Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sizzix Maker Challenge - Using Eileen Hull's Heartfelt House Pocket Die

Have you seen the Sizzix Maker Challenge?  You can find it HERE
There is a great prize for a lucky winner! (see end of my post) To join in on the challenge, you need to use Eileen Hull's Heartfelt House Pocket Stitchlits die.  You can also use the Stitchy Flowers & Leaf die and Birds & Butterflies die if you'd like to. But the main focus should be the House/Pocket Die.  

I used the House Pocket die and also the Stitchy Flowers and Leaf die.  I made a patchwork home using the house pocket die and some of Tim Holtz' Textiles and I added flowers using the Stitchy Flowers and Leaf Die.  I layered it all onto a 6" x 8" burlap panel.
A home has always been an important place for me.  I lived in the same house growing up until I got married and my parents continued to live there the rest of their lives.  I have since lived in one apartment and two houses but I always make where ever I live mine by decorating with things I love.
I die cut all the pieces out of the cloth and then cut them out of Grunge Board and glued the cloth to the board to add firmness and dimension to the individual pieces.
I colored two square Idea-ology Fragments with Butterscotch and Sunshine Yellow Alcohol Inks for the glass in the windows.  I just glued the fabric window cuts over the glass.  I added an Idea-ology Hitch Fastener for the doorknob.
I cut several Stitched Flowers out of Core-dinations paper and layered them together using 
Idea-ology Hex Fasteners.  I added some Idea-ology Big Chat Stickers and Letter Press letters
Here you can see the dimension on the windows and door (I added foam tape behind the door) - the roof is also raised above the house base.
 (I cut a separate roof portion of the house die so I could layer it).
I love my little house!  and I'll display it in my big house!
Here is the prize, which includes Eileen's fabulous Journal die:
You can see more details of the challenge here:
and you can enter your photo of your project here:
(Select the Eileen Hull Maker Challenge)
You can't win if you don't join in!
Paper:  Core-dinations
Ink:  Adirondack Alcohol Inks Butterscotch and Sunshine Yellow
Accessories:  House Pocket Die, Stitchy Flowers and Leaf die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Tim Holtz TextilesIdea-ology Grunge Board, 6"x8" Burlap Panel, Letter Press, Fragments, Hitch Fastener, Hex Fasterners, Big Chat Stickers, Alcohol Blending Solution, Tombow Glue, foam tape.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Dare to Get Dirty Post #5

Sharing 5 more cards I made for the Dare to Get Dirty challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.
Challenge:  Sea Life

Challenge: Sparkling Geometrics
Linking this card to:
Challenge: I dare you to use paint
(Dabbed white acrylic paint over stencil, let dry then sponged with ink, masking bottom)
Challenge:  Must Shave
(shaving cream with re-inkers dropped on top, scooped some up onto used gift card, then spread over stencil)
Challenge: Zodiac
Sea life
Stamps: Sea Life - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, Beauty by the Sea - Sweet N Sassy Stamps
Paperwhite, rustic cream, Tropical Teal - PTI  
Ink:Ranger Distress Salty Ocean, Vintage Photo, Twisted Cintron, Abandoned Coral, Wendy Vecchi Archival Potting Soil, True Black - PTI
Accessories:water mister, dew drops, foam dots

Let the Good Times Roll
Stamps:  Party Time - Stamplorations  
Paper:  white, black - PTI, blue sparkle paper - JoAnn 
Ink: True Black - PTI
Accessories: circles die - Ali Express, circle punch - SU, foam dots

May All Your Wishes Come True
Stamps:Just Desserts Sentiments - PTI
Paper: Mixed Media Card - Ranger, white - PTI
Ink: True Black - PTI, Ranger Distress Abandoned Coral
Accessories:white acrylic paint, foam applicator, Scribbles Stencil - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, Sequins - Neat and Tangled

Praying for You
Stamps:Boutique Borders: Sympathy Stamp Set - PTI
Paper: white, Prairie Grass, Aqua Mist - PTI
Ink: SU Reinkers Soft Sky, Sahara Sand, Mellow Moss, Prairie Grass - PTI
Accessories:  Shaving cream, used gift card, Architecture de Feuilles Stencil - Carabella Studio, rhinestones - Kaiser Craft, paper plate.

Your Birthday Star
Stamps:Star Gazer Additions - PTI
Paper: White, Enchanted Evening - PTI, brushed gold - SU
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: gold embossing powder, heat tool

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Playing with Stencils

Today I'm playing with layering stencils.
I layered my stencils on a tag and after finishing it, I cut it into 2 pieces and so was able to make 2 cards!
The first uses a smaller piece and is framed by a stamp.  This is a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" card.
 Close up
My 2nd card uses a larger piece of the finished tag and is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
 Close up of the stenciling
Here are photos of the steps I used in creating my layered stencils
First I used white acrylic paint through one of Tim's mini stencils pouncing the ink on with a sponge applicator on a blending tool.
 Be sure to wash your stencil and sponge immediately after use.
then I layered a mini leaf stencil over the words using Distress Dried Marigold ink
I layered a mini grid stencil over the tag using Crushed Olive Distress Ink
I sponged over the edges with Ground Espresso Distress ink
and I sponged over the whole tag with Seedless Preserves and Scattered Straw.  I used a baby wipe over the acrylic paint to remove any ink laying on top of that stenciling.
then I stamped over the stenciling with Archival Jet Black Ink.
I flicked water onto the tag to create water spots.
Here's the fun stamp set I used

I'm linking my cards to: 

Stamps:  Mini Halloween - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  #8 Manila Tag - Ranger, Rustic Cream - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress - Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Ground Expresso, Crushed Olive, Seedless Preserves, Old Paper,.
Accessories:  round sponge applicator and Blending Tool - Ranger, Tim Holtz Mini Stencils - leaves, grid, lost and found, water.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CAS Mix Up Challenge - August Mid Month Reminder - Alcohol Inks

I'm here today to play again with Alcohol Inks!  and to remind everyone that there's still time to join in on the CAS Mix Up Challenge - Last day to link up is August 24th!
So for this card I used stamps, alcohol inks (AI) on Yupo paper, die cuts, sequins and embossing on the sentiment!
There are links to several You Tube Videos on ways to use AI's over on the CAS Mix Up blog - for this card I used this video for my technique:  
 Inlaid Die Cutting with Alcohol Inks by Catherine Pooler 

Here's a close up of the lovely effect of the AI's on Yupo.  
First I dabbed Butterscotch and Wild Plum AI's over a sheet of Yupo using a felt pad with the applicator handle.  Then I added Alcohol Blending Solution to the felt and dabbed again to blend it better and to get these lovely bubbles!
I die cut a portion of the Dandelion Fluff in the circle and removed it from the circle.  I die cut the full flower from black card and layered it inside the circle.  I put tape on the back to hold the piece in.  
I embossed the sentiment on a strip of card using Silver Pearl Embossing powder.
And I just had to use the negative of the die cut to make a 2nd card - where the circle is black and the inlaid die cut flower is the AI piece.
So please join us over at the CAS Mix Up Challenge and show us how you use Alcohol Inks! 
(use of alcohol ink markers like Copics are allowed too!)  
You'll find lots of DT inspiration, the rules of the challenge and Mr. Linky here.  You have until 8/24!

Stamps:  Ways to Say: with Sympathy - PTI
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI, Yupo
Ink:  Versamark, Alcohol Inks Butterscotch, Wild Plum, Alcohol Blending Solution.
Accessories:  dies - Stitched Mats Circles - Lil Inker, Dandelion Fluff - Elizabeth Craft Designs, foam dots, Glue Pen, Silver Pearl Embossing Powder - Ranger, Sequins - Neat and Tangled, Felt pad and applicator handle - Ranger.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Dare to Get Dirty Post IV

Here's the 4th installment of cards I made for the Splitcoaststampers Dare to Get Dirty week-long challenges.   There were 5 challenges a day so at the end I made 35 cards!
We are not supposed to disclose the exact details of the challenge as participants need to be a member of the SCS Fan Club but I have listed their titles here so perhaps you can figure it out?!!? 
 I also list my supplies for each card at the end of this post.
Here are 5 more cards #16 - 20 :
The Challenge: Does it Spark Joy?
I'm also linking this card to the Merry Monday summer challenge:
The Challenge:  Cling Wrap Background
The Challenge: Use a Digital Image
(Free colored digital image from the Graphics Fairy)

The Challenge:  Watercolor Plaid

The Challenge: Kick up your Background
It was so fun trying out new or forgotten techniques and to get so many cards made for my stash - I sell them to friends where I used to work as well as at my church -  so I need a constant supply of new designs!
I'll be back in a few days with 5 more - hope I'm not boring you to death!?!
The Joy of Holly
Stamps: Festive Foliage - Waltzingmouse Festive Foliage - Waltzingmouse, Signature Christmas - PTI
Paper: white, true black - PTI, DP Fine and Sunny Paper Pad - Kaiser Craft  
Ink:True Black, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse - PTI
Accessories: Small Madison Window Die - Poppystamps, Holly Die - Waltzingmouse, foam dots

Winter Woods
Paper: Arches Watercolor Paper, White - PTI
Accessories: Brushos - Purple and Sandstone, cling wrap, water mister, Die - Ali Express, wooden star - Hobby Lobby, Gold Leaf Run'N Buff, foam dots

Stamps: Ella and Friends - Mama Elephant
Paper:White, Terracotta Tile, Black - PTI
Ink:True Black - PTI
Accessories: Vintage Circus Elephant Digi Image - Free from the Graphics Fairy

Cutest Little Thing
Stamps:Sweet Cheeks - PTI
Paper:Arches Watercolor paper, White, True Black, Vintage Jadeite, Vellum - PTI
Ink: Versamark, New Leaf, Sweet Blush, Classic Kraft - PTI
Accessories:  Sweet Cheeks Dies - PTI, gold embossing powder, heat tool Gold metalic marker, water color paints pink, orange, green

Embossed Wreath
Stamps: Keep it Simple Birthday II set - Papertrey Ink
Paper: white, true Black - PTi
Ink:  Versamark, Wendy Vecchi Archival Cornflower and Fern Green Re-inker
Accessories: Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste (colored with Fern Green Reinker), Stencils: Wendy Vecchi Check Mate , Create a Wreath, Flowers - Taylored Expressions, tiny red brads, white embossing powder, pallette knife, foam dots  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

If we could see the miracle.....

I used a fun technique on a panel of my card today -  using glossy card, water, re-inkers and SALT!
Here's a close up of the panel.  I used coarse sea salt so the marks left from it are large - looks like funky water spots! 
Oh, and Yes -  I DID finally break down and buy this MFT Peek a Boo window die! (in both rectangle AND square!)
So, for the panel - I took a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of glossy card, spritzed it with water and dripped SU re-inkers in Caramel, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue randomly on the panel.  I tilted the panel around so the colors would move and blend - adding more water if needed, and then sprinkled coarse sea salt over the panel and set it aside to dry.   
(you can help it along with a heat tool if you want but I think it might react better if left alone to dry!)
After it dried, I brushed off the salt and it was ready to go.  I cut my panel into 4 smaller pieces so I can make 4 cards like this one from one salted panel!
While I was at it -  I made a second salt panel using SU re-inkers in Barely Banana, Cameo Coral and Lavender Lace - quite a different look with different colors!
 Here's my finished card.
I die cut the frame out of a panel of white card and stamped this great quote.  It's from a brand new stamp set by PaperArtsy - Eclectia 3 - EABO1 Trees and Flowers.    Alison Bomber is the designer.   Alison and I are both Creative Guides on the A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog and I am so happy for her having her own stamps made!   Her sets are kind of hard to find in the USA right now - PaperArtsy is based in England where Alison lives.  But you can check with any US company that sells PaperArtsy and you may find them, so far she has two sentiment/quote sets available.

I'm linking my card to:
 You'll find links to several YouTube videos on using salt there too
Stamps:  Eclectica 3 - Alison Bomber - EAB01 - PaperArtsy
Paper:  White - PTI, Glossy Card - Ranger
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, SU reinkers in Caramel, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue
Accessories:  coarse sea salt, water mister, foam dots, Rectangle Peek a Boo Window Die - MFT, Wild Flowers Die - Tim Holtz/Sizzix.