Tuesday, April 24, 2012

CC2C #2

This weeks challenge from Tim's book Compendium of Curiosities 2 is faux patina from page 58.  You can get all the details (and see some fabulous art) on Linda's blog Studio L3.  This weeks challenge is sponsored by Angie!!  She is giving one lucky winner (I hope it's me :-) an autographed-by-Tim Tim Holtz Ideology messenger bag.  Angie also shares a beautiful mini canvas using this weeks technique on Linda's blog so go check it out!!!

For my tag I started with a Ranger's #8 black tag.  I wanted to see if alcohol inks when using the snow cap mixative would show up on the tag.  It took a few layers but it did show up, more muted because it is not glossy cardstock but I love the look and amazingly it did not bleed through to the back.  I did this all over the tag using snow cap, ginger, and butterscotch.  Next I tore a piece of old book page and glued it along the left side using Ranger's glue and seal... added Distress Ink wild honey with the blending tool.  Stamped Dyan Reaveley's vine image from the Dylusions Around the Edge set (I am in love with this stamp - this week anyway, who knows about next week) with Archival jet black... colored in the leaves using my Dove Blender and Distress Ink (haven't had my Dove Blender out in ages.. it sure makes coloring in quick!!)  Stamped Tim's butterflies along the right side with Archival coffee.  Used this weeks technique on Tim's Ideology ornate plate starting with snow cap, meadow, butterscotch and adding pesto and pitch black.  "Create" and the butterfly are Quietfire Design images.  Create was stamped with jet black, cut to fit the frame, glued in... oops, I forgot to add color... I meant to..  ok, I'll just add a bit to the center using Distress Ink scattered straw and attached it to the tag with black brads.  The butterfly was stamped on Ranger's specialty paper with Archival pale ochre, cut out, glued on the tag, and liquid pearls added to the body.  The butterfly strip along the bottom I've had laying on my work area for some time... had to test out the EK Success punch when I got it :-))  I colored it with scattered straw Distress Stain.. where the stain bled under the cardstock the color is darker which was perfect for this.  Glued on the strip and then went around the inside edges of the butterflies with a black pen to make them stand out more... added drops of liquid pearls to the centers of the bodies.  Added stitching around the edge with the black Glaze pen and finally tied green jute around the bottom and in the top.

Sunday, April 22, 2012


This is a regular sized ATC - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2".  I started with Ranger's new Specialty Stamping Paper and stamped the girl (Stampland) onto it using Archival Ink coffee.  It was amazing how well this photo image stamp stamped onto the paper.  It used to be that to get a really crisp image when using photo image rubber stamps you needed to stamp onto glossy paper but this paper worked marvelously!!!  Dried the ink with my heat tool... ink does stay wet longer on this paper!!  Stamped the leaves (Posh Impressions) with Adirondack ink clover stamping twice sometimes for a lighter image.  Colored the lips and eyelids with Distress Ink (broken china, barn door) using Ranger's Inkssential pen nibs.  Added Distress Ink shabby shutters around the edges with a blending tool and then Archival coffee to the very edges.  The bird is cut (Tim's movers and shapers bird) from grungepaper, inked it with Adirondack snow cap, dried it, added color with Distress Inks (broken china, vintage photo, wild honey) and used a black pen for the eye.  The "twig" is made by twisting Tim's Ideology tissue tape and painting it brown with espresso Paint Dabber, let it dry.  Attached the bunched up green lace and "twig" to the bottom with Tim's Tiny Attacher.  The bird has a piece of foam tape under it for heighth.  "Whispers" was computer generated, cut out, inked with Shabby Shutters.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

CC2Challenge and Remembering CCC

I thought I'd show you where I have all my projects from the first Compendium of Curiosities Challenge (the tag on the far left - Simplify - is not from the challenge).  This is above the doorway between my arting area and the dining room.  I love having them where I can see them anytime!!  I've added other tags I made to the left of these since I took the pictures and will continue to add my tags from the new Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge.  I've also added a few flowers I've made to the mix... they look perfect in the blank areas too small for a tag.  Remember you can click on the pictures to get a closer view!!

Now on to my tag for the first CC2C challenge.  Tim's second book is just as awesome as his first book!!!  If you haven't gotten one yet you can order direct from him and even get it autographed... see HERE.  You can get all the information about the challenge on Linda's blog Studio L3.  This week we were directed to page 66 of the book and the technique is Custom Foam Stamps... way, way cool!!!  I tweaked mine just a bit... I embossed my die cut (Sizzix Alterations mini tattered floral movers and shapers) foam with an embossing folder (Sizzix Texture Fade damask).  I started with a Ranger #8 manilla tag, sprayed it with water, added Distress Stains old paper and spun sugar, dried it, stamped my flowers with Distress Ink festive berries, dried it, roughed up the edges with the Distezz-It-All, inked the edges with vintage photo, stamped the words (from Tim's set Words For Thought CMS132) using Archival Ink jet black and dried it.  Decided I wanted the stamping under the words more muted so added water to that area, blotted it up and dried it.  Glued on the lace with Ranger's Glue 'n Seal matte.  Cut 2 flowers from grungepaper, inked them with festive berries, embossed them with the damask folder, sanded the high spots a bit, inked the high spots with vintage photo, added just a touch of Ranger's Jenni Bowlin malted milk Paint Dabber to the tips and wiped it with my finger so it lighted it a smidge without harsh lines.  Cut the the leaf/vine (Sizzix Bigz Vine w/leaves) from grungepaper, cut it apart, colored with Distress Stain shabby shutters, stamped the background image (from Tim's set Mixed Media DMS125) with Archival Ink coffee. Glued on the pieces as shown.  Added an Ideology Accouturement (Classic set) to the center of the flower.  Used my finger to brush on a little Archival Ink coffee to the ridges of the button and dried it.  Finally I added black lines around some of the stamped flowers avoiding the words area.  This weeks challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp and they will be randomly giving away a gift certificate to one lucky winner.  

Monday, April 16, 2012

Just By Being

I started the background on this #5 manilla tag when I was working on the dandelion atc.  I cleaned up left over Distress Stain by laying this tag in it.  I then used just one part of the new Garden Delights oval stamp to stamp all over the tag with Distress Ink peeled paint (ink, stamp, ink, stamp, etc. and sometimes stamping the second generation for some lighter stampings).  Stamped the saying with Versarmark ink and embossed with detail black powder.  Inked the edges of the tag with Distress Stain broken china and then added snow cap Paint Dabber, dried it, and then added a bit more snow cap right on the edges for a deeper white (the first time the paint takes on some color from the Distress ink).  Cut the flowers from Kraft Core Distress Core'dinations using Tim's Sizzix Alterations die tattered florals, embossed them with the damask embossing folder, sanded the high spots, added a little snow cap paint around the edges, stacked them, pierced them with an awl, added the Ideology foliage flowers and brad and then dabbed some snow cap paint on them.  Cut the mini flourish (Tim's sizzix movers and shapers) from grungepaper, painted with snow cap dabber, dried, inked a bit with Distress peeled paint.  Ribbon (Tim's Ideology trimmings) is colored with Distress Stains.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


A quick ATC using another of Quietfire's new stamps.  I started with glossy white cardstock... stamped the dandelion (Hero Arts) with Ranger's resist ink (one stamped just off from the green one and another in the lower left corner) and dried the resist ink.  Sprayed some water on a craft sheet and dabbed in some broken china and peeled paint Distress Stains and then pressed the ATC into the mix... lifted it out, placed it face up and then pressed another atc blank onto it and pulled it up (this pulled the extra ink from the atc and started a background for another one).  Dried it and decided the color needed to be a little darker and opted to use Distress Ink on a blending foam to add more color.  Next I flicked on some water drops, blotted them right away and dried the atc.  Stamped one dandelion again using Distress Ink peeled paint and dried it.  Stamped the quote using jet black Archival and dried it.  Roughed up the edges using Tim's paper distresser and added stitching.

A Birthday card and New Bee Rubber

For the background I started with Ranger's new specialty stamping paper.  I had been hearing how wonderful it was and decided I needed to get a pack to try.  This was my first time playing with it and it really is wonderful!!!!  I sprayed the paper with Stamp Zia Chroma Sprays (sun, cherry, and lava), dried it, and then sprayed again with cherry using a Plaid Stencil (ditsy floral) and dried.  Randomly stamped a text image (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490) with Ranger's Archival Ink pale ochre.  Added a line of stitching with my sewing machine and distressed the edges with Zutter's Distrezz-it-all.  Stamped Happy Birthday (Art Impressions) with Ranger's jet black Archival. Stamped the leaves (larger leaves are Paper Inspirations, smaller are Posh Impressions) with Archival Ink pale ochre and viridian and Adirondack meadow.  The bird (Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations) and leaves (small thin metal die and I can't remember which company it's from) are cut from grungepaper.  The bird was inked with Ranger's snow cap pigment, dried and then colored with Distress Ink.  The leaves were colored with Distress Stains.  Flowers are Primo.  The heart brads weren't a deep enough yellow so I dabbed them on Ranger's sunshine yellow pigment pad and heated... perfect!!

Yesterday I received new stamps from Quietfire Design (see all the new ones HERE) and had to play a little.  The background I had left over after making the above card... after I sprayed over the stencil onto the background I used for the card, I lifted the stencil off and laid it ink-side-down on another sprayed piece... nice, huh!!!!  I cut that down to atc size and used it here.  Stamped the quote and both sizes of bees using Ranger's jet black Archival Ink.  Drew the border with a black pen... also added some other doodling in an effort to hide a smear I made with my finger when I was stamping the bees... in person it worked well - in the picture the smear is more noticable.  Sprayed a scrap of roses from Tim's Ideology trimmings with Stamp Zia's Chroma spray lava, dried them and brushed the top with Distress Ink barn door.  Added a brass bee charm from my stash... rubbed on some jet black ink... nope, not quite right... added Ranger's snow cap Paint Dabber on top working it into the grooves, dried it, rubbed on jet black ink with my finger catching the high spots, dried it, dabbed it with mustard seed Distress Stain and dried it... looks good!!!   Edged the card with Distress Ink wild honey.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thank You Card

This is a thank you card I made for friends after my mom's funeral.  I used a piece of greenery that came from the casket spray... layed it on the white cardstock, sprayed with Ranger's color wash sprays and dried it.  Stamped the scripture (Our Daily Bread Designs) onto vellum using Ranger's jet black Archival Ink.  Attached the vellum to the paper using gold Class A Peel sticker strips.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Kleenex Box

I have a wonderful friend and she gives me all their empty tissue boxes... that is what the background of this card is from.  It was such a pretty box... loved the flowers.  The edges are brushed with Ranger snow cap paint dabber.  The sentiment is stamped with Ranger Archival Ink deep purple... edges distress with the Distrezz-it-All.  The flourish is cut from grungeboard with a Sizzix die.. painted, inked, blinged with Distress Stickles rock candy and dotted with Enamel Accents.  Paper flowers with brads in the center.  Butterflies punched from cardstock and gems added to the center.

Monday, April 2, 2012

A Dress

Back on THIS post I used a heart cut from a large sheet of watercolor paper that had been painted, stenciled, stamped... this dress was cut from that same paper.  After cutting it out I stamped flowers on the bottom using Ranger's snow cap paint dabber, dried it, and then stamped the saying (Verses rubber stamps) with Ranger's jet black Archival ink.  Added the lace and heart button (shank cut off and rose highlighted with Ranger pigment ink).  Stamped small hearts (Stamps by Judith) along the bottom and around the neckline... they didn't show up as well as I thought they would so I outlined them with a black pen and then added Stickles.  The hanger is made from 20g wire.  This was sent as a Valentine to my good friend who was over for a play day when we made the large sheets of painted, stenciled, stamped papers.