Friday, October 4, 2019

Peace on Earth Greeting Card

Hi Everyone,
I have a super simple card for you today.  

Take a piece of Specialty Stamping Paper and use the snow die from the Winter Wonderland thinlit die to cut the top portion of the card.  Take the tree stamp from the Modern Christmas set (CMS388) and ink it by just pouncing on several shades of green. Stamp the tree in the center of the card.  Make a mask of the tree and cover the tree you just stamped.  Ink the tree stamp and stamp the image on either side of the large tree, but lower the stamp so the trees are shorter.  
Cut the deer using the Winter Wonderland die out of kraft stock.  Lightly sand the deer to make it appear as if they have shades of brown in their fur.  Take a few of the dots leftover from the snow and glue them on one of the deer. Glue the deer to the base of card.  
Cut the sentiment out from the Holiday Words Script thinlit die and  glue it  to the center of your card. 
I added a mirrored star to the top of the large tree. These have been retired, but you could use a die cut star here too.  
Cut a piece of silver metallic kraft stock slightly larger than your card front.  The silver peeps through the snow and it adds a lovely twinkle.  A large piece of red kraft stock is the card base and a bit of black craft thread is wrapped and tied at the top.  There are a few scribbles of white on the red card using a gel pen(no reason for this other than I love to scribble on my cards).

This card can be worked up quickly and would be easy to make in multiples.  

Have you started working on your Christmas cards yet?


 Tim Holtz Modern Christmas CMS388

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Season's Greetings Christmas Card

Hey Everyone, 
It's October 1st, so it's ok to post Christmas cards now!
This is one of the cards I made for the new Christmas release from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous.  I  loved this one because all of the elements really came together. And the pinecones; I'm a sucker for pinecones.  I apologize for the cruddy photos.  I had to get a new phone and these were taken with the old guy.  They are a bit darker than I would like them.

I started by taking the Stamptember set from 2018 and using archival inks in Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo.  I used specialty stamping paper and stamped the images in the corners.  I wanted a good portion of the image, but still blank space in the center so the sentiment would draw your eye.
 I blended old paper, antique linen, and tea dye distress inks all over the entire background. I lightly spritzed on distress spray stain in tea dye and quickly blotted it so it just makes the paper look like it's foxed. I added highlights using a gold gel pen.

  The sentiment is from the new Christmastime 2 set(CMS389).  It was stamped and then embossed using Ranger embossing powder in gold. 
The specialty stamping paper was then backed with brown kraft stock.

The next layer is the snowflake acetate sheet from last year's Ideaology Christmas Stack. 
The gold metallic kraftstock was stamped with the new Lumberjack set(CMS384) using archival ink in Vintage photo. 
I dyed some sari ribbon using all(yes all of them) the green Distress Inks.  I smooshed then all on my glass mat and ran the damp sari ribbon in it until I was happy with the color.  I added a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink to pull in the brown.  The ideaology pinecones were colored using gold and mushroom alcohol inks.  They were tied on with an ideaology tiny bell.  I glued the ribbon to the back of the layers and then used a final layer of kraftstock as my card base. 

I hope this starts to get you into the Christmas spirit!
Happy making,

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Boo to you!

Hey Everyone,
 It's been a bit since I have blogged.  I have been working my pay the bills job and doing some behind the scenes crafty work.  I hope you had a chance to catch the Stamptember Tim Holtz release on Facebook Live. I had a blast making samples for this release.  
This project might be my favorite.  
The turn around time for these projects was lightning fast so I didn't take any process photos, but I can walk you through my project. 
The treat bag was made using the Tim Holtz In the Bag die and some glittery black paper.  I just assembled it according to the instructions. 

 For the tissue, I used plain tissue wrap and Distress Inks.  I used Black soot Distress Ink, Carved Pumpkin and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides to make the stars.  The stencil included in the Stamptember set has two different star patterns.  I used the larger pattern(the more circular one) with the Black Soot and then the smaller pattern with the Oxides.  I cut the sentiment off my bat stamp.* Side note: Don't be afraid to cut your stamps!  Use a really sharp pair of scissors and go for it! If you can't commit then you could just ink the sentiment too.* The sentiment was stamped using black soot archival ink. The paper was tucked right inside the bag.  
I used the star stencil on a tag to make the black stars.  They are embossed with a glittery black powder to match the bag.  Once the embossing was done I used Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, and Dried Marigold to blend the background.  A border punch completed the tag.  
The saucy little bat was colored using Distress Inks(Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord, and Seedless Preserves)  and a waterbrush.  She was stamped using Black Soot Archival Ink on watercolor paper and colored in. I stamped the wing again and colored it on both sides. Everything was fussy cut and attached to the tag.  
I left a long tab on the wing and stuck it to the back of the bat.  I creased the wing so it matched up with the other wing.  Now there is a fun interactive piece of the treat bag.  A little word band and paper twine finish it up.
Please pardon the background change on the photos.  We were working fast and furious to get these guys out the door.  My poor husband was my photographer, editor, and mail man for me!  He's a good doobie.  

I hope you like my creation!  These sets sell fast and once they are gone they are gone.  Go grab it before it disappears like Halloween candy does in my house.  


Friday, August 23, 2019

ATC Suitcase

Hi Everyone,
I am sharing a little treasure I stumbled across when doing a bit of online shopping.

 I found this kit from a class Tim Holtz taught back in 2011.  The kit was never used and it was a screaming deal.  It has been sitting waiting for me to jump in. 
The little suitcase is the perfect size for this ATC booklet.    The suitcase was brown and green.  I painted it and then sanded it to expose a bit of the original brown.  I wanted it to look like it had been carried for many years.  The inside was cream colored velvet that I sprayed with Pumice Stone and Vintage Photo Oxide Sprays. 

This post is super picture heavy, so grab a cookie and get ready to scroll. 
The cover is made with grungeboard.  Anyone else love the smell of grunge board? I love how it can really take a beating and still look amazing.  I painted it black, then ran it through the vagabond using the botanical 3D embossing folder.  I spritzed it with several colors of Distress Oxide and then added Distress Crayon in Tarnished Brass.  
The pages are a mixture of little pockets made from paper, plastic photo sleeves,  and journal tickets. 
In a couple of the paper pages I made artist trading coins to fit inside the pocket.  

The photo of the couple is the back of the first page holding the trading coin.  The little fairy is inside one of the photo sleeves.  The small journaling blocks from Tim fit right inside the sleeve. 

Lots of paper dolls, clipping stickers, and ephemera in here.  

Every page has a bit of gold on it.  If you look closely you can see little dots of gold.  

Some of the large paper dolls got a snip and I just use their busts on the coins.   

I think this little block front and back is my favorite in the bunch.  Of course, that could change with the next flip through. 

Some of the pictures look cloudy because of the photo sleeves, but in person they are crystal clear.  

I cut a little slit and slipped this ticket in his hand.  He looks excited to go tot the show.  

The best part is because my journal is so chunky I have enough to make a second album.  I would just have to track down another suitcase.  

I hope you enjoyed seeing my take on this kit and thanks for looking at all of the photos!

I am entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge- ATC

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 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,

Monday, July 15, 2019

Remember the Past

Hi Everyone,
This 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,

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,

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

You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in 

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

Disclaimer Notice

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