Many years ago, my sister (-in-law), Judy, Retired2stamp, invited me to a Stampin' Up Party. I was drawn to the 6X6 recipe card swap our local group was doing and had wanted to scrapbook too. I wasn't really interested in card making because I had witnessed my brother (in-law) Ed fold up a handmade card and put it in his pocket. I almost fainted and I didn't even make the card. But after a few parties, I was hooked and now make more cards than I had ever thought I would. My most recent passions are ATCs, tags & altered art. As you look through my blog I hope you can see how I've grown in my crafting ability!

Monday, May 22, 2017

My Tower of Oxides

I wanted to share how I labeled my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks.  Although Ranger has a great resource page where you can print labels (& color charts) I decided I wanted the actual color & not rely on the accuracy of my printer.

I printed the names of the oxides on white cardstock & punched them out using my SU Word Window Punch.  I printed them twice so I'd have the name on each side of the ink pad.  I figured that would give me a 50/50 chance of putting them away so I could read the name...LOL.

Using a mini ink blending tool I inked each label with their corresponding color.

Once inked, I spritzed them with water so the oxide effect would be on the label.

I then attached the label using Glossy Accents.

To protect the label & seal the color, I rubbed a small amount of Tim's mirco glaze over them.

Aren't they beautiful!!

TFL!






Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Happy Birthday To Me!

I was lucky enough to take a class with Tim last month where he taught several techniques using the new oxides inks. This was my tag using one of the techniques which we did in last night's class, Technique Tags Tim Holtz Style at The Craft Shack.  Can you tell my birthday is this month?

The background was done by layering Tim's yummy distress oxide inks.  Smoosh the inks on a craft mat, spritz with water, drag through the inks once & dry.  Then tap into the remaining ink, dry & repeat changing your ink if necessary or adding another color.  I probably did 15 layers because each layer only covers a small area at a time.  The key is drying between layers.  Remember Tim's advice...wet on dry layers, wet on wet blends & it can create mud!

The technique is lifting the background color using a stencil & water.  Spray the stencil with water, wipe the edges of the stencil to avoid having a large strip on the background.  Lay the stencil over the tag, using a paper towel press down & blot to absorb any water in the open area.  Lift the stencil off & quickly blot off the remaining water from the tag with the paper towel.  This will lift some of the color off the tag, leaving the image of the stencil!  Isn't that cool?

It's hard to see in the photo but I think the key is lots of water on the stencil & blotting right after lifting the stencil off the tag.  Hope you give it a try!  Oh & how about that fluffy bow?  TFL!


SUPPLIES:  Surfaces-#10 manilla craft tag; Inks-distress oxides (cracked pistachio, faded jeans, fossilized amber, peeled paint, spiced marmalade, wilted violet, worn lipstick, frayed burlap), cracked pistachio paint, frayed burlap distress inkpurple twilight alcohol inkjet black arrchival; Stencils-ornate & burlap; Stamps-wildflowerscalendar 1, mini worn text, handwritten sentiments, classics #3; Misc-remnant rubsmirrored starscrinkle ribbontiny attacherclippings stickerstyped tokensdistress sprayermini blending tool.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

It's A Bit Of A Tomato!

I just love fresh bruschetta so why not make a recipe card & no better time than for the May recipe card club at The Craft Shack's class.

 Maja Design "I Wish"
I selected SU Red Riding Hood for the base because it reminded me of a tomato.  I had a hard time matching the DSP until I found the plaid in the Maja Design "Summertime" Collection. From there I added the strips of paper from "I Wish" & SU Always Artichoke cut at an angle.   The letters were cut using my Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge.  I used one of my favorite dies, Cheery Lynn Designs "Fanciful Flourish" for the vines & it comes in a larger version too.  The tomatoes are from 2 sets, Clear & Simple "Fresh From the Garden" & PJK Design / Cookbookin' "Eat Your Veggies".  I stamped them in Memento Rhubarb Stalk then colored them with Copics R35, R37, R39 & YG63 before fussy cutting them out.  Of course I had to add a little bling, 2 gems from my stash!

Hope you enjoyed & TFL!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April Flowers

This is my tag for The Craft Shack's April Technique Tag Tim Holtz Style Class.  We are re-visiting Tim's past techniques & this month we did distressed enamel from Day 7 of 12 Tags of Christmas 2007.

I did like the green Tim used, so following his instructions I smooshed Shabby Shutters over a #10 tag, then clear embossed before the ink dried.  Once cool, I went over it with Frayed Burlap.  I just love the enamel look.

Since the background was something "old", I decided to go with everything new for the image on the panel!  I stamped a flower from Tim's Illustrated Garden on another tag using Wilted Violet & Peeled Paint Oxides then clear embossed it.  After it cooled, I blended Frayed Burlap over top then stamped the sentiment from the Good Thoughts Set in Jet Black Archival Ink.  I cut it out then distressed the edges before matting it in black.  I added a photo corner then popped it up on the background.  Just love how the Oxides look!

To embellish, I used "4" from the Mini Numerals & since it was shiny I toned it down with Hickory Smoke Paint.  I also painted the Numbered Brad "17" (because yesterday was 4/17) so it would stand out on a piece of Thrift Shop Ephemera.  I added a Word Key & an ornate corner painted with Hickory Smoke too.  The butterfly was inked with Wilted Violet & spritzed with water.  The crinkle ribbon was inked with Wilted Violet & Peeled Paint.  When I made the fluffy bow I mixed jute string in to give it a little more interest.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Butterfly Sympathy

This was my shoebox project for a recent Splitcoaststampers get together in Ilion, NY.  I got the idea from a card I saw on Pinterest by Patsy Collins.  The layout is the same but I used a different stencil, colors, & I stamped a flower instead of using a die cut.  I thought it was a very pretty card & decided on using a sympathy sentiment & verse instead of making a birthday card.  The photo doesn't do it justice either!

To make the background, I used a little trick I saw Jennifer McGuire do by putting Glad Press 'n Seal around a small bread board with the sticky side up.  This will keep the cardstock in place without having to hold it or use adhesive.

The SU Whisper White background was done by blending Cracked Pistachio in the center of Tim Holtz's Latticework Stencil then adding Antique Linen, around the outside of the cracked pistachio & a little in the middle.

Next using my Misti, I stamped a flower from Tim Holtz Wildflowers using Peeled Paint & Dried Marigold Markers & a sentiment from SU Love & Sympathy set with a VersaFine Onyx Black Mini Ink Pad.

The dots are from SU Gorgeous Grunge & randomly stamped in Antique Linen.

I decided to use one of the butterflies from Tim Holtz's Mini Detailed Butterfly Dies cut in SU Whisper White with SU Vellum underneath.  I added a Zva Mini Taupe Pearl on the butterfly.

It was a quick & easy card...hope you give it a try.  TFL!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Flowers in Bloom

This project was for a swap at a recent Splitcoaststampers event in Ilion, NY.  The swap was a "No Sentiment" card front which I thought would be easy but it IS difficult not to use a sentiment!
The flowers from Sweet n Sassy Flowers in Bloom stamp set (& there's a matching die!) are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on SU Whisper White.  It was colored with Copic markers (R85, R83, B21, B97, G94, G99 & E25) & brushed with Clear Wink of Stella. Once the image was cut in thirds & matted, they were adhered to a 5 X 3 3/4 piece of SU Whisper White that had been embossed using TH Bricked EF. The black jute & tiny black jewels were added as accents then adhered to the 5 1/4 X 4 SU Basic Black card front.  It's already to be added to a cardbase of choice!

TFL!

I đź’–Philly!

I have a lot going on this month so I needed this project to serve 2 purposes...the The Craft Shack's monthly recipe club & a swap at a Splitcoaststampers event in Ilion, NY.  This is a recipe I saw on FB & not sure who to give credit to but it is delic!



The Hero Arts Silly Scape stamp isn't as wide as the 5 3/4 SU Natural cardstock so I used my stamp-a-ma-jig.  First I stamped the image in Jet Black Stazon on acetate then used a stamp-a-ma-jig to position it on the cardstock, removed the acetate & stamp the image in Coffee Archival Ink.

I moved the acetate to the left & lined it up with the 1st image I stamped.








Removed the acetate & stamped the 2nd image.









Exactly what I was looking for.








The roof tops of the buildings were colored with Copics (R29, B00, B95, G24, Y02) & Glossy Accents was put on the face of the clock.  The TPC Studio So Delish Everything but the Kitchen Sink DSP was bumped up to the natural CS & taped on the back.  The seam is covered with a strip of SU Baja Breeze CS & matching SU ribbon over it then adhered to the SU Chocolate Chip base.  The 2 1/4" letters were cut in SU Chocolate Chip & Baja Breeze using Cricut's Cursive 101 cartridge.

The spatula is from a Studio G stamp set & was stamped in Archival Coffee & SU Baja Breeze inks then embossed with WOW Clear EP.  Its fussy cut out & adhered under the "Y".  I added Zva Taupe Pearls on 3 of the corners of the recipe.

Well thanks for looking & hope you visit next month!