Saturday, September 26, 2020

Tim Holtz STAMPtember 2020 - Snarky Christmas Cats Cards

September means STAMPtember and Tim Holtz and Stamper's Anonymous have released a Christmas set of Snarky Cats. I created a matching set of cards using every stamp on the set. Oh my gosh, these cats are so stinking fun! I never tire of looking at them and reading the things they say. I hope you enjoy these cards as much as I did making them!

Cut papers first...kraft card base 5 x 6 1/8, blue cardstock 4 7/8 x 5 7/8, and pattern paper 4 x 4 7/8...times 4 if you make all of them. Stamp snowflakes on both edges of the blue cardstock in Picket Fence. Let dry thoroughly. Stamp snowflakes on pattern paper all over randomly in Jet Black. 
Mount patterned paper to middle of blue cardstock, then ink edges in Gathered Twigs. Add a strip of Design Tape where the patterned paper and blue cardstock meet. Mount on kraft base and ink those edges.
Stamp sentiments in Jet Black on kraft leaving plenty of space between each and in front for cutting talking bubbles.
Cut around top, right, and bottom of sentiment squarely, and cut a pointer in bottom left corner. Ink edges in Gathered Twigs and draw white line around the border of the bubble.
Trim blue cardstock to 1 7/8 x 1 7/8, and stamp bird and 'meowy Christmas' under him in Jet Black. Stamp snowflakes in Picket Fence around the bird, and let dry.
Color bird and twig with Distress Crayons and Detail Waterbrush, and add transparency window to the top with Collage Medium. Ink edges in Gathered Twigs.
Trim 1/2 inch off bottom of #5 tags, and turn upside down so now tag hole is on the bottom. Stamp cats in Jet Black on each one. Stamp all but stocking cat onto sticky notes for masking. Mask cats and stamp present below them. Stamp starry snowflakes around the cats in Jet Black.
Color in background with Stormy Sky crayon and Broad Waterbrush. Ink over background with Antique Linen for mottled look. Color in cats with Distress Crayons and Detail Water Brush. Ink edges of tag with Gathered Twigs, and stitch around tag with red thread.
Foam tape tags to card front making sure tag hole is not adhered for the next part. Adhere transparency frame and foam tape talking bubble. Spray Crinkle Ribbon with Candied Apple Distress Spray Stain then Fired Brick, a foot for each card. Scrunch up and let dry or use heat tool to dry. Cut off three inches and thread through hole of tag laying flat. Loop the rest around three fingers, then place in the middle of flat piece, and tie that into a knot to make a bow. Fluff up the bow.
Add Glossy Accents to eyes of cats and bird. Add to candy cane, lights, bells, and cup as well. Let dry.


(Craft Sheet, Paper Trimmer, Stamping Block, Scissors, Stamping Platform, Sticky Notes, Ink Blending Tool., Two Sided Tape, Foam Tape) 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Kraft Stock Classic, Christmas Stash 2017, Christmas Design Tape 2019, Christmas Layers and Baseboard Frames 2019, Crinkle Ribbon 
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Stamptember 2020 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Picket Fence, Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen 
-Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black 
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock Tags: #5 
-Sakura Gelly Roll Pen: White 
-Ranger Water Brush: Detail, Broad 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons: Stormy Sky, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Tarnished Brass 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Collage Medium: Matte 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain: Candied Apple, Fired Brick 
-Ranger Glossy Accents

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the blog love. Until next time...I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Eileen Hull Display Stand Letterboard for Autumn

Hi there! Eileen Hull and her crew have been focusing on the Great Outdoors this month, and Eileen's blog is filled with wonderful ideas from so many, so check it out. I wanted to participate as well, but I thought about the theme a little differently. Autumn and all it's colors and flavors is the epitome of the great outdoors for me, so I wanted to do something with that. Then I remembered an idea I borrowed from Stacy Hutchinson to use corduroy felt as a letterboard. Then I thought Eileen's Sizzix Display Stand would make the perfect base. Then I remembered from my elementary teaching days that felt sticks to felt (not as great as felt on flannel, but good enough) when I used a flannel board, so all the pieces on this letterboard can be taken off and stored away until next year, and I can decorate the letterboard for any and every occasion using Sizzix dies. So this is an ongoing project. AND...this project took me all of 30 minutes to throw together, plus drying time, so it's so simple to do. Hope you like it, and Happy Autumn everyone! Enjoy.
I die cut the Display Stand with Mat Board and assembled it.  Then I trimmed the corduroy felt to fit the front of the stand. I attached it with two sided tape. I tied pumpkin ribbon to the bottom on the die.
I die cut the pumpkins from Tim's Pumpkin Patch Bigz die, and die cut all the other words, letters, leaves and grass using Eileen's dies and plain white felt.
Since my felt was not colored and I was too lazy to put on a mask and go to the craft store, I colored the white felt with Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain from Ranger, and put it with a paper towel until I achieved the color and look I wanted. It only took about 30 minutes to dry naturally, and was simple to do. I used Antique Linen for the word love and large pumpkin, Crackling Campfire, the newest color, for the small pumpkin and word autumn, and Peeled Paint for the leaves and grass. I also stitched down the middle of the leaves and bottom of the grass. Then I just added the pieces onto the corduroy felt with no adhesive. They are just sticking on.
(Die Cut Machine, Scissors, Two Sided Tape, Ink Blending Tool)
-Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board: Cream
-Sizzix Eileen Hull Scoreboards XL: Display Stand
-Felt: Corduroy in Black, White Regular
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Pumice Stone
-Sizzix Eileen Hull Thinlits: Journaling Words, Homemade Alphabet, Grass
-Sizzix Eileen Hull Bigz Die: Spring Leaves
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Die: Pumpkin Patch
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain: Crackling Campfire, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen
-Autumn Pumpkins Ribbon

Thank you so much for stopping by everyone! Enjoy the changing weather and new season.
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Stamper's Anonymous Halloween 2020 - It's Pumpkin Season

Happy Autumn, well almost! The Fall is my favorite time of the year, from the colors, the special foods, and the cooler weather. I love every part of it. Today, I have a card to celebrate this time of year, and of course it is made with the new stamps, stencils, and Shifter Stencils from Tim Holtz and Stamper's Anonymous. This candy corn colored make might have been my favorite using all the new goods, and I used many things to put it together so this is a lengthy post. Hope you like it, and Happy Pumpkin Season everyone! Enjoy.
Cut Specialty Stamping Paper to 3 x 5. Stamp pumpkin on a sticky note and cut out, with sticky part along bottom of pumpkin. Stamp a pumpkin on the top of the SSP using Jet Black Archival and Stamping Platform. Allow to dry or lightly use heat tool to dry. NOTE: When using SSP always make sure ink is dry before touching, as the ink stays wet longer. Place sticky note pumpkin on stamped pumpkin, and stamp another pumpkin below making sure stem part will not be stamped, for a stacked look. Repeat process for a third and bottom pumpkin. Dry.  
Use sticky note pumpkin to mask again while coloring over each pumpkin using Distress Ink and Ink Blending Tool, using candy corn colors and pattern...bottom in Squeezed Lemonade, middle in Carved Pumpkin, but the top left white.
The next part requires patience and time. Lay the pumpkin sticky note on the middle pumpkin, and using the smallest Multi Dot Shifter Stencil, ink over the yellow pumpkin using Mustard Seed Distress Ink, just the first set of cirlces. Let dry, and then place stencil on again in the same spot, and using a palette knife spread Transparent Gloss Texture Paste through the stenciled area. Let this dry about 30 minutes.
Doing the same, move to the first pumpkin and ink in Antique Linen Distress Ink, let dry, and place stencil on again and apply paste. After both pumpkins are dry, repeat the process on the middle pumpkin with Spiced Marmalade and paste. (I made two cards, so that is why you are seeing two stacks of pumpkins.) Set the pumpkins aside and move on to the background.
Cut Heavystock to 3 1/4 x 6 1/4. Cut black cardstock to 3 1/2 x 6 1/2, orange cardstock to 3 5/8 x 6 3/4, black polka dot velvet paper to 4 x 7, and a kraft card base 4 x 7, and set black, orange, dots, and kraft aside. Take the large Deco Arch Layering Stencil, and lay on a sticky note. Trace the arches line 2 and 1/2 arches up, remove stencil, complete the lines, and cut this out for a mask, using the cut off side for a mask as well, or you can make another one of that side.
Place the mask on the underside of the stencil so that only the first 2 and a half arches are seen, and then lay over heavy stock piece. Ink over the arches using Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, and Mowed Lawn, making a grass look.
Place the other mask over the top of the grass area. Lay the large Multi Dot Stencil over the heavystock. Apply a dot of Picket Fence Distress Paint to glass mat, and using a clean foam on an Ink Blending Tool, pounce over the paint to absorb it evenly and lightly into the foam. Pounce over the stencil. It will be hard to see, put if you hold it up to the light you will be able to see the paint. Let this dry a few minutes, and do the same after moving and shifting the stencil over to cover up the painted circles, and then pounce on the paint into the other circles. Let this dry a few minutes. Clean stencil.
Leaving the same mask in place, ink over the sky area with Speckled Egg Distress Ink. Remove the mask, and flick water over the whole piece of heavystock letting the ink watermark. Use a clean paper towel to clean off the ink from the white circles. Dry and then ink the edges of the paper with Antique Linen. Stitch around the grass area if desired.
Using Picket Fence Distress Ink, stamp sentiment onto black cardstock, and heat emboss with clear powder. Trim and cut apart into two pieces. Type sentiment on computer, print, cut out, and mount on orange cardstock. Add sentiments to card top. Add butterfly sticker. I powdered the wings so they wouldn't stick, and only the middle sticks down so the wings prop up.
Making sure all three pumpkins are dry, ink over the second part of the Multi Dot Stencil shifting it over to cover the gloss circles, using the same inks over the pumpkins, but not using paste. These circles are just inked.
When dry, cut out the stacked pumpkins, and use Distress Markers to add shadows to the pumpkins, as well as color the edges of the them, and the stem of course. I used Mustard Seed on the yellow, Spiced Marmalade on the orange, and Antique Linen on the white, and three greens on the stems. Cut slits in the grass area with a craft knife so the pumpkins can slide behind. Adhere heavystock to black cardstock, and distress edges. Mount on orange, then circle paper, and finally onto card front. Foam tape pumpkins to front of card, making sure pumpkins are under the grasses you cut apart.
(Glass Mat, Stamping Platform, Sticky Notes, Heat Tool, Scissors, Distress Tool, Ink Blending Tool,
Palette Knife, Water Mister, Stamping Block, Paper Trimmer, Two Sided Tape, Craft Knife, Foam Tape )
-Ranger Surfaces: Specialty Stamping Paper, Black Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock
-Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Snarky Cat Halloween, Tiny Text Halloween
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade,
 Antique Linen, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Speckled Egg, Picket Fence
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Layering Stencil: Shifter Multi Dots (Small, Large), Deco Arch
-Ranger Texture Paste: Transparent Gloss
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Markers: Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Picket Fence
-Ranger Embossing Powder: Clear
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Matte
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Halloween Paper Stash, Classic Kraft Stock, Curiosities Sticker Book

Now it's time for more Autumn makes, so I'm off to get my hands dirty. I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon too!