Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Watercolor Thanks

I needed a quick and easy thank you card today, so I turned once again to my new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. Yes, there is a bit of dry time with using the oxides, but oh, GORGEOUS colors!

Two new tools that I find absolutely necessary for using the oxide inks are: Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer and Ranger's Non Stick Craft Mat. The spray bottle gives perfectly fine mist and the craft mat is a super protective work surface to spray and ink upon...and it all wipes up with no staining! Check them out!

I began by die cutting a piece of Ranger Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock (4.25 x 5.5") with JustRite's A2 "Stitched Banners and Rectangles" die. Next up, layers of two of the Distress Oxide inks--Faded Jeans and Broken China and a spray of water to activate the oxidization.

I also die cut the Altenew "Thanks" die twice from a piece of the water color paper. After die cutting, I stamped the Altenew "Halftone Thanks" onto the die cut using the Faded Jeans Oxide ink. The stamped thanks is glued (Tombow Mono Multi Glue) to the second plain white thanks--a bit off kilter--to create a shadowed effect. I used the same glue to attach the thanks sentiment to the cardbase.

Quick, colorful, and easy to mail! 

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for stopping by--have a GREAT remainder to your week!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Birdie Delight

I'm somewhat of a bird person...I delight in their flitting around, beautiful song, and coloration. I say "somewhat" because I have also had a few run ins with birds which required me to wash my hair afterwards...LOL.  In any case, birds featured in papercraft are especially fun for me, especially this beautiful Sizzix Bigz "Bird Silhouette" die from Tim Holtz. 

The base of this card is layered up with different prints from Kaisercraft "Homemade Collection" decorator paper (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store). I used a bit of Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink to distress the edges of the papers; then added a border of white May Art's 1/2" Loop Trim from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

The sentiment is created from Tim Holtz ChitChat word stickers.

This card is going to someone at my monthly stamping group's card exchange. Hope whoever receives it likes it!

Thanks for stopping by! 
I will be back Wednesday with my regular post.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Garden Blues, Video Inspiration, and Free Ribbon Offer

I don't have much of a garden this year, so all of my flower joy is taking place in card design! This bloom is courtesy of 
The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

I stamped the hydrangea and leaf images with Altenew "Warm and Cozy" and "Green Fields" Ink Cube inks, then die cut them both with the die cuts for each. A bit of shading was added with my Prismacolor pencils.

The white cardstock base (Coredinations Heavyweight Smooth Cardstock) of the card is covered with Kaisercraft's "Marigold" decorator paper. Kaisercraft Rhinestones add a bit of bling.

A May Art's 1.25" Variegated Silk Ribbon becomes a sky blue border, perfectly matching the decorator paper.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

And now for a bit of video inspiration celebrating Stamp Simply Clear Stamps!

And, a special offer from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store:

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We will select ribbon in a style to compliment the items in your order.
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Oxide Ink Bird on a Branch

YES! I am enjoying Tim Holtz' new Distress Oxide inks...
they are a BLAST to play with! 

Take a look at the beautiful effect that you can achieve using them! 

I began with kraft cardstock and stenciled a harlequin pattern on it (Prima Elementals Harlequin Stencil and Royal Synthetic Artist Sponges). I sprayed it with water (Mini Mister)..adding water activates the oxidization, giving a chalky, muted look. The ink is not chalky though, and stays where you put it. No rub-off. 

I then added more of the oxide inks by smearing the ink on a work surface, adding water spritz, then rubbing the panel in the ink and dabbing off with paper towel.

After letting the harlequin panel dry, I layered the stencil on once again and added a bit of Tim Holtz Distress Crayon to highlight the print and make it pop.

The bird accent is a Prima's Princess Wooden Embellishment. It is also colored with the Tim Holtz Oxide inks. It is glued to the harlequin panel using Tombow MonoMulti Liquid Glue.

The harlequin panel was layered onto Coredinations Color Core Tim Holtz Distress 12 x 12" cardstock, and popped up with Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips. 

A border of May Art's Burlap String ties it all together.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Birthday Blessings

 I want to wish our dear daughter in law a HAPPY BIRTHDAY--filled with blessings! We love you Jamie!

I wanted to use Stamp Simply's clear "Birthday Blessings" stamp set...the font is so beautiful, and the sentiments are mix and can say exactly what you want!

The decorator paper used in this design is Wild Rose's Studio's "Poet's Kitchen." Lovely patterns in this pad!

The pretty wreath is Spellbinder's "Wreath" die...I dressed up the little white blossoms with Kaisercraft Rhinestones. A Seam Binding bow (or 1/2" Wrinkled Ribbon!) adds the final touch.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, May 12, 2017


I had some fun playing with new products while making an exchange card for the stamping group that I belong to...

The challenge for the exchange was to use a Stampin' Up neutral color...I choose Stampin' Up's "Crumb Cake" cardstock.  I began by running a panel of the crumb cake through my paper crimper. After crimping, Dina Wakely Media Gesso was brushed onto the crimped surface and the edges of the panel, distressed.

I wrapped May Art's 2.5" Cotton Blend Vintage Print-Plain ribbon around the panel, then taped it to the card base. A sentiment made up of Tim Holtz "Chitchat" self adhesive word stickers was sponged with a bit of Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Walnut Stain ink, then placed on the background.

The tea cup was die cut out of the crumbcake cardstock using Tim Holtz' Tea Time Bigz die. I stamped the cup with JustRite's Lace Background stamp and Tim Holtz Faded Denim Distress Oxide ink (along with a bit of the Distress Oxide in Walnut Stain) then wet a part of it to activate the oxidizing process. What a fabulous, matte finish!  The tea bag is strung with a piece of May Art's Burlap String and finished with a tiny punched heart. 

TomBow Mono Multi Glue and Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips were used to glue it all together.

I hope that you enjoyed my project for today! I look forward to using the Distress Oxide inks much more in the future!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Vintage Lattice and Lace

 Having fun with some lace today...this design would be perfect for Mother's Day, a birthday, or wedding! 
I plan to use it for a has a nice amount of bling, 
yet will not be too difficult to mail.

I began by die cutting a piece of kraft cardstock with Spellbinder's "Grateful Lattice" die. I then brushed a bit of Dina Wakely Studio Media Gesso on the lattice to brighten it a bit as well as add a distressed look. 

After the gesso dried on the lattice, I glued it to a piece of Kaisercraft's "Always and Forever" decorator paper using Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid glue.

The ribbon and lace border was built using May Art's 2.5" Cotton Blend Plain Vintage ribbon and white Venise Isabella lace. 

A bow tie made from May Art's Burlap String and topped with a button from my stash finishes the card.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.