Monday, May 30, 2016

A Jumpin'/Junkin' Birthday Card

My youngest daughter's 21st birthday is this week.  We have a junk booth together and love to go junkin' so I thought this would be a fun card for her.  Part of my inspiration is the May flowers challenge at Splitcoast Stampers - I used some metal flowers and gems I have been hoarding for years.  For a little distressing, I added in some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain around the edges.  Fun, fun, fun!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Bible Journaling Page with Umbrellas

The new DRS Designs Bible Journaling stamps are super great and help to make your pages look awecome.  I used the new Strength and Dignity Greeting on this Bible Journaling card. 

I lead a Bible Journaling class at my church and last month we made wedding dresses out of doilies. They loved them! So for the next class we are gong to make dresses out of umbrellas.  I used the DRS Designs Umbrella image to make this dress.  I stamped the image 9 times and shaded them using a sponge and some Tim Holtz distress inks.  I then layered up the umbrellas cutting sections off the top umbrella layers and using them to expand the bottom layers.  I sponged on a bit more ink and then added a few starfish from the 4-in-1 seashells image.  I then added a little gold lace to the top and sprayed the whole dress with some Fireworks spray.  For the base layer, I stamped the main greeting and then sponged around a chicken wire stencil.  It needed some more texture so I added some modeling paste on the stencil too.  To finish it off, I flicked some water colors in light brown and green. 

I attached my card to my Bible page with some washi tape.  I plan to write prayers on the other side.

My inspiration for this Bible Journaling card came from A Vintage Journey and their Sew Special Challenge.  This challenge and site are all about vintage, shabby chic, and mixed media creations.  I just found it, and I love it.  

Many hugz!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Forest Inspired Card

Its a super color challenge at DRS Designs.  Here is the inspiration pallet:

Such yummy colors and I love the inspiration picture too.  Reminds me of my camping years - you know those years prior to make up, curling irons, hair straighteners, and boys! LOL  As I have aged, I look at this picture and I think it is beautiful, but I wouldn't want to be out in it.  Here in Alabama, and probably everywhere else, this picture is full of hidden scary things - bugs by the millions, spiders, snakes, wild hogs, and no bathrooms!  Anyway, it is great for inspiration.

I decided to go with a wood theme, continue on the boy theme from last week, and incorporate as many of the colors as I could (I left out the brown accidently as I had intended to have a kraft layer and forgot - but it is in the bg of my picture...).

I started my main panel with some white card stock (a full page which is where I got my stars too) and masked off a portion and sponged it.  I did five stripes.  I did not try to be even as I wasn't sure what I as going to do with the stripes.  Then I stamped the Wood Grain Background stamp across the whole paper.  Next,I cut my panel and die cut my stars (MFT star die).  I stamped the new (to be released in a few days)  Happy Father's Day stamp on one of the stars and layered the stars on the main panel (sponged the edges to make them stand out a bit more).

My Pop and I have a glass of wine together at least one night a week.  He tells me stories of the wars or what it was like to group up in the 30s and 40s -  I just sit mesmerized.  So I had to add the wine glass from the Pour Me...Bottle and Glass image.  You can't see it here very well but I layered 6 of these wine glasses and covered them in versamark and clear ep so they would shine like glass and really stand out.  Looks like a charm IRL.  I also made a few scrap pieces into some banners and stapled them on for a bit more of a festive feel.

Hope the picture and colors above inspire you - we would love to see the result.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Distressed Holiday Tag - Tim Holtz Style!

The techniques Tim Holtz used on his May tags are so awesome: tissue tape resist, adding texture paste, sponging, stenciling, attaching findings, metallic sprays, and making flowers.  I so wanted to try them all together on a tag.  Also - I so want one of those new mixed media pallets he has come out with!

I started with a white sheet of paper, and I cut it with a Sizzix Tim Holtz Cabinet Die.  Then I stamped the DRS Designs Merry Christmas Especially to You Greeting on the top and the Giant Poinsettia image on the bottom left corner.  I stamped another Giant Poinsettia on another sheet and formed up some leaves. Next, I used a chicken wire stencil and added some modeling paste.  Once the modeling paste dried, I sponged on some Tim Holtz Distress Inks. 

Then, I cut some stars (I cut one in half) and added them on.  The May cool technique is to take some tissue tape and cover some spots on your project before spraying. I used some washi tape and covered the sentiment and some parts of the stars and sprayed on some Fireworks spray.  When the tape was peeled off, the sentiment was highlighted beautifully and the stars had some very cool shading going on.  To pop up the flower, I cut a few leaves and popped them up.  I added some gold leaves, some little berries, and a star button out of my findings box. 

So fun, I am going to try all this again soon!.

I glance at the tags periodically and always tell myself I am going to try them.  I am so glad I did. I am entering this tag in the challenge even though I didn't make a tattered flower - I did cut out a flower and I did distress it, form it up, and add some berries.  While reading through the other posts on Tim's blog, I realized Tim is super addicted to Junk too.  The post prior to the May tag challenge shows his haul from a junk show (loved the train, the flower frog, and that desk!).  Since I have a junk booth and I am addicted to Junk too, I am even crazier about Tim than before.  Yesterday at lunch, I went treasure hunting and found an old fake cherry pie - it looked so real (if you excused the little bits of dust in the corners of the crust - lol).  I set it on my desk at work, and you would not believe how many people dropped by to talk to me about it.  So fun!  I am going to put it inside the primitive pie safe I have in the booth now.  Once the safe sells, I will use the pie in my July 4th decorating.

Many hugz!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Distressed Moon

This week's DRS Designs Challenge is Distressing.  I made a card full of distressing.  I did paint distressing with my embossing folder and also dressed all my layers other than the base and the trees.

The sentiment, Love you to the moon greeting, is my very favorite DRS Designs Sentiment (which is saying a lot because there are some awesome sentiments at DRS).  On the top layer under the trees, I used the Script Font Background stamp.  Fun card to make.

Hope you will join us and show us some of your distressing!


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Quick Baby Card

Super quick and easy baby card today.

I needed a baby card so I just sponged some TH Distress ink on the bottom layer, then stamped the DRS Designs Four Flower Background image.  On the next layer, I slapped on this recycled giraffe embellishment stolen off an old baby gift bag, and stamped A Treat for You Greeting!

So easy and fast.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cupcake Birthday

Who doesn't love some cupcakes?  I love this Eureka stamp called Cupcake Wreath.  The store has it in rubber and digi.  I added some sugar glitter to it to make it even more festive.

This card was made for the Outlawz Paper A La Mode challenge which is Anything Goes.  The prizes are awesome so come join us if you get a chance.