Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Shopping Our Stash #203 - Play Misty For Me

Hello, Crafty Peeples!
Welcome to another fun challenge at Shopping Our Stash!  Leslie and the ladies always come up with such wonderful theme and I just love "PLAY MISTY FOR ME!"   Here is your opportunity to get messy and use some of your old spray inks on some old papers and embellishments.

My oldest grandson is starting his first journal. 
This fall, he is transferring to a new school which requires all students to keep journals, so we thought we would use this summer to help him form the habit of recording his daily thoughts.  
Joshua just got his first big, fancy bike, so I wanted to make it a focal on the front of his new journal.
I tried to find ephemera that represented all the things that he loves.  I am saving soccer, basketball, computers, and robots for his next journal.
 It is hard to see in the photo, but the journal has a metallic sheen.  Joshua, loves it!

How It Was Done:
Canvas Journal
Prima Finnabair Stamp (Brick Wall)
Prima Papers (Almanac, Printery, Life Time)
Ranger Tissue Paper (Postale, Melange)
Dylusion Inks Sprays (Cut Grass, Cherry Pie)
Tattered Angels Mists (Grass, Cozy Yellow, Tropical Pink, Un-Birthday)
Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain (Mermaid Lagoon, Abandoned Coral)
Ranger Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)
Viva Inka Gold (Oldsilver)
Homemade Sprays (Picket Fence (PF Paint mixed with water), Chana's Gold
Misc.:  Gesso, Mod Podge, Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive

  1. Basically, you cover your journal with Gesso. (I used a navy blue journal because I wanted that color to show through.)
  2. Arrange your collage pieces and add any stamped or stenciled images.   I distressed the edges of some of my pieces with Vintage Photo DI.
  3. Apply a coat of Mod Podge over the collage. The goal is to make edges disappear.
  4. GO CRAZY with mists and sprays to achieve your desired color profile.  Add another layer of ephemera (I added the sentiments, bicycle, Joshua, 2015) seal with mod podge or Aleene's Matte Sealer.

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Have Fun!   
Stop by SHOPPING OUR STASH to see the fabulous creations of my teammates.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Canvas Corp Brands Crew Challenge #9 - Designer Inspired

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
The Creative Crew at Canvas Corp has been challenged to translate a design from one of their favorite designers.  The translation can be a card, or DIY project, a Scrabook layout, etc.   We are not trying to duplicate their work, we are drawing from their color story, or their design aesthetic.

Faux Grecian Urn
I chose McKenzie- Childs.  I really like their hand painted accessories.  I thought it would be fun to draw inspiration from their designs, but put an antique spin on it.

Courtly Stripe Puff Box & Brush Jar

Chevron and Splatter Brush Urn
I played around with mixing colors to come up with the look I wanted.  I wanted a Gold and Patina look on my jars ( I am working on three more.)  McKenzie-Childs creates mostly brightly colored contemporary pieces, so I was really drawing from the "hand painted" aesthetic.  I added the chevrons on the side as a nod to their use of geometric designs in many of their pieces.

Started with this empty fruit jar.
1. Removed clear labels from front and back.
2.  Applied one coat of Gesso Primer to Jar and Cap

3.  Applied one coat of Earth Safe Finishes English Tea Cake Chalk Paint
4 Applied Cheveron die cut to sides of the jar.

5.  Spray and/or paint jar with Tattered Angels'
Plain Jane Baseboard Sky
Plain Jane Baseboard Blue Bird
Plain Jane Baseboard Clay
Plain Jane Baseboard Bittersweet
Plain Jane Baseboard Grass
Plain Jane Simply Sheer Matte Mist Cozy Yellow
Plain Jane Simply Sheer Matte Mist Un-Birthday
6.  Dry brush muddy areas with Gesso to lighten.

7. Apply Tattered Angels Saffron Glimmer Glaze to Jar Handles and around the neck of the jar.
8.  Paint recessed jar front and cap with DecoArt Splendid Gold Metallic Paint.

Allow to Dry, then add a top coat of Tattered Angels Saffron Glimmer Glaze.
Label as desired.
I will label my urns when all are completed.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Shopping Our Stash - Challenge #202 - Silver and Gold

Hello, Crafty Peeples!
It's Tuesday! This means another opportunity to diminish your STASH! 
This week the Shopping Our Stash Challenge is:

Create a project using SILVER AND GOLD

I chose to create my own background for this project and I was mighty surprised how well it worked.
My feathers are rather far apart, but..it works!
I am more inclined to create canvas projects than cards, these days, but I wanted to use my feather die, that has languished unused in my die box for almost a year.   The beautiful Hello die was a prize  from Quietfire.  I want Suzanne to know I love it!

  1. Apply Tattered Angels' High Impact Platinum Paint to a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of  Neenah Classic Crest Linen Card Stock.  
  2. After the paint dries, use The Crafter's Workshop's Mini Cubist Stencil and Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink to create the first layer of background design.  Use heat tool to dry Ink.
  3. Swipe Viva Inka Gold, Oldsilver across the background design.
  4. Apply Viva Inka Gold, Oldgold to the cubist blocks (I applied randomly)
  5. Allow the Inka Gold to set and then use the stencil with texture paste to add texture.
  6. Apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of your panel and use distressing tool.
  1. Die cut feathers using Spellbinder's "Feathers on the Wind" 
  2. Apply a thin coat of Gesso.
  3. Use your finger to swipe Viva Inka Gold over the feathers.
  4. Apply a coat of Tattered Angesls' Saffron Glimmer Glaze.
  5. Use your finger to apply a little luminarte Sunflower Pigment (Optional)
  6. Apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of both feathers.
  1. Die cut sentiment using Quiet Fire's "Hello Die"  Hello#9500-2 (I used a scrap piece of a Kellog's Frosted Flakes cereal box.  The inside is a pretty grey which looks silver).  Apply a coat of Mod Podge allow to dry. (Heat tool will speed up drying)
  2. Apply Viva Inka Gold "Oldsilver."  Be careful not to tear letters.  It is okay if the application is spotty.  I added a little "Oldgold" and Vintage Photo DI to my "hello" because I did not want a shiny sentiment.  Experiment until you come up with what works for you.
  3. Spray with Sheer Shimmer (Silver)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Shopping Our Stash - Challenge #201 - Use Your Oldest Washi Tape

Hello, Crafty Peeples!

 Shopping Our Stash, wants to help you deplete that every growing pile of Washi Tape! 
Use Your Oldest Wash Tape:  
OR make faux washi tape OR use washi tape stamps
I have tons of this stuff.  This is just a small sample.  I never, ever use it and I no longer buy it. I have seen fabulous projects created with washi tape, but my attempts always fall flat.
This was my final Washi purchase (part of a kit).  I really wanted the chalk elements and the kit was on clearance.  I dropped the tape into my "stash" and promptly forgot about it!   So, needless to say, I struggled with this challenge.  Simply couldn't think of anything.

 CANDLE wtih Washi
 This is one of those battery operated candles.  I used Washi Tape and Tissue Paper to cover it!
 I cut a couple of butterfiles and glued them inside. Very nice when the lights are out!

Tea Light Candles with Washi
I found a tutorial that teaches how to color these little jars using food coloring. Several years ago, I purchased tealights candles to use for Shabbos.  I still have a few hundred left.  My goal is to cover the tealights with Washi and burn them in the colored jars.  I usually light 5 candles on Shabbos, so I should end up with a colorful array of jars and a serious dent in my Washi Stash!  
NOTE:  The jars need to be tempered glass!

 Fortunately, my teammates at Shopping Our Stash are far more talented and have been able to create projects that provide wonderful inspiration sample using Washi Tape.  Please stop by and check out their creations

Thanks for stopping by!
Chana Malkah

Sunday, May 10, 2015

613 Avenue Create Challenge #123 - Let's Celebrate

Hello, Crafty Peeples!

Happy Mother's Day!    
This is another of my "reuse those cardboard boxes" projects!  

Celebrating Generations of  Strong, Loving, Black Mothers!
 These vintage photos were downloaded from Pinterest.  One is from the 50's, the other is Victorian.
After sizing and printing, I lightly daubbed them with Ranger's Vintage Photo.
I also applied a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the background design paper, 
and edges of the sentiment and ephmera.

The sentiment is from Prima's Life and Time Collection.  The Ephemera is from Tim Holtz 


4 Flaps from a corrugated cardboard box 
Sizzix Alteratios' Postage Stamp Frame Die (This is a Movers and Shapers Die)
Spellbinders' Small Deckled Rectangles Die
Earth Safe Finishes (ESF) Gesso
ESF "Chalk It Up" Plum Preserves
Tattered Angels'  Plain Jane  "Bittersweet" and "Clay" Matte Mist
Viva Inka Gold "Old Silver"

Cut eight panels using the Postage Stamp Frame
Reserve one panel (this is your base.)  Using a retangular die,
cut out the center of the frame of the remaining 7 frame panels.
Use a strong wet glue to adhere the 7 frames.  Be sure to apply glue to top and sides.
Cover with Gesso. Do not apply glue to the inside, if you do, you may not be able to 
"float" your elements.
 Choose your color profile and any accent finishes. 
Apply main and accent colors to top and sides according to your profile.
Use brush strokes and color to create the look of aged wood.
I used Tatted Angels Plain Jane "Clay" and Bittersweet" to paint the edges of the frame.
I used Inka Gold "Old Silver" to highlight the brushstrokes on the front and to highlight the tops, sides and small rectangular frame.  To create the "floating" effect, insert photos /images into the spaces between the frames. 
Images stamped on "clear" cardstock are best to achieve the true "floating" effect.
 Decide on the placement of your embellishments.  I wanted one grouping to guide the eye.

Thanks, once more,  to Tammy Tutterow for her inspiration!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Outlawz Greetings Challenge - Show Us Your Polka Dots

Hello, Crafty Peeples!

Last week I made the painful decision to step down as Team Leader of the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge Design Team.  For the first time since 2010, I am creating as a regular member.  
The Outlawz was my first team and will always hold a special place in my memories.

So here is my Polka Dots Card.  I chose to do a mixed media panel for the front of my card!  I have so many new paints and spray with which to play, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity.

Painting on burlap paper was an experiment that worked out pretty well.  I also enjoyed the effects achieved by varying the sizes of polka dots and making irregular strokes across the wet paste. 
Viva Inka Gold Wax (Old Gold, Old Silver, Greenyellow) added highlights and kept the colors from becoming too muddy.  The most difficult part of this design was choosing the ephemera!

  • Cut a piece of burlap paper to 4"x6"  - (DCWV Burlap Stack)
  • Apply a thin coat of Gesso.  (Earth Safe Finishes) VOC Free Product
  • Use Stencils and molding paste (I used three different sizes) to create Polka Dot
  • Circle Stencils: Heidi Swapp, Hero Arts, Crafter's Workshop (Mini Life Shapes)
  • Molding Paste: Liquitex, Homemade Texture paste mixed with Stormy Sky DI
  • After past has dried (use heat tool to speed drying time) apply paints in the desired colors
  • Tattered Angels: Plain Jane Simply Sheer Cozy Yellow; Plain Jane Baseboard Grass
  • Tattered Angels: High Impact Paint Tan
  • Shimmerz: Bamboo Leaf
  • Tim Holtz: Distress Spray Stains: Mermaid Lagoon and Abandoned Coral; Paint: Picket Fence; Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
  • Viva's Inka Gold: Old Gold, Old Silver, Greenyellow
  • Choose and apply your Ephemera.  I used Tim Holtz's Thrift Shop, Emporium, Expedition.  The Hello speech bubble was cut from Simple Stories SNAP Color Fusion
  • Polka Dot Designer Paper - Simple Stories Snap Color Vibe 1
  • Border Punch: Martha Stewart's Embossed Zigzag
  • Ribbon and twine from my stash
I am finding my way back to making cards now that I have a comfort level with using mixed media for my front panels.  I am off to try to color a Rick St. Dennis image to use in a project!  Fingers don't fail me now!    Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Shopping Our Stash - Challenge #200 - Big, Bold, and Beautiful

Hello, Crafty Peeps!

Shopping Our Stash is celebrating 200 Challenge Posts!  
We want to see "BIG, BOLD, AND BEAUTIFUL" creations.

Now is the time to use that HUGE Flower, that looked so good online,  but now languishes neglected and hidden in your stash!  Surely you can find Stencils, Masks and Die cuts that are too BIG f or regular use, but perfect for a challenge such as ours.   BOLD colors may be the route you take!  We want to see them all!   Thanks for supporting the SOS Challenge!

My Recipe for Living A Bold Life
  LIVE every moment to the fullest.  Appreciate the beautiful Bold colors found in nature. Allow Music to elevate your soul.  
Surround yourself with the warmth of family and friends.
Fear Nothing but the lost of the Fear of G-d.

The background texture was created by applying mod podge to my canvas and 
 adding crumpled tissue paper.  The textured pattern is determined by how 
much your crumple your paper and how you work it onto the canvas.

I used a variety of paints for this project.  But the majority of the paint colors are from the Earth Safe Finishes "Chalk It Up" Acrylic Chalk Paint Line.  I also used some products by Lindy's Stamp Gang, Shimmerz Paints, Ranger Distress Inks, and Viva Inka Gold.  Memory Box and Sizzix Dies.

Thanks for stopping by!  Look forward to seeing your in our challenge

Friday, May 1, 2015

Canvas Corp Brands Crew Challenge: Save A Recipe - 7 Gypsies Farmhouse Collection

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
I am so happy to share my recipe book using the 7 Gypsies' Farmhouse Collection!  This is only my second project for Canvas Corp since I joined their design team. I hope you enjoy looking at this project as much as I enjoyed creating it!  But most of all, I hope you leave inspired!


My husband, a home cook/amateur chef, has pretty much banned me from the kitchen!  I do like to sneak in there sometimes to whip up some of my favorite recipes.  The recipies are saved on my Mac, but I really like books/paper.  One day, I told myself: " Self, if you make a recipe book, you can keep it in your studio and just hop down to the kitchen with it when you need to."  This project is the brain child of that inspirational conversation! Oh, yeah, and the CCB Crew Challenge!   

Chana's Farmhouse Recipe Book
My goal, was to create a "vintage" book that might have been found in an old country kitchen.  I chose the palette to communicate the look and feel of  an "aged and much used" family treasure.


The Farmhouse Paper is so pretty,  I didn't want to muck about with it too much.
 I chose to do spot color only!  The Onion was colored using Viva's Inka Gold's "Greenyellow."  I used Tattered Angels' High Impact Metallic Platinum to color the colander and the rooster.  Gelatos were used to color the cherries.  Heavy distressing on the edges of the spine creates a well worn look.   The paper on the spine is Graphic 45.
Coloring the carrot was a bit of a challenge, but I was really pleased with the outcome.  I used Tattered Angels' High Impact Platinum Paint mixed with a little Viva Inka Gold Old Silver to achieve an antiqued salt/pepper shaker.
I used Ranger's Divided Tag Sleeve to hold the Page Marker, which is stored in the front of the book. 
I wanted burlap somewhere in this project, so I created a recipe card holder as a decorative insert. 
The recipe card folder has blank index cards.  There are additional "decorated" recipe cards in the pocket of the folder.  I used the Ranger Pocket Pages as section dividers. Cutouts from 7 Gypsies' Farmhouse Collection  and Carta Bella's Homemade with Love were used as pocket inserts. 
I created my own recipe cards and used stencils to embellish the front and back.  The backs of the Pocket Pages were covered with papers from the Carta Bella Homemade with Love Collection.  These papers introduced soft color without overtaking the main Farmhouse color profile and they added visual interest to the book by breaking up the black/white/kraft palette.
These pockets serve double duty as they will hold recipes that I tear out of magazines, etc. , until I can transfer them to a proper card.  Because the backs are covered, I can stick handwritten recipes and notes behind the decorative panels.  My book will stay neat and tidy and pretty!

One of the sections in the book is LUNCHES.  For my brown bag lunch recipes, I created a brown bag recipe card.  The bag is punched two ways to that it can be placed vertically when using the recipe that is on the back, or one of the recipe cards that are stored inside!
Inside the back cover is additional storage for blank recipe cards.  To create this holder, I simply colored a white Farmhouse Folder with TH Vintage Photo and Pumice Stone DI.  The back was glued to the cover and decorated with the cute little sliverware charm.

I could never have a recipe book that did not include a section for Coffee and Tea Recipes.
This section is still under construction, but I wanted to share anyway!
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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please visit our blog:   The Creative Studio.  
You will love the wonderful Save A Recipe Ideas from other Design Team and Crew Members.  These ladies are UBER talented and their recipe saver ideas will inspire!

Special Shout Out to Tammy Tutterow whose Art Pocket Art Binder E-Class inspired me to create my Pocket Recipe Book!