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Howdy!

I was really planning to have a post for you all on Sunday but I had the worse case of creative block. I had the house to myself and I just couldn’t get anything going. Sometimes I can force it, just kind of start working on something and everything will just click. Sunday I just couldn’t find it. So I finally gave up and finished painting my daughter’s room. The good news is that I have been working on a really fun project that I am super excited to share with you all in the next few days. It is another Steampunk creation and I am loving it and hope you’ll enjoy it too.

My card for today is one that I made a little while ago but I still really like it and it is still my “style.” I don’t know if any of you go back and look at old project and see a clear shift in style but I know that I sure do.

There are lots of Tim Holtz grunge product on this card.  The bird and cage were cut out of grunge paper using the Tim Holtz die from Sizzix called Caged Bird. The cage was embossed using Distress Embossing powder in Black Soot. The bird was colored with Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks.

Grunge paper and another paper flower
Grunge paper and another paper flower

The rose was created with McGill punches. It isn’t really intended to be any specific flower. The background was stamped with Versamark Ink and the damask stamp from Great Impressions was heat embossed with Candy Violet embossing powder from My Sentiments Exactly. I then sponged on a variety of purple inks.

Close-up
Close-up

Here you can see a close of the card.  The bars wouldn’t lay flat but I know of like the texture.

Materials

Paper: Nennah Solar White, Basic Black & Vintage Violet – Stampin’ Up, Grunge Paper – Ranger

Dies/Punches: Caged Bird – Sizzix, Large Highland Snowflake, Large Geranium Leaf & Small Geranium Leaf – McGill Inc.

Ink: Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint & Seedless Preserves Distress Ink – Ranger, Versamark

Misc.: Candy Violet – My Sentiments Exactly & Black Soot Distress Ink – Ranger

More soon! Thanks for spending time here!

Steampunk Sub

I recently shared some of my submarine cards and have another one today because subs are awesome and fun. Rust and grunge and rivets, it is just so much fun. I created the cut-out of this submarine in my Silhouette Software.

 

Lots of Tattered Angels and Distress Inks make up this card.
Lots of Tattered Angels and Distress Inks make up this card.

I started with the main sub image, which I cut out of white card stock and then spritzed it with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Mustard. I allowed the Color Shine to dry then added the rust base with Distress Stains.

Lovin' the rust!
Lovin’ the rust!

I applied Iced Spruce, Rusty Hinge, Stormy Sky and Evergreen Bough Distress Stain to my craft sheet. I smooshed my gold sub into the stains. This usually leaves a few bare spots so I went back over it applying the stain directly to the areas that needed additional color. I also added rust to my nose cone, belly band, tail fin accent and portholes in this manner. The additional pieces were not colored gold, this gave a very subtle color difference between the body of the sub and the additional pieces.

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While the piece was still wet I used a No. 6 Round paint brush to apply Icicle Glimmer Glaze randomly on the stained pieces. What is really neat about the Glimmer Glaze is that it acts as a resist. It will allow the rust color below to stand out. While everything is still wet I sprayed Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Sugar Maple and Perfect Pearls Mist in Bronze over all of the pieces. I allowed the mists to really pool on the pieces. After giving the mists a moment to soak in I soaked up the extra with a paper towel.

While you are not really able to see it, there is a shadow layer to the whole sub. The periscope is actually part of this base layer. The shadow/support layer was colored with Walnut Stain Distress Stain. The base layer gives the sub a more substantial feel and supports the propeller. At this point I let everything dry.

About a million years ago, I purchased 1/16″ eyelets at Michael’s and I loved them. I loved them so much that I hoarded them because I was never able to find them again. I looked and looked and no luck – online or in-store. This was until Eyelet Outlet – low and behold they had my teeny tiny eyelets and even in four colors. Hurray!!! So, here they are in all their tiny glory. Seriously though, I have been searching for years to find these. Perhaps I should buy more . . .

Anyway, once all of my pieces were dry I assembled them. I started with the nose cone, middle band and tail fin accent

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Once I glued down the nose cone I added the black eyelets. I used a 1/16″ hole punch and then set them with my eyelet tool. Next. I added the belly band and tail piece. I added the portholes and glued the center pieces on next. Once these were dry I added the large black eyelets. The centers of the portholes were colored with Distress Stain in Walnut Stain. Once that was how I wanted it I added Glossy Accents on the center portholes and periscope.

and rivets!

Once the Glossy Accents were dry I added the copper “rivets” using Liquid Pearls in Copper Pearl. They were made by just making tiny dots.

 

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For the background I used the Naturally Aged Paint System Precious Stone in Turquoise by Tattered Angels. Overall, I like the background but it doesn’t look anything like the picture that came with the kit, as in not at all. It was created with Glimmer Mist in True Turquoise and Turquoise Blue and Glimmer Glaze in Icicle and Shindig.

I mounted my background on a sheet of card stock and then placed my now dry sub on using adhesive pop dots.

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Materials

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Brown – Bazzil

Sprays: Mustard – Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Bronze – Perfect Pearls Mist, Sugar Maple, True Turquoise & Turquoise Blue Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels

Distress Stain by Ranger: Rusty Hinge, Iced Spruce, Stormy Sky, Evergreen Bough & Walnut Stain

Other: Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain Distress Ink – Ranger, Icicle & Shindig Glimmer Glaze – Tattered Angels, 1/16″ Eyelets – Eyelet Outlet, Large Black Eyelets – Stampin’ Up, Copper Pearl Liquid Pearls – Ranger, Foam Adhesive Circles – Recollections

Thank you for dropping by!

Live Your Bliss Card

HiYa! I spent what felt like all day yesterday wrestling with my computer. I have a critical update to do on my Silhouette software and my computer doesn’t want to let me do it. I really hate loosing work time to technical issues. While I still have access to the software I will not be able to access the online store until I am able to do the update. I have an e-mail into their support team and hopefully it will be resolved. On the positive side, I was able to get a really fun card finished.

Anyone else craving chocolate?
Anyone else craving chocolate?

Oh I love damask and handmade roses. I was beginning to have a little withdrawal since I hadn’t made a rose in what seemed like forever!

This card features tiny handmade roses, gem brads, pearls and rhinestones
This card features tiny handmade roses, gem brads, pearls and rhinestones

Here you can see a close-up of the main image. I started this card with a plain sheet of cardstock and stamped the damask stamp with Versamark and heat embossed with Chestnut Zing! powder. Then I broke out my Distress Ink pad and Ink Blending tools.

Live Your Bliss Card
Live Your Bliss Card

I began shading with Antique Linen and covered most of the card. I then added Tea Dye and Vintage Photo. I gave the edges a lot of ink. I then took another sheet of cardstock and inked it with Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Inks. I adhered that piece to my damask background and then trimmed it so the border was very small. Once I adhered them together I went back over the edges with the Tea Dye ink. This way I get a very close mat and defined edge. I find this much easier then trying to cut the background to size first. Next, I added dark brown cardstock,

This card includes a stamped inner pannel
This card includes a stamped inner panel

I loved the background so much that I felt like adding a small sentiment. My original plan was something much larger. I cut the ornate frame shape out of white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo. I colored the frame using Walnet Stain Distress Stain. The brown circle was colored with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. The sentiment layer was inked with Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Inks and applied with Ink Blending Tools.

Close-up of handmade roses
Close-up of handmade roses

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Mega Mixed Messages and was stamped using Veramark and Walnut Distress Ink.

Yummy brown damask
Yummy brown damask

I adhered a scrap of brown ribbon, I think that it is from Stampin’ Up and glued down the assembled frame. Next came the roses, I made these with the McGill Mini Petal punch and Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Inks. In the past, I have tried to use hot glue on the roses and was not successful. I had recently picked up a new multi-temp heat gun for another project and thought I would give it another shot. Other than burning the tip of my finger with hot glue, it worked perfectly for these roses. There is no going back. I think that my old glue gun didn’t get hot enough. Once the roses were glued down I added all the other “bling.” Since I didn’t want to fiddle around with punching hole for the gem brads I cut off the arms and just hot glued them down. Live Your Bliss-9 Materials

Stamps: Damask (K91) – Great Impressions, Mega Mixed Messages – Papertrey Ink

Paper: Nennah Solar White, Brown – Bazzil

Ink: Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain Distress Ink – Ranger, Veramark – Tsukineko

Misc: Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain – Distress Stain,  Chestnut Zing! Embossing Powder – American Crafts, Mini Petal Punch – McGill Inc

Bling: Gem Lush Brads – My Minds Eye, Gems & Pearls Song of Spring – Recollections

Thanks for visiting!!

Butterfly Wall Art

Recently I had  a request for an card-inspired art piece. Today’s project will be hung in a little girl’s bedroom. Like many little girls, including mine, she is into pink and purple.

Framed butterfly art
Framed butterfly art

I was originally going to create the background with Gelatos but I was waiting on the mail and got impatient so the background was created using dye ink. I first applied a layer of Gesso over the card stock, allowed that to dry and applied a second coat to add more texture. I applied the inks with a sponge.  I used images from French Foliage and Elementary Elegance. The background was created by stamping with ink and some images were heat embossed with clear embossing powder. There is no real process for creating an image like this and I find that I just keep working until I like it. Once I was happy I sprayed the background with Perfect Pearls and then dabbed with a paper towel. Since there is a layer of Gesso the paper towel will pull up some of the ink.

Rings cut with Silhouette Cameo
Rings cut with Silhouette Cameo

I create the interlocking circle in my Silhouette software and cut them out of teal cardstock. I tore off an edge of my card stock and layered that over my rings.

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I stamped the butterfly with black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I then colored the butterfly by watercoloring the image with the inks used in the background. I then mounted that onto another sheet of white cardstock. The last step was adding the image to the frame.

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Pink & Purple Butterfly-6I purchase this frame at Michaels. It is 5×7 frame with a double mat for a 4×6 opening. There is a layer of foam between the double mats so the butterfly has room to be more three-dimensional.

Stipple butterfly from Stampin' Up
Stipple butterfly from Stampin’ Up

I hope that the little lady receiving this likes it. As always, thank you for spending your time here.

Materials

Stamps: Stipple Butterfly, French Foliage, & Elementary Elegance – Stampin’ Up

Ink: Versmark – Tsukineko, Grape – Memento, Bermuda Bay, Pink Passion and Tempting Turquoise – Stampin’ Up

Paper: Nennah Solar White

Misc.: Gesso – Liquitex, Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Perfect Pearls – Ranger

Watercolor Turtle

We recently visited Oklahoma to see family. We had a wonderful trip and one of our highlights were the turtles. We were able to see a ton while we were there we even found two box turtles in the yard. I decided to break out my watercolors and create a tribute to the turtle. I haven’t painted with watercolors since I was 12, so I am sure my technique is pretty rusty. That notwithstanding I am over all pretty happy with my box turtle watercolor. The paints I used were originally purchased for my daughter.

Tribute to the box turtles of Oklahoma
Tribute to the box turtles of Oklahoma

Overall, I think he turned out pretty good. I started with a sketch on watercolor paper and then painted him. He will be going as a “Thank You” card. I really had fun painting and may have to do some more.

Turtles are fun!
Turtles are fun!

Warning – this is probably not a scientifically accurate representation.

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Painting based on the Eastern Painted Box Turtle

The only thing we saw more of on our road trip were dead armadillos. Apparently they are moving up from Texas.

Corset Heart Card

Heart taking flight
Heart taking flight

I had a very good time making today’s card. I really love working with shading. I typically work with the Tim Holtz Distress Inks from Ranger but do occasionally dig out another product. I find I only do this when I am looking for a specific color  or shade not found in Distress Ink line.

The heart is accented with Glossy Accents.
The heart is accented with Glossy Accents.

I started with a white card stock heart that I shaded with Barn Door and Wild Honey Distress Inks. I created the black corset with scrap paper that I trimmed to fit then cut in half. I heat embossed the scraps with black embossing power then added the gold eyelets. The hardest part was lacing up the eyelets, the paper kept sliding around and it was hard to tighten the laces, the final look was worth it. I glued the corset to the heart. The covered the red portion with Glossy Accents. I love the way it turned out. Although it is dry in Colorado and things tend to dry fast I still find that I am best to leave anything covered with Glossy Accents to dry overnight, just to be sure.  Once dry I added the three pearls.

A close-up
A close-up

For the background I used Victorian Velvet, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door Distress Ink applied with an Ink Blending tool. I have one for each of my colors. I am a little obsessive about keeping my colors from muddling until I get them on the page and I found that switching the pads repeatedly didn’t work for me. I then stamped the corner image, this is a clear stamp and I find that the ink will sometimes bead on the surface, which makes the image mottled, instead of solid . To minimize this I ink my stamp with Versamark first and the with the colored ink, in this case Black Soot Distress Ink.  After stamping the corner I stamped the wings with Versamark and heat embossed with Chestnut Zing powder. I then added my heart with pop dots. The wings were a little too subtle so I added Distress Stickles in Antique Linen and Antique Bronze. while this basically covered the stamped image, I loved the effect.

Winged heart on a fiery background
Winged heart on a fiery background

My last step was adding the crown. I cut the crown with my Silhouette and then inked it with Veramark and Zing! Embossing Powder in Copper then topped that with Distress Stickles in Antique Bronze.

Materials

Stamps: Bella Brush 12×12 – Fancy Pants, Regal Flourish – Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous

Ink: Versamark – Tsukineko, Victorian Velvet, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Barn Door & Black Soot Distress Ink – Ranger

Misc.: Glossy Accents – Ranger, Gold Eyelets – Stampin’ Up, Gold Cord – Stampin’ Up, Adhesive Pearls – Recollections, Antique Linen & Antique Bronze Distress Stickles – Ranger, Chestnut & Copper Zing! Embossing Powder – American Crafts, Black Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up

Have a great weekend!

 

Attitude Birthday Card

So much attitude - check the glitter sneaks
So much attitude – check the glitter sneaks

Happy Monday!

Today, I am sharing a birthday card I made for a friends daughter. We celebrated her 5th Birthday yesterday at a splash park.

Time intensive image but so much fun!
Time intensive image but so much fun!

This card features an image from The Greeting Farm’s set call Sweet and Toxic. I love the Creeper Crew collection they came out with and coloring them is so much fun. I used the 3D Paper Piecing technique on this card. In this technique you cut away pieces of the image and layer them to give it three dimensions.

Sweet & Toxic from The Greeting Farm
Sweet & Toxic from The Greeting Farm

You may recognize the background as the same on from my Absolutely Fabulous card Here. I will often create an additional background or element and save them for a future project or just in case I mess something up I have a spare.

3D Paper Piecing from the side
3D Paper Piecing from the side

Here you can see the layers that make up our girl. I colored the image using Copic markers.

3D Paper Piecing, with attitude
3D Paper Piecing, with attitude

My daughter wrote the message in the card which you can catch a glimpse of here.

Materials

Stamps: Leopard – Hero Arts, Sweet & Toxic – The Greeting Farm

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Basic Black – Stampin’ Up, Hot Pink – Unknown

Ink: Grape Memento – Ranger, Picked Raspberry Distress Ink – Ranger, Archival Ink in Jet Black – Ranger

Other: Spellbinders Labels 4 Dies, Copic Markers, Hot Pink,  Purple &  Crystal Stickles, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up

Hope you all have a very wonderful week!

 

Yellow (& Pink) Submarine

We are bracing for some serious weather in Colorado today. The basically the entire state is under a Flash Flood Warning – so it seemed appropriate for me to share my submarine cards! I love the Beatle’s Yellow Submarine. It was on one of my daughter’s children’s music CDs, which we listened to a lot when she was little. I can even remember singing it in elementary school music class.

A special love submarine
A special love submarine

I really like this card, it makes me happy. I made a similar one for my Sister-in-Law for Valentine’s Day.

Who wouldn't want to live on such a cute submarine?
Who wouldn’t want to live on such a cute submarine?

I cut the basic shape using my Silhouette Cameo. The propeller, periscope and body stripe were created using scrap paper. The hearts were adhered with pop-dots and colored with Red Stickles. The windows get their shine from Diamond Glaze. the rivets were added with a Zig Pen. The only down side of Diamond Glaze is that it requires patience – I find that I have to walk out of the room to avoid messing with it once I put it on the card.

Gotta love those bubbles!
Gotta love those bubbles!

The bubbles a were created with a hole punch and coated with Liquid Pearls.

Materials

Paper: Nennah Solar White, Night of Navy, Marigold Morning, Real Red & Basic Blakc – Stampin’ Up

Ink: Tea Dye Distress Ink – Ranger

Misc.: Diamond Glaze – Judi Kins, 05 Zig Memory Pen, Red Stickles, Pop-Dots – Recollections, White Opal Liquid Pearls – Ranger

Once my daughter saw the yellow submarine she demanded requested that we make a pink and purple submarine, and here she is!

So girly!
So girly!

For this submarine I sponged the teal background with teal ink. The submarine was stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. The periscope, rudder, portholes and nose cone were embellished with purple Stickles. Once the Stickles were dry I coated the portholes, rudder, and periscope with Diamond Glaze. I added pink Stickles to the outside of the portholes and the top of the submarine. I think that she is fabulous.

Glitter and  gems
Glitter and gems under the waves

Materials

Paper – Nennah Solar White, Misc. Cardstock from the stash

Ink – Versamark Ink, Pink Passion – Stampin’ Up

Stamps: Summer Soiree – Fancy Pants Designs

Misc.: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Gems – TPC Studio, Diamond Glaze – Judi Kins, Pop-Dots – Recollections, Cotton Candy & Purple – Stickles

Hopefully we’ll get through this next storm with not too much rain – only time will tell.

Cheerio!

 

Second Pillowcase Dress & Gift Box

Hiya!

As promised I am going to share the second pillowcase dress I made. This one is very similar to the first one only in shades of blue. It turned out a little shorter then the first dress because I got a little cocky with the serger and made a mistake on the hem that had to be ripped out and fixed. If you have ever tried to rip out a serged hem you know it isn’t any fun. Since the fabric was cotton it frayed like crazy so I ended up cutting off the edge and starting over. All in all I am pretty happy with how the dress turned out. It is a very simple and rewarding project to practice sewing/serging on.

Polka dots & paisley dress.
Polka dots & paisley dress.

For such a special present I felt I needed to make a gift box. I am usually guilty of waiting until the last minute to wrap a gift and end up using gift bags, which are great but I really wanted something special. I forget how easy it really is to make a custom gift box.

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I scrounged in my 12×12 paper and found this darling octopus paper by K&Co. I actually remember purchasing this paper at a store in California forever ago. To make the box I folded up the dress and then measured how big it was folded. I decided to make my box 8″x6″ with an edge of 1.25″. So I cut two pieces of cardstock 10.25″ x 8.25″ and scored each side at 1.25″ using my Martha Stewart scoreboard. Folded them up and added the DP backed with cardstock to the top and sides. I whipped up a tag and added a ribbon and voila! A custom gift box.

Gift Box - Side
Gift Box – Side

I have a huge stash of DP that I need to start using so there are certainly more gift boxes on the way. As always, thank you for stopping by!

 

 

Mermaid Birthday

Hello!

I have not disappeared. We went on a short vacation to Oklahoma but have returned. My daughter has a birthday party to attend this weekend and it is a “Little Mermaid” party. I was inspired by a few cards I saw on Pinterest & Etsy, and thought I can do that. So here she is, my daughter was wondering what happened to her head. I guess the real answer is that I can’t draw heads/faces very well so we went this direction.

In all her glory - the Mermaid Birthday card!
In all her glory – the Mermaid Birthday card!

With the exception of the coral, all elements on the card were hand cut. I went with a very different approach to this card. The shapes are pretty simple so I decided to  sketching and then hand cut out the different parts.

Sketch for the Mermaid Card
Sketch for the Mermaid Card

Above you can see my rough sketch for the card. It is overall really simple. Once I had a pencil drawing of the card as I wanted it I traced over the outer lines with a black pen. Nothing fancy just a regular old black ball-point pen.  My next step was to create the templates I would use to cut out my shapes.

Creating a template from the sketch
Creating a template from the sketch

The paper on the right was my original and the left is the tracing. I went “old school” for this and taped my original to a window and traced the copy. I just did the mermaid tail as the other elements wouldn’t need to be as precise.

Shape templates cut out
Shape templates cut out

Next I cut apart my template. If you wanted your parts to overlap you might need to make more than one copy to cut from. Here you can see the lower fins, waist fin ( I just flipped it to trace two), and torso.

Tail template
Tail template

Here is her tail template. This was where I started since I feel this was the main element.

Template traced onto the cardstock
Template traced onto the cardstock

Here is the tracing on cardstock.

Tracing the top
Tracing the top

Here is the cutout for the top. Once I traced the whole top I cut out the center and middle shell portions and cut those out again, so I could layer for added dimension. I inked the edges with purple ink.

Once I had everything cut out I adhered the parts onto my card. Apparently I forgot to take a photo before I got out the Stickles.

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For the sand I took a tan piece of cardstock and tore the top then inked the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. I also used a marker spritzer and a Black Soot Distress Ink marker to add the little flecks to the sand. The seaweed I cut freehand out of green cardstock and then inked with Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.

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The coral was cut using my Silhouette Cameo and orange cardstock. I have a stash of odd materials and the sequins came from a jacket I had many years ago. Once the jacket started to fall apart I ripped off the sequins, seed beads and bugle beads. I am so glad they found a new home.

Sentiment
Sentiment

The sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse Stamps and I used VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Turquoise.

Sequins and adhesive gems create the bubbles
Sequins and adhesive gems create the bubbles

Materials

Stamps: Folk Art Label 25 – Waltzing Mouse Stamps

Ink: Turquoise Gem VersaMark Chalk Ink – Tsukineko, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn & Pumice Stone Distress Ink – Ranger, Lovely Lilac – Stampin’ Up

Misc.: Large gems – Recollections, Small Round Gems – Hero Arts, Sequins – Reused, Eucalyptus & Peacock Glitter Glue – Stickles

I made another pillowcase dress as a gift and I will try to get a photo up this week. Thanks for stopping by!