Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fall Layout

Last night I finished one of my Fall scrapbook pages but needed to wait until today for natural lighting to take my pictures. I love the colors of fall and enjoy making scrapbook pages of trips to the pumpkin patch with my grandsons and family.

My page is all about Fall colors, inks, and Liquid Pearls. I used a new technique I saw on the Ranger Ink website with Liquid Pearls, and inks. I used three colors of Liquid Pearls on my craft sheet, mixed in a little water, ran my paper through the mixture, heat dried, then blended two different distress inks. The ink only sticks to the unpainted parts of the paper. Then I stamped the leaf stamp with black archival ink, cut it out, and used a pop dot to apply it to my page. 

With some of the extra sections of the paper left over from the above stamping, I stamped the Fall Colors stamp. 

Ranger Liquid Pearls: Gold Pearl, Cantaloupe, Chestnut
Distress Ink: ripe persimmon, gathered twigs, brushed corduroy
Background Paper: Bo Bunny - Autumn Song
Stamps: TH Stampers Anonymous Autumn Blueprint; Close To My Heart

Linking to: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Got Ink

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Christmas Patchwork

My scrapbook layout is a patchwork design. Take a look:

Distress Ink: gathered twigs and black soot
  - Graphic 45 Curtain Call Collection
  - Kraft Core 
  - Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Collection - A Christmas Carol
 - Bazzill cardstock 
Stamps: Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Mini Blue Prints CMS170, Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Candy Cane Sketch
Die: Tim Holtz Alterations: Gingerbread
Distress Markers: evergreen bough and festive berries

Simon Says Monday Challenge: Patchwork
Created With Love Challenge: Christmas Reds and Greens
Make It Monday: #165
Love to Scrap: Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door: Nov 5-11 Challenge
Tuesday Throwdown

Friday, November 1, 2013

It's All About The Fun - Halloween Card

This is my final Halloween card of the season but it's the one I made several of and mailed to a few special kids. Both stamps are by Northwoods.

4 Crafty Chicks: Challenge #166 Halloween
An Inky Situation: Linky Party #15 Anything Goes

Monday, October 28, 2013

Joy - Christmas Tag

I'm using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Holiday Joy Wafer Thin Die  Stamp Set that I just bought and wanted to give a try. Here's my tag:

Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits Holiday Joy Wafer Thin Die & Stamp Set
Distress Inks - evergreen bough, gathered twigs
Distress Paint: picket fence
Distress Glitter: festive berries
Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber: Snow Cap
paint brush to flick the snow on
paint brush to dab on the Snow Caps
Ranger Mister Bottle
Ranger Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink: Fern Green, Potting Soil

Simon Says Monday Challenge: Anything Goes

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Boo - Halloween Card

I have a Halloween card with a gate fold that's a little spooky. Take a look:

The papers were from my huge Halloween stash of paper. The spider web was an embossing folder then I applied glossy accent to the raised area and sprinkled Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. The Boo die is Tim Holtz Sizzix Die - Gothic Boo. I used red paper to cut the die then applied Glossy Accent and Tim Holtz Festive Berries Red Distress Glitter.

The inside of the card was finished with Halloween paper, Tim Holtz Sizzie Die Candlelight Fright.

Ranger Ink: Halloween Crafting Contest
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Spooky
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge: Halloween

Hallo-Scream for Halloween

How about a spooky skull with a Medusa touch? I used the skull from the Tim Holtz Apothecary stamp, drew my own swirls, curls and earrings to resemble Medusa. 

The eyes were stained with Festive Berries then Glossy Accents was applied. 

Hallo-scream was stamped on mulberry paper. I applied a little water to the mulberry paper and pulled gently around the edges.

The skull stamp was matted with red paper for a little pop and matted again with the black and white paper from the Pebbles - Thirty One paper pad. Black plastic straws were slit and added to the edges for a frame. The white plastic netting was a fresh fruit or vegetable wrapper. I attached it to the frame to complete the project as a door hanger.

Ranger Ink: Halloween Crafting Contest
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Spooky

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Alaska Fishing - Scrapbook Layout

I have been so inspired by Simon Says Monday Challenge: Nautical  this week that I have completed a scrapbook page of a fishing trip in Alaska. 

I must have been waiting for the right  inspiration to get me going on this page. I have had the pictures printed for a while but just hadn't found the inspiration I needed until this week.  I included a tag to write a few of the memories of this halibut fishing expedition that my husband and son-in-law took while we were in Homer, Alaska.

Thanks to the Design Team at Simon Says for this much needed Nautical inspiration. - Judy

background scrap paper from my stash (had it for several years)
Distress Paint: picket fence
Distress Stains for edges of paper: Ranger Tim Holtz: stormy sky and brayed burlap. 
Archival Ink - Wendy Vecchi: Fern Green, Potting Soil
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Stencil: Heidi Swapp small circles
Sizzix Die
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core paper for picture mounting
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Sanding Block
Tim Holtz idea-ology Linen Ribbon
Tiny Attacher
Stamps: Inkadinkado

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sea Voyage Tag

The Simon Monday Challenge is: Nautical. My thoughts are going to a Sea Voyage.

Whether it's a compass to guide me or a nautical star to follow, my trip will be full of adventure.  I plan to go  beneath the sea for a look at the sea life. I may see fish swimming in schools (fish stamped in Archival Coffee) and the tentacles of the sea anemone moving in the water as represented by the movement of the frayed fringe on the tag.

Dylusions Ink Spray: Cut Grass, London Blue, Vibrant Turquoise
Tim Holtz Distress Stains: salty ocean, tumbled glass, peacock feathers, picket fence,mowed lawn, mustard seed
Adirondack Paint Dabber: Pearl
Distress Ink: frayed burlap, peacock feathers
Archival Ink: Coffee and Jet Black
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holt - Tiny Things
Close to My Heart: Love Flourishes
Heidi Swapp: circles stencil
Lace sprayed with Dylusions Ink Vibrant Turquoise

Friday, October 11, 2013

Layering Stencils Tag

I have a fun and pretty easy project today with layering stencils. I used distress paints with three different layers of stencils.

The tree was my final layer of paint. Each layer was dried with the heat tool before the next layer was painted. The project is for the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102 Day 2 - Layering Stencils

Distress Paints on tag: ripe persimmon, mustard seed, black soot.
Distress Stains on Tag: peacock feathers, crushed olive, pumice stone, seedless preserves
Distress Paints on burlap: peeled paint, frayed burlap
Stamp: Halloween Blueprint 2
Sheer Shimmer Spritz

Monday, September 30, 2013

Love Deeply Tag

I'm stamping for the Simon Says Monday Challenge: Say It With Stamps. 

My stamp set is by Close To My Heart. Although the stamp set is called Spring, I have used fall colors in my stamping.

I inked the largest flower stamp with several shades of the Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink colors.

The verse on the tag says "All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." - Helen Keller
I used many layers of distress ink on the edges of the tag. It turned out pretty cute, I am happy with the tag and love the verse. - Judy

Ranger Wendy Vecchi Designer Series Archival Ink: Red Geranium, Orange Blossom, Cornflower Blue
Ranger Archival Ink: Monarch Orange, Coffee, Olive
Distress Stains: squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, wild honey, barn door, gathered twigs

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Stamping On Bark and A Wall Hanging

I saved some of the bark from our River Birch tree and have been stamping on it for this project. The bark is very delicate and fine, it is not a thick bark. Take a look at my hanging art piece.

I started with a piece a corrugated cardboard that I sprayed with several layers and colors of ink using the heat tool between layers. Paints and stains were also used on the cardboard.  The bark was also sprayed with ink but very little Distress Ink was use since the bark was so delicate, I was afraid the bark would tear if I used a blending tool. The bird and branch were sprayed with ink then run through an embossing folder and dabbed with paint.
I used a die-cut on another small piece of bark after I had sprayed the piece with inks. Then I stamped on it and just hoped the stamping would show.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love the verse: It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see - Henry David Thoreau. 

Additional stamping was done on the larger piece of bark before the assembly of layers of the project. It was so delicate to work with but I am happy with the outcome.

Thanks for stopping by - Judy

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Mallard, Pumpkin Spice, Tiger Lily 
Ranger Perfect Pearls Mists : Heirloom Gold
Dylusions Ink Spray: Squeezed Orange, 
Distress Paint: picket fence, vintage photo, peeled paint
Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers: Cloudy Blue, Pool
Distress Stains: vintage photo, gathered twigs
Graphic 45 Stamp & Die Cut
Tim Holtz Visual Artistry Collection Stampers Anonymous

Simon Monday Challenge: Stamping on anything but plain paper
Ink on My Fingers: Sunday Stamper Week 275 - Hang On Sloopy

Linking to:
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Love Potion Easel Card for Halloween

The challenge this week at Simon Says Monday Challenge is Embossed. As you know, I have been busy creating projects and I haven't made a single card but today I am making a Halloween card and a small easel so it can sit up.

I dry embossed the checkerboard folder after I inked the inside top portion of it with Watering Can ink (the gray was great to work with). It's one of the new Archival colors. Then after the embossing, I distressed the raised checkerboards with the Orange Blossom Archival. I am so pleased with the look!
The stamps were stamped with clear embossing ink and embossing powders. The two bottles were a mixture of black and green powders, the Love Potion sign was a mix of brown, orange and black powders; the spells book was all black. 

The flying clock was a mix of orange, brown, and black embossing powders. 
The inside and back of the card were finished with additional checkerboard dry embossing and heat embossing powders on the captions, skull, bird cage, and candle. 

 The easel was added to allow the card to stand up, the wings were popped up to hold back the card.

Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders Checkerboard & Cracked Set
Ranger Archival Inks: Watering Can, Orange Blossom and Monarch Orange
Ranger Emboss It Clear Embossing Ink Pad
Ranger Super Find Detail Black Embossing Powder
Zing Embossing Powder: Leaf, Apricot, and Chestnut

Hampton Art - Graphic 45

Thanks for stopping by - Judy.

Simon Says Monday Challenge: Embossed

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Halloween Tag

Gosh, selecting a favorite stamping all star could be a tough one but one of my favorites is Stamper Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Apothecary. 

To feature this set, I have created a Halloween tag. 

I used some of my favorite Distress Stains and brayered them on the tag, dried it with a heat tool, then flicked some water on the tab for an interesting effect and again hit it with the heat tool.                                                     The edges of the tag were stained multiple times with Distress Stains.

Happy Halloween was stamped using a Ranger Embossing Pad and Ranger Super Fine Detail Black Embossing Powder.
The skull was stamped using the same process as the Happy Halloween except it was stamped on white paper then cut out and glued on with Glossy Accents. 

The skeleton Chitchat Verbiages was distressed with Distress Stains and added to the tag. 

The rope was frayed, sprayed and added to the tag. I thought it kind of looked like hair.

There you have it my Halloween Tag. - Judy

Distress Stains: Gathered Twiggs, Seedless Preserves and Wild Honey.
Tim Holtz - idea-ology Seasonal Chitchat Verbiages
Ranger Embossing Pad
Ranger Super Fine Detail Black Embossing Powder
Glossy Accents
Stamper Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Apothecary

Link to:
Simon Monday Challenge: Stamping All-Stars

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Halloween Candy Tray

I'm still have my mind on Halloween this week so my newest creation is a Halloween candy tray.

My grandson had a birthday last week and I just happened to spy a box in the trash from a new toy and instantly knew I wanted to make something with it. It was the exact shape and size that you see (about 12 inches by 7.5 inches by 2 inches). How perfect for a Halloween candy tray.

Since the Simon Monday Challenge is Dotty and I have such a stash of Halloween paper, dots work for me. I pulled out three kinds of paper with dots to use in my project and began cutting and staining the pieces to fix the box. At that point, I had no idea what I wanted to do next with the tray other than to put legs on it. I bought the Tim Holtz Idea-ology FOUNDATIONS Metal Box Feet last week and was eager to use them. I attached them after I had the back of the tray completed.

I wanted the tray to have some sort of back that stood up and could be decorated. I still had a few sheets from the Graphic 45 Halloween In Wonderland Paper Pad. I love Alice in the witch dress, so cute. I can't say I am crazy about the movie Alice in Wonderland but I love her with the broom in her hand and the witch hat. 

You can see the two yellow and black background papers in this image.

I fussy cut Alice, inked the edges and glued her on the dotted background. After I glued her on, I was digging through some paint, I found one that was very similar to the blue color in her dress. I dabbed it on the dress. Perfect, and it added a little dazzle to her dress. 

The paint is Shimmer DazzlerZ Gummy Berry Blue. I'll use it again a little later in the project. This was the first time I had used their paints so I was excited and pleased with the results. 

I took pictures as I was completing each step but deleted them, accidentally, from my camera so I'll just have to zoom in on my completed tray and describe what I did in each step. 

For stamping, I used two Graphic 45 stamps from the Happy Haunting 1 collection on the background. Both were stamped with Archival Jet Black ink, fussy cut, inked around the edges, and stained lightly using Ranger nibs and Distress Stains and Distress Markers. Both stamps were stamped again, cut and stained just like the first time then popped on over the first set for dimension. 

I didn't have the metal door plate by Graphic 45 so I made my own using green patterned paper from the same collection. I stained the paper using my brayer and Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Mustard Seed, clipped each corner using the edge of a circle punch. I used green Stickles to make an inner line around the door plate to look a bit like a bevel. 

My doorknob is a blue rose that looked great with Alice's dress color. I tipped the edges of the rose with the same blue paint as the dress. The keyhole is Graphic 45 and stained with Distress Stains Mowed Lawn. 

 Now for the box feet: I painted the metal with Viva 3D Stamp Paint, let it dry and glued them on with Glossy Accents. I choose not to use screws since my box was cardboard. I weighted the tray down so the feet would dry and the tray would sit level. 

Graphic 45 paper was cut apart for a small Alice scene and a stamp of the her hat were used on the inside of the tray. 

Here's another picture of it.

I tweaked key whole a little more with Distress Stain Mowed Lawn and now I am all done with the Halloween Candy Tray.

Thanks for stopping by - Judy.

Linking to: 
Simon Monday Challenge: Dotty

Crafts - It's Fall Ya'll @ The Lettered Collage

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Circus Fan

Do you remember going to the circus as a kid? I remember when the circus came to town and I was so excited. To remember the circus, I have created "A Circus Fan" as a memento of this fun day from my childhood.

The clowns were always so fun at the circus. Then there were the elephants, the lions, and the beautiful girl on the tight rope. All of these are wonderful memories of the circus.

I decided to create a fan for all of the fun memories because I remember how hot it was under the "big top" and people fanning to keep cool. I had the perfect paper from Graphic 45 - Le Cirque Collection to use for my project.

Here are the steps:

1. Lined up several items to use       on the fan. I used a tag as the       base.
2. Brayered the tag with Distress     Strains.
3. Sprayed the tag with                   Dylusions Ink.
4. Inked the cut outs with               Distress Inks.
5. Lots of fussy cutting and             inking of pieces.
6. Gluing and sealing with Glue       N Seal.
7. The tight rope girl and a small     clown at the top are popped         up for a little added                     depth. Just about every piece        is cut, inked and glued on the fan.

7. The paper for the fan was creased every 1/2 inch then folded back and forth. The ends were glued together.

8. The stick of the fan was created with a re-purposed paint stick and inked with Distress Inks. 

Two stamps from Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz TINY THINGS (the big top tent and the elephant) were used. Both were stamped at the top of the tag. You can see them in this image. 

It's all done with so many memories from the circus. I'm added a small loop of ribbon on the back so the fan can be hung.

Linking to:

Simon Monday Challenge: Carnival