Thursday, March 21, 2019

Ranger Stickles Organic Flowers Card

Happy Spring everyone!!! I hope you are seeing some Spring blossoms popping up already. If not, then maybe this Spring like card keeps you until you do. Yesterday, I showed you what you can do with Ranger Stickles in the negative spaces of a die cut card, and today I have Stickles on the positive parts, or borders,  of Tim Holtz's Organic Thinlit from Sizzix.
This card took a bit more time to make and more supplies, but I wanted to point out that you can use the same type of focal image die using Stickles in either the positive or the negative areas. I am loving these types of dies...makes it more simple.
Since the positive of the die would be covered up with Stickles, I needed something for the background, so it was the new Distress Oxide Sprays from Tim and Ranger to take care of that. I misted the sprays on one at a time in different sections onto Distress Heavystock and then heat dried. Then I added more on top and misted with water while drying. They are fabulous, because you get the properties of translucent Distress which is water reactive with the properties of a permanent opaque ink as's the best of both worlds...and no mud..just layers of color. I totally love them! These colors created a soft background, perfect for this die, but for some added sunshine sheen, I misted a tiny bit of Wendy Vecchi's Mica Spray in Buttercup on top...perfect!
I added Adhesive Sheet to the back of Heavystock, and die cut the Organic Thinlet, running it through about three times to make sure all parts were cut perfectly. Then I added it on top of the background piece.
As you can see, I think I own every color of Stickles and Liquid Pearls, so it takes me a second to select my colors, LOL! I also prepared my card base, corrugated kraft and a gold piece of shimmer cardstock. I had a piece of Tim's Crinkle Ribbon already colored with Fossilized Amber Distress Spray Stain as well.
I used one color at a time to fill in the positive portions of the die, starting with two new colors of Stickles, Grapefruit and Sunburst. I used a toothpick to pick up any Stickles that spilled over into the negative areas...probably should have waited to adhere the die until after to avoid that. I did this at night so it had lots of time to dry. The next morning, I mounted this onto the gold cardstock, tied the ribbon, and mounted onto the corrugate base. I added a tiny tag that I handwrote the sentiment on, and then decided it needed more. I added the Idea-ology Butterfly, and even added some Stickles on it.
(Craft Sheet, Heat Tool, Die Cut Machine, Toothpick)
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Heavystock
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray Stain: Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Mica Spray: Buttercup
-Ranger Adhesive Sheets, Adhesive Clear Foam Tape
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits: Organic
-Ranger Stickles: Sunburst, Grapefruit, Orange Slice, Pink Flamingo, Thistle, Enchanted, Lavender, Mystic Green, Firefly, Seafoam
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Crinkle Ribbon, Butterfly Adornment
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain: Fossilized Amber
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Fossilized Amber, Gathered Twigs
-Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
-Gold Shimmer Cardstock, Corrugated Card Base, Tiny Tag, Brown Permanent Marker

Easter projects are in full bloom here, so it won't be long until I'm back. 
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Ranger Stickles Paper Cut Bird Card

Hello Crafters! It's warming up, and I hope you all are finally getting some warmer weather too. Today, I have a quick post for another card (number four) made for the Ranger Ink booth at Creativation this year,  using yummy Stickles, but some of the older colors, as well as Tim Holtz's Paper Cut Bird Thinlit from Sizzix. It was super easy to make, and I hope you can see that you can totally use Stickles for the main medium on a project.
I added a piece of Adhesive Sheet to the back of a piece of Black Cardstock, and die cut the Paper Cut Bird, running it through about three times to make sure all the detail cuts were made perfectly since the paper was a tad thicker with the adhesive on it. Then I adhered the image onto a piece of Distress go to...and then I filled in each and every part of the negative portions with neutral vintage looking colors of Stickles. Since the cardstock made borders for each portion the Stickles filled in nicely without getting on the black borders. So easy...just took a little time, and I always make sure to do this at night so that in the morning everything is no accidental finger pokes to see if things are dry. ;0) Then I mounted this on Metallic Cardstock, and then onto a card.
-Ranger Adhesive Strips and Sheet
-Ranger Surfaces: Black Cardstock
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Thinlits Die: Paper Cut Bird
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Heavystock
-Ranger Stickles: Glisten, Sandstone, Cinnamon, Tidings, Golden Rod, Silver, Gold Dust, Sprinkled Sugar
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Kraft Stock: Silver
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Make Art Perfect Cardstock Cards: Perfect Grey 

I told you it was super easy! And, I'll be back again tomorrow with another card using Stickles as the main medium, but in another way. Until then...
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Easter Cards and Easter Lilies Canvas Classes

Hello All...a quick post to catch you up on upcoming classes. I'm excited to be teaching again at The Crafty Scrapper, and I'll be taking my April Set of stamps from WeCraft's Artful Maven Series, to a whole new level. I'll be teaching a set of Easter Cards as well as an Easter Lilies Mixed Media Acrylic Canvas. If you are in the Waxahachie, Texas area the last weekend of March, please join me...just call the shop to sign up. Thanks so much for stopping by.  
Four Easter Cards with Vintage Images along with my stamps and goodies from Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi.
On my mantle...16x20 Inch Mixed Media Canvas using Dina Wakley goods from Ranger, based on one of my stamps.
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!
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Saturday, March 09, 2019

Ranger Stickles Shine and Sparkle Card

Hello there everyone! Today, I have another card (the third one) that I made for the Ranger Ink booth at Creativation this year using a fan fav product in some new colors, Stickles. Oh how we love the sparkle and glitz that only Stickles can do! Hope you enjoy this short post.
I embossed a piece of Pewter Metallic Kraft Stock with the Dotted Bullseye Texture Fade from Tim Holtz Idea-ology and Sizzix, and all die cut the circle from his Stitched Circles Thinlets. Then I added adhesive strips to all the cardstock ready for matting... the embossed cardstock to Heavystock and then to a Black Cardstock Surfaces base from Ranger.
I filled in and outlined the circles and dots with the three colors of Stickles, and let that dry.
Using the Paper Doll, I adorned her with the same colors of Stickles. I selected the words I wanted from Tim's Clippings, and added those on top of Dina Wakley Washi Tape that was matted to more layered cardstock. Then I added more washi to the bottom of the card and layered on all my elements with more adhesive and foam tape. It is such a simple card to make.

-Ranger Surfaces Cardstock: Black
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Heavystock
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Kraft Stock: Confections- Pewter 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fade: Dotted Bullseye
-Ranger Stickles: Grapefruit, Sunburst, Frozen
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Thinlets: Stitched Circles
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Paper Dolls, Clippings Stickers
-Ranger Dina Wakley Media Washi Tape
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Pumice Stone
-Ranger Adhesive Strips, White Foam Tape, Mini Ink Blending Tool

I'll be back again this month with more cards using Stickles. Thank you so much for stopping by. Until next time...
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Friday, March 01, 2019

Ranger Liquid Pearls Flowers For You Card

Happy March! I can't believe we are in our third month this year already...February flew by. Spring is fast approaching, so I thought this card that I made for the Ranger booth at Creativation this year would be appropriate, as it's covered with Tim Holtz's Sizzix Funky Foliage flowers and shrooms, and even a fairy, all embellished with Ranger's Liquid Pearls (a few new colors). Hope you enjoy this second card from the show.
Using some older colors of Liquid Pearls, I started with Robin's Egg and squirted some on the glass mat and added water to it to really thin it down. I used a larger paintbrush and painted the blue over the whole piece of Distress Cardstock on the bumpier side. I did the same with the Garden and Gold Pearl and instead used a thinner brush to paint in lines at the bottom to mimic grasses. I love that you can use Liquid Pearls as a watercolor as well.
I sewed around the piece, and then mounted it to blue Metallic Cardstock and then onto a Wendy Vecchi Make Art Perfect Card base. I inked the edges of the Idea-ology Paper Doll with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, and die cut the pieces from Funky Foliage using more Metallic Cardstock.
Using Liquid Pearls again, I watercolored in the Paper Doll and the bouquet of flowers she is holding. I added more to the metal butterfly. I love the new fluorescent tones of Liquid Pearls...the yellow is Lightning and the orange is Outrageous. I also added some brads for her buttons.
I adorned all the foliage pieces with more Liquid Pearls, just straight from the tubes. I layered everything on with Multi Matte Medium. To make the sentiment I had to take words apart and add letters to make what I wanted using the Script Celebration and Friendship Words from Tim's Sizzix Thinlets. You gotta do what you gotta do, and I have done this several times before.
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
-Ranger Paint Brush: Wide, Detail
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer
-Ranger Liquid Pearls:  Robin's Egg, Gold Pearl, Garden, Lightning, Outrageous
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Make Art Perfect White Card
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Kraft Stock: Confections, Jewels, Metallic Gold
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Thinlets: Funky Foliage, Script Friendship Words, Script Celebration Words
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Paper Dolls, Adornments Butterflies
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs and Ink Tool
-Ranger Multi Matte, Foam Tape, Adhesive Strips

I'll be back again soon. I'm off to The Crafty Scrapper this weekend to see Seth Apter. I'm so excited. Until next time...
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Wendy Vecchi Stamp, Die, and Stencil Storage Binder

Hello everyone! Every year after Creativation, the Crafty Cave overflows with new goods launched at the show, and once I've organized I can finally play. This week, I've surrounded myself with some new goods from Ranger and Wendy Vecchi...delightful new product (yay more flowers!) and finally some dies!  Wendy has come out with a collection of value packs that contain acrylic stamps with coordinating dies and stencils, so I needed to figure out a way to store them. And with the a little help from Sizzix, here's what I came up with, plus it's functional Art!
Sizzix has all sorts of sizes of excellent quality storage envelopes for dies, so I used the 6 7/8 x 5 inch size to store Wendy's sets. I punched a hole in the corner, and added the label from the package so I know the name and product number for reference. They fit perfectly in Wendy's Stencil Binder. You can see my other binder in the upper left corner that I use to store all her stencils.
To decorate the binder I started out by using White Gesso to cover the surfaces so colors pop better.
I used the scalloped circle to ink in a sunrise using Wendy's Blendable Dye Inks. However, the Gesso made the surface so slick for these water based inks, and it didn't want to stick like I wanted to, but I had another plan that you will see below.
I inked in the sky with the inks, using sticky notes to separate the sky from the land. I also stamped in Wendy's new Register Background Stamp using her Archival. Then I rubbed on some Perfect Card Adhesive over the sun to keep that ink in place.
For the grass area, I inked over it with the Dye Inks and stamped over it with the Tiny Floral Background Stamp in Archival.
I added Wendy's new Washi Tape to the bottom and between the sky and grass. I inked the edges of the binders with Jet Black Archival. To make sure the rest of the ink didn't move I sealed the binders with Workable Fixatif...that was the trick and worked perfectly, as well as gave a nice sheen. I stamped the tree from the Art From Home stamp set from Wendy and Stamper's Anonymous using Fern Green Archival, but it just wasn't dark enough for me, so I stamped it again using Tim's Distress Paints, over and over again until I liked it. I painted in the branches and trunks.
I inked over the house from her coordinating  Mat Minis, using the Dye Ink, and went around the windows with a white pen. I added white vellum to the back for the windows, and filled them in with Glossy Accents. I made steps...sort of...with more washi tape, and added shadows with a black pen. Then I added on the fence pieces. I LOVE all her Mat Minis!
I used three of the new sets of Stamps, Dies, and Stencils for the flowers in the pots, die cutting them from Perfect Cardstock and inked and stamped them in. I added more embellishment with the pens, Perfect Adhesive, and Enamel Accents to finish it off.

Supplies: (Support Your Brick and Mortar Stores!!!)
(Scissors, Hole Punch, Craft Sheet, White Paint Brush, Sticky Notes, Washi Tape)
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stamp, Die, Stencil Set: A Million Thanks, Country Flowers, Flower Pot, Flowers Say It All
-Sizzix Storage Envelopes: 6 7/8 x 5 inches
-Stamper's Anonymous Wendy Vecchi Art Parts: Stencil Binder
-Ranger Dina Wakley Media Gesso: White
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Make Art Blendable Dye Ink: Buttercup, Sunflower, Orange Blossom, Red Geranium, Bluebird, Thistle, Peat Moss, Fern Green, Watering Can
-Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool with Several Foams
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Make Art Perfect Card Adhesive
-Stamper's Anonymous Wendy Vecchi Background Stamp: Register, Tiny Floral
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink: Forget Me Not, Fern Green
-Ranger Wonder Tape: 1/4 Inch
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Make Art Washi Tape: #1, #2
-Ranger Glossy Accents
-Krylon Workable Fixatif
-Stamper's Anonymous Wendy Vecchi Stamp Set: Art From Home
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Walnut Stain
-Stamper's Anonymous Wendy Vecchi Mat Minis: Art From Home Coordinates, Picket Fences, Tiny Stars
-White Vellum
-Sakura Gelly Roll Pen: White, Black
-Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Pale Ochre
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Make Art Perfect Cardstock Panels: White
-Ranger Detail Blending Tool
-Ranger Foam Tape: White
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Enamel Accents: Leaf Green

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate all of you!
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Ranger Mixed Media Powders Barnwood Wall and Funky Bouquet Card

Hi everyone! Today, I have one of the six cards I made for the Ranger booth at Creativation last month. This one uses Ranger's relatively new Mixed Media Powders, which I have come to love. They are mixtures of colors, grain sizes, and even grain luminosity so you have some shiny and some matte. They make for very cool textures on larger projects, and even can be used on detailed parts like these Funky Florals from Tim Holtz and Sizzix. I hope you enjoy!
I knew I wanted to create a barnwood wall of sorts with the powders, so I began by inking three of Tim's Distress Woodgrain Cardstock pieces with Distress Embossing Ink and then sprinkling a little of the Hammered powder here and there on each and heat embossed. Then I added the Bone powder to one sheet, the Scarlet to another, and the Sea to the last piece, layering them on top of the already melted Hammered.
Layering and then heating the powders made for a really distressed look, and I was hooked.
I trimmed the pieces either one inch or 1/2 inch, inked the edges with Coffee Archival, attached Tiny Fasteners to an end, and then adhered the pieces onto a Kraft Cardstock base, alternating colors and sizes to make the barnwood wall look.
Using pieces of Kraft, Mixed Media Cardstock, and Tim's Metallic Kraft Stock, I die cut a bunch of parts from his Sizzix Funky Florals 2 and 3, and the 'hello' from Shadow Script 2. Then I inked parts of them with more Embossing Ink and applied either Lime, Bone, Sea, or Scarlet to parts of the die cuts and heat embossed them. Some pieces I did nothing to. Then I layered them up into a bouquet and added the Idea-ology Linen Trimming. I mounted the card on corrugate for even more texture.
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Woodgrain Cardstock
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink
-Ranger Mixed Media Powder: Hammered, Bone, Sea, Scarlet, Lime
-Ranger Archival Ink: Coffee
-Ranger Surfaces: Mixed Media Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Tiny Fasteners, Linen Trimming
-Vintaj Hole Punch
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Kraft Stock: Confections, Jewels
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Thinlets: Funky Floral #2, Funky Floral #3, Shadow Script #2
-Ranger Multi Matte Medium, Adhesive Strips
-Corrugated Board

I have five more cards to show you from the show, and I'll be spreading them out over the next few months. Thank you so much for stopping by, and as always... 
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!