Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Anything But Paper - Emerald Creek Dare

I am not only excited to be sharing my first project for Emerald Creek as part of the Design Team but also because I am so stoked about the birch bark bookmarks that I made for this dare. More specifically, these beauties will be used as magazine markers. 

The idea for a magazine marker was born out of my love of Flow Magazine for Paper Lovers. If you too are a fan of such a specialty magazine, then you might feel the same way as I do about needing a bookmark as a placeholder versus dog earring a corner of one of these lovelies... it just feels so wrong to do the latter.

The current Emerald Creek Dare is Anything But Paper. I have to say that I really loved the challenge of creating these bookmarks, which are traditionally made from paper, without paper and the experimentation required to figure out what worked with the base medium. 

To begin, I used a piece of birch bark that I had saved from a storm damaged fallen tree. To prep the base, I cut it into a 3 inch width and as it was too thick to lay flat, I peeled it in half (approx. 3 layers) to create two strips. Then, I cut them at two slightly different lengths just for the sake of trying two sizes. I chose to leave the natural tear part at the bottom and make all cuts from the top portion. Next, I used a baby wipe to remove the natural powdery residue from both sides of the birch strips. Lastly, I angle cut the corners and used a regular hand held office supply hole punch to make the hole. Now they were ready for some creative play.

For the first one on the left, I wanted to give stains a try. These are the supplies that I used on it. 

I started by heat emboss stamping with the Kimilese stamp and Vegas Gold Embossing Powder . Next, I sprayed Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, and Broken China Distress Stains on it and then dried and heat set it with a heat gun (being careful not to get too close to the bark with the heat as it can cause the birch to blister). I placed it under a heavy stack of books to cool, dry further, and flatten. Once it was completely dry, I used the MISTI stamping tool to align the Cherry Blossom Branch stamp from the NWD Fallen Blossom stamp set where I wanted it to appear on the bookmark. Then, I inked up the branch portion of the stamp with Ranger Coffee Archival ink removing the ink from unwanted areas with a baby wipe prior to stamping it on the bark. Next, I heat set the ink with the heat gun and then let it air dry a bit longer. 

While that was happening, I cleaned the stamp with it still adhered to the MISTI using a baby wipe. Next, I inked up the blossoms with emboss ink, re-stamped the image, and heat embossed it with Sweet Valentine Embossing Powder. Once cool, I stamped my craft mat with Picket Fence Distress ink and used a water brush adding the white to the inside of the blossoms. While that was air drying, I coloured the Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon with Antique Linen Distress Stain and stamped the Small Butterfly on a cut off piece of birch bark with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and heat embossed it with the Iridescent Shimmer Embossing Powder. Lastly, I stamped the "Remember to make memories" sentiment also from the NWD Fallen Blossom stamp set with the Coffee Archival ink, adhered the fussy cut butterfly, and tied on the ribbon.

For the second bookmark on the right...

I followed much of the same process with the following alterations:

- I did the initial heat emboss resist technique using the Kimilese stamp with Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder prior to painting it with a combination of Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, and Twisted Citron Distress Paint. After letting the paint "set up" a bit, I carefully lightly buffed parts of the embossed sections with a piece of paper towel to remove some of the paint and reveal the embossed script.

- I heat emboss stamped the Small Butterfly stamp using emboss ink twice on the small piece of leftover birch bark and heat embossed one with Vegas Gold Embossing Powder and the other with Iridescent Shimmer Embossing Powder prior to fussy cutting them both out.

- I heat emboss stamped the "Remember to make memories" sentiment from the NWD Fallen Blossom stamp set with fine white embossing powder.

- I used three pieces of jute twine to tie the top and knotted the ends.

Here is a look at the supplies that I used for this bookmark.

To see my fellow "Dare"mates takes on the challenge and get the challenge details, check out the Emerald Creek blog here. Kim is offering an added bonus prize for further incentive to this Dare so it is a perfect time to grab your imagination, get creative, and come join us.

If you make your own birch bark bookmarks using either method, be sure to share a link with me here on the blog or tag me @scrapsavvy on Instagram. I would love to see your take.


Emerald Creek Products used:

Other products used and available from the EC shop:
Distress Stains: Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Antique Linen
Distress Paints: Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron
Distress Ink: Picket Fence, Peacock Feathers
Ranger: Emboss Ink

Magenta Nuance Masterboard ATCs Part 3

These final three ATCs mark the end of my three part series of 9 ATCs over on the Magenta blog.  All the ATCs were made from a watercoloured masterboard using the original three blue Nuance powders.

I used a variety of Magenta stamps, additional Nuance colours, and gold foil to create these one of a kind little beauties. For How-to details on each card, head over to the Magenta blog here.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Creative Chemistry 101 - Distress Ink Watercolour

You have likely already heard or seen the buzz around Tim Holtz's Summer of Creative Chemistry, with the addition of his new course Creative Chemistry 103 at Online Card Classes. I was stoked and signed up as soon as it was announced!

For warm up practice, I am following along with the weekly lessons prescribed from Creative Chemistry 101. The homework for this week... Distress Ink techniques. Oh, how I love me some Distress Inks! 

First up, I choose to do a favourite technique from this category and created a few versions on cards. You can never have too many cards! ;) On all three, I went with a warm summery combo of Distress ink colours using Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, and Festive Berries with the addition of Black Soot for the sentiments.

This one uses the basic technique. 

Supplies: watercolour paper and Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Ranger), Tim Holtz stamps (Stampers Anonymous), cardstock (CTMH), sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

This one is the second generation stamping from the first on the smooth side with the addition of water brush strokes.

Supplies: watercolour paper and Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Ranger), Tim Holtz stamps (Stampers Anonymous), cardstock (Bazzill)

Lastly, this one is a combination of the two previous... first generation stamping with the addition of a water brush. Plus, I added Gelly Roll pen outlining for a touch of glimmer.

Supplies: watercolour paper and Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Ranger), Tim Holtz stamps (Stampers Anonymous), Stardust Gelly Roll pen (Sakura)

If you haven't already checked out the Summer of Creative Chemistry, you can do so here. Hope you come and join in the fun!


Friday, June 3, 2016

Magenta Nuances Masterboard ATCs Part 2

Last Friday, over on the Magenta blog, I shared the first three ATCs in a three part series all made from a masterboard created using the three original Nuance blues.  If you missed out on last week's first edition post, you can find it here.

To recap, I took a masterboard created on a 9 x 12 piece of 90lb watercolour paper using Nuance blue colours (Turquoise, Cerulean Blue, and Royal Blue).  I cut it into nine - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" pieces and created a bunch of ATCs using stencils and stamps from the Summer 2016 collection with the added touch of gold foil. Each background piece was unique and the background colour helped determine what additional colours and/or designs would best suit it.

For the background, I used the cute Doily mask and created three circular sections with it by colouring them Grass Green Nuance. Once dry, I repositioned the mask back to where it was used and I used a white pen to add floral details. Next, I positioned the Flower Silhouette stencil and filled it in with a glue stick before adding the gold foil to it. I let it sit for 5 minutes prior to removing the foil sheet to ensure that the glue had set up. I ran the glue stick along the edges of the card and added gold foil there too. Lastly, I heat emboss stamped the Wonderful World sentiment.

For this ATC, I went with a wet on wet watercolour technique and dried the paper between colour addition layers. First, I heat embossed the Wild Rose flower image in black. After water colouring with Hot Pink and Grass Green Nuance, I heat embossed the "magic all around" parts of the sentiment stamp that I wanted in white and added some grey marker shadowing to make it pop. Lastly, I masked off the image with its' stamp backing and glue stamped the background with my favourite Script and Postmark stamp and added the gold foil.

This one required a little creative colour mixing as I intentionally wanted to create "mud" or rather, hues of brown. After heat emboss stamping the Doodle Feather in black, I started with a bit of Yellow and Purple Nuance powders and a few spritzes of water on my craft mat. Then, I mixed in some Golden Yellow and filled in the whole feather and adding some to the background. Then, I added some Orange Nuance to deepen the colour and added it to sections of the feather. I used the stamp's backing as a mask and splatter a bit of watered down gesso for some background interest. Once the card was completely dry, I stamped the Carpe Diem sentiment in two parts using VersaMark and Ranger Sticky embossing powder. Next, I added the gold foil. Lastly, I inked the edges of the card with Distress ink and then added a few splatters of glue and a touch of gold foil to finish it off. 

If you are interested in receiving one of my ATCs from last week's post, check out the Part 1 Nuance Masterboard ATC post on our Instagram account (@magentastyle) for a chance to win one for yourself and a friend.

Look for Part 3 of my three part Nuance Masterboard ATCs series next Friday.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Carpe Diem with some Simple Stories

You just can't help but smile at pieces of Simple Stories Carpe Diem collection. Besides some 12 by 12 sheets, I purchased the journaling cards to use on scrap layouts and cards.

I scrapped this layout for fun after seeing this photo of my daughter and her friends on her phone.

Supplies: patterned paper, cardstock die cut ephemera, cardstock stickers, snap pack, photo stickers (Simple Stories), cardstock and pen (CTMH), watercolour paint (Artist Loft), embroidery Floss (Iris), StazOn ink (Tsukineko)

I used this Struck?! Sketches sketch from April as I thought it would go well with the journaling cards. I am pleased with how they worked out.


Friday, May 27, 2016

Magenta Nuances Masterboard ATCs Part 1

Last summer when Nuances launched, I was trying the three blues (Turquoise, Cerulean Blue, and Royal Blue) out on a 9 x 12 piece of 90lb watercolour paper to compare their colours and see how they reacted to water. I recently rediscovered that piece of sample watercolour paper and decided to use it as a masterboard for a series of 9 ATCs. Today, I am sharing the first three cards as part of a three part blog series.

Head on over to the Magenta blog here to learn step-by-step instructions on how each one was made.

Would you like to be the recipient of one of these ATCs? Check out the Nuance Masterboard ATC post on our Instagram account (@magentastyle) for a chance to win one for yourself and a friend.

Look for Part 2 of my three part Nuance Masterboard ATCs coming next Friday, June 3rd.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Dream On

When I saw the Christine Adolph Rub-on adhesives and Prima foils during CHA releases, I knew I had to get my hands on some. I ordered a few from Simon Says Stamp and gave it a try. 

Supplies: watercolour paints, adhesive rub ons, foil, and sentiment stamp (Prima), watercolour paper (Ranger), cardstock (CTMH), VersaMark (Tsukineko), Heat and Stick (Stampin' Up)

For my first attempt, I placed a butterfly on my Prima watercolour painted background. They work like a charm and... oh my, the design done with the foil is so gorgeous!

I matched the gold with a Finnabair sentiment by emboss ink stamping, covering it with heat 'n stick emboss, and then adhering the foil.

I am playing along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Butterfly Beauty challenge and Creative with Stamps Butterfly challenge.

Simon Monday Challenge Blog    


Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Another fun card was made with Crate Paper's Maggie Holmes Confetti collection. This one was inspired by the CardMaps challenge over at using a Becky Fleck sketch.

Supplies: Maggie Holmes patterned paper, stickers embossing folder (Crate Paper), cardstock (CTMH), icraft Deco foil (Thermoweb), glitter (Dollarama), gingham ribbon (O'Scrap!)embroidery floss (Anchor), Tim Holtz tiny attacher and staples (Advantus)

The music score embossing folder adds just that right touch to the background. 

For easy gold embellishing of the tag, I ran a quick swipe of glue stick around the edge and then added some gold foil.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Happy Day

April Showers Bring May Flowers is the challenge theme this week over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. While there is much sunny spring weather to be scene around Instagram, in my neck of the woods, we still have snow; but alas, there are some brave flower souls peaking through. 

Supplies: patterned paper, stencil, paste, watercolour paint, resin bird, feather, flowers, chipboard tag, stamp, letter stickers, oil pastel crayon (Prima), cardstock (CTMH), Stamper's Big Brush marker (Faber-Castell), twine (Maya Road), Stickles (Ranger), jewels (Dollarama)

My card take on the challenge is full of pretty Prima posies and pieces from Garden Fable collection with an added element from my backyard... a fallen piece of a crabapple branch.

For the sentiment, I went with a Happy celebratory theme for the Happy Birthday challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog.

Here's to sending you some flowers to brighten your day!


Birthday Celebration

I am really enjoying making birthday cards with Crate Paper's Confetti collection by Maggie Holmes. I made this card for a dear friend whom I know really appreciates my handcrafted creations.

Supplies: Maggie Holmes embossing folder, patterned paper, sticker (Crate Paper), cardstock (CTMH), double sided adhesive (Scor-Tape), twine (Maya Road), butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), vellum (The Paper company), glitter (Dollarama)

For this card, I used the polaroid photo frame patterned paper piece and added a little twist. I used thin double sided adhesive on the frame and added gold glitter.

I am added this one to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog's Happy Birthday challenge in celebration of their 7th Birthday.