Saturday, July 16, 2016

Autumn Project on ECD


Hi!!!  I'm sharing how I made this Autumn project on the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Blog today.  You can find it HERE.  Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Hello to You!!!!!!!  I have a card on the Quietfire Creations Blog today that uses this fabulous Calligraphy Rose image along with a beautiful quote.  I hope you have time to go take a peek.  You can find it HERE.  Have a wonderful day!!!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Summer Tag - Creative Chemistry Summer 2016 - Layering Stencils


Hi There!!!  I hope this finds you well!!!  I've been having a great time following along with the Summer of Creative Chemistry at Online Card Classes.  We are working through Creative Chemistry 102 at the moment and are focused on Day 2 of that class, Layering Stencils!!!  Who doesn't love stencils!!!  Well, I'm sure there are people out there that don't but I'm not one of them :-))  The Week 6 challenge for Summer of Creative Chemistry is to create something using two stencil techniques together.  I must admit that I've used more than two on this tag.  I've got some Mixed-Media Layering going on plus I've used the Paint Monoprint Technique, Embossing through Stencils, and the Stencil Stamping Technique.  It is so much fun to work all these different ideas together!!!  For my supplies I've used Distress Paint (picked raspberry, squeezed lemonade, cracked pistachio), Distress Stain (twisted citron), Distress Ink (picked raspberry, cracked pistachio, ripe persimmon, salty ocean), Embossing Ink, White Embossing Powder, Archival Ink (cactus flower), Mini Layering Stencils (numbers 006, 009, 019), Layering Stencil (Wildflowers), Idea-ology token (white added with Distress Crayon), gold thread, and "Summer" is cut with an ECD A Way With Words die from white cardstock.



Sunday, July 10, 2016

Wood Panel


Hello and Happy Sunday!!!  What a joy to have you visiting!!!  I'm sharing a canvas (I guess that would be wood panel as there is no actual canvas) I made for a sweet girl that graduated from High School this Spring.  I didn't write down exactly what I used so I'll just give an overview.  The base is a 5" square wood panel, a deep one so it can stand on it's own.  I think I gessoed it first, then paste through a stencil on the top, dried, and then I used Distress Paints, spraying with some water to help blend, over the top.  I painted the sides, dried it and then lightly brushed some white over it.  There is some Treasure Gold lightly rubbed over the top for highlights.  The flowers are all die cut (Tim Holtz dies) from white card and glued on.  The scripture is an Our Daily Bread Designs stamp.  The butterflies are a punch.  





Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bible Journaling - My God is Able


No matter what "fire" we may need to travel through, God is Able!!!  He is able to stop the fire or take us through it, refined and better because of it!!!  I will not waver from God!!  I will stand true for he is the ultimate truth!!

I've used a The Crafter's Workshop stencil and acrylic paint to create the fire on the page.  The other color is Distress Ink.  A couple of little, letter, tag stickers, my writing, and some washi tape.  

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Thinking Of You Card - PaperArtsy - Infusions



Happy Tuesday to you!!!  If your in the US, I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!!!  We worked on the house and I fit in some play time. 

This card started with PaperArtsy's Infusions.  I sprayed a piece of Heavy Smoothy Card (PaperArtsy) with water, sprinkled on two colors of Infusions, Lemoncello and Are You Cerise, and then ran a small brayer over the paper a few times going both horizontal and vertical, and then dried it.  Over this I stamped a Kay Carley (PaperArtsy) flower and some grass/weeks with Archival Ink Jet Black and painted them in with Fresco Finish Chalk Paints.  Besides what is showing in the picture, I also used a little Bougainvillea in the center of the flower.


The words, also Kay Carley, are stamped with Jet Black and then I used a ruler and a Copic pen to put the lines under.  Details added to the flower with a gel pen and shading with both a Stabilo pencil and Pumice Stone Distress Marker.  I used a stencil (PaperArtsy) and Snowflake Fresco Finish paint to add the stars in the background.  The paper flower are dry brushed with Banana paint.  The edges of the panel are distress and some white lace/ribbon wrapped as shown, stapled on with the tiny attacher.



Sunday, July 3, 2016

Autumn Card - Creative Chemistry Summer 2016 - Distress Paint


Hi There!!!  It's a wet day in Southern Iowa but that is good as we really needed the rain. ...  Ok, yesterday was a wet day.  I started this post then but didn't get it finished.  Today is cloudy and cool.  It's not often you need a jacket on 4th of July holiday weekend.  

Over at Online Card Classes  Week 5 of the Summer of Creative Chemistry is in progress.  This would be the first week of Creative Chemistry 102 within the summer format.  Wonderful information and techniques all using Distress Paint.  I've played with 4 of the 6 techniques covered in this lesson and combined each of those plays into this card.  If you'd like to see some individual technique pictures you can find them on my Instagram page as I snapped some pictures with my phone as I worked but didn't also take them with my camera.  I could unload my phone and edit all those pictures but I'm choosing not to take that time.  

The background of this card uses the Eroded Metallics technique and then I've stamped over that using Distress Paint and the new Crackle Background image from Quietfire Design.  The piece the quote is stamped on is colored using the Distress Paint Marbeling technique with the colors, tumbled glass, broken china, and bundled sage.  The quote is a new one from Quietfire Design.  I stamped it with Archival Ink Jet Black and then added color to the leaf with Distress Markers.  It's die cut using the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Stitched Circles and then Black Soot Distress Paint dabbed around the edge.  The large leaf is cut from Grungeboard using the Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die and then I've done the Colored Crackle technique.  After finishing the technique I sprayed on some Distress Mica Spray Antique Bronze blotting some back off so it wasn't too shimmery.  I love how it catches the light as the card is moved!!  The top leaf on the right is a metal leaf from my stash and I used the Distress Paint Altered Surfaces technique on it.  The other leaf is a wooded leaf that I painted with Distress Paint carved pumpkin, dried, inked with Distress Ink Ripe Persimmon and then embossed with Distress Embossing Powders Fired Brick & Spiced Marmalade.  There is some cheesecloth that was sprayed a bit with Distress Mica Spray before wrapping on the background.  Some colored twine and Dew Drops finish it up.    


The picture below allows you see the light off the Mica Spray on the leaf.



Friday, July 1, 2016

Bible Journaling - Psalm 105:5


I have a few Bible journaling pages I haven't shared yet.  This is one of them.  A reminder to remember God's marvelous works, wonders, and judgements. God is ALWAYS faithful!!!  He sees it all, knows what's best and we can trust Him completely!!!  
I've used Distress Inks, Black Embossing Paste, Stencils, Adhesive Rub-Ons and Foil, Washi Tape, a Sticker, Stamping, and wrote a few things myself.   


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Happy Anniversary Tag


Good Morning!!!  It's my turn over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today and I'm sharing how I made a beautiful Happy Anniversary tag!!  I hope you have time to check it out!!  Have a wonderful day!!!  ((Hugs))

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Congrats Graduation Card


Another graduation card.  The sweet girl this is for loves to go deer hunting with her dad so I couldn't resist doing something with a deer.  I used the Tim Holtz die, cut the deer from grungeboard and inked it with Distress ink.  The hat is one of the dies from the crazy bird accessories pack.  I cut it from both black and red so I could make the tassel red.  Congrats is cut using the A Way With Words Elizabeth Craft Designs' die.  The black and white dotted piece is washi tape.  


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Congrats - Graduation Card


I love how this card came out!!!  The leafy background is Grunge Paste (PaperArtsy) through a stencil (The Crafter's Workshop).  The pasting was actually done a long time ago while doing some other pasting and then it went into the "use this one day" pile.  I trimmed the piece to the size I wanted and sprayed it with Distress Spray Stains (Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron).  Once dry I highlighted the texture with Treasure Gold Green Amber.  The bird (Tim Holtz) was stamped onto Mixed Media Paper, cut out using the matching die and colored with Distress and a Water Brush. There is also a little bit of white gel pen used on the wings.  Congrats is cut with an A Way With Words die (Elizabeth Craft Designs).  The scripture (Our Daily Bread Designs) is stamped with Archival Ink Jet Black and die cut with a Stitched Oval die (Elizabeth Craft Designs).  




Monday, June 20, 2016

Happy Birthday Card - Summer of Creative Chemistry 2016


Hello!!!  I really like how this birthday card came out!!!  The flower (Tim Holtz) uses the Brushless Watercolor Technique on Ranger's Watercolor Paper from Week 1 of the Summer of Creative Chemistry over at Online Card Classes.  The background (Tim Holtz) uses the Perfect Distress Technique (Distress Inks cracked pistachio, mowed lawn, wild honey - Perfect Pearls perfect gold) on Manila Cardstock from Week 3. The right edge has been torn and embossed with gold powder.  The other 3 edges are distressed and there a piece of lace along the left edge.  The folded card is a deep brown, not black.  The flower panel is die cut using Stitched Ovals die (Elizabeth Craft Designs) but I used an oval too large for my paper and just cut around the top and the bottom corners.  I didn't get the bottom corners exactly lined up with each other but hopefully the twine somewhat masks that :-)  There is Distress Ink Walnut Stain sponged around the edges.  Happy Birthday (Quietfire Design) is stamped on Manila Card with Archival Ink Potting Soil, cut out and edges inked with Distress Ink Mowed Lawn.  





Sunday, June 19, 2016

Card - Summer of Creative Chemistry 2016 - Life


Hey!!!  I'm so glad you've stopped by (or are reading this in an email)!!!!

This is Week 3 of the Summer of Creative Chemistry over at Online Card Classes and so far I'm keeping up.  Now, I haven't tried every single technique that's been mentioned but I have been getting something done for each challenge.  This weeks challenge is to use Perfect Pearls and Distress Inks or Stains.  I've also used Distress Spray Stains and Perfect Pearls Mists.

I began with a piece of Ranger's Watercolor Paper adding Texture Paste Matte through a Stencil Girl stencil (the large one from the May Stencil Club package).  The large gears in the background are cut from Grungeboard using the Tim Holtz Gadget Gears die.  These were pressed on while the texture paste was still wet and also the circles from the center of the die cuts.  I then sprayed it heavily with Distress Spray Stains (ripe persimmon, gathered twigs, wild honey) and Perfect Pearls Mist (sunflower sparkle, mandarin, perfect copper) and dry it.  LOVE it!!!  The doily (Tim Holtz die) was cut from Ranger's Mixed Media paper.  I tore it in half, rubbed the Distress Ink Antique Linen pad over it coloring it fairly well, brushed on Perfect Pearls Powder (Perfect Pearls color) and then sprayed it with water to set the powder.  Also LOVE how this came out.  I bent it a bit back and forth to give it dimension.  The strip of paper that goes across the card along the top of the doily uses the Perfect Distress Technique inking the flourish image with Carved Pumpkin and then brushing on Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls.  The flower was cut from Ranger's Watercolor Paper and from Black Cardstock.  The watercolor flower was sprayed with water and then Carved Pumpkin Distress Marker used for a bit of color.  The words were stamped onto a scrap Mixed Media Paper with Archival Ink Jet Black.  I did take the carved pumpkin ink blending tool and just using whatever ink was left on rubbed here and there over the words for just a touch of color.  Cut the lines of the quote apart, glued them to black cardstock, cut them out and added them as shown.  I've also used various sizes of Tim's Idea-ology gears.  





Friday, June 17, 2016

Fabric ATCs on the PaperArtsy Blog


Fabric, Infusions, Paint, Ink, Stamping, Sewing... and More!!!  You can find all the how-to for making these atcs over on the PaperArtsy Blog HERE!!!  
Have a wonderful weekend!!!!
((Hugs))



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

This Life Is Pretty Amazing Art Journal Page


Hi There!!!  I've got a couple things going on here.  First I was inspired by some videos by Marta of Maremi SmallArt.  Second, I was also watching the Week 2 videos from The Summer of Creative Chemistry at Online Card Classes and wanted to include some of that also especially using Distress Stains and Stamping for the Week 2 Challenge.  I did take a few pictures as I worked.

This first picture shows my little scrap box and I've pulled out some things to use.


I attached strips and pieces to some Ranger Watercolor Paper using Collage Medium Matte and then did a light coat of gesso.  


Next I brought out the Distress Stains and a spray bottle with water.  Doesn't it look great!!!

Ok, a few things.  I didn't keep track of the exact colors of stain but I did also include a metallic, the brushed pewter.  I used a heat tool to dry as I worked and then when I decided it was done... the problem was it wouldn't dry completely.  I used the heat tool A LOT and I even left it sit.  I'll need to experiment further to see if it's because they're over gesso or just what it was.  At one point I even took a dry paper towel and lightly wiped over it at which point I lots the pretty drips, but that was ok.  I eventually sprayed it with Workable Fixative and then continued on.


I used Distress Crayons and also a little bit of Stabilo All pencil on the background.  For the tag I did the marbled stains technique, stamped the quote with Jet Black Archival, tore the tag, stamped the flourish with Watering Can Archival, inked the edges with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and used a white gel pen in the flourishes.  The butterfly was stamped with Jet Black and inked with Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade and Picked Raspberry and cut out.  .  


All put together.  The Tim Holtz doily is cut from plain Tissue Wrap and then some Picket Fence Distress Stain brushed over it.  Stamped Flourishes again.  Some Matte circle things and some blending of color around them.  Finally




Monday, June 13, 2016

Friendship Card


Hello and Happy Monday!!

  It's my turn on the Quietfire Creations blog today!!  Pop over HERE to find out how I created this card.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Circle Journal #3

This is my page in Hazel's Journal, front and then back.  Again, and I know I say this with every journal but it's true, I had lots of fun working on this.  I just love getting the next journal in the mail and seeing how it was made and what's been done so far!!!  All the pages for people to create in Hazel's were different and we get to choose whichever one we want to use.  I flipped through the pages 3 times before I could choose which one, LOL!!  Fun, fun, fun!!!  


On this side of the paper, the partial image that I've colored red in the bottom left corner was already there.  I could tell it was a PaperArtsy Sara Naumann image that I have so I got out those, and other Sara stamps, and began.  I stamped the circle image around the page.  I painted in the partial heart image with, I think, Cherry Red and the circles with White Fire Fresco Finish Paint just using my finger.  Next I stamped the script with White Fire.  Then out came the Infusions!! Oh, these are so much fun!!! I blotted most of the infusions off the metallic circles but not all of it and dried it.  Next I stamped the heart image on another paper, painted it with my finger and cut it out.  I wasn't sure how I wanted to proceed on this page so I flipped it over and started the second page (explained below).  When I came back to this side, I next stamped the new little love image from the Quietfire Design Jewelry Words Set of Stamps in each of the circles.  The hearts were glued on with Ranger's Collage Medium Matte.  I painted around the hearts with Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint by putting a little paint on my brush, setting the brush up against the heart and brushing outward in small strokes.  When that was done and dry I used a black All-Stabilo pencil around the eharts and blended it with a water brush.  I stamped the words on a scrap of white, cut them out, edged them and blued them on.  Finally I added dots of White Fire on the hearts and painted the scallops at the bottom with White Fire.  




With my Sara stamps out, I decided to just continue using them on this page.  First I used Infusions on the paper sprinkling them on, adding water, and then lightly brushing in vertical lines.  The leaves were stamped with Archival Ink Watering Can and colored in with markers.  I drew the black scallops along the bottom with a Pitt Pen and then colored them in with Gel Pens in pastel colors.  The bird was stamped directly on the background and again on white card.  I cut the main bird from the paper, colored it and glued it over the bird on the paper.  Over the eye I added a drop of Glossy Accents.  The All-Stabilo pencil was used around the bird.  The words were stamped and embossed and then yellow ink was added in that area to just make them pop more.  Little pink flowers with Liquid Pearl drops in the center and an idea-ology word band with ribbon tied on finish it off.