Fabric Like Dreams

Tuesday, April 22, 2014



Having fun with a technique I haven't tried before.  I started by heat embossing the background stamp with white embossing powder on some water color paper.

Next, I used three different shades of Distress Paints and worked them into the flowers and surrounding branches with my fingers.  Once that was dry, I used paper towels and a hot iron to remove the embossing.  Had to repeat this a few times with fresh paper towels each time so that all the embossing was removed.  It left a really cool look...almost like fabric.  I think that the texture from the water color paper really intensified the look.

Then I cut out the tag shape out of the paper I'd just made, also cut a tag in the same Pacific Point and placed it back in the aperture.  Could have just stamped on the card base, but wanted the embossing from the tag to show through for a little more interest.

A smattering of enamel dots and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Pacific Point and water color paper
Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamps: Penny Black Sweetness and  Inkadinkado
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Reverse Confetti Tag Me die, Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint, Barn Door Distress Paint, Salty Ocean Distress Paint, white embossing powder, heat gun, iron, paper towels, Recollections enamel dots

Challenges entered:
Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge #475:  Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Pacific Point

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Subtle Optimism

Sunday, April 20, 2014




Hello my sweet friends and Happy Easter!

Playing along with a few challenges today.  First off, I've used the gorgeous color combo from Colour Me #16 - pistachio pudding, blushing bride, calypso coral and a neutral.  Since I don't have all the colors, I've used similar colors of Distress Inks.

The three shades of Distress Inks were sponged through a stencil and lightly misted with water.  Then I added more droplets of water with my fingers.  Once that was dry, I dribbled some gold Color Shine across the paper.

Next the sentiment and little rows of triangles were stamped in black, I added a smattering of sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Distress Watercolor paper
Ink:  Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold; and Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamps:  Reverse Confetti Paper Crane
All the other stuff:  Memory Box Honeycomb stencil, water mister, Ranger mini ink blending tool and foam, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins, Tombow adhesive, Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine

Challenges entered:
Colour Me#16:
Splitcoast Stampers Mix 64:  mist, splash, spray, squirt
Splitcoast Stampers FS376

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Mixed Media Chin Up Buttercup

Friday, April 18, 2014


Guest Designer for the JUGS (Just Us Girls) Challenge again this week!  Lucky me...I'm having a blast with the challenges!  What a wonderful group of designers! This week it's the color challenge...we're using blue, orange and a neutral.

I started out by adding bits of Distress Paint with an eye dropper and then blotting them lightly.  Then I added a few more bits of the paint with a tiny paint brush...just dabbing here and there.  Next, using a Tim Holtz stencil, I added some gesso.  Once that was dry, I added the die cut vellum branch and the die cut sentiment.

A smattering of sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow card stock, vellum and SU! Peach Parfait
Ink:  Hero Arts Black
Stamps:  Mama Elephant Say What
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, WPlus9 Timeless Tags 2 die, Hero Arts Spring Branch die, Tim Holtz Burlap stencil, gesso, spatula, Broken China Distress Paint, Wild Honey Distress Paint, paint brush, foam adhesive, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins, Tombow glue

Challenge entered:
Addicted to Stamps and More #91:  anything goes
JUGS#237 - blue, orange and any neutrals



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Simply Wonderful


Hello my sweet friends!

I'm playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch today and the Runway Inspired Challenge who are teaming up for a two-week combined challenge:


Maile Belles had a really cute idea today over at Simply Stamped called divided panels. That inspired me to try that technique with my Simon Says Stamp A2 Curved Edge die. 

My black panel has been made by scoring with my Scor-Pal and then lightly inking with some white ink and a Ranger mini inking tool.  The flowers were simply stamped with the Verve Poppy Birthday set.  Don't you love those flowers???  One of my favorites from Verve!  The red poppy has been popped up on foam tape and the leaves have been die cut with the MFT Royal Leaves dies.  A simple stamped sentiment and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Poppy Parade and Basic Black; Memory Box Brioche patterned paper
Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black, Hero Arts Unicorn, Avery Elle Fizz, Avery Elle Cherry and Avery Elle Aquamarine
Stamps:  Verve Poppy Birthday and Mama Elephant Smitten
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Simon Says Stamp A2 Curved Edge die, Scor-Pal, MFT Royal Leaves die-namics, Ranger mini inking tool, foam tape

Challenges entered:
Runway Inspired Challenge #58 - Trina Turk
CAS(E) this sketch #73 by Joni Andaya

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Tagged Hello

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Hello my beautiful friends!

Feeling rather MOJOless these days...(is that a word?).  So in an effort to spark some sort of creativity...what better than to play along with a challenge? 

My card base has been embossed with the Stitched Rectangle die.  Next comes an embossed layer, followed by a die cut tag.  I die cut the Penny Black Rose die twice and popping up the pink layer on top.  A die cut sentiment, some string, a smattering of sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. and DCWV glitter card stock
Ink:  none
Stamps:  none
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles dies, Penny Black Rose die, Reverse Confetti Tag Me die, MFT Happy Hellos die, Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder, hemp twine, Kelly Purkey sequins, Tombow adhesive, foam adhesive

Challenge:
Splitcoast Stampers CC474:  Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette and Pistachio Pudding; and for dessert...no stamping

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Small Moments

Friday, April 11, 2014


I'm thrilled to be the Guest Designer for the JUGS challenges this month.  What a talented group of ladies!  Our challenge this week is a technique challenge...water colored backgrounds.

My background has been created using Distress Stains and a water mister.  The background stamp was dabbed with three colors of Distress Stain and then lightly misted with water before stamping on my water color paper.  Then I simply dropped the three different  stains from a couple of inches above my paper to create the splats.

While that was drying, I inked the same background stamp with Versamark and clear embossed the card base.  Next, I lightly distressed the edges of the water color piece.  The butterfly is die cut from the same paper as the card base and kissed with some Wink of Stella marker.  A simple stamped sentiment, a smattering of gold sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  water color paper and SU! Red Rose
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black and Versamark
Stamps:  Mama Elephant Everyday Greetings and Hero Arts Fresh Cut Pebble Pattern
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Simon Says Stamp Leanna butterfly die, Picked Raspberry Distress Stain, Squeezed Lemonade Distress Stain, Dried Marigold Distress Stain, gold sequins, distressing tool, adhesives

Challenges entered:
JUGS #236 technique challenge:  water colored background



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How Does Your Garden Grow?



Ah, very soon, I'll be enjoying hours in the garden, growing veggies, flowers and just generally enjoying the outdoors...yeah!

This is an example of how mixed media can be very clean and simple.  There are different mediums used, but it is indeed a CAS design.

I started out by stamping the veggies along the bottom of the card.  Just inked them carefully with two shades of Avery Elle ink.  That stuff is just plain awesome to work with!  Remember the old pigment inks?  Took forever to dry, easily smudged etc.?  Well, these are not your mother's inks *grin*. 

Next, I used Distress Paint for the watering can.  It actually does shine like metal, although the picture really doesn't do it justice.  Then I stamped the little water droplets in another shade of Avery Elle ink and added little bits of Glossy Accents with a toothpick.  More water droplets were added to the leaves of the veggies in the same way.

Stamped the smiley sun, the sentiment and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Avery Elle Fizz, Lemon Grass, Raspberry, Mimosa and Sea Glass; and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental, Garden Fresh, April Showers and Creative Beginnings Sunshine
All the other stuff:  Brushed Pewter Distress Paint, Ranger Glossy Accents, toothpick

Challenges entered:
CAS-ology #90 cue card:  wet
Clearly Besotted challenge #10:  spring
Splitcoast Stampers MIX63 - spring/Easter mixed media

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