Saturday, March 31, 2012

How Green Is Your Spring?

It's Saturday...time for another Our Creative Corner challenge! This week Marcy Kaminski of En Papillote Arts, will be your hostess with the challenge of "How green is your spring?" Marcy says, "Here is an inspiration photo. I love this montage! It's chock full of inspiration.  Show us Spring in its full splendor, using GREEN as your main color."
Can we ever have enough Thank You Cards...or Tags, as the case might be? Sometimes I feel like the words "thank you" have been forgotten, especially by the younger generation. Etiquette and manners never go out of style in my opinion, and are not just for the southerners!  I almost never send a thank you to the besties for things, as we have a certain understanding and see each other a lot so a text does the trick, but I do send out to everyone else...especially family members, or else they talk about you worse when you are not around! 
This time I decided to make a Thank You Tag instead of the usual card. People tend to pin tags up and save them for display, but cards not so much. I used the Artistic Outpost's new release stamp set Flower Market, for all the images, which are atop Tim's background technique of Wrinkle Free Distress, along with a little stitching.
Inks plus water equal magical background.
This was enough ink to do 2 tags.
Water droplets and splotches are a must...loved the bleached effect.
I busted out the Distress Marker and colored in my these markers.
I stamped all images with Archival Ink in Jet Black and cut them out, after coloring them in with the markers.
From My Stash: white cardstock, ribbon, adhesive pearls

And...before I announce who wins my first Blog Giveaway, in honor of the Ranger U news, I would first like to say THANK YOU to each and everyone of you who commented. Some of your comments made my day. I am still on Creative Cloud 9! I replied back to all of you who have enabled Blogger to allow comments, and to those of you with blogs listed as your own. If you did not get a proper thank you from me, I am sorry, but I could not figure out how to get a word out to you. Again...thank you all from the bottom to the top of my heart! 
And....out of 25, the random number generator has picked...

4! Congrats Plum Tuckered! Please email me your address so I can get this prize out to you. Thank you everyone!!!
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Sleeping Birdy Plus CC 101 Days 2 - 5

The sun is coming up, but this poor little guy is so tired and is sleeping in, which allows some other early bird to get the worm.  Oh well....there is always free seed in a bird feeder at some nice Grandma's house.
I made this tag while involved in Tim's Creative Chemistry 101 last week (you can still join in the fun), and I thought it was perfect for Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stamper challenge of "birds".

Creative Chemistry Days 2 - 5: (day 1 was preview) I did a medium sized tag that is my technique, and a larger one that is finished out but in a basic way, except for Mr. E. Bunny.
Day 2-

Day 3-

Day 4-

Day 5-

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Man's Home Is His Castle

Or Bunnies...which ever the case may be!!! Even Mr. E. Bunny needs a posh pad, complete with crown molding, baseboards, Italian numeral tile, a Tiffany chandelier, plush Persian rugs, priceless antiques, and of course a masterpiece painted by Leonardo di Bunny himself! It's hard work being the Easter Bunny, so the finer comforts of home life make the job a little less cumbersome. 
I used Tim's Custom Stamp Pad Technique to stamp the trio, but it took me twice to get it right as you can see. The blue guy had his monocle filled with Glossy Accents. I stamped the frame in Archival Sepia and filled it in with Crackle Accents. Then I colored the background with Milled Lavender Distress Marker, and added a tiny flourish stamped image in Pumice Stone.  I stamped the sentiment in Jet Black Archival Ink.
I used Tim's Wrinkle Free Distress Technique for the background. I love revisiting the classic technique over and over again.
I stamped the swirled pollen image in Shabby Shutters.
I stamped the quarter circle design in Pesto then colored it in with Peeled Paint.
I covered the rug up with paper for protection and then stamped the checker board design in Walnut Stain. I had left over scrap pieces from the Vintage Lace die, so I painted it with Snow Cap Dabber and used it for the wood trim. I cut the table free hand out of Kraft Core scrap. I stamped the chandelier in StazOn Silver first then in Archival Sepia for added depth. It received a heavy coat of Glossy Accents. The tag border was inked in Walnut Stain. The rabbit was stamped in Archival Jet Black and then I colored him in with Distress Markers. I forgot to get pictures of this...I was so into this tag!
The Philosophy Tag and jump rings were painted in Citrus Dabber. I added all the metal embellies, and filled in the Charm with a tiny clock from Tim's Lost and Found Stack, along with Glossy Accents.
I am submitting this tag to the Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge of "tags", and the Blogger's Challenge of "Easter".

Uline: jumbo tag
From My Stash: silver wire, broken necklace chain, mini paper clip, white cardstock, ephemera egg images, scrap from Vintage Lace Die, tulle

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!