Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Flutter by butterfly

I found a card on Pinterest that is very much like this one except I changed the word and of course, used my own color choices.  I also added ultrafine glitter to both the butterfly and word dies.  Do you think I can find the pin that I saved now to share with you?  Nope.  Maybe the computer gremlins are at it again.

Last night in my sleep I was reliving the making of this card (no idea why!) but came up with a masculine version (in my head).  Now to see if it will come together as envisioned.  Stay tuned!

Sizzix thinlits (mixed media #2, friendship words: script, detailed butterflies)

Ranger:  glossy accents

Bazzill cardstock, Ultrafine Gunmetal Glitter (Stampendous)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Don't forget to fly

is the theme I chose when creating my Tim Holtz August remix tag featuring techniques from July 2013 and April 2014.  I took some photos along the way...something I've never done before but maybe I'll remember some of my color choices or techniques for a longer period of time.

Fossilized Amber and Rusty Hinge distress stains (test runs 1 & 2):

Background is complete (3rd attempt with stains)



Ranger:  distress inks (Tea Dye, Old Paper, Walnut Stain, Ground Espresso), distress paints (Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint), distress stains (Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge, Black Soot)

Sizzix:  Lattice frameworks, Detailed Butterflies thinlits

Textured Surfaces, #8 tag, cardstock scraps, grunge paper

Industrious Stickers, Rub-ons, Small Talk Stickers

Monday, August 22, 2016

Thank you!

Recently I was taken out for lunch by cousins I hadn't seen in quite some time.  It was fun playing catch up with family news, etc.  After lunch we took a walk around part of our unique, old downtown area and took a look at two of my childhood homes.  Here's the card I made to let them know how much I appreciated their gesture and visit.

The base A2 card is Piglet Bazzill cardstock.  The flatware (Stampers Anonymous 'Nature Walk') was stamped in Worn Lipstick distress ink and Watering Can archival ink.  'Thank you' was die cut from the white cardstock using Sizzix 'Celebration words: script'. The piece that was die cut I colored a dark gray then glued down with Multi Medium but off-set from the original cut.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

75 years young...

My hubby is 75 today!!!!!!  I had fun creating a special card to mark the occasion.  Deboss or emboss?  Can't decide?  Then do both (as seen in Tim Holtz' Creative Chemistry Class 103 on Day 6).  I probably should have lined the center of the dapper gent on one of the vertical lines.  Oh well. 

And then decided our cat needed to get in on the action so he made his own (all right, with a *lot* of help from moi!)  The fish makes the best lettering...one of those fun and creative ideas that came to me in a flash.

My card

coordinating envelope
Casey's card

coordinating envelope

Why does Blogger have to be so ignorant when it comes to formatting???????  Grrrrr!!!!

Ranger:  distress crayons, inks, stains, paints, markers, embossing ink; Black Enamel Accents, embossing dabber, Inkssentials embossing pen-black, ultrafine gold detail and clear embossing powders, archival ink (watering can, shadow grey--love this!, tree branch--hate this has been discontinued!), sticky back canvas

Sizzix:  celebration deboss folder, dapper bigz, tailored textured impressions, typo upper bigz xl, handwritten: celebration thinlits, shape strip thinlits

Stampers Anonymous:  dapper cms267, mercantile cms189, label frames cms264, crazy cats cms251, mini cats and dogs cms272, crazy things cms237,

Misc.:  core'dinations kraft-core nostaligic collection by tim holtz, #5 manila tag, dreamweavers crackle embossing paste, Hero Arts lower case alpha, chipboard, tsukineko encore ultimate metallic ink-gold, Bazzill cardstock (tan, gray)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Happy anniversary to dear friends

They love going to the Jersey shore to celebrate so this card is perfect for the occasion.

The image was stamped in Jet Black archival ink onto watercolor cardstock and colored with distress markers.  I used a corner round punch to change up my normal rectangular look of layers.  Blue (Adirondack) core'dinations cardstock was run through the waves embossing folder and sanded lightly before being adhered to a white A2 card.

I cut up strips of sandpaper to add to the beachy feel...you gotta have sand if you're at the shore!

From peach Bazzill cardstock I die cut 'together'.  The green sprigs are leftover punches from a previous project.  The crab was stamped onto watercolor cardstock in JBAI and also colored with distress markers.

Sizzix texture fade/Waves; Thinlits/Celebration Words: script; Thinlits/Friendship words: script

Ranger:  Jet Black Archival Ink, distress markers

Cardstock: Core'dinations, Bazzill

Stampers Anonymous cling stamps: Mariner, Nautical

I don't know why this post showed up early as it was marked for 8/16.  Oh well, guess I should be happy that it showed up at all given the computer issues and power outages we've been having.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Say cheese!

Don't know why this appears to be so blue - drats!  The card base is white, the layer is light gray by Bazzill and the coredinations distress cardstock is Black Soot.  Sheesh!

The message is from 'Stamptember 2016'...a special Stampers Anonymous offering exclusive to Simon Says Stamp and was stamped in Jet Black archival ink.  The filmstrip was stamped in Hickory Smoke distress ink; it's from Lost and Found, a clear stamp set that I won on Tim's blog a long time ago.

Love this camera die from Sizzix/Tim Holtz!  It's great for scrapbook pages, too!

Do you hate having the pieces not fit correctly with an image that was die cut at the same time?  I found something that works for me.  On the back side of the cardstock I stamp an overall image that has a definite pattern direction (in this case I used Stampers Anonymous CMS 243 (Plaid & Nordic)in an ink color (White Picket Fence distress ink today) that I can see easily.  The die cut is then assembled face down where it's easy to see how all the circles line up properly, etc.  I did use a bit of Washi tape to hold the little pieces in place then glued it all down with Multi Medium. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Yet another sympathy card

August seems to have picked up where July left off...needing another sympathy card.  One of my mom's cousins died at the age of 88.  She was a lot of fun and quite the colorful character so I had no problem with using a more vibrant color palette to create sympathy cards for her offspring and older brother.

Onto mixed media cardstock I painted Distress Collage Medium (matte) and let it air dry.  Various distress crayons were scribbled across the page...see the texture that comes from leaving brush strokes in the collage medium?  Next I threw water droplets onto the cardstock and pressed a paper towel over them, thereby removing the color underneath.  I chose Stampers Anonymous Wildflowers CMS253 and Mini Bouquet CMS269 and Rose Madder and Cactus Flower archival inks to add a bit more color and interest.  The words are from a My Sentiments Exactly stamp (S146-10) and were stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink.

The card front is backed with a black layer onto a fuschia-hot pink colored card base that is white inside.  I find that colored card insides are sometimes difficult for the message to be easily read.  If necessary I'll type, stamp or handwrite my message on white or pale cardstock and adhere as an internal layer.

I'm not a big fan of these distress crayons and don't see myself replacing them when they're gone.  That being said, they are a different medium to use experimentally...something I need to do more of.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Happy birthday!

I couldn't wait to use the Mosaic die to create this birthday card.  The purple cardstock was stenciled with Stampers Anonymous 006-mini using Wilted Violet distress ink.  It was then run through the Mosaic die as was a piece of white cardstock.  On each of the white tiles I added them back to the purple layer, carefully adding the images to create my message.

Ranger:  Jet Black archival ink; Wilted Violet distress ink; Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio, Wild Honey distress markers; Yellow Stickles; Glossy Accents; Multi Medium (Matte)

Stamps:  Hero Arts alpha "u" Signature lower case letters; Stampers Anonymous Simple Sayings, Bird Crazy, Crazy Talk, Mini Bird Crazy Things

Stencil:  Stampers Anonymous 006-mini

Sizzix:  Thinlits dies: Bird Crazy, Mini Bird Crazy Things, Alphanumeric 1"; Bigz die 'Mosaic'

EK Success punch: leaf/feather

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Happy birthday to my Brazilian grandson!

Lucas is the young son of our Brazilian foreign exchange student.  It's hard to believe she's a beautiful mother of 2 now.

I spotted this card over on Pinterest then sought out the artist's blog for more info.  She's a Stampin' Up rep (Susan Campfield).  Not having any of the same items she used I went with what I had on hand...old red Sizzix heart dies, McGill circle punches, etc.
The face is Hearts #1 38-0800; the ears, eye, nose and tongue 38-0157.  The eyes were created using 1/2" and 5/16" circle punches.

Cardstock: black, white, red, tan
Antique Linen distress ink (bones)
Inkadinkado 5268-L stamp of bones

Lucas is going to be 4 and they do have a dog so I think he'll enjoy my card.

Monday, August 1, 2016

With deepest sympathy

A2 white cardstock base

core'dinations Adirondack collection (brown cardstock) run through We R Memory Keepers 'Woven' embossing folder

Sizzix Wildflowers Thinlits dies 661190; bow punch (colored with distress inks...whatever was on the foam applicator)

Hero Arts sentiment C2727 inked with Jet Black archival ink

I recently got this 6"x6" embossing folder and was anxious to test drive it.  Adding a bouquet of flowers seemed the perfect add-on.  I did find it thicker than other folders so I had to use a Premium Crease Pad instead of one of the acrylic plates in my Big Shot Plus.