Saturday, April 4, 2015

Baby Shower Invitation

I haven't posted in a while, but not for the usual reasons.  I haven't lost interest.  I've been working on a large project that has taken all of my time.   I actually have been working on a few projects, but the large project is finished.  I've been making 30 invitations for a baby shower.  I decided to use an image of a bear in a moon & water color it.  It is so cute, but so time consuming.  I also foiled the sentiment on the front of the invitation.  I had to figure out how to best do that with my laminating machine.  I've also done a chipboard album & a guest book.  I'll post those when they are completed.  I have done a video on the invitation along with my Easter card that I'll show in a later blog post.

The invitations are really straightforward.  I guess you could call them clean & simple.  That is something I never do.  I'm just not good at it.  I didn't even add foam tape!  I simply used my Strathmore cold press 140 lb. watercolor paper & cut it out with the petite oval nestabilities.  I stamped the image onto the oval with my Versamark watermark ink pad & embossed it with my black Powder Keg embossing powder.  I was sure to first use an embossing buddy on the paper so I didn't have any stray embossing powder.  I then colored in the imaged with my Twinking H2O's.  When I use my H20's, I always spray them with water ahead of time so they form a creamy paint.  I like to apply them with a waterbrush.  I find that the stiff bristles on the brush give me more control than other brushes. From there it was just a matter of layering everything together.  The foiling is the only other unique thing that I did.  I got the idea of using my lamination machine to foil my greeting from Jennifer Maguire.  She shows you how to do it on you tube.  Just search it & it will come up.  I always love her ideas.  This picture is a bit washed out, but you get the idea. Just let me know if you have any questions.


PAPERS: Mambi Baby Girl 12x12 paper stack, DCWV Metallic Textured Paper Pink, 140 Lb. Strathmore cold press watercolor paper

STAMPS:  Inkadinkado teddybear & saying

INKS & PAINTS: Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid ink pad, Versafine Onyx Black ink pad, Versamark Watermark ink pad, Twinkling H2O's baby's breath, chiffon pink, celestial sun, golden sand

ADHESIVES: Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive,

MISCELLANEOUS: Powder Keg black embossing powder, heat tool, Minc light pink foil, laminating machine, deco crop-a-dile corner rounder, Claudine Hellmuth #4 round paint brush, fine tip water brush, Spellbinders Nestabilities small & large long rectangles, large petite ovals & large petite scalloped ovals

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Wedding Card

I needed to send a congratulations card to a newly married couple.  I printed out my standby digi image of the wedding couple & colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers.  I printed it onto the cream Recollections paper.  I find that their papers are actually pretty good for coloring with my alcohol markers.  They have a tiny bit more drag than the Crafter's Companion paper, but it comes in cream.

I started by cutting the card base on my new Cricut Explore Air.  I got it on HSN with the Anna Griffin cartridges.  I have always loved her style.  The new Cricut even scores my card along with cutting it.  I'm not talking about a row of perforation, I really mean a score line.  I am loving my explore so far. I just needed to add a piece of decorative paper behind the lacy card front.  I aged it with Tea Dye Distress ink before I attached it to the decorative paper. I cut another piece of cream decorative paper with the largest oval in the spellbinder set & inked it some. The music note piece was in my scrap drawer.  I attacked the ovals & the dancing couple to the card with foam tape.  I added some clear wink of stella to the flowers & ribbon on the brides dress & hair.


PAPERS: Recollections Cream card stock, K & Company Life's Journey, vintage music sheets

STAMPS: Mo Manning's Digital Pencil dancing couple

INKS & PAINTS: Tea dye Distress ink, Spectrum Noir markers, clear Wink of Stella mar

ADHESIVES: ATG tape, Foam tape, Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive,

MISCELLANEOUS: Cricut Explore Air, Anna Griffin cartridge, Scoring blade, Spellbinders Floral Ovals

Monday, March 2, 2015

Congratulations Card

A friend of my mother's is changing jobs because he's been offered a position he's been wanting for some time now.  She asked me to make him a card with the Tim Holtz car & palm trees.  Of course she wanted it to feel manly.  I always love doing masculine cards because they tend to be simple. They don't have flowers, pearls, rhinestones, lace & shimmer.  You get the point.

I started with a 5"x7" card base that I made out of Recollections 110 lb. white card stock.  I used Brushed Corduroy Distress ink on the edges of the paper.  The main layer is a bluish piece of the Tim Holtz Shattered paper.  I don't know what color it is because the sheets aren't labeled.  I stamped three palm trees on that layer with my watermark ink pad.  I used the two embossing powders to color in the trees.  Then I used a black sheet of coredinations paper for the road.  I ran it through my vagabond with the checkerboard Texture fade.  Then I used sand paper to reveal the core color of the paper.  I didn't love the color so I used my tea dye Distress ink to dull it a bit. I tore that piece & attached it to the background.

The Old Jalopy was very simple to put together.  I just used a brown piece of coredinations paper over the card section on the die & a black piece of coredinations over the section that cuts all of the car parts.  The black paper I used has a teal core.  I just sanded the edges of the car parts & glues them together.  I used the frosted sheets from Tim Holtz for the windows.  I really like the look.  I attached it with Multi-Medium.  The car was attached with foam tape.


PAPERS: Tim Holtz Distress Collection Coredinations papers from the Distress & Shattered collections, Recollections 110 lb. white card stock

STAMPS: A Stamp in the Hand palm tree

INKS & PAINTS: Tim Holtz Distress ink tea dye, brushed corduroy, Timber Powder Keg embossing powder, Verdigris Embossing Antiquities, Versamark Watermark ink pad

EMBELLISHMENTS: Tim Holtz Frosted Sheets, word bands, game spinners, brads & compass coins

ADHESIVES: ATG tape, foam tape, Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive, Multi-Medium matte

CUTTING:  Sizzix Tim Holtz Old Jalopy Bigz Die, Tim Holtz checkerboard Texture Fade

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Tim Holtz February Twelve Tags of 2015

It's no secret that I love hearts.  That made doing the February tag very easy for me.  This year I decided to do the twelve tags very similar to the way Tim does them.  In the past I've tried to make the quite different, but I wanted to change that this year.  After all, I pretty much have everything Tim Holtz comes out with.  I'm actually way off, but sometimes it feels like I have it all.  This tag came together rather fast.

I pretty much followed Tim's directions on his blog.  The tag directions are at . I made the biggest changes to the felt heart.  I used two pink felt hearts & I sewed them together by hand with maroon thread.  i added some white glittery felt wings that I cut with the leaf mover & shaper die.


PAPERS: Tim Holtz Wall Flower, Felt


INKS & PAINTS: Acrylic paint dabber snow cap, Gathered twigs Distress marker

EMBELLISHMENTS: Tim Holtz tissue tape, Adornments arrows, heart charms, word bands,  rreinforcers, brads & Industrious stickers frames & trims, red wire, pink lace

ADHESIVES: Multi matte medium, Liquitex matte medium, hot glue

CUTTING:  Movers & Shapers Mini Heart Die, Leaf Movers & Shapers Mini Leaf

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

This was the last Valentine's day card I made.  I wasn't quite sure where I was going with it when I started, but I knew I wanted it to be a shaker card.  I also knew that I wanted to use some of the perler beads that I had melted down.  I found it easiest to melt them on a craft mat at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. I let them cool & just popped them off.  I mostly wanted the striped beads that ended up looking like candy.

I stamped the Recollections jar stamp onto a piece of transparency with black Staz-On ink & set it aside to dry.  I also stamped it onto several different pieces of decorative papers from MME & Cosmo Cricket. I cut a square with my spellbinders as well as a scalloped square the next size up.  Then I cut another square for the top layer.  I stamper the jar in the center and cut the jar portion out with an craft knife.  I used the beige ink to stamp the Corinthians script on the pink layers.  I attached a paper pieced top to the jar.  I went over all of the edges with my Rocket Red ink pad.  I used my ATG tape to add the acetate piece to the center of the jar.  I added two layers of foam tape to the back of the square piece to hold in the beads.  I glued the two back layers together & set the perler beads where I wanted them to go & put the jar piece down around them.  I was careful not to over fill the shaker area. I added a punch out of a tiny velveteen paper heart onto the jar.

I kept the card base simple.  I wrapped a piece of twine a few times around a piece of Cosmo Cricket paper & tied it off with a bow.  Then I attached that layer with foam tape.  The greeting was stamped on a scrap piece of decorative paper & added with foam tape.  I finished off the front by adding three flowers at the base of the jar & a tiny twine bow onto the jar.

I chose to decorate the inside of this card to use up more scraps.  I also bought one more stamp set on clearance at Michael's & wanted to use it.  It has no name, but it's a clear set made by Recollections and is a bunch of banner shapes. I stamped six different banner shapes with Versafine ink onto my paper scraps & cut them out.  I also punched out several small hearts with a punch.  I edged all of the banner pieces & hearts with the Memento marker.  I glues them across the inside of the card to spell love.  I added tiny twine bows at each end.  I also added in the inside part of the jar that was cut from the front square.  I edged it with the Memento marker.  I added a paper pieced top.  I stamped a greeting with the Rocket Red ink.


PAPERS: My Minds Eye(MME) Lost & Found, Heirloom 6"x6" paper, Cosmo Cricket Tea For Two 6"x6" paper, acetate, pink velveteen paper,

STAMPS: Craftsmart jar stamp,Paper inspirations  1 Cor. Background Script, Stampin' Scrapping greeting set, Recollections banner clear stamp set,  PXS Happy Valentine's Day

INKS & PAINTS: Tuxedo black Memento ink pad, Jet Black Staz On ink pad, Onyx Black Versafine Ink pad, Tuxedo Black Memento Marker, Faber Castell Pitt artist pen big brush black, Brilliance pearlescent beige ink pad,

EMBELLISHMENTS: Melted Perler beads, Spare Parts White Beaded Micro Flowers, red & white twine

ADHESIVES: ATG tape, foam tape, Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive

CUTTING:  Spellbinders small squares & small scalloped squares Nestabilities, Fiskars small heart punch

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Vintage Valentine Card

Roxy has a challenge on her Facebook page that runs until tomorrow.  It is to make a vintage Valentine using a vintage postcard image and a doily.  I love challenges with very open rules.

I have my Valentine supplies in a box on my desk.  I find it helpful to have them just shoved in the box so I have to dig through them.  That way I remember what I have to use.  I usually hate clutter on my desk.  Something about it being in a box makes it feel contained so it works for me.

The card is pretty straight forward.  I stamped two of the border stamps four times onto the kraft card stock base with unicorn white pigment ink.  I cut & attached the vintage valentine paper onto the card with foam tape.  I lightly inked it & the heart doily with my distress inks. The Valentine greeting was stamped with Archival ink & cut to fit behind the metal frame.  I then attached everything with Fabri-Tac glue. 

The seam binding was from a large piece that I dyed quite some time ago.  I just sprayed it with mixes of water & Distress reinkers. I used victorian velvet, stormy sky & bundled sage. I scrunched it up with my fingers & dried it with my heat gun.

The bottle cap charm was also in my collection.  I had made a whole bunch of them at once.  I get the bottle caps from The Bottle Cap Queen in Daytona Beach, Florida.  She lists them on Etsy. She has great prices & service.  I ordered my bottle caps all ready flattened. I punched a hole in the top & bottom with the Tim Holtz jewelry punch & added some bead dangles I had in my collection. I bought a sheet of vintage images made for bottle caps from KSP (Kitties Scrap Post) which is also on Etsy.  I punched them out with my 1" circle punch & added them to the bottle cap on both sides with glossy accents.  Then I put a clear domed circle sticker over top of each image.  Mine are from Michael's but I've seen them at Hobby Lobby. I added some silver stickles around the edge and let it dry.  


PAPERS: Recollections white heart doily,  Kraft card stock, Valentine postcard decorative paper, Vintage Valentine bottle cap sheet from KSP (Kitties Scrap Post), Cosmo Cricket 6x6 Tea For Two paper pad

STAMPS: Recollections Craft It Valentine Border, Stamping & Scrapping Greeting stamp set

INKS & PAINTS: Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink, Silver Stickles,  Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs Distress Ink Pads, Potting Soil Archival ink pad

EMBELLISHMENTS: Seam binding, Bottle cap, Clear domed circle sticker, Metal frame, Spare Parts White, Beaded Micro Flowers

ADHESIVES: Glossy Accents, Foam Tape, Fabri-Tac

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Let's try this again...Tim Holtz Twelve Tags of 2015

I'm going to give it another try.  This blogging thing just doesn't come easy to me.  I guess I can say the same for the twelve tags.  Last year I managed to do six of the twelve tags.  Half is better than none, right?

I'm just scraping in with the January tag.  I really enjoyed making this tag.  I think it really does have to do with the fact that I have so many of the supplies Tim used on hand.  Also, I just re did my entire stamp room & it is super organized.  I know where almost everything is.  I say almost because I lost one item in the shuffle.  I have a transparency with the starter set of Peerless watercolors attached to it.  It is so small that it is just shoved between some papers.  I just have to find those papers.

I will do a video on my new room soon.  I will link it here & include some pictures.

Here is my tag.


PAPERS: Ranger #8 Tag, Tissue Wrap Melange

STAMPS: Posh Impressions Splatter It Up!

INKS & PAINTS:  Tarnished Brass, Broken China, Vintage China Distress Paint, Gathered Twigs Distress Ink Pad, Gold  Delicata Ink Pad, Faber-Castell Stampers Big Brush Black PITT pen, Ice Crystal Glamour Dust

EMBELLISHMENTS: Chit Chat Stickers, Index Labels, Ranson Alpha Parts, Kraft Resist Chipboard, Industrious Stickers Borders, Linen Ribbon Star Charm, Clear Bling, AIG Old Gold Glitter

ADHESIVES: Matte Medium, Glossy Accents