Sunday, November 29, 2015

DL Anything Goes for November #5

Here's a 5th offering for DL Art's November Linky:

This is a card inspired by a technique I saw from Lauren Bassen (HERE). Somebody in Blogland used this technique and linked to the tutorial... but I can't remember who it was and I can't find her in my history! Sorry, and thank you! FOUND HER! Tara at Inking On The Edge... thanks!

Supplies and notes:
  • Tim Holtz's Distress inkpads: Evergreen Bough, Spun Sugar,  and Scattered Straw
  • Heidi Swapp bubble stickers
  • Vellum punched with a Fiskars punch 

JUGS #321

Here is my little card for the Just Us Girls Photo Challenge:

Here is their inspiration photo:

Supplies & notes:
  • First,  may I say that this card is not "me," but that I believe it will be appreciated by the right recipient.
  • I used a tutorial by Lauren Bassen (HERE)... someone else in our corner of Blogland used this tutorial and linked it,  but I checked my history and I can't figure out who it was!  APOLOGIES... and thank you.... FOUND HER! Tara at Inking On the Edge! Thanks for sharing the link! 
  •  Used Tim Holtz's Distress inkpads in Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar for the background, as well as his Distress Stain in Brushed Pewter for an icy-icicle look
  • Studs are from Evershine
  • The ornaments were made with punched vellum, coated roughly with Tim Holtz Distress embossing ink and powdered with Custer's Last Stamp in silver
  • The silver "thread" is Flower Soft
  • The stamp is an old Stampendous sentiment 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

DL Anything Goes: winter scene

Here's another (fourth) offering for DL Art's November Linky:

(Just look at the dimension achieved...)

This is a card I made with a "lost and then found" xmas/winter SEI die-cut pack... I'm so clever that I packed xmas crafting stuff... you won't believe this... in my xmas stuff!  Omg, gone in the attic for a year... cold, lonely... now to be appreciated by (someone)... :)

Supplies and notes:
  • Like I said,  SEI die-cuts 
  • The rising moon was made by using a large hole-punch as a stencil (inspired by some of Monika's recent work of stamping through a circle-- thanks for the inspiration,  woman!), then laying Tim Holtz's Holiday Knit stencil over it and running some Teresa Collins modeling paste through it.  After I gently removed the stencil(s), I sprinkled the paste with-- you guessed it: my new fave glitter: Distress glitter in Antique Linen

Simon Says... do whatcha want

(Or "whatcha whatcha whatcha want???" for you BB fans from way back...)

I'm making up for lost crafting time!  And still trying to burn through supplies I have... cuz you know I'm going to be doing some craft-shopping for myself...

Here's my Anything Goes for Simon Says Wednesday:

  • I used a rejected feather card.  I created the feathers probably a month ago (Frantage over Teresa Collins modeling paste through a Balzer stencil), and in my haste to melt the frantage, I toasted the card.  
  • Fast-forward to today.  I was sifting through the many,  many scraps and saw it.  Damn, it looks cool. So I decided I'd resurrect it.  Because the card itself was literally toasted a nice golden-brown, I went with the aged look and dabbed some Distress inkpad Frayed Burlap ink on it.  Then I edged the card with some Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain.  
  • The "Fantastic" is a Recollections stamp stamped with a combination of Color Box Archival in Glacier Lake (double-tapped) and dabbed with the Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain. 
  • Added sequins and boom!: resurrection! 

Mod Squad!

I love the name of this challenge because a child of mine is named Maude. Haha, I always think, " Yeah! MAUDE SQUAD!"

Anywho, this is my entry for the Mod Squad Challenge: Xmas Floral.

  • Duh: library card base
  • Splattered base with Aged Mahogany and Peeled Paint Distress Stains, with a little smooshing in between...
  • The ribbon is vintage seam binding and the brad is from my stash
  • The pearls are Liquid Pearls in Gold Pearl to match the brad 
  • The image is from the cover page of an Anna Griffin paper pack from years ago called "Calico Christmas"
  • I painted the image with Tim's Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy. I have to say: sometimes the Clear Rock Candy gives a disappointing finish-- like,  it goes too opaque.  
  • I edged the tag and image with Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain. Actually,  before I added the edge on the tag, I filed it with a nail file to draw in more bronze stain.

FMS #214

This turned out surprisingly well considering that I did not have high hopes for it this morning:

This is an entry for Freshly Made Sketches #214:

Supplies and notes:
  • Here's a little story: the music-note tissue paper came in a magical, unexpected package from an amazing crafter. ♡♡♡ It was the wrapping.  I was experimenting a little this morning and ended up painting some Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar on the backside, some I painted right on,  some I dabbed through a Tim Holtz Faded Dot stencil. I glued the dried circles with Mod Podge, and kind of squished it flat.
  • The wire is Darice 
  • The sentiment is Recollections,  stamped with MementoLuxe, double-tapped
  • The whole thing was sprayed with Perfect Pearls Mist in gold 

Funkie Junkie Tag #9

Okay, for Funkie Junkie Tag #9, sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique, this is what I came up with:

My tag was inspired heavily by Linda's tag, as you can see:

  • A library card base, as usual, stenciled with Teresa Collins modeling paste over an old  K & Company stencil intended for a shadowbox... I punched out the negative spaces and kept them for...
  • ...decorating!  I painted some with Peeled Paint Distress Paint and some with Peeled Paint Distress Stain. I added berries with Stickles in Xmas Red 
  • I colored the background with Aged Mahogany and some H20, then painted using my fingers with Distress Paint in Peeled Paint and Fired Brick... also a little Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain 
  • I used a generous amount of Martha Stewart ribbon  because I plan to use this tag on a homemade envelope containing a gift card to our local coffee shop
  • The coffee cup was made with kraft, cardboard,  and an SEI snowflake, and all of the inks mentioned above. The whipped cream is Aleene's Glitter Snow sprinkled with Stampendous glass glitter 


Whoa... the Thanksgiving holiday really cut into my craft-time! I have withdrawals, though I did cut and paint snippets every chance I had!

I busted this out in pieces:

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
  • Tim Holtz's stamp, which I did the "double-stamp pop-up" with Crystal ink in Moss Green
  • Distress glitter in Antique Linen applied with Elmer's Craft Bond 
  • All of the paper used was from my scrap bin (I believe it was all BG). The edges of the tree paper was inked with Frayed Burlap Distress inkpad
  • Edges of the kraft card brushed with the dauber of a Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Picket Fence 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Funkie Junkie #8

I'm still catching up... here's my taggy-tag:

...for Funkie Junkie Tag #8 of the 12 Tags of Xmas which is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Here is Linda's card:

I was inspired by the red flourishes and the banners. I went with the brown base, as well.  I did have a plaid bow and tiny trees ready to roll,  but they really didn't go with my set-up, so I let them sit. They'll show up somewhere-- maybe tomorrow, maybe years from now!

Supplies and notes:
  • The tag is an old library card (derrr) and I used Vintage Photo Distress Stain, smooshed on
  • Twine is from the Dollar Tree 
  • Bird from Jolee's Boutique 
  • Flourishes are Tim Holtz Grungeboard painted with Fired Brick Distress Paint, then touched up with Distress glitter in Antique Linen  (and let me tell you: this Antique Linen glitter was worth every cent... it is such a nice color... pale, pale silvery-gold. It is so nice.)
  • The paper for the banners is from an Anna Griffin paper pack from years ago called "Calico Christmas." I edged each with Vintage Photo Distress Stain, then painted with Ranger crackle. 
The craft shack windows were installed today! Doors come next week!  Thanks, hubby! 

Funkie Junkie Tag #3

I love Linda's Third of the Twelve Tags sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Here is my tag:

...and here is her tag:

I have few deer accoutrements, and even fewer that would fit on this tag-- I think that's why I put this off for so long. I knew I wanted to come back to it, so I looked at it again and considered some of the elements that I enjoyed about her tag to identify what really inspired me.

The tag gave me a sweater-like feel, so I made my background look like a sweater also by using a Martha Stewart stencil that kind of looks like heavy stitches to me. Of course I love the gold glitter of Linda's tag, so I incorporated some of that. Finally I took cues from the reindeer's collar and added greenery, red ribbon, & a bell.

  • I used a Martha Stewart stencil with Teresa Collins modeling paste for the background. I then rubbed some Walnut Stain Distress Paint with my fingers over the top of the stenciling, and once that dried, I added some Vintage Photo Distress Stain, with a couple iterations of spray, dry, spray, dry...
  • I pasted Mod Podge here and there over the tag with my finger and added some Distress glitter in Antique Linen
  • Edged the hand-cut sentiment banners (scraps with Vintage Photo on them) with Color Box chalk in Creamy Brown.  "Happy Holidays" was written with my Zig Emboss Writer and embossed with Stampendous EP in Green Tinsel. 
  • The leafy flourishes are the punch-outs from an old K & Company page meant for a shadowbox... now I'm using the page as a stencil, and these guys were the by-product... dabbed the backsides with Peeled Paint Distress Stain 
  • Berries are Stickles in Xmas Red
  • Ribbon and bell from my stash. Brads are Recollections 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Woohoo! HLS has a MM Challenge!

Here is my entry into the BRAND-SPANKIN' Happy Little Stampers Mixed-Media Challenge:

Here is the actual challenge badge (I love HLS's badges...)

Supplies and notes:
  • As usual, I started out with an old library card that I was using for some technique practice. I found this cool tutorial (@ Bumblebees and Butterflies) on Pinterest and decided I'd play a little... so much fun! I didn't stray far from the tutorial instructions, and I encourage you all to check the page out!
  • I made the trees by cutting up a scrap page I was testing my Aged Mahogany Distress Stain on, and I splattered them with some Aged Bronze Distress Stain 
  • I used the following Distress Paints: Antique Linen, Bundled Sage, and Spiced Marmalade.
  • The purple seam binding is from my stash-- I selected it to bring out the old date stamps.
  • The brad is Recollections
  • The modeling paste is Teresa Collins
  • The pom-poms were from my stash

Sharing Joy:

Here's another joyful card featuring Millie:

*(If you're a hound-lover and want to see more of Millie art and hear about my hub's beloved dog, click HERE)*

I'm entering this cutie into Share Joy #12, using the CAS option, though I love this sketch!

  • This is the second stamp I've ever carved and it is by far the best of mine. I carved it using my first SU! kit. 
  • I embossed the stamp using Tim Holtz's Distress embossing pad with green Stampendous embossing powder, which had a nice silvery sheen which refuses to be caught on camera 
  • The holly berries were made with a cut toothpick dipped into Fired Brick Distress paint 
  • I wrote the sentiment on a scrap piece of cardstock using a Zig Emboss Writer and Recollections embossing powder in Ebony. I edged it with Color Box chalk in charcoal.
  • This will go to our local vet's office for xmas... the gals over there will appreciate it! 

Hey, wanna see my dog?

This is my first entry into a Mod Squad Challenge, with the challenge being pattern your own paper.

And here's the rizzle-dizzle (real deal):

This is my husband's beloved hound,  Millie. She is a 3-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound, which are used as hunting dogs, but not by us-- she's a pet.  She was found abandoned as a pup in the woods by one of my hubs' colleagues, and hubs fell in dog-love. These pix are all action shots from today, taken over the span of 5 minutes!  Hubs is working in the woods with her... isn't she cute?

Here's the stamp (please note the chew marks-- so funny [kind of]-- when Millie was young,  she got into my stamps and chewed a few up,  including the first stamp I ever carved.  When she got to this stamp of her pretty face,  she only nibbled the edge... is that amazing? What a brat!):

Supplies and notes:
  • This is the second stamp I've ever carved and it is by far the best of mine. I carved it using my first SU! kit. 
  • I embossed the stamp using Tim Holtz's Distress embossing pad with green Stampendous embossing powder, which has a very nice silvery sheen which refuses to be caught on camera. 
  • The holly berries were made with a cut toothpick dipped into Fired Brick Distress paint 
  • I wrote the sentiment on a scrap piece of cardstock using a Zig Emboss Writer and Recollections embossing powder in Ebony. I edged it with Color Box chalk in charcoal.
*If you want to see another Millie-card, click HERE*

Sunday, November 22, 2015

1st and 5th...

This is my first entry into a Tuesday Throwdown challenge, and my fifth entry into an Addicted to CAS :

The theme for TT is "Shopping Spree," to be interpreted any way participants choose. I just so happened to go on a craft shopping-spree before I read about the challenge! I went to a few chain stores just to replenish items (black ink, kraft cards, and clear EP--I have two clear EP'S and they just get speckled over time...). Of course I can't walk by sale stickers without stopping or leaving without some paper or a Tim Holtz ink product... Here's the loot:

It's Addicted To CAS's 3rd birthday! Their current challenge code word is "dimension." I think this card has great dimension, what with the background,  then wires, then popped-up focal point.

OPINION POLL: I was so close to buying an embossing/ cutting machine while shopping,  but I think I'll hold out and ask for the one I truly want for Xmas. Any input?  I'm leaning towards a Sizzix Big Shot for my entry-level machine...

Anyway, here are supplies and notes about this entry:
  • (New stuff used from my spree: the wire, stamp, and EP)
  • The wire is Darice
  • "Rad" stamp by Recollections, and the stripes are SU!
  • Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Embossing Pad with Recollections EP in Clear
  • Tim Holtz Distress stain in Broken China over the "Rad", and Chipped Sapphire for the stripes

Llama make another card...

(Haha, I'll be done with the play-on-words shenanigans soon, but llama make a few more first...)

Here's another cute llama card:

This guy is based on the As You See It sketch challenge this week:

(This sketch would be good for another "Baby bump" card if flipped on end... might still do that...)

  • Llama is from Jolee's Boutique.  Can't stand how freaking cute they are. 
  • Hill was "built" using the Zig Emboss Writer with Custer's Last Stamp clear EP, then I scribbled over it with Tim Holtz Distress stain in Peeled Paint 
  • Sentiment written using the Zig Emboss Writer with Recollections EP in Ebony 
Very easy, and,  llama tell you,  I'm very satisfied.  

Llama make a card...

Here it is:

I based this card on the sketch this week over at Try Stamping On Tuesday (which I flipped a bit):

  • OMG, the adorable llama is from Jolee's Boutique.  It was so random on the rack as I was shopping yesterday,  my little hand just reached out and grabbed it. Boom. Mine.
  • The cardstock is Core'dinations and the DP is from a K & Company stack
  • Sentiment written with a Zig Emboss Writer and Recollections embossing powder in Ebony 
I hope you all are having a safe and wonderful weekend. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Wicked Wednesday: Torn

This just came together with supplies I had out... Yay for not cleaning up!

This is my ATC for Wicked Wednesday's "Torn" Challenge. I'm hoping my sister will play... she's the artsy one.  She and my bro.

Supplies and notes:
  • Sooo,  like I said,  everything I used was out or immediately accessible. 
  • First, I cut the library card base to ATC size.
  • Next I TORE a page from an encyclopedia and edged it a bit with some Distress Stain... then I sprayed it and scrunched it and dried it on the woodstove... repeated a few times...
  • After that,  I painted some Martha Stewart decoupage leaves with some Ranger Crackle glaze. (At this point,  I went shopping with my family for a couple hours...)
  • Fast-forward: adhered TORN page to card, added leaves, glued some mica to the card,  and added a ribbon from my stash (after I cut and frayed it a little-- that ribbon did not want to be distressed...)  

Curtain Call: Foxy

So many ideas... one fox sticker...

This is what I came up with...

...for the current Curtain Call Challenge: Foxy:

Supplies & notes:
  • This started out as a card... I changed it to a bottle tag and my husband was like,  "I like that wayyyy better." Me too.
  • I suspect that most participants in this challenge are singing a certain song... initially,  I was going to create a card based around that song,  but then decided that the cute little holiday fox was too classy for that with his little holly berries... 
  • The fox is a Jolee's Boutique sticker
  • The scalloped circle is the reverse-side of an old October Afternoon calender die-cut, edged in TH Peeled Paint 
  • Core'dinations and DCWV cardstock
  • Viva Paper Pearls in Light Moss 

Simon Says...

...'Tis the season!

This week's Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge is Xmas!

  • The cardinal is a pre-pasted punch out from some forgotten book... a teacher friend was cleaning her classroom one summer and found a stack of random bird-related awesomeness!  This bird has been waiting for a couple decades to get some lovin'!
  • The background polka dots were the result of Tim Holtz's Distress Paint in Fired Brick through a Heidi Swapp stencil over Core'dinations cardstock 
  • The leaves are from a Dollar Tree floral find
  • The twine was also from Dollar Tree
  • Music paper and "Noels" are from an old xmas carol booklet. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Golden Feathers

This is a card I could have worked on for hours... the possibilities were endless! I settled in the interest of posting in the next hundred years, but truly should have made two at once,  just to have the extras around to play with in the future.

(All the same card... I just could not get a good image!  I went into my daughter's room to see if her lighting was better-- with the scrap-shack almost complete,  I'm already envisioning a corner dedicated to a homemade light box!)
I am entering this into three challenges: Clear It Out and Creative Corner... both are hosting a black+white+(one color) challenge. My additional color is clearly yellow gold. I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday, after I realized I was heading that direction!

Here's the Sketch Saturday sketch:

Supplies :

  • Stampendous Frantage in Aged Gold applied with Tim Holtz Distress embossing ink 
  • Creative Imaginations DP and Core'dinations cardstock 
  • Feather rub-ons... (didn't store in original packaging...)
  • Liquid Leaf in classic gold for splatters on black cardstock 
  • Studs by Jolee's Boutique