Friday, August 1, 2014

Mixed Media Card Challenge #2 - Summer: Optional Element Burlap

If you are looking for my Festive Friday post- please scroll down or click here.

Hi everyone!  Can you believe a whole month has gone by since the first Mixed Media Card Challenge?  We had such beautiful entries - more than 90!!!  and it was really hard for us as the Design Team to choose our favorites!  Thank you all for playing along - and we hope you will join us again for our August challenge:

And today we have a brand new challenge for you -  Summer - with the optional elements of using burlap 

Flowers always mean summer to me as I love to garden and then cut the different flowers as they bloom to bring inside to put in vases and jars around the house.  I included the optional element of burlap on my card this month since I had a piece in my craft room.
I found a great technique for burlap over on Jenny's blog.  I covered my piece of burlap with Metallic Gold Embossing Paste which gave it a wonderful shimmer. The paste fills in the spaces between the threads of the burlap and makes the surface more solid.  Here you can see the difference between the plain piece of burlap on the top and the piece with Embossing Paste on it. It almost feels rubbery!
After the paste dried, I stenciled over it with a Check Mate Stencil using Archival Cornflower Blue Ink
I used the Hibiscus Dies from MFT to cut the flower, stem and flower center out of Perfect Peacock and Princess Pink Craft Metal Sheets.  I used a flower tool to add dots to the flower center and to accent the creases and add roundness to the leaves and petals.  They already had some nice creases in them from the dies themselves.  The birthday die is from PTI.
I adhered the flower to the burlap using pieces of thick foam dots to hold the petals up off the burlap.
Here you can see the burlap a little more closely - as well as the layered metal bloom.
Here's the full view - one more time! For mixed media - we want to see texture, dimension and techniques.  I used a stencil with ink, embossing paste, burlap, craft metal, and die cuts.
So get out your summer things, add a bit of burlap if you feel creative and link your Mixed Media Card to the Mixed Media Card Challenge #2 found here! Where you will also find all the wonderful inspiration from the Design Team!  You have until Aug 25th to link up.  Hope to see you there!
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Archival Cornflower Blue
Accessories:  burlap - Joann's, Metallic Gold Embossing Paste - Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490, mini blending tool, Checkmate Stencil - Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490,  Hibiscus Die - My Favorite Things, Wonderful Words Birthday die - Papertrey Ink, Punch Bunch Flower tools, Perfect Peacock and Princess Pink Craft Metal - Add a Little Dazzle.

Guest Designing for Festive Friday!!

I was thrilled beyond words when I got an e-mail from Ardyth asking if I'd like to be Guest DT for this week's Festive Friday Challenge -  I quickly replied a resounding "YES  - I'd LOVE to!"   So here I am -- with my card for this week's Festive Friday Inspiration photo - isn't this a wonderful Christmas scene??!  
This is how Christmas looks in New England where I live. (accept for the once in a while years when we don't have snow - which is SO depressing!!)
I knew right away - that I'd pull out my Papertrey Ink stamp set and die - Enjoy the Ride to create my card..  
And then I went searching for my old SU set Loads of Love Accessories (that goes with the cute pick up truck from Loads of Love)  I've sold most of my SU sets on Ebay -  but I knew I had kept this one - and the presents and dogs stamps (that go in the bed of the truck) were the perfect scale for the VW!   And don't worry  - the dogs are not driving -  this is the back window of the car!! 
I stamped the dogs right in the car window - using a sticky note along the bottom to be sure it didn't stamp outside the car. I colored 2 of them with a tan Copic and colored their noses with a Spica black pen so they have a little sparkle (like a dogs wet nose!) I stamped the presents on white card stock, cut them out and colored them with a red Copic.  The wreath, berries and tiny snowflakes (see one just above my name on the pic above?!) are stamps from Twas the Night Before Christmas by Waltzingmouse.  I stamped the wreath and berries, cut around the outside edges and punched a hole out of the middle.  I stamped the snowflakes in Distress Antique Linen randomly on the snowy field and in the sky - very subtle!  I also sponged the edges of each piece and the background panel with the Antique Linen. 

The trees and rocks are a red rubber stamp called Lakeside Reflections from StampScapes - I stamped it 3 times to fill the background panel (and I only inked the top half as the bottom half shows a reflection in the lake!).  Then I layered the car onto the panel, the presents on the roof and the wreath on the back of the car with foam dots.   I added red enamel dots over the lights on the car and finally stamped the Merry Christmas from Nutcracker Sweet by Waltzingmouse along the top.

I hope the challenge photo inspires you to make a Christmas Card in August and get ahead of the holiday rush when December rolls around!!  I already have a box full of cards ready to send out because I participate in the Festive Friday challenges!
Please check out all of the lovely Design Team's inspiration over at Festive Friday - and I hope to see your card linked up there.
 You have until Midnight EST on Wed 8/13 to link up!

And thank you to Ardyth and all the DT ladies from Festive Friday for allowing me to join you as Guest DT for this week's challenge!

Stamps:  Twas the Night Before Christmas and Nutcracker Sweet - Waltzingmouse; Enjoy the Ride - Papertrey Ink; Loads of Love Accessories - Stampin' Up; Lakeside Reflections - StampScapes.
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Antique Linen, Memento London Fog, Archival Red Geranium, Tree Bark and Fern Green.
Accessories:  Copics E31, R05, foam dots, Circle Punch - EK Success, Spica Black Pen, enamel dots - home made from Perler beads, car die - Enjoy the Ride/PTI.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fusion Card Challenge - July 31st

Welcome to the next Fusion Challenge - there's a new one every other week - and what inspiration we saw for the last challenge!  So many beautiful flowers and cupcakes and pastel colors!  And here is our new inspiration!

Once again - I was inspired to use both the photo and sketch on my creation!  Whoo hoo! (that doesn't always happen!)
I used the Cover Plate - Stripes Horizontal die from Papertrey Ink to cut the Lemon Tart card stock to give the impression of the hutch.  I backed it with a piece of DP from October Afternoon/Farm house that reminded me of the dishes on display.  The blue die cut arrows were inspired by the blue chair in the photo and finally the yellow enamel dots are like the cupcakes - don't they look yum??!!! (the cupcakes that is!)  The sentiment is a free stamp I received in an order from Lawn Fawn.
What will you be inspired by this time?  We'd love for you to link up your card to the Fusion Challenge -  check out all the details here.

And if you have a few minutes - please check out all the inspiration from the Design Team linked below!

Stamps: sentiment - I received free with an order from Lawn Fawn
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  White, Lemon Tart - PTI, Tempting Turquoise - SU, DP October Afternoon/Farm House Paper Pad
Accessories:  1 1/4" circle punch - EK Success, arrow dies - Lead the Way Dienamics/My Favorite Things, Cover Plate Stripes Horizontal die - PTI, Glue Pen, Glue N Seal, enamel dots - home made from Perler beads.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

You're as Sweet as Honey

Today I'm sharing a Thank You card.
I used a stitched mat rectangle die from Lil' Inker Designs for the cream panel - and a Time Piece die from My Favorite Things that I cut from shiny gold card stock.  You would usually pop out the little squares on this die - but I wanted it solid behind my bee.
I stamped the large bee from the PTI set Honey Bees in black ink and colored in the body with a Gold Gel Stick pen from Uni ball.  The gold body is shimmery IRL!  The gold strip is a tape from the Market Kit Luxe Letterpress set from PTI
I stamped the sentiment from the Honey Bees set in the corner on the front of the card - and stamped Thank You inside along with the crown from the same set.

My card design was inspired by this weeks Cas(e) this sketch

Stamps:  Honey Bees - PTI
Paper:  White, Vintage Cream - PTI, Gold Mirror Paper - The Paper Company
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Gold tape - PTI, foam tape, Gold Gel Stick - Uni Ball, Circle punch - EK Success, dies - Stitched Mat Rectangle - Lil Inker Designs; Time Pieces - My Favorite Things.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

CC3C #7 Painted Industrial - and A Vintage Journey #11 Just Stain It!

I have been trying to work up the creative juices to start an Art Journal - and these two challenges finally enabled me to do it!  The CC3 Challenge is to use Tim Holtz Painted Industrial technique which is found in his Compendium of Curiosities III on page 46 (part of the challenge is that we cannot describe the technique - you need to have your own CC3 to look it up).  And the A Vintage Journey challenge is to Just Stain It - to use Ranger Distress Stains in various ways on your project.

So here is my Art Journal - that started out life as a plain black - spiral bound journal - I think I got it at Michaels.....I've had it for some time - gathering dust in my Craft Room!  I decided to see how Distress Stains would look on Kraft Glassine Paper.  So I stamped the bird and window frame from Classics #16 stamp set using Archival Jet Black Ink and let it dry.  Then I just dabbed Tumbled Glass and Picked Raspberries Distress Stains over the images - they kind of beaded up on the Glassine paper so I just kept dabbing and the color did soak in a 'blotchy' kind of way - and they did keep their bright colors!

I used the Painted Industrial technique on borders along the top and bottom of my cover using the Vintage Lace dies.  I didn't pop out the little circles on the lacey cuts so the black distress paint would show. I also used the technique on the crown and ink bottle which I'll show close up below.

The sentiment stamps are from Destination Art by Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490 Stampers Anonymous.  Perfect for my Art Journal I think!
I added Forest Moss Distress Stain to some White Embossing Paste from Wendy Vecchi and applied it to both the Dot Fade and Stripes stencils.  I cut the label from the Apothecary Bottles die from cork, stained it with Picked Raspberries Distress Stain and added some Life Quotes Remnant Rubs to it.  I dabbed the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Paint.
I stamped the feather from the Bird Feather stamp set on vellum using Frayed Burlap Distress Paint (wash your stamp right after 'inking' it with paint!)  The paint on the vellum is very subtle but can be seen better IRL!  I added some Life Quotes Remnant Rubs over the feather  (note - Remnant Rubs will NOT stick to the Kraft Glassine but will stick to vellum- how do I know this??!!)
The ink bottle is a die cut Apothacary Bottle that I cut the bottom off of to look like an ink well - with the feather as the pen.
I die cut another  Apothecary Bottle labels out of Art Parts Clearly for Art Modeling film, added a Chit Chat sticker that I stained with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain and outlined with a black Stabilo Pencil and layered it over the bottle.  I used the clear film as I didn't want to hide any of the Painted Industrial technique on the inkwell!  I used the Sizzix Patchwork Embossing folder on the ink well.
Here's a close up of the crown using the Painted Industrial Technique.  The curve of the crown fit nicely over the bird's head.  I used the Riveted Metal Embossing folder on the crown
You can see the Door Knob that I screwed into the cover better in this photo - you can actually open the Journal with the knob - so fun! and when the journal is open on the table - the knob actually protects the popped up pieces on the cover since it keeps the cover from lying flat.  I looped a single piece of Linen Ribbon through one of the binder rings.
I wanted to keep the back flat - so there is nothing sticking up here. I used several Remnant Rubs here (Life Quotes and Botanicals).  I used the same papers on the front (under the Kraft Glassine) and the back - Paper Stash/Wallflowers.
I stained some Chit Chat stickers with Picked Raspberry Distress Stain and outlined them with a black Stabilo Pencil
I die cut the Ornante Frame from Kraft Glassine and stained it by dabbing Tumbled Glass Distress Stain over it and framed the gentleman's face on the patterned paper.
I used the same papers on the inside covers - I've just left them as they are for now - they have such wonderful imagery on them - I don't think I will do anything to them - maybe put some sentiments later.....
Now I just have to work up the nerve to actually do something on all of these clean white pages inside my Art Journal!!!   One step at a time - right??!!!
So one project for 2 fun challenges!  Maybe you'd like to join in too?  You will find all the details at these links:

This week's CC3 challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium who graciously offers a $50 gift certificate to the winner!
Stamps:  Stampers Anonymous - Classics #16 and Bird Feather/Tim Holtz, Destination Art/Wendy Vecchi,
Paper:  Kraft Glassine - Idea-ology; Foil Tape Sheet - Ranger, Vellum - Stampin' Up, Paper Stash Wallflowers - Tim Holtx, cork sheet - Michaels, Art Parts Clearly for Art Modeling Film - Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490.
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Ranger Distress Stains - Tumbled Glass, Picked Raspberries, Forest  Moss; Ranger Distress Paint - Black Soot, Frayed Burlap; Alterations Dies - Apothecary Bottles, Heart and Wings, Ornate Frame, Vintage Lace Sizzlets; white embossing paste - Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490; stencils - Dot Fade and Stripes - Tim Holtz; Cropadile; Idea-ology Door knobs, Chit Chat Stickers, Live Quotes and Botanicals Remnant Rubs, Linen Ribbon; Black Stabilo Pencil.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Very Happy Birthday

Goodness - we just had the most perfect summer's day here in Massachusetts today -  hot in the sun but with a cool breeze.  The whole month of July so far - has made up for the nasty cold winter we had!   And even though I had to mow our lawn - because  DH's knee went out -  I still enjoyed the day - because after I mowed the lawn and took a shower -  I went to BOTH Joann's and Michaels with coupons in my tight little fist!

So - today I'm using more of my Papertrey Ink goodies -  the cool Text Block Birthday Die - that I layered over a piece of card stock from the Shaker & Sprinkle Patterned Paper Collection (that came with the Shaker & Sprinkle Market kit - which I guess you cannot order now).  I just added three sequins from Neat n Tangled and was done!
My design was inspired by this week's Case Study #201
I hope you all are enjoying your weekend!

Paper:  White, Aqua Mist, DP Shaker & Sprinkle Patterned Paper Collection - PTI
Accessories:  Text Block Birthday Die - PTI, Glue Stick - Ranger, Glue N Seal, Sequins - Neat N Tangled.

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.
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