Tea Time

     Posted by Lisa on July 8, 2018

Grab yourself a cup of tea (well maybe iced tea with this heat), I am sharing some progress photos of my project today so you can see a bit of how it changes and takes on a new life!

Many of you know that a fair bit of my art work is grungy, steampunk themed etc….but I bet you didn’t know that I have a secret love for pretty tea cups & pots!

Yes I love a wide variety of things from bright & cheery to grungy, it’s good for a girl to have her passions!

This project is in honor of that secret love of mine.

I think I mentioned before that I’m on a canvas buying freeze until I use my stash…well I figured out a way to speed the process up, I used two canvases & a background piece for this project!   Is that cheating?! LOL

To start my project I glued the base pieces together, added texture and gave everything a couple coats of white gesso.

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My next step was to add my accent colors, you will see the yellow & pink are VERY bright and vibrant to start.

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To tone down the brightness I added some mocha brown mist and more white gesso with beige paint mixed in.

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Looking better already, and yes a little grungy!  Next I added green mist to the base piece…once again very bright, too bright for my liking!

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The next steps I didn’t capture with a photo, but I needed the green to be less green!  I used some turquoise & black sprays to tone down the green but it still wasn’t right.  Digging through my paint stash I found a very light ocean blue/green chalk paint adding that over top allowing the mists to mix in.  As you can see the results are perfect!

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Once I was happy with the base background colour I decided the pink was not quite right.  Using beige paint, with a touch of pink, texture paste & some fine sand I created some fun texture (think Finnabair rust paste).

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To bring out the texture I used Finnabair’s wax in Aged Brass over many of the surfaces.

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Last time I was at the store I picked up these 49 and Market Sage flowers…LOVE them!  I think my favorite part is the pack comes with swirlies & sprig pieces along with the flowers!

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Of course the center of my project is the fabulous Tim Holtz Tea Time die!  I love that it even includes the little piece to look like the tea bag is in your cup!

I hope you enjoyed your tea, thank you for joining me today as I showed you how my project transformed through multiple layers of different mediums!

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Makes cakes, will travel…

     Posted by Norine on June 27, 2018

Hi, hello!

I’m back today with a couple of traveler’s notebook layouts to share.  One is Love is in the Details specific and one is just because!  (You’ll see when I get to that one.)

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This is the reason for the odd blog post title.  I have begun making and decorating cakes and cookies in the last couple of years and the weird thing is that almost every event I’ve made a cake for in an official capacity has been in another state!  Or country even!  I’ve made cakes at home, but they’ve been for practice, so my “real” cakes for real events have all had not only the normal stress of “I hope it doesn’t flop!!” but also the travel stress component.  I think I’ve got that down to a science now.  Bake the cakes, freeze them, layer them and crumb coat them (if they’re being frosted) wrap them with BIG bubble wrap and freeze them again and the minute before leaving for the airport, stow them in my carry on shoulder bag.  Then I do the frosting and decorating there.  I now know what can go through security with me, and what can go in checked luggage.  Like I say, a science.  All that to say, that we recently attended the wedding in Montana of the best friend of our daughter-in-law, who became like a daughter to us while she lived in AZ for several years and Kenzie asked if I would make her a small wedding cake - for the “feed the groom” photos and to take home and have on their 1st anniversary.  I didn’t have to make cake for all 200 wedding guests thankfully.  I’m not that kind of cake maker!

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This was an easy 4 layer semi-naked cake (I make up for the lack of frosting on the outside with plenty of frosting in between the layers!) that I decorated with some of her wedding flowers and other things I found around the grounds.

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I’ve been wanting to make a traveler’s notebook layout with one side being all photo for awhile now and when Mr B sent me this photo from his phone I knew this would be the one!  He uses an android phone and they take these super tall photos.  Perfect for the TN narrow page format.

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Some of my Love is in the Details stash that I used on this layout include the white enamel hearts from Illustrated Faith, the phrase stickers from Cosmo Cricket and Jen Hadfield, and while we’re on that subject I wanted to remind you to look at your phrase stickers for the portions that might be useful to you.  The “simple but beautiful” sticker was originally from a set of Cowgirl themed phrase stickers and it said “live a simple but beautiful life”.  It seems that the likelihood of my ever using that on a layout while whole was minimal, after all the years I’ve had it in my stash, but cut up like this, it was perfect!

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I also used the Pink Fresh (Boys Fort) alphabet stickers that come in blue, green and cream, and I colored them brown for this layout because the size and style were perfect.  That foil leaf (it was fun to pull out the foil again!) was a Prima adhesive rub-on and I used the rose gold foil so it would match the label sticker (Target dollar section).  I used die cuts from Kaisercraft (the green leaf), Prima (the tag sticker and label) and a chipboard heart arrow from the exclusive laser cuts available in the store.

Next up is a layout that was inspired by pure joy!  Our grand-daughter was born recently and before she was 24 hours old she had her first layout!

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The polka dot paper by Carta Bella has also been sitting in my LiitD stash for a long time waiting to be used!  The floral tag from Maggie Holmes’ Chasing Dreams line too.  And those cute puffy hearts and phrase sticker are from the very current Pink Fresh/Let Your Heart Decide line that will soon be in the store if they aren’t already.

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The floral die cut is from Kaisercraft’s Sage and Grace line and the pink silk ribbon I colored with the Distress ink and water technique.  Other supplies include those cute puffy alphabet stickers from My Mind’s Eye, some pink bakers twine, and that cute little pink rabbit that used to be a button - from Dress It Up buttons!  The “baby” part of the title is a die that I cut from pink watercolored paper and popped up on a label sticker.

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Besides this happy news of a new grand baby, we also have an engagement and upcoming wedding in the family!  Our daughter is planning her nuptials at our cottage at the lake in early September, and as people do when they have a wedding coming up, we’re going to do a bunch of construction work this summer, building a second floor in the cottage, adding stairs up to our parking lot (like 100 stairs, minimum) and making the outdoor area suitable for a tent for 70 people!!  She’s going very budget-conscious, which means asking Mom to make the invitations, the cake and the floral pieces for the tables.  Thats what I know so far!  So with all that on my plate, I’ve asked Lori for the summer off.  I’ll see you back here in mid to late September and I hope you all have a safe and happy summer!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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