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!
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
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!