A Star is Born

Wednesday, May 29, 2013



Time for the Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast.  It's a great sketch that lends itself to so many options.

I started out stamping the little train in Memento Tuxedo Black, then using a Copic marker, I drew the "tracks".  The stars/moon are stamped across the entire card again with the same ink and then colored in with Stickles.

The little bunny has been stamped in Mustard Seed Distress Ink.  More Stickles added here too!  The train has been colored with Copics and yes, you guessed it...more Stickles.

Pretty simple CAS design...

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury card stock in white and SU! Real Red
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and Mustard Seed Distress Ink
Stamps:  WPlus9 Kisses and Cuddles
All the other stuff:  ruler, Christmas Red and Yellow Stickles, Copic Multiliner, Copics:  B21 & B23, R35 & R37

Hope the sun is shining on you today...where ever you are!  Back soon with more!



For Vicki

Sunday, May 26, 2013



Time for the Featured Stamper challenge over at Splitcoast today.  The featured Stamper is Vicki and her gallery is full of glorious eye candy.  I chose this lovely sympathy card from her gallery to case.

To honor Vicki, I pulled out some of my old Stampin' Up! designer papers and my Stampin' Up! markers.  The image was stamped in Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink and then colored with markers and a blender pen. I added a some sparkle with some Stickles too.  Three pink rhinestones were added to mimic her design and  then a die bow instead of her ribbon and bow.  I changed the layout a bit too.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury card stock, SU! Melon Mambo and retired SU! designer papers
Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink
Stamps:  Penny Black Dahlias
All the other stuff:  Stampin' Up markers, misc. pink rhinestones, blender pen, Memory Box Perfect Bow, Fruit Punch Stickles, dimensionals, ATG, Big Shot Pro

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Fly Dragonfly

Saturday, May 25, 2013


Time for the Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoast.  Anne chose a wonderful Etsy site called "Jennspendants".  I chose this beautiful dragonfly necklace as my inspiration.  And, this is also for the Mix-Ability Challenge from Lydia this week...having both smooth and rough elements on our design.

My card base is a standard 4.25" x 5.5" size.  Next I covered a piece of  heavy white card stock cut slightly smaller with some Tim Holtz tissue wrap.  I like to use Golden Matte Medium for this step but there are lots of options out there.  Just paint a layer on your card stock, place the tissue wrap over top, smoothing it out.  Then add another layer over top to adhere it completely.  In this case I wrapped the edges around the back and added more matte medium in the same way to make it stick.   Another option is to wrinkle it as you're adding the tissue wrap to give lots of texture, but in this case I wanted it smooth.

I stamped the dragonfly image in Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and heat set it.  Next I added some black gesso with a Catalyst Wedge for texture and Distress Paint with some burlap for more texture (my rough element) to various parts of the page.  I also painted the wings with the Distress Paint too.

The top layer of the wings were made by stamping the image on Clearly for Art Modelling film with black Stazon ink.  Once it was dry, I cut the wings out and used my tiny attacher to add it to the page.  Then I used my heat gun to shape the wings for a little more interest.

Finally, for my sentiment I used Signmaker Alpha Parts.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury White and Black Onyx
Ink:  Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black and Stazon Black ink
Stamps:  Stampers Anonymous Classics #1
All the other stuff:  Tim Holtz Tissue Terminology Tissue Wrap, Golden Matte Medium, paint brush, heat gun, Catalyst Wedge, Broken China Distress Paint, Liquitex Black Gesso, Wendy Vecchi Clearly for Art Modelling Film, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Tim Holtz Signmaker Alpha Parts, burlap

Wishing all my American friends and family a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!  Back soon with more!


No Flowers Here

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Linda's leading the Ways to Use It Challenge at Splitcoast this week.  We're to showcase something in the yard/garden but it can't be flowers.  So my next favorite thing to flowers...leaves of course!  But with spring well underway...those leaves in the garden are a long ways off and I'm happy about that!

I've used the acrylic block technique today.  Taking a large rectangular acrylic block, I added three shades of Distress Ink in random fashion, spritzed it with water and stamped it on my card.  Next, since I still  had the Penny Black Dahlias stamp set on my table, I used the leaves from that set and stamped them randomly over top with the same three colors.

Added the Verse sentiment and three little doodads from a set of Martha Stewart embellies that I have.  Easy peasy, less than 10 minutes card for sure!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury card stock
Ink:  Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, Shabby Shutters Distress Ink, Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamps:  Penny Black Dahlias and Verve Words of Wisdom
All the other stuff:  acrylic block, water mister, Martha Stewart embellies, Ranger Glossy Accents

Back soon with more my friends!



Wild Thang

Wednesday, May 22, 2013



I think the title is self-explanatory today *grin*.  This is sort of a crazy mix of patterns and colors, but I'm going with it.

The sketch is from Splitcoast today.

The card starts out with a standard 4.25" x 5.5" card base in white.  It's followed by some designed paper with random bits of Distress Paint.  The orange horizontal piece has been scored and then streaked with more Distress Paint.

Next comes two layers of coordinating designer paper.  The top/focal layer has been stamped with the floral image from Penny Black, and colored with pencil crayons, Distress Paint and Stickles.  Next, random dots of Enamel Accents in black and white throughout the entire card.  And finally, two pieces of chipboard that have been painted with Distress Paints for the sentiment.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury in white, Basic Grey Printery, SU! Pumpkin Pie
Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamps:  Penny Black Dahlias
All the other stuff:  Derwent Inktense Pencils, Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint, Fired Brick Distress Paint, Orange Peel Stickles, Lime-Green Stickles, Maya Road chipboard, White Enamel Accents and Black Enamel Accents, Scor-Pal

Hope you are having a terrific week my friends...back soon with more!

Starry Masculine Birthday

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


A quick and very easy card for the Color Challenge today over at Splitcoast.  The suggested colors are SU! Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Marina Mist.  I substituted Hero Arts Red Royal, Cup O' Joe and Pool...as they are very close to the colors.

When I think of masculine designs...my first thought is something very clean and simple.  Stars are a great theme for "guy" cards...and that actually works for any age male.

My card base is a standard 4.25" x 5.5".  I've stamped the little star square image three times, added some die cut stars, stamped the sentiment.  Then I used some Distress Stickles to add a little bit of sparkle, but not too much, 'cause it's a "guy" card right?

Easy peasy... quick as a wink card!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury Card Stock in White, SU! Cherry Cobbler and SU! Marina Mist
Ink:  Hero Arts Red Royal, Cup O' Joe and Pool
Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp Square Sayings
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Stacking Stars, Fired Brick Distress Stickles, Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles

My thoughts and prayers are for all those affected by the tornadoes in the south...wishing you all better days ahead!



Crazy Stem

Monday, May 20, 2013


It's time for the TLC over at Splitcoast, and it's also time for the CAS challenge too!  Judy's challenge...crazy stitching and Denise's challenge...that smells great.

I started out by stamping my floral image once on the rectangular piece and twice again on a smaller scrap of white card stock.  Using my SU! markers I colored the focal image and just the two petals that I later cut out and raised on dimensionals.  I also added some extra color with my waterbrush and a Gelato, then added more dimension and sparkle with some Stickles.

Next, I faux stitched the stem and added some punched leaves.  The sentiment was placed on a MFT die cut and the card base has been dry embossed.  Pretty simple really...

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury card stock in White, Basic Grey Infuse
Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamps:  Hero Arts Poetic Petals Two and Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society Stems
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lifestyle Crafts Linear embossing folder, MFT Bracket Tab, piercing tool and mat, McGill birch leaf punch, SU! markers, Gelatos, waterbrush, Purple and Yellow Stickles, dimensionals

Hope today is the start to a great week for you my friends!  Back soon with more!

Mixed Inspiration

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A card for both the Splitcoast Mixed Media challenge this week...glitter under glass and a card for the Splitcoast Inspiration challenge.  I chose this beautiful bracelet for my inspiration.

I started my card by dabbing three shades of Distress Paint on my craft sheet and spraying it with water.  Then I pulled a piece of watercolor paper through it. Then, to add more texture, I rolled up a baby wipe and rolled it up and down the watercolor paper.   It was dried with a heat gun and then dry embossed.  Next I used three different colors of Stickles to "paint" the center of the medallion and once that was dry it was covered with Ranger Glossy Accents.

Next, I used my finger to smudge more Broken China Distress Paint around the edges and then added some Picket Fence Distress Paint to soften the look.  Then, the edges were distressed and I swiped them with a gold ink pad and heat embossed the edges with gold embossing powder.

Finally, it was placed on a standard 4.25" x 5.5" card base.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury White and Simon Says Stamp watercolor paper
Ink:  Encore Metallic Gold
Stamps:  none
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Sizzix Medallion Embossing Folder, Tarnished Brass Distress Paint, Mowed Lawn Distress Paint, Broken China Distress Paint, Picket Fence Distress Paint, baby wipes, Lime Green Stickles, Golden Rod Stickles, Aqua Stickles, Ranger Glossy Accents, gold embossing powder, craft sheet, heat gun, distressing tool, water mister

Enjoy your weekend everyone!  Back soon with more!

Funky Flowers

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Time for the Ways to Use It challenge over at Splitcoast today.  Cathy has asked us to use flowers...and if you've spent any time on my blog...you'll know I'm all over that kind of challenge!  And, this is also for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Flower Power.

My background comes out of my stash...it was done with several colors of  Dylusions Ink spray quite some time ago just waiting for a day like this.  Next I stamped the Hero Arts stamp over top in Ranger Archival Jet Black ink.  It actually comes with the text and the flowers so that made it really easy.  Then I painted the flowers with Stickles.

For my edge treatment I was inspired by Buzsy's (Monika) card from yesterday where she used cheesecloth and white embossing around the edge of her card.  Instead, I chose to use burlap and Picket Fence Distress Paint, once I'd distressed the edges.

The sentiment was stamped with Stazon ink on a piece of vellum and I used theTim Holtz Tiny Attacher to place it on the card.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury card stock in Black Onyx, vellum scrap and some paper from my stash
Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black and Stazon Black
Stamps:  Wordsworth and Hero Arts
All the other stuff:  Stickles, burlap, Picket Fence Distress Paint, distressing tool, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Hope you're having a wonderfully creative week my friends!  Back soon with more!

Bokeh Bouquet

Monday, May 13, 2013


This card is for a couple of challenges over at Splitcoast today.  First the CAS220 challenge to let your image portray your sentiment on your card.  This floral image could be used for many types of occasions...birthday, anniversary, get well or sympathy.  And secondly for the TLC429 challenge to use the bokeh (pronounced bo-kay) technique on your card.  So now you get my little play on words for my title today *grin*.

I've stamped the image on some watercolor paper and used the marker layering technique to color it.  Then I paper-pieced the vase and outlined the image with a Copic marker.  Next to get the bokeh effect, I used a TCW template and added some color with my ink blending tools.  I only used what color was left on the sponges...didn't actually add any because I wanted a really soft look.  Then I used my waterbrush to blend and lighten the colors even more.

The focal piece was edged with a Big Brush Pen and layered on the designer paper with dimensionals, then added to the card base.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Simon Says Stamp watercolor paper, Lily Bee Designs Head Over Heels, Gina K. Pure Luxury Black Onyx
Ink:  Ranger Archival Ink
Stamps:  Lockhart Stamps
All the other stuff:  SU! stampin' write markers, Tombow adhesive, dimensionals, W3 Copic marker, TCW mini paint lids template, ink blending tools, Niji waterbrush, black Big Brush Pen, Stardust Stickles

Have a wonderful week!  See you soon with more!

Be Open

Thursday, May 9, 2013


It's time for the Ways to Use It challenge over at Splitcoast today.  To celebrate Self Discovery Month, Michelle has asked us to try something we haven't done before.  So in that spirit I tried recycling the plastic packaging from my new embossing folder.

My card starts out with a 4.25" x 5.5" card base in black.  Next I took a slightly smaller piece of kraft card stock and dry embossed it.  Then, I started smudging my Gelatos over various parts of the design...mostly using blues and browns.  Once that was done, I added some Antique Bronze Distress Paint in random fashion.  A black Big Brush pen was also used to create more depth and interest.

Then I cut open the packaging from my embossing folder, cut a piece slightly larger than needed and dry embossed it with the same pattern.

Discovered some little tags in my stash the other day, so decided to use one for the sentiment.  Painted it with the same Distress Paint, sponged a wee bit of Walnut Stain Distress Ink across it and then added smudges of the Big Brush pen again around the edges.  Stamped the sentiment in Jet Black Archival ink and added some of Tim's new remnant rubs (oh how I love those things!).

Next, I took three little Sprocket Gears and first painted them with Broken China Distress Paint, then once that was dry, added some of the Antique Bronze Distress Paint randomly.

To attach the clear plastic embossed piece to the matching paper piece, I used fasteners through the center of each of the gears as well as attaching my tag the same way.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury Black Onyx, SU! Crumb Cake
Ink:  Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink
Stamps:  Unity Stamps You Will Shine (Donna Downey)
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Compass Texture Fades, Tim Holtz Sprocket Gears, Gelatos, Broken China Distress Paint, Antique Bronze Distress Paint, brads, Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs, Stampers Big Brush Pen, heat gun, craft mat, sponge, misc. mini shipping tag

What are you going to do for Self Discovery month?





Floating Vellum

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Floating vellum...yes, it actually just looks like it's floating on top of the card today.  Sometimes you really have to be creative in how you attach your vellum to your card don't you?

I've used the sketch challenge from Splitcoast for my layout today.

This card's made with a standard A2 sized base.  A slightly smaller rectangle has been dry embossed and placed on it first.  Then the two squares of designer paper which have been sponged with Distress Ink to make them stand out a little bit more.  I chose a stamp that could hide three glue dots/dimensionals fairly evenly spaced across the main panel and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  Next I colored the back with Copics in coordinating colors with the squares of designer paper.  (note - only color the back of a heat embossed piece if you'd like to keep your Copics healthy!) Then, I simply placed the floral panel onto my card with the dimensionals,  added a few gems and done!

Pretty simple card...easy to make in no time really.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury White card stock, heavyweight vellum and Bramble Rose MME
Ink:  Brilliance Moonlight White and Pumice Stone Distress Ink
Stamps:  Hero Arts Dogwood
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Woodgrain embossing folder, Hero Arts white embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat gun, sponge, gems, Copics - R24, R27 and R29

Hope you are having a fabulous week my friends!  The sun is shining and the birds are singing here...all is right with the world!



Painted Tulips

Friday, May 3, 2013


So by now you know how much I love mixed media...this was truly a stretch for me today.  But that's what challenges are all about aren't they?

Birgit's leading us with her challenge at Splitcoast today...to create something new and different from our normal stamping/painting/ inking designs.  You can find the challenge here if you'd like to play along! So in the spirit of trying something new I've opted for a more clean and simple approach to mixed media today.

I started out with a piece of old designer paper from Basic Grey and stamped the tulip image in Ranger Archival Ink.  Next I used my Prismacolor colored pencils to color the stems and the leaves of the flowers.  Just used two different colors and blended lightly.  Then I painted the tulips with Distress Paints in two colors.

Using a Gelato, I added some more white to the already distressed looking paper.  Next I added some shadows with a Copic pen and finally stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black.  The piece was then layered simply on black card stock.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury card stock in Black Onyx and Basic Grey Two Scoops
Ink:  Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society
All the other stuff:  Prismacolor colored pencils, Distress Paint in Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door, white Gelato, W3 Copic marker, Niji waterbrush

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  See you soon with more!



Art is Life

Thursday, May 2, 2013


Haven't done a Tim Holtz tag in forever...  His tag today features his new Remnant Rubs...which I just happen to have (insert *grin* here). You can find his tag for May and all his instructions right here.  Have to say...his Remnant Rubs are so easy to work with...not like some others I've tried in the past...just sayin'...

Pretty much everything on this tag is from one of Sir Tim's lines except for one stamp and the seam binding.  I've purchased a whole roll of Hug Snug in white to customize for whatever I'm working on.  It's cheap, the quality is wonderful and it dyes very easily.  Simply color it with Distress Stains, Inks, what have you, spritz with water, crinkle it in your hands and then dry.  I do use disposable rubber gloves to do this...unless you're into beautifully dyed hands...LOL

Here's what I used:
Paper:  none
Ink:  Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black, Shabby Shutters Distress Ink and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Mixed Media, Tim Holtz Fancy Flourishes, Tim Holtz Papillon, Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Classics #1, Stampers Anonymous
All the other stuff:  Ranger #8 tag,; Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire Distress Stains; Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs; Tim Holtz Type Charms; Tim Holtz Alpha Parts Ransom; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Tim Holtz Wire Pin; Tim Holtz Word Sticks; Shabby Shutters and Black Soot Distress Paints; Hug Snug seam binding; water spritzer; heat gun; sponges; cloth; Ranger Glossy Accents

Thank you for joining me today...back soon with more!





Attitude

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


A while ago, the most wonderful Julia Stainton made a gorgeous tag book for her daughter.  You can see her post here.  Her embellies from Maya Road were absolutely fabulous!  My creation is quite different but in many ways the same.  The photo above shows the front of my tag book.

Here's another photo showing some of the different pages from my tag book:


Instead of using pre-made embellies. I made my own flowers from canvas and crinoline.  Each flower was cut with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and colored with Distress Paints.  They were spritzed with water and crinkled in my hands.  Then I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in the center of each layer and then put them together with some pretty rhinestone brads.  The leaves were made the same way with the Tattered Leaves die.  I added a few loops of silver cording and a couple of stick pins too.  Like Julia, I used the same templates on each and every page, and I chose Picket Fence Distress Stain to also unify the pages.  I'm sure I used every color of Distress Stain possible *grin*.  Couldn't stop once I got started...

This tag book is for my dear friend Susan who is battling breast cancer.  We've talked about the power of positive thinking and so this book was my gift to her to write down some positive affirmations and for her to read them daily as well any anytime she feels she needs them.

After spending the day with her yesterday, I wanted to share some thoughts on her and her battle.  First of all let me tell you that girl has attitude...the type of attitude that needs to be taken when you're in a fight like this one.  Nothing gets her down and believe me nothing will stop her from getting to where she wants to be and that is completely healthy.

She takes each and every positive thing...like her test results yesterday and draws strength from it.  She smiles, she laughs and she fights.  She's studying ways to change her eating habits to allow her body to fight this terrible disease.  She looks at alternative medicine to see what she can draw on to help her in this fight. In other words she is taking matters into her own hands...it's her life and she will seek any and all things that may strengthen her and make her well.  And her attitude is...I'm not dying until I take my last breath.

Something perhaps we can all learn from is her attitude...never say never...

When you are faced with obstacles in life...a winning attitude is what will get you through.  Sure it's easy to crawl into bed and pull the covers over your head or perhaps make like an ostrich...bury your head in the sand and just pretend it's not happening to you.

ATTITUDE makes a difference...whether it's at work, day to day dealing with loved ones, or sitting in a traffic jam with no where to go.  Your attitude makes a difference.

A little bump in the road...or a huge mountain to climb...it's where your head's at that will make or break you.  Every day people encounter challenges, some small and seemingly insignificant, some large and seemingly insurmountable.  What determines the outcome is how they deal with it.

So to those of you who are struggling with some little or some very large problem.  Try, try, try.  If that doesn't work...try some more.  Look at different ways to deal with your problems...and use the right attitude to attain success.  Dig your heels in and vow to not go down without a fight...like my friend Susan...it's all in the attitude!

OK...that's it for me today my dear friends...back soon with more...