For You in Purples

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A card that could be used for many occasions today.

1)  make a standard 4.25" x 5.5" card base in white
2)  add a slightly smaller rectangle that's been dry embossed
3)  add another smaller rectangle cut from Tim Holtz paper.  Rip the bottom of the rectangle, ink and paint it
4)  cut a banner and stamp with sentiment
5)  die cut leaves from bronze textured paper, spray with water, scrunch, spray with Lindy's Stamp Gang Red Hot Poker Orange mist
6)  using Ranger Glossy Accents, glue leaves into place
7)  die cut flowers in three different shades of purple/lilac, spray with water, scrunch, glue layers with Glossy Accents and spray with Lindy's Stamp Gang Open Arms Amethyst mist and Ranger Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist
8)  glue flowers on top of leaves with Glossy Accents, adding the twist of tulle at the same time
9)  place pearl stick pin into the floral spray

Products used:
Gina K. Pure Luxury Heavyweight card stock, SU! Rich Razzleberry card stock, SU! Wisteria Wonder card stock, Tim Holtz Paper Stash - Kraft Resist, SU! Concord Crush card stock, misc. piece of bronze textured paper from my stash, piece of tulle, MFT Fishtail flags layers STAX Die-namics, Ranger Glossy Accents, misc. pearl pin, Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die, Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, Lindy's Stamp Gang Red Hot Poker Orange mist, Lindy's Stamp Gang Open Arms Amethyst mist, Ranger Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist, Tim Holtz Regal Flourishes embossing folder, Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Paint, water mister, craft mat, Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society sentiment

Challenges entered:
Splitcoast Stampers Ways to Use It - WT416 8th Anniversary Challenge
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes, showcasing Tim Holtz Products
Muse#6 - inspiration challenge - I've focused on the florals, leaves and rectangle from the challenge
Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challenge - using Tim's wonderful Tattered Florals die

As you can see, I'm trying a different format for my posts...let me know what you think!

Hope the sun is shining on you today, friends!

Nature's Beauty

Sunday, February 24, 2013

It's time for the featured stamper CAS challenge at Splitcoast.  Today our featured stamper is simplybeautiful.  I chose to CASE this beauty of hers:

I've started with a standard 4.25" x 5.5" card base, stamped with the sentiment from Verve.

The vertical strip was created by using a Mr. Huey's mist and a template to create the flowers. Once that was dry, I used another Mr. Huey's mist in a lighter color and sprayed the entire piece.  Then I started adding my gelatos with my fingers and water. And for the final touch, I added some white gesso to the centers of the flowers, again with my fingers.  Fingers are great tools aren't they?  Takes me back to kindergarten and finger painting *grin*.

Once that was dry, I cut a strip off  it, and added the strip of black with the Verve Pennant Trim die. I used my fingernails to pull apart a couple of layers on some of the little pennants to add a little more texture.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury card stock in white and onyx black; and water color paper
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Verve Every Season Plain Jane
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Donna Downey 6 x 6 floral stencil, Verve Pennant Trim A Cut Above Die, Mr. Huey's mist in Passport, Mr. Huey's mist in Watercooler, gesso, gelatos, water

Hope you have a wonderfully creative week everyone!

A Grateful Heart

Friday, February 22, 2013

My favorite day of the week...Friday!  The weekend is almost here and it's the Mix-Ability Challenge at Splitcoast.

Today Dina has asked us to use water-based mediums and water to create our cards/backgrounds.  This card starts with a piece of water color paper.  I used a Dylusions Ink Spray and a template to start the background.  Next, I stamped the dogwood image with Distress Embossing Ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then using my gelatos and water I smudged and moved the color around till I was happy with it.

The next step was to stamp the dogwoods again, this time in black, as well as the ribbon banner and sentiment.  A few black gems finish the card off.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  card base is Gina K. Pure Luxury Black Onyx and Strathmore water color paper
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp
All the other stuff:  clear embossing powder, heat gun, gelatos, water mister, Funky Fuschia Dylusions Ink Spray, TCW Mini Paint Lids, misc. black gems

Have a great weekend everyone!

Go Confidently

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A card for a couple of different challenges at Splitcoast today.  First off, the Ways to Use It challenge using sponging and for Unity Stamps LOVEFEST inspiration challenge using the colors yellow, teal, orange and brown.

The card base has been dry embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder and sponged with Walnut Stain.  Then I lightly spritzed a piece of watercolor paper with water and sponged it with distress inks.  Next I flicked more water over top.  I sponged a little extra Evergreen Bough across the bottom portion.

Once that was dry, I stamped the image with Versafine Onyx Black.  Then I stamped it again on plain white card stock and paper pieced the sails.  The cloud was painted with a white from the  H20's to soften the sky colors...I wanted the effect of the colors reflecting on the it needed some softening.  I scribbled and blended a couple of colors of Distress Markers in the area around the boat, too.  A Copic marker was used to place a shadow behind the clouds too.

The sentiment from Verve is just simply stamped in the same Versafine ink.  The edges were all distressed and sponged with Walnut Distress Ink and I added a little clip to the top.  The clip has been antiqued with Copic markers.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Georgia Pacific white, SU! watercolor paper and SU! Crumb Cake
Ink:  Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon, Evergreen Bough and Walnut Stain as well as Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Verve Words of Wisdom and Inkadinkado (Fine Line Classics)
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Distressed Frame embossing folder, sponges, LuminArte Siam White H20, Broken China Distress Marker, Frayed Burlap Distress Marker, water mister, W1, E47 and 110 Copics

I think I'd like to sail away on that into the sunset...wouldn't you?  Think warm, think tropical...sigh.....

Reach for the Sky

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It's the sketch challenge over at Splitcoast today.  I've used the colors from one the LOVEFEST challenges also going on at Splitcoast.

This card starts with a standard 4.25" x 5.5" card base.  I've stamped the fun border print from Avery Elle along the right hand side of the card in three different colors.  Then I stamped the same border print on different sheets of card stock and die cut the stars. The two smaller stars are popped up with dimensionals.

The sentiment has been stamped on a die cut from Lifestyle Crafts, embossed in white and popped up with dimensionals.  The stars were snapped off some pins that I have and adhered them to the card with Ranger Glossy Accents.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury white card stock and SU!  Basic Black
Ink:  Hero Arts Butter Bar and Soft Granite;  SU! Whisper White craft ink and Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Avery Elle Fanfare and Lawn Fawn Sunny Skies
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lifestyle Crafts Banners and Arrows, star pins, Ranger Glossy Accents, dimensionals, white embossing powder, heat gun, embossing buddy

Hope you're all enjoying a great week!

You are a Hoot

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A card for Mojo Monday281 and for the color challenge at Splitcoast, using SU! Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake.  I substituted Early Espresso for the Chocolate Chip.  And for dessert our hostess asked us to use dry embossing.

Actually a very quick and simple design.  I used my Spellbinder's circle die to cut circles in the three colors.  The little owl was heat embossed with white embossing powder and has a couple of little rhinestones to add some bling. And the Certainly Celery circle has been embossed with the same embossing folder as used in the background.  Then the sentiment circle was simply stamped in Early Espresso.  A fun little border from Avery Elle was used before the background was dry embossed.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Early Espresso, Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake and Georgia Pacific white
Ink:  Hero Arts Soft Green Shadow Ink and Cup 'O Joe Mid-Tone Shadow Ink; and SU! Whisper White craft ink
Stamps:  Hampton Art, Flourishes Inside and Out You and Avery Elle Fanfare
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Craft Concepts Gem Flourish embossing folder, Spellbinders circle die, MFT button in Hot Fudge, Kaisercraft rhinestones, white embossing powder, heat gun,  1/2" Corner Chomper

See you soon with more!

Get Well Soon

Sunday, February 17, 2013

There's a LOVEFEST going on at Splitcoast.  Lots of wonderful companies coming up with some fun challenges for us!  I've used the sketch provided by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps for my layout today.  And, as usual took a few liberties with it :)

I've used a standard 4.25" x 5.5" card base in white.  Over top of that is a layer of designer paper that's been dry embossed, distressed, inked and sanded. You'll notice that the corner completely tore off when I distressed this...that's ok...just adds to the distressed feel of the card.   Next comes a piece of coordinating designer that's also been distressed and inked.

Using a piece of white card stock, I die cut the oval and sponged the gray background before stamping.  Then I stamped the image with the same gray ink while it was still in the die.  Next, I used a blender pen and markers to color the flowers...rather loosely.

The sentiment strip has been die cut, sponged with a little Walnut Ink Distress Ink that I've used on the other layers.  A simple bow has been tied around the horizontal piece and I added a little bit of Stickles to the center of the flower for some bling. Don't be afraid to mix your Stickles if you don't have the right color.  The yellow Stickles are far too dark for what I wanted so I just mixed the yellow with some Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles to tone it down.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury card stock in white, SU! Barely Banana (retired), Georgia Pacific white and MME Bramble Rose
Ink:  Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Hero Arts Soft Granite
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and Hero Arts
All the other stuff:  Tim Holtz Woodgrain embossing folder, Spellbinder's Lacy Oval die, Lifestyle Crafts Banners and Arrows dies, distressing tool, SU! ribbon, sanding block, sponges, SU! markers, blender pen,  glue dot, ATG, Yellow Stickles and Clear Rock Candy Stickles.

Back soon with more!

Create Glittery Butterflies

It's the Featured Stamper challenge over at Splitcoast today and we're honoring Mary.  My inspiration comes from this wonderful card of Mary's.  And I've also been inspired by this gorgeous card from Jennifer McGuire.

My card starts out with a piece of SU! Naturals Ivory.  Using Glue 'n Seal I pasted a page from an old encyclopedia.  Next comes more Glue 'n Seal and bits of torn Tim Holtz tissue wrap.  More Glue 'n Seal and then some torn bits of Tim Holtz Tissue tape. Note there's lots of drying with my heat gun in between adding layers.  A layer of Pumice Stone Distress stain is next.  Then I started adding color with Distress Stains in Shabby Shutters and Tumbled Glass here and there.

Next, I added some stamping with various Tim Holtz images.  I like to use Ranger Archival ink for this step and only use partial images by pressing the stamps onto the page with my fingers, not a block.  Then some Picket Fence Distress Ink randomly over parts of the page.

The butterfly was die cut and I added three different colors of glitter.  Once it was adhered to the page, I used my Black Soot Distress marker to add shadowing around the butterfly.  It was smudged to create some depth and the illusion of movement.

Since Mary's card had some ribbon on it, I added a wide piece of striped ribbon, then dotted some of the same distress stains on it and added a bit of water to dilute the color.  And finally, some Tim Holtz Alphaparts for the sentiment.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Naturals Ivory, Gina K. Pure Luxury black, and an old page from an encyclopedia.
Ink:  Ranger Archival in Jet Black
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Papillon
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro; Cheery Lynn Designs butterfly die; Glue 'n Seal; Ranger Glossy Accents; Distress Stains in Pumice Stone, Picket Fence, Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters; Tim Holtz Composer Tissue Wrap; Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, Tim Holtz Alphaparts Ransom; Black Soot Distress Marker; Martha Stewart glitters and heat gun

Have a wonderfully creative week everyone!

Just Be

Friday, February 15, 2013

Ooooh it's the Mixed Media Challenge at Splitcoast today and Janelle has asked us to use text and three different mediums in red.  I LOVE THIS CHALLENGE!  Why? Because it's so different and stretches my creativity to the max.

I started out with a page ripped out of an old book.  Using Ranger Archival Ink, I stamped the Hero Arts image haphazardly all over the paper.  By this I mean, it didn't matter if it was a good impression or not...just wanted the outlines of the flowers to work with.

Then I painted the flowers, first with my red Gelato, mixed with water.  Next with my Poppy Red H20 and finally scribbled some Poppy Red Inktense and brushed it with my waterbrush to give a little different color and intensity.  Then I took my brush with full strength white gesso and painted it randomly on my page.  Next, using a white wash of thinned gesso, covered the entire page.  Then, using black gesso, sponged various parts of the page for more texture and interest.

Since the intensity of the reds had been toned down a little too much, I used a baby wipe on the flowers to up the color.  It ripped one of my petals slightly, but this is mixed media...I'm not looking for perfect here.

I stamped the sentiment from Verve in Ranger Archival ink in Jet Black and added a few black gems.  Then the upper and left edges of the page were cut out.  The card base is dry embossed and then the whole piece was glued onto it.  I scrunched the right side and bottom side with my finger just so there were no hard lines.

Mixed media may not be for everyone but I'm enjoying this immensely.  There is no right, there is no wrong...just have fun!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury card stock in black, page from an old book
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink
Stamps:  Hero Arts and Verve Words of Wisdom
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Honeycomb embossing folder, white gesso, black gesso, red Gelato, Poppy Red H20, Poppy Red Inktense Pencil, waterbrushes, water, baby wipe, scissors, glue, sponge, misc. black gems.

Birthday Wishes for You

Monday, February 11, 2013

I'm in need of a "guy" card today. My card starts with the MOJO Monday sketch.  I've also incorporated the TLC challenge over at Splitcoast to use sanded designer paper on your card.

The card base is a standard 4.25" x 5.5" in SU! Naturals Ivory.  Next comes a slightly smaller rectangle of SU! Soft Suede that's been dry embossed, distressed and inked.  I also used a SU! stamp wheel across the lower portion of this piece of card stock and sponged a little more color over top.  Although the sketch calls for another layer of paper, I wanted to minimize my layers and this really helps.

Next is a piece of retired SU! designer paper that's been dry embossed and sanded with a sanding block.  The edges were also distressed and inked.  At the bottom of this piece you'll see some little pennants...that's the Verve Pennant Trim A Cut Above Die...cute right?  This is one of my all time favorite dies and it works really well on a masculine card.

Then a strip of the same SU! More Mustard card stock as the pennant is made with...this time on the diagonal.  It's been distressed and inked also.

Next is the sentiment, stamped on the Naturals Ivory card stock, scored and then I used the same SU! stamp wheel and just hit it in a couple of random places.  And, just a little bit of lonely little brad. Wanted to keep it manly!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Naturals Ivory, More Mustard, Soft Suede and retired designer paper
Ink:  Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
Stamps:  Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society Stems
All the other stuff:   Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Checkerboard embossing folder, sanding block, distressing tool, Verve Pennant Trim A Cut Above Die, SU! Texture wheel and handle, Scor-pal, SU! Antique Brad, sponges, ATG

Literal Translation

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sometimes, my brain just takes things too the CAS challenge where our theme is "love is in the air". The first thing that came to mind was hot air balloons spelling out "I Love You"; so that's where I headed with this card.  It's mostly die cuts and can be made in a hurry for those of you that may have procrastinated in making your Valentines (grin).

It starts with a card base that's 4.25" x 5.5" that has the bottom corners rounded.  Next comes a slightly smaller rectangle that has a cloud background stamped in Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  Sure makes for a quick and easy sky don't you think?

Then I die cut the grass in designer paper.  I used two layers, slightly offset with dimensional between them.  Next comes three die cut hot air balloons, again in a designer paper.  I stamped the "I" and "U" in Festive Berries Distress Ink and cut them out by hand.  Then the little heart was die cut out of white card stock and inked with the same ink to match.

The letters and the heart are attached to the hot air balloons with dimensionals; and the hot air balloons are also attached to the page with dimensionals.  And finally, for a little bling...I scribbled some Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles on the heart.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Crate Paper On Trend, Georgia Pacific, and Gina K. Pure Luxury white card stock
Ink:  Tumbled Glass and Festive Berries Distress Ink
Stamps:  Impression Obsession Clouds C-A-C and Hero Arts Alphabet Blocks
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Fresh Cut Grass Die-namics, Memory Box Hot Air Balloon and Mini Hot Air Balloon, Verve I Heart You A Cut Above Die, sponge, Jody boosters, Corner Chomper, Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles

See you soon with more!

Just Saying Hello

Friday, February 8, 2013

Another item for the Mixed Media challenge at Splitcoast...this time a card.  Can you tell I'm excited about this new challenge?  Since my inks were all still laying on my work table thought I'd put them to good use.

One of the items that I've learned to use while taking the Clean and Simple 2 card class is the Fiskars Compact Stamp Press.  This card is a great example of how to use it.  I placed my stamps for this scene on my card stock, playing with the layout until it was how I wanted it to look.  Then I simply pressed my stamp press down and instantly my scene was all set up and ready to stamping one little bit of the scene at a was all stamped at once.

So once it was set up, I inked it with embossing ink and stamped the card stock.  Then it was heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  But, to my horror, the little bird, who was supposed to be sitting on a floral stem was hanging mid-air...yikes!!!  Versamark pen to the rescue...just scribbled a little on to resemble part of plant, heat embossed with clear embossing powder and done!  It sort of looks like it belongs right???  Help me out here people!!!

Next I took a piece of Eclipse Masking Tape and angled it across my page and sponged one of the colors on.  Then, just angling the mask from side to side, kept adding the different inks until done.

Then, I stamped the background stamp in Picked Raspberry Distress Ink over top of the entire page and buffed the ink off the resist area with a paper towel.

I layed the sentiment down where I thought I'd like it to go and marked it with a pencil.  Then it was cut out with my craft knife and ruler.  Then I lightly drew lines with the pencil on the card base, where the sentiment would be stamped, pulled up my sponged piece and stamped the sentiment in the green color.  Once the ink was dry I erased all the pencil lines and used my corner chomper on both pieces.   Next, I added a gazillion dimensionals to the back of the sponged piece and carefully placed it over my card base. It probably took me as long to make the top layer as it did to peel off all the backing on the dimensionals :)

And, finally, a few colored rhinestones for a little bit of bling.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Georgia Pacific white and Gina K. Pure Luxury white card stock
Ink:  Picked Raspberry, Shabby Shutters and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks and embossing ink
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, Impression Obsession C-A-C Distressed Corduroy and Hero Arts
All the other stuff: clear embossing powder, heat gun Fiskars Compact Stamp Press, sponges, Eclipse Masking tape, Versamark pen, corner chomper, a gazillion dimensionals, Kaisercraft rhinestones, craft knife, ruler, pencil, eraser

Love Defined

Time for the Mixed Media challenge over at Splitcoast.  Our technique today is emboss resist.  Haven't made a tag in ages so thought that would be fun.

I started off by stamping the large flourish image, at an angle, with embossing ink.  Then it was heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Next the bird on the branch image was stamped with Ranger Archival ink in Jet Black.

Then I started sponging...Shabby Shutters, Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks all over the tag.  Then I came in with more Jet Black and stamped the butterflies and the splotches randomly across the tag.  Using the Picked Raspberry I did it again, this time with a couple of different stamps.  I've only inked these stamps partially and used my fingers, rather than a block to stamp these areas.

I stamped the sentiment on a little canvas banner and inked my craft sheet with a little of the Picked Raspberry, spritzed it with water and dragged the banner through it.  It's been added to the tag with Tim's Tiny Attacher tool.

Finally, I distressed the edged and inked them with Black Soot Distress Ink and tied a strip of black lace through the top of the tag.

I love how even though there's a lot of black on the tag, the bold and bright colors balance it very well.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  #8 manilla tag by Ranger
Ink:  Shabby Shutters, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Black Soot Distress Inks;  and Ranger Embossing Ink and Jet Black Archival Ink
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Stuff to Say, Shabby French, Mixed Media, Urban Tapestry, and Fabulous Flourishes
All the other stuff:  craft sheet, sponges, water spritzer, white embossing powder, heat tool, distressing tool, Tim's Tiny Attacher, canvas banner, misc. lace

Have a great weekend everyone!

Birthday Green

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Time for the Ways to Use It challenge at Splitcoast.  Our hostess has asked us to use green on our cards today.

I'm taking the Clean & Simple Card Making 2 from Online Card Classes and am having a blast.  Lots of great techniques and tips.  I learned about this tip years ago in a water coloring class and it's fun to try it again.  The reaction of salt with water colors can make for some very interesting texture on your cards.

I scribbled three different colors of Distress Markers on my craft sheet, spritzed it with water, put my piece of water color paper in it, turned it over and then sprinkled a little bit of kosher salt on the piece.  Once dry you get this really cool effect.  Then I cut my piece of water color paper to size and inked the bottom a little bit with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

Next, I stamped the floral image from Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society line.  There are several different sentiments with it that you can arrange is a lot of different ways.  I chose this particular layout and stamped it in black.

Then, I used my Distress Markers to color the two flowers.  My only embellies are three Kaisercraft gems and a little bit of Diamond Stickles in the center of each flower.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  misc. watercolor paper and Gina K. Pure Luxury white card stock
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society
All the other stuff:  craft sheet, water spritzer, kosher salt, sponges, Peeled Paint Distress Marker, Shabby Shutters Distress Marker, Spun Sugar Distress Marker and Diamond Stickles

Are you enjoying seeing some different techniques?  Let me know!

We'll Miss You Julia

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

It's the color challenge today over at Splitcoast and today we're saying goodbye to one of our esteemed hostesses, Julia.  Julia's style is clean and classy, and her cards are fabulous to say the least!  We'll miss you Julia!  Our colors, in her honor...SU! Basic Black, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.

This card starts out with a piece of SU! Crumb Cake card stock which I've stamped with the Jumbo Dahlia images and then heat embossed them with black embossing powder.  This stamp was an amazing bargain at Michaels...$5.00!!!  It even comes with a beautiful flourish too. Thanks Debra!

Next, they were masked and I stamped the Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card background in the same color.  While the flowers were still masked, I added some Picket Fence Distress Stain to soften the color.  Then, after removing the masks, I used my marker in the same color to out line the flowers to give the effect of a shadow.

Next, I stamped the sentiment in black and added the buttons which have the required Very Vanilla twine.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Designs Onyx Black card stock and SU! Crumb Cake card stock
Ink:  SU! Basic Black and Crumb Cake;  and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Jumbo Dahlia from Stampendous, Impression Obsession Distressed Corduroy Cover-a-Card and Verve Hope Blooms
All the other stuff:  Picket Fence Distress Stain, SU! Crumb Cake marker, MFT buttons, misc. twine

See you soon with more...

Five Minute Card

Monday, February 4, 2013

Sometimes, it's necessary to make a card in a hurry.  This card can be done easily in under five minutes.  I've made it for two challenges at Splitcoast today...the CAS color and color neutral and the TLC   challenge...use at least three patterns on your card.

I inked the pear stamp with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and then kissed the stamp with three different patterned stamps in SU! Whisper White.  Added the sentiment and done!  Easy peasy...quick as a wink!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury white
Ink: Peeled Paint Distress Ink and SU! Whisper White
Stamps:  A Stamp in the Hand, Hero Arts, Savvy Stamps and Wordsworth
That's it...nothing else...

Have a great week stampers!

Gingham Hearts

Sunday, February 3, 2013

It's time for another CAS challenge over at Splitcoast.  This time it's a limited supplies challenge using only one color and one neutral.  So for my color...Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and my  Now when you look at the picture you might say...OK there's more than Picked Raspberry...but honestly that's the only color I used.  By varying the amount I put on and using different mediums it really changes how the color looks.

I started out with a sheet of white card stock and using my Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and a TCW template, lightly inked the hearts.  Then using my Impression Obsession Gingham Cover-A-Card, I pressed it down into the hearts over top of the template, thus adding bits of texture to the hearts, and adding more depth just using the same color.

Next, I took a paint brush and a few drops of the Picked Raspberry re-inker and flicked it on to the card.  Then I repeated this step, but added more water this time to get a lighter spattered ink.  Then I sponged very lightly with the Picked Raspberry to completely cover the white.  Next,  by adding Stickles and Ranger Glossy Accents to different hearts I again created a different look as it changed the colors of those hearts.

A MFT die cut in black runs across the bottom of the card. A simple sentiment stamped in black came next.  The heart embellie is hand made.  I cut a heart out of Tim Holtz Grungeboard and smeared it with Modelling Paste for texture.  Next I pushed my same Cover-A-Card background stamp into the modelling paste to get the gingham pattern.  Then I used my Glossy Accents to add black micro beads to resemble the gingham pattern.  And, for just a little more bling, I used my Stickles to replicate the gingham pattern a little bit more.  The edges were inked with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.

This was a fun card to do!  It was a challenge sticking to the two colors  but it can be done and you can have the illusion of many colors by varying your techniques/mediums.

Have a great week stampers!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury card stock in Black Onyx, Georgia Pacific
Ink:  Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Impression Obsession Gingham Cover-A-Card and Technique Tuesday
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Movers and Shapers base tray, Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Mini Hearts Set, MFT Looped Border Die-namic, TCW (The Crafters Workshop) Mini Spilled Hearts template, sponges, brushes, water mister, craft mat, Tim Holtz Grungeboard, modelling paste, palette knife, black micro beads, Ranger Glossy Accents, Star Dust Stickles, Corner Chomper

She's Created A Monster!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Uh oh...that Lydia...she's created a monster!  Now that I've started with the Mix-Ability Challenge over at Splitcoast...I can't stop!  LOL!  Here's one more for today...mixing matte with shine.  See my previous post for the link to this fabulous new challenge at Splitcoast!

This card started out with a piece of Tim Holtz Paper Stash - Kraft Resist.  It's been coated with Picket Fence Distress Stain before starting to stamp.  What I love about this medium is once it gets to the opacity I want, I dry it with my heat gun.  Next I stamped a few images in the background with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  Then I added another coat of Picket Fence.  Next, I heat embossed the windmill image.

The sentiment has been stamped in Ranger Archival Jet Black.  I die cut the hot air balloon out of another piece of the kraft resist and inked it with Chipped Sapphire Distress Stain.  And finally, for a little more shine against the matte background...three little gears.

Of course, it had to be distressed, so I distressed all the edges with my distressing tool and inked it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Soft Suede, Tim Holtz Paper Stash - Kraft Resist
Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black, Broken China Distress Ink, Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Stamps:  Tim Holtz French Marketplace and Stuff to Say
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Memory Box Hot Air Balloon, sponges, Picket Fence Distress Stain, Chipped Sapphire Distress Stain, clear embossing powder, heat gun, distressing tool, Tim Holtz Sprocket Gears, Ranger Glossy Accents

Hope this has inspired you to try something new!

Creativity Takes Courage

There's a brand spanking new challenge over at Splitcoast that starts today!  It's the Mix-Ability Challenge...and it's all about creating with mixed media.  Want to join in?  Here's the link to the first challenge  by Splitcoast's UnderstandBlue otherwise known as Lydia.  She shares a fabulous video to demonstrate this technique!

And it's also the Queen for the Day Challenge where we are honoring Beate.  I chose this beautiful design of hers to CASE.

Today's challenge is all about the yin and the yang of matte versus shine.  I'm using an art journal to practice my techniques before actually making a card.

I started out with a piece of watercolor paper and painted it with black gesso.  And, not wanting to wait for it to dry, used my heat gun.  Next, I stamped the floral images and sentiment in SU! Whisper White.  It was heat embossed with some white pearl embossing powder.

Next, using a waterbrush and my Lyra Aquacolor Crayons, I colored all the different flowers.  Then, taking a fine detail brush, I added a shadow around each image.   A thin colored mat and then my card base that's been dry embossed with one of my favorite embossing folders.

This was a fun exercise and one I hope you'll try!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  watercolor paper, SU! Elegant Eggplant and Gina K. Pure Luxury in white
Ink:  SU! Whisper White Craft Ink
Stamps:  Hero Arts Flower Trio and MFT Clearly Sentiment About Art
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Couture Creations Tied Together, Liquitex Black Gesso, paint brushes, waterbrushes, misc. pearl white embossing powder, Lyra Aquacolor Crayons, heat gun

Hope you have a marvelous weekend everyone!