Monday, January 15, 2018

January Mid Month Reminder - CAS Mix Up Challenge - Cling Wrap

Hi everyone!  It's the middle of January and I'm here today to remind you there's still time to join in on the CAS Mix Up Challenge!  The challenge is open through Jan 24th!
Nancy's challenge this month is to use Cling Wrap
I used cling wrap with Infusions, stamping, die cuts and enamel dots on my card(s) today. 
(I ended up making 3!)
I started with a sheet of Bristol Smooth Surface Paper, sprinkled it with Sleight Blue Infusions by PaperArtsy, spritzed with water, laid a piece of cling wrap over it and squished up the wrap.  I left it to dry for a few hours, removed the cling wrap and this is what I got!
A close up view of one section - see all the wrinkles the cling wrap creates?
and a darker section

I used Tim Holtz Mini Detailed Butterfly Thinlits to cut my butterfly - they come with a solid shape and a cut out shape for 2 different butterflies.  On this card I cut both layers out of my cling wrap Infusions panel to show off the colors/design of the paper. Sentiment is from Signature Greetings by PTI.
Close up
Then I cut the butterfly base out of white and layered the detailed cut over it - you can appreciate the lovely lacy look to the butterfly - but you see less of the colors.
And then on my third card I used a whole panel of the colored panel as well as on the shaker balloon.  Sentiment is from Birthday Basics - PTI
I used Noted: Scalloped A2 Die from Papertrey Ink for all of the white die cut panels.  The shaker balloon die is from Stamplorations.

There are several links to techniques using Cling Wrap on the CAS Mix Up Blog -  check it out and try one and link up your card!  We can't wait to see!   Challenge is open through Jan 24th!

I'm linking my balloon card to:

I'm linking my butterfly card to:

Stamps:  Birthday Basics and Signature Greetings - Papertrey Ink.
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI, Bristol Smooth Surface.
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Infusions Sleight Blue - PaperArtsy, Balloon Shaker Die set - Stamplotations,  Noted: Scalloped Die set - PTI. Detailed Butterflies Thinlits - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, St. Tropez Crystals - Prisma, gold beads - gift from Loll, Star Sequins - PTI, Cling Wrap - local supermarket, water mister, double sided stick foam sheet.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The New Twofer Challenge - Feathers

Today I'm joining in on the fun new challenge on the block or should I say blog?!?!  The ever talented, creative and 'oh so funny' Darnell has started a fun monthly challenge that runs for just two weeks.  It's called Twofer Card Challenge:
You make two cards using the same stamps and/or dies but for two different occasions.  And this month's prompt is feathers.

For my feathers I used arrows (I know they probably don't make the ends of arrows with feathers anymore - but they used to!)  I made an Anniversary Card and a Valentine's Day card - just changing the colors and sentiments.
I die cut the background using Hugs and Kisses Coverplate die from MFT.  I die cut the center panels using Noted: Scalloped A2 die from PTI and I used the Sentiment Strip die from MFT for the sentiments.  The arrow stamp is from Cupids Arrow by PTI (Retired).
The Valentine
My card base and panel are white - the background is red as well as the sentiment strip and I embossed the arrows using Cranberry Embossing Powder.  I used a clear heart rhinestone.
The Anniversary Card
I used Vintage Cream Linen cardstock for the card base and the sentiment strip.  I used Foiled Gold card for the background and white card for the panel.  I embossed the arrows and sentiment in gold and added a red rhinestone heart

The Twofer - Feathers
So come along and play with the Twofer!
You'll find all the challenge details as well as meet the design team AND be inspired by their feathers Twofer's at the challenge blog here.

Also linking my Anniversary card to:

Linking my Valentine to:

Stamps:  Cupids Arrow - PTI, Happy Valentines Day - unknown red bubber stamp, Happy Anniversary - Hero Arts.
Paper:  Vintage Cream Linen, White - PTI, Foiled Cardstock Stash - DCWV.
Ink:  Versamark, Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Noted: Scalloped A2 dies - PTI, Hugs and Kisses Cover Plate , Sentiment Strips - MFT (retired), heart rhinestones, foam dots, Gold Embossing Powder - Ranger, Cranberry Embossing Powder - Adirondack.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Silent, Soft and Slow

I didn't think I was going to make any Christmas cards yet, 
(although I do make them throughout the year so I'm ready when December rolls around!)
but I was inspired by some cards I've seen out there with the snowfall embossing 
and remembered I had this lovely embossing folder from Tim Holtz 

I cut a panel of watercolor paper slightly smaller than my white card base.  I embossed the snowfall on the panel.  I die cut the trees using Tim's Tree Line Thinlit dies out of a piece I had in my scraps box. 
 I made the panel using the Cling Wrap Technique - sprinkling Sleight Blue Infusions onto a piece of Bristol Smooth Surface paper, spritzing with water, then quickly laying a piece of cling wrap over the wet panel and squishing it up to create wrinkles in the cling wrap.  Then you let it dry and remove the cling - and you get lovely "marbleized" looking color.
The sentiment is one from Alison Bombers set EAB05 from PaperArtsy.  
 I stamped Merry Christmas on the inside of my card.

I'm linking my card to:

You'll find links on the Cling Wrap Technique here too!

Stamps:  Alison Bomber set EAB05 - PaperArtsy
Paper:  White - PTI, Canson Water Color Paper, Bristol Smooth Surface Paper
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Cling Wrap from supermarket, water mister, Sleight Blue Infusions - PaperArtsy, foam tape, Snowfall Embossing Folder - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Tree Line Thinlit die - Tim Holtz/Sizzix.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Vintage Journey - January Challenge - Inside or Outside the Box

Today the January challenge is up over at A Vintage Journey and I am one of the Creative Guides participating this month.  Deb is our inspiring hostess and her challenge is:  Think Inside or Outside of the Box!!

Here is Deb's Description of her challenge:  For our first challenge of 2018 we'd like you to create with a box. Any box of any size will do. It can be one you made yourself or one that you are recycling or even one that you have drawn. We'd like you to make your project either inside the box itself or do something imaginative on the outside or both if that's where your muse takes you. As always we like to see your projects in our preferred styles: vintage, shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk. So put on your thinking caps and re-imagine those boxes both inside and out!
Here is my project but there's a twist about the box.......
  I started out to make a box using Eileen Hull's Trinket Box and Frame die and I wanted to use the wings from Eileen's Bird Die.  So I cut them all out of mat board.
Then my thoughts shifted and I wanted to create a little scene on a slice of birch tree (I've been making several holiday projects on these slices that dear husband cut for me from a fallen branch)  I embossed the tree slice with Ranger Snowflake Tinsel embossing powder (super glittery!)
So I'm imagining just how I can work this into the box theme.   I have this idea of the front of the box with a window in it and wings on the sides. I emboss the frame with Shabby White Frantage Embossing Powder and the wings in Shabby Blue Frantage Embossing Powder.  More wonderful glittery shine!
I pull out a couple of small white bottle brush trees and add Blueberry Ice Stickles (I  have tons of Stickles and haven't used them in ages! never throw out!) to keep them neutral and perhaps look like bits of snow on the trees.
My vision sees winter trees - so I cut some out of Brushed Silver cardstock using Tim's Treeline Thinlit die.

I choose one of Alison's sentiments from her PaperArtsy Set EAB03 - perfect for how I'm feeling about my little boxed scene.  I stamp it on a piece of mat board
I layer some trees across the top of the box frame and adhere the sentiment in front of the trees.
I complete my little forest scene on the slice of birch and attach the box frame on the front.
But I have left the sides and back open on my box. 
I've also attached a button battery light on the top inside of the box front. I got these from Papertrey Ink - but they don't seem to be carrying them anymore.
The trees around the back of the wood slice give an illusion of the back of the box when you look through from the front. 
My Inside or Outside of the box vision is:
Are we looking into a box where we see the lovely deer in his beautiful and serene forest world?   Or is the deer looking into a box where there is a noisy, concrete, sometimes dangerous world? 

Here's a photo of how it looks with the lights out and just the button battery light lit. (hard to get a good photo of it but it is just beautiful!)  I think I want to jump into his side of the box!

So please, check out all of the inspiring Inside or Outside the Box creations over at A Vintage Journey by the other Creative Guides!   We can't wait to see how you interpret this fun challenge! 
Our wonderful sponsor this month is  Funkie Junkie Boutique and the prize is a  $25 shopping coupon!

I also invite you to check out Eileen Hull's blog this month - where the Inspiration Team is posting all kinds of projects using her new Book Club dies!
Stamps:  Alison Bomber EAB03 Eclecctica3 set - PaperArtsy
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Versamark
Paper:  Cream Matboard - Sizzix, Brushed Silver - Stampin Up
Accessories:  slice of birch tree, Blueberry Ice Stickles,  Bottle brushes - Idea-ology, Thinlits Tree Line Die - Tim Holtz/Alterations, Books and Pages Trinket Box and Frame Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, wooden deer - Hobby Lobby, Shabby white and Shabby Blue Frantage Embossing Powder - Stampendous,Quick Dry Tacky Glue - Aleenes, black half pearl, St. Tropex Crystals - Priima, battery button light - PTI

Monday, January 1, 2018

January 2018 CAS Mix Up - Cling Wrap!

Happy New Year everyone!  We hope you have some time today to check out the first of the new year's challenges over at CAS Mix Up!  Loll has created colorful new graphics for us this year as well.
Nancy is our host this month and here is her challenge:
I used cling wrap on watercolor paper with acrylic paints (photos below), die cuts, stamping and enamel dots for my CAS sympathy card.
I used this YouTube video listed over at the CAS Mix Up blog for my technique:
First I brushed 2 colors of Americana Acrylic paints (Mint Julep Green and Milk Chocolate) rather thickly on my sheet of watercolor paper.
I placed a piece of cling wrap larger than the paper (Saran Wrap in the US) over the painted sheet and scrunched it up with my fingers.
Then I lifted the cling wrap off and had this lovely panel of marbleized color.
Here's a 2nd card I made that I cut from a section of the panel with less brown on it.  
I have lots of paper left to make many more cards too!

You'll find several YouTube links showing techniques using cling wrap over at the CAS Mix Up Blog!  So let's learn something new for the New Year and get creative!  Can't wait to see what you make!

Stamps:  Simply Said Sympathy - Jillian Vance Designs
Paper:  Canon Water color paper, Vintage Cream Card Stock - PTI
Ink:  Cocoa Bean - PTI
Accessories:  Cling Wrap (Saran), Americana Acrylic Paint Mint Julep Green and Milk Chocolate, Flat Bottom Circle die - Ali Express, Noted: Scalloped A2 Die - PTI, Say It Crystals/St. Tropez - Prima, foam dots.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Terrarium Birthday

Today I played along with the Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  My good friend Anne was the hostess and she had us looking at the World Markets web site.   I was inspired by a photo of several potted cactus and created this card:
I stamped the terrarium image onto white Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper using Hero Arts Black Ink  Then I colored the image using Tombow Markers that I spread around using a Clear Glitter Wink of Stella Brush - which gives it a wonderful sparkle that hopefully you can see in the photo below. 
(if you can't see the glitter click on the photo to make it bigger!) 
I used a strip of washi tape behind the image that is popped up on foam dots.
The Birthday die is from Impression Obsession

My design was inspired by
 Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Crafty New Year!

Stamps: Terrarium - Paper Source
Paper: white Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface, white, True Black, Hawaiian Shores - PTI
Ink: Black Hero Hues
Accessories: Tombow Markers, Clear Glitter Wink of Stella, Birthday Top Edgers Die - Impression Obsession Stitched Edge Rectangle die - WMS (retired), washi tape, foam dots.