Thursday, October 23, 2014

When this Christmas...


Suzanne at Quietfire Design has redone this Christmas quote and my card uses the new release which is now available as a cling stamp rather than naked rubber.  I love that all these new releases are now cling and older stamps will be converted over time.

I used Distress paint picket fence and Distress stains (tumbled glass, broken china, shaded lilac) to begin my background.  Loved doing this technique at Tammy's class this past weekend and I guess I'm not ready to stop.  The trees (an old PSX stamp) are stamped with Archival Ink sap green.  Distress ink faded jeans around the edges and then distressed the edges with a paper distresser. The quote is stamped with jet black Archival Ink.  White paint is spattered on.  The snowflake is the Tim Holtz new die and embossing folder combo release Layered Snowflake and it is cut from an Idea-ology frosted sheet.  The trim across the card is a satin cutout snowflake ribbon and I've used Tim Holtz's tiny attacher to attach it.  A heart brad to hold on the big snowflake with the panel glued to a folded white card and we are done. 





Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tammy Tutterow Fun

This past weekend Tammy Tutterow spent the weekend in Ankeny, Iowa teaching 4 different classes at Memory Bound.  I took 2 of the classes and had a wonderful time.  Tammy is super sweet and a very good teacher. 


Sweet.....except when it comes to taking pictures, then you might get her other side....












 The 
Two 
Sides 
Of
Tammy
JUST KIDDING!!!!!!  There is only a sweet side but don't ya just love her self-proclaimed Amish face, lol.  

Here's a picture of us together.

I took Friday night's class called Technique Time with Tammy.  We made 3 card fronts using a variety of paint and ink techniques.  


Saturday afternoon's class was the nature shadowbox class but with a twist.  The boxes never came in so we did a canvas instead.  LOVE my canvas!!!  Even though we were all using the same basic supplies everyone's canvas came out different and beautiful. 




Monday, October 20, 2014

Friends Tag


My birthday was a couple of weeks ago and my very good friend that took a trip to Japan with 2 of her children to see the sights and visit exchange students they had had over the years gave me this set of Japanese watercolors, a brush, and a black pen and, well, I just had to use them on something for her and I decided to make a tag.


I had mop up piece of cardstock just sitting there and decided I would cut the tag from that.  I used Tim Holtz's Tag and Bookplate die along with the Friends movers and shapers.  I had already cut out the tag and stamped on the flower (an image from a new PaperArtsy Ellen Vargo set #EEV10) when I thought "oh, I should have taken a picture so you could see how it started", so I laid the pieces back together and took one.  After cutting the tag out (and before stamping the flower) I did add a small spray of Dylusions down in the bottom left corner.  There was a white line right through the "F" (you can see some of it on the page to the right) that I didn't like.  


I used the watercolors to paint in the flower!!  I don't have a background in watercoloring - I just fake it :-)  but just comparing with what I have done or even when using watercolors for making backgrounds, these paints seem more opaque... kind of cool actually.  I stamped one of the quote from the same set as the flower onto a scrap, tore it out and added paint to the edges.  I cut another tag from solid cardstock to put behind, added some black squiggles and a ribbon and it was done.  A big thanks to Michelle for the paints!!  Love ya lady!!




Friday, October 17, 2014

Piano Birthday


A card for sweet boy (young man) that loves to play piano.  I determined the size of my card to allow for the stamped scripture (Roann Mathias) and the stamped piano (I Brake For Stamps), laid TCW stencil onto the white cardstock and sprayed with Dylusions.  My intention was to just get some of the center design but quickly got over spray so went with it.  I used some piano key washi tape along where the edges of the stencil were plus an extra piece in the lower left corner for fill.  I couldn't have planned it better... I loved how it came out.  The scripture is stamped with jet black Archival.  The piano is stamped on a scrap with Versamark and embossed in black, circle punched, and edges inked.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

thanks!


Background is Dylusion sprays, then flicked with water and blotted for light spots.  Leaf (Embossing Arts Co.) stamped with Archival Ink.  "thanks!" (Quietfire Design from the Thank You set of 4 stamps) stamped with Archival Ink jet black and the little hearts highlighted with a white gel pen plus I added a dot to the exclamation point.  The edges of the panel are inked with Distress Ink.  Some ribbon and 2 plastic leaves.  The leaves have some Archival Ink on the edges.  Finally some brown speckles done with a Distress marker and the Spritzer tool.  


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sprout Grow Bloom


In THIS POST on the PaperArtsy blog I mentioned a tile that I had done over the summer.  Here is that tile.  I used PaperArtsy Eclectica (how do you make that little 3 that goes at the top after Eclectica?) stamps by Darcy, #EDY05.  I didn't keep track of the Fresco Finish colors.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Strength I Need


A card for a friend in the hospital.  I sprayed Dylusions spray onto white cardstock, stamped the leaf with Archival Ink and stamped it a few more times along the bottom.  Stamped the scripture (Our Daily Bread Designs) with jet black.  Inked the edges with Distress Ink and then distressed them with the Distress tool.  Added doodling with a Pitt pen and finally added some stenciling to the background as it seemed too plain.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

This Week - Day 3




My last project for this month on the PaperArtsy blog today.  

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

This Week - Day 2


Christmas Ornaments are the project today over on the PaperArtsy blog!!!  Some words to describe... beautiful, easy, fabric, no-sew........  you won't want to stop making them!!!


Monday, October 6, 2014

This Week


The months sure like to fly by quickly!!!  I'm back on the PaperArtsy blog this week with a project today, tomorrow and Wednesday.  Today I'm making earrings and a card.  I hope you'll go check it out!!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Reminder


There has been a combined blog hop going on all week sharing wonderful projects.  There were 9 separate posts on the Quietfire Creations blog and 5 posts on the Walnut Hollow blog.  To be in the draw for the fabulous prize shown below you must leave a comment on ALL 14 blog posts.  Comments are excepted through Sunday night, Oct 5, midnight PST.  


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How beautifully leaves grow old...


Quietfire Design has more new stamps that are fabulous!!!!  (And they are currently 20% off)  I have used 2 stamps from the set How Beautifully Leaves Grow Old - the solid leaves and the quote.  

The page had some spots of color that had bled through from the other side but I knew they should blend in just fine.  However, since I was going to be spraying, I didn't want the color to bleed through and mess up the finished page, so I first brush some Golden fluid matte medium over the page and while that was still wet I sprayed on Dylusions colors - lemon zest, bubblegum pink, and I think some pure sunshine - and let this all dry.  I placed TCW 12x12 stencil maple leaves over the page and sponged on some rusty hinge Distress Ink.  I stamped the leaves down the right side with Archival Ink jet black.  I stenciled the leaves hanging from the top (Dylusions 5x8 Leaf Flourish) with white embossing paste mixed with some sprays and some paint (I added a color and it wasn't quite right so added another, etc. until I had something I thought would work).  After those leaves were dry I stamped the large leaves at the bottom.  I got that stamp a long time ago and it's marked Fabricated Art Ellen Hammond.  I inked the stamp with Archival Ink magenta hue and monarch orange, and a little potting soil on the edges.  After each stamping, I wiped off the stamp and then re-inked.  The quote it stamped with jet black.  Since there's a little bit of texture on the back of the page I had pressed too hard on some of my other stamping and smeared it so when I stamped the quote I was trying to stamp well but not press too hard.  There were a couple spots that didn't come out... I'm sure because of the texture on the back... so I used and XS Pitt Pen to touch up some of the words.  Back to the stenciled leaves hanging from the top.  I still wasn't completely happy with the color and decided to add Silks acrylic glaze in Jasmine over them.  I just used my finger to add the color.  After that was dry I used a white Sharpie paint marker and a Pitt pen to help those leaves pop.  





I'm linking this to the new Sunday Sentiment link party.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Quietfire Design & Walnut Hollow 2014 Blog Hop



Today starts the Quietfire Design & Walnut Hollow Blog Hop with posts each day through Oct. 3rd!!

You can find the posts on the Quietfire Creations Blog and the Walnut Hollow Blog including my post which is live today on the Quietfire Creations blog.

Here is a little peek at my project!!! 


There is also a fabulous prize to be won!!!  Just follow the above link to get the details!!!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Left Over Paint


I sent this card to a sweet young lady that's in her second year of college.  Just before heading back to college in August she came over for a few hours to get painty.  When she had finished her canvas she had some paint left over on her craft sheet so I got a brush and swiped it across a piece of white cardstock.  I wanted to make her a card using that piece of paper.  I embossed the piece with an embossing folder, inked over it, and added some Treasure Gold around the edges.  The elephant (an old Embossing Arts Co. stamp) is stamped onto a light grey cardstock and additional color added with Distress markers.  The scripture is an Our Daily Bread Designs stamp.


Sometimes college (and life in general) can be a struggle, but God is always there, He always answers (and it's always the answer we NEED), and He will deliver us!!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Every Morning


Hello There!!!!  I'm sharing a guy card today.  I pulled a piece of paper from "the box" and stamped and embossed the car (Tim Holtz) in black.  On a different piece of paper (polished stone tech) I stamped the sentiment (Our Daily Bread Designs) and punched it out.  I edges both pieces with a bright gold paint (Lumiere) and attached the oval with foam mounting tape.  I mounted the panel to black and then decided to stencil some "rays" using the mini sunburst stencil (TCW) and Lumiere paint.  I all glued to a folded blue card.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Faithful Friend


Ranger #8 manila tag.  Fresco Finish Paints (chalk, cheesecake, sherbet) applied to the tag with my fingers - chalk in the center, then sherbet, and cheesecake around the edges.  Quietfire Design Stamp (Always be my friend set) stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  Tag embossed with Damask folder (Tim Holtz) and the arch shaped diffuser.  Distress Ink (vintage photo) applied with a blending tool over the high spots.  A charcoal pencil lightly around the arch shape and blended with my finger.  Treasure Gold renaissance around the edges of the tag.  The leaves are a Finnabair Mechanicals (Prima) painted with FF hey pesto, rubbed off the high spots while still wet, dried, TG renaissance added on the high spots so it matched the edges of the tag.  Tim Holtz roses ribbon colored with sherbet paint and water, dried, brushed with Distress Ink vintage photo.  Seam binding ribbon colored with sherbet and inked with Distress ink.



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Day Number Three

Here it is, time for my 3rd post on the PaperArtsy Blog.  I do hope you'll pop over and have a look-see!!!!



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2nd Post and Thank You


My second post is now live on the PaperArtsy Blog and here are a couple of peeks as to what you will find.




I like to say a very big THANK YOU complete with a hug to everyone for your comments and congratulations!!!!!!!  I truly appreciate each of you!!!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Big News

I have been waiting almost 9 months to share this!!!  It's good I could tell my husband or I might just have busted keeping this secret :-)   I am one of the semester 3 Guest Designers on the PaperArtsy blog!!!!!!  What does that mean?  It means I'll be sharing 3 projects this week (Mon, Tues, Wed) and another 3 each month through the end of the year.

My first project went live on their blog just minutes ago and I do hope you'll go check it out.  

Below is one of the step-out pictures for today's project and clicking HERE will take you there!!

A huge thanks to Leandra and the whole PaperArtsy team for this opportunity!!




Saturday, September 6, 2014

Always Thankful!!


A journal page measuring about 7 1/2 x 10".  The page began some time ago with left over media from other projects.  There was some grunge paste scraped around the edges, probably already colored with paint, various colors of paint in mostly greens and pinks, some white stenciling, and some leaves stenciled with colored embossing paste.  To finish it I stamped the large calligraphy image (Quietfire Design, Give Thanks set) with Archival Ink jet black, stenciled some smaller leaves with Archival Ink leaf green, added paint (Fresco Finish) circles with lids, a finger dauber and a stencil, stamped smaller calligraphy images (Quietfire Design, Being Thankful set) among the leaves with Archival Ink leaf green and then decided to add tape and stamp them again in black.  I was going to use masking tape but I couldn't find my narrow stuff so I used artists tape.  I smeared family a little but it'll just have to stay.  Every day there is so much to be thankful for, many things that we don't even take time to think about!!!



Thursday, September 4, 2014

From the ends of the earth


A journal page in my scripture journal.  These pages are 5 1/2 x 8 1/2".   Yesterday after I had sprayed the flowers I used a #8 manila tag to pick up the excess color and then decided instead of throwing it in the pile or box I would use it right away and I also hadn't done a page in my scripture journal for some time and really wanted to.  
This page had some color on it, some from working on the other side of the page and some just randomly picked up.  The pages in this book are not very thick and I've been gluing 2 together for added strength but somehow hadn't done that before working on the other side of the page... so to give the page a little more umph I gessoed over this side right over all the splots of color that were already there and dried it.  My outside edge really needed even more strength and tape is a good choice.  I found this orange with white flowers tape in my drawer - it's not marked and I don't remember where it came from - but it was a good color match for the tag I was determined to use.  I had no plan here just did whatever popped in next.  I let the page sit and worked on the tag.  I stamped a PaperArtsy Ellen Vargo stamp across the tag with Archival Ink.... decided I wanted to use the quote stamp but since this is a scripture journal I also chose a scripture stamp (both are from Our Daily Bread Designs)... besides the tag could fit both but I also wanted them separate so tore the tag in half... doodled the edges with a Pitt pen.  
Back to the page.  I finger painted on some Fresco Finish (FF) limelight paint at the top and bottom coming down the left a little and up the right a little.  Then how about I make a border.  I grabbed one of Ellen Vargo's newest images and I was going to put a border at the top and bottom but then decided just the bottom. I stamped using Archival Ink jet black and then paint them in with London bus FF, went around the edges with a Sharpie paint marker, added some white dots to the insides and then black dots around the edges.  For the rest of the background I've used a variety of stamps (Ellen Vargo, Sara Naumann, JOFY), some Archival ink and some paint and some splattering of paint.  Really trying to just do and not think too much (hard for me).  When I thought it was enough I glued on the tag and then decided a flower would be nice to cover up the tag hole (originally I thought I might hand something but, nope).  


I love the quote!!!  It is sooooooooo true.  Looking to God doesn't mean everything is perfect and nothing bad happens, it just means we can have rest even in the midst of turmoil!!!  The scripture is a reminder that no matter where or when or what, God hears us and is always available!!




I'm also linking this to Poetry Journal Monthly.