to the middle of the frame.
 At this point I still wasn't really sure where I was going with this project.  I had made a bunch of tiny houses one night and they were sitting on my desk.  A lightbulb moment happened and I knew this had to be a super cute dog house.  There are several different sizes of this tiny house available on the Gypsy Soul website.

I gessoed the  house and then painted it with Weathered Wood Distress Paint. Texture paste through a stencil makes for fun patterns on the side of your house.  I added ink to the texture paste so it wasn't stark white.  

The inside of the house is lined with paper from Canvas Corp. I love that it kind of looks like old wallpaper.  You can see that I didn't glue the house together perfectly, but when I add Bingo to the center you won't even be able to tell.  

The roof is covered with moss.  I just cover the roof part with glue and smash on moss.  It's a very scientific and exact method.  

I added some little paper flowers to the roof.  
My little paper doggie form the Tim Holtz paper dolls fit right in the house.  Doesn't he look happy to be in there? The chipboard is a quote chip from Tim Holtz.  
I just love these little houses.  They have so much potential.  I have a couple more projects using them to share with you soon.
Count Me In Challenge Frilly and Funky

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Easter Fairy

I will put wings on anything(in case you hadn't already noticed that about me).  I was playing around and made this little Easter fairy today.  
I lined the inside of my vignette box with paper from the Etcetera pack and gave it a layer of crackle medium.  When the crackle was dry I added distress crayon in Hickory Smoke and Bundled Sage.   
The sparkle on the edge is the thin roll of design tape from the Chatter pack. I colored it using alcohol inks.  
I'm still playing with the paper dolls and gave her wings from the botanical layers.  The paper flower in the back is from the botanical layers set too.  I added color using Distress Markers.  The other flowers are vintage from the hoard, as are the spools, the bunny, and the egg.  


Simon Says Stamp Monday- Things with Wings Challenge
Country View Challenge- Inspired by Tim Holtz 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Mermaid Dreams Canvas

Hi Everyone ,
I think you all know by now that I am a sucker for mermaids. I decided to break out my chipboard mermaid stash to create a mixed media canvas.

 I started with a 5x7 canvas board( I added a skimpy layer of gesso to the board) and several paint colors.  I used my fingers to smear on the paint.

 Once the paint dried I added Glimmermists in several colors.  I sprayed them really close to the board and let them run down.  I dried them with my heat tool.  I added a bit of tissue wrap just for interest on the background.  I adhered it using a gel medium.

Next, I grabbed my Mixed Media Fragments and used the circle piece.  I painted and sprayed it until I got a good green color.  I added a bit of tan using a sponge just to break up the greens.  Using a stencil I pounced my embossing ink through the stencil and then added Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder.  I reheated some areas of the embossing powder and added gold foil.  I glued the fragment to the board.

I chose one of the larger Mermaid images and embossed her using Onyx Frost.  To make her tail shimmery colors I used Perfect Pearls.
The Crown was finger painted using the Distress Paint and then embossed with Fractured Ice. I used sticky backed pearls for the jewels.  You will see on the final photos that I changed some of the jewels and I used real stones instead.  

Once I glued all of the bits on the board I added in some rubs ons and scribbled some gel pen. 

Here is a photo when I finished it and sitting on my desk.  

Here are a couple beauty shots outside.  

I hope you enjoy!
I'm also entering this into the Simon says stamp Monday challenge. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I am worth so much more than my dress size

Have you checked out the latest Emerald Creek Dare? You can get messy and splatter your way to a $50 Emerald Creek gift card.

I decided to make a little spattered dress for the challenge.  It's funny, I love to splatter almost every project I make but when I saw this challenge I froze.  Since I always splatter did I just make my typical project? I decided to splatter all the things instead.

I started with a chipboard dress and smeared on gesso using my fingers.
I added Distress Crayons and rubbed them around.  I wet my finger a bit to move the color. 
My first splatters! I spritzed water on to make it some of the crayon lift.
Paint splatters make the second layer of messy goodness.  I mainly used Dina Wakley paints.  They are nice and heavy.  
Now time for embossing powder splatter.  I sprinkled on Charred Gold Embossing Powder and heated the powder from the bottom so it wouldn't blow all over the place.  
I used a bit of Hammered Metal Embossing Powder on the bottom of the dress and on the sleeves.  
I decided the sleeves didn't pop enough, so I added white paint to the sleeves, the neck, and around the edge of the dress.  I used my fude ball pen to add the black dots.  I scribbled all around the dress using a silver gel pen.  I also used a large background stamp for some extra interest.  
I splattered my Button Brad with the same paint I used on the dress.  I thought it looked too flat.  
I ended up painting the buttons yellow and covering them with Clear Embossing Powder.  
It's messy and imperfect-just like me!