Sunday, May 28, 2017

Wishing you Sunshine & Puppies

Hello!!!  It's a beautiful evening here in Southern Iowa!!  And the weekend has been wonderful!!  My daughter is here this weekend and we spent much of yesterday arting (as we like to put it).  I put this card together for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Little Critters.  Besides thinking of the challenge, I also needed a birthday card for my step-daughter and she likes dogs.  All the kids were here today and we celebrated her birthday - she likes the card.

For the background I started with Distress Mixed Media Heavy Cardstock, sprayed on Archivals (Wendy Vecchi's technique of mixing Archival Reinker with Rubbing Alcohol in a Mister bottle), dried it, stamped some PaperArtsy Sara Naumann images using Archival Ink, splattered on white paint, made sure everything was dry and then put Wendy's Gold Embossing Paste through a stencil (Deco Art, Andy Skinner).  The dog is one of Tim's crazy dogs, colored with Distress - I die cut an extra dog from white cardstock and layered them together offsetting them just a bit to give a highlight and help the dog to pop from the busy background.  The words are from a brand new Quietfire Design stamp set (you can find it HERE) - isn't it Fabulous!!!!  

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Home is the heart of Life

Hi There!!!  

Wow, it has been a month since my daughter and I have been able to do a challenge.  I've been busy here with the house... Update - the inside construction is 99% done and I've started the huge job of getting all the dust out of the rest of the house while getting things moved into place and organized.  I've been mixing in a bit of decorating but that will mostly come once all the cleaning is done.  We've also been in Minnesota a few times the past month as my husband's sister, Ginny, who had COPD for many years and was on oxygen the last few years, took a major turn for the worse and then passed away.  And, of course, there is still the usual work things and life things that are just part of every week.  Last night I decided that I needed a break from the house - not to mention, some deadlines coming up - and am having a crafting weekend (of course mixed in with things like laundry and cooking).  The first thing I've worked on is this weeks Simon Says Monday Challenge - Home Sweet Home, and I'm combining it with A Vintage Journey's May Challenge - Use a Quote.  I created a journal spread.  The quote is a beautiful Quietfire Design rubber stamp.  For anyone who doesn't know - the owner of Quietfire, Suzanne, hand letters all her calligraphy and then turns that hand lettering into a stamp.   

I'm working in the small Dylusions journal.  I began with Distress Oxide Inks (Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick), taking the ink pad directly to the paper.  I drip/sprayed water over the ink and dried it.  Next I put a quick coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte over the pages brushing up and down with the large Distress Brush.  It did pull a little color but not much as I didn't over work things.  The large heart is done with Distress Crayons (Fired Brick for the dark line with a little blending, Abandoned Coral inside the line with more blending and then Worn Lipstick inside that with more blending).  All the little hearts are done with the A Way With Stencils Heart/Paw Prints Spray stencil (designed by Suzanne Cannon and manufactured by Elizabeth Craft Designs).  On the page I inked through the stencil with Distress Oxide Ink Fired Brick.  The house (Sizzix, Tim Holtz Artful Dwellings Die) is cut from Distress Mixed Media Heavy Weight.  I inked the house with Distress Ink Peacock Feathers.  Used the heart spray stencil and a damp cloth to remove some ink across the center of the house.  Stamped the quote with Distress Oxide Walnut Stain.  Added inked hearts with Distress Ink Peacock Feathers and Distress Oxide Ink Fired Brick.  To finish it up I added some Tim Holtz Idea-ology (lace, linen ribbon, and Paper Dolls) and used some washi tape (don't know a brand) that has little gold hearts.

Monday, May 15, 2017

There Are Two Things We Can Give Our Children

Happy Monday to you!!!  It's going to be a hot one today in Iowa!!!  

You can get the details of this card over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today... right HERE.

Hugs, Wanda

Monday, May 1, 2017

Wonderful is About to Happen

Hi There!!!  Happy May Day!!!  I'm up on the Quietfire Creations Blog today sharing how I made this card.  Head over HERE to see it!!