Sunday, January 31, 2010

Chipboard Hanging

I am lovin' working on chipboard. I really hadn't done this before finding Wendy Vecchi's blog and then joining the Everything Wendy Vecchi Yahoo Group. This hanging was made for a Valentine's Swap on the group. All stamps are from Studio 490. For the hearts... I colored a scrap of grungepaper with worn lipstick distress ink - I just rubbed the ink pad directly on the grungepaper - then stamped the corner image from the Art By The Number set using white paint dabber onto the colored grungepaper and cut out the heart shape using the center scallops as the top of the heart. The chipboard heart (Maya Road) was inked with brushed corduroy distress ink and the background image stamped with the same ink. I added fired brick to the very edges of the heart. The flower stamp and saying were stamped with jet black Archival ink. The ideology token was colored with alcohol ink, dried, white paint dabber worked into the impression and the extra wiped off the disc. I then used my finger to rub Matte Accents over the piece so it wasn't quite so shiny. The white highlights on the stem and dots around the edge were done with the Inkssential pen. Holes for ribbon hanger were made with the Crop-a-dile.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Metal Tin

I've been collecting Ten Seconds Studio products since taking the class with Linda Cain last summer. I placed a large order with them when they had a big sale the day before Thanksgiving so my wonderful hubby could give it to me for Christmas... yes, he was all for the idea. Finally I've used some for the top of this tin. The metal is dark chocolate and I used 3 different molds for the impressions kind of collaging them together. The tin was colored with Ranger Alcohol Inks. All stamps are Studio 490 except the little flower around the edge of the tin, that a Stamps by Judith stick image. Stamping was done with Archival ink jet black. Flowers, leaves, and butterfly were stamped onto grungepaper, cut out, and sponged with distress ink. For the large flower I cut out an extra center to layer on top for added dimension and after sponging with scattered straw added scattered straw distress Stickles. Large flower colored with fired brick. Small flowers colored with worn lipstick and stamped with speckled background. Buttons threaded with red metallic floss, tied on the back and tails left long to stick out. Just a little bit of scattered straw stickles added on top. Leaves colored with peeled paint, flicked with water and blotted up water - this created a natural looking variation in the leaves. Butterfly is sponged with mustard seed and white dots added to body with Inkssential pen... antenna made with craft wire. Saying is stamped onto polished stone background (done remember exact color of alcohol inks but also used some pearl mixative), "stitching" added with ultra fine sharpie. The tin has a diameter of about 5 inches.

Snow Day ATC

One more ATC for the Byhand Artists group swap. I've gone with the blue and orange combination color theme. The girl is an image from Paper Imagery Designs. She was sepia toned and I sponged on Distress Ink spiced marmalade... then to bring the muff and collar back out again I used the Inkssential white pen and Souffle orange pen. The background is wrinkle free distress done with Distress Inks broken china and dusty concord... spiced marmalade on edges. The snowflakes (Tim Holtz image) is stamped with faded jeans. Two layers of white cardstock torn for the bottom section coated with Distress Stickles picket fence. Small dots of picket fence stickles over background and also dots of white Inkssential pen. Three snowflake buttons added (shanks cut off). "Snow Day" hand written, cut out, edged with broken china.

Roses, Roses

These roses are made following the tutorial on Wendy Vecchi's blog here. The first 3 were made recently for a swap on the EverythingWendyVechhi Yahoo group. They all use grungepaper and distress inks. The blue has music paper glued to the grungepaper, broken china and black soot inks, rock candy Distress Stickles. The yellow is mustard seed ink, stamped with Studio 490 speckled background, and I used deckle scissors to cut the flowers out... Love the edge this made. The red flower is fired brick and stamped with a Studio 490 background.

Two of these next roses - the blue and orange - were made last year after Wendy posted her tutorial... distress inks and stamping on both and they were also both sprayed with perfect pearls gold. The pink one I just made recently. I painted the grungepaper with Distress crackle paint, after it was dry sponged on some distress ink and also used gold paint dabber on the edges, made the rose and then coated the petals with rock candy Distress Stickles.

Studio 490 Projects

I made both of these projects last month. This first one I did right after Christmas with some new Studio 490 stamps I got for Christmas. The base is a page from a Maya Road Chipboard book. I used Distress Inks and black Archival Ink. The background is colored with broken china and stamped with brushed corduroy. Stamped the floral border image along the bottom with black and then the larger flower image on the left side also with black. The flowers are stamped on grungepaper, cut out, colored with fired brick and spiced marmalade and the speckled background stamped onto the larger flowers in black. Flowers layered and an Ideology snap attached to the centers. I decided the large stem and leaves weren't separated from the border image enough and so went over them with black Glaze pen to darken them. The Maya Road chipboard frame was colored with brushed corduroy and also stamped with the speckle image. The quote is stamped onto white cardstock, sponged with broken china, and attached behind the frame. Black dots added around edges with Glaze pen. Ideology chain and mini paperclips for the hanger.

This second project was done for the Christmas Mod Challenge on the EverythingWendyVecchi Yahoo group. The challenge was to use Studio 490 stamps to make a Christmas project without actually using a Christmas stamp. Again I started with Maya Road Chipboard. The houses are Maya Road chipboard minis. The background is colored with Distress Ink broken china, flicked with water and the droplets blotted up with a paper towel. Alpha background stamped with broken china. Lightly pressed white paint dabber over bottom area of background. The "large snowflakes" - actually a Studio 490 flower image - were stamped with white paint dabber and then filled in with picket fence Distress Stickles... added dots of picket fence stickles between the large snowflakes. Houses colored and stamped with distress inks. Picket fence stickles added along roof and on window sills to simulate snow. "Home For Christmas" was computer generated, colored with distress ink, cut out, added behind Ideology filmstrip ribbon and attached to the chipboard using the Ideology mini attacher. Quote stamped on white cardstock, tore out, colored with distress ink and added as shown. Pine branches punched from green cardstock, pressed lightly with white paint dabber and attached as shown. Ribbon for the hanger.

Merry Christmas ATC

I made this atc last month when Tim Holtz was blogging his 2009 12 Tags of Christmas. It's based on one of the tags. He used his large car but I only had the small one so decided an ATC would be great.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

My Heart For You ATC

Another ATC for the Byhand Artists January swap. This one has a pocket. The background is crumpled tissue paper glued to white cardstock, pressed lightly with a Versamark pad and then gold embossing powder. The gold border is Peel Off stickers. The pocket is a scrap of printed paper. Collage image is from The Altered Abbey. Words are computer generated. Heart is punched from a stamped design.

Grungepaper Wallets w/ Encouraging Cards

I participated in a 12 Days of Christmas swap on the Byhand Artists Yahoo Group last month. There were a total of 18 of us in the swap so some days we opened 2 gifts instead of 1. Everyone did an amazing job with their gifts!! For my gift I decided to make little wallets from grungepaper. I first saw these on Eileen's Blog here and then on Linda's blog here and Linda actually has several posts related to wallets if you want to take time to look around. I colored mine with Distress Inks, embossed them in a Cuttlebug folder and then hit the high spots with Archival Ink. The backgrounds on the cards I made to go in them were done with Glimmer Mists and a variety of masks. All stamps used on the cards are from Quietfire Design.

Wedding Card

I love using this Stampsmith Image along with this quote from LennaLines when I make wedding cards. The photo image is stamped with Archival Ink jet black on white glossy cardstock. Coloring is done with chalk pastels in layers to build depth by spraying with Krylon workable fixative between layers. Background is done with a Cuttlebug folder. Silver edging done with the silver paint dabber.

Catching Up

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!

I know, it's January 7th already. It's been very busy for me... lots of extra time spent working out in the shop... lots of company... wonderful time spent with family. Life is such a blessing!!!! Our daughter and I did get to spend some time stamping together... woohoo!!!! And I did manage to get a few other things done. I'll share just a few now and will continue to work at getting caught up this week.

This first one is an atc. It will be included in January's ATC swap on the byhand artists group, there are two themes we can work with... one is a color theme - blue and orange in combination... and the other is pockets. This atc fits the colors. The base is corrugated cardboard with some of the top layer of cardboard pulled off. I colored it with Glimmer Mists terracotta. I used gold paint dabber along the edges and also added dots of blue with Smooch. I tore some music paper, colored it with distress ink broken china and also sprayed a little turquose Glimmer Mist on it. Added it along the side and stamped a flourish image (Inkadinkado) with Archival Ink jet black. The bird is stamped on white cardstock with Adirondack aqua ink, trimmed, the corners rounded, ink rubbed on the edges and then the edges dabbed with gold paint dabber. I then stamped another bird image on scrap cardstock with a green ink, cut out the leaves and attached them to the main image leaving the tips not attached so they could bend up. "sing your song" is done with a Dymo. Small flowers were punched from the paper I was working on top of and a dot of Smooch added to the centers.

This is a birthday card for a friend. The background was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, sprayed with Glimmer Mists, sanded a little off the high spots and then added some Distress ink to the high spots. Bird image is stamped with Adirondack stream and the edges also sponged with ink.. layered to the same color cardstock as the folded base. "Happy Birthday" is computer generated and added to the center of the decorative brad.

This last card is a birthday card for our Son-in-Law. Pretty basic.. stamping, sponging of ink. dots added with a Glaze pen, "Happy Birthday" stamped onto a metal rimmed tag.