Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Burlap Canvas

This is that time of year where this Florida girl is ready for some cooler temps and some sense that it's fall time. I find that if I decorate the house with all sorts of fall accents, it helps. So this weekend, all the stuff is coming down from the attic and going up!

I decided to make a new home decor piece for the house this year and I'm entering it into Inspiration Emporium's "Fall is in the Air" challenge. I used lots of great products you can find at like Tim Holtz Sizzix dies and texture fades, Ranger's Distress Paints and Stains, and Tim's Idea-ology findings.

Here's a look at my Fall Burlap Canvas and how I created it.

I started with an 8 x 10 burlap canvas from the craft store.

I painted the outer area with some deep red acrylic paint, then spritzed it with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls spray.

I balled up two pieces of Kraft Glassine to create crinkles.

Then smoothed out both pieces and inked over the surface with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

After gluing both pieces of Kraft Glassine to a 7" x 9" piece of card stock with strong glue stick, I trimmed the excess, let the glue dry completely, then stitched a double stitch around the edges.

 Eventually I inked the outer edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Now it looks a little like worn leather, don't you think?

Next I adhered a wide dark brown linen ribbon across the seam of the two pieces of glassine, then layered some pretty lace over that, wrapping it around to the back side. I glued the glassine unit down to the canvas, centered, then added four corner adornments with strong glue.

I was so inspired by Richele Christensen's wreath featured on Tim Holtz's blog last week, I knew I had to make something with the new Layered Leaf die. Like Richele, I cut three pieces of manila card stock for my leaves. I didn't take a photo of how I colored them, but it's pretty similar to Richele's method with Distress Stains.

After cutting them out with the Layered Leaf die, I ran them through the coordinating Layered Leaf texture fade (which comes with the die, yay!). 

I inked over the raised surfaces and around the outer edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

Then, to give them an even more natural look, I did Tim's "spritz and flick" technique by flicking water droplets over areas of the leaves.

After the droplets sat there a minute, I blotted them with a paper towel and then dried the leaf with my heat tool. I love how this looks like a real leaf.

To adorn my canvas, I created a layered frame for my stamped sentiment using the Baroque die and the Baroque Mover and Shaper insert. Then ran each through the Springtime background texture fade, sanded the surface and lightly inked with Gahered Twigs.

The stamp is called "Give Thanks Subway Art" by Stampabilities for Hobby Lobby. I stamped it with Coffee archival ink, cut around it closely and popped it up with foam tape onto my textured frame.

I layered the leaves with a fall pick from the craft store first, then created three pinecones and greenery from Tim's Tattered Pinecone die.

I gave everything a spritz of Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls spray for some added texture and shimmer.

I used a Seasonal Chit Chat sticker inside an ornate plate with a bit of coordinating green card stock in the background.

A big green linen bow with added twine goes across the top.

Now I can hang it on the wall, or place it in a pretty stand on my foyer table to welcome those who visit me during this wonderful season.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope YOU'RE enjoying some fall temperatures where you are.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall Workshop 2014 - Join me!

Good Monday morning all. If you're local to the Central Florida area and are looking for a fun, crafty afternoon of card making and more, then I've got just the class for you to get ready for Fall.

Annette's Fall Workshop
October 19th from 2:00- 6:00 p.m. 
Melbourne, Florida

If you have further questions about specifics or would like to RSVP, please e-mail me at

We'll be using the new Graphic 45 "An Eerie Tale" paper collection, Petaloo flowers, May Arts ribbon, and stamps from various great companies to make three cards and one paper lantern.

 You can pop a battery-operated tea light into the lantern for a pretty centerpiece.

One of the cards features this great new die from Stephanie Barnard for Sizzix called "Card, Regal Stand Ups." This is the card when it's closed.

And this is how it looks popped up. It props up easel-style for a very pretty display card for the season. 

Please RSVP by September 26th if you'd like to attend. ( Pre-payment is appreciated. Local checks, cash and PayPal payments accepted to Sorry, no mail-out kits available for this one due to agreements with Graphic 45.

Thanks, and I hope you have a great day!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Compendium Challenge #11 - Effect Powders

Hello, happy Saturday to ya, and welcome to another great challenge from the Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book by Tim Holtz. Are you playing along in these fun, fabulous creative challenges? To find out all the details, simply go to the end of my post today and it's all there for you. I hope you'll join us!

Challenge #11 is Effect Powders which you can find on page 52 in the book. I'm just getting rolling on my Halloween crafts this year, so I thought I'd see what I could come up with for some treat buckets for my daughter and her friends. Very particular teenagers are hard to please, but I'm thinking they might just like these.

These were very fun to make and the Effect Powder technique was perfect for the words Boo and Eek on my buckets. Let me show you how these came together.

I grabbed up these orange tin buckets last year at Target in their Dollar Spot. Don't you love the Dollar Spot? I stop there every time I go to Target. They have some great little things for us crazy crafters. These were perfect with those scalloped edges and orange color. I tucked them away until now.

I have TONS of paper, so it was easy to grab some spooky prints. These are from Tim's Laboratorie paper stash and Graphic 4's5 Steampunk Spells.

I cut strips, two different widths for each bucket. Sometimes I inked right over the top of the Laboratorie paper, sometimes not.

I distressed the edges of ALL those pieces and then inked them.

I adhered the narrower pieces to the wider pieces like this, then adhered them to the bucket using 1" wide Scor-Tape.

Six per bucket worked well.

I sprayed some small ivory flowers with Black Marble Dylusions Spray. What great coverage this spray provides!

I also sprayed some with Tangerine Dream. Nothing has as vibrant color as Dylusions sprays!

After they dried, I spritzed them with Perfect Copper for a bit of eerie shimmer.


I hot-glued the flowers around the top of the buckets.

Then I adhered some tissue tape around the bottom on some, and ribbon on others. I like to make them each a little different.

As for the Effect Powders technique, I can't share that with you. That's the whole point of these challenges. Get the book, try them out yourself and be amazed. I cut the letters for Boo and Eek from the Sizzix Alterations XL die "Word Play" from grungeboard. I did the technique and then joined them with staples using my Tiny Attacher.

Rather than just pop the words onto the buckets, I cut these layered labels on my Cricut machine. These came from the Art Philosophy cartridge. I used this fun bat print paper from Graphic 45's An Eerie Tale 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids pack. There's also a decorated ribbon that wraps around the bucket that you can't see in this photo.

Then I popped my words on the labels using foam squares for dimension. I added the skull and crossbones with some metal glue.

I tried different colors and combinations when I did the technique. I loved the "effect" every time.

See what I mean?

To finish off my buckets, I tied big ribbons to the handles of each. One of my favorite, cool things to do is heat ribbon with my heat gun to force them to crinkle and curl. Makes them a little spooky.

This heat gun technique works best on synthetic ribbons and should not be done near chocolate. (wink) Oh, and those bones mixed in there? Those are also a great find in the Target Dollar Spot last year. They're erasers!

I hope you give this technique a try. It's one of those super easy ones with a very cool effect.

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Do you have the fabulous Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book by Tim Holtz? (the master of all things vintage and distressed.) If not, you can find one at your local craft store, scrapbook store, or you can get a signed copy by Tim himself by going here. 

You can find all the CC3 Challenge details and FAQs here.  The lovely Linda Ledbetter is our hostess of this fun series of challenges, and all you have to do to participate is create your project, and upload to her site. Be sure, though, to read through all the FAQs so you're eligible to win...

We're working our way through this fantastic book of techniques and tips, and challenging you to join in the fun. This round's challenge is sponsored by the great folks at Inspiration Emporium who have a fabulous gift voucher to give away to one lucky random winner. Also, the Curiosity Crew's Choice scores a giant prize pack of goodies straight from Tim and Mario!

And don't forget, you can find these great products I've used today at Inspiration Emporium's online store. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

And the Winner is...

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my Petaloo/Graphic 45 Blog Hop project. My Halloween faux cake was fun to make and I'm so happy to hear so many of you enjoyed it and will give it a try.

By random generator, the eighth commenter on that blog post was chosen. Congratulations to Sandy Diller! Here's Sandy's comment...

Blogger S@ndy Diller said...
Your cake looks wonderful and fun~
Makes me want to stop in for a bite!!
September 8, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Sandy, be sure to send me your mailing address so I can ship you a nice box of Graphic 45 goodies and some other little surprises. E-mail me at please.

The Blog Hop continues over at Graphic 45 and Petaloo all week so be sure to check it out and leave them a nice comment so you can be entered to win their big give-aways, and of course you'll get lots of inspiration from the great designers too!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a fantastic day!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Petaloo & Graphic 45 Blog Hop starts today!

After a much-needed break, I'm back to blogging. I've been devoting all my energies to MANY new upcoming projects I'll soon be able to share with you, so I thank you for your patience.

Today is an exciting day because it's Day 1 of the Blog Hop between Graphic 45 and Petaloo. Two great companies whose products worked beautifully together. I've created a fun three-tiered mini faux cake using An Eerie Tale collection from Graphic 45 and some beautiful black and green florals from Petaloo, and I've provided an easy-to-follow Snapguide too, so be sure to hop over to the Graphic 45 blog and check it out. Be sure to leave a comment and to visit Petaloo's blog as well so you can increase your chances to win their fabulous prize. Just check out Petaloo's massive give-away during this blog hop...

and Graphic 45's give-away...

Not only will you get a chance to win, you'll get plenty of inspiration from the projects featured on both blogs. Here's a peek at my mini faux cake...

Enjoy this fun week of awesome inspiration and creativity! You will not be disappointed.

Oh, and since you were kind enough to visit me today, leave me a comment on today's project and I'll host my very own give-away of a variety of Graphic 45 goodies and a few additional surprises. All commenters will be entered to win by random draw. I'll announce the winner this Wednesday on my blog so be sure to come back to see if you were the lucky winner.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!