Apr 16, 2018

Yellow Authentique and Verve Stamps Mother's Day Card

Happy Monday friends.  Today I'm sharing a sweet and simple Mother's Day card  made for the latest Verve Stamps Inspiration Challenge

I was happy to settle in and make a Mother's Day card with this gorgeous Verve Stamps sentiment.  I have tons of 6x6 paper pads in my stash and pulled out this older Authentique paper and did some simple layering with a Stampin' Up die cut gifted to me by the sweet Debbie Mageed of Secrets to Stamping.  I finished with a Prima flower, twine bow and little ribbon bow made from the freebie in a Funkie Junkie Boutique package.  :)  I hope this burst of yellow brightens your day!

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Apr 13, 2018

Prima Double Stenciled Tag with Lindy's Spray

So here's the deal, I am a HUUUUUGE fan of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays!  I love them so much and have never found any spray that works so well and has the same mottled effect when it dries.  Well, I would love to play along with their color challenges more, but sometimes have a hard time working in the rainbow color palettes.  So this month was right up my alley in its monochromatic scheme.  :)

When I was making my canvas for our Rusty and Crusty challenge at A Vintage Journey (blogged HERE) I pulled out some white Prima flowers and thought I would spray them for that project.  Well, they liked to never have dried, so I moved on.  The next day I came back and saw how incredible they looked and decided to do a second project, this double layered tag.

I used Rizzo's Rowdy Red, Tears on My Pillow Tangerine, Sandra Dee Sepia and Cocoa Bean Copper with different amounts of each spray on the three flowers for three different effects.

I mounted one tag over another.  For the back tag I added some torn Tim Holtz tissue tape.  For the top tag I stenciled a beautiful Prima damask then used the same sprays mentioned above, with the addition of Cafe au Lait.  Between the layers I tucked in a leftover snipped of my embossed doily from the above mentioned canvas.

I added some stamping with a BoBunny musical strip.  My flowers were mounted over a distressed crocheted square and I tucked basket filler between the tags.

I chose this beautiful sticker from 7Dots Studio.  It is absolutely perfect and most fitting right now.  :)  I used the beautiful edged crinkle ribbon from D.L. Art and gave it a spray of Cafe au Lait to tone down the white.

"For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  
Esther 4:14 NKJV

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Apr 11, 2018

Tim Holtz Birds and Sunflowers Bohemian Card

Today we begin a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and our hostess Cec has chosen the theme Elegant Jewels.  She says, "Let's make a vintage or shabby chic project in jewel tone colours such as deep purple, emerald green, jade green, burgundy, bright turquoise to name a few AND to make your project extra special, add some sort of jewel or gem, which can be anything from a dollar store find to a piece of broken jewelry."

I created a super colorful card with a bohemian flair inspired by the book The Secret Garden.  I was going for a wild and enchanting look.  For my background panel, I partially stamped the Tim Holtz Lattice stamp randomly on a magenta colored cardstock panel, then one section at a time I embossed with Ranger sticky embossing powder and quickly applied foil over the embossing.  I went along the edges with a glue stick and rubbed it in with my finger, then foiled it as well.  

Oh how quickly I am becoming addicted to foiling!  If you missed my foil resist project, please check that out HERE.  

Next I made a little boho frame by using circle dies to cut a frame from chipboard.  I tied my twine onto the frame and then rolled the twine in a ball so I could easily wrap it around my frame.  I'm not gonna lie, this took 10-15 minutes to make and was a little tedious for my taste!  I plan on working on some while watching TV next time...

I tripple embossed the die cut raven in Wow! teal embossing powder for an enameled look.  I layered him over my frame and some stained sisal basket filler along with a stained doily and Venise Lace.  I used Fossilized Amber for the sisal, Blueprint Sketch for the lace, and Pine Needles for the doily.

I stained my greenery and feather with Blueprint Sketch and Pine Needles.

I made my sunflowers with the Tattered Florals die.  I added one layer of die cut crinoline.  The center was made by using two of the medium daisies from the Tiny Tattered Florals set, rolled together.  I finished up by adhering some broken earring pieces and adhesive gemstones.  And of course everything received a splash of watery gesso.  :)  I hope you're inspired to play along with our gem of a challenge for a chance to win a $25 to The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Apr 5, 2018

Rusty Mixed Media Floral Canvas with Lindy's

I'm honored to hostess this month's challenge at A Vintage Journey where our theme is Rusty and Crusty.  "Many of us love rust and enjoy looking for new ways to get that authentic look of crusty peeling metal. For this challenge include some rust in your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project, whether it be the real thing, a faux technique or just a rust colour on your project."

I truly cannot remember what I was making this canvas for, but some time ago started this rusty panel in hopes of making a very "Seth Apter" style of project with some of his die cuts and stamps.  I started with a burlap 8x8 canvas and painted it with Viva Rusty Paper, then added Prima rust paste here and there.  I watered down Iced Spruce Distress Oxide and added it to give some chalkiness and darkness here and there.  Next I embossed Seth's Dot Matrix stamp in an old Cloisonne embossing powder (which had a greenish hint).  I added some flecks of watered down Vintage Photo DOX.  To me it was a dark abyss!  So there it sat for several months.  Then I had the idea to create a canvas with a ripple and flowers emerging, so I went back to work...

I'm sorry I forgot to do a process photo here, but basically across the middle I Mod Podged a piece of tissue paper, which I had scrunched up into a 1" band, across the middle of the canvas.  I dried it with a hair dryer on cool and added DecoArt crackle paste above and below the tissue.  Then I added watery gesso above and below the crackle and spritzed it with water at the edges so it would sort of dissolve outward and not leave a stark line. 

I used my heat gun when the crackle was mostly dried to dry the gesso wash.  The coolest thing happened, the embossed Dot Matrix embossing powder sort of rose through the gesso as it heated!  It gave so much gorgeous variation to the mass of white.  I brushed on the dark brown Prima rust paste along the tissue and hated it.  I trued my best to wipe it off and some of it settled in the cracks, which was a good effect.  Then I sprayed it with Lindy's Cocoa Bean Copper heavily along the tissue.  Oh my gosh!!!  What a gorgeous spray!  I followed with Tears on my Pillow Tangerine and Sandra Dee Sepia over the crackle and gessoed portions, spraying until the color was sufficiently random.  :)

I chose three rusty toned Prima flowers to emerge from this "crack" and glued them over a bed of basket filler atop an embossed doily die and filigree metal charms from The Funkie Junkie Boutique

For the doily, I first sprayed it with the Cocoa Bean Copper spray completely, then embossed in Burnt Copper Leaves and then again in Seth's new Chunky Rust Baked Texture.  Oh my gosh, I could have eaten this doily up like rusty candy!!!  Ha!

I added some "water drops" below  my flowers.

Then spent a while rummaging through an old hymnal for this beautiful snippet, which was the most favorite song in all the world of my dear late friend Florence.  Oh how special this is to me!  And very fitting for these emerging flowers...

We would love to see YOUR Rusty and Crusty creations in our link up this month, so hop on over to A Vintage Journey for inspiration overload and then get to work!  :)

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Apr 4, 2018

Darkroom Door and Tim Holtz Masculine Birthday Card

I whipped up a super simple masculine birthday card this week.  I had a pile of backgrounds I made at the lake with Sara Emily and grabbed one (I think it was inked with Frayed Burlap and Pumice Stone and Weathered Wood DI) and embossed the new Darkroom Door Cogs stamp with Seth Apter's new Baked Texture embossing powder in Deep Sea.

The clear crystals or simply the size of the powder chunks gives sort of a crackled effect.

I made a torn book page from a scrap strip of inky paper by punching holes and cutting slits down each hole.  I used another scrap and stamped the Darkroom Door Gazette stamp in Watering Can.  I tucked this under a piece of Tim Holtz ephemera.

I doodled a border and added a sentiment sticker.  Simple and serviceable!  I love love this cogs stamp!

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