Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Few of My Favorite Things

Hello Everybody!

I hope everybody is having a great autumn!  Our's has been nice with less humidity and a breeze.

A friend of mine, Amber at The Colorful Teacup, said to me "I want to do a Favorite Things post.  If Oprah can do it-so can we!"  And I was sold on just her enthusiasm alone! :)

So here are my 5 of my favorite paper crafting things.  Be sure to check out my friends page to see what her favorite things are! :)  And if you create a post with your favorite things-put a link in the comments and I will visit.  I might find I need a new thing ;)

Without further are my Top 5 Favorite Things as of right now.

1.  Copic Markers--I know they are a bit expensive but they glide so nice when you color with them.  And I am by far not the best color-er.  (lol).  But I love these markers.

2. Tim Holtz Paper Dolls--I love this vintage people!  And I just want to say that I love all things Tim Holtz.  But for this post I wanted to be very specific.  There are Halloween and Christmas paper dolls too--totally on my must have list.  For now I just have the original set.

3.  Art Anthology Dimensional Mediums- or paint as I would call it.  ;)  I first learned about these at the Scrapbook Expo-and I have taken 2 classes.  The paints are so pretty!

Look at the shimmer in the gold and the glitter in the yellow and blue.  I love glitter! :)  That's number 6 LOL 

4.  For number 4 I love all things Queen and Company.  I love their flowers and blings and their rainbow booth at the Scrapbook Expo.  However, for this post I love their shaker card/tags kits. 

This is last year's set but you can still get the foam inserts.  The tag on the right is a complete tag I made last year.  The thanks at the top is one of my favorite sentiment die cuts which is from a different set.  

5.  Last but not least it is time for my fifth and final favorite thing.  (I was kidding about glitter being number 6.  There's not a 6.)  

Drum roll please......My Silhouette Machine!  I love love love this machine.  I can make tags, die cuts for cards and scrapbook pages, a vinyl decal of a cup and the list goes on and one.  This machine along with the software is versatile and can do so many things.  I just absolutely love it! :)  And the silhouette store--they have fantastic designs! :)

It was a lot of fun sharing my favorite things with you.  I hope to see what your favorite things are too!  And be sure to stop by The Colorful Teacup to see more favorite things!  Until next time my friends-keep crafting! :)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Spooky Coaster Vignette

Hello Everybody!

I know that we are four days in to October-and I already feel behind!  I love the month of October so much!  Fall and Halloween!  Pumpkin this and the overall feel of October.  Ahhh such a wonderful month!

Over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge the challenge this week is to walk on the Dark Side.  And they are using primarily Tim Holtz 😍 supplies.  So I got out my spooky Tim Holtz stuff and this coaster holder that I bought at the thrift store.  There were not coasters so I think it was like 99 cents.  Score!

So I turned it into a vignette box.  Check it out!

Here is the original coaster holder.

I painted it black.  And then measured out Tim's tissue paper for the background.  I stamped some circles in the background and embossed them with glow in the dark embossing powder (sparkle n sprinkle).  I also distressed it with black soot distress ink.

Here is the finished vignette box.

This is the cool yet scary mad scientist (stampers anonymous) colored with Copics.  I got the cool Tim skull in the right corner.

These spooky potions are on the left.  The brown bottle (7 gypsies) contains shaker things from Queen & Company.  And the potion coin in filled in with distress paint.  The other bottle is Tim's and contains loose glow in the dark embossing powder.

This cool bird is from Tim's mover and shaker die cuts.  And the cool resin flowers are Tim's.

This is an awesome Tim pumpkin-which is oranger when you buy them.  I used distress walnut ink to make it fit with the rest of the vingette.

And that's it everybody.  Thank you for stopping by today!  

Until next time....Make Halloween! :)

Friday, September 29, 2017

French Inspired Birthday Card

Hello Everybody!

There have been a lot of birthdays lately!  Here is a card I just finished for a young friend of ours who loves the Eiffel Tower.

The background is a script background stamp from Stampin Up.  I used clear embossing powder and then used distress oxides over the embossing.  The hot air balloon and Eiffel Tower are Tim Holtz's stamps.  For the balloon I stamped it using distress oxide wilted violet.  I love this color.  Then I heat set it.  After that I put some ink on my mat and a squirt of water and water colored the inside of the balloon.  The background and stamps were stamped on a light beige (vanilla) cardstock instead of white to give it a more vintage look.

The rest of the pretty things are Tim Holtz.  The Enjoy card is from his Flashcards set.  And the postcard and the rest of those fun things are from his little ephemera pack snippets.

Here is the card at a different angle.

I would like to submit this card into the following challenges:

Seize the Birthday: anything goes Topping: script or type--the background

Retro Rubber Challenge: Travel On-use mode of transportation.  The hot air balloon is my mode of tranportaion.  The background script stamp from Stampin Up is from 2000.  Tim Holtz's Eiffel Tower and hot air balloon have been around for a few years.  I maybe got it in 2013 or 2014.

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...Enjoy!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Birthday Bird

Hello Everybody!

I have another late birthday card today.  I hope to get it sent out today-but no promises!

City Crafter Challenge #381 is about using Colorful Birds on your project.  So I got out my Crazy Birds from Tim Holtz.

The background is Tim Holtz Distress Paint.  I used a distressed diamond stencil on the right side and used picked raspberry paint with the stencil.  I love how it just pops.  I used two Tim stamps in the background using wilted violet oxide distress ink and iced spruce oxide.  

I put a square of vellum to help the bird not get lost in the busy background.  I colored the bird, hat, and balloon with distress markers.  Lastly, I added a piece of twine to the popped up balloon for a string.

The sentiment is Tim's, also,  And then I added a little gold bling.

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...keep flying! :)

Mermaid Birthday Card

Hello Everybody!

Sometimes I look back through my blog for a technique or a card I made.  And every now and then I come across something funny.

I made this card for a friend of mine.  It's late (ugh!).  Her birthday was August and she won't get it until October because all of a sudden September is almost over.  LOL. 

So I was going through my blog and found a blog entry around this time last year--for the same thing.  A birthday card for the same friend---and the same tardiness.  Wow.  How does that happen?  LOL.  Here's the link in case you wanted to see.  It's Throwback Thursday so I'm on time for something, right?  LOL.

Moving along---Here is my card using a mermaid stamp from Sparkle N Sprinkle and the sentiment is from Rubbernecker stamps.  I used Copics to color her and the "water" is distress oxides. 

I masked the mermaid which is white there is this glow around her.  It was hard to get a lot of ink into the spaces of her hair.  The shell is a button that I cut the back part off.  And then a little bling. 

I am entering these into the following challenges:

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...keep swimming! :)

Birdhouse Makeover

Hello Everybody!

I am so excited to share this project with y'all.  It's been awhile since I've made a project like this.  There's a lot of pictures so get ready!

I bought this birdhouse at the thrift store.

Here's the back.  I paid $2 for it.  Woot! Woot!  It's time for a makeover!

I'm not sure what direction I'm going to go in.  So I gesso it in case I decide to paint it.  And I took off those sad little butterflies that look like moths.  LOL ;)

So I decide not to paint it.  I am going to try to steampunk this birdhouse out!  I have foil tap paper.  But I'm curious to see if Aluminum Dryer Vent Tape will work because I don't have enough to cover my birdhouse and this is more readily available.

I use Ranger/Tim Holtz alcohol inks-grey and black on the aluminum tape.

Then I take the piece and run it through my embossing machine using a T.H. brick embossing folder.  So far so good.

I use this red pepper alcohol ink to make the bricks red.

That looks cool. :)  I peel off the adhesive back and mold it to the birdhouse.  It's already in strips because of how the tape comes-so the width is handy in this project.  I don't have to do a lot of trimming.

Here is the finished birdhouse.  Keep scrolling for side pictures and closeups. 

I used the same technique for the roof-but I used the "metal" embossing folder.  Still a Tim Holtz embossing folder.  I added these cool metal gears my husband got me one Christmas.  I think he bought them from Amazon.

Here is the back.  I couldn't figure out if I should do something on more on the back.  But it's the back-and except for y'all-who's going to see it? :)

This is the left side.  More cool gears.

This cool metal bow came from a Steampunk Show I went to.  I love it!  The house number is a Tim Holtz ideology thing.  Love! :)

The bird and metal flowers are Tim's.  There is a gear in the center of the left flower-it's from where my other gears came from.  And I used a Tim Holtz wire with a circle thing for the stem of the flower.  I had to use a white Faber-Castell marker to kind of highlight the metal pieces.  I used alcohol ink on them and everything was so dark.  The white sort of out lines the pieces and makes them pop.

Here's a closeup of the bricks.  I love how they came out, and they have a nice shine.

Thank you for stopping by.  :)

I am submitting this Steampunk Birdhouse into the following challenges:

Until next time my friends...keep that steam going! :)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Manly Thank You Card

Hello Friends!

I made a card for the challenge going on at Cards in Envy.  The challenge is Easy as 1 - 2 -3.  This card fits that requirement. :)

The background is paper from Creative Imaginations.  I stamped the Thank you (from Close to My Heart-one of my favorites!) and I glued on some little bling.  Little bling from Queen and Company from many moons ago.  LOL.  And I put a little black soot distress ink around the edges.

And that's it!  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!  :)

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time...have a wonderful rest of your day! :)