Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ringmaster Canvas


Thank you Canada Post!!!  On the day Calgary was flooding my new Ringmaster Blueprint stamps were delivered.  Naturally prior to the flood I had every intention to get right to crafting.  However, given the days events I wasn't interested in crafting.  Sunday afternoon as the waters were receeding I got to working making this canvas for my media room.  And a much needed break from the news and worrying!  My decor fits this set perfectly with my early 1900's vintage movie canvas paintings and big metal movie reels. 
 
 
I grabbed this 8x10 canvas w/easel at the dollar store for $3.
 
I stained the easel with wood stain to match my decor.
 
I stamped Archival Black onto watercolor paper. 
 
I cut 2 1/2" strips of distress paper for the film strip die.  TIP; pre-sand the strips prior to cutting to avoid tearing.
I inked the #8 tags with walnut, vintage photo, tea dye and antique linen.
I used some metallic distress stains to add a little shimmer.
Drag through and make a mess.

Spritz the tag so the metallic stain with spread.
 
 
Then dry your tag.  See the shimmer:)
 
Using the smae stamps again stamp the tag with archival black.
 
Tear your watercolour pieces where you want to expose some of the image stamped on the tag.  I used fire brick, black soot and tea dye to colour the images.
Glue down your watercolour image to line up with the stamp on the tag. Then stamp your favourite stamp on the bottom of the tag.
 
Glue your letters together.  Off set them to create a shadow.  I used the WANTED strip die. 
 
I like to dry fit all my pieces before I glue.  Love the mini film strip for a boarder.  I also attached a pieces opf film strip ribbon to each tag.

I love this ticket!
I stamped from the Travel Label set this Monte Carlo stamp.  What a perfect match for the roulette;)
I taped off the Coney Island portion of this Remnent set.  This way I get the image I want stamped and not the whole thing.
 
I applied Glossy Accents to my "ENJOY THE SHOW".  It's a necessary pop with my dark media room.
 
I adore how this turned out.  It's a perfect match to myt Vintage Media Room!
How this canvas came to be:) I needed some decor for my table.  My husband building the side table for my media room with reclaimed 100+ barn wood and iron pipping. 
 
 
The bottom of my table isin place waiting for the top!
 
 
Once everything was in place I went to work sanding just a little.  The wood is wonderfully old!  But I did want to minimize slivers.
 
 
Two years ago when my husband and I planned this feature wall we knew we wanted a table under our tiled boxes.  We built the wall, tiled the boxes and 2 year later the table is here:)
 
 
Now to add some personal touches...like my canvas.
It will take time to add our personal touches.  Still trying to decide where the wine bottles will go;) But I'm very happy with the canvas, table and the small distraction from the reality of the flooding going on around me.
 
If you would like to learn more about the Alberta Flood, the affected communituies or to donate please click HERE.  It is heartbreaking but our whole city is pitching in to start cleaning up.  And we have all been donating what we can. 
 
Video I took below my house.  The river is 3x the size it should be.
 
 
Thanks:)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Birthday Blueprint Card Set

We celebrated my sons 12th Birthday this week.  I just picked up the Birthday Blueprint stamp set and thought I would use them all!  These are easy cards that are bright and have a couple fun technique's.

 
I started by cutting my 5x5 cards with distress paper.  Then stamp onto watercolour paper with Archival Black.

 
I stamped again right onto the card with Versamark and clear embossed! 

 
 Then sand the edges of the card to expose the great colour:)
 
 
Now that the card is stamped and embossed it's time to watercolour.  I used my Distress Inks with my Blender pens.  Works great!

 
Be sure to pick fun colours.  And add a little Stickles for some extra shine.

 
The embossed image is subtle and a great look.

 
Stamping a whole set of Birthday cards is a great way to build your stash.  Picking bright colours makes them fun.  And embossing makes the cards look layered without all the extra time to layer paper.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Unique Graduation Gift

I made this Graduation Shadow Box for my niece whom graduates next week.  I thought it would be a fun way to present her graduation gift from my family!  Can you see it?
 
I started out at my local $1 Store where I found these little pine boxes for $1.25.  I stained it with Walnut stain and sanded the edges for distressing. 
 
 
I don't have a photo tutorial as I found these things evolve depending on your extra die cuts, findings and general stuff us crafter's hoard.
 
If you look you may see what her grad gift is?  Leave me a comment if you know what it is!

 
I cut my mini jalopy in half and placed it in 2 boxes.  A great solution if your cuts don't fit!  The glass bottle has a message for her rolled up inside. 

 
If you keep stuff and scraps like me then you should have no problem filling one of these.

 
I used scrabble pieces to say "Live Life" using the "L" like you would in a game of scrabble.  I found this Coke cap in my stash;)

 
I've had this scrap of this ribbon for about a year and a half.  Finally, it found a home.  I hot glued the "20", attached the metal "1" beside the "3" on the ribbon for her Graduation year of 2013!

 
I always have extra butterflies.  I layered 2 using a dimensional.  Then inked some bright alcohol inks for a bright splash of colour.

 
My favourite box featuring the gentleman from Paris Memoir.  I stamped on grunge paper, layered with Clear Rock Candy and glued a jump ring for a monocle.  When you fill with Glossy Accents it looks like class.
 
 
My niece has a passion for photography so this box was extra fun.
 
 
It's hard not to over fill these;)
 
Especially when you have a lot of goodies.

 
It's a unique way to give a gift and I had a lot of fun making it.  And it's a great way to mark a milestone!  Now she'll have to look extra hard to find her present. 
 
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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Time Traveler Sympathy Card

I wanted to share with you a quick sympathy card I made using my new Time Traveler Gentleman.  I didn't think I would be stamping him the first time for this type of card.  But what an elegant statement he makes. 

 
I clear embossed my guy so he really is a subtle feature of this card.  I just love him this way!
I stamped and embossed again Journey, my reminder I need detail white embossing powder and not pearl. 
I stamped the Compass Blueprint on to watercolour paper and blended stormy sky, iced spruce, black soot and frayed burlap.
 
I really had to make this card in a hurry.  It's my sons birthday party today and his friend just lost his grandpa.  So I spent the day running around getting ready for his part, decorated and I was hoping I would have time to make this for his family.
 
This would make a great grad card too...