Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Vintage Journey - with a Flourish

I almost missed getting this into the latest A Vintage Journey challenge -  With a Flourish.  Not having any of Tim's flourish stamps or dies - I was going to go with one of his embossing folders I had that had vines on it - thinking that could stand as a flourish -  then my eyes fell on the packaging from a recently opened pack of grunge board - and as Jennie mentioned on her challenge - Tim uses flourishes on many of his packaging boards -  SO.........  I made a tag using it.  Even the color of it works for my Halloween design! (see the flourish?!)
I used several newly acquired items on my tag -  the letters are Alpha Parts/Ransom, the owl, tree and bats are from the Sizzlets die Halloween Shadows
The fence is from the Halloween Shadows die as well - and the spooky gravestones are from the Alterations die - Graveyard.   I cut it out of Stone Wash cardstock and swiped it through a mix of Black Soot, Bundled Sage and Picket Fence Distress Paints spritzed with water. 
I popped the graveyard up on the tag using thick foam dots and added some orange rhinestones
I added one of my favorite little Idea-ology items - the Corked vial.  I labeled it with a Remnant Rub/Apothecary - and filled it with the little black pieces that punched out of the fence die to use as 'bat wings'. 
I ran my Black Soot Distress Paint along the edges of the tag -  the packaging has a shine to it so the paint sort of beaded up as I dabbed it on -  so I hit it with my heat tool and it dried nicely!
Since I used NBUS on this - I'm also linking this to Darnell's challenge:

Paper:  Soft Stone, True Black - PTI,  tag cut from Ranger Packaging.
Accessories:  Ranger Distress Paint - Black Soot, Picket Fence, Bundled Sage, Glossy Accents, Rhinestones - Kaiser, Idea-ology - Alpha Parts/Ransom, Remnant Rubs/Apothecary, Corked Vials, Trimmings Naturals Black/Cream, Jute String, Film Strip Ribbon; Mini Attacher - Ranger, foam tape.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - September

I've been playing along with the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - and here is my tag for Sept.  I used leaves instead of butterflies and a face stamp from Face in the Crowd by Dina Wakley.  I looped some Jute String through the hole in the tag.
I had quite a bit of trouble trying to recreate his technique for the background -  and after 5 tries - this final effort was the best I could get of it.  Here is his tutorial for the tag he created.  You use Alcohol Blending solution on a stencil on Ranger glossy card stock -  then drag the piece through some light colored Alcohol ink squirted on a craft mat - and you are supposed to be able to see the stencil design sort of like a resist. This is Tim's tag below.
 I used the Christmas Stencil (which is words). I thought I might make a Christmas theme tag - but then, since the words didn't really show anyway - I made a fall tag!  You can see a little shadow of letters next to the N in NOTEWORTHY and a few other places but it didn't come out the way his did.  This was the lightest Alcohol Ink I had -  maybe it would have worked better with a lighter ink.
I used Alterations Autumn Gathering die for the leaves.  Per Tim's technique - you color some gloss card stock with several alcohol inks and then die cut the panels.  Then you stamp some of the shapes with a text stamp.  I used  Remnant Rubs Life Quotes for all the sentiments.  
I love how this came out even though I wasn't successful with his technique for the background.

I'm also entering my tag in the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge
This is also a reminder that there's still time to join in the September Mixed Media Card Challenge 
the theme is Autumn Colors.

Stamps:  Face in the Crowd - Dina Wakley,  text stamp from Steam Punk - Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz'
Paper:  Black - PTI, Gloss Card Stock - Ranger
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Adirondack Stonewashed, Butterscotch, Wild Plum and Lettuce Alcohol Inks and Alcohol Blending Solution
Accessories:  Christmas Stencil - Tim Holtz/Ranger,  nonstick craft mat, Remnant Rubs/Life Quotes, Jute String - Idea-ology

Monday, September 15, 2014

Kid's Birthdays

This weekend my niece had a joint birthday party for her son Landon (4 yrs) and daughter Mila (2 yrs) as their b'days are in Sept and Aug respectively.  So, of course, Great Aunt Julia must make special cards for them -  and I usually try to incorporate a photo of them on the cards and also get their name on there too!

So here are the cards I made this year.  First, for Landon - the party theme was Batman so I googled it and found this cool bat image to print, cut out and include on his card.
Both of my nieces take lots of pictures of their kids and load them onto Snapfish - so I have access to hundreds of photos to use.  I love this photo of Landon with his sweet little grin and glance to the side - it was actually taken on his actual birthday when the family went to the zoo to celebrate.  I made the sentiment on my Brother Label Maker.  I cut the photo and the white panel with a Stitched Edge Rectangle die from Lil' Inker Designs.

For Mila's card - I had this sweet little photo of her at the beach - where her family went on her actual birthday in August.  She has a fistful of sand in her right hand!
I added banners (die from Lil' Inker Designs) in colors taken from the photo.  The 'beautiful' and 'birthday' sentiments are from Hello Happy Thanks, the 'girl' is from Half Pint Heroines and the 'happy' is from Say it Loud - all from Waltzingmouse. 

I'm entering Mila's card into the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge  - Birthday theme 
 They are having their one year celebration of the challenge -  and there's a WMS prize to be won so be sure to check it out - you do need to use at least one Waltzingmouse stamp on your project.

I'm also entering it in the Seize the Birthday Challenge.

Batman card
Paper:  white - PTI
Accessories:  photo, Stitched Mat Rectangle dies - Lil' Inker Designs, Batman image from internet,  form dots, Brother Label Maker

Beautiful Birthday Girl
Stamps:  Hello Happy Thanks, Half Pint Heroines, Say it Loud - Waltzingmouse, Clearart stamps (#2), Karen Foster Snap stamps (Mila).
Paper:  White, Blueberry Sky, Berry Sorbet - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  hearts embossing folder - Darice, Stitched Mat Rectangle Dies and stitched banner die - Lil' Inker Designs, circle punch, word window punch - SU

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Waltzingmouse September Pajama Party!

I am SO excited that the WMS Pajama Parties are BACK!  Claire posts the challenges the 1st of every month over on the WMS Blog so you can create ahead of time - and post them on the 14th of every month!  Easy Peasy!  I hope you'll come to the party!?! You have 24 hours to post your creations.
So - there are 4 challenges at every Pajama Party -  this month I made a project for each of them.
1. Doodle Do Challenge - stamp an image or sentiment and then add some hand doodling!

For my 'doodling' card I used the following stamp sets - Hello Happy Thanks, Cabin Plaid Backgrounder and Peace and Plenty.
Here's a close up of my doodling -  I made lots of dots on the oak leaves to color them using 4 different colors of Copics!
 2. Too cute to Spook Challenge - Make a project featuring Halloween cuteness - we want to see sweet treats and dinky delectables for Halloween - the sort of thing you might rustle up for the wee folks.
I made a tag to decorate a little plain kraft treat bag for my Halloween Cuteness project.
I embossed the black tag that I cut with the Stitched tag die using Ranger Snowflake Tinsel Powder and the Zig Zag Backgrounder stamp and the bat ghost from Boo and Friends with Ranger Black Sparkle Embossing powder - I love all the sparkle that these powders created!  I used the coordinating Batty die to cut him out.
 I tied orange and black wrinkled seam tape through the hole on the tag and clipped the tag to the bag with a Ranger Hinge Clip.
3. Old Pajamas Challenge -  Make a project using any of your older Waltzingmouse Christmas sets - Claire asked the DT to play along with this challenge using the Seasonal Flourish set along with any other set we might like to use.
I embossed one of the sentiments from Seasonal Flourish and the crown from Seasonal Remedies using Ranger Snowflake Tinsel Embossing powder. I added clear Tiny Twinkles to the points of the crown and layered the blue Coredinations panel to a panel of brushed silver - and adhered that to my white card base.
I used another sentiment from the Seasonal Flourish set inside the card - adding 3 more clear Tiny Twinkles.
The embossed sentiment really sparkles IRL -  as the powder has little pieces of glitter in it -  I think you can see it a little bit in this photo (see the dots on the swirl??! - they are glitter)
4.  Bedtime Story Sketch
For the final Pajama Party Challenge - I made a Thanksgiving card using the sketch.  I stamped the gorgeous Great Owl, die cut the owl, his feet and the branch and over-stamped the circles with both the wheel stamp and star stamp from the set, punching out the circles. I embossed the owl in Ranger Brown Embossing Powder and colored him with Ranger Distress Markers.
The sentiment is from an older WMS set - Peace and Plenty
I hope I have inspired you to come to the WMS Pajama Party with us??!!  I can't wait to see what you link up there for one or all of these fun challenges!

You will find all the challenges and details at the WMS blog here. 

• You don't have to use Waltzingmouse Stamps to play along, but it will make us especially happy if you do!

We will have one overall winner chosen at random from all challenge entries. The prize winner will receive £30GBP store credit for Waltzingmouse Stamps.

Now please note  - if the winning entry uses Waltzingmouse brand stamps or dies the prize will be doubled and the winner will get £60GBP (approx $98USD)!

Give Thanks
Stamps:  Hello Happy Thanks, Cabin Plaid, Peace and Plenty - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  Rustic Cream and Canyon Clay - PTI
Ink:  Archival Potting Soil and Orange Blossom
Accessories:  foam dots, Chocolate Sundae Sequins - My Craft Spot, Rectangle Nestabilities, Glue N Seal - Ranger, Linen Ribbon - Idea-ology/Ranger, Copics E53, E37, YR21, YR24, YR09, R59.

Boo Treat Bag
Stamps:  Boo and Friends, Zig Zag Backgrounder - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  True Black and Orange Zest - PTI
Ink:  Versamark, Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Snowflake Tinsel and Black Sparkled Embossing Powders - Ranger, orange and black wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, Boo and Friends Batty Die, foam tape, hinge clip - Idea-ology/Ranger, brown bag - Michaels.

Wise Men
Stamps:  Seasonal Flourishes, Seasonal Remedies - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White - PTI, Brushed Silver - SU, Blue - Coredinations
Ink:  Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black (inside)
Accessories:  Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, glue pen, Snowflake Tinsel Embossing Powder - Ranger.

Fall Blessings
Stamps:  A Great Big Owl, Peace and Plenty - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White and Smokey Shadow - PTI,  DP Pyrus Paper Pad - Basic Grey.
Ink:  Versamark, Archival Orange Blossom, Potting Soil and Jet Black.
Accessories:  foam dots, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, glue pen, Ranger Distress Markers Stormy Sky and Dried Marigold.  Big Owl Die set - Waltzingmouse.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fusion Card Challenge - September 11

It's Thursday - and this week there's a new Fusion Challenge - a bright shiny pink challenge!
We are also SO very excited to announce that the ever talented Amy Tsuruta has rejoined the Fusion DT!  Be sure to welcome Amy when you visit her today!  Without further ado here is the challenge!
How fun is this pink corvette??!!  And look at that nice looking sketch!  As you know - you can be inspired by the photo - or the sketch -  or combine the two into FUSION!  Which is what I did today.  Although I tilted the panel and used the car for my star!
I cut a piece of Pucker Me Pink craft metal from Add a Little Dazzle for my VW - the stamps and car die are from Enjoy the Ride by PTI. I added some black rhinestones to the rear lights and sprinkled a few sequins around!

What will inspire you this week for your Fusion card?  Can't wait to see it linked up over at the challenge where you will also find all of the details.   Below are the links to the Design Team so you can see what inspired them!

Stephanie Severin

Stamps:  Enjoy the Ride - PTI
Paper:  white - PTI, blue - Cordinations, DP Bittersweet Paper Pad - Basic Grey
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  car die - Enjoy the Ride - PTI, Arrow die - Lead the Way - MFT, foam dots, Sugar Blend Sequins - Avery Elle, Glue N Seal, Pucker Me Pink Craft Metal Sheet - Add a Little Dazzle.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Creations by AR - Christmas in September

Welcome to the Creations by AR September Template Release Design Team Blog Hop!  Adela has designed 3 wonderful winter gift boxes -  Gingerbread Gift Bag, Starry Tree and Stack a Snowman!
Here's my version of the Gingerbread Gift Bag -  I decided to make it out of a piece of patterned paper from the Idea-ology Paperstash Wallflower paperpad.  I also used some Bazzill solid color papers for the trims, lollipops and gingerbread boy and girl.  I also substituted the small wreath that comes with this template with the larger wreath and bow that comes with the Stack a Snowman template that you will see below!
Here's a close up of the trimmings -  I used a Sakura Black Glaze pen to draw the details on the Gingerbread people and added rhinestones to the lollipop centers and doorknob.
Here's a side and back view - where you can see the wreath that comes with this template at the top of the house/box.I love how the paper makes the house look like it's part of the garden that surrounds the cottage (in my mind that is!)
I made 3 little Starry Trees - one for each of the sentiments - mixing up various greens and browns of Coredinations Color Core and Kraft Core papers - I sanded each piece to make them look weathered and folksy - I coordinated them by using the same color for the banners and gold paper for the sentiments and stars.
Here's how the boxes look with the tops lifted off - to reveal the 'tree trunk' box where you can place a small gift or candy treat!  I used the star cut out version for the top of this tree.
I love the look of the mix of colors on my trees.
This shows how the 'trunk' opens. After you fill the box -  you just pull in the sides and slip the top of the tree over it - how easy is that?!!
And finally for my Stack a Snowman -  I wanted to do something other than a white/black/red snowman - so I really went against convention (!) using green and cream patterned paper - I've had this Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly paper for AGES and I'm trying to use things up -  so here he is! The paper is two sided - and my snowman is made out of the front and back of the piece called Breezy Freezy
This is the same wreath I used on my Gingerbread cottage above.  I put home made green enamel dots on the bow and wreath.  Look how cleverly his hands hold the wreath!
I used rhinestones for his eyes, nose and mouth and tied a long piece of wrinkled seam tape around his neck.
And here he is all opened up - you can put treats in his head, his middle and his bottom (!).  And look at that cute hat -  that's my favorite piece!
All of Adela's templates come in two formats - PDF that you print and hand cut out, and cutting files you can use with machines like the Silhouette Cameo (which is what I use)

Adela is also offering a Discounted 2014 Winter Bundle  you save $3 when you buy all three templates!

PRIZE: One of these new templates.
Three random commenters will be chosen from the designers' blogs and Creations by AR Face Book Page and will win one of the new templates.

Leave comments on each designers' blog linked below and/or Creations by AR FB Page. The more comments left, the better chance of being chosen.

Here are the links to the Design Team participating in today's Blog Hop.
Julia - me

Comments accepted until Friday, Sept 12, 12:00 noon Eastern Time
Random winners will be announced Sept 13 here:
Creations by AR Face Book:
Creations by AR Website

I'm also linking my snowman to Virginia's View Challenge #7 - Pattern Paper

Gingerbread Gift Bag
Paper:  Bazzill green and brown, DP - Idea-ology Paper Stash/Wallflower, wreath cut from Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly
Accessories:  rhinestones - Kaiser craft, foam dots, Silhouette Cameo, Sakura black glaze pen, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, template - Creations by AR

Starry Trees
Paper:  Coredinations - Kraft Core and Color Core , Gold - Michaels
Accessories:  foam dots, ScorTape, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Silhouette Cameo, template - Creations by AR, hand sander - Ranger

Stack a Snowman
Paper:  Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly/Breezy Freezy
Accessories:  wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, foam dots, orange and black rhinestones - Kaiser Craft, green enamel dots - home made from Perler beads, Scotch Quick Dry adhesive, Silhouette Cameo, template - Creations by AR

Sunday, September 7, 2014

CC3 Challenge #10 - Assemblage Clock

Well - it took me a while to get this project done -  first to figure out what I wanted to do - and then to do it! 
I made this for the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge -  which is to go to page 33 of Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities Vol 3 which is to decorate an Assemblage Clock.  This time I can tell you what I've done - because Tim doesn't tell you exactly what to do -  just to decorate one!
I was a smart little crafter - having looked through Tim's book once I started participating in these challenges -  I knew that we might be needing one of these clocks - so I purchased one some time ago when I saw it on sale.  I really had no idea what I would do - I just knew I wanted to kind of 'grunge it up'.  So here are the steps I took to try and do that.
I took the piece apart and removed the glass front (I didn't replace the glass when I was done - I left the front open).  Then I covered all the pieces with Gesso.
 After the Gesso dried, I went over all the pieces again with Frayed Burlap Distress Paint.
 After that dried -  I randomly applied some Rusty Hinge and Weathered Wood Distress Paints.
 Then I covered everything with Embossing ink from the Ranger Embossing Dabber (I opened it up and used a brush to apply)  Then I poured Ranger Brown Embossing Powder over everything and hit it with my Heat Tool.  I didn't cover all the areas with the Embossing ink - so there were some un-embossed splotches.

 I didn't quite like the look of the splotches when I was done - so I dabbed on a mix of Rust and Lettuce Alcohol Inks along with some Blending solution.  I re-assembled the pieces.
 I took an Ornate Plate and brushed it with Metal Effects Copper Paint and Blue Patina Aging Solution.  I cut an oval out of card stock, added a piece of Tissue Wrap over it and a Chit Chat Sticker and attached it inside the Ornate Plate. I tied the plate to the clock handle with Crinkle Ribbon.  I had colored the ribbon by dragging it through drops of Rusty Hinge and Bundled Sage Reinkers spritzed with water on my nonstick craft mat and drying it with my heat tool.
 I covered a small box from inside a Configurations box with Tissue Wrap and added a Label Clip to it.  The box just slips inside the clock - I didn't have to adhere it. 
 Here is the clock with the box taken out.
 My treasures are 3 little houses.  I love miniatures and always look for them when I get the chance to travel.  I got the house inside the box when Kent and I took a trip to Greece - it's from Mykenos.  The thatched cottage was purchased in Scotland on a trip to Great Britain and I got the Red Lion pub house on that same trip in England.
 The houses are just placed in and on the box - so that I can take them out and put other things inside if I want to!  I think it's a beautiful way to showcase some of my Memories/Treasures!
 So perhaps this will inspire you to go out and get an Assemblage Clock and dress it up??!!  Someone who enters will win a $25 shopping spree to the Funkie Junkie Boutique and the Curiosity Crew picks a winner who receives an assortment of Tim's Products courtesy of Tim and Mario!  You can find out all the details here. As well as see the lovely projects the Curiosity Crew as made to inspire us!

Paper:  white - PTI, Tissue Wrap - Terminology - Idea-ology/Ranger.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Rusty Hinge, Ranger Distress Re-Inkers - Rusty Hinge and Bundled Sage, Adirondack Alcohol Inks - Rust, Lettuce and Blending Solution.
Accessories:  Idea-ology- Assemblage Clock, Label Clips, Crinkle Ribbon, Configurations, Ornate Plates, Chit Chat stickers; Ranger Distress Paints - Frayed Burlap, Rusty Hinge, Weathered Wood; Mini Mister - Ranger, Glue N Seal - Ranger; Modern Masters Metal Effects Copper Paint and Blue Patina Aging Solution;  Brown Embossing Powder - Ranger, Gesso.
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