Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Dressed Up Tribute To Teens!

Gingersnap Creations GC115 is a tribute to "Teens" and City Crafter Challenge Blog is looking for "All Dressed-UP!  So here is my tribute to the well dressed teen!  Speaking of, this is going to my G-Daughter, who is a teen and loves my bookmarks, tags and cards!  She really made me proud last week, when she told me she was going into nursing!  Now someone will be able to take care of me!! 

This lovely teen was stamped a few times on Tim Holtz paper and also white card stock.  The actually image was stamped on the TH notepaper card stock along with the gift and gift bags, which were colored and then clear embossed.  The actual clothes, purse and shoes were cut out after being stamped on white paper and clear embossed with a background stamps.  All was then colored and carefully cut!!!  Lots of paper piecing here!! 
The butterflies are from Cheery Lynn Designs and were cut from shrinky dink and then colored with Sharpies!  Now I was trying to stick to the colors on the image, but these would be so beautiful colored in more muted tones.  I was not sure if that would work, but it did and the dies were not harmed!  I cut the white butterflies after the shrinky dink cuts!  If you do this, you have to run it back and forth a couple of times.  Love these US made dies.

Thank you so much for stopping by to have a look.  I hope you have a wonderful week.  My sister is coming from Arizona for the Labor Day weekend, so that should be fun!

Stamps:  Stampin UP
Inks:  Stazon Black,  Stampin UP Gable Green
Markers:  Sharpie Green and Pink, Stampin UP  Blush, Pinks, Carmel, Black, Yellow, Spica Clear
Versamark Ink and Clear Emboss Powder

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fashionable Stamping Challenges Design Team!

I was just so excited and honored when I was invited to be part of the DT for Fashionable Stamping Challenges! Not only do I love their challenges, but what an awesome group of creative and fashionalbe ladies to be working with! Thank you so much Shirley for giving me this opportunity to be part of the Design Team at Fashionable Stamping Challenges! Please stop by FSC, have a look and we would love to see you join in the challenges.  I know I sure hope to see you there - pretty please with a cherry on top!   This is also going over for a visit to Beverly's Pink Saturday!
Here is my first project as part of the DT! The current challenge is for "Ribbon and Lace" with no digi images! For my ribbon and lace, I used double sided tape to do a two step burnished glitter lace design on ribbon and paper. The butterflies from Cheery Lynn Designs, were cut from white paper that had been stamped and heat embossed. I then gave them a spray with Glimmer Mist and I wish you could see the iridescent effect. You don't have to heat emboss those gorgeous butterflies, but it just adds that extra layer of texture. All panels were stamped and distressed. The bookmark was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and then highlighted. I cut the edges using a Tim Holtz on the edge die and added pure silk ribbons.
This started out as a practice piece. I first painted the precut coaster with Gleams, let it dry! Added my double sided tape (Sookwang or Scor tape) over the entire piece and trimmed the rounded corners. I centered my lace over the tape and then placed the protective sheet cover (from the tape) over the entire piece. Run a brayer, credit card over the covered lace. This makes sure the lace is secure and the glitter will stay where you want it. Since I wanted the lace design to remain white, I first used my red glitter. Sprinkle the red glitter and gently brush off, then burnish with your finger. Gently remove your lace trim and add the second color of glitter. For the coaster only, I added two coats of a glossy varnish and then added several layers of UTEE. It looks like a tile!

Lace pieces for projects
Well I hope you like my DT projects for Fashionable Stamping Challenges and again I would be so happy to see you come on over and join in the challenges! Thank you for stopping by and if you have any questions, just ask. Thank you so much for today's lovely visit!

Stampin Up Inks: Orchid Opulence, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum
SU Paper, Whisper White, Orchid Opulence, Pale Plum
VersaMark clear emboss ink and powder,
Stamps: Stampin Up Victorian Lace, Hero Arts Sentiment
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Delta: Gloss Varnish, Gleams
Glitter Ritz, White, Pink Lilac, Sand
Glimmer Mist Tattered Rose
Cheery Lynn Designs, mini butterflies
Tim Holtz On the Edge

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

GC114 Baby Wipes and Grungy Monday 21!

We have "Baby Wipes" at Gingersnap Creations and Transparent Illusions at Linda's Grungy Monday.  Now as we all know, Mr. Holtz, has some of the coolest techniques.  We love that man!  Finally, I have figured out the correct amount of Glossy Accents to spread on fragments!   I did two fragments, but only used one on my tag.  The one I am not using involved packaging tape and let me tell you, that was so cool.  It worked on some anniversary tissue paper from a few years back.  Now the baby wipes for GC114 was most interesting.  I let a wipe dry out and then sprayed with Glimmer Mist, using a red and brown.  I then added it to cardstock using two way adhesive and die cut the tag.  Then we embossed it to give it a fabric appearance and highlighted it.  The umbrella man was clear embossed, distressed and then the embossing removed (via an iron).  I decided the fragment I created would take place of the umbrella, so I guess he is now Fragment Man!  We made some mini tags and cut out the words from Mr. Holtz tickets! 

Packaging Tape Tech!
I need to do some serious blog visits tomorrow and sorry I am a little behind.  Hope you all are having a wonderful week and as always, thank you for visiting! 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Bloggers Challenge and Alpha Stamps!

My favorite challenge at Bloggers Challenge are sketch challenges and Lisa came up with a great one, as always!  All stamps are Alpha Stamps and will be entered in their Halloween Giveaway Challenge.

Mr. Holtz branches were inked with Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters and Dusty Concord and then clear embossed.  The Skeleton was stamped with Black Archival and then distressed with the same colors and a spray of Glimmer Mist Pearl.  Since I did not add a flourish, I embossed the background with spiders and did a little highlighting.

Ok, I better get this posted and think about making some dinner!!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Oh Sweet Daisy!

This adorable image is part of the Gatsby collection at Artistic Outpost.  Don't you just love her and I am kind of giving her a voice today!  Right now there is a very worthy cause being promoted at Artistic Outpost to help stamp out breast cancer.  Please, take the time to read about it and think about helping out!  I know I am going to pick up a couple of those shopping bags and a 25% discount for some new stamps!  WooHoo! Just click on the picture!

Gingersnap Creations GC112, is Leather, Iron and Brass!  The flower was cut from an old leather wallet from my hubby using Tim's Tattered Flowers, which I then embossed!  The center is a brass fitting of some sort and my iron would be the brad and corners!  I also embossed a Cuttlebug die and then highlighted with walnut stain and clear embossed.  I thought the framing gave it kind of an iron look!  I did some masking, because I wanted Daisy to stand out and then I added a little color to her with chalks.  I really am loving chalks!  Since my flower is handmade, we will also visit Fashionable Stamping Challenges.  We are thinking there might be enough bling to enter Simon Says Stamp and Show.
Thank you so much for stopping by and by all means, go check out the link to Artistic Outpost

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Grungy Monday #20, Ginger's Babes and Tots, SSSS Bling!

Our incredible and fun leader of Grungy Monday, Linda, has invited us to a "Distress Stickles" party.  The first thing I did was to fold a piece of brown card stock and cut it out using my new cabinet die!  I just moved the folded edge in ever so slightly!  I then used the movers and shapers mini cabinet and cut a frame, which was embossed with one of Tim's folders.  The stamp is Tim's and this I embossed using craft brown ink and then colored with Distress Inks.  The numbers and letters were also cut using Tim's Typeset.  I added the Distress Stickles after all was inked and was careful not to smear the color.  I cut out the ribbon edge to fit over the frame.  Simon Says Stamp and Show is looking for some bling and I think this might just have enough bling.  Gingersnap Creations GC113 is Babes and Tots and well my son is my baby!
This is a birthday card for my son!  I think I might cut out some letters for his name and put on the banner, but not sure.  Kind of did not care for the HB and covering the heart, so those might get picked off!

Thank you for the visit which I do love!

Distress Stickles: Rock Candy, Fired Brick
Distress Inks:  Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Barn Door, Fired Brick, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy
Craft Chocolate Chip, Clear Embossing Powder   

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Pink Saturday and Top 3 at SSSS!

Happy Pink Saturday!  Today I am sharing a wooden box that I had painted in my earlier painting days with Pink Saturday.  There is also a very worthy cause happening there "A Miracle Makeover," so please take the time and take a look!  We had placed a doily over the top and then faux painted to give a marble effect.  The side of the box we did veining.  Sometimes I forget how much fun I did have in the painting days! 

I was so excited to be awarded a "Top 3" Blinkie at Simon Says Stamp and Show a Tag for this Steampunk tag, which my G-daughter does love.  A big thank you to SSSS!  Such an honor to be selected when there are over 100 talented artists! 
It has been a busy week with getting ready for the replacement windows, which went in on Thursday.  Still have to decide on doors and now I am thinking about the remaining windows.  Never realized how hard it is to do nothing an entire day.  There was a ton of stuff to do before they came, plants to trim and stuff to move.  You don't realize how much stuff you have in the way!  Yesterday we spent some quality time with friends, which is always a delight.  Hope you all are doing something fabulous this weekend!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Happy Wedding!

I know there are those times when we get super excited over something and for me, it is new craft items!  The other day while visiting Lisa and adoring one of her latest cards, I was just loving some dies she had used.  I could not help but run to check out Cheery Lynn Designs and fell in love!  Next thing I am ordering from Beverly at Classy Cards 'n Such and boy oh boy, was she quick to ship and there was my package yesterday!  The best thing about these dies are that they are Made in the USA, which I love!  The paper did not even stick with all those little intricate cuts.  Happy girl here and to think I found two more places to shop!
Now about my card!  Two younger friends recently got married and as soon as I saw this lovely French Pastry Doily die, I ordered it and knew I would pull the picture off Facebook and place it right in the center.  Not that was a perfect fit.  I weaved some green silk ribbon in some of the cutouts and added a pink underside.  For the background, I did a current technique from the Technique Junkies, called, "It Takes Two."  Loved the effect, but did cover most of it up with the doily!  I added some brads and punched corners.

Have a lovely evening and thank you for stopping by.

Stamps:  Stampin Up
Distress Inks:  Old Paper, Antique Linen, Bundled Sage, Old Paper, Victorian Velvet


Monday, August 8, 2011

Plastic Umbrella Guy!

The wonderful Linda for week 19 of Grungy Monday has us doing grungepaper piecing and plastic recycling using Tim's technique right here!!  I thought this was perfect for using the Umbrella Guy, which I have not used for a while.

His coat, hat and shoes are colored with Distress Black Soot, Umbrella Barn Door, Pants and gloves Brushed Corduroy.  Face was colored with Blush Blossom (separate cut out) the Umbrella handle colored in gold and then highlight with Rock Candy, which of course you don't see due to the plastic.  I decided to cover only the UG in recycled plastic.  For the tag background, I used Tim's Kraft Paper and sadly, did not realize that the stamped sentiment would be lost in translation!  So I just did a little redo and stamped the sentiment on a piece of recycled plasted and added brads to hold it down.  I went a little dark with distressing the tag, but we are already planning a new one!  Simon Says Stamp and Show a Tim Holtz Technique, so we are going there also!

Hope your start to the week is a great one!

Friday, August 5, 2011

All About Color!

Lisa our Bloggers Challenge leader has challenged us with three colors for this week!  The shades used are up to our own interpretation, so I used various shades of purples, plums and greens.  My color challenge piece is also going to visit Fashionable Stamping Challenges for their first challenge of "Anything Goes."
I embossed the Stampin up image in brown and then used chalks to color in the flower and leaves.  Once I like the color, I did a light spray with matte sealer.  I also highlighted the embossed background paper. The idea for the flower came while visiting Sherry's Blog and she has a tutorial link. You should go look at her flower, because it is really lovely.  I used some brown and white fabric netting.  The white was sprayed with Glimmer Mist Huckleberry to give it a purple color.  I kind of made up my own rules for the flower.  After I die cut four of each color, I folded in half, and in half again and then took the little end on the right and folder it over.  I then twisted the bottom edge away from me and added Glossy Accents on the points and laid each section on the flat side to dry. Once dried, they were glued down to a grungepaper circle.
For Pink Saturday, I am sharing a watering can that I had painted years ago in a class.  My Mom and me took this class together, so it holds some special memories for me.
Have a most wonderful weekend and as always, thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit.
Chalks, Stampin Up - greens and purples
Vintage Phone Distress Ink, Old Olive SU
Clear Embossing Powder
Glimmer Mist Huckleberry

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Fashionable Steampunk!

Gingersnap Creations GC100 has us using "Gears, Cogs and Watch Bits." I knew I would have to use some of the G-45 paper I have been saving for a rainy day, which could hang around a long time here!  Voila Inks at Bella Creations wants us to use "Spray Inks" of any type and my choice was Glimmer Mists and there has to be a butterfly.  This tag will also go to Fashionable Stamping Challenges, a new challenge blog for us stampers, and of course Simon Stay Stamp and Show a Tag!
Now I did have my granddaughter in mind while creating this as she let me know she needed another bookmark!  Sadly you can't really seem the shimmer, but it is there.  I first inked with Distress Inks and then sprayed with GLimmer Mists.  The tag was then embossed with a large Cuttlebug folder and highlighted.  Cut some cogs from Tim Holtz line. The brown wing area on the dressform is highlighted with Spica gold pen.  Stamped sentiment is from Stampin Up and watch bits from an earlier eBay hunt!

Have a wonderful day.  If you are in this extreme heat, stay in and create!

Inks:  Distress Walnut Stain,Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Pine Needles, Bundled Sage, Stazon Timber Brown
Glimmer Mists:  Forest Green, Gumdrop, Pearl

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Having Sew Much Fun!

Here we are on week 18 at Grungy Monday and you can learn more about the technique we are using right HERE! While visiting one of my blogging friends, Brenda, I learned of "Fashionable Stamping Challenges" which is a new challenge blog and Brenda just so happens to be one of the Design Team members.  Stop by and take a look!  Nice thing about challenges is that they are free! The lovely people of Simon Says Stamp and Show, has made it really easy with looking for "Tags."
For this tag, I used all things Mr. Holtz. Even the scissors were cut and embossed from his sewing texture fades. I would have posted this yesterday, but it was driving me crazy that I felt something was needed in that right hand corner. Last night, just shortly before going to bed the bells and whistles went off and I thought little scissors or a snap!  The paper is Tim's and I did mask around the dress from, so I could stamp on that image.  I added Distress inks around the image and kept that mostly a lighter shade of pink.  Added some embossed stitching.
Now about two things that I am excited about!  I am going to be starting an online course with the wonderfully talented Lucy of True Colours.  She does incredible work with moulds/molds and other amazing forms of art.  There is still time and this will be so fun.  Thank you Lucy for doing this!  This morning when I popped over to Gingersnap Creations, I was so delighted to learn that my "Road" challenge piece was awarded a Ginger Gem!  The stamps used for this were from Artistic Outpost.
Hope you all have an amazing week.  It is hot and humid here, around 100 degrees!  Not liking that!  Thank you for stopping by!

Inks:  Distress Emboss, Old Paper, Walnut Stain, Victorian Velvet, Aged Mahogany, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose, Archival Black
Embossing Powders:  Black, Garnet, Silver
Stamps: Papillon, Haberdashery
Embossing Folder: Pattern & Stitches

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