Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sending Smiles

Sprinkles and Smiles to be exact!
For today's creation I used another of my Papertrey Ink Market kits - Shakers and Sprinkles -  I buy so many things that I actually forget what I have - so I'm making a conscious effort to get things out and play with them!
My stitched tag is from Waltzingmouse.  The white stitched frame die, the pretty chevron patterned paper, the Sprinkles die, the sending, &. and Smiles stamps, the stars and green sequins are all from the PTI Shakers and Sprinkles Market kit (which I actually just received last week - I was on the backorder list from May).  The arrows are MFT and the black jute string is Tim Holtz.  

I'm entering my tag into the 2nd Tag You're It challenge:

Stamps:  Shaker & Sprinkles kit - PTI
Paper:  white, True Black, Simply Chartreuse - PTI,  DP - from Shakers and Sprinkles kit - PTI
Ink:  Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  White embossing powder, heat tool, Glossy Accents, foam dots, Jute String - Tim Holtz, Stitched Tag Die - Waltzingmouse,  Lead the Way Arrow dies - MFT, Stitched Frame die Sequins and stars from Shakers and Sprinkles Kit - PTI.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Art with Heart Challenge - Star Student!

I finally finished my project for Eileen Hull's Art with Heart July Challenge -  Red, White and Beautiful.  
I had the box  (Sizzix Blocks/Cubes 3D) and panels all made and put together but just couldn't decide how I wanted to decorate it. But now the deadline is one day away so I put the creative engine in full gear!  And here is my interpretation of Red, White and Beautiful!
I used a Clock Key for the top and tied some wrinkled seam tape around it in a bow and let the tails dangle down.
The 3D Star die is from Savvy Dies and the gem stars are from JoAnns.  I used 2 thick foam dots layered together in the center of the star to adhere it to the sides of the block.
Given that fall and getting back to school are just around the corner (although I do NOT want to wish the summer away!!)   I'll save this to give to "a star student'  in the fall. The top of the box opens so a little treat can be placed inside.   The stamp and stitched banner are from Lil' Inker Designs.
For the panels - I stenciled a big strip of white card stock using Wendy Vecchi's Translucent Embossing Paste and Tim Holtz Layering Stripes Stencil.  Then I inked the panel with both Salty Ocean and Festive Berries Distress Inks.  To finish it off - I stenciled Graduated Stars from MFT in Archival Black ink.  Then I cut the panel into 2" squares and adhered them to the cube.  You can see it most clearly on the bottom side here.
So I guess I'm finishing this project just in time to find out what the August Art with Heart Challenge will be!

Stamps:  2 Cute Ink - Bunny Star - Lil' Inker Designs
Paper:  White Little Sizzles Mat Board, White - PTI, DP October Afternoon Farm House and Sidewalks.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Salty Ocean and Festive Berries, Memento Tuxedo Black, Archival Black.
Accessories:  Stripes Stencil - Tim Holtz, Graduated Stars Stencil - MFT, Wrinkled Seam Tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste, sticky stars - Joanns, 3d Star Die - Savvy Dies, Stitched Sentiment Flag Die - Lil' Inker Designs, thick foam dots, Idea-ology Clock Keys, Sizzix Block/Cube 3D.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Winter Bunny

I've missed a couple of the Festive Friday Challenges - and I was determined not to miss it again!  This is the beautiful inspiration photo:
So many pretty things to focus on -  first I thought pinecones,  then snowflakes, then white frame and wreath,  I toyed with the idea of branches with silver balls, or a roaring fire..... but then
The little bunny won out! I love the stitched bunny and bow from Lil' Inker Designs - I guess she's not just for Easter anymore!! I cut her out of a brushed gold card stock.  I also used (for the very first time!) my long ago purchased and stored away Impression Plate from the Luxe Letter Press Market Kit from PTI.  
I stamped the NOEL from the Nutcracker Sweet set by Waltzingmouse in Brilliance Gold Ink next to my bunny.  The bunny and bow are both popped up on foam tape. 

On the inside I stamped this verse from an old wood mounted rubber stamp I have:  
In the stillness of snow falling
In the glow of candlelight
In the beauty of frosty windows
May peace be yours tonight.

Perfect for my little bunny, I think.....

Stamps:  Noel from Nutcracker Sweet - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Letter Press 110# Stock - PTI,  brushed gold from stash
Ink:  Brilliance Galaxy Gold
Accessories:  Bunnies and Bows Die set - Lil' Inker Designs, Luxe Letter Press Impression Plate - PTI

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Take Care

Today I have two cards to share -  made for two different challenges but using some of the same supplies on both.
First I have a sympathy card (always good to have on hand when you suddenly need one).  I used two older dies for this - a Butterfly die from Provo Craft (that also came with 3 embossing folders so the butterfly could have dots, text or a pattern on it).  I die cut it from a piece of patterned paper from Basic Grey/Curio Pad.  The stem is cut with an older Sizzix die.  I die cut the panel with my stitched mat rectangle die from Lil' Inker.  I folded the butterfly in half and adhered her by running a Glue Pen down the middle so only that part was attached to the card - then I placed a piece of a thick foam dot under each wing to hold them up even through mailing.  The sympathy sentiment is an older wooden stamp from Rubber Stampede.
I used the Cas(e) this Sketch for my design
 I die cut several of the butterflies when I made my card - so I could make more Sympathy cards -  and then also used one for this Get Well card.  I again, die cut the panel with my stitched mat rectangle die and then also die cut a stitched mat circle out of the side.  I added the butterfly in the same manner - gluing just the middle and putting thick foam dots under the wings.  I added the sentiment on a die cut Sentiment Strip from MFT, some sequins and a little punched heart.
 This Basic Grey/Curio paper is so pretty isn't it?  It's got text in black and red and white flowers that look like stenciling.
 My design for this card was from Case Study #200
Deepest Sympathy:
Stamps:  Rubber Stampede
Paper:  White, Simply Chartreuse - PTI, DP Basic Grey/Curio Pad
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Dies - butterfly - Provo Craft, stem- Sizzix, Stitched Mat Rectangle - Lil' Inker Designs, thick foam dots, Glue Pen, thick foam dots.

Take care:
Stamps:  Healing Touch Sentiments - PTI
Paper:   White, Simply Chartreuse, Kraft  - PTI, DP Basic Grey/Curio Pad
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Dies - butterfly - Provocraft, Sentiment Strip - My Favorite Things, Circle and Rectangle Stitched Mat dies - Lil' Inker Designs, Lucky Blend Sequins - Avery Elle, Tiny heart punch - McGill, Glossy Accents, thick foam dots, Glue Pen.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Vintage Journey Challenge 10 - Dies and Distress

I made today's card for the latest A Vintage Journey Challenge - Dies and Distress.  These are the details of the challenge from the site:  

You can create any type of project i.e tags, canvas, cards, altered long as you include dies and distress products such as inks, paints, stains, embossing powders and markers.  Dies can be distressed, stained,painted, embossed and stamped.................the creativity is yours.
We are a Tim Holtz inspired challenge blog, however, it is all about Tim's style, so the dies you use do not have to be from Tim's Sizzix range. Please check out our Travelling Instructions for more details.
Our regular sponsor is Country View Crafts and the challenge winner will receive a £10 gift voucher to be redeemed at their online store.
For my distress products I used Mustard Seed, Faded Jeans and Antique Linen Distress Inks, Aged Gold Frantage Embossing Powder, Tim Holtz Dot Fade Stencil, paper from Idea-ology PaperStash/Wallflower, and Tim Holtz Paper Distresser.
For my dies - I used Tim Holtz Arch Frame and Cresent Moon and Stars cutting them out of white card stock. I sponged the arch with Faded Jeans Distress Ink - and then inked the Dot Fade Layering stencil over it with Mustard Seed Distess Ink.   I embossed the moon and stars with Frantage Aged Gold embossing powder from Stampendous - and then sponged over them with Mustard Seed Distress Ink to color any white spots that showed through.  I layered them over the panel with foam dots.

The sentiment frame already looks distressed when you ink it.  I added some Remnant Rubs/Botanicals words to the arch die cut.  I distressed the edges of the patterned paper panel and sponged them with Antique Linen.
I hope you'll create a Dies and Distress Project and link it up over at A Vintage Journey - you have until the 24th  6pm UK time to link up your project!
I'm also entering this in this week's Seize the Birthday - anything goes

Stamps:  Saying Stuff - Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  White - Papertrey Ink, DP - Idea-ology Paper Stash/Wallflower
Ink:  Ranger Distress - Faded Jeans, Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Archival Jet Black, Versamark.
Accessories:  Aged Gold Frantage Embossing Powder - Stampendous, Stencil - Dot Fade Tim Holtz, Remnant Rubs/Botanicals - Idea-ology, Dies - Arch Frame,  Crescent Moon and Stars - Tim Holtz, Distress Tool - Ranger.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Stylish Birthday

A friend at work asked me to make a special birthday card for her sister who is a "fashionista!"  I thought it would be fun to use my Tim Holtz dress form die on a piece of honeycomb paper to make it 3 dimensional.  I was going to just put it on a card front - but then found this cute  bureau side step tutorial in a pile of things I've printed off on one of the tables in my craft room (when I was cleaning!) and thought it would be the perfect thing to highlight the dress form!  The basic side step tutorial can also be found on Split Coast here.
I inked all the edges of the card, drawers, sentiment labels and dress form with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I added pieces of Melange Tissue Wrap to two of the step and tied two colors of wrinkled seam tape around the waist of the dress form to add a splash of color to the card.
I stamped the sentiments on die cut Sentiment Strips from MFT.
I put clear tape along the seam in the back of the honeycomb to hold it open - this looks good even from the back doesn't it?!  I stamped a birthday verse here and my friend can also write a note to her sister here.
I stamped the birthday girl's name on a hand made label (the bottom end was made with the SU Curly Label Punch) and tied it onto the neck of the dress form using a piece of twine.
I'm linking my birthday card to Seize the Birthday -  optional toppings: use twine or string.

Stamps:  Cornish Heritage Farms - Birthday Centers
Paper:  White - PTI, Tissue Wrap Melange - Idea-ology/Ranger, Honeycomb paper - Inky Antics
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Ranger Distress Antique Linen.
Accessories:  Wrinkled Seam Tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, Square Gems - Joann's (old!), curly label and modern square label punches - SU, twine from stash, ScorTape, Dies - sentiment strips - MFT, dress form from Sewing Room die - Tim Holtz Alterations.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fusion Card Challenge - July 17th

Hi everyone - it's time for another Fusion Challenge - wow - did we see a lot of wonderful red poppies with bright blues and lovely triangle designs on all of your entries for the last challenge!  It is SO hard for us to choose our one favorite - there are SO many beauties to choose from - and thanks so much for joining us!

And now we have today's beautiful inspiration -  Look at these yummie cupcakes - I think they are candies or soaps don't you?   I got a gift of some soaps last year that look similar to these only they had real dried flowers on them.
So - I'm proud of myself this week - I was able to combine the photo AND the sketch in my creation!
First, I inked my white card stock panel with Antique Linen and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks.  Then I flicked water onto the panel - and since Distress Inks react with water - it created this lovely splatter.  I adhered a strip of Sketch Book Tissue Tape along the edge of the colors, wrapping the ends around the edges of the panel.  I stamped 'happy birthday' on a sentiment strip and adhered it with foam dots above the Tissue Tape.
I made my pretty flower out of Terminology Tissue Wrap.  I cut 4 squares each 3"x3", stacked them on top of each other and then fan folded them.  I stapled it together in the center and rounded both edges.  Then I pulled apart each fold and fluffed it up.  Tim Holtz has the tutorial for this Tissue Wrap Flower in his Compendium of Curiosities Vol II page 37.   After I fluffed my flower and was happy with it's shape -  I applied Spun Sugar Ranger Distress Paint with my finger.  This will, no doubt, get a little crushed if mailed, but I think it can be fluffed up again when received and opened!

I hope you will check out this week's challenge - and also all of the beautiful inspiration from the Design Team - Here are their links:

Stephanie Severin

Thanks so much for coming by today and I hope you will join us in this week's Fusion Challenge

I'm also entering this card in the Curtain Call Challenge
And in the Runway Inspired Challenge

Stamps:  Birthday Basics - Papertrey Ink
Paper:  White, Soft Stone - PTI, Tissue Wrap/Terminology - Ranger
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass
Accessories:  Sentiment Strips Die - My Favorite Things, Tissue Tape/Sketch Book - Ranger, Eclipse Tape (to mask), foam dots.

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