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Sunday, 2 December 2012

Altered tin lid Christmas Ornament

The Odd Show Live group is bringing you a fun challenge for the first 12 days of December. The 12 Upcycled Ornaments of Christmas is our way of encouraging you to create with whatever you may have on hand. I have made a sparkly tree hanger for day 3 of the challenge.  
Please check out the Odd Show Live's blog for more details on transforming this Altoid's tin lid into a jolly decoration and for more upcycled ornament ideas from the Odd Show.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Clockwork Arachnid

A dollarstore doily, some die cut gears and keys, and this great spiderweb paper that was designed by my friend Vincent Ballard were used to create this simple steampunk Halloween table decoration.  The clockwork spider is made up of several heavily embossed die cut pieces that I had remaining from my first ever steampunk project.  Viva Las Vegastamps' spooky "all hallow's eve" was stamped in one corner of the web.  Distress inks were used to tie the printed paper in with the paper doily.  If you would like to to make something with Vince's super cool spider web paper you are in luck as he has generously offered it for free on his blog Crafty Moments.  
Project Design: Dawn Taylor
Digital paper design: Vince Ballard
Supplies used:Staples injet paper, Recollections cardstock, Dollarstore doily
Tim Holtz die cut gears and keys (these were given to me so I do not know the item #s)
HOTP #3370 Paper Pizazz punch out (silver screw)
Ranger Distress ink, Bic Mark Its, Top Boss embossing ink
Uptown Accessories Embossing powders
Tombow mono multi glue
Viva Las Vegastamps "all hallow's eve" Plate 1429  available here

Happy Halloween and happy hopping

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Leslierahye's Very Fall Steampunk blog hop

For Leslierahye's Very Fall Steampunk Blog Hop I created a journal page inside of my K and Company smash book.  Distress inks were used to darken the background paper and to enhance the 'fall tag' as well as to emboss the doily.  Keys and other elements were cut out of the patterned paper and pieced on the page.  Autumn leaf foil stickers add just a hint more fall to the scene.  A sharpie was used to tidy up some of the outlines and to help tie in the various elements.
Page Design: Dawn Taylor
K and Company Smash book
Recollections Steampunk Botanica Paper
Dollarstore doily
Tombow mono multi glue
Miracle Tape
Ranger Distress Ink pads and markers
Forever in time foil stickers
Uptown Accessories embossing powder
Sharpie fine line marker 

I hope you enjoyed my tribute to fall page.  Now it is time to hop onto the next blog. Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Butterfly Tag

Check out the recording of today's episode of Dawn's Craft Riot to see how to create this pretty effect on a tag.

Tag design by: Dawn Taylor

manila tag
K & Company Paper
Dollarstore tracing paper
Tumble Fish Studio Image Copyright Marsha Salyer Jorgensen 
Stampers Anonymous stamp
Martha Stewart stamp
Tombow mono multi glue
Mod podge matte
Ranger Archival Ink
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Travel is in the works...

 This travel folder is part of Leslierahye's Red White and Blue Summer Steampunk Blog Hop.  I hope you like it as it was my very first steampunk project.

Hot air ballooning is the epitome of summer travel and what better to decorate a steampunk summer themed travel folder with?  Bo Bunny and Graphic 45 papers were used to create the folder itself.  A hybrid lightbulb/balloon was frankensteined out of two Altered Artifacts images and added to an amazing Graphic 45 image of a woman-birdcage/hot air balloon.  Die cut gears were distress inked and embossed,  Hot off the press Paper Pizzazz images were distressed and altered, dollarstore bows were distress inked, paper circles were layered, stamped and cut in half, and all used for embellishment.
Project Design: Dawn Taylor 
Lightbulb and hot air balloon images: http://alteredartifacts.blogspot.com
Papers: Graphic 45 Time Warp #4500269 & Race for Time #4500431
            Bo Bunny Weekend Market #12WM463
            Staples cardstock
            Dollarstore paper 
Colours: Schwan Stabilo water colour pencils
             Ranger Tim Holtz Distress stain 
Inks:  Top Boss Embossing ink 
         Ranger Tim Holtz Distress inks 
Embossing powders: Uptown Accessories Kettle Copper & Clear gloss 
Stamps: Hot off the Press labels and frames 
Glue: Beacon 3-in-1 
Misc Supplies: Dollarstore bows
                      HOTP Paper Pizzazz Image 
And now it is time to keep on hopping....

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Crows to hold them...

Unfinished wooden pieces are one of the many things I like to pick up at my local dollar stores. This webster pot was decorated over the course of a week on The Odd Show Live daily show and the finishing touches were added on my Ustream show Dawn's Craft Riot.

Products used: Images from http://www.alteredpages.com/ 
Tim Holtz stamps, inks, stains,and tickets
Beacon 3-in-1 glue 
Vintage ephemera
Dollarstore gold pigment ink

Monday, 28 May 2012

Secret Garden

I used the free paper pack given to attendees of The Odd Show Live's National Scrapbook Day Extravanganza by Amanda Marks to decorate this wooden box.  This paper is very similar to the Tangerine Tango Pack available on A.J.'s Digi Shoppe.  

The inside of the box lid seemed like the perfect place to put a secret garden.
You can watch me working on this box on my ustream channel Dawn's Craft Riot .
For more details on how I decorated this box please visit the A.J.'s Digi Shoppe blog .
Project Design: Dawn Taylor
Digital Paper Design: Amanda Marks
Dollarstore - wooden box, velvet backed paper
Deco Art - crafters acrylic paint
Staples - paper, cardstock
Ranger -  Tim Holtz distress ink
Beacon - 3-in-1 advanced craft glue, fast finish decoupage
Duck Brand - double sided tape
Miracle Products - Miracle Podge

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Leslierahye's Earthday Blog Hop Mini Album

I am so excited to be, for the very first time, involved in a blog hop.  When I was asked to be involved I gathered up a bunch of materials, like squashed toilet paper tubes, and started in on a mini album.     
Using A.J.'s Digi Shoppe's Freebie Friday paper I covered the flattened TP rolls.  Rectangles were cut from light recycled card and painted and paper covered. The edges were inked with distress ink and Deco Arts acrylic paint.  The tp rolls and inserts were decorated with 3D stickers from the Dollarstore that I altered with Bic Mark-Its and Sharpies.
Using watercolour paper, Archival Ink (Ranger), Distress Ink (Ranger), and stamps I created additional embellishments. Holes were punched in the flattened tubes and they were bound together with dollarstore ribbon. The ribbon was also used to create the pulls on the insert cards. All in all I think it made for a very nice mini Earthday album. I hope you enjoyed it, now It is time for you to hop on :)




Monday, 16 April 2012

Love through time

I made a simple ATC using the fabulous map paper made available for free from A.J.'s Digi Shoppe. Every week a free digi is made available and all you have to do is download. Check out A.J.'s Digi Shoppe Blog and see for yourself. 
ATC Design: Dawn Taylor
Digital Paper Design: Amanda Marks

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Hopping down the bunny trail...

A.J.'s Digi Shoppe now offers some very nice Easter digital papers.  The eggs are made from this lovely paper and then embossed using clear or light distress embossing ink with clear and shimmer powders. The bunny, which is the April 2012 edition A.J.'s Digi Shoppe Newsletter's freebie digi, was coloured with watercolor pencils and Bic Mark Its.  The background is a cut up and re-arranged distress inked coffee filter, and some green cardstock.  Foam tape was used to create a popped up effect with the ring of eggs and was doubled to really add dimension to the bunny.

Card Design: Dawn Taylor
Digital Images Design: Amanda Marks
Paper: Staples Cardstock and Dollarstore Cardstock
Inks/Powders: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink
                      Top Boss Embossing Stamp Pad
                      Creative Stampworks Embossing Pearls and Powders
Coloured with: Bic Mark Its 
                       Stabilo/Schwan Funcolor Aquarelle Colored Pencils 

Monday, 19 March 2012

Get Well

Here is a get well soon card I made using this super pretty daisies paper available for FREE from A.J.'s Digi Shoppe.  Simply made with foam tape, cardstock, sentiment stamp and distress products this card will surely lift the patient's spirits.
Card Design: Dawn Taylor
Digital Paper Design: Amanda Marks

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Floral Freebie Book

My first book, i think it's cute!
I have been on a bookmaking journey, and it has been so much fun!  I covered my first book with Amanda's gorgeous flower paper that is available for FREE to people who read the A.J.'s Digi Shoppe Blog.  I used corrugated cardboard for my front and back covers and some cereal box card for the binding cover.  The spine is a piece of cardstock folded accordian style. The pages were glued directly to the folds of the spine.  I added in cardstock that I colored using distress ink pads to create spaces on the pages to write on.   I removed some pages from a dollar store notepad and attached inside the back cover.  I embellished with paper flower stickers that I distressed with stain and ribbon. I rubbed the whole book down with distress inks to add some character.  

Project Design: Dawn Taylor
Digi Paper Design: Amanda Marks
Papers: cardboard
             cereal box card
             Dollarama cardstock
             K and Company papers
             Dollarama notepad
Adhesives: Scrappin' Gear double sided tape
                   Beacon 3-in-1 advanced craft adhesive
Misc Supply: Dollarama paper flower stickers
                   Sharpie fine tip pens
                   Ranger Tim Holtz Distress inks and stains
                   Deco Art Crafter's Acrylic paint

Monday, 20 February 2012

Everyone is mad here...

Alice in Wonderland art journal layout
I created this art journal page using digi stamps and paper from the MLB Alice in Wonderland series from A.J.'s Digi Shoppe. The tree sticker and the Cheshire Cat are on a piece of dollarstore cardstock that I misted with Perfect Pearls mist. Distress inks were used to color the back of the top paper which was cut and folded back to expose the scene underneath. Alice is on the top layer with many  dollarstore glitter sticker flowers and a mushroom. I used a quote from the Cheshire Cat as the sentiment, making the words with Staples cardstock, Bic Mark Its, Sharpie ultra fine points, Prismacolor pencils, and dollarstore glitter glue. I used Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced craft glue and Duck Brand double sided tape to hold everything down.  
Project design: Dawn Taylor
Digital Stamp and Paper design: Amanda Marks

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Love is Eternal

Bookmarks have been my project(s) this week and I made this one using A.J.'s Digi Shoppe's digital Hearts paper and the Foxes freebie that was available in February's A.J.'s Digi Shoppe Newsletter.
Front and Back pictured

I love that A.J.'s Digi Shoppe now offers its fabulous digis in color as well as black and white.  I printed the digis much smaller than I would have if I had to color them in by hand.  I also have been inspired by the many varieties of hearts paper that Amanda created, these two are particularly fun. 

Project Design: Dawn Taylor
Digital Stamps/Papers Design: Amanda Marks
Acrylic Stamp (sentiment): Autumn Leaves Stampology
Paper: Staples Cardstock
Inks: Colorbox pigment ink
         Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink
Adhesive: Beacon 3-in-1 advanced craft glue
Misc: acrylic yarn from stash

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

For my funny valentine

I had fun inking, fancy edging, and layering papers from A.J.'s Digi Shoppe's new paper pack, Hearts to create this Valentine's day card for my sweetheart.  I used distress inks, pigment inks, rubber stamps and heat-set embossing powder on a white cardstock heart to create the focal point of the card, which I mounted on foam tape for dimension.  I finished the look with some light pink, square 'bling.'  I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Card Design: Dawn Taylor
Digital Paper Design: Amanda Marks
Papers: Forever in Time card blank
           Staples cardstock
Inks: Colorbox pigment inks
        Ranger Tim Holtz distress inks
Rubber Stamps: You are loved stamp by Katie and Co. for Studio G
                        tiny heart and lipsmack stamps (maker unknown)
Embossing Powder: Uptown Accessories clear
Paper Edgers: Fiscars ripple
Adhesives: Beacon 3-in-1 advanced craft glue
                Dollarama foam tape
Misc. Supply: Dollarama bling

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Understated Birthday

I made this card, using A.J.'s Digi Shoppe digital stamps, for someone who is wishing to downplay their birthday this year.  I matched this card to the tastes of the recipient using autumn colors and animal print.  I used the very versatile brown paper from the Gingerbread Paper Pack as a background matte and used the Birthday Candle (colored digitally) to represent the idea that this is, in fact, a birthday card. I printed my sentiment on off-white cardstock, cut it out in an oval shape and used distress ink to add interest.  I used embedded glitter paper and glitter glues to create a shiny flame.

Card Design: Dawn Taylor
Digital Paper and Stamp Design: Amanda Marks
Papers: Forever in Time card blank
             Staples White copy paper
             Staples Ivory cardstock
             Recollections Animal Kingdom patterned paper
             Paper-azzi Fantasy Shimmer cardstock, gold
Inks: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Spiced Marmalade
        Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain, Wild Honey
Glues: Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft glue
          Dollarstore Glitter Glue
Tape: Scrappin' Gear double sided tape

Thursday, 5 January 2012



I had heard about 'Artist Trading Cards' on the local news years ago when local artists were purchasing vintage cigarette vending machines to share their art with the community.  I wasn't really involved in crafting or creating art so much back then so I forgot all about those little ATCs and what they were.  Recently I have been re-introduced to the idea of the baseball card sized art pieces and so, I thought, what better way to begin the new year than by making something new.  I tried my hand at my very first ATC and I am happy with my results.  I used some Tim Holtz paper as my background and took the feel of the card from the small vials all over the paper.  I drew the bottles and used distress ink to 'fill' them.  I plan to make many more ATCs over the course of this year and am excited to see how they will progress.  I hope you enjoy them as well.

ATC Design: Dawn Taylor
Card Base: Cereal box cardboard
Papers:  Tim Holtz idea-ology Crowded Attic Paper Stash
              Dollarstore cardstock
Stamps: friend and mandala acrylic stamps from Fiskars Hello Friend set
Inked with: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress inks and stain
                  Colorbox ink
Embossed with: Uptown Accessories clear embossing powder
Adhered with: Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft glue
                      Dollarstore foam tape
Embellished with: Sharpie ultra-fine point markers
                            Making Memories star brads
                            Dollarama superfine glitter