Saturday, September 14, 2013

Calling all ladies! Craft Retreat is on!





Every year for the past....hmmmm... 6 years there has been a wonderful event on called Creative Craft Retreat! This year the fun begins on 1st November through to the 3rd November 2013.

Creative Craft Retreat is in association with Toowoomba Community Baptist Church. It is a safe place for women to come and relax and unwind for a weekend - and get crafty of course! There are classes available in a range of crafts: ribbon embroidery, mixed media canvases, and quilting to name a few.
Of course if you don't want to join a class and just do your own thing, then there is plenty of room for you too. And for those ladies who don't consider themselves as crafty, come along any way! There are ladies who do and still manage to have a wonderful time.

Situated in the beautiful national park of Lake Perseverance, the Creative Craft Retreat allows ample opportunity for you to wind down from your busy life, enjoy good food - without the cooking and washing up!- and wonderful company. What better way to spend a weekend?!

For more information visit Creative Craft Retreat HERE.

You can also visit our Facebook Page! HERE

And by the way.....

I will be teaching at this wonderful event this year. Yippee!

Here is a glimpse of my Canvas that will be taught.




Students will have the opportunity to make a 2nd canvas of their own devising, using the skills that they have learned.
Skills being taught will be

  • gel medium transfer
  • inking
  • stamping
  • using texture paste and stencils
  • masks


Hope to see you there! And don't forget to spread the word!

Blessings
Joan

Friday, August 9, 2013

Copics and Canvases

Hello lovelies!

I am making some canvases at the moment and I found some lovely black and white images on The Graphic Fairy's blog.
Now these flowers look lovely just as they are.....



 ......however!

I had a thought: I wonder what these would look like when coloured with Copics?! And so I had a little fun colouring.

I cut the flowers out first and then began to colour. These images were printed with an ink containing toner so that the water based medium won't smudge the ink. So remember that the paper isn't the usual paper used for Copics, but ordinary copy paper.

Layer your colours as you normally would. You wont need many layers, and don't go into as much detail as you normally would. All you want is a wash of colour and darkening in the shadows.




 The effects are simply wonderful!
Have fun and enjoy!


Happy colouring!

Joan

Friday, July 12, 2013

Birthday celebrations!

Happy 2nd Birthday to Scrapping Everyday Miracles!!!

See below for the details of their celebrations! It will be a lot of fun!



SEM turned TWO!!!  Welcome to each of you we are so excited to have you join us for our Birthday Celebration!  It has been an exciting year here at Scrapping Everyday Miracles and we are so glad that you have chosen to explore the miracles with us throughout the year.  We have an fun hop planned for you this weekend but that is not all!!  We will also have 5 fun card challenges  that you can enter to win some amazing prizes but what is even more special is that we are making all these cards in order to donate them to Cards for Soldiers. All 5 challenges will be posted both here on SEM and on our Facebook Chit Chat Group and more information will be posted at that time.How fun is to be able to support our the US military and at the same time have a lot of fun creating for the challenges.

 The celebration doesn't stop with the blog... on our facebook group http://www.facebook.com/groups/200817343359030/ we will be offering games each day of the event that will have some fabulous prizes.  We might even sneak in some fun random giveaways.  

So let the Hop begin....

Blessings
Joan

Monday, July 8, 2013

Running Late with Max & Whiskers

It will be my Prince's 12th birthday next week and I have been reminded - not by him exactly - that the quilt that I intended to make for his TENTH birthday is still incomplete! Apparently this is a normal thing for quilters I discovered.



 For this project, my Prince chose the fabric range Max & Whiskers by the Scrappy company, Basic Grey! It is just perfect for a boy who loves animals. I was afraid that it would be to 'young' for him now that he is 2 years older, but he still loves the images and the colours.


I think the colours have made the greatest impact in making this quilt perfect for an older boy. Dusty blues, burnt oranges, blacks and browns - a great combination.


Well I have almost finished the top and have just a border to go and then I can throw it all together. Not bad for a 1st ever quilt and no lessons, ever. lol.





How many UFOs do you have? What is the longest period that you have had a project sit for?
I still have a 1/2 finished Batman cross stitch that has taken me only 5 years. Mind you we are in July (GASP! When did that happen!) and yesterday it was the first time this year that I picked it up....

Happy crafting

Joan

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Crafty Mummy's Amazingly Wonderful Give Away!

Oh my goodness, this is a fantastic give away!
My dear friend, Tonya, aka The Crafty Mummy , has an amazing give away that is sponsored by Big W.

What is it I hear you ask... Well just read below and see!
Make sure you comment on The Crafty Mummy blog in order to enter. :-)


Giveaway thanks to BigW

Thanks to the lovely people at BigW, I am giving away five $100 BigW gift vouchers to spend in the Giant Toy Spectacular which runs from June 20th to July 10th online. You too have the chance to create your “crafty” Christmas stash by shopping online or  in store. You can see some of the lovely things I bought in my pictures, and by clicking on them, you can view them on the BigW website.


To Enter
Tell me your child’s favourite toy in the BigW Giant Toy Spectacular, and where you would stash it? I need some ideas, folks, so the most creative answers will win the prizes.

Fine Print

  • Only one entry per person.
  • This is a game of skill, not chance. You must answer both parts of the question for a valid entry – 1. which toy your child likes? and 2. where you would stash the toy? I am looking for creativity in the second part of the question.
  • You must leave a valid email address for me to contact you for a valid entry.
  • Only open to Australian residents – apologies to my overseas readers.
  • Entries open with this post on Thursday 20th June 2013 and close onWednesday 26th June 2013 at 8pm Brisbane time.
  • The 5 winners will be chosen by me from the valid entries and contacted via email before midnight Friday 28th June 2013.
  • If any winners don’t contact me, after 4 days I will choose a new winner to replace them.
  • Once I have been in contact with the winner, I will announce the winner and pass on their details to the sponsors who will send out the prize.
  • I can’t take responsibility for any issues in the delivery process.
  • BigW would love to see a picture of your ‘Toy Expert’ and/or the toy they choose on their Facebook page.
So go and get your thinking caps on and enter. You gotta be in it to win it!

Blessings
Joan

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Gel Medium Transfer Tutorial

Hi guys!
My gosh I knew I had been away for a little while but not for a month! Gosh!
Life has been busy with colds and flu and fevers etc. So much fun!

I certainly hope y'all are faring well.

I have been having a play with mixed media canvases and especially having a good play with Gel Medium Transfer. I am LOVING this technique at the moment and having so much fun with it.
I waited too long to try it. I had heard about it and read in magazines about it, but i was afraid of making a big mistake and messing it all up.
Well may I encourage you to give it a go!
Try it! An what's even better - there isn't really any failing. If it doesn't quite work as planned then that's ok. It just looks vintage/distressed and to be honest, probably a lot cooler than had it worked! lol



To begin, trim your PHOTOCOPIED image to size. It must be photocopy printed because the ink contains toner and it wont smudge.
Cover the image in gel medium, giving it a good coverage. Place it face down down on the canvas, smoothing out all bubbles and wrinkles. Use a squidgy or plastic card to help in this. 
Allow the glued image to dry naturally. This is dependent on the weather and how much gel you used. 

I had a play to see what happens if I encourage the drying with a heat gun. The transfer did work, however I found that the image wasn't very permanent. I am thinking that this may be because the gel didn't have an opportunity to really absorb and take on the ink. You can see here that the stem and some flowers didn't remain. But it adds character and gives a good distressed look. Well that is what Mr White Knight said! lol



Once dried, spray water onto the paper and allow it to soak through. Once it becomes transparent it is time for the next step!


...Rubbing the paper off! Firmly, but gently, rub away the paper. It should come away easily. If not, just add some more water and allow it to seep in. 
All that should remain is the transferred image!

TA-DA!

Allow the image to dry. If some white fibers remain, just spray again with water and rub them off.

Remember! When using words or planning the direction of your image, that the transfer will be in reverse! So when using words etc make sure you print your words up reversed so that when transferred, you will be able to read them clearly.

Have fun with this technique! I know I will be! May even try it on some cards.
Do let me know what you create. I'd love to hear from you!

Blessings
Joan

Monday, May 13, 2013

Don't worry! God has it under control.

I am really getting into Mixed Media Canvases!

I have had a lot of fun with texture paste and I used Tim Holtz re-filler and stain to colour the paste. So I had a try with a Prima Mask and pasted flowers all over the canvas. I did three layers and it took 24 hours for each layer to be totally dry. Mostly because I did it so thick! lol

Oh! The colours I used are Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany.
I inked the canvas with Distress Inks to create the background.



Since I was having so much fun with experimenting I made my own flowers! Yeppers! And if I can do it so can you!

I cut out 8 of the medium flower from Tim Holtz's Tattered Flowers die and one of the smallest flower.
Fold each blossom in half and then go to fold it in half again using a hot glue gun on the tip to keep it together as a quarter. Make sense?

Using the heat gun glue the tip of each petal onto the small flower, overlapping where necessary. Glue a KaiserCraft sparkle in the middle of the flower. And viola you have a flower!!!



I used a decoupage image of Simply Gorjuss to emphasis 'peace, rest and joy'.



I used the Scripture Luke 12: 22-31.

 22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.


This is a lesson I need to remember often. So often I can feel out of control and get stressed out when bills come etc but ultimately God is the one in control and all is ok!


I hope you like it!

Blessings
Joan



Sunday, May 5, 2013

I am My Beloved's.

Hi everybody!

It has been a little while since I last posted but I have not been idle. In fact in the past 2-3 weeks I have made 2 canvases, a couple of layouts and cards for display at The Scrap N Patch as well as a KaiserCraft Storage Cupboard!

Today I want to share with you a canvas that I made last weekend, of which I am rather proud.



 The inspiration for this canvas came from an image in my mind that I received upon listening to my two friends sing a song at church. They felt that the Lord wanted to restore us, so we were to relax and allow the Lord to show us how He loves us whilst they sand the David Crowder song Oh How He Loves Us.

The image I received was Jesus lifting me up and swirling me around in His loving embrace.




How remarkable it is that we can be and are loved with such a passion by our Lord!

Upon making this canvas I stamped the male figure with script to represent his being the Word of God.
I also attached a part of a Scripture verse from Song of Solomon. Chpt 6:3 - I am my Beloved's and my Beloved is mine.
This is something to certainly treasure and remember in hard times.

I had this scene take place on a bed of flowers. I had a giggle when I remembered the end of the verse - He browses among the lilies (or wildflowers). How apt.

I hope you like my canvas and are inspired to create something that represents your relationship with Jesus.

Blessings
Joan

Monday, April 15, 2013

Sketch Challenge with WASHI TAPE!



I love a challenge, don't you?

I find that sometimes (more often than not) I need a bit of a boost of inspiration or an incentive for me to get my craft on. And I am not talking about a prize, but just the thrill of trying something, being set a task and accomplishing it. Does wonders for my mood.

This week we have a new Challenge at SEM! Check it out!



April Sketch Challenge-Something NEW!

Happy Monday---Cara here with April's Sketch Challenge! This month we're excited to be trying something new! We have TWO sketches...one LAYOUT SKETCH and one CARD SKETCH. Both sketches are from PageMapsYou may choose to do one or both sketches---you will get 1 entry in the PRIZE drawing for each sketch you complete!

The SCRAP TWIST that needs to be included on your project is to use a bit of  Washi Tape!

LAYOUT SKETCH






CARD SKETCH



Here is my take on the Sketch.

I had a bit of fun with this page. I sprayed it with irredescent spritz everywhere! Made the black cardstock really shine and glimmer.
The metal butterflies are by Graphic 45. I inked the edges of the larger butterfly with black StazOn and embossed the smaller one with an ordinary embossing folder.
I have forgotten where the printed acetate comes from. I suspect it may be Graphic 45. I have had it for years but out of the wrapper! lol
The photo (yes it is of me!) was printed on cardstock.
It was a lot of fun and ink was being splashed everywhere!
Oh! The Twist for the Challenge - Washi Tape!
I made my own Washi Tape! Woot!
I couldn't find any tape to my liking so I bought some medical tape which is the very same texture as Washi Tape. Actually I would bet that it is the very same stuff!
So now what to do with this blank tape? I was hit with sudden inspiration when I found some Kaisercraft stamps that I had forgotten that I had bought. They were still unopened! For shame! lol.
(Anyone else done that? Find a brand new product that you bought weeks or months ago?lol)
Anyway I grabbed my StazOn black ink and stamped the words LOVE, CHERISHED, ADORE & FOREVER. And viola there was my washi tape twist covered as well as a title for my page! Woohoo!

So why not have a go yourself? Let me know how it went! I am intrigued and would love to hear from you!

Til then,
Blessings
Joan

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Much-a-do at SEM

Yep this is me!
Quirky shot for a quirky girl lol
Do pop along to Scrapping Everyday Miracles and check out what is happening. We have a monthly challenge on at the moment where you can scrap about your gorgeous pet/s or animals in general! Coming next week is a Sketch Challenge and recently there has been Mixed Media tutorial.

There is much a do at SEM!

Blessings
Joan

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Guest Designer!

YEP! You heard (read) right!
I have the honour of being Scraping Everyday Miracles Guest Designer for this month of April!

Go check it out and have a look at all of the other wonderful Team Members whilst your there!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

SEM Challenge 27!

Ok you animal lovers this one is for you!!!

Scrapping Everyday Miracles has a lovely challenge involving the fluffy, the scaly, the slimy or feathered!
See below for my take on this challenge!


Challenge #27 All God's Creatures

Hi it is Nicole... As I write this challenge post I am sitting on the couch surrounded by two cats and a dog.  They continually bless my life with friendship, laughter, and love.  I am thinking about a song we use to sing at summer camp each summer that goes:


"All God's critters got a place in the choir

Some sing low, some sing higher

Some sing out loud on the telephone wire
And some just clap their hands, or paws
Or anything they got now."



It is so true the animals are such a beautiful and amazing part of God's creation!



For this month's main challenge we would like you to create a project inspired by your pets.  Even if you aren't an animal person or don't have any pets, you can still be inspired by this challenge.  You can create a project inspired by any animal in God's creation. Your projects can even be about an animal-related experience like a day at the zoo or a farm. What is important is that we see that God is blessing us with everyday miracles using both the animals within our families and those outside our homes.  



SCRAP TWIST: USE AN ANIMAL RELATED QUOTE/SAYING OR EVEN A BIBLE VERSE ON YOUR PROJECT.   You can use it for your title, journaling or just an addition to your project! Just to help you get started here is a link to a bunch of animal quotes: http://www.petsinpastel.com/quotes.htm

I made my page especially for this challenge. I went hunting for the few photos I have of my Kitty, Monet. Claude Monet to be exact. Or is it Clawed? I forget lol.

Captured here on this layout is Dora in the top corner and Monet at the bottom.These two photos were taken 8 years ago! GASP! And yes, with an analogue camera! ARGH!  I had such fun watching them play in the grass. I sure wish I took more photos as these are all I have. 
(Well we still have Monet and I have ample photos of him doing what he does best - sleeping.)
I am actually inspired to make more layouts with the left over pics of my fluffies.

I had a lot of fun on this layout as you may see. It was the first time I have ever used texture paste and I had a blast. I used a KaiserCraft stencil to get the pattern. The ink is Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo. 

The chipboard mushroom has been coloured with Copic pens and sealed with  Dimensional Magic.

The quote I used is: 
Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled - Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

So give this Challenge a try! You will be glad you did! I sure am :-)

Blessings
Joan


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hop into Spring!!!

SEM (Scrapping Everyday Miracles) is having a Blog Hop!!!
Come and join in!




SCRAPPING EVERYDAY MIRACLES
HOP into SPRING BLOG HOP and FACEBOOK CHALLENGE!
MARCH 29th - 31st

For most of us (all of us in the Northern Hemisphere), Spring is upon us. Spring is such a beautiful time of year. Yes, it can be rainy and wet, but that rain brings the green grass, gorgeous flowers and the start of new growth. It is also the season of Easter...the holiday that celebrates the resurrection of our Savior...the one who came to give us new life and make us new creations!  "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" 2 Cor. 5:17 

And speaking of "new"...our Design Team has added some new members. Welcome to Toni, Jessica, Helen, Tracey S, and Christy...we're so happy to have them join us this term. Even though she isnt "new" we also have a returning member Lisa that has rejoined our team after taking a break.

Each of the Design Team members will share with you a Spring or Easter themed project and answer a couple questions (this is a great way to get to know each of these gals a bit better). Please "HOP" through the list to see the inspiration and learn some fun facts about these creative gals. And they'll even be a few chances to win some prizes along the way!

Here's the order...

The Blog Hop is sponsored by

Blessings
Joan

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dying flowers with Tim Holtz

Check out this fantastic tutorial by Stampin' Stuff Crafts Australia.
Lovely to see a clear and simply tutorial! Love it. Can't wait to try this out for myself!!!


Let me know if you had a try and how it went!
Blessings
Joan

Friday, March 22, 2013

Getting Gorjussly messy with ink

Hi y'all

I am still having fun playing with Simply Gorjuss. I think I will be for the next 2 weeks. I have some samples to make up for the store.

This card is will be accompanying the card I made of Gorjuss on a swing for a class in May at The ScrapNPatch.



I had so much fun with it. I felt like I was finally being me and getting in and enjoying some Tim Holtz distress inks. Oh the fun of getting messy with ink! I used Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Spiced Marmalade inks.

I also had fun using colours that I am not accustomed to use. I am super proud of this card and I hope the ladies will have fun making it.

 Have a blessed week!
Joan

Monday, March 18, 2013

Continuing to be Simply Gorjuss!

Howdy!

I have been having a wonderful time with the Simply Gorjuss collection by DoCrafts. She is such a sweet little thing!



The first of what I am creating are a couple of Step Cards. I have used watercolour pencils to colour the stamp. I found this an interesting challenge, because watercolouring is usually soft and delicate; Gorjuss is dark and grunge.

I will attempt some changes later on - see what she looks like as a blonde or a red head maybe?



Have you grabbed some Simply Gorjuss products for your stash? What have you made? I'd love to see!

Blessings
Joan

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Simply Gorjuss!

I am so excited about my new stamps!

Have you seen the Simply Gorjuss range by Urban Rubber Stamps? Soooo cute! So funky! So now!



I will be teaching water colour pencil colouring with these stamps within the next few weeks at The Scrap N Patch so be sure to tune in and see what is on offer!

Have a great week!
Blessings
Joan

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Challenge!

Ok peeps there is a new Challenge on at Scrapping Everyday Miracles! This is a lovely challenge and one I hope to join in on.!


Main Challenge #26


Hello dear friends! Marjolaine here to bring you March's Main Challenge. 
This month’s challenge is to scrap about how it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Have you even given someone something or done something for someone with absolutely no strings attached, expecting nothing in return? How did that make you feel? Have you ever been overjoyed after giving something that made someone truly happy? Have you been the recipient of a gift from a child, so eager to bring you pleasure with something they made for you? Has someone ever done something for you that you could never pay them back for? In this world of always striving for more we can easily forget the blessing of giving to others. 
So put your thinking cap on...and create a project about a gift you received that really touched your heart or a sacrificial gift you gave. Perhaps you could even make a gift to give (specifically for this challenge). Also...it wouldn't have to be a physical gift, do you have photos of when you donated your time to help out?
The scrap twist is to include some gems on your project.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Past Works: Love

I am busy, busy, busy creating and making classes so that I am ahead of schedule for the store. :-) So I don't have anything new as yet to really post for y'all. I am still getting the hang of remembering to post! And I can do it by phone too! Who knew?! lol

Here is a lovely canvas that I made a while a go. It is still my favourite. The photo is terrible, I am sorry about that! It is the only one I have. Here is a tip for you....photograph everything you make!!! Most of my creations have all been gifts and I don't have any evidence of what I have created. So snap away and record all that you've done. Even if it is just for a record and you can look back and see how your creativity has grown. Also should you apply for a Design Team you will have pics ready to go!

This canvas was a gift for a friend's 40th. There is quite a bit of texture and stamping on it that doesn't show in the picture. I think part of the reason it is my favourite is because it is the first ever canvas that I had ever made. I just sat down and started throwing things on! That's the way to do it! The verse written here is 1Corinthians 13: 4-7.


Some of the techniques used here is fussy cutting, stamped acetate, dimensional magic to create or enhance embellishments (word,butterflies and bird), Grungeboard (hinges) and die cutting. Broken China Distress Stain, Vintage Photo, Milled Lavender and Faded Jeans Distress Inks were used for the background.
So be free and experiment. Try out new styles and if it doesn't work, cover it up with a flower!

Blessings
Joan

Friday, February 15, 2013

I'm still here!

Goodness has it been that long since I posted!?
Time certainly does fly. The past three weeks has been filled with Master Prince and Master Knight starting back at school for the year. They weren't the only ones having to adjust to new schedules! Hello 5:30am!

I am also very blessed to be a Guest Designer and teacher for The Scrap N Patch. I have taught one class already and am ready for my 2nd one. This is truly my dream job and I am incredibly blessed.

I will share with you what we are up to as each class comes along. Perhaps you will want to join in and have a go at the techniques I will be teaching.

These past two classes are about Watercolour techniques using Tim Holtz Distress Inks! It is so much fun! So stay tuned.

I am organising and creating my classes for the next two months. There will be a Shadow box in there as well as a canvas...So many goodies and so much fun to be had!

What have you been creating of late? I'd love to hear from you.

Blessings
Joan

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A touch of Wonder

Hello beautiful people!
I have been a little silent of late however I have been a little busy and now I get to show you what I have been up to!

A dear friend of mine asked if I'd decorate her rather dreary box that she keeps on her desk at school, which holds all of her supplies and goodies. It can hold standard A4 paper so it is a nice reasonable size.





 Being a primary school teacher I knew I had to make this box fun and what better way to do it than with my friend's favourite childhood story, Alice in Wonderland!

I initially wanted to cover the box with red and white roses and keys and all sorts of goodies, but I needed to keep it relatively flat and useful more than decorative. Being able to clean it was of utmost importance.

The 1st top space is dedicated to the Hatter who had to Kill Time And the White Rabbit who is always running late for a very important date. The other 2 spaces are also a nod to Hatter with dress maker patters and measuring tape.


The larger unit on the 2nd shelf is a regal damask with the far right unit inspired by the Red Roses of the Queen's garden.
The 3rd shelf is a page out of a story book so to speak.



The 4th shelf (cant really been seen here) captures the image of the legendary Jaberwocky! How mystical and magical!
The 5th shelf is a beautiful but subdued royal garden adorned above the 6th shelf of floral leadlighting one might find in a castle.

Covering these shelves was most difficult but provided an immense amount of satisfaction upon completion!

The sides of the box were painted with a copper colour of my own creation and then covered with Jo Sonja's Decore Crackle. Over the top I layered KaiserCraft  Dark Sage paint. The effect was very good and made even more effective when I paces KaiserCraft's new Glaze on top. Do NOT touch the surface with your hand whilst it is still damp! haha. It will remove the top layer of paint! This was hard to avoid as I glazed the inside of the shelving. Very small space for an adult hand! I must say though that the extra green pain that was rubbed off improved the look quite significantly.




I stamped the larger surfaces with a diamond stamp using black Stazon ink.


The other embellishments are simply free printed images onto cardstock which has then been scrunched up and inked with Tim Holtz's Distress Inks. (Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw)
I gave the box a little lift with Tim Holtz's ornate feet and corner edges.




I am still needing to Glaze the outside of the box but the store is out. Oh well! I can assure you I will be one of the first there in order to seal this little beauty.

Master Prince said that the box looks like something that Alice would have, that it is Victorian with a Wonderland Zing. Wonderful! Just what I was aiming for!

So never fear dear friends; old can become new again.

I really enjoyed sharing with you.
Blessings
Joan


Monday, January 14, 2013

Spring....Summer clean

Have you noticed that most crafters have re-organised their rooms of late? I wonder if there is something in the wind because I too have given my room a make over.

Here is the dreaded before pic. (Well it is an old one and my area usually looks like this - a disaster!)




And now viola! I didn't really sort through anything or throw any items out. In fact I have more stuff!





It is amazing how much more room there seems to be here. Master Knight is rather happy too because we have to share our space.


Wonder how long it will take for me to trash it?

How are your rooms looking? I know that after my adventure today that I am rather inspired to get into things and play!

Blessings
Joan

Monday, January 7, 2013

Precious metallic wooden hearts

I was experimenting with some heat embossing today and I was so pleased with the results I thought I'd show you!

I have an embossing powder that I have just discovered. It is called Aged Teal Embossing Enamel by STAMPENDOUS.


This powder is amazing. I have had to play with it a bit in order see how best to use it. I mistakenly thought that the result would be primarily metallic with teal showing through. The teal grains are an extremely fine powder and there are metallic chunks mixed in.




With my first attempt I covered the whole heart in the Aged Teal. This is where I discovered how blue it actually is! Also this powder needs to be heated from underneath. I found this a little tricky because I was embossing wood. I tried to heat from the top on a different object and found that the powder blisters and burns rather quickly.
With this heart, I re-embossed with some silver powder. It gave an interesting effect.



I tried the lock in a different manner, where upon initial inking I sprinkled a little Aged Teal powder in places and then covered it in silver powder. I quite like the result and feel it worked well. 
I did adjust this image to have it turned around for you but when I loaded the pic, it just didn't want to do as it is told!
As you can see there is a vast difference in appearance between the lock that is fully silver and the one with a sprinkle of Aged Teal. It makes for an unique effect which I quite like!

I hope that you have found this helpful! Do show me how yours turns out. 

Blessings
Joan 

* The wooden embellishments used here are KaiserCraft Hearts and Locks.