Monday, November 18, 2019

Autumn Leaves Thankful Cards

Hello everyone! I'm such a bad blogger I know! I have a bunch of projects ready and in the works, but I have had the hardest time sitting down to blog them...I'm so lazy! Actually, as Autumn is my favorite time of the year, whenever I am not crafting I am outside doing yard work and enjoying the weather. Anyway, today  I have a dozen Thankful Cards (extra gaudy and glitzy in gorgeous Autumn tones) that I am sending out for Thanksgiving to the many people that make a difference in my life in.  Thank you notes and cards are a rare thing these days with email so easy to do, so I always love to see them and of course to receive them, and I really need to work on sending them more often. Yikes! I wish I could send one out to all of you who support me and stop by, but please know I am so thankful to all of you. 
I had 12 of these ATC sized bingo cards in my stash for a decade probably, and finally decided to use them up. I don't remember what line of product they came from, sorry. I covered them with Distress Crazing Collage Medium from Tim Holtz and Ranger, and inked them over with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink after they dried.
Tim's new Abandoned Paper Stash had so many fabulous designs that screamed Autumn to me, so I picked three of them to die cut Tim's Tattered Leaves Bigz Die and Fall Foliage Thinlits from Sizzix, 48 in total.
Using Tim's Pressed Foliage Stamp Set from Stamper's Anonymous, I stamped the leaves on the die cut leaves that were similar in shape and size using Ground Espresso Archival Ink. I just wanted the images to add to the textured look of the leaves, so I didn't mind that they did not perfectly coordinate. I inked the edges of the leaves and folded them down the middle and inked the fold as well. I totally fell in LOVE with these, and I know it is because of the designs and colors on the Abandoned paper.
Using the Metallic Cardstock, I die cut even more leaves (48), this time from the Skeleton Leaves Thinlits...another love! The Metallic Cardstock makes these even more beautiful to look at.
I applied Antique Linen Distress Paint to random portions of Distress Woodgrain Cardstock for a resist. Then I inked over the cardstock with Peacock Feathers and Orange Marmalade Distress Oxides. I misted them with water and wiped off the ink from the painted areas, and I got a nice barnwood look to the cardstock.
I die cut the Woodgrain pieces with Tim's Planks Bigz Die, and then inked the edges with Vintage Photo Archival. I also swiped the Vintage Photo on top of the planks directly from the pad to highlight the woodgrain.
I needed the word 'thankful' (in Rose Gold Metallic), so I used two of Tim's Handwritten Thinlits, the Love and Celebrate, to create it. The 'thank' from 'thanks' and the 'ful' from 'beautiful', and I just adhered them together. I added the words on the planks. I had a few sheets of this gorgeous leaf paper called Autumn Splendor from Simple Stories, so I used it as my background and mounted it a few times on colored and Metallic Cardstock for the base of the cards. You don't see the background a lot but I know this gorgeous paper is!
I colored the Star Adornments with Rose Gold Alcohol Ink Mixative, and added these to the centers of the bingo cards. I also had a ton of metallic leaf sequins in the stash so I added several of those to the cards as well. Then I found 12 of these vintage sequined leaves that I purchased from Tinsel Trading when it was in NYC years ago, and decided to go extra gaudy using them...the more the better I say!!! Then it was all just assembly line style to adhere all the leaves and parts to the card bases.
(craft sheet, paint brush, scissors, stamping platform, craft pick, two sided tape, foam tape)
-Small Bingo Cards Ephemera
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Crazing, Matte
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Brush
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs
-Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Wood Grain Cardstock
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Antique Linen
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide: Peacock Feathers, Orange Marmalade
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Water Sprayer
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Die: Planks, Tattered Leaves
-Ranger Tim Holtz Archival Ink: Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Die: Handwritten Celebrate, Handwritten Love, Fall Foliage, Skeleton Leaves
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Metallic Jewel Tones Cardstock, Metallic Tones Cardstock, Abandoned Paper Stash, Tiny Fasteners, Stars Adornments
-Simple Stories Cardstock: Autumn Splendor
-Burnt Orange Metallic Cardstock, Olive Metallic Cardstock
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Pressed Foliage
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mica Spray: Antiqued Bronze
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Mixative: Rose Gold
-Metallic Leaf Sequins, Vintage Sequined Leaf Flourish

Thank you so much for stopping by, and for the comments! As always...
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Frightful House Halloween Candy Holder

Here is one more Halloween project...a quick one. I made this for a sample at the drop of a hat for a store owner to display showing Eileen Hull's new Sizzix House Ornament and a few of Tim Holtz's new Halloween dies. I think it took me all of 30 minutes, and would be great to load up with candy for those special trick-or-treaters. I went so fast putting this together so there are no step outs, sorry.

To make these, I covered black cardstock with book pages, and die cut the House Ornament pieces, and then adhered them together, and inked over the edges. I die cut the Halloween pieces and adhered them on, as well as added a hand cut door. I drew on the window trim, and added a face to the cat, and finally added the ribbon and mini tag. Super simple!

(craft sheet, paper trimmer, scissors, die cut machine, two sided tape, foam tape)
-Bazzill Cardstock: Black, Orange, Green, White, Brown
-Vintage Book Pages
-Ranger Tim Holtz Collage Medium: Matte
-Ranger Tim Holtz Collage Brush
-Sizzix Eileen Hull Scoreboards L: House Ornament
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs
-Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits: Frightful Things, Ghost Town, Bat Crazy
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz XL: Handmade Alphabet
-White Gel Pen
-Faber-Castell Pitt Pens: Black, Lime
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Halloween Trimmings

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Collaged Sparkly Geo Halloween Cards

Happy Friday! I've got a quad of extra sparkly Halloween Cards today, made with Tim's new Geo Halloween Sizzix Thinlits and a ton of new Idea-ology. These were so fun to make, and once laid out (that took me awhile), went together quickly. Sorry for the photos...I'm having a horrible time taking and editing photos, and then there is the compressing. Nothing is worse in blog land than making a project you like but having bad photos to show it.
I forgot to take pics of the first steps, but basically after I laid everything out I used Collage Medium to adhere Design Tape, Stickers, and Ephemera in the new Halloween motif from Tim onto the older but much loved by me Halloween Kraft Stock. Then I added the ribbon, and matted these to cream colored cardstock. I also added some Remnant Rubs to the flash cards.
I die cut the four Geo pieces with black cardstock, and adhered them to colored cardstock bases. Then I filled in the tiles with a slew of Stickles from Ranger.
I die cut tiny Masquerade masks to fit the Paper Dolls, colored parts of them in, and added a few hats cut from the Kraft Stock.
I decided to add wings to a few of the peeps, and then came more Stickles...and then more Stickles. I couldn't stop!
(craft sheet, paper trimmer, scissors, die cut machine, paper distress tool, two sided tape, foam tape)
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Halloween Kraft Stock, Halloween Design Tape, Halloween Ephemera, Curiosities Sticker Book, Halloween Remnant Rubs, Halloween Paper Dolls
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen
-Ranger Ink Blending Tool
-Ranger Tim Holtz Collage Medium: Matte
-Ranger Tim Holtz Collage Brush
-Halloween Ribbon
-Bazzill Cardstock: Black, Orange, Cream
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits: Geo Halloween, Masquerade
-Faber-Castell Pitt Pens
-Ranger Stickles: Paprika, Orange Slice, Orange Peel, Rose Gold, Sunburst, Cinnamon, Gold Dust, Sandstone, Glisten, Frosted Lace, Steel, Gunmetal, Black Diamond

I've got another Halloween post coming soon. Until then...I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Wendy Vecchi Cupcake In Hand Birthday Card

Can you believe I'm back again this month?!! Today, I have a birthday card for a friend made with tons of new and old Wendy Vecchi  goodies.
I decided to use a bunch of the Mat Minis from Wendy and Stamper's Anonymous, and I laid everything out the way I wanted for the card first. I love that she created the Heart and Hands...a fav!
I used Wendy's new Stay-tion (a must have) to ink in the first of the double stencils from her new Roses Background stamp with Pale Ochre Archival from Ranger.  The stamp comes with two stencils to make the coloration on it a cinch, and the combinations are endless. This is now my new favorite stamp and stencil set! LOVE! The magnets on the Stay-tion held the stencil in place perfectly, and I am a heavy handed inker, so I was so so impressed with this new tool!
I inked in the second of the stencils to complete the background coloration of the design using Tea Rose Archival.
Then I stamped the Roses Background stamp with Jet Black over the inked parts...Brilliant combination of stencils and stamp I tell you. I LOVE the way this turned out!
I inked over the heart frame with Pale Ochre, and misted with rubbing alcohol for a mottled look, and then stamped the Wire with a Twist Background stamp over it.
I inked over the Rectangle Frame with Garden Patina and stamped the Frost Background over it. I also inked over parts of the cupcake and candle.
More Tea Rose ink on the balloon, heart, and lace for the sleeve. Then I inked over the hand with Pale Ochre.
I stamped the Off the Grid Background over the balloon and heart.
I adhered the Mat Minis to a Perfect Cardstock Base Panel with Perfect Card Adhesive, and embellished parts with Enamel Accents and Liquid Pearls.
I thought I was finished, but then I decided to add a little sparkle with Stickles.
(Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion, Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Scissors, Stylus)
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Perfect Cardstock: White Panel
-Stamper's Anonymous Wendy Vecchi Background Stamp: Roses, Wire With a Twist, Frost, Off the Grid 
-Ranger Archival Ink: Pale Ochre, Jet Black
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink: Tea Rose, Garden Patina
-Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
-Stamper's Anonymous Wendy Vecchi Mat Minis: Heart Frames, Rectangle Frames, Hearts and Hands, Celebrations
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer with 91% Rubbing Alcohol
-Skor Tape
-Ranger Foam Tape: Clear
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Perfect Card Adhesive
-Gelly Roll Pen: White
-Ranger Liquid Pearls: White Opal
-Ranger Enamel Accents: Black Tie
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Enamel Accents: Garden Patina
-Ranger Stickles: Orange Slice, Sea Spray
-Ranger Glossy Accents

Shockingly, I will be back again this month! Until then...
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!