Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sweet Create

Hey!!  So I was going to make an atc but then it morphed into a card.  The center piece started with the cut off from another project that had some spray on it.  I stamped the Quietfire Music image multiple times to fill the paper.  Next I stenciled the Tim Holtz flowers using the new Ranger Opaque Crackle Paste.  After it was dry and cracked I put the stencil back on and added Distress Ink over the crackle.  The panel was edged with ink and layered to a white panel.  Tim Holtz Craft thread was wrapped around the piece and then the Quietfire, Elizabeth Craft Designs "Sweet" die cut was adhered.  I had the green colored Sweet left from another project.  I also cut a white one and layered them together slightly off-set.  
The next layer started with Distress Spray Stain Cracked Pistachio sprayed on, blotted and dried.  I then used just part of the the new A Way With Stencils, Flourished Frame,  to stencil the top and bottom (Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink).  The Quietfire Quote stamp was stamped with Archival Ink Jet Black.  I covered the area where the quote was stamped and then splattered Distress Paint Rusty Hinge over the piece, dried it, and then edged the panel with the Rusty Hinge Paint. 

I'm entering this in the More Than Words Mini Challenge - Sweet - on Facebook.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Circle Journal #12

The circle journal swap has come full circle.  This was the 12th journal I worked in and I just received my book back which I'll share pictures of soon.

This journal belongs to Gabrielle and we were to do both sides of one page.  I have some process pictures of the first side but not so many of the second.  I guess I must of been having too much fun to remember to grab the camera.

I painted the page with Taupe.  While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled on some embossing powder and then heated it to dry the paint and melt the embossing powder.  Next I stamped circles in Bubble Gum.  The circles are the plastic rings that come on Wink of Stella pens that get removed to start using the pen.  I glued 3 of these to a piece of heavy plastic packaging - it's like cardboard with a corrugated center except it's plastic.  

Some stenciling.

More stenciling using GrungePaste mixed with a bit of Tango.

Washi Tape.  Mat Mini bird with it's matching stamp colored with Distress Ink. 

Words from Lin's stamp set. 

Dots with Enamel Accents and with paint.  White gel pen doodling. Ink on the stenciled Grunge Paste. 

The flip side starts a layer of Chalk paint, then Crackle Glaze, then Antarctic. Leave to dry and crackle. 

Paint on Infusions with Matte Glaze.  While it is still wet, drip on some water, let sit just a bit, blot and dry. 

More stamping with Archival Inks. Some paint splatters. Some doodling.  The leaf is stamped with clear ink, embossed with Sticky Powder and foil (iCraft Deco Foil, Pink Melon) added.   

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Epic Monkey Man

Hello from rainy Southern Iowa!!  The rain is good as it's been very dry here.  

Tomorrow our grandson turns 17 and this is the card I've made him.  I created it not only with him in mind but also this weeks Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which is Layer It Up.  

My background is created on Tim's Mixed Media Heavy Stock.  I cut my panel 4" x 5 1/4".  Next I have lots of layers of Distress Oxide Ink.  Once happy with that I inked up the embossing folder and put my paper through my Vagabond.  I actually embossed it first with Fired Brick Oxide ink but things didn't pop enough so I did it again with Black Soot Distress Ink.  There is Distress Paint Tarnished Brass around the edges. 

A pic of just the background. 

The panel behind monkey man is also Mixed Media Heavy Stock, inked with Fossilized Amber Oxide, sprayed with water while drying - dry, spray, dry, spray - and then I added some spots of Cracked Pistacchio Oxide - spray, dry, etc.  Over it I've stenciled Tim's tread stencil with Distress Ink, first Fossilized Amber and then some Iced Spruce.  Around the edges I first put white Distress Paint and then decided I'd like Brushed Pewter better.  The paint did pick up some of the Distress color from below it.  This is attached to white cardstock leaving a small border.  Monkey Man is stamped onto the smooth side of Ranger Watercolor Paper with Archival Ink Jet Black, colored with Distress Ink using a water brush (a few browns and blues), dried and lastly I added Glossy Accents over the lenses.   

I altered the Idea-ology Number Token with Enamel Accents and Distress Paint and used Idea-ology links and brads to attach it to the card.  It swings free.

A few gears, the word Epic, and Enamel Accent dots finish it up.  

Monday, March 20, 2017


Hello on this beautiful Monday!!!  I hope you had a good weekend.  We went over to the Chicago area (Bolingbrook to be exact) to visit our daughter and the hubs had a philatelic show he wanted to attend in Lombard.  We had a good time!!!

This card was actually started a week ago and I finally got it finished yesterday afternoon.  Not only was last week really busy but my work area was covered with a sheet most of the week because the week before in the oldest part of the house that we've been remodeling, the mudding of the sheetrock was finished up, the walls sprayed with primer and the texturing done.  Even though there was plastic hanging between the areas I still had a layer of fine white dust covering my whole creating area.  I moved everything and dusted my main work counter and die cutting spot (I still have the rest of my creating area to finish cleaning up).  This past week was spraying all the paint and, as I didn't want the dust again, besides the plastic closed, I also covered these two areas with old sheets.  Probably more information than you wanted....  However it is exciting to be this far!!!  

The background of the card is black cardstock.  I put Golden's bead gel through Suzanne's new Elizabeth Craft Designs stencil, Dotty, and let it dry. (stencil on QF or ECD)  The edges were distressed and a light spray of Ranger's Perfect Pearls Mist, Heirloom Gold, was spritzed on. (the mists are discontinued)  The black cardstock is really black (not a light black) but the shimmer throws the camera off.  

The flowers are from Elizabeth Craft Designs, ModaScrap Lacy Poppies.  I cut them from white cardstock, inked them with Distress Inks, sprayed just the flower area with Perfect Pearls Mist, Forever Red, dried them, and inked the edges of the flowers again. 

I used pressed corrugated packaging for the strip across. The strip was cut and then sprayed well with Heirloom Gold.  It looks fabulous!!!!  It's attached to the panel with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tiny Attacher. 

Smiles is a Suzanne Cannon, Elizabeth Craft Designs die (QF or ECD websites).  It was cut from both white cardstock and a red, speckled cardstock.  The same red cardstock was used for the red layer.  Everything is attached to a white folded card. Finally black pen sketches and a black flower button were added to the largest flower.

I'm entering this mixed media card into the following challenges.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Circle Journal #11

Hi!!!  I'm sharing the eleventh journal I worked in for this Circle Journal Swap and it belongs to Tracy.  As you can tell I was still very focused on infusions when I worked on this.  

I seem to of only taken one process picture but it shows the colors of infusions used in the background and then I stamped the leaf image with paint.  Lin Brown stamps used. 

I also used the leaf image over an infusion stamped small background again using sticky embossing powder and foil - this time green foil.  Shading was added with pencil and smudging. 

There is lots of stamping in the background with both paint and ink using a variety of stamps.  Inked corrugated cardboard and a scrap of fibers are behind the foiled leaf piece.

I had an "infusions mixed with paint" stamped leaf left from an earlier play.  I've trimmed it with a border and added it to the pages.  

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Today is Full of Possibilities

Hi There!!!  Yes, today - and every day - is full of possibilities!!!  

I started with a #8 Manila tag and added Distress Oxide Inks (Broken China, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio) working in layers spraying lots of drips of water as I dried.  [I thought I took a pic of just the DOX on the tag but I guess not]

Over the Oxides I added the Opaque Crackle paste through the Tim Holtz stencil and let it air dry.  To emphasize the cracks I used Peacock Feathers Distress Crayon applying it over the crackle, rubbing it around with my finger and then wiping the top of the crackle with a damp cloth to remove the crayon from the top.  I also added some crayon around the edges.   

Next was stenciling with Distress Ink on the area with no paste.

This border is cut from Ranger's Foil Tape Sheet.  It was actually cut a long time ago.  That dies has multiple borders on it and I hadn't used this one but kept it in the pile for some day.  

I won a gift certificate from the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog (Woo-Hoo) and ordered mostly new Idea-ology items including the Paper Dolls.  I used one here tinting her dress and bow with a Distress Marker.

Other new things I got and used on this tag are the Bouquet flowers and Quote Chips.  The flower have been cut off, sprayed with Distress Spray Stain (Tumbled Glass, Squeezed Lemonade), dried, and the center colored with Distress Marker.  The Quote Chip was cut apart and the edges inked with Distress Ink Faded Jeans.  The edges of the tag are painted first with Distress Paint Brushed Pewter, dried, and then lightly painted with Distress Paint Black Soot.  Before attaching the doll and embellishment pieces I spattered some white paint across the tag. 

I'm entering this tag in the following challenges...

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Make Your Own Background
Frilly and Funkie Challenge - Welcome, Spring!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

You Are Sweet

Happy Saturday to you!!!!  

This post is motivated by a few things.  First, this weeks challenge at the Simon Says Monday Challenge Blog is Make Your Own Background.  My most favorite thing to do is make backgrounds!!!!  They also focused on Dylusions products - not a requirement for the challenge but I hadn't played with my sprays in awhile so that helped me decide what to do for the backgrounds.  Second, I made some of my supply choices because of a sale happening at Quietfire Design.  You can find a list of current specials HERE, but I focused on using some things from her "Almost Gone Forever" category.  Everything in there is 60% off - the sale price will show when you put the item in the shopping cart - and it's always fun to dig out some older supplies that haven't been used in awhile (or to buy them when you can find a sale), like two Dylusions stencils (Dotted Flowers, Number Jumble) and two Tim Holtz cutting dies (Vintage Cabinet Card and Mini Cabinet Card.  The flowers are Dylusion stamps.  "You Are" is part of "This" Quietfire stamp set. Smiles is from "This" cutting die set.  The butterflies are "This" Quietfire stencil.  I've even taken some process photos for you.

I started with a piece of Mixed Media Cardstock cut to 4 1/2" x 6", sprayed on Dylusions in three colors, blotted, dried, put the stencil on, sprayed water, blotted, move stencil, spray water, blot, repeat until done and then dry.

Next is adding Distress ink through the other stencil.  Finally (and I forgot to take a pic) I dripped water across the piece, blotted and dried.

I put the two dies together and cut them from Mixed Media Heavy Stock.  Then I used the butterfly stencil to add white Texture Paste to the frame.

Once the paste was dry I sprayed the piece with Dylusions Bubblegum Pink and dried it.  Then I put the stencil back on and added gold paint (Fresco Finish Gold - PaperArtsy) to the butterflies.  The frame was attached to the background and shaded around the outside edge using Stabilo All pencil and a water brush. "You" and "Are" are stamped with Archival Ink Jet Black and a bit of white pen was used for a highlight.  I first cut "Sweet" from black cardstock, then decided to also cut it from white and layer them and finally didn't like the black so cut it from pink and layered that to the others.  Picked Raspberry Distress Ink was sponged along the bottom of the word.  The edges of the background were distressed.

I sprayed another piece of paper with Dylusions Pure Sunshine and Lemon Zest, blotted, dried, laid the stencil on and sprayed Squeezed Orange... as you can see I got it too heavy on some of it and it all ran together which didn't really matter since this was going to be stamped on.  I dripped on water, blotted and dried it.  This gave a very nice mix of color and light and dark for the flowers.

I wasn't really sure how many flowers I was going to use so stamped a bunch and then cut them out.

I layered the two large flowers together and used shiny gold brads in the centers of the flowers.  Once the flowers were all on I added some lighter shading around the inside of the frame and layered the whole piece onto black cardstock leaving a very small border.  I thought the frame needed more so added dots of Ranger's Enamel Accents, Cheese Puff.  

I sprayed another piece of paper with Dylusions, dried, dripped on water, blotted and dried.  Attached the main panel to this one, distressed the edges, and attached it to a folded white card. 

A fun, bright, colorful card!!!  Let me know what you think!!