Sunday, April 28, 2019

With Sympathy

I needed a sympathy card awhile back.  It seems these things happen when there is not a lot of time for cardmaking.  Simple can be beautiful though.

A Tim Holtz (Stampers's Anonymous) stencil and Distress Ink for the blue in the background.  A Tim Holtz (Sizzix) die cut flower watercolored with Distress Inks and some splatters in the background with the same ink.  The sentiment is a Quietfire Design stamp.  White on white matting.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Three Projects

Hello!!!  Long time no posts.  Yes, I'm still around.  It's just been really busy.  I recently went through my pictures from the last few months to find projects that hadn't made it to my blog yet.  These 3 projects use mostly A Way With Words cutting dies, designed by Suzanne Cannon for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Some of the dies are from the newest release and others are older.  I've also used some dies from the Elizabeth Craft Design Planner Collection and some circle Frame-It dies.

The balloon on this card is die cut from a piece of cardstock that blotted up excess ink from another background.  After cutting the balloon, the butterfly spray was cut across it and then the edges of the balloon inked.  Bliss was cut from the same color added behind the balloon to show through the butterflies and then ink was added here and there.  The balloon tie was done the same way as Bliss.

The background for this card was created with Distress Oxide Inks.  First I put ink on my craft sheet, added a bit of water and pressed the paper into the ink.  After that I added more ink with an ink blending tool.

The word Welcome was die cut from white and embossed with clear embossing powder.

This project is a planner page.  For the background I used spray inks and paint laying down die cut "masks" before spraying and inking to create a layered background.  The dies (Planner Patterns) used to create the "masks" are from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Planner Collection.  The Butterflies are the fall out pieces from the Balloon card.  The circle under the word Notes is the fall out circle from the Baby card.  

The grey lines on the page were created using paint and a junk plastic card.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Life is Good

Hello!!!!  I'm so glad you've popped by (or are reading this in an email).  This card was created for the March challenge on the FB group, Tim Holtz Addicts.  The challenge is Distress Crayon Smudge.

In this close up I was hoping to capture the sparkles from the tarnished brass crayon but metallics are so hard.


My background is created on Mixed Media Heavy Stock.  The paper was sprayed with water, then the 3 colors of Distress Oxide Spray and I sprayed quite liberally, then mostly dried along with adding water.  Some larger water blotches at the end and blotted before fully dry.

Over this I brushed a thin coat of Distress Collage Medium matte.  I went all in one direction and then lightly in the other direction at the end.  I tried not to work it too much but there are brush lines in the Oxide which really just gave another layer to the look.  I left this overnight to dry completely.  I didn't want any dampness to the paper at all.

The paper was then embossed with Tim's 3D texture fade - botanical.

Next comes the crayons.  I began with Tarnished Brass in areas, then Antiqued Bronze.  Ground Espresso was used around the edges and I also used some Picket Fence here and there.  It looks really fabulous in person but so very hard to catch in a picture.

The flower from Wildflower Stems #1 was cut from Watercolor Paper.  I added color using the Crayons and a waterbrush.  Details were added to the flower with Flower Shaping Tools.

Corrugate from Tim's Textured Surfaces sprayed with Mermaid Lagoon and the ridges highlighted with Antiqued Bronze Crayon.

Again I tried to catch the metallic in the picture.

A strip of the burlap from Textured Surfaces colored with Picked Raspberry Crayon.  I scribbled on some crayon and rubbed over it with my finger.

The card is put together as shown.  The tag and words are from Tim's Stamper's Anonymous set CMS155 Simple Sayings.  I used the stamp platform.  The tag was stamped first with black Archival Ink not getting a full coverage of ink on the stamp.  Next I stamped the tag with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet.  I love the variation of color, lights and darks. The words are stamped with black.  Around the edge is some Mustard Seed Crayon. 

Hex Fasteners, an Index Clip, a Philosophy Tag, and Craft Thread finish things up.

I think the Breathe tag has Distress Paint in the recesses as it was already done but not used from an older project.  Anymore I always use the Crayons to add colors to the Idea-ology pieces.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

You Are Sweet

Hi There!!!!  I have all the details of this bright, fun card over on the Elizabeth Craft Design's Blog HERE.  I hope you have time to pop on over and check it out!!!!

Hugs, Wanda

Saturday, March 2, 2019


Hello!!!  This butterfly card was a made a while back for a birthday.  I really love how it turned out!!!  The butterfly cutting die is from Elizabeth Craft Designs and is called Butterfly Aperture.  You can cut it as I did so the design is in a larger piece of paper or you can cut the design and also cut out the butterfly or you could just cut the butterfly outline.  I embossed the body of the butterfly with Ranger's Mixed Media Powder Hammered (two layers of the embossing powder) and popped it up with foam tape.  The paper you see through the butterfly, and I also left a border of it past the black, is from "the box" of miscellaneous backgrounds gathered from play over the years.  It looks so great for the butterfly!!!!  For the base of the card I cut Copper Metallic cardstock.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Be Not Afraid

I have this project on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today complete with step-by-step directions.  I hope you have time to check it out HERE.  

Monday, February 25, 2019

Everyday Remember The Now

Hello Friends!!  The Feb. challenge on the Facebook group Tim Holtz Addicts is taken from the 12 tags of 2012 February and the technique is Paint Resist.  #THA_Feb 

I have several layers on my tag but the very first layer used the Paint Resist Technique.  I stamped Picket Fence Distress Paint onto Mixed Media Heavy using the Flourish from the set Lattice & Flourish (CMS257), dried the paint and then inked over the paper with Distress Inks.  I continued adding layers using stencils (THS078) and stamps (Lattice & text from Entomology) with Distress Inks and Archival Inks.  Splatters were added with Distress Paint (Forest Moss, Mowed Lawn).  The edges are embossed with Distress Embossing Powder Peeled Paint.  The butterflies use the matching stamps and dies, Flutter.  I used wire to make the antennas.  Color added with Distress Markers. The scribble circles are from the die set Scribbles & Splat.  Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers and File Tabs. Machine stitching around edges.  The finished size is 4 1/8" x 8 1/2". 

Monday, February 18, 2019

Not One But Two

Today I have not one, but two cards on the Quietfire Creations Blog.  I hope you have time to check them out!!!!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Baby Love

Hello!!  I'm sharing this card over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.

Hugs, Wanda