Saturday, September 28, 2013

Sing Me a Song

I'm back today with a song in my heart and ready to craft. On over at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog they have a challenge this week centered around "Eat, Drink and Be Merry," and I just love the theme!! 

I love eating, I love drinking coffee and I love being Merry! I mean, who doesn't, right?
So for this challenge I decided to do a simple any occasion card.
I recently bought Tim Holtz' new Vintage Carolers die at my local scrapbook store and I really could not wait to use it.
I also have some of Tim's new stencils on order over at Frilly and Funky Botique and I cannot wait to get them, I'm excited. If your in the market for any of the new stuff make sure to check out  Frilly and Funky and put them on order.
So for starters I used some really cool background paper that I had from Bo Bunny and I cut my caroler silhouettes out of black paper.


I cut the paper into two cards so I could make two for this.

I then ran this sheet of vellum saying through my Xyron Creative Station, which makes them stickers.
I cut out the sayings that I wanted and adhered them to chocolate brown card stock and set them aside.


I wanted to add a little bit of music stamping to the background so I used my distress ink and a misc music stamp to do that.

I then tore up a piece of sheet music paper and glued it onto my card front and then used my sewing machine to sew a little bit on each piece. 
I also edged them both with distress ink.

I knew I wanted to add a flower to my card front so I used some small flowers that I had and colored them the color I wanted with distress stain. 


I also grabbed some Prima flowers that I had and some pretty vintage buttons to add to each flower.
Sorry, I didn't take a photo of this step.

I then ruffed up the edges of the card with my distress tool and went around the whole thing with distress ink.

Here is my final outcome.....








I think they both came out fun and funky and just reminds me of being Merry!!
See you all next time.
Cheers!!





Friday, September 27, 2013

Fall In Love


The air is getting crisp, the leaves are beginning to change, it smells like fall!! 
I just love fall, it's one of my favorite seasons. The colors, the beauty and the crisp clean air is something I can take all year long if it were possible.
I decided that today "Fall" was going to be my theme and I wanted to also take part in a few challenges that were going on.

First - Stampotique Designers Challenge this week is all about "Washi Tape." I love the stuff but I haven't used it a whole lot in my crafts, so this is actually a great challenge for me.

Second - Tagalong's challenge this week is "Autumn Glory" - this is my first challenge over there, thanks to Lilly Chivers for sending me their way. 

Lastly - Simon Says Wednesday Challenge is "Anything Goes" yay! I love an anything goes challenge any day !!

With all that in mind I started to get busy. Of course I used my favorite Ranger Jumbo tags. I decided to go with Tim Holtz distress paint for this one.


I sprayed my tag with water and dabbed some paint onto my craft sheet and ran my tag through it all. I did two layers, one with orange and red and another with yellow and brown.


Once the background was nice and dry that distress paint becomes permanent (love that stuff) then I decided to embellish my background with stencils and stamp here and there. I also went around the edges with distress ink. I used a combo of Archival inks and distress inks along with my stencils.


The stencil above is the new Tim Holtz alphabet and I am really loving it!! I also used a stencil by Dyan Reaveley.


After the background was done I figured I wanted to use my washi tape in a different way so I covered scratch paper with various washi tape.


I used Tim Holtz tattered leaves die to cut out various leaves from the washi tape paper that I made.


For this tag I wanted to use my Stampotique Stamp - Daniel's Tree Topper - by artist Daniel Torrent... I can't tell you how cute this stamp is. It's one of my favorites.
I stamped him onto Ranger speciality stamping paper using archival ink. 


and then I colored the three of them with distress markers. I love how fluid these markers are on this paper. I simply outlined with the marker and then used a water brush to fill in my areas. 





I then cut him out and even though I made three, I ended up only using two of them for my tag. I'll save the other one for another project.

I then took some hard twine stuff (I bought this at Michael's, I'm not sure what its called) and applied more washi tape around it using glue. This is perfect for bending and shaping the way that I want.


I grabbed some Prima flowers, emphera and a button. 
I have to tell you that I absolutely love how this tag came out. The colors are amazing. I don't even think the photo does it justice. 



The washi tape leaves came out so great. I edged them with black marker to make them stand out a little more.


I cut the letters using Tim Holtz "wanted" alphabet die strip and black cardstock.
My Daniels are so cute on this tag


You can see that twine stuff sticking out here and there if you look closely.




Thanks again for coming by my little corner of the world. I am going to leave you with this photo of the cutest chinchilla I saw in the pet store today!!


Have a great day!!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Coca~Cola Charm

I don't have a lot of photos from this project, I apologize about that in advance. Sometimes I get working in my craft room and I just get carried away and forget to take photos!
I had a few bottle caps laying around that I thought were neat looking, one of them was a coca~cola one and I have been wanting to alter it. 
The flat one that I made here was just a plain cap that was already flattened that I bought off of ebay, they sell them in bulk there.. I am making a magnet out of that one.
So for starters I had to heat up the inside of each cap in order to take out the plastic. I just use my heat tool and some pliers.
Then I picked out some cool paper for my backgrounds. 
One of the papers was a tag that I had made using my Gelli plate awhile back and I thought it would make a perfect background. I just use a 1" punch for these, it's the perfect size. 


Then I decided to use the Tim Holtz rub ons for the sentiments. These are perfect and you can use glossy accents over them without worry that they will mess up or move.


I did bit a of stenciling on them and added a few elements. I also stamped the butterfly here on this one.
I used Archival ink pads just to be sure it didn't run once I put my glossy accents inside. 


Once they were done I glues the paper inside the caps and added my glossy accents.
I also made holes in the Coca~cola charm in order for in order to add a few hanging things and my charm top.



For the magnet I simply added high power magnets to the back with E6000 glue.



Thanks again for stopping by, cya next time. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Capture Life's Moments Fall Canvas


Hello Bloggies!
Over at the new Simon Says Stamp Blog they have challenged us to Stamp on Something Besides Plain Paper.
It's easy to stamp on plain paper but they are challenging us to stamp on something different this week. 
I actually love this challenge, it really took me outside my comfort zone. 
I decided I really wanted to do a Tim Holtz canvas that I had bought awhile back and just never used. (this happens a lot)


I also decided to use my Wendy Vecchi white modeling paste and a honey comb stencil. For the upper left hand corner and the lower right hand corner I simple tore up a paper plate and glued it onto my canvas. I figured, what the heck! haha! I set it all aside to dry.


After all was nice and dry I used a text stamp and archival ink to stamp here and there onto the paper plate and canvas portions, I wanted this to dry thoroughly so I set it aside for a bit.


I wanted to do a fall themed canvas so I stamped a Tim Holtz blueprint leaf stamp onto watercolor paper and colored it using distress markers and my water brush. 



I then simple tore the edges around my leaf and edged them with distress ink.

Next I used my Ranger Adirondak color wash sprays in various colors and, without using water, sprayed them directly onto my canvas. 


They came out beautiful



Once that was dry I edged my canvas with black soot distress ink, this gives it a more finished look and brings your eye in

I also added a bit of shimmer with various colors of perfect pearls.

You can kind of see the nice shimmer that the perfect pearls gives the stencil and paper plate.




Lastly, I added a word plate that I colored a bit with gold paint dabber. 




Then when you put it all together, this is what you get....


Almost forgot... what would a project be without a butterfly? I added one in the upper lefthand corner.







Thanks again for stopping by, may your heart always be full and your cup runneth over. :)