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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Uno Mas?!

This post can also be titled 

"Uno More"

as stated by my 2 year old

The Reveal of the secrets within the the cone!

Ice Resin, you beautiful fun product you. I had a crummy day just over a month ago when my children escaped the backyard and left me wildly searching (they were safe and on an adventure through the alleys looking for their lost ball). Worn and emotionally drained, I had to leave the day job early the next day and was in search of some kind of pick me up. I decided the perfect pick me up would be a "junking" of sorts. So off to the Scrap Yard (our local scrapbook store) for a hunt of creative treasures. A variety of buy by the piece, weight and package type store. 

Upon entering, I was greeted by store owner, Lori, a friend of hers and 2 baby ducks (3 days old) that had latched on to their new human mommy (Lori's friend). What an awesome greeting to start the pick me up. As the babies left, Lori and I began to chat about the events that unfolded with my kids. We wondered the store talking about dogs, creative projects, seeing some of her Art Venture creations, chatting about her son and his girlfriend. Such a wonderful "get out of my head" experience. 

 While we chatted I flicked through beads, eyed up ribbon and then GOLD MINE! I spotted some green beads that looked a lot like olives, pillow beads that looked like ice, silver wire bobs that just looked cool. WOO HOO! I know what I want to do for my Sister Vicki's Birthday card.

A Martini Glass!

So Ice Resin ( and Susan) you rock and THANK YOU because magic happened.

 Here We Go Again

1) grab cling film still on backing, roll into a cone and pinch to create a flattened side

2) sit green beads into Raisin Distress ink to create a pimento look. DO NOT drop the bead into the ink, raisin did not come off. I could only lighten it.

3) mix up resin while alcohol ink dries on the beads. then twist wire several times to create a toothpick for the "olives", and string on the beads.

4) place olive stick into the cone and tack in place with a brad. pour in the ice resin to desired height. tilt cone on an angle so the flat back has less resin the the front rounded side.

5) let dry over night. remove cling film and viola, a filled martini glass

6) ink up a tag background in wilted violet and spray with dusty concord. while drying, spray stain brushed pewter, dusty concord and walnut stain over mini clock stencil.

7) place stencil over the purple tag, smear texture paste over parts of the clock sections. remove stencil and wash immediately while the paste dries. the inked stencil puts perfect distressing across other areas of the tag to minimize the number of steps.

8) ink a black piece of mat black cardstock with emboss it dabber, and dump charred gold embossing powder by emerald creek over the face and heat until it starts melting, (do not heat until smooth), an awesome textured gold trim is revealed.

9) alcohol ink up tacking gold wired ribbon (i mixed raisin and stone washed to get a great purple smear). dry with heat tool and loop through the purple tag.

10) using a glue gun, you need something with a super strong adhesion, hot glue the martini glass to the tag. using Wendy Vecchi clear modelling film to create a dimensional stem. ink slightly with mix from staining the ribbon to help it show up just slightly better then clear (which was almost invisible on these colours). use Tombow glue to stick the film to the bottom of the martini.

Base being sized
base being melted and formed over pliers

11) for the card base us the blackout modelling film by Wendy, its about the only think strong enough to support the weight of the glass. splatter and brush with splatter brush, brushed pewter stain. hot glue gold embossing powder card to black modelling film and then the purple tag to the goldened frame.

12) stamp happy birthday from emerald creek onto a scrap of the black film and hot glue to the bottom. then glue 2 crazy wire bobs along the top of the saying. angle cut the back page of the card to allow it to act like a prop when standing up. 

and it's Martini Time!

Designers used: Ice Resin - Susan Lenart Kazmer, Wendy Vecchi, Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz, Ranger, Tombow, Emerald Creek Craft Supplies, the Scrap Yard beads and bobs.

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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

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

Cream Paste, Flower

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

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. 



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.



Well ... It is all about the water, beach, summer!!!!
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...
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!!!



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!



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:

 Starfish StampOctopus StampMayflower Stamp

Easter ParadeFrosted PlumSan Tropez TanFine Clear

100lb White Cardstock

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

Pamellia please email Kim at for your prize code.

Our Top 3 bloggers are:

Please email Kim, 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!


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!!!
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.


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. 



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.



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.


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:





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

Sara please email Kim at for your prize code.

Our Top 3 bloggers are:

Please email Kim, 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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