Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th! Tim's Tag - July 2015

Tim's July Tag perfectly coincides with the United States celebration of July 4th - our independence day.  So today I share my version of Tim's tag
and also wish all my fellow US Citizens - a Happy 4th of July!
You will find Tim's tag and his detailed instructions here.
I used the same stamps - but have the large set, Americana Blueprint,  not the smaller version - so I decided to use the Statue of Liberty and the USA stamps.
I used the larger 7 3/8" x 3 5/8" manilla tag in order to fit the larger stamps.  I used a piece of Paper Stash Motif for the background.  These papers each have a clear design on them - I used the one with circles, and sponged over the paper with Distress Vintage Photo to allow the circles to show.  I colored the U with Fired Brick Distress Marker and A with Faded Jeans - going over them with a waterbrush.   For the background I rubbed Iced Spruce on my craft mat and used my waterbrush to 'paint' around the letters for a subtle shadow.    I colored the ribbon with Distress Markers and my water spritzer the way Tim did.  I added Mirrored Stars to my tab as well as some Remnant Rubs from Botanical and Numbers.
I colored Miss Liberty with Bundled Sage and Broken China Distress Markers to give it the weathered patina that the actual statue has - going over the coloring with a waterbrush
  I rubbed Salty Ocean Distress Ink on my craft mat and waterbrushed the color around the statue.  I added the Vial Label with a Big Chat sticker and Remnant Rubs, and added two more Mirrored Stars
I'm sure you noticed my sweet patriotic trees -  Tim showed us how to make them on his post here.  As soon as I saw them I knew I had to make some!   They are SO easy to make!  I used Salty Ocean and Barn Door Distress Spray Stains, blocking off the white part on the Woodlands Trees with painters tape.  
LOVE, LOVE how they came out!!
 The technique for coloring the Letterpress Blocks is also on Tim's Patriotic Post.  Basically, you dab some Distress Paints onto your craft mat - then dip the letters into them - let them dry then sand off the color until it looks like you want it, and then glue the letters together.  I added a Mirrored Star to mine.
Happy 4th of July everyone!!

Stamps:  Americana Blueprint - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  Manilla tag and Paper Stash Motif - Ranger, watercolor cardstock.
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Salty Ocean and Iced Spruce
Accessories:  Ranger Distress Markers Bundled Sage, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Fired Brick; Idea-ology Vial Labels, Remnant Rubs Botanical and Numbers, Crinkle Ribbon, Mirrored Stars, sewing machine.

Patriotic Trees
Accessories:  Woodlands Tree Lot - Ranger, Ranger Distress Spray Stains Salty Ocean and Barn Door, blue painters tape.

Accessories:  Letterpress Blocks and Mirrored Star - Idea-ology, Ranger Distress Paints - Picket Fence, Chipped Sapphire, Fired Brick; sandpaper, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive,

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Vintage Journey - July 2015 Challenge - Destinations

It's time for another inspiring challenge from A Vintage Journey -  Jenny is our hostess this month and her challenge to us is Destinations: in Jenny's words -  "We would love to see creations based on a destination or place of your choice. Tim has provided stamps themed around the United States, Great Britain and Paris but don't let this restrict you! Let your favourite destination inspire you."

I went a bit off the path of the challenge description - choosing to make a Train Case that I would use going to my destination, wherever that may be! 
The Train Case die is Eileen Hull/Sizzix and I am IN LOVE with it!!
I have quite a few photos to show how I created this 
I die cut the pieces out of white Little Sizzles Mat Board  from Sizzix and assembled the bottom and top.  Then I cut the pieces again out of a piece of patterned paper from Paper Stash/Crowded Attic to use on the sides.  I trimmed off all the edges that would be folded over to make the box so they all became rectangles. ( I could have just measured the sides and cut pieces to fit, but thought this would be easier!)
 I stenciled all the patterned paper pieces using the Crackle Stencil and Vintage Photo Ink.
 Then I used the same stencil and went over each piece again using Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste. (you don't have to match it up to the inked pattern)
 I put all the pieces on top of a pizza box I keep in my craft room for spraying etc - because if I put the pieces on my work table to dry  - I invariably put something else on top of them and ruin it!  The paste turns translucent when dry - and it feels just like an alligator or snake skin purse - very leathery - so cool!
 I die cut the plane from Movers and Shapers Small Cloud and Plane out of the matboard and embossed it with Pumice Stone Distress Embossing Powder.
I mixed Pumice Stone and Vintage Photo Distress Embossing powders together to emboss the handle and hinges for the Train Case - the mix gives the pieces a nice slightly rusted metal look!  I used Wendy Vecchi Archival Watering Can ink instead of Versamark to ink the pieces - it stays wet enough to hold the embossing powder and gives a black background for spots the powder doesn't adhere to.
I painted the edges of both the inside and the outside of the Train Case with Walnut Stain Distress Paint.
I lined the bottom and inside cover with paper from Crowded Attic and pierced the holes for the hinges and front lock piece.
I made straps for the case using Idea-ology Trimmings Black/Cream and Buckles -  I added glue to the ends to help prevent fraying.  Here you also see the embossed plane with an added Remnant Rub (embrace the journey).
To cover the ends of the Long Fasteners used to attach the hinges - I put some Commute Tissue Tape around the inside edges.
I colored some Mirrored Stars with Adirondack Butterscotch Alcohol Ink to use on the top of the case.  I just dropped a few drops onto each star and blew on them a bit to dry them.
I also added a Word Band (enjoy the journey) that I embossed with my mix of Pumice Stone and Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powders and a Remnant Rub (own your dreams).
I realized after I put the hinges on that I really  needed to cover all the edges with something - as the paper was a little uneven  here and there - so I found some really thin black tape (from my father's art supplies) that worked perfectly - it would  have been easier to put this all on before I added the hinges and lock piece - next time I'll know better! (the color looks kind of orangey in this photo as I took the pic on my work table at night)
So - from here I started adding a lot of Remnant Rubs on all sides.  They are from Special Delivery, Words, Botanicals and Elements.  The straps are not attached to the Train Case - they just slip right off to open the case (or unbuckle!)
I added a Photobooth photo to the inside cover along with another Remnant Rub/Special Delivery.
So now - whenever I choose my Destination -  I am ready to travel!  
My Train Case measures approx. 4 1/2" wide x 3 5/8" tall x 2 1/2" deep.

Our challenge is a monthly one and a randomly chosen winner will receive a £20 gift voucher from our very generous sponsor, Country View Crafts. We will have our Pinworthy blog badges awarded to the Top 3, who will be chosen by the Creative Guides.  Don't forget that we are a Tim Holtz inspired challenge but you do not have to use his products, just let us know how you have been inspired by one of his techniques or colors.
I hope you'll join us this month -  you'll find all the details - more inspiring projects from the other Creative Guides and Mr. Linky -  over at A Vintage Journey.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Mixed Media Card Challenge - Blue with optional Vase

Wow - is it really July already??!!!  And we have a new Mixed Media Card Challenge!  Theme: Blue with the Optional Element: Vase
This month - I did both!
I started by making my background panel.  I used a technique from Wendy Vecchi called Splattered Plaster Technique.  First, I rubbed two inks on my craft pad and poured a lot of Rubbing Alcohol on it.
After mixing the inks and alcohol with a pallete knife, I sprayed one spray of Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain on top (do not mix)
Then I dragged a piece of Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper (it's kind of glossy) through the mix and dried it with my heat tool.  The Picket Fence stain doesn't really mix with the inks and you can see how it looks like little spots of plaster on the cardstock.

I made the flowers and leaves using Newsprint Paper and Clearly for Art Modeling film - another Wendy Vecchi technique.  First I glued the newsprint to the modeling film using Glue N Seal.  After it dried, I stamped the flower from Forever Art onto the newsprint side using Watering Can Ink.  I colored the flower with Copics and cut it out close to the edge.  The fun thing about the modeling film backing is that you can heat it with your heat tool and it softens so you can mold it a little for dimension.
I made the vase using Wendy Vecchi's Mat Minis/Pitchers and Vases - embossing it with Sky Blue Embossing powder and then stamping it with a dots stamp using Adirondack Snow Cap Ink.
I stenciled the background with a Vintage Quilt and Basically Bricks Stencils.  I stamped the border, flourish with Watering Can Ink and the sentiment with Jet Black ink.  To finish off my card - I added 3 blue sequins and tied some twine around the neck of the vase.
Sadly, today we are saying goodbye to some of our fellow Design Team members -  we'll miss you Char, Deepti, Jan, Loll, and Lyndal!   But on a happy note we are welcoming several new Design Team Members - Becca, Lee-Anne, Lysa, Melissa, Michaela, Tenia, and Yasmina.   We are excited to be working with you ladies!  
Please welcome them when you visit their blogs!

So how does blue inspire you in a mixed media way - using texture, dimension and techniques?  We hope you will join us this month -  check out all the inspiration and challenge instructions over at the Mixed Media Card Challenge blog.

Stamps:  All Occasion Art, Forever Art, Say It with Art, Large Collage Background - Wendy Vecchi Studio 490/Stampers Anonymous.
Paper:  Specialty Stamping Paper - Ranger, Newsprint Paper and Clearly for Art Modeling Film - Stampers Anonymous, white and True Black - PTI
Ink:  Wendy Vecchi Archival Cornflower,  Forget Me Not and Watering Can, Archival Jet Black, Snow Cap Adirondack.
Accessories:  Copics - B41, YG17, B45, Caribbean Blend Sequins - Avery Elle, Ocean Twine - the Twinery, Mat Minis Pitchers/Vases - Wendy Vecchi Studio 490/Stampers Anonymous, Rubbing Alcohol, Picket Fence Ranger Distress Spray Stain, Stencils Vintage Quilt and Basically Bricks - Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous, pallete knife

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Simple 'Love You'

I don't know about your husbands - but mine is not really into frilly/mushy/ribbony when it comes to cards - so I try to accommodate his artistic senses when I make cards to give to him!   
So today's card has two simple die cut rectangles cut out of the front panel - and they are Stitched Edge Dies from Waltzingmouse so they have a nice finished off look to them with the stitched edge!   Then I simply stamped one word in each rectangle (Your Sparkle set) with Smokey Shadow Ink - and an arrow and a heart from Sweethearts with Kraft Ink - for a soft subtle look - no bright reds or flurry of hearts!
And I kept the inside clean as well, using more stamps from Sweethearts. This card could also be used for Valentine's Day with a different sentiment inside (!)
Our anniversary has just passed - so this will be put in the closet to be brought out next year - hopefully I remember it's there!!!
My design was inspired by the Less is More Challenge

Tomorrow I'll be back with my DT creation for the July Mixed Media Card Challenge -  I hope you can stop by!!
Stamps:  Your Sparkle, Sweethearts - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, Aqua Mist, Limeade Ice - PTI
Ink:  Smokey Shadow, Kraft - PTI
Accessories:  Stitched Edge Dies - Waltzingmouse, foam dots.

Monday, June 29, 2015

PTI Make It Monday - Adding Color to Cover Plates

Another fun PTI Make It Monday Challenge - Adding Color to Cover Plate die cuts.  Laura Bassen has a great video illustrating the technique using Copics and water color markers.
I decided to try the technique using the Text Block - Birthday die.
I die cut the block out of watercolor paper, masked the outside edges and colored the letters with Ranger Distress Markers in Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmelade and Stormy Sky.  Then I used my water brush over all of the letters.  When it was dry - I brushed over all the letters again with my clear Wink of Stella to give it sparkle -  I think you can see that a little bit in the photo below - it's really sparkly IRL!
I used the same die to cut out the rectangle in the Watercolor Wonder Patterned Paper and placed the Text Block inside the cut out layering them both to a slightly larger panel of Berry Sorbet paper..
I made another card using this technique with my Cover Plate Stripes/Horizontal.  I sponged a white panel with 3 Distress Inks - Abandoned Coral, Cracked Pistaschio and Mermaid Lagoon and then spritzed the panel with water which created water spots.  Then I cut the panel with the stripes die, removed the cut out panels and rearranged them to mix the colors.  I used a sentiment from the Scripted stamp set and a die from the Scripted Die Collection.
I brushed the inset panels and die cut sentiment with my clear Wink of Stella, and again, there's a lot of shimmer IRL, not so much showing in the photo!
This was a great technique - learning a way to do something different with our Cover Plate dies!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Art with Heart - Beautiful Summer

I've been wanting to make a project for Eileen Hull's Art With Heart Challenge - Summer Fun with Sizzix.  I have several of Eileen's Sizzix dies and I've been waiting to find time to make things with them.
So for my Summer Fun project I pulled out Eileen's Canister Die.  And I decided to use it as a vase for some of the flowers from my garden (Day Lilies, Ladys Mantle, Lavender and Salvia)
I used an empty shrimp cocktail jar to put the flowers in-   it slipped nicely into the canister!
I embossed all the pieces with Wendy Vecchi's Buttercup Embossing Powder - brushing some of it off before embossing to age it.  I also rubbed it off the edge that I would be putting ScorTape on to put the pieces together.
After I heated the yellow - I sprinkled a little bit of Tiger Lily Embossing powder on and heated it again.  When the pieces cooled - I stamped Wendy Vecchi's Spatter stamp using Adirondack Snow Cap.
I die cut some Tattered Florals out of Coredinations Ranger Distress paper - sanding the edges, sponging with Ranger Distress Vintage Photo and crushing up each bloom in my palm and then unfolding.  I used an Idea-ology Curio Knob on the cover.
I wrapped a piece of wrinkled seam tape around the canister, tying it in a double bow.
And to finish it off I adhered an Idea-logy Flash Card with a Big Chat sticker on it and 3 rhinestones.  I drew frames around the sticker and card with a black Stabilo pencil and rubbed it with my finger to soften.
I love my summer canister/vase - it's like a ray of summer sunshine inside the house!
I'm also linking my project to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - May Flowers

Happy weekend everyone!

Stamps:  Spatter Background - Wendy Vecchi Studio 490/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  Little Sizzles Black Matboard - Sizzix, Coredinations/Ranger Distress.
Ink:  Wency Vecchi Archival Watering Can, Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Adirondack Snowcap.
Accessories:  Dies - Canister/Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Tattered Florals - Alterations/Tim Holtz, Idea-ology - Curio Knobs, Flashcards, Big Chat, Stabilo Black Pencil, rhinestones - Kaiser, foam dots, ScorTape, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop.
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