Saturday, September 20, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge 11

Wow, it's so hard to believe that Linda and the crew have already been through 10 challenges and that we are on challenge 11. My how time does fly!

For this challenge we are working on page 52 of Tim's 3rd book
and it's all about the Effects Powders.
The host of this challenge is Inspiration Emporium and they are giving one lucky winner a 50.00 gift card to their online store. If you haven't already make sure to check out their BLOG where they have a fall challenge going on for the month of September.

There is also another great prize to be had, You can also win a wonderful prize pack from Tim and Mario themselves. One lucky winner chosen by the inspiration team will get some happy mail.

So for my project, I'm getting in the Halloween mood and so I figured I'd make some Halloween postcards. 
I really love using powders, they give the right effect to a project and add that element of "realness" For my project I mixed up some of the powders to make the graves look old and rustic. I also used the powders on my spider and "31" 
The background was created with a mix of Tim's distress paints and also Dylusions sprays

Take a look at my finished postcards

I hope you will check out the challenge over at Linda's Blog Studio L3
There are loads of inspiring project by the design team too.
Thanks again for coming by and have a great day

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SDC 165 - One Stamp

Hello all, welcome to another new challenge over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge Blog. 
Our hostess for this challenge is Samantha and she is challenging us to use only ONE stamp.
This one will be difficult, all the Stampotique stamps are so cool and it's tough to only use one 

For this challenge I went small and decided to make an ATC. The perfect size for one stamp.
I used Stampotique Stamp

Whisker Monster with Sign - By artist Kira Nichols

I made my background using Tim Holtz distress paints adding a few stencils and paint marks and a bit of wash tape

This monster is one of my favorites because I can write whatever I want to write inside his sign. I just love him
Thanks for coming by and enjoy your day

Monday, September 15, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge Week 3

Hello all and welcome back to our 3rd week of 
The Altered Playing Card Challenge

This is week 3 on this wonderful journey and I hope you all are having fun with your personal deck. I for one, am loving this. 
Here is a link to our Facebook group if you would like to join and share ideas and your creations.

and here are links to week one and two if your playing catch up

This week I created my backgrounds two different ways.
For my first card I used alcohol inks in a few different colors, ginger, caramel, latte and stream, then using a distress tool, I dabbed my background to give it some color

I didn't quite like the way it looked above, so I waited for the first layer to dry and then I dabbed some more of the same colors again

Much better!

Once that was done and dry, I used archival ink and a stencil onto my background

I only wanted to use part of this stencil and not all of it so I sectioned it off using sticky notes and left the portion that I wanted to use exposed 
I used Wendy Vecchi's Potting Soil color to apply

This is how my background looked after, I love it!!

I then used Tim Holtz Gears dies to create some gears with distress paper

I then used my sanding block to sand the paper here and there and colored the edged with the same Wendy Vecchi Archival ink

I added my gears using glue

I then used Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs and added the word "time" onto the side panel

I used a phrase in this Tim Holtz stamp set to stamp my word onto the background using archival jet black ink

Lastly, I used a copper paint pen to edge the outside of my card.

Here is my first finished card, I love the steampunk feel

For the 2nd card I wanted to do something "fall-ish" so this time I used distress inks to color my background, (you can use any kind of ink pad for this step)
 starting in the center and using a distress tool, I applied the color mustard seed first

I then used the color spiced marmalade for the outer portion (you can see here that this particular card I made with some texture)

I then used the color Vintage Photo to go around my outer edge

Next I cut some fall foliage out using Tim's Die called
Autumn Gatherings and also using distress paper for this

I sanded these and then used the vintage photo distress ink again to darken some of the edges

I used Tim's "Wanted" decorative strip letter die to cut out the word "fall" and also a mover and shaper bird from black card stock
(sorry I didn't take a photo)

Glueing everything on, here is my finished 2nd card
as you can see I went around my bird with the white gel pen as well

Here are my two cards together

I hope you have enjoyed today's two cards, they are very different but super fun! Weather you chose to do yours the same or completely different, I wish you luck this week.

The winner of the give-a-way from last week was drawn at random and is Michele - please send me an email with your address!
Here was Michele's Comment

Claudine your cards are just gorgeous! I'm excited to get my 1st 2 done. I love that you are leading us through this adventure! xo

Michele will win this package:

Look for our next give-a-way in a few weeks. 
Have fun and can't wait to see what you create.
p.s. - I haven't yet put together my cards for next week so I will post a "supply list" on the Facebook page as soon as I know

Supplies for next week - 
1. Tissue Paper
2. Janet Klien Digi stamps (I used the City Girl set)
3. Stampotique Clouds Stamp 2 Nauges
4. Acrylic Paint in various coordinating colors
5. Gelli Prints or Printed Paper
6. Sharpie Black Marker or any other black marker that will write over acrylic paint
That's it, next week will be easy on supplies

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Stampotique Challenge 164 - Animals or Birds

Hello all and welcome back to the blog. Today starts a new challenge over at Stampotique's Designers Challenge Blog

Our lovely hostess is the wonderful Sue Davies and she is asking us to make something With Animals or Birds. 

I decided that I wanted to make a card for my parents anniversary. Their anniversary isn't until New Years Eve but I figured I'd work on it early.
 Birds have always been the theme for their anniversaries and my Dad has this tradition of giving my mom a set of two birds every year. Usually they are little sculptures or ceramic figures but she has one for every year they have been married. I think it's such a sweet tradition.

I just recently got this stamp and as soon as I saw it It reminded me of my parents.
I used Stampotique Stamps

Treemates - by Artist Kylie DiOrio 
Kylie has some wonderful bird stamps and I just love them all

Two Hearts..One Love - By Carol's Collection
Carol has some really awesome sayings in her stamp collection

Here is my card
I used watercolor paper and stamped the image using black archival ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder
I then used my Derwent watercolor pencils to color the entire image. 

I hope when the time comes to give it to my parents that they love it. 
Have a wonderful day everyone! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge Week 2

Hello all, welcome to the second week in our Altered Playing Card Challenge. I am thrilled that so many have expressed interest in taking this journey with me. How fun will it be at the end when we all have a wonderful altered deck of cards?

If you missed the first post regarding the challenge here is a link so you can catch up

By now you should have prepped those playing cards by adding gesso or sanding so here we go....

For my first two cards I decided to use Dylusions Sprays to color the background, these are the selected colors I chose for my cards

I used an old box and some paper towels for spraying my cards
(as you can see one of my cards I doodled into the gesso)

Once I am done spraying the Dylusions I dab the cards with a paper towel to grab some of the excess. If you want to spray more in order to add more color, let dry and then feel free to spritz again

If you do not have Dylusions you can also use acrylic paint or any other medium you have, here is what my card looked like with two colors of paint

The paint seemed more transparent than the Dylusions

and with Dylusions

Once my backgrounds are dry I got to work on the green and yellow one first. 

Using a die by Memory Box and some black card stock I made a border for my card. 

(No worries if you don't have this die, just use one your have or you can even draw a border on your card with black marker, none should ever feel like they have to use what I did) 

I used glossy accents to glue my border onto my card

I then cut out a small butterfly using Tim Holtz movers and shapers butterfly die and using a scroll word stamp (Hero Arts) and black versafine ink I stamped onto my butterfly

Using a white gel pen I went over the doodle on the side of my card (made previously with the gesso) and also doodled a bit on my flower border
using my Prismacolor black pen I edged my card with black (I do this a lot)

I like my butterflys wings to stand up so I adhered my butterfly with a zot right in the center, if you want yours flat just glue the entire butterfly to the card

I used a Stampotique Stamp for two of my words
you can find this stamp 
and I used a Stampin Up stamp for the "your" word (just mask of the rest of the words and stamp the word you want)
you can also write your sentiment or print something from your printer if you don't want to use stamps

Whalla!! First card done! As you can see, I'm in love with color, I like bright bold colors and I will be making various colored background for our deck. 

for the next card I used digi stamps from Janet Klein's Vera Lane Studio Etsy Shop 

Janet is also offering a 20% discount for a limited time. Use Coupon code ALTER52 when ordering.
I will be using these digi stamps throughout the 6 months on various cards so go scoop some of these wonderful stamps up while the coupon is good.
Also, Janet did an awesome tutorial on how to work with digi stamps 
on her blog HERE

Back to my tutorial....... Simply print out your digi in the size needed for the card
my girl was printed about 2"x 1 3/4" or so 
I recommend using quality paper to print your image, I used Ranger specialty paper

 I then colored my image with copic markers

Lastly cut your images out and adhere them to the front of your card
If you did not end up with a speckled background, you can make those speckles with a white gel pen, I like how it looks like she is flying through the stars

I also added a small piece of black wash tape to the bottom of my card
A helpful tip, be careful when glueing your images down, sometimes the dylusions spray inks come off on your fingers, I smudged my girls dress

Here are the two finished card for this week

I really like the idea of all of the playing cards coming out so different. I can't wait to see what you will create this week.
If you haven't already joined, make sure to come by the Facebook page and join in and share your creations with all of us

If you cannot join the Facebook page, leave me a link to your photos so I can see what you create.

We will have our first giveaway this week, winners will be announced next Monday the 15th with our 3 week post

In order to be entered 
1. Leave a comment on this post
2. Play along in the challenge
3. Be a follower 
Winner will be drawn at random

See ya next week!

(Supplies for next week.... 
Again, this is just what items I have used, you can use whatever you want or what you have)