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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wall Sugar November Design Team Project - Christmas Spirit

Wall Sugar November Design Team Project - Christmas Spirit


MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!!.....oh wait it’s only November J but that’s alright Christmas is right around the bend. So when I received my Wall Sugar piece this month all I could think of was the Holidays! The possibilities were limitless with the Wall Sugar Co frame that I used.

So I started with the bare base (Wall Sugar Co Frame – Item# WSC109 12x24 frame)
I started my project by painting the outer edges and the inner edges of the plaque with Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in Antique Linen. I wanted a very vintage, nostalgic Christmas project, and crackle paint adds that extra little flair. I know many of you are unsure of how to use crackle paint or you have had terrible luck when using it, but like anything it has a little bit of a trick to it. To make a good crackle you need to try and make a nice thick base with it. Try not to do layers, try to do one thick smooth coat. When you apply more than one coat it doesn’t dry evenly or it dries and cracks, but you are recovering it with each layer and then eventually you can end up with a very undesirable effect or worse case, no crackle at all. The thicker the coat, the better the crackle. If you are working on wood such as I did, it is best to base coat your project with an acrylic paint. This way the paint has something to crackle over instead of soaking into the wood. In this case though I wanted a progressively aging effect so I painted one think coat on and let it dry, so in some areas it soaked in and there is no crackle at all and in others it has quite a nice effect to it, as you can see below.
Next I covered the outer of the frame in Kaisercraft – Turtle Dove Collection – Baubles. This paper has a glossy embossing effect to it, plus it already has a soft brown edge to it which makes it look like it has been inked.
For the inset I used Kaisercraft Turtle Dove Collection – Drummers and Kaisercraft Twig and Berry Collection – December.
The poinsettias were a process. I started by using Jumbo Poinsettia by Stampendous and stamped it on xpressit copic paper using black Memento Ink. They were colored with copics. The colors are as follows:
Flower: R24 R27 R29
Leaves: YG93 YG95 YG97
Center: Y15 Y35 YR23
Colorless Blender
The flowers were then trimmed and some of the petals cut back to give dimension. I then inked them with Color Box Chalk in Chestnut Roan to give them the rustic burnished edges to create a flow through the project.
Next I used a burlap stocking by Canvas Corp and stitched all around the outer edges with Canvas Corp Red Rope – Hemp Rope. I then glued the stocking with hot glue to the frame. I then added the tags from Kaisercraft Turtle Dove Collection – To Froms and inked all the outer edges with Color Box Chalk – Chestnut Roan. I then hot glued them to the stocking and then hot glued two of the poinsettias.
Last I added the verse which was taken from Kaisercraft Turtle Dove Collection – Drummers and then I backed the verse in Kaisercraft Twig and Berry Collection – December. I then attached the verse to the frame with pop up dots. The side that drops down into the inset of the frame is a layer of three pop up dots to make the height even with the outer edge of the frame. Then I added my last three poinsettias below the verse with hot glue.
So there you have it, the completed project!
I hope you enjoyed taking the time to view my project as much as I enjoyed creating it!
Thank you for stopping by J



Garfield Happy Birthday Card...

Hello all,

It's been awhile since i have posted anything, and I am sorry, but life has gotten in my way a little for the last little bit. Hopefully I can start posting on a more regular basis again :)

Anyway, I recently made this card for my Dad for his Birthday and I thought I would share it with you all. Of course it's done in my copics lol.

The finished project...
Who doesn't love garfield :) This image just come from the internet. I often use images that are from free onlune coloring books or free clip art. Just look around. It's a nice inexpensive way to have some really great images without having to pay a fortune for a ton of different stamps!!!
Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Free product from Wall Sugar Co....

Hey everyone,
Wall Sugar
How many of you out there LOVE Wall Sugar Co as much as me? And how many of you would like to have some Wall Sugar product.....FOR FREE!!!! It's get your free Wall Sugar Co product, just let your local scrapbook store know that you want to see Wall Sugar Co products in their store....if they become a retailer let us know that you recommended them, you'll receive a great Wall Sugar pkg!!

Just in case you can't wait that long or you just have to get your hands on some product now, then just go to the link below to satisfy all you Wall Sugar needs! ;)
Thanks for stopping by ;)

Monday, September 10, 2012


Hello all,

So like many of you i have a "bucket list" of all the things i NEED to do before i die, or get too comes first i suppose! One of the things on that bucket list was to be published in Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine!!! Well i am pleased to announce that in this months September 2012 Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine i had two projects published!!! Not only is it my first publication and my magazine of choice, but it allows me to cross yet another item off my bucket list!

Here are the projects that were published...

For the Record...
Fort Steele...
I hope you enjoy viewing my projects as much as i enjoy creating them!
Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Roses For Your Birthday...

Hello all,

Here is another card i made using copics and a clip art image from google...

The card measures 5x6. This is the finished project...
I started with this clip art image.
Black tule
Antique Linen Distress Ink
Cosmo Cricket Odds & Ends - Remnant
American Crafts white cardstock
Westers Pages - Romance (eyelet ribbon)
Websters Pages - Botanical (brown cruched velvet ribbon)
Prima Vintage Trinkets - crystal dew drop
Pink Paislee - Butterfly Garden (butterfly stamp)
Kaiser Kraft - Life Sentiments (inside saying)
Stampendous - Orchid Greetings (Happy Birthday stamp)
Ranger black Archival Ink
Copics - Roses - RV21 RV23 RV25 RV29 0
Copics - Leaves - YG61 YG63 YG67 0
Copics - Stem - YG95 0
Once again the finished project...
The inside...
Note: The butterflies are stamped on AC white cardstock with Ranger Black Archival Ink. I then cut them out and inked them with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I like the fact that both the inside and outside of the card has that little extra dimension using the cut out butterflies!
I hope you enjoyed viewing my project as much as i enjoyed creating it!
Thanks for stopping by :)



Friday, September 7, 2012

Medevil Greetings...

Hello all,

Here is one of my recent cards i have done using copics and a clip art image!

The finished product...
So i started with a clip art image from google...
I colored the horse in with a one color series in copics...E30 E31 E33, trimmed around him, then took E30 and inked all they way around around the edges to take the white away.
This is the finished project after assembly...
A close up of the detail...
The inside...

Copic E30 E31 E33
War Horse: Clip art from google
3 piece metal charm-Walmart build your own jewelry
Dress it up-Flats in tuscon (orange jewels on metal)
American Crafts black cardstock
American Crafts cream cardstock
Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection - olde curiosity shoppe (black diamond) and counting down (orange newsprint)
Pewter brads
Tim Holtz visual artistry-flights of fancy (verse)
I hope you enjoyed veiwing my project as much as i enjoyed creating it!
Thanks for stopping by :)


Monday, September 3, 2012

Haunted House Hanger...

Wall Sugar Co. Design Team Challenge -  3 Piece Interchangable Wall Hanger
This challenge was all about Halloween and a three Piece Interchangeable Wall Hanger ( . As you can see below this is the bare piece i started with...

 So for those of you who know me, know that this month was quite the challenge for me. You see although i love Halloween, i don't really scrapbook it. For some reason i find i get lost in all the patterns or i find the patterns childish, hence i can't seem to do anything Halloween-ish :) So i brought out my sketch book and a pack of Halloween paper (My Minds Eye - The Spiders Web) i had been hoarding for just the right project, and little did i know this project was going to be perfect for it.
 As the end result, this is what i came up with...

The process...
I started by painting the outer edges of the wall hanger black, with just a plain black acrylic paint.
I then took MME-Toil and Trouble and used it as the striped base. Then took MME-Halloween Night and decided what part i wanted (in my case the tree) and cut and tore it to fit the left hand side of my project. Then poked open the holes for the wire.
NOTE: Even when a project has spacing, a continuous pattern can still be used to create a full picture look!
I next sanded all the edges nice and smooth and then ONLY inked the outside edge of the whole project.
TIP: If you take sand paper and wrap it around a pencil it is easier to sand the wire holes!
I used Distress Ink-Antique Linen to go around the outter edges of the project. I repeated this process several times until i got the desired effect i was looking for.
TIP: Ink is your friend, don't be afraid of it, use it!!! It inhances your project!!!

I used a Haunted House poem i found on the internet. I chose the font i liked and then i double spaced it and printed it on white AC (American Crafts) cardstock. Double spacing it made it easy to cut into strips for the project. All edges of the white were inked with Distress Ink-Antique Linen. The letters are done in three layers...1. White AC cardstock 2. MME-Witches Lace (orange) 3. MME-Witches Lace-backside (black)
I next took The moon cut out from the MME collection and inked it with Antique Linen. Next i took the chipboard fence (Riff Raff) and inked it with Distress Ink-Black Soot. The house is a printout on AC white cardstock, from an online coloring book, which has been cut out and inked with Antique Linen.
NOTE: In this photo i am just laying everything out to make sure i get everything where i want it before i glue it down!
Once everything was where i wanted it, i started gluing it down. The moon is only glued to the center piece and the haunted house is only glued to the bottom piece, this gives the project the freedom to move around without damaging your project. I used liquid glass.
I cut and inked the three little pumpkins from MME-Pumpkin Patch, and glued them on with liquid glass.
Next was the final finishing touches. I put all the wire back onto the wall hanger. I repeated the lettering steps for the title "Haunted House" and tied it on with three sizes of black ribbon (Large tule, med width sheer and small solid black ribbon). Then i took glass bottles (7gypsies-amber and Tim Holtz idea-ology corked vials-clear) and rubbed a label on each from 7gypsies-color rubbings-Apothecary. I hot glued them in place. Next the skeleton (a wooden piece from Treasured Memories in Edmonton) I placed his leg into the coiled handle and tied him in with black hemp twine, then tied the three sizes of ribbon to the wire in front of him. Voila....project finished!

TIP: Using a good mix of different sized ribbons in a color scheme can add that extra flair to your project!
The poem i used reads...
Haunted House
There's a house upon the hilltop, We will not go inside,
For that is where the witches live, Where ghosts and goblins hide,
Tonight they have their party, All the lights are burning bright,
But oh we will not go inside, The haunted house tonight,
The demons there are whirling, And the spirits swirl about,
They sing their songs to Halloween, "Come join the fun," they shout,
But we do not want to go there, So we run with all our might,
And oh we will not go inside, The haunted house tonight.
Once again the completed project...
I hope you enjoyed viewing my project as much as i enjoyed creating it. If you would like to purchase this bare wall hanger to re-create my project, or to create your own beautiful project, then head on over to Wall Sugar Co. to get yours!
Thanks for stopping by :)




Thursday, August 30, 2012

Scrapbookers carries Wall Sugar Co. product

We are so happy to welcome our newest retailer, Scrapbooker's Paradise! They have two fabulous locations where you can find our products:

South Calgary
Macleod Plaza
#20, 9250 Macleod Trail S.
M-F 10:00 - 9:00
Sat 10.00 - 5:00

North Calgary
Crowfoot Crossing
45 Crowfoot Terrace NW
M-F 10.00 - 9:00
Sat 10.00 - 5:00
Sun 12:00 - 5:00
Scrapbooker's Paradise - Facebook Page
Thanks for stopping by ;)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

My Mechanical Garden...

Wall Sugar Co. Design Team Challenge - Perfect Posies...

Let me start off by saying that this project is one of the reasons why I adore Wall Sugar product. The versatility of their product is virtually limitless!

This is what i started with...

So this month I was given the Perfect Posies set ( ) as my design team challenge. I was thrilled to work on the perfect posies, they present so many different possibilities as a blank canvas, but this is my version of the Perfect Posies!

I used a variety of nuts/bolts and whatnots from the hardware store. I took heavy fencing wire and made a vine per say on the stems and used it to adhere the metal leaves. I stained the posies with Tim Holtz distress stain - broken china. I used a small gage wood doweling as the stems and stained them with Tim Holtz distress ink – forest moss. I covered a styrofoam ball in Tim Holtz tissue tape and stained it with forest moss distress ink, then hot glued the ball into place in the flower pot. I placed all the nuts, bolts and hardware in a jar and added Tim Holtz adirondack ink – pesto to stain them. They are adhered to the Styrofoam ball with liquid glass and I added old watch coils to look like small grassy vines. I adhered Graphic45 Kraft Refections paper and glued it to the posies to create the base and sanded them smooth and then stained them with the broken china. For the large posie I traced and cut two each of the three sizes of the perfect posies and stained them. This makes up the front and back of the large posie . Next I used the sizzix to cut two sets of the Tim Holtz tattered florals die and stained them, which makes up the front and back of the medium posie. I then cut four sets of the sizzix flower daisies #2 die, and stained them and that makes the front and back of the small posie. Then added a menagerie of gears, watch parts and what not to make up the centers of the flowers. In between the petals of the medium and large flowers I used Tim Holtz alterations gadget gears die and Tim Holtz aterations movers and shapers gears die and cut them out of black cardstock, I mixed black and silver embossing powder together to create a metal look. I then tucked the gears in between the petals and adhered them in place. I added a little snail that I crafted out of polymer clay. His shell is a nut and a die cut gear and old watch part gears with wire for antenna’s.  For the flower pot I used the sizzix top note die to cut a piece of grunge board and then used the Tim Holtz alterations texture fades embossing folder – steampunk and then used Tim Holtz distress ink black soot Tim Holtz distress ink broken china to achieve the color. I added the embossed gears in the same way that is mentioned above. I put in two eyelets and ran the ribbon through the eyelets and tied it off to one side. I next added the lettering. The black lettering is Thickers black shoe box and the sliver lettering is Thickers silver dear lizzy. I adhered the letters on with liquid glass for extra support.
Here are some additional photos...

The Back...

I hope you enjoyed My Mechanical Garden as much as I enjoyed creating it!!!

Thanks for stopping by :)