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!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Nobody Knows The Truffles I've Seen

This recipe card was for the April Recipe Card Club class at The Craft Shack.  I've been wanting to use this stamp set for a while & finally had the opportunity!  The best part was one of my BFFs, Mary Ann made the truffles so everyone in the class was able to taste test the recipe!!  I decided on a criss cross card & followed most of the instructions on Splitcoaststampers by Beate.  

The BASE is SU Very Vanilla.  Beate cut a 12 X 12 in half but since they don't sell 12X12 anymore (bummer) I used two pieces of 8 1/2 X 11.  I wanted to mat the base card so I cut them to 5 3/4 X 11 & scored at 5 3/4".  All scraps were used later in the project for the tag & images.

To make the FLAP, I measured up 2" on the short side & placed a tic mark.  On my cutter, I lined up the score line with the tic mark & cut.  The 5 3/4 X 5 3/4 sides were adhered together to form the back then placed on a 6 X 6 SU Early Espresso mat.

To make the PANELS, I measured the front flap & made a template. Using the template, I traced it on the back of the SU Springtime Vintage DSP.  Remember you need to flip the template because the flaps are opposites!     After cutting the DSP, it was adhered to the base.

The LACE is punched using the Martha Stewart Lacy Scallop Punch from the leftover 2 1/2 X 11 strip. I punched down both sides then trimmed each side to 1/2" wide.  Once it was adhered, I trimmed the ends at an angle.

For the TAG, I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla in Black VersaFine & punched it out using the SU Designer Label Punch.  I punched again using Early Espresso then cut it in half lengthwise to make the label mat.  I closed the flaps & attached the tag to the left flap using a 3D foam squares & to the right flap using a small Velcro dot.

For the IMAGES, I stamped Tillie (that's what I named her), the table & roses in Memento Tuxedo Black & the truffles on the recipe card & tag on VV in VersaFine from Scrap Lounge's Grammy's Truffles Stamp Set.  I used various colors of Copic markers to color them.  I used a color that matched the background DSP to color between the roses & the table legs so when I fussy cut them, I could just go around them & not worry about cutting between the small spaces.  The vase of roses was adhered to the table, then all of them were adhered to the DSP.
The RECIPE was printed on VV so you would just see the title & stamped truffles when the flaps were closed.  I used an inverted corner punch before adhering the recipe to the 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 piece of SU Springtime Vintage that was adhered to the base on the inside.

I used GLOSSY ACCENTS on the truffles, Tillie's glasses & roses to give them a little dimension.

Fun card.....TFL!!  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Two-tone & Rainbow Stamping Techniques

Hi everyone!  As the proud owner of a Mini Misti by My Sweet Petunia from The Craft Shack & a Jennifer McGuire fan (no relation) we decided to combine the 2 for the monthly technique classes at TCS.  Jennifer has several videos out using her Misti with different techniques so we decided to do Two-tone stamping & rainbow stamping.
This card was done to showcase two-tone stamping using the Party Balloons stamp set by My Favorite Things. Very simple technique using 2 colors.  Stamp the 1st color, & clean the stamp but DO NOT move it.  Select a 2nd color, ink the stamp, before stamping blot off some of the color using a tissue then stamp over top of the same image. This will create a shadow effect.  You can use the same shades of color or mix color families!  So many possibilities!

The best part of using this technique with the Misti (or really any stamping) is if you didn't get a solid image you can re-ink & stamp again!

"happy birthday" is cut from LittleB Handwritten Die Set which has 18 pieces!  I used various colors of Altenew Ink Cubes.  Love the cubes!

This card was done using the rainbow stamping technique (the balloon is two-tone stamping) with "happy" & "birthday" from the same MFT stamp set.  I used 3 colors but you could use 2 or as many as you want.  Start by placing the mask on the stamp at a diagonal, apply ink, remove the mask & stamp. Clean the stamp between each ink. Then mask the stamped area on the CS (leave a little exposed for blending), leave a white space for the 2nd color & mask the area where the 3rd color will go at a diagonal. Ink stamp with 2nd color, stamp, clean stamp. Mask 1st & 2nd stamped areas (again leaving a little exposed for blending), ink 3rd color & stamp!  Voila!!  There are so many possibilities with this technique.

The class had a chance to practice then make 6 X 6 technique cards with a sample & written instructions for future reference.  Then they made 2 cards using the techniques.

Both cards were done on white card stock & the cardbase is SU Pacific Point.

Hope you enjoyed my cards & TFL!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Learn From Yesterday - Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 Technique Remix - April

It's been a busy month & I'm a little late doing my version of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 for April.  I'm also going to show his techniques to a group at The Craft Shack & then we'll post them on his blog! Tim's remix was faux mosaic from March 2012 & paint resist from November 2015. He has a new product, Ranger Distress Paper Mosaic & I will say after reading the original process, I think the kit was probably easier to use. I followed his basic instructions so I won't put the entire process here, instead I suggest clicking on the link above to see how the techniques were done & watch Tim's video. I used different colors, etc so I did put those below with close up photos.

Faux Mosaic:
I decided to use Tim's BigZ Watering Can Die cut from chipboard instead of the usual manila tag.  The grout has a lot of texture & is gritty but was easy to put on the chipboard using a palette knife.

I used snippets from Tim's Wallflower paper pack.  Once the glue dried, I sponged over the grout with peeled paint ink.  I didn't like the color because it blended in with the fence too much so I went over it with chipped sapphire...much better! Be careful when you wipe the ink off the tiles or your color will come off the grout too.

Paint Resist:

I used the old "paint resist" method (didn't have his new paper). I used white picket fence paint on a "wood" stamp, dabbed it all over with peeled paint & hickory smoke stain.  I tore the top, used a distresser on the edges & inked with it ground espresso.  It's spritzed with water & spattered with black soot paint.  I needed a quote so I cut one up from Idea-ology Occasions Small Talk & added a handle to the garden gate.

The base tag was easy, I sprayed the tag with water, walnut stain & ground expresso stain. Once dried, it was attached the panel to the tag. Then I added a clock.

The Tattered Flowers are cut from the same paper as the mosaic. I applied a light coat of gesso then rubbed them with various colors of crayons & crumpled them for a distressed look. I used Glossy Accents to adhere the gears to the flowers & then to the tag. For texture, strips of burlap are woven between the flowers. I sprayed them with Biscotti Perfect Pearls to add a little shine & sparkle.

I thought it needed a little something more so I die cut a crazy bird, applied gesso & colored with him with crayons. The watering can is positioned so the bird & flowers could be "watered".  I used Glossy Accents to make water drops on the bird & flowers. I don't think he likes getting wet...he looks so sad!  I finished it off by tying burlap & pine twine at the top!

As usual, I learned several new techniques & enjoyed them all...TFL!!

Tim Holtz Workshop Project

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited by my BFF, Lisa Brown to attend the Collins Group Annual Trade Show.  It was the first time we attended  the 5 day event which was packed with workshops with many of the top vendors.  I have to say my favorite is Tim Holtz!  He's such an awesome teacher...he makes everyone feel so relaxed with his humorous style plus he has wonderful projects that are done when you leave class! The only drawback was we couldn't attend the class together but at least we both had a great experience!!

We put a framed collage together using different techniques & elements.  We were able to chose a photo from Found Relatives, different pieces of ephemera & make a word from the letterpress letters.

I chose the 2 girls (of course they represent Lisa & me.) & decided on the word "create" since that's what we do at The Craft Shack!

The icing on the cake was all the goodies we came home with!

Tim always has time for photos with his fans!!  Mario was busy so I didn't get a photo with him this time.

Tim also autographed my Craft Shack apron!  I attended other cool workshops with Dina Wakley, Dyan Reaveley & Ken Oliver who also signed it.  PLUS I got Mario's signature at the make & take!

This was Tim's make 'n take we did Friday night! Very neat project that could be used to hold a place card for a dinner or wedding.


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Pocket Full of Wishes

This card was my shoebox project for another Splitcoaststampers event I attended yesterday.  I was inspired by a card I had found while browsing Pinterest that was done by Bailmac & posted on SCS.  I needed to make 2 complete cards & 28 kits so our projects needed to be simple.  It was a busy day of stamping, swaps & food. These events are so much fun...seeing old friends & meeting new ones!

On white CS, "Pocket of Flowers” by Great Impressions was stamped at the top in Memento Tuxedo Black then colored using Copics (jeans B97; leaves YG03; flowers YR09 & R02).  I used C3 all the way around to create a shadow.

I punched the SU Slit punch twice by going in from each side, lining it up with the bottom edge & pushing in as far as the punch would reach. That still left room between the slits for the sentiment, "Pocket Full of Wishes" by Great Impressions, to be stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black.  The ribbon (don't know where I got it) is woven between the slits before adhering the white CS to the SU Tangerine Tango CS.  Once the 2 are together, the ribbon was centered in the slits then taped to the back.  

To finish it off, the card front was adhered to the SU Wild Wasabi card base with a little bling added to the center of the flowers.

Fun project & it was fast too!  TFL!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Happy Birthday to Mr Fix-It

I recently attend another stamping event & joined the punch art swap which was a full card. April is a busy month for me so I was going to keep it simple so I turned to Pinterest & was inspired by Jessica Lewis's card.  I decided to make the wrenches for a masculine birthday card & kept adding to it.  In the end I'm glad I took the time to add the details.

The shapes are all from SU punches in SU Brushed Silver CS:
  • I used the Window punch first then the 1" circle;
  • From the Itty Bitty Punch Pack I punched the flower then the 3/4" punch;
  • The handle is cut 3/4" X 2 1/2" with the trimmer; 
  • I used the flower for the top of the "bolts" & popped one up inside the wrench with a dimensional;
  • I used the Washi Tape punch for "bolt" & cut a small piece for the head. I used my tweezers & ruler to scribe the threads & lines on the bolt head.
I just love the sentiment which is from LittleB's Handwritten Die Set in SU Basic Black. It's on a panel of SU Brushed Silver embossed using to Sizzix Diamond Plate EF.  The card base is SU Going Gray & layered with Real Red.

A very fun card to make!  TFL!! 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Party Animals

This card was for a shoebox event I went to last weekend.  Everyone designs & makes 2 completed cards then cuts enough for everyone attending the event.  We then set our project up with instructions & in "round robin" fashion we complete each other's projects.  It always a lot of fun with food, chocolate & friendship not to mention all the nice cards I came home with!

The balloon animals are from a really cute stamp set by Avery Elle called More Party Animals & although I didn't use them they even have matching dies!!  I didn't want to see any lines so I stamped them in embossing ink on SU Whisper White & embossed using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  They are colored with Copic markers (BV11, BV13, RV10, RV63, G12, G21) & the strings are stamped in Pumice Stone.  The balloons & strings were outlined with Copic N1 for a shadow effect. I added a little sparkle on with balloons with Wink of Stella Clear Brush Glitter Marker then went over them with Glossy Accents to give them dimension.

Once the stars were randomly stamped in Mustard Seed I added a small panel of SU DSP at the bottom then covered the edges with SU Pacific Point Stitched Ribbon. The SU sentiment is stamped on an oval from Tim Holtz Stitched Ovals Thinlit Dies & added to a Spellbinders banner cut from SU YoYo Yellow.

There are other animal shapes in this set so the possibilities are endless!!