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!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Clowning Around Valentine Playing Cards

Happy Love Day Eve everyone! ;0) Here are the Valentine Cards that I have sent out this year. I apologize for the photos. I'm on the road, away from everything I have and know for photos, so I made due. I also don't have photos of all the cards that I made...a whooping 24, and each one I had to mail several out so they could be received on time and of course didn't snap a pic. Anyway, here are several of them and the step outs. Enjoy, and I hope you are feeling the LOVE of all those you care about tomorrow (and always) including from me. Happy Valentine's Day!!!
So I pinned a site that had these free clown images (Pierrot and Pierette as they are called on Wings of Whimsy), and then that lead me to another site (Graphics Fairy), and so I downloaded the images, printed them, and cut them out, Voila! Then came inking them and planning out my assembly line.
I inked Tim's Distress Heavystock panels with Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Ink from Ranger, and flicked drops of water as well as Gathered Twigs Distress Ink from a Water Brush. Then I adhered Ranger's Adhesive Sheets to the backs for easy assembly.
I die cut Tim's heart from the Tiny Shapes Movers and Shapers and the 'k' and 'q' from 3/4 inch Alphanumeric Thinlets from Sizzix on the Heavystock panels to give the look of playing cards. Yes, I have a thing for making playing cards (I scour fleas looking for new collections.), especially on Valentine's Day cards if you can remember my cards from years past. I also cut either burgandy or red cardstock to fit the center of kraft cards with a pre-printed striped border that I purchased from a craft store.
I added Wendy's new Washi Tape around the borders of the panels. Then I used a Marvy DecoColor Premium Gold Leafing Pen (My new fav!) to outline the card base and the insides of the cut out letters and hearts.
I couldn't wait to get Tim's new Sizzix Faceted Heart Thinlets and use them on these cards. I experimented with various papers, vellums, and acetates, using both sizes of hearts, to find the perfect make and fit for these cards. I finally decided on the smaller heart and using a very thin acetate (the backing from Tim's Mask Sheets of all things) to make my shaker hearts work. To make them, I pounced on Latte, Pebble, and Lake Mist Alcohol Inks onto the acetate first, and then die cut them. I tried about 6 different adhesives to secure them, and figured out that Ranger's 1/4 inch Wonder Tape was THE ONLY ONE that worked (It was strong enough to hold everything together once the heart was filled.). I filled the hearts with a mixture of sequins, beads, and chunky glitter. I cut out the little heart from a larger red foil heart doily (I often cut pieces out from foiled doilies as it looks so much like much more expensive Dresden Foil.), and adhered the Faceted Hearts to them.
I also used some of the other hearts I made on a few of the cards since I liked them, but originally and in my head, I planned on using the smaller of these, still made from acetate but covered with Rock Candy Distress Glitter. Alas, I decided I wanted to see the guts inside better, so I went with the non-glittered style. However, I will keep these and use them elsewhere as I love the vintage look of them.
I added the love day clowny kids to the cards along with metallic gold die cut hearts, and then added the Faceted Hearts. You can see a few of the other hearts I made in this picture. Then of course I had to add's just not a proper Valentine without Stickles!
If you've followed me awhile, you know the hubs is a Valentine baby, so this is his birthday/Valentine card. ;0)
And there you go! Thanks for stopping by, and for all the comments and likes on my last post about the Chocolate Box. I so appreciate all of you. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!