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!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Scenic Route

Each month I'm doing a technique from Tim's blog so for January I decided to try my hand at making a plaid background. I followed his directions from 2009's 12 Tags of Christmas Day 3 to make a sample on a #8 tag with directions on the back. This will be be stored in my binder for future reference. Then I made a #10 tag which I embellished. I won't go through the entire technique but you can follow the link above to see it from the man himself! Below, I will tell you about my experience & some of the things I tried.

I had limited colors of alcohol inks but it was amazing at the combinations I came up with.  I will say this is addicting & I kept doing "just one more".  My Cranberry came out pink & I just couldn't get it to be a darker.

These are my practice pieces & are a little smaller than a #8 tag.  I tried dropping blending solution on the top right piece so there would be a place to stamp.  It ran a little & I probably should have used another drop or two to make it a little lighter.

These two are about the size of a #10 tag.  Since it was a larger surface I had trouble holding it straight at first.

Making these diagonal samples were really fun but I need a little more practice so they're straight.

You do want to use less Black Soot, a little does go a long way. When putting the ink on the felt, it will wick some so be careful or you'll have a very wide stripe.

The 2 hardest things are keeping the blending tool straight while pulling it across the CS & reversing the direction. 1.) I think I may try to adhere the glossy CS to something then use a straight edge to guide the blending tool. 2.) Tim's direction said to turn the tool around AND reverse the direction. Unless I read it wrong I thought it meant to pull the tool towards me then push it away from me, in the other direction. I just couldn't do the reverse motion but I think it came out good by turning the tool & only pulling it down the CS. Of course I probably could have turned the CS too!

Although I used a craft mat, I also placed a piece of scrap paper under the CS. I found this helps keep my craft mat from staining. The blending solution does take it off but if there are any cracks or cuts it's hard to get the alcohol ink off.

Friday, January 19, 2018

A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts

My latest recipe card is for coconut cream pie & it came from my nephew, Sean. I made the pie for my youngest son's birthday & decided it would be a good companion recipe card for Pam's Pie Crust that I did a few months ago.

It's hard to believe I didn't have any DSP that fit the recipe so I made my own background with a flourish stamp...can you envision the monkey swinging through the trees? The coconut tree trunk is a 1/2" strip of CS that was torn in small pieces then overlapped & adhered back together. The leaves were hand drawn then fussy cut.  I used fringe scissors, cutting at an angle to finish them off. I collaborated with my bestie, Lisa to design the coconuts.  We used a grass stamp on CS then embossed it with a flat EP.  Once cool, 3 circles were punched out then fussy cut around the edge so it didn't have a perfect shape. We used a stylist so it had a slight curve then they were added using dimensionals. The monkey was colored with Copics then fussy cut out & is holding a sauce pan brad.

Thanks for looking & hope you enjoyed my project!

SUPPLIES: SU Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake; Ink - Ranger Archival Jet BlackTim Holtz Shabby Shutters; Stamps - Hot Off The Press Cute Monkey, Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Sketch Elements, Judith & Heather Grass ; Misc - SU Fringe Scissors, Eyelet Outlet Pan Brads, Heartfelt Creations Flower Shaping Essentials, Copics E53 & E57, Tombow 992, WOW Clear Embossing Powder.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Peppermint Sugar Cookies

I designed this 6X6 recipe card for the December class at The Craft Shack.  I knew I wanted to use bright red & candy canes but that was it.  Then I attended a Dickens event  & found my inspiration!  Below are details on how I made the recipe card & a photo of what inspired me.

Sorry the photo is blurry but the white mat was stamped with Tim Holtz Flurry Stamp in Distress Candied Apple Ink & adhered to the SU Real Red CS base.

The snowflakes from Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight Stamp Set were stamped on the next layer of white with Tim Holtz Embossing Ink & sprinkled with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder then heat embossed.  That was added to the base layers.  Next the title & recipe were matted & added.

The candy canes were cut from Neenah Premium 110 lb Extra Heavy CS on my Cricut with Joys of the Season cartridge.  Once cut, I stamped them at an angle with Tim Holtz Stripes Background Stamp in Candied Apple Distress Ink.  After the ink dried, I applied embossing ink then covered them with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel & heat embossed.  I repeated this step so it looked very shiny & a candy cane.  They were crossed & held together with Ranger Glossy Accents

Two pine boughs from Tim Holtz Holiday Mini Greens Dies were cut from Tim Holtz Core-dinations 12-x-12-Cardstock.  They were snipped apart, layered & glued together to form a swag.  Tim's Beaded Berries were dipped in Candied Apple Distress Spray Stain & the stems were colored with a Peeled Paint Distress Marker then added with a glue dot.  I used a glue dot to adhere the swag to the candy canes then wrapped red jute twine around the greens & tied 2 silver Tim Holtz Tiny Bells on with the same twine & tied a bow.  I added the candy canes to the recipe card using mini glue dots & Scor-Tape.

Don't you just love my inspiration?  We attended Dickens of a Christmas Celebration in Wellsboro, PA where I purchased this hand made candy cane door decoration in deep red from a street vendor.  I think the candy canes on the recipe card look pretty close...don't you?

Thanks for looking!!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Rusted Watering Can

Time for another technique tag Tim Holtz style at The Craft Shack!  This month I used his "Rusted Grunge" technique which is so realistic & easy!
The background of the #8 manila tag was inked with old paper distress ink using a blending tool & flicked with water.  It was then stamped using Tim's Classics #1Classics #3 & Classics #4 in black Archival ink.

Now for the technique...the Movers & Shapers jalopy & arrow were cut from grungeboard then pressed into distress embossing ink, covering the entire surface.  I did miss a few tiny spots but that'll be OK.  Next the die cuts were covered with vintage photo embossing powder & embossed with a heat tool.  After the EP & grungeboard were totally cool, I scratch the surface with my fingernail to remove some of the granules of the EP.  This gave it a little dimension.  Using a blending tool, I went over it with vintage photo ink, pushing the ink into the EP.  Voila!  There you have it...rust!  It's hard to see but I added a little patina.  With a paint brush, I randomly dabbed the arrow with cracked pistachio paint.  I also used the rust technique on a gold 4mm brad which is used to hold the arrow on the tag.  I placed the tag in a page pocket & will keep it in my Tim Holtz Worn Binder Notebook for future reference.

The #10 manila tag was covered with the wood grain paper from Tim's Christmas Paper Stash.  It wasn't quite long enough but I added a strip of Yuletide Design Tape at the bottom which was a great place to set the watering can.

The watering can was rusted using the technique described above, I die cut Tim's BigZ Watering Can & added the patina. It looks just like one I have in my flower garden!  After the watering can was decorated I used black foam squares to pop it up.

The pine & holly are several dies from Tim's Mini Holiday Greens set & were die cut from various colors of his Core-dinations Shattered Collection, sanded & adhered behind the watering can using glossy accents.

The beaded berries (which I love!) were colored using fired brick stain & a peeled paint marker on the stems.

The poinsettias were done by covering a small piece of white CS with melange tissue wrap using matte collage medium then I die cut 6 small poinsettias using Tim's BigZ Tattered Poinsettia Die.  They were inked with festive berries & adhered together using glossy accents & a mini gold brad then attached with a glue dot.  Oops..I messed up the one at the top so I cut & inked plain white.
In the middle, I tucked a "Holiday Party Invitation" from a pack of festive ephemera.

At the top, 2 pieces of Christmas Jute were intertwined into the SU ribbon (I was out of crinkle ribbon) with 4 of Tim's tiny bells tied to the ends.
What do you think?

Thanks for visiting my blog!!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Advent Calendar

It's finally done!  I  made this for my grandson but it will stay with me until he's an adult with a family of his own.  I started the KaiserCraft advent calendar in October 2016 in class at The Craft Shack.  I love the distressed look so I decided to use paper from Tim Holtz Yuletide 8x8 paper pack.  Although it was time consuming, the best part was choosing the papers & adding all the embellishments.  I finished the drawers & had most of the inside scene finished then I hit a wall...literally.  The wall of the "living room" needed something & I couldn't decide so I put it away & kept looking & thinking.  Then I found it!!

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Unfortunately I didn't take photos as I assembled the frame & boxes.  The frame is MDF &  painted white before assembling.  You need to be careful not to paint the tabs.  It fits together so tight I didn't have to glue it together & paint on the tabs would have made the fit impossible.  Also it's easier to put the paper in the center before assembling the frame.   I used glossy accents to glue the drawers together, holding with a rubber band until dry then painted them white inside & out.  There are several good YouTube videos available on how to assemble them & I would suggest watching a couple if you're going to put one of these together.

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Strips of paper from Tim Holt Idea-olgy Yuletide 8x8 paper were adhered around the sides of the frame with Matte Mod Podge.  I got paint on the back so I covered it with a red paper from my stash & added things from Tim's Festive Ephemera Pack, Yuletide paper pack. & a piece stamped with Doodle Greetings #2.  After all the paper was on I went over it with frayed burlap distress ink the gave it another coat of Mod Podge to make sure the paper was sealed.

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After cutting strips of various papers from Tim's Yuletide, they were wrapped around the drawer & creased so I'd know where to bone fold for a crisp edge.  I held the paper in place & with a pencil drew a line where the half circle was to be cut with a circle punch.  This is where the drawer will be pulled out.
The paper was adhered to the drawers with Mod Podge.  Once it was dry, frayed burlap distress ink was applied to the edges of the paper & the bottom of the drawers with a mini ink blending tool.  I then went over the entire drawer again the the mod podge to seal it.

Below are the drawers before adding the embellishments.  If you notice originally there was another paper in the middle but decided I wanted to go another direction so I changed it to a paper that has a small dot for the appearance of "wallpaper".

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Now the fun part!  I started by numbering the drawers with  KaiserCraft Metallic Gold Number Stickers distressed with mushroom alcohol ink & adhered using glossy accents.  In the beginning I was going to have the drawers in sequential order so I made sure I mixed the papers up.  But in the end I mixed the numbers up so you'd have to search for them.  That took a little time to figure out where to put them so the papers were different!  Drawer #25 doesn't have a slot so I make a lid & added a ribbon to make it look like a gift then attached it with glossy accents.  I listed the embellishments I used at the bottom of the page & most were put on with a crop-a-dile-hole-punch or glossy accent.  I wish I could have used all Tim Holtz embellishments but I just didn't have enough but did have some other cute things in my stash.  Some were painted or inked if they were shinny.  I even added a little gold foil with a glue stick to a few.

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I started with the tin ceiling made from mirrored sheets, embossed with Tim's Damask EF & inked with black soot ink.  I can't get a good photo of the "hardwood" floor & I'm not sure if the paper is Tim's or something I had in my stash.

The "wainscoting" paper is from Tim's Yuletide with Tim's Yuletide Design Tape used as a border. The Christmas tree is the large tree from Woodlands Trees and Wreath Set sprayed with Peeled Paint Stain. While that was drying, I colored pearls with Adirondack alcohol inks - mushroom, aqua, cranberry, purple twilight, sunshine yellow in small cups. By applying mushroom ink first it tones down the bright colors & gives them a vintage look (learned that from Tim). Gold cord was wrapped around the tree then the dyed pearls were added with glossy accents. The toys & gifts under the tree were from my Department 56 village days. The night scene behind the white CS Memory Box Madison Window is inked with Chipped Sapphire then Santa & his reindeer from SU Holiday Home & the trees tops from Tim's Reindeer Flight were stamped in black Archival Ink.

The SU Festive Fireplace was stamped, embossed with white & inked with Fired Brick then die cut & folded to make it 3D.  The mantel & stockings were from the same set, embossed & colored with several of Tim's markers.  The clock was placed on the wall then the swag from Tim's Mini Holiday Greens in his Kraft Core paper was sanded & added above the mantel.  I also added a few tiny red jewels I had in my stash.  The salvaged doll was painted with black soot (shoes), antique linen (skin), fired brick (nightgown) & vintage photo (hair).  She is standing with her "blanket" which is a piece of crinkle ribbon dyed with tumbled glass.  She' was placed in front of the fireplace amazed Santa had been there! 

The pictures on the wall were vintage images, resized to fit into 3 of the Melissa Frances Resin Frames.  I inked with frayed burlap then added lossy accent over the photos so it looked like glass.

All this was done last winter but as I said it needed something....then I found the Tim Holtz Holly, Beaded, Snowflake Garland Strip Die!  A holly swag was cut from Tim's Kraft Core paper in green & red then sanded...just what it needed!!  I also used a couple of the extra bows on the swag & window.

I probably missed something but if you've read this far it probably doesn't really matter because your head is spinning!

Thanks for looking at my project!

Tim Holt Idea-ology - Christmas typed tokensmirrored starsmini fasteners bradsyuletide fastenersstar fastenersantique nickel arrowhex fastenersnailheadslong fastenersjingle bradsice skatespine conesring fastenersfrozen snowflakes alpha parts, snowflakes; Ranger - vintage shiny gold transfer foil sheetsmini collage glue stick; KaiserCraft - Metallic Gold Number Sticker Sheetwooden flourish joy pack; Stampin' Up - Christmas trinkets, mini jingle bells, enamel dots ; Memory Makers - birthday charms; Eyelet Outlet - stocking brads, red Christmas hat brads; Unknown - button brads, lock keys on ring, candy cane charm, mittens, snowflake, jewels, clock charm, swirly clip.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Rudolph Ornament

This project was for a 3D ornament swap at our recent "Let It Snow" Stamp & Swap Event.  I saw these 1" X 2" tin containers used on several Pinterest projects & thought it might be cute for the swap.  My friend, Diane had extras so I bought a box of 9 from her but there are many places you can get them online.  This is what I came up with...isn't Rudolph cute standing in the snow?

I started by coloring the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Decorative Deer with Adirondack Caramel Alcohol Ink & letting them dry.  There are 2 sizes & I used both.

After die cutting a 2" white CS circle from Spellbinder Circles Die, I partially stamped Altenew's Winter Cottage in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink at the top so it would appear to be in the distance.

The image was colored with Copics: B37(sky), E99(cabin), Y11(windows), R39(door), YG63(tree).

I painted Tombow liquid glue over all the areas with snow including the roof, window sill & a dab on the tree branches.

I quickly covered the circle with Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter.  This glitter is the best, it's very fine & does not have any glistens like real snow!

After the alcohol ink was dry, I used a SU Chalk Marker to add spots & white in his ears.  I also put a dot of Ranger Christmas Red Stickles on his nose so he looks like baby Rudolph.

Using a We-R-Memory Keepers Crop-a-dile, I punched 2 holes for the jute string hanger.

I added the cabin scene to the back of the tin with Ranger Glossy Accents.  To keep the deer in place I stacked small pieces of Scotch 3M Form Mounting Tape to the back of the deer then added glossy accents around his feet.  I then put more dry glitter in the tin & secured the lid with glossy accents.

Just one tip - I didn't think of this until after I had glued the lids on but I would put something over the holes on the inside, maybe a small piece of clear tape.  I'm sure it'll be OK but if it's tipped upside down it may lose the glitter but over all I'm pleased how it turned out!  TFL!

Poinsettia Christmas

This Christmas card was for my shoebox project at our recent "Let It Snow" SCS Stamp & Swap Event.  At a shoebox event, everyone makes up 1 or 2 completed projects with kits for everyone else to make.  Since we usually have between 15 to 20 people, we ask participants to keep their project's assembly time between 5 - 10 minutes.  Here's how mine was assembled:

"Merry Christmas" from Tim Holtz Retro Christmas stamp & die set was set up on Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform so everyone would get a solid straight image when they stamped.  It was then stamped in VersaFine Black Onyx Ink on white CS.  Next the poinsettia corner from Tim Holtz Mixed Media Christmas Die was cut from that same CS, saving the die cut leaves & coloring them with Copic G94.  Once the The Paper Cut Red Sparkle Paper was adhered to the Neenah Premium 110-lb Extra Heavy Card Base, the die cut card front was added with Ranger 1/2" Wonder Tape.  The leaves were added back into the negative space with a Zig Fine Point Glue Pen.  I added a touch of clear Wink of Stella to the leaves.  In the center of each poinsettia there are a group of dots made with a gold Jelly Roll pen.

I have to say the photo doesn't do this card justice!  I love how Tim's die cut poinsettias look over glitter paper.  The hardest part of this card is saving the leaves.