Monday, 30 May 2016

Fly Beautiful Butterfly

A while back I met an awesome lady, Karen Beaupre, owner of Southern Ridge Trading Co. Her chipboard and wood die cuts were amazing. The intricacies & details were absolutely divine.

When an opportunity came to guest design for her I was thrilled. The assignment - 'Anything Feminine' - piece of cake!

ha Ha HA!? I was so frustrated by my project and trying to narrow down what should go on it and what colour combos. I kept adding too many pieces NS did not have a flow but then, my sister routed through my bag, grabbed a random paper cutoff and Sizzix letter die, and I was off. When I was done, I carried the project with me for a day because I wasn't in love with it yet. I looked at it in different light, got people's reactions, and then took it apart.

I took my favorite parts and starting layering, then after stepping back, swearing and learning to breathe, my brain finally kicked in. Removal of one clock piece and replacing it with an Emerald Creek Butterfly, stamped and fussy cut several times and i finally had the completed project.

So here are the steps:

First) I grabbed the Mini Set 4 Gothic Stencil and inked it with Tim Holtz/Ranger Ground Espresso ink pad then placed it "dirty" on my cardstock.  I squeezed the texture paste onto my pallet knife and began to spread across the stencil. As I spread the paste around, the ink was picked up and started to marble through the paste, giving the perfect background.


Second) Using the largest Dress chipboard I painted with Picket and fence and Wilted Violet paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger), then Embossed with iridescent shimmer on the skirt, clear on the bodice and fallen snow on the bottom ruffle. then inked the fallen snow with the violet mini ink.

Third) spray stained the butterfly with Silver and Wilted Violet Spray Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger)

Fourth) Embossed the square frame with Verdi Gris embossing powder and inked with Espresso alcohol Ink for a few second to dull down the green.
Fifth) Layered the papers using the pasted piece, the pink random printed card stock and a bunch of Core'dinations distress sheets. I then placed everything so I knew where to put the frame.

Sixth) I mixed up Ice resin placed the Shoe Charms in the frame, poured the ready resin over and let set for a few hours. then placed the butterfly chipboard to the top of the shoe straps.

Seventh) while everything dried I started pulling charms and paper flowers. then I grabbed the eighties dried flowers, something was still missing, perhaps a bit of sparkle, and I LOVE the Ice Resin German Glasses, but how to use them? A bit of smeared glue and then sprinkle excessively. AWESOME!

Eight) Cut out the letters F L Y and smear into the spray stain overspray from the chipboard butterfly. Edge the letters with the Wilted violet Marker, add more charms, ribbon on the dress and to tie the charms to the top

Ninth) Coat the mini fussy cut butterflies in Tombow glue and dip into the German Glass, bend up wings and glue over shadow stamped butterflies.

And we are DONE!


Thank you Southern Ridge Trading Co. for the fun products and chance to mix so many pieces.

Southern Ridge Items
Dress 

Other Supplies
Emerald Creek Embossing Powders
Verdis Gris, Iridescent, Soft Fallen Snow, Clear Gloss
Emerald Creek Stamp
Small Butterfly
Emerald Creek Embellishments
Charms: Wish, Filigree Leaf, Violin, shoes, Daisy Brad

Stampers Anonymous by Tim Holtz
Mini Stencil set #4, the Gothic one

Sizzix by Tim Holtz
Boardwalk Die

Ranger Distress Inks and Stains by Tim Holtz
Ground Espresso, Wilted Violets, Brushed Pewter, Picket Fence, Emboss It

Ice Resin
Ice Resin, German Glass: Chartreuse, Salmon, Sky Blue

Dina Wakley 
Media Palette Knife

Prima
Cream Paste, Flower

Core'dinations - Distress by Tim Holtz
Peeled Paint, Old Paper

Tombow
Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Glue Gun, Random 80's dried flowers, ATG Tape Gun


Thursday, 19 May 2016

Here comes SUMMER!

Here in Alberta, Canada we have been blown away by a beautiful early spring. 

We felt excited and inspired to go to all of our summer inspired stamps, powders and charms. Look closely and you will see some of our NOT SO summery stamps have also made an appearance with a twist and I love it.



It's all about the beach and water for this challenge, so I decided that I would create a ocean themed birthday card. Head on over to my blog to read all about how I created my card and my custom background. 

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Claudia


The sun finally starts to heat and hopefully the New and Old Danube will be warm enough soon to go swimming (or at least kayaking)! But in the meantime let's dream of sandy beaches, colourful beach huts and waves crashing on the shore.

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Pam

Well ... It is all about the water, beach, summer!!!!
WOOT!!! WOOT!!!
When I think of the sea, I think of mystery and intrigue...
what lays in the depth of the sea...
so I wanted to challenge myself...
AND...
decided to use a Christmas stamp to create a coral background for my sea.  
Come by the blog to check out how to make your coral reef!!!

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Cathy


I love the summer, the beach and spending time with my kids as you can see from my newest frame! It's size is 11" X 22" and the three pics I used are top to bottom from 1998, 2004 and 2014.  Head on over to my blog to see all the details on this one!

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Shilpa


I wanted to use this lovely "See Chest" image from Emerald Creek for this summer theme challenge.
I created tag with sea shore in the background.
Products used from Emerald Creek



Emerald Creek Supplies Used:

STAMPS
 Starfish StampOctopus StampMayflower Stamp

EMBOSSING POWDER
Easter ParadeFrosted PlumSan Tropez TanFine Clear

ACCESSORIES
100lb White Cardstock



Congratulations to Pamellia of My Little Crafty Things,  winner of the 
.

Pamellia please email Kim at admin@emeraldcreek.ca for your prize code.

Our Top 3 bloggers are:


Please email Kim, admin@emeraldcreek.ca and tag Top 3 for your Badge to post on your Blog.



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On a personal note, I don't normally lend my platform to too many societies. Today I feel compelled to use my connections to help aid in the for help from Albertans who have lost their homes. There is the $5.00 campaign going on to try and raise funds for so many people. I have heard fires are breaking out in BC now too. If you have the ability to help the aid workers and families who are falling victim. Please click the photo to head the the Red Cross Website to donate. through Facebook and other medias there is also the ability to help with food, clothes, supplies and craft supplies.



Thursday, 5 May 2016

The B's Buttons Brads etc

Mother's Day can be so tough
and bring such mixed emotion for so many. So instead of going for Mother's Day this
close to the holiday, I thought we should encompass all things B.

That means, if you use Brads, Bling, Buttons, Babies, Bears, Bees, Butterflies ...... well you get the point, then enter this dare. The beauty of this is that if you are celebrating being a Mom, your mom or a mom you admire, you can still bring these creations  and celebrations to this challenge.

Because let's face it, if you are a Mom, its definitely the most underpaid, highest value job. Especially if you had to raise me or my brother!

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To kick us off is mom who raised 3 boys of her own. I'm sure she's had her fair share of adventures!



Are you ready for the next Emerald Creek Supplies Dare Challenge!!!
WELL...
IT IS ALL BUTTONS, BRADS, BUCKLES AND BABIES!!!
I created a fun "Celebrate" card using a fun Flower Brad and Buckle from the Emerald Creek store 
along with the World Fair paper collection from Graphic 45.

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I love this gorgeous vintage photograph of a knife thrower's assistant! She must indeed have been fearless! Women looked so much more feminine and soft back then, didn't they? 
The background for my card was done using Alcohol inks on Yupo paper. 

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Shilpa


I am using Brads and buttons for our "Bring on B's challenge"!
I've altered Embroidery hoop, have given vintage and feminine touch for this project.
For more information and details pls visit my blog Neon Diary.

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Katelyn


It's all about Babies, Brads, Buttons and Buckles for this weeks challenge! For this challenge, I've altered a mini clipboard to create a beautiful vintage baby girl home decor piece, perfect to add to a baby girls room.

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Bringing on the B's! Buttons, brads and buckles, or better yet...button brads!! some of my favorite things from the Emerald Creek line. For this challenge I used two 5X5 canvasses glued together and my new addiction, Distress Crazing Medium!! I love the look it gives.



Emerald Creek Supplies Used:

STAMPS



EMBOSSING POWDER

EMBELLISHMENTS

ACCESSORIES


Congratulations to Sara of Sara's Closet,  winner of the 
.

Sara please email Kim at admin@emeraldcreek.ca for your prize code.

Our Top 3 bloggers are:


Please email Kim, admin@emeraldcreek.ca and tag Top 3 for your Badge to post on your Blog.

In the spirit of appreciating Mom and the Ladies in our life we are rolling out our new 
Thank You deal.
Every month there will be a discount for each of  the participants to access.
We love having all of you (guys too) participating!



Now it's your turn. We can't wait to be inspired by you!




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Monday, 2 May 2016

the 'Creek' is overflowing with talent

Meet the Newest Members!


An excited welcome to

Cassandra, Deb, and Heather!






Be sure to pop over to these ladies and give them a warm welcome.

We are are so excited to have you and look forward to your first posts on the Emerald Creek Dares Starting in June 2016.


I really want to thank everyone who entered this time. It was our toughest selection yet. You are all so talented and I couldn't be more honoured that you found my site worthy of your time to enter and participate in.




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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Mom...It really is a Charmed Life

Some of my favorite memories and worst memories with mom are in the garden. (sometimes weed pulling felt like an excessive and endless chore) but harvesting was always the best time. So a Garden Lattice Card seemed like the perfect piece to create.



Some of my favorite memories and worst memories with mom are in the garden. (sometimes weed pulling felt like an excessive and endless chore) but harvesting was always the best time. So a garden lattice Card seemed like the perfect piece to create


For a quick overview of how the card came to be, it all started with Ice Resin. I was playing with the silicone molds from Prima, Vintage Art D├ęcor Mould - Baroque 2, and the Resin. Trying to form all kinds of pieces with different finishes. {this will be another post later, but let me tell you I had fun} I really liked the small piece, so I grabbed my Latte & Pesto Alcohol ink and inked it up.


I also used my lattice stencil (the pictures are of the woodgrain stencil that started this technique) and sprayed it with Pewter and Vintage Photo spray stains, tapped off the excess ink than flipped it over and pressed it on my cardstock with a paper towel so the ink would be pulled away from the open spaces.




Then I thought a climbing vine of Floral spray Charms would finish of the project for the 'It's a Charmed Life' Dare on right now.


The Floral Spray Charms and Iris Stamp, Plus a vertical word stamp I'm testing the fonts for stamping before I upload them all, are from the Emerald Creek Collections.

Now Pop Over and Visit our team Members

Claudia
Julia
Pam
Katelyn
Shilpa



  

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It's a Charmed Life!

Mom...we love you for all you have done!

Mom's everywhere continue to inspire and uplift us. Even if it's not your own mom, the ability to nurture has moved women to reach out and help others, and there's probably a Mom out there who has help to guide and mold a piece of you into who you are.

Please take this Challenge to heart and create any project you can think of using Charms, Bling and other Embellishments

We love all of you Moms out there. Thank you for loving us back, even if we were less then 
'Charm'-ing to deal with!




"You're beautiful - no matter what they say" - one of my favourite songs and message to all the ladies out there! Always remember that you are precious and doing a fantastic job at what you do and at how you do it! 
xxx

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Pam


Hello Beautiful....It's a Charmed Life is our next Dare Challenge 
on the Emerald Creek Supplies Dare Blog. 
So let's honor our mom's or the ladies in our life and let them know 
how beautiful and charming they are

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Katelyn


It's all about the ladies for this challenge. So I decided with Mother's Day right around the corner, that I would create a fun Mother's Day Easel Card. To all the Mother's out there, Happy early Mother's Day!

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Challenge is all about ladies... I created this journal spread keeping this brave lady in my mind, she designed her own life, she is a charming lady!

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Cathy


The time is flying by it seems and Mother's Day is just around the corner again and it's time for a new challenge at Emerald Creek Dares!! I love spending Thursdays sharing some amazing Emerald Creek products and incredible inspiration from the Design Team, with all of you who stop by. At the end of my post there is a more personal note about my Mom and missing her and a poem my son wrote for her service.

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Kim

Some of my favorite memories and worst memories with mom are in the garden. (sometimes weed pulling felt like an excessive and endless chore) but harvesting was always the best time. So a garden Lattice Card seemed like the perfect piece to create. Pop over to the post for a little more details

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Before you check out Julia, please note this is her last post with us. Julia will still be around lots but make sure you let her know how much you have enjoyed her creations. I flash back to that first day that Julia snapped a picture of her going through the demo stamps to prep for her frst ever DT submission. She continues to amaze me in all she does and we wish her well as her art and teaching continues to unfold.


Charming Ladies Vintage Canvas
My final project for the Emerald Creek Design Team is a mixed media
canvas designed around a couple of thrift store photo I had in my stash. This is dedicated to all the charming ladies of the Emerald Creek Design Team who I was fortunate enough to work with over the past few months. Thank you so much for the inspiration!


Today we send Diana off with warm wishes on the new adventures in her life unfold! 
Please pop by her Blog and let her know how much you enjoyed her projects. 


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Emerald Creek Supplies Used:

STAMPS
Large Butterfly, DaisyDear Mother Stamp, Iris , Vertical Word Stamps (coming soon)

EMBOSSING POWDER

Chic Camo, Flourescent Yellow-Orange, Fluorescent OrangeTerra Cotta Embossing PowderBurnt Copper

EMBELLISHMENTS
Red JewelHeart CharmPrize Cameo CharmFilligree Leaf CharmFlower Pin Wheel, Floral Spray


ACCESSORIES

Items By Other Great Designers and Companies
Ice Resin
Prima Molds
Prima Riviera Cardstock 
Ranger Bubble Stencil
white modelling film
PhotoPlay Julie Nutting Belle Vie Pattern Paper
 Jar Labels Embossing Set
Stampers Anonymous Urban Tapestry
Doily #2 Die
Tag & Tie Die 
Dark Grey Seam Binding
Blending Tool
Distress Tool
Adhesve 
Pop Dots
5"x 6 1/2" card base
Emporium Of Curiosities Mixed Media Paper Pack - IndigoBlu
DecoArt Crackle Paste
Crazing College Medium - Ranger
Molding Paste
Layering Stencils - Harlequin, Flourish
Doily Die - Sizzix
Jumbo Tattered Florals Die - Sizzix
Garden Greens Die - Sizzix
Dylusions Ink Sprays - Ground Coffee, PostBox Red
8x10 canvas - Dollar Store


Congratulations to Aisha of Magicart Blogspot,  winner of the 
.

Aisha please email Kim at admin@emeraldcreek.ca for your prize code.

Our Top 3 bloggers are:
1. Kerstin - Scrapbook Dreams - Mermaid Dreams
2.   Samra - Paper Talk with Samra - masculine graduation card
3. Janell - Sprouted Seed - Paper Flowers Shadow box
Please email Kim, admin@emeraldcreek.ca and tag Top 3 for your Badge to post on your Blog.

In the spirit of appreciating Mom and the Ladies in our life we are rolling out our new 
Thank You deal.
Every month there will be a discount for each of  the participants to access.
We love having all of you (guys too) participating!



Now it's your turn. We can't wait to be inspired by you!



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