Friday, 26 February 2016

Down the rabbit hole to Wonderland


This latest journey can only be described as Wonderland.


Down the Rabbit whole to Wonderland
I am so thrilled and honoured to have been asked by Eileen to be a guest blogger. Most of you barely know me and on top of it, I am not a blogger. It all started with a random email from Eileen, asking me if I wanted to do a guest post. "What?! Are you meaning for me to get this, or were you hoping to cross with my design team? Or do you want me to donate products?..."Actually I think people would be interested to see something from you personally if you are up for it. You are coming at things from a different perspective than most of the designers that will be highlighted so I think people will be interested..." 

YES! of Course and then I started thinking about her dies. I love books, so naturally the passport book was a must, but then, I had the needle book die I was dying to use, which brought me to the big and small of Alice in Wonderland. Then I started thinking about the Potion and Cake. So Naturally, I should make a book and put a little potion bottle from the Tim Holtz Ideology line.....But WAIT, WHAT IF I MADE THE BOOK THE BOTTLE?!

So some of Wendy Vecchi's Clearly for Art Modelling Film was pulled from the shelf, The Metallic Core Paper and Flourish Stencil by Tim Holtz and Sizzix, Almost every Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz Inks, and a myriad of Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Stamps, Charms and powders exploded across the table.

So lets begin.....


Inked up the foil jackets for either side of the book
Added a stained popsicle stick and earth magnet for the closure side

Added the second earth magnet to the film using glossy accents.


Bottom's up..... lets drink to the potion (also dubbed koolaid by team members Nicole and Julia)

The cover kept getting inked and painted until the spines were close to the Tim Holtz Ornate Plaque colour. I printed Drink Me and Eat using the Beyond Wonderland font. And I dumped Ranger Raisin Alcohol Ink on the lower portion for a rich potion look.


I lightly added the ink to the inside pages so it would look really solid from the front and get lighter as you "drink" the potion. The I embellished and stamped until I could do no more.

Then I placed my CHA picture in the first (and newest charm, not even listed yet because it literally just made it Thursday before the post). I am the tiny pink dot. And the Mushrooms stamp, which I coloured and painted from the backside of the film.

Then the Apple Tree Stamp, again painted on the backside, the new Forest Foliage Embossing texture powder (barely heated because I was using film and I also wanted to keep it as rough ground as possible) Then a touch of the fact that I was fearless in my Journey to CHA. 


Then I was so excited I was like a kid flying a Kite when I met Ted of Stamper's Anonymous. As a manufacturer, to meet someone who's paved your path before you and to be so genuine and down to earth was an amazing and humbling experience. That's us in the Cabachon! We took that photo in my booth. EEEK!!


Then a Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous Heart stencil it the page with more Raisin Alcohol ink. And of course, lets bring on the White Rabbit and Linked Hearts Charms.



Let's not forget the Fallen Blossom, Nicole Wright Designs Just launched (and that i got to manufacture, thank you Nicole for trusting me).
And oh my gosh the best moment for the second time, (I kept forgetting to take photos with the people I met but my team reminded me to go back and see Wendy a second time) so that's me with one of my 2 favorite women who have inspired me in the industry this last year, Wendy Vecchi in the Stitched Cameo Frame. I love her and acted so starstruck, but I'm fearless and will meet her again. 

Next time I will need to remember to photo it up with Tim. He also was at my booth, chatting with me and Nicole, and i got so wrapped up in talking to him I completely forgot to be get a photo. That's okay, next time I will catch Mario too. I was 3 feet from him but we were so busy and there was no lull in activities for us. (I love the smiles these guys always have)

And of course, the time has to end so here's me and Nicole at Disneyland after the show. This is the Red Jewel Brad and a clock from Kaiser


And this chapter almost closes with the Alice Rabbit stamp.


But Wait...we need to eat our cake so we can grow big and head home. 

So using Eileen Hull's Needle book die from Sizzix, we add the Jewel brad again in Blue.


Then I wanted a chocolately cake so Ground Espresso Ink and Black Soot Stain was perfect, and Tumbled Glass ink and Tarnished Brass spray stain made the perfect icing decoration.


And how could there not be a picture of me and Eileen! the first of many with this amazing and inspiring lady. I can't wait for more moments with her.

Bitter, sweet as we prepare for next year. please come see us often Eileen and the Paper Trail and of course me, right here at Emerald Creek Dares.

Thank you for this opportunity Eileen it was an awesome trip to Wonderland!




30 comments:

  1. Fabulous makes Kim!! Love them both. Congratulations on your feature at Eileen's blog

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    1. Thank you Shilpa! I don't know how you all do it for so many companies. Thank you for being on my team.

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  2. WOW - gorgeous creations and congrats on your feature post! TFS

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    1. Thank you so much Karon! It was so fun.

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  3. I'm in awe of how incredibly talented you are!!! So amazing!!

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  4. Great project Nicole! Thanks for walking us through Wonderland and for being a guest on my blog.

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    1. I was so excited, words can't describe it. But it Kim not Nicole. lol

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  5. Oh this is so wonderful... from the foiled edges to the acetate pages... love it! Bookmarking to my 'must try some day' folder!

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    1. That's so nice!! Seriously grinning right now

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  6. I love all the thought and symbolism in these awesome projects Kim!

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    1. Thank you. English and the Arts (and Math) were my favorite subjects, so I love making stories with my projects. Hope to see you back for the challenges.

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  7. Hi Nicole, I found this blog through Eileen Hull and I'm so glad I found you. The needle box is my favorite. :) Can't wait to see your stamps and things as I go through your older blogs:) Thanks for sharing with us.
    Sue
    Victoria, BC
    Canada

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    1. Hi Sue, thank you. We do have some of our stuff in Duncan BC with more all the time. If you want anything specific just let Sharon know. I'm so thrilled to see a fellow west coaster (raised in the lower mainland). Hugs!

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  8. This turned out fantastic! You so talented and a true inspiration, Kim! Thank you for choosing me to be on your DT and I can't wait to chase you down the rabbit hole...it looks like fun!

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    1. Awe. I feel the same about you and I am so lucky to have you. I can't wait to see where we go as a team

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  9. KIM-this turned out so amazingly awesome sauce! This is gorgeous KIM! I am so happy to finally see what the alcohol ink was used on! Wowzers KIM!!!! Both designs are so creative and now I want that passport die! Fantabulous KIM! Hugz! ~Niki

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  10. LOL. I love you NIKI. Huge smiles, a warm hug and I can't wait to start carrying her line to work with.

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  11. What a fabulous post Kim!! You really should blog more because you are just so natural, your projects are both out of this world gorgeous too! I just love Alice and the little rabbit charm is adorable. Your book will be such a wonderful memory book for you of CHA. Nicole's new release is wonderful too!

    I felt quite star struck when I met Wendy last year and was so thrilled to meet Tim and Mario last weekend when them came to England - they are just the loveliest of people aren't they? It is my ambition to meet Eileen too - so pleased she asked you to Guest! Anne x

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    1. You are so sweet. As soon as my husband completes school I plan to do a lot more. I'm really just on a major social media and blogging learning curve, but I have an amazing Guide in Nicole Wright and everyone i meet through these outlets have been invaluable in my learning.

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  12. Fabulous post and creations to celebrate your inaugural trip to CHA and this wonderful opportunity to showcase your art and company on Eileen's blog! Congratulations Kim! Deb xo

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    1. Thanks Deb. It was honestly and amazing honour to be asked. Especially since I have only been blogging and on the scene for just over 6 months. I really do feel like Alice on a crazy adventure. But its been so awesome meeting so many wonderful people. I'm so glad yours and my paths crossed too.

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  13. Oh my goodness this is beautiful, awesome and every other fan word that I can say. I love it!! I want to make my own too which for me to say so is very unusual, Love it, love, love, love it! Thank you so much for sharing it and your step by step with us Karen xx

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    1. Wow! I'm so touched. Thank you and now I'm honestly speechless.

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  14. Fabulous projects. Very beautiful and unique.

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    1. Thank you. And thank you so much for popping by and taking a moment to comment too. It means so much!

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  15. This is awesome love it! I know its so awesome when you meet your idols at CHA!! Great idea to add those pics to the project."

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    1. Thank you! Big hugs. It's so fun to have met. It makes sharing and chatting on social media feel more like family. Can't wait to see you in January!

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