Friday, 24 October 2014

Life Is Good~

Today I'm sharing a layout that I created with lots of golden sparkle.
I am loving the glitz of gold on layouts recently.

I created this layout featuring Vintage Gold Paper Effects by DecoArt. 
For a complete tutorial on how I created with it, click HERE.

Some fun stuff I played with to create this layout.

I chose the You Are My Happy collection from Teresa Collins Designs, it already had hints of gold in the patterns.
The fabulously sparkly gold ribbon is from May Arts Ribbon.

Check out my tutorial over at DecoArt using the Vintage Gold Paper Effects.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Life Emporium Class~

I am so excited to be able to attend yet another crop with My Stamping Studio in Windsor, NS later this month. When I found out late that I was able to attend, Kelly and I sat down and figured out what I could do for a class.

Today's post is dedicated to just that. This is a closer look at the class that I will be teaching at My Stamping Studio's fall crop.

I chose to work with the Life Emporium collection from Teresa Collins Designs. It is no secret that she is one of my favourite designers, and this collection does not disappoint. 

I spy some oh so pretty adhesive backed May Arts Ribbon!

I hope to see some of you at the crop later this month. To sign up for this class you can contact Kelly at My Stamping Studio. Even if you are not attending the crop, you can most definitely still attend the class.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

May Arts Christmas Card Blog Hop~

I am so excited to take part in this May Arts Ribbon, A Handmade Christmas Card Hop today!
Be sure to head on over to the May Arts blog to check out all of the other beautiful creations and have your chance to win some stunning ribbon.

I had a plan in mind for my card, but then received a Christmas ribbon sampler in the mail from May Arts and got inspired to create something completely different.

I used the Simple Stories Handmade Holiday collection for the base of my card.

I used 4 types of May Arts ribbon on this card.

I used DecoArt Gold Dazzlin' Metallics on an old piece of chipboard I had in my stash.

Thank you so much for stopping by as a part of this Handmade Christmas Card Blog Hop!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Sketchabilities Reveal #125~

It's time to reveal the sketch itself and what I have created being inspired by it. Then it's time for you to take the challenge and have some fun too!

Here is my bright and fun layout I created based on Sketch #125.

As always I adore the detail in Karan's sketches. I had fun incorporating all of the layers and textures.
I used the Nine & Co. collection from Teresa Collins for my layout. I love all of those hints of gold!

I created  part of my border using some oh so pretty orange chevron ribbon from May Arts. Love how it turned out!

Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my Sketchabilities #125 reveal! I hope you take the challenge as well and play along!

Friday, 3 October 2014

Gadget Girls: Kit Re-Design~

Hello All!
This is a post dedicated to the kit that I created for the Gadget Girls Fall Mega Crop.
I used the Market Street Collection from My Mind's Eye. The papers are gorgeous and versatile, so I thought that I would play with the patterns for a bit before adhering the final product.

So these photos will give you an idea of what the layout could look like if you used the flip side of some of the patterns.

This is the layout that I finally decided on.

Thanks for popping by! If you'd like more scrappy inspiration be sure to Follow the blog here or find and follow me on Pinterest.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

All That Glitters~

I swear I am part crow, I love anything that glitters and shines. This layout does exactly that!
For a complete tutorial to create this layout, click HERE.

It's not hard to see that I wanted Gold to be the theme for this glitzy layout. I really wanted to play up the superstar theme.

The star ribbon, gold mesh, gold chain ribbon and the sequins heart are all from May Arts Ribbon. I was in golden heaven when I searched through their site at all of their golden offerings.

Who needs patterned paper when you have all of these beautiful golden embellishments. I only used black and white cardstock. I also used gold glitter washi tape.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my All That Glitters layout. Remember, for a complete tutorial for this project, just click HERE.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Sketchabilities Reveal #124~

It is time for another Sketchabilities Design Team Reveal!
Sketch #124 is a fun one with so many little details. Be sure to stop by and check out all of the other creations based on this fabulous sketch.

I chose to work with the Harmony Collection from Authentique.

I love the feminine floral theme of the Authentique patterned papers and embellishments. They worked perfectly with my musical themed layout.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope to see some of you take the sketch challenge this time around at Sketchabilities!

Monday, 29 September 2014

Higher Than The Sky: Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial~

As some of you may already know, I am a Blogger Contributor at DecoArt. They have been making fabulous art supplies since 1985!
They have just recently released their new Media Collection, products that are formulated to work seamlessly together to create amazing mixed media art. I was asked to demo these fabulous products at the upcoming Gadget Girls Fall Mega Crop in October. So, I have been getting messy and creating.

So today, I am showcasing my first piece of mixed media art that I created using the Media Collection from DecoArt.

The Media Collection includes a multitude of products for all of your mixed media needs.

Project Recipe:

Instead of using a traditional canvas I started with 2 cork tiles that I hot glued together for additional thickness. I love the texture of cork.
At this point I also added some marks on the cork that reference the photo that I used, you can faintly see the marks I made in the photo below.

I used White Gesso to coat the entire front surface of the cork.
I also used Modelling Paste and the Southern Motif Stencil in the upper left hand corner of the tile.
Also in the above photo if you look closely you will see where I added some additional texture using the Sand Texture Paste. It adds great dimension and that great sandy texture.

My next step was to add colour using the Media Collection paints. I did a little mixing of colours with some of the DecoArt Multi-Surface paints to get the tones that I wanted.
I masked the bottom portion of the canvas and Gold Shimmer Misted the sky to add a little sparkle.
I also added another layer of the Sand Texture Paste.
While this was all still wet, I also added some chunky glass glitter. I wanted to add some sparkle to the water and sand. You can see that a little clearer in the photo below.

Probably what I found the hardest to do was wait for each layer to dry enough to keep working. I used my heat gun at times to speed things up, but other times I just had to be patient.

I inked the top portion of the canvas using my regular brown ink to pick up a bit of that Modelling Paste, stencil motif.
I also added a layer of glaze over the water portion of the canvas to add a great shine.

To add colour to my cheesecloth, I simply used all of the leftover paints on my palette. I then did a quick dip into a Taupe Liquid Rit dye bath. That got rid of any remaining stark white.
Let dry completely.

Here is the finished product, fully embellished and with my photo.
Using a hot glue gun, I added the knotted cheesecloth and shells.

I love how the Sand Texture Paste over the glazed paint looks like foam on the water. A mixture of the Burnt Umber, Titanium White and Primary Magenta paints made for the perfect PEI sand colour.
Another fabulous finishing touch was the May Arts Burlap Ribbon around the outside of my cork tiles, I think it really pulled the entire seaside theme together.

I used lots of different letter stickers to create the quote on my canvas, but they were NOT the correct colour to begin with. I covered the letters in gesso, then added colour when needed, and on the word SKY, I added the Sand Texture Paste.
I love how it turned out.
I used Liquid Glass to adhere the letters and words to the canvas.

Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial with the DecoArt Media Collection.