Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Designer Spotlight

Thrilled to have this Hipster spotlighted at Simon Says Monday Challenge!!!  My original post for this tag can be found HERE

Monday, July 17, 2017

Peace on the Quietfire Blog

It's still Christmas in July over at Quietfire and today I'm sharing how I made this beautiful Christmas card using Distress Oxide Inks and Transparent Embossing Paste.  You can find my post HERE

Friday, July 14, 2017

Shaving Cream Background Christmas Card

It's Christmas in July over at Quietfire!!!  Today I'm on the blog sharing is card. You can find my post HERE.  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Queen of Everything Hipster

Hi!!  I hope today finds you well!!  I have another hipster card to share with you.  I had so much fun making this card!!! I've had the thought of using the Ostrich along with Tim's Idea-ology crown and then stamps from Quietfire's Queen of Everything set on my mind for awhile and now I've managed to take the time to put it all together.  Isn't she funny!!!!

I started with a piece of shaving cream technique paper that I had in a pile.  It's not a new paper and I either used Dylusions sprays or Distress sprays with the shaving cream technique to create the paper.  The ostrich was stamped on Mixed Media paper, die cut, and distress inks along with a water brush were used to add color.  Also some Distress marker was used.  The eyeglasses are coated with Enamel Accents grape soda.  I used the stencil (Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz) to create the rays.  First I inked through the stencil with DOX fossilized amber, dried it, decided to go back over it using the stencil and Texture Paste opaque white... it didn't just pull up the yellow ink but also the blue and purple making green, etc... so I dried the paste, put the stencil back on, inked with embossing ink, and added Buttercup embossing powder.  Then I wanted to extend some of the rays so extended the 3 center rays, one at a time putting the stencil on, adding embossing ink, removing the stencil, adding embossing powder, melting, and repeating for the other rays.  The crown is decked out with Enamel Accents topped with Distress Dry Glitter at the top. Sticky back gems were added on top of that along with other places on the crown.  I don't trust the adhesive on the gems so also glued them with Glossy Accents.  Oh, first I painted the crown with Distress Paint Brushed Pewter to brighten it up a bit.  

I love how the bottom background came out.  Onto Distress Mixed Media Heavy Stock I sprayed Buttercup Mica Spray.  I sprayed a lot to get a heavy coat of mica and dried it making sure it was totally dry.  The Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Flourish background was stamped with Embossing Ink and embossed with Queen's Gold powder.  It's really gorgeous in person!!  

I stamped Queen of Everything multiple times with Archival Ink.  Because of the mica behind it, it just wasn't getting as dark as I wanted so then also embossed it with detail black powder.  Looks fab... except that after it was all put together I noticed that "Queen of" goes slightly uphill.  It's about all I can see now and I'm really tempted to do that layer all over but I don't really have the time so, for now, it's what it is.   

I should have taken a picture of the before.  The crown has an area at the bottom that would actually be the back part of the crown as it went around a head (or that's how I see it anyway) and I hadn't really noticed/thought about it until after gluing the crown on.  It just didn't look right... so I cut the forehead area from a left over after die cutting all the layers of the image trimming it to fit exactly above the glassed and over that area of the crown, colored it and glued it on.  You don't hardly notice I did it, it worked so well!!!  Yay!!!!

I hope you enjoy this project!!!!

Hugs, Wanda

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hey Chicky!!

Hello!!!  This was a fun card to make!!  Lots of orange as it's the recipients favorite color.  The background has texture paste through a stencil and there was inking and I don't remember exactly what else but it just wasn't coming together correctly so I painted over all that with Distress Paint Carved Pumpkin.  Put the stencil back on and inked.  Added paint splatters.  The chick Hipster is stamped, die cut (all the pieces), colored with Distress Ink and a waterbrush and Distress Markers.   Sizzix Tim Holtz dies for Happy Birthday.  Tim Holtz Idea-ology rub-ons and star brads. 


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Is to be Praised!

Hello there on this beautiful Saturday!!!  Plenty warm here but beautiful and this next week we will be beyond very warm to HOT!!

When life is full and I can't always blog something right away I really should learn to make notes, but then, that would take more time, right!!  I know the background starts with spraying onto watercolor paper and I'm pretty sure it's Distress Spray Stain... spray, dry, leave.  Then I came in with inking through a stencil (Tim Holtz).  The scripture image is from Our Daily Bread Designs and stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  The flower are Wildflower die cuts (Tim Holtz), probably cut from mixed media card stock and then colored with Distress.  Over the coloring I've added sparkle probably with a Wink of Stella Gl. Clear pen.  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Earrings from Shimmer Sheetz

Hi!!!  A quick post today to share a pair of earrings I made a few months ago.  They were a birthday gift for a friend.  I used an Elizabeth Craft Designs flower cutting die and cut the flowers from Shimmer Sheetz.  I then embossed them in a folder and lightly sanded the high spots.  In the center are metallic peel off stickers.  

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Because of the Brave

Happy 4th of July!!!  America's Indepence Day!!  The Land of the Free because of the Brave!!!

The background uses Distress Oxide Inks. Overstamped with Distress Ink using the large background from Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Americana Silhouette set of stamps.  Used Ranger's embossing pen along with silver powder to create the fireworks.  Tim's Mirrored Stars are added with some silver Stickles on top.  The hipster is stamped with Archival Ink jet black and colored with Distress Products, inks and markers, and also a water brush in some areas.  The glasses are inked over with embossing ink and embossed with Wendy's Red Geranium powder.  "Freedom" (part of the large background) and the shadow stamp are from the Americana set.  "because of the" are chitchat stickers.  "Brave" is a Quote Chip.  Gold glitter paste around the edges.  

#sizzixjulyphotofun (7/4 - fireworks)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mini Canvas

Hi There!!!  Life has been busy but good.  I'm still in the process of cleaning, sorting, organizing after the remodel.  Good news, though, I get a break from the shop.  We currently have enough help and I don't have to be out welding every day.  THANKFUL!!!

Today I have project over on the Quietfire blog.  If you'd like the details of this canvas, head on over and have a look.

I have several things I've made in the last couple months that haven't made it to the blog yet.  You should be hearing more from me!!!

Hugs, Wanda

Monday, June 12, 2017

Moments of Silence

Hello!!!  I'm sharing the details of this card over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  It uses one of the new Quietfire Design calligraphy stamps... isn't it beautiful!!!!  I've also used a Tim Holtz, Stamper's Anonymous Hipster image and die cut it with the Sizzix matching dies since this is a #hipforsummer Summer :-)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Yeah!! Love This Life!!

Hello!!!  Worked on a tag this evening.  It meets two challenges happening.  First is Get Hip For Summer - #hipforsummer -  a hipster challenge by Tim Holtz and Sizzix.  Click either one to go to their blogs and get all the details.  Second is the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which is Masculine this week.  

Ranger #8 Tag.  Layers of Distress Oxide Ink - Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber.  Stenciling - Tim Holtz gears #THS052 - with Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy.  Some stamping with a background - Tim Holtz Mixed Media CMS125 set.  Splattering with Distress Paint Picket Fence.  Distress Ink Barn around the edges.  Hip Cat stamped and die cut - all layers.  Colored with Distress Ink and a water brush and Distress Markers - Barn Door, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber, Pumice Stone, Brushed Corduroy.  Die Cut scribbles - Sizzix Tim Holtz Scribbles and Splat Set #660222 - from Mixed Media Cardstock, painted with Barn Door, inked with Barn Door and Brushed Corduroy.  Die cut gears - Sizzix Tim Holtz Gearhead set #661184 - from Distres Mixed Media Heavy Stock, painted with Tarnished Brass and Black Soot, dried with a heat tool allowing some bubbling.  Scraps of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Surfaces Burlap, inked on the edges with black.  Tim Holtz Idea-ology Quote Chip.  

Monday, June 5, 2017

PaperArtsy New Release - Kay Carley

Happy Monday to you!!!  Lots of excitement over at PaperArtsy as they are having mid year releases.  First up is Kay Carley and I am thrilled to be a part of her team for this release.  I had so much fun!!!!  You can see a picture of her new stamp set and stencil on the PaperArtsy Blog.  Also if you missed Kay's post on PaperArtsy from yesterday do check out her gorgeous art!! 

I began with a piece of Heavy Smoothy Card and created a masterboard using Fresco Finish Paints and stamping with Archivals.  I put drops of the yellow paint on my craft sheet, spacing them out a bit, sprayed each drop with some water, mixed them with my finger, sprayed my paper just a bit with water and dipped it into the paint, pressing and moving... lifted it up and dried it completely.  This was repeated with the pink paint spacing the drops even more and not using as many.  The paper can also be sprayed with water after dipping to create more movement with the color.  Because I dried the first layer completely and because the pink paint is opaque, I did not get orange but light and dark areas of pink with all the yellow.  The small sprig was stenciled with FF Snowflake.  The other small images were stamped with Archival Ink.

I mixed Fresco Finish paint with Grunge Paste and stenciled the leafy branch.  Once it was dry, I put the stencil back on and inked some of it with Archival Ink.

I stamped and embossed the flowers, added color first with Beach Hut (a translucent FF color) and water, dried it, added more color to parts with a Posca paint pen, dried it, and finally added some white with a gel pen.  

Before working on the background, I painted on a thin coat of FF Snowflake to mute everything and put it even more in the background.  I stamped the delicate "flower" from the top with 3 different colors of Archival Ink giving the look of hanging leaves/branches... it makes me think of a weeping willow tree.  I also added some dots with a gel pen.  The bees were stamped onto a scrap of Smoothy Card, cut out, colored with Distress Markers, and the wings given shimmer with a Wink of Stella pen, Gl. Clear.   

Saturday, June 3, 2017


Hello!!!  This week's Simon Says Monday Challenge is Going Around In Circles.  I've used an Elizabeth Craft Design's cutting die, Circles, and you can see them peeking out at the top right and bottom left corners.  I used 3 of the drop out pieces, glued them at the top left and then put orange sticky backed gems over the white circles.  On the orange layer I've used Texture Paste through a Tim Holtz mini stencil.  That takes card of my circles.  The main image here is an older Penny Black stamp.  I inked it with Versamark, sprinked on PaperArtsy Infusions, sprayed it with water and stamped it on the paper.  All the speckles around the image were done with Picked Rapsberry Distress Ink flicked on using a waterbrush.  The next layer also uses PaperArtsy Infusions... they were sprinkled on the paper and then brushed over with PaperArtsy Metallic Glaze.  You can get a glimpse of the shimmer this creates in the next couple pictures. "Cherish" is a Quietfire Design stamp from the set, Jewelry Words.  It is stamped with VersaFine ink Onyx Black, torn out, the edges flicked across the Picked Raspberry Distress Ink pad, and then the paper sprayed with water so that ink would bleed a bit. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

If Kisses Were Snowflakes....

Hello!!!  Quietfire Design has been having a blog hop this week over on the Quietfire Creations Blog that focuses on the A Way With Stencils.  Fun, fun, fun!!!!  Here is just a snippet of my project :)  I'd love it if you had time to pop over and take a look.  You really must check out all the other projects this week also and there are prizes to be had.  Go on... pop on over!!

Hugs, Wanda

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Wishing you Sunshine & Puppies

Hello!!!  It's a beautiful evening here in Southern Iowa!!  And the weekend has been wonderful!!  My daughter is here this weekend and we spent much of yesterday arting (as we like to put it).  I put this card together for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Little Critters.  Besides thinking of the challenge, I also needed a birthday card for my step-daughter and she likes dogs.  All the kids were here today and we celebrated her birthday - she likes the card.

For the background I started with Distress Mixed Media Heavy Cardstock, sprayed on Archivals (Wendy Vecchi's technique of mixing Archival Reinker with Rubbing Alcohol in a Mister bottle), dried it, stamped some PaperArtsy Sara Naumann images using Archival Ink, splattered on white paint, made sure everything was dry and then put Wendy's Gold Embossing Paste through a stencil (Deco Art, Andy Skinner).  The dog is one of Tim's crazy dogs, colored with Distress - I die cut an extra dog from white cardstock and layered them together offsetting them just a bit to give a highlight and help the dog to pop from the busy background.  The words are from a brand new Quietfire Design stamp set (you can find it HERE) - isn't it Fabulous!!!!  

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Home is the heart of Life

Hi There!!!  

Wow, it has been a month since my daughter and I have been able to do a challenge.  I've been busy here with the house... Update - the inside construction is 99% done and I've started the huge job of getting all the dust out of the rest of the house while getting things moved into place and organized.  I've been mixing in a bit of decorating but that will mostly come once all the cleaning is done.  We've also been in Minnesota a few times the past month as my husband's sister, Ginny, who had COPD for many years and was on oxygen the last few years, took a major turn for the worse and then passed away.  And, of course, there is still the usual work things and life things that are just part of every week.  Last night I decided that I needed a break from the house - not to mention, some deadlines coming up - and am having a crafting weekend (of course mixed in with things like laundry and cooking).  The first thing I've worked on is this weeks Simon Says Monday Challenge - Home Sweet Home, and I'm combining it with A Vintage Journey's May Challenge - Use a Quote.  I created a journal spread.  The quote is a beautiful Quietfire Design rubber stamp.  For anyone who doesn't know - the owner of Quietfire, Suzanne, hand letters all her calligraphy and then turns that hand lettering into a stamp.   

I'm working in the small Dylusions journal.  I began with Distress Oxide Inks (Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick), taking the ink pad directly to the paper.  I drip/sprayed water over the ink and dried it.  Next I put a quick coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte over the pages brushing up and down with the large Distress Brush.  It did pull a little color but not much as I didn't over work things.  The large heart is done with Distress Crayons (Fired Brick for the dark line with a little blending, Abandoned Coral inside the line with more blending and then Worn Lipstick inside that with more blending).  All the little hearts are done with the A Way With Stencils Heart/Paw Prints Spray stencil (designed by Suzanne Cannon and manufactured by Elizabeth Craft Designs).  On the page I inked through the stencil with Distress Oxide Ink Fired Brick.  The house (Sizzix, Tim Holtz Artful Dwellings Die) is cut from Distress Mixed Media Heavy Weight.  I inked the house with Distress Ink Peacock Feathers.  Used the heart spray stencil and a damp cloth to remove some ink across the center of the house.  Stamped the quote with Distress Oxide Walnut Stain.  Added inked hearts with Distress Ink Peacock Feathers and Distress Oxide Ink Fired Brick.  To finish it up I added some Tim Holtz Idea-ology (lace, linen ribbon, and Paper Dolls) and used some washi tape (don't know a brand) that has little gold hearts.

Monday, May 15, 2017

There Are Two Things We Can Give Our Children

Happy Monday to you!!!  It's going to be a hot one today in Iowa!!!  

You can get the details of this card over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today... right HERE.

Hugs, Wanda