Saturday, January 28, 2012

Make It A Guy Thing at FSC!

All of us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges are wanting you to join us for some STAMPING fun and our theme for this challenge is, "Make It A Guy Thing."  Since Valentine's Day is only two weeks away, I used Cupid as my guy and tried to keep it more masculine and vintage, as to give to a guy!  Not sure I was successful at my attempt, but Cupid is a Guy!   Wait until you see what my Stamping DT Sisters have for your viewing pleasure.   We are also going to link this us at Beverly's Pink Saturday
The stamps I used are Stampin Up and Stampendous for the crackle.  I first stamped my center heart using Brown Craft and then clear embossing.  Made a mask to cover the center heart and then stamped the next two hearts and again inked and clear embossed.  Used Distress Inks to color my tag background and then stamped the crackle.  I did color the little leaves around the hearts and stamped and cut a forth heart for the center and gave it a touch of color.  Added some Stickles around the heart!  Cupid was stamped, cut and colored with chalks.  His wings are covered in Rock Candy Stickles and his little bottom cover was inked with Clear Spica Glitter.  Trust me, it is there!  I alcohol inked the mesh bag, word stick and key and used Black Spica Glitter in the Kiss!  The tag edges were distressed and shaded. 

Well we would love to see your take on this challenge, so come on by and join in on all the fun!   Wishing you all a fabulous weekend and thanks so much for visiting!

Stickles:  Vintage Photo, Rock Candy
Distress Inks:  Frayed Burlap, Brushed Corduroy, Fired Brick
Stampin Up Markers:  Green Galore, Pink Piroquette,

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

On The Road Again!

Simon Says Stamp and Show want us to Show A Song Title, Linda's Grungy Monday #34 is wanting us to use Tim's, Crackle Resist and you can see that HERE and Gingersnap Creations GC134 is all
about Ribbons!  So here we go with Willie Nelson.

The tag background was done per the video instructions.  I Distressed Crackled, Distress Inked, and stamped using Tim's Air Travel Map and Compass.  The words I computer generated along with a picture of Willie!  The Old Jalopy was cut from black chipboard and then covered in Brushed Pewter Crackle and I did ink over that.  Added some of Tim's embellishments and of course the pen nib is "thoughts" as I am sure that Willie had plenty of thoughts before taking pen to paper!  The ribbons were distressed with both ink and the crimper as I wanted them to be a little less perky!

This was quite fun and I enjoyed making the background!  Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment.  Have a fabulous day!

Crackle Paint:  Broken China, Brushed Pewter
Distress Inks:  Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Weathered Wood

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cupid Strikes Again!

I always look forward to Monday and what new adventure Linda will take us on!  For Grungy Monday #33, we are revisiting Tim's August 2008 Technique Challenge.  For all the details, click the link and come play along!  This will also be linked up to Simon Says Stamp and Show Anything But a Card and Gingersnap Creations GC135 Use Your Favorite Paper.
For my large fragment, Red Pepper, Cranberry, Latte and Pitch Black alcohol inks were used.  The stamped image is from the new Valentine's Silhouettes.  Tim's movers and shaper hearts were cut with shrinky dinks, colored with red alcohol inks, backed with white paper and edged with black marker.  The word stick was edged with red marker and I rubbed in red Stickles to highlight the "Love."  The metal heart charm was colored with red alcohol ink and then I marked the outer edge with black marker.  The frame was cut using my Grand Nesties, embossed with Tim's Chakerboard and then clear embossed for added interest.  Cut some photo corners for the fragment.  The background paper is from Tim's Seasonal Stash. 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous rest of the week!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Butterflies or Bugs at FSC!

Fashionable Stamping Challenges is in search of "Butterflies or Bugs" and in my case that would be both!  First let me remind you that we are all about stamping and that use of digi background papers is just fine.  We just want to see the focal point of your lovely creations with stamped images.  Don't forget that Marina of Cottage Crafts is our sponsor and there is always a nice stamping prize.  BTW, that is one of my New Year's resolutions, to use the enormous amount of stamps I have!!!  With that in mind, all of my stamps are from Stampin Up.  I have several of their butterfly stamps, which are among my favorites as far as butterflies go.  We were putting away Christmas decorations and I had to move my unused gourds, so that is where the idea came into play.  My Mom and I bought several gourds for decorative painting and since I no longer paint :-( the idea of adding stamps was born!  Here it is!  No Shirley, I am leaving out that part!  It is an inside joke!  We are also linking this up to Lisa's Bloggers Challenge, "Wings and Things" and Gingersnap Creations #133, "Use a Set or a Line of Stamps."

Since I really liked the natural state of the gourd, I just added sealer, before any stamping activity!  Now I stamped both on tissue paper and a few directly on the gourd.  Don't waste your time stamping directly on the gourd, much better to stamp on tissue paper, cut out closely and then apply.  There is this Palette black glue pad that I purchased some time ago and had never used.  Did some searching and did not really find what I was looking for, so did it my way!  I inked up my glue pad with the black glue and then stamped on the tissue paper.  With the black glue, unless you are going to add embossing powders, you have to heat set.  Once I heat set, I applied perfect pearls in a color pattern I liked.  I brushed off the excess and then turned it over to color on the backside of the tissue paper.  On the blue butterflies, I applied an iridescent foil leafing and it is difficult to see, but there are some really pretty sparkle specs.  After I was done with my butterflies and dragonflies, I wanted some greenery and also did touches of crackle to give this a more rustic/vintage feel.  All layers were done using Mod Podge, which I really love.  I am still thinking if I want to add sprinklings of glitter or beads in areas.  This will most likely be a gift for my daughter, who will have a birthday in February.  I was once her age!! 

Thank you all for visiting and I sure hope to see you at FSC for some great fun!

Palette Black Stamp & Stick Gluepad
Perfect Pearls:  Blue Raspberry, Mint, Forever Violet, Forever Blue, Perfect Copper, Cappuccino, Mandarin, Perfect Gold, Green Patina
Stampin Up Markers:  Ruby Red, Certainly Celery, Pale Plum, Bordering Blue, Bashful Blue, Crushed Curry, Close to Cocoa, Apricot Appeal, Creamy Caramel
Multi colored foil leafing
Rock Candy Crackle
Distress Ink:  Vintage Photo
Sealer, Mod Podge

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Love Is Just Around the Corner!

OK, love is not just around the corner, but with us at all times.  The people in my life that I love is a 24 hour a day event, but we all enjoy that extra touch of sweetness and love!!  For GM 32, Linda has us reviewing the 12 Tags of Christmas and picking one of our favorites, but using the techniques for a non-Christmas-y work of art.  If you have not been to Linda's house (blog), go check out that girl's flowers!  Now the lovely folks at Simon Say Stamp and Show is all about a "Red Letter Day," so between the two challenges, I knew I would be doing a Valentine's Day theme!  So here is my non-Christmas-y work of art using a Red Letter (Number)!!
I decided to go with Tag #11, which involved making your own embellishments using shrink plastic, UTEE and alcohol inks.  I also did the background as in the instructions, well so to speak!  The background and cupid stamps are from Tim's newest release that I won from Stamper's Anonymous, which I was so excited to play with!  I clear embossed the large word background stamp and then inked it up!  Covered the 14 with Stickles and shaded the edges.  The red shrink hearts were cut from Tim's Movers and Shapers, colored with alcohol inks and then baked and coated with UTEE.  The ticket, also a Tim stamp, was colored with markers and then stamped.  I stamped the cupid with black craft ink and then clear embossed and cut him out!!!!!!!!!!!.  I really like how this card turned out.  I can't wait to buy the cupid die, because it sure beats cutting out by hand!

Thank you for stopping by and a big hello to my newest followers!  Off to have a little lunch and then do some much needed blog visits.  Have a great week and stop by on Saturday to see my newest DT post for FSC.  I think you will really like this one!

Distress Inks:  Frayed Burlap, Black Soot, Fired Brick
Stickles:  Xmas Red
Stampin Up Markers:  Read Red, Black

Friday, January 6, 2012

Spring or Winter????

Gingersnap Creations Spicy Supply Challenge is all about "WAX" and I knew I would be doing a candle.   I did a candle when I first starting stamping, way back four years ago and just thought it was so cool.  Now today when Lisa's Bloggers Challenge listed colors, I so knew I would use a band of lovely pansies!!!  All stamps are from Artistic Outpost, Flappers Fashion for the pansies and Birds of a Feather for the sentiment!  
The images were stamped on white tissue paper with Stazon black and colored in with Stampin Up Markers.  This is a very simple technique, because it just involved stamping and coloring in the lines!  OK, it was a bit of a pain as there is quite a bit of green leafy matter and I stamped the image four times for top and bottom and to get it all around the candle!  I think it is worth the coloring time and this would surely make a nice gift!  Don't you love the "Ant Dude" shoveling all the snow away to bring Spring in?? 
Green, Black, Purple, Blue, Vanilla or White
Why would I be using Spring as a theme, well I question if this is Spring or Winter!  We have been in the mid to high 60's during the day, but still dropping quite low at night.  Most of the Midwest has not seen a snowflake and are enjoying warmer days, so I felt as if Spring has Sprung!  We are also going to Spring over to Simon Says Stamp and Show Something New ... Something Old.  My candle is new and my stamps are old! 

I sure hope you are enjoying this first week of "2012."  Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by!

Stampin Up Markers, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum

Thursday, January 5, 2012


When I went to see what our amazing Linda had in store for this week's Grungy Monday #31, I was excited and nervous!  Making a card/tag for "TIM," was not what I expected!  Well "Happy Birthday, Tim" and I sure wish you many, many more!  I will say this and I know you all agree with me, Tim goes beyond inspiration and encourages us in so many ways!  What I like the most is that it is all about the techniques and learning.  No matter what your style is, you have so much to learn from this incredible artist!  Oh and I just can't wait for book number #2!  Linda is going to give me a swat for this, but I think I see a CCC2 just around the corner????  Love you, Linda!  You know I do!!  We are also taking Tim's Birthday card to Simon Says Stamp and Show Something Old ... Something New!  Here it is!!

I knew I was going to use this Kraft Resist paper and the map is one of my very favorites and the grid for the card base!  I love making frames out of Tim's Sizzix line of dies, which I cut from grunge paper and mounted on chipboard.  The gp frame was inked with one of my prizes (NEW) from Stampers Anonymous, the "Old Paper" stain, which I totally love and will so be ordering more!  I then stamped it with the (NEW) crackle stamp from Tim's "Joyful Song."  "The World" and card background were Distress Inked and I added a little of my own bling mix.  I had thought about hanging a word token or stick from the frame top, but then decided to make a shrink plastic old jalopy and arrow from my (NEW) movers and shapers die set.  This were inked with alcohol inks and clear embossing powder.  The "Happy Birthday" was cut from foil using Tim's Typeset and again inked with alcohol inks!  The words were generated from my computer and I used a print that best reflected "The World."  All other items and products used in this post are "OLD."
Now I want to give a shoot out to "Stampers Anonymous" for their most generous giveaway during the "12 Tags of Christmas" and a huge thank you!  I was one of the lucky winners and the package included a Trinket Box, 3 Distress Stains, 2 stamps sets and a package word sticks!  Love how all my embellishments fit so nicely in the case. 

Well I sure hope that Tim has an amazing birthday!  Thank you so kindly for stopping by and have a great day!

Distress Inks:  Dried Marigold, Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo, Old Paper
Distress Stains:  Old Paper
Alcohol Inks:  Black, Copper, Pearl, Gold and Blending Medium

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Starry Night

Happy New Year and with that is my first card of the year!  Now I normally don't do CAS, but today I only had a little time and a little energy!  Had a wonderful NYE celebration with friends, but still was up bright and early that AM!
I have wanted to use this lovely background of June's and it so fits this challenge of Starry Nights!!  I printed the image on white card stock and then trimmed to size.  The Stampin Up image was inked with VersaMark and then heat embossed with Creations Unlimited, Winter Ice.  I framed the background and image using double sided tape and embossed with Winter Ice.  This was really a CAS and would work for Christmas "thank you" cards!  The sparkle is much nicer in person as well as the card!

Hope you all had a wonderful NYE and an even better "2012."  As always, thank you for taking the time to visit and leaving such wonderful comments!

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