Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Altered wooden frame

My DT term at My Tattered Angels comes to an end this month and I've had a fantastic two years plus on this wonderful team. I've made some wonderful friends and have been inspired by the creative talents there. So in that spirit I created an altered frame featuring a photo of Nathalie Kalbach, Emeline Seet and me when Nat came by for a visit to Singapore this year.

I transformed the plain wooden frame into this highly-textured one using Tattered Angels Waterfall Glimmer Glaze and Patina Glimmer Mist. The Kaisercraft cuckoo clock chipboard was misted with Chalk Chalkboard Mist and painted over with Chandelier Glimmer Glam.

The photo was silhouette cut and layered dimensionally along with fussy cut details from Webster's Pages Country Estate patterned paper.

Thanks to Nat for a sweet farewell message: TA Farewell

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Zva December Blog Hop Winners Announced

We'd like to congratulate the FIVE December Zva Blog Hop winners! Their names will be found on the following blogs:

Jolanda Meurs
Nicole Martel
Robin Shakoor
Carole Maurin
Lisa Gregory

One winner from each of the 5 blogs will receive a Zva prize package worth $30.00. Congrats winners!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Zva Creative December DT Blot Hop

Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcomes you to join us for our December Design Team blog hop!

As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project.  If you like what you see, you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.

The Blog Hop begins at Windy Robinson's blog. She will have the complete list of all the participating blogs in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, just follow along the blog path.  I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!

Hidden on FIVE of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts today, December 19th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, December 20th. 

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 21st on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Windy Robinson's blog as well. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on Wednesday... plus, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.

We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize!  To increase your chances of winning:

* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products.  If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry.

So you have FOUR chances on each blog to win one of our FIVE prizes!  That's a lot of chances to win!

This month, I'm showcasing the colour purple and here's my layout using some lovely purple Zva crystals and flowers.

Some close-ups:

The blog hop begins here at Windy Robinson's blog. Your next stop is Jolanda Meurs. Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us and Happy Holidays!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on January 30th for our next Zva blog hop!

List of Supplies:
Crystals - Zva Creative CRB-04CA-140
Flowers - Zva Creative FL-04CA-136 & FL-04CA-138
Leaves - Zva Creative FL-04CA-111
Patterned Paper - DCWV Mademoiselle
Alphas - American Crafts Alpha Bites
Filmstrip - Tim Holtz

Monday, December 12, 2011

Fun with Chipboards

I love chipboards and I like that the market's coming out with more and more intricate designs. Chippies are so versatile and you can work all kinds of mediums on them to create your own unique look, which is fantastic for me because I love working on mixed-media projects. Imaginarium Designs makes some really pretty chipboards and I would love to lay my hands on them. Until then, I'd like to share some of my favourite layouts and altered objects using chipboards.

1. Altered Frame - I altered a plain wooden photo frame, giving it lots of texture to transform it into a one-of-a-kind frame. The wooden cuckoo clock was misted with Tattered Angels Chalk chalkboard mist followed by some Chandelier glimmer glam to give it a subtle sparkle.

2. Layout: Bliss - The ornate window frame chippie was inked over with distress inks and sits amidst a collage of blue flowers. One of my favourite things about this layout is how I extended the brick wall in the photo onto the patterned paper.

3.  Altered Box: Inspired - I enjoy experimenting with mixed mediums and this box was one of my afternoon experiments. The chipboard clock was misted with Tattered Angels glimmer mist and is part of a crazy collage of lace, fabric, buttons, metal, chipboard, gesso, paints, Tattered Angels glimmer glam and glimmer glaze. Would you believe this box was a luminous green originally? ;)

4. Layout: All Aboard - I found this new embossing enamel with gold flecks in my LSS and just fell in love with it. It works beautifully on chipboards and wood details. I liked it so much I taught a class on it in my LSS embossing a whole wooden Christmas tree with it. Photos of the class project are here.

5. Altered Canvas: Creative - There's lots of chipboard on this grungy canvas, altered using Tattered Angels mists, glimmer glam, glimmer glaze plus Tim Holtz distress inks and distress stickles.

6. Layout: Nature - I went for a clean look on this layout, where chipboard leaves are inked, stickled and layered with Zva Creative crystal flourishes.

7.  Altered: Bird Cage Frame - This was something I created during my DT term with My Tattered Angels. The bird cage and bird were cut out of grunge board, curved to form a 3D cage, then glimmer misted, painted and crackle painted.

8. Layout: Cherish These Moments - I love the look of this chipboard butterfly. I misted it with shades of green and blue, then I stamped on a black flourish and followed that with a coat of crackle paint. I did a tutorial on it for My Scrapbook Nook.

9. Stickles Signage - This is a signage I created for my LSS for the stickles section of the store. Sometimes simplicity is best and here, the intricate chipboard was simply coated over with distress stickles allowing the raw element to show through. It was then adhered onto a square of patterned paper whose edges have been treated with the water distress technique to give it lots of dimension. To complete the layout, lots of layering of hand-cut details and the title on a Hambly clear print.

10. Layout: A Perfect Memory - To end off, I'd like to share one of my current favourites. I just completed the layout this morning and my favourite part of it is how I used the chipboard leaves as a stencil for creating a textured background for the layout. This is what I mean by I love the versatility of chipboards. You can use them as is - painted, misted, stickled, or you can use them as a stencil to mist a background on or create a uniquely textured background using gesso and paste. After doing their duty as stencils, the chipboards were then inked with several shades of distress inks and stickles and layered over the textured background along with some crystal flourishes and hand cut patterned paper, lace, trims and burlap.

So there you have it, some of my favourite ways of using, and abusing, chipboards. ;) Paint them, mist them, glaze them, emboss them, bend them, stamp on them, stencil them... You're only limited by your imagination. ;)