Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hello everyone!!!  I am heading out to the Manor tomorrow for a relaxing weekend so I thought I would share a couple of cards with you.  
I hope to have several new items to share with you when I get back.
The first one I used a few matching papers to create a collage, added a couple of tags on the left side, then added my flowers.  The white material with the tiny square holes in it is actually the plastic sheets used for needle point.  I cut off a couple of pieces and added them as shown.  The larger turquoise flowers is actually a flower cut in half, so I put the halves peeking out from under the papers.  I like to layer things, especially paper, for me, the more layers the better I like it.

The next card below is more antique looking.   I roughed up the edges of the background paper before adhering it to the card front.  I added a strip of burlap across the card then I added another strip of paper, about 1" wide, across the bottom of the burlap.  An antique lace was placed at the bottom of the 1"  wide paper strip.  And lastly I added the flowers and other embellishments along with a loopy bow with fine cording.  The crocheted circle at the top of the flowers is actually cut from an old doilie I had.  Gives the card an extra touch of texture.

That's all for now.  Until the next time,
this is Donna wishing you a safe and happy weekend.
Best Friends - If you're alone, I'll be your shadow.  If you want to cry, I'll be your shoulder.  If you want a hug, I'll be your pillow.  If you need to be happy, I'll be your smile.  But anytime you just need a best friend, I'll just be me.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

"Beauty" Layout

Hello Everyone!!!!!!  Today I am sharing a layout I did a short time ago.
To start off with, I did some stenciling on the background paper using modeling paste.  I then cut a strip of matching paper about 5" wide and tore along the top edge for texture and across the bottom edge on a diagonal curving up to the right side edge.   I adhered this to the background paper across the centre.   I then cut another piece from another matching paper about 3" wide and adhered this across the centre of the first strip.  I added a strip of lace across the top and bottom edges of this piece.  I also tucked white embroidered flowers from Prima under the top edges of the first centre piece.  And the rest is my embellishments.

I then added my picture, first making a collage of papers to go behind it, and popping it off the collage.  I used soft coloured flowers in pink and purple, added hexagon shaped chipboard pieces at the sides of the picture, a few small green painted chipboard vines and a resin heart shaped frame on the left of the picture.  I tucked an embroidered flower under the bottom left section of the frame. Below is a closeup of the left side of the layout and below that is the right side of the layout.  I painted the chipboard title with white gesso first then sprayed it with a light purple spray then accented the outer edges with white gesso.  And last but not least, I added some tiny micros beads in and around the flowers and onto the flowers as well as white pearls in the centres of the hexagon shapes of the chipboard.

I do hope you enjoyed this layout.  Until next time, this is Donna with another inspirational quote:
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
                                                                                          O.W. Holmes

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