Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Making Resin Obsession Flowers

Hello Blog Land, I am here today with my first post for the Resin Obsession Team. I am very excited to be joining and having the chance to further explore Resin making!! I will be entering this in the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge which is too perfect a theme- altered embellishments! 

Hop on over to the Resin Obsession blog to check out my full tutorial on how you can make Resin Paper with napkins and turn them into these colorful & eclectic flowers! Also check back later today to see what I put these fabulous flowers on!! 

Also I hope you join in the current challenge over at Mix Media Monthly! 

Thanks for joining me & have a lovely inky day.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Christmas In July Project Life Card

This week on Topflight Stamps we are playing with Christmas. Yes that is right, time to start thinking of snow, snow, snow! Why you ask, in July? This is the time the stores need to put their orders in so you can get your happy snow globe stamps in the fall. I was designing this and it was 100oF- yikes, steaming Jingle Bells. 
Project Life Card with Katzelkraft

Mini Tutorial~

I participate in Project Life. At Christmas I tend to attempt to make a December Daily. Both involve making journal cards so that is what I decided to do this week. I started with a Becky Higgins card & added some stamping with Distress Ink, at the top & bottom of my card.
Christmas tree stamp with 3 trees.
Christmas Tree Stamps at Topflight

Next step was to stamp and cut out the wonderful doodle Christmas trees by Katzelkraft with archival ink. Putting Distress Ink on a craft sheet & using it as paint to color the image followed. A quick swipe of color on the background along with some shimmer from A Wink Of Stella pen gave my trees a nice backdrop. I cut out the Merry Christmas and adhered it on the trees, then used pop dots to adhere. All I need is the journaling! Pop on over to the Topflight Blog to get your Christmas going & check out all the cool Christmas designs the team is doing this week. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Making Nautical Art Cards with Topflight Stamps

Today I have my weekly post from Topflight Stamps. Check out the sale at the bottom of my blog after you read the post! The theme over there is summer or nautical & I got to play with these awesome stamps from Joy Crafts-Seashore Icons.
art card with photo of seagulls & girl on floatation. Stamps with seagulls & ship wheel.
Stamps by Joy Craft have such great detail!

Playing with Stamps!

I decided to make some simple art cards, here is a quick rundown of how I made them.

This card started with random scrap paper adhered and was covered with acrylic paint & a scraper. I actually was arting on the beach where the picture was taken. Some random stamping of the Ships Wheel in black- notice how applying different pressure changes the look of the stamp. That is also as I was stamping on my lap! When I got home I added a photo from the trip, I love adding photos to my art cards.

The seagull was stamped on beige scrapbook paper, the postage stamp is from Pinterest & is on my Digi board. I added a few embellishments from Bo Bunny & did a bit of sewing. The feather was picked up on at the beach & adds the perfect touch of memory from the day!


Let's Make a Tag!

My second project is a tag that I had started with some cheese cloth & artisan powders. It was a demo I did in a class I was teaching. Perfect to add some nautical stamped images. I stamped the oh so cool light house & compass on scrapbook paper, & cut them out. The compass was adhered with pop dots. 

The lighthouse was added to with just a touch of color using Distress Oxide. Below I added some Glass Bead Gel & GemStones to act like the rocks! The background stamping at the top of the tag was part of that same stamp. The edges of the stamp are seagulls & clouds, so they were inked up and stamped. A bit of ribbon at the top & shazam, done. Thanks for joining me today, I hope I can inspire you to make some art. Pop on over to Topflight to get the best of Europe's stamps right here in the U.S. 

I am entering my tag in the Craft Stamper Magazine challenge. 

 There is a huge sale going on, all the summer stamps!

Topflight Stamp 
Other Supplies:
  •  Ranger-Jet Black, Cobalt Archival Ink
  •             -Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick Distress Oxide
  • Tombo Mono-Aqua Glue
  • Liquitex-Glass Bead Gel
  • Emerald Creek-Gemstones
  • Bo Bunny- Noteworthy Ephemera
  • Letters-Me & My Big Ideas

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Few Art Card Techniques

Hello Blog Land, I am here today with a few art card techniques. I love using Southern Ridge Trading co. chippies on my cards. They are the perfect embellishment to add to these cards & the bonus is you can color customize them to fit your project. 

Art Card using blues, greens, pinks, lots of texture. Vintage cut out of a mona & the word Lost
Vintage Collage with Tim Holtz

 Art Card #1- Collage

I was using this as a test card to see how fast  crackle paste would dry. Sadly I don't remember what the answer was, really need to write that info down. I added some watercolor paint & once dry did some random stamping. I painted the stencil word "Lost" and outlined it. My Leafy Branch was gessoed, stamped and painted. After adding the ephemera I also added copper metallic paint in random spots. This card sentiment kind of reminds me of a family member, hum sparks ideas on how to use these paper dolls. 

art card with a pic of a turtle on a GelPress background
The wee turtle that visits our garden.

Card #2- Our Garden Friend

 After creating a Distress Oxide (DO) background I added some stencil work with gesso. The SRTC Dandelion Seed Stem was gessoed, painted with water color marker & once dry stamped with black archival ink. 

The Green Leaf chippie was painted the same way & the only difference is stamped with Leaf Green Archival to create a more subtle look. "Cute" was also colored with a marker & clear embossed, then highlighted with a touch of doodling. Ephemera & stitching was added.

Art Card with Darkroom Door Stamps on a Gel Press Background.

Card #3- Red Lobster!

This card was started using a piece of Gel Press card stock. Random stamping using Dark Room Door Stamps in various colors was the next step. 
Emerald Creek Emboss
The shells were stamped on printed paper using Distress Oxide & heat embossed with Fractured Ice. I love this look. The DO color shows through & the emboss creates a grungy look with flecks of black ink & blue glitter. 
Stamp on the chippie!

The SRTC lobster was colored with Distress Ink & DO and once dry stamped with copper paint & black archival ink. 

Supplies Used:
  •  SRTC- Leafy Branch, Dandelion Seed Stem, Green Leaf, Word Mix 1, Ocean Mix, Raindrop stencil.
  • Dark Room Door Stamps- Grunge Marks, Seashells, Correspondence.
  • Emerald Creeks Embossing- Fractured Ice 
  • Le Plumme II watercolor markers by Marvy Uchida
  • Distress Ink, Archival Ink, Distress Oxide.
  • Tim Holtz- Paper Dolls, Quotations, Ephemera
  Thanks for joining me today!!! 
 I am entering my Lost art card in the Craft Stamper Magazine challenge & in Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge- Distress It. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Topflight Stamps Design Team Debut!!!

I am so excited to be here with my 1st Topflight Design Team post. For those of you who are familiar with my work I love stamps & use them in almost everything I do. I thought I would begin with a project that I can add more stamping to as time goes on. What better way than Eileen Hull's Passport Book Die!! This is one of my favorite dies and will be a great way to showcase some stamps in an art journal way.   

Here is my Passport Book!! 

As this book is a WIP (work in progress) I am leaving binding the book until the end. For now using rubber bands to keep the signatures in is a great way to easily pull my pages in & out while working on the inside. The best part is you can play along with me & make a book too!!! 

Starting with corrugated cardboard was a happy recycle way to go. Simply cut out 2 covers & a spine. Next pull up some of the cover making sure to peel the layer that covers the rounded part of the board. You can easily see this by looking at the side of the board. Cover with gesso or whatever color of paint you want. I wanted a white surface so my stamping would show up. Use an old gift card or spatula & scrape the paint on leaving some of the card showing through.

Once the paint is dry stamp your focal image on the cover for placement. I knew I wanted a hummingbird- one of my favorite birds on the cover, conveniently Darkroom doors has a great set! I also knew I wanted to cover the entire cover in UTEE to protect it & create a cool slick surface. That meant whatever I used to stamp in, had to be permanent. I decided to go with Dylusions Paint as I also wanted bright colors. 

I put a bit of paint with a spatula on my craft mat and spread it kind of flat. Then dabbed my stamp into it to get good coverage. Use different colors & randomly stamp over project, drying paint in between colors. Use leftover paint with a baby wipe & paint some of the inside pages so not to waste paint. This gives some of your blank pages a bit of color to start. I am adding in different types of paper from card stock, watercolor, index cards etc.

The white background was too stark for me so I used a trick to cover the pages with UTEE. Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel is basically a thick clear embossing powder & perfect for this technique. When covering large areas I like to use a color spray for easy coverage, so much faster than an ink pad! Spritz covers with Squeezed Lemon Distress Spray & cover with UTEE. Shake off excess and heat set. 

The result is a water looking shine that helps protect the cover. Using a light color like yellow allows the painted images to show loud & clear. My hummingbird was heat embossed and cut out then adhered with a strong glue. 

The spine was painted with the Dylusions Paint and on the outside was stamped in copper paint. Once dry I added the UTEE the same way as the cover leaving the edges bare. This is where the Super Tape goes.  The spine can be adhered on the outside to look like a regular book or the inside which is what I did. That gives me more space on my cover to work with. 

Inside my spine was heat embossed with stamped images. Cover the inside of your book with paper before you adhere the spine. To finish my cover I added a jewelry latch & chain to help keep my book closed. 

I slipped the few pages I have from my leftover paint as above in. My book is ready to add more pages as I go! Thanks so much to Topflight for choosing me to be apart of their design team. Hop on over there & subscribe to the newsletter (left hand side of home page) to keep up to date on all the great sales & new releases.

Topflight Stamps:

Other Supplies:
Eileen Hull Passport Die by Sizzix
Emerald Creek Emboss- Oil Rubbed Bronze, Charred Gold, Hammered Metal.
Ranger- Dylusions Paint, UTEE, Distress Spray, Embossing Dabber
Thermo*O*Web- Super Tape

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Oh Canada Travelers Journal with Southern Ridge Trading Co.

Hello Blog Land!! I am here today with a Canadian Travelers Journal. This July 1st marks my homelands 150th birthday. Southern Ridge Trading Co. has come out with a new release commemorating the event,  you can go see what my team mates have come up with! There is also a contest on the My Grandma's Teacup blog & you could win! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I have a tutorial for you using Eileen Hull's Journal die. I am entering this in a few challenges. Mix Media Monthly has multiple themes this month but I am going with travel. Emerald Creek is doing a Surf, Turf or both & Simon Says Stamp is playing with stencils! This has lots of step out pics so grab your favorite Molson Product & a Poutine, let's go! 
Cover of a travel journal Canada 150 chipboard, lots of texture, red & white
Southern Ridge Trading Co. Chippies on a Travel Journal
Here is my in progress journal. As a Canadian living in the U.S. I visit at least once a year to see family. My idea is to use this book to document my trips & favorite things like Canadian beer, poutine, my favorite restaurants etc. The inserts are easily removable (like a midori) which makes working on it a breeze. I have the covers finished & will work on the inside as I go. It will have 3 or 4 sections which gives me options! 

mat board cut journal book with Canada, moose, bear chipboard pieces
Eileen Hull Journal Book & SRTC Chippies

Let's Get Started! 

I started by cutting out 2 pieces of mat board with the Journal die. The key is to flip the 2nd piece so the middle hole lines up. You can use that hole to string a ribbon or elastic to create a closure for your book. I used painters tape to mask off the spine to protect it. and covered the mat board with gesso. Tip: Keep the covers beside each other so you don't get mixed up & decorate the wrong side. Once you get a few layers on it is easy to distinguish just remember which way is up! 

SRTC & DecoArt Stencils

Build Up That Texture.

Use Super Heavy Gesso over the entire piece creating texture with a spatula. I pushed my Canada 150 piece into the gesso so it would adhere easily & flatly. The downside of doing this is it limits my options when it comes to designing after the fact. I added crackle paste randomly around the outside edges of the pages and light modeling paste through a stencil. Set aside to dry thoroughly. 
Texture Book with Iron Oxide Glaze

Using Micaceous Iron Oxide (a gritty fluid silvery dark grey acrylic) & DecoArt Glazing medium I made a mix in equal parts & covered my whole project. This can seem daunting & over kill but trust me it is a great way to add depth to the cracks & crevices of all that texture created by the pastes. Let it dry for a minute or 2 & using a baby wipe, wipe back the color as much or little as you like. I wanted to have white in there so I wiped back quote a bit, but let the paint stay in the crevices. Rotate the baby wipe as it gets dirty for best results. Ah texture!

Next I painted the Canada 150 in Americana True Red. I used that same color & the glazing medium again as above. I did this a couple of times to get my covers the way I wanted it. Repeat with the back side. With a piece of stiff kids foam & small amounts of Metallic Lustre in Copper Kettle, hit the high points and scuff up the edges. Ah love the shine!!

Decorate The Spine.

Using the True Red again cover the spines with a dry brush. Once dry I scuffed it up a bit using the Iron Oxide. Then I stamped a script stamp using gold acrylic paint. I peeled off the outside strip on the back side just 1 layer of paper from the mat board. The glue will stick better to a non painted surface. Use a strong glue that will hold up to handling. SuperTape by Therm*O*Web is a favorite. Line up the book, adhere the front spine piece over the back spine piece. The middle holes will almost line up. Press together.

I used Eileen's Color Blends to distress the edges, so easy to use & really helps the book pop!! 

I wanted to add something to the Canada piece, it was looking a little stark. I glued some seed beads in some of the more open spaces but decided that wasn't enough. Resin to the rescue. Pouring Resin Obsession and adding some more beads & glitter shapes was just what it needed. I will have a post on how on how I did this soon. The cool thing is some of the shapes look like they are floating. 

I also added some Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves emboss to the bear & adhered him to the front. My family's crest animal is the bear so this was very appropriate.

Threading the Spine You Have Options...

The idea of this journal is once to fit 3 books or signatures in it that are removable. Basically sliding the pages under an elastic or cord. I chose 1mm black waxed cord as I wanted something thinner but strong so I could add beads to the spine. The nice thing about using elastic, it is easier to slide your pages in & out. Simply cut 3 pieces of cord (about 20" long) and string each one through a set of holes, so the ends are facing front out of the spine.

Add your beads and tie a knot below & above the bead strand so they stay put. Tie a knot at the top hole, on the outside of each strand. Leave enough slack that you can slip the books in & out. Also the extra cord is so you can add more beads & charms so don't cut it!  Elastic means you can put a larger size book because it stretches. 
Elastic= up to 8 3/4" book. Cording = 7 1/2"ish.

Add Some Fun Charms!

I am a bit of a craft & ephemera hoarder & it finally paid off!!! I lived in Vancouver, Canada for a year, 12 years ago and my house key was a Canadian Maple Leaf. I don't know about you but I have a challenge using "special" items. Either I can't find them or the project is not important enough & so the items either sit in a box somewhere never to be found or just plain gather dust. This time the stars aligned and not only did I remember that I owned this but I also managed to find it fairly quickly- what??? That never happens!!! These charms & more beads were added to the extra cording at the top of the book.
 I will be back in July with a post on the inside of my book so stay tuned!!!

Emerald Creeks Dare- Surf & Turf or Both
Mix Media Monthly- #27 Travel
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge- Stencil It 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eileen Hull Mix Media House Album with Stampotique Stamps

Do you want to play a game? This month Eileen Hull’s design team are playing with Stampotique stamps. This is one of my favorite stamp companies & I have been lucky enough to do a few guest posts for them over the years. I especially love Daniel Torrents creepy, funky designs. I decided to make a mini album to document some of our summer activities in a simple one photo per page format. How about some ideas on how to use your stamps in a mini-album?

Picture of a mini-album with the house shaped cover.
Summer 2017 House Pocket Album

Welcome To My House!

I had way too much fun designing this & just kept adding details. Here is my super mix media album. There are lots of yummy details on the cover. I plan on binding this with The Cinch binding system when it is finished. Punching the sides of the book gives me an idea of where the binding will be. Using rings to hold the book together makes it easy to add and swap the order of pages as the summer goes on. 

Stampotique Welcome Door by Daniel Torrente

 Let's Play With Stamps!

I knew I wanted Daniel's Welcome Door stamp on the cover of my book but it was far too big. Technique #1: I stamped my image, took a photo of it, shrunk it down & printed it out on card stock. You could also scan the image. 

Painting the door with some of the colors used on the cover worked well. Once dry adding accents with glitter pens made the door stand out. I also outlined the stamp details back in with a black pen. 

Using Eileen's House Pocket Die

Let's Play With Paper

I have tons of paper as a scrapbooker & lover of paper in general. I decided I would use my stash up & incorporate some of Eileen’s new paper pad for this project. I choose the House Pocket Stitchlits die by Sizzix #661902 as the base of my project. This would be the perfect time to do a smash type book. On the right is a page from Eileen's paper pad with a quote glued in. 

This is the back side of Eileen's paper. Technique #2: This is a great way to use a stamp directly on busy paper. Cover a space with some white gesso to dull down the pattern & stamp on that spot once dry. Used some water color pencils to color in a few flowers on the back ground paper & colored Carrot by Jill Penney in with the the same pencils. Then added a bit of water to give it a water color look. The flower is die cut from resin paper. 

Technique #3: Another way to stamp directly on busy paper. Stamp & heat emboss in black, I used Janet Klein's sunflower in medium. Once cool use chalk pens and glitter pens to color in the image. These pens have great coverage.

Here is the finished sunflower page on the left. On the right- Technique #4 is simple but one of my favorites. Stamp Heart Shirt on tissue paper, cut out & use decoupage glue on the back ground & the tissue, carefully place the image down. This creates a translucent look so the background shows through. Add a layer of glue over the image to protect it.

Technique #5- This is pretty basic, stamp Octopet in archival ink, color in with watercolor markers. Cut image out & paste. Use a light color like grey & add shadows.This helps the image pop. 

Technique #6- This is great for small detail that you can't really cut out. Stamp your image where you will be placing it. Stamp you image a 2nd time on card stock, cut out but don't worry about the hard to cut portions. In this case I did not cut out Reggie's teeth. Line image on top of stamped image & adhere. You can see in the photo below the teeth are magically there! 

Well that is it for now. I hope this post inspires you to play with stamps! Thanks to Stampotique for supplying some of the stamps to play with & Marvy Uchida for letting me play with their pens!! Stay tuned I plan on doing a 2nd post showing how I made the details on the front cover, flowers...

Playing in my awesome friend Kim's site at Emerald Creeks. The challenge this month is Surf, Turf or Both. I have turf on the outside & surf on the inside!
I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge. The theme this week is "Emboss It." The eves of my house are embossed with Emerald Creeks Charred Gold emboss powder.

Playing along with a new site I found called SanDee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenges

Eileen Hull  



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