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Thursday, 14 November 2019

Aspenglow... by Ann

Hello and Happy November! This year our challenges are based on musical inspiration with some of Kim's favourite songs, and the song Aspenglow by John Denver is our inspiration for November. We want to see anything you create that is inspired by winter, snow, mountains, etc! Listen to the song below and get creating - then link up at the bottom of the post or share on social media using the hashtag #ecnov2019 for a chance to win a cool prize pack!


Aspenglow 



This month the theme at Emerald Creek Dares is "Aspenglow." We would like to see anything you create with a snowy, wintry feel, perhaps inspired by the John Denver song with this title. As the weather has suddenly turned cold here, and we've even seen a few snowflakes in the air, I thought I would create a piece that could be put out with my winter decorations. Emerald Creek has quite a few embossing powders that could work their magic in the snow department; I have chosen to use blizzard, one of Seth Apter's Baked Textures, for the snowy accents.


I begin with a mini Etcetera thickboard tag. I first add a coat of white gesso to each side and, when dry, a layer of weathered wood distress paint is sponged onto the surface and allowed to dry. To create the look of falling snow on the tag, I use texture paste through a stencil. When the stencil is lifted, I sprinkle a layer of the blizzard powder onto the wet paste and set aside. (Note: it is important that you allow the texture paste to completely dry before heating the powder. If you heat too soon, the paste becomes puffy.) Once the paste is completely dry, heat set the powder.


With the background complete, it is time to move on to the snowy evergreen trees. The trees begin as different sized chipboard laser cut shapes. They are painted green with forest moss and peeled paint distress paints. I add the color with a sponge to give the look of texture. Using a foam sponge, I add Versamark embossing ink on the surface of the trees. This is then coated with a layer of  forest foliage textured embossing powder. Since I hope to keep a textured appearance, I rub some of the areas with my finger to give varied coverage. I then heat set the powder.


This process is completed on all three trees.  Now it is time to add the snowy accents to the trees. Using my Ranger emboss it dabber ink and a paintbrush, I add embossing ink along the tops of the branches. as if the falling snow has been caught. I also paint some lines of ink within the central tree section to give a dimensional effect. The blizzard embossing powder is poured down from the top and sticks to the areas where the ink has been added. The snowy areas are heat set, then set aside to cool.


The back side of each of the trees is reinforced with a painted skewer stick, this allows them to be attached at varying distances away from the background (tag) white still retaining their rigidity.


Using Etcetera ledges, I create a base for the tag. The base is painted and then covered with texture paste and embossed with the blizzard powder, similar to the snowy background process. I die cut three chipboard deer and create a dimensional animal to stand tall in front of the forest of evergreens.


When everything is secured in place, I add flecks of watered down gesso to the entire piece.

Here are some close ups of the piece:





I hope that maybe you are inspired to create something snowy for the Emerald Creek Dares Challenge this month, after all, it's always better when we can play in the snow without the extra work of shoveling.


Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by the blog,
I truly appreciate it.
~Ann

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Emerald Creek Supplies used:

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EMBOSSING POWDERS:

 Blizzard Baked Texture


 other supplies used:
chipboard
Distress collage medium
Distress Paint:
antique linen, forest moss, ground expresso, peeled paint, picket fence,
vintage photo, walnut stain, weathered wood
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: pine tree shape set
Ranger: Media white gesso
Ranger: texture paste: opaque matte
skewers
Tim Holtz /Sizzix Alterations: prancing deer (660033)
Tim Holtz /Stampers Anonymous Etcetera:
mini tag, trims bat/web set (ledges only)
Tim Holtz /Stampers Anonymous stencil: speckles (THS021)
VersaMark embossing ink
Wagner heat tool

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To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. You can use the hashtag #ECNOV2019
 on your posts as well so we can reference them, and if you add and tag various Emerald Creek product you will get a bonus entry. At the end of the month we will pick a winner and send a prize pack to the Winner as well as link up their project and share it out.



Just for entering our Dare Challenge, you can receive 10% off your Emerald Creek order.


So what are you waiting for... we DARE you!




Monday, 11 November 2019

Aspenglow... by Michelle

Hello and Happy November! This year our challenges are based on musical inspiration with some of Kim's favourite songs, and the song Aspenglow by John Denver is our inspiration for November. We want to see anything you create that is inspired by winter, snow, mountains, etc! Listen to the song below and get creating - then link up at the bottom of the post or share on social media using the hashtag #ecnov2019 for a chance to win a cool prize pack!


Aspenglow 


Michelle Garrison 

Pinecone Matchbook Card


Hello crafty friends! This month’s challenge “Aspenglow” made me think of snowy pines. I also chose a cool color scheme of navy and white to contrast with “Golden Rod” embossing powder and also used the Pinecone Frame Stamp, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Stamp and the Pinecone Charms. (see supply list at bottom of post)





Step One: 
Cut card to 
11-1/2” x 7”
Score at 1” and  6-1/2” . Fold score lines. 
Finished card will measure 5-1/2” x 7”



Step Two:
Staple center of side flap and tuck card front. String metallic gold thread through charm and tie 3x to staple.




Step Three:
Emboss navy card center using Pinecone Frame Cling Mount and Eileen Hull’s Golden Rod Molten Dimensions.
Stamp inside of card with Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Cling Mount.




Step Four:
Emboss white card stock using Pinecone Frame Cling Mount and Eileen Hull’s Golden Rod Molten Dimensions.
Cut image out at square frame and add foam tape to back and place directly over stamped image on front of card. 

This is a very simple and classic card to create for the upcoming holidays. I hope you enjoy and will give it a try. Happy crafting! 
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Misc Supply List:

Navy cardstock 

White cardstock 

Trim and Score Board

Heat Gun

Foam Tape

Scissors 

Stapler

Gold Metallic Thread (Thin)
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To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. You can use the hashtag #ECNOV2019
 on your posts as well so we can reference them, and if you add and tag various Emerald Creek product you will get a bonus entry. At the end of the month we will pick a winner and send a prize pack to the Winner as well as link up their project and share it out.



Just for entering our Dare Challenge, you can receive 10% off your Emerald Creek order.


So what are you waiting for... we DARE you!




Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Aspenglow.... by Sara

Hello and Happy November! This year our challenges are based on musical inspiration with some of Kim's favourite songs, and the song Aspenglow by John Denver is our inspiration for November. We want to see anything you create that is inspired by winter, snow, mountains, etc! Listen to the song below and get creating - then link up at the bottom of the post or share on social media using the hashtag #ecnov2019 for a chance to win a cool prize pack!


Aspenglow 


Sara

Hello Hello Everyone! I love winter crafting, don't you?? I live in an area with true winter...lots of snow and cold. Over the years I've learned to appreciate the beauty of the season. For this month's challenge, Aspenglow, I chose to use all the colors and sparkle of winter to create a wintry scene card.



To see the entire process I've used to create my card, I have a process video to share with you!



Have A Lovely Day!
Sara 

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Emerald Creek Supplies used:

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STAMPS:

Pine Cones

EMBOSSING POWDERS:


EMBELLISHMENTS:


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To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. You can use the hashtag #ECNOV2019
 on your posts as well so we can reference them, and if you add and tag various Emerald Creek product you will get a bonus entry. At the end of the month we will pick a winner and send a prize pack to the Winner as well as link up their project and share it out.



Just for entering our Dare Challenge, you can receive 10% off your Emerald Creek order.


So what are you waiting for... we DARE you!




Friday, 1 November 2019

Aspenglow... New Monthly Dare and Challenge Winners

Hello friends! Karla back today for a wintry project. This month we are celebrating winter - this year our challenges are based on musical inspiration, and some of Kim's favourite songs. It has already snowed several times here in Alberta, so the song Aspenglow by John Denver is fitting indeed.  We want to see anything you create that is inspired by winter, snow, mountains, etc! Listen to the song below and get creating - then link up at the bottom of the post or share on social media using the hashtag #ecnov2019 for a chance to win a cool prize pack!


Aspenglow 


For this challenge I chose the beautiful Mountain Range stamp and Season's Greetings stamp from Emerald Creek, Blue Jeweled Brads and two fun wintry powders - Seth Apter's Baked Texture Blizzard and Allure Winter's Mistake Embossing Powders to create a snowy holiday card! 



I started out by using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays in blue with a Tattered Angels sparkly blue mist on a Bristol Cardstock Base. I love doing watercolour effects on Bristol. After I misted and blotted and dried I added some Distress Oxide Inks around the edge in coordinating blues and then dripped some purple Oxide spray and misted a bit more with water. These mists and inks are really just fun to play with! I then used Kraftin' Kimmie Stormy Sky Ink, which is a lovely dark navy ink that stamps beautifully, to stamp the base of the Mountain Range Stamp. I then made sure to go over everything with a powder bag and stamped with the top layer of the Mountain Range stamp (it comes in 2 pieces) and added Seth Apter's Blizzard Embossing Powder. This powder is white with blue flecks and the more you heat it the more the white puffs up - very cool!


I decided to pull out my Ranger Texture Paste and use it with a snowflake stencil in my stash. After spreading it on my background I pulled the stencil off and sprinkled the Winter's Mistake embossing powder. It is a sparkly white puffy powder that is beautiful when melted. You don't want to overheat this, but rather just heat until it puffs. The texture paste also puffs a bit when heated, so overall it's a really cool look! I used the lovely scripty Season's Greetings stamp stamped again with the Krafty Kimmie Stormy Sky Ink.


The Blue Jeweled Brads just finish off the winter effect I was going for, and now I have a pretty holiday card ready to send out to someone special! 


I will be demoing these techniques live on the Emerald Creek Facebook Page on Thursday, November 7th @ 10 am MST!!

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Now for our Winners Post!

Congratulations to Karen Ladd of Karen's Krafty Musings, winner of the 
October Dare with her Black Cat ATC entry!



Karen, please email Karla at sm@emeraldcreek.co for your prize code.

Special Mention Goes To:

1. Ionabunny with her Whooo Waits For Dinner Tag
2. Tonya Trantham with her Chills and Thrills Momenta Tag
3. Heidi Mattessich with her Halloween Tag

Please email Karla, sm@emeraldcreek.co and put Top 3 in your subject line
to receive a badge to post on your blog and a special 20% off discount code.


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To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. You can use the hashtag #ECNOV2019
 on your posts as well so we can reference them, and if you add and tag various Emerald Creek product you will get a bonus entry. At the end of the month we will pick a winner and send a prize pack to the Winner as well as link up their project and share it out.



Just for entering our Dare Challenge, you can receive 10% off your Emerald Creek order.


So what are you waiting for... we DARE you!




Thursday, 24 October 2019

Fall Inspired Little Shop Of Horrors... by Preeti

Well it's October, and we are celebrating Fall and Halloween with our challenge this month - Fall Inspired Little Shop Of Horrors. Since we are continuing our year of musical inspiration and sharing songs that are some of Kim's favourites, this month we are inspired by the Little Shop Of Horrors song! We want to see anything you create that is inspired by the Fall season or even Halloween if you're feeling kinda spooky! Listen to the song below and get creating - then link up at the bottom of the post for a chance to win a cool prize pack. We DARE you!




Hi folks :) Good morning! For the October Challenge where the theme is "Fall Inspired Little Shop of Horrors" I have created a Halloween Mixed Mixed Tag. The theme this month is so fun ! I had to create something spooky :) 

Here are some photos of the Mixed Media Tag:














Process:

1. Applied Heavy Black Gesso to a large sized MDF tag and to create background texture, applied Asphalt Texture Paste by Craftangles onto the tag. Once it dried, applied modelling paste through a stencil onto the background. While the paste was still wet, heat embossed it using Baked Texture- Rocky Road Embossing Powder. This gives a bumpy and highly textured look to the background and adds a lot of interest.
2. To colour the tag, used Finnabair's waxes. 
3. Prepared the elements for layering. Created die cuts and heat embossed them using Aroma Embossing Powder- Just JavaBaked Texture Embossing Powder- Blizzard  and Molten Dimensions Embossing Powder- Glistening Glass 
4. Fussy cut paper elements from a Halloween themed paper pack by DCWV. Heat embossed the word Halloween using Magical Mysteries Embossing Powder- Dragon's Egg .
5. Created a visually pleasing composition by layering & adhering all the elements including a Tim Holtz paper doll, word stickers, embossed die cuts, gauze and fussy cut elements (using pieces of cardboard in between the layers to create additional dimension).
6. To embellish the tag adhered a few Metal Key Charms and added a cabochon.
7. In the end, created splatter using white acrylic ink. 

Thanks a lot for your precious time :)
Stay Blessed
Preeti 


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Emerald Creek Supplies used:

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To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. #ECOCT2019
 on your posts as well so we can reference them and if you add and tag various Emerald Creek product you will get a bonus entry. At the end of the month we will pick a winner and send a prize pack to the Winner as well as link up their project and share it out.



Just for entering our Dare Challenge, you can receive 10% off your Emerald Creek order.


So what are you waiting for... we DARE you!