Thursday, February 26, 2015

CC3C #22 Dimensional Cutting Pad

 I am back to post my entry in the CC3C #22 hosted by the lovely Linda Ledbetter.  Please visit Linda blog here to find out more about the rules and details of the latest challenge.  It is all made possible by the inspiration of the  talented Tim Holtz, author of A Compendium of Curiosities Volume III.  This weeks challenge is hosted by the generous Linda Coughlin over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  If you haven't had a chance to visit her site, you are missing out.  Now onward to my entry.  I was a bit intimidated by this challenge but I found that the technique added dimension to my simple card...hence the name.

 I started by using the dimensional cutting pad to cut out my butterfly and then proceeded to emboss the image.  I tried it in  reverse order...but that didn't turn out so well.  I inked up my butterfly with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink to make the embossing stand out. Next I stamped my dogwood image and water-colored it using Victorian Velvet and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink for the flowers, Mow Lawn and Pine Needle Distress Ink for the leaves, and Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo Distress Ink for the branches using the Waterbrush.  I added a simple sentiment and matted the piece on pink card stock.  I  really liked how the pink card stock made the butterfly pop.
Well that's all for me tonight.  Thanks for stopping by :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015-February

I had a great time playing with the techniques Tim highlighted in his February tag tutorial. You can see his tag here.  Probably the last time I made a collage was in high school for a class project...and that was some time ago :)  My focal point is a piece of ephemera I received as a gift with a purchase from The Funkie Junkie Boutique...thanks Linda,
 I found various other pieces of ephemera and tags that I Glue n' Sealed to my tag.  I pretty much followed Tim's step by step instructions.  I finger painted Picket Fence Distress Paint to give a shabby feel and smudged Black Soot Distress marker to create shadows between my layers. I painted the wordband with Picket Fence Distress Paint to highlight the message and secured it with two fasteners.
I substituted a tattered flower with a button center made with the Tattered Floral die offsetting an Industrious Framed floral paper from my stash for Tim's wool heart.

My Adornment Arrow holds a small metal heart embellishment which I distressed with Black Soot Distress Paint.  I tinted Crinkle Ribbon with Fired Brick and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink misted with water.

I would also like to enter my tag in A Vintage Journey: It's Time to Play Tic-Tac-Toe-Paint, Ephemera, Die Cuts.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Valentine for Him

I finished this card just in the nick of time.  Valentine's Day does not lend itself to masculine cards, but I wanted to make a special card for my hubby.
I created the card using a Ranger Giant #12 Craft Tag and dragged it through Fired Brick Red and Black Soot Distress Ink mixed with a mist or two of water.  I stamped the Tim Holtz Top Hat from the High Society Blueprints Set with Jet Black Archival ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I added a couple of stamped tickets along with #14 game piece.  Finally, I added the sentiment "you are tops" in Tim's ChitChat-type style.

I would like to enter my card in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge-Red + Pink.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day...unfortunately the stomach bug cancelled my festivities but the jello my husband made me was better than all the chocolate in the world.  Thanks for stopping by :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Non-Traditional Valentine

For as many people who like the red and pink day filled with hearts and flowers, I am convinced that there are an equal number who would rather sleep through February 14th.  My daughter is one of those people.  For her, I made a non-traditional Valentine's Day card inspired by the colors of Astrid's journal pages and the uniqueness of Wendy's non-traditional Valentine.
My background is made by inking Weathered Wood Distress Ink through the Gothic stencil and embossing with clear embossing powder on a  piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock (smooth side), I then used the Harlequin stencil with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  I added color to the white areas of the card by gradually working in the aforementioned colors along with  Faded Jeans and Frayed Burlap.
I stamped the chandelier in Pumice Stone and gave it some sparkle with Rock Candy distress ink.  I also stamped LOVE and the definition of love in Wendy's Watering Can Archival Ink and Postcard in Wendy's Sky Blue Archival Ink.  My favorite part of the card is the embossed heart flower using Wendy's Sky Blue Archival Ink and Embossing Powder...what a cool technique.  I finished the card with an Industrious Frame and a silver heart suspended on a chain.


I would like to enter my card in the second  Make Art Challenge-Hearts/Love,  the Inspiration Journal Challenge-Love is in the Air, and the Artist Trading Post Challenge-Love is in the Air.

Well, there you have it, my non-traditional Valentine.  Thanks for stopping by :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Music Unlocks the Heart

Here again with another Valentine's Day card post.  This one is for my daughter.  As you can tell by the card she is a lover of music.  It is where she goes to escape the hectic pace of a teenager's life.
I made the background of my card with a piece of  a manila folder covered with Glue n' Seal and Melange Tissue Wrap...scrunched in places.  I combined Antique Linen, Fired Brick, Spun Sugar, and Walnut Stain Distress Paints with a few mists of water to finish my background.  My heart tag background is colored with  Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink misted with water.  The heart stamp is from Dina Wakley and I gave it some sparkle using the Rock Candy Distress Glitter technique found on page 55 of Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities Volume III,
I added a computer generated sentiment on distressed brown paper, a bit of Paper String-Brown Stripes,a piece of ribbon, a gold embellishment with a pink gem and of coarse a key to unlock the heart.

I wish to enter my card in the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #21 hosted by the lovely Linda Ledbetter and inspired by Tim Holtz's book of the same name.  This weeks challenge is generously sponsored by Inspiration Emporium.

I would also like to enter the following challenges:

Frilly and Funkie-Be My Valen-Twine  Paper String Stripes

 Mixed Media Card Challenge-LOVE  Tissue Wrap, Rock Candy Distress Glitter , paper string, metal embellishments

Our Creative Corner-Tic-Tac-Toe...Let's Have Some Fun!  Embossing Powder, Stamps, Lace-Ribbon-Twine-Cord

Thanks for stopping by :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Mother's Love Part 2

I am back to share the Valentine's Day card I made for my Mother-in-law.  I shared my Mom's card a few posts back.  We were not able to find a portrait of my Mother-in-law's Mom, but did find a couple of candid snapshots.  I picked this picture because of her sweet smile and gentle expression.

I would like to enter this card in A Vintage Journey's-Challenge 24 Love is in the Air.  I used all kinds of Tim things while making this card.  The trellis is made of  the wood grain paper from the Resist Paper Stash Motif and the Lattice Frameworks Die.  I then painted it with a thin layer of Antique Linen Distress Paint, roughened the edges and distressed with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.
I used the Latticework stencil with Fired Brick and Victorian Velvet Distress ink to add some interest to my background.  I even brushed in Wendy's Tea Rose Archival Ink to add a more peachy tint. My cupid was shaded with Fired Brick, Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap and a few mists of water.  I used  a technique that Tim shared in his December 2014 tag tutorial to add a little sparkle with Rock Candy Distress Glitter.
I finished  with a tag covered with paper from my stash, painted lightly with Antique Linen paint and stamped with a Valentine's Day stamp.  I added a piece of green twine tied in a bow.

 I would also like to enter my card in :

Inspiration Journal-Love is in the Air

Frilly and Funky-Be My Valen-Twine

Thanks for stopping by :)