Mixed Media Place-June 2020 Challenge-Green Dragon

Hey, all! Welcome back to my corner!

Today I’m bringing you an altered hoop I made for the June 2020 Challenge over at Mixed Media Place. I didn’t use a traditional embroidery hoop for this project, I just happened to have, what I believe was, an old Tri-Chem® hoop. It conveniently came with a metal insert, so I had a nice sturdy surface to work on!

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My original idea for this project looked nothing like what came about; I hadn’t even considered a dragon originally! I had originally planned to go with a nature theme, but when I was looking through my chipboard to see what types of leaves I might have, I came across the dragon, thought, “Hey! Dragons can be green…,” and from there I just went with it. Check out my process video below the Mixed Media Place Challenge Board to see how it all went together.


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Video:


Now, for a few close-up photos:

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The chipboard dragon from Creative Embellishments was what started my inspiration for my project.

I used two Prima/Finnabair paints on the dragon, Opal Magic “Green-Gold” and Sparks “Fairy Wings.”

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It wasn’t a full pack of flowers, but I hadn’t used very many of the 49 & Market “Emerald Isle” previously; this project finished my pack off.

I love all of Finnabair’s Rust Effect Pastes in their original colors, but this project called for a little sparkle to be added to them, so I watered down the Opal Magic paint and let it separate and pool at will.

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I used a mix of Brea Reese Texture Pebbles and some (very) micro glass beads at final accents.

Here you can see just how VERY micro those yellow glass microbeads are.

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The stencil I used on the background is one I made quite a while ago in Silhouette Studio and cut with my Cameo 3 (which wasn’t easy on stencil material!) The iridescent beads are “Citrus Breeze” from ReneaBouquets.

Thank you for joining me here in my little corner! I hope you enjoyed this project!
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Products:

Creative Embellishments “Dragon,” 49 & Market Floral Mixology “Emerald Isle,” ReneaBouquets Iridescent Beautiful Beads “Citrus Breeze,” Prima/Finnabair Heavy White Gesso, Stars & Moons Mould, Impasto Heavy Body Paint “Bottle Green,” Liquid Acrylic “Burnt Sienna,” Sparks “Fairy Wings,” Opal Magic “Green-Gold,” and Rust Effect Pastes “Dark Brown,” “Green,” & “Rusty,” Ranger/Dylusions “Chopped Pesto” Paint, Ranger/Tim Holtz “Lucky Clover” Distress Paint & “Mustard Seed” Distress Oxide Spray, Liquitex Matte Super Heavy Gel, JudiKins Diamond Glaze, Brea Reese Texture Pebbles, Yellow Glass Microbeads (Very, very micro!!), homemade stencil, old Tri-Chem® hoop (I believe)

Hello Spring-June 2020 More Than Words Challenge-Hello and Doors & Windows

Hi, all! Welcome back to my little corner!

It took me three different background attempts to finally get this all together. This was one of those projects where I had an idea, but I was having trouble getting it from my head to my hands. I finally succeeded though, and I have my layout for the June Challenge (Hello and Doors & Windows) on the More Than Words blog.

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This month I added the word part of the challenge right to the photo with my title. The photo is very representative of “hello spring” because I took it in March 2019 when I was walking to my mailbox one afternoon. My driveway is a half-mile long, and up until I came to where this bush is it had still been a rather drab walk with all the trees still winter brown. Then I got to this bush, with its white flowers blooming and butterflies fluttering all about! Spring was telling me hello! For the “Doors & Windows” part of the challenge, I used some window chipboard pieces from Creative Embellishments, coated in “Orange Blossom” embossing powder from Ranger, and placed them in my clusters.

(Below the More Than Words Challenge image, you’ll find a little process video and a few close-ups.)

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I wanted to add some texture, but I didn’t want it to necessarily “stand out” so I opted to use colors similar to the papers I was using.

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I love the “Dreamland” collection from A.B. Studio, and most of this layout is made up of papers and cut-apart pieces from it. The only pieces from “Vintage Elements 1/2” are the black and white roses, which I think added just enough “separation” between the elements cut from “Dreamland.”

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I love texture so I added texture pebbles, glass microbeads, sequins, and some cabochons. I also splattered some “Spun Sugar” Distress Oxide on the layout (I love that the Oxides can be used on light and dark backgrounds!).

I hope you enjoyed this project! Thank you for joining me in my little corner!!


Products:

A.B. Studio “Dreamland” & “Vintage Elements 1/2,” Creative Embellishments “Arched Windows Set of 2,” & “Arched Windows Set of 3,” Lindy’s Gang “Cosmic Pink Blue” Embossing Powder, TCW Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste, Prima-Finnabair “Graphite” Texture Paste, Fabrika Decoru Stencils FDTR 36 & 132, Ranger-Wendy Vecchi “Orange Blossom” Embossing Powder, Ranger-Tim Holtz “Spun Sugar” Distress Oxide Spray, Prima Flowers Item# 635176, Brea Reese Texture Pebbles, Little Things from Lucy’s Cards “Warm Golden Glow,” Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Ink, Scotch ATG, Liquitex Clear Gesso, FabriTac, Art Glitter Glue, JudiKins Diamond Glaze, Unbranded Gold & White Microbeads

May 2020 Mixed Media Place Challenge-Beach Bottle

20200527_063247-WMHey, all! I have a beach themed bottle I made for the May 2020 Moodboard Challenge over at the Mixed Media Place! It had been a while since I completed a project that wasn’t Design Team related, and since May was going good for me & having ideas, I was able to squeeze one in!

I just absolutely loved the colors of the moodboard, and even though I’m not a fan of going to the beach, I do love looking at beach elements. All the beauty, none of the sand!

I used a lot of Prima/Finnabair pastes and paints, a couple of Tim Holtz Distress Paints, and one Vicki Boutin paint, even though I’m not sure it’s noticeable anymore!

The shells came from a variety of sources – some I bought, some I’m not entirely sure where they came from.

The flowers are 49 & Market, the chipboard is actually Beautiful Board from ReneaBouquets, as is the final details of beads and butterflies!

Below the video you’ll find the moodboard.


I went into this project not knowing exactly where it was going, or how I was going to get there, but I did record what I was doing, so there is a process video to go along with this post!


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Awesome moodboard, right? How could anyone resist using those corals and pinks!?!?


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It took a lot of layers, but I eventually got the look I wanted! So many textures on the bottle! Some from the crackle paste, some the result of what happens when gesso gets extra wet on glass! You can still see the stripes I made, even though this wasn’t my original plan, I am still happy!

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As you’ll see in the photos below, the microbeads are actually gold. I didn’t notice the color got distorted so much during editing!

Here are some more close-ups:

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As a final note, I want to say I would not recommend heating up a sealed glass bottle for long periods of time! Besides the fact that it gets hot, you are increasing the internal pressure! I had a lot of “heat gun enough to stop runs,” followed by periods of cooling and air drying!

Thank you for checking out my project!! Don’t forget to watch the process video to see how I stacked all my layers of mediums!


Products used:

Finnabair: Heavy Gesso, White Crackle Texture Paste, Paper Texture Paste, Sparks Paint “Phoenix Feather,” Metallique Paint “White Pearl,” Patina Effect Paste “Blue,” Texture Fantasy Pastes “Blue Green” & “Fire Orange,” Rust Effect Paste “Lavender,” and Liquid Acrylic Paint “Burnt Sienna,” 49 & Market: Garden Seeds “Sea Breeze” (it was a partial pack), & Blossom Blends (Technically the “Bluebell” & ‘”Linen” Packages, but I only used the bamboo looking pieces), Distress Paint: “Abandoned Coral” & “Picked Raspberry,” Vicki Boutin: “Sugared Strawberry” Paint, ReneaBouquets: Beautiful Board – Bubbles, Beautiful Beads – Iridisent “Mermaid Tails,” Gold Glass Microbeads, & Magical Miniatures, Double Sided Printed Butterflies “Memory Keeper,” Brea Reese Texture Pebbles, Tim Holtz Mini Snips, FabriTac, Ranger Glossy Accents, JudiKins Diamond Glaze, Hobby Shells & other misc. shells, Ranger Heat-It heat gun