Monday, March 31, 2014

Vintage Kraft Kit including Distressables 9 x 9 Cardstock by Tim Holtz


I have a guest post today on the Quietfire Creations Blog introducing a new Vintage Kraft kit that Suzanne has put together that includes original 9" x 9" Distressables Cardstock by Tim Holtz and Design Originals along with many other items.  

Above is one of the samples I made using the papers and a folded kraft card that come in the kit (I'll be sharing the other examples as the week goes on).  After attaching a piece of the journaling cardstock to the folded card I inked around the edges with Distress Ink and also added a couple of spots of inking through some sequin waste.  I stamped the mini gothic border (part of the mini images collection) along the left side with jet black ink.  I stamped the quote (also included in the kit) with Archival Ink jet black onto the backside on one of the printed papers and die cut it with the Tim Holtz movers and shapers baroque die.  I fussy cut the collage image making an extra cut under the book so that I could layer the image with my die cut.  After attaching them to the card I cut off the bottom of the die cut even with the bottom of the card, added black dots around the edge and glued on the pen nib.   

Monday, March 24, 2014


This card measures 3 1/4" x 6 1/2" and I love how it came out!!  I might just have to keep it, frame it, and hang it up in my house.  I've used the JOFY limited edition Fresco Finish paint set from PaperArtsy and 2 mini JOFY stamps, #37 & 40.  On a piece of white cardstock I put a couple drops of Dolly Mix paint and spread it vertically with a junk credit card.  Next I used the Amethyst in the same way being sure not to cover all the Dolly Mix.  Then I used the Dusty Teal and for even more control I put little drop of paint on the edge of my card and then spread it on my paper.  I also added a few thin lines horizontally with the paints.  Finally I "stamped" with the Chalk color and bubble wrap.  I stamped the flower image with Ranger's Archival Ink jet black and immediately embossed it with Detail black embossing powder.  To help the flower pop I used a white gel pen in the center open areas of the flower and also in some of the squares of the mesh.  Then I took a piece of acrylic (Evo Template), centered it over the image and drew around it with a black Pitt pen and also added dots around the outside of the line.  I painted a scrap of cardstock with Dolly Mix, stamped the mini #40 image with jet black and embossed it with detail black ep, painted in the word Hopes with Dusty Teal mixed with a little water so it wouldn't block out any lines since it's an opaque paint, cut out the word, edged the piece with Amethyst, glued it to a piece of black cardstock, trimmed it leaving a small border of black and attached it to my piece with 3D foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.  I had a scrap of almost 1" wide white ribbon long enough to wrap tot he back so I used a sponge to rub on some dusty teal - worked great!!!  The piece on top of the ribbon is a Prima Finnabair Mechanical.  I added Dolly Mix paint to it, rubbed it off the high spots using my fingers and also got some off by the edges, dried it with my heat tool and then tapped the jet black ink pad lightly so I only caught the high spots.  Isn't it a great match!!!!  Some dots along the edge of the ribbon and layering it up to finish.  I was amazed that I had cardstock to match the colors so well in my stash.  I've taken pics against both white and black trying to get the colors to show correctly.  

Friday, March 21, 2014

Blog Hop - Today is my day

 Happy Friday!!!  

I'm over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today with a post for the combined Quietfire Design & Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Blog Hop.  

Below are snippets from two of three projects I'm sharing there.  I hope you'll pop over for a look see.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Some Cards and Info on a Blog Hop

All of these cards were made last year but not yet blogged.  

Happy Birthday is a Quietfire Design stamp.  I stamped it with Ranger's Archival Ink jet black, cut the piece into a strip and used a corner punch on the ends.  Because of the thin strip the corner punch just added a nice design to the end.  Punched a small hole in each end and added some twine.  The tiger is an old Embossing Arts Co stamp.  It is stamped on glossy white cardstock with Ranger's resist ink.  I then covered the whole piece with black ink (probably distress).  A white gel pen to dot the eyes.

Next up...  the fern is a Fred B Mullett stamp, the background leaves stamp is by Anita's, and Happy Birthday is Stampabilities.  

  The background is Distress inks just sponged on, leaf background stamped with Archival, edges distressed.  The fern is stamped and then embossed with green powder; then more green added with marker and some shading also done with marker. Happy Birthday is cut with a Spellbinders die.  Twine.  Around the edges of the folded card is Viva Inka Gold.

This next one is not a folded card.  I die cut Tim Holtz's easel and put it on the back.  The postage stamp square is also a Tim die.  I cut it from white card.  Taped the edges so that I would have a border.  I think I sprayed on the background color.  The lighthouse and scripture are all one stamp, an old Rubber Stampede.  It is stamped with Ranger's Archival Ink jet black.  Additional color added with markers, a yellow glitter Sharpie paint marker and a white Sharpie paint marker.  

Next is a very simple sympathy card.  The flower and scripture are from an Our Daily Bread Designs set.  All the stamping and sponging of ink is with the same color, I just don't remember what I used - sorry.  

And a totally fun card sent to my son at camp.  Yes, he likes pink, although he's finally moving away from that.  Dylusion sprays, pink and then white through a Crafter's Workshop stencil.  The panther is from The Stamp Pad Co.  The leaves are Dylusions, embossed with pink, green added with a Sharpie permanent marker and then outlined with a Pitt Pen.  Writing and a scribbled border to finish. 


And Now The Blog Hop.  Quietfire Design and Scrapbook Adhesives are teaming up beginning tomorrow on the Quietfire Creations Blog and the Scrapbook Adhesives Blog.  I've been asked to play along and I will be posting on the Quietfire Blog March 21st so I hope you'll come hop along with us.  There is product to win. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas

This 8" x 10" canvas was a Christmas present for a very special couple.  I asked their daughter for their favorite scriptures or at least ones that they really liked.  Romans 8:28 is an Our Daily Bread Designs stamp.  John 15:16 is computer generated.  

In the background I've used Wendy Vecchi's lovely leaves stencil and white paste, gesso, distress paints, stenciling with the leaves from Wendy's From the Garden stencil and Archival Ink, stamping with Archival Ink, and Viva Inka Gold.  The scriptures were die cut with Spellbinders die Labels Four.  The greenery was die cut with the Sizzix Tim Holtz die Garden Greens.  The flowers are die cut with the Sizzix Tim Holtz die Tattered Florals from music paper glued onto cardstock.  The butterflies are a punch.  Lots of painting, inking, stamping, and Inka Gold on all the cut outs.  Flower brads in the center of the flowers.  Viva Pearl Pen dots scattered about.   

Friday, March 7, 2014

Flowers and a Song

A quick card made last night so I could put it in the mail today.  I started with a piece of old music paper with the edges torn.  I painted over the whole piece with Fresco Finish Cheesecake using a sponge to spread the paint very thin (cheesecake is an opaque paint) so the music could still be seen yet pushed to the back.  I stamped the flower (JOFY #14 from PaperArtsy) with Ranger's Archival jet black and quickly embossed it with clear powder.  I used paint colors beach hut and london bus to paint in the flowers and also to sponge around the edges of the paper.  I also took some watered down london bus on the paint brush and tapped it against my finger so it would splatter across the background.  Stamped the quote (Quietfire Design) with jet black and embossed it with clear.  Decided to also stamp along the bottom (another stamp in the same JOFY set) and paint with the same colors.  Finally I rubbed some Treasure Gold around the edges and gave the piece a quick sprits with Perfect Pearls mist.  Layer to edge-distressed teal cardstock and then to the folded card.  Oh, almost forgot.. the green in the background is Archival Ink emerald green applied with a stencil brush.  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Life doesn't have to be perfect Journal Page

I am again working in that journal that was started at a workshop (we just tried out lots of techniques wherever in the book, no finished pages) and I've decided to call it my Play Journal as that's pretty much what I've been doing in it... just trying things either from challenges, online workshops, or just on my own. On many of the pages I mop up left over inks and paints while I'm working on other projects.  This page has some gesso brushed on it (probably done at that workshop) and there was also a little bit of green mop-up quite possible Dylusions spray but I can't be sure of that.  While I was working on the last card I shared, at one point I was going to use some Fresco Finish south pacific and had already put some on my craft sheet but then changed my mind so I grabbed this book, flipped to a page, grabbed a stencil (not marked and an unusual size so I have no idea who made it) and added the paint through the stencil starting at the right edge and working until I'd used up that blob of paint.  Later I had some left over yellow and did the same thing beginning at the left.  Other times I had just a bit of paint left and rubbed it around with my finger.  After I was done with the card I continued to work on this page.  I added some strips of Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz), rubbed on some tango paint with my finger, thought pink would be a nice mix on here and sprayed some Dylusions which also turned my yellow stenciling to orange but that was fine.  Stamped a Wendy Vecchi background (Fancy Flourishes) randomly with her Archival orange blossom.  The flowers, butterfly and quote are all from a PaperArtsy stamp set (Hot Picks #1204).  I stamped the flowers with Archival Ink jet black, decided I wanted the actual flowers to pop more so stamped some on a scrap of white paper, stamped over them with a Wendy Vecchi background image from the set Lower Case Art using her Archival Ink potting soil, painted the flowers with yellow submarine and then decided to go over that with Dylusions bubblegum pink... cut them out, curled them a bit with my fingers and attached them over the stamped flowers with a little piece of foam tape.  Added white highlights on the leaves with a Sharpie paint marker.  Thought some white spatter might be nice so I got the tip of the Sharpie very wet with paint and then shook it over the page.  Stamped the quote with jet black.  I thought I had it well inked but I must not have.  Wendy Vecchi has been doing a lot of pages where she adds shape frames and I thought I'd do that.  Years ago I got several different sets of Evo Templates (clear shapes in sets of various sizes) and pulled out the circles.  I chose a larger one so that it would overlap the flowers a bit and then decided to go ahead and use the next 2 smaller sizes offsetting them so the circles weren't perfectly lined up.  Added dots with either a regular black Sharpie or the white Sharpie paint pen.  Stamped the butterfly and decided to add some white to some of the spots.  I also put the stencil back on and added some white in 2 corners.  It's possible I did a couple of other things not mentioned here but I've covered the gist of it.  

It was a lot of fun!!!!!

I've included some close-up pics.

Heart Earrings

I'm sorry these pictures are a bit dark... I think I had my camera on the wrong setting!!!  By the time I knew the pics weren't too good I had already given the earrings away.  

These are inspired by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and THIS POST on her blog.  I wanted to try the whole fun foam, metal thing and also wanted to make a birthday gift for a friend.  She says she loves the earrings!!!  I used Fresco Finish paint for my color.  I also coated the earrings with Glossy Accents for gloss and added durability.  Around the edges, I put diamond Stickles to give them some bling!!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

No act of kindness,

I really enjoyed making this card.  I started with no idea at all where I was going.  I grabbed a piece of thin white cardboard that probably came from some package who knows when.  I put gesso on it using a pallet knife even patting it up and down and also rubbing it around with the full intention of leaving a lot of texture.  I let that dry.  Next I used the butterfly stencil (heidi swapp) and grungepaste (PaperArtsy).  I let it dry and then sanded it a little to get off any rough spots.  I painted over the whole piece with Fresco Finish cheeseckae, dried it and added mermaid keeping to the outer areas mostly rubbing it with my fingers to bring out the texture more.  I decided that the butterflies should be in a flower garden so I grabbed the Wendy Vecchi stencil Create A Flower and several Ranger Archival Inks (cornflower blue, orange blossom, aquamarine, monarch orange, magenta hue, emerald green, saffron) and began stencil flowers using a stencil brush, not worrying about the butterflies but going right over them.  Dried the inks, put the butterfly stencil back on and painted them with Fresco Finish snowflake (an opaque paint so it covered up the inks).  To add color to the butterflies I used Fresco Finish paint - yellow submarine in the center areas, then tango and london bus at the outside of the wings.  After adding the london bus, I used a Catalyst brush (15mm #B-05) dragging the brush from the outside edge of the butterfly toward the center creating lovely marks.  This needs to be done as each butterfly is painted or the paint will get to dry.  To create shading around each butterfly (and to help them pop) I used a All Stabilo pencil, sharpened well so it was a small line, around the sides and bottom of the butterfly going over the pencil line with a waterbrush and used a grey Pitt pen around the top of the butterflies.  I used Pitt pens to darken the body of each butterfly and add antennas.  I added some tango paint around the edges of the piece with my finger and also some Treasure Gold renaissance.  The quote is a Quietfire Design image stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  It stamped pretty well over my texture gesso but there were a couple of small spots I helped along with a small Pitt pen.  The piece is layered on a folded red card.  

I am entering this in the SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge with the topic of stencil and paste. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Always Believe

I had cut this leaf (Sizzix die) for a project and laid it on a scrap of paper that had picked up other left over color from another project and spayed it... set that paper aside and continued with the project I was working on.  Then some time later I was making some cards and that scrap called to me.  I stamped the quote (Wendy Vecchi) with Ranger's Archival Ink jet black, die cut it with a Spellbinder's die, inked the edges and added dots.  The pink piece began as a scrap of red, added the pink paint, embossed it with an embossing folder, rubbed on Viva Inka Gold rose, and inked the edges.  Cut more leaf branches, inked them, stamped them with Wendy Vecchi's reversed dots and put everything together.