Sunday, May 28, 2017

Wishing you Sunshine & Puppies


Hello!!!  It's a beautiful evening here in Southern Iowa!!  And the weekend has been wonderful!!  My daughter is here this weekend and we spent much of yesterday arting (as we like to put it).  I put this card together for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Little Critters.  Besides thinking of the challenge, I also needed a birthday card for my step-daughter and she likes dogs.  All the kids were here today and we celebrated her birthday - she likes the card.

For the background I started with Distress Mixed Media Heavy Cardstock, sprayed on Archivals (Wendy Vecchi's technique of mixing Archival Reinker with Rubbing Alcohol in a Mister bottle), dried it, stamped some PaperArtsy Sara Naumann images using Archival Ink, splattered on white paint, made sure everything was dry and then put Wendy's Gold Embossing Paste through a stencil.  The dog is one of Tim's crazy dogs, colored with Distress - I die cut an extra dog from white cardstock and layered them together offsetting them just a bit to give a highlight and help the dog to pop from the busy background.  The words are from a brand new Quietfire Design stamp set (you can find it HERE) - isn't it Fabulous!!!!  



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Home is the heart of Life


Hi There!!!  

Wow, it has been a month since my daughter and I have been able to do a challenge.  I've been busy here with the house... Update - the inside construction is 99% done and I've started the huge job of getting all the dust out of the rest of the house while getting things moved into place and organized.  I've been mixing in a bit of decorating but that will mostly come once all the cleaning is done.  We've also been in Minnesota a few times the past month as my husband's sister, Ginny, who had COPD for many years and was on oxygen the last few years, took a major turn for the worse and then passed away.  And, of course, there is still the usual work things and life things that are just part of every week.  Last night I decided that I needed a break from the house - not to mention, some deadlines coming up - and am having a crafting weekend (of course mixed in with things like laundry and cooking).  The first thing I've worked on is this weeks Simon Says Monday Challenge - Home Sweet Home, and I'm combining it with A Vintage Journey's May Challenge - Use a Quote.  I created a journal spread.  The quote is a beautiful Quietfire Design rubber stamp.  For anyone who doesn't know - the owner of Quietfire, Suzanne, hand letters all her calligraphy and then turns that hand lettering into a stamp.   

I'm working in the small Dylusions journal.  I began with Distress Oxide Inks (Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick), taking the ink pad directly to the paper.  I drip/sprayed water over the ink and dried it.  Next I put a quick coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte over the pages brushing up and down with the large Distress Brush.  It did pull a little color but not much as I didn't over work things.  The large heart is done with Distress Crayons (Fired Brick for the dark line with a little blending, Abandoned Coral inside the line with more blending and then Worn Lipstick inside that with more blending).  All the little hearts are done with the A Way With Stencils Heart/Paw Prints Spray stencil (designed by Suzanne Cannon and manufactured by Elizabeth Craft Designs).  On the page I inked through the stencil with Distress Oxide Ink Fired Brick.  The house (Sizzix, Tim Holtz Artful Dwellings Die) is cut from Distress Mixed Media Heavy Weight.  I inked the house with Distress Ink Peacock Feathers.  Used the heart spray stencil and a damp cloth to remove some ink across the center of the house.  Stamped the quote with Distress Oxide Walnut Stain.  Added inked hearts with Distress Ink Peacock Feathers and Distress Oxide Ink Fired Brick.  To finish it up I added some Tim Holtz Idea-ology (lace, linen ribbon, and Paper Dolls) and used some washi tape (don't know a brand) that has little gold hearts.


Monday, May 15, 2017

There Are Two Things We Can Give Our Children



Happy Monday to you!!!  It's going to be a hot one today in Iowa!!!  

You can get the details of this card over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today... right HERE.

Hugs, Wanda


Monday, May 1, 2017

Wonderful is About to Happen


Hi There!!!  Happy May Day!!!  I'm up on the Quietfire Creations Blog today sharing how I made this card.  Head over HERE to see it!!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Music Expresses


Hello!!  I created this card in part for this weeks Simon Says Monday Challenge which is Hip Hop.  


I decided to approach this theme from the music side rather than using something that hopped.  Although now, as I'm typing up this post, it has occurred to me that I could have put bunny ears on the dog.  But no, I'll leave it as is.  

For the background I started with Mixed Media paper and applied layers of Distress Ink, both Oxide and Regular using lot of water and drips while drying and layering more.  Once done with the ink, I used the Sizzix, Tim Holtz music folder to emboss the paper and then applied Treasure Gold - White Fire with my finger keeping it mostly to the high spots.  Real stitching around the edges.


Here is a close up.  Isn't that scrumptious!!!  


The quote is a Quietfire Design rubber stamp (Music Expresses).  The paper I've stamped it on is Mixed Media Heavy Weight sprayed with Distress Spray Stain, some stencil (Tim Holtz) work with both water and ink and then splatters of water.  On the edges I've dabbed PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint - White Fire.  Under the quote panel is black burlap.  The Tim Holtz dog was stamped onto Mixed Media paper, water colored using Distress Inks and a water brush.  The music notes are punched from black paper (a really old punch).  





Sunday, April 9, 2017

Blue and Ochre


**OK, there was a mishap on the PA blog, but my post should be there now**

I'm over on the PaperArtsy Blog today sharing a post for the current topic - Blue and Ochre.  Above is a little peek of my project.  I hope you have time to pop on over and check it out!!!

Happy Saturday!!  

Hugs, Wanda



Saturday, April 8, 2017

Life is Full of Beauty


A quick ATC for the Simon Says Monday Challenge this week which is Make A Rainbow.

I started with a piece of Mixed Media Heavy Weight cut ATC size (2 1/2" x 3 1/2") and added Distress Oxide Inks (Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint) working from the craft sheet with the inks plus water and splattering the paper with water while drying the ink with the heat tool.  Once done and dry, I applied a Christine Adolf adhesive rub-on (Autumn Leaves set) to the paper and over that I put Ranger Ink foil (rainbow colored from the Celebrations set).  Next was doodling with a black pen; white paint (PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Snowflake with a detail point applicator) dots; Distress Paint (Tarnished Brass) on the edges; some dimples made in the foiled area with the Tim Hotz hammer - end with bumps; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Design Tape (Butterflies), rub-ons, and Clippings sticker.  

My daughter and I decided to keep it small and simple for the challenge this week as time has been short and she's been sick this week.  She hopes to get an atc done also.  Your prayers for her healing would be great!!  Thank you!!!

Hugs, Wanda



Friday, April 7, 2017

Enjoy The Journey


Hello to you on this sunny Friday in April!!! We've had the sun shining for 2 days and it's supposed to be a beautiful weekend.  

I made this card last summer and hadn't yet blogged it.  I don't remember the details of how I made it.  I know I created it sometime during the Summer of Creative Chemistry and I'm pretty sure I used all Tim Holtz products.  

I hope you have a great day!!!  

Hugs, Wanda 





Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Mothers Hold Their Children's Hands


Hello!!  I'm sharing a Mother's Day card on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  You can find the post HERE.  There are some step-out pictures and all the details about how the card was made.  I hope you have time to take a peek.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Beautiful Butterflies, Sisters, Friends Art Journal Spread


Hello and Happy Friday!!!  It's a cloudy, dreary day here in Southern Iowa but at least it's not raining.  We had a lot of rain this week!!  We needed it but it's nice to have a break also.

I'm sharing an art journal spread in a small Dylusions journal today with my inspiration being a few challenges.  I might add some flowers to this later but right now I'm out of time and I'm calling it good.  We are soon headed to MN to visit family for the weekend.

I did do some step outs for the background.  First I stenciled the fabulous PaperArtsy - Lin Brown stencil (PS044) onto the pages using Grunge Paste.  Once the paste was dry then I painted.


Next up, some Infusions, a fair amount of water, let it sit, do some tipping and dry it.


Stenciling with a Tim Holtz stencil and Glass Blue paint.  Dry It.  Then sand the Grunge Paste to bring the flowers back out.


More stenciling with another Lin Brown stencil.  I dabbed with Vanilla first and then Zesty Zing to help the color pop as Zesty Zing is a translucent.


Stamping with paint.


As I worked on the background I knew I wanted to use the die cut word, Beautiful (Elizabeth Craft Designs, Suzanne Cannon) along with a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Doll and I wanted to include butterflies, but I didn't really have a plan.  As I worked at putting all this together I was not liking all the brown from the Infusions and after trying to make it all come together trying different things I decided to see about taking the Infusions off.  With acrylic paint under them the chances were good it'd come off.  I sprayed the pages heavily with water and then wiped them down with paper towels.  As you can see, it mostly came off.  I liked this better. 


I used various pieces of Tim Holtz printed paper, distressing or tearing edges.  The strip of numbers is a new design tape from Tim - this one came from the Chatter pack.  There is a paper doily.  Chit Chat stickers for sisters and friends. The girls are from the Paper Dolls pack.  The butterflies are from Tim's Botanical Layers pack.  I did some cutting on the butterflies by the antennas and at the bottom so there was less white border in those areas. 

I had die cut Beautiful from white cardstock and decided it needed to be colored.  Instead of cutting a new one I just sprayed it with Distress Spray Stain.  First Mustard Seed as I thought yellow might work but it didn't so sprayed again with gathered twigs, blotted and dried it.  Then gave it a little spray with Perfect Pearls Mist Heirloom Gold.  Love how it catches the light.  The word is glued down with Ranger's Collage Medium Matte being sure to press into the fold area so there wouldn't be any trouble when opening and closing the book.

Finally I stenciled around the edges with The Crafter's Workshop stencil Mini Tiny Circles using Fresco Finish Paints, a mix of Chocolate Pudding and French Roast.

This was fun!!!  I hope you like the spread!!  


I'm entering into the following challenges.

Simon Says Monday Challenge - Things With Wings.





Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sweet Create



Hey!!  So I was going to make an atc but then it morphed into a card.  The center piece started with the cut off from another project that had some spray on it.  I stamped the Quietfire Music image multiple times to fill the paper.  Next I stenciled the Tim Holtz flowers using the new Ranger Opaque Crackle Paste.  After it was dry and cracked I put the stencil back on and added Distress Ink over the crackle.  The panel was edged with ink and layered to a white panel.  Tim Holtz Craft thread was wrapped around the piece and then the Quietfire, Elizabeth Craft Designs "Sweet" die cut was adhered.  I had the green colored Sweet left from another project.  I also cut a white one and layered them together slightly off-set.  
The next layer started with Distress Spray Stain Cracked Pistachio sprayed on, blotted and dried.  I then used just part of the the new A Way With Stencils, Flourished Frame,  to stencil the top and bottom (Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink).  The Quietfire Quote stamp was stamped with Archival Ink Jet Black.  I covered the area where the quote was stamped and then splattered Distress Paint Rusty Hinge over the piece, dried it, and then edged the panel with the Rusty Hinge Paint. 


I'm entering this in the More Than Words Mini Challenge - Sweet - on Facebook.



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Circle Journal #12

The circle journal swap has come full circle.  This was the 12th journal I worked in and I just received my book back which I'll share pictures of soon.

This journal belongs to Gabrielle and we were to do both sides of one page.  I have some process pictures of the first side but not so many of the second.  I guess I must of been having too much fun to remember to grab the camera.

I painted the page with Taupe.  While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled on some embossing powder and then heated it to dry the paint and melt the embossing powder.  Next I stamped circles in Bubble Gum.  The circles are the plastic rings that come on Wink of Stella pens that get removed to start using the pen.  I glued 3 of these to a piece of heavy plastic packaging - it's like cardboard with a corrugated center except it's plastic.  



Some stenciling.


More stenciling using GrungePaste mixed with a bit of Tango.


Washi Tape.  Mat Mini bird with it's matching stamp colored with Distress Ink. 


Words from Lin's stamp set. 


Dots with Enamel Accents and with paint.  White gel pen doodling. Ink on the stenciled Grunge Paste. 




The flip side starts a layer of Chalk paint, then Crackle Glaze, then Antarctic. Leave to dry and crackle. 


Paint on Infusions with Matte Glaze.  While it is still wet, drip on some water, let sit just a bit, blot and dry. 


More stamping with Archival Inks. Some paint splatters. Some doodling.  The leaf is stamped with clear ink, embossed with Sticky Powder and foil (iCraft Deco Foil, Pink Melon) added.