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layered dragonfly love

hello everyone! i am just here for a quick minute to let you know i have a new posting up over at Art Anthology (http://artanthologyinc
i really enjoyed the whole process of the layering and creating this canvas. here is a sneak of the finished. do jump over and take a boo at the process!
tim holtz dragon fly

and so speaking of sneak peaks here is another project which i used the layered dragonfly (http://timholtz that i have attached to a project for October! i absolutely LOVE how it turned out…

i am hoping to be back with a tutorial on how i created this dragonfly later on this month!
until next time…


hello everyone!! diana here again with my latest  Art on the Block piece!!

i must say i am a little or a lot addicted to them  but i have to say i was warned prior to even getting my hands on them that i would be there are so very many things one can do with them. you so need to check them out here (http://theartistsontheblock on the Artist on the Block page as well as the many many examples shown here (http://www NULL.pinterest on Eileen Hull’s pinterest page and of course here (http://www NULL.pinterest on Sizzix page

so on to my creation this month.

i started out using one of my Sizzix movers and shapers (http://www NULL.sizzix Tim Holtz design dies, family and cut it out of a piece of mat board. i had a bit of issue with it but a quick email and figured it was probably just from the layering of the mat board so i was a little gentler and it seemed to work.

so i coated it in tattered rose and picket fence crackle paint and set it aside to dry

sizzix movers and shakers for tim holtz die family


i love all the cracks!! so antiquish!! (yes probably not a word but you know what i mean right!)

distress crackle paint

distress crack paint family

next it was time to do some stamping. i tried to think of all the words for ‘family’ i could come up with an i stamped away using black archival ink. i then used a bit of tea dye distress ink on my blocks and then did a quick cover of utee

ATB antiqued with tea dye



i of course ended up getting lost in the whole process.

i know i used Eileen’s Trinity’s (http://www NULL.sizzix flower die by Sizzix which i inked and crumbled and inked again prior to attaching to the top of the ATBtell your story

i also used some rub ons from tim holtz which i put under one of the drawer pullstrinity flower - sizzix

i used some crinkle ribbon which i dyed using some distress reindeersfamily block

and added a bit of tulle and twine to complete my flowertulle and twine marriage

i love how this project turned out. it is going to look perfect along side my other ATB’scrackle paint love

i figure i can do a whole shelf of them with candles to light up my art roomatb family

the lid is easily removed by using the drawer pull to place a battery operated tea light insidetell your story

one can always place the lid to the side i guess!!!
trinity flower close up

i love how this turned out!!family love

for more amazing Artist Trading Block creations be sure to stop by The Artist on the Block (http://theartistsontheblock And don’t forget that this month Art with Heart (http://www NULL.eileenhull challenge is “Anything Goes”! Share with us your art for a chance to win a die of your choice from the brand new Eileen Hull Sizzix collection Vintage Kitchen (http://www NULL.ellison when it is released in December

Eileen Hull’s Vintage Kitchen – Sizzix

i  have some extremely exiting news to share with you today. being a part of the ATB Design team ( http://wp we were given the privilege of playing, i mean working, with the new release by  Eileen Hull (http://www NULL.eileenhull  due out in December of this year.

the  Vintage Kitchen (http://www NULL.ellison collection has  16 new dies to make a variety of different items. i was given the opportunity to play with the following three.

the loaf pan (http://www NULL.ellison which i chose to create a pin cushion.

loaf pan - vintage collection by Eileen Hull

canister (http://www NULL.ellison which i created a nice tea light holder for my kitchen
cannister - vintage collection by Eileen Hull

and last but not least i was given the opportunity to play with the oven (http://www NULL.ellison which i absolutely love and even added a little mini book which i created.

Vintage collection by Eileen Hull

Have an Artist Trading Block or other creations you’d like to share? Be sure to stop by the Art with Heart Challenge (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.html) and link up…our challenge this month is “Anything Goes” and the winner will receive a die of their choice from Eileen Hull’s new Sizzix Collection “Vintage Kitchen” when it’s released.


frozen chariot of love

hello everyone!! today i am here to show you a little something i created for the Artist on the Block. i am suppose to be in the middle of packing up the rooms and preparing to sell but i just couldn’t not finish this cute little treasure box.

i started out using some old packaging, a texture fade and the my ATB die. i ran it through the vagabond and started to assemble.
i loved how it turned out!!

i decided i wanted the edges to look like i soldered them but didn’t want to use the melt pot  because was unsure of well plastic in hot powder, so instead out came a sheet of metal from vintaj and started placing it around the outside edges..


i later took this off and used Tim’s industrious stickers which i hot glued to the edges.

so as much as i loved how this was turning out i just knew it needed a little bit of colour so what to do…..

well out came some recycled plastic packaging and my alcohol inks (which i am not sure of what colours as they are packed…) i played a bit trying to decide just what i wanted to create..what did i want to have that pop of colour. and what did  i find but a piece of square plastic i saved from yet another package of goodies. once dripped onto this piece i used my can of air and spread the inks around until i was satisfied on how they turned out.









then this is where i lost myself. i so wish i would have remembered to stop and take pictures but once again i got caught up in the whole process and didn’t stop til the end.

i did however remember to stop to take a picture of the stand i was going to place my chariot on

it is one of the largest fragment pieces which i drilled a hole into each corner and place these fantastic wheels into








so here are some close ups of my wonderful chariot of love.

another picture which i of course forgot to take was once again i used mirrored sheets and placed one on the inside bottom and one on the outside top. i wanted the alcohol inked piece to reflect both inside and outside of my chariot



i love the reflection from the bottom side of the cover.


i even used alcohol inks to colour my frozen charlotte doll!! and a piece of tinsel for her crown!



one’s chariot needs to match right!!!!!yumminess
IMG_2624i love the view from above and how tim’s little hinges are perfect to allow me to open and view her


thanks for stopping by today. i hope you have enjoyed this month’s project!!!


if you have any questions please do shoot me an email!

would you like the chance to win a really cool sizzix  prize…. of course you do and all you need to do is a have a bit of HEART. head on over to Art with a Heart (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.html) and play along with the next theme starting August 5th that Eileen and the gang have going on!

if you like the idea of the blocks you so need to check out the following links to see what other wonderful things we have going on. we are everywhere so do give us a like and spread the word!!!

The Artists on the Block  – (http://theartistsontheblock

ATB Facebook –

The ATB Twitter-

The ATB Pinterest-

also stay tuned and close to all the above sites as we help celebrate the new releases that  Eileen Hull (http://www NULL.eileenhull just announced!!!


Spring time in Paris – Artist Trading Block

Hello everyone!!!! i am so excited to share with you my submission to the blog hop we, the Artist Trading Block team and the Altered Pages team  are having this month using the collage sheets from Altered Pages (http://alteredpages-artsociates NULL.blogspot!!

and so now on to  my piece. We were given a choice of collage sheets to play with and the one  i decided to showcase was the Paris collage sheet. so let’s get to it!

first i had cut out from my black matboard (http://www NULL.sizzix one of Eileen Hull’s XL Block (http://www NULL.sizzix die along with one each of the other (http://www NULL.sizzix three sizes, which i set aside to play with later. i then dug out my melt craft iron (http://shop NULL.purplecows and wax. i wanted to be able to merge my collage pictures right into the mat board and add a warmth to the whole piece.

my first step was to drip some black and white encaustic wax onto the matboard and spread it out with the iron.

eiffel tower in wax

i then laid my paper onto the mat board and dripped clear wax on top and then heat set until completely sealed.

heating wax with iron

i loved the sheen of the wax on the paperswax sheen

i then attached some May Arts (http://www NULL.mayarts ribbon onto the  edges of the four sides of my cube and attached using the clear wax. (you will see this in my final photo’s)

now it was time to take on the inside of my Artist Trading Block.

so to start i glued my tiniest cube (1 1/2 squared) to the  2 1/2 cube using TomBow glue. i then added some of the same May Arts ribbon used on the outside to the inside flaps of the  2 1/2 square pieces and then dripped a bit of white wax which i set by using my Heat it (http://rangerink by Ranger.heat it meets wax

i love how it spread out through the details in the ribbon!

cloudy sky blue

i repeated it on the largest cube as well! isn’t the inside dreamy!!dark night meets summer day

i had wanted to find a small Eiffel Tower to put in the center but was unable to locate one.. i then thought of putting a little bucket to symbolize a bucket list item….but couldn’t find one of those either. so the next best thing of course is words. i chose ‘dreams do come true’ and placed then inside the smallest of the boxes but as you can see it didn’t show up that well.. so my wheels were turning…dark centre

but of course!! use Ranger’s metal foil tape sheets (http://rangerink ranger foil lights it all up

what a big difference it made! now it can be read clearlydreams do come true

now it was time to add some finishing touches to my ATB.

so to start i dug out a couple of hitch fasteners (http://timholtz  and a piece of  jute string (http://timholtz and created a closure for the box.

and then it was time to create a stand to showcase my ATB!!

so out came my cupcake stand (http://www NULL.sizzix which i created by cutting out of a piece of cardboard. i then glued the whole thing together using glossy accents. now seeing as this is a cupcake stand it need to be treated with some yummy goodness.. so out came my Viridian Sorbet (http://artanthologyinc NULL.html) by Art Anthology and my pallet knife. i covered the whole stand in a thick coating and allowed it to dry. LOVE the sparkle and shine of my stand

cupcake stand using AA Sorbet

if you are still with me here is my ATB for this month in all its glory!

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well there you have it. i will be gifting this to a dear person who had dreamed most of her life of making it to Paris (said of course with a french accent) someday…. and she did along with two of her dearest friends. i hope that she fills the inside with special pictures of the special trip.

so ‘dreams do come true’

You can find even more Artist Trading Block Inspiration over at Altered Pages (http://alteredpages-artsociates NULL.blogspot NULL.html) and of course at Team ATB’s (http://theartistsontheblock site as part of our month long “Block Hop” with Altered Pages (http://alteredpages-artsociates NULL.blogspot!

Team ATB and Altered Pages May Block Hop | @ArtTheBlock #TheATB #ArtistTradingBlocks (http://theartistsontheblock NULL.jpg NULL.jpg)

Also be sure and stop by the Art with Heart Challenge (http://wp for more  Inspiration!  Link up one of your creations for a chance to win a Sizzix prize pack!