Thursday, 25 February 2016

Lucky Clover - Emerald Creek Dare

It's time for a new Dare at Emerald Creek!

This time we want you to think Irish, greens, lucky clover, pot o'gold & leprechauns.

My project is a 4x4 canvas ~ made using watercolour paper and chipboard.
I added a sheet of thin magnet to the back and now it has a new home on the side of my fridge.
Just a little something to remind me of how lucky I really am.

I started with my 4x4 piece of 140lb cold press watercolour paper and 3
shades of blue Distress Stain - Tumbled Glass, Broken China & Peacock Feathers.
I smooshed all 3 colours of stain onto my splat mat before dragging my watercolour paper through it several time, drying the paper with my heat gun in between.

Once I was happy with it I adhered the watercolour paper to my chipboard base and inked the edges with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I added some random stamping around the edges and some gold transfer foil.

Next I started working on my focal point ~ I used the medium sized heart stamp from the Dina Wakely Collaged Heart stamp set & Staz-On ink pad to create my 4-leaf clover on watercolour paper.
I decided to use Twinkling H20 Shimmer paints to colour my clover. I haven't used my Twinkling H20's is forever and loved the shimmery look my clover ended up with!
I fussy cut my clover out before using the blunt end of my Sizzix quilling tool to 'shape' my clover leaves.

I used the Paddy stamp from Emerald Creek. I coloured him with Twinkling H20's as well before cutting him out. I just love how he is peeking out from behind the cloverleaf.

Thank you for dropping by my blog today and I hope my project has you feeling lucky.
Visit the rest of the Design Team Blogs for more Lucky Clover Dare Inspiration
and share your project with us at Emerald Creek Dares

Products used:

Emerald Creek Stamp

Distress Stain: Tumbled Glass, Broken China Peacock Feathers
Watercolour Paper
Dina Wakely Collaged Hearts Stamp set
Twinkling H20's 

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Love With All Your Heart ~ Tim Tag February 2016

I love Tim's beautiful Valentine's tag and it occurred to me that my finished tag would be the perfect addition to a 12x12 scrapbook page for my family genealogy album.

I used 140lb watercolour paper for my tag base and followed Tim's technique remix instructions on his blog.

I did add a bit of Old Paper Distress crackle paint with a palette knife in a few spots.

My focal point was a chipboard heart I cut with my Sizzix Heartfelt Die - I used Dried Marigold Distress Paint to colour it. I stamped the names of my great grandparents on a banner diecut that I layered over the heart.

I used the Linked Hearts Charm from Emerald Creek that I embossed with gold embossing powder.

Thanks for dropping by my blog today!

~~stay crafty~~


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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Anything Goes - Emerald Creek Dare

It's time for a brand new challenge at Emerald Creek Dares and we want you to showcase your favourite technique, style or products .Whether it's mixed media, cards, scrapbooking or 3D ~ it doesn't matter. Anything goes!

My creation is near & dear to my heart and brings 2 of my passions together.

Paper crafting and genealogy.

My project today was inspired by a tin type of my paternal great-great grandmother ~ Catherine ~ taken approx 1890. I scanned the tin type into my computer did some editing and then printed it out on some plain canvas that I had in my stash. I collected some other items ~ chipboard, ephemera and an 8x10 canvas.

I started by adhering a scrap of patterned paper that I had in my stash to the frame before using matte medium to adhere some old receipts and newsprint. I then sealed the whole thing with matte medium & let the frame dry completely before the next step.

I then started adding Distress Stain in Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood & Old Paper ~ misting with water and letting it drip from the top of the frame. I made sure this was dry before repeating this step from the bottom of frame.
I added some molding paste through a stencil in 2 corners of the frame, some Remnant Rubs in a few places and Ground Espresso Distress Marker with my spritzer.
The metal pieces have been painted with Weathered Wood Distress Paint and wiped back when the paint is dry. I then applied some metallic rub-ons. I also used metallic rub-ons on the small chipboard butterflies. 

Check out these amazing Filigree Leaf Charms from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies. The antique metal alloy finish on the charms were perfect the way they were so I didn't have to add anything to them. 

Before adhering my frame to the pallet board backing I placed a vintage lace doily to the wood.
My final step was to make some Tiny Tattered Florals and some bigger flowers with the Tattered Pinecone & Jumbo Tattered Pinecone die from Sizzix.

My family history gallery so far ~ 

Thank you so much for popping by my blog today!

Don't forget to visit the rest of the Emerald Creek Design Team 

Show off your stuff for our Anything Goes Dare
for a chance to win a $25 credit to Emerald Creek Craft Supplies

~stay crafty~


Monday, 8 February 2016

1 Background.4 Cards.Valentine's Day Edition

I'm back with another quick background that I made into 4 cards
especially for Valentine's Day.

This one I made especially for my husband - this year will be our 25th Valentine's Day together.
I truly believe that our love has made many impossible situations possible. 

Ok - enough of the sappiness let get on to the craftiness!

My base is a 9x12 sheet of 140lb cold press watercolour paper that I dragged through 4 Distress Stain Colours that I smooshed on to my splat mat and spritzed with water.
Once I was happy with the result I dried my paper and trimmed it down to 4 card fronts.

For these 4 cards I used the Collaged Hearts stamp set from Dina Wakely, the Urban Chic stamp set from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, and the script "Love" stamp from Stampin' Up!.

While rummaging through my stash I found this 'LOVE' stamp - its almost 2" tall and completely awesome! After I stamped it I used a white paint pen to outline one side of the word and then I used my Hickory Smoke Distress Marker on the other side, 
I just love how it makes the word pop off the background.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today! 

I would like to submit this to the following challenges:

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Remember To Make Memories......reverse canvas

I was so happy to be invited by Nicole & Kim to watch the production of the first sets of Nicole Wright Designs Stamp Sets at Emerald Creek Craft Supplies last week. 
I left with my very own sets too!
Pre-orders are beginning to ship this week so watch your mailbox or ask your LSS
to carry the Nicole Wright Designs line of stamps.

Now on to my project ~ 

I started with a piece of watercolour paper trimmed down to fit inside the reverse side of the canvas.
I used Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass & Cracked Pistachio Distress Stain, with a wet 
watercolour brush to achieve the watery look.

For the canvas ~ i started with a coat of gesso and applied crackle paste in random spots. 
After I let this dry over night I used the same Distress stains.
I help add a bit more dimension I cut four "wavy" pieces of acetate and used 
alcohol inks to add some more watery colour.

I dragged a sheet of watercolour paper through Lucky Clover, Mowed Lawn &
 Shabby Shutters Distres Stain, sketched a few lily pads and fussy cut them out.
Here is a closeup of a finished lily pad complete with an Abandoned Coral flower.

My Koi fish were stamped on Artic White 100lb card stock from Emerald Creek.
I absolutely love it for its silky smooth finish ~ prefect to get those crisp stamped images.
I used various colours of Distress Markers to make some funky fish.

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog today!

Don't forget to drop by Emerald Creek Dares blog and join in our current challenge!
Show us your Valentine's Day projects for a chance to win a $25 credit to the online store.

Monday, 1 February 2016

A Little Bird Told me.....birthday card.

I'm here to tell you that it's Nicole Wright's pop by her blog, her facebook page or instagram {@nicolewrightdesigns} and send her birthday wishes!

I have known Nicole for about 3 years and she is fully responsible for my Tim Holtz obsession and  for encouraging me to start a blog. She never fails to blow me away with her crafty goodness and her cheese bagels.

Here is a card I made for Nicole ~

Happy Birthday, Nicole!

This is my favourite technique for a quick background - Distress Stains, my mister bottle & watercolour paper.

I couldn't resist using my Bird Crazy stamps for this card.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today for a little birthday fun!

~stay crafty~