Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Little Domed Church

First - thanks for the get well wishes for my cold, several of you left on my last post!  I finally went to the doctor on Wednesday and she diagnosed sinusitis - so I'm on antibiotics, Sudafed and Flonase nasal spray.  I'm feeling a little better and hopefully with 7 days on the antibiotic it will all clear up.

I wanted to share a project I made as a fund raiser for my church.  We recently had 26 new windows installed in several rooms of our church and, although we got a partial grant from our diocese, we still had to raise $500 for each window.  People have been donating and we have about 2/3rds paid for - but I had this idea when I saw the wonderful little church die from Papertrey Ink. 

First I must give credit - my design was totally inspired by Amy Sheffer's project using these dies here.
Below is my finished little dome scene.
I made 12 of them -  using the PTI Scene It Basic Backer Die with the Spring Rain, a slightly smaller Nestability circle with the Spring Moss and Rustic Cream with the Petite Places Church dies, and the Pop Up Tree dies.  So here are all the pieces cut out.
Our church is cream and brown - so I stamped the Petite Places Church stamps in Rich Cocoa over the Rustic Cream cardstock.
I easily assembled each little church using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive on the edges - you could also use something like ScorTape.  See how tiny it is in my hand!  LOVE IT!!!  You can punch out each pane of window - but I left mine intact.
I hand drew a little walkway out of the Rustic Cream to fit the space I wanted and adhered that and the church onto the Spring Moss Circle.  I also layered some of the green under the circle to cover the holes left by the trees when you pop them up.
Here is a photo of our church -  St. John's Episcopal, Saugus, MA
I purchased some greenery used for miniature railroads or scenes at a local art shop - called Foliage Clusters/Bushes by Wee Scapes to use around the church.  PTI sells something similar here - but I wanted mine more dense and I like how it worked out!  I just spread some Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive around the church and trees and pressed the greenery onto it.  I added some flower sequins I had in my stash to the bushes for spots of shimmer and color.
 Here are several of them on my work table - I just love miniature things!
I adhered the clear dome over the scene by running the Scotch Quick Dry adhesive along the edge of the dome and carefully placing it over the scene - outside the green edge.  I typed what I wanted on the tag on my computer and printed it on the Rustic Cream cardstock.  I used the Key Tag Punch from SU, punched a hole on the side and looped some Cappuccino Twine through the tag and then tied it in a bow through the loop on the dome.  I then layered the whole thing to a slightly larger scalloped coaster I had in my stash.
And here it is -  how cute ??!!
Here are the 12 -  all completed - even MORE cute. 
A view from the back - sorry for the glare - it's really hard to get a picture of these!
A view from the sky...
Thought I'd also share the poster I made for the window campaign.  I die cut 26 Poppy Stamps windows and 26 small suns from Lil'Inker Designs.  Whenever enough money is collected to pay for one window -  they stick a sun on that window -  we now have suns shining through the top three rows of windows!
Now I hope they sell!
Thanks so much for stopping by today -   I hope you are having a great weekend!  I'm looking forward to hosting my sister's 65th b'day party tomorrow with the family.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wishing You.....

I've had a cold for about 3 weeks now -  it keeps changing the area it's affecting in my body- This week it's been a terrible sore throat and I actually lost my voice for 2 days -  so I've been home from work - and in between naps - I had some time to make a card for a few challenges. (I'm also going to see the doctor tomorrow morning to be sure it's not strep throat.....)
I made my flower by layering Newsprint Paper to Clearly for Art Modeling Film using Glue N Seal - (see this technique on Wendy Vecchi's blog here).  The result is that you can heat it with your heat tool, the Modeling Film will soften, and then you can mold it.  It keeps it's molded shape after cooling.  I just stamped the flower part on the Newsprint and used the stencil that comes with the stamp to color it.  I stamped the leaves on white card stock, coloring it using the stencil.  I had stamped it first directly on the card panel, I masked the images and sponged the panel with Distress Inks and flicked water over the panel.  Then I layered the basket, bloom and leaf pieces over the stamped images with foam tape.  I brushed some Glitter Glaze from MFT over the center of the coneflower.
The basket is a stencil from Martha Stewart Crafts.  The sentiment is a Wendy Vecchi Stencil - I added the ... with a black Glaze pen.  The little butterflies are a new die from Tim Holtz that I embossed with Wendy Vecchi Orange Blossom and Cornflower Blue Embossing Powders.  I die cut the panel with Stitched Edge Rectangle from Lil' Inker.
I'm linking my card to the following challenges:

Mixed Media Card Challenge - Flowers - optional basket
Try it On Tuesday - New Beginnings  (birthday card - beginning a new year)
City Crafter - Anniversary Case #2 (inspired by the flowers)
Simon Says - Wednesday challenge - April Showers or Spring Flowers
Simon Says - Monday - In the Middle
Frilly & Funkie - Spring time Die cuts (small butterfly)

Stamps:  Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 - Stamp it and Stencil It Coneflower.
Paper:  White - PTI, Newsprint and Clearly for Art Modeling Film - Wendy Vecchi Studio 490/Ranger.
Ink:  Wendy Vecchi Archival Leaf Green, Tree Branch, Orange Blossom, Dandelion, Cornflower Blue; Archival Jet Black, Ranger Distress Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistacio.
Accessories:  Stitched Mat Rectangle - Lil' Inker Designs, Butterfly - Movers and Shapers/Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder Orange Blossom and Cornflower Blue, Black glaze pen - Sakura, Glitter Glaze - MFT, Basket Stencil - Martha Stewart Crafts Holiday Icons, Wishing you from ALl Occasion Sentiment Stencil - Wendy Vecchi.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Two Hearts Become One

Today I have a wedding card to share - that I made using some new stuff and some old stuff!
I just got these fun  Scribble dies from PTI  and teamed them up with the Love & Marriage set I've had for quite a while.  I also used gold tape from the Luxe Letter Press Market Kit  that I purchased when it was released over a year ago (and I must confess, haven't used much accept for this tape!)

I'm linking my wedding card to the Addicted to Stamps Challenge - CAS.

and Virginia's View April Challenge -  Add dimension

Stamps:  Love & Marriage - PTI
Paper:  Vintage Cream - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Memento Love Letter
Accessories:  pink felt, heart die - Sizzix, gold tape - Luxe Letterpress kit and Scribbles dies - PTI

Friday, April 10, 2015

You're an Angel

I've got another Christmas card under my belt and into my card box all ready for December!
I gold embossed this beautiful angel stamp from Inkadinkado, stamped the sentiment from the Silent Night set from PTI and added gold tape to the top and bottom of the panel.

I linking my card to Merry Monday Challenge - use an angel or a cherub
 I'm SO glad it's Friday!

For those of you into mixed media -  I want to remind you about a couple of fun challenges in case you find you  have some crafty time this weekend!
A Vintage Journey "Through the Looking Glass" challenge

Stamps:  Holiday Silhouettes - Inkadinkado, Silent Night - Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Vintage Cream - PTI
Ink:  Versamark, Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  gold embossing powder, heat tool, gold tape - Luxe Letterpress Kit.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fusion Challenge - April 9th - Elegance

Wow - this Fusion Challenge just jumped right up on me -  I was thinking there was one more week for the last challenge -  time sure flies!!  May I present this fortnight's lovely new challenge to you?!
This week, I was inspired by the red, blue and silver colors, the vase, the scalloped dish and the red note on the blue bag!
I layered a piece of Correspondence DP over a Brushed Silver panel.  Then die cut the scalloped 'tray' from Reverse Confetti and adhered it to the panels.
I used a Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers die to cut my trophy and ribbon, layering Foil Tape over Grungeboard  and then die cutting them to give them both some solidity!  I colored the prize ribbon with Watermelon Alcohol Ink and added some Remnant Rubs/Life Quotes to the center.
The sentiment is a sticker from Small Talk/Idea-ology.  At the end,  I wanted to tone down the shine a bit, so I sprayed the whole thing with a couple of shots of Dylusions White Linen Spray -  that's always so tricky to do - it's so easy to ruin a project with too much spray!!

We hope you will join us in this new Fusion Challenge -  I can't wait to see what inspired you from the photo and/or skecth!

You'll find all the details and some wonderful inspiration from the rest of the Design Team over at the Fusion Challenge Blog

Paper:  White, Pure Poppy - PTI,  Brushed Silver - SU, DP - Paperstash/Correspondence - Tim Holtz, Grunge Board - Ranger, Foil Tape Sheet - Ranger.
Accessories:  Idea-ology - Small Talk, Remnant Rubs/Life Quotes, Movers & Shapers Mini Trophy and Prize Ribbon - Alterations/Tim Holtz, Love Note - Reverse Confetti, Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray - Ranger, Adirondack Watermelon Alcohol Ink.
Accessories:  Grun

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Eggs and Bunnies for Easter

Did you see the fantastic post Tim Holtz did on Alcohol Inks and little plastic Easter eggs?  You'll find his video tutorial here.
He used white eggs that he found in a craft store this year -  but I had a bunch of pastel ones already (and I couldn't find white ones!)so I used them.  I think with the white eggs the color of the alcohol inks is more true.  I used pastel blue, pink, purple, and yellow eggs and I actually did find one white one in my bag (don't know where it came from!?!)
The second one in from the left, front row above - is the white egg - the rest were colored.
I used several colors of Alcohol Inks for my eggs - Stream, Butterscotch, Cranberry and Lettuce along with Gold Mixative. I applied the inks with a Blending tool and Felt pads.
I'm linking this egg in the middle to the Colour Q challenge  I used Cranberry, Butterscotch, Lettuce and Stream -  similar colors to those listed for the challenge!  I actually used these same colors on all the eggs but they look different depending on the color of the egg itself!
I love how they come out -  so much prettier than dipping real eggs in dye aren't they?!
In case you are wondering - I got the little pink egg box at Bath and Body last year -  I think they were packaging for their plug-in air fresheners - but you could buy the box separately.  I thought it was cute and bought one - but this is the first time I've used it in a year (!)
I also have a couple of Bunny cards to share that I made to send my Grand Nephews and Nieces.  The vintage images are Clip Art from The Vintage Workshop.  I bought them on a disk years ago - and the site has now changed - they sell individual images and some are free  - I don't see the white bunny there. 
I printed the bunnies, cut them out along with a plain white backing and adhered the pieces together at the top just below the ears.  I scored the back piece just below where I had adhered them together so they would stand up. I added blue rhinestones to the white bunny and a pink wrinkled seam tape bow to the white and black bunny.
I'm linking my bunnies to the Curtain Call Challenge - Beginnings
also to the CASology - Cue Card Spring
 Addicted to Cas - Code word Cute

Wishing everyone who celebrates a  most Blessed Easter on Sunday!
Inks:  Adirondack Alcohol Inks - Stream, Butterscotch, Cranberry, Lettuce and Gold Mixative
Accessories:  plastic eggs - from stash (Michaels or Joann), Blending Tool and Felt Applicators - Ranger.

Bunnie cards:
Paper:  white - PTI
Accessories:  Digital image from The Vintage Workshop, Rhinestones - Kaiser, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Vintage Journey April Challenge - Through the Looking Glass

Today I'm the hostess for the April A Vintage Journey Challenge -  and my challenge for everyone this month is entitled  Through the Looking Glass -  "Let's make a project involving glass (acetate) or mirrors (metal sheet), perhaps a window or a clock face, a hand held mirror or glass bottle.  Tim has lots of Idea-ology products and dies that would be just the thing for this challenge".

I chose this as my challenge because I have  had Tim's Deco Mirror Alterations Die for quite a while and I just haven't had the opportunity to use it!  My grand niece, Madelyn, is celebrating her 1st birthday this month - so I put her face looking out from my mirror.   I thought this would make a really cute creative birthday card for her.
Here's the mirror from the back.
I felt like I couldn't just stop there - with the mirror - now that I had made it I thought I should create a place to put her mirror and so I made a little bureau (with a mirror!) using several of Tim's dies (I'll describe below). 
Of course the hand held mirror is way out of scale for the bureau - I'm claiming poetic license for this discrepancy!!  OR I could have fallen through the rabbit hole where some things are bigger and some things are smaller than usual??!!!
I really didn't know what products I would use to get the surface I wanted when I first started out - so I just practiced spraying and painting various products on little scraps of grunge board to see what it would look like before I ruined larger pieces. I took tons of photos to show what I did -so grab a cuppa and settle back!

I wanted the Deco hand mirror to be sturdy - so I cut 4 of them out of grungeboard to layer and carefully cut out the center piece (it just gets scored with the die).
I covered the two pieces that would be the front and back with gesso. I did two coats that I dabbed on with the brush so it would be thick and bumpy.  I wanted a little texture look to it.  I also assembled a little metal flower for the handle using some pieces from Idea-ology Foliage and covered that with gesso.
After the gesso dried (I spent almost 2 weeks making the mirror and bureau as almost everything I did on them had to dry overnight!) I sprayed them first with Brushed Pewter Distress Spray stain
When that dried - I sprayed them with Black Soot Distress Spray Stain -  I would spray - mop some up and spray again until I got the look I wanted -  and then let them dry..... (I use a large pizza box lined with paper to help contain the mess when spraying!)
I rubbed some Autumn Gold Rub N Buff here and there over the mirror frames and flower and glued one of the plain grungeboard pieces to each side using Glue N Seal -  I used clothes pins to hold the edges together as it dried.  I also poked a hole in the handle of one and attached the flower with a brad so when I put them together, the brad would be hidden between the layers. I rubbed all the side edges with Black Soot Distress Paint
I measured the opening of the mirror and die cut my photo of Madelyn and a piece of card stock with a 2 1/2" circle die - slightly larger than the opening of the mirror.  I also cut two circles of clear acetate.  I stamped the card stock with Tim's Mini Blueprint birthday hat using Wendy Vecchi  Archival Tree Branch Ink, sponged the edges with Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap and added the year  with Idea-ology Label Letters
This is the photo I started with - Look at that cute little face!  She has beautiful blue eyes!
I adhered the stamped cardstock circle to the back of Madelyn's photo.  I also added a little Heart Charm (it says ' love you') onto the front of the mirror with a Mini Fastener.   
Then I laid a thin line of Glossy Accents around the inside rim of each mirror handle and laid the acetate circles over each one- being careful not to smudge the glue onto the acetate
I ran a thin line of Glossy accents over the edge of the photo and laid it over the front mirror handle, (being sure I had the photo facing out!) added more to the back frame and laid the front handle over the  back handle.
I again used clothes pins to hold it all firmly together and left it over night.
I made a Paula Bow (Tim shows this technique on his June 2014 tag) using Crinkle Ribbon, Distress Spray Stains in Picked Raspberry, Tea Dye and Brushed Pewter, water and my craft mat.
Now onto the bureau -  I used papers from Paper Stash Crowded Attic - these have vintage fairy tale images on them.  I cut the paper and grunge board using Tim's Cameo Frame die.  I used the same papers to cut 'drawers' using Tim's Match Box die.
I glued the papers to the grungeboard and trimmed off the bottom edge as I found the panels were to big when I placed the 'drawers' between them.  I brushed on Distress Crackle Paint and let it dry.
This is the underside of both panels where I used the same technique to crackle. The plain colored paper is from the same Crowded Attic paper pad.  I sponged all edges with Ranger Distress Walnut Stain ink.
I layered two matchbox 'drawers' on top of each other using ScorTape to be sure they would be secure and then adhered them together side by side.
Then I glued the drawers between the bureau top and bottom using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive. The knobs are Idea-ology Hitch Fasteners
At this point I decided I needed a mirror on top of my bureau so I could lay the hand held mirror up against it for display.  I realized Tim's Mini Cabinet die was the perfect shape for it!  I cut two pieces out of grungeboard and two out of Kraft card stock to layer together so that the mirror fit snugly in the Idea-ology Label Clip that I used to adhere it to the bureau.  I used Fired Brick, Walnut Stain and Antiqued Bronze Distress Spray Stains on the mirror frame.  When it all dried, I die cut a piece of  Mirrored Sheet  with Tim's Medium Sized Oval Movers and Shapers die and adhered it onto the frame.  I rubbed some Autumn Gold Rub N Buff over the metal floral from Idea-ology Adornments Nature and glued it to the top.  SO cool, right??!!
I love the top with the vintage image showing through.
I got a little carried away with the thickness of the Clear Rock Candy Crackle paint that I put on the back of the mirror!  But it does look like the aging finish on a really old piece of furniture doesn't it?!  I was going to use this side as the front -  but decided to use the cleaner looking side!
I had these round wooden pieces in my stash - and just sprayed them with Fired Brick and Walnut Stain Distress Spry Stains and adhered them on the bottom as feet for my bureau.
Yikes - so that's it -   I'm exhausted both from making these AND from writing it all down!  But I sure do love how they came out and I think my niece will appreciate this gift to her baby daughter.
I hope you will join in on my challenge over at A Vintage Journey! (It's my first time hosting and I'd just love bunches of people linking up!  It'll make me look good to the more senior members of the team!) 

You don't have to use Tim Holtz materials on your project -  but you do have to be influenced by his style and tell us how you were on your post!

You will find all the details and more wonderful inspiration from several of the Creative Guides on the A Vintage Journey challenge post.  You have until April 30th 6 pm GMT to link up!

I'm linking my project to Mod Squad Challenge Blog - Tic Tac Toe   I used Flowers, Die cuts, Dimension

Art Decco Mirror
Stamps:Blue Print Assortment - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper: Clear Card Stock (Acetate) - PTI, Grungeboard - Ranger,
Ink: Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap, Wendy Vecchi Archival Tree Branch
Accessories: Ranger Distress Spray Stains Brushed Pewter, Black Soot, Picked Raspberry and Tea Dye, Ranger Distress Acrylic Paint Black Soot, Idea-ology Foliage, Mini Fasteners, Heart Charms, Wrinkle Ribbon; 2 1/2" circle Nestability die, Glue N Seal, Glossy Accents, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Autumn Gold Rub N Buff, white Gesso, Deco Mirror Alterations Die.

Paper:  Grungeboard and Paper Stash Crowded Attic - Ranger, Kraft card stock - PTI.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Walnut Stain
Accessories: Match Box, Cameo Frame, Mini Cabinet Card and Sized Oval dies - Tim Holtz/Alterations/Sizzix, Ranger Distress Crackle Paint Clear Rock Candy, Idea-ology Hitch Fasteners, Mirrored Sheets, Label Clips, Adornments/Nature, Ranger Distress Spray Stains Fired Brick, Walnut Stain, Antiqued Bronze, Glue N Seal, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, wood circles from stash.
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