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Wonder

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sometimes when i sit back and i think of life i wonder. i wonder how i got where i am, how i got the courage to work as hard as i do. i wonder how i got lucky with some of the things/people that have come into my life at the right time. i am just full of wonder, and this project depicts my wonder. the look on my face and the tones of the photo are all things that make me feel the wonder of my life.

Without making you wait any longer, here are a few sneaks and close ups of this tutorial of wonder:)

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For the FULL project and tutorial, plus the supply list head on over to the Limor Webber DT blog! While you’re there make sure to check out more inspiration from the other amazing DT ladies!! and be sure to pop into the shop and check out the relish goodies available to be shipped anywhere in the world!!

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A Little Gift

today I got to shower a great friend with love and happiness:) it was her bridal shower and naturally my mind went crafty… What could I make her… So I decided double layouts, and a date memory box were perfect!

After days of layers, hours of drying and loads of medium I designed two fab layouts featuring two of my fav pics of the beautiful couple!!

I started by find out the brides fav colors; blue, pink and grey. With that said I created two backgrounds, one with blues and one with pinks! Next was a thick layer of stencilled coarse moulding paste.  Then I added a touch of grey to them both to enhance the paste.

I laid the pic where I wanted to end up being and sketched around it with a stabilo pencil, then sprayed it with water, I love how the color bleeds when wet.

For the blue layout I layered flowers, chipboard pieces and embellishments before adhering the photo. Dry brush white gesso onto the embellishments and apply more blues and greys. Once dry, use pop dots to adhere to photo onto layout on top of the flowered pieces.

For the pink layout I adhered the photo down then adhered flowers, chipboard and embellishments. Then I applied white gesso to the embellishments and applied more pink and grey tones to them.

On both layouts I covered the photos and splattered around the photo keeping the splatters tight and not over the entire layout! This helped to tie it all together!!

here is a pic of how the full three projects look together!!!

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Here is a look at the full pink project with a few close ups!

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And now the Blue project:)

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And a pic of the Date Memory box.

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thank you so much for visiting and i hope you enjoyed!

xoxo


My boys<3

Here’s a little layout dedicated to the men in my home:) I have my little man/fur baby and my big man/fiance:)
I quite enjoyed creating this piece and this my first time using 7 dots paper. And let my tell you I’m now addicted:) the paper itself is quite thick which is ideal for my as I like to use a lot of layers and sprays, so the paper holds up quite well. So with this as a base and a few layers of die cut pieces, stamps, stencils and a few paper strips this little baby was complete:)

I created this with a mixed media design in mind! And using some of my fav products this was the outcome… I hope you enjoy. First up is a full view…
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And a few close ups…

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All of my supplies for this project were purchased at my FAV online store. I have to give props this this lady… Limor Webber runs this shop from her home and runs it well. If she doesn’t have something she will get it… Her stock is vast and is always up to date and always ships quickly!!! Love this store… And let’s be real, I don’t have to leave my house or change out of my pj’s:)

7dots studio
Background paper-Dreamer Collection (#SDPP0010)
Die Cut Elements- Thoughts Keeper 12×12 (#SDPE8023)

Stamps
Tim Holtz- Background mixed media stamp set (CMS125)
Dina Wakley- Handwritten Quotes (MDR44475)

Faber-Castell/Design Memory Craft
Whipped Spackle (#770318)
PITT Pen- warm gray IV 273
Gelato-Double Scoop- metallic mint (#770268)

Ink
Liquitex- Ink! Carbon black
Imagine Crafts- irRESISTible- wedding dress (IW-000-910)


I love you because

So today is one of my best friends birthdays!! (HAPPY BIRTHDAY KRISTY) but since forever we don’t work on our birthdays so she got her gift from me yesterday! Naturally I made something. But for me making a gift for someone is almost more stressful then just buying one! Because this is me in a project. I put a little bit of my heart and soul into everything!!! So whenever I make a gift I put slot of thought into it…. What do they need/want/will use? What room would they put it in? What colors would go with that room? There’s a million questions that circle around! But for me it’s always (almost always, hence why it’s stressful) rewarding to watch their face as they open my handmade gift:)

With out further wait here is the ‘I love you because’ board.

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Most products used were purchased at my FAV online store!!

Products used
PRIMA-chalkboard paint (eggshell, black and charcoal)
-assorted canvas, burlap and paper flowers
-circles stencil

Liquitex-molding paste
Pink Paislee- assorted paper for cuts and chip board pieces.
MISC -Irresistible ink writer

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Light Up Your Life!!

This is my second big blog post from the fab Bloom Girls blog! Make sure to pop over for more info and pictures of the full project!!

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For this project the only thing I purchased was the lampshade! leftovers from other projects or scraps of paper from my scraps bin were all that were used to create this new shade! It’s crazy to me how something can be altered and changed so much with a few pieces of paper and some fun flowers. And of coarse the beautiful ‘Summer’ as the focal point!

Again pop on over to the blog to check out more info/details for this beauty!


Blooming Through The Season

I signed up for this amazing online workshop months ago and have watched a few videos but hadn’t done any of the projects. Well a few days ago I started this little lady and fell in love with her more and more as I added more layers.

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I felt such happiness as I picked colors and created this page. I realized why I take online courses and the importance of them. Sometimes we get busy with the everyday, with deadlines, schedules and routine. We forget to expand and to learn and to advance…. But in taking this first project and immersing myself in it I realized how far I have come BECAUSE of classes and courses. So please
Look into this course, or any course for that matter… Expand, find what makes you grow and what makes you heart smile….


Horses aren’t my whole life… They make my life whole…

What an honor…

Ok so usually when I create its light and positive and makes me smile…. But this one was a bit different… I was approached by a girl who has had some devastating things happen around her and her family lately. So she came to me after seeing my work and enjoying my style and asked me if I would document this moment.

So my friends name is Megan… Her and her family are very into mini horses. They how them and raise them and love them. For them they aren’t just horses, they are as good as pets an some are just like kids. So when spring/summer came Megan would tell me about all the pregnant mommas they had!! So it was like I owned these beautiful creatures…. I always enjoy hearing about the babies as they were born and hearing how excited Megan was about each baby and all their individual markings and personalities…. There was one set though that she talked about more often (we all pick our favorites!!). Mommas name was Jazz and baby was Jake.

Heads up this is where the story gets sad… One evening jazz took really sick and the family did everything they could, the vet did everything they could think of. But jazz was very sick and unfortunately they lost her. Megan was devastated and to keep her mind going she focused to baby Jake… She made sure he ate enough and was always loved and taken care of as he was the only baby without a mom.

One evening jake was acting weird so they kept an eye on him but realized he was getting worse quickly. So with a call to their amazing vet Jake was receiving in medical attention quickly. After a while the vet felt good and said they should go home, sleep and relax and come back in the morning. Unfortunately not long after they left the vet discovered his insides had flipped and there was not saving him. So unfortunately they lost Jake as well.

So you can imagine how sad this situation was. To lose to pets so close together was devastating for the family….

Now is where I come in. Megan’s mother-in-law’s birthday is on the 22nd and Megan asked if I would help them to document their memories of these two beauties. I was beyond honored to have been trusted with this task. I didn’t take this project lightly. I thought out every piece and placement of everything that went into this heart. But with a few tears and a lot of pride I finished this piece. So here it is… This is the gift that I gave this family to remember the good and the positive….

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And a few close ups…

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Xo


Be gentle…..

The following is my fab tutorial…

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This was actually my first tutorial I did so be gentle with me!! Lol. I have done a lot of research and promise for better photos for the next one!! Can’t go back and re take pics!! I just couldn’t not share this baby with you. I love the finished product so much!! Lol but still enjoy, this one is technique packed!!! I promise for better pics next time!!!

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Step 1: I used clear gesso to stiffen up my background paper! This will make it hold up with all the layers I’m going to be adding! Allow this to dry or use a hear gun to speed up the process!!

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Step 2: Take out a ‘bubbles’ stencil and Super heavy white gesso (by liquitex) and using a palette knife (you can use anything you would like to spread the gesso ie and old credit card or gift card) spread gesso through the stencil diagonally accross the layout. (Top left corner down to bottom right corner). Allow this to dry!

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Step 3: Pull out your gloss gel medium and a chevron stencil, using a plette knife apply gel medium through the stencil from the right edge and smear towards the centre. (I used a gloss gel medium for this step because I wanted it to resist the other layers I am going to put on top of this.) allow this to dry. (I prefer to let gel mediums dry on their own because it reduces the chance of bubbling and keeps a smoother finish!)

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Step 4: While my project is finishing drying, I took out some wood letters (by Prima), some embossing powder (by Lindy’s Stamp Gang) and versamark (pad and pen). First I pressed the wood pieces letter side down in the versamark pad and sprinkled ‘angel wings peacock’ embossing powder and heat gunned them! Then using the versamark pen I brushed the edges. The I sprinkled ‘midnight gold’ embossing powder on the wood pieces again. Before heat gunning these I took a small, dry paint brush and made sure there was only ‘midnight gold’ powder along to edges, none in the middle. Then heat gun!!

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Step 5: Taking pieces from my ‘scraps’ bin I cut different widths (2″-1/2″). First I took my Prima distressing tool and distressed the edges of the strips of paper. Then using my Gelatos (by Faber-Castell) I distressed the edges. To do this I started with my gold Gelato and rubbed it along the edge and using my finger I smudged the color in a circular motion to make sure I got to gold about 1/8″-1/4″ in from the edges. Then I lightly applied the black Gelato to the edges and smudged with a straight king staying parallel to the edge I’m working on the keep the black just along the edges.

Arrange these along the right edge of the background and a few along the bottom. Keeping the ‘bulk’ of the paper to the bottom right area. And layer the. To be visually appealing to you!

Take your black Gelato and smudge it along the background around the edges of the strips of paper you just layer down. This will help keep the, defined and stand out from the background.

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Step 6: Using the same bubble stencil from the background, some random die cut pieces (by Pink Paislee) and some different mediums (chalk board paint by PRIMA and Faver-Castell, super heavy gesso by Liquitex) I applied ‘bubbles’ to each piece of die cut paper. I kept each medium to their own pieces of paper, but you could use more then one if you wanted! Allow to dry.

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Step 7: Using the Prima distressing took i distressed my photo along the edges and scratched in the corners on the surface of the photo as well. Using the gold and black Gelatos I smudged them on the edges of the photo and die cuts in the same fashion as the strips of paper from step 5.

Arrange the die cut pieces with out attaching together using the photos as a guide for where you want the pieces to sit. Once you have th die cuts arranged how you like use a stapler to attach them together.

Using pop dots adhere your photo to these stapled die cut pieces. Use your white Pit Pen to accent the die cuts and the edges of the picture. (I smudged my white pen to soften it a little bit)

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Step 8: in a spare container smudge a thick layer of your accent color to the bottom. Now add water to this and mix with the non-brush end of a small paintbrush, mixing until it’s a smooth liquid. Pour this into a mini mister and use as a custom spray!! I sprayed this in the bottom right corner so the spray would peek out once the photo arrangement was in top of it. Allo this to dry.

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Step 9: using the same bubble stencil as before I applied some random spots or bubbles using super heavy white gesso. This helps to tie it all together and adds an element to a majority or the layers in one way or another

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Step 10: take light molding paste (by Prima) and put it into a container (I used a paint palette) and scrape in some Gelatos of your feature colors. (I used the same blue I used the the spray from step 8 and the gold I have been using all along! Keeping the colors separate) and mix thoroughly. Using your bubble stencil apply a set of gold bubble from the top left towards the centre and a set of blue bubble in the same area.

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Step 11:using a black pit pen (Faber-Castell) rub it onto your number/letter stamp to apply a date onto a piece of chipboard (Bloom Girls, PRIMA).

Step 12: using pop dots adhere your photo/die cut collage onto the bottom right corner of your layout.

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Step 13: rip a spare piece of paper to aprox the size of your photo. Place this over your photo to protect it. Using a fan paint brush dip it into a liquid/runny paint. The tapping the brush over the bottom right area of your layout. Allow this to dry the remove the paper that was covering your picture.

And you’re done!!! Here are a few more pics of the layout in its completion!

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I need to shout out a big thank you to my fav online store, Limor Webber Designs Online Store. It’s so easy to get exactly what I need and it’s ready quickly!!! She keeps me stocked up on my faves so I am never out!!! So please support this amazing woman and check out the store. (Hint: there’s always gems in the sale section as well!!!)


‘Cherish This Moment’

Ok so I’m going to start off with a tiny bit of gadget excitement!! It’s not often that I get exited over a new gadget but then again new things are always coming out!! So how many times do we take a million photos on out phones/tablets with the intention of creating a perfect project… Buuuuuuut they never actually make it off our devices!! Enter the Canon Selphy… This little baby makes it convenient to print photos wirelessly in seconds!!! So I no longer have to venture out to get photos printed, because let’s be real, I can’t remember the last time I actually did that!!
Ok gadget rant over!!

Now as a creators of pretties we tend to have our brains going a mile a minute at all times!! So I’m sure I’m not the only one but I was sleeping about a week ago when I project came to my mind. So naturally I had to get up and sketch my idea so I wouldn’t forget all the elements or the picture I imagined being in it!! And after many layers and time drying and arranging this was what my came of my dream…

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Here is a light how-to on some of the steps involved in creating this beauty… And here’s a link to a fab online store I use to pick up product, feel free to check out Limor Webber Designs online store!!

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Take out a piece of 12×12 chipboard, 12×12 patter paper, strong tale adhesive and clear gesso (by Prima Marketing) with a brush to. Use your tape adhesive to adhere your pattern paper to the chipboard. (I suggest a medium weight chipboard as it will be thick enough to support the layers you will add but thin enough that you can put it in a 12×12 frame to display if you want.) Using a brush apply a coat of clear gesso to the top of the patter paper, this will stiffen it up a bit and make the paper less fibery so it won’t over absorb your other products and layers.

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First off I distressed the edges of the paper/chipboard using a Prima distressing tool. Then pull out two brown distressed inks (by Tim Holtz), one shade lighter then the other, (Walnut stain distressed ink and vintage photo distressed ink used) Tim Holtz distressing tool and a black gelato (by Faber-Castell). Starting with your lighter coloured distress ink and your blending tool, dab some color from your ink pad and in a circular motion pull color from the edges aprox 1″ in towards the centre. Then take your darker distress ink and its respective blending tool and again in a circular motion drag color from the edges of the layout aprox 1/4″ towards the centre. Then smudge the black Gelato just along the very edges of the layout and using your finger smudge the Gelato keeping it along the edges only.

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Cut a coordinating pattern paper to 11″ tall and aprox 9″ wide. I distressed the left edge with a Prima distressing tool. Then using the same brown inks from the previous step distress ink the edges like the previous step. Place adhesive on the top, bottom and right edges of the back of this paper. (Tape adhesive used) Adhere the piece along the right edge of your layout aprox 1/2″ from the right, top and bottom edges.

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Before getting started with the custom gel medium and stencilling lets peel back the left side of the piece we just adheres down. Rip small pieces at a time (not ripping a piece off) peeling them back and crinkling to make it look more distressed. (Refer to photo).

Add black gelato around the edge of the pattern paper you just put down, avoiding the place you just crinkled back. Then using your finder smudge the gelato keeping it along the edges of the paper only. This will help tie all the patters and papers together.

Now take a coordinating magical color (By Faber-Castell), I used Ramblin Rose Pink, and mix in with matte gel medium. Remember a little goes a long way and you can always add more!! This will give u a custom colored gel medium! How fun is that?! Now take your diamond stencil (by Prima Marketing) and using a pallet knife spread the gel medium through the stencil, making sure to keep your stencil still and held down in the same spot. Allow to dry.

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Using pigment Izink in opaline and orchid and burnt sienna Ink!(by Liquitex) I added accents and splatters to the page.

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Now start layering strips of paper and words that are in coordinating colors to your backgrounds! Make sure you distress them all with the distressed ink and distressing tool before layering them down. Then use your black gelato along some of the paper strip edges and smudge to tie it all together.

Pull fiber strands from a burlap sheet and form them into different sized circles! Arrange them along the right side of the layout using a strong fine liquid adhesive.

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Tear your photo to be the right size for what you want to work with!! Then using your lightest brown from the earlier steps distress the edges using your blending tool. Using the same stencil as the background apply crackle paste (by Golden) with a palette knife through the stencil. Allow this to dry naturally as it will allow more “crackle” to happen then if it’s heat gun dried! Plus it saves the integrity of your photo as well!

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Now using pop dots/foam dots adhere your photo and sayings into place allowing it to pop up!
Take a grey Pitt Pen (by Faber-Castell) and accent where you feel it needs it! I did a little around some of the diamonds and around some of the edges/corners of the photo to tie it in a bit so the photo doesn’t look like its floating!

Thank you so much for checking this out!! Hope you enjoyed!

Xo


Canvas moments

So with our last anniversary as a non-married person I figured I would make it special!! So along with the project I am going to share with you I did a super fun scavenger hunt and a chef come in to cook for us! I wanted it to be a big deal as it’s our last anniversary as a dating couple!!

But one of his stops on the scavenger hunt he got this mixed media canvas as a gift for his office. So I had fun making this little gem using all sorts of favorite mediums! And fortunately we received our amazing engagement photos back so I got to use one of my favorite ones:) just a wee shout out to the AMAZING Hailey Nordstrom!!

Anyways here’s the project as a whole.

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To start off i crumpled up old book pages and old sewing patterns. Then I flattened them out and used matte gel medium to collage these pages onto a canvas. Bunch up a few lengths of thread and set this into the wet gel medium. I let this dry for a few hours. (I prefer to avoid a heat gun for drying gel medium! I prefer the finish when it’s left to dry over time). Once this is dry I layerer Golden fibre paste in a sporadic manner. Doing so will allow some spots to be thick in some spots covering the paper and some thin so the papers visible. Allow this to dry!

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I picked three co-ordinating colors (grey, cream and white) and paint portions of the canvas. I painted grey around the edges, cream inside the grey then white in the center. So the entire canvas was covered. Allow to dry for a minute (but not completely)
Using baby wipes, wipe away as much or as little as desired! I like to rub away enough to expose some of the paper!

Take a circles stencil and using gelatos in three colors (I used gold, grey and light blue) and outline random circles in the top left corner of the canvas, and the bottom right corner. Spray the gelatos with water and smudge the circles to smooth the colors within their respective circles!

Clean your stencil (or don’t!) and use it and gloss gel medium to make another layers of circles in the top left
Of the canvas and the bottom right. I used a palette knife to spread the gloss medium. Allow this to dry.

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Once the background was done it was a matter of finding (and distressing) a pic, pulling out some random left over embellies from my stash and layering away!! On the little puffy ‘moments’ word I smudges the gold gelato on it to make it pop a bit!!

A few close ups..

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Thank you for checking it out!
Xo