Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Finding a Friend


It's a rainy, wet morning her in southern Iowa and the hubby is not happy about it, lol.  The rain was supposed to miss us, but they were wrong.  We're hoping it's done soon and we have time to get some things done on the house today.  We are working at putting on an addition and new siding on the whole house.  

After finishing up the jounaling bible page I shared yesterday I wanted to use that TCW daisy stencil again as I'm quite liking it (you just might see it a few more times before I move on to something else :)... it's TCW552s Mini Daisy Splash.  I started with Dylusion paint on white cardstock blending the blue and teal, stenciled (TCW mini butterfly collage) with the Dylusions yellow paint, and splashed some white paint marker over the panel. Once dry I stamped the quote (Quietfire Design - Always Be My Friend set) with Archival jet black and embossed it with clear powder.  I positioned the daisy stencil and added Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 white embossing paste.  Once the paste was dry I put the stencil back on and dabbed a little of the yellow paint in the center areas, removed the stencil and used a Wink of Stella pen on the white part of the flowers and around the edge of the card.  I decided it should have a few butterflies, punched them from white card, glued them on allowing the wings to be free, used Wink of Stella on the wings and put pearls in the body area.  Attached this panel to a folded white card.



Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Whatever is True...



Hi There!!!!  I do hope your week is going well!!!  So I've been thinking about and pinning bible journaling for awhile and have finally taken the plunge.  A wonderful lady that fell in love with the idea and pursued it has started a local group that is meeting together and sharing pages and scriptures to encourage and help each other to go deeper with God and His word.  I wasn't sure I could fit it in my schedule but have started and will see how it goes.  I missed the first meeting but attended the second meeting last night and had a wonderful time.  I didn't have a page done in my bible as I was just able to get one yesterday afternoon but got a page done today for the first scripture.  


When I decided I'd be able to go, since I didn't have a journaling bible yet, I thought I'd do a page in my scripture art journal.  I'm thinking I might continue to work in both allowing more time to concentrate on each scripture or passage.  The background in my journal was already there from a past mop-up of ink and I just worked on top of it... although as I was working on the right side, I got to a point that I just totally didn't like the page and ended up covering it up and reworking.  

Left side - Ink sprays in the background, black embossing paste through a TCW stencil for the girl, and writing with a Pitt Pen.  Right side - it started with the same sprayed background but then I covered it all up with Dylusion paints, Dylusions border stamp, writing with a Sharpie paint markers.

In the Bible - Dylusions paint, an old leaf stamp, TCW daisy stencil, writing with a Pitt pen, daisy die cuts just in a box of misc cut and punched items, a Wink of Stella pen to add the sparkle to the daisy. 

I realized as I was editing the pictures that I forgot to include the scripture reference on the journal pages and will be adding that - Philippians 4:8.  







Monday, August 31, 2015

Note Cards - Your Love O Lord


A set of note cards!!  The backgrounds start with Dylusions paint, then I stenciled over that with white paint and a TCW stencil.  The flower is white embossing paste (Wendy Vecchi) through a Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 stencil and when the paste was dry I placed the stencil back over the flower and added Dylusions paint.  The scripture (Our Daily Bread Designs) is stamped with Archival Ink jet black and embossed with clear powder.  The black dots are paint through a stencil (TCW).  I added a touch of glitter over part of the flower and around the edges using a Wink of Stella pen.  



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Circles on a Journal Page


On the PaperArtsy blog the current challenge is #16 - Circles.  HERE is a direct link to the information/linking post.  If you have time, join in with the challenge, they do pick a random winner for a voucher to their online store.  

I did a journal page.  This journal is 8" x 10".  I began by gluing in some torn tissue wrap and book pages and then stenciling some circles with heavy gel medium (semi-gloss) and dripping on some tar gel.  Once those were dry, I started layering - shimmery sprays, Fresco Finish paints (mostly toffee and yellow submarine and also a little vanilla), and gesso.  I was kind of back and force and a little of this and then that, etc.  When I thought my color was good I also pulled out some Treasure Gold and caught some of the texture with that.  Next I stamped the words and flowers (all rubber stamps used on this page are from the PaperArtsy Lin Brown set ELB22).  I added a mix of Fresco Finish orchid and gloss glaze to the flowers, painting it on and then blotting excess off.. and a mix of Fresco Finish tinned peas and gloss glaze to the stems.  Painty circles made with different lids were stamped on with Fresco Finish vanilla, orchid, and little black dress.  Drew around some of the gel circles with Posca paint pens.  Splattered white paint around.  Stamped the little flower image with Fresco Finish snowflake paint and then added red dots with a Posca pen.







Tuesday, August 25, 2015

We are like Snowflakes


Hi There!!!!  

I am sharing a tag over on the Quietfire Creations blog today.  I hope you'll pop on over THERE and check it out.



Monday, August 24, 2015

A Way With Words - Merry Christmas



Good Monday to you!!  At least, I hope you have a good Monday!!  

I have a Christmas card to share with you.  I'm using the A Way With Words, Merry Christmas die (at Quietfire Design, at Elizabeth Craft Designs) and I've cut it from an ECD velvet adhesive sheet.  Oh, does this velvet make a nice die cut!!!  The ornament is also an ECD die (#761 Ornament Set 1).  I cut the solid ornament from a piece of scrap background and the decorative piece from gold cardstock with the double sided adhesive stuck to the back. After attaching the 2 pieces together I colored the flower petals with a marker and then added glitter.  I used a paint pen for the yellow to the center of the flower.  I embossed a piece of white cardstock with the ECD folder #118 Spring Leaves inking one side of the folder before embossing... distressed the edges, attached the die cuts along with the ribbon for the ornament popping up the ornament with foam mounting tape, attached this panel to an edge-distressed red panel and then to the folded green card.  Finally I added some gold sticky-backed pearls about.



Friday, August 21, 2015

You Are Loved using the Paua Shell Effect


The current topic on the PaperArtsy Blog is Gels & Mediums and in THIS post Lin Brown shares a very cool technique, Paua Shell Effict, complete with a video.  I just HAD to give it a try!!  

For this piece I've used the crunchy paper, glossy gel medium (I only had glossy in regular gel and it worked but heavy gel would have been easier to spread over the stencil and keep its shape), and some old Radiant Rain sprays (colors - Guatemalan Green & Jasper Red).  Way Cool!!!!!

I trimmed the piece down and made a card.  The PaperArtsy JOFY image (JM37) is stamped and black embossed onto crunchy paper.  All the light lines are from pulling my finger nails across the paper on the back.  The piece had curled a little and I was straightening it out when I noticed my nails made lines and so I kept working it making more lines.  I used a Wink of Stella pen just in the center open areas of the flower.  The next layer is some corrugated packing painted with a little Fresco Finish (Hint of Mint).  Hint of Mint was also used to highlight the words in the Idea-ology metal piece.  

This current Topic, #15 Gels & Mediums, challenge ends on Sunday.  HERE is the challenge post with all the details for entering and they do have a random draw of entries to win a credit to spend on their website.

You should also check out THIS post by Leandra, a masterclass of gels and mediums... lots of great information and two videos!!!!


Tilting the card so the light catches all the shimmer a bit better.  Oh, after the card was together I remembered her idea to add some Treasure Gold and did put just a hint here and there of white fire Treasure Gold.



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Way With Words - Congratulations


It's my turn on the Quietfire Creations Blog and I'm sharing three cards using the Congratulations die.  I've got more pics and all the details over there!!



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Way With Words - Hello


A Happy Tuesday to you!!!!!!!  The past week really flew by; mostly because we spent 4 days in Minnesota visiting some of our family.  Both mine and my husbands siblings all live up there so it's hard to see them all in one trip.  We had a really good time!!

This is the second week of inspiration over on the Quietfire Creations blog sharing lots of fabulous projects using the new A Way With Words dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs designed by Suzanne.  Tomorrow I'll be sharing 3 cards on the QC blog.  

Today I'm sharing this card on my blog.  I've used the Hello Die (available on Quietfire Design and on Elizabeth Craft Designs) along with ECD's double sided adhesive and Silk Microfine Glitter in Chocolate.  

For the background I embossed white cardstock with the ECD embossing folder #118 Spring Leaves, sprayed the embossed piece with Dylusions sprays, blotted up the excess color, dried the piece, brayered on embossing ink so it only went on the leaves, embossed it with Ranger Wendy Vecchi embossing powder fern green, lightly sanded over the embossing with a sanding block leaving the green color but taking off the shine, brushed Distress paint picket fence over the bottom part to mute it a bit where the Hello would be added, and distressed the edges.  

I took a piece a paper from "the box" (looks to be a piece I did the polished stone technique on) and die cut two leaf branches using the ECD die #1034 Flourishes & Branches and glued these as shown on the card leaving much of it without adhesive so the leaves look more natural.  

The butterfly is the large butterfly stamp from the Quietfire Design set Butterflies/Dragonflies.  I inked it with Distress Ink ripe persimmon and vintage photo, stamped it, cut it out, glued it to the card in just the body area and added glittered sticky back gems.  The whole piece is attached to a folded white card.


On this next picture I've tried to show how the glitter sparkles in the light... not sure I succeeded... but it looks great in person!!


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Way With Words - Thinking of You



 So according to the weather man we are supposed to get about 5 days full of sunshine and no rain.  I sure hope he is right!!!!

I have another card to share with you using one of the new A Way With Word dies - Thinking of You.  I'm also using another Elizabeth Craft Designs die, the Hydrangea.  It's my first time using a flower die with so many pieces.  It was really quite fun!!!  I dug a scrap from "the box", cut my flower pieces from that scrap and inked over the stem/leaves with Distress Ink mowed lawn and peeled paint.  I found another scrap that would match close enough and cut the words.  I am trying (and did not succeed here) to remember to put some of the Elizabeth Craft Designs double sided adhesive on the backs of paper before I cut these intricate words.  It would make life so much easier if I would just remember!!  Since I didn't for these words I flipped them over and used a piece of blending foam and gel medium to put adhesive on them.  For the panel I glued everything to, I just sponged the edges with Distress Ink faded jeans and then flicked water on it.  After everything was glued down I also splattered some drops of faded jeans with a waterbrush.  To finish I added some rhinestones.

Be sure and pop on over to the Quietfire Creations blog all this week and next to see all the fabulous projects using these new A Way With Words dies.




Monday, August 10, 2015

A Way With Words - Happy Birthday


Happy Monday!!!  I hope you had a good weekend.  Ours was busy but very good!!!

Today begins two weeks worth of blog posts on the Quietfire Creations Blog showing the brand new, just released A Way With Words dies!!!!!!!!!!!  I hope you'll pop over there and continue to follow along to see all the fabulous projects.  Many design team members are also sharing additional projects on their own blogs!!!

So I said I would share about this card today.  I die cut the word Friends several times from regular white cardstock to use as a mask on the Gelli Plate.  With those ready I brayered Fresco Finish Paints on my 6" x 6" plate, laid on the die cuts - you want to put them on backwards so when you pull the print they read correctly, pressed on a sheet of white cardstock rubbing well, and pulled my print.  I loved it immediately!!!  Once dry I trimmed down the print and began making my card.  I wanted to add some stenciling and used the ECD die #1027 Bricks to cut my own stencil and stenciled on Fresco Finish paint.  Happy Birthday is die cut from both purple and black cardstock.  I layered these offsetting them just a bit and glued them to the background.  The doodles around the edge are done with a Pitt pen and I also inked the edges with Distress Ink.  A piece of washi tape is attached and wrapped to the back.  Next I added an ECD peel-off leaf sticker from set #2530 and colored in the leaves with a Distress marker.  Purple twine is wrapped around the panel and then it's attached to a folded white card.  Finally the white dots were added with a Posca pen.


It was one of my bestest friends' birthday a couple weeks ago and was going to use this card which I thought came out wonderful but just as I was going to get it ready I decided I really needed to make it a bit more personal.  I carefully (while trying to keep the twine out of the way of the acrylic block) stamped "My friend" with Archival Ink jet black.  My friend also really likes birds so I wanted to add one.  I'd just gotten the new dies that matched the Tim Holtz crazy birds so I stamped, colored, and die cut one to use.  Ta-da.. a card just right for my friend!!!



Sunday, August 9, 2015

A Way With Words


Have you heard the news?  Suzanne Cannon, owner of Quietfire Design, is now a licensed designer for Elizabeth Craft Designs!!  

Twelve fabulous dies have been released of words or phrases that began with Suzanne penning them with her wonderful calligraphy!!!  

If you are on Facebook, Elizabeth Craft Designs is having a big give away for a complete set of these dies.  THIS link should get you to the give away.  But you must be quick as they are picking a winner tomorrow - Monday, Aug. 10th. Also beginning tomorrow there will be two weeks of posts on the Quietfire Creations Blog sharing inspiration using the dies!!  

I have used the both the Happy Birthday and Friends dies to create this card and will be back tomorrow with the details on how to make it.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Today's Joys


There is much to be thankful for and to be joyful of.... but sometimes we need to remember to think about those things..  seeing this tag will be a good reminder!!!!

All stamps used on this tag are from the PaperArtsy Lin Brown set ELB23.  All paint is PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint.  I started by scraping some grunge paste onto a #8 Ranger manila tag using a palette knife.  I stamped into the paste - spray some water onto the stamp, rub over it with your fingers, and stamp.. repeat.. you can wipe the stamp off a bit in-between if necessary.. when finished stamping, be sure and clean any paste off your stamp right away.  While the paste was drying I stamped two flowers and one stem image onto some smoothy card.  The stem/leaves were painted with limelight, hey pesto, and hyde park.  I cut out one whole flower and around the center petals on the second flower.  I painted the outside petals of the whole flower with glass blue and the inside petals with zesty zing.  The second flower was painted with zesty zing.  I added white highlights on both flowers with a gel pen.  I used a black Glaze pen on the ends in the center and Pitt pen to darken the lines up to the ends. Markers were used to color the very center of the flower.  
Over the grunge paste background I painted with both smurf and tinned peas, both thinned a bit with water, and then stood the tag up and sprayed on more water allowing it to drip down and then left it to dry.  I stamped the small flower image onto the tag with smurf paint and once dry decided to also stamp some with vanilla paint.  Around the edges of the tag I sponged Archival Ink fern green.  I stamped the quote, cut out the words today's joys, sponged the edges with tumbled glass Distress ink, glued it to the tag and shaded a little with an All-Stabilo pencil.  A seam binding bow at the top finishes it off. 



Monday, August 3, 2015

Large Blue Flower


I am thrilled to be posting over on the PaperArtsy blog today.  I hope you'll come on over and check out this large - 8 inches across - flower!!!  Click HERE.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Bloom Today


For this tag I started with a #8 Ranger Manila Tag and brayered on PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints.  I used blue oyster, smurf, wisteria, yellow submarine, and bougainvillea.  The stamps I used are from the PaperArtsy Jofy set #34 and bloom is from the Jofy stencil #PS008.  Over the background I stamped "yesterday...today...tomorrow.." with Archival Inks pink peony and buttercup.  It's very faint but does make a different.  The flowers and words along the left and bottom edge are stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  "Bloom" is stenciled with bougainvillea paint.  The flowers are painted with bougainvillea, yellow submarine and snowflake using water along with the colors.  Doodling (and extra white dots in the background) is done with either a white Posca marker or black Pitt pen.  "today" (part of the whole line of yesterday... today...tomorrow) is stamped on a white scrap, cut out, and glued on. To finish it off I coated the front with a thin layer of Satin Glaze and then tied ribbon through the hole. 



Friday, July 31, 2015

You Would Live Next Door


Happy Friday!!!  The weather this weekend is looking to be pretty good with rain just overnight Saturday to Sunday.  Hopefully we won't get too much as things are still quite wet with the 2 downpours we've already had in the past week.

Here's a fun card using another of the newest stamps from Quietfire Design, In a perfect world.... this is part of a 4 stamp set!!

I started with Dylusions paints - fresh lime, vibrant turquoise, and London blue - starting at the bottom and just blending as I went from color to color.  I stenciled over this - at the bottom I used Dylusions number jumble... I used the lime sponge but it had a little of the turquoise on one edge of it from blending which gave me the darker green spots.  Over the top of the card, I used the Dylusions stencil flower medley with white paint and then also added in a little of the turnquoise in spots.  The quote is stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  For the "horizon" I used a Stabilo pencil and then blended it with a water brush.  I dabbed gold paint around the edge and somehow managed to to get a spot on the card so in an effort to hide it, I laid a paper towel over the bottom area of the card and sprayed the top part with Perfect Pearls Mist sunflower sparkle.  I love how it sparkles as the card is moved and it makes me think of sunshine.   The houses are from the Quietfire Design set, Flourished Flight.  I stamped them with Archival Ink, magenta hue and tiger lily, onto white card and cut them out.  The hearts are punched from white scraps, glued on, and just a hint of shading added.