Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Summer Party Time with the Frogs!

For the month of July we,  Eileen Hull's, Inspiration Team, will be sharing our creative ideas for Party Decor using Sizzix Dies. You’ll find ideas for storage, centerpieces, favors and more that you can create with your favorite Sizzix dies for your next party, BBQ or bash. 

Having 4 young grandnephews and grandnieces - ages 2 through 6 - when I think 'Party' it's always KIDS Party!  So today I created a treat jar that I think kids will just love, especially since there are frogs in it!!!
 Because I filled the jar with gummy frogs - I wanted to a make a flower that would look like a lily pad - so I got out Eileen's Romance Flower die.  I wanted it a light and airy flower - so I used white and green tissue paper.  I took a sheet of each color - folded it up to fit the size of the die,  laid both pieces over the die  - and was able to cut multiples of each color (8 of each size) with one swipe!
I layered 3 pieces of each size in each color onto a green velvet brad.
 Then I spritzed water onto the bloom and folded up one layer at time.
I kept spritzing water as I folded up the layers - then I hit it with my heat tool just a bit to dry it so it wouldn't flatten out.
I glued my 'lily pad'  to the top of the jar and wound two pieces of twine between the two bottom layers and just let them hang over the edges to give a little visual texture and motion.
I stamped a die cut label, added a little frog charm, and tied them both to the jar.
I tied a multi loop bow out of wrinkled seam tape around the back jar hinge 
(just some more green 'stuff' growing in the frog pond!)
This jar is a small one cup/half pint size - you could make one for each child or just have a few on the table filled with various colorful candies!
So, I ran a field product test with almost 6 year old Landon, and almost 4 year old Mila.
They thought the jar was pretty cute, with the lily pad on top, the tag and the frog charm  -  
but really LOVED the gummy frogs.
Mila's final word on her review   -   "ribbit"
So please remember to check out Eileen Hull's blog for more creative party decor all this month!

I'm also linking to the following:

Stamps:  Birthday Cheer - Papertrey Ink
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Paper:  Simply Chartreuse - PTI, green and white tissue paper from stash.
Accessories:  Romance Flower Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix,  Label die from Perfect Patches Die Collection - PTI, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, twine, frog charm - Michaels, green velvet brad - Making Memories, water spritzer - Ranger, heat tool,  half pint jar - Michaels.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Spritzed Marker Sympathy

I have seen this image, Hidden Lane by Penny Black, used on several blogs and fell in love with it  - so I found it on line and bought it! 
 Instead of just inking it today -  I colored the trees, fence and walkway on the stamp with several different colors of  Ranger Distress Markers, spritzed the stamp with water and stamped it onto Arches Watercolor paper. 
You get varying amounts of image clarity depending on how much water you spritz on the stamp and if you spritz the paper with water before stamping.  I used quite a bit of water on this stamping so the image is really blurry.  
I think it's a good look for a sympathy card.
This is already in the mail - on it's way to a friend at church who recently lost her father.

I'm linking my card to:
I used stamps, markers and sequins
Stamps:  Hidden Lane - Penny Black,  Beyond Basic Borders - PTI.
Paper:  Arches Watercolor Paper, Rustic Cream and Simply Chartreuse - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black.
Accessories:  Ranger Distress Markers -  Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy, Tea Dye, Walnut Stain,  Mini Mister - Ranger, Lucky Blend Sequins - Avery Elle.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Birds and Nature Birthday

Today I have another card requested by the same friend I made a card for on Wednesday - scroll down or see hereThis card is for her mother -  who loves birds and nature.  
(I made this bird/nature project for her mother last Valentine's Day.)
I knew I wanted to use a recently purchased stamp set -  Spring Woods by PTI because of the lovely multi-stamp bird images - and it also has a coordinating Spring Woods Die Set.   I white embossed the sentiment from the Keep It Simple: Birthday II set onto black cardstock.  The background panel is embossed with Eileen Hull's Basket Weave embossing folder from Sizzix.
I love stamping images on the inside of special cards  - this sentiment is from Tucked In Birthday from PTI.

I'm linking my card to:
Seize the Birthday - Birds, Bees or Butterflies

Stamps:  Spring Woods, Keep It Simple: Birthday II Stamp Set, Tucked In - Birthday Stamp Set - PTI
Paper:  white, True Black - PTI
Ink:  Bright Buttercup, Smokey Shadow, Classic Kraft, Simple Chartreuse, Hibiscus Burst - PTI, Versamark
Accessories:  White embossing powder, heat tool, rhinestones - Kaiser Craft, foam dots, Basket Weave Embossing Folder - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Dies - Spring Woods - PTI

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Time to Kick Your Heels Off!

A friend at work asked me to make a birthday card for her sister who is a fashion DIVA!  I knew I had the perfect stamp from Dina Wakley's Silhouette Women set.  The papers are from Kioshi Paper Pad/Basic Grey.
I wanted to give the image a little 'wow' factor - so decided to stamp the image again, cut out the skirt piece and add layers of ribbon and lace to it, tying some wrinkled seam tape around the waste.
I layered it over the original stamping with foam dots.
I printed the sentiment from my computer and die cut it with Stitched Speech Bubble from Pretty Pink Posh.  I added these sweet Wood Veneer Stars from Studio Calico and popped the sentiment up on foam dots.
Here you can see all the dimensional layering.  I added another little star on the inside above the sentiment, a little unexpected surprise for the receiver!.
I'm entering my card in the following challenges:
Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge - Soft Sky, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake 
(I used all the colors on the skirt!)
Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge - Celebrating 600 Sketches

Stamps:  Silhouette Women - Dina Wakley
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI, DP Kioshi Paper Pad - Basic Grey
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  computer generated sentiment, Wood Venneer Stars - Studio Calico/American Crafts, foam dots, mini attacher - Ranger,  tan wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf and Spring Rain ribbons - PaperTrey Ink, trimmings Lace - Idea-ology/Ranger.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

A Vintage Journey - July Destination Inspiration - Terminal 1

I am the hostess today over at A Vintage Journey for our July Destination Inspiration Terminal 1 post.
Every Monday, one of the AVJ Creative Guides uses the limited supplies in our travel bag for the month to create a project.
This month we have been given the following supplies:
#1. Product - Ephemera/collage elements
#2.  Technique - Use a brayer
#3.  Color - Teal or turquoise
#4.  Substrate - Card
Here is the card I created using these supplies.
 I hope you will stop by my A Vintage Journey post where you will find more photos and all the details of how I put this together!
I'd also like to remind you to check out the A Vintage Journey  July Challenge - Monochromatic.
There's a $25 gift certificate from Funkie Junkie Boutique to be won by a random entry!
  I'm actually going to link up this card since I just realized it fits the challenge!!

I'm also linking my card to:
Just Us Girls - Word Week - Summer
 Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Paper:  Black, Kraft - Papertrey Ink, White Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix,  Tim Holtz Paperstash/Dapper.
Accessories:  Ranger Distress Paint Cracked Pistachio, Breyer, water spritzer, Idea-ology Small Talk, Trimmings Lace, Photo Booth, Pocket Cards, Mirrored Hearts, Heirloom Rose, Fine Tip Glue Pen - SU, Adirondack Alcohol Ink Aqua, Ranger Distress Markers Spun Sugar, Cracked Pistachio, White Art Stones - Prima, Clear UTEE,  Antique Linen and Black Soot Embossing Powders - Ranger, Antique Linen Distress Glitter - Ranger, Mini Attacher - Ranger, foam dots, Thinlits Handwritten Vacation Dies, Sizzix Village Surf Shack Die.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Acrylic Galaxy Background with Paper Landscapes - Wanderlust

This month the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team is working with Crescent Art Products along with Eileen's new Sizzix collection Paper Flower Party
The Inspiration Team will be focusing on two Crescent Art Products, RENDR paper and Photo Mat Art Board.
RENDR Paper is 100% no-show through.  This means you can ink, stamp, spray, paint and color to your heart’s content with absolutely no bleed through.
Photo Mat Art Board is another fantastic Crescent product being showcased this month.  Photo Mat Art Boards make it easy to create professional quality photo projects with your own artistic style. 
I used both products on my project today. My design was created from the latest class over at Wanderlust - Acrylic Galaxy Background with Paper Landscapes by Jennifer Lee. And I am just THRILLED with how it came out!
I started with an 8"x10" Crescent Photo Mat Board and painted it with black acrylic paint. I wasn't worried about making smooth brush strokes as the idea is to create layers with the paints.
When that layer was dry - I added three more dark colors - I can't give all the details since it was from a class but I'll show you photos.  I sort of pounced the colors on - then you pounce over it all with a damp sponge.
When this layer was dry I added some light colors in soft swirls with a rounder brush, adding black again if it got too light.
then came the stars - some dotted on with a paintbrush and then splattered on with a toothbrush. (toothbrush splatter not shown accept on final photo)
To make the paper landscape I sprayed a piece of RENDR paper with Ranger Distress Spray Stains
And tore strips off to look like mountains, tearing it towards me so the white edge shows.
The beauty of RENDR paper is that nothing you put on one side will bleed through the paper.  Here you can see how even the Spray Stain did not come through on the back.
I embossed a few of the landscape layers using Eileen Hull's new Textured Expressions Embossing Folders - Honey Comb, Daisy Wreath and Basket Weave to add some extra dimension to the landscape.
The Planet Earth photo that I mounted inside the frame opening is from an old school book I had torn up for this Wanderlust class project - I saved some of the photo pages when I tore them out of the book - it was the perfect image for this project!  I white embossed the Bible Verse from Scripture Collection 1 by Our Daily Bread.
I added a die cut easel (Tim Holtz Alterations) to the back so this project could be displayed on a shelf or mantel.
I really love this acrylic galaxy background I learned to paint  - I'm sure I'll be trying this again!
I hope I've inspired you with my project using the Crescent Photo Mat Artboard, the RENDR paper as well as Eileen's new embossing folders!  Please check Eileen's Blog for more ideas from her Inspiration Team all month long!

I'm also linking my project to:
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - 2nd Anniversary - #18 Texture

Stamps:  Scripture Collection 1 - Our Daily Bread
Paper:  Crescent Photo Mat Board, Crescent RENDR no show thru paper, chipboard easel - Funkie Junkie Boutique.
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Textured Expressions Embossing Folders - Honey Comb, Daisy Wreath, Basket Weave - Eileen Hull/Sizzix,  Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint White, Blackberry Violet, Magenta and Sky, Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paynes Grey, Manganese Blue Hue, White Embossing Powder, heat tool, glue stick - Ranger, Ranger Distress Spray Stains Fired Brick, Broken China and Rusty Hinge, sponge, Fine Tip Black Sharpie, White Sharpie Paint Pen, planet Earth photo from old science school book.


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