Sunday, 1 September 2013

A little long weekend sharing

Hi blogging friends, I just wanted to stop by and share a tag with you that I made this weekend.  Nothing like leaving it to the end of the month but when I saw Tim's August Tag Challenge I knew I really wanted to play with this technique.  I loved his results and to be honest actually forget about using them when creating.  I am so appreciative of all the work Tim puts into providing us with the never-ending and always inspiring tips, techniques, projects, products and challenges. Thank you Tim! I wanted to share my tag with you and hope you either had fun creating with your masks or get inspired to in the near future.  No better time than a nice long weekend to get those creative ideas out!
In this tag I started by stamping my focal points in black archival ink on a blank manilla tag.  I did this because I knew I wanted the flesh colours to be clean and pop when I got to that and not have colour to contend with from an all over background.  After covering these stamped images with my masks I then used my blending tool, stamps and distress inks to create the remaining background.
 After creating the background, I removed the masks and started to add colour to the black stamped images.  Using the brush tip of the distress markers and watcolour brush, I achieved the general colour and then I went over with both the fine tip and brush tip to add dimension and shadow.
After I was happy with the tag itself I added a few embellishments to finish it off.  Randomly, remnant rubs were added and I love the look of these old cigar bands and I think they are quite fitting for this tag. I might do a little distressing of the brads but loving how this turned out.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all a great long Labour Day weekend! h

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Dog Days of Summer

Hi All!  I hope you are all enjoying your summer and are getting great weather.  Here is Nova Scotia we can already feel the change in weather as the evenings are cooler and the forecasts seem to be more unpredictable.  Personally, my favorite season is Fall and wish that it could be Fall all year! I love the nice days and crisp evenings while enjoying the beautiful colours of changing leaves and the gathering of Fall harvests here in the valley.

I am stopping in today to share a card I made earlier this month!(sorry for being a stranger)  This card was made for the challenge over on the Inspiration Emporium Blog.  I made a card with a travel theme which would be perfect to send to someone you traveled with.  Sending a photo from your travels with a little note will sure to bring a smile to their face remembering the adventure.
 I started the card by embossing a piece of patterned paper and because it was larger that the embossing folder I turned it so I could get the overall look I was going for.  Using a blending tool I made the embossed area pop even more by adding walnut stain and peacock feathers distress inks.Various remnant rubs finish off the background piece. The globe was stamped with black archival ink on watercolour paper to prevent it from bleeding when water is added.  I can't say enough how much I love playing with my distress markers because they truly are so fun.  Having them dual tipped really adds to their versatility. The image was added with foam squares to the background to give it some lift and dimension.  One of new word bands released this summer was added with jute as a finishing touch.  I love how this card came together and I hope you do as well.
 Items used: kraft core cardstock, watercolour paper, destinations paper stash, remnant rubs, jute, observation word bands, travel blueprint cms148 stamp set, distress markers, distress inks, blending tool, watercolour detail brush, foam squares

There are a few days left for you to get in on the monthly challenge yourself so why not get in on the fun and possibly win 50 dollars to spend online with them.  The supplies used in this card as well as the newly released items are arriving daily at IE so drop by and use ink&flour to get 10% off your purchase!  Happy creating everyone! h

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Sunday sharing

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! It has been absolutely beautiful here in terms of the weather which I am loving.  We don't get a long summer here so we must enjoy it when it is here because before we know it fall is here and the temperatures drop.

I want to thank everyone who has visited and also left comments.  I truly love reading them and are thankful you have taken a few minutes to do so.  I love to create but being able to read that others also enjoy what you do is heartwarming and encouraging so thank you! I am back to share a few more of my samples...

 This card uses another part of the paper I said I loved so much in the last post.  There is just so much holiday magic and innocence going on in this piece that I couldn't help but use it(twice).  Don't you agree?  

 This card uses the new 8x8 seasonal paper that we have come to love so much.  It is difficult to tell in this photo but I painted the letters with antique linen distress paint and added a bit of rock candy stickles to give them a little twinkle. 

 This project took on a life of its own.  I just couldn't wait to get back to this one as I was creating it because ideas just kept popping in my head.  Each little box that is turned around actually has the next number behind it.  This way I could stick to using only one tray and it also adds a bit of suspense to the piece.  This certainly was an ideology playground of the festive kind.

One of the new papers was the "Twas the Night before Christmas" story and I knew I wanted to incorporate it so I paper-pieced this to the back of the tray before sealing it.  What a great tradition to start on Christmas Eve after enjoying the tray all season. 

 I hope you are able to take some time this week to be creative.  I know I have lots of ideas swirling around in this crazy head of mine and with another week of vacation to go I am looking forward to playing.  I will be back soon with my monthly challenge piece for the Inspiration Emporium's monthly Blog challenge.  This month it is My Summer Vacation or any travel related project.  Why not get in on the fun, who knows you might be the winner of $50 to spend in their online store.  Enjoy your week and thanks again for stopping by and leaving your comments. h

Friday, 2 August 2013

More Sharing

I wanted to stop by and share a few more of my CHA samples.  I had so much fun making them and hope they will give you some inspiration for your future holiday creations.

As a past skater, the large and small skate dies just called to me!  I knew I had to incorporate them into a project where they were the focal point.  I used die cut grunge board from the new vintage market die and trim from ideology.  I can't wait to get this back to hang over the holidays.

 Next up is a stand alone holiday piece using the new Merriment paper. I absolutely love this piece of paper(not to mention the whole pad) but also made another card using this piece that I will show tomorrow.  I wanted to draw attention to the focal point without taking away from it by adding too much.  I didn't get a photo before sending them off of the back but I mounted this to a piece of painted chipboard to give it stability and used two of small easel chipboard die cuts so it can stand alone in just that perfect place.  These trees are so fun to work with and ink like a dream.  I clipped the back of this one in order for it to stand flat against the project which also gives a place glue.  New cord, tissue tape, mirror stars and remnants rubs complete this project.

A few shots from the show (Thanks M and Scraptime for the use of your photos)...

Personally, I love creating for the holidays and can't wait to do more.  This release and seeing all the wonderful samples by amazing people has got my creative soul charged.  I will be back with a few more samples tomorrow.  Make sure you check out Inspiration Emporium and pre-order all the new goodies, remember to use ink&flour and receive 10% off your purchase. Have a great Friday! h