Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Mixed Media Card Challenge - Blue with optional Vase

Wow - is it really July already??!!!  And we have a new Mixed Media Card Challenge!  Theme: Blue with the Optional Element: Vase
This month - I did both!
I started by making my background panel.  I used a technique from Wendy Vecchi called Splattered Plaster Technique.  First, I rubbed two inks on my craft pad and poured a lot of Rubbing Alcohol on it.
After mixing the inks and alcohol with a pallete knife, I sprayed one spray of Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain on top (do not mix)
Then I dragged a piece of Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper (it's kind of glossy) through the mix and dried it with my heat tool.  The Picket Fence stain doesn't really mix with the inks and you can see how it looks like little spots of plaster on the cardstock.

I made the flowers and leaves using Newsprint Paper and Clearly for Art Modeling film - another Wendy Vecchi technique.  First I glued the newsprint to the modeling film using Glue N Seal.  After it dried, I stamped the flower from Forever Art onto the newsprint side using Watering Can Ink.  I colored the flower with Copics and cut it out close to the edge.  The fun thing about the modeling film backing is that you can heat it with your heat tool and it softens so you can mold it a little for dimension.
I made the vase using Wendy Vecchi's Mat Minis/Pitchers and Vases - embossing it with Sky Blue Embossing powder and then stamping it with a dots stamp using Adirondack Snow Cap Ink.
I stenciled the background with a Vintage Quilt and Basically Bricks Stencils.  I stamped the border, flourish with Watering Can Ink and the sentiment with Jet Black ink.  To finish off my card - I added 3 blue sequins and tied some twine around the neck of the vase.
Sadly, today we are saying goodbye to some of our fellow Design Team members -  we'll miss you Char, Deepti, Jan, Loll, and Lyndal!   But on a happy note we are welcoming several new Design Team Members - Becca, Lee-Anne, Lysa, Melissa, Michaela, Tenia, and Yasmina.   We are excited to be working with you ladies!  
Please welcome them when you visit their blogs!

So how does blue inspire you in a mixed media way - using texture, dimension and techniques?  We hope you will join us this month -  check out all the inspiration and challenge instructions over at the Mixed Media Card Challenge blog.

Stamps:  All Occasion Art, Forever Art, Say It with Art, Large Collage Background - Wendy Vecchi Studio 490/Stampers Anonymous.
Paper:  Specialty Stamping Paper - Ranger, Newsprint Paper and Clearly for Art Modeling Film - Stampers Anonymous, white and True Black - PTI
Ink:  Wendy Vecchi Archival Cornflower,  Forget Me Not and Watering Can, Archival Jet Black, Snow Cap Adirondack.
Accessories:  Copics - B41, YG17, B45, Caribbean Blend Sequins - Avery Elle, Ocean Twine - the Twinery, Mat Minis Pitchers/Vases - Wendy Vecchi Studio 490/Stampers Anonymous, Rubbing Alcohol, Picket Fence Ranger Distress Spray Stain, Stencils Vintage Quilt and Basically Bricks - Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous, pallete knife

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Simple 'Love You'

I don't know about your husbands - but mine is not really into frilly/mushy/ribbony when it comes to cards - so I try to accommodate his artistic senses when I make cards to give to him!   
So today's card has two simple die cut rectangles cut out of the front panel - and they are Stitched Edge Dies from Waltzingmouse so they have a nice finished off look to them with the stitched edge!   Then I simply stamped one word in each rectangle (Your Sparkle set) with Smokey Shadow Ink - and an arrow and a heart from Sweethearts with Kraft Ink - for a soft subtle look - no bright reds or flurry of hearts!
And I kept the inside clean as well, using more stamps from Sweethearts. This card could also be used for Valentine's Day with a different sentiment inside (!)
Our anniversary has just passed - so this will be put in the closet to be brought out next year - hopefully I remember it's there!!!
My design was inspired by the Less is More Challenge

Tomorrow I'll be back with my DT creation for the July Mixed Media Card Challenge -  I hope you can stop by!!
Stamps:  Your Sparkle, Sweethearts - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, Aqua Mist, Limeade Ice - PTI
Ink:  Smokey Shadow, Kraft - PTI
Accessories:  Stitched Edge Dies - Waltzingmouse, foam dots.

Monday, June 29, 2015

PTI Make It Monday - Adding Color to Cover Plates

Another fun PTI Make It Monday Challenge - Adding Color to Cover Plate die cuts.  Laura Bassen has a great video illustrating the technique using Copics and water color markers.
I decided to try the technique using the Text Block - Birthday die.
I die cut the block out of watercolor paper, masked the outside edges and colored the letters with Ranger Distress Markers in Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmelade and Stormy Sky.  Then I used my water brush over all of the letters.  When it was dry - I brushed over all the letters again with my clear Wink of Stella to give it sparkle -  I think you can see that a little bit in the photo below - it's really sparkly IRL!
I used the same die to cut out the rectangle in the Watercolor Wonder Patterned Paper and placed the Text Block inside the cut out layering them both to a slightly larger panel of Berry Sorbet paper..
I made another card using this technique with my Cover Plate Stripes/Horizontal.  I sponged a white panel with 3 Distress Inks - Abandoned Coral, Cracked Pistaschio and Mermaid Lagoon and then spritzed the panel with water which created water spots.  Then I cut the panel with the stripes die, removed the cut out panels and rearranged them to mix the colors.  I used a sentiment from the Scripted stamp set and a die from the Scripted Die Collection.
I brushed the inset panels and die cut sentiment with my clear Wink of Stella, and again, there's a lot of shimmer IRL, not so much showing in the photo!
This was a great technique - learning a way to do something different with our Cover Plate dies!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Art with Heart - Beautiful Summer

I've been wanting to make a project for Eileen Hull's Art With Heart Challenge - Summer Fun with Sizzix.  I have several of Eileen's Sizzix dies and I've been waiting to find time to make things with them.
So for my Summer Fun project I pulled out Eileen's Canister Die.  And I decided to use it as a vase for some of the flowers from my garden (Day Lilies, Ladys Mantle, Lavender and Salvia)
I used an empty shrimp cocktail jar to put the flowers in-   it slipped nicely into the canister!
I embossed all the pieces with Wendy Vecchi's Buttercup Embossing Powder - brushing some of it off before embossing to age it.  I also rubbed it off the edge that I would be putting ScorTape on to put the pieces together.
After I heated the yellow - I sprinkled a little bit of Tiger Lily Embossing powder on and heated it again.  When the pieces cooled - I stamped Wendy Vecchi's Spatter stamp using Adirondack Snow Cap.
I die cut some Tattered Florals out of Coredinations Ranger Distress paper - sanding the edges, sponging with Ranger Distress Vintage Photo and crushing up each bloom in my palm and then unfolding.  I used an Idea-ology Curio Knob on the cover.
I wrapped a piece of wrinkled seam tape around the canister, tying it in a double bow.
And to finish it off I adhered an Idea-logy Flash Card with a Big Chat sticker on it and 3 rhinestones.  I drew frames around the sticker and card with a black Stabilo pencil and rubbed it with my finger to soften.
I love my summer canister/vase - it's like a ray of summer sunshine inside the house!
I'm also linking my project to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - May Flowers

Happy weekend everyone!

Stamps:  Spatter Background - Wendy Vecchi Studio 490/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  Little Sizzles Black Matboard - Sizzix, Coredinations/Ranger Distress.
Ink:  Wency Vecchi Archival Watering Can, Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Adirondack Snowcap.
Accessories:  Dies - Canister/Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Tattered Florals - Alterations/Tim Holtz, Idea-ology - Curio Knobs, Flashcards, Big Chat, Stabilo Black Pencil, rhinestones - Kaiser, foam dots, ScorTape, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Tag You're It

Today I have a tag card to share - that I made for the latest Tag You're It Challenge -  here is this weeks inspiration from Anja Curvers.
And here is my inspired tag card. 
I sponged the smaller tag with Ranger Distress Evergreen Bough ink then flicked water drops onto it and dried it with my heat tool. I layered it onto the larger white tag with foam dots. I colored the images from Ella and Friends with Copics.  The umbrella is popped up on foam dots and the  I added 3 dew drops to suggest the rain.
I'm also linking my card to the following challenges:
 Addicted to Stamps Challenge -  I was inspired by the watercolor green background in the photo.
 Inkspirational Challenge Word prompt - Wild
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge -  I used MMMC#11 - April Showers

Stamps:  Ella & Friends - Mama Elephant
Paper:  white, Textstyle Library Ledger - PTI,  watercolor paper - Ranger
Ink:  Ranger Distress Evergreen Bough, Smokey Shadow - PTI
Accessories:  Dies - Tag Sale #2 and Tag Sale #8 - PTI, Ella and Friends Dies - Mama Elephant,  Copics: R20, E51, E37, BG32, foam dots, Dew Drops, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Cappachino Twine - The Twinery.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

PTI June Blog Hop

Hi all -  today I'm participating in the Papertrey Ink June Blog Hop

And here is our inspiration -  grey, cream, orange and green - HOW CUTE ARE THESE LITTLE SHOES?
For my inspired creation today - I used the Cover Plate: Stripes/Horizontal and my new purchase from the June release - Stacked Sentiments and dies.
I popped everything up on foam dots.
On the inside of my card I stamped the little flowers again from Stacked Sentiments - and one of the lovely birthday sentiments from Tucked Inside: Birthday Stamp Set.
If you'd like to see more gray/cream/orange/green loveliness - check out the PTI blog hop!
Stamps:  Stacked Sentiments, Tucked Inside: Birthday Stamp Set - PTI
Paper:  Vintage Cream - PTI, Basic Grey - SU
Ink:  Gray Flannel - Memento, New Leaf and Orange Zest - PTI
Accessories:  Cover Plate Stripes/Horizontal Die and Stacked Sentiment Dies - PTI, foam dots, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PTI - Make It Monday - Bringing the Inside Out

I'm up late, once again, happily stamping - but morning comes early (!)  so I'm making a quick post.  I made this card for the PTI Make It Monday challenge "Bringing the Inside Out".  You'll find the challenge and a video by Danielle here.
Here are several views of my card using this technique.  I made a Teacher Thank You card using stamps from Desk Top Design and dies from Desk Top Design Dies and Shaker Shape: Pencil.  
Here's the card closed.
and as we open it - we see the pencil is staying behind!
Here's the front with the pencil die opening
 and here is the inside of the card.  I love the little cup on the desk with the scissors and pencils sticking out of it -  I just stamped half of the desk.
Ok - Sorry to post and run - but I'm off to bed!   

Stamps:  Desk Top Design - PTI
Paper:  Vintage Cream, True Black, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, Text Style Library Ledger - PTI, Brushed Gold - SU
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow, Tropical Teal, Classic Kraft, Orange Zest - PTI
Accessories:  dies - Desk Top Design Dies, Shaker Shape/Pencil Dies - PTI, foam dots.

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