Monday, November 23, 2015

Easy Mixed Media Glass Jar

Hello everyone!!!  Today I thought I would share with you a quick Christmas table decoration using a glass jar that I found at my local craft store.  You can use jars in many shapes and sizes - you can even use an empty pickle jar if you like.  Below is the completed item and I will share with you the simple techniques that I used to complete it.

With plain white tissue paper, I cut pieces, wrinkled them, and adhered them to the glass jar using matte medium.  The matte medium is a very good adhesive especially on shiny hard surfaces like glass.  Below you can see the tissue.  Some spots you can still see the glass, but this will get covered up.  I added some netting around the  bottom of the jar to give a different texture.  You can add whatever you want.
I then painted the whole surface with a thick coat of white gesso.  The thicker coat added to the texture of the tissue.  Let this completely dry.

Gessoed surface  below.

I then painted the complete surface with a red kraft paint.  Any paint will do.  When this was dry I sprayed with a gold spray and let the spray run into the grooves of the tissue.  After this was dried I applied some gold textured paste (Finnibair) roughly here and there over the surface of the jar.  See below.

I tied a generous bow from an antique lace that I had.  Using a hot glue gun I added my embellishements:  flowers, pine branches (not real), poinsettia branch, gold poinsettia and tucked in a few extra Christmas decorations. I tucked some of them under the lace.   Below is a closeup of the jar from the left side and the right side.  This would make a nice gift for someone.

I hope you try this.  It was quite simple to make.  I may even try this with my granddaughters.
Until next time,
"Happy Crafting"
Candles and stars and Christrmas tree lights twinkle and glow in the velvet night.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Quick and Easy Layout

Hello everyone!!!  Today I thought I would share with you a very simple layout using some scrap papers and embellishments from my stash.  I first off selected the papers, and the flowers that matched the papers and the picture.

Below is a picture of the start of the layout.  I first decided to use my Shimmerz textured paste on the background paper to give a cloud effect.  You can see it coming out from the edges of the paper collage.  When this was dry I proceeded with the paper collage.  I love the paper collages which is a good way to use up a lot of your scraps.   I first placed my picture down without adhering, then built the collage around and under the picture.  I distressed each piece and inked the edges.  Using a couple of circle stamps, I stamped as shown using a grey ink.  You could use black as well.

I then proceeded with the rest of the layout.  I die cut a heritage clock and placed it under the picture.  Along the left side I used a decorative chipboard piece which I painted with white gesso first then heat embossed it with a white embossing powder.  I added a bit of turquoise spray onto the surface of the chipboard and inked the edges with the same brown as the papers.  In the centre of the chipboard piece I adhered a resin fairy.  Next I took a piece of cheesecloth and laid it down at the bottom left corner of the paper collage.  I adhered my main turquoise flower in the centre of the cheesecloth making sure that the cheesecloth came out around the flower.  The smaller flowers were next.  At the bottom right corner I adhered a couple of strips of paper, added a resin frame, and some flowers.  A few sparkly gems were added.  And there you have it.  It only took about one half hour.  Below is a close up of the flower section.

I hope you enjoy.  
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a safe and happy day.
"The art of life is to know how to enjoy little and endure much."

Thursday, October 29, 2015

New products are now available online!

If you haven't already started thinking about Christmas cards and gift giving for the upcoming holiday season, here's a look at what we now have in stock to inspire you!

 Echo Park- 
The Story of Christmas, The Story of Fall, and The Story of Our Family
Simple Stories-
We Are Family, Pumpkin Spice, and Claus & Co.
Dies galore from the new Christmas release
Stamping Bella-
The newest Christmas stamps have's just a couple to get you excited for this great new release!!

Donna and Janet have been working on creating new kits for the store.  Check out the new link on the website to see what they're creating! 
Only a couple more days to take advantage of the October specials!!!
Pattern Paper .88!
Shipping only $5!
Check out our CLEARANCE section in the shop.  We've added over 250 items at great stock is limited on most items!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Nautical Canvas

Hello everyone!!!  Today I would like to share with you an 8" x 16" nautical themed canvas.  For this project you will need the following items:  white gesso, modelling paste, spackle which is a dry wall compound, various chipboard letters, stencil, and various nautical embellishments - shells, stones, star fish, etc. 


I painted a coat of white gesso onto the entire surface of the canvas.  Let this dry.  I then added a couple of pieces of  mesh, some dry wall tape and tissue to give it a textured background.  I then took the Prima bamboo stencil and applied a coat of modeling paste over the entire surface.  This gives the entire surface a lot of texture.

The next step is the outside edges of the canvas.  I decided to apply an 1 1/2" wide area of light weight spackle..  The spackle is a lot less money when you are using the amount that I used.  It does take a little longer to dry depending on the thickness that you apply.  After cleaning out some of my drawers of "stuff", I found that I still have chipboard letters to use up.  So I started at the upper left corner and worked my way around the canvas using different sized chipboard letters. I made sure that I pressed them into the spackle.  I tucked in some very small letters here and there to fill in some gaps.  Below shows you the letters.

Let everything dry completely.  Drying time depends on how thick your spackle is.  I then painted a good coat of white gesso over the entire surface including the middle section.  Let this dry.  I then sprayed the surface first using the Prima tea stain, then summer sky and a bit of the iris at the end. I applied a coat of decopauge over the surface to seal everything.  I had some turquoise glass tiles sitting in a drawer and decided to place them onto the letters around the outside edges.

I then added a piece of fish net which I found at a craft store.  It actually comes up from the bottom of the centre section and up over the right side edge.  At the bottom I used some green grass to represent seawood.  Then I added the stones, shells, star fish and some more of the turquoise broken tiles along with the lighthouse,  chipboard grass and butterfly. which I painted first. Below is a picture of the embellished section.

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

Friday, October 02, 2015

Gramma's Garden Layout

Hello everyone!!  Today I am sharing a layout with you using the Graphic 45 "Secret Garden" patterned paper.  A short picture tutorial follows.  

 I have a granddaughter that loves the colour purple and my garden.  
This paper totally fit her personality.  I first cut a strip off the background paper 3" wide and turned it over to the other side.  I laid the two together. I then cut a 2" wide strip from another paper, adhered it to the back of the main piece then onto the top of the 3" strip.  I made sure that the 3" strip lined  up with the main piece.   I then took a 12 x 12 Prima stencil that has tiny diamonds and applied modeling paste over the entire surface including the side strips.

Next I cut several pieces of paper from the various papers in the paper line and created a collage.  I made sure that I had a piece of the 3" wide strip to pull the papers together.  Here is a picture of the collage.  I turned the upper right corner of the middle piece and adhered in place.

Next I adhered a thick piece of  chipboard to the back of the picture and adhered the picture down.  This pops the picture up.  Next I painted a piece of chipboard lattice and vine with white gesso.
After I painted the vine with a green paint to match the green in the garden and kept the lattice white.

To complete the layout I added the vine and lattice as shown then my flowers along with a resin bird cage.  For a final touch I added a small piece of cheesecloth to each flower section for more texture.  Then lastly, using glass beads mixed into gel medium, I applied the beads using a spatula in and around the layout  and onto the flowers for extra texture.  A strip of lace down the side strip between the green paper and the flowered paper strip and a few sprarkly gems finishes it off.  Here is a closeup of the bottom right section.

I hope you enjoy this layout as much as I enjoyed making it.   Until next time, have a great day and

"Garden fairies come at dawn, bless the flowers, then they're gone."

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Check it out!!!
More new products now in stock!!
It's so awesome when we get new products in !!!  We are so excited to see them filling our shelves!! 
We've received the newest release for fall and Christmas from Echo Park, the newest colours of Distress Ink, new layout kits and new Memorybox dies!

Follow this link to go directly to our site where all the new arrivals are listed.
September Specials!
Half price shipping on all orders $30 or more!! That's right!  Only $5 for shipping all of September.
All Clearance section items will be an additional 25% off. 

New Product arriving this week!
Simple Stories
Stamping Bella
Lawn Fawn
October arrivals...
American Crafts
Pink Paislee
Crate Paper
Stamping Bella (starts shipping Oct 5th)

Membership Discounts
We are still honouring the 10% discount for those who still had an active membership when we closed the location.  It will continue until it expires.  We have kept all of our records and will make sure everyone that is eligible will receive the discount.

Friday, September 11, 2015

8 x 8 Album

Hello everyone.  Today I would like to share with you an 8 x 8 album that I created using the Prima "Typeography" A4 paper pad.  I love this paper.  It is very pretty and very heritage looking which I love.  I won't bore you with too many details about each page and how I did the pages.  There is 8 pages plus the inside of the covers and each is loaded with embellishments.  Therefore it would take forever for me to describe everything on each page.  The entire album including the binding for the pages was done by hand.
I hope the pictures of the pages will show you the end result.
To start off with below is a picture of the front cover.  I did cover the entire cover with a pretty cotton fabric that I found at my local fabric store.  I first laid out the chipboard pieces for the cover, (two pieces 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" - one for the front cover and the other for the back cover.  1 piece for between the cover pieces).  I then adhered batting that you use for quilting onto the chipboard pieces, then adhered the fabric to the batting.  I wrapped the edges of the fabric around to the other side and secured it in place.

To start, I made the inside of the album using a heavy cardstock.   I then covered each one of these pages with my finished 8 x 8 layouts.  Each one is different.  I will give a brief explanation of some of the pages as we go.  So to start -

The black that you see on the pages is where the picture will go.  I first decided what size picture I wanted on each page, laid it down then built the balance of the page around this size.


The fifth page which is on the right opens up.  There is a picture below.

You could add pictures to the inside of the flap if you wanted.  I kept the inside simple for the purpose of placing more pictures.

Both these pages flip open.  The sixth page opens from the top and the seventh page opens from the bottom.  A picture of this is below the main picture.

Again the seventh page was kept simple for the addition of more pictures.



At the outside edges of the front and back covers I adhered a strip of silk organza ribbon, topped with a metal decorative circle.  I use this ribbon to secure the album when closed by tying a large bow.
The picture below is a view of the album when completed looking from the top so you can see how neatly the pages fit into the album.

I was very happy with how this turned out.  I hope you do too.
So for now, have a great day.  Until next time

"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together."