Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rock The Red

It is time to Rock the Red with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies and I am posting for Part 2!! This is a bittersweet post for me as it is my last one as on official member of the Emerald Creek Design Team. I know I'm usually a "Chatty Cathy" but I'm not sure I have the words for this post that will fully describe what being a part of Emerald Creek has meant to me. From the day I received the e-mail saying I was on the team to now has been one of the best times of my life. I have been honored to be part of team with some of the most talented ladies I've seen and I have been so lucky to meet so many of them. Thanks to Kim seeing something in my projects that she liked, I have been able to be a part of a huge community of creators and am very fortunate to call some of these talented, kind people my friends. And of course, one of the most important is Kim, the genius behind Emerald Creek Craft Supplies. She is incredibly supportive, kind, generous and really any other wonderful thing you can use to describe a person. I admire her drive to to be a Mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a friend and to grow her incredible business, while she works outside of the home too. And while I may not be posting monthly for this incredible lady, I will always support her and her company because of who she is, what she represents and the the top quality of her products. Emerald Creek has become my crafty family over the last year and a half and I love them and for all the support and help and generous help as I find my way in the crafty world, I will be eternally grateful. Still not the right words for how much Kim and EC mean to me but a valiant effort :) I'll be in my corner with my blankie and some tissue now.
So I guess I should show you the project now right?! LOL



Emerald Creek has always inspired me, have become my crafty family and we've had a few laughs along the way!
I painted a canvas board with a mix of Distress Paint in Spun Sugar and Candied Apple. I then gesso'd hearts with the TH stencil, after that was dry I used my embossing dauber and embossed hearts with Emerald Creek Candy Red and a mix of Candy Red EP and Fractured Ice. Love the texture!
I got the heart with wood pieces idea from The Artful Maven and a project she did. I cut up bits of wood and embossed them all in Candy Red EP and glued them to a grungeboard heart I had in my stash.
Love the texture and colour I got from mixing Fractured Ice EP with the Candy Red EP.



I embossed this little wood piece with embossing ink and Candy Red EP. Got quite a smooth finish on this.

If you want more texture, I used Distress Paint and Candy Red EP. I found with the paint I got more texture when I embossed.

I also used the Distress Paint on this one and embossed it with the Fractured Ice, so much texture on this one!

  Please swing by and see the wonderful creations from the other DT members!

Jess
Pam
Deb


Emerald Creek Supplies Used:
Candy Red Embossing Powder
Fractured Ice Embossing Powder
Emerald Creek Filagree Leaf
Emerald Creek Linked Hearts

Other Supplies Used:
Distress Paint in Candied Apple and Spun Sugar
Ranger Embossing Dauber
TH Heart Mini Stencil
White Gesso
Canvas Board
TH Grungeboard Heart
Miscellaneous wood bits

Don't forget to show us how you are Rocking The Red for you chance to win a $50 GC for Emerald Creek!! You know you want to get your hands on the new gemstones, the amazing embossing powder, the charms and some of the best stamps ever!


Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Cathy

Challenges Entered:
The Sisterhood of Crafters "Red" Challenge

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

More Hearts!

It's time for another project for Mixed Media Mojo Monthly Challenge!! All the details are up on the blog today! Please swing by and see some of the details on my project, especially the gorgeousness of the melty Charred Gold Embossing Powder heart!! 

Here is my 6X6 canvas I created for the theme "love" with the twist "wings"





I found the heart with wings stencil and thought it was a perfect center design (it pays to de clutter a storage closet sometimes!) and my Charred Gold ep, it's an addiction, I know. And more playing and practicing with my Twist and Style Tool designed by Eileen Hull.

Thanks for having a look and please hop over to see some of the detail pictures at Mixed Media Mojo!


Have a great day everyone and hope you all get some time to be crafty!

Cathy

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Love Kinda Month

It's February...already! And this month is all about love and Valentine's Day and red and pink and hearts! As a single person I focus on the love I have for my kids and my nephews, so I usually get them all chocolates or something small. I'm pretty sure they know how much I love them everyday of the year, but I do get caught up in all the pretty packaging and hearts and shinyness everywhere. 
I created a 5X7 Valentine for my mantel and used words that remind me of my folks, because as crazy as they could make each other, their love was strong and timeless. I still hear the love in my Dad's voice when he talks about Mom and how much he misses her.


My base layer is a piece of cardboard from my TH stash, sprayed with Candied Apple, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Tarnished Brass. The large heart was from an old grungeboard set I had again sprayed with the same colours. My old Scrabble tiles are layered on TH burlap,and even though the burlap has the adhesive back, I used glossy accents to adhere it because of the extra weight of the tiles. My aged flowers are sprayed with the Wendy Vecchi Mica Spray in buttecup and the red rose is edged with my Emerald Creek Charred Gold! I added two chipboard pieces from Southern Ridge Trading Company, (these heart flowers may have been discontinued but there are tons of others to choose from) one done with Charred Gold ep and the other stained in the same colours as the background.

Here are a few close ups of my project!


Once I had attached the tiles, I pulled some of the stings off the burlap so it had a more frayed look.

I wish the mica sprays showed up better in the pictures, they are so pretty and shimmery!


I just love the texture I can get with my Charred Gold embossing powder.



 Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are having a wonderful week!

Cathy

Challenges Entered

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Love Is In The Air

Welcome to February with the Mixed Media Mojo Monthly Challenge!! Be sure to head over to the blog to see all the amazing projects from the DT! This month's challenge is Love, Twist - Wings. Here's my take on the challenge.


It's all about Love....but can you spot my twist?!





I used alcohol inks in Black, Purple and Flamingo (I originally started with gold but didn't like how it showed up so I switched to black) and Yupo paper to create a plaid background. Thanks to my friend Freddie for the instructions on that! I then painted a piece of substrate with the Opal Magic Violet Gold by Finnabair.
I then edge the piece in mica powder. Here is where I originally painted with the Distress paint in Wilted Violet, but I did not like the way it turned out. So I left it aside and worked on my Yupo plaid. I wrote with the embossing pen and then heat embossed with Fractured Ice from Emerald Creek.

And because I didn't like the way one paint turned out, I used black gesso and covered it and liked that much better. I then used my Distress Black Soot marker to colour the word love and stamped it around the border. To add some more texture to the black I used transparent texture paste through the heart stencil. All my little flowers were done with Tattered Florals die and paper from Wild Whisper Designs, I used some Emerald Creek brads for the flower centers.
 And now for a few close ups of the project!

All the flower sections are edged with Distress Ink in Dusty Concord

This button brad was embossed in Onyx Frost, both items from Emerald Creek.

This flower center is a Tiny Tattered Floral.

You can see the heart texture in the background

Printed and then embossed in Fractured Ice
 
And to make sure you could see my twist...here are my "wings" on the little flower fairy

Please make sure to check out the blog and play along with the February challenge!!


Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great week!
Cathy

Monday, January 30, 2017

Creativation and Winter Hues

WOW!! I didn't post at all last week. All my posting was on Instagram and Facebook as I encountered my first ever Creativation...more on that to come!!
I also got back into my craft room and did a small canvas for The Frilly and Funkie Winter Hues Challenge. Now the hues are winter but the message is one of thanks and memories. Being a part of the Design Team for Emerald Creek allowed me to be at the show and meet some of the most incredibly talented and kind people ever! But first pics of the project!
6X6 canvas, gesso'd, painted, stencilled, embossed, distress sprayed and the flowers were edged in Hammered Metal embossing powder from Emerald Creek.
  Just a few close ups of my project to show some of the details.


Emerald Creek charm, embossed teh inside with Hammered Metal, then layered int he "thank you" poured in Glossy Accents and added some of the new stones from Emerald Creek.
A little shout out to Creativation in the bottom corner

Little resin fairy in the corner, lightly painted with irridescent shimmer from the Dylusions line.



I did my project with the challenge in mind but also as a thank you for the amazing people that I got to meet and the incredible time I had at my first ever show.

The show started with this amazing team!


 I also had the pleasure/honour of meeting some of my crafting idols!! These ladies were so incredibly kind and made me feel so welcome. I'm still fangirling a bit because well....look at all this talent!!

Karen is the Queen of selfies, which is good because my arms are too damn short!! LOL It was so amazing to meet her and feel so welcome! You need to follow Karen's blog at http://karenbearse.blogspot.ca/

Yes that is Anita, aka The Artful Maven, so excited when I saw her. I was trying to be cool and calm...LOL Didn't happen!! I love her work and it was a big deal! Her blog is at The Artful Maven Haven

Got the chance to meet Jenny at Anita's demo desk!! Seriously too much excitement in one place...I'm such a dork when it comes to meeting this incredibly talented people that I look up too and respect! Jenny's blog is a also a must follow at http://pushingtherightbuttons.blogspot.ca/

And just hanging out in the Emerald Creek booth with all these talented ladies!!



Much more to come from Creativation but I had to share some of it now! At home, still kind of sinking in but one of the highlights of my life! So much talent and kindness and welcoming from people that totally understand when you just have to touch the paper!!

Thanks for stopping by everyone!
Have an amazing week!
Cathy

Challenge Entered: Frilly and Funkie Winter Hues