Tuesday, September 19, 2017

It's Scrap Shotz Time!!

I am very excited to share my first projects with the Scrap Shotz Design Team!! So wonderful to have this new adventure and work with Sandy and the rest of this amazing team!

This is actually 2 projects but I made it so they'd go together. It would make a great gift!

Here is my finished project of a decorated gift box and 6 note cards to tuck inside.





To see all of the little details and close ups, head on over to Scrap Shotz. Also there are links to the store for the products I used on this project. 

Thanks for your continuous support everyone!

Cathy

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Out & About with Wild Whisper

Yes, it's true!! Another amazing collection from Wild Whisper is ready for you! I love them all and Out & About is no different!
This project re-uses the multi layer steel gasket from the exhaust manifold from my son's '92 Skyline. Once it was scrubbed and degreased it was ready to be re purposed.....into wall art for my house!

Here is the finished project!! For all the details and close ups of the pretty flowers head on over to the Wild Whisper blog today and check it out! The flowers were all die cut with Tim Holtz Tattered Florals and Eileen Hull's Flowers, 3-D #2 and Flower Layers w/heart petals. Flower centers are the gemstones from Emerald Creek.



Thanks for visiting and don't forget to head on over to Wild Whisper Designs for all the details on this project!

Have a great day everyone!

Cathy


Sunday, September 10, 2017

I Really Am Creating!!

I know it seems like I may be doing nothing...but honest I am!! LOL  I have a number of projects coming up next week and the week after and I can't wait to share them with you!! But for now I'd like to share some of my crafting I did while I was on the east coast of Canada, having my first visit to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island! I took some supplies with me, picked up a couple of small things while I was there and just used the quiet evening time to play and relax. Sometimes it was at the little kitchen table we had in our cottage or it was on the kitchen island in the big house we all stayed in, or the coffee table in my pretend bedroom(really a second living room but worked out great for us). I worked on fun tags, tags with trip stuff on them, a thank you card for my cousins and a birthday card for my Uncle Jim.

This was the birthday card for my Uncle Jim for his 70th birthday. So glad I grabbed a handful of my TH Paper dolls and threw them in my little travel bag.

For the map piece, I just trimmed it down, rounded the corners and then drew the hearts on. One around Nova Scotia where my Uncle lives and one around Vancouver where the rest of us live.

And these paper dolls were perfect. The two boys represent my Uncle Jim and my Uncle Rick (who passed away in July a number of years ago), the two girls represent my Auntie Judy and my Mom (who passed 4 years ago) and the lone show off girl is my Auntie Barb, who is 16 years younger than her oldest sibling. I think my Uncle liked his card.

I also did a thank you card, attached to a bottle of vodka to make more vodka slushy, for my cousin Ken and Nancy and Kaley, the owners of Hope River Farm. Be sure to check out the facebook page to follow the antics of farm life in PEI. They fed us so well while we were there and their table was full of family, 12 of us total!!

I seriously just threw in handfuls of TH Paper Dolls and other cards, some stuff from the Prima St. Tropex line and stamps that I loved like the Dina Wakely one that I used to border this card. Colour is from my DW Scribble Sticks and my Wendy Vecchi Minis.

 
These tags were from our first days of heading out to the east coast, from our dinner at the airport in Vancouver to our first night on Cape Breton Island. The Lighthouse Cottages were probably my fave little cottages. And if you go to the site and let the pics run  through, we had the 3 cottages closest to the green space. What a view and lovely beach space.

This piece was from a brochure and the top piece was my receipt from the Glenorra Distillery that we visited.


One of my sassy girl tags! It was just nice to sit and play after busy days of driving, sight seeing and beach combing.

And this one went to my Auntie Judy due to a conversation, over dishes, in my Auntie Nikki's kitchen after some wine and my made up on the spot poem that consisted of "Sassy, Sassy, kiss my assy" Yup...you had to be there to find this as hilarious as we did and yup...my family is batshit crazy!! LOL

And these three tags were done one evening while crafting on the kitchen island while we stayed in big house on the Bay of Fundy. Even though there were 10 of us, it was always kind of quiet i nthe evening, I was crafting, another group was playing crib at the dining room table, another group sitting in the living room reading. Everyone doing their own thing but still all together as a family.



 Thanks all for stopping by! One day soon I'll post some pics of the amazing scenery we saw on the east coast and some of the places we stayed. 

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Cathy

Friday, September 1, 2017

It's Back To School Time

Yes...yes folks it is the 1st of September!! What the heck?! Where did the summer go? Well over at Mixed Media Mojo the 1st means it's time for a new challenge! Are you ready to play along with this one? The September challenge is "School Fun" with a "Book" twist! I don't have the Back To School happenings in my house anymore, my baby turned 22 in August. That said, I still browse the supply aisles just in case something needs to come home with me LOL
For my first project for the new challenge I completely redid a pencil case/art supply case. I received some wonderful products from Rita Barakat, I won a giveaway she had, and put them to good use! 


Here is the front of my re vamped pencil case. And see it fits some of my must have pens and glue and a waterbrush. It will fit more than what's in the picture :)
 
This is the back of the case. Some stamped images from Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi and Emerald Creek.
 
This is what the case looked like before I started. Then I used some gorgeous paints from Momenta in Teal and Copper.

One coat of this paint gave it a good cover.

I used the copper to edge the front of the case and stencil the word 'discover" from Dina Wakely's stencil. I also sponged some of the copper over the teal before I stenciled.
Leaf stamp from Emerald Creek and one of my Minis in Leaf Green

This is one of Wendy Vecchi's border stamps in Orange Blossom.

Tim Holtz quote stamp in Orange Blossom too. I love this colour, I need to use it more.
And this small stack is my book twist. Added on with Dina Wakely Gel Medium. And that very eclectic stack of books is from my own libray, and in case anyone is interested the book are from top to bottom...Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K Rowling, The Mixed Media Artist by Seth Apter, Art Journal Freedom by Dina Wakely, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx, Falling Backwards by Jann Arden, Adventures in English Literature, my Dad's English book from 1965 and the bottom one is The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.

The finished project!

I hope you swing by the Mixed Media Mojo Challenge Group on Facebook and see all the projects from the DT and don't forget to share your School Fun with a book twist project!

Thanks for stopping by everyone and have a wonderful Friday and fabulous long weekend!!

Cathy

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Christmas Has Begun

I was so lucky yesterday to be able to pick up some of the Christmas dies from the Tim Holtz Christmas release! Before anyone else in the world (well before other stores had them)! How excited were the shoppers at the Customer Appreciation day at Clipper Street yesterday?! Crazy excited!! So many dies sold out so quickly! I was so happy to get my hands on the retro car! It had me at first sight! LOL I was excited to get that package open and try it out! Wow...there are a so many little pieces and yes I did lose two teeny weeny dots for the "i" and for the exclamation point! But perfect chance to add a touch of bling.

The completed card. Nothing to fancy on the first run, I put it together like it shows on the packaging. The blue behind the hills is just blended Iced Spruce Oxide ink then splattered with Salty Ocean Oxide ink.



Here are all the tiny bits you use to put this together. The door panels are there too, just hard to see on my Ranger mat. One thing I did have to redo was the set of black ovals at the bottom. they need to done in white so you get the image of the whitewall tires.



These are all the different papers I used for all the little bits. The plaid and the stripe are from the TH paper stash last year and were used for the bow and gift and the words. The silver holographic I used for the the 3 little fender pieces. I used a shimmer white (had in my stash and never used it before) for the snowy hills, the red for the base of the car is also a shimmery one. Two shades of green for the trees and black and white for the tire bits. The car panels are cut out of a little piece of scrap I had left over from my coffee journal I made.


And again, all the little pieces put together! :)

I am very happy to have my hands on this die and can't wait to create more cards with it. I already have a turquoise cardstock picked out for the next car and on that car I think I'll do white panels. Or not...not sure yet lol. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Cathy


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

I have been very fortunate to come in contact with so many creative icons/teachers/designers and I am even fortunate enough to call some of them my friends. From the local talented team at Clipper Street to other design team members, to people I just admire their work. 
I wanted to create more, I wanted to maybe try something I didn't do before and I sure as heck want to use some of the supplies I have sitting here! (I know you are all laughing at that one cuz you all know exactly what I mean LOL)  So the super talented Marjie Kemper started a short term group to work through some of the mixed media art books that are out there. She created a wonderful and supportive Facebook group and sets up prompts for the week! And I jumped on in!! AND....I am even doing my pages in my Dina Wakely Journal!! AND...I'm using stencils and products I haven't used but have had sitting here needing some love! 
So each week we share our page for that prompt, or you can work on a different prompt and share your work, it's very open and you can do more than one to share! The book for August is Dina Wakely's Art Journal Freedom and it has been so much fun so far. These are my pages for the different prompts and now to get to work on week 4, but I wanted to share these pages first! :)

Our Week One prompt was Repetition found on page 52. Here is my take on that one, using a stencil that had never been out of it's package and new Oxide colours and my new journal!



Week Two prompt was  Asymmetry found on page 14

Using my Seth Apter Dies with TH cork and Oxides

Distress Oxides on kraft and layered.

Finished page!
Week Three prompt is Contrast found on page 78. Used a die  and colours that I hadn't used yet! Also tried the scribble around the edge thing....I could learn to really like that part! :)



I'll be back with week 4 next weekend and September's book is The Mixed Media Artist by Seth Apter. You can still join in the group for the just search Mixed Media Art Book Group and Marjie will add you. 

Thanks for stopping by and hope you are all having some creative time today, and everyday!

Cathy

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Under the Sea...Again!

It's time for my second DT project for Mixed Media Mojo Challenges! And I just love the theme for August! The theme is Under The Sea with a seashell twist! I dug into my Graphic 45 papers and my Emerald Creek Gemstones, charms and embossing powder and created this "Under The Sea" tag! Isure hope you come and play along with us in the Mixed Media Mojo Challenge Facebook group!


I ran my tag through my Big Shot with the a fan embossing folder (i thought it kind of looked like scalloped shells) I then coloured the background with 4 different Oxides and edged it in Spiced Marmalade.


Got out some of my Emerald Creek embossing powders in Salted Shamrock and Metabloid Blue and my Ranger embossing pen so I could emboss the border.
 
Look at that beautiful Salted Shamrock border!

There was alot of fussy cutting with this one so I could layer up the oceany bits.

You can see all the fussy cut coral and the blue embossing on the mermaid's tail. And look at the beautiful gemstones!

More gemstones and the gorgeous seahorse key from Emerald Creek






Thanks so much for stopping by and having a look! Hope you join in on the fun with your Under The Sea creations too! The link for the Mixed Media Mojo Challenges FB page is at the top of the post!

Have a great day!

Cathy

Monday, August 14, 2017

I Am So Excited!

It's officially ready for purchase! The brand new Journal Treasury by Eileen Hull published by Bella Crafts publishing is waiting for you!

http://bellacraftspublishing.com/journal-treasury-with-eileen-hull-and-friends?ap_id=CathyP

You can order through clicking on the above image or by using the link on my sidebar, both are affiliate links for me. Which means if you order through these links, it does benefit me.

There are so many incredible projects from amazing designers included in this treasury. Eileen and the Bella Crafts team of Ann, Lisa and Theresa have done an incredible job of putting together so much inspiration for you!!

Please check out this amazing book and then get your hands on the Journal die and show us your creations in the Eileen Hill Fan Club group on Facebook. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your support!

Have a great day!

Cathy

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hanging out with Emerald Creek Today

Hello everyone!! So happy to be visiting Emerald Creek today as a guest! This month's dare is "Anything Goes" and these are always some of my faves since you can create anything! I almost went with a beachy theme since I'm still on a beach high after my trip to Nova Scotia and PEI in June. But then I realized I had some new Seth Apter dies and I wanted to use those too! So a bit of oceany in the background with anchors then all about embossing powders and circles over that.





Here are a few step out pics.

I used the Tim Holtz tissue paper and stamped EC's anchor in Watering Can and Black Archival from Ranger.


I used my embossing pen to colour over the anchors then embossed them in Gun Metal and Hammered Metal.

Hammered Metal is one of my all time faves!!

I used the Seth Apter Sheild dies to cut out all these pieces. I cut them out of cardstock and some TH adhesive backed cork. I used some Hammered Metal and Rose Gold on the cork piece and just love the texture I got.


Seriously love how the Hammered Metal melts and creates texture all on it's own! On the circle piece on the left, I used Hammered Metal on gel medium and did not heat it so I could have another texture in there.

Top has heated Hammered Metal and the circle underneath has the unmelted Hammered metal.

Don't forget to share your "Anything Goes" creation over at the Emerald Creek Blog for your chance to win a $50 GC!

http://blog.emeraldcreek.org/

Emerald Creek Products Used:

Other Products:
Tim Holtz Tissue Paper
Distress Oxides in Broken China and Faded Jeans
Seth Apter Sheild Die Set from Spellbinders
Watering Can Ink by Wendy Vecchi
Black Archival