Thursday, February 28, 2008
This background is called Cuttlebug Smoosh and I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Dried Marigold, Antique Linen, and Milled Lavendar. I stamped the main image in Antique Linen and then used Distress Embossing powder in Antique Linen, Milled Lavendar, Shabby Shutters and Dried Marigold. Inked the edges and used my foam blending tool to add some of the same ink colors to enhance the satmp - sentiment is Studio G of course!
Next background is Reinker Splash altho i did not use the glossy paper and think it would come out a bit differently so i will try that next time. Again used the distress inks - Peeled piant and Antique Linen. Stamp is also distress embossing powders - antique linen, dusty concord, worn lipstick and peeled paint. sentiment is studio g again but the FIRST one i used - i stamped it and then realized it is mis-spelled!!! yup! litte instead of little ah well they are only a buck!! (used my new eyelets and crop a dile - can you tell i need some practice with that thing???ugh! good thing this card is for my mom!)
this last background is spanish gold using acrylic paint. stamped image is colored using gamsol and prisma pencils. now to get the colors right for "spanish silver".....
i have gotten lots of new supplies in so stay tuned for more new things :)
i am going to try and start using some of this stuff on scrapbook LO as I have enough cards - found a GREAT site - check out the blinkie on the right - Got Sketch. AND BTW - if anyone knows how to make these little things that link to a website PLEASE help me as i want one or want to make myself one.....
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
I just completed this wall hanging for Easter and I just love it! The shimmer is unbelievable! I did lots of new things here (new to me) and this is my first real foray into chipboard :) Not as scary as I thought! ha ha!! It was quite involved but i really enjoyed it - lots of opportunity for creativity AND used the Easter stamp set from CTMH that i just love so much! If you are interested you can view the tutorial here.
On a side note - a dear MB friend and customer, Jackie Russet, lost everything in the flooding in Australia recently. For those so inclined I have set up a gift certificate button on my website to help her replace her crarfting goodies. She will be able to use the gift certificate for items in my store as well as other items I will be going out to purchase for her that she has told me she needs. Any amount left over will be deposited into her Paypal account. If you would like to help Jackie click here.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
i did these cards with the magic pattern technique in the Technique Junkies newsletter I just got - so many fabulous ideas, so little time!!! the stamps are a CTMH set that i just love AND i got to use my watercolor pencils that have just been sititng around - i didn't get very artistic with them as i have not had much success with that....i really love this look but need different stamps to make it look as good as the samples i have seen. i made these for my mom because she said she needed some "every day" cards.
in other news...i finally broke down and ordered some grungeboard! :P i fought it for awhile and then started looking at the elements set and thinking maybe....but then there are some weird shapes in there i thought i'd never have a use for, then i thought oh what the h*** i just have to play. and then don't you know i suddenly realized the piece i thought i would NEVER use will be the first one! i had some pics sititng on my table waiting to be scrapped and i came up with the perfect idea - used crackle paints to and LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!! but ya'll will have to wait til i get my grunge board piece before you can see it!! i am really trying to do more scrapbook layouts and use the new products, stamps and techniques i am learning on my pages because frankly i have WAY too many cards!!!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
the next too are just some stamping. I embossed the basket design with ranger's brown embossing puffs - pretty neat stuff but doesn't show well in the pic. the white will be FABULOUS at christmas time for snow.
i've also been working on an easter wall hanging that i vascilate between loving and hating - i think i am loving it right now......and waiting on a card to dry that i am doing for the rangerlink inkling challenge - third try on this one :P i was going thru my studio g series 9 easter stamps (thanks kim at CK!!!) looking for a sentiment to use and god if those things just aren't so stinkin' adorable!!!!!! so bummed i won't be able to carry the next 5 series....and SO anxious for HA to tell me what is going on with the next series i AM supposed to be allowed to carry. i know ya'll are choppin at the bit for more. went to micael's yesterday to see if they had series 11 out yet - GOD that place is awful - spent 45 minutes looking around the store for them - finally found them in a back corner - series 4 and series 6 is all they had a few of. so they are way behind. they never even got series 7 so it doesn't look good for me......
well off to check my card...have a great day!!
Monday, February 18, 2008
i LOVE how they turned out. I painted them first with a chocolate brown acrylic paint. then i traced tem onto the back of the paper i was using for the front of them. next i painted the sides with Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in Tattered Rose. i put it on really thick so the cracks would be larger. a little warning - these three letters took about 2/3 of a bottle - glad i wasn't trying to de her real name - hollyn!! i LOVE how the paint looks tho - you can really see it in the close ups:
After it dried completely i brushed mod podge on the fronts of the letters and attached the pattern paper (CTMH). When that was dry I sanded all of the paper edges to get rid of the excess being careful not to sand the paint! I inked the edges in chocolate brown. I cut the shapes from the Walk in my Garden cricut cartridge and attached them. the flower centers are primas with a drop of iridescent glass paint. we ordered Pez's play kitchen for downstairs last night too - YAY!!! well tons to do today and she is eyeing my laptop - "Butties" she cries and wants to pound the keyboard :) have a great day all!!!
Friday, February 15, 2008
can't wait to get my goody pack!!
well lots to do today :P got more studio g series 10 in so i got to get them back out :)
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
the vase is cut with the cricut from paper i created by using alcohol inks on ranger's glossy paper - i used cranberry, currant and raisin with pearl mixative. roses are cut with the cricut and smudged with pomegranate ink for a bit of depth and definition - i find this can really make the difference in your card having a finished look. the lace border is stamped with versamark using the same lace set from CTMH. i smudged the white edges with pomegranate and wild wasabi ink using the ranger foam blending tool to soften the edges.
everything is cut with my cricut. butterfly under title is alcohol ink on a transparency. top butterfly is same alcohol ink as vase above. flowers, bee hive and other butterflies are cut from paper i made by making a pearl mist from the perfect pearls powder and spraying white cardstock and then accented with a black glaze pen. the fiber across the middle is from CTMH. here are some closer pics - i tried to capture the shimmer but it's icing here and i had little natural light to work with.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Series 11 Rendezvous Collection by Kolette Hall, available at Michael's late February '08, 16 sets, packaging is brown
Series 12 Everyday designs by 3 Bugs in a Rug, available at Michaels March-April '08, 24 sets, packaging is light blue.
Series 13 - Summer designs Grads/Prom/July 4/Wedding by several designers, available at AC Moore April '08, 24 sets, packaging is multi-color
Series 14 - Everyday designs by Katie & Co., available at Michaels May-June '08, 16 sets, packaging is pink.
Series 15 - Alphabet samps, available at Joann's July '08, 9 sets, packaging is light green
this means other retailers like me will NOT be allowed to purchase these and carry them in our stores. I have asked my rep if there will be any sets NOT done as exclusives so everyone can get them but I have not heard anything yet. So bitterly disappointed in their decision!!
Monday, February 11, 2008
i also cut the transparency with my cricut - no need for the heidi swapp ghost cut outs :) i like how they turned out but don't really like the card itself. wanted to post it anyway for you to see along with a couple more backgrounds i did that i haven't used yet. i varied it a bit by how much of each color i used and whether or not i used any blending solution and couldn't really tell a difference. however i did notice they dry fast so you have to work quick or it gets blotchy like water drops or something - which isn't bad i guess just different.....
can't wait to get more colors in - oh the things i will do :P off to do my shipping for the day and then hope i get time to work on some things for a contest over at http://jenniferssweettreatdesigns.blogspot.com/2008/02/mothers-daughters-creations-challenge.html
have a fab day!!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Next is a spring card based on one of the Tim Holtz 12 tags series - i cut a border of flowers with the WIMG cricut cartridge and attached it to white cardstock with removable adhesive. i spritzed it with the same pearl mist using certainly celery reinker, water and pearl perfect pearls powder. let it dry then peeled off the mask - used my adhesive remover from SU to get the last bits of gummy yuck off. then i inked over it a bit with pale pink using the blending tool and foam. i cut a bread tag shape from WIMG and stamped it with one of my new CTMH stamsps - LOVE this set too darling!! i colored it in using prisma pencils and gamsol. inked the tag edges in pink and the checkered paper in certainly celery - tied it on with a sheer pink ribbon - LOVE the shimmer and the softness of it.
and now for my next trick.... :P today daddy is taking Pez to visit grandma and grandpa all morning so i am determined to try a stab at alcohol inks. so you'll either see a post with them or not tomorrow and that will tell you how it went ha ha!!
i also ordered photoshop elements yesterday - can't wait to play with that!!!!!!
all of the ranger items i have been using are available on my website so come on over and grab some and play with me!!!!!
Saturday, February 9, 2008
i did finish something for you today - Pez's first playtime in the snow :). paper is bashful blue SU, ink is bashful blue and brilliant blue SU and stamps are SU. Large snowflakes are done in Brilliant blue and versamark then embossed with iridescent ice for sparkle - title was cut on cricut with Stretch You Imagination and snowman was embossed too. i typed the journaling onmy computer and set the font color to match the brilliant blue thanks to a fab cheat sheet i found on splitcoast in the downloads section. this is to help Stacey (my SU demo) with a tech club this month cuz she just had her baby - yay!! the technique is masking and reverse masking. i wish i could always capture the sparkle this well - just got lucky today i guess!! next up i will be playing with perfect pearls some more - i hope those pics capture the shimmer just as well!!
Friday, February 8, 2008
so i am down to the studio to work on a 2 page layout for this months tech club - i am helping my SU demo stacey because she had a baby yesterday!!!!!!!!! ohh i see a baby card in my future...... once that's done i can go back to experimenting with my Ranger stuff.
started a great post on the cricut board i hope everyone likes - got the idea on split coast - about products people are afraid of. when i first saw the post i thought oh how silly but as i read it i realized i really had a lot of fear about certain products and techniques but lately i have been doing alot to overcome those - one of the biggest was anything by Tim Holtz - ha ha!!!!!! and mod podge - i know - how ridiculous is that. anyway i hope it will be a great place for people to offer tips and help others overcome their product fears! next on my list - acrylic albums - YIKES!! have a friend who is going to help me out when she gets back from CHA - along with giving me the scoop on all the new goodies - stay tuned..........monday's post should be fabulous!!!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
i just got my last SU tech club order in and should get my CTMH order friday so i hope to have time to play over the next few days. got some super cool goodies to pair with my fantabulous Ranger Ink goodies - see what I can come up with for easter/spring. i plan to do a bit of playing with some chipboard - venture off the page and onto the wall ;) stay tuned!!!!! and show me some LOVE - leave me some comments!