Sunday, November 30, 2014

Five Canvases

So I mentioned in This Post that our daughter and her family were here for the holiday weekend and she was working on some canvases.  She made five 4" x 4" canvases to send out as pay-it-forwards and she gave me permission to share them here on my blog. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Winter Wonderland Tag

I started with a Ranger #8 Manila Tag, painted on a layer of Fresco Finish snowflake paint, dried it, scraped on a thin layer of PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze, dried it, and used snowflake paint on top also.  I used stamps from another of Quietfire Design's newest sets - Winter Wonderland.  I did all the stamping with Archival Ink potting soil and dried it.  I went along the bottom with a thick layer of snowflake paint to give the deer some snow to be standing in and while it was still wet sprinkled on Distress Dry Glitter rock candy.  The edges are inked with Distress Ink vintage photo.  I glued on decorative snowflake buttons (the shanks were cut off the smaller ones). 

Creativity takes Courage.

I took a little time to just play and made this journal page!!  Our daughter and her family are here for the holiday weekend and she loves to stamp and get painty too.  I've used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints in my background.  I started with yellow submarine, bora bora, candy floss, and guacamole.  I also scooped up a few colors that my daughter had left over from some canvases she's been working on.  All the stamps I've used are from the PaperArtsy Sara Naumann set #ESN09.  I used some of the stamps in the background with paint (yellow submarine or snowflake).  I used the ray stamp along the right side stamped with Archival ink jet black. A leaf image from the Lin Brown stencil #PS002 is stenciled in the background with paint (guacamole and hey pesto).  The quote is stamped with jet black.  I used a gel medium jar lid and little black dress paint to stamp the large circles.  I then stenciled the leaf stem with a mix of Grunge Paste with hey pesto and hyde park paint.  Once the paste dried I added some white paint marker along the stem and used my finger to add Archival Ink emerald green over the paste.  I also added white marker to some of the letters in the quote and made dots around the quote.

Friday, November 28, 2014


This is a regular sized card.  "PEACE" is a Quietfire Design stamp from the set Celtic Christmas.  I stamped the word on a scrap and embossed it Queen's Gold powder.  I added color with a marker, trimmed the paper and edged the piece with fired brick Distress Ink.  My plan was to leave the white all white but then I got a couple of small smears I think from touching marker that hadn't dried so I decided to speckle it.  For the background, I started with manila card, embossed it with an embossing folder, lightly sprayed on some Spray Distress Stain (bundled sage, old paper, peeled paint), dried it, lightly rubbed Treasure Gold (ruby) over the high spots.  Some stacked Prima poinsettias, leaves, gold ribbon, and gold gems finishes it off.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Christmas is coming

Quietfire Design just released 3 new sets of Christmas/Winter stamps.  You can find them in the new stamps category on their website.  

For this card I used stamps from the It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas set.

I cut a white panel to size for the quote, stenciled the flowers (Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi 2 fancy flowers) with Distress Ink festive berries, splattered on Distress spray ink evergreen bough (I held the spray bottle high and sprayed slowly), dried the inks, lightly brushed over the top with the Distress Paint picket fence first horizontally and then vertically.  Yes, it made the inks smear some giving them a softer look that looks better in person than in the photo.  I went over the panel well with an anti-static bag, stamped the quote with Archival Ink jet black, and embossed with black powder.  When I was going to add the evergreen bough, I first sprayed on a scrap of paper to see if I'd get the results I wanted.  I used this scrap and stamped the tree with Archival Ink library green, circle punched it and was going to add gold gel pen just to the open areas of the "ribbon" but the ink came out too fast and, instead of starting over, I decided to just go over the whole ribbon.  It was looking pretty good until later when I noticed I had a couple of small smears.  I went with anyway edging the circle with festive berry.  I added some of the gold gel pen around the quote panel.  I took the rest of the scrap that I had sprayed with evergreen bough and stapled (Idea-ology tiny attacher) on some ribbon.  I layered everything as shown and at the end decided to stencil on the holly (Tim Holtz Hollybough) with Archival Ink emerald green and then added red stickles over the berries.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November PaperArtsy Project #3

My final project for November, a box canvas!!!  Head on over to the PaperArtsy blog to get all the details.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November PaperArtsy Project #2

Today's project is a set of gift tags (or they could be Christmas ornaments)!!  Click HERE to pop on over to the PaperArtsy blog.

Monday, November 3, 2014

November PaperArtsy Project #1

I'm back on the PaperArtsy blog today with my first project for November, a journal page!!!  I hope you'll pop on over to take a look!!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

ATCs, it's been awhile since I made any...

Our local atc group (local as in Des Moines, only an hour away) has an in-person swap every 3 months and I've missed all of them this year until October.  The swap was 2 weeks ago and I attended and even managed to bring 7 atcs (it's been a busy year).  I did 6 similar atcs... I started by adding Wendy Vecchi's white embossing paste through the TCW stencil mini pattern leaves (Balzer Designs) and then spraying with Dylusions, 3 with brighter colors and 3 with darker colors, and let them dry.  Treasure Gold is added over the embossing.  Then comes inking the edges and doodling,  On the 3 brighter atcs I stapled (mini attacher) a piece of cork ribbon and glued on some dew drops.  On 3 darker atcs I wrapped them with jute.  Some chit chat stickers to finish.   

I got those finished on Friday night and then managed to make one more Saturday morning before leaving for the swap.  I got Wendy's new embossing powders for my birthday and hadn't used any yet.  I took a black atc blank, added ink and cornflower blue embossing powder purposely leaving some areas near the edge or even brushing off some of the powder before heating.  Wendy has been sharing her faux graniteware technique on her blog and I totally wanted to try that.  I grabbed the splatter stamp, inked it up with snowcap and decided to lay the atc on the stamp instead of taking the stamp to the card.... I started to press and slid the card a bit.  I thought "it's ruined!!!", picked up the card and went "that's really cool looking!!!" I grabbed 3 paper leaves from my stash (Prima I think but the label is gone), pressed them in embossing ink, added powder in fern green, red geranium, and orange blossom (just have 3 paper, one of each color, add a bit of one to a leaf, tap off the extra and move to the next color), and heated them.  I used the splatter stamp and snow cap again this time I just laid the leaves on a paper and pressed the stamp over all 3 at the same time.  The words are from a Wendy stamp, stamped with jet black and cut out.  I distressed the edges and added some white dots down the sides.  Finished.