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my wee mom

hello everyone!!

my mom

this week we were given an open theme at Emerald Creek (http://blog NULL.emeraldcreek which are definitely my favourite kind of challenges.  it allows me to create just to create and I wanted to say a piece from my heart but then all my pieces are from my heart… I wonder if maybe that is why it takes me so long to come up with, create and finish some pieces….

todays project I will be showing you lots of pictures so you can see how I created this piece featuring a picture of my mom as  a wee little girl. this picture hung outside my Nanny’s bedroom for many years and the only way to get a copy was to take a picture of it.. I now possess the original and this is a piece I shall treasure with all my heart for always.

so let’s see those pictures you say…okay here we go!!

so i started off with these mini clipboards that i found at my local stationary store

mini clipboard

i started out doing what  i thought was a clever idea, creating my own stencil using one of the pieces from tim’s mixed media (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.aspx?id=316467)only to discover after the fact that there was already a harlequin stencil (http://www NULL.emeraldcreek NULL.htm)(but of course!!)

creating a stencili had applied some clear texture paste through this on to my clipboard and then i applied some paper along with some distress crackle paint.crackle pastenext i rubbed direct to the clip board my DIY archival ink pad (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.aspx?id=330323)in reds

DIY Archival Ink pads

and then i stamped the ledger script (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.aspx?id=327591)in black archival ink

stampingi was pretty pleased with the background so it was time to move on but not before i added some of the burnt copper leaves (http://www NULL.emeraldcreek NULL.htm) embossing powder from emerald creek in various spots!!
emerald creek burnt copperI then added some gold paint and the ledger stamp to my trellis frameworks (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.aspx?id=133472)die cut piece and glued it down the side of my clipboardstamping trellis

next I stamped the Tim Holtz Love You (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.aspx?id=316457) framelit set onto my Sizzix Paper Leather sheets (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.aspx?id=335911) and heat set it using  Emerald Creeks clear embossing powder (http://www NULL.emeraldcreek NULL.htm). (you need to be quick when using Archival ink for embossing as it dries much faster than distress ink but I love the deep black the archival ink gives the piece)heat setting bird&nestI also dug out my alcohol inks in Raisin (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.aspx?id=46571)and Hazelnut (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.aspx?id=46717) and inked the Ideaology Stencil marks (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.aspx?id=112227),  the clip on my board and then ran my felt over various spots on my piece to bring it all together

1946 in alcohol ink

then it was time to assemble my piece.

watching over usI also added rub ons to various places along the background and a chitchat sticker to the bottom corner

my siblings and ias you can probably tell I added distress crackle paste in clear rock candy (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.aspx?id=80919)to almost the entire piece.  I wanted to show you something special that I came across while creating this piece.. a message of love from above

message of loveshe sent me the feather I am sure to let me know she was right there with me while I was creating this piece of heART

and here you have it once again.. my finished piece of my wee mom.

my wee mom

now it’s your turn to enter the challenge over at Emerald Creek (http://blog NULL.emeraldcreek NULL.html) and check out what the rest of the amazing Design team have created.
Claudia Neubacher (http://vonpappe2 NULL.blogspot NULL.html)
Karons Krafty Korner (http://karonskraftykorner NULL.blogspot NULL. NULL. NULL./hello-thursday)
Katelyn Grosart (http://katelyngrosart NULL.blogspot NULL.html)
Julia Chupik (http://paradiselostyyc NULL.blogspot NULL.html)
Shilpa Nagaonkar (http://amethystalcove NULL.blogspot NULL.html)
You could win a $25 gift certificate to the Emerald Creek Store (http://www NULL.emeraldcreek – so why not go check it out.
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i have entered my project into the

Vintage Journey’s Industrial Challenge (http://www NULL.vintagejourney NULL.html)

The Artistic Stamper February Creative Challenge-HeArt Art (http://theartisticstampercreativeteam NULL.blogspot NULL.html)



happy holidays

hello everyone!! can you believe that it is almost Christmas!! this year has flown by. it’s been a year with so many things happening .. both good and bad.

today I am here to share with you a fun little project I created for the Emerald Creek Dares  (http://blog NULL.emeraldcreek! this month was all about wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Solstice and a very Joyous Seasons Greetings to you all!

for tradition wise here in my home it is all about the food!! whether that is the array of choices at a family gathering, the scrumptious finger foods on Christmas eve or the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings and oh so many dessert choices on Christmas Day

this week we are all about sharing our holiday wishes with you!!!

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so my project well it started out by mistake really.. i was playing with a bit of Ice Resin (http://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.aspx?id=79427) when i realized i had made too much and as i am not one to waste anything iECC Blog Header decided i would coat a piece of tissue paper (http://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.aspx?id=304741) i had on my desk in some of the resin. i also was in the middle of creating my tags for classes and happened to have a cut out of the sewing room die on my desk and some Vintage Glitter so naturally that lead me to making an Ice Resin dress and that is where it all began!

Ice Resin and glitter


so once my dress form was covered i began assembling my canvas. first i spread a coat of gel medium to the back of the paper and then i applied it to the burlap canvas making sure to press it down to adhereice resin gel medium

as i wasn’t sure yet what i was going to do with my canvas, which direction i wanted to take it in i applied some clear texture paste through a stencil to my canvas and set it aside to dry (i had sprinkled some of the vintage distress glitter onto the wet paste prior to setting it aside)

transparent texture pastenow i did know that i wanted my dress form to be the focal point so i needed to create a background for her.

i started with one of the cabinet cards which i sanded and then applied some ground expresso to.. once again i wasn’t quite sure where i was going with this but did know it had to have ground expresso!!

cabinet / ground expresso

then it was a matter of layering. originally i was attempting to just put a piece of paper into the frame but ended up deciding it needed to be layered on top of the frame and with a few runs through the sewing machine this is what i ended up with

IMG_4155so now i knew i had the background i needed/wanted for my dress form but what to do with the rest of the canvas…..

i had cut out some angel wings from my ice resin paper and i liked how they looked with a bit off added glitter from the stickles but they didn’t stand out enough. i didn’t have the newest wing die that i had seen created in so many ways over on Paula’s site (http://www NULL.oneluckyday NULL.html) but what i did have is the feather duo die so thought why can’t feathers be i was trying to decide whether to go with the brown or whitish ones… also i was thinking i needed these snowflakes on my canvas… i still wasn’t quite sure at this point what i wanted…

angel in progress

well it wasn’t long and i was on a roll which means i totally forgot to take pictures of the whole process but basically i started cutting and creating flowers!!! i attached them and the leaves/holly using a hot glue gun. if you look really close you will see that i put in some of Emerald Creeks pinecones (http://www NULL.emeraldcreek NULL.htm).. these little things should be in everyone shopping cart by now. seriously how cute really are they!!

EC close up canvasso then it was just a matter of putting it all together and in the end this is what i ended up with
EC canvasand a couple of close ups!

EC canvas conesfeather duothanks for visiting me today. please be sure to visit my fellow design team members:

Cathy  – Amethyst Dragon’s Alcove (http://amethystalcove NULL.blogspot

Claudia – Von Pappe II (http://vonpappe2 NULL.blogspot NULL.html)

Julia- Paradise Lost (http://paradiselostyyc NULL.blogspot

Karon  – Karon’s Krafty Korner (http://karonskraftykorner NULL.blogspot

Katelyn  (http://katelyngrosart NULL.blogspot NULL.html)– A Creative Journey

Shilpa – Neon Diary (http://nagaonkarshilpa NULL.blogspot NULL.html)

don’t forget to play along for your chance to win some goodies from Emerald Creek. 12038432_947319428638236_565102729181993996_n

Stop by Emerald Creek Craft Supplies (http://www NULL.emeraldcreek NULL.asp) to see their whole line of embossing powders and charms they manufacture.  Plus all the other cool stuff
you need for your holiday crafts.
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i am linking this up to the following awesome challenges

Inspiration Journal – tis the Season! (http://blog NULL.inspirationemporium

Simon Says Challenge – just a pinch! (http://www NULL.simonsaysstampblog (just a pinch of stickles on the wings)

Simon Says Wednesday – die crazy! (http://www NULL.simonsaysstampblog (TH sewing room/snowflake/tiny florals)

from my home to yours, wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!!



Eileen Hull – Art with Heart -stitchlits

hello everyone! i am back again this week to show you another project i have created for the Eileen Hulls  Art with Heart Challenge for the month of November with the theme A Stitch In Time (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.html).

12141757_10205595450222325_4087264197714737860_nYou can interpret that theme however you like, just show us your oh-Sew-crafty projects for a chance to win some of the new Stitchlits Sizzix dies. My teammates have been making some incredible projects and we are all very excited about this new collection.

now i am not a sewer or a card marker really but i have had so much fun creating with them and challenging myself.

so  i wanted to know, what could i cut with these stitchlits other than paper?   would i be able to do grungepaper?? well i wouldn’t know until i tried.  so i found myself a piece of grungepaper scrap (as if there is  such a thing as scrap grungepaper) and holy moly lo and behold it did!!  so then it was just a matter of what i would do with it

it fit perfectly on the side of a bag i use to cart supplies back and forth when i go to teach at my local scrapbook store so i knew it needed to be ‘ARTified’ so out came my tim holtz paints and some Art Anthology Stone effects here is what i ended up creating!

create art

and put it on this!!sizzix leather create artso then i got a thinking…. okay i wonder what else could i ‘stitch’ on and that is when i happened upon a package of Sizzix Paper Leather Sheets (http://www NULL.sizzix i had ordered but wasn’t quite sure what i wanted to do with them….

this is what i have come up with!

i am a brave girl

i decorated an apron!!

sizzix leather sheetsand yes most definitely i will wear it and dirty it up!!

hope you have been playing along with the Art with Heart challenge. we love seeing what you have created!


Emerald Creek Dares – 80’s style!!

hello everyone!

today marks my first posting as a design team member for Emerald Creek.. and this months theme was the ’80’s!!!

now I must admit I struggled with this one.. how will I craft the ’80’s!!  to me they were all about music, lace, jewellery and big hair!!!! but for others they were all about pacman, rubics cubes and all the bright neonish colours!!

so… I kind of sort of created both..

for my first project it was made oh so easy when i opened my package from Emerald Creek and saw these little dragonflies (http://www NULL.emeraldcreek NULL.htm) brads and these Cabochom (http://www NULL.emeraldcreek NULL.htm) charms!!  remember i said jewellery was a big thing for me for the 80’s and well jewellery was big then too so i created a beautiful ying-yang pendant.


for the charm on the right i used difference alcohol inks to the base and the outside in order to give it the richer colour which would allow it to be the complete opposite of the clear one.  i then filled each charm individually with Ranger’s Ice Resin (http://rangerink and set them aside to cure.  once they were cured i placed them inside the heart and then filled the entire thing with more ice resin… check out the clear coat and shine!!! love this pendant


for my second project… as i said a challenge!!! so something completely opposite of the necklace i dove into some colour!!

out came my Ranger distress stain spray (http://rangerink and some watercolour paper

Distress Stain Sprays

love the bright colours !!!! perfect for this project i believe.

i then stamped randomly on all pieces using the Emerald Creek Crazy Daisy (http://www NULL.emeraldcreek NULL.htm) stamp and Ranger archival ink (http://rangerink™-0-pads-2)

Emerald Creek Daisy

then it was just a matter of cutting up my pieces

Emerald Creek Distress bits and then it was time to attach them to something and what other than a 3D block (http://www NULL.sizzix by Eileen Hull


and then there you have it.. a mixed media style rubics cube !!! EC-rubic-3

i love how this turned out…. it is a rubics cube but not really a rubics cube… lovely mixed media piece me thinks!!!

now it is time to go and visit the rest of the wonderful creations from the Emerald Creek team (http://blog NULL.emeraldcreek and see what they came up with for this theme…..

  (http://paradiselostyyc NULL.blogspot NULL.html)Julia Chupik (http://paradiselostyyc NULL.blogspot NULL.html)

Karon Hughes (http://karonskraftykorner NULL.blogspot NULL.html)

Cathy Potosky (http://amethystalcove NULL.blogspot NULL.html) (http://paradiselostyyc NULL.blogspot NULL.html)

so are  you ready to share with us your creation and take a stab at winning.. I dare you!!!!

12038432_947319428638236_565102729181993996_n (http://www NULL.emeraldcreek on over to Emerald Creek (http://blog NULL.emeraldcreek and drop your link!!


my idea-ology holders

okay, yes i am a collector and not a user… but that probably doesn’t surprise anyone that knows me.

i love collecting all the little bits of tim’s idea-ology line (http://timholtz never like to use them.

i buy them, open them up and pretend i am going to use them knowing full well that i won’t!!! so i ended up with a whole bunch of mixed up bits in my cases…

and speaking of cases i am also a collector of tim’s figuration merchandise as well…. i know!! i know!!!

(and yes i know i said i would start using them but well they are just so pretty to look at!)

so with all that said i thought well i can use them..i can use them all together along with my stash of tissue tape!

and here is what i did!!

inside configuration booktissue tape holds all the little compartments together!configuration inside letter press tray i love the covers!! those pocket cards needed to be displayed and that is a perfect way to do itidea-ology configuration i attached an idea ology cabinet knob to each cover and using the elastic i created a closure!! inside

how cool are these!!  now i can see all my bits at a glance!!!

one of my favourite deck projects this vacation!  hope you too have spent lots of time creating in the sun !!!