Monday, July 29, 2013

Citrus Thanks!

Hello Everybody!

This card placed in the TOP 5 at Inkspirational

There is a sketch challenge going on at Inkspirational this week.

This is one of those great sketches where you can do all sorts of things.  So I had too many choices.  I looked through stamps and paper.  So what I decided to do was a technique I saw on Simon Says Stamp.  She uses Ranger Pipettes to move the color around.  You can see the tutorial here.

So I bought some pipettes and went to work.  I have London Blue, Squeezed Orange, and Fresh Lime Dylusions ink spray.  So with my pipette and straw I went to town after I embossed thank you.

The I masked the bottom with a stencil and just used the blue dylusions.  I used green twine from Doodlebugs.  It has a citrus feel hence the name of this blog post.  I hope you like it.  I think it came out good for my first try.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...have a happy day! :)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Vintage Receipt Holder

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The past few nights I have been busy working on a project for my local scrapbook store.  The owner of the store said I have a challenge for you.  (You know I perked up at the word challenge!)  She said if you get one of these receipt holders and decorate, I will put it up in the store.  Eek!  That's cool!  My work on display!

So I bought one.  Now I haven't made one of these before.  And truthfully it hung on the door to my scrapbook room for like 2 months.  LOL!  And then she asked me about it the other day.  So I decided it was time to take it out of the package and just go for it!

So here it is.  The next picture is a little more close up.  Then I took a pictures of a few frames at a time.  I am submitting this wall hanging to the following challenges at Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges: Anything But a Card and Great Impressions: Anything Goes.

Here is the first and second frame.  I used an assortment of things!  Most of the paper is from Tim Holtz and 7 Gypsies.  On 2 of the frames I made the backgrounds.  The colorful Toy Story is a label from one of my son's pj's.  He doesn't like those tags-so instead of throwing it away I kept it.  One the 2nd frame I used a film strip transparency from Tattered Angels.

The 3rd frame here is all Tim Holtz except for a sticker ticket that was from Paper Studio (hobby lobby).  The 4th frame has a variety of stickers.  The butterfly is from the TH die that has the bunny on it.  I covered it in Crackle Rock Candy and used worn lipstick and sage to color it.  I used white and pink pearls for the body.

Awe, here's one of our cats Marshall.  All TH except the birds on the wire washi tape-that Recollections.  You can use rub-ons on the flat metal piece.  On the 6th frame I used distress stain and ink for the background.  I used one of TH stamps and walnut stain to decorate it.  That is sorta covered up by the TH button and gears and the Maya Road burlap flower.  But I had to use that flower!

Frames 7 and 8 both have 7 Gypsies paper.  The you are my favoite is a Unity Stamp/Echo Park.  The rest is Tim Holtz.  Except for the Monopoly Hotel-that was a found item :)

This is the last row.  That map paper is 7 Gypsies.  The rest is Tim Holtz.  The compass coin, brad, and arrows are painted with salty ocean, moss, and broken china distress paint to create the patina effect.  You can see part of Frame 10 here.  (I don't know why I divided it like I did).  That paper is actually a scrap from Recollections.  The bulb, washi tape piece, and rub-on all Tim Holtz.

Now the metal piece on Frame 11 here is painted with salty ocean and green moss distress paint.  The mustache is from Kaiser, and I stained it with Distress Stain walnut stain.  I used brass distress paint around the background of frame 11.  The clip, rub-on, and most of the tissue tape are TH, the musical notes washi tape is Recollections. 

The last frame is an embossed cardstock.  I inked the raised edges.  Tim's embossing folder.  Tim's cash key and ticket.  The twine is from Martha Stewart.  And Treasure the Moment is a vellum quote from DCWV.  I heard vellum was coming back.  Good because I have a lot left over from the first go around ;)  (hehe).  And then there is the little canvas bag that is hanging from a brad with a loop.  Again Mr. H's.  :)

Now let me tell you about this cute little canvas bag.  My hubby bought them for me for my birthday.  I love when he buys me stuff because he goes all over the craft store looking for stuff he hasn't seen me use.  

So I took this little bag and stained it with walnut stain distress stain.  I did this lightly.  Then I used a chevron stencil from Heidi Swapp and fiber paste.  Awesome!  Here's a tip-put a piece of cardboard in your bag so that if you use something that leaks through, your bag doesn't ruin.

Then I made a flower with Tim Holtz tissue tape.  I added a gear from the jewelry section of the craft store (my hubby's purchase-thank you) and used the brass distress paint to make it not so shiny.  Then I sprayed perfect pearls gold on the game piece.  I colored the cork heart on the pin.  It is from Little Yellow Bicycle.  And tied a piece of brown ric rac on it.  Then I stuck it through the bag making sure I would't prick myself later.

I used a Core'dinations cardstock and embossed and cut out the admit ticket.  Then I used sandpaper to show the color underneath.  It fits perfectly into the little bag!

Whew!  It was a totally fun project to do!  I usually have projects done within a day or two so it's cool to see a project that has more time invested in it.  But I do like when they are done because I can't work on anything else until the big thing is done.  :) LOL

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my friends....what is a challenge you are needing to be creative with?

Monday, July 22, 2013


Hello Everybody!

This is a card I did for this week's sketch challenge going on at Let's Scrap.  I was in an artsy mood. :)

The background is a stamp from Inkadinkado (the circle system).  But I just stamped around the edge of the paper with weathered wood distress ink.  The center square is mustard seed, peacock feathers, and dusty concord.  Then I splashed some water droplets on it.  I then sewed the purple floss in the middle.

The dots are from a stamp from a set that I won at Inkspirational.  It was from the Rubber Stamp Tapestry.  There are 4 others in this set and I am really glad I won it! :)  The hexagon is from a cool fiskars punch, and then I used a sticker for the sentiment.  I used the distress inks for the spots also.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...I think I might use some glitter next ;)

So Pretty!

Hello Everybody!

I probably should have found a different title for this post, but I couldn't help it.  This card turned out pretty!  I used the Cottage Farms line from Pink Paislee.  The sentiment is a sticker from Hobby Lobby and the flowers and center are from Recollections.  And the pink ribbon is from Websters.  I inked the edges with weather worn distress ink.

This card is inspired by the challenge going on at Inkspirational.  This week it is a case.  So you can see below what the original card looked like.  I used the shape to make this one.  I think Ellen did a beautiful job on her card! :)

Thanks for stopping by!  There is still time to play with Inkspirational so stop on by!  Until next time my friends...have a good night! :)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Christmas in July

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It's time for another fun challenge at Clearly iStamp.  This time it's Christmas in July! Here are the challenge details:

Challenge starts today and goes through Aug 1 at 11pm Central Time.
Theme: Christmas projects
Prize: $10 gift certificate to Clearly iStamp for digi stamps.  If you use a CDS stamp your name gets entered twice for the drawing.  There is also a Top 3!
Come back Aug 7th to see if you won!

I was so happy to work with this sweet little angel.    For the angel's dress I made it 3-D.

I printed the angel 5 times.  If you use Photoshop you can duplicate the layer and the size (everything) stays the same.  Then I cut out 4 of the dresses.  Now I did this backwards.  I colored her dress after I assembled it.  I couldn't commit to a color palette.  :)

Ok so since the dress is pretty symmetrical, I fold it in half.  Then I cut and folded another dress in half.  Then I glued them together using a glue stick.  Then I did it for the other 2 dresses.  Then I had to commit to a color palette because I had to color it before I adhered it to the main base angel.

For her halo I put some gold paint on my craft mat and used a toothpick to paint the color in.  I used a brushable glue and glitter on her wings.  For her dress I used the same gold paint from the halo and mixed it with a pearl paint.  Then I added gloss gel medium to thin it out.  If it is too opaque it covers up the hearts and lines from the digi stamp.  If there was a little too much white from where the dress pieces didn't match up right I colored them in with a black marker.  Just be sure it doesn't leak through to another panel.

I colored the rest with Copics.  The materials I used are at the bottom of this post.  I used the same paint mixture from the dress to frame the sentiment.  Then I used scattered straw distress ink for the inside.  I inked the edges with a gold pen.

Angel and Senitment-Clearly Digi Stamps
Recollections Botanical Noel Papers
Tim Holtz-Tarnished Brass Distress paint, scattered straw Distress ink
Copic Markers
Sparkle N Sprinkle Brushable Glue and Cloud Nine Glitter
Krylon Gold Leafing Pen
Close to My Heart Create-a-shade Pearl Paint
Liquitex Basics gloss gel medium
Gold Ribbon 

Thanks for stopping by!  Can't wait to see what you make for this challenge!  Until next time my friends...Santa's coming to town (for a vacation!) ;)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sweet Lil' Lady Bug

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Tonight I had fun coloring this cute little lady bug for a couple of challenges.  It's a Bugaboo image that I got from one of their Free Fridays.  

The pattern paper is from Doodlebugs and then I used some cardstock and ribbon that I had.  The sentiment is a sticker from Stickabilities (Hobby Lobby).  Here's a closeup of the coloring.  

Here is the inspiration for this card:

Inkspirational Challenge 28: I used the lady bug and blue flowers

Yay!  There's still time to play if you are inspired by these things like I am.  Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my friends, have a good night! :)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Some Exciting News!

Hello Friends!

I hope all is well out in Blogland!  I have exciting news!  I am on the first DT team for Clearly iStamp!  I was honored to be a Guest DT for 2 challenges and now I am on the DT!  Yay!  So stop by and see-this month's challenge is which is Summer Time.  :)

Until next time my friends...stay crafty! :)

Monday, July 8, 2013

A Quilled Butterfly

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I was in the mood to quill-so I made a butterfly.  But I used the challenge at Inkspirational #27 to dictate the colors.

So here's my card:

Here are the colors for this week's challenge:

Periwinkle-the butterfly's body
Lavender-the background from Graphic 45
Deep Plum-the butterfly's wing
Split Pea-the butterfly's antennae

I also used a hexagon embossing folder from Darice and a Spellbinder's Die for the butterfly.  I enjoyed quilling the butterfly.  I haven't quilled in a while.  My husband laughs because I quilled flowers for our wedding invitations and I didn't quill anything for a long long time after that.  LOL. So this was a fun card to make. :)

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...have a great day! :)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Summertime Fun

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I am super excited to be a Guest DT for Clearly iStamp again.  The challenge this time is to do projects pertaining to Summer Time.  I made my card using digi stamps from the Happy Trails Camper Collection.

I added the oars to the canoe.  The tree paper is a digi paper that is included.  (LOVE IT, plus it comes with 3 more!)  For the sentiment I used scattered straw and rusty hinge distress ink and used jute on the outlined it with jute.  I used blue jeans around the canoe.  And the sentiment itself-just makes me happy!  There are other great sentiments in this collection, too.

Here are the Clearly iStamp Challenge details:
Challenge #2 Any Type of crafty project is allowed as long as it meets the Summer Time Theme
Starts: July 5th at 10AM (Central time)
Ends: July 18th at 11PM (Central time)
Prize: One Random winner will get the Featured Stamp: Happy Trails Camper (or if you buy it early you can play with it and you can pick one digi stamp of your choice) AND a Guest DT spot!
Winners Announced: Wednesday July 24th

I can't wait to see your summer projects!  Until next time my friends...get some water-it's hot out there! ;)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Aquarium Fun-A Scrapbook Page

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Over at Simon Says Stamp and Show they are having an Anything Goes. So I am trying to work on scrapbook pages, and I thought I would make one with a little mixed medium on it.

I used 3 different hues of blue gelatos and mixed them with light modeling paste-which is one of my favorite things right now.  If you want to get something like this and your not sure which one (because it can be overwhelming to go to that part of the craft store-for me anyways!) get this stuff first.  Martha Stewart has some stuff-just wait on that.  Fiber paste is fun but if you have to get just one thing to start with-my suggestion is this stuff.  You can mix it with gelatos to make different colors and when it dries-well it's cool and raised.

So the bubbles on the left are made with the paste and gelatos.  The circle on the right are made with a stencil from The Crafters Workshop and Salty Ocean Distress Paint.  The bottom of the page is sprayed with blue Dylusions ink.

I used some cool ocean die cuts from K&Company.  I am like addicted to buying their die cuts. I love them!

I had to hang my page up with clothes pins to get a better picture of it.  Because of the spray mist at the bottom it wouldn't stand up-LOL.  So please look past them at the top.  :)

Here is (hopefully) a closer look at the paste (which I used a dylusion stencil for these).  Also, a closer look at the journaling which is a circle from Bella Blvd.  It sorta looks like a bubble too.  The remember and camera on the kraft panel are stamps from Simple Stories. 

I hope you like my bubbles.  This was a fun page to make.  Until next time my friends...don't burst my bubble! ;)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Blurred Vision Watercoloring

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The challenge this month at Technique Time Tuesday is so fun and super easy!  Go check out the video here.  There's also a fabulous prize to the top winner-so come on and play!

Here is my card:

I used the technique on Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower.  Everything I used is Tim Holtz except the script in the background and the cardstock I used for the circle in the front and inside.  

Normally, I just do a standard A2 card.  But I made the pocket watch out of grungepaper, used bronze and silver distress stain and added my buildings and chit chat stickers.  Here's the truth of the matter.  I made Big Ben first using rusty hinge distress ink.  It came out so good.  I was just playing but it was just so awesome!  So then I blurred the Eiffel tower.  And the rest...they say is history.

Here's a close up.  I used glossy accents to cover the inside of it to be like glass.

Here is the inside.  After I made the first part of the pocket watch my husband said you should make that into a card.  I frowned at putting it on an A2 base.  That just didn't seem right.  So I got out some more grunge paper, die cutted a pocket watch.  I used silver distress stain to cover the backside of the first pocket watch.  Then I used bronze and silver for the second half.  I cut out a circle and used distress ink.  Then I adhered the left part so that it would open up and be a card.  Thank you hubby! :)

I hope you play.  It's super easy and I am sure you already have all of the things you need for the technique.  Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...when in doubt-grunge it up! :)