Thursday, October 19, 2017

Eileen Hull's Sizzix Dies Fall-iday - Pucker Up!

This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is making projects for Fall-idays -  creations using Eileen's Sizzix Dies with any holiday theme!

Today I've used Eileen's Embroidery Hoop Sizzix Die to make a Christmas Ornament!  I made this using a tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers where they use a real wooden hoop and real burlap.
I cut the hoop out of white mat board, then cut it again out of a piece of wood veneer that I used for the outside hoop. I cut a smaller circle out of burlap patterned paper and adhered that in the center of the hoop.
I cut a circle out of black card and white embossed the little mouse with the mistletoe on his tail onto it. Since I wanted it to look like a blackboard I didn't use my embossing buddy before inking so some of the white stuck to other places looking like chalk smudges.
I layered the black piece to a red scallop edge circle. I die cut the label and stamped the sentiment on it. I die cut and stamped the holly. Everything is popped up on foam dots. Then I adhered some vintage lace around the edge from the back and looped a piece of silver thread so I can hang it up.

Please check out Eileen's blog all month for more Fall-iday inspiration!

Stamps:   Mistletoe Mouse, Pucker Up - Amuse, Holly - Christmas Critters - Papertrey Ink 
Paper: white, black, pure poppy - PTI, Burlap DP - Pizazz/Michaels, white matboard - Sizzix, wood veneer sheet 
Ink: Versamark, New Leaf, Pure Poppy - PTI
Accessories:     Embroidery Hoop Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Flag it Die - Taylored Expressions, Holly Die - Christmas Critters/Papertrey Ink, white embossing powder, heat tool, Circle Nestabilities, vintage Lace, silver thread  


Sunday, October 15, 2017

CAS Mix Up Challenge - October Mid-Month Reminder - Layering Stencils

I'm here today with a mid-month reminder that you still have until October 24th to link up a card for the CAS Mix Up Challenge!   I am the hostess this month and this is my challenge:
For my card, I used stamping, layering stencils and a stitched edge die.
Here is a pic of the supplies I used -  the stencil is from The Crafters Workshop and I overlapped 3 of the stencil designs inking each one with a different Ranger Distress Oxide Ink.  I used Salty Ocean, Abandoned Coral and Spiced Marmalade. Distress Oxides are really juicy so you need to dry each stenciling before moving onto the next when you overlay them.  Also with a stencil like this you need to clean it off well and dry it before stenciling another part on your panel - you can get smudges 
(you can see a couple of smudges on my panel below! luckily they mostly got cut off with the die!)
I die cut the stenciled panel with a stitched edged rectangle and then spritzed it lightly with water.  The water makes the Oxides turn chalky and sort of seals them into the cardstock.  I layered it to the card base with foam dots and stamped my sentiment.

 After I made my first card - I tried another using the same stencil but different color inks - this one looks more masculine using Distress Oxide Inks in Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain.
So please join us over at the CAS Mix Up Challenge and show us how you layer stencils on your CAS card!   You have until Oct 24th!
Stamps:  Clearly Sentimental about Art - MFT (no longer available)
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Oxide - Spiced Marmalade, Salty Ocean, Abandoned Coral, Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, True Black and Cocoa Bean - PTI
Accessories: Stencil - The Crafters Workshop (TCW), water mister, Stitched Edge Rectangle Die - WMS, foam dots.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Right Words Make All the Difference

My very talented friend from England, Alison Bomber, whom I have 'met' being on the A Vintage Journey Creative Guide team with, has designed several sentiment quote stamp sets for PaperArtsy.   The company is based in England and so far, the US companies that carry PaperArtsy have not stocked her sets.  

Alison loves words - as witnessed on her blog - Words and Pictures.  I loved her sets, as soon as I saw the projects she was making with them - and Alison was kind enough to purchase several of them for me and sent them across the pond (I reimbursed her of course!) 

So I wanted to share the cards I have made with them so far.  You'll find a list of supplies I used for each card at the bottom of my post.

This Kalil Gibran quote is from her first set # EAB01.  I made the panel with a watercolor wash background for a CAS Mix Up Challenge.
This card uses the same stamp along with a die cut tree.  I made this card for an Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers and was inspired by this ceramic tree bowl from this Pinterest board

Another card I made for CAS Mix Up watercolor wash challenge.  The Monet quote is also from Alison's first set #EAB01
For my Halloween card below - I used a Shakespeare quote from her set #EAB04. 
I'm linking my Halloween card to:
Double D Challenges - Fright Night Challenge

The Charlotte Bronte quote  below is from set #EAB03. 
I made the background using the dendritic technique - dropping acrylic paints on an acrylic block - pressing it to another acrylic block to squish the paints - separating the blocks causing the dendritic striations and pressing card stock onto the blocks to get a print.  I learned this technique over at Splitcoaststampers during the Falliday Fest challenges.
The Longfellow quote below is from set #EAB05 and I thought it went wonderfully with this snowy winter scene I created for another challenge at Splitcoaststampers.
So -  I'm going to keep checking with the US companies that carry PaperArtsy -  Simon Says Stamp, Frantic Stamper, are two that I know of -  and also let them know I'd like them to carry Alison Bomber stamps!  Please let me know if you find them anywhere in the US!

And big congratulations Alison - on all of your wonderful PaperArtsy stamp sets!

Trees are poems #1
Stamps:  Tree Line - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous,  Trees and Flowers/Alison Bomber/Eclectica3 - PaperArtsy
Paper:  Arches Watercolor Paper, White - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  dark pink and blue watercolor paints, paint brush, water, Tall Pines Embossing Folder - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Sugar blend sequins - Avery Elle.

Trees are poems #2
Stamps: Alison Bomber - EAB01- PaperArtsy
Paper:  White, Soft Stone - PTI, tan Kraft Core Coredinations
Ink: Cocoa Bean - PTI
Accessories: Tree die - Ali Express (gift from Loll), Stitched Mat Rectangles - Lil Inker Designs, foam dots, mini sander 

I must have flowers 
Stamps:  Trees and Flowers - Eclectica3 Alison Bomber - Paper Artsy, Flower Girl - Stampotique
Paper:  Canson Watercolor Paper, White - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Clear embossing powder, heat tool, watercolor paints, water, paint brushes, painters tape (to mask edge), Heritage Embossing folder - Provo Craft, Vintage Chic Sequins - Lucy's Shop, Key Lime and Orange Marmalade Nuvo Jewel Drops.

By the pricking of my thumbs
Stamps: Skull - Undertaker Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, Newt - Wanda's Pantry Waltzingmouse/retired, sentiment - Alison Bomber EAB04/Paperartsy, Border - The Beauty of Art - Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  white, True Black - PTI :
Ink: Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Dangling Spider Die - Memory Box, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions

Silence is of different kinds
Stamps:  Alison Bomber Set EAB03 - PaperArtsy 
Paper: White, Terracotta Tile, Rustic Cream - PTI, tan - Coredinations
Ink: Wendy Vecchi Archival Tree Branch
Accessories: Folk Art Acrylic Paint Buttercrunch, Poppy Red, Pastel Green, form dots, Stitched Edge Rectangle Die - Lil Inker Designs, Mix and Mat Flourishes Die - PTI, 2 rectangle acrylic blocks.

Silent Soft and Slow
Stamps:   Alison Bomber Set #EAB05 - PaperArtsy 
Paper:   white, Dark Indigo, Blueberry Sky - PTI 
Ink: Versamark, Wendy Vecchi Archival Corn Flower Blue 
Accessories: Stitched Landscape Dies - PoppyStamps, Snow Covered Stacker Tree - Dees Distinctively, Heat and Stick Powder - SU, Dazzling Diamonds - SU, foam dots, mini sander - Idea-ology     

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thinking of you when leaves are falling

Well, our leaves are falling - the maple leaves that is - but they aren't falling because it's fall and they aren't in beautiful hues of red and orange -  no - this year the maple trees in our area are suffering from some form of blight -  they have been falling off the trees since late August and they are green with horrible black spots on them - like they have been sprayed with tar.   I can only hope next year they all return in good health!

So I have to pretend I am surrounded by lovely New England Fall colors by using them on my cards!
I die cut my leaves from a panel I made by rubbing Distress Inks in Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple Crushed Olive and Frayed Burlap onto my craft mat, spritzing with water and dragging and pouncing a panel of Mixed Media Cardstock through it all.   Then I used the lovely Stitched Leaves Dies from Lawn Fawn to cut the leaves. 
 Here's a close up so you can see the stitching on the leaves.
The circles frame is from the Mix and Mat Flourishes Die set from PTI (LOVE this die!)  I layered the larger leaf onto the panel of Rustic Cream with a foam dot and then adhered the smaller leaves flat on the panel.  I stamped the Thinking of You sentiment in Cocoa Bean ink.
I had colored a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" panel with the inks so I was able to die cut lots of leaves out of it.  I made 2 Thinking of You cards and 4 Thanksgiving cards.  The Happy Thanksgiving is from a retired Waltzingmouse set.

I'm linking my cards to the October CAS Watercolour Challenge -  

 Did you hear they are celebrating their 1st birthday?  And there are prizes to be won!
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for Challenge Winner
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for one random draw of all entries
 (must follow rules to be eligible for prizes)

So join in and maybe you'll win?!!
Stamps:  Thinking of You - Autumn Abundance/PTI,  Happy Thanksgiving - Peace and Plenty/Waltzingmouse Retired.
Paper:  Mixed Media Card Stock - Dylusions/Ranger, Rustic Cream, Canyon Clay - PTI.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple, Crushed Olive and Frayed  urlap, Cocoa Bean - PTI.
Accessories:  Stitched Leaves Die - Lawn Faun, Mix and Mat Flourishes Die set - PTI, foam dots, Tombow Glue.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Something Wicked

It's funny how some months different challenges have the SAME challenge! 
I made some CAS pumpkin face cards using a die I've had for many years but never used until this week!  It's a Movers and Shapers Tim Holtz/Alterations die called Silly Jack O Lantern.
I also made one with a white background (I love white pumpkins!)  this guy looks a little more scary even though his face is still goofy!!  
The sentiments are both from Haunted Headstones by PTI.
The challenges are:

House Of Cards October Challenge CAS Halloween or Colors

Stamps:  Haunted Headstones - Papertrey Ink 
Paper: orange Cordinations, white Bazzill, white, true black - PTI
Ink:  Hero Arts Black
Accessories: Silly Jack o Lantern - Movers and Shapers Die/Alterations, Tombow Glue

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Eileen Hull Sizzix Die Fall-idays

This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is making projects for Fall-idays -  creations using Eileen's Sizzix Dies with any holiday theme!

I used her Cup Cake Stand and turned it into a spooky apothecary table from a witches laboratory for Halloween!
 Here are the pieces of the Cup Cake Stand die that I cut out of Little Sizzles Black matboard (I didn't end up using the banner piece at the top there).  I also cut out a square of DP for the table top and 4 pieces of DP to cover the legs, front and back.  DP is from Tim Holtz Paper Stash Materialize.
Then I gathered items to put on the table knowing I wanted it to be for Halloween
Several things from Idea-ology - Skull, Adornment spider, Clipping Stickers/Halloween, and Pumpkin Pieces.  I also made a tiny Poisons in the Nature book using this sheet from Ever After Miniatures Etsy shop - you cut out the pieces, fold up the pages, glue, make the cover and adhere the pages in the cover. (you can see a tutorial of another book from another Etsy company that I made here)   I embossed a real fall leaf I picked up when I was taking a walk using Versamark ink and 2 Adirondack Embossing Powders - Cranberry and Tan.  I cut the raven using Tim's Movers and Shapers Mini Cat and Raven die.
I used a black Sharpie to color the white that showed up on the creases of the matboard.  I added and Idea-ology Apothecary Vial to the table filling it a third of the way with Tarnished Brass Distress Glitter.  Then I adhered some of the glitter to the table, the leaf, the pumpkin and the cork on the bottle.  I tied a spider to a piece of twine and knotted it around the bottle.
I added red Tiny Twinkles to the skulls eye sockets and orange ones for the ravens eyes (front and back).  The Miniature Poison Book is just placed on the table so it can be taken off and looked through!
I put Clipping Stickers/Halloween on each side of the table edge.

I love how this came out and think it will make a great Halloween decoration for table, window sill, desk or shelf!

Please check out Eileen's blog all month for more Fall-iday inspiration!

I'm linking my project to:
Country View Challenges - Autumnal Hues

Paper:  Little Sizzles Black Matboard - Sizzix, Paper Stash Materialize/Tim Holtz
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Eileen Hull Cup Cake Stand and Pennant Die - Sizzix, Mini Cat and Raven Movers and Shapers Die - Tim Holtz/Alterations, Ideaology Skulls, Clipping Stickers/Halloween, Apothecary Vials, Adornments Halloween (Spider), Pumpkin Pieces,  Miniature Poison in the Nature Book - Ever After Miniatures Etsy Shop, real leaf,  Tan and Cranberry Embossing Powders - Adirondack, twine, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, Tarnished Brass Distress Glitter - Ranger, black Sharpie marker, Black Stabilo Pencil.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Oh Christmas Tree

Chipping away at my Christmas card supply for this  year -  I made this one for two challenges.
The Technique Lovers challenge over at Splitcoast was to try Acrylic Resist. 
I embossed the Tall Pines by Tim Holtz onto a white panel.  Then I brushed over the panel with Weathered Wood Distress Paint and let it dry.   Next, I sanded over the raised trees to remove the paint and then sponged over the trees with Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap.  The paint resists the ink where it hasn't been sanded.  I stamped the sentiment in the corner and added blue Tiny Twinkles to the trees.

I'm also joining in on the Merry Monday Challenge
add a Christmas Tree to your card.

Stamps: Oh Christmas Tree - Rubber Soul
Paper: white, black - PTI
Ink: Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap, Hero Arts Black
Accessories: Tall Pines Embossing Folder - Tim Holtz/Alterations/Sizzix, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, Tombow Glue, mini sander - Ranger, Ranger Distress Weathered Wood Paint, paint brush