Monday, August 12, 2019

One can be both weird and fabulous

Hi Everyone,
I know it's been quiet on the blog, but I do post a bit more on Instagram if you want to follow me over there.


I'm back with another project created for TopFlight Stamps.  I have been really into creating oversized cards lately.  This one measures just over 5x7.  I started with a piece of precut mixed media heavy stock and used Distress Oxide Sprays in Peeled Paint, Abandoned Coral, and Peacock Feathers. 
I misted the paper first to get the blend.  Once that was dry I added a bit of Frayed Burlap ink to the edges.  The Oxide colors mixed and made a bit of brown,  so the touch of Burlap really tied it together.  I used a bit of embossing powder and a stencil from the Studio Light Grunge Collection to add the yellow numbers in the background.

 It's pretty cool that they blend in even though I didn't use any yellow for the original background colors.  I went back in with the stencil and using Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy added more of the numbers.  I finished the background with a touch of DecoArt Metallic Lustre Paste in Brilliant Turquoise on the every edge of the paper.


The focal image is from the Steampunkesque set from IndigoBlu.  I stamped the lady using Black Soot Archival Ink and then colored her using Distress Inks and my waterbrush.  I added glossy accents to the glasses and light bulb.  Once everything was dry I fussy cut her and added a halo behind her using a 3d impresslit. 

I had to position her on the paper to see how I wanted to add my sentiment and just decided to stamp it right on the background using Black Soot Archival ink.  The ink goes right over the embossing powder.  I used my stamp platform to be sure I got a good dark image.  The sentiment stamp is also from the Steampunkesque set.

To complete the card I used used plain brown card stock and a couple sheets of Distress cardstock.  A bit of scribbling with my gel pen in random spots made it feel finished.

I hope you enjoyed my card.

Happy crafting,
Jess

Monday, July 15, 2019

Remember the Past

Hi Everyone,
I am excited to share that I will be joining the Topflight Stamps Design Team for the next several months.  My first project was really fun to create.  I got caught up and didn't take step out photos, but I can walk you through how I created it. 

I started by taking a large chipboard tag from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and covering it with metal foil tape.  I ran the tag through my Vagabond using the Mechanics 3d embossing folder from Tim Holtz.  I then pounced on PaperArtsy fresco paint in Buff, Toffee, and Green Patina using a foam blending tool.  I added a bit of black paint with my finger so I could really control where it went.  Once the paint was dry I sanded it off to reveal the metal underneath. 
I stamped out the Steampunk man from the Stamperia Capture the Moments Stamp set on Mixed Media Heavystock.  I painted it using various colors of Distress Ink and Paints.  I added some gears and brads to the reels on the hat.  I cut out the hat and using foam tape adhered it to the Found Relative's head.  Using the same paint colors I used for the foil tape I added some chipboard wings behind the gentleman.  I added a touch of Tarnished Brass Distress paint so they would not blend in completely with the background. The wings are actually a heart shaped piece, from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, that I cut in half and spun around. I glued the wings to the gentleman's back and then using more foam tape I adhered him to the background. 

A few layers of washi tape were added across the bottom of the photo and help draw your eye to the sentiment.
The sentiment is from the same Stamperia stamp set and was given a light wash of Hickory Smoke Distress Ink using a waterbrush.  I glued on some Tim Holtz Hardware Heads and adhered the sentiment to the tag.   
Have a great day,
Jess

Monday, June 24, 2019

Land of the Free

Hi Everyone, I am posting my final project as a guest designer for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  I hope you have enjoyed my projects as much I have enjoyed making them.

This week's theme is Stars and Stripes!






Today I have made a little home decor piece for you.  I started with a mini Tim Holtz Etc tag and covered it with paper from the Correspondence paper pad.  I used collage medium to adhere it to the tag and another coat on top.  Once the collage medium was dry I spattered on some Black Soot Distress Paint nand made some scribbles using a white gel pen.  A little bit of Vintage Photo Distress Crayon added some shading to the edge of the paper.
I spritzed some of the Tim Holtz Christmas Fringe with Tarnished Brass Mica Spray and glued it to the edge of the tag.

To create the center panel I used a vignette panel and covered it with paper.  I used the collage medium again underneath and on top of the paper.  Once again I added black and white details using the paint and gel pen.
Using metal tape I made several lengths of the Mini Provincial 3d Impresslit.  I painted them white and then used Distress Crayon in Walnut stain and Vintage Photos to grunge it up a bit.  I also pounced on a bit of Mushroom Alcohol Ink.  I removed tha backing from the paper and stuck the tape around the edges of the panel creating a frame.  I glued the panel to the center of the tag.

The paperdoll was given a coat of clear gesso and then I added Distress Marker in Faded Jeans and Festive Berries to give her a pop of color.  A teeny star was added to her sash for some bling.  A metal star was added to the top of her flag.   She is popped up on the panel using foam tape.

The stencil chip was painted with Dina Wakley Media Paint in Ancient.  While the paint was still wet I dripped on alcohol ink in Mushroom and Patina.  Because the paint was still wet it looks like it corroded the metal.  A vintage ticket was layered underneath and then the chip was glued down using foam tape.

I used letters from the Tim Holtz Halloween typography set to make the word "free.'  I  sanded the letters and painted on some Tarnished Brass Distress Paint, then wiped it off before it was totally dry.  I used collage medium to glue the letters to the panel.

A flashcard from the Tim Holtz Elementary was added to the bottom of the panel.  The card was dinged up a bit by running it along the side of my media mat.  I added some Tarnished Brass Distress Paint to the edges and glued it down using collage medium.

The clip on top was coated with clear gesso and then alcohol ink in mushroom and patina was added to age it.   A large star completes the clip.

I hope you were inspired to enter the challenge or at least bust out your supplies and make! Have a happy and safe Fourth of July. 
Happy crafting,
Jess


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All of the products I used on today's project that are available from Simon Says Stamp are linked below.


Tim Holtz Christmas Fringe
Tim Holtz Mini Etc Tag
Tim Holtz Vignette Panel
Tim Holtz Mini 3d Impresslit Provincial
Tim Holtz Stencil Chips
Tim Holtz Elementary Flashcards
Tim Holtz Halloween Typography
Tim Holtz Paperdolls
Tim Holtz Vintage Clips
Tim Holtz Paper Pad Correspondence
Tim Holtz Faded Jeans Distress Marker
Tim Holtz Festive Berries Distress Marker
Tim Holtz Collage Medium
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Mushroom
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Patina
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Distress Crayon Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Distress Crayon Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Distress Paint Tarnished Brass
Tim Holtz Distress Paint Picket Fence
Tim Holtz Distress Paint Black Soot
Tim Holtz Mica Spray Tarnished Brass
Tim Holtz Star Adornments
Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen
Prima Clear Gesso
Dina Wakley Media Paint Ancient
Dina Wakley Media Paint Umber

Monday, June 17, 2019

We're going shopping!






The theme this week is Transport It.


When I saw these ladies in the latest Tim Holtz Found Relatives pack I knew I had to use them and I knew it had to be snarky.  This week's challenge seemed to work out perfectly for them.  These ladies look ready to transport a ton of merchandise and fun!
I started by taking a number 8 tag and covering it with a bit of Chipped Sapphire and Broken China Distress Spray.  I didn't want too fine of a mist, I really wanted blotches of color so I took the topper off and dripped some of the Spray onto my craft mat.  I sprayed it with a bit of water and then dabbed the tag in the color.  I dried between layers until I got a color I was happy with.  To fill in the gaps I used Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink and my blending tool.
I used Tim Holtz's Cityscape stamp set to cover the background.  I used bits and pieces from each city and alternated my archival ink colors.
Using a glue stick, I lightly skimmed over areas of the tag and used Rangers Foil sheets to give a hint of gold shimmer.  Random scribbles of gel pen complete the background. The edge of the tag has a bit of Gold paint pen on it .



A bit of gold metallic kraft core paper is behind the photo and I sanded the paper before gluing the ladies down.
I used a teeny bit of the Tim Holtz Classic kraft stock and stamped on the kraft side.  I used the Ink Road Mean Girls set and stamped in Black Soot Archival ink.  This was mounted on a bit more of the Classic Kraft in Dusty Concord just for a pop of color.

I attached the sentiment using a mini Tim Holtz paperclip.  The teeny plane charm from the Tim Souvenir charm set is tucked under the sentiment and glued down.
A bit of vintage seam binding was threaded through the hole at the top of the tag and a wire pin hold a variety of charms.

There it is! A quick and simple tag for your snarky friends.  I hope this project transported you to your creative space and you are ready to join the challenge!
Jess


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Tim Holtz Cityscapes Stamp set
Distress Spray Stain in Broken China
Distress Spray Stain in Chipped Sapphire
Distress Ink in Cracked Pistachio
Ranger Foil Sheet
Ink Road Stamp set On Wednesdays 
Tim Holtz Found Relatives
Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft paper
Tim Holtz Classic Kraft paper
Archival ink in Black Soot and Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Wire Pin
Tim Holtz Souvenir Charm
Tim Holtz Mini Paperclip
Mini Blending Tool
Gold Paint Pen
Metallic Gel Pens

Monday, June 10, 2019

Adventure Awaits My True Friend


It's time for a new Monday Challenge!
The theme this week is Vacation!


I started by covering my vignette box inside and out with a thin layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint.  Once the paint was dry I used college medium to adhere the travel collage paper to the outside of the box.  A bit of Tarnished Brass Distress Paint was added here and there on the outside of the vignette box.
Using a piece of matching travel paper from the 8x8 etcetera pad, I glued it to the back the inside of the box.  I sanded the paper so the map appears aged and covered it with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  The final touch was to splatter on some Black Soot Distress Paint. I snapped one of the ruler pieces in half.  I just held mine in my hand and snapped it.  I didn't want it to be even.  If you wanted an even cut you could cut it with your craft knife or even use a pair of Tim's scissors to snip it.  I wrapped the ruler in a piece of craft thread and added the compass charm.   I then glued the ruler inside the box about two thirds of the way down.


A couple clipping stickers were added to the top of the box.  I centered them so they would be above the baseboard doll's head.  Then outlined them using a gold paint pen.
The bottom part of the box has a vintage clock face.

The baseboard doll was colored using a Distress Crayon in  Cracked Pistachio.  The tiny flower was colored using Wild Plum alcohol ink and added to her hair.  Two sets of transparent wings were added to her back using foam tape.  The wings got a tiny bit of Wild Plum alcohol ink and some Tarnished Brass Distress Paint added to them.  I glued a little clipping sticker to her center and then I glued the doll to the box using several bingo markers to hold her upright.

The bottom of the box is covered with vintage paper flowers.



I covered the lace baseboard frame with crackle texture paste and let it air dry.  Once the crackle was dry I sprayed it with Distress Oxide Sprays(Pumice Stone and Cracked Pistachio). Some of the crackle flaked off and I was totally okay with this. The exposed areas suck in the spray and you get all that wonderful oxidization.

I took a ribbon from the Ideaology Ribbon and bow assortment and colored it using Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.  Before the paint is fully dry, I wiped some off to expose the metal underneath.
I used a chip quote and banged up the edges by running it along my desk.  The edges got a coat of Tarnished Brass Paint.

The finial was painted with Black Soot Distress Paint and then given a couple sprays of the same Oxide Colors I used on the frame.   The little grooves were painted using the Tarnished Brass Paint.

Using a strong glue I added the fence to the back of the frame and then glued the frame to the vignette box.
I hope you enjoyed my take on this weeks theme.  And now it's your turn to create a Vacation themed project!
Jess



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Monday, June 3, 2019

We Carry the Heavens with Us

Hi Everyone,
I've been keeping a secret.  I have been asked to be in the designer spotlight on the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge for the month of June!


I am beyond excited to share what I have been creating for you
.  A huge shout out goes out to Lols and the SSS team for letting me play along with them for the month.

We are kicking off the month showcasing a little bit of Prima magic.  You don't have to use Prima products in your creations for the challenge, but it would be awfully fun if you did.  
The theme this week is Weddings/Anniversaries.


My anniversary was just last week.  We have been together for 12 years now.  I thought for this project I'd use a little something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.  



To begin I covered a Dina Wakley canvas board with  Tim Holtz Collage Paper.  I used Collage Medium all over the board to stick the collage paper down.  Then I added another layer on top.  I didn't completely coat the top because I wanted the inks and sprays to adhere to the collage paper in different ways.  Once the collage medium was dry  I sanded the background so some of the collage paper came off and some of the pattern disappeared.  To color the collage paper I sprayed on Distress Spray Stain in Tea Dye and Tattered Rose  I dried that and then added a layer of Oxide Spray in Pumice Stone, Antique Linen, and Cracked Pistachio.  To finish the base I added the tiniest bit of Walnut Stain Spray Stain and some Prima wax in Vintage Silk. Did you know the traditional 12 year anniversary gift is silk? Using this wax was my subtle nod to this tradition. 


For the something borrowed I used this sheet music that a friend sent to me and had stitched up into a pocket. I borrowed the pocket and ripped it in half.  Once I decided I liked the size I put it aside and added some of Tim Holtz Botanical Layer pieces behind where the pocket would go.  I used collage medium to glue them down, then sanded them, and finally used some Pumice Stone Distress Ink over them so the white paper core wouldn't show. The back of the pocket was then glued to the center of the board.  The edges of the sheet music were hit with the Pumice Stone pad as well. Bits of ephemera were added to the pocket and once they were all slipped in place I glue the flap of the pocket to the back.  

The bride is carrying a bouquet of vintage blue flowers(this was my something old).  I just poked a hole through the Tim Holtz paper doll and glue the bouquet in place.  Because the stems are a bit bulky I attached the paper doll to the sheet music pocket using foam tape.    

The final piece of the pocket was adding the metal accent.  This flourish is from the Tim Holtz Halloween Vignette accent package.  I added a bit of Broken China Distress paint and some PaperArtsy Venice Blue(my something blue).  I just rubbed the paint on using my fingers and then before it dried rubbed a bit off to expose the original color.  The extra bit of Venice Blue paint got smudged around random edges of the board.  Gold paint pen gave a teeny bit of glimmer here and there on the collage paper. 

The final step was adding the words. I adore the clipping stickers from Tim Holtz.   It's so fun looking at all the random sayings and creating stories out of them. You can make new stories every time.  So, there is my something new.  I created a new piece of art for my husband to celebrate our anniversary.
I hope you are inspired to create your own Wedding/Anniversary Themed project and join the challenge. Don't forget to stop by the design team members blogs and see what they have created. I'll be back next Monday with another Simon Says Stamp project.  
Thanks for popping by and happy crafting!
Jess



As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store





Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too






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All of the products I used on today's project that are available from Simon Says Stamp are linked below.



Disclaimer Notice

I've received products/compensation as part of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design teams. My projects, however, are 100% my own.