Saturday, May 31, 2014

Don't copy the behavior....

Just playing and having fun on this journal page that is approx. 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".  In the background I have Dylusion sprays through a TCW stencil, dried and then painted over with white acrylic paint.  The background was inspired by THIS video.  I've had sprays bleed through acrylic before but hadn't really thought to do it on purpose.  The top and bottom borders are scallops cut from a book page, painted and then lots of doodling.  The bird-stem-leaves is a Stencil Girl stencil.  I used paint (black, brown, green) to stencil with and then markers inside the bird and stem.  The scripture is computer generated. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Believe in Yourself - CC3C #3 (and #2)

Hello!!!!  This was made for the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #3 which is the faux tea roses technique found on page 65 of Tim's book, but I've also included the second challenge (page 56, distress glitter) since I didn't get that one done.  My hanging starts with a 4" x 6" piece of corrugated cardboard and I glued it to a piece of manila cardstock for extra strength.  I used embossing pastes (Wendy Vecchi or Dreamweavers), first silver and then the crackle.  I painted over it with watered Fresco Finish paint Lilac and then used some snowflake around the edges putting it on with my finger.  Along the bottom is a piece of a french grammar book page painted (snowflake) and some distress ink and on top of that is some lace painted and dots of Viva pearl pen in the centers.  My roses are cut from PaperArtsy's Crunchy waxed kraft paper and after they were assembled I dabbed some snowflake paint on with my finger.  The leaves are die cut from grungepaper using Tim's garden greens die.  The leaf stem was cut up, colored with Distress Stains and used the glitter technique.  The quote (Quietfire Design) is stamped with Archival jet black onto another piece of the painted (with nougat this time) french grammar book page.  To give the paper a bit more oomph I coated the back with Glue 'n Seal and then painted it with Fresco Finish eggplant.  There is also some lilac lightly sponged around the edges of the front.  Two eyelets added, some wire for a hanger and a bow (silk ribbon lightly painted with eggplant). 

There are prizes to win with each of these challenges... a random win is a gift certificate from either Inspiration Emporium (this challenge) or The Funkie Junkie Boutique plus there is a generous package for a winner chosen by the curiousity crew of product donated by Tim & Mario.  For all the details of the challenge head on over to our fantastic hostess, Linda Ledbetter's blog.  

Sing Anyway

It's been awhile since I finished a journal page.  This one was started a long time ago with background color and Viva modeling cream pearl through TCW 12x12 Cherry Blossoms stencil.  Then it sat.  I looked at it many times and thought that it's already pretty and I really should finish it... and then I'd walk away.  Last night was time.  I really didn't know where I was going.  First was to get more going in the background.  I added a strip of music paper to the right side and painted (Fresco Finish) over it.  Then I added stenciling with a Wendy Vecchi stencil and white paint (Fresco Finish).  Next I put the cherry blossom stencil back on and added color with Archival Inks.  Along the bottom is another Wendy stencil and archival Inks.  I recently got Dina Wakley's scribbly bird stamps and have been wanting to use them so stamped one at the bottom right.  I added color with Fresco Finish paints.  I was using opaque colors which worked well to cover the background color but dulled some of the stamp lines but since it's "scribbly" it was easy to use a Pitt brush pen and darken them back up.  Highlights were added with a white gel pen.  I wanted to make the flowers pop more so I put the stencil back on again and used a small Pitt pen to go around all the shapes.  Took the stencil off and again went around all the flowers giving a double line, ope on top of the paste and one around the paste.  I stamped the quote (Quietfire Design) with Archival Ink.  Added scribbles around the edges of the page.  Decided I should have more than one bird and used a couple of Wendy stencils and jet black Archival to add them - white gel pen for highlights.  

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Thinking of You....

This is an older card I hadn't shared yet. The background is clear embossing paste through a honeycomb stencil (Wendy Vecchi), remove stencil, spray with Dylusions spray and let it dry.  After it's dry brush fluid matte medium over the piece to seal in the spray and make it matte rather than glossy. Stencil (Wendy Vecchi 3 Fresh Flowers) the leaves/stems for the flowers. Stamp Thinking of You.  To make the flowers, color an old book page, punch out flowers, stack together, add a brad to the center, crumple the petals toward the center and then open them back up.  The butterflies are punched from yellow cardstock, stamped a bit on the wings and black dots added to the bodies.  Viva Inka Gold around the edges, attach it to black cardstock and then the folded card.   

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Seeds of Today

This background was started at the same time as the last card I shared.  It's the same technique with the same colors plus the color sherbet (all Fresco Finish paints).  On top of that I've got circles stamped in zesty zing with the bottom of the zesty zing bottle.  Leaves (PaperArtsy Lin Brown) stenciled with a mix of paint (snowflake, guacamole, limelight, zesty zing).  Partial stamping with the flower in PaperArtsy's Lin Brown set #ELB09 using Archival Ink rose madder.  I painted a scrap of paper with sherbet, stamped the whole flower on it with rose madder, cut it out, cut between each petal, ink the edges with rose madder, shaped the petals, and also added a bit of Treasure Gold renaissance on the edges.  There is also some renaissance on the edges of the background.  The quote (Lin Brown set ELB06) is stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  This is layered to colored cardstock and then a white folded card.  Dots added with a Pitt Pen.  The flower attached and the center is a Finnabair flower and a heart brad.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Ten Minutes to Embrace Today

10 minutes because this is a very quick card and, yes, we should embrace every single day!!! 

White and red cardstocks, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints in snowflake, lake wanaka, guacamole, PaperArtsy Lin Brown stencils and stamp, Wendy Vecchi's Archival Inks in red geranium and leaf green, Stabilo All pencils, Pitt pen, white gel pen.  

Put a little of each color of paint on the craft sheet.  Use a rough, dry brush to pick up color and brush quickly back and forth across white cardstock, dry.  Dab snowflake paint through dots stencil, dry. Add Archival Ink through flower stencil.  Draw around inside edges of stencil with black Stabilo.  Remove stencil and go over lines quickly with a damp paint brush or waterbrush, dry.  Add white highlights to flower petals with Stabilo.  Add white dots to centers with gel pen.  Stamp quote.  Draw scribbly lines around edge with Pitt pen.  Wrap with red twine.  Add left over heart from another project (punched from red cardstock, white dots, edges rubbed with red geranium ink). Attach to folded red card.  

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Great Teacher

The quote (Quietfire Design) is stamped on Ranger's Specialty Stamping Paper with Archival Ink jet black and then die cut with Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Squares.  The next layer is brown cardstock die cut with Spellbinders Lacy Squares.  Next is white cardstock die cut with Fleur De Lis Squares, inked around the edges with Distress Ink spun sugar and then on the very edge with brushed corduroy.  Next I've torn part of a page from an old dictionary, used both candy floss and snowflake Fresco Finish paints to "stamp" circles (bottom of a mister bottle) and also dry brushed a bit of paint on the edges.  Lastly is our folded white card and I've also dry brushed these edges with paint keeping very little paint on the brush and brushing starting off the edge and coming straight onto the edge.  The leafy stem is cut from white cardstock with the Tim Holtz garden die.  It was painted with a mix of Fresco Finish guacamole and snowflake not totally mixing so you get a variation in color.  The dots (Wendy Vecchi stamp) are stamped with Archival Ink sap green.  

Two Quick Cards

These were fun and quick to make!!  I started with white cardstock, a Dreamweavers stencil (LG907 damask), and barn door Distress Stain in a spray bottle.  I laid the stencil on one piece of cardstock, sprayed on the stain, picked the stencil up, turned it over and laid it on the other piece of cardstock.  Dried these.

The card above is the one I sprayed through the stencil on.  I added black soot Distress Ink around the edges.  Stamped the quote - another from one of the newest Quietfire Design sets, If you don't believe in Miracles, with jet black Archival Ink.  Added faux stitching around the edge with a white pen.  Attached the red ribbon with double sided tape and the black twine with Tim's Ideaology mini attacher.  All this is attached to a folded white card. 

The card below is the piece I laid the stencil on.  The quote, from the same QF set, is stamped with jet black,  The border image is a Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 from the set The Beauty of Art, stamped once at the top and twice at the bottom.  A thin line of black soot Distress Ink around the edges and 3 black metal stickers below the quote.  All layered to a folded white card.  

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fill 'er Up T -- Thanks

Quietfire Design has several new stamps/stamp sets and one of them is this Fill 'er Up T Thanks image.  It's very cool as you can choose to fill the large T up any way you want... color, background technique, Zentangle, embellishments, etc... the list could go on and on.  In fact Suzanne is sharing several different ideas from the DT on the Quietfire Creations Blog today so be sure to pop over and check them.

I've filled my T up using Distress Stains and an old watercolor technique using salt to add design/texture to your color.  I also did the same technique on another piece of paper so I could use it as a layer in my card and everything would match.  The Thanks piece and background piece are both watercolor paper.  I wet the inside of the T slightly before adding in my stain colors (mowed lawn, evergreen bough, and salty ocean) using a paint brush.  While the color was still wet I sprinkled on table salt and set it aside to dry naturally.  I did the same thing with the extra piece (wet it, added color brushing it on with the dabber top this time, sprinkled on the salt and left it to dry).  After the pieces were dry, I brushed off all the salt.  It can help to use a paper towel to rub the salt off.  I added colored speckles to the Thanks piece by picking up stain on a waterbrush and flicking it against my finger.  I edged the piece with Distress Paint tarnished brass.  On the extra piece I added speckles of the tarnished brass paint in the same way as the colored speckles and also edged the 3 straight sides with the paint.  The next layer is off-white cardstock embossed with the Cuttlebug D'vine Swirl folder.  The piece was too large to fit completely in the folder so I embossed as much as I could, then embossed again just what didn't fit the first time.  This leaves a bit of a line so I colored a piece of silk ribbon with the tarnished brass paint and wrapped it around the piece covering that line.  Attached it all to a folded off-white card.  

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Embrace Today

Had a little play time this afternoon and made this small (as in not quite 2" x 5") hanging.  I had this piece of corrugated cardboard that was part of the packing in a box and just felt like making something with it.  I tore some of the surface to expose the ribbing.  I used PaperArtsy's Fresco Finish paints (snowflake, zesty zing, tango, london bus, limelight, hey pesto) for all the color, Ranger's Archival Ink jet black for the stamping, and a bit of Treasure Gold renaissance for some shine around the edges.  I stamped an extra flower and the words on a scrap of smoothy cardstock,  The flower, leaves, and little flowers along the bottom are from PaperArtsy's JOFY set #24.  The words are from PaperArtsy's EclecTica3 Lin Brown set #ELB06.  I added a dot of Glossy Accents in the center of the larger flower and on the dots of the smaller flowers.  Punched 2 holes and added some black wire for a hanger.

Friday, May 9, 2014

QF Happy Birthday and CC3C

The Happy Birthday sentiment on this card is from Quietfire Design's new set of Happy Birthday's.  Lots of choices for just the right Happy Birthday and it is available both unmounted and mounted on cling... woohoo!!!!

Linda Letbetter has started a new round of challenges working through Tim Holtz's newest book Compendium of Curiosities 3.  All the details for the challenges can be found HERE.  There are also prizes being given with each challenge and this first challenge is being sponsored by Inspiration Emporium.  Our first challenge is Paint Marbling found on page 43 of the book.  I've done that technique on a #8 manila tag using paint colors shaded lilac, evergreen bough, and picket fence.  Over this I've stamped Wendy Vecchi's vintage doily background with picket fence paint.  Across the top of the tag I've stenciled using a leaf from Wendy's From The Garden stencil and her Archival Ink leaf green.  The edges of the tag have Distress Paint tarnished brass.  The flower is made using Wendy's Art Parts (Just Flowers set and Lots of Leaves set) - painted with Distress paint and stamped with Wendy backgrounds using Archival Ink.  The center flower is a Finnabair vintage trinket.  The brad is colored by heating and adding Adirondack embossing powder.  For Happy Birthday I die cut Tim's tattered banners from manila card, chose one to use, painted it, stamped the sentiment with Archival Ink jet black, added tarnished brass to the edges, and folded in the ends.  The tag is adhered to a folded white card and I trimmed the top corners to match the tag.  

Monday, May 5, 2014

You're Never too Old....

So after yesterdays card I had this pretty paper with a fancy hole cut in it that I just couldn't throw away.  I trimmed it down to a nice rectangle and used it as a frame for the sentiment on this card.  I again used one of QF's new stamps.  It is stamped with Archival Ink magenta hue onto white cardstock.  I glued the frame over it and trimmed the white cardstock even with the frame rectangle and then cut another white piece to layer to... this was much easier than trying to trim to an even border.  I added an edge to both layers with Metallic Distress Paint tarnished brass.  I used another piece from the package of Nestabling... before putting it on, I used my finger to gently rub Distress Paint tarnished brass over the tops of the black crystals... it looks fabulous in person.  Some pink twine, a paper flower, and a black crystal again rubbed with paint are the embellishments and everything is stuck to a folded purple card.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Best Mom Ever - Quietfire Design

Quietfire Design has several new sets of stamps - you can see all of them HERE!!!  Two of the sets are all about Mom... great for Mother's Day or Anytime really!!  Mom's are special and could use cards more than once a year.  I've used a stamp from this set on the card below.

I have a file box full of left over backgrounds, papers made but then not quite right for what I was doing, catch all pieces of paper that were too nice to throw, etc., etc., and I've decided I really need to start digging in and using some of this stuff.  That is where I got the paper for the center piece of this card.  It's left over from a class I taught years ago for Cyberstampers.  You can see it on my picturetrail HERE.  I stamped the image with Ranger's Archival Ink jet black, embossed it with clear detail powder, cut it out using Spellbinder's Labels 20, colored in Mom and the leaves with Tombow markers, inked the edges first with Distress Ink picked raspberries and then after I got further with the card decided to add jet black around the edges.  I cut the next size up die from white cardstock, inked around the edges with picked raspberry, dried it, and added black Nestabling. I layered the center piece on top and added 4 small black crystals.  The green layer is green textured cardstock sprayed with Perfect Pearls Mist perfect pearl.  Since the center piece has shimmer I wanted shimmer on this layer also.  I stamped the leaves (an old unmarked stamp) with Wendy Vecchi's Archival Ink leaf green.  All this is layered onto a folded white card.