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, August 16, 2017

Do It Now!

The inspiration for my August tag was a stamp from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Mini Motivation set. One of the sentiments says "Do It Now Sometimes Later Becomes Never" & I thought something to do with travel would be appropriate since I'm lucky enough to be retired. I used the 4th Oxide Ink technique, Smudge Stamping, I learned in a class taught by Tim himself back in April (lucky again!).

This is the #8 tag I made in Tim's class plus he provided a label with the instructions to put on the back. This is so your image with Oxide ink, stamp then use a blending tool to smudge the image. The properties in the ink will separate so the image remains because the dye stains the tag & the pigment sits on the surface so you can move it around. I used stamps from Tim's Stampers Annoymous Classics #1, #3 & #4 sets with peeled paint, spiced marmalade, faded jeans & wilted violet Oxide inks. This little beauty is now in my cute Idea-ology Worn Binder Notebook with the others for future reference.

Now on to what I created on my own...

Using the Oxide Ink technique above, I stamped & smudged: the globe from Schoolhouse Blueprint in broken china; the sentiment from Mini Motivation in fossilized amber; from Warehouse District the plane is stamped in iced spruce & the pointing finger in peeled paint; the grid from Mixed Media in fired brick; from Noble Gents the suitcase in vintage photo & exploration in black soot. Then I filled in with wilted violet & wild honey, After I used a distresser on the edges I added my favorite frayed burlap around the edges. To finish it off I used my sprayer to add droplets of water & dried it with heat tool for a cool effect.

I embellished with an inked clippings sticker; a nailhead brad, a torn & distressed plane ticket from Expedition Ephemera; film strip ribbon added with a tiny attacher; a "wonder" token painted with picket fence & attached with a loop pin. I added game spinners to the clock & popped it up. Last but not least is my fluffy bow that I learned to make from my friend Freddie. I used crinkle ribbon inked in wild honey & broken china.

Thanks for looking & hope you enjoyed my creation!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sweetie Pie

The recipe for the August class at The Craft Shack is from my SIL, Pam N.  She's makes the most delicious pies & when I saw Darice's stamp set, Sweetie Pie, I knew her recipe would be perfect.  I used the pie from the set & it comes with matching tin pins which are ssoooo cute.  There are several other sets that also have matching tin pins & cute sentiments which work for projects other than recipe cards.

I wanted the recipe to look vintage but at the same time fit the cute look of the stamp. I typed it using different fonts & underlining which made it look like the index cards our mother's used.  It was printed on SU Whisper White then stamped with a set of  measuring spoons in
Memento Black.  I randomly blended Antique Linen Ink over the card to make it look "loved" & matted it on SU Red Riding Hood CS.

I made my own background by stamping the pie then randomly stamping the fruit in Memento Black Ink on SU Whisper White.  The pie crust was done with Copics E31 & E53 then I gently went over it with a blender pen to lighten the color; The hearts are R27; the pie plate is B32 & also gently gone over with a blender pen.  The cherries were colored with R37, R39 & G99; the bananas are Y15 & the applies are E0000 & R39.  I didn't want it to look so white so I stamped speckles from SU Gorgeous Grunge in Antique Linen.

After putting the layers together-SU Red Riding Hood base, Maja Design Summertime Light Scarlet Gingham then the stamped white background, I attached the tin pin & rolling pin with Glossy Accents.  The handles on the rolling pin from KaiserCraft's Wooden Flourish Cooking Pack were colored with a SU Red Riding Hood Marker.  Then I put Glossy Accents over the handles to give it a little dimension.

I think this is one of my favorite recipe cards...or have I said that before!  Hope you enjoyed & TFL!