Sunday, October 19, 2008

Real love stories Card

Rubberstamp and supplies are from Quietfire Design.
Spritz white cardstock with the glimmer mist sprays (candy apple red, forest green, frost) and dry. Run paper through a Cuttlebug folder and lightly sand high spots to bring out pattern. Trim to size, tear right side and layer to red cardstock. Wrap silk ribbon around piece tying a bow on the left side. Stamp "Real love stories" on white cardstock with Distress Ink fired brick, cut to size, edge with fired brick and layer to background. Add heart charm to bow with a jump ring. Layer all to folded white card.

Find yourself a cup Card

Stamp and most supplies are from Quietfire Design. Create polished stone background using alcohol inks, blending solution, applicator and felt. Stamp "Find yourself a cup" on background. Use removable tape on stencil to cover areas not being used, lay stencil on background and stencil the teapot using the embossing paste. Remove stencil and clean immediately. After the teapot is dry, lay the stencil back over it and add color with ink. Lay stencil flower over pot and color with ink. Edge piece with Krylon pen and add to green piece of cardstock. Using the Tim Holtz ruler and an awl make holes in green layer. Border punch the bottom of next layer, cut to size, layer on teapot piece, and add white dots with the Inkssential pen. Layer all to folded white card.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Created Byhand Challenge - Thanks

This weeks challenge on Created Byhand is to use the word Thanks or Thank You. Just in time I got my new stamps from Quietfire Design which included 4 different thank you stamps so I used one. This is the larger of 2 similar stamps and I love the little hearts that are in the letters. On this card after I stamped the word I used the Inkssential white pen to highlight those little hearts. The base layer was done with alcohol inks. Stamped fiddleheads along the bottom. Added the mulberry paper and stamped the word and the bird on it. Added holes in the upper left corner using the Tim Holtz ruler and an awl. Wrapped the piece in red string and tied on a heart charm, also from Quietfire Design. Added a sequin flower to the upper left corner... coated it with Matte Accents so it wasn't to shiny and added a punched 1/8" circle to the center.

House Shaped ATCs

All these atcs were done as part of a project for Quietfire Design. If you go here, you will find complete directions and also templates for both styles of houses.

Tim Holtz Masks and Memory Mist Sprays

I got some of the new Tim Holtz masks and just had to play a little with them. I grabbed my Memory Mist sprays just because they happened to be easier to get at and chose 3 colors. Took some white cardstock (2 atc sized and 1 card sized) sprayed them with the 2 lighter colors, put on a mask and sprayed with the darker color. The masks are wonderful with just the right amount of sticking power to stay put but not stick too much.

This first card is regular sized (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"). The collage image is from Paper Imagery Designs. The ferns, flowers, and butterfly are stickers and the words are a metal embellishment.

Collage image and stamps used on this atc are from Quietfire Design. I stamped the flourishes with Distress Ink vintage photo and drew on the white lines and dots with the Inkssential white pen. Cut out the collage image with deckle scissors, edged it with vintage photo ink and layered as shown. The gold "brads" are stickers.

This atc uses new Thanksgiving images from Paper Imagery Designs and the music stamp is a Tim Holtz, stamped with Distress Ink vintage photo. Inkssential white pen was used for the "stitching".

Explore ATC

A simple ATC. All images from Paper Imagery Designs.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fall ATC

This atc again uses a piece from the same background paper as the last atc I uploaded. The collage image (Sarah) is from Paper Imagery Designs. Leaf is punched from a scrap of the paper and layered on top of the image. Letters added to spell "fall".

I forgot to mention that the most fabulous thing about this background paper is the slight shimmer you get from the glitter spray as you tip the paper. It reminds me of looking at a tree when the sun is shining bright but there is still dew on the leaves that catch that sunlight and sparkle.

Autumn Splendor ATC

My local atc group has mail in swaps and then an in-person swap every third month. At our last in-person swap in July for the project we made background paper using crumpled brown paper bags. We painted on them with acrylic paints using brushes and stencils or stamps and then we sprayed them with spray webbing and glitter spray. Every single one came out gorgeous. So our theme for the September mail in swap was to use our paper in some way on our atcs. For mine I used it as a background and then also punched leaves. I attached the leaf to a black square, punched 2 small holes in the black cardstock and added a thin piece of wire by bringing the 2 ends up from the back, twisting them around the stem of the leaf and then spiraling the ends by wrapping them around a toothpick. The words were done with a Dymo labeler.

October Project for AMRSC

This months project on AMRSC is Easy Backgrounds With Paint. Here are the finished cards and you can find step-by-step pictures and directions for the techniques and cards on the AMRSC site.

The bird and border stamps are from ggDesigns. The background swirl is a Penny Black.

The grass stamp is from Stamp Zia. The quote is from Quietfire Design

The collage image is from Paper Imagery Designs.

The Thrill of being Published

I've had many cards published and the excitement does not become less as more cards make their way into magazines. It's so fun to get a magazine and quickly page through it to see if I have a project in there and if I do to holler for the kids to come see :-)

Here are several cards I've had published in the past few months.

This thank you card was published in the summer 2008 issue of Just Cards. The stamp is from Quietfire Design. The printed paper was actually the wrapping on a Christmas present my good friend Tea sent me from Norway.

This black and white card was in the August issue of Vamp Stamp News and the stamps are from Stubby Stampers.

These next two cards were published in the Fall 2008 issue of Just Cards and all stamps are from Quietfire Design.

This one was in the October 2008 issue of Vamp Stamp News. Stamps are from Quietfire Design.
And this last one was published in the Decembe 2008 issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts. The leaf is from Stubby Stampers and the quote is from Quietfire Design.