Saturday, April 30, 2011


Last week I had seen a post on Lynn Steven's blog Trash to Treasure Art of some steampunk atcs she made using some images I really liked and followed her link to Inka Heaton's blog Altered Artifacts in search of the images which I bought in her Etsy store here (I noticed another sheet this morning that I had to have and ordered).  Last night I put these atcs together for an in-person swap I have today.  

For the backgrounds I embossed using Tim's atc size gears embossing folder... then they were sprayed with Color Wash Sprays and Perfect Pearl Spray heirloom gold... highlighted the gears and edgess using either the silver or pearl Paint Dabber.  I then built up from there.

On this first atc I colored the flowers with Distress Stains.  There is some stamping in the background with Archival Ink.  The words are a stamp (Inky Antics), stamped and cut apart.  A tiny watch part on the girls hat over the printed gears and a little key that I think is 7 gypsies.

The stamps (light bulb on the background and Steampunk) are Studio 490 images.  Glossy Accents on the goggles.  Tim's Ideology gears and brad.  Black Enamel Accents along the bottom.

For this one, again the lightbulb is Studio 490.  It is stamped a few times on the background and then I have one stamped on Studio 490 Clearly For Art (this is awesome stuff).  I used Archival Ink jet black for stamping, dried the ink, heated the bulb until soft and rounded the bulb area - Way Cool!!!!  Some screen along the bottom.  A couple of Tim Holtz mini gear die cuts colored with Distress Stain and the white dots are White Enamel Accents.  Bright Ideas is hand written.

On this last one the black dots are made by sponging ink through sequin waste.  7 Gypsies metal along the bottom.  Watch parts along the left side.  A flat backed key (K&Company) and some ball chain that I antiques by sponging some black Archival Ink on it and heating it.

Monday, April 25, 2011

MAC #10

It's amazing how quickly the weeks fly by!!!  It seems like we just started the Making Art Challenges and already we are on number 10!!  If you are interested in participating in these Wendy Vecchi Inspired challenges, join us on the EverythingWendyVecchi Yahoo Group.  This week our challenge is "some stitching around the edge AND a butterfly From Patterned Paper".  I used patterned paper from Tim's Crowded Attic paper stash for the background, the piece the saying is stamped on and the piece I stamped the butterfly on.  All stamps are Studio 490 - the butterfly is from the Botanical Art set and all the rest are from the Art In Bloom set.  After sewing around the edges of the background piece, I stamped the solid flower on it with Archival Ink coffee and also stamped the flower on the piece with the saying using Distress Ink antique linen.  The saying is stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  Specimen #1 and the little bit of lace in the bottom right corner are both stamped with coffee.  I colored the Art Part Flower with Distress Stain peeled paint on the stem and bottom and with antique linen on the flower part... stamped the matching flower onto the Art Part with coffee... and stamped the center of the flower again with coffee on a scrap of grungeboard... colored the ends of the petals with Distress Ink barn door and added Distress Stickles rock candy to all the petals.  Cut out the extra flower center from GB, colored it with Distress Ink mustard seed and added it to the Art Part Flower.  Stamped the butterfly with jet black, cut it out, added barn door and mustard seed inks.  An Ideology trinket pin and snap finish things off.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

ATC - In the Garden

If the background of this atc looks familiar, you're right... it's more of that color washed paper towel... remember I took the layers apart... glued one to Clearly For Art but still had the other one and used some on this atc.  Stamped the leaves at the top with Ranger pigment ink bottle.  The collage image is from Dezinaworld - Childrens Roundies Set 1.  I punched it out with a scallop circle punch and then trimmed off the edges that hung out from the atc.  Inked around the edges of the atc with Distress Ink victorian velvet and walnut stain.  The branch is cut from grungepaper using Tim's mini branch and leaf and inked with Distress Ink.  The leaves are a Quikkutz die - it's a stem with leaves and I cut the leaves off the stem... but first I cover  the whole piece with Distress Crackle Paint, let it dry, inked over it with pigment ink to deepen the green and bring out the cracks more... makes for way cool looking leaves!!!  The bird is K&Company.  The flowers are Prima with sticky back gems in the center.


This weeks Grungy Monday Challenge is Texture Fades and Distress and the Simon Says Stamp and Show is a Lord Tim of Holtz Technique... so I'm entering both challenges with this ATC.  I started with a Ranger manila ATC blank, dipped it into a puddle of Distress Stains faded jeans and dusty concord that was sprayed with Perfect Pearls Mist turquoise... dried, dipped, dried, dipped... etc. until I liked it.  Stamped the inside of the umbrella man atc texture fade with Tim's Reflection stamp that has all the numbers and embossed my atc piece.  Added Distress Ink chipped sapphire over the man and around the edges.  Stamped Tim's Live the Life with Archival Ink jet black.  I had the roses (Tim's trim colored with something Distress) laying on my work area and decided to add them along with an Ideology type charm attached with an Ideology charm clip.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Spring Chicks ATC

I created this atc using red rubber stamps my good friend, Michelle, had made from her hand drawn and then hand carved images.... take a stroll over at her blog HERE and if you have time leave her a comment.

The background is Adirondack inks on white cardstock.  I did Tim's wrinkle free distress Adirondack technique with the colors citrus, clover, and pool.  The tree branches are stamped using Adirondack meadow.  The flowers are stamped using Adirondack stream, colored in with Glaze pens and some Distress Stickles in the center.  Spring is stamped with Archival Ink jet black. The broken eggs behind the chicks are stamped with Archival Ink coffee.  The butterfly is a rub-on.  Dots around edge are with a Glaze pen.  The chicks were stamped on a scrap of white cardstock with Adirondack pigment ink butterscotch, dried the ink well and cut out the chicks just on the outer edge of all the fluff lines and around the feet... placed the image on the atc and cut off the extra sticking off both sides.  I added yellow and orange on the beaks with colored pencil and used a black Glaze pen for the eyes.  I then went around the chicks making little cuts as if creating fringe which really helped to give the chicks a fluffy look.

Vintage Humor ATCs

Awhile back I participated in a Vintage Humor ATC swap that Lori was hosting via her fabulous blog I Been Thinkin'... 'Bout Inkin'...   

This first picture shows the atcs I made.  I just love this image from Quietfire Design of the boy and girl... it is available both printed or digitally.  At the time I made it I had been looking at some arch shaped atcs and decided I just need to make one!!  I started with a manila atc blank, cut my arch shape at the top, colored the background with Distress Stains, stamped the script and weeds (Studio 490 images), inked the edges of the card, added a Tim Holtz on-the-edge scallop cut from green cardstock (I rubbed on a little silver paint dabber along the edges), attached the image and shaded around it with a pencil.  The words are computer generated.  Some glittery silver sticky back gems finish it up.

These pictures are the wonderful atcs I got in return (click the pic for a closer look).  Left to right they are from - Pam L, Eileen B, and Elaine P.  Thank you ladies for some great atcs to add to my collection!!!!  And thank you, Lori, for hosting a fun swap!!!!

Thank You... and Blogger Information

A couple of weeks ago I was part of a blog hop for Quietfire Design and learned something about Blogger during that time.  Our team for the hop was talking about comments and such and I mentioned that when I receive an email for a comment that someone left on my blog that I always reply to that email.  Someone else was saying that most of the comments they couldn't reply to and I said almost all of my comments had names on them, just a very few were anonymous... I was told to check further :-))  So I looked into some of my emails from comments and when I clicked on properties the email address given after the person's name was   Uh-Oh!!!!  This meant that even though when I hit reply to the email and there was a name in the "To:" spot, my email was actually going to No-Reply Land never again to be seen by human eyes :-((  We did more checking and even a couple of my teammates were No-Reply comments so we proceeded to figure out how to change that... and I thought I would share that in case you would like to be able to receive replies.  When you are on your dashboard page, on the left one choice is "Edit Profile"... if you go in there, the 3rd thing down the list is "Show my email address"... there is a box to the right and if you click on it, it puts a checkmark in the box... then you go all the way down to the bottom and click the "
Save Profile" box.  For us, this fixed the problem (although one teammate had to do it twice or else it just took a little bit of time to show the change when she left a comment)... then when I checked the properties of the email when they left me a comment, it had a real email address listed.... I replied and they got the reply email.  

So for those of you out there that often leave comments on my blog and have never heard back from me... I have replied to every single comment, they just flew to No-Reply Land instead of going to you.  If you have asked a question while leaving a comment and didn't hear from me... I really did respond, you just didn't get the email.  I'm soooooooooooo sorry!!!

All that said..........  I wanted everyone to know how THANKFUL I am for you!!!!!  and for comments left on my blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I really appreciate them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Making Art Challenge #9

We are having a great time on the Everything Wendy Vecchi Yahoo Group with the challenges Lori is posting for us based on projects from Wendy's books.  Owning the book is NOT a requirement... although they are wonderful books with fabulous projects and step-by-step directions!!!  Lori takes a project and chooses some elements of that project as the basis of our challenge.  This week we had to include 3 buttons and a dimensional grunge paper/board object on our project.

I chose to make an ATC because I have an in-person swap coming up the end of this month.... However, I'm not sure I can trade this ATC off... I like it sooooooooooooo much!!!!!  I started with a Ranger manila atc blank... created a wrinkle-free distress background with broken china, crushed olive, and mustard seed... stamped a Studio 490 background image (Art Colors Life set) with broken china... used the Studio 490 tree (Mail Art set) and olive ink to stamp the edges... the saying (An Eye For Art set) is stamped with jet black... the circle/eye image is from the same set, stamped with jet black on a scrap of light watercolor paper, cut it out, colored the eye with broken china using a cut 'n dry nib, colored around the edge with barn door just using the blending tool.  The flower under the eye is another Clearly For Art/Paper towel flower (see this post).  The 3 flowers (Make Mine Mini Art set) along the bottom are stamped on grungepaper with jet black, cut out, inked with snow cap, dried, inked with wild honey and barn door, stamped with the screen background image (Art Rules set) using Archival Ink maroon.  The mini buttons are colored with Alcohol ink, baker's twine tied through the holes.  The tiny bows were a little bit of a challenge but worth it!!

Created Byhand Challenge - Circles

Circles are fun!!!  I had so many ideas and I still might do some more of them throughout this week.  All stamps used are from Quietfire Design.  The printed paper with all the buttons is from Tim's Crowded Attic Paper Stash... paper distresser used on the edges.  Using Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities, the next to the smallest circle, I cut 6 from grungepaper and then 1 of the next largest size also from grungepaper.   The larger circle was used as a base for the flower, the other six make the flower... they were inked on both sides with Distress Ink barn door, the edges roughed up using the paper distresser and then the edges inked with Distress Ink rusty hinge.  Stamped music on each circle with Archival Ink sepia.  Glued 5 circles in a circle on the larger "base" circle and then the 6th circle in the center.  Shaped the outer edges of the petals by rolling the grunge between my fingers.  The flower stem is also paper from the Crowded Attic Stash inked over with Distress Ink shabby shutters, edges distressed and then inked with Distress Ink peeled paint.  The leaves are cut from grungepaper using Tim's mini branch and leaf die... inked the leaves with shabby shutters, embossed them using Tim's dot matrix folder, and inked with peeled paint.  On a scrap of white cardstock I painted Lumiere super sparkle by just rubbing it on with my finger - this gave the paper a pearl look similar (although a bit more sparkly) to the button I was using on the flower.  Stamped Love with Archival Ink jet black, cut out with Spellbinders Labels 10, inked the edges with barn door, poked a hole at each end and tied it on with 4-ply waxed linen thread.  Button threaded with waxed linen and added to center of flower.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Grungy Monday #3

This weeks Grungy Monday challenge is all about Tim Holtz Adirondack Color Wash Sprays.  These sprays have always been wonderful but since Ranger changed the bottles they are Fabulously Wonderful!!!!!  You can go to Ranger's Website or Tim's blog and search color wash to find out more about them.  

I've made an ATC.  I stuck a Sticky Back Canvas ATC Blank to a heavy piece of paper and then sprayed it with Color Wash red pepper and butterscotch... I also added a couple spritz's of gold Perfect Pearls Mist... dried the ATC.  Next I embossed it with Tim's new clock folder and highlighted the embossing with Distress Ink brushed corduroy and fired brick.  I took a scrap of grungepaper large enough for the saying, inked it with Adirondack Snow Cap pigment ink, dried it, inked it with Distress Ink old paper, dried it, stamped the saying with Archival Ink jet black, dried it, trimmed it to size, inked the edges and back with Distress Ink brushed corduroy, dried it, roughed up the edges with Tim's paper distresser and reinked with the brushed corduroy.  For the flowers.... I colored a paper towel with Color Wash red pepper, sunset orange, and butterscotch by spraying the Color Wash on a craft sheet and taking a slightly damp (I sprayed it a few times with water) paper towel and dabbing up the color adding extra water if needed so the color would bleed and blend out... I did not try to cover the whole towel with color but left some of the white showing.  Dried the towel and took the layers apart so I had a single sheet.  I glued the single sheet to a piece of Studio 490 Clearly for Art using Ranger's Glue and Seal matte.  Die cut the flowers using Tim's tattered florals, added a little fired brick on the tips of the petals, heated and shaped the flowers, pierced a hole in the centers and attached them together with a brad.  Cut Tim's flourishes from grungepaper, sprayed them with Color Wash meadow, dried them, embossed them with Tim's dot matrix folder, hit the high spots with Distress Ink faded jeans, cut the flourish apart and added it as shown.

I love the texture of the paper towel on the flower!!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Distressing

A card for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge found here.  Let's build from the bottom up... folded dark blue card, standard size, 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  The next layer is manila cardstock cut to 4 1/8" x 5 3/8", embossed using Tim's music folder, colored with Distress Stain wild honey, the high spots rubbed with Distress Ink (probably walnut stain but I can't remember for sure), edges distressed with Tim's distressing tool and then inked with black soot.  Next layer is mat board... I was sorting out some stuff and there was a piece of white matboard cut in a circle but the edge was messed up, I started to through it away and then thought... I could probably die cut something from this and proceeded to cut it with Tim's ornamental die... worked very well!!  So I thought - I wonder how well it will emboss and embossed it with Tim's gears folder using my Vagabond machine... worked awesome!!!  Colored over the whole front with Distress Stain faded jeans... to bring out the pattern more I rubbed Archival Ink jet black over it but then decided it needed more than that and used both silver and copper Paint Dabber lightly brushing it here and there on the gears and then went over them again with jet black which toned down the metallic without totally hiding... very cool!!!!  Then went around the edges with gold Paint Dabber.  The flower I made a couple of weeks ago and it was just perfect for this.  It is made with Tim's glassine paper, cut several flowers with Tim's Tattered Floral die, crumpled them well, went over them with Distress Stain, layered them together and stapled them in the center with Tim's tiny attacher.  I added the center when I made the card using 2 of Tim's gears and an old button complete with old thread already on it. The bird is cut from grungeboard, inked with Snow Cap Pigment Ink, dried, inked with Distress Ink wild honey on the bird and walnut stain on the legs and branch.  The "wing" is a Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 stamp, stamped on grungepaper, cut out, inked with wild honey.  Both the bird and wing are stamped with a Studio 490 background image.  Black pen to make the bird eye and an Ideology snap added on the wing.  The ticket is manila cardstock cut with Tim's ticket die, tore off one ticket, stamped it with the saying (Quietfire Design here) using Archival Ink jet black, inked around the edges with wild honey, stitching along the top and bottom with a fine tip black pen and an Ideology memo pin holding it up. Leaves (Tim's mini leaf die) are cut from manila cardstock, crumpled carefully, flattened back out, inked with Distress Stain peeled paint, dried, the edges inked with Distress Ink forest moss and I also gently folded the leaves down the center and added some forest moss there and opened them back up, this gave them some additional shading.

New Project on the Quietfire Design Website

Here is a little peek at a new project on the Quietfire Design website.  To see all the pictures and directions go Here.  

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

MAC #8

MAC = Making Art Challenge... and we are on challenge #8 on the Everything Wendy Vecchi Yahoo Group.  The criteria this time.... LOTS of grungepaper flowers (3 at a minimum) and a perfectly pearled grungepaper object separate from the flowers.  The art being shared on the Wendy group is fabulous!!!!  If you like any of Wendy's products I would highly recommend joining the group!!!  

I'm a little short of time so won't get into a lot of detail (but will come back later).  The base, frame, upper right corner leaf, and bottle are all art parts. The flowers (except the lighter blue) and lower left corner leaves are grungepaper.  The paint brushes are grungeboard.  The butterflies are Clearly for Art.  Coloring is Distress Stains, Distress Inks, Archival Inks, Snow Cap Pigment Ink, Perfect Pearl Mists, Color Wash Sprays, alcohol inks and Paint Dabber.

OK, I am back with more details about my project.  There were several questions about the spiral flowers so I spent quite some time looking through my deleted emails folder (good thing I hadn't cleaned it out in awhile) trying to find where I had last seen them.... well first I was searching on youtube because I was thinking it was a video and there are videos there showing this type of flower if you want to go searching... but I couldn't find the one I wanted so then I went looking through deleted emails... and I finally found it.  Go HERE for a great step-by-step tutorial on these flowers.  Now I have seen these before, plenty of times, and thought "I need to try these some day" and I guess the day finally came.  The lighter blue flower is cardstock with Distress Inks - it was laying on my work area and I thought "I wonder how that would look with grungepaper"... so I made one... and it looked great!!!  So I made more.  I used Distress ink on one of them and then I'm pretty I used Distress Stains on one and Color Wash Spray on the other.  I also used Perfect Pearls spray on them all after they were put together but before I added the pearl.  The pearls in the spiral flowers are just old ones I had around.  All the stamps I used in this project are Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 images.  The little flowers are a stamp on grungepaper, cut out, inked with Distress Stains, and stamped with a background image... sticky back pearls in the center of those.  The base and frame are the large square Art Parts so my finished size is 5 1/2" square.  They are both inked with the Stains (broken china for the base and weathered wood for the frame)... stamped the background images with Archival Ink plum.  The hanging leaves across the top are stamped with Archival Ink olive.  I had originally stamped the saying on the background but decided it needed to be lightened up a bit so I grabbed a scrap of Ranger's manila cardstock, inked it with broken china Distress ink, tore the top and bottom, inked the edges with dusty concord and a brown Distress Ink, stamped it with the bubble background using Archival Ink olive and then the saying with jet black.  The leaf Art Part was colored with peeled paint Stain, stamped the dots with olive, added shading around the edges with peeled paint... wanted more shading and variation so I used my finger to dab on some snow cap pigment just by some points, dried it and inked over it with forest moss also using the edge of my ink pad to add some "vein" lines on the 2 larger end leaves.  The Art Parts bottle was stamped with the corresponding image using jet black and then the bottle label stamped on manila card.  Inked the bottle with broken china and also the label.  Cut out the label and added it to the bottle.  Added some Glossy Accents onto the bottle at the top and bottom avoiding the label.  The grungepaper leaves are stamped with olive, cut out, colored with Stain and sprayed with Perfect Pearls.  The paintbrushes are stamped on grungeboard with jet black, the handles inked with tea dye and then Paint Dabber added to the brush area - Adirondack purple twilight and sailboat blue and Jenni Bowlin malted milk.  I also sprayed matching colors of Perfect Pearls Mist on the purple and blue leaving the off  white with shimmer.  The butterflies are stamped on Clearly For Art with Snow Cap pigment ink, dried gently, cut out (you do need to be a little careful as the white can scratch off), colored on the flip side with alcohol inks, and heated to shape.  I finished up with a little bit of black stitching with a fine point pen around the edges of the frame.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Grungy Monday

Last week Monday was the first Grungy Monday Challenge!!!  A new challenge started by Linda of Studio L3 since the Compendium of Curiosities challenge was finished.  I did not, however, get my entry for Grungy Monday #1 done is time so this post includes both my #1 and #2.

This first card is for Grungy Monday #1 - challenge details here.  Our challenge was to be inspired by Tim Holtz's 2008 12 Tags of Christmas Day 10 found here.  My card measures 4 1/4" x 6 1/2".  For my background I masked with Tim's gear masks, sprayed with color wash and heirloom gold Perfect Pearls, removed the masks and inked with Distress Ink.  The quote is a Quietfire Design stamp stamped and embossed in black.  The birds (Tim's movers and shapers mini die) are cut from grungeboard.  Stamped and embossed the flourish (Quietfire Design) in black and painted over them with Perfect Pearls sour apple and blue raspberry.  The man is a Studio 490 image from the Seriously Art Set.  The ribbon is seam binding sprayed with Color Wash.  Tim's newsprint Alpha Parts to spell dream.   

This next one is for Grungy Monday #2 - info here - and it is an ATC.  For this challenge our inspiration came from a Video on the Ranger site found here.  I made a foam stamp from Tim's on-the-edge scrollwork die.  I started with an atc blank cut from Tim's Crowded Attic paper stack.  Stamped the scrollwork along the edge with matte medium, dried it, inked the atc with a few Distress Inks, and stamped the scrollwork again - just not as wide this time - along the left with Archival Ink plum.  Across the top the leaves are stamped with Archival Ink olive and along the bottom the saying is stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  The leaves, saying and face are from Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 set It's Face Art. The face is stamped on Ranger's manila cardstock with jet black, cut out and colored with Distress Inks.  The wings are Wendy's small butterfly (Make Mine Mini Art set) stamped on Clearly For Art Blackout, cut out, cut in half and attached behind the face.

Another view of each project.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A New Winner For the Blog Hop

It's a bit sad when someone misses out on winning a prize :-((  But time is up and there must be a new winner chosen.  Random Number Generator has picked........

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the colours in this card. Well done! Diane Armstrong, ON
April 2, 2011 12:54 AM

Congratulations Diane!!!!!  Please email me at the address 
listed in my left side bar.

Monday, April 4, 2011

ATC - Cherish

Collage image from Quietfire Design - digital here or printed here.  Background is Distress Stains on watercolor paper stamped over with Archival ink olive with the flourish leaves stamp (Paper Inspirations) and sepia with the script stamp (Studio 490).  Scrap piece of text attached across center area.  Silver German scrap on the edges (Collage Stuff). Die cut leaves (the die isn't marked... it's just a small one, maybe quickkutz.. I can't remember) from green paper... used my finger to dab on a little Snow Cap pigment ink, dried it and added distress ink on top giving the leaves a more natural look.  Flowers and roses from the craft store - probably the wedding isle.  Tim Holtz Ideology philosophy tag - painted with pink Paint Dabber, rubbed off the top and left in the crevices.  Brad has a little paint on it also.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Winner

But first.... Thank you!!!!!..... to each person who visited my blog yesterday and to those who left a comment!!!!!  I am excited, thankful, honored, humbled that you chose to be here.  I'd make you all winners but I can't :-(  

Numbers 1 - 137... random number generator chose number 6.  Now I'd show you a picture of this but I clicked the wrong button and lost the picture... and if that's not bad enough I started this post once and managed to erase it all and had to start all over, lol... I don't think it's too early and I did already have my shower but.........

So number 6 is............

 olamama said...

Love the stamp quote and the colors are beautiful, a fabulous card.
April 2, 2011 3:42 AM

Congratulations Olamama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Please email me at the address listed in my left side bar within 48 hours or a new winner must be drawn. 

There were some comments regarding the metallics and some mentioned glitter in my project... just to clarify... the glittery-metallic look is part of the paper, embedded in the paper, won't flake off or anything... this paper is Gorgeous!!!!  Click HERE to see all the different ones Quietfire has available. 

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Quietfire Design Spring Blog Hop

Welcome to the Quietfire Design Spring Blog Hop!

Quietfire Design is celebrating the honor of being chosen as a Preferred Stamp Partner with Spellbinders™ Paper Arts! 

Every day a different Quietfire Designer will post their creations combining Quietfire rubber stamps and Spellbinders products in a blog entry (days and links to each blog are below).  Each day a lucky participant will win one of the Quietfire Rubber stamps used that day plus Suzanne's choice of Spellbinders™ die! 

To enter, simply comment below by midnight EST and you will be eligible for a random draw. 

The winner will be announced here tomorrow.  If your name is announced, please claim your prize by emailing me within 48 hours or we will draw again! 

Here is our list of blogs and their special Quietfire Blog Hop days.

Saturday, April 2: Wanda  Hentges 
Sunday, April 3: Becca Feeken
Monday, April 4: Monica Black 
Tuesday, April 5: Yogi Grunwald 
Wednesday, April 6: Robyn Josephs 
Thursday, April 7: Suzanne Cannon

My finished card is about 4 7/8" x 6 7/8".  All the printed paper is from one sheet of Kanban English Riviera Green.  If you haven't checked out all the new Kanban papers Suzanne is carrying, you need to!!  Gorgeous papers - beautiful patterns and designs, lots of metallic and holographic highlights, and double sided.   The paper for the folded card is from the Core'dinations Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection.  

Quietfire Design rubber stamps used are A smile that you send out and a flourish from the Flourishes 1 set  (bottom left stamp shown in the set).  

Spellbinders dies used are Labels Fifteen, Lacy Squares, and Labels Seventeen.  

All layers including the folded card are inked on the edges with Distress Ink.  Colors used are stormy sky, bundled sage, crushed olive, and brushed corduroy.  

A smile that you send out was stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  The flourish was stamped (upper left hand corner of bottom printed paper layer) with bundled sage.  

The ribbon (13mm white silk) was colored using bundled sage and stormy sky - alternating colors along the length of the ribbon.  Spray on a little water to help the colors blend and dry with the heat tool scrunching up the ribbon as it dries.  

Embellishments are white pearls and the fleur de lis from the Tim Holtz Adornments set.  Using my finger I rubbed on a little silver Krylon to the high spots of the fleur de lis.  

Friday, April 1, 2011

Birthday Card

Background is paper from Core'dinations Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection... it was embossed using Tim's regal flourishes texture fade, sanded, sprayed with Perfect Pearls Mist forever green and edged with gold Krylon.  Happy Birthday (Quietfire Design) was stamped on pale green cardstock with Archival Ink jet black, cut out with a Spellbinders Labels Seventeen, edges inked with Distress Ink and then went around the edge with gold Krylon.  The vine is grungepaper cut with a Sizzix die, inked with Distress Ink, stamped with a Studio 490 background and sprayed with Perfect Pearls Mist heirloom gold.  The larger part of the flower is Tim's new Kraft Glassine paper cut with the tattered florals die (3 flowers all the same size)... the paper was crumpled very well and then inked with Distress Ink wild honey and sprayed with Perfect Pearls Mist sunflower gold.  The center of the flower is made with cardstock (I watched a video the other day that showed how to make these and I cannot find it now although I've seen the same technique shared lots of places), inked with wild honey, and a pearl put in the center.  A strip of Tim's film strip ribbon and more pearls added to the happy birthday panel finish things off.

********  I finally found the link (not a video as I thought, but great step-by-steps) to where I saw the flowers, it is here.