Thursday 30 January 2014


 i wanted to create corrugated metal look by using the distress paints.  I used wild honey, mustard seed, bronze, walnut ink, weathered wood, and rusty hinge.

 applied the paints to the splat mat, i used lots of paint since i wanted to cover an entire 8.5"x11" cardstock.  Once i applied the paint to the splat mat i then sprayed with water
laid the cardstock on top of splat mat, flatted and dragged through
how it looked, then i dried

next i scored it 1/4", 1/8", 1/4", 1/8" and so on until i had scored the entire piece of cardstock
next i folded in a corrugated pattern, its a lot of work but is totally worth it.  you want to fold like this

ripped the bottom off at an angle, ink top, bottom and edges

 taped across the back of corrugated- this will hold the shape you just spent an hour making
paint the bottom of the tag with weathered wood distress paint, distress and ink edges
i also inked over the distress paint, since the paint repels the distress ink, i wiped it off but the ink remained where they was no paint in the cracks and streaks- very cool effect
added distress embossing powder to the corrugated metal cardstock- add to the rust look
 glued on corrugated cardstock and added a rub on
finished with a couple of embellishments- wanted to keep it simple so as not to hide corrugated

Tuesday 21 January 2014

Alberta or Bust

the balloon started it all, again a paper embellishment found at Treasured Memories in Edmonton Alberta.  http://treasuredmemories.typepad.com
what i loved about the balloon was the Alberta or Bust!  As any scrapbooker from Alberta knows you don't find scrapbook material for Alberta! so yah!
Then i was googling a techniques how to use distress paint and i found this fabulous tutorial from Mr. Tim Holtz how to create a patina finish

I used the colors i had on hand- broken china, weathered wood, gold, and spiced marigold.  Dabbed onto the splat mat and sprayed with water.

 Before i dragged the tag through the paint i used washi tape to cover a portion of one side.  I wanted to create a line in the tag
 Drag through the paint
 I dragged through a couple of times to get the coloring I wanted,
then dried
 Then i inked the edges with walnut distress ink
 i added walnut embossing powder along edges, then knocked off the excess, I also brushed off some as well, heat to set
 how it looked once i removed the tape, then repeated on the other side
 first cover the left side with tape
 add walnut embossing powder
 distresses edges and inked with walnut distress ink.  Then i added brads on either side of the line.  LOVE the final look, almost just left it the this way but alas i had to bling it up.
 cut out the balloon, then also cut out the Alberta or bust banner
 used colored twine to make the strings on the balloon
 finished look, then added the Alberta or Bust banner on top- didn't want to hide that

 chipboard gears painted black
 added black rub ons in the top corner and bottom left corner
 add gears
 balloon over top, then some more gears and brads
finished with dangling tokens attached with pins inserted into eyelets.  painted a chipboard bracket then added glossy accents on top.  TA DA!

Sunday 12 January 2014

OH snap

i was looking thru my scrapbook stash and came around this sheet of camera i brought at Treasured Memories http://www.treasuredmemories.typepad.com/ and from that the creating began

i cut out two of the camera poloraids  distress and inked the edges  i believed i used walnut and gathered twigs ( i don't take the best notes)

covered the camera cut out with large square fragment (why were these discontinued?)  used glossy accents to adhere the fragment to the camera cutout.  Distressed the fragment with alcohol ink around the outside edges. set aside and allow to dry.

using the a brick stencil i inked the top of the tag, aged maghoney, and created shadows with gathered twigs

emboss with clear embossing powder

paint mortar lines with white distress paint,  i didn't paint exactly more willy nilly,  dry

 once dry ink with gathered twigs on the whole tag, the ink will color the area not paint or embossed, creates dimension.

distress edges of tag, ink edges with walnut ink

 start adding embellishments- use what everywhere you have in your stash
 i used gears - chipboard and metal, watch gears, wind up a key, and wood elements (again picked up at Treasured memories), to rereate the lens from the camera.
finished with filmstrip


Monday 6 January 2014

Winter Sunlight

NEW TAG!!!- I live in northern Alberta Canada and it is cold, in fact this past month has been super cold -20 to -40 celicus with the wind chill.  Too cold to go outside especially when i hate winter to begin with, my crazy husband loves winter, loves it more than summer- what the hell is wrong with him?  But the great thing about Alberta is no matter how cold it is the sun is out - bright and shiny.  Here is me paying respect to my home in winter
the final tag

 use Tim Holtz ray layering stencil, inked with squeezed lemonade and wild honey distress ink.  i used the wild honey on the outside the ray and blending into the lighter/brighter squeezed lemonade.  gives it dimension (this is what i say about my hair when the roots are growing out)

 emboss with clear emboss powder, the beauty of distress ink, it also acts as embossing ink!!

 swipe splat mat with blue ink (stormy sky and iced spruce)  sptiz with water to make liquid
 run tag through ink on splat mat.  since the rays are clear embossed they can't be colored
heat to dry and repeat until you get the color of blue you want
distress edges of tag

 ink outside edge with iced spruce and just edges with walnut

pierce along outside of all the rays and stitch with twine

 BOOM- love the stitching
added the title along the outside

i didn't add a ton of embellisments because i loved how the texture background turned out.  Added a clutter with lightbulb
3-D and kraft paper in center of rays date and temp.  Finally bolts in the corners because there is never enough metal.