Monday, June 19, 2017

Beach Dreams

Hi Everyone, 
I'm up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today with a fun vintage inspired postcard.

I've been dreaming of the ocean.  I grew up near the beach and every summer all the girls in our family used to spend a week in York, Maine.  I am now in Arizona and don't get to the beach nearly enough.  I think this postcard is as close as I will get this year.  Here is how you can create your own. 
I started with a piece of paper mounted on a piece of mat board.  I randomly added crazing medium and then added Distress Crayon in Hickory Smoke and Broken China to show off the cracks.  

Both umbrellas were colored using Distress Stains(candied Apple, Broken China, Fossilized Amber, and Vintage Photo).  I did not prime them with gesso.  I wanted them to look slightly faded and the stain seeps into the chipboard.  Once the stain was dry I covered them with Emerald Creek's clear embossing powder. It's not completely covered.  I left some blank spots so it looks a bit tattered and sun faded.  

The waves are all embossing using various Emerald Creek embossing powders and then layered. The top wave has a layer of Salted Navy and then a layer of Soft Fallen Snow.  The middle wave has Broken China Distress Stain and then Fractured Ice embossing powder.  The last wave has a layer of Salted Navy and then is topped with Blue Pearl.  

The sand dollar was punched with white acrylic paint using a dry brush so some of the chipboard color is still visible.  The starfish are embossed with San Tropez Tan.  The shells are coated with a thin layer of gesso, a bit of Nuance Powder in Jade, and embossed with Fractured Ice. Don't the starfish look real?
The sand is torn paper that has been inked using Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Inks.  I glued them in layers and tucked in all of my pieces.  I love that her foot is buried in the sand.

 My sentiment is the finishing touch; 
I adding some shadow around it and the lady using distress crayons and a Fude ball pen.

Anyone want to take me to the beach this summer?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Leo and Shelly- love at first sight

This month over at the Emerald Creek Dare blog we are having a Surf and Turf challenge.  Here is my quirky take. Meet Leo and Shelly.  As soon as they saw one another they knew it was love.  

  A little while back I created this stage.
It made me think of old circus sideshows.  I created the project I am sharing today to add to the cast of characters.  

I started with my Tim Holtz vignette box and gave it a quick wash of watered down white acrylic paint.  
I added a layer of Fractured Ice embossing powder.
Doesn't it look like wood that has been exposed to the elements for too long?

The front edges of the box got a layer of Charred Gold.
For the inside of the box I used Distress Mixed Media Heavy stock paper.  I stamped my Fresh Picked Rose Stamp using Hydrangea Archival Ink. 
Using my Distress Oxides I colored the Roses(Worn Lipstick, Mowed Lawn, Broken China) and then added a bunch of Vintage Photo to make it look weathered.
I wanted the background to look like water stained old wallpaper.  

The rest came down to details.  
Shelly's shell head is the Cerith Seashell Stamp.  I stamped it on shrink plastic and colored it using my Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks.  
I have no idea where this image came from, but I love it! I added a little resin rose for the added touch of dapper. 
The finials are covered with Charred Gold and Distress Crayon to take some of the shine off.   The big charm is the Handmade charm just turned around with a clipping sticker on it.  The same Oxide inks I used on the background are on the sticker.  A teeny key and lock charm are tied on with blue twine.  
Don't forget to pop over to the blog and enter the dare yourself.  You can win a gift card to the Emerald Creek store! 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Special Delivery

Hi Everyone,
I'm up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog today. 
Once again I was a bad design team girl and didn't take step out photos.  Here's the thing, these cabana houses are so easy to assemble I just got carried away.  They just fold together.  A tiny bit of glue or double sided tape and they are done in a flash. 

I started by using some tissue wrap and crazing collage medium to adhere it to the house.  Once the collage medium was dry I used Distress Crayons  and Scribble Sticks to add color.  
I love making my tissue have wrinkles.  I smush and scrunch it until I have enough wrinkles. 

The roof was stamped using the Emerald Creek Kimilese stamp and then colored using Distress Oxide inks in Mowed Lawn and Vintage Photo.  
The roof edges and the bottom of the house have some washi tape.  

The little postman paper doll was colored using my distress markers and given some wings.  The teeny letter and wooden heart complete him.  The house got a bingo marker house number;a word band colored using my distress crayon in Chipped Sapphire; and a clipping sticker.  My teeny house is done. 
The cabana houses come in a set of 5! Such an awesome deal. I've shared another one I made over on my Instagram page(@twomaddahlias).

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dreaming with Emerald Creek

 This month our theme for the Emerald Creek Dares is Dreams.  Poor Sheena has hair like mine, it's big and curly and hates humidity(mine is not green though).   Sheena needs to live in Arizona, we have almost no humidity here.  My hair loves it. 

Her hair is made from the Oak Tree Stamp.  I stamped it using Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and then used the Green Pearl powder to emboss it.  There is a bit of distress ink on top of the embossing powder to take the sheen down a bit.  I cut the trunk off and trimmed it so her wig fit properly.  Vintage flowers complete her do.  

The flourishes are embossed with Charred Gold.  I used Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo to make it look aged.  
At least Sheena is rocking her big hair with flowers!
I just realized that this is my third music inspired post in a row.  The Ramones inspired the name. 
Have you entered the dare

Mix It Up Challenge Blog- anything goes(embossing twist)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Make a Little Birdhouse in your Soul

Hi Everyone, 
Today's post comes to you from a mistake.  Yep, I know it's hard to believe, I mean I never make mistakes(I hope that was read in a sarcastic tone)! I thought I might try doing something cute.  I painted my bitty birdhouse with little bitty flowers and then it sat on my desk.  It sat on my desk for almost two months.  I finally decided that if it had sat there for that long I needed to change it to make it more my style. 
Can we just talk about how stinkin' cute these birdhouses are?!  They are so tiny.  I covered mine with Charred Gold Embossing Powder.  Before it made it's way to the final project I did paint the front edge of the roof black.  

Once I had the house covered I was inspired by the They Might Be Giants song "Birdhouse in your Soul."  
My little dude has his birdhouse and the little soul sticker from the Tim Holtz clippings set
The Bird (my blue canary) got a very light layer of  Broken China Distress Paint that I just rubbed on with my finger.  

He was then coated with Blue Pearl Embossing Powder. 
He got some Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans smooshed on him before he was placed on the music flashcard.  
The corner needed something to balance the piece and this Art Deco Corner was perfect.  I covered it with  Charred Gold Embossing Powder and while it was still hot I pushed my art rag on it.  When I pulled it off it lifted some of the powder right off some areas and smushed it in other areas. It looks awesome and gives a great aged look to your pieces.  A bit of Faded Jeans Oxide ink finished the corner. 

I hope this makes you as happy as it makes me.  Remember don't ever toss something you think you might have messed up.  You can always repaint, emboss, stamp, or use more paper to fix your experiments.

Art Deco Corner

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Sound of Music

Hi Everyone,
I am so excited to be sharing this project with you today.  I am the guest designer over at Frilly and Funkie today.  I was so happy to hear that the challenge theme is the Sound of Music. I am a huge music fan. When I am home there is almost always music on.  My taste is pretty varied too.  You never know what song might pop on the iPod next!

My first concert was Madonna back in the 80's. I was ten.  It was out in Foxboro Massachusetts, where the Patriots play.  We had nose bleed seats.  She looked like an ant.  I still know all of the words to her songs.  Ok, enough about me, let's get to the project.

I started by covering my canvas with Collage Medium and Melange Tissue Wrap.  I like bumps and wrinkles, so I squashed it around a bit.  I added a layer of Collage Medium to the top and some bits got Crazing added.

Once the canvas was dry I added texture paste through my mini stencil from set 25. Then I layered on my color using Broken China and Faded Jeans Oxides inks on the base.   I went Distress Crayon crazy using every shade of blue.  Once all of the blues were on I added some walnut stain to random edges.

I took some old sheet music and added it to the back if the canvas using Collage Medium and Crazing Medium.

 While the sheet music dried I worked on my interior piece.  I cut a piece of matboard, added a piece of paper from the 8x8 Etcetera pad, and inked the edges in Pumice Stone.

I cut heavy chipboard using the Crescent Moon and Stars die.  The moon was covered with Antique Linen Distress Glitter.

The various stars are covered with different things, some are covered with Pumice Stone Distress Glitter, some with Emerald Creek Hammered Metal Embossing Powder, and some with Emerald Creek Charred Gold Embossing Powder.  The moon and the stars covered with Distress Glitter were grunged up a bit using Distress Ink in Pumice Stone, Ground Espresso, and Vintage Photo.

My little paper doll is colored using Worn Lipstick Distress Marker on her dress. I used the same color for her bow, but I used my Oxide ink to color it.  I love how it is a bit darker.  

When the back was dry I colored it using Hickory Smoke, Walnut Stain, and Vintage Photo Distress Crayons.  I sliced it up like a very uneven pizza and colored the edges again.
I have to admit when I turned my canvas around and saw this I was pretty nervous.  I used my glue gun and glued the curls to the edge of the canvas.

I added in my moon and stars.  I used foam tape to adhere them to the background.  I then added my little girl and her clipping sentiment(there's that Madonna reference).

I stepped back to look at the canvas and something just wasn't right.  It didn't look finished.  I took out my girl and added a mask to the moon.  I splattered in Black Soot, Picket Fence, and Tarnished Brass  Distress Paints.  I added Dina Wakley Sterling for some heavier splats.  I popped my girl back in and added her wand.

I cut the Quote Chip using my Tonic scissors and added Tarnished Brass Paint to the edges.

The finishing touch was using metallic gel pens and my black Fude ball to add scribbles all over.
Here are a few more detail shots.

I hope you like here and thank you so much for stopping by!


Mix It Up Challenge Blog- Embossing( some of my stars are embossed)
Love to Create Challenge- Anything Goes Mixed Media