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C.R.A.F.T. – Challenge 508 – 4th of April – Inspired by a Song

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The C.R.A.F.T. Design Team is looking for a project inspired by a song. With St. Patrick’s Day just passed, I was listening to the Irish Rovers. One of my favourite songs is their Unicorn Song. Yesterday was my honorary granddaughter’s Fourth birthday. Her theme was “Unicorn Princess”. I racked my brain for ideas because I wanted to make her something extra special. I ended up with a Unicorn Princess paperscape shadowbox. For the base of the picture I used Dreaming Tree’s, For Mom SVG Bundle and added the Unicorn Princess SVG from Printable Cuttable Creatables. All the papers, gems, pearls, were from my stash. The shadow box was picked up when Hobby Lobby had their buy one get one free sale. Everything was cut with my Cricut Explore Air and Design Space. I did cut 4 sets of eyelashes and doubled them up for more dimension. My granddaughter loved it. She loves her bling! Note: It was hard to photograph as the picture was behind glass.

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Jo-El’s 4th Birthday Party Dress!


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C.R.A.F.T. – Challenge 391 – 24th of November – Not a Card

DTbadgeI recently took a series of weekend classes with Keren Tamir, Prima Instructor & Designer. During the two days of workshops hosted by SGD – Scrappin’ Great Deals. London, ON – Keren introduced us to a variety of multi-media products from gel paste to watercolour oil pastels to prima mica sprays. I created a scrapbook page, cards and tags, and finally a wall canvas. The examples below are samples of Keren’s canvases, but she encouraged us to do our own thing.



I opted to make my canvas using three geckos vs trees. We started with cutting up card stock and glueing it to the canvas using Prima’s Soft Matte Gel. (similar to Modge Podge but much better). This gives the canvas added texture, and it is a great way to use up that ugly card stock in your stash! Once dry, we painting the canvas using Prima’s Heavy White Gesso. It was pretty quick drying. To colour the background wed used the Prima Watercolour Oil Pastels. This product is amazing. I have Tim Holtz’s new Distress Crayons, but this product is amazing to work with, and when you add water…WOW! While the colour dried, I drew up 3 geckos and a spiral sun. I cut them out of book pages, then glued them to the canvas. To add more texture, we added mica powder to Prima modeling paste, and used a couple of different stencils. We also inked various areas. I used a honeycomb patterned stamp. I edged and blending more of the oil pastels around the edges of the geckos and sun to make it pop! The final step was to add a sentiment and highlight it using a Sharpie.gecko

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Multi Media using Gelli Plate Backgrounds

I am currently visiting a friend in London, Ontario. One of my favorite craft suppliers is SGD – Scrappin’ Great Deals, and the owner, Sheila suggested that I come down and take a multi-media class with guest artist – Karen Ellis from The Art House Studio.

We spent the first part of the class learning how to make our own papers using a Gelli Plate. While I was not so sure about this technique, it soon became very additive. Next we tore up shapes (flower petals, leaves, vase, background strips) using the papers we created. The final step was to arrange and glue down the papers to create a multi-media painting.

Here is my final result:



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Poppies with Heather Telford

I had another opportunity to take a class with Heather Telford. The class she had for us this week was a watercolour “square”. We made a tag first to test the technique, then we took on the finally project. Both were both fabulous! I am an absolute “Heather” fan. Check out her blog, and the Penny Black Designer Team blog to see her works!

If you are ever in the Ottawa area, check out taking one of her classes! She is a wonderful teacher.


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Note: I did not discuss the “how to” techniques of the project out of respect for the teacher. This project was based on Heather Telford’s work and taught to us by her in a classroom environment. The stamp is called Poppy Gems by Penny Black.


C.R.A.F.T. Challenge 346 – Not a Card

DTbadgeFor this week’s – Not a Card Challenge, I made an ornament. My friends, Pearl & Harvey, and myself have booked a trip to Paris in June. To celebrate our trip, I made a two sided hanging ornament using a blank plastic flat domed circle ornament from Micheal’s.

To my luck the largest MFT – Stitched Circle Frame die was exactly the  perfect size to fit inside the ornament. I cut 2 of the frames. Next I cut two circles to fit inside those frames, and used Distress inks to make the backgrounds. The cute cats are from a set from Newton’s Nook - NEWTON DREAMS OF PARIS. I coloured the little cats using Copic markers, fussy cut them out and set aside. Next I die cut MFT – Eiffel Tower AND Paris Skyline. I assembled the insert with the Calico Cat (representing Harvey) and the Siamese Cat (representing Pearl in love at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower. On the opposite side, the Tabby Cat (representing me) is flying over Paris in a hot air balloon. I glued the dome sides togther and ran a line of gems around to cover the edges.

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