Sunday, July 20, 2014

Customer Appreciation Sale this week!

Mark your Calendars!  We are having a Customer Appreciation Sale this week! 

We want to say Thank You to all our wonderful Customers!

Friday July 25th, and Saturday July 26th stop by the store and receive 20% off your entire order!

For our on-line customers, you will have from Friday July 25th until Thursday July 31 to fill your shopping carts for 20% off as well.

(not applicable to special orders or online shopping store pickups).

We hope to see you this weekend!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

The "NO PLAN" Mixed Media Layout

Today I thought I would share with you a mixed media layout that I did today.  I have to be honest with you.  I selected my picture but I had no idea or plan on how to do my layout.  I decided to just go for it.  If I made a huge mistake, I figured I could cover it up somehow.  Below is the layout.

  I knew I wanted lots of texture on the background.  I first chose two pieces of patterned paper which I had in my "stuff" for a long, long time.  I tore the one paper in half but curved it.  I then inked the edges and adhered it to the left side of the background paper.  To blend the papers together I painted a thin layer of watered down gesso over the entire surface.

I then selected stencils that I wanted to use for background texture.  

The leaf stencil I applied with Tim Holtz crushed olive distress ink.   Using moulding paste I placed the stencil below the leaf one at the centre of the leaf vines.  The other stencil I applied here and there with moulding paste.  When the paste was dry I sprayed with a light brown spray, then a taupe spray (which had red in it) then I dripped a turquoise spray here and there.  Here is a closeup to show you the different textures that I achieved.

I decided that I wanted a bit more texture so I selected another of my favourite stencils and inked it here and there using a a brown distress ink.

For the picture placement, I took a random piece of patterned paper and cut out a piece for the back of the picture which comes out from the top left corner of the picture.  I also tore a few pieces from the other half of the background paper that I tore off.  I heavily inked the edges and adhered them around the picture.
I had wood gears in my stash so I pulled out a few painted them with gesso, sprayed with the turquoise spray I used on the background then stamped them with a random stamp using black ink.  I also took a wood frame, cut it in half, and adhered them to the right side of the picture by layering one on top of the other and off-setting the one piece.   I pulled apart a few pieces of burlap and tucked them under the two upper corners and bottom left corner.  I felt that the background needed some black.  So I took a stamp, inked it with black ink, and randomly stamped it here and there.  I also drew around the leaves of the leaf vine stencil using a black scrapbooking pen.   And the final thing, I splattered white gesso here and there using a paint brush.  Very easy to do and adds to the texture.   Here is a closeup of a couple of sections of the completed layout.

Given the fact that I did not know what I was going to do, I was quite pleased with how it turned out.  I realize that with mixed media anything goes.  Don't think - just do what you like.

Until next time, this is Donna reminding you to continue being a
and remember
"Life is a great big canvas, 
and you should throw all the paint on it you can." 
                                                                                       Danny Kaye

Monday, July 07, 2014

Using up More Chipboard Letters

Hello everyone!!!!!  Well I finally got a new computer.  What a difference - I have a lot of navigating to do to learn how to fully use it.  So here is my first blog to share with you.  Sometime ago I did a tutorial on how to use up chipboard letters by creating a picture frame.
 Here is another idea based on the same method.
I started by cutting a 4" wide x 11" long piece of white cardstock.  At the left end of the strip I measured in 
3  1/2"  and drew a line.  From the other end I measured in 2 1/2" and drew a line.  The space in between the lines is where I plan on placing my picture on a piece of patterned paper 5" wide x 6" long.

I then pulled out my chipboard letters that I wanted to use up.  Size, colour, shape - doesn't matter.

  I cut the right side end (the 2 1/2" end) off by cutting it 1" in from the pencil line.   I did this so that I could ensure that my picture section did not go over any of the letters on this end.  You can also adjust the pieces to suit your picture as you may not use the same picture size as I did.   Then I placed the letters onto the cardstock as shown above.   When I was happy with the placement, I glued them down securely.    I kept the letters to the outside of the pencil lines.  You will notice that I added the #2 on the larger section.  Add more numbers if you wish.
I then painted all the letters with white gesso.  To be sure I did two coats.  Let this dry completely.

I then took a turquoise blue spray (which matched my papers) and sprayed the letters.  I used a piece of paper towel and lightly soaked up some of the spray off the letters.  This is optional.  When the spray was completely dry, I rubbed a bit of brown ink here and there onto the surface of the letters for an extra accent.  Below is a closeup of the letters after spraying and inking.

 And the completed layout.

I used the WER Memory Keepers "Cut and Paste" line of paper and a package of their matching embellishments.
I hope you enjoy.
Until next time
and for my quote:
"I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow him/her with the most useful gift, 
that gift should be curiosity."  Eleanor Roosevelt

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summer All Day Crop and Save the Dates!

Our Christmas in July Sale is this coming week, Wednesday July 2nd until Saturday July 5th! ALL Christmas/ Winter paper and embellishments, stamps, stickers all 40% off!
Shop early for great selections! See you then!

We just wanted to let you know that we are having a Summer All Day Crop Saturday August 9th 10:00am - 11:00pm
The cost is $40.00 for the day and includes lunch, d...inner and tons of snacks!
Registration is required, so call the store 519-895-0554 to reserve your spot now!

We just wanted to let you know that we will be having our annual Garage Sale September 27th this year. More details to follow in August's newsletter.

Also, check out our calendar for all classes and crops we will be having over the summer!

Friday, June 27, 2014

A Sketch With A Twist

Hello everyone!!!!  Today I decided to do something different as far as my sketches go.  I will give you another sketch that I did recently.  But with a twist.  I took the layout and did a bit of mixed media with it.  Below is the sketch - with measurements - then a picture of the layout before I did my mixed media technique.

  There are no embellishments on this layout but it will still give you an idea of paper placements according to the sketch.

So I decided to take the layout and whitewashed the papers using a watered gesso.  This will blend the papers together. Let everything dry completely.

Next, using a Tim Holtz burlap stencil and some moulding paste, I applied the paste as shown below.  This gave it some more texture.
Let this dry.  I did have to go back and adhere some of the edges of the papers.  When all was glued down properly,  then I sprayed with mists - turquoise blue first then came back with a brown.  When the mists were completely dry, I added a lightly stamped image here and there using black ink.  Below is the completed mixed media technique.  When you add your pictures and embellishments the layout takes on a new look.

And here is the completed layout with pictures and embellishments.  As this is a boy layout, I kept the embellishments simple and leaning toward the male influence.  For more texture I added some burlap pieces behind the pictures.

Try this technique - you will be surprised at how easy it is.
Until next time
and remember
"An angler is a man who spends rainy days 
sitting around on the muddy banks of rivers doing nothing 
because his wife won't let him do it at home."

New Stuff!!!!

Just a little update of all the new products we received this week...

Authentique - "Adventure" paper and such

Ranger - Dina Wakley paints, and Tim Holtz's little distress ink pads!

Stampin' Bella - stamps

Kraftin' Kimmie - Stamps... and they are adorable!!!

Tiddly Inks - stamps

Echo Park - to arrive today or early next week!

All these new products will be online this weekend!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas

Last week a few of us got together at the store to do some playing and working on some of our art journaling and mixed media.  I, of course, did the mixed media which I love.  I like to just sit down, get out a lot of "stuff" from my stash and begin planning out what I want to do.  So I gathered up some "stuff" from home, put it all in a bag and off I went to my playing session.  Below is what I gathered up.  For this project colour does not matter.  Just use up odd flowers you have lying around as well as chipboard pieces, leaves, metal pieces.   I will list all the items I used at the end.

I decided to use a 9" x 12" canvas.  I first painted the whole surface with a coat of gesso.  Then I started applying the other materials - cheese cloth, doilies, dry wall tape and crepe paper.  Place mod podge onto the canvas first  then adhere the product you are using .  Apply  the mod podge on top of the product.   First the doilie close to the top of the canvas, crepe paper wherever I felt, drywall tape here and there then the cheesecloth in the middle near the top.  I kept these products on the upper two-thirds of the canvas.  Because of the fence at the bottom, I felt the products would have been covered.  You can have the materials touching each other, anywhere will do.   When that was done I applied moulding paste with a brick stencil (to the left of the window) and then using my spatula I applied it below the window and above the fence.  Let all of this dry completely.  Using a heat gun helps especially with the moulding paste which will take the longest to dry.
I then began to place my "stuff" onto the canvas - do not glue just yet.  Make sure that you have everything where you want it.  I basically started from the top edge and went around the edges first.  I had some strips of chipboard left over from a set of chipboard shapes.  I cut them to size and used them as a frame around the outside of the canvas.  Then I die cut some vines out of chipboard and added them onto the frame first.  Then I placed my flowers onto the vines.  I began placing the rest of my "stuff", first the chipboard fence across the bottom, then the flowers and leaves on the fence.  I  got going so well on my placement of pieces that I did not take a picture of where I placed everything.   But you will be able to see in the pictures below.  I also used some metal buttons, a metal key at the bottom left side and a wood die cut butterfly on the window.   When you are happy, using a glue gun (for the best possible adhesion) adhere all your pieces down.
 Now for the next step.
Using white gesso paint the entire surface of the canvas - all flowers, chipboard, everything. This is why you do not have to worry about colours of your items.  Depending on how dark some of your items are you can apply a second coat.   Below is a picture of the canvas painted white.  I had already started the next step but you can see the white effect and the placement of items.

I decided instead of using sprays in different colours, which I have done on all my other mixed media products, I decided to do something a little different.  Using Tim Holtz distress stains, and some distress paints I hand-painted all the flowers and leaves using a paint brush.  It really wasn't all that bad, in fact, I quite enjoyed it and it really did not take all that long.  Below is a picture of the paint technique.  The pink, blue and green were the distress stains; the darker yellow was my own mixture of yellow kraft paint and gesso; the lighter creamier flowers was done using distress paint; and the green on the background around the window and brick wall was using distress stain.
 Below is a closeup of the bottom left corner.

When everything was dry and I was happy with the colours, I took a very light brown spray and sprayed here and there onto the canvas.  I removed some of the spray from the window and corners above it as I wanted it to remain as white as possible.  If the spray was too heavy in some spots, while it was still wet, I took a piece of paper towel and dabbed it off.  I only wanted a very light brown accent.  I also went back and added some more of the blue and pink distress stains to the flowers and the green on the leaves to pull out the colour a little more.   I added some diamond glaze to some of the darker pink flowers.  Below is the final result.

And a couple of close-ups.

Here is a list of the products I used:
Tim Holtz Distress Stains:  Tumbled Glass (flowers)
 Bundled Sage (leaves and background) 
Victoria Velvet (flowers)
A light pink spray from my stash - my own mixture (dipped my brush into it)
Tim Holtz Distress Paint:  Picket Fence(window and corners) Antique Linen (flowers and moulding paste above fence)

For the brown spray I watered down a brown spray (Lindy's Moon Shadow Mist) with water.

Other products:  White gesso; matte mod podge
Doilies, cheese cloth, crepe paper, dry wall tape for background
And I added in some white pearls here and there at the very end.  Applied dimensional pearls to the decorative chipboard shape at the top and the butterfly.

Let me know what you think.  
Until next time
and remember
"The world of reality has its limits, but the world of imagination is boundless"

Scrapbook & Cards Today Summer Issue now in stock

Stop by soon to get your copy of this summer's issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today! 
(Free with any purchase in store or online)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sunshine Inspired Layout

Hello everyone!!!  Today I thought I would share a layout with you that I have been wanting to do for a long time now.  My inspiration came from a piece of paper that had sunshine rays on it.  So I thought I would try it.  I first selected a background paper then 4 patterned papers with different designs on them but making sure that the colours fit well with each other.  

To start with I took a piece of 12 x 12 white paper (the piece that is inserted into your refills will do).  I began drawing the rays onto the paper starting with the upper left corner of the paper, bringing it down to the middle of the bottom edge.  Next to this, leaving a space in between, I drew the next one.  I drew them randomly until I got the one in the middle done.  Then I drew the ones on the other side of the paper the same size as the first ones.  See below.
You will cut out the strips with scissors or your cutter if you want.  These will be a template which you will trace onto the back side of your papers you have selected.
For the strips that go along the sides and down to the bottom I simply used the same strips that I cut for the top half.  They will extend over the edges but this will not affect the layout.  When you cut the actual strips for the layout, the ones on the side will be trimmed off.  Lay your strips down onto your background paper as shown below.  Do not adhere these down.

Now you will want to take the strip in the centre trace it out onto your patterned paper (on the back) then cut it out.  Place this one in the spot where the tracer piece was.  Do not glue the strips down yet. I then did my corner ones, then the others.  Lay them all down to make sure you have them even and the patterns where you want.  I also decided to add a thinner strip between the corner pieces and the striped ones.  This is optional.

When you are happy you can begin adhering them down.  Don't worry about the mixed up points at the bottom.  As you can see from the layout I covered this spot with more papers and my pictures.   I also added a strip at the bottom left and right corners.   When they are all adhered take your scissors and trim off the ones that are off the edges of the background paper.  Oh yes, make sure that you trim off the advertisement strip at the bottom of your paper.  I actually took the picture before I did this.  And here is the finished layout.

For the bottom section I selected a patterned paper that was not in the sun rays.  It was 6" wide x 5" long.  I adhered it even with the bottom edge and centering it.  I then punched a couple of scalloped circles from the sun rays papers as well as a couple of 3/4" wide strips.  I adhered my pictures onto chipboard and used pop dots to raise them up.  Added some vines, flowers and brads.  Very simple.  I also placed white and yellow dimensional pearls dots between the sun ray strips to add a little sparkle.
I do hope you try this.  It is quite easy to do.
Until next time
and remember
"There are only two lasting bequests we can leave our children:  one is roots; the other, wings."  H.Carter