Monday, December 10, 2018

Ranger Letter IT Christmas Ornaments and Cards

Hello all! Today, I have a double Christmas crafty treat for you...a tutorial over at Ranger for making these cute little Letter IT Sliced Wood Branch Christmas Ornaments with lots of Tim Holtz goodness too, AND a tutorial here for making two of the same style yet different color Letter IT Christmas Cards! Hope you enjoy both and thanks for stopping by.
These ornaments were super fast to make and fun too. I'm going to use these to adorn family Christmas presents, and after the presents are opened the fam can hang them on the tree...bonus! Here are some close ups of each one. 

 Now onto the cards...
For these cards I think I used almost the whole gamut of the Letter IT product line. The gray metallic tones card is more my style, but I wanted to make one with bright nontraditional colors as well to see if I could, and I think it's so stinking fun. The gorgeous calligraphic hand-lettered stamps are so eye catching...I wish my handwriting was this beautiful.
I laid out my design like this so I could use the space as efficiently as possible, using all the Christmas words stamps.
Using the pinks, blues, and greens, I stamped and heat embossing in coordinating colors and did the same for the gray card.
I turned the stencil so I could do more of a candy cane pattern alternating colors. Then I used Tim's design ruler to outline the stamps with the Metallic Pens and a green gel pen.
Using another set of stamps, Encouragement, I used the 'believe' to stamp the main focal image word on the small tags and heat embossed with Ranger's Black Embossing Powder.
I colored string with Distress Spray Stain in Antiqued Bronze for the gray card, and used the Rose Madder Archival Ink to color the string for the other card, then tied fussy bows. I stitched and layered cardstock behind the main cards.
I stamped and cut out the holly leaves and colored them in with more coordinating colors of Perfect Pearls.
Again, thanks for stopping by. I'll be back soon as I've done nothing lately but Christmas craft the days away, as I'm sure most of you are as well...'tis the season!
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The First Starry Night Christmas Ornament Canvas

I'm back again, and this time to show you The First Starry Night Christmas Mixed Media Ornament Canvas that I will be teaching at The Crafty Scrapper in a few weeks.  This is my third Christmas canvas to teach, and this one uses Dina Wakley Media from Ranger and the new Tim Holtz Wisemen dies from Sizzix, and is on a 16 inch round canvas. There are a few spots left, and you can call the store to sign up.
Hope to see you in class, and thanks for stopping by!
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Crafty Scrapper's Christmas Card Make N Take Express

Hello all! Just a quick post today, to tell you about an event I planned and designed for The Crafty Scrapper...The Christmas Card Make-N-Take Express. There will be door prizes, bundled specials, sales, photos with Santa, food, and five Make-N-Take Christmas Cards for the first 100 people, on December 8, 2018, so come on down and see me and the ladies running the shop.  
All five cards feature products from Tim Holtz's Sizzix Alterations, Stamper's Anonymous, Idea-ology, and Ranger line.
The cards will take about an hour to make, and you can call the store for more details and to reserve your ticket! Hope to see you there. I'll be back tomorrow with another post on a class I am teaching the next day after the event.
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Painted Birch Trees Cards

Hi everyone! Sorry it's been awhile. I've been so busy getting ready for a big event and classes that I've barely had time to do anything else. I finally made some time though this week to make these cards for some family and friends that we won't see this year for Thanksgiving. I had been painting on canvas, and decided to throw some paint on paper to make these, and I had such fun doing that as it's rare that I use paints on a card. Anyway, I wish my American friends and those that celebrate this Thursday as Thanksgiving, a wonderful and blessed day with fabulous food, and I am truly thankful for all of you that follow along with my goings on. My cup always runneth over!
The pictures do not do these cards justice...they really are stunning. I made 8 in total.
Using the numbered game sheet piece from Tim Holtz's Materialize Paper Stash, I filled in the columns with stripes of Distress Paint from Tim and Ranger...lots of Distress Paint, one color at a time randomly, using a small paintbrush.
I die cut the painted sheets with the Branched Birch, Tangled Twigs, and Skeleton Leaves Thinlets from Tim and Sizzix, and then again with Tim's Gold Metallic Cardstock to layer the painted pieces on. Then I matted and sewed around the Birch Trees. The caption was made from an old Dymo, and I added brown velvet ribbon and gold lacey ribbon. I switched background cardstock colors as well, just to see what looked best, and I liked these two the best.
Thanks for stopping by today, and again, a very happy Thanksgiving to all.

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

From One Witch To Another...

I'm back again and with my last Halloween make for this year. I have to say, in the last year or so, I haven't created things like I used to or as often due to life's goings on that haven't been so good, but Tim Holtz's new Halloween Idea-ology release got me fired up, and I so needed that. Crafting and making Art really is the best therapy, and once you get going it's hard to stop, because it makes you feel good.  I know a lot of you out there can relate, and if you are feeling blah like I was, I encourage you to just make something. Anyway, enough therapy. Hope you enjoy, and read on to see why I added all the Clippings Stickers, as well as the result of an inking experiment.
When I first saw these witches in the Ancestors Paper Dolls pack, I thought these two ladies (now Mrs. Drury and Mrs. Tibbitts) looked more like the Stepford type wives who were just dressed up for Halloween, and the look on their faces made me think they were a little disgruntled about it. So I went through the Clippings Stickers to see if I could come up with a story about it. I cut out way more than I used, and it took me awhile to figure it all out. So here goes...
Mrs. Drury and Mrs. Tibbitts were best friends since childhood. They did everything together, and often met at their secret spot in the woods to dream about their futures. At about the same time, they got married and then started having children. They prided themselves on how good of a wife and mother they were, and often compared notes to help each other be even better. Everyone in town knew what upstanding women they were, and most women envied them and even strived to be like them. However, after about ten years into marriage and mothering they both were getting little acknowledgement from their husbands and children for all the hard work and overachieving they had done. Their family members just expected them to take care of everything and everybody, and really just became spoiled. They would leave messes and chaos, and none lifted a finger to do the everyday chores. Moreover, there was nary a kind word given to the women, not even a thank you. On Mother's Day, holidays, and even the women's birthdays, they were pretty much ignored and looked over. They of course had had enough. If the townsfolk could see how blessed the women's family members were, why couldn't their family? So, the friends planned out a way to get the recognition and appreciation they deserved. The whole last week of October, they were going to dress and act like witches, right down to being snarky and mean, and if that included having to curse their loved ones, they would. On Halloween, they would give their family members an ultimatum...either be nice, respectful, and appreciative or we will continue to make your lives horrible and maybe even leave. After a few days into their plan and their meanness, the families of both women were in misery and they just couldn't understand why the matriarch of their families would act like this. The whole town was in an uproar about the women, and the gossip was salacious to say the least. The town's people met at the sheriff's office, and demanded the women be burned at the stake, as they would not allow witches to run amuck and defile them. The sheriff agreed, and on the morning of October 31st, he headed to the women's homes to arrest and persecute them. However, each woman saw the sheriff coming, so they each ran away meeting at their childhood secret spot in the woods. They decided they had no hope to convince their family and the town's people of why they were pretending to be witches, as women had very little say at that time, so they fled the town and their families, to begin anew elsewhere, and were never heard from again. The end.
Using a Mini Etcetera Tag from Tim and Stamper's Anonymous as a base, I painted over it using Antique Linen Distress Paint. Reaching for my Archival Inks to start stenciling in the Diamonds Shifter Layering Stencil, I got to thinking that I hadn't used my Distress Inks in quite some time other than inking edges, as Oxides and Archivals seem to be my go tos lately. However, I had already painted the surface of the tag and I didn't want to start over, but I knew Distress Inks should not go on top of Acrylic Paint as they need a more porous surface. So I did a tester tag, as I often do,  to see if using Distress Micro Glaze as a sealer would solve my problem, as I hadn't tried this before. On the tag above, I stenciled in the left side with Distress Ink, and on the right Archival, over Distress Paint. I noticed immediately that I had to use a lot of Distress Ink to get a good darker color of ink. I sealed the left side of Distress with Micro Glaze, and it smeared a little at first. I wiped off the excess and then sealed both sides with Vintage Distress Collage Medium to see the ending results. Once dried, I inked over the Collage Medium on the Distress side (lower left) again to see if I could get the ink darker and if it would stay. It did. You can see the results in the colors of the inks and the staying power with the Micro Glaze. Since it worked, I went ahead with my project using Distress Ink. I know, I know...I'm a geek!!! But, I need to know these things to be able to answer questions when I teach.
After I painted the tag, I inked over it with the Carved Pumpkin and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink through the smaller Diamond Shifter Layering Stencil. I also added a little Black Soot over some of the Hickory Smoke areas. I gave this a good drying with a heat tool, and my ink faded a little, but I carried on. I added a bunch of Remnant Rubs from five Halloween sets.
Using Distress Heavyweight Tags, I planned my layers and trimmed the tags down to fit the way I wanted. I inked them over with Gathered Twigs Distress, and then splatter on more Gathered Twigs and Carved Pumpkin using a paint brush and water with the inks. I added more Remnant Rubs to these tags. I cut my witches apart from two of the same paper dolls (I'll use the other two for something else.) so I could place the witches apart on my tag. I tinted them with Faber Castell Pitt Pens, getting a little too heavy on the make up, but I left it. Then I started cutting out my Clippings (from the Halloween and original set) to make my story.
I sealed the tag with Distress Micro Glaze, wiped the excess off, and then added the Vintage Distress Collage Medium on top to yield a gorgeous grungy background. I painted the edges of the tag first with Antique Linen, painting it  up over the edge and on the surface of the tag, and after it dried painted over that with Black Soot allowing some of the Antique Linen to show, for a more enhancing border.
I tied jute string into all the tag holes, and then adhered the tags onto the base using single and double layers of foam tape since they overlapped. I added Fringe to the bottom. Then I adhered the witches and Clippings on. I also added Heirloom Roses as corsages for the witches.
And this concludes my Halloween makes this year, which is good because the crafty cave is thrashed and needs a good clean up before the next wave of creating. I hope all of you (that celebrate and want them) have a bunch of trick-or-treaters to entertain you for the night, and hope there are no stomach aches from all the candy consumed...I've already started! ;0) Happy Halloween!

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!