Monday, October 21, 2013

Trick or Treat

Hello Everybody!

I am working on Halloween cards!  Halloween is like next week!  How did that happen?

So over at Let's Scrap they have a great sketch this week.  Here's my card:

The little "monsters" are from the $1.50 bin at Michaels.  The brand is Craft Smart.  I bought them last year and I still love them!  I colored them with Copic Markers and I heat embossed them with black embossing powder.  

The little bat is from Stampin Up (2001!) and is popped dotted up.  The 2 light spider webs are from a Craftsmart stamp.  The darker spider web is from a Martha Stewart border punch.  Then the sentiment is from Tim Holtz Stampers anonymous with a little inking done.  Oh!  And the background paper is from MME (last year) and I spritzed it with orange Dylusions spray.  

Here is the Let's Scrap sketch.  Love this sketch!

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...stay spooky! :)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Day 4 of Tim's Creative Chemistry Class

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So I have finished my day 4 techniques.  There is just so much cool stuff and infinite possibilities.  :)

So let's have a look...

This first one is a monoprint.  These are all Stampers Anonymous stamps except for the gear.  That's Hampton Arts Graphic 45.  It was sitting next to the round notions stamps and I thought-why not?  There's gotta be a gear in a sewing machine right? ;)

Faux Patina...Love love love :)  The first is a compass coin (Tim).  The other 3 are from Momenta Metal.

This is Tinted Tinsel.  I painted and stained the tag.  And I think that's a Hampton Arts Hot Air Balloon stamp that I used.

This is Ombre.  Wow!  If you ask me.  I realized through this process that my stamping collage skills need some (ok maybe a lot) of fine tuning.  But there is some kind of coolness factor to this.  I think it might be the lady (graphic 45).  Like the guy there (one of my favorite Stampers Anonymous) is thinking about there time in beautiful Paris.  :)

This is the Faded Layers technique.  I took a picture before I stamped it because I wasn't sure what I was going to stamp.  Pretty cool, huh?

Turns out that I didn't cover too much up.  Love this guy too! :)

Thank you for stopping by!  And if you leave a comment that makes me super happy! :)  Until next time my friends...stay inky! :)

Day 3 Tim's Creative Chemistry Class

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Well I thought I was going to go in order-but I can't.  I couldn't wait to play with some alcohol inks!  I had to dust them off a little bit-but no fear they were ready to go.

So I was able to make 3 of the 6 techniques.  I'm waiting on a box of goodies to show up at more door so I can make the other 3.  Everyday I check the front door and mail box...must be patient. :)

So scroll on down to see the closeups!

Here is smudged stamping.  The hot air balloon may be from Graphic 34.  And the birds-well they didn't come out quite right but that's ok-sometimes that happens :)

Brayered Stains-This was a second take.  The first is on the other side-LOL.  I will be honest-I don't like the color of stains I have.  Like I need more to make better groupings.  My paints are good because I started off getting some Tim had recommended for a Tag of the Month.  I need a starter stain set :)

Here's my photo.  I thought I used a mid to higher grade photo paper...but I guess not because I was able to color really good on this.  LOL!  I had to improvise too on the second to last step.  I just added something to my list :)  Christmas is just around the corner!

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my's bedtime :)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Day 1 Part 2 of Tim's Creative Chemistry Class

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I guess some things never change.  I'm talking about procrastination.  LOL!  I procrastinated in college and I seem to be doing the same thing now in a fun creative techniques class-seriously!  What's wrong with me!

Ok so I finished the other 4 techniques from Day 1.  (Today was Day 5-eek!)

So let me show you what I made.  I can't tell you how-you'll just have to take the class.  And it's totally worth it!

So here are the following techniques: Eroded Metallic, Industrial, Colored Crackle, and Altered Surface.  As you scroll down there are close-ups.

Here is Industrial.  Totally cool steampunkish feel...

Here is eroded metallic--this may be one of my most favorites of all time.  I had to make another sample of it and cut out gears.  Love how this came out! :)

These are my Colored Crackle. 

Here is my butterfly finished with water droplets.

Now my spider went through a few coats before I was happy with the crackle contrast.  :)

Love this altered surface.  (Love all of these new techniques really!)  

Ok-I'm off to work on Day 2.  :)  

Monday, October 7, 2013

Trick or Treat!

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I made this Halloween card for 2 challenges:

Curtain Call: Spooky Scene

Moxie Fab World: Gold Challenge

I created a scene for my little trick or treaters.  The stamps are from My Mind's Eye (a couple of years ago maybe).  I used distress inks for the background.  I used scattered straw and orange marmalade for the sun setting sky.  For the darker part of the sky I used dusty concorde and faded jeans.  I used walnut ink and a little black soot for the ground.

I embossed the trees with gold embossing powder for the Moxie Fab challenge.  Normally I would have done it in black but gold looks so much better with the fall colors.  I did use black embossing powder for the little kids.

I even stamped the inside.  I felt I had to because there wasn't a sentiment on the outside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...did you go trick or treating as a kid?

Practice Tags

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I can't believe it's been like a week since I last posted.  It's been busy!  My birthday was last week so my husband planned lots of fun stuff for my birthday week :)  I'll share more about that later :)

Today starts Creative Chemistry 102 with Tim Holtz.  Day 1 is awesome!

Here are 2 tags I made using the marble and resist techniques.  This is what I needed to get my mojo going! :)

This marble rocks!  And then I did a little water flicking.

Here's my resist.  I flicked water on it also.  And somehow I did too much flicking on the mannequin.  But other than that this tag came out great.  You can see the writing from the notions labels.

Super excited about the other I better go!  Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...what's your favorite technique so far? :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Vintage Happy Birthday

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I wanted to be sure to play at the last challenge of the month at Inkspirational Challenges.  And I did-barely!  If you haven't been there go check 'em out!  If you play all month you can have a chance to get the prize from the sponsor.  There are some great prizes!  Wednesday starts the new set of challenges. :)

So here's my card:

This week was a sketch challenge.  I used Crate paper and inked it up with vintage photo distress ink.  I inked up just about everything!  LOL.  The circle and sentiment.  And for the lace I used a tea dye distress stain.  The green middle ribbon is a Tim Holtz ribbon that I used sage stain on.  The ric rac already dark brown so no staining there. :)

I glued on some buttons from my stash.  It needed a little extra vintage.

Here is the sketch:

For the month of September Inspired by Stamping is the sponsor.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...Keep on craftin'! :)

Cute Lil' Pumpkin

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It's the 1st Tuesday and you know what that means (if you don't I'm gonna tell ya)--It's time for a new challenge at Technique Time Tuesday!  Yay!!

The technique is called Faux Cloisonne.  Now I will be honest-I had to look up Cloisonne. explains it like this: as an enamelwork in which colored areas are separated by thing metal bands fixed edgewise to the ground.

So you used metallic embossing powder on glossy paper (I used magazine pages).  How cool is that?!

So this is the top of my pumpkin.  I used the Faux Cloisonne on the leaves.  There are 4 leaves total.  The big leaves are from Sparkle N Sprinkle and the two maples leaves are from Michaels.

The leaves are flowers are on top of a pumpkin I made.  Graphic 45 had a tutorial and you can go here to see it.  There are 2 more cool pumpkin tutorials on there also.

I put some Dazzles acorn stickers on one of the panels.  The pumpkin paper is from My Minds Eye.

The flowers and bling hearts are some old Prima flowers that I had.  I inked them up a little.

And the coolest things beside being cute and having cool holds treats!  How cool is that!!

I am also submitting this cute lil' pumpkin to the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamps-Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by today!  Until next time friends...I can't wait to see what you make.  And if you make a pumpkin-leave me a comment so I can see it.  And if you make something with the faux cloisonne be sure to link it up! :)