Sunday, October 31, 2010

CCC #19 - Extreme Masking

Well, I almost threw this tag away but now that it's all done, I can live with it.... LOL. I was "extremely" unhappy with it after the spritzing and bleeding part. I sprayed too much water and the tag was curling so that the bleeding wasn't going into the area that had been masked so I'm trying to hold it down and dry it and not burn my finger because... why did I NOT pick up my tweezers this time, they are after all laying right there, duh!!... so there were some blotches I didn't like but I persevered -as you can see. Distress inks used are fired brick, pine needles, faded jeans, dusty concord, pumice stone, and scattered straw (when I did the reverse mask part I added some scattered straw to the ornament area making the bleeding much more bearable to look at :-) Tim's new reindeer die (deer cut from grunge) and ornament die (custom mask). All rubber is Tim Holtz. Gold paint dabber around the edges and lightly dabbed here and there on the background.

Hopefully I didn't give away too much information when I explained a couple of things as the rule in this challenge is not to share the technique which can be found on page 61 of the Tim Holtz book, Compendium of Curiosities. If you don't have Tim's book, I really REALLY recommend it. It's a wonderful book filled with step-by-steps for techniques, lots of info on products, a totally fabulous project ideas.

To find out more about the challenge, pop on over to Linda's blog.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Chunky ATC Swap on the Everything Wendy Vecchi Yahoo Group


This is the first Chunky ATC I've made... it's for a swap on the Everything Wendy Vecchi Yahoo Group and is making it's way to Mary.  I really enjoyed making it!!!! 

If you are not sure what a Chunky ATC is... you start with a piece of 2x4 wood cut to a length of 2 1/2".  A 2 x 4 is actually only 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" so when you cut the length you, you have a piece of wood that is 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" thick... very cool. 

I first painted the chunky with Distress Crackle Paint tattered rose and let it dry.  I then used espresso Paint Dabber.. working in small sections I rubbed it on getting into the cracks and then wiped the extra off with a damp towel... leaving the cracks a dark brown and tinting the crackle paint a very nice old look.  All stamping and die cutting was done on either grungepaper or board. 

Another Thank you Card

Once again I've used the Gratitude stamp from Quietfire Design and the block stamping technique I mentioned in my last post.  Distress Inks used are Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Crushed Olive, Wild Honey, and Mustard Seed.  These were used for the block and also on the background.  For the background I used the Tim Holtz Texture Fade embossing folder Dot Matrix... embossed white cardstock and then added the Distress Ink colors to the side where the dots are debossed.  Grungepaper roses, leaves, and flourishes.  The flourishes are painted with Gold Paint Dabber.  The leaves and background stamp on small rose are Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 images.  

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thank you Cards

The gratitude and dragonfly stamps are from Quietfire Design.  The weed stamp is a Studio 490.  On Two Peas in a Bucket there was a video about block backgrounds, you can find it here, and I just had to try it.  It's very cool... you use distress inks and acrylic blocks... I have much more playing to do!!! 

In the top card the square of color that the quote is stamped in uses this technique.  Distress colors are scattered straw, wild honey, and fired brick.  I stamped it on plain white cardstock... then stamped the quote inside the square and stamped the weeds.  Added fired brick and just a bit of rusty hinge around the edges of the card and then decided the white was just too white and toned it down with some antique linen.  I added black pen stitching around the edge of the whole piece and black dots around the edge of the block area.  Then I also added one white dot to the center of each weed cluster.   It's finished off with some string, a friend charm (I used a glaze pen to color the inside of the flower) and an Ideology bird charm that I added a bit of paint dabber too and wiped off the extra. 

For the bottom card (and this was actually the first one I did), the block was done with crushed olive and stormy sky but when I stamped the quote, I got it crooked so I tore it out and added some black soot to the edges.  For the background I stamped the dragonfly using white paint dabber just on plain white cardstock, dried it with a heat tool, and using my blending tool and sponge went over it with crushed olive and stormy sky and then took a damp towel and wiped the extra off the dragonflies.  Distressed the edges with the Tonic edge distresser and then inked it with stormy sky.  Black dots by the corners made with a Glaze pen.  A piece of white lace and a dragonfly charm to finish it off. 

Monday, October 18, 2010

CCC #18 - Dabber Resist

This week brings us to the halfway point of doing every technique in Tim Holtz's book, Compendium of Curiosities.  If you don't know what this is all about, head on over to Linda Ledbetter's blog, Studio L3, to get all the details.  Linda is an absolutely wonderful hostess!!! 

The Distress ink colors used on the background of my tag are stormy sky and crushed olive... wow, do these look fabulous together!!!  All stamps used are Tim Holtz images.  The bird/branch is stamped using a black paint dabber.   The bottom of the tag is cut with an On The Edge die.  There has been talk about the tissue tape flower the cruisers did in one of their classes and I just had to try one... pretty cool, but next time I'll start with a little larger circle.  The green piece under the tissue tape is a juice bottle lid.  If you haven't seen any of my plastic bottle cap flowers, take a peek at this post and this post.  This time, however, I've used a much larger cap than the ones from the water bottles.  The edges of the tag and the bottle cap flower are dabbed with the gold paint dabber.  Also used is Tim's Ideology film strip ribbon, memo pin, and accoutrement.  Some gold cording and green lace to finish things off. 

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Imagine and Metal

This was very fun to make!!  It was inspired by Hels' post for the Sunday Stamper Challenge here and I also included metal (Tim Holtz Ideology foliage flowers) to meet the Simon Says Stamp and Show Metal challenge here.  I started with a cheap wooden frame.. added antique linen distress crackle paint to about half of the top and also the sides of that part and let it dry... then added light modeling paste to the rest of the top... let it dry until I could still press the thicker areas but it didn't stick to my finger and pressed an open Tim Holtz texture fade embossing folder (Damask) onto the paste.... lifted and pressed another area, etc... let the paste dry completely.  Used Distress Ink victorian velvet on the paste and dried it with a heat tool.  Rubbed espresso Paint Dabber onto the crackle working it into the cracks and then wiping off the extra with a damp cloth... used a sponge to lightly add some on the high spots of the modeling paste and also dabbed it on the open wood areas and wiped off the extra.   The larger flowers are from Tim's die tattered florals and the small leaves are from the regal crest die all cut from grungepaper.  The rest of the flowers and leaves are Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 stamps on grungepaper... actually all the stamps used in this piece are Studio 490 backgrounds and images.  The layered frame and square on the inside are Maya Road Chipboard.

27 Years!!!!

That's how long we've been married as of yesterday.  We went to the Texas Steakhouse for supper with friends last night and that's when this picture was taken.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

CCC #17

This weeks Compendium of Curiosities Challenge is the technique found on page 64 of the book.  To get all the details of this challenge stroll on over to Linda's blog

Some details from my tag.  The blue/green piece is another piece I had done when working on the Alcohol Ink Agate on Grunge technique... it was just lying there in my work area so I decided to use it.  The girl image is from Tim's Lost and Found paper stack.  Be confident find your wings and fly rubber stamp is a Studio 490... all other stamps are Tim Holtz.  All die cuts are Tim Holtz.  Die cut leaves were painted with distress crackle, rubbed with brushed corduroy after the crackle was dry, extra wiped off, gold paint dabber added lightly and brown dots made with a Sharpie.  Gold paint dabber used on all edges and also for some stamping.  Black Glaze pen for black dots.  Shabby Shutters distress Stickles used on the rosette flower and on the ribbon at the top.  Ideology pieces for embellishments except the butterfly and it is from a Petals A Plenty set.

Created Byhand Challenge

This weeks challenge at Created Byhand (forum or blog) is My Tribe Indigenous People's Day.  I actually had not heard of this day and had to google it.  It seems some places have replaced Columbus day with Indigenous People's Day or in some areas it is called Native American Day.  When thinking of Native Americans, one of the things that comes to mind is the colors and patterns used in weaving and that was my beginning inspiration for this ATC.  The background didn't come out quite as I had thought but I do like it.  I started with the dotted harlequin background stamp and colored it with watercolor crayons.  After it was all colored I sprayed it water from a mini mister bottle and then stamped it onto cardstock... however, I sprayed it a bit too much and my colors blended more than I was thinking so I lost much of the pattern... it was still very pretty and so I used it... I cut it down to a 2 3/8" x 3 3/8" piece.  I decided to stamp the mini heart flourish in each open area using black ink and then layered the piece onto a black atc blank.  The ticket is one from a strip die cut with the Tim Holtz ticket die... I was thrilled to find that the friend rubber stamp word fit perfectly on a ticket.  It is stamped with black ink and distress inks used to add color to the cardstock... a black pen was used to make the line around the ticket.  The butterfly is stamped with distress ink and cut out.  All rubber stamps are from Quietfire Design

Friday, October 8, 2010

Friend Card

I think this card came together very well.  I started with one of the backgrounds I had left from the online class I taught for Quietfire Design... look here to see how the background was done.  Be with those quote and the word friend are Quietfire Design stamps.... friend is actually part of a quote stamp - I used removable tape on the rubber stamp to mask the words around friend, inked the word friend, removed the tape, and stamped onto a piece of cardstock.. I then punched it out with a 3/4" circle punch which fits the center of the water bottle cap (see picture below) and added color with Distress Inks... the bottle cap was colored with butterscotch alcohol ink.  Tiny gold holeless beads attached with Glossy Accents.  Large flower (Stampers Anonymous - Studio 490) stamped on grungepaper, cut out, stamped with a Studio 490 background image, colored with Distress Inks, and coated with rock candy Distress Stickles.  Flourish (Tim Holtz die) is also stamped with a Studio 490 background image and colored with Distress Inks.  Fence is a Tim Holtz On the Edge die cut. 

CCC #16 and #15

Here I am again catching up on the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge by combining the last challenge (#15 Alcohol Ink Agate on Grunge) with the current challenge (#16 Wrinkle Free Distress).  I LOVE Wrinkle Free Distress and did that for my background on the tag.  The Agate on Grunge I had never done before but it's fantastic... way cool!!!  I've always loved the Agate technique on white glossy and it is wonderful to be able to do it on grunge... yay!!!! 

As always hop on over to Linda's blog Studio L3 for all the details on these CCChallenges. 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Birthday Card

"happy birthday" is a Quietfire Design stamp.  All other stamps are Studio 490.  Grungepaper flowers and flourish (Tim Holtz dies).  Butterfly is Ten Seconds Studio metal and a Cuttlebug die and folder.  Spellbinders die to cut out the sentiment.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Published in The Stampers' Sampler

This card is published on page 66 of the Oct/Nov 2010 Stampers' Sampler magazine.  It features a fabulous reinder charm and calligraphy rubber stamp image from Quietfire Design. 

Words of Love - Quietfire Design

This was actually my entry to last weeks Created Byhand Challenge (last week like before last weekend last week) and also the sample project but between company and the online class I never got it posted to my blog.  The background starts with kraft paper... I used Distress Inks spun sugar and wild honey on it... embossed it with the Tim Holtz swirls folder... used DI victorian velvet on the high spots and brushed corduroy around the edges.  The Quietfire Design quote stamp was stamped on white cardstck and die cut with the Spellbinders Labels 15... and then the same colors of Distress Ink used on it.  The ribbon is Quietfire's 13mm white silk ribbon colored with Distress Ink.