Saturday, May 20, 2017

My 1st Distress Oxide Card!

I am a little late to the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink worth the wait!

I used 6 Distress Oxide Ink Colors: Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Cracked Pistachio.   I sponged one ink at a time using my T.H. Blending Tool using a different sponge for each color,  so as not to contaminate my ink pads.  After several colors I spritzed with water and dried with my heat tool.  Then added more colors and spritzed again and dried.  It is amazing how all the colors show thru the layers and never make "mud"!

I wanted bigger splatter water drops,  so put water in my palm and dropped larger drops of water onto my piece.  I loved the results.

I then cut down my piece and used the extra for a die cut for a future card.  I made my background at our recent craft retreat in BC.   I borrowed a grass stamp that Christine had just received from her China name sorry.  I stamped it with Black Stazon and added just one tiny die cut dragonfly, which was from Loll's Memory Box Dragonfly Stems Left Corner Die.

I finished my card at home adding the SU "You're a Gem" sentiment and Basic Black CS trim.  I mounted my image with 3D foam tape onto a SU Very Vanilla card front that I had die cut with CUTplorations "Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Dies".

Enjoy and hope you get a chance to play with the new Distress Oxide Inks too....

I am adding to CAS Mix Up May Splattering Challenge.  I added stamping + Splattering with water + Die Cuts.  The challenge ends on May 24th...

STAMPlorations Anything Goes..using at least one STAMPlorations Product..I used my die cut frame.

Friday, May 19, 2017

CASE'ing Karen

Isn't this a Beauty!  The challenge is to CASE one of the Flower Challenge DT's cards.  Karen (Snippets) has been a SCS friend for years.  I Love her CAS style and no one uses blues more creatively than Karen :-)

Here is my CASE of Karen's beautiful card!

I used another background from my recent craft retreat with my Vancouver, BC girlfriends.  Bonnie was unable to attend,  but sent us beautiful die cuts to use.  This was my favorite and is now on my wishlist :-)  I placed the framed flower die cut piece over an alcohol ink background that I made using Yupo paper and Tim Holtz alcohol inks (Stream, Sunset Orange and Sunshine Yellow).

I placed drops of ink onto aluminum foil and smooshed with my Yupo.  Then placed a larger than the Yupo,  piece of Glad Wrap over the smooshed Yupo and scrunched the wrap around to make cool lines and designs.

Next step is very important...let your piece dry,  which takes time.  I left mine overnight. My background is more blue green,  but my camera wanted to bring out the green more than the blue. Think Karen and you will see more blues... I added a SU Candy Dot and the sentiment from Kind and Caring (ret).

What is really fun...Loll and Bonnie and I made a card for the same challenges using the same die,  but different backgrounds :-)

Loll's card
Bonnie's card

The die is the Poppystamps Die "Floral Stem Collage" and so I am adding my card to...

PSC #32 Flower Power.  You must use at least 1 die or stamp on the challenge.

Enjoy and Happy Stamping my friends.  Hugs...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Crafty Retreat Photos :-)

Sharing a few photos from our Vancouver, BC Crafty Retreat!

Susan, Christine and Nancy making Stencil Layering Tags and Loll making us laugh (she took photo).   We did a lot of that for 5 days:-)

Our 2nd and only day in the sun...notice the squints.  We were not use to seeing the sun!  A great time at Granville Island eating lunch on the dock and shopping at a craft store.

Some of our supplies...

A few of the stamps and dies that were shared...

More supplies to share for techniques.  I know we went a bit overboard on supplies,  but because we did so many different techniques we used most of our supplies.

Loll concentrating on posting one of her technique samples!

Our very last day,  packing up and getting one last photo to show off our cool "Eat, Sleep, Craft, Repeat" aprons that Loll's DDIL Nikki printed and that Loll surprised us with as a gift our very 1st day :-) 

You should have heard our squeals of laughter and seen Loll grinning from ear to ear with her adorable dimples just as cute as could be :-)

We wore our aprons for every stamping session and we sure needed them with all the messy techniques!

I will be posting more finished cards in the days ahead with a few of my favorite samples using different techniques.

Here is my Stencil Layered Tag that I was working on in 1st photo

And a Close Up

We used Tim Holtz's Layering Stencil Part 1 youtube video.  On my tag I borrowed stencils,  bird stamp, rub ons and Distress Inks from all the girls.  I demo'd this technique and brought Ranger manila tags for all of us.  I added my ribbon when I returned home.   Such a fun technique. Loll, Christine and Susan have their tags posted to their blogs.


Enjoy seeing 4 very happy stampers even if we were tired and hoarse by the end of our 5 Fabulous days together.  Stay will soon see more of my finished cards in the near future.  Hugs...

Adding to STAMPlorations May Mixed Media Challenge..Anything Goes using at least 1 stencil.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

CAS Watercolour May Flowers Reminder

Oh My...May is zipping by with many of us spending all our spare time gardening :-)  It is already time for our CAS Watercolour May Flowers Reminder.  So many more gorgeous samples by our talented Design Team and Guest Designer.

Here is my Clean and Simple stenciled monoprint Flower :-)

I went to my stash of watercoloured backgrounds and found a small piece left over from a previous project... I die cut it using my CUTplorations "ATC Tag Builder Die".  There are several pieces to the set,  but I just used the ATC die,  which cuts a 2 1/2 " x 3 1/2" tag with a nice beveled edge.  The perfect size for a CAS designed card.  Next I stamped my STAMPlorations Dee's "Blooming Buds" flower using Versafine and heat embossing with SU black embossing powder.  The bloom, stem and leaves are all separate pieces and easy to arrange on my MISTI.

Are you curious as to how I made my watercoloured monoprint background?  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Broken China and Peacock Feathers.  I sponged the inks through the T.H. Faded Dots Stencil onto Arches Mixed Media paper.  Then spritzed the leftover inks on the stencil with water and flipped over onto more mixed media paper to get the monoprint image,  which I loved.  So I got a two-fer out of this project :-)

After stamping my flower I misted my piece using a mixture of water and Tsukineko Frost White paint. I wish you could see the pretty shimmer.  Next I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment from the same set.  I love all the flower images and sentiments from this set by Dee.  Such a versatile and pretty set.

I added 3M foam tape to my main image and added SU metallic silver thread (stuck nicely to tape). Next I added my popped up image onto an angled piece of SU basic black  cardstock, which I had die cut with my Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Die.  Then popped up the 2 layers onto my card front that I had die cut with my CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Die.  Such an easy and fun flower card.

Sure hope you can join us this month for our CAS Watercolour Challenge.  You still have until May 24th to play along.  Happy Springtime Stamping...Hugs

Supplies: Listed in Description.

More Challenges:

STAMPlorations: May CAS Challenge Anything Goes + Feminine Colors

STAMPlorations Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday Challenge: Going Dotty

Monday, May 15, 2017

CAS Mix Up May Splattering Reminder

It is time already for our CAS Mix Up Splattering Reminder.  You will be so inspired by all the amazing creative Splattering cards by our very talented Design Team and Guest Designer.

Here is my card using Stamping + Splattering with Distress Inks + Die Cuts...

I started my card by playing with splattering!  I laid a large plastic bag on my corian counter to catch all the splatters.  I then added a few drops of Tim Holtz Distress Ink refills: Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass into my palette diluting a little with water.  Next I loaded my #8 paint brush with the green ink and started splattering my Strathmore Hot Press WC paper and when dry did the same with the blue ink.  I used a wooden stirring stick in my left hand and tapped my paint brush with my right hand on the stick. I saw someone doing this, but with a wooden skewer.  Before I would tap my brush on my index finger.  Either technique works,  but it seemed I had more control with the stick.

I really liked how my background turned out,  but ended up covering up most of it. Instead using it as a framing layer to keep my card more Clean and Simple.  I die cut the layer with my Memory Box Stitched Rectangles Die Cut.  Next I die cut my vellum leaves and alcohol ink (from my stash) smooshed leaves using my Memory Box "Fresh Foliage" Die.  I attached the leaves to my Stitched Die Cut Strathmore paper using SU Fine Tip Glue Pen and weighted down the leaves with my large acrylic block.

My last step was to stamp my SU "A Dozen Thoughts" sentiment using Versafine black ink and heat setting.  Popped up using 3M foam tape.  I attached the 2 layers with foam tape to my SU Very Vanilla CS card front.  I was very pleased how my card turned out. Enjoy..

I hope you get to join us at CAS Mix Up with your Clean and Simple Splattered card. You still have until May 24th to play along.  Happy springtime stamping my friends.  Hugs..

Supplies: Listed in Description.