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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 !!!


Forever remember

you are loved….

hello everyone!!

today I am here to share with you a little project I created just for the sake of creating… and happen to be right on par with the CC3C (http://lindaledbetter NULL.html) challenge using Tim’s book (http://timholtz; page 45 to be exact!!!

I had sent a message to my design team partners and asked them how they go about creating.. what is their process.. what do they do to get inspired…do you create for someone specific or a specific project or do you just create.

well I took all their answers in and decided that for this day I was just going to create.. holy though easier said then done.. it still took me a couple of days to ‘get it right’.

all I knew is I wanted to make something from my heart

so I stared with covering some letters using a thin layer of antique linen distress paint and sprayed them with water… dried and repeated until I was happy with the ‘backgrounds’

distress paint & water

I then took the same custom blend stamp set I used for my butterfly, more on that in a bit, and hit the edges of the letters with it.. by far my favorite blend yet

custom blend loved

I also knew I wanted to  use my flowers I made using tim’s tiny tattered florals (http://www NULL.sizzix thinlit. they are so tiny and cute and boy I need practice using them but that I think is going to make them all unique right.

tiny tattered floralI also wanted to use the butterfly from the limititation (http://www NULL.sizzix set…it is my third set.. I have somehow managed to lose two already!! I stamped and die cut a butterfly from a tag, tissue and from packaging from one of my fade folders.. mind you the die wouldn’t but through the I hand cut that one and heated it so it shaped around the canvas

wonderful life tureand here you have it…. a special piece with that special someone in mind…

forever lovedhope you take time to create a piece inspired by love.. they truly are the best pieces right! if you are looking to purchase any of the lovely products i have used you can find them at Inspiration Emporium. (http://www NULL.inspirationemporium NULL.html). they truly are one of the best on line places i have ever ordered from! if you are looking to create your own and wondering about my technique, check out  A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3 (http://timholtz, the latest book by Tim Holtz (http://www NULL.timholtz

I am linking this up to:

CC3C – challenge 33  (http://lindaledbetter NULL.html)

Simon Says Stamp – Work it Wednesday (http://www NULL.simonsaysstampblog– Die Cuts

Frilly and Funky – Raise it up Challenge (http://frillyandfunkie NULL.blogspot NULL.html)

Simon Says Stamp – Monday (http://www NULL.simonsaysstampblog Challenge … I scream for (Inspired )


July Art with Heart Challenge – Make it 3D!!

Hello everyone!!  Our July Art With Heart challenge has been up and running and you won’t want to miss out on this one! The design team is focusing on Eileen’s Make It 3-D die (http://www NULL.sizzix This die easily adds a whole new dimension (literally!) to all your regular flat dies. The possibilities are endless!

i chose to make two 3D projects as i didn’t know enough to stop..

my first project, which i have been working on for a while and loving every little thing about is this:

it was such a fun project to play with. i started first by cutting out one 3D for the base and 4 luggage tags (http://www NULL.sizzix for the sides

i coloured each tag using the newest distress inks

luggage tag
and they ended up like this

new distress inks on luggage tagi then used my distress sprayer to create some blotches.. absolutely love this sprayer!

using the new distress sprayeri then used a Crafters Workshop stencil and added a bit more depth to the outside of my luggage tags

TCW stencilstenciled luggage tagthen it was time to work on the inside. i stamped and then coloured using my distress markers

inside of luggage tag using distress markersi sprayed with water once coloured as i wanted the muted them

and check out the inside once it is all assembled..take a close boo at the bottom! that is the 3D die and my inspiration for the entire piece!

3D bottomso almost finished…it was then  just a matter of adding a bit of ribbon and the butterflyIMG_3686

and one of my all time favourite things about the luggage tag…it fits an instax photo perfectly!!!

luggage tag with instax

that was project one!!       now onto project two

i started off by cutting out two old jalopy’s (http://www NULL.sizzix from grungeboard and four make it 3d’s (http://www NULL.sizzix; two out of mat board and two out of gungepaper.

i then coloured my jalopy using black soot distress paint for the truck

black soot on ol jalopy

and weathered wood for the trim.

IMG_3573i then sanded everything and added distress ink to the entire jalopy. i wasn’t quite happy with the trim so i painted it using distress stain in silver…then i was happy

but well not quite. i wanted it to be an antique looking vehicle so i added what else but rock candy distress crackle paste to the entire thing

rock candy on jalopy

and lookie, lookie… an eyeglass holder was created!!

IMG_3677 IMG_3678i am absolutely in love with them both.

they can be used for anything you can imagine, pens, pencils and yes even eyeglasses

i hope you have enjoyed my tutorials (sorry it was so long!!) and i really hope you have taken the time to play along with this challenge in order to win your very own 3D die!!!



I’m so happy to be apart of Eileen Hull Inspiration Design Team and help promote Eileen Hull’s wonderful products that are manufactured with Sizzix. Eileen and Sizzix so generously supply us with so many fabulous Dies and Embossing Folders to work with like those that I’m using today

creating a paintbrush holder

so just in for a quick post today to show you the magic i created using  DecoArt Media mediums including their sprays

i started with an old tin from Christmas treats


to which i added crackle pasteIMG_8387

followed by some, okay a lot, of spraysIMG_8389

so much so i had wonderful drip page to use as a start to an art journal page

IMG_8392and i ended up with a really cool paint brush holder for my desk!

mixed media paint brush holderthat’s it for today. pop back in early next week to see what else i have created using the magical DecoArt line!