Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Playing with Stencils

Today I'm playing with layering stencils.
I layered my stencils on a tag and after finishing it, I cut it into 2 pieces and so was able to make 2 cards!
The first uses a smaller piece and is framed by a stamp.  This is a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" card.
 Close up
My 2nd card uses a larger piece of the finished tag and is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
 Close up of the stenciling
Here are photos of the steps I used in creating my layered stencils
First I used white acrylic paint through one of Tim's mini stencils pouncing the ink on with a sponge applicator on a blending tool.
 Be sure to wash your stencil and sponge immediately after use.
then I layered a mini leaf stencil over the words using Distress Dried Marigold ink
I layered a mini grid stencil over the tag using Crushed Olive Distress Ink
I sponged over the edges with Ground Espresso Distress ink
and I sponged over the whole tag with Seedless Preserves and Scattered Straw.  I used a baby wipe over the acrylic paint to remove any ink laying on top of that stenciling.
then I stamped over the stenciling with Archival Jet Black Ink.
I flicked water onto the tag to create water spots.
Here's the fun stamp set I used

I'm linking my cards to: 

Stamps:  Mini Halloween - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  #8 Manila Tag - Ranger, Rustic Cream - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress - Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Ground Expresso, Crushed Olive, Seedless Preserves, Old Paper,.
Accessories:  round sponge applicator and Blending Tool - Ranger, Tim Holtz Mini Stencils - leaves, grid, lost and found, water.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CAS Mix Up Challenge - August Mid Month Reminder - Alcohol Inks

I'm here today to play again with Alcohol Inks!  and to remind everyone that there's still time to join in on the CAS Mix Up Challenge - Last day to link up is August 24th!
So for this card I used stamps, alcohol inks (AI) on Yupo paper, die cuts, sequins and embossing on the sentiment!
There are links to several You Tube Videos on ways to use AI's over on the CAS Mix Up blog - for this card I used this video for my technique:  
 Inlaid Die Cutting with Alcohol Inks by Catherine Pooler 

Here's a close up of the lovely effect of the AI's on Yupo.  
First I dabbed Butterscotch and Wild Plum AI's over a sheet of Yupo using a felt pad with the applicator handle.  Then I added Alcohol Blending Solution to the felt and dabbed again to blend it better and to get these lovely bubbles!
I die cut a portion of the Dandelion Fluff in the circle and removed it from the circle.  I die cut the full flower from black card and layered it inside the circle.  I put tape on the back to hold the piece in.  
I embossed the sentiment on a strip of card using Silver Pearl Embossing powder.
And I just had to use the negative of the die cut to make a 2nd card - where the circle is black and the inlaid die cut flower is the AI piece.
So please join us over at the CAS Mix Up Challenge and show us how you use Alcohol Inks! 
(use of alcohol ink markers like Copics are allowed too!)  
You'll find lots of DT inspiration, the rules of the challenge and Mr. Linky here.  You have until 8/24!

Stamps:  Ways to Say: with Sympathy - PTI
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI, Yupo
Ink:  Versamark, Alcohol Inks Butterscotch, Wild Plum, Alcohol Blending Solution.
Accessories:  dies - Stitched Mats Circles - Lil Inker, Dandelion Fluff - Elizabeth Craft Designs, foam dots, Glue Pen, Silver Pearl Embossing Powder - Ranger, Sequins - Neat and Tangled, Felt pad and applicator handle - Ranger.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Dare to Get Dirty Post IV

Here's the 4th installment of cards I made for the Splitcoaststampers Dare to Get Dirty week-long challenges.   There were 5 challenges a day so at the end I made 35 cards!
We are not supposed to disclose the exact details of the challenge as participants need to be a member of the SCS Fan Club but I have listed their titles here so perhaps you can figure it out?!!? 
 I also list my supplies for each card at the end of this post.
Here are 5 more cards #16 - 20 :
The Challenge: Does it Spark Joy?
I'm also linking this card to the Merry Monday summer challenge:
The Challenge:  Cling Wrap Background
The Challenge: Use a Digital Image
(Free colored digital image from the Graphics Fairy)

The Challenge:  Watercolor Plaid

The Challenge: Kick up your Background
It was so fun trying out new or forgotten techniques and to get so many cards made for my stash - I sell them to friends where I used to work as well as at my church -  so I need a constant supply of new designs!
I'll be back in a few days with 5 more - hope I'm not boring you to death!?!
The Joy of Holly
Stamps: Festive Foliage - Waltzingmouse Festive Foliage - Waltzingmouse, Signature Christmas - PTI
Paper: white, true black - PTI, DP Fine and Sunny Paper Pad - Kaiser Craft  
Ink:True Black, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse - PTI
Accessories: Small Madison Window Die - Poppystamps, Holly Die - Waltzingmouse, foam dots

Winter Woods
Paper: Arches Watercolor Paper, White - PTI
Accessories: Brushos - Purple and Sandstone, cling wrap, water mister, Die - Ali Express, wooden star - Hobby Lobby, Gold Leaf Run'N Buff, foam dots

Stamps: Ella and Friends - Mama Elephant
Paper:White, Terracotta Tile, Black - PTI
Ink:True Black - PTI
Accessories: Vintage Circus Elephant Digi Image - Free from the Graphics Fairy

Cutest Little Thing
Stamps:Sweet Cheeks - PTI
Paper:Arches Watercolor paper, White, True Black, Vintage Jadeite, Vellum - PTI
Ink: Versamark, New Leaf, Sweet Blush, Classic Kraft - PTI
Accessories:  Sweet Cheeks Dies - PTI, gold embossing powder, heat tool Gold metalic marker, water color paints pink, orange, green

Embossed Wreath
Stamps: Keep it Simple Birthday II set - Papertrey Ink
Paper: white, true Black - PTi
Ink:  Versamark, Wendy Vecchi Archival Cornflower and Fern Green Re-inker
Accessories: Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste (colored with Fern Green Reinker), Stencils: Wendy Vecchi Check Mate , Create a Wreath, Flowers - Taylored Expressions, tiny red brads, white embossing powder, pallette knife, foam dots  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

If we could see the miracle.....

I used a fun technique on a panel of my card today -  using glossy card, water, re-inkers and SALT!
Here's a close up of the panel.  I used coarse sea salt so the marks left from it are large - looks like funky water spots! 
Oh, and Yes -  I DID finally break down and buy this MFT Peek a Boo window die! (in both rectangle AND square!)
So, for the panel - I took a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of glossy card, spritzed it with water and dripped SU re-inkers in Caramel, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue randomly on the panel.  I tilted the panel around so the colors would move and blend - adding more water if needed, and then sprinkled coarse sea salt over the panel and set it aside to dry.   
(you can help it along with a heat tool if you want but I think it might react better if left alone to dry!)
After it dried, I brushed off the salt and it was ready to go.  I cut my panel into 4 smaller pieces so I can make 4 cards like this one from one salted panel!
While I was at it -  I made a second salt panel using SU re-inkers in Barely Banana, Cameo Coral and Lavender Lace - quite a different look with different colors!
 Here's my finished card.
I die cut the frame out of a panel of white card and stamped this great quote.  It's from a brand new stamp set by PaperArtsy - Eclectia 3 - EABO1 Trees and Flowers.    Alison Bomber is the designer.   Alison and I are both Creative Guides on the A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog and I am so happy for her having her own stamps made!   Her sets are kind of hard to find in the USA right now - PaperArtsy is based in England where Alison lives.  But you can check with any US company that sells PaperArtsy and you may find them, so far she has two sentiment/quote sets available.

I'm linking my card to:
 You'll find links to several YouTube videos on using salt there too
Stamps:  Eclectica 3 - Alison Bomber - EAB01 - PaperArtsy
Paper:  White - PTI, Glossy Card - Ranger
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, SU reinkers in Caramel, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue
Accessories:  coarse sea salt, water mister, foam dots, Rectangle Peek a Boo Window Die - MFT, Wild Flowers Die - Tim Holtz/Sizzix.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Eileen Hull's Journal Treasury - Digital Craft Book available now!

As part of Eileen Hull's Sizzix Creative Team - I am excited to announce that Bella Crafts has just released a new digital craft book entitled Journal Treasury.  It includes 85 journal projects using Eileen's wonderful new journal die

And one of MY JOURNAL'S is on the cover - see the Notes Documented??!! I made that!  How excited am I?!

I have several more journals inside along with those of other designers - a total of 85! 
If you like junk journals, planners, art journals, bullet journals, Traveler’s Notebooks or notebooks of any kind, you will love this book! In this ebook, you will find 85 inspirational projects from top notch industry designers. All have used Eileen's Sizzix Journal die to create their projects, yet every one is unique and special.

What is in the book?

164 pages of mouth-watering inspiration! You will find tips, tricks and techniques for Journal assembly, supplies to gather, how to make inserts for the book and interesting embellishing ideas. As you look through the book, you may want additional details on a specific project. Just click on the highlighted designer’s name and it will take you to the designer’s blog post listing the supplies and techniques used to create it- so easy!  If you want to buy the die to make your own Journal, simply click on the highlighted links to order.

How does it work?

If you have never gotten an ebook before, it’s pretty amazing! Click on the link- it will bring you to a landing page where you can purchase the book through Paypal. Soon after you buy it, check the email account associated with your Paypal account. In the email is a link where you can download the book. Save it to your device and open it up. Get in your comfy chair, settle in with your favorite beverage and prepare to be inspired!

What does it cost?

For the month of August, the price is $11.87- that’s 30% off the regular price! Get it now by clicking

Who made all these projects?

Leading designers from all around the world were invited to add their magic touch to the Sizzix Journal. Check out the talented makers who have contributed to this treasury- visit their blogs to get to know them. They are truly inspirational and I am so lucky they agreed to share their work. We would not have a book if it weren’t for these amazingly gifted artists. (round of applause!)

Warning: these Journals are addicting. Seriously.

And once you have the die, you can make as many as you want! Use the examples in this book for inspiration and take it any direction you fancy.
Make sure to share your Journals with us in the Eileen Hull Fan Club Facebook group! If you aren’t a member yet, just head on over and request to join- we will approve you and then you can see all of the fabulous projects people are working on, get the inside scoop on supplies, what worked and didn’t work, ask questions, enter to win giveaways, and meet friends from around the world in a supportive and friendly place. We would love to have you!
Watch Eileen's Facebook Live videos to visit with our creative community and share lots of ideas! Every Tuesday at 6:00 Eastern and Thursdays at 4:00 Eastern.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dare to Get Dirty Post III

Here's the 3rd installment of cards I made for last weeks Splitcoaststampers Dare to Get Dirty week long challenges.   There were 5 challenges a day so at the end I made 35 cards!
We are not supposed to disclose the exact details of the challenge as participants need to be a member of the SCS Fan Club but I have listed their titles here so perhaps you can figure it out?!!?  I also list my supplies for each card at the end of this post.
Here are cards 11-15 :
The  Challenge:  Road to Recovery
 The Challenge:  Watercolor Wash
 The Challenge - Love the Beach
 The Challenge:  Steampunk
 The Challenge:  Interactive Birthday
Great challenges, right?  So many different themes to get us creative! 

I'm linking my Inflate and Celebrate card to:
Seize the Birthday - Tie One On

Stamps: Healing - Verses Rubber Stamps
Paper: Arches Water Color Paper, New Leaf, Rustic Cream - PTI
Ink: Archival Jet Black
Accessories: stem from Solomon's Seal plant from my garden, computer paper, paper towel, Vagabond machine

Today is All About You
Stamps: Offbeat Birthday - PTI
Paper: Arches Watercolor paper, Rustic Cream, True Black, Melon Berry, white - PTI
Ink: versamark
Accessories: white embossing powder, watercolor paints, Stitched Mat Rectangle die - Lil Inker Designs, Leafy Branch 5 and Leafy Branch 2 - Elizabeth Craft Designs, foam dots

How Much You Love the Beach
Stamps: Cause a Scene - Beach Master #2 Kittie Kits/Rubbernecker, Gifts from the Sea - Gina K Designs
Paper: Glossy card - Ranger, True Black, Soft Stone - PTI
Ink: Archival Jet Black, SU Reinkers Soft Sky,, Sahara Sand
Accessories: coarse Sea Salt, heat tool, water mister
The Journey
Stamps: Getting There, Steam Punk - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper: Rustic Cream, True Black - PTI
Ink: Archival Jet Black, Ranger Distress Ground Espresso
Accessories: Gear Head Dies, Mixed Media Dies - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Brown Rust Effect Paste - Finnabair/Prima, Gold Leaf Rub 'n Buff, Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers/Occasions
Inflate and Celebrate
Stamps: Inflate and Celebrate - PTI
Paper: white, Enchanted Evening, Hurray Paper Pad - PTI
Ink: True Black - PTI
Accessories:  balloon, bakers twine, Sentiment strip die - MFT, foam dots, All Tied up Die - PTI, crystals St. Tropez/Prima

Monday, August 7, 2017

Saving for Vacation!

For the month of August -  Eileen Hull's Sizzix Inspiration Team has been asked to use any of her Heartfelt dies in a unique/unexpected way.   
I decided to use her House/Pocket Stichlet die along with her Block/Cube 3D die for my project:
A bank to use to save for vacations!
I die cut the pieces I would need for the project.  I cut the block out of cream matboard, the house out of both Rustic Cream card and patterned paper from St. Tropez by Prima (love this colorful barnwood paper!) and the windows, door and eaves out of corrugated card.   I also die cut window panes out of Summer Sunshine card to look like the cabin was cozily lit up inside! I added a Hex Fastener for a doorknob and Idea-ology Small Talk/Occasions stickers.
You can see the tool I used to cut the coin slot in the photo above.  It's something I've had for years.
Here's how the bank looks from the side:
From the top.  The coin slot can also be cut using an X-acto knife.
and from the back!  The sticker on the back is from Idea-ology Metallic Stickers/Quotations and I printed VACATION FUND using my Brother Label Maker.   I left the bottom flap of the box unglued so the money can be removed come vacation time!
Saving might be fun when it's in a cute little summer cottage!  And having it sit on a shelf where you see it everyday is a good reminder to put something in it!
You will find unique and unexpected creations all month by the Inspiration Team over on Eileen's blog.  I hope you'll check it out and that they encourage you to use your dies in unexpected ways!

I'm also linking to the following challenges:

Paper:  St. Tropez - Prima, Rustic Cream and Summer Sunrise - PTI, Corrugated Paper - The Write Stock, Cream Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix.
Accessories:  Dies - House/Pocket Stitchlets and Block/Cube 3D - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Idea-ology Hex Fastener, Small Talk/Occasions, Metallic Stickers/Quotations,  Brother Label Maker, Slit Punch, hammer, Tombow Glue, ScorTape.