Thursday, June 16, 2016

Mixed Media Cards

I thought that today would be a good day to share some mixed media cards with you.
This is my first time at this type of card using a lot of products.  I did paper layering to create a paper collage; tags; wood frames; resin frames; lots of flowers; crocheted flowers; cheesecloth; chipboard items.  Pretty much a lot of things from my stash.  I quite enjoyed the whole process and just let my imagination go.  Also got to use up scrap papers and embellishments.  For my next cards I will be creating my own backgrounds using various mixed media products. 
 I will keep you posted and share a short tutorial with you.
I hope you enjoy.

Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a safe, sunny, and relaxing weekend.
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the
charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Beach Themed Canvas

Hello everyone!!!
I have been so very busy lately with store inventory and preparing for our June 18th crop day, that I finally found the time to finish this 8 x 10 canvas with a beach theme.
For the background I mostly used moulding paste and stencils.  I first painted the entire upper surface with a thick coat of heavy gesso.  I then used Prima bamboo stencil and applied moulding paste over the surface.  I let this dry and applied some white crackle texture paste from Prima, just here and there.  Let the crackle paste dry completely.  You can see below the texture that I got.

I then sprayed in 4 places the Prima tea stain spray .

Using a flat paint brush I randomly applied the ice blue metallic kraft paint as you see below.  You can use sprays if you wish, I thought I would try something different.  With the paint still wet I lightly spritzed with water to get the paint to flow a bit.  You can see this in the final picture.  I followed up with a stencil that has different sized holes in it and mixed some of the paint into moulding paste and applied it to the canvas as you see below.  It worked just fine.
The black circles you see below were applied with the bottom of a small glass bottle and black staz-on ink.  

This is the completed canvas below.  I added my picture first which has been mounted with pop dots onto a couple of pieces of paper.  The embellishments were added around the picture.  I used shells, wood chipboard decorative pieces, flowers, cheesecloth and even some fish netting.  The greenery at the bottom is from a silk flower stem - I thought it looked like an ocean plant.  Added some micro beads here and there with clear glue and there you have it.

A couple of closeups

I hope you have enjoyed this posting.  Until next time, 
this is Donna wishing you a safe and happy weekend.
"Keep your face toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you."

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fun Summer Layout

It looks like summer is here, finally.  
Today I have decided to share a layout with you that is cute and summery.

I have a few rulers that have different scalloped edges on them.  I believe they are from Fiskars.  I traced around the outside edges with one of them onto the background main paper.  I cut out along the pencil lines to give the scalloped edge.  I then drew small dots around the entire edge using my black journaling pen.  This gave the paper extra accent.
I then took a second patterned paper and cut it down to an 11" square.  I drew a broken line around the outer edges using a ruler and a black pen, again for extra accent.  This I adhered to the background paper, centering it.
I have a very old stencil  ( Hot Off The Press) which I traced out onto a third paper to get a scalloped frame which you see in the centre.  I drew small dots around the outside edges of this as well.
From scraps of paper I traced out free hand the clouds and cut them out.  I placed a broken line around the cloud outer edges.  The two top clouds were adhered down with pop dots. I then die cut the sun from a circle and a die that has a spiked edge which became the rays of the sun.  I tucked this just under the clouds.  Then I made a kite from some more scrap papers and a banner.  The tail of the kite is cording which I attached to the kite, then added the banner pieces to the same cording.  Added a couple of bows and wood butterflies which I also found in a "my little junk bin".  It pays not to throw anything out.  You never know when you might use it.  Here is a close-up of the kite .

And there you have it.  The dots and dashes lines added a lot of accent.  Try it.
Until next time,
this is Donna wishing you a great week.
"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, 
the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken."

Monday, May 09, 2016

Crop, Classes, and New Product Information!

Welcome Spring !!!
The weather has been beautiful outside lately and we hope all the Mom's and Grandma's had a wonderful day with their loved ones.  Happy Mother's Day ladies!!

We have been busy planning our crop coming up on June 18th...thank you everyone who has signed up...we are looking forward to seeing you all again!!  The crop is now FULL...yay!!  Keep your eyes posted to our blog and Facebook page for any new information about the crop that may come up. 

Donna and Janet have their classes in works!  Here is a list of what they'll be offering that day (June 18th)

Vintage 6x6 Album
Join Donna to make this very vintage mini album with a ton of embellishments, fold out pages, lots of room for photos and special items.

Mixed Media Altered Shadowbox
Join Donna to make a shadowbox frame altered using mixed media techniques and embellishments.

Copic Card Class
Join Janet to make 6 copic coloured cards.  Perfect for all different occasions.

Altered Card Class
Join Janet to make 6 altered all occasion cards.  Pictures will be available soon.

All of our classes are now available online.  To book your spot, check out the times etc...go to our website below and click on the CROPS & CLASSES tab on the left hand side. 
Classes are open to the public as well so if you can't make the crop you can definitely book a class instead! 
There is a kit only option for most shoppers can also purchase these kits! 
Spaces are limited!

We do have some great new products arriving this week!
All the latest collection packs from Echo Park will be available. Here are just a few that will be arriving....

The summer collections will be available in May and we'll have them as soon as they start shipping :-)
Go directly to our website here:

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

"Beautiful" Layout

Today I would like to share with you a layout that I finally finished.  I have been very busy completing my projects that I am offering at our June all day crop.
Here is the layout.

The background paper is so pretty that I decided to keep it simple.
Using a stencil and pink textured paste, I applied some here and there but not too much.  I then did a very light spraying with a soft pink spray to accent around the picture.  Then a bit of splattering with white gesso.
The rest is as shown.  A paper collage for behind the picture, an embossed piece of diamond chipboard down the side of the picture, an embossed title accented with some pink spray, flowers, lace,  resin frame and some ivy chipboard was all it needed.  Of course some pretty little butterflies helped.  So simple.   I raised the picture up using pop dots to give it a 3-D look.   Letting the paper speak for itself was the best idea.
Close-up below.

I hope you enjoy.
Until next time,
"You know you are a scrapper if you can't find your kitchen table."

PS:  My workshops for our June all day crop will be posted this week.  
Have a great day!!            Donna

Friday, April 22, 2016

6 1/2" x 4 1/2" Mini Album

Good morning everyone!!
Today I am sharing with you a mini album that I created using up bits and pieces left over from a previous project.  
Below is the front cover.
I first removed the wire rings, then I painted my pre-made chipboard album with black gesso keeping the gesso around the outside edges of each page, front and back,  going in about 1".  Unfortunately you cannot see it, but I covered both the front and back covers (on the outside) with muslin to give it more texture.  I then painted the muslin with the black gesso.  I made a paper collage using various pieces of the paper that you see under the frame.  I placed a small doilie coming out from the right side of the paper collage.   Added flowers, wood key, wood butterfly and greenery.

The inside of the front cover is next.  The centre section I adhered with pop dots to give it a 3-D look.  Added a metal corner and metal flower to the bottom left and a metal circle with flower, greenery and a small heart made from polymer clay.  I love using polymer clay and making embellishments with it.  So I made a lot of different shapes and tucked them away for a rainy day.  I glued glass beads on the surface of the heart.

First Inside Page
This is a fold out page so I can place my pictures inside.
There is a paper piece on the left side of the centre fold out section.  I fussy cut this from one of  the paper pieces.

Back of First Page
This I kept simple and added a small metal decorative frame with a flower, die cut lattice piece and a loopy bow.  In the centre of the frame I placed a large sparkly gem.

Front of Second Page
Again, kept it simple.  I fussy cut a flower section, added a small piece of the die cut lattice, a bit of cheesecloth under the flower.

Back of Second Page
This is another fold out page.  I can add 4 pictures to the fold out section.
To make the fold out - score 1/4" in from the left side of your first piece of paper.  Fold it then wrap the fold around to the back of your second piece of paper and secure the 1/4" part only.  Do the same with the second piece of paper onto the third piece of paper.  The entire third piece of paper will be adhered down to the page.

Here is a look at the fold out section.

And lastly, the inside of the back cover.

I am so glad I kept my scraps from this paper.  It is one of my favourites.  
This album is a great gift idea for someone.
Until next time,
this is Donna wishing you a safe and happy weekend.
"Before credit cards, we always knew exactly how much we were broke."
Have a great day.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Working With Polymer Clay

Hello everyone!!
I am heading out on vacation tomorrow so I thought I would share with you a project I did using polymer clay.  I chose a 4 x 6 picture frame and created a floral design using polymer clay.  It was not that difficult to do, so I don't want you to think that I spent hours making it.
This is the completed project.

This is what you will need:  polymer clay or sculpey clay, picture frame, a solid piece for the backing (I removed and used the back of the frame), exacto knife, parchment paper, black paint or gesso, a rolling pin or brayer,  ruler and pencil, and cookie cutters or fondant cutters.

I took a piece of parchment paper and with a ruler and pencil I marked out a 4 x 6 rectangle.  I then rolled out a piece of the clay, very thinly, directly onto the parchment paper and covering the traced out rectangle going over the pencil lines.  Above you can see the start of covering the traced out section.  When I had the parchment paper section covered, I carefully turned the piece over and with an exacto knife and ruler I cut out the section along the pencil lines which you can see through the paper, cutting it through the clay.  I turned it back over and left the parchment paper on the clay.  With a stamp which had a diamond pattern on it. I stamped the entire surface to get some texture.
Now, the fun part.  For the flowers, try to keep the clay rolled out thinly.   With the lighter green clay, I pulled off small pieces and rolled it in my hands to make a thin strip which is the vine base.  I gently pressed them onto the background piece.  I then made my flowers using small fondant cutters:  purple flowers using a very small flower cutter and the leaves using a very small leaf cutter.  The yellow flowers are actually cut using the leaf cutter and arranging them as a flower.  The pink flower, I made by hand by cutting out circles and shaping them until I had them how I wanted  (it acually looks like a lily).  With blue clay I took very small pieces and rolled them into a tiny ball which I placed here and there around the vine. 

 Using the ball end of a tool used for quilling, I pressed onto the blue balls of clay to make a centre.  I also put some very small balls of the clay in the centres of the purple and yellow flowers and for the leaves I scored some vein lines just on the surface.  I then took the same quilling tool and pressed onto the background in the diamond sections surrounding the vine.  Gently press each flower piece onto the vine and the background.   Now you will place the entire piece gently onto a cookie sheet, keeping the parchment paper on the back, and bake for 15-20 minutes at 250 degrees.  Believe it or not the flowers and vine will bake securely onto the background piece.  
When the piece was baked, I carefully removed the parchment paper and adhered the piece to the backing using a strong adhesive.
Lastly, and this is optional, I took black gesso and watered it down with water so I had a very thin black wash.  Using a paint brush I brushed the wash onto the entire piece in small sections and immediately wiped it back with a baby wipe or a wet paper towel.  I only wanted to accent the flowers and vine lightly.  When the wash was dry, I lightly dusted some perfect pearls (the pearl colour) around the vine and flowers to sparkle it up.  Put it in your frame and you are done. 
And there you have it. 
I can't wait to do a larger one in a larger frame or on a canvas. 
Below is a picture of the project without the black wash which is bright and colourful.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  It really is easy to do.  This is my first attempt at this, so if I can do it you can do it.  
Until next time,
this is Donna hoping you stay safe and happy.
"Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."