Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Gingham Holly Leaves--Christmas Blessings


for a bit of paper piecing today.

The decorator paper used here is Simple Stories "Very Merry." I first stamped the holly leaf twice on Spectrum Noir White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. After die cutting, I colored the berries and ribbon on the image with Copic Sketch Markers. 

I then stamped the holly leaves twice on the gingham decorator paper. I fussy cut the leaves, then pieced them onto the white die cuts with a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen. I applied Ranger Glossy Accents to the berries and let dry. Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips were used to mount the leaves to the base panel.

The sentiment from the "Christmas Blessings" stamp set was stamped directly on the decorator paper card base with Versafine Onyx Black ink. 

May Art's Metallic String Ribbon was wrapped around the base and tied off into a bow.

Here's the inner sentiment, also included in the 
"Christmas Blessings" stamp set:



All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great remainder to your week!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Blessings and Beatitudes 1 and 2

I've been playing with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks once again...this time featuring Stamp Simply Clear "Blessings/Beatitudes One" and 



Here a bit of brush work with the watered down ink; my attempt at a bit of "free style" water coloring. Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock was used here, along with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Frayed Burlap and Wild Honey. The colored cardstock layer is Tim Holtz Distress Core Coredination cardstock.  




The distress oxide inks were used for the background of the image panel here. A Ranger Craft Sheet mat was used, along with a Tim Holtz Distress Water Spray bottle, to layer the inks. I rubbed a couple of inks on the craft pad, added a spritz of water, then dragged and pressed the cardstock in the ink. I let that layer dry, then used a couple different inks to do it once again. 

After the background dried, I die cut it with Spellbinder's Hem Stitched Rectangle dies, and layered it over a dark brown piece of Tim Holtz Distress Color Coredination cardstock.

The bird from my stash (although no longer available, other similar) was also colored with the Distress Oxides, then glued into place with TomBow Mono Multi Liquid glue. Card layers were popped up with Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips.

The Blessing/Beatitude sentiment was stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink.




This last card is another attempt at freestyle watercoloring. Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in Iced Spruce and Frayed Burlap were used here.  The verse is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.


All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks so much for stopping by...enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Welcome Fall Autumn Treat


Autumn calls for brisk breezes, warm clothing, cocoa or apple cider and COOKIES! Here's an easy, but memorable, way to present a cookie to a friend or special co worker, or even to pose as a take home treat at a place setting.

Let me tell you how I created the tag...


I began with JustRite's A2 Stitched Banners and Rectangle dies. The base of the tag is die cut from decorator paper... American Craft "Cedar Lane." The top orange cardstock is Tim Holtz Distress Color Coredinations 12 x 12". I wanted a bit more texture, so after die cutting it I ran the piece through a Fiskars paper crimper. 

The lovely pumpkin and sentiment are from Stamp Simply's clear "Welcome Fall" stamp set along with their Steel Welcome Fall pumpkin die. 

The pumpkin is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored with Copic Sketch markers. After die cutting with the custom die, it is popped up on the tag with Thermoweb 3D Foam strip pieces. 

After the cookies are slipped into a food safe treat bag, the sentiment tag is created with the "for you" stamp from the stamp set. It is stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink, then tied to the cookie package with May Art's Burlap String. A bow of May Art's 5/8" Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon ties it all together.

Sweet and easy! Sure to put a smile on someone's face.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Watercolor Blues


Hello, welcome! I promised a set of Distress Oxide watercolor cards a few days ago, and here they are!

As mentioned in the previous post, I have been having so much fun creating with Tim Holtz' Distress Oxide inks...along with some of my favorite stamp sets from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. These cards feature Stamp Simply Clear "Words of Encouragement."

Ranger Watercolor Paper was used once again, with Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp the Bible verses.  The watercolor paper is neat as it has two different textures...one smoother and the flip side more dimpled. The Versafine ink is my choice for sentiment stamping--it gives such a clear impression...along with help from my Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform. The stamp platform allows for stamping more than once to insure a crisp, clear verse. The platform has an open edge so that you can fit pretty much any size cardstock into it. Love that!


To create these watery backgrounds, I began with dabbing the Distress Oxide ink onto a Ranger Non-stick Craft Mat Sheet, then sprayed water with a Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer onto the ink to water it down. A  larger paint brush was used to brush the paint onto these designs. 

After the paint dried, the Bible verse was stamped on the panel. A bit of bling (Prima Say it in Crystals Combo Royal Menagerie) was added with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, and the layers were built with Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips for dimension.



The cross hatching in the center of this design was achieved with a nearly dry brush, loaded with a minimal amount of paint.



Also love the look of matching colors of cardstock for the base.


All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Watercolor with Oxides: Featuring Stamp Simply Do Not Fear Stamp Set

Hi there! Now that I've gotten my shipment of goodies, I have been itching to dip my fingers into my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks...


 So, I settled into my little craft room and had some fun!



I began by inking up some Ranger Watercolor paper with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide "Peeled Paint" and "Iced Spruce" colors. 

To do so, I pressed the ink pad of the two different colors onto my Ranger Non Stick Craft Mat Sheet, then sprayed with water (using my Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer). I rubbed the watercolor paper right over the inky puddles, making a mottled background. I then let the inky panel air dry.

After drying, I die cut the panel with Spellbinders Die D-Lites Flutters die (butterfly) and Spellbinders Wreath die.



For the first card: Ranger Watercolor paper was cut into layered background panels; paint brush strokes with the watered down oxide inks to create "grass" were added to the top layer. Spatters of the ink was also added. 

After the grass panel dried, I used my Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform and stamped the Bible verse from the Stamp Simply Clear "Fear Not" stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink directly onto the panel.

The butterfly die cut was then attached with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips were used between the card panels to adhere and for dimension.



The second card's layers were also made up of Ranger Watercolor Paper. The top layer was die cut using JustRite's A2 Stitched Banners and Rectangles die set. 

The Bible verse from the Stamp Simply Clear "Fear Not" stamp set was stamped to the die cut panel using the Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform once again, along with with Versafine Onyx Black ink

The die cut wreath was glued onto this rectangle panel using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. May Art's 1/4" Silk Ribbon and Kaisercraft Rhinestones add a pretty touch. Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips were once again used for dimension.


All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

I hope that you enjoyed these designs. I have another group in blue tones to show you soon!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fading Flowers


Autumn is such a lovely time of the year...the crisp temperatures, glorious colors, and fading foliage! The seasonal changes often bring to mind Isaiah 40:8...


My design for today features Stamp Simply's Clear "Thank You for Caring Coneflower" and Stamp Simply's Coneflower Steel Dies. 

My coneflower today is colored to represent a fading "Black Eyed Susan," blending into the dried grasses and flowers in the fields.

The image is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink, then Copic Sketch Marker colored. The comes the die cut-- it's very easy to line up the steel die that matches the bloom, and gives such a nicely finished edge.

The kraft cardstock background is stamped with a bloom from Kaisercraft's Botanica Clear stamp set using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink. I sprayed the stamped panel with water to oxidize the ink into a faded looking backdrop. A spattering of watered down Dina Wakely Media Gesso adds a bit of white.

A panel of burlap is then layered on with a bit of TomBow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, then tied with a bow of May Art's 3/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon. The bloom is mounted onto the top of the burlap with Thermoweb 3D Foam Strip pieces.

The inner Bible verse is stamped with the Memento Rich Cocoa ink, then die cut with a JustRite's A2 Stitched Banners and Rectangles die.

I must tell you...I used Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform for this card, and I just LOVE it! It enables you to stamp the image more than once, so that you are able to get a crisp, clear image or sentiment. Fabulous--I have often had to restamp because of not applying enough pressure--this platform makes it possible to restamp in the EXACT same spot. Check it out! I can see wonderful double stamped projects coming from this as well!

All linked products are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Settled and Ready to Create!

Hi Everyone...seems as though it has been so very long...finally settled in our apartment in Podgorica, Montenegro with our shipment unpacked (mostly!). So ready to get inky! 



There are still summery temperatures here, but I'm waiting for it to cool down and for "Fall" to arrive. Stamp Simply Clear "Give Thanks" stamp set, along with the Stamp Simply Give Thanks Steel die set was perfect for getting back into the stamping groove.

Since we are once again living overseas, I wanted to make a somewhat flat and easy to mail design. Panels of creamy cardstock, Graphic 45 "Time to Flourish Patterns and Solids" 6 x 6" decorator paper, and JustRite A2 Stitched Rectangle and Banner dies make up the base of the card. The leaf and acorn (and Bible verse) are stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink, colored with Copic Sketch Markers, then die cut with the Stamp Simply Steel dies. The banner, leaf, and acorn are popped up with pieces of Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips. 


May Art's Ivory Burlap String ties it all together. I certainly love me some Burlap String...I have both the Ivory and Natural in full spools in my craft room. I use it for stringing banners, wrapping gifts...many crafty and paper projects. I love the rustic touch it can add.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks so very much for stopping by-- I'm very excited to be back and I look forward to posting more often.