Saturday, March 24, 2018

Hip Hip Horray!

I have a fun circus card to share today.
I got out an older Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alterations stamp and die set called Big Top.  I watercolored the image, smooshing Ranger Distress Inks on my craft mat and picking up the color with a brush and water.  The sentiment is from Never Enough Birthday by PTI.

My theme was inspired by the Inspiration Challenge over on Splitcoaststampers today.  We were given the Rosenberry Rooms web site to look for inspiration.   I was inspired by this circus print.

My card design was inspired by:

Stamps: Big Top - Sizzix/Tim Holtz/Alterations, Never Enough Birthday - PTI
Paper: Rustic Cream, Cocoa Pean - PTI, Brown Kraft Core Cordinations
Ink: Ranger Distress Scattered Straw, Salty Ocean, Barn Door, Ground Espresso, Fossilized Amber, Cocoa Bean - PTI
Accessories:  Stitched Mat Circles Die - Lil Inker Designs, Big Top Dies - Sizzix/Alterations, foam dots, mini sander.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

I've got a Creative Card posting over at A Vintage Journey

This year, the A Vintage Journey challenge blog is having a Creative Card posted by one of the Creative Guides on the 4th Friday of every month.

And I'm the lucky one to be doing the first post which has just gone live! 
 (the blog lives in England so is 5 hours ahead of me on the east coast of the USA).

Here is the Mixed Media card I created.
I'd love for you to check out my tutorial over at the A Vintage Journey blog here!

Stamps:  Sets #44 and #45 By Tracy Evans - AALL and Create
Paper:  Kraft, White, True Black - PTI,  DP Worn Wall Paper - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology
Ink:  Hero Arts Black, True Black - PTI, Versamark
Accessories:  PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics in Limelight, Tango, Claret, Beach Hut and Zesty Zing, Ranger Heat it Tool, Flag It Die - Taylored Expressions, Baked Texture Patina Oxide, Baked Texture Vintage Beeswax - Seth Apter/Emerald Creek, Small Talk/Snarky -  Idea-ology.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Deck the Halls in March

Well, since we seem to be getting a blizzard every week in March here in New England 
(the next one is expected this Wed and Thurs with possibly a foot of wet snow!)  
I don't feel too out of season making a Christmas card!
It's a clean and simple one -  just one layer.  I stenciled the background using a  Mini Layering Stencil from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous using Classic Kraft Ink.   Then I stamped the solid holly over the stenciling using Hawaiian Shores Ink and finally stamped the holly outlines, berries and sentiment using Cocoa Bean Ink.  The stamps are from the Layered Holly set by Stamplorations.

I'm linking my card to the following challenges:

Stamps:  Layered Holly - Stamplorations
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Cocoa Bean, Classic Kraft, Cocoa Bean - PTI
Accessories:  Mini Layered Stencil - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mid Month CAS Mix Up Reminder: Acetate

Just a reminder you have until 3/24 to link up your CAS Mix Up Challenge card!  This is Susan's challenge for us.
For my card today, I used heat embossing on acetate, stamping, die cuts and half pearls.
I stamped flowers from Corner Adorner: February Set by PTI (just $5!) onto a strip of acetate using Versamark.  
I used an Embossing Buddy over the acetate first - but it still left little bits of black embossing powder in the clear spaces.  So I decided to use Alcohol Inks on the back of the acetate so then the black bits looked like splatter!  
It is tricky heat embossing acetate - it's easy to melt it - so you just have to experiment to see the best technique for the acetate that you have.
I die cut the front of the card using Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical Die from PTI.  I cut a piece out of the front panel and adhered the acetate panel using ScorTape on the edges.  Here you can see how it's see through when you open the card.

Here's a photo of the Alcohol Inking process -  I first embossed the black flowers on the acetate, then added several colors of Alcohol Inks onto the felt pad and applicator and pounced the pad onto the back of the embossed acetate.
The sentiment is from Sentiment Staples - Birthday Mini Set from PTI (another set just $5.00!) 
A really impressive CAS Birthday card I think!
Here's the link for the CAS Mix Up!  Please join us and show how you use Acetate in a CAS way! You have until 3/24!

I'm also linking my card to:

Stamps:  Corner Adorner: February Mini Set, Sentiment Staples - Birthday - PTI
Paper: White, Clear Cardstock (acetate) - PTI
Ink: Versamark, Hero Arts Black
Accessories:  Noted: Scalloped A2 die - PTI, Alcohol Inks Watermelon, Sail Boat Blue and Shell Pink - Adirondack,  Patina AI from Ranger.  Black Half Pearls, Black Embossing Powder, heat tool, Embossing Buddy pillow,

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Twofer - Birthday and Anniversary

Today I'm joining in with the fun Twofer March Card Challenge.   We seem to be having a blizzard a week for March here in MA so I'm ready to bring on the blossoms!!
I used a new PTI stamp set on both of my cards today - Corner Adorner February Stamp Set.  Both of the sentiments are from Think Big Favorites #24 stamp set - also from PTI.
I used the coordinating dies for the set on my Birthday card.
 I just stamped the the big blossom and leaves directly onto a colored panel for my anniversary card.

I'm also linking my birthday card to:

Stamps:  Corner Adorner Stamp Set: February, Think Big Favorites #24 Stamp Set - PTI
Paper: White, Hibiscus Burst - PTI
Ink:  Hibiscus Burst, Olive Twist - PTI
Accessories:  Corner Adorner February Die Set - PTI, foam dots.

Stamps:  Corner Adorner Stamp Set: February, Think Big Favorites #24 Stamp Set - PTI Paper:  White, Hawaiian Shores, True Black - PTI
Ink:  Hero Arts Black, Hawaiian Shore - PTI

Monday, March 12, 2018

Organizing with Eileen Hull Sizzix Dies

Hi everyone!  Today I'm sharing a project I made using Eileen Hull's dies to create a piece to organize and store some of my MANY crafting bits and pieces!  
I tucked the name of the piece in each basket from the package label.
I added two Idea-ology Quote Chips to the front boxes.
From the side
I don't think anyone will see the back much - but I wanted to finish it off a bit - so I added die cut  woodgrain paper over the basket and inked the added strips along the top (see details below).
Here's how I put it together.
I die cut the pieces to make 6 baskets using Eileen Hull's Basket Die 
(I didn't use the basket handles on my project.)  
I used coaster board from Stampin' Up for the baskets, which is slightly thinner than matboard.
Then I die cut one cover from Eileen's Journal die out of Little Sizzles Matboard 
(slightly heavier than the coaster board I used for the baskets)
as I wanted it to be sturdy to hold the baskets when they were filled with 'things'.  
I placed the baskets onto the cover and saw that 6 of them would fit perfectly!
The cover measures 8 3/4" x 5"
I decided to go with a rustic/vintage looking piece - so I used this beautiful distressed barnboard paper from Prima to cover the journal die cut
Then I die cut 4 of the basket piece from the paper and adhered that to the baskets on the front and back.  I attached the baskets to each other using the handle holes and small brads.
I attached the baskets to the journal cover base by punching holes with a pick through the center of each box and also through the base. 
 (being sure I had the baskets lined up evenly on the base.)
I put the heads of the brads on the bottom of the base as I thought the bent down arms might catch on something if they were exposed on the outside.
I rubbed Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink onto my craft mat and spritzed with water - then I pressed 8 of the top finishing pieces for the baskets into the ink to color them.  I put them on the inside and outside of just the two front and two back baskets to give them a finished look.
 I also cut squares of the woodgrain paper to cover the sides of each basket.
 And now my little storage unit is ready to be filled with little bits and be stored away until I need them.  
They fit right inside one of my storage drawers - the base measures 8 3/4" x 5"
(with more space behind it in the drawer)
Or I can have them out on the little shelf on my worktable if I store things in it that I use often.
So check out your dies and try looking at them with a new eye for innovative uses!
For the month of March many of the Inspiration Team will be posting organizing ideas using Eileen Hull's Sizzix dies - check out Eileen's Blog for all the creative ideas!

Paper:  Coaster Board - Stampin'Up, Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix, St. Tropez Paper Pad - Prima.
Ink:  Faded Jeans Ranger Distress Oxide Ink
Accessories:  Basket Die, Journal Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, small and medium brads, Tombow Glue, ScorTape, water mister, craft mat, Idea-ology Quote Chips, corner rounder, pick.

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Stars are Brightly Shining

Today I have a Christmas Card to share (yes - I work on them year round so I'm done by December!) And I'm so glad there are lots of challenges out there to inspire my designs!
I used Multi Step Ornament and Stars stamps from Kitchen Sink to stamp the star in my sky and the sentiment is from Peace on Earth by Verve.

My card was inspired by:
I was inspired by the stars and the dark night outside the windows

Happy weekend everyone!
Stamps:  Multi Step Ornament and Stars - Kitchen Sink, Peace on Earth - Verve.
Paper:  White, Soft Stone - PTI, Brushed Silver - SU, star patterned paper from stash.
Ink:  Hero Arts Black, Brilliance Starlite Silver, Brilliance Starlite Black.
Accessories:  Star and rectangle dies - Nestabilities, foam dots.