Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Millie sparks conversation

Hi Guys, I am posting for Emerald Creek today.  Our theme for the month is Fireworks and Sparks.    Millie here, certainly knows how to make an entrance! 
I loved how the Three Star Metal Band Charm fit on her head and I just kind of ran with it from there.  

I cut out  my stars and embossed them using the new Peppered Chantilly.  
My tag was stamped using the Fallen Blossom stamp and Jet Black Archival Ink.

I used Distress ink in Candied Apple, Fired Brick, and Festive Berries to color the tag.  I spritzed on some water and dried it.  I went back in with the Fired Brick Oxide over the top of the tag and spritzed a bit more.  You can see a few stars peeking through here and there.  I used the Tim Holtz Star stencil and removed the color using a baby wipe.  

I colored some of the blossoms using my Chipped Sapphire Distress Marker and a waterbrush.  The centers were all colored using a white gel pen.  I added some Chipped Sapphire Distress Crayon on the edges.  

You can't see unless you look really closely, but Millie has a long necklace in her hands.  I embossed it using Charred Gold.  I cut a slit above and below her hand so it looks like she is holding the flowers.  The headband has some fun sparkly yarn in the holes.  Obviously, Millie likes a bold and dramatic look.  
Don't forget to pop over and enter the Dare on the Emerald Creek blog.  You have the chance to win $50 to the Emerald Creek store(that's a whole lot of Embossing powder)!


Monday, July 17, 2017

Madame Rose- Fortune Teller

Hi Guys,

I am posting for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts today.  I was playing around with my stuff and when I popped this Altoid Inserts Fairy Tale Frame on the tin I thought it looked like an old fortune teller machine.  I can't tell you why, my mind just went there and I ran with it.
Here's what I started with when I was pulling bits and pieces together.  Isn't that old cigar box label awesome?! I was going to just make the Altoid tin, but when I came across the label in my ephemera I knew I needed to use it, so I added the large Tim Holtz Vignette box.

 I prepped the outside of the tin with a quick coat of gesso. I wanted my tin to be purple, 
but I didn't have a shimmery purple paint.  I just mixed these two together.  

 This will be the only time you see this color.  The tin is inside the vignette box and you have no clue it's purple.  Trust me.  It's purple.
The frame was painted with the Royal red and the bits of leftover purple were rubbed on there.  I went back and added more Distress paint in Tarnished Brass and Distress Oxide Ink in Vintage Photo later to age it.  

The Vine Corners got a quick coat of Emerald Creek embossing powder in Vintage Ivy. 

 As did the Art Deco Border.  I embossed both sides of these pieces using Charred Gold.  When you get this from the store it is one large piece.  I wanted to use it to top my vignette box so I cut it to size.
Here is the tin with the Insert popped in there and the embossed medallion on the front. The crystal ball is made out of a bauble I covered with alcohol ink and glued to a vintage bingo marker.   

 Vines were added to the large vignette box. I glued on some flowers I inked up to look dried and old. I didn't take photos of the vignette box when I painted it.  I used a dry brush and did a quick coat of Broken China Distress Paint.  I watered down Prima Art Alchemy Paint in Gold Rush for a bit of shimmer in the corners.  I ran Vintage Photo Oxide all around and then sprayed so it dripped.  The edges of the box are rough embossed with Charred Gold Emerald Creek Powder.
 The Art Deco Border was glued to the top.  I accidentally ripped the cigar label when I was inking it.  I rolled with it and think it adds to the overall look.
Here's a shot from the top.  I didn't want the pieces to match up at all.  I want the box to look a little broken down. 

The rest is detail work.  I rolled up vintage fortunes and placed them in the bottom so people can get their fortune. I used a different type of vintage fortune to make a border around the box.  The fortune border was grunged up with a bit of Vintage Photo.   
I hope you like her as much as I do.  I think she will make a perfect addition to my little sideshow I have been creating.  

Friday, July 14, 2017

Strange Little Girl

Hey Everyone,

I am doing a match up with Canvas Corp and Relics and Artifacts today.  I love Frozen Charlottes.  I think they are a perfect balance between creepy and beautiful.  When I got my Papillon set I knew what I wanted to do right away.  If you would like to see a full step out with photos check out the Canvas Corp Blog.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Spreading my Creative Wings

Hi Guys,
It's my first post for My Rusty Crown!  I am so excited to share this project with you.  I don't make jewelry often, but when I do it tends to be a big statement piece.

I started with the Hand and Wings from Relics and Artifacts.  The chipboard in the back is from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  I wasn't quite sure where I was going with this at this point.  I wasn't thinking jewelry quite yet.  Once I started painting that was when I knew it would be a necklace. 
I painted the Hand using Prima Art Alchemy Paint in Metallic Brass Hardware.
I added Dina Wakley Paints in Umber and Turquoise on the cuff. 
The wings have a bunch of layers on them.  The back and sides are painted Black Berry.  The tops are a mixture of Metallic Brass HardwareGold Rush, and Rich Turquoise.  I used a really dry brush and kept adding layers until I was happy.
The wings and the hands have watered down black acrylic paint on them to highlight the cracks and crevices.  
The chipboard was prepped with black gesso and then painted using the Gold Rush and Rich Turquoise.  I sealed the front and back using Tim Holtz Collage Medium
I glued the pieces onto the chipboard using a very heavy jewelry glue and let it dry overnight. 
There is an eye screw in the top of the hand so I used one of the Tim Holtz Assemblage chains to attach the hand to the wings.  
The chain on the left is also from the Tim Holtz assemblage line, as is the rhinestone connector.  The brass chain on the right was something I had in my stash.  
Have a great day,

Monday, July 3, 2017

Frida Shrine

Hey Everyone,
It's been a bit since I have posted.  I have been busy attending my very first crop and teaching.  Today I created this for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

I worked on this piece while attending the crop.  I had a lot of fun, but man I did not get much done! I was there for a full day and just managed to squeeze this out under the wire.

I started with the back piece of the Reliquary- Tower Top.  I used a very thin layer of gesso and then painted it with Abandoned Coral Distress Paint.  Once my paint was dry I used a Ripe Persimmon Distress Crayon through a stencil.  The edges got a rough coat of Emerald Creek's Salted Wine Embossing Powder.  

I used one piece of the Folding House Shrine for the next layer.  I gessoed and then used Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint.  The stenciled flowers were made using various Distress Inks.  Why am I not listing them? Well...
I decided this wasn't enough. It looks cool, but it wasn't popping enough for me.  The relics and Artifacts skull has a coat of Vintage Distress Collage Medium and then a light layer of crackle medium.  I rubbed Black Soot Crayon into the cracks and her teeth.  The eyes and nose have a thin layer of black acrylic paint.  The wings are from Rubber Moon.  I colored them using Distress Oxide Inks in Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, and Spiced Marmalade.  
I went back to the Reliquary- Tower Top and added some more layers
Distress Oxides in Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, and Vintage Photo made it perfectly grungy.  
The House Shrine got a layer of Fractured Ice Embossing Powder and some Charred Gold on the edge.  Distress Oxide inks Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, and Vintage Photo make this layer just right.  
I added tiny tattered floral flowers to the skull and they are tipped with a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Crayon.The Wings were edged with Charred Gold Embossing powder.  I added scribbles using gel pens.  
I thought the quote was appropriate since I didn't have my craft room at my fingertips and I had to work with what I brought.  I also like that it is a nod to Frida since she was limited in her mobility, yet the need to create was always there.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Beach Dreams

Hi Everyone, 
I'm up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today with a fun vintage inspired postcard.

I've been dreaming of the ocean.  I grew up near the beach and every summer all the girls in our family used to spend a week in York, Maine.  I am now in Arizona and don't get to the beach nearly enough.  I think this postcard is as close as I will get this year.  Here is how you can create your own. 
I started with a piece of paper mounted on a piece of mat board.  I randomly added crazing medium and then added Distress Crayon in Hickory Smoke and Broken China to show off the cracks.  

Both umbrellas were colored using Distress Stains(candied Apple, Broken China, Fossilized Amber, and Vintage Photo).  I did not prime them with gesso.  I wanted them to look slightly faded and the stain seeps into the chipboard.  Once the stain was dry I covered them with Emerald Creek's clear embossing powder. It's not completely covered.  I left some blank spots so it looks a bit tattered and sun faded.  

The waves are all embossing using various Emerald Creek embossing powders and then layered. The top wave has a layer of Salted Navy and then a layer of Soft Fallen Snow.  The middle wave has Broken China Distress Stain and then Fractured Ice embossing powder.  The last wave has a layer of Salted Navy and then is topped with Blue Pearl.  

The sand dollar was punched with white acrylic paint using a dry brush so some of the chipboard color is still visible.  The starfish are embossed with San Tropez Tan.  The shells are coated with a thin layer of gesso, a bit of Nuance Powder in Jade, and embossed with Fractured Ice. Don't the starfish look real?
The sand is torn paper that has been inked using Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Inks.  I glued them in layers and tucked in all of my pieces.  I love that her foot is buried in the sand.

 My sentiment is the finishing touch; 
I adding some shadow around it and the lady using distress crayons and a Fude ball pen.

Anyone want to take me to the beach this summer?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Leo and Shelly- love at first sight

This month over at the Emerald Creek Dare blog we are having a Surf and Turf challenge.  Here is my quirky take. Meet Leo and Shelly.  As soon as they saw one another they knew it was love.  

  A little while back I created this stage.
It made me think of old circus sideshows.  I created the project I am sharing today to add to the cast of characters.  

I started with my Tim Holtz vignette box and gave it a quick wash of watered down white acrylic paint.  
I added a layer of Fractured Ice embossing powder.
Doesn't it look like wood that has been exposed to the elements for too long?

The front edges of the box got a layer of Charred Gold.
For the inside of the box I used Distress Mixed Media Heavy stock paper.  I stamped my Fresh Picked Rose Stamp using Hydrangea Archival Ink. 
Using my Distress Oxides I colored the Roses(Worn Lipstick, Mowed Lawn, Broken China) and then added a bunch of Vintage Photo to make it look weathered.
I wanted the background to look like water stained old wallpaper.  

The rest came down to details.  
Shelly's shell head is the Cerith Seashell Stamp.  I stamped it on shrink plastic and colored it using my Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks.  
I have no idea where this image came from, but I love it! I added a little resin rose for the added touch of dapper. 
The finials are covered with Charred Gold and Distress Crayon to take some of the shine off.   The big charm is the Handmade charm just turned around with a clipping sticker on it.  The same Oxide inks I used on the background are on the sticker.  A teeny key and lock charm are tied on with blue twine.  
Don't forget to pop over to the blog and enter the dare yourself.  You can win a gift card to the Emerald Creek store!