Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Circles on a Journal Page


On the PaperArtsy blog the current challenge is #16 - Circles.  HERE is a direct link to the information/linking post.  If you have time, join in with the challenge, they do pick a random winner for a voucher to their online store.  

I did a journal page.  This journal is 8" x 10".  I began by gluing in some torn tissue wrap and book pages and then stenciling some circles with heavy gel medium (semi-gloss) and dripping on some tar gel.  Once those were dry, I started layering - shimmery sprays, Fresco Finish paints (mostly toffee and yellow submarine and also a little vanilla), and gesso.  I was kind of back and force and a little of this and then that, etc.  When I thought my color was good I also pulled out some Treasure Gold and caught some of the texture with that.  Next I stamped the words and flowers (all rubber stamps used on this page are from the PaperArtsy Lin Brown set ELB22).  I added a mix of Fresco Finish orchid and gloss glaze to the flowers, painting it on and then blotting excess off.. and a mix of Fresco Finish tinned peas and gloss glaze to the stems.  Painty circles made with different lids were stamped on with Fresco Finish vanilla, orchid, and little black dress.  Drew around some of the gel circles with Posca paint pens.  Splattered white paint around.  Stamped the little flower image with Fresco Finish snowflake paint and then added red dots with a Posca pen.







Tuesday, August 25, 2015

We are like Snowflakes


Hi There!!!!  

I am sharing a tag over on the Quietfire Creations blog today.  I hope you'll pop on over THERE and check it out.



Monday, August 24, 2015

A Way With Words - Merry Christmas



Good Monday to you!!  At least, I hope you have a good Monday!!  

I have a Christmas card to share with you.  I'm using the A Way With Words, Merry Christmas die (at Quietfire Design, at Elizabeth Craft Designs) and I've cut it from an ECD velvet adhesive sheet.  Oh, does this velvet make a nice die cut!!!  The ornament is also an ECD die (#761 Ornament Set 1).  I cut the solid ornament from a piece of scrap background and the decorative piece from gold cardstock with the double sided adhesive stuck to the back. After attaching the 2 pieces together I colored the flower petals with a marker and then added glitter.  I used a paint pen for the yellow to the center of the flower.  I embossed a piece of white cardstock with the ECD folder #118 Spring Leaves inking one side of the folder before embossing... distressed the edges, attached the die cuts along with the ribbon for the ornament popping up the ornament with foam mounting tape, attached this panel to an edge-distressed red panel and then to the folded green card.  Finally I added some gold sticky-backed pearls about.



Friday, August 21, 2015

You Are Loved using the Paua Shell Effect


The current topic on the PaperArtsy Blog is Gels & Mediums and in THIS post Lin Brown shares a very cool technique, Paua Shell Effict, complete with a video.  I just HAD to give it a try!!  

For this piece I've used the crunchy paper, glossy gel medium (I only had glossy in regular gel and it worked but heavy gel would have been easier to spread over the stencil and keep its shape), and some old Radiant Rain sprays (colors - Guatemalan Green & Jasper Red).  Way Cool!!!!!

I trimmed the piece down and made a card.  The PaperArtsy JOFY image (JM37) is stamped and black embossed onto crunchy paper.  All the light lines are from pulling my finger nails across the paper on the back.  The piece had curled a little and I was straightening it out when I noticed my nails made lines and so I kept working it making more lines.  I used a Wink of Stella pen just in the center open areas of the flower.  The next layer is some corrugated packing painted with a little Fresco Finish (Hint of Mint).  Hint of Mint was also used to highlight the words in the Idea-ology metal piece.  

This current Topic, #15 Gels & Mediums, challenge ends on Sunday.  HERE is the challenge post with all the details for entering and they do have a random draw of entries to win a credit to spend on their website.

You should also check out THIS post by Leandra, a masterclass of gels and mediums... lots of great information and two videos!!!!


Tilting the card so the light catches all the shimmer a bit better.  Oh, after the card was together I remembered her idea to add some Treasure Gold and did put just a hint here and there of white fire Treasure Gold.



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Way With Words - Congratulations


It's my turn on the Quietfire Creations Blog and I'm sharing three cards using the Congratulations die.  I've got more pics and all the details over there!!



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Way With Words - Hello


A Happy Tuesday to you!!!!!!!  The past week really flew by; mostly because we spent 4 days in Minnesota visiting some of our family.  Both mine and my husbands siblings all live up there so it's hard to see them all in one trip.  We had a really good time!!

This is the second week of inspiration over on the Quietfire Creations blog sharing lots of fabulous projects using the new A Way With Words dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs designed by Suzanne.  Tomorrow I'll be sharing 3 cards on the QC blog.  

Today I'm sharing this card on my blog.  I've used the Hello Die (available on Quietfire Design and on Elizabeth Craft Designs) along with ECD's double sided adhesive and Silk Microfine Glitter in Chocolate.  

For the background I embossed white cardstock with the ECD embossing folder #118 Spring Leaves, sprayed the embossed piece with Dylusions sprays, blotted up the excess color, dried the piece, brayered on embossing ink so it only went on the leaves, embossed it with Ranger Wendy Vecchi embossing powder fern green, lightly sanded over the embossing with a sanding block leaving the green color but taking off the shine, brushed Distress paint picket fence over the bottom part to mute it a bit where the Hello would be added, and distressed the edges.  

I took a piece a paper from "the box" (looks to be a piece I did the polished stone technique on) and die cut two leaf branches using the ECD die #1034 Flourishes & Branches and glued these as shown on the card leaving much of it without adhesive so the leaves look more natural.  

The butterfly is the large butterfly stamp from the Quietfire Design set Butterflies/Dragonflies.  I inked it with Distress Ink ripe persimmon and vintage photo, stamped it, cut it out, glued it to the card in just the body area and added glittered sticky back gems.  The whole piece is attached to a folded white card.


On this next picture I've tried to show how the glitter sparkles in the light... not sure I succeeded... but it looks great in person!!


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Way With Words - Thinking of You



 So according to the weather man we are supposed to get about 5 days full of sunshine and no rain.  I sure hope he is right!!!!

I have another card to share with you using one of the new A Way With Word dies - Thinking of You.  I'm also using another Elizabeth Craft Designs die, the Hydrangea.  It's my first time using a flower die with so many pieces.  It was really quite fun!!!  I dug a scrap from "the box", cut my flower pieces from that scrap and inked over the stem/leaves with Distress Ink mowed lawn and peeled paint.  I found another scrap that would match close enough and cut the words.  I am trying (and did not succeed here) to remember to put some of the Elizabeth Craft Designs double sided adhesive on the backs of paper before I cut these intricate words.  It would make life so much easier if I would just remember!!  Since I didn't for these words I flipped them over and used a piece of blending foam and gel medium to put adhesive on them.  For the panel I glued everything to, I just sponged the edges with Distress Ink faded jeans and then flicked water on it.  After everything was glued down I also splattered some drops of faded jeans with a waterbrush.  To finish I added some rhinestones.

Be sure and pop on over to the Quietfire Creations blog all this week and next to see all the fabulous projects using these new A Way With Words dies.




Monday, August 10, 2015

A Way With Words - Happy Birthday


Happy Monday!!!  I hope you had a good weekend.  Ours was busy but very good!!!

Today begins two weeks worth of blog posts on the Quietfire Creations Blog showing the brand new, just released A Way With Words dies!!!!!!!!!!!  I hope you'll pop over there and continue to follow along to see all the fabulous projects.  Many design team members are also sharing additional projects on their own blogs!!!

So I said I would share about this card today.  I die cut the word Friends several times from regular white cardstock to use as a mask on the Gelli Plate.  With those ready I brayered Fresco Finish Paints on my 6" x 6" plate, laid on the die cuts - you want to put them on backwards so when you pull the print they read correctly, pressed on a sheet of white cardstock rubbing well, and pulled my print.  I loved it immediately!!!  Once dry I trimmed down the print and began making my card.  I wanted to add some stenciling and used the ECD die #1027 Bricks to cut my own stencil and stenciled on Fresco Finish paint.  Happy Birthday is die cut from both purple and black cardstock.  I layered these offsetting them just a bit and glued them to the background.  The doodles around the edge are done with a Pitt pen and I also inked the edges with Distress Ink.  A piece of washi tape is attached and wrapped to the back.  Next I added an ECD peel-off leaf sticker from set #2530 and colored in the leaves with a Distress marker.  Purple twine is wrapped around the panel and then it's attached to a folded white card.  Finally the white dots were added with a Posca pen.


It was one of my bestest friends' birthday a couple weeks ago and was going to use this card which I thought came out wonderful but just as I was going to get it ready I decided I really needed to make it a bit more personal.  I carefully (while trying to keep the twine out of the way of the acrylic block) stamped "My friend" with Archival Ink jet black.  My friend also really likes birds so I wanted to add one.  I'd just gotten the new dies that matched the Tim Holtz crazy birds so I stamped, colored, and die cut one to use.  Ta-da.. a card just right for my friend!!!



Sunday, August 9, 2015

A Way With Words


Have you heard the news?  Suzanne Cannon, owner of Quietfire Design, is now a licensed designer for Elizabeth Craft Designs!!  

Twelve fabulous dies have been released of words or phrases that began with Suzanne penning them with her wonderful calligraphy!!!  

If you are on Facebook, Elizabeth Craft Designs is having a big give away for a complete set of these dies.  THIS link should get you to the give away.  But you must be quick as they are picking a winner tomorrow - Monday, Aug. 10th. Also beginning tomorrow there will be two weeks of posts on the Quietfire Creations Blog sharing inspiration using the dies!!  

I have used the both the Happy Birthday and Friends dies to create this card and will be back tomorrow with the details on how to make it.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Today's Joys


There is much to be thankful for and to be joyful of.... but sometimes we need to remember to think about those things..  seeing this tag will be a good reminder!!!!

All stamps used on this tag are from the PaperArtsy Lin Brown set ELB23.  All paint is PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint.  I started by scraping some grunge paste onto a #8 Ranger manila tag using a palette knife.  I stamped into the paste - spray some water onto the stamp, rub over it with your fingers, and stamp.. repeat.. you can wipe the stamp off a bit in-between if necessary.. when finished stamping, be sure and clean any paste off your stamp right away.  While the paste was drying I stamped two flowers and one stem image onto some smoothy card.  The stem/leaves were painted with limelight, hey pesto, and hyde park.  I cut out one whole flower and around the center petals on the second flower.  I painted the outside petals of the whole flower with glass blue and the inside petals with zesty zing.  The second flower was painted with zesty zing.  I added white highlights on both flowers with a gel pen.  I used a black Glaze pen on the ends in the center and Pitt pen to darken the lines up to the ends. Markers were used to color the very center of the flower.  
Over the grunge paste background I painted with both smurf and tinned peas, both thinned a bit with water, and then stood the tag up and sprayed on more water allowing it to drip down and then left it to dry.  I stamped the small flower image onto the tag with smurf paint and once dry decided to also stamp some with vanilla paint.  Around the edges of the tag I sponged Archival Ink fern green.  I stamped the quote, cut out the words today's joys, sponged the edges with tumbled glass Distress ink, glued it to the tag and shaded a little with an All-Stabilo pencil.  A seam binding bow at the top finishes it off. 



Monday, August 3, 2015

Large Blue Flower


I am thrilled to be posting over on the PaperArtsy blog today.  I hope you'll come on over and check out this large - 8 inches across - flower!!!  Click HERE.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Bloom Today


For this tag I started with a #8 Ranger Manila Tag and brayered on PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints.  I used blue oyster, smurf, wisteria, yellow submarine, and bougainvillea.  The stamps I used are from the PaperArtsy Jofy set #34 and bloom is from the Jofy stencil #PS008.  Over the background I stamped "yesterday...today...tomorrow.." with Archival Inks pink peony and buttercup.  It's very faint but does make a different.  The flowers and words along the left and bottom edge are stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  "Bloom" is stenciled with bougainvillea paint.  The flowers are painted with bougainvillea, yellow submarine and snowflake using water along with the colors.  Doodling (and extra white dots in the background) is done with either a white Posca marker or black Pitt pen.  "today" (part of the whole line of yesterday... today...tomorrow) is stamped on a white scrap, cut out, and glued on. To finish it off I coated the front with a thin layer of Satin Glaze and then tied ribbon through the hole. 



Friday, July 31, 2015

You Would Live Next Door


Happy Friday!!!  The weather this weekend is looking to be pretty good with rain just overnight Saturday to Sunday.  Hopefully we won't get too much as things are still quite wet with the 2 downpours we've already had in the past week.

Here's a fun card using another of the newest stamps from Quietfire Design, In a perfect world.... this is part of a 4 stamp set!!

I started with Dylusions paints - fresh lime, vibrant turquoise, and London blue - starting at the bottom and just blending as I went from color to color.  I stenciled over this - at the bottom I used Dylusions number jumble... I used the lime sponge but it had a little of the turquoise on one edge of it from blending which gave me the darker green spots.  Over the top of the card, I used the Dylusions stencil flower medley with white paint and then also added in a little of the turnquoise in spots.  The quote is stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  For the "horizon" I used a Stabilo pencil and then blended it with a water brush.  I dabbed gold paint around the edge and somehow managed to to get a spot on the card so in an effort to hide it, I laid a paper towel over the bottom area of the card and sprayed the top part with Perfect Pearls Mist sunflower sparkle.  I love how it sparkles as the card is moved and it makes me think of sunshine.   The houses are from the Quietfire Design set, Flourished Flight.  I stamped them with Archival Ink, magenta hue and tiger lily, onto white card and cut them out.  The hearts are punched from white scraps, glued on, and just a hint of shading added.  


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Glory


I had so much fun making that Christmas card for the Quietfire Creations blog yesterday that I had to make another one.  This time I used one of Quietfire's older stamps but one I love.  I began with a 1/4 sheet of cardstock and brayered on Dylusions paint in red and green in a random pattern not overlapping too much or you get brown (red and green are opposites).  I actually started with one color and did a piece of paper and then took a second piece (without adding more paint) of paper and continued and, of course, the second piece was lighter as there was less paint on the brayer and then repeated that sequence with the second color.  The piece I used for this card is the second piece with the lighter brayering.  Over the brayering I stenciled (TCW mini circle explosion) with white paint.  At that point I was out of time for the moment and when I came back later and decided where I wanted to stamp the quote I realized I needed that area to be lighter.  I sponged on snowcap pigment ink in an area large enough for the quote.  I stamped the quote with Archival Ink jet black and embossed it with clear powder.  Next I cut a rectangle around the quote.  I edged it with red paint and then gold and set it aside.  I continued to work on the rest of the background.  I stenciled the poinsettias (TCW mini Merry Doodles) with green paint.  Using a red Posca paint pen I scribbled red inside the leaves.  I splattered on some white and black paint, added some gold dots and edged the outside and inside edges with gold.  This is layered to a green panel, ribbon wrapped around it and the center panel attached with 2 layers of foam mounting tape.  It's all layered to a folded red card and a Prima poinsettia glued on.



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Your Longest List


Hello!!!  I'm sharing a Christmas card on the Quietfire Creations Blog.  You can find it HERE.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Gift Tags


This first tag is made to be a gift tag to go on a package.  The sentiment is a new stamp from Quietfire Design.  We often pick things up for someone special because the item would be perfect for them and this stamp is a great way to let them know that.  For this tag I've combined it with fun stamps from PaperArtsy by Darcy from the set EDY13.  In the background I've used Fresco Finish paint (smurf, lavender, beach hut) and PA stencils, PS015 and PS018.  The quote and flowers are stamped with Archival Ink jet black directly on the tag and then the flower heads are again stamped on a scrap of painted (Fresco Finish candy floss paint) card.  The white small flowers are stamped with Fresco Finish snowflake paint and the centers are done with a Posca marker.  The flower stamped on scrap are cut out and and additional color added to them with either paint or marker and then a Posca pen is used for the white dots.  These were glued on top of the stamped flowers.  Finally I added some dots in the background with beach hut using the end of a paint brush.  The ribbon is dyed with extra beach hut paint and water.



This last tag I actually made and used for a gift a couple of weeks ago.  It was quick and easy to make.  The background is sprayed with Dylusion inks.  The leaves (PaperArtsy) are stencil with paint.  The dots (TCW) are stenciled with paint.  The scripture (Our Daily Bread Designs) is stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  A piece of washi tape, paper flowers, and a brad finish it off. 



Saturday, July 25, 2015

Worry - Strength Journal Spread


Happy Saturday!!!  It's been a busy week.  We are working at putting new siding on our house... you know, in addition to the rest of the usual life things.  It's going to look great but definitely takes longer than you think it will.  In-between I've been working on this journal spread in the Dylusions small journal we received in class this past Saturday.  Quietfire Design has new stamps!!!!  I specifically wanted to use the Worry quote on a journal page.  This is such a great quote and I'm thrilled Suzanne has penned it out and made it a stamp.  As you can tell, I've also still been in Dylusions mode :-)  I've used Dylusions paints in the background and also on an extra piece of mixed media paper to use for the flowers combined with stencils and also a little stamping.  All the stamps I've used (except for the QF quote) are Dylusions stamps.  I used Dylusions ink to color in the open leaves.  I die cut a scalloped rectangle from plastic packaging to make a mask (and I also have the other part which makes a stencil) to lay over the quote and then sponge black paint.  All doodling/dots done with either a white gel pen or Posca markers.  I also splashed about some watered down white and then pink paint.  When stamping I've used Archival Ink jet black.