Wednesday, April 18, 2018

White Embossing with Watercolors

Hello! I wanted to show you my design for today as well as tell you about the fab new stamp release blog hop starting today at 
The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store!

First up, today's design:

Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's clear "Thinking of You Rose" stamp and Steel die set make for some fun today...along with embossing and water coloring with Tim Holtz Distress inks.

I began by heat embossing the rose from the stamp set with Ranger Super Fine White Embossing powder onto Ranger Water
color paper.  

Different colors of Tim Holtz Distress inks were used to shade the rose: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Tattered Rose, Iced Spruce, and Weathered Wood. Simply smear some of the ink onto a Ranger Craft Mat, spritz with a bit of water using a Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer, and paint away. After painting the rose, I die cut it using the Rose steel die. 

The rest of the card is composed of Kaisercraft "Fairy Garden" decorator paper and a layer of #40 Vellum

The top oval was die cut from the Fairy Garden paper with a Spellbinder's Oval Hemstitch die, the sentiment stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink and a Tonic Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. The rose is glued onto the oval with a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen. The oval was then popped up with Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips onto the card base.

A border and shabby bow (created with the Original Bow Easy) of seam binding ribbon in Baby Pink and Cameo Beige, along with a Shabby Chic Collection Stickpin by Darsie, finish this design. 

All linked product is available at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

As I said at the beginning of this post: the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store is having a blog hop today! Unfortunately, I live overseas and have not received my package with the new stamps as of yet, so will have inspiration for you in the near future.

Please make sure that you head over to Stamp Simply for the blog hop list and take a look. The sets featured for the hop--Graduation Sentiments and Sentiments for Graduation and Beyond:

Thanks for stopping by today! 
Have a great remainder to your week!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Aviary Collage Paper--You are a Blessing!

--this one is "Aviary"--
such beautiful prints..right up my vintage alley!

The collage paper is on a roll and measures 6 inches wide by 6 yards in length. The size makes is usable for many different type projects, and it can be cut or torn using a bit of water. This "paper" is a heavy tissue paper, which needs to be adhered to another cardstock or base. You can use pretty much any type of collage medium to do so, such as Mod Podge, or Ranger Collage Medium.

I began by adhering my collage paper to a piece of white cardstock. The collage paper is somewhat transparent, so the color of cardstock which you choose will show through. I then added a bit of textural interest with a Tim Holtz Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz Gothic Stencil) and Dreamweaver's Embossing Paste. 

I used a bit of watered down Dina Wakley Media Gesso to cover the dried embossing paste with a small paintbrush. After the gesso dried, I added a bit of watered down Metallic Lustre Iced Espresso Wax here and there, as well as rubbed some on the edges of the card. A Ranger Craft Mat and Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer works wonders with all of the watered down work...makes for easy clean up.

The sentiment is from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's clear "Words of Encouragement" stamp set, stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and a Tonic Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. Splashes of Tim Holtz Oxide ink and a whitewash of the watered down gesso make for a more distressed look. 

The final addition...a shabby bow using the Original Bow Easy and Seam Binding Ribbon, topped with Maya Road's Vintage Leaves pins.

Here's the inside of the design using Stamp Simply's Words of Encouragement:

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Also-- brand new graduation stamp release at Stamp Simply...
take a look...

Perfect for upcoming graduation season!

Thanks for stopping by...enjoy your day!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray

I had a lot of fun playing with Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray and Oxide inks today. WOW! Love the spattered texture it gives...let me tell you about it...

I began with some cream colored cardstock and die cut a tea cup shape (twice) from Stamp Simply's Coffee or Tea? Steel dies. I glued the two sets of cups and handles together with Tombow Mono Multi Glue with the intent of making a sturdier cup to hold up to all of the "work" I had planned for it.

I then placed the cup and handle in a cardboard box and spritzed with the Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray. The box is recommended to keep any over spray from damaging surfaces...I have heard that it is very difficult to get off of surfaces if you allow it to dry on your regular craft mat or table.

After the Distress Resist spray dried, I inked up a Ranger Mini Ink Blending tool with Tim Holtz Oxide ink, then went to work layering greens and blue over the cup using my Ranger Craft Mat. You can see how wonderfully the resist spray worked on the tea cup below...

I also spritzed the cup with water from a Tim Holtz Distress Spray bottle. I dabbed the water drips up with a semi dry baby wipe. This added even more visual interest and mottling to my cup. I was very pleased with the results.

I die cut "Tea" with the die from the Stamp Simply steel die set three times; glued them all together to make a thicker, chip board appearance; then colored it with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide and Distress inks to color it as well. 

The cup is layered over a Spellbinder Hemstitch Oval die cut, then over Kaisercraft "Wandering Ivy" decorator paper.

A May Art's 3/8" Crochet Lace border adds a sweet touch.

Here's a photo of the inside verse from The Stamp Simply Clear Coffee or Tea? stamp set, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink using a Tonic Tim Holtz Stamp Platform:

If you like texture, be sure to check out the new 
Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray!

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

I hope that you have enjoyed my project for today! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


A quick and easy farm yard design using Stamp Simply Farmhouse Signage clear stamps and Steel die sets.

The "Signage" horse, cow, and pig were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto peel and stick "DCWV Adhesive Cork" using a Tonic Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. They were then die cut with the "Signage" steel dies. The ink takes a bit of time to dry on the cork, otherwise it may be prone to smearing.

The base of black cardstock is covered with a sheet of the DCWV handy when you do not need to apply adhesive!

May Art's 5/8" Twill ribbon becomes a simple border...the farm animals are popped up with Thermoweb 3D Foam strip pieces.

All linked products are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Amazing Grace

HELLO! So very happy that my shoulder is on the mend and I
 am able to get back into the craft room! I am in physical therapy now, and there is definite improvement and healing. Back to being able to use my right hand...oh how I've missed it...LOL!

My first design back features Stamp Simply's clear Farmhouse Scriptural Thoughts stamp set.  You can see Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's entire Farmhouse Series release HERE.

The decorator paper used here is Kaisercraft's "Ooh La La." Such a lovely colored decorator paper pad with beautiful floral prints!

The sentiment is stamped directly onto the background panel with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink. A bit of Stampendous Ultra Fine Crystal Translucent Glitter, applied with a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, adds a bit of shine to the sentiment.

A border of Gabriella Venise Lace and Seam Binding Ribbon is a pretty feminine touch for this card (applied with ScorTape), along with a Seam Binding Bow (tutorial HERE) using the Bow Easy and a Prima Say it in Crystal "Heaven Sent" gem.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks to all for the kind thoughts for my recovery! Have a great remainder to your week. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Lying Low

Hello All:  

I just wanted to pop in to let you know that I won't be posting for awhile...a week ago I injured my right shoulder and arm and am trussed up like a Thanksgiving turkey!  I am itching to craft and will be back as soon as possible.  

Thanks to all who have supported this blog with visits and comments...
I appreciate you all!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Stamp Simply Ribbon Store Clear Easter Stamp Set

Preparing for Easter with Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's 

The inside sentiment:

The base of the card is Coredinations Heavy white cardstock, layered with Kaisercraft's "Wandering Ivy" decorator paper. Tonic Tim Holtz Stamp Platform was used for both stamping directly on the decorator paper card front, as well as the placement and stamping of the interior sentiment. Versafine Onyx Black ink was used for a crisp, clear result.

The cross on the front of the design is from a Spellbinder die set that is no longer available. You can find a similar cross die set HERE. Kaisercraft Pearls were added to the cross as an accent.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

I talked about Word Art Wednesday in last week's post. Did you have a chance to check it out? It's a challenge group that focuses their challenge around God's Word. The challenge runs for two weeks, and it is currently in it's second week. Stamp Simply Ribbon Store is the sponsor for this randomly chosen prize challenge--be sure to check out the details and upload your designs! I'm going to participate once again this week--hope to see you there!