Saturday, April 30, 2016

Time is Key Tag

Hi Friends:  Today's creation is a mixed-media tag.  I loved creating this tag - it was loads of fun (and a good way to spend my time!)  I prepped the tag with a thin layer of gesso.  Next, I used CM Iridescent Blue texture paste with the Clockwork stencil on the corners of the tag for a bit of dimension.  Once dry, I colored the tag with various colors of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays (see list, below).  I let the darker sprays color the areas around the paste.  After drying, I cut a small piece of thin metal & embossed it with an embossing folder.  I colored the metal with Ginger and Copper alcohol inks, cut it into strips, and stapled it to the tag.  I colored some jute string with a brown marker and wrapped it on my tag, with the various charms added to represent time, keys, and life (the little bird).  I used Chit Chat stickers for the sentiment - since I couldn't find the word "key", I printed it on Kraft cardstock & cut it down to size - all of the words are inked with Distress Black Soot ink.  To finish, I edged the tag with Black Soot and tied on some fibers from my stash.  Thanks for taking a look.  Have a great day!

Full tag:

Details of corners and charms:

Challenges Entered:
Show Us Your Metal
Anything Goes


Craft Your Passion Challenge

Products Used:
Distress Ink in Black Soot (SSS)
Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays (SSS) in Tiffany Lou Blue, Shabby Turbine Teal, Cattail Copper Brown, and Time Travel Teal
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil CLOCKWORK (SSS)
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink GINGER (SSS)
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink COPPER Metallic Mixative (SSS)
Other:  Stuff from my stash:  charms, fibers, jute, brown marker

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Painted Vellum Card

Hi friends:  Here's another card using painted vellum and heat embossing. I used a pink card for my base and stamped the dot flowers background stamp repeatedly with Versamark Ink, then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Next, I used the Flourish Layering stencil with embossing paste to create my "vine" behind the flowers.  The Mother's Day sentiment stamp was stamped onto black cardstock with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  The various flowers were also stamped on vellum with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  I fussy-cut the flowers and painted them with Pearlescent Watercolors and layered them on the cardfront.  The card is finished with some tulle, a charm tied on with twine, and some gems for the flower centers. Thanks for taking a look! Have a great day!

Challenges Entered:

Make It Girlie

Craft Your Passion Challenges

Products Used:

Hero Arts Layered Flowers stamps
Hero Arts Blossom Art stamps
Other items from my stash:  Tulle, white embossing powder, pink baker's twine, charm, gems, Stampin' Up! Mother's Day sentiment stamp from Teeny Tiny Wishes set

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Vellum Overlay Card

Hi Friends:  Today's card uses a technique that I watched on Jennifer McGuire's blog.  It's a vellum overlay of a stamped / colored image on cardstock underneath.  I used the Rose Wonder Stampin' Up! stamp on a cardstock panel - stamped with Versafine Black and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I colored the image with my Pearlescent Watercolors.  For the vellum overlay, I stamped the same image on vellum with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  The Finnabair butterfly is also stamped on vellum with Versamark and white embossing powder, then colored with the Pearlescent Watercolors, fussy cut and stapled to the vellum overlay.  The Mother's Day sentiment was stamped on black cardstock with Versamark and white embossing powder.  The card is finished with some lace, a key charm, and some gems.  I hope the recipient will like it!  Thanks for taking a look.  Have a great day!

View of painted flower on cardstock behind the vellum overlay:

Challenges Entered:

Butterfly Beauty

Make It Girlie

Products Used:

Others:  White embossing powder, lace trim, charm, gems, vellum, card blank, Spellbinder's embossing folder.  Stampin' Up Stamps:  Rose Wonder, Mother's Day sentiment stamp from Teeny Tiny Wishes set

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Hi Friends:  What a gorgeous day today - I am so ready for all this sun!  Today's creation is an art journal page.  I used the Tim Holtz Dot Fade Layering Stencil with embossing paste to randomly add dots to the page.  I added some tissue tape, then colored the pages with several colors of Lindy Stamp Gang Starburst sprays, heat setting between colors.  I finished off some white areas with Iced Chai Gelato.  I stenciled random words with my Art Is stencil using Vintage Photo Distress Ink, then stamped my sentiment, butterfly and dancer images with Jet Black Archival ink.   The sentiment and butterflies were a bit too bold, so I dry brushed them with a bit of gesso and added a bit of Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls over the top.  The dancers dresses and the butterflies were painted with 3-D Stamp Paints - the colors in the photo didn't come out as well as I'd like - they are very vibrant in person.  I also randomly painted the same paint colors over the dots in the background.  The dancers and butterflies were outlined with white pen, and the pages were rimmed with black.  "Dance" was created from my very old stash of rub-ons.  Thanks for taking a peek.  Enjoy the sunshine!

Challenges Entered:

Let's Do the Polka!
Beautiful Butterflies

Products Used:

Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays in Azure Sea Asters, Time Travel Teal, Shabby Turbine Teal, and Opal Sea Oats
Pitt Big Brush Pens in White and Black
Viva Decor 3-D Stamp Paint in Gold, Light Blue Metallic, and Rose (Amazon)
Graphic 45 Vintage Ladies stamp set
Making Memories Evolution Rub-ons

Monday, April 18, 2016

Rain Flowers

Hi Friends:  Today's birthday card is another watercolor using Rubbernecker stamps.  I stamped the image with black archival ink on watercolor paper, then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I water-colored the image & background with Distress Inks.  I used my paint brush to add some splatter raindrops.  The Crinkle Ribbon and sentiment are dyed with the same Distress Inks as the flowers.  The sentiment has a bit of bling from a clear Stardust pen. The background papers are inked with some Distress Inks to blend the colors more with the flowers. The flowers are topped off with Glossy Accents and a touch of glitter.  The charm was altered with Slate Alcohol Ink to better match the colors and is attached with linen thread.  I hope my friend will be happy when she received it in the mail.  Thanks for taking a peek.  Happy Sunday!

Challenges Entered:

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Products Used:

Distress Inks in Forest Moss, Mowed Lawn, Candied Apple, Ripe Persimmon, and Weathered Wood
Other:  Birthday die, charm, Stampin' Up! Linen Thread, border punch

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mosaic Flower Tag

Hi Friends:  Today's creation is a mosaic flower tag.  The tag was colored with Fired Brick and Worn Lipstick Distress Stains and a bit of Glimmer Mist, then edged with Black Soot.   The focal flower was cut with the Tattered Florals die and tiled using the Distress Paper Mosaic Kit; the grout was colored with Fired Brick Distress Ink.  The lace and ribbon were colored with the same Distress Ink colors as the base tag.  For the wood-grain background behind the main flower, I used wood sheets colored with the Paint Resist technique using Black Soot Paint and Fired Brick Distress Stain. The lace was sewn to the top / bottom of the wood paper. The smaller flowers were cut with the Tiny Tattered Florals die, and inked with the same Distress colors; the leaves were inked with Mowed Lawn.  The labels were stamped and sewn to the edges of the tag.  The tag was finished off with some Foliage Flowers, Industrious Stickers, and gems from my stash.  I will probably use the tag to create a card.  Thanks for taking a peek.  Have a great day!

Challenges / Projects Entered:

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Products Used:

Distress Stains in Fired Brick and Worn Lipstick
Distress Ink Pads in Black Soot and Mowed Lawn

Friday, April 8, 2016

Fish Tales

Hi Friends:  Today's project is a Fishy birthday card, using resist techniques and crackle mediums.  I challenged myself to make a one-layer card, since I don't do that very often.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the image directly onto my base card layer.  I also stamped a mask for the fish, then used glaze with the Bokeh Lights stencil to create the bubbles.  Once dry, I blended the background with Distress Inks to show the resist.  To add some more resist, I sprinkled some water over top of the ink to create the smaller resist bubbles.  When everything was dry, it was time to color the fish.  I used Pearlescent watercolors to paint the fish, then added Distress crazing medium and crackle paint to create the fish scales.  Love the way it turned out.  The card is finished with some clear sequin bubbles, and a sentiment stamped onto a tattered banners die cut that has been colored with the same distress inks, and covered with glaze medium to make it shine.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great Friday!

Here's a close-up of the fish, so that you can see the crackle medium for the scales -doesn't he look great?

Challenges Entered:

SSS Monday Challenge - Try to Resist

Products Used:

Distress Inks in Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Evergreen Bough
Other items from my stash:  sequins, LaBlanche Goldfish Royalty stamp, Stampendous Sushi's Favorite Words stamp

Monday, April 4, 2016

Floral Birthday Wishes

Hi Friends:  It's a cold Monday here today.  So, off to my craft room for a bit of fun - I can make it sunny in my crafts, even if it's blustery outside!  Today's card is for a friend's birthday that is coming up.  I wanted to play with my watercolors, so I colored my background on watercolor paper, then stamped some flowers and added some watercolors to them as well.  I also wanted to use some of my glitters, Mica flakes and embossing powders, so I used the Encrusted Jewel technique at the base of my flowers.  The flowers were covered with Glossy Accents with a hint of fine glitter.  The edges of the base card were colored with Distress Inks, then the card was finished off with the birthday sentiment, a few gems in the flower centers, and a quick bow using baker's twine.  I think she'll like it.  Have a great day & thanks for visiting.

Challenges Entered:

SSS - Anything Goes Challenge

Products Used:

Distress Inks in Evergreen Bough

Other misc. stuff from my stash: gems, baker's twine, tools like tweezers, paint brushes and die cutting machine, etc.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Imagine Birthday Wishes

Hi Friends:  Today's card is a masculine birthday card using 2 types of clear materials:  plastic packaging and a retired clear Tim Holtz fragment from my stash.  The plastic packaging is alcohol inked on one side, then stamped with and overlays the same image as the background layer.  The background layer is white cardstock blended with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  I sewed the plastic packaging layer to the background layer, creating a kind of ghosting effect with the 2 stamped layers.  I really like the way it turned out.  I added some metal embellishments from my stash and finished the card off with the "Make a Wish" remnant rub saying on the tile fragment.  The Imagine tag is colored with the Mermaid Lagoon Distress Crayon.  Thanks for taking a look.  Happy Saturday!

Challenges Entered:

SSS Monday Challenge - We Can See Clearly

SSS Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Seize the Birthday

ABC Challenge - E is for Everything

Products Used:
Distress Ink Pad-Mermaid Lagoon
Ranger Alcohol Inks in Bottle, Stream, and Silver Mixative
Tim Holtz Idea-ology TIMEPIECES Metal Watch Clock Face
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 24 METAL GAME SPINNERS with Brads
Tim Holtz Idea-ology PHILOSOPHY TAGS Hardware Metal Charms
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons SET 1
LaBlanche Silicone stamp