Saturday, February 25, 2017

Out of the Cold

Hello!!!  I've had out some Wendy Vecchi products and made this card for the challenge over at Frilly & Funkie - Out of the Cold.  I started with a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavy Card and sprayed it heavily with Wendy's Archival Ink Cactus Flower and Garden Patina made into sprays using 91% Rubbing Alcohol.  Over this I've stamp with her Les Roses background image using Garden Patina and I've also inked through her stencil Vintage Quilt with Cactus Flower.  I recently acquired her Stitching Templates and used the rectangle one to make 2 rows of holes along the bottom and stitched it with Tim's Craft Thread.  I used her Stamp-It Stencil- It set Build-a-blossom stamping the flower on a scrap and the leafy stem onto the card, both with Archival Ink Jet Black.  I then used the coordinating stencil to sponge on Archival Ink.  The flower was cut out leaving a white border, some highlights added with a white gel pen and shaped it with a pad and tool.  The stem for the flower is part of her stencil set 3 Fresh Flowers.  I applied tinted embossing paste through the stencil.  This tinted embossing paste was mixed probably a year or more ago and placed in one of her storage containers.  It was still good to go.  The butterfly is from her stamp set Card Art Sentiments, stamped, colored with Distress Markers and cut out.  Hello is from her new Stamp-It Stencil-It set Select-A-Sentiment, I used white embossing paste and then sprinkled on Distress glitter.  The attached leaves are cut using a die from Tim's Garden Greens set, sprayed with Distress Spray Stain, dried, stamped with Wendy's Les Roses background, cut apart and attached to the card as shown.  Highlights added with white gel pen.  The edges of the panel were distressed.  The next layer is white cardstock and I applied Wink of Stella Gl. Clear around the edge area.  I also swiped some touches of the glitter pen on the flower petals.  

Friday, February 24, 2017

Shimmer Sheetz Earrings

Hello!!  I made these earrings earlier this month for a gift.  They use Elizabeth Craft Designs Shimmer Sheetz and Jewelry Set 2 cutting dies.  Embossing folders were used to create texture and then the high spots were lightly sanded to help bring out that texture.    

Thursday, February 23, 2017

PaperArtsy New Release - Infusions

Infusions Colors - Magenta, Raspberry

Note -  this is a very long post with a LOT of pictures. Pictures can be seen larger if you click on them. 

If you haven't noticed, it's February New Releases this whole week on the PaperArtsy Blog.  Today is the official release of 12 new Infusion colors.  Talk about EXCITING!!!!!  My assignment, if I chose to accept it, was use some of the new colors along with some new Lin Brown stamps (mostly used ELB32 & ELB33) to create some samples.  My response... "YES!!".  I had a LOT of fun!!!!!!  So much fun in fact that it was hard to stop making samples!!!  But there was a time limit and after 8 projects I needed to package them up and send them across the pond.  

The first thing I did once I had the 5 colors sent to me in my hands was to find out what they looked like.  Oh, and I must inject here..... it was really exciting to have these little bottles of fun before they even had official labels or even knew some of the names.  Ok, back...  I used a piece of Heavy Smoothy (all project backgrounds began with Heavy Smoothy), wet the paper, sprinkled on each color, lightly sprayed on extra water if needed and left the paper to dry.  Aren't they delicious!!

I'm sharing all 8 of my projects in this post, not step by step, but with any information I think you might need/want.  Please don't hesitate to ask if you have questions!!!


This first project incorporates a couple of techniques that I have extra pictures for.  During one of the January releases while watching the release video it was mentioned that someone (can't remember who was mentioned, sorry - let me know) had figured out that you could ink a stamp with embossing ink, sprinkle on Infusions, rub them around with your finger, mist it with water and stamp.  I did this and loved it.  I misted lightly spraying from a distance 2-3 times, stamping, misting again, stamping...etc.  These eight prints are from one application of infusions on the stamp.  After I'd stopped and cleaned the stamp I thought, "I should have continued just to see how many prints I could get" ... maybe some day.  It was very cool how more brown was coming out as the misting and stamping continued. 

These are the first 2 prints.

These are the last 2 prints.

Another technique I found to be fun was to stamp with Fresco Finish Paint that was sprinkled with Infusions.  Here I've used Zucchini Fresco Finish, spread it on my craft sheet with my finger, sprinkled on some Magenta Infusions, gave just one or two very light, from a distance, mists with water, tapped my stamp a couple times in the mix and stamped it onto paper.  Isn't it fabulous!!!!  That blend of color plus darker specks... love!!!

Additional information for this project...  For the background I stamped the circle images with embossing ink and embossed with clear powder.  I added water and Infusions using a fair amount of water so the color would move around the embossing and blotted as needed.  The panel beneath the background is kraft card and the folded card is dark brown.  Inspire is stamped on an Infusions scrap and below it is Crunchy Waxed Kraft Paper that was crumpled and then flattened back out.  I've also used some brown string.


Background - Leaves stamped with Pearl Glaze, let dry, add water and Infusions, blot areas as needed, dry.  Stamp larger circles image using Nougat Fresco Finish Paint sprinkled with Terra Cotta Infusions, dry.  Stamp smaller circles image using Mushroom Fresco Finish Paint sprinkled with Raspberry Infusions, dry.  Splatter with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish Paint thinned with water.  Main Panel - brayer with Pixie Dust and Autumn Fire Fresco Finish Paint.  Stamp grass with Archival Ink Potting Soil, dry.  Stamp grass with Embossing Ink and emboss with Queen's Gold powder.  Stamp all words with Archival Ink Jet Black.  Butterfly and little squares are stamped with Potting Soil. Crumpled Crunchy Waxed Paper, Orange Fiber Ribbon.

Infusions Colors - Raspberry, Terra Cotta


The background is the Infusion colors, stamping done with ink, and splattering with Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint.  The burlap doily is highlighted with Treasure Gold Spanish Topaz.  The leaf is the stamping with Infusions technique using Rocky Road Infusions.  The corrugated panel has Fresco Finish Paints French Roast and Snowflake.  

Infusions - Violetta, Magenta


Not too much water used with the Infusions in the background but a lot of water used on the main panel.  Inspire stamped with Tree Branch Archival Ink.  Leaf stamped with Violet Archival Ink and sketched around with a fine tip black pen.  

Infusions - Violetta, Raspberry


Background - Stamp texture image with Old Gold Fresco Finish Paint, dry, add water and Infusions, dry blotting any dark areas, stamp circles with Potting Soil Archival Ink, edge panel with Autumn Fire Fresco Finish Paint.  Main panel - stamp leaf using Chalk Fresco Finish Paint sprinkled with Magenta Infusions, stamp little circles along edges with Autumn Fire Fresco Finish Paint.  Stamp little circles around folded kraft card with Potting Soil Archival Ink.

Infusions - Terra Cotta, Magenta


Add water and Infusions to panel.  More water was used with the Rocky Road than with the Terra Cotta, dry.  Stamp grass with Squid Ink Fresco Finish Paint.  Stamp little squares with Embossing Ink and emboss with Queen's Gold powder.  Stamp Love with Nougat Fresco Finish Paint.  Stamp and emboss words with black.  Stamp butterflies on scraps with Orange Blossom Archival Ink, cut out.  I added a little bit of Distress Marker Picked Raspberry to one of the butterflies.  Use a white gel pen along the stamped grass. 

Infusions - Terra Cotta, Rocky Road


Both Infusion colors in the background.  Grass stamped with Rocky Road Infusions along the top so it looks like hanging branches.  Leaf stamped with Violetta Infusions.  The quote is stamped onto vellum with Jet Black Archival Ink, wrapped around panel and stapled using the Tiny Attacher.  I mixed some Violetta Infusions with water on my craft sheet and then dipped the edges of the panel in it.  White thread and gold thread behind the leaf. 

Infusions - Violetta, Rocky Road


The background begins with Fresco Finish Paint Eggplant and Pansy painted in strips blending into each other.  Over this is stamping, some with paint and some with ink.  Then the leaves in the background are stamped with Chalk Fresco Finish Paint sprinkled with Infusions.  White Fire Fresco Finish Paint thinned with water is splattered on.  There are more leaves (Chalk paint with Infusions) stamped on both Smoothy Card and Kraft Card, cut out, words stamped on them with Jet Black Archival Ink and attached as shown.  

Infusions - Violetta

Monday, February 20, 2017

Blog Hop Winner and a New Tag

Hello on this rainy in Iowa Monday!!!  But even with the rain it is wonderful outside.  I haven't put a coat on all day.  We are supposed to have a couple more days of warm weather and then we start heading back to winter and with Saturday's high only being in the 30s F.  

First we'll get to the winner on my blog for the Queen of Hearts Blog Hop.  Random Number choose #24 and the 24th comment on the Hop post is.....

Sue said...
This is gorgeous Wanda, I love your Spring greens, and the sentiment is wonderful. Sorry it's such a quick visit but I'm on a borrowed laptop! Have a great week. Sue xx
Congratulations, Sue!!!!!!!!!!!  You can email either me or Quietfire Design with your full name and address information and a prize will be sent!!!  Woo-hoo!!!  All winners will be posted on the Quietfire Creations Blog soon (perhaps tomorrow).  

Now onto this tag!!  It would be great as a gift topper or attach it to a folded card. It began as a Ranger #5 black tag.  I inked up the Tim Holtz Sizzix Flourish embossing folder with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet, embossed the tag and then lightly sprayed the tag with water to oxidize the ink.  Can we say  Gorgeous!!!!  I went around the edge of the tag Distress Paint Brushed Pewter and splattered some across the tag also.  The flower is one from the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflowers #2 set.  I cut it from Distress Mixed Media Heavy Stock, inked it with Oxides (Broken China, Peeled Paint), sprayed the flower, dried it, added shading with Distress Markers of the same color and also used Wink of Stella Gl. Clear along the top edge of the flower.  "You" is from the Quietfire Design (Elizabeth Craft Designs) Think of You cutting die set, cut from white cardstock, inked along the bottom with Broken China Oxide, sprayed with water, dried and Wink of Stella used over the still white area of the die cut.  "make a difference" is from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk sticker book.  I've layered it on a scrap colored with Broken China Oxide.  The Tim Holtz Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon was also colored with Broken China Oxide along with water, crumpled, dried, put through the tag and then tied with some metallic silver fiber I have.  

Saturday, February 18, 2017

You Are Special

Hi There!!!!!!  I hope your weekend has started off wonderfully!!!  I made a quick card using new products from Quietfire Design and the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.  

The Quietfire Products I'm using are the Butterflies from the Butterflies and Stars Spray Stencil, You Are from the You Are Set of 5 Stamps, and Special from the Special Moments cutting die set

The Distress Oxide colors I used are Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, and Wilted Violet.

I colored a scrap of white cardstock with Spiced Marmalade working in layers and spritzing with water to use for cutting out Special and also to punch out the butterfly (Martha Stewart Punch).  After cutting out Special I added some regular Distress Ink Carved Pumpkin along the bottom so it would be darker.  

I'd also like to remind you about the Queen of Hearts Blog Hop that's been happening all week.  Every blog will have a winner for prizes.  My Hop Post is HERE
and it includes a list of all the blogs participating in the hop.  Comments must be left by midnight tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 19th) to be eligible to win.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Capture - Embrace the Journey

Hey!!  It's Friday!!! Which is almost as good as yesterday.  Why was yesterday so good?  Excellent question... because I was able to make a trip to Memory Bound and pick up the Distress Oxide inks that came in this week.  Woo-hoo!!!  It took very little time after I got home to remove all the wrapping, grab a tag (Distress Mixed Media Heavy), and begin to play!!  I use Broken China, Faded Jeans, and Wilted Violet to create my background.  I should have taken a picture to use here of the tag before doing everything else to it.  I did for Instagram and if you'd like you can see it HERE.  

I also picked up a few other things including the new Wildflower dies and the Flourish embossing folder, both used for this tag.  The embossing folder was used at the bottom of the tag, embossing about 1 1/2 inches of the tag and inking the high spots once embossed.  I cut one of the wildflowers from both Distress Mixed Media Heavy card and black cardstock.  I used Oxides (Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint) and a mini ink blending tool to color the one flower spraying with water and drying.  I layered the flowers together, off-set for a shadow.  I stamped the doily (Tim Holtz Doily stamp set) with Vintage Photo Oxide.  The Crinkle Ribbon was dipped in left over Oxide ink, crumpled and left to dry.  I didn't add much ink to the ribbon, just a little.  The other items are Idea-ology Baroque Frame, PhotoBooth image, Small Talk stickers, Chit Chat sticker.   

The Distress Oxides are Beautiful!!!!  Jennifer McGuire did a post including a video about her play with the Oxides.  I was able to look at that and watch the video today.  I highly recommend checking it out!!!  You can find it HERE

This week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge the challenge is to use your favorite tool.  I don't necessarily have a "favorite" tool but I'm pretty sure that my "most used" tool is my heat gun which got used a lot while making this tag.  In fact I have both the Ranger Heat It and another Heat Gun plus I always have one still in the box in case what I have should die unexpectedly.  That's how important a heat tool is to me.  I once had one die with no back up... I did not like that!!!!  Anyway, I'm also entering this tag into their challenge!!