Friday, May 28, 2010

My First Canvas!

I've been seeing a new trend here and there these days...papercrafting on canvas, and I kept hoping I would find a local class to bravely equip me to try it out, but alas, I could wait no longer and I sat down and started to create. This canvas took me one delightful morning and 2 homemade cafe mochas;)

I worked on the canvas itself with some vintage photo distress ink and my new favourite, spun sugar smooch spritz:) The accordion ribbon technique was Nadine's that I also used in my last post ( and the technique to make the flower came from this little tutorial from Dawn at My Favourite things ( The layers of the flower are also sponged and smooched! The bookprint sheet and punches for the flower all came from a used edition of Jane Austin's Persuasion. I ripped the sheet used on the left side and white embossed it with baroque motifs (I'd seen something similar to this a long time ago somewhere but cannot remember where - I think they used black though...) The inspiration for the string of buttons along the ribboned end also came from there. The butterflies were all done with an embosslet.

The sentiment is so now for me. LIVE - we wait for perfect conditions often to create or live out or dreams. I'm learning not to wait...

Edited to add: I should note that with the accordion ribbon, this time I didn't use liquid glue...I mostly used glue dots this time and found it a little easier. Also, I'm sorry the links aren't live, I'm having difficulty giving live links within my posts these days and I haven't seemed to find an answer to this dilema;)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Accordion Flower & Ribbon Technique

What do you do with old pattern paper that you have sitting around that you don't care for? You smooch it! I made this little accordion flower out of a strip of baby blue & white patterned paper that I wasn't fond of. First I used a little distress ink on it, then I stamped it with SU's baroque motif's swirls with distress ink, and then I sprayed it with spun sugar smooch spritz. I ended up with a vintage strip that I tried out Leica's accordion flower technique on ( And then I played with Nadine's accordion ribbon technique from last weekend too ( :)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Paris Tag Set

I wanted to make a little tag book/set for my coffee date with a friend this weekend who just returned from a trip to Paris. I took a little 'Tim-z-peration' and used some of the techniques I've seen from Tim Holtz recently (for some reason I still can't link it, but here's the addie...I'll add it to my sidebar too... I also used my favourite of Tim's distress inks, 'vintage photo' on each of the tags. Stamps used include Tim's 'Mini Classics' collection and Hero Arts 'Paris' set. Cardstock was all from SU (kraft, sahara sand and going grey). I figured that she could either keep it together as a reminder of her experience or she could use the tags separately in her photo album from the trip:) I'll post close ups of the individual tags over the weekend.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Accordion/Envelope Album

I'm working on this little mini-album made out of 3 envelopes using a pack/kit I picked up the last time I was in Edmonton & Treasured Memories (I think the pack was put together by Nadine... links to both can be found on my sidebar... for some reason blogger isn't letting put live links in my post today;). I just loved the Pink Paisley papers in it (Cupid Collection)... lots of French inspired images. I've been missing Paris and decided I'd use this for part of what I have planned for my husband for Father's Day. I intend to put some pictures of us in Paris in it and journal about the things I love about him - one of which is that he made the Paris-dream come true!

Sunday, May 09, 2010


So I've given away the mother's day cards I made without photographing them -oops;) I got some inspiration for one of them from Shawna - you can look at hers here (love the way you make the rose!)

Speaking of inspiration.... I'm sure I've mentioned how much I enjoy visiting 'Treasured Memories' when I'm in Edmonton. I love vintage and they usually have lots of vintage:) Well, in the last couple of weeks I've discovered the blogs of several on their design team, and I'm loving Nadine's blog and site (Delite Designs) - lots of great inspiration there...her sidebar reads: "She pursued big dreams instead of small realities. Celebrate her priorities." That's very kindred to me right now - kind of where I'm at, what I'm working through and trying to figure out.

Also, there's a quote on her 'techniques' page that I discovered today and I think it so true, so that's what I'll leave you with today:)

"The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself." -Alan Alda
C R E A T E!