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!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentine Delivery

This is the 2nd month of The Craft Shack's ATC Club & it was my turn to design the February ATC. The club will run for 12 months so at the end everyone will be able to display them in a 7 Gypsies Artist Printers Tray.  I like to take a technique you'd normally do with a card & reduce it to ATC size so I decided on a shaker ATC.
As you can see in the photo above, the basic card is simple...SU Cherry Cobbler cut 3 1/2 X 2 1/2 for the base.  The next layer is white card stock cut to 3 3/8 X 2 3/8 then stamped with Hero Arts Old French Writing Stamp in Tim Holtz Fired Brick Ink & the edges are distressed with ink.

Cupid was cut from Tim Holtz Gold Deco Sheet using Tim Holtz Mini Love Struck Movers & Shapers Set in the Movers & Shapers Magnetic Tray. By the time the heart shaker was put on Cupid was going to be to wide so I (literally) clipped his wings & tucked them behind his back just enough so he'd fit on the card.

To make the shaker heart, I punched a small heart using the EK Heart Punch then positioned the next to the smallest die from the LittleB Heart Die Set around the negative of the punched heart. From the same die I to cut the back of the shaker from white card stock & a piece of acetate.  The 2nd heart is done by placing the smallest die, which only embosses, inside the open die to cut a solid piece. "Be Mine" was printed on white card stock punched out.

To finish the shaker, the acetate heart was wiped with a dryer sheet to remove any static then adhered to the back of the open heart using Glossy Accents. Be very careful not to use too much or it will squish out & smear on the acetate.  Then I cut 3 slivers of foam mounting tape, starting at the top on one side, placed it slightly in from the edge on the acetate, shaping it around the heart. I then did the other side, starting at the top & finished with the piece at the bottom (shaped into a V).   Make sure there aren't any gaps s0 the beads don't spill out. Using a spoon I placed a small amount of Red Pop Micro Beads in the don't want to over fill or it won't shake. Next remove the strip from the foam tape & add the white heart, making sure it's lined up.  "Be Mine" was adhered to the solid heart so the embossing shows.

Cupid & the hearts are adhered to the base using Tombow Mono Adhesive. To give Cupid's just a little dimension, his arm is popped up to hold the shaker heart & "Be Mine" is tucked behind the shaker.  The 3 white pearls were the finishing touch.

Hope you enjoyed my card and try making one.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Birthday Flowers

A group of my good friends get together once a month to catch up & celebrate birthdays for the month. I made these cards for Diane & Shirley who are having their birthdays in February.

I was looking through the tutorials on Splitcoaststamper & found one called Tapestry by Beate.  I think these cards are very pretty!

For this technique I quickly applied distress ink to white card stock. I immediately stamped the images in white pigment ink then covered the entire card front with clear embossing powder & hit it with a heat tool. There were a few areas that didn't emboss because the ink dried so I went over the spot by apply embossing ink directly to the card front, sprinkled the embossing powder over it & heat it again.

The rest of the card is easy but I did use clear Wink of Stella on the sentiment for a little sparkle which probably isn't visible.


Left card: Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Seedless Preserves, Peeled Paint & Spun Sugar; Cardstock - SU Blackberry Bliss; Ribbon - SU Blackberry Bliss 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon;

Right card: Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spun Sugar, Bundled Sage, Shaded Lilac, Ranger; Cardstock - SU Old Olive; Ribbon - SU Old Olive 3/8" Satin Ribbon;

Both cards: Ink - Ranger Embossing Ink, Colorbox White Frost Pigment Ink; Cardstock - SU Whisper White; Stamps - SU Birthday Greetings, Bloom with Hope, Organic Grace; Die - MTF Die-namics Wonky Stitched Oval Stax; Misc - WOW Clear Embossing Powder, Ranger Ink Blending Tool, Marvy Embossing Heat Tool, Scor-pal 1/4" scor-tape, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.

Monday, February 8, 2016

True Love - Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 Technique Remix - February

Time for Tim's 12 tags of 2016 technique remix for February! This month's techniques are MONOPRINT from June 2014 & EMBOSSED TEXTURE PASTE from March 2015.  These are 2 more techniques I've never done so I'm excited to be learning so much from following Tim's tags.

This tag will be very special to me because I used a photo of my Mom & Dad instead of one from Found Relatives Occasions or Photobooth! 

For the MONOPRINT Technique Tim used Antique Linen Stain over the entire tag. I only had Old Paper Stain & it was too green so I decided to use an Antique Linen ink pad on a Inkssentials #10 Craft Tags.  I started out applying it with a blending tool but to get it dark enough I had to blend so much it just looked to smooth & perfect.  So I applied it directly from the ink pad to the tag, then sprayed it with water & dried it with a heat tool. I was happy how it turned out.

The next step of the MONOPRINT technique was inking the back of a stencil & applying it to the tag.  It was a little difficult (at least for me) & Tim recommended practicing. I did this step 3 or 4 times before I was happy.  I didn't have the Lace Stencil so I tried using the Doily Stencil but it didn't have enough open space so I ended up with a muddy mess.  I finally decided to use Tim's Latticework Stencil & it worked much better.
I inked the back of the stencil with Frayed Burlap, wiped the ink off the wide edge (to avoid having a line) then sprayed it with water.  After I laid the stencil over the tag horizionaly, I used a paper towel to rub over it to apply the ink & to blot the excess water off.  I repeated this step 2 more times making sure I matched the pattern.  Using a blending tool, I distressed the edges with Walnut Stain Ink.

Next I randomly inked the Heart Stencil at the top & bottom of the tag in Candied Apple.  I love this color & it's perfect for February!

The 2nd technique was EMBOSSED TEXTURE PASTE. I only had one stencil with words & it was Tim's Christmas Word Stencil.  It had 1 word that fit the occasion perfectly & it was "wonderful". I spread the modeling paste over the stencil then carefully lifted it off. Then sprinkled gold embossing powder over the wet modeling paste & let the paste dry before heating it.  The embossing is raised & looks so neat.

For the embellishments I added 2 hearts but wanted them a little darker red so I sponged Fired Brick onto white cardstock then die cut them from Scribbles & Splat Thinlet Die Set. I added a little sparkle with a Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. So glad the red still showed through.  The Adage Ticket, "Love" was perfect & inked it with Walnut Stain then crumbled it up.  Mom's heart locket & my Dad's tie was inked with Fired Brick using a nib...kinda wish I would have used gold...well the red really pops. The photo is adhered using 1/4" Scor-tape.  The Philosophy Token "Cherish" was inked with Picket Fence Paint & hung with heavy thread wrapped around the Antique Nickel Arrow. I placed the arrow through the 2nd heart & adhered both to the tag using glue dots.  To finish it off, I added 2 phrases from Occasions Small Talk at the bottom & placed crinkle ribbon dyed with Fired Brick ink at the top.

Although my tag is very close to Tim's, I hope you enjoyed the challenges I worked through as well as the little changes I made!


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Victorian Garden ATC

I've probably said it before but ATCs are one of my favorites.  I know people have asked what do you do with them & I have to say I just collect them.  I have a binder with sleeves that I put them in by swaps.  Occasionally I pull the binder out & look at all the amazing works of art.  This one was for a swap at a stamping event & was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest, which was designed by Gabrielle Pollacco.  I love the colors & the vintage look.

There are several layers on this ATC so I had to be careful & leave a very small reveal between them. Because of this the SU Perfect Plum Cardstock base, which is 3 1/2 X 2 1/2,, is difficult to see & it's such a pretty color.

The next layer is a beautiful Victorian looking DSP in a collection by Maja Design called "Let's Have Coffee" & is cut just 1/8:"smaller than the base.  The stitching around the edges are from the Bo Bunny Stitches Set &  inked with Tim Holtz Distressed Frayed Burlap.  I  used a Tim Holtz Paper Distresser on the edges & sponged them with Frayed Burlap then adhered it to the base.

On the last layer, I die cut a small oval using the Spellbinders Ovals Die Set so the paper would show from the 2nd layer.  It was also stamped with stitching, distressed & inked around the edges.  Before attaching to the other layers, I used Glossy Accents to place a small piece of gauze on the back then popped the layer up with thin foam squares.

The final step was the embellishments.  The Memory Box fence was trimmed before adhering using a Tombow Glue Pen.  Next I added a little strip of DSP which is the reverse of the Maja Design  "Let's Have Coffee" stamped with stitching & over top of that is a metal embellishments attached using micro glue dots.  The Cheery Lynn Flourish was die cut from SU Old Olive then cut in half & used on each side.  I attached 2 Kaisercraft Mini Paper Blooms which were pressed down & a sprig of pearls is tucked behind the flourish.

It ended up being a little...well a lot bulky but I have to say I was very pleased with it!!


Thursday, February 4, 2016

She's a Cheesy Chick

I love making recipe cards so it was a pleasure to design this one for The Craft Shack's February Recipe Card Club. I ran across the recipe on Facebook awhile ago  so I'm not sure where it originated. I did change it up a little & it's one of my favorites!
The basic card is 6X6 SU Whisper White Card Stock & Peeblesink BBQ Utensils card stock cut 5 3/4 X 5 3/4. The recipe was printed on white CC & matted with SU Brown Sugar. Wraphia ribbon was wrapped around the red card stock before adhering it to the white card stock.

How cute is Mother Hen from Stamps by Judith & Heather (available at The Craft Shack in-store only)?  She's stamped on SU Whisper White in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink then colored with Copics R35, R37, YR01, YR04, E31. Although it looks like I shaded it with gray, I didn't, must be the lighting.   It was die cut with MFT Die-namics Wonky Stitched Oval Stax die.  I just love the stitching on this die!!  I stamped a second image then cut out the wings & popped them up with dimensionals. She's holding her fork which is a brad from Eyelet Outlet.  To place the brad, I alway mark where I want the hole with a pencil then I used a very small hand punch to punch it.  Once everything was in place I popped it up over the ribbon with dimensionals. 


Friday, January 29, 2016

My Little Piece of Heaven!

My Craft Room is finally complete (& if you believe that one I have a bridge for sale)!  I'm very lucky our home has four bedrooms so I was able to convert one into my craft room. It started out as a craft corner/bedroom about 5 years ago.  I have to say the bed made a great place to layout paper & all sorts of supplies.  But pretty soon the bed would be loaded & I couldn't find anything.  I'm going to try & stay organized...put things away when I'm done with them (did I mention I have a bridge for sale?)!

I started out in this corner.  On the left is a set of rolling drawers which holds stamps, adhesives &  embellishments; the ArtBins on top contains ribbon.  I found the L-shaped computer desk at a 2nd hand store which was a perfect fit.  My cutter & score board are on the pull out keyboard drawer for easy access.  I started out with 1 ink pad holder from Stamp-n-Storage & it's grown to 4. My Cricut is easy to access with all the cartridges above.  The little 4 drawer unit on the right is from MIchael's holds finished cards & those that have been given to me by my stamping friends (I think it would work for Bigz dies too). On top of the drawers are 2 spice racks that pull out with little jars for brads, eyelets, etc.  There are stickle holders on top of that.   The shelving above holds Copics, daubers, sprays, etc.  Underneath the desk are two file cabinets which contain 8 1/2 X 11 card stock in hanging files.  

Stage 2 was a few years later when I added this corner (minus the table in the middle). Everything came from Ikea & it fits like a glove from window to window. The table on the left holds another Cricut (which I've never was an impluse buy from QVC) & my Big Shot. I strung jute on the valances & hang cards from it. The Besta DVD shelves (left & right) hold SU stamp sets. The Expedits hold dies, embossing folders, Cuttlebug, 12X12 cardstock, scrapbook albums & lots of other stuff. On top are 12X12 paper holders from Oriental Traders for DSP & the TV is in the corner. I used Command Strip Hooks on the sides of the shelving units to hang various projects. The night stand displays a few 3D projects & there are empty DVD cases stored in the bottom for future use. Last but not least, perched above the DSP is Clifford the Big Red Dog, who watches over my treasurers!

The latest additions from Ikea & Stage 3 were my husband's Christmas gifts to me!  So it was out with the bed & in with more Kallax (formerly Expedits) units, a small desk, table & chair.  There's a shelf from Lowes over top of the Kallaxs which forms a bridge.  For now I'm displaying some of my treasured projects including 4 frames that hold seasonal ATCs from a swap I was in last year with my dear stamping friends.  The 12X12 drawers hold punches & other items..  On the right, is another Besta DVD unit from Stage 2  & was at the right of the window.  It holds stamp sets & I used more hooks on the side to display my tags. 

I'm probably excited the most about the desk for my heat embossing area!  I can now leave my heat tools out & the embossing powders are stored in the drawer.  The jars are on their sides in little wire baskets from the Dollar Tree so I can quickly see the colors

There are 3 hanging organizers over the doors to store punches.  I would have used Bygel rods but I didn't want to put holes in the walls so this was the best solution for me.

The closet has 3 shelves the full length of it (you can't see the right side). The Art Bins are organized by season for paper & embellishments, scrapbook kits are stored in 12X12 paper holders & my Xyrons.  Of course there are lots of other supplies which I don't use on a regular basis in there too.

That's it...My Little Piece of Heaven!  I'll continue to organize as I go but there's no more room to expand so the next step is to get rid of what I don't use.  Well I guess my next step should be getting busy creating so I use it up!!

By the way, if you like the Kallax units but will never be able to get to Ikea, Walmart carries a line by Better Homes & Garden that I think are pretty close to the same quality!

Thanks for taking the tour! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Travel Time - Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 Technique Remix - January

Although I've been a Tim Holtz fan for awhile, I had never taken the time to do one of his tags until last month. Of course it was the December tag & I loved doing the Christmas theme then uploaded it to his blog. Much to my surprise my tag was one of the 12 chosen to receive a gift from may have been beginner's luck but I was thrilled! After having so much fun doing that tag, I decided to continue to play along with Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016. To make this even more fun, after I do my tag, I'm getting together with a few of my friends once a month at The Craft Shack & they'll make Tim's tag too.

Well anyway this year Tim is doing a re-mix from past tags. For his January 2016 tag the 2 techniques he chose was Chalkboard from November 2013 & Industrious Metal from January 2014. I was really excited because the metal was something I've been wanting to try. Here's my version of his tag:

1. I used 2 Ranger #10 manilla tags, one for the tag & the other for the metal technique. You can use a plain piece of cardstock too. I cut the 2nd tag to fit in the embossing folder. The width was perfect & the length was cut to about 5 1/2". Then I cut a piece of Ranger Foil Tape Sheet so it was slightly bigger than the piece of the tag. It is sticky backed so after taking the covering off the back, I placed it onto the piece of the cut tag then trimmed the silver that was hanging over the edge.

2.  The reason I used a 2nd piece of tag (or cardstock) is because I'm not as brave as Tim. If you watch his video he slits the top of the embossing folder.  To have a piece of metal at the stop & bottom of my finished tag I would have had to cut the slit in the top of the Alterations Texture Fades Pocket Watches Embossing Folder because it has a specific top & bottom.  By using a separate piece of tag or cardstock, I can place the entire piece in the folder then cut it to make 2 pieces.  Isn't it pretty...nice & shiny?  It won't be soon!  

3.  Next I went over the embossed silver piece with Black Soot Paint, letting it dry a bit, then gently wiping the paint off with a paper towel.  I just used the paint dauber on the bottle but you can also use a blending tool.  If you want it darker you can add another coat of paint & wipe it off again.  Remember once the paint dries it's permanent so make sure you clean up your workspace with water right away.

4.  After the paint dried I cut the silver piece into 2 pieces (the top is smaller than the bottom) & adhered it to the main tag using Scor-Pal-1/2" double sided tape.

5. I cut the top corners off & punched through the hole in the top.  This is the end result of the Industrious Metal Technique...pretty neat & easier than it looks!

6.  Now onto the Chalkboard technique which Tim does using regular black cardstock.  I cut the piece of SU Basic Black cardstock bigger than the gap on the tag; then tore the edges, making sure it covered the edges of the metal.  I used an Artquest Static Pad to remove any static on the cardstock. Using Ranger Embossing Ink, I stamped the train, tracks & RR crossing sign from Tim Holtz's Here & There stamp set then sprinkled it with Ranger Frosted Crystal Antiquities Embossing- Powder.  Make sure you don't over heat the embossing powder or the technique doesn't work well. Next take a regular piece of chalk (if it's new rub it on a plain piece of paper to get an angle) & gently rub it over the embossed area.  Then using your finger, rub it out until you get the effect you like.  I used double side tape to adhere it to the tag.

7.   The Alterations Movers & Shapers Pocket Watch is cut from grungeboard on a Magnetic Tray which holds the die in place when cutting.  After it was cut out, I went over it with Brushed Pewter Paint.  Once the paint dried I used my finger to randomly rub Black Soot paint over the watch, spinners and clockface for a distressed looked.  I used Glossy Accents to adhere the watch face to the watch & then to the tag.

8.  The chain cording from Mon Ami Gabbi was distressed by rubbing Black Soot paint over both sides.  After it dried I doubled it & looped it through the hole.

9.  To finish embellishing the tag, I stamped the train time table from Tim Holtz's The Journey stamp set on SU Whisper White card stock in Black Soot Ink then rubbed it with Hickory Smoke Ink to distress it & used mini glue dots to attach it to the tag.  I also distressed a retired Word Stick which says "Time" with Brushed Silver & Black Soot then hung it from the cording using jewelry wire.

Hope you enjoyed following how I did my tag as much as I did making it. TFL!!