Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Happy 60th birthday!

Sizzix Typo Upper 661198
Ranger:  Black Enamel Accents, archival ink (Black Soot, Jet Black)
EKSuccess:  Scrabble stamp set
black, white, kraft cardstocks

Unknown border punch
Sizzix: Tattered Florals, Tattered Greens
white, black cardstocks
distress ink: yellow, brown, green (whatever was on foam applicator)

 My sister's faith is very important to her.  I used this photo of her church to recreate a version she could have at home.

Sizzix:  Village Bell Tower 660987, Village Dwelling 660992, Village Brownstone 661205, Village Rooftops 661197; TMS038 mini brick stencil

Ranger:  embossing powder (clear, Pumice Stone, Red Geranium, Frosted Crystal, Orange Blossom, Watering Can, Cement, Bottle, Moss); clear embossing ink; distress ink (Ground Espresso, Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke); distress paint (Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone); alcohol ink (Stonewashed, Butterscotch, Raisin, Meadow)

miscellaneous:  white cardstock, chipboard, washi tape, Stampin' Up Wild Wasabi embossing powder, bell, was

I made up my own recipe for the bricks, roof and grass based on a recipe Wendy Vecchi shared on her blog.  Do make a test run on a scrap piece of cardstock to make sure you get the look you want.  I did wipe some Pumice Stone distress ink over most of the surfaces to tone down some of the color.

If you have these dies you can see I made some alterations to the roofs (cut narrow edges off each one) and walls.  All the dies were first cut from white cardstock then cut or traced and cut around a 2nd set on white cardstock.  The second set had any tabs removed and were cut apart before altering.  When needing just a trim piece I cut out the appropriate wall, marked the piece I wanted to use, turned it over and embossed with appropriate color, heat set, then cut out and adhered.

Unbeknownst to me my niece had made an entire putz house village for the dining room table and put tea lights under each one.  They are scaled perfectly for this so now it's as if the entire congregation can reside in her home!  Toooo funny!

Monday, January 2, 2017


Dark blue Bazzill cardstock is the base for my A2 card.  Using Royal & Langnickel 119# watercolor cardstock (love the off-white color for vintage types of cards!) and stamped the main image (Scribble Woodland) in dark blue permanent ink.  In the upper left hand corner I stamped the tranquility image from Kanji (Stampin' Up).

Around the image I stamped the marbled image (Stampendous Marble Cube TC01---years old but very useful) in Brushed Cordury distress ink.  Not wanting to lose all the lines I took a large stencil brush dipped in water and splotched over them carefully.  While the cardstock was still damp I roughed up the edges with the blade of my scissors.

Snowy scenes always bring a bit of peace to my chaotic world.  I love hearing the snow fall and take joy in the quietness it brings.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

It's a wonderful life!

One of my sisters and her husband are celebrating their 33rd wedding anniversary today.  I didn't want to make a traditional lovey-dovey card as that wouldn't be 'them'.

I stamped the scene in Black Soot distress archival ink (using the mini Misti) onto distress watercolor cardstock.  I then added blue, green and brown distress markers where appropriate, but only one color at a time, used a waterbrush to pull the color in, let dry then do the next color, etc.).  The windows were colored with a yellow distress marker...someone left the home fires burning.

This was placed inside the embossing folder and the oval diffuser was layered over that.  I wanted to keep the center free of stars for my message.  The message was stamped in Black Soot distress archival ink. 

The stars were treated to Grafx Art Masking Liquid (2mm pen); let dry.  I masked off the scene before applying numerous layers of blue and purple distress inks to mimic the night sky.  It was easy to rub off the GAML.  I colored the stars with a glitter pen and also added highlights to the snow and cabin roof and chimney.  The card sits on a navy A2 card base.

Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz:  Scribble Woodland CMS282

Sizzix: Starry Night embossing folder, oval diffuser

Ranger:  distress watercolor cardstock; Black Soot distress archival ink; distress markers (Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Lucky Clover, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Mustard Seed); distress inks (Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord)

Misc.:  Sakura:  Glitter Gelly Roll pen, Molotow: Grafx Art Masking Liquid pen 2mm, navy cardstock

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Holiday thank you's

Time to say 'thank you' for those who've given us gifts this holiday season.  I wanted to use some older things in my stash so I pulled out Sizzix diffusers and an earlier texture fade.

A2 base card is red Bazzill card stock.  I didn't have any green that was appropriate so I made my own with distress ink and watercolor paper (same as the top layer).

I placed my watercolor cardstock in the texture fade then the diffuser over the top (no need for a top clear plate) in my Big Shot Plus.  Using a light touch I applied gold metallic ink on the raised portions. 

In the center of the oval I stamped the image that had been colored with distress markers.  Two bows were punched (watercolored cardstock and gold vellum) and adhered to the top of the evergreen bough.

Sizzix texture fade (Holiday Words), bow punch 660163, diffuser plate

Red Bazzill card stock, Royal Langenickel watercolor card stock

Ranger:  distress ink and markers (Pine Needles, Lucky Clover, Candied Apple)

Tsukineko:  Encore Gold Metallic pigment ink

Thank you to all those who made our holiday season bright with your thoughtfulness!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

All good wishes for Christmas

Merry Christmas to the love of my life, my soulmate, my best friend!  Although he keeps beating the odds with his health situation we know this could be our last Christmas together. 

When we first established Nimble Fingers many years ago, Walt helped me figure out the message I wanted to portray to my customers...that what I make with my hands comes from my heart.  Using this as my source of inspiration, I wanted to create a very special card for him. 

The A2 base card is Cream Puff Bazzill cardstock.  Around the edge I smudged Antique Linen and Walnut Stain distress crayons.  The next layer is actually bright pink cardstock scrap that I colored the edges with Candied Apple and Fired Brick distress inks.  I haphazardly drew around the edge with a clear glitter Sakura gelly roll pen (my favorite when you need just a touch of bling!).

The top layer is Royal & Langnickel watercolor cardstock, 119 lb. weight.  It's already an off-white color so perfect for the vintage look.  I stamped Santa (Mini Holidays 5 CMS177) in Black Soot archival ink (another vintage look, less harsh than Jet Black) and colored him with distress markers* that had been scribbled onto my nonstick craft sheet.  More from the Sakura glitter pen highlights the edges of the drum, Santa's beard, mustache, buttons and coat cuffs.  I heat set it all before covering with distress micro glaze. 

Using the larger oval diffuser plate I placed the opening over Santa and ran the cardstock through the December Calendar texture fade 656941.  I smooshed Antique Linen distress ink onto my nonstick craft sheet, spritzed with water, then used the mini roller to pick up the ink and roll it across the calendar.  Heat set and repeat the process using Old Paper distress ink.  The edges were treated with Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain distress inks.

From various scraps of green and red (nope! more bright pink cardstock that had been colored as above) cardstock I punched and die cut holiday greenery (punch 660171 and Holiday Greens, mini 661597).  The red berry clusters were turned over so I could use a ball roller on the back side and make the berries more 3-D by rounding them.  I spritzed all the pieces with Picket Fence spray distress stain; let air dry and topped with a blast of Tarnished Brass distress mica spray.  Let all air dry and add a bit of Encore gold metallic pigment ink.

Three lengths of 4mm pure silk brown ribbon by Bucilla was hit with the mica spray and gold metallic ink.  This aged the ribbon and added a bit of vintage glitz at the same time.  One length was tied around the 2 layers of card.  The remaining two were used to create a flat, but full bow (4 loops per side).  A scrap piece of vintage gold mesh/tulle was used to create a slightly larger bow base.  These were attached with small glue dots.

*Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Wild Honey, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Faded Jeans

The sentiment (Mini Holidays 5 CMS177) was stamped in Encore gold metallic pigment ink.  Heat set.  Slightly offset the image and repeat with Fired Brick distress ink.

Make this your best Christmas ever
by spending quality time with those you love!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Season's Greetings!

Card base is white cardstock; navy layer, same white cardstock for top layer

I created masterboards on 8.5 x 11 sheets of cardstock using distress ink (Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire) and Stampers Anonymous stamp sets Weathered Winter (CMS245 and Mini Weathered Winter (CMS246).  Cut to size. 

The sentiment was die cut using Holiday Words: Block.  Can't begin to say how much easier this was using the extended platform and precision base plate in my Big Shot!  There was some movement from time to time so not all are perfectly aligned.  Heavy sigh.  But when you're making 80-100 of the same design you just have to do your best...and toss the worst offenders!

1st night of Chanukah...I love to see the candles burning in the menorah and taste the latkes straight from the iron skillet!  Yum!!!

Wishing you all the best as you enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the holidays!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Oh deer, time to celebrate again?

I started off with a kraft A2 card base and stamped snowflakes over it using Picket Fence distress ink.  The base was edged with brown distress ink.  Using Black Soot and Hickory Smoke distress inks I pounced the color onto the birch stamp and stamped onto distress watercolor cardstock.  I misted the image to blur the lines.  Once satisfied I tore the image to size and inked around the edges with brown distress ink. 

Mixed media cardstock was treated with distress inks and water splotches, distress stains, distress paint and distress collage medium - both Crazing and Vintage.  I die cut the Ornate Frame and accented the edges with more brown distress ink.  Using the rectangle left over the from the inside I die cut 'celebrate'.  I also cut one from a scrap of gray cardstock for the shadow.

The deer was stamped onto mixed media cardstock using archival ink and my new mini Misti.  Then I stamped the image using distress ink.  I was able to take a watercolor brush and pull the color toward the center yet still have defined lines.  Love that new mini Misti for this technique!  I cut the deer out and placed him in the frame but left his antlers outside the frame.

Sizzix: Handwritten Celebrate 660215, Ornate Frame #2 661195

Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz: Birch & Pine CMS280, Scribble Woodland CMS282

Ranger:  distress watercolor cardstock; distress ink (Picket Fence, Gathered Twigs, Black Soot, Hickory Smoke); distress stain (Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs--favorite combo!); distress paint (Tarnished Brass); distress collage medium (Crazing, Vintage); archival ink (Ground Espresso)