Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Trifecta of Dies!

I was so excited to be one of the $50 GC winners in the Stamp 'N Scrap Busy Beaver Blog Hop and even more excited when I saw that they had some Seth Apter dies in stock!! You can check out Stamp 'N Scrap and see what they have! Great service and my package was wrapped up so pretty! I had a couple days of work left when I got my package but tonight I played!! 
I really like using canvas boards, but of course I didn't have any....so regular canvas it was. I used a 10X10 canvas and....didn't even gesso it!! I know...who does that? But I couldn't wait so I just started painting. And also...I didn't even clean my brush off between colours!! I'm losing my mind here! LOL Used a completely dry brush for all the colours and my fingers.
I used Seth Apter's Trifecta die on this project and I love it! I can't wait to use the other one I got now! You can get this die at Scrap 'N Stamp HERE or from Seth's website HERE

Here is the finished project featuring Seth's  Trifecta dies, Tim's Distress Paints in Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs.





I cut out the dies, then used them as stencils on the canvas (the Peacock Feathers colour), then painted the dies and added them on. I used some burlap I had on my table and painted that and added it.
I used Ranger clear Texture Paste and a large word stencil for background texture. I also added in some spots some Clear Rock Candy crackle paint. Here are some close ups :)






I then assembled everything and glued most of my bits on with Dina's gel medium. I love that stuff!


The shimmery paint is one of the new ones from Finnabair called Fairy Wings, love it!

So many circles!! One in paint, one die on cardstock and one done on cork.

I need to use more crackle...on everything!! I love this stuff...I forget sometimes that I have something!

Excited to have my first ever Seth Apter Dies!! You can find his designs on his website and follow his creative journey on his blog, here is the link to The Altered Page. Can't wait to get more...I need the drips one next I think! :) 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend everyone! 

Cathy


 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Strong and Free

My first project using the new Strong and Free Collection from Wild Whisper! I love this collection! Okay I love them all but there is just something about this one...I think it's the Double Double coffee card! LOL
For this project I reused yogurt jars that my son saved for me! I was away and he thought I might be able to use them so he washed them out and saved them. :) 
Here is the finished project, but for more details head on over to the Wild Whisper blog today! 





Thanks for stopping by and make sure you check out this new collection from Wild Whisper!

Have a great day!
Cathy

Celebrating My Country

So much celebrating this month! My country celebrated it's 150th birthday and of course there's the 4th of July celebrations south of the border! It has been so interesting to see the patriotic creations that people have shared! So please make sure you comeand show us your summer celebration with your country's twist at the new Mixed Media Mojo Challenges Facebook page!! We can't wait to see all the incredible projects!

Here is my second project for July! 



I created a textured background using an anchor stencil and Dina Wakely Gel medium. Once it was dry I sponged on some Distress Oxide in Fired Brick and Vintage Photo.


I edged all my pieces in the Distress Oxide as well.

I used an image I downloaded for my maple leaf and then cut it out of the newest Wild Whisper paper collection called Strong & Free.

Love the word tiles from Tim Holtz. This one I cut into 3 pieces so it would fit where I needed it too.

And one of the lovely Paper Dolls, doing a little curtsy because we Canadians are polite like that!! Okay well most are, me...I don't curtsy LOL

Have this great package of different size cards and used the map one and made sure that Canada fit inside my maple leaf cut out.     

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to come and join the fun over at the Mixed Media Mojo Challenges Facebook group! Share your creations and see what the Design Team is coming up with to inspire you this month!

Have a great day!
Cathy

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Happy 150 Canada!

Yes I am a few days late!! My apologies! I did not get back into the swing of things as quickly as I thought I would! I was off on the east coast of Canada for a couple of weeks and then home and back to work. But now I think I'm back into my usual quiet routine!
Please make sure you come and check out the Mixed Media Mojo Challenges Facebook Group. Share your take on the monthly challenge and don't forget the "twist"! For the month of July the challenge is "Summer Celebrations" with a "symbol of your country" twist! For my first project to celebrate my country I'm sharing my take on our country's flag.





I kept it a bit simple for this one, but still managed to get a few layers and used a tool that I've not used hardly at all!

I stamped Wild Whisper images and the Emerald Creek image in clear ep on the white background of the flag and also on the red maple leaf.

Yes I do have a Gelli Plate (actually two since I do have a smaller one too) and it seems to get buried and I don't use it often. I really should so I can practice and get some cool prints off of it. For all my red pieces I brayered my red acrylic paint on my Gelli Plate an then stamped the Wild Whisper maple leaf into the paint, then pulled the prints.

Pieces of my pulled prints that I used to cut out my maple leaf and cut my side pieces.


Emerald Creek Maple Leaf Swirls embossed in clear on the white and on the pulled print.

 
Wild Whisper's new collection is called Strong and Free and the word stamp is from the matching stamp set.
For my letters I used the Tim Holtz Vintage Market letters (my new favorite item to use)

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to share your creations with us at the Mixed Media Mojo Challenge Facebook page! Can't wait to see all your summer celebrations!

Have a great day!
Cathy

Friday, June 30, 2017

A Coffee Lover's Journal

Wow!! My blog has been quiet because I have been away, over to the east coast of Canada. We went to visit family, take my Mom's ashes to the Atlantic where her brother's ashes were put, celebrate my Uncle's 70th birthday and see some of the sites. What an adventure, but more on that another time.
I wanted to share my All Things Coffee Journal that I created with the Eileen Hull Journal Die! I posted pics of if before, but didn't get the chance to do a post with some more detail pics.
I love this die!! I already have a list of other ones I want to create, some just because and some to actually complete a project and show off some trips. And yes, there will certainly be more than one of my Nova Scotia/PEI adventures!
Here is my first journal. All Things Coffee. And environmentally friendly too since almost everything I used to make it is repurposed from my caffeine addiction! :)







I also for the first time did a video of the flip through of my journal. It's in 2 parts because my camera person aka my daughter had a focus issue and then we got the giggles so please watch both parts LOL

Part One

Part Two

And here are some close ups of the inside pages. Almost everything on the inside pages is from my coffee adventures around town and also from home (we drink alot of coffee around here) and some of my tuck spots are made from vintage Nabob coupons.

Emerald Creek brads and the gorgeous ecQuarry line are always a perfect touch!

Tim Holts's Vintage Market Alphabet and Emerald Creek's Charred Gold EP...a match made in heaven!

Of course Tim Horton's is the first page...I am a Timmy's girl!




A little mix of Blenz (my morning routine at work) and hmmm.....surprise surprise more Tim Horton's (the tiny tags are from a Tim's cup)


I used half a Th glassine envelope to create this little pocket then used the other half to create another pocket in the next signature.






Thanks so much for stopping by! I can't wait to make more journals and share them with you! On the list is a wine journal, one for my Disney trip (that happened cough 17 years ago cough), my trip to Nova Scotia and PEI.....the list is just going to get longer. This is just the perfect size for sharing memories and things you love!
Have a great Friday everyone!
Cathy




Friday, June 9, 2017

Travel and Discover Dear Graduate

This month over at Mixed Media Mojo Monthly Challenge the theme is Graduation with a Travel twist!! Make sure you join our brand new Facebook Group and share your project with us! The new group is Mixed Media Mojo Challenges, just click on join and someone will approve you, invite your friends as well. Let's get creating and sharing!

Here is my project for the month! Ohh how I love these TH Paper Dolls!






Here are a few step outs of how I created this little 5X7 canvas board :)

After I gesso'd the board I used my TH Distress Crayons and just rubbed them in and blended them with my fingers.

I also used colours from the background to add a touch of colour to the TH ruler piece and then I added a small quote sticker.


And to add a bit of my travel twist I used my TH stencils and a baby wipe to lift the colour for the words and arrows. I really need to use my Distress Crayons more often, I really liked how they turned out.

And a few close ups of the finished project.

A final report card for graduation and the dreaded Periodic Table of Elements (I was never very good at the sciences)

This ruler is much nicer than the ones I used in school :)

And part of the travel twist, little postcards to friends while this little guy is out adventuring.

I love the Crazing Medium!! Adds just that little extra touch of texture.

Don't forget to come and join the fun and join our new Facebook group! Can't wait to see what you all create with June's theme of Graduation with a Travel twist! :) See you in Mixed Media Mojo Challenges! 

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!
Cathy