Thursday, April 4, 2013

GIVE-A-WAY AND Vacation AND Call Me.. Maybe...

WARNING: This post is going to be chocked full of information  and it will be a longer read but definately worth your time. If you make it to the end, there is a special give-a-way. Teehee 
(I love give-a-ways)

It has been a really nice week for me and the family. My mother in law was here from California and we did some site seeing in Washington DC. My daughter had spring break and we celebrated her 15th birthday and the entire family Celebrated Easter. It was a very nice break. Here are a few cool photos we took.
My Daughter and her Grandma

Iwo Jima Marine Memorial

Inside the Library of Congress - this is stunning!!



The Cherry Blossoms are not in bloom yet (they are late) but these tulips were so pretty


My favorite part was seeing the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery. This is so awesome!






Onto Crafting.......

Today I worked on a greeting card. I really want to make more cards and utilize those for gifts for family members and I love using the Ranger Manilla tags for this. For this card I used the 8x4 Jumbo size tag that I bought from The Funky Junkie Boutique


I also used the Tim Holtz Distress Paints and a few metallic distress stains for this project.
To start I folded the tag in half, with the hole on the inside of the card. I then cut a hole with the new Tim Holtz rectangles movers and shapers die. 



The hole will act as my window for the front of my card. 
I dabbed some of the distress paint and distress metallic stain in  Tarnished Brass onto my craft mat and spritzed all with water. I then began to run my tag through the paint/stain combo. The stain isn't as vibrant as the paint but it definitely gave the card a shimmer, the way the paint blends into the tag is so beautiful, it's like marble and the stain blended well with the paint. 


Once the tag was perfect with paint and stain I dried it with my heat tool in order to "set" the paint. 
I did the same with the inside of my card, however, I used a few different colors.


Once my card was colored with paint I wanted to use a border stencil. I went with one of Dylusion's stencils by Dyan Reaveley.


I used distress Ink in Peeled Paint for this stencil.


Look how beautiful that stencil looks on top of that paint. WOW!! I just love that paint!


Moving along.... I cut out a telephone using Tim's movers and shapers die and corrugated cardboard. That phone is too cute!!

I then used tarnished brass distress stain, and black soot distress ink in order to color my phone. I love how it looks shabby and old. I then took the middle circle part out and set it aside for later.


I took that same rectangle die and used some packaging plastic to cut a window border for my window on the card. 

I used this Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss the plastic once it was all cut and adhered it to my card with glossy accents.


I used a circle punch to cut out a piece of plastic in the same size as the middle of my phone.


Using this template, I made little black dots with Ranger's Enamel Accents, they sort of look like the numbers on the phone. 


I cut apart this mini metal hanger into a "V" in order to use on my phone as the dial. 



I used a dimensional sticky to adhere the middle of my phone to the center so that it would stick out a bit.
I then hot glued the metal piece and used glossy accents to adhere the circle plastic piece to the top of the phone..

This is what the phone looked like when I was done with it! How cool is that?!! I just used some wire to create the chord.


I used my paints and stain in the same colors to create a ribbon
and went around my stenciled leaves in white gel pen so they would stand out more and WHALLA!! Done!
Check it out!!

Front Outside of card


 Inside of card

I will be entering this card into a few challenges:

Simon Says Stamp and Show - A Very Strict Challenge, not really, "Anything Goes" haha!


Frilly and Funkie Sunday Share - They give away a 25% off card to the winner of this challenge. I bought my tags at their online shop Here

Inspiration Emporium - This time they are challenging us to use masks or stencils. For this card I used Dyan's Dylusions stencil. (one of my favorites)

If you have time, check out those sites and their challenges, they give away some really nice prizes to the winners, it's worth it!! 

So here we are at the end, if you've made it this far BRAVO! I'm proud of you for sticking it out. I always like to reward my loyal readers with random give-a-ways. YAY!
I am giving away 3 Distress Paints (because I love them so much, I really want you to try them). These are three of my favorite colors. Perfect for Spring too!


In order to win you must:

1. Follow My Blog (I'm checking this time, I had some sneakies in there last time)
2. Leave me a comment telling me what you think of my card

That's It!!
Deadline to enter is April 14th 11:00pm EST
I will draw a random winner on Monday April 15th.
please make sure to come back on April 15th to see if you won.
Good luck and thanks so much for following.
Cya next time!







74 comments:

  1. Your card is just lovely, and so in synch with Springtime! I love the way you use your materials - I'm learning from you. Thanks.

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  2. Not sure what I did wrong, but my first comment did not appear to post :( I love the tag/card, but I think I like your explanation of how to recreate the look even better. The card makes me want to go out and get more of the distress paints and the phone die too!
    Thanks for a great tutorial and a chance to win a few paints.
    Dawn (midara5)

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  3. This is the cuttest card!!! I also love you photos!!

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  4. I have to say.. as I was scrolling down the pictures one at a time, I wasn't sure all the materials were going work together for me. But WHAT an awesome card it turned into. That leaf stencil is beautiful. I've mebossed some of the plastic packaging myself, but never found a project to use it with. I also loved the photo of your M-I-L and daughter. Both are beautiful!

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  5. Love this! I recently got the phone die, will have to try this! Your posts are so full of creative inspiration. Thank you.

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  6. I have a box of just that plastic that i keep saving n forgetting to use! love the phone cord!

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  7. Your card is awesome! I love the look of the distress paints and the stenciled ink over it! I am a follower, but via RSS and Feedly, now that the Google Reader is going away, I hope that counts.

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  8. What do I think of your card? AMAZING!!
    I really love the little details such as you taking the time to add a phone dial. Not a lot of people would pay attention to that.

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  9. Love the phone complete with the cord.

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  10. I agree, the details really make this card, I love the embossing folder effect too! and the phone, how cute!

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  11. Love the card and great technique instructions. Thanks for taking the time to do this!!!

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  12. Looks fantastic! I've been wanting to try those stencils for a wee while now....maybe I'll give it a go.....

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  13. I think that card is kinda brilliant...I've never thought of using tags that way! I would LOVE to win the Distress paints because...I've never had a chance to try them (don't have a source close) and those are favorite colors of mine!

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  14. How much attention to detail has gone into that phone! So worth it too Claudine. Love your ideas on this card. Hugs, Jenny x

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  15. Love all the small details that you added to your card. Great use of the distress paints.

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  16. I like the leafy border, your trip day looks like everyone had a wonderful time.

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  17. It is a great card...do like all the detail. I became a follower and by email. nice pictures from washington dc. I'll be going there in beginning of may.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  18. Gorgeous card! I always think it is too hard to "work small", but you've shown how easy it can be!

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  19. Your daughter has a very young looking Grandmother! Great pictures! Love your card and the details!! I know I'm subscribed through email but will double check that I am a follower as well :)

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  20. I want to make one of these cards for my husband since our marriage has been postponed due to fishing season ;). I now have distress paint in my cart but will not order these colors just in case.

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  22. Love the card but the telephone and wire are just the icing on the cake. I usually follow with your posting on ATT but joined this time. Thanks for all the inspiration.

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  23. Oh my...your creativity keeps on inspiring me !! You are so talented and I do admire the way you often use different materials in an alternative way.
    Also enjoyed the pics from Washington. Would love to go there too ...but seems a bit far away when I live in Spain...LOL
    Thank you for always sharing your art work with us. I have been following your blog for a while and I´m just so happy I found it....wohooo !!
    Hugs from SPAIN

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  24. I love your card, the background is so pretty with the stencil over it. Cleaver way to dress up Tims phone. Love it.
    My daughter has a summer internship in DC so we will be visiting this summer for the first time. I can't wait to see all the sights.
    I'm a follower and would love to try Tims new paints!!

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  25. Your card is really inspiring! Lots of great ideas, but the one I love the most is how you used wire for the telephone cord. Brilliant!

    (I also love the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Looks like you had a wonderful trip!)

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  26. Great card Claudine! I think it's neat how you decorated the inside of the cars too. I'm so glad you entered it into the IE challenge. Good luck!

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  27. love, love, love it. Very cool. I have not yet gotten and of the distress paints but sure have seen some great stuff done with them. Keep up the great work!! I would love to make it to DC one of these days

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  28. Love your card - and thanks for sharing how you created it - I have a ton of stencils and have not used them ... but you have given me encouragement that I can do it!
    thanks!
    Sandra ltb

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  29. Just love this technique, it is a great card, thanks for sharing!!!!

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  30. I follow your blog, and keep up with posts through ATT group! Thanks for refreshing my memory about outlining with the White Gel pen...I love the look it gives on your card, but seem to forget to do that on my own projects!

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  31. Great card as always Claudine. I like how you did the inside.

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  32. Love your card - very creative! The phone is too cute with all of the detail you have added!

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  33. I already follow you by email and facebook. Your instructions are awesome ! I had a small stroke several years ago and have trouble with remembering how to start projects and the processes so when they are detailed, it's awesome !! I am slowly coming back and reteaching myself. I too love the distressed inks but have just started getting into the stains and paints. Cannot wait for the metal ones !! Again thank you so much for the great details to follow !

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  34. Just found you and joined. Love the card and have to find that brass stain.

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  35. I have been a subscriber to your blog for quite some time. Now a follower as well. I love how you put the card together. And I love the paints as well. I have to try what you did to get the phone to look like it does. thanks as always for sharing.

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  36. Super card, C! I have the paints so leave my name out of the hat for someone else to have the chance. Love what you did here!

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  37. I think your card is just great. Love the detail on the phone. I would have to Google images of phones to recall the detail on an item that is seldom seen anymore. Lol. The colors, textures and shimmers and shines all combine for a jaw dropping effect. Thank you so much for putting this tutorial together. I know it takes time.

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  38. Glad you got some vaca time! Great place to see some history! Love your card...a lot of great technique! Love the background and phone!

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  39. Thank you so much for the inspirational photos. As I discussed with you through the ATT group, (which I left due to the development of negative attitudes to a few members) my Lupus issues keep my home bound so I get a chance to live through your photos and those of my non virtual friends. Your phone is so amazing. I love the details and I found myself wondering how the under 20 crowd can relate to what it took to integret all of your authentic details. For your plastic pieces, do you use the boxes from the many dies that we have,, and if so how do you store your die boxes? They seem to take on a life of their own.
    From the cord to the dial to the stop for the dial, I think Mr Bell would be proud of your effort! Thank you for always providing such detailed tutorials. You continue to be such a caring source of inspiration to all of us.
    Kathy Jones

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  40. Wow, wow, wow! This is just too cool, Claudine. Love the effect of the paints and stains, especially as a background for the stenciling. Love the corrugated cardboard phone and its curly cord too. Thanks so much for sharing this really great piece with us this week at Sunday Share over at Filly and Funkie. Best of luck in winning that 25% off shopping spree :)

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  41. Wow what a fabulous card, love the colors that you used and all the details on your card! Thanks for a chance to win. I just found your blog via pinterest using gelli prints!

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  42. Love the little phone on your card. I will definitely try out embossing plastic. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  43. BEAUTIFUL WORK! Thanks so much for linking up with us over at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week! - Ashli :)

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  44. This is my first time visiting your blog; I was intrigued by your gelli printing with the distress paints. Wow!! Then I started looking around and loved all your projects. The telephone card is sweeeet!! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win the distress paints that I've been wanting forever!! Oh BTW, I am following you now.

    Hugs,

    Carmen L
    cal8007 at aol dot com

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  45. I follow the blog via email; no sneekie here..LOL. I loved your card. You did an outstanding job on the phone base with the aging of it. Love the copper cord too, neat! I enjoyed the photographs as well! It's always fun for me to see other peoples travel pics. I wish that I could host a group or a call to collection for peoples Christmas tree ornaments too! I love to gawk at others trees and their ornaments and hear the stories behind them! Thanks for sharing and for the cool giveaway.

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  46. Great card! Love all the techniques you used!

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  47. You amazed me Claudine ! now I must get that stencil..what a beautiful card and I so enjoyed your post.
    Thank you for the giveaway..how fun.
    hugs
    susan s

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  48. love your projects !!! and would love to try the distress paints - haven't found them locally yet !!!

    thanks!

    cindy

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  49. I adore that card and the clever ways you made it!! I've been a long time follower via email alerts and have now signed up via Google+, however I just don't understand how Google+ works LOL You now have me wanting that phone die!!

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  50. I am a follower. .. I adore your card and always have admired your art!

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  51. I love the card and there are so many techniques all in one. would love to win some paints to try.

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  52. What a clever idea cuting up the paperclip for the telephone. And I use the acetate alot for inking up with AI, but never thought to emboss them....coool....something I will definately try.
    Call me, Maybe...so sweet.
    Laura

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  53. Great tutorial on a beautiful card, Claudine! I would LOVE to win your give-a-way Distress Paints in spring colors...I don't have any of the new paints...yet! Both you & Tim make 'em look fantastic : ) ~Thanks!

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  54. Your card looks awesome! You are so creative.
    I've not heard of these paints but you sure make them look neat :)

    Blossom from ATC_FUN :)
    northlaurelschool@gmail.com
    http://www.nlfamily.net
    Following you via GFC, under the name Blossom :)

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  55. What a gorgeous card from your jumbo tag! Love the different textures, especially the phone. I have the paints so keep my name out to let another get them in their hot little hands!

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  56. Claudine,
    yet another AMAZING piece of art created by you. Your artistic talent never ceases to amaze me. I am so thrilled to have been the recepient of some of your work. I keep yours and Raeven's art on a shelf in my art room for others to see and enjoy. I don't have the distress stains but seeing how you use them I need to get me some. Jeannie

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  57. Your card is totally Fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  58. Cool card! Love the outline around the leaves. And the phone is adorable.

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  59. AWESOME card - but, everything you make is awesome!! Can't WAIT for you to move to Colorado so I can come over & play (how's that for a subtle invite?) - So glad I "met" you - seems that every new Yahoo Group I joined you were already there!! Thanks for the chance to win these paints (I am lusting after them in a HUGE way) and Good Luck everyone :)

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  60. Your card is fantastic! And the best part is, I could do that! Over the past three weeks, I have watched every TH and Ranger video! I am smart now! Good job, Claudine!

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  61. I'm a new follower! This card is so cute! I didn't know you could mix the metallic stain with the new paints ... good to know! Thanks for the chance to win some paints! I just love 'em!

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  62. Your blog is on my blog list, so I'm following you closely and I won't miss any detail :-)
    Your card is stunning! I love the layers of colors (I never tried these paints, I don't have any... yet), and I love the vintage phone with the grungy look.
    TFS the creative process, it's a window in the card as well as a window to your mojo, showing the steps of making your art.
    Dorly Weitzen

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  63. your artwork is amazing as usual and I LOVE to follow your blog as your blog is always so awe-inspiring! I absolutely LOVE the card you made, and I totally LOVE your hot air balloon with timepiece in it...

    thank you for sharing

    Dar Bassie-Cripps

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  64. Claudine-love to sing this song
    While driving! Love your card and the tutorial explains the process really well. Your vacation sounded like a lot of fun family time!
    Chris

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  65. I love this card, especially the telephone and wonderful wire, how ingenious. Thanks for the chance.

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  66. Love it!!! Made me want those paints and the rectangle/telephone dies!!!! :-) what a great giveaway, thanks for the chance!

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  67. Claudine I didnt know if i was a e-mail follower so I sign up any way but I love your card I like how you cut the windo and I like how you made the Telphone look old and I love how you made the cord and it was just a piece od ribbon it was a piece of real wire and I love these Tim H, Distress Ink s I have the whole set pf them not the new one but the old one and I didnt think I would even use them but I love them.. thank you there so much people I hop you see I love these and would love to win......

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  68. Oh my, just found your blog tonight, and signed up to follow your blog. I think I am going to have to visit often, loved how you showed each step you did, so that a novice like me can learn. Your card is simply amazing!
    I sure would love to win that prize, have almost nothing yet to get started with, and I seem to have a lot of month leftover at the end of my money this month! LOL When I feel better, I am coming back and work my way through your blog so I can learn lots of other great things I can do to use on my own projects.

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  69. Claudine, so lovely! Don't know if I am too late for he give-away, butI am following you now, anyway!!

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  70. I just found you through the EWV yahoo groupI am your newest follower.. Love all the layers on your card especially the and that curly telephone wire. I have few Distress Paints and love them. These colors look like fun. Looking fprward to reading more of your posts.
    Kate

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  71. Love how your phone and the whole card came out, brilliant x
    Nikie

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  72. Fab tag card and techniques definitely a follower and so glad I found your blog

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  73. OMG, I love love love your card, especially the way the colors of the paints look. I'll admit when I first saw the first picture where you had just applied the first coats, I was skeptical (ok, I didn't like it, lol) but was TOTALLY blown away at the end result. Dang, I really should not accumulate anymore stuff but these are going on my list!!!! Thanks so much for the tutorial, (I'm gonna case it) and for the chance to win. And your pics are wonderful.

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  74. I do love your card. I think it is very exciting to learn or see something new or use it in a different I love the new paints and have been staking them. I was going to find an open leave stamp, However I think the stencil will leave me more space to collect! Wonderful card, it has started my wheels turning! SOOOO call me maybe?!

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