Monday, September 19, 2016

It's not necessary....

Happy Monday to you!!!  I had a great weekend!!!  The Wendy Vecchi classes at Memory Bound were fabulous!!!  Wendy is a really good teacher!!!  I'll do a post about the classes at another time.  I did share quite a few pictures on Instagram if you are curious before I get around to posting here. 

Today I'm sharing the project that I mentioned in my last post and you can see that I cut that second piece of marbled paper and put it behind my oval.  That oval was cut from a blank page that had been removed from a Dylusions journal using Tim's largest stitched oval die.  In that set of dies is also a couple of scallop borders and that gold you see to the left and right of the oval is the largest scallop cut from the same paper and then colored with Distress Paint Tarnished Brass.  The white dots are done with a Posca paint marker and the white lines with a gel pen.  

For the oval I used mostly brand new Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 stamps and stencils and one older stencil (the dots).  I stamped the fern first (Messages For Art stamp set) and embossed it with Wendy's Fern Green Embossing Powder.  Next I inked the paper with Distress Inks using a blending tool.  Then I splattered water over the panel getting lots of water around the fern - blotted and dried the panel - and then did water again around the fern, blotting and drying.  For the white stenciling (Intersecting Circles Stencil) I used Distress Ink Picket Fence.  The dots were stenciled with Archival Ink Watering Can.  The words were stamped with Archival Ink Black Soot.  The ferns at the bottom of the oval (Ferns Stencil) were stenciled with Archival Ink Fern Green.  I set the oval down inside a garbage bin and gave it one spray with Wendy's Buttercup Mica Spray for a very subtle shimmer that catches the light as the card is moved.  The butterfly is Wendy's Mat Mini.  I inked it with Distress Ink Picket Fence, dried it, inked it with Archival Ink Buttercup, dried it, stamped the flower (Art From Us stamp set) with Archival Ink Watering Can, dried it, colored the flower with Distress Marker, dried it, and added some white highlights with a gel pen.  The edge of the oval has Distress Paint Tarnished Brass on it.  

This was fun to make and I hope you like it!!!     

Friday, September 16, 2016

Autumn Dream

Hi!!! I'm ready for the weekend.  It's a weekend off from all the projects we have going on here as I'm going to 2 all day workshops up at the Memory Bound store in Ankeny.  The Wendy Vecchi is here for the weekend teaching... woo-hoo!!!!  Wendy is a wonderful teacher!!!!  I hope you have something good planned for the weekend!!  

The card I'm sharing today started with that background in the picture above.  I was actually working on something else (I'll share that in a day or two) when the thought popped in "I bet Distress Paint Black Soot and Tarnished Brass would make a fabulous marble" and I immediately pulled them out and tried it.  Doesn't it look fabulous!!!!  I was going to use that first piece for the project I was in the midst of but then decided it wasn't quite large enough.  I still have that puddle that shows in the picture on my craft sheet so I grabbed another piece of paper (a piece torn from a Dyan journal so mixed media paper), added a bit more tarnished brass to my craft sheet, sprayed the paper well with water and dipped it in moving a little and redipping to cover the entire piece.  I dried it and then lightly dipped it into the bits left on my craft sheet and dried it again.  What I got is the piece below... Yum!!!  I went ahead and finished that project but then today wanted to use that first piece I'd marbled.

I just got the Tim Holtz stencil with the leaves and wanted to use it.  I mixed some Fossilized Amber Distress Paint with Texture Paste and put it through the stencil over that marbled paper.  After it was dry, I put the stencil back on and inked with Fired Brick and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks.  I also did a light spray of Antiqued Bronze Distress Mica Spray (stencil still in place).  You can't see the shimmer in any of the pics but it does catch the light in person.  I was thinking it would be great if the leaves had some veins and wondered if it might work to add some.  I grabbed a toothpick and it worked.  The point of the toothpick broke pretty quickly so I grabbed a metal pointy tool and used that. 

The single leaf was die cut (Sizzix, Tim Holtz, Thinlit) from an already colored manila tag (I cut it from the bottom left corner and will turn it into a finished tag).  I added more ink to the leaf with Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, and Vintage Photo.  Some Idea-ology items (trim, word band with paint and the words actually show up well in person but not so well in these pictures, hex fasteners) finish it up.  

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Happy Birthday Sunflower Card

Hello!!!  I'm sharing a birthday card today.  The background is simply white cardstock cut with an ECD Stitched Rectangle Die, embossed with the ECD Swirly Curves folder, and Distress Ink added around the edges.  Happy Birthday is cut from Shimmer Sheetz using the ECD A Way With Words die (available from ECD or Quietfire Design).  The flower is ECD Susan's Garden Notes Sunflower die set.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


A bible journaling page.  I've used Dylusions paint in the background and created some waves or white caps with a heavy bodied white paint.  There is writing with a black pen and gel pens.  Trust is a Prima Christine Adolf adhesive rub-on with purple foil on top.  

Life can throw lots of stuff at us!!  It can be easy to focus on the "storms" and think they will never end but Jesus can calm the storm or he can calm our hearts in the midst of a storm.  He is always available, all we have to do is reach out!!  Nothing is too big or too hard for God.  He loves us so much and knows so much more than we do.  We can always trust Him!!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Collect Beautiful Moments

Hi There!!!  This is a birthday card for our granddaughter.  The background started with a piece of shaving cream technique paper done a long time ago.  I added some stenciling with ink, a paper doily, washi tape, Tim Holtz die cut flowers and some Tim Holtz stickers.  A bit of glitz around the words with a Wink of Stella pen.  

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Thinking Warm Thoughts Card

Happy Saturday to you!!!!!!!!!  

It's my turn over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Blog today.  I hope you have time to go check it out HERE.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Circle Journal #5

Hello!!!  I'm so sorry not to be blogging much.  Life is very busy right now and my blogging will probably be sporadic.  I do have some things done, but not blogged, to help fill in a little but I'm not getting a lot of creating time at the moment.  

Today I'm sharing my pages in Julie's circle journal that was sent on earlier this month.  All of Julie's pages have "wave" edges and they were varying widths.  Very cool journal!!!  

I started by scraping on Fresco Finish Paints in lots of colors.  The order of bottles is the order I scraped on the paint.  

Next I have a variety of stenciling with various colors and some stamping with paint.  The large flowers (top left, bottom right) were also stenciled plus I did some stamping of script through the stencil and added dots of paint in the centers.  The words are a The Crafter's Workshop stencil and they were stenciled with black embossing paste.

The large, whitish flowers (Lin Brown stamp) were stamped on the page and then the matching stencil used to make them easier to paint.  The greenery along the bottom and in the top right corner were stamped with Archival ink.  

The inside front of the book had a page that we were to put a word on.

I chose to do the word BRAVE.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Shrink Plastic Jewelry

Hello and Happy Friday!!!  I hope your week has been good and that your weekend is filled with wonderful people and activities!!!  

I'm over on the PaperArtsy Blog today sharing how I made these shrink plastic pieces for their 16th topic of the year Jewelry, Beads, Charms Dangles.  I hope you have time to pop on over and check it out.  Let me know what you think!!!

((Hugs)) and Blessings to you!!!  


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Forever Love Wedding Card

This week on the Quietfire Creations Blog we are celebrating a wedding.  Our design team sister, Yvonne, is marrying her love, Harrie!!!  

Congratulations Yvonne and Harrie!!!!!!!!

You can get the info on my card Here and, if you haven't been following along, be sure and check out all the wedding projects being posted this week!!! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Noel Card

Hey!!!  I'm up on the Quietfire Creations Blog today with this card using the brand new A Way With Words die, Noel.  I hope you can pop on over and have a look. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Peace Card

Hello!!!  I hope you are doing well today!!!  I'm sharing a card using some new things from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I'm using the brand new Peace by designer Suzanne Cannon (also available on the Quietfire site) and some new stencils (Earth & Sky, Evergreen Grove, Snowstorm & Mound) by Susan Tierney-Cockburn. 

In the background I have Distress Collage Medium Crazing.  Once dry, it's sprayed with Distress Spray Stain.  Next, across the top half, is Texture Paste through the Snowstorm & Mounds stencil.  The trees trunks are stenciled onto white cardstock with Distress Ink, then the branches are done with white embossing paste, left to dry, the stencil put back on and color added with Distress Ink.  Once that was dry I used a white paint marker to add "snow".  Once dry it was trimmed around the the trees, cut across the bottom and silver glitter paste added.  Silver glitter paste was also added around the edges of the background.  The birds (earth & sky stencil) are added with black embossing paste.  Peace was cut from both white and green cardstock, adhered together and glued to the card as shown.  

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Brand New A Way With Words Merry Christmas on a Card

Hello and Happy Saturday to You!!!  I have all the info on this Christmas card using the brand new A Way With Words Merry Christmas over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Blog today.  I hope you have time to skip on over there and check it out!!!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Way With Words - New Die Release

It's an exciting day!!!!  The brand new A Way With Words dies have been announced.  The above picture shows all the new dies.  You can find them on the Quietfire Design website HERE as a pre-order or in the coming soon category on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website HERE.  

There is a short video showcasing lots of beautiful projects made with these new dies.

Friday, August 5, 2016

I Dwell In Possibility Tag - Creative Chemistry 103

Hi!!  I hope you are having a good week!!! It should be nice today, not nearly as hot as the rest of the week was.  I'll be out painting siding as there is no rain in the forecast today or tomorrow.  

I got to play a bit last night and tried two of the CC103 techniques and finished one tag which is what I'm sharing today.  The technique is from Day 3 and is called Texture Paste Embossing.  I used Grit Paste instead of Texture Paste and while the paste was drying suddenly remembered that Tim had mentioned in a video that we are not supposed to heat grit paste.  I'm not sure if that was just for drying or if it's not recommended at all.  I went ahead and melted the powder after the paste was dry and all was ok (except where I bumped a spot with my finger before it cooled, lol).  I LOVE how textured it is!!!!  The quote stamp I used is from Quietfire Design.  Tim's butterfly duo for the butterfly, Idea-ology spinner, trim, mirrored heart for the embellishments.  Distress ink on the tag and butterfly.  Alcohol ink on the heart. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Life Doesn't Have To Be Perfect Tag - Creative Chemistry 103

LOTS of great information and techniques in Creative Chemistry 103 and I would totally recommend the class.  

For this tag I've had a little play with the Distress Highlight Stamping Technique and I've used Tim's doily stamps for the technique.  There is also some stenciling on here (little dots), wildflower die cuts from black cardstock, Idea-ology chit chat stickers and paper string, inking around the edges, black soot Distress marker for the marks at the bottom of the tag and to finish it off a light spritz of the Tarnished Brass Mica Spray from a good distance.  I LOVE how this has made it look like the tag has little flecks of gold all over it!!!  Hopefully you can see a bit of that in the next two pictures.  

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Autumn Tag - Creative Chemistry 103

Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry 103 at Online Card Classes is this week.  Yesterday was Day 1.  For this tag I've used the Distress DIY Ombre Technique.  The colors of Distress Ink that I've used is Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, and Carved Pumpkin.  I've had a few of the Distress Custom Blend pads since they came out and I'm happy to have finally used one.  I'll be making more!!!!  The leaf on this tag is an old Embossing Arts Co stamp.  The quote is from Quietfire Design and can be found HERE.  The edges are inked with Brushed Corduroy and then I've some some random stamping with part of the Crackle Background image also with Brushed Corduroy.  Some Idea-ology Linen Ribbon and a Trinket Pin altered with a bit of alcohol ink and Distress Crayon,  along with a metal leaf from my stash also altered with some Alcohol Ink finish things up.  

Friday, July 29, 2016

RubberStampMadness Magazine - Fall 2016

My issue of this magazine arrived in my mailbox yesterday and I'm thrilled to have 4 pieces included in a wonderful article titled "50 Fabulous Tips" by Christina Hecht.  There is lots of good information in the article and I've added an item to my shopping list that I must get and try on die cuts.  

Thursday, July 28, 2016

You are my Sunshine!!

It's my turn over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today and I'm sharing this piece complete with a matching display stand.