Tuesday, May 24, 2016

September Carnival Classes

  The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival will be in Calgary September 23-24th.  I have a couple classes I will be teaching.  Start planning your adventures in crafting and join me for some inky fun!

Ultimate Distressed Canvas Class

I will be teaching this Canvas Class and it's all about layering, distressing and crayon's.  My Canvas Class was popular last year so I thought we would make another one.
Registration Opens Aug 4th

I will be teaching a class on how to make a sweet little rustic home decor project.  I'll show you some fun techniques that you can use on other crafts.  

Registration Opens Aug 4th

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Simply Floral

In my effort to keep things simple I whipped together this "Thanks" card using Eileen Hull's new Rolled Flower released this month.  Check it out.

I cut the Lace Medallion Doily with mat board, coated with gesso then set aside to dry.  The I inked my Rolled Flower with my custom ink pad.

A little inking with the splotches and twisted citron.  A handful of distress crayons for the doily.

A little scribbling, smudging and wiping off the edges for a distressed look.

I cut the Handwritten Celebrate "Thanks" for a Thank You card.

Love the new Rolled Flower!

Pop in and see the new Spring Blooms from Eileen Hull.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Celebrate the Grind

Would you look at that!  I'm a Favourite Artist over at the Anything But Cute Challenge.  I am beyond thrilled to be considered.  

I have been following this awesome challenge blog since the beginning since my style is Anything But Cute Challenge!  

It all started with a bunch of dies... as it usually does.  The Edge die Steampunk is cut on mat board.  I used the magnetic plate for the Mixed Media Thinlit and ran it through a few times on cream cardstock.  It didn't cut all the way in the center which is perfect.  Or at least I will make it that way.

Next I prepped all my Tattered Pinecone cuts with Sizzix new Leather paper.  I always cut extra when cutting these and store all my florals in jars.

Time to experiment with the leather paper, inking and Burnt Copper Leaves Allure Powder.  The white leave is inked and the tan leather has the  Burnt Copper Leaves on the tips.

I did the same with the Hammered Metal and the black leather paper.  All lined up each leathery floral looks awesome.  YAY, it worked.

Time to experiment again.  I used the Hammered Metal on the gear.  To get a thick look I need to repeat.  But then I was looking at the Burnt Copper Leaves and thought I would layer it with a this bronze powder.  I repeated each powder 3 times for a unique metallic gear.  LOVE!

Time to prep the watercolor paper with gesso for the distress crayons.  You need a smooth surface to help the crayons to blend.  When I was happy I layered my gear stencil.  Rub off with a baby whip to expose the gears.

Now that this gear layer is done.  I went back to my cream cardstock and inked the edges with brushed corduroy.  Then added some gear stamps and sentiment.

Here's where the broken mixed media cut works.  It's a great peek at those distress crayons gears.  I meant to make that hole.  For added texture I put a strip of corrugated down then attach those gears. 

I glued the handwritten celebrate and grabbed another gear for the inside.  I stamped the sentiment from my own stamps Fallen Blossom too.

A little distress ink on the mat, some water and ribbon...then assemble.  I made some bows and attached the flowers.

Lets celebrate!

Look at those gears.

The floral tips with metallic tips.

When mistakes happen go with it...

It's nice to create for the inside too.  Something I often forget.

Keeping it grungy with a slight softness.

Thanks to the Anything But Cute Challenge blog for having me.  I am so honored to be apart of this special celebration.  Stop in and see the other amazing artists and join the challenge.  
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Frilly and Funkie- Opposites Attract (blooms and gears)
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