Monday, September 24, 2018

Sneak Peek for AJVD

Happy Monday! Fall is here, oh boy! I have a little sneak peek of the fall-themed  project I have posted on the AJVD blog today. Head on over to check out the whole thing. ;-)



Friday, September 21, 2018

Fall Fairy Woodland Trinket Box Scene with Eileen Hull

Hello and good evening! This month is all about Fall-O-Ween over on Eileen Hull's blog! My team mates are all sharing their fall and Halloween themed projects. It all makes me want to go grab a pumpkin-spiced latte. ;-) For my project I used Eileen's Trinket Box Die to create a little fall fairy woodland scene. Fall is my favorite season and I love making home decor pieces that reflect the colors and sights of the season.


I had a branch cross section that I used as a base. I like how the scene spills out to the base too!


I used some Tim Holtz Wood Slices to make the little steps.


The Trinket Box Die is very versatile. You can make diminutive shadow boxes like this one, hinged boxes like this one and this one, or actual little books. (You can cut out pages with the die.) For the first step, I covered mat board with patterned paper (for the sides and back) and cut out the parts. To make the front frame, I spritzed a piece of mat board with Distress Spray Stains, partly dried them and then ran it through my Big Shot in the Lumber 3-D Embossing Folder while it was still damp. The detail is amazing!! I added other layers of ink afterwards to highlight the grain texture and then cut the frame out. I constructed the sides of the box and glued them to the back panel. Then I measured out a piece of cardstock to stencil the background on:


I folded up the sides and glued it in place in the box:


For the base pedestal I used a wood shape I've had in my stash. It looks like a giant Hershey's Kiss. I painted it brown and used a hole punch to make a hole in the bottom side of the box for the point of the "Kiss" to poke through.


Hot glue worked well to join the parts. I also glued a bit of foam core board to act as a riser for the moss I was adding next.


I glued the moss in and then glued in all the die cut foliage and other parts. Once that was done and dry, I glued on the front frame and then the whole thing to the cross section base.



Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to visit Eileen's blog and check out the other posts for this month! I am also entering this in the Vintage Journey's current challenge, Back to Nature. Check out their blog too!

Dies:
Eileen Hull Sizzix
Floral Arch & Words ( Sizzix / SB )
Book & Pages, Trinket Box & Frame ( Sizzix / SB )

Tim Holtz - Funky Floral #3 Sizzix / SB )
Tim Holtz - Fall Foliage Sizzix / SB )
Tim Holtz - Garden Greens Sizzix / SB )

Tim Holtz 3-D Embossing Folder, Lumber ( Sizzix / SB )

Other:
Ranger Archival Ink - Potting Soil,
Distress Inks - Ground Espresso, Forest Moss, Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed
Distress Spray Stain - Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Vintage Photo
Sizzix mat board
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts - Garden Fairies, small
Idea-ology Wood Slices
The Crafter's Workshop stencil - Mini Aspen Trees
Ranger Distress Collage Medium - Matte
moss
turf landscaping foam
Crafter's Pick - The Ultimate! glue (my fav glue ever!)

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Frilly & Funkie Challenge - All Creatures Great & Small

Hello and happy Thursday! I am honored to be a guest designer on the Frilly and Funkie blog for their new All Creatures Great and Small challenge. The projects must have animals as the focus - no humans allowed. ;-) I have created a little decor piece that features a forest mouse (and has a little bird on top. Double whammy, woo hoo!! lol)



Here's a closer peek inside:


and a view of the top:



It was pretty straightforward to put together. The graphics came from two vintage books that I recently found at a thrift store:


Book lovers, do not worry, no books were harmed in the making of this project! I scanned the book cover and the mouse and printed them out for it. ;-)

My biggest tip comes from a rookie mistake that I made. I added all sorts of lovely crackle paste to the little house's bare metal and it promptly fell off when it dried. Oops! I forgot the number one rule of needing to add something like..... clear gesso!.... to the metal first before the texture paste. So I knocked off all the old crackle that hadn't already flaked off and applied a layer of clear gesso. When that was dry I redid the crackle and it worked perfectly! I used DecoArt Media Liquid Acrylics to add color afterwards.



Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the challenge at Frilly & Funkie. Show them your stuff!

Dies:
Garden Greens (Sizzix / SB)
Garden Greens Thinlits (Sizzix / SB)
Tiny Tattered Florals (Sizzix / SB)
Funky Florals #3 (Sizzix / SB)
Tattered Leaves (Sizzix / SB)
Tapered Fringe (Sizzix)

Other:
Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Falling Leaves
Ranger Archival Ink - Fern Green
Distress Inks - Pine Needles, Vintage Photo, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber
Prima Clear Gesso
Prima White Crackle Texture Paste
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Foliage
DecoArt Media Liquid Acrylics - Geen Gold, Cerulean Blue, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Burnt Umber, Dark Grey 3, Sap Green, Phthalo Green-Gold
moss
vintage faux mushrooms
bark
spanish moss

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Smile! It's Fall Cardmaking Time with Topflight Stamps.

Hello there! I've found myself making lots of cards lately. Tis the season and all for fun holiday cards. ;-) Here's a cute one for Halloween of course:


I 'watercolor stamped' the leaf background onto a sheet of Distress Watercolor Paper. In case you aren't familiar with that technique, it involves inking the stamp with various colors of Distress Inks (the minis are great for this) and then lightly misting the inked stamp with plain water. (Not too much water or you will get a blobby mess!) Then stamp it and you will get a lovely watercolor look. Once it was dry, I blended Distress Oxide inks onto the page (browns around the edges, yellow in the middle).

Thanks for stopping by! Below is a list of supplies I used. Be sure to check out the Topflight Stamps blog for more inspiration. There is always something fun to see there! Have a great week. =)

Topflight Stamps Products:
Studio Light - Art by Marlene Leaf Background Stamp


Dies:
AJVD - Perfect Pumpkin
AJVD - Grande Greetings Smile


Other:
Distress Inks - Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge, Black Soot, Squeezed Lemon
Distress Oxide Inks - Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Aged Mahogany
Distress Watercolor Cardstock
washi tape

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Monday, September 10, 2018

AJVD Post - Everything is Coming Up Poppies!

Howdy and happy Monday! Here's a little peek of the project I have posted over on the AJVD blog today. ;-) Head on over to see the whole enchilada…



Have a great week!!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Frilly & Funkie Haberdashery Challenge

Hello there! I hope you had a good weekend. I've been super crafty myself. ;-) I saw that the latest Frilly & Funkie challenge is Haberdashery and I have a big soft spot for (and stash of) vintages sewing goodies and notions. I couldn't resist pulling them all out and coming up with a project.

I have a few of the old Tim Holtz burlap panels in my closet so out one came. I also raided my quilting scraps. Here is the result:


There isn't too much of a tutorial since it is mainly arranging do-hickies and parts in a pleasing manner. But here are a few tips.

I covered the printed section of the burlap panel with gesso first; it took a few coats to cover it all up. Then I used Collage Medium and pieces of sewing pattern tissue to collage over it.

I used the Vintage Collage Medium over the top to "vintage" it up.
The quilt blocks were extras I had left over from a quilt I made a few years back. I had some scraps of batting so I made a "mini quilt" so it would have some body to it. I also sewed a vintage zipper on the side.

After finishing these foundation pieces I just played around with my goodies to see what looked right.


Things get a little messy at this stage! It's one of those craft explosions that can happen all over your desk ha ha.


Here things were a little more solidified as far as what I was using. I started gluing the pieces down.

Another detail:


The bottom layer of the flower is cut from some old cross stitch cardstock that I had.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the challenge at Frilly & Funkie. You still have a few days left to join in too. =)

Dies:
Flower, Heart & Soul (Sizzix )
Leaves, Spring (Sizzix / SB)
Bigz L Die, Tag - retired

Other:
Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Inventor 3
Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Haberdashery
Ranger Archival Ink - Potting Soil, Pale Ochre
Distress Inks - Ground Espresso, Pine Needles, Vintage Photo
Distress Oxide Inks - Wild Honey, Tea Dye, Antique linen, Old Paper
Distress Spray Stain - Tea Dye, Fossilized Amber
Idea-ology Quote Chips
Ranger Distress Collage Medium - Matte, Vintage
gesso

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

More Katzelkraft Christmas Cards

Hello, earlier in the week I shared some holiday cards made using these exclusive Katzelkraft stamp sets (made just for Topflight Stamps). They pair wonderfully with their funny animal stamp sets!



I used some of the accessory stamps from Christmas Holiday Accessories with the Les Chats set to make this funny card:



… and the Les Jungles set with the hat from the Pilgrim set for this Zen card:




Thanks for stopping by! Below is a list of supplies I used. Be sure to check out the Topflight Stamps blog for more inspiration. There is always something fun to see there! Have a great weekend. =)

Topflight Stamps Products:
Katzelkraft - Les Chats
Katzelkraft - Les Jungles
Katzelkraft - Pilgrim
Katzelkraft - Christmas Holiday Accessories

Dies:
AJVD - Poinsettia Greetings
AJVD - Fresh Cut Pine Die Set
AJVD - Stitched Sentiment Trio Die Set

Other:
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
Distress Inks - Vintage Photo, Pine Needles, Broken China
Distress Oxide Inks - Stormy Sky, Cracked Pistachio, Iced Spruce
Distress Spray Stains - Pine Needles, Lucky Clover, Antique Linen
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Snowflakes
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

watercolors

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Katzelkraft Holiday Cards

Hello and welcome to September! I love making projects for the fall and winter holidays and it's time to get busy with it! ;-) If you are a fan of Katzelkraft Stamps, pay attention to this. Topflight Stamps is carrying two exclusive stamps sets that pair wonderfully with the funny animal stamp sets they have.



I used some of the accessory stamps from Pilgrims with the Les Chats set to create an amusing Thanksgiving card:

These cat stamps crack me up every time!

The cats are stamped on the card base and then I stamped on another piece of cardstock and fussy cut the hats out. The leaves are actually cut with dies out of fun foam. This is a great way to get more use out of your dies! I applied a double sided adhesive sheet to the foam before I cut it and then stuck the foam shapes onto pieces of scrap packaging plastic.



I used ColorBox Blends Inks (with handy built-in sponge applicator tip) to apply ink to the foam and then stamped the leaves around the edges of the card.

For the second card I used the gingerbread man stamp from the Pilgrim set and the 'Merry Christmas' sentiment from the Holiday Quotes set. It's a clean and simple card:


I used a stamping platform for the sentiment. I stamped it in red ink and then moved the card very slightly down and to the right and then re-stamped it using black ink. This gives a nice drop shadow effect.

Thanks for stopping by! Below is a list of supplies I used. Be sure to check out the Topflight Stamps blog for more inspiration. There is always something fun to see there! Have a great week. =)

Topflight Stamps Products:
Katzelkraft - Les Chats
Katzelkraft - Holiday Quotes
Katzelkraft - Pilgrim


Dies:
AJVD - Leaves & Petals

Other:
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
Distress Inks - Vintage Photo, Pumice Stone
fun foam
adhesive sheet
watercolors
ColorBox Blends Ink - Nutmeg, Golden, Stop

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Visible Image Alice in Wonderland Stamp Sets

Hello there! Topflight Stamps has a really cool new line of stamps from Visible Image, their Alice in Wonderland series. I made a card using the iconic Mad Hatter set:



The background was created with the Fibres stencil, Distress Oxide Inks and the super cool Dragons Egg embossing powder from Emerald Creek. I raided my scrap paper bin for suitable patterned paper to cut the teacups out of and shaded them with various Distress Inks to knock the patterns back a bit. The Mad Hatter figure was colored using Inktense Ink Pencils. They are aptly named and their vivid colors were perfect for this crazy card.

Thanks for stopping by! Below is a list of supplies I used. Be sure to check out the Topflight Stamps blog for more inspiration. There is always something fun to see there! Have a great week. =)


Topflight Stamps Products:
Visible Image stamp - The Mad Hatter
Visible Image stencil - Fibres
Emerald Creek Embossing Powder - Dragons Egg

Dies:
Tea Time (Sizzix / SB)

Other:
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
Distress Inks - Black Soot, Peeled Paint, Mermaid Lagoon, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet
Distress Oxide Inks - Twisted Citron, Shaded Lilac
watercolor
Derwent Inktense Ink Pencils

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Monday, August 27, 2018

2 for 1 Card Duo

Hello there and happy Monday! I have a double duo of cards posted over at the A Jillian Vance Design Blog. Head on over to check them out and see what I did. ;-)




Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Guest Post at Mini Album Makers!

Hello there! Long, long ago…(like a year ago) I was able to witness a stupendous, wonderful and awe-inspiring event… The Great American Eclipse - exactly one year ago today. I had wanted to create a special journal filled with memories and photos from that trip. The cover I made last year (see it here) and in honor of the one year anniversary, I finished all the insides! It is chock full of photos, journalling, ephemera and total eclipse information! If you would like to see, better head on over to the Mini Album Makers blog where I have a guest post with tutorial.



Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Ocean Themed Home Decor

Hello there! Fall is on the horizon but it is still very summery around here. I like to put up ocean themed decor around the house during the summer months and this is the newest addition!



I also made this for the August Frilly and Funkie challenge where you need to incorporate arches or columns into your project. I was originally going to make this as a wreath but I really like the way it turned out with an arched background as a base.

I used a piece of paper from Graphic 45's Voyage Beneath
the Sea Collection (older) for my mermaid image.

The 'fan coral' replica came from a local craft store.

I finally got to use my new Tim Holtz Seashells die
with embossing folder!

How I did it:

Step 1 – I cut the arched base, shelf and column pieces out of foam core board. Using a brayer, I added Fresco Finish chalk paint to the background. I didn't worry about even coverage, I wanted the added visual texture.


Step 2 –  I added another layer of texture and color using Distress Spray Stain and two different kinds of color crystals. (They are very concentrated!) I misted with water, let the colors drip and sprinkled with water to form splotches as it dried.

Note that I masked off the bottom section with post it notes. I didn't want
color there that would react with the Sand Texture Paste when it was
time to add that.

Step 3 – Using stencils, I added areas of embossing to the background. (Embossing powder used was Seth Apter's Baked Texture in Patina Oxide and Deep Sea.) After the embossing I went back and added a bit more stenciling with just archival ink. I also very lightly added some light colored chalk paint with a brayer in a few areas.


Step 4 –  I added some metal foil tape around the edge and used a metal ball stylus to impress "rivets" into it. I highlighted them with Black Soot Distress Paint. (Dab it on, let it dry for a few minutes, and then wipe most of it off with a paper towel.)


I glued on the foam core shelf parts and when dry, covered all the surfaces with Sand Texture Paste. After that dried I used liquid acrylic paint to add more "sandy" color.

Step 5 – Tim Holtz's new Lumber 3-D embossing folder is a treat to use! The substrate is Sizzix mat board. First I swiped on Old Paper Distress Paint to act as a resist in a few places. The coverage was uneven purposefully. I let it dry and then sprayed it with Pumice Stone stain and swiped on Brushed Corduroy stain in a few places. When it had mostly dried (but was still a little damp) I ran it through my Big Shot in the 3-D Lumber folder. (The texture!! love!) I highlighted the raised grain texture with Hickory Smoke Oxide Distress Ink and Watering Can Archival Ink.


Step 6 – I cut the "planks" apart and inked all the edges, then glued them onto a chipboard base. The mermaid image is from a Graphic 45 collection from a few years ago. I covered it with Crazing Distress Collage Medium. I think the Idea-ology clipboard clips might be retired. Good thing I had one in my stash! It attached to my base with brads and some glue for extra security.


Step 7 – Now came the fun part! I had all my elements ready to go and the plastic fan coral piece firmly glued in place on the shelf. I used Soft Matte Gel and a glue gun to adhere all the different parts.

Thank goodness for hot glue guns!

Thanks for sticking with me on this long blog post! Hopefully you learned a new trick or two. ;-) Have a great week!

Dies:
Sand & Sea (Sizzix / SB)
Seashells (Sizzix / SB)
Garden Greens (Sizzix / SB)
Branch w/ Leaves & Flower - retired
3-D Texture Fades Embossing Folder - Lumber (Sizzix / SB)

Other:
Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Slight Alterations
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Splash
Prima Stencil - Netting
Ranger Diana Wakely Stencil - Mighty Wave
Color Burst - Turquoise
Paper Artsy Infusions - A Bit Jaded
Ranger Archival Ink - Cornflower Blue, Potting Soil, Forget Me Not, Watering Can, Pale Ochre
Distress Inks - Ground Espresso
Distress Oxide Inks - Carved Pumpkin, Aged Mahogany, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberries, Hickory Smoke
Distress Spray Stain - Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Pumice Stone, Old Paper, Brushed Corduroy, Antique Bronze
Graphic 45 - Voyage Beneath the Sea
Sizzix Paper Leather - pink
Paper Artsy Fresco Paint - Metallic Glaze, Antarctic, Snowflake, Slate, Captain Peacock, Caribbean Sea
Baked Texture Embossing Powder - Patina Oxide, Deep Sea
Prima Glass Glitter - Copper, Gold Rush
Idea-ology Clipboard Clip
Spray workable fixative
Ranger Distress Collage Medium - Crazing
Ranger Glossy Accents
Prima Soft Matte Gel
DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze and Texture Sand Paste
DecoArt Media Liquid Acrylics - Vermillion, Yellow Ochre, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Topflight Stamps – Llama Love!

Hello! Today I have a cheerful "thinking of you" card to share with you. The whimsical style of Magada Polakow is sure to bring a smile to anyone's face. My mother in law is going to send this card off to a friend and I hope it cheers her up.


For the sentiment, I composed the text in a graphics program and then printed it out on cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by! Below is a list of supplies I used. Be sure to check out the Topflight Stamps blog for more inspiration. There is always something fun to see there! Have a great week. =)


Topflight Stamps Products:
Stamps:
That's Crafty Magda Polakow - Leni the Llama

Stencils:
That's Crafty - Clouds & Hearts Stencil

Dies:
AJVD Elegant Stitched Dot Edge

Other:
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black, Potting Soil
Distress Inks - Ground Espresso, Carved Pumpkin, Broken China
Distress Spray Stain - Tumbled Glass
watercolors

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Christmas in July Gingerbread House

Hello there! I'm squeezing in a "Christmas in July" project. ;-) (Just under the wire aren't I?) Seeing Tim Holtz share all his new Christmas dies that are coming out inspired me. His Village Die Series is a favorite of mine so I got in the Christmas spirit in spite of the heat and made this little gingerbread house decor piece.


The bowl, vintage cookie cutters, ornaments and rolling pins are all from my thrifted/garage sale stash. I will make more of these bowls because I have quite a stash of stuff to use ha ha.


Detail shot!
Thanks for stopping by and it really isn't too early to work on Christmas projects. Maybe it would make you feel cooler.


Dies:
Tim Holtz Village Dwelling - Sizzix
Tim Holtz Village Gingerbread - Sizzix

Other:
Archival Ink - Potting Soil
Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paint - various "Necco" colors
Ranger Texture Paste ("frosting")
Distress Collage Medium - Matte
Distress Dry Glitter - Rock Candy
Glossy Accents


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