Wednesday, 13 March 2013

More Tattered Floral!

Good Evening Girlfriends!

I have been playing with the Tattered Florals Die from Tim Holtz.  There was this piece of patterned paper sticking out of the pile and after trimming it down... an idea popped into my head!   Once it was finished I was pleased with how it turned out so am entering it into the Tattered Floral Challenge over at the Tim Holtz blog.

The lighting was horrible but I think you will get the idea!

Here is the inside...
The inside will look like this but.. you get bonus points for noticing that I put everything together going the wrong direction!!
For the flower I took a look around my rubber room and saw the quilt batting, netting, quilting material and some plain cream.  I cut six of each (six at one time) with this awesome die that pretty much cuts through anything!
From the cream coloured material I decided to put some Distress Weathered Wood on my craft mat along with a few sprays of water.  Once they were coloured I scrunched them up and let them dry in a ball.  Once the flower was together I dabbed Distress Stickles in blue on some of the edges.
The star quilting material along with some more of the cream flowers, I frayed the edges.  The netted material kind of frayed itself lol!
I cut the quilt batting and then stamped it with Gathered Twigs Distress ink and sprayed some Gold mist on them.
Here is a side view...
I wish the lighting was better... it really does look neat IRL!
As for the rest of the card...
The dp was from a huge pack of paper I bought at Costco years ago.  ( I actually used it for the plain side originally!
I purchased the ribbon from Fabricland and the twine is from my fave store...Crafty Capers.
There you have it!  Thanks for looking!

The Lawn Ranger

Good Morning!

Just a quick post today...  I received my stamps from Art Impressions and am just loving this one!  My DH is a mechanic that works on landscaping equipment so this will fit perfectly with some of our customers.

The actual 'Lawn Ranger' image and sentiment can be found here.  I purchased a few other hilarious sentiments to go with some stamps of theirs that I already own.  Art Impressions is also the company that has the 'Girlfriends' series of stamps as well!

Art Impressions also has a blog and is gearing up for challenges soon.  They have one running right now and I'll enter this into the current challenge here  It's anything goes but there are bonus points for using an AI image!

TORO Colour Scheme

Sears Craftsman Colour Scheme

John Deere Colour Scheme

Poulan Colour Scheme

The images were coloured with Copics and although you can't see it in these photos, the eye glasses are done with Inka Gold - Silver.  When you tilt the card they really shine!

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, 5 March 2013

All Geared Up!

Good Evening Girlz!

I have been having so much fun playing around with the different Inka Gold colours lately.  I now have red, gold and silver and hope to add more to my stash soon! (Hurry up and order more colours Victoria! enabler!)

I used the Gears die by Ranger.  First off I used the Distress Silver Paint and instead of rubbing the paint on I squeeze the bottle and dab it on so it creates a textured surface.
Once the paint dried..only takes a couple of minutes... I used my VersaMark pad and rubbed it on here and there and then dumped on a rough embossing powder put out by Stampendous and then sprinkled on Zing embossing powder in glitter black.
Here is a close up of the embossing...
And a photo from the side..
For the background I used the Gears embossing folder by Sizzix for Tim Holtz.  After embossing the black cardstock I started adding the Inka Gold colours in Silver and Gold.  It dries very quickly and then use a paper towel to buff it up so its shiney.
To finish it off I popped some of the gears up and it was done!
Thanks for looking!


Thursday, 28 February 2013

Fun With Inka Gold!

Evening Girlz! 

An idea popped into my head so I headed off to my rubber room to play.  This is the result!

I stamped the image by Magenta with VersaMark and then added Zing Red Embossing Powder which turned out pink/purple... basically a plum colour.  Bummer, but rolled with it.
Next I used Inka Gold, water and a paint brush (from the Perfect Pearls sets) and flicked the gold onto all parts of the image.  Next, polish the Inka Gold with a paper towel and it just glows when you tilt the card.  Kewl!

Here is a close up of the gold and it still doeant do it justice but you will get the idea...

To finish it off... the usual.. paper from stash, Swiss Dots embossing folder, pop up squares and lots of tape!

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Tattered Floral Challenge - My Version

Good Evening Girlfriends!

It has been a long couple of weeks!  Everyone has been on my mind from the wild fires and flooding in Australia to the bitter cold and massive dumps of snow in Eastern Canada and the United States.  We are so lucky to be living on the West Coast of Canada!  Our winds have been hurricane force lately but the days in between storms have been beautiful!  I have been out turning the gardens bit by bit wearing a t-shirt or light sweater.. bit by bit.

My post today is inspired by a post over at the Tim Holtz Blog.  The challenge is to make flowers using the Tattered Florals die.  My first couple of tries were deep sixed into the can.  This one is really neat and I really am amazed that I came up with it!

If only things would look like they do in real life.  Photos don't do this flower justice..I think.  The other thing I am not fond of is the layout but I have always had trouble with that and, embellishing.  There should be more ribbon in there somewhere..or something!

The tag itself was first embossed around the edges with a frame stamp and Ranger Extra Fine Embossing Powder in gold.  Prior to heating it I added some hot pink glitter that I had and really like the effect.  You can hopefully see it better in the close up above.  After embossing I used some Inka Gold red and streaked it all over using a bit of water mixed in.  Inka Gold gold was streaked on top of the red and then polished with a paper towel when dry.

You can see a bit more from this side view.  To make all of the layers I mixed up different textures.  Some layers were cut from cotton quilt batting (I used scraps from one that I just finished) which were stamped with Distress Ink Gathered Twigs and then sprayed with gold Glimmer Mist.  Some were cut from webbed gift wrap from the dollar store.  The gold tinsel threads fall out fairly easy though.  Another set of layers were cut from Vellum.  Half of the flowers were embossed with Swiss Dots and the others were stamped with Distress Gathered Twigs and then light layers of Inka Gold, gold and then red.  This last type were then scrunched up for texture and volume.  Worked like a charm!

The butterfly is a Memory Box die.  The solid die cut was coloured with Distress Raspberry and Wild Honey.  I then heat embossed with chunky clear embossing powder.  The intricate die cut was cut from paper that I layered with Inka Gold gold and red.
The tag ribbon was coloured using the Inka Gold.  It worked really well!
Here is a photo of the mess present wrap from the dollar store.  I have no idea whose brilliant idea it was to call this gift wrap when it basically falls apart when you cut it.  You should have seen the mess I created when cutting it with the Tattered Floral die!
So, there you have it!  I am entering this over at the Tim Holtz blog and will see what happens.  There is a gift pack up for grabs and I hope I win!

I have posted one more for the Tattered Challenge and you can see it here!
 I heard that you can post two in the challenge but it won't let me so...

Thanks for looking and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Sunday, 3 February 2013

12 Tags of 2013 - February

Evening Girlz!

Well.. I am going to try and do the 12 tags of 2013 and play along with Tim Holtz!  I dont have all the stamps and embossing folders or Wasabi Tape (sp?) but am giving improvisation my best shot!

I used Distress Worn Lipstick and Distress Festive Berries to distress the tag.  Between each addition of colour I flicked water to create water marks.  These were accented with each layer of colour.  The edges were distressed and used Distress Black Soot on the edges.

For the bottom of the tag I cut a piece of black cardstock and used Inka Gold in Red for the first streaked layer.  After buffing it with a paper towel I then added a streaked layer of Inka Gold and buffed it again with a paper towel.  The last part was to emboss it with the Valentine Cuttlebug folder and then use Distress Gathered Twigs on the raised parts.  That idea was originally from The Wandering Buckeye

The strip at the top of the tag was done the same as above minus the embossing.  Hearts were cut with the Cricut and distressed with Festive Berries and Vintage Photo.  The same was done with the letter U at the bottom.  The Love tag was distressed with Vintage Photo and popped up.

The vintage photo was one I found on the net a very long time ago.  I resized it to fit and printed.  A Fiskars deckled scissor was used to cut it out.  The edges were distressed with Vintage Photo.  To make the photo look like one I used VersaMark dragged over the top and then Ranger Clear Embossing Powder was thickly layered and heated from the underside.

I had some gold thread to wrap around the tag instead of bakers twine which I didnt have.  A heart cut with the Cricut and embossed was then stuck over the gold thread.  Raffia and ribbon were put through the tag hole.

And.. never forget to finish the back of the tag!  I used Wild Honey and then Vintage Photo on the edges.

So....  here it is!!

Here is a closeup of the clear embossing on the photo..

This sort of shows how the Inka Gold and Inka Gold Red look on the black cardstock

Thanks for looking!  Have a wonderful week!


The Outlawz Monday Greeting Card Challenge

Happy Sunday Girlz!

Its hard to believe that the weekend is almost over..Our one day off went by so quickly.

Over at The Outlawz Monday Greeting Card Challenge, the theme is to have stitching on your card whether it be drawn, sewn by machine or sewn any other way. 

The sponsor for this weeks challenge is Bugaboo Stamps and I chose to use Bunny Blocks - Mini Set  This set comes with seven bunny images.  I resized six of them to 1 1/4 inch for my punch and also for a quilt layout.  They are coloured with Copics and after taking the photo I decided to add a touch of stickles to their noses.

The colours are actually quite bright IRL.  The sentiment was typed out on the computer

Thanks for looking and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Alcohol Inks Done Different

Victoria inspired me to bring out the alcohol inks the other day!  I used Meadow, Citrus, Lemonade, and Terra Cotta along with pressurized air for my computer.
Once I finished blowing the inks around I used the blending solution and put a drop in the middle of each colour.
There was still too much white glossy paper showing so I took a leap of faith and went around the edges with Distress Wild Honey.  The edges turned out great so I went even further to colour in all white areas.  I kind of like how it turned out!
The butterfly stamp is by Penny Black and one of my favourites.  It was stamped in Archival Black.  Once the ink was dry I used Lime Green Stickles to colour in some of the areas and the body. 
Here is a closer look of the Stickles..

Thanks for looking!


Twelve Tags Of 2013 - #1

Good Evening Girlz!

I went to the Tim Holtz blog at the beginning of January and have now put mine together from memory.  I have a feeling it isn't even close to Tim's but.. a valiant effort!  I will find out for sure when I check his after posting mine!

For my tag I had to improvise quite a bit.  The sentiment is one that I picked out for the recipient of the tag.  He is a friend of my son who has his degree and is now venturing into politics.  I hope he likes it!

The gears were painted with silver paint and then once dry, rubbed with a VersaMark pad and sprinkled with Stampendous Aged Taupe Embossing Enamel and sprinkled with Zing Black glossy embossing powder. 

The film strip that Tim used wasn't available here so I used a ticket die and acrylic from a Spellbinder package.  I rubbed THoltz silver paint dauber and rubbed it in with my finger... and removed some as well.  This gave it a cloudy effect.

Tim used a pointed finger stamp which I didn't have so I cut one out with my Cricut using the Going Places cartridge.

The tag itself was distressed and then I stamped the Hero Arts Watch Gears stamp using Vintage Photo.  I quickly poured clear embossing powder over it all which gave it a nice glossy finish.

The strip with the sentiment was first stamped with Hero Arts Map of Americas using Distress Frayed Burlap.  The edges were distressed and then I used Vintage Photo on the edges.

My ribbon was first stamped with Archival Black, dried and then rubbed in Distress Honey.  It didn't turn out as I had hoped but... you live and learn!

Here are some closer views so you can see what I have been talking about!

The recipe is...
Stamps - Hero Arts Clock Gears and Map Of Americas
Inks - Distress Iced Spruce, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
Embossing Powders - Ranger Super Fine Clear, Stampendous Aged Taupe Enamel, Zing
Dies - Tim Holtz Gears
Cricut - Going Places Cartridge
Paper - Recollections, Staples 110 lb.
Seam Binding

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, 19 January 2013

A Bunch Of Odds & Sods

Good Evening Girlz...

I was doing some playing one night this past week.  Quite a while ago I bought a set of stamps at a garage sale.  I know they are from around 2005 but don't have the name from Stampin Up.  I tried stamping with inks a couple of times and nothing seemed to work so I put them away and almost gave them away!  I am now glad I didn't and kind of like how these turned out.  The key this time around was to use VersaMark and then heat emboss with Ranger super fine detail embossing powder.

I think the stamps can work for thank you cards or even Valentines


I am not sure whether you can see the detail from these photos but if your screen is big enough you just may see it!

Thanks for looking!


For My Cricut Lover Buddies!

Good Afternoon Girlz!

I clicked on a visitor's blog that showed up on my stats, Trails of Paper
and while looking around at her beautiful work I spotted a button on her side bar for Cricuts.  So... I clicked on it and boy did I ever hit the jackpot!!!

My Cut Search has lists of carts but here is the kicker!  On the home page you can type a word into the search box and it will tell you which carts have characters or images of what you need.  Then, you can pick from the list of photos for the one you want and so on.

I don't know how many times I have sat down thumbing through all of the cart books to find an image that I want.  A lot of them are not put on the back of the box so you have to find them by trial and error and... try to remember where you found it the next time around.

Head on over and have a look!  I love saving time because I just don't have much of it to spare and finding this site made my day!


Sunday, 13 January 2013

Bugaboo Stamps Challenge at The Outlawz

Good Evening Girlz!

The Greeting Card Challenge at The Outlawz for the week of January 14th.  I am posting a couple of hours early but it has been a crazy schedule lately.

The Bugaboo digi that I picked for this weeks challenge is..Gus and I just love this cranky old guy!   This will be used as a Christmas card for one of our loggers this year.

One of the extras needed for this challenge is snow or snowman.  I picked snow for mine.

Here is a close up of the snow and glitter I added..
The recipe is...
Stamps - Bugaboo Digi
Memory Box Die - Grand Window
Papers - Recollections and unknown
MS Score board
Distress Ink Frayed Burlap
MS Clear Glitter
Thanks for looking!


Saturday, 12 January 2013

First Grandbaby Has Arrived!

Evening Girlz!

Just a quick post tonight.  Terrys son and wife had a baby girl this morning.. Livia River.  Not sure where the middle name River came from but I will get used to it!  She has ten fingers and ten toes so that means she is perfect!

I made this card last night while they were with the midwife at the hospital.  I wanted something to put a bit of money for take out food one nigfht when she is too tired to cook.  Up here, you are sent home within hours of having the baby if there are no complications.  Go figure.

I used the Cricut for most of the card..

This is the inside..


The recipe is..

Sentiments - Stamping Bella, Stampin Up
Cricut - George and Newborn
Papers - Recollections and .. Little Yellow Bicycle - Hello Spring
Inks - Distress Walnut, VersaFine
Embossing Powder - Zing red (it ends up being purple!)
Stars - Dollarama

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Something Different Valentine

Good Evening Girlz!

I headed to my rubber room tonight after doing some painting downstairs in the war zone.  Things should be dry enough to bring my great stuff home again!!

Back to tonight's post! 

I picked up a new embossing folder (errr... 2 actually) and decided to try this one out.  It is by Craft Concepts and called Celine.  It has hearts and on one side you can use a large circle punch or stamp, etc.  This is what I did with it and I will give you the steps below...Actually, IRL it looks like and feels like leather!  Go figure...

First off I cut red cardstock the size of the embossing area on the folder.  It looked pretty neat so wanted to accent the raised areas and did that with Distress Festive Berries.  The embossing looked fabulous but.. why stop there?!  lol  Yes, I brought out the clear embossing powder and lightly put that on so it stuck only where I put the Distress ink.  Looked really neat so...
I looked through my drawers.. the craft room kind, and saw some Antique Bronze Distress stain that I hadn't tried before so thought what the heck and lathered that over it all and immediately toweled some off.  Now it even looked neater so what the heck...add more clear embossing powder!  That was where I stopped though.  I was finally happy with the result!
For the circular area to the right I grabbed some dark brown cardstock and using the VersaMark pad I stamped the sentiment and birds then heat embossed them with ultra fine Ranger Gold embossing powder.  I still needed something so I used Distress Walnut to darken the edges and then... yes, Victoria, I used clear embossing powder on the distressed edges.  Mahvelous!! 
Here is a close up of the embossing although I couldn't get the camera to take a picture of how it really looks.  I guess the bronze areas reflected the light which made it all orange.  But, you get the idea!  Argghh.. I just noticed once again that my watermark is sporting the wrong year still!  Should be 2013!

The recipe is:

Stamp - Michaels dollar bin
Embossing folder - Craft Concepts / Celine
Paper - Recollections
Inks - VersaMark, Distress Walnut Stain, Distress Festive Berries
Ranger embossing powder - Gold and Clear

Thanks for looking!



Sunday, 6 January 2013

Stampscapes Valentine

Good Morning Girlz!

Here is an idea that I came up with while sucking all of the water out of the basement before the restoration crew got here!  Yes, while I was at the shop yesterday, the hot water tank blew.  Just wonderful.  It now seems that the wiring wasnt done right by the previous owner and that the wiring board had caught on fire as well.  I may have gotten home in time and with shutting down the power and water supply, the small fire went out!  To make a long story short, the other half of the basement that wasnt affected by the water backup last year was affected by the tank.  I am tired and want to move from this possessed house!

Okay.. On to the cards today....

These two Valentines were each done with one stamp for each.  Easy Peasy!!  I used Lakeside Cabin on one and Lakeside Cove on the other.  The Lakeside cove was not quite wide enough so I reinked the stamp and added it to the right hand side, on glossy paper.

The moon was done with a Fiskars heart punch and tacky paper.

To colour, I started with Lemonade around the moon using a Colorbox stylus.  Next, I used Distress Wild Honey around the moon, down through the middle of the scene.  Distress Worn Lipstick was tapped on from the outside edge towards the middle, working around the edges followed by Distress Festive Berries and then Distress Fired Brick.

Now that the colour was how I wanted, I carefully removed the sticky heart moon.  It was stark white so I added Adirondack Lemonade on the edges of the left side.  Now the scene looked like #&@? because the moon was still waayyy too light.  I had nothing to lose so took my VersaMark pad and dragged it across the scene from top to bottom and then covered it with clear embossing powder. (Yes Victoria...I LOVE clear embossing powder!  lol)  The scene was actually dull and bland but the embossing made the colours brighter and a lot richer as well.  I really like how the moon turned out because of this!  The VersaMark dragged some of the colour over the moon and created a slight streaking effect!

Heat embossing looks really neat on glossy paper!  Beware.. keep the heat gun moving because it can look like you are going to start burning it.  This is the result!....

 When putting the layers together I kept the layout simple so your eye will focus on the Valentine moon.  Being that this isnt frilly, it could work wonderfully for a guy card!

Here is the recipe...

Stampcapes Lakeside Cabin, Lakeside Cove

Memento Black
Adirondack Lemonade
Distress Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Fired Brick

Staples 110 lb, Recollections, Glossy

Brad - ?

Embossing Powder
Ranger Clear

Thanks for looking!