Saturday, June 27, 2009

Take Me Home

Here's a card I created for Artistic Outpost using the Home set of stamps.
This barn reminds me so much of "home"where my parents still I added the trees in the background to look even more like it.

The barn scene as well as the trees are stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored with Copic markers. I masked off the upper edge of the stamp before I inked it to eliminate the word "greetings" & postmark. I used a piece of Core'dinations paper for the frame cut with a Spellbinders Deckle Edge Rectangle and sanded. The DP is from a Basic Grey Wisteria 6 x 6 pad. I distressed the edges with Antique Linen and added a few buttons plus a piece of pearl cotton across the green Bazzil mat.I trimmed around the barn to layer it over the trees background. I added some foam squares under the barn and the frame.

I added a few trees to the inside. These are inked with Peeled Paint & Brushed Corduroy, once stamped off. "Home" is stamped with Brushed Corduroy as well. I inked the edges with Antique Linen & Brushed Corduroy.
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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Time is Priceless

I sat down tonight to create a retirement card for a co-worker. I couldn't think of any specific retirement stamps in my collection. Truth is, I didn't feel like digging them out...... Instead, I pulled out some Tim Holtz sets: Slight Alterations for the background & Elements of Time for one clock & the verse.
....lots of layers of inks, a mask & some stamps to create the background. Then I added elements until I was satisfied with it.
The "Time...." verse at the bottom is from CHF Time to Stamp set as well as the ornate clock & the black partial clock faces in the corners.

I added Glossy Accents to "Time is priceless" because it didn't stand out. I couldn't emboss it with clear because all the back ground Distress inks were still damp. The embossing powder would have stuck everywhere......not a look I wanted.
It was fun to get inky again. I've been busy with other things this week so I've missed my stamping time. I did manage to make a card to post on Artistic Outpost for Saturday. Stop by then to see it here, too.
So glad you stopped by.......come back soon!
Tim Holtz Elements of Time, Slight Alterations
CHF Time to Stamp
Distress inks: Broken China, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Black Soot
Ranger Archival Black
Glossy Accents
Tim Holtz mask

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Flowers to Enjoy

Here's a few flowers for you to enjoy.........all from my gardens. It was a great day for photos when I took these......cloudy yet bright.

pink roses

dark purple irises


Take time to smell the flowers........and enjoy their beauty!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Butterfly Blue

For this card, I used my last piece of alcohol ink colored paper that I had created in order to duplicate Tim's creation on my last post.
I needed a card to send to my sister to say "thank you" for my stay. As usual, I had limited was about 9:00 pm & I wanted it done before bed. I thought this piece of alcohol ink colored paper would be an easy start to put together something quick....... So I thought.... I finished it that night but much later than anticipated. It was worth it........I love how it turned out!

I used 2 of Tim's stamp sets: Fairytale Frenzy and Floral Tattoo. The images in black (verse, butterfly and stem with hearts) are from Fairytale Frenzy. There are various stamps from Floral Tattoo in the background. I can't begin to tell you all the steps. I stamped until I was satisfied with the outcome. The darker blue images were stamped with Ranger Pigment Denim ink. I rubbed Distress Broken China ink around the edges.

The butterfly was cut from a piece of clear acrylic packaging from a Spellbinders die set (I trim the ridges off all the bigger packages & save the flat pieces for future projects.) I stamped it with Archival ink & cut it out. I added Aqua alcohol ink to the back side. It's glued in place with Glossy Accents. I also added Glossy Accents to the bigger hearts & flowers. It's not really apparent in the photo.

I had fun stamping this......even if it keep up late. I never mind staying up late to's the next day getting up for the work that's so hard. That's when I'm tired.......

Thanks for visiting!
Until next time......smiles to you!

Tim Holtz stamps: Floral Tattoo, Fairytale Frenzy
Ranger Archival Black Ink
TH Alcohol inks: Denim, Stream, Stonewashed, Silver mixative, Aqua
White Glossy Card Stock
Ranger Pigment Denim
Distress Broken China
Clear Packaging
Glossy Accents
Bazzill Aqua Card Stock

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Tim Holtz Creation

Here's the piece of art that inspired me to create the alcohol background that I used on yesterdays cards......

.......a Tim Holtz creation from CHA last summer.

While I was in the Ranger booth getting all the information about the new products & placing an order, my sister was watching Tim demonstrate. He demonstrated the technique for the background & then created this sample. He actually handed it to another "watcher" who then gave it to Kathy. She thought Kathy really liked the colors. How exciting for her! She did really like it! She took it home & framed it. I really like her choice of's so eye catching setting on this trunk.Here's a little closer look. My camera really picked up the Silver mixative in the back ground.

Because I liked it so much, I tried to duplicate it while I was at Kathy's house last weekend. Here's my attempt........

What do you think? I can see that I didn't get as much Silver mixative on mine.

So far, I just matted it on black glossy cardstock. I plan to frame it to hang in my craft room. Kathy suggested I frame the tags I have that Tim created at other CHA shows. Great idea! I just added frames to my shopping list......

Hope you enjoyed your stop today!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Card Blues

.........times two.

Today, I created 2 cards for Artistic Outpost using the Bluebird stamp set. The image on both cards is stamped on a background created with alcohol inks on white glossy paper. I used Denim, Stonewashed, Stream, Silver mixative & Extender on my craft sheet. I laid the glossy paper on the inks & twisted & slid the paper off the mat. I repeated this step until I had most of the white covered with color. I used Ranger Archival black ink to stamp the images.

I chose to accent the bluish-purple color of the background on this card. I added a lace edge using a MS punch. The ribbon is very irridescent (couldn't capture the shine very well in the photo) and actually has a purple tint. The pearls are from Hero Arts.

I used blue paper scraps for this card. The texture was created with QuicKutz Gooosebumpz embossing dies. I rubbed Ranger Ocean Aqua over it. I used a Spellbinders Oval Tag to cut "thinking of you". It's mounted with foam dots. The white card is ribbed but it didn't show up well in this photo. The little black pearls are also from Hero Arts.

Ranger Alcohol inks: Denim, Stonewashed, Silver, Stream
Ranger Archival Black Ink
White Glossy cardstock
Martha Stewart punch
Hero Arts Pearls
Ranger Lights Ocean Aqua
QuicKutz Goosebumpz Swirl

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Friday, June 5, 2009

A Cute Birthday Wish!

Finally, something to post! I've been so busy outdoors weeding my flower beds, mowing lawn, and just enjoying the wonderful late spring weather!

I created this card with stamps from Penny Black. The cute image is from Garden Friends and the verse is from Critter Party - both are clear sets. I colored the image with Copic markers. I used Spellbinders Label One for the shaped cutout of the image. Papers by Bazzill and American Crafts.

I'm off to visit my sister in Wisconsin today with my mom. If we get a chance to create something, I'll post from there. We have plans to go to a garden fair & shop, enjoy her gardens......and visit.

Happy Day!