Friday, May 25, 2018

May Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Today I'm playing along with the Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop.  This is the photo inspiration for us.
I was inspired by the black/white tablecloth, the flowers on the table and the white/gold of the trailer and lights!  
(the paper on the top half of my card has gold and black dots but I don't think you can see the gold?!)
I used Stitching Garden stamps and dies and a sentiment from Sentiment Staples: Birthday.
I'm off to the Papertrey Ink Blog to see everyone's inspired cards!

I'm also linking my card to:
Seize the Birthday (I actually  got the topping this time - Patterned Paper)


Stamps:  Stitching Garden, Sentiment Staples: Birthday
Paper:  White, Ripe Avocado - PTI, Modern Metallic Paper Pad - DCWV.
Ink:  Pale Peony, Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding, New Leaf, Ripe Avocado - PTI, Hero Hues Black.
Accessories:  Stitching Garden Dies - PTI, Foam dots.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Be Still

Today I have a card to share that features a photo I took in my garden.
The plant is Solomon's Seal and I purchased it many years ago at the Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA.   It tends to spread so you need to put it in an area that you want it to fill!

This is one area I planted it in our front yard under our beautiful Japanese Maple.  
There are a few other plants here as well - but the Solomon's seal takes up the whole left side! 
I will probably prune some out at the end of this season!
Here's a little info on the history of the Solomon's Seal plant for all you gardeners out there! 

I Googled it and found this info here.
Solomon's Seal is named for King Solomon of Hebrew lore who was granted great wisdom by the Hebrew God and had a special seal that aided him in his magical workings, allowing him to command demons without coming to harm. According to herbal lore, King Solomon himself placed his seal upon this plant when he recognized its great value. Those with imagination can see the seal on the rootstock in the circular scars left by the stem after it dies back.

Solomon's Seal has a rich history that goes back many thousands of years. Herbalists and healers, both in Europe and North America and the Far East, have written about its diverse effects on numerous conditions. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Natural Resources Conservation Service) identified Solomon's Seal as a Culturally Significant Plant, noting its medicinal and restorative value among North American Tribal (Original Nation) peoples. It is our understanding that the National Institutes of Health is presently researching the benefits of Solomon's Seal for heart health.

My card was inspired by the following challenges:
Splitcoaststampers - Ways to Use it Challenge: Picture This
Use a photo

I was inspired by the sketch
I was inspired by all the natural greenery 
Stamps: Everyday Blessings - PTI
Paper: Rustic Cream, Cocoa Bean - PTI, Blue Distress Coredinations, Watercolor paper - Canson, Worn Wallpaper - Idea-ology/Tim Holtz
Ink:Hero Hues Black
Accessories:  personal photo, scallop die - Ali Express/China

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

I Heard the Bells

Yes - another Christmas card -  for this week's Merry Monday challenge!

I used a piece of Luxe Foil DP (PapertreyInk - no longer available) for the background.  
(I thought the swirly circles looked like the reverberations of the bell ringing!) 
  
 I die cut the bell out of gold metalic paper, stamped it using Versamark and gold embossed it.  Stamps and die from Folk Art Christmas (retired by Waltzingmouse)
I added a piece of holly cut from a Layered Accent from K&CO 
(it was an ornament with a sprig of holly on top.) 
 Then I adhered one red rhinestone.
The bell is adhered to the base with thick foam dots in the center so the bell curves.
Here's what I gold embossed on the inside of my card - from Inside and Out Holiday by PTI.
I made a second card with a different background panel from the same paper pack.



Stamps:  Fold Art Christmas Additions - Waltzingmouse (retired), Inside and Out Holiday - PTI
Paper:  White, Luxe Foil DP - PTI, Kraft Stock Metallic Paper - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology.
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Gold embossing powder, red rhinestone, Folk Art Christmas Die - Waltzingmouse (retired), Tombow Glue, thick foam dots, Ornament Layered Accents - K&Co.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mid Month May CAS Mix Up Card Challenge Reminder!

Today I'm posting another card for the CAS Mix Up Challenge to remind you that you have until May 24th to get your card linked up!
Here is hostess Bonnie's challenge for us this month:  Use Gelatos or Crayons - but don't worry if you can't think of what you might do with these -  check out all the videos linked to over at the blog!
 This time I used Gelatos
 (you can see my Distress Crayon card here if you missed it!).  
I  mixed Bubble Gum Gelato with Liquitex Light Modeling Paste and spread it over a stencil.  
I watched this video that Bonnie provided us:  Stenciling with Gelatos by Kimberly Crawford
Here are a few photos of how I did it.
First I spread some modeling paste onto my craft mat.  Then I scraped some Bubble Gum Gelato off the stick onto the mat and then mixed it into the paste.
I spread the mix over Tim Holtz Scribbles stencil onto a panel of Bristol Smooth Surface paper being sure it was all covered and scraped over thinly and evenly. 
(wash your stencil and pallet knife immediately after use)
I cut a 2 1/2" x 3 1/4" piece out of the stenciled panel, layered it to a white card panel with foam dots, stamped and die cut the butterfly and layered it over the stenciling with foam dots.  Then I stamped the sentiment and layered the panel to a white card base.

Please join us and show us how you use Gelatos or Crayons!  There are several videos over at the CAS Mix Up Blog to inspire your creativity!  
You have until 5/24 to link up your creation!

I'm also linking my card to:
Just Us Girls
Creative with Stamps
AAA Cards

Stamps:  Butterfly Blooms, Women of Life (retired) - PTI
Ink:  Hero Hues Black
Paper:  Bristol Smooth Surface, White - PTI
Accessories:  Bubble Gum Gelato, Liquitex Light Modeling Paste, Butterfly Bloom Die

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Spring Flowers with Eileen Hull's Sizzix Dies

This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is bringing spring to life using Eileen Hull's Sizzix Dies.
I made a lovely decorated frame for my project.
The frame measures 5" x 4 1/4" (not counting the flowers sticking out!).
The opening measures 2" x 3".
Without the flowers, this frame will fit into a regular A2 envelope.
I used several of Eileen's Sizzix dies -  her Mailable Frame die, Pansy Flower die and Spring Leaves die.  For the front of the frame I embossed a piece of watercolor paper using her Eyelet Lace embossing folder and die cut it to fit the frame.  The patterned paper is from Eileen's Heartfelt Paper Pad.

I have a few photos showing how I put this together.
I die cut the Mailable Frame out of white mat board.  I embossed a panel of watercolor paper and embossed it with the Eyelet Lace folder, then die cut it laying it over the front of the frame die.
I die cut 3 large, 3 medium and 5 small petals from the Pansy Die and 3 stems from Spring Leaves.  I inked the petals using Tutu, Melon and Wildberry Color Box Blends Ink - so easy to use with their round foam applicators - just squeeze the ink out and rub on!
I didn't try to get full coverage on the petals as I then spritzed them with water.  They blend wonderfully with the water giving a great look of light and dark colors!
I dried them a bit with my heat tool and then crunched them up and let them dry for about 15 minutes.
I inked the petals with both Frog and Leaf Color Box Blends Ink and spritzed them with water.  I wanted some of the white to still show through.
I un-scrunched all the petals and took two wired stamens from Wiltons, folded them in half and pushed them through the layers of petals.  I bent the ends over on the back after I layered the amount I wanted and put a dot of glue to hold them.  I also put some dots of glue at the center of some of the petals so they wouldn't spin around.
I glued the stems to the backs of the blooms. 
I layered two of the smaller sets on the bottom right corner of the frame.
I used one medium petal and 2 small for the medium flower and 2 small petals for the small flower.
And attached the largest bloom in the top left corner.
I used 2 large, 2 medium and one small petal for the big flower.
Here's a view of the frame standing up.
I stamped a sentiment from Beautiful Blessings by PTI onto patterned paper and adhered it to the inside of the front piece and added 3 clear sequins to it. 
So if you'd like to welcome spring with lots of blooms - please check out Eileen's blog during the month of May to see all of the Inspiration Teams creations!

I'm linking my card to:
Cute Card Thursday
Flowers

My card is clean and layered

Stamps:  Beautiful Blessings - Papertrey Ink.
Paper:  White Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix, Waercolor paper - Canson, Heart Felt Paper Pad - Eileen Hull/Sizzix.
Ink:  Color Box Blends Inks - Tutu, Melon, Wildberry, Frog and Leaf,  Hero Hues Black.
Accessories:  Mailable Frame Die, Pansy Flower Die, Spring Leaves Die, Eyelet Lace Embossing Folder- Eileen Hull/Sizzix, flower centers - Wilton, ScorTape, Tombow Glue, Winter Blend Sequins - Avery Elle.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Rustic Nativity

Another Christmas card for the box!
I die cut the stable and Holy Family out of Birch Bark Wrapping paper that I bought last Christmas season at Pier 1 Imports (LOVE THIS PAPER!!).  I embossed the images in black and layered them onto a cream Bazzill card base using foam dots.  I die cut the big star our of gold paper and added 3 little wooden stars.  The Nativity stamps and  Holy Couple, barn and star dies are from Simon Says Stamp.

I'm linking my card to:
and I made it rustic for the Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers where we were to be inspired by the Vineyard Market web site - I was inspired by this Nativity.
Stamps:  Nativity - Simon Says Stamp, For Unto You - Wordsworth
Paper:  Cream Bazzill, Gold - DCWV Paper Pad, Birch Bark Wrapping Paper - Pier 1
Ink: Versamark, Hero Hues Black
Accessories:  Wow Black Embossing Powder, Holy Couple and Barn Dies - Simon Says Stamp, wood veneer stars - The Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby, foam dots, Tombow Glue.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Jewelry Dishes with Alcohol Inks

Today I'm sharing a lovely little gift idea that I found on this blog through Pinterest.
You decorate small ceramic dishes with Alcohol Inks to look like flowers and to use as jewelry dishes on your bureau or bedside table.
Here are 12 that I made in a couple of hours time.
You'll find Patti's tutorial here.     
No two dishes ever come out alike - and the good thing is that you just have to rub over the dish with rubbing alcohol on a cloth to erase it all and start all over if you aren't happy!   
I have to say, as I was learning and figuring out how the Alcohol Ink blew around - I 'wiped clean' more than half of my dishes and started again!
Here are some photos of how I made them (slightly different than Patti):   
So you start with these little white ceramic sauce dishes -found at Amazon here.    You wipe off the dishes with Rubbing Alcohol.  I used these Rubbing Alcohol wipes that worked perfectly and are very convenient.  Patti used a canister of Canned Air to blow her Alcohol inks around but I just used this Distress Marker Spritzer from Tim Holtz 
(you squeeze the body and air puffs out of the nozzle.)
 I used a slightly different steps in applying my Alcohol Inks.  I added a drop to start the petal first. (she started with dropping ink on the center)
Then I tipped the bowl back a bit and pumped air on the ink with my tool to spread it up the side, trying for a petal-like shape. It dries pretty quickly so you want to work fast.  You can make any kind of petal shape that pleases you!
Then I went around the dish adding petals.
Then I took a second color of Alcohol Ink and added petals in between the first petals.  For this dish I used Patina and Citrus but you can use anything you have and colors that you favor!
Then I added a drop to the middle, it spreads pretty well, but you can also blow on it to move it and blowing will also stop it's spread.  Just practice to see how the inks move! You can add ink to fill in more petals or cover spots if you have them or wipe the whole thing off with rubbing alcohol and start over.
Here are close ups of a few of the ones shown above. 
 Sunshine Yellow and Ginger Alcohol Inks
Red Pepper and Poppyfield Alcohol Inks
Latte and Patina Alcohol Inks
Latte and Sepia Alcohol Inks
Sailboat Blue and Espresso Alcohol Inks
 You let the dishes dry for a day - then you spray them with a couple of coats of sealent.   
I packaged them up in clear square bottom bags that had a cupcake insert in them so they fit right into the hole on the insert.  I made labels using Tiny Tags stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink.

I had them at our Mother's Day sale at church and will sell them again at our church fair in October.
I think these would also make nice little gifts for friends!