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Thursday, February 15, 2018

February challenge for Crafts Dreamy Design Team

Hello again,

I would like to share with you my project for the Crafts Dreamy challenge blog for February. The mood board gave us pastels and a romantic valentines theme.

I used various Tim Holtz dies and crackle paints as well as stencils and oxides.

Go and have a nosey if you like.

Thank you for stepping by and hopefully until next time :-)

Take care and keep your craft on!


Monday, January 15, 2018

First DT project for Crafts Dreamy challenge blog.

As I have announced in my previous post, I have been asked to join a new design team for a challenge blog called Crafts Dreamy

Every month we create a project inspired by a mood board.

This is my project for this month. I stamped the plaid background with old paper distress ink and inked over it with antique linen.
I then stamped the stag with black archival ink and coloured it with brushed corduroy and tea dye distress ink. I stamped the twigs with pine needles and stamped the sentiment with embossing ink. I used Emerald Creek Northern Lights embossing powder.
I cut two pine cones and embossed them with the die. I just love pine cones!
To make it all pop I put some white accents everywhere with a white gelli roll pen.

I stuck it to a blue faux leather card blank and my card is done.

Thank you for stepping by. Take care and keep your craft on.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Crafts Dreamy Challenge Blog Design Team

I have been asked to join a new design team for a challenge blog called Crafts Dreamy. We create a monthly project inspired by a mood board. So keep an eye out for my monthly DT projects 😃😃😃 on 

Somethig about the founder of the blog:

Welcome to Crafts Dreamy, a challenge blog. I am Zowie Dixon from the United Kingdom, a mother of three beautiful children who never fail to inspire me. I am a passionate crafter and have been crafting for 8 years.

Since ages now, I have been wanting to start a challenge blog as I love crafting and believe that art is for everyone, and is a great way to express oneself. So finally today, I have taken to my dream and have decided to start this new adventure! 

Personally, I love Vintage and Shabby Chic style of crafting and this reflects a lot in my work. I also love mixed media and collage art.  I have been a self-taught artist/crafter without any formal training and crafting does bring me a lot of joy.

The intention of Crafts Dreamy is to let you all play, craft and have fun. Every month we will bring to you a new mood-board with some fabulous inspirations from our Design Team members to get your creative juices flowing. This would be an ‘Anything Goes’ Blog and so we really look forward to seeing all your unique creations based on the boards.

Starting 15th of every month we will have a new mood-board to play with.

So watch out and do come back on the 15th of January for the very first challenge!

Looking forward to your creations and participation!

Happy crafting!

Take care and keep your craft on!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Alcohol ink background cards

Hello there,

I know it has been a while. Summer is always my least productive season. I always make up for it in Autumn and Winter though...

I made a few halloween cards using some alcohol ink backgrounds I made. I love making the backgrounds. Once I start it is so hard to stop!!

These backgrounds are so versatile!!

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.
Hopefully until next time.

Take care and keep your craft on!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Heat embossing on glass

I have been toying with the idea of heat embossing on glass for a while now.  After I saw it done on the Emerald Creek Dare blog, and decided to take the plunge.

I have been addicted to olives for a while now and the ones we buy come in these huge pretty jars. I wanted to recycle thwm and give them a make over so that they can be used as a decorative piece, or even as a useful jar.

After I finished making this one, I decided it was too pretty to give away or just sit somehwere, so I kept it for myself and keep my crinkle ribbon in it. I always pre cut me ribbon to the length I need to make my fluffy bows. And now instead of a plastic ice cream tub, they are kept in my pretty jar!!

Here is how I transforned my glass jar with lid....

I started with the lid. I cut a piece of cotton fabric to size. In this case from an old bed sheet.
And I stamp it with archival ink to give it a country style look. This sap green is almost identical to bundled sage distress ink. The relevance will make sense later *wink wink*

I trimmed most of the excess fabric off, I will trim some more once the lid is done. 

I stuck the fabric to my lid using two sided tape. I made sure I put it on there really tight.

Normally the fabric is tied around the "neck" of the jar with string or ribbon, but that means I would have to untie that everytime I use the jar. So I decided to make a faux tied lid, so I can open the jar more easily.

I put double sided tape on tge edge of my lid, to create the illusion of a tied up lid. 

My phone acted up and didn't save the pics I took of staining my ribbon and putting it on the double sided tape. So I will try and describe what I did. The ribbon is stained with distress ink in the colour Bundled Sage. So now it matches the fabric. I stuck the piece of ribbon on the tape on the rim of the lid. I made sure I had enough ribbon to tie my fluffy bow. I tied my bow the same way I do on my tags and cards. I must say that I LOOOOOOVE how it turned out!

Now onto the jar itself!

I want a plaid print on my jar. To do this I used the plaid stamp by Tim Holtz, embossing ink and the glorious Aurora Stone Blue embossing powder by Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.

I stamped the image on the jar with embossing ink and the unmounted cling stamp. I didn't put it on a block so I could press it along the curves of the jar. I didn't press too hard at the edges as I didn't want it to look too tidy. Then I took my heat tool and embossed it. It takes a while as the glass heats up much slower than paper, obviously. But once it heats up it melts quickly. And after it cools down it stays put. I scratched my nails over it and nothing chipped off! I was quite surrised about that! Yaaaaay!!!


I am soooo pleased with the outcome of this experiment. I am so keeping this jar on my desk :-)

Thank you for taking the time to visit and read my blog. I hope to see you here again. 

Take care and keep your craft on!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Celebrational tags

Especially for Canada Day, on July 1st, I made a tag using various luscious embossing powders by Emerald Creek craft supplies

I spread some embossing paste over a stencil on a mixed media tag. I immediately prinkled Oh Canada embossing powder over it, and heated it with my heat tool to melt and dry it. Embossing paste will bubble up a bit if heated too much, but I wanted to make it a bit puffy. After it all cooled down I inked the edge of my tag with walnut stain distress ink. 

I cut a maple leaf out of red card stock and after inking it with distress embossing ink, I sprinkled it with Fractured Ice embossing granules and melted that. I looooove how fractured ice makes everything look like granite! 

I inked some grungeboard numbers with embossing ink and dunked them in Charred gold embossing granules. And heated them until it bubbled up. I love this look!!!

I coloured a paper doll with distress crayons and a water brush. I can't seem to get a good result with the markers.

I wanted my ribbon to reflect the Canadian-ness of the tag, so I stamped maple leaves with red archival ink on it. I immediately heat set them to prevent bleeding and make the shape unrecognisable. 

And this is the result:

And this is the finished tag.

As the 4th of July is only days after the Canadian Day,
I made an American themed tag also.

I inked embossing ink over a star stencil, and sprinkled 4th Of July embossing powder over it and heat set it. Like all the other powders, this just makes me smile.
I inked over the stars with blue and red distress ink. And the edge with brown ink.

To make this die cut grungeboard 4 sparkle, I used Onyx Frost embossing powder. This is so gloriously intense black with the perfect amount of sparkle. 

I coloured the paper doll and stained my ribbon, and the tag is finished. 

To all my Canadian and American friends, Happy Canada Day and Happy 4th of July!!

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope to see you again. 

Take care and keep your craft on!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Yet another bow tutorial

Most of my crafty friends know I have a thing for fluffy bows on some of my projects. I always stain them to match my projects.
This tutorial is about staining them in various colours using the distress markers.

It is rather simple, but the result is quite striking! All using crinkle ribbon, distress markers, a mini mister and a heat tool.

I cut a piece of the ribbon and start the process....

I colour one side of the ribbon. It takes the distress ink beautifully...

One side is all done.  On to the next colour!

Now we have a beautiful red white and blue :-)

This is how it looks once done. You could leave it like this and use it on a card or tag. 
I like to spray it with a little water, to make it bleed a little, to give it a more vintage look. 

I spritz a little water with my minimister on a section of the ribbon and dry it immediately with a heat tool. I just want the ink to run just a little, not create a purple in the middle... That is why I do it in sections.

Here you see the difference. On the left the spritzed and dried part and on the right the "untreated" part. 

This is what the ribbon looks like after it has been spritzed and dried. The possibilities are endless. 
All we need now is a tag or card to put this on......

This tag is still a work in progress. I used "4th of July" embossing powder by Emerald Creek Craft Supplies to create my stars, it is a glorious mix of red white and blue powder and blue glitter. I inked over it with the same red and blue (festive berries and faded jeans) as the ribbon.  The edge is inked with walnut stain.
And the ribbon is tied like I always do. I have done a tutorial for that too ;-)

All the tag now needs are some finishing touches. 

Thank you for stepping by and taking the time to have a look.

Take care and keep your craft on :-)


Surf and turf challenge

This month there is a surf and turf challenge at the Emerald Creek blog.

I was playing with my oxides and once the background was done, it screamed for one of the Koi stamps from Nicole Wright Designs. It is one of my favourite sets...ever.

So I stamped the koi in fired brick oxide and coloured it with a waterbrush.

The sentiment is by quiet fire design.

I love how it came together.....

Thank you for taking the time to step by.
Take care and keep your craft on :-)