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! :)

Woody and Buzz

Hello Everybody!

I hope your Thursday is going great.  It's always a great day--Friday Eve! :)

I was totally inspired by the 2 page sketch at Let's Scrap.  Here is their sketch:


And here is my interpretation.  I love Disney and some of the DT had Disney examples-so I was so excited and inspired.  The 2nd best thing to being at Disney is looking at pictures from your Disney visits. :)


The title and the hearts in circles are from the Silhouette machine.  The & is from Thickers.  I had a sheet of Toy Story and stickers from Sandy Lion.  And there is one little orange sticker from Reminisce.  

I added a little frame to the first page.  I always have frames and don't use them so I'm so happy that I have used 2!  The second is on the second page on the bottom right. :)

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...May your day be magical! :)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cross Fit Baby Card

Hello Everybody!

One of my good friends does cross fit.  And someone in her class was going to have a baby.  So my friend asks if I can make a cross fit baby card.

I am not going to lie and say I didn't go on Pinterest for ideas-because I totally did.  And there aren't any.  LOL!  So somewhere in my head I had this vision to put a baby on a set of bar bells.

My next obstacle was that the silhouette store didn't have any baby svg files that I liked.  Weird, huh?  So I dusted off the ol' cricut-and ta da!  This card was born ;)


This is a great baby die cut form Cricut.  But don't give it a month-it makes it not cute anymore.  At least when I tried to give it a mouth LOL!  :)

I am entering this card into:

the Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says Stamp-Wednesday Challenge.

And the Anything Goes Challenge at Watercolor Wednesday


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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Missed Birthday Card

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A sweet friend of mine had a birthday last week.  And I knew it was coming.  And then I watched it go!  Well that's no good.  I knew I had to make my friend a birthday card.  So I got out my crazy birds-because they are always great inspiration within themselves, and I set off to work!

So here's my card:


The background is cracked pistachio distress oxide with a tim holtz stencil.  And for the bird I used wilted violet (oxided di) as a watercolor.  So I put some on my mat and spritz with water.  Then I used a paintbrush to paint the bird.  I did the same thing for the balloon using worn lipstick.

Since I am going to enter this into the challenge at Seize the Birthday I had to take this card up a notch.  LOL :)  I added a white string and a bow on the balloon.



Thank you for stopping by today!  Until next time my friends-have a happy day! :)


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hexagons on a Card!

Hello Everybody!

I wanted to share card I made using my gelli plate.  I have come to the conclusion that I do not use my gelli plate nearly enough.  I used a hexagon punch to cut out the shapes.  The paper was cardstock from gelli plate designs.  This was from bubble wrap.  I hoard bubble wrap just for the gelli plate.  LOL  And if I need to mail a package?  It's an added bonus that I have a pile of bubble wrap on hand.  ;)


I added some Queen and Company stars and a Tim Holtz sentiment.  

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends---what is a craft thing you have that you don't use nearly enough?  :)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

My Hero Card

Hello Everybody!

I made this card for one of my son's teachers a little while back.  The stamps are from Fun Stampers Journey.  


I had this red texture stuff that I bought from the Scrapbook Expo a way while back (isn't that always the case?) and I really wanted to use it.  Somehow I was able to work it in on this card.  :)  I pop dotted the superhero girl panel.

Teachers are definitely heros!  So if you are a teacher-thank you for all that you do! :)

Until next time my friends--time to use up some of the stuff I bought at the scrapbook expo! ;)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Shaker Cards

Hello Everybody!

I am back!  Time is a funny thing-I was away from my blog a lot longer than I thought!  I knew I was going to take a little break.  I was sort of evaluating how I did my blog.  Like was I going to change anything?

I've been making projects here and there.  I can't stop making.  And I have taken photos of my projects.  But I haven't been able to type them up and-this is a biggie-get them into a challenge.  I have become so challenge driven that I couldn't make something without it being inspired by someone other than myself.  And that started to effect my mojo.  So I took a step back.  Realizing that it's ok to make stuff however I want to make stuff.  Am I still going to do challenges-Oh YEAH! I love the opportunity to have my card on the winners page or win a prize-please don't misunderstand me! :)  But I have to make stuff for myself also, which is how I got here in the first place. :)

So are there going to be changes?  Just a few in that I am going to post some things just to post them.  I want to have an online record of making a card or some mixed media project-even if it isn't tied to a challenge or something.

So I am going to start with a couple of Shaker Cards that I made in the beginning--maybe a year or so ago that never got posted.



This card with the stars is made using the diamonds from Queen and Company.  The stars are cut from my silhouette.  I used my Fuse to make the little bags for the diamonds.  And before I gave this card out-I put a thank you in white in the right corner.  But I don't have a picture of it completed.  I was very happy with this card when it was done.  And I loved shaking those diamond pieces. :)



How did I miss posting this card?  And I made a boy version of this card but can't find it right now.  The frame and dino were cut from my silhouette machine also.  This shaker uses a Queen and Company rectangle to keep all of the fun bits from falling out.  

I LOVE shaker cards.  They are so fun to make.  My favorite part is picking out what goes in the shaker.  :)

Thank you for stopping by today.  Until next time my friends--it's time to shake things up! :)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Penguins Layout

Hello Everybody!

There is a great sketch at The Memory Nest that caught my eye-and I knew I had to participate.

Here is my layout:




Here is the sketch for Make It Monday No. 90:


Instead of using the vines for the title-I used a penguin that I cut from the silhouette.  The little penguins are from the Silhouette also.  I used Wendy Vecchi's transparent paste and a companions workshop stencil for the background.  I used scrap papers behind my picture (yay!!).  And various buttons and things.  My husband gave me the "love this" wooden embellishment.  

Here are some close ups:


Here is the journaling.


Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...just chill :)



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Shaker Butterfly Card

Hello Everybody!

I love love love shaker cards!  And I love that Queen and Company has totally made shaker cards their thing.  When I was at the Scrapbook Expo, I spent a lot of time in the Q&C booth.  If you haven't been to their booth-first it's color coded.  So I bought these little flower that are on this card.

But this card is a shaker using their die cut (that I had to buy!  Butterfly 😍😍😍)  I also had an Art Anthology class-and they have cool paints and sprays.  So I bought Wisteria and Pixie.  I painted the purple (Wisteria) on the outside of this card and Pixie (the light blue) on the inside.  There are sequins and all sorts of goods in the shaker part.  AKA my favorite part.  I love putting all of the little bits into the shaker. :)


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



Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...Shake it up! ;)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Card of Dad

Hello Everybody!

Tonight I made a card for my Dad.  He plays guitar so I thought it was fitting :)


The background is made using distress oxides and Ken Olivers Yellow Gold.  While I spritzed the paper with water I put a few drops of the gold liquid to give the paper a little shimmer.  I also used watercolor paper so it would take the water better.  After the paper was dry I used a music embossing folder.

The die cut is a file from the Silhouette store.  I made a few guitars to get the different colors layered.

I am submitting this card to the Cards in Envy Challenge: You're the Man Challenge.

Until next time my friends, enjoy the music! :)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Driving into Summer

Hello Everybody!

My friend needed a card for her kids' bus driver.  She asked me to make a card for him.  She says something like "driving into summer."  Initially, all I could think of was pineapples and hibiscus flowers...thankfully it turned into this:


I love her sentiment.  All of the die cuts (building, bus, and palm trees, island) are from my Silhouette machine.  I actually cut out the hammock myself.  :)  The sky is embossed with a clouds folder from Darice.  The sentiment is from small Tim Holtz letters.

My friend loved the card (Yay!).

I am submitting this into the following challenges:

The Male Room: Die Cuts #61


Love to Craft Challenge Blog: Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time-buckle up-it's time to drive into summer :)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Mother's Day Shaker Card

Hello!

I have been busy over the last few days.  I went to the Scrapbook Expo yesterday-and was totally inspired by the examples and products.  There was so much to see!  It's nice to see the Expo getting bigger.  In years past it has been smaller, but it's definitely growing now. :)

One of my favorite booths is Queen and Company.  They are always so bright and cheerful.  Everything is organized by color-so it's hard not to want 1 of everything.

For my mom this Mother's Day, I made this shaker card.  The flower paper came from a magazine gift.  Everything else is Queen and Co.  I mad the 2 little flowers at the top with a paper punch.  All of the fun sequins inside the shaker are Queen and Co as well.  The sentiment is a stamp from Stampin Up (I think).


I am entering this card into the following challenges:






Thank you for stopping by today!  And early Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms out there.