Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Discover Adventure

Hello!!!  How ya doin'?  I took a little time to play this morning and created a #8 tag for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  The theme this week is Nautical

I started with a #8 Distress Mixed Media tag, created a background using Distress Oxides Broken China, Salty Ocean, and Frayed Burlap.  I stenciled over this (Tim Stencil THS080) using Distress Ink Salty Ocean and inked the edges with Distress Ink Frayed Burlap.  "Discover" (Tim die set 660224) was die cut from black cardstock, layered onto a left over scrap laying around, edged with Frayed Burlap and attached with an Index Clip (Idea-ology).  The handsome young sailor is from the Photo Booth Pack (Idea-ology).  I've layered it onto a piece of burlap (Tim's surfaces) that I aged with Distress Crayons and water.  Other Idea-ology's used are Compass Coin, Spinner, Filmstrip Ribbon, Small Talk Stickers, Tiny staples.  On the Small Talk Sticker I've used a bit of Distress Crayon.  Final touch is some drops of Enamel Accents Caribbean Coast (Ranger Ink).

Monday, August 14, 2017

It is said when it is the Darkest

I'm playing with metallic resist over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  You can find it HERE.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Simon Says Monday Challenge Celebrates 7 Years

Simon Says Stamps is celebrating their birthday and therefore the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to create something birthday related.  I've made a birthday card.  

The background starts with a left over shaving cream background.  I applied Nuvo Mousse Mother of Pearl over the whole piece and then applied Nuvo Mousse Pink Flambe through an Andy Skinner stencil.  Along the bottom I put Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste through a Tim Holtz stencil, added Wendy's Embossing Powder (Sky Blue & Cornflower Blue) to the wet paste and then heated it.  I sprinkled some sky blue here and there and then did the rest with cornflower.  I didn't wait for the paste to dry but melted the powder right away.  I quite like it!!!  The script stamping in the background is done with a PaperArtsy Sara Naumann stamp using Wendy's Archival Ink Sky Blue.  There is also some sky blue around the edges.  The shells are cut using Elizabeth Craft Design's dies.  I cut the solid part from white cardstock and applied Nuvo Mousse Pure Platinum to the pieces.  I cut the outlines from gold cardstock.  Behind the shells is some cheese cloth; behind that is some foliage.  It's actually from the Tim Holtz Holiday Greens set.  I cut two from deep pink cardstock.  I used deli paper between the die and the cardstock.  The pink pieces have a little Pure Platinum on them.  I attached both of the pink pieces and the deli paper pieces.  Distress Paint Black Soot is splattered over the piece.  The Tim Holtz die cuts 'happy birthday' are cut from black cardstock.   

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Beautiful Life Butterfly with Wildflowers Resist

Hello on this beautiful Tuesday!!!  We've gotten some rain in the last week but not nearly enough.  It has cooled down some though and I'm grateful for that.  Today starts cool, will have lots of sunshine, and the highs are to be in the mid 80s.  A very nice day!!!

For this card I'm working on Ranger's Glossy Cardstock.  The Wildflowers (Stamper's Anonymous, Tim Holtz) are stamped with Watermark Resist Ink (Ranger).  Over this I've applied Distress Inks using Mini Ink Blending Tools and then buffed my surface with a paper towel.  Around the edges I've stitched using Eclectic Elements thread (Tim Holtz).   

The butterfly (Stamper's Anonymous, Tim Holtz Flutter Set) is stamped with Archival Ink jet black (Ranger), twice.  The whole butterfly and then just a body are die cut (Sizzix, Tim Holtz Flutter Set) with the matching dies.  Color is added with Distress Inks.  For the body piece I scored down the back of the body and bent a curve.  This worked fabulously and really gave an authentic look to the butterfly.  I stamped the head/antenna area of the butterfly onto my panel and then glued on the die cut butterfly leaving the wings free of glue. 

The words (Sizzix, Tim Holtz) are cut from Linen (Tim Holtz Surfaces) attached to cardstock, inked with Distress, and cut again from just cardstock inked with Distress, layered and attached to the card.

I've used two gilded rub-ons (Tim Holtz Idea-ology) beside the words.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Tea For Two, Me For You

Hello there!!!  I had a play creating an art journal spread with my inspiration being 2 challenge blogs and a Share With Sizzix challenge.

The "Share With Sizzix" is to use Tim Holtz's Flutter Stamps (Stamper's Anonymous) and Flutter Framelits (Sizzix).  The 3 butterflies I used on the spread are from these sets.  They are stamped with Archival Ink jet black onto Mixed Media Paper, die cut, and then color added with Distress Inks and Markers.  The antenna are hand drawn after gluing the butterflies on the page.

This week's Simon Says Monday Challenge is Food and/or Drink.  My first thought was tea as I'm a huge tea drinker.  My second thought was chocolate because, well, I love chocolate.  As you can see tea won out.  

One of the reasons tea won out is because of this month's main challenge at More Than Words which is Harmony & Song Lyrics

Since I already was thinking about tea the song that immediately popped into my head was Tea For Two.  That song just made an impact on me as a child and never left.  I think it goes well with the word inspiration, Harmony, because a good marriage has harmony.

This spread is done in a small Dylusions journal.  The pages already had some Dylusions paint on them and I built from there.  I really worked at not overthinking and going with things instead talking myself out of ideas.  It was fun.  The cup is hand drawn on cardstock that already has a small butterfly pattern debossed into it, cut out, and color added.  There is Texture Paste Opaque Crackle (Ranger Ink) through a stencil (Tim Holtz).  The couple is from Idea-ology Paper Dolls (Tim Holtz).  The small Wildflowers (Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz) are stamped with Distress Oxide Inks.  Composer Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz Idea-ology).  I used my Dymo for the song lyrics.  The tea label/string is real.  The stenciling around the sides and top (TCW stencil) is done with Distress Oxide Ink.  

Monday, July 31, 2017


Hello.  I'm still playing catch up here on the blog.  This card was made in April and we'll see what I can remember, lol.  In the back is paste through a stencil (TCW Mini Climbing Vine Rev).  Then color and I'm guessing it was Distress Spray Stains (it's probably a good guess).  White paint splatters.  Dina Wakley media tape stamped with the paw print using Archival Ink.  The wolf and paw print are from a very old Stampin' Up set.  The wolf is stamped with Archival Ink jet black onto Specialty Stamping paper (Ranger).  This paper is especially fabulous when you want to stamp a very detailed image.  Leaf die cuts (Sizzix, Tim Holtz).  

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Beautiful World Birthday Card

Hi There!!!  What a beautiful weekend it's been!!  

This card was made for a friends birthday.  The background is layers of Distress Oxide inks along with some stenciling of the inks, 2 of the edges torn.  Onto this is Texture Paste Opaque Crackle (Ranger) through a stencil (Stamper's Anonymous, Tim Holtz).  As this dries it pulls up some of the color from the inks tinting the crackle.  Once dry all the edges were inked - this especially brings out the torn edges - and the panel layered to a green panel.  The piece across the panel is a Distress Oxide piece die cut with the On The Edge die Torn Notebook (Sizzix, Tim Holtz) and stamped with Happy Birthday.  Attach the strip and the girl (Tim Holtz Paper Dolls).  Add Rub-Ons (Tim Holtz) and attach to folded white card.

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Monday Challenge - You've Got The Edge.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Live Genuine

Hello!!!  Had to create another hipster project!!!  It is #hipforsummer after all. 

She is stamped onto watercolor paper, cut with the Sizzix dies, colored with Distress Markers.  On the glasses is Liquid Pearls Frosted Berry and also for the dots on the dress.  "Live" is a Big Chat Sticker (Idea-ology).  "Genuine" is a flashcard (Idea-ology).  The next layer is die cut (Sizzix, Tim Holtz, Mixed Media 2 set), color Picked Raspberry.  I glued this to black cardstock using Distress Collage Medium Crazing.  The bottom layer is black cardstock brushed with Distress Paint Squeezed Lemonade.  Some doodling and dots and we're finished.  


A Woman...

Distress Inks.  Tim Holtz (Stamper's Anonymous) stencil.  Tim Holtz (Sizzix) Wilflower Dies.  Our Daily Bread Designs scripture stamp.  Wink of Stella Gl. Clear on the flowers (see bottom pic). 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dare to Dream

A quick card I did for Memory Bound Store.  Stamps are Stamper's Anonymous (Tim Holtz) Patchwork Pieces #CMS270 and Simple Sayings #CMS155.  Stamped onto Kraft Card with Distress Oxide Faded Jeans and edged with regular distress Vintage Photo.  Words are stamped with Archival Ink jet black and border with DOX faded jeans, cut by hand, holes punched.  String is Tim Holtz Idea-ology.  Flowers are die cut (Sizzix, Tim Holtz, Wildflowers #2) from white cardstock - 4 of them.  Two are inked with DOX faded jeans.  The other two were inked with clear ink, embossed with Frosted Crystal powder (Ranger) and sprayed with Distress Spray Stain tumbled glass.  

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Fear Not

Distress Oxide Inks.  Our Daily Bread Designs scripture stamp stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  Tim Holtz Idea-ology burlap surface and lace trim.  Christine Adolph adhesive rub-ons with foil.  Washi Tape.  Finnabair metal butterfly.

Friday, July 21, 2017

World of Imagination Hipsters - #hipforsummer

Hello and Happy Friday!!!  

I've had in my mind for a few weeks a hipster project using all 5 hipsters, each a different color and only that one color for each.  Today I've done it!!  #hipforsummer

The hipsters are stamped with Distress Oxide Inks - Cracked Pistacchio, Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves.  I used foam tape to put them together except for the glasses.  Those are glued down flat and then the lens area filled with Glossy Accents.  It was interesting to see how each color reacted with the Glossy Accents.

The background piece is Distress Mixed Media Heavy Stock.  The background uses the same five colors of DOX.  I put them on direct to paper, sprayed it quite a bit with water, used my finger for any areas that didn't have coverage and I ran my finger along where the colors came together to slightly blend and soften the line and dried the piece.  I then used some Tim stencils.  First #THS032 Flourish with DOX Fossilized Amber.  Second #THS004 Stripes with DOX Vintage Photo both vertically and horizontally.  I then splattered the piece with water, blotted it and dried.  The third stencil used was THS011 Schoolhouse with DOX Black Soot.  I then again splattered it with water, blotted it, and dried it.  I inked the edges just a bit with DOX Black Soot.  I made tiny marks near the edges where I wanted the stitching to be and then sewed it with Tim's Eclectic Elements black thread.  The quote (Tim's Stuff to Say set #CMS110) was stamped with Embossing Ink and Embossed with White.  The words were stamped with Archival Ink, cut out, and edged with DOX.

This was a lot of fun to make for the #hipforsummer challenge!!!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Designer Spotlight

Thrilled to have this Hipster spotlighted at Simon Says Monday Challenge!!!  My original post for this tag can be found HERE

Monday, July 17, 2017

Peace on the Quietfire Blog

It's still Christmas in July over at Quietfire and today I'm sharing how I made this beautiful Christmas card using Distress Oxide Inks and Transparent Embossing Paste.  You can find my post HERE

Friday, July 14, 2017

Shaving Cream Background Christmas Card

It's Christmas in July over at Quietfire!!!  Today I'm on the blog sharing is card. You can find my post HERE.  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Queen of Everything Hipster

Hi!!  I hope today finds you well!!  I have another hipster card to share with you.  I had so much fun making this card!!! I've had the thought of using the Ostrich along with Tim's Idea-ology crown and then stamps from Quietfire's Queen of Everything set on my mind for awhile and now I've managed to take the time to put it all together.  Isn't she funny!!!!

I started with a piece of shaving cream technique paper that I had in a pile.  It's not a new paper and I either used Dylusions sprays or Distress sprays with the shaving cream technique to create the paper.  The ostrich was stamped on Mixed Media paper, die cut, and distress inks along with a water brush were used to add color.  Also some Distress marker was used.  The eyeglasses are coated with Enamel Accents grape soda.  I used the stencil (Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz) to create the rays.  First I inked through the stencil with DOX fossilized amber, dried it, decided to go back over it using the stencil and Texture Paste opaque white... it didn't just pull up the yellow ink but also the blue and purple making green, etc... so I dried the paste, put the stencil back on, inked with embossing ink, and added Buttercup embossing powder.  Then I wanted to extend some of the rays so extended the 3 center rays, one at a time putting the stencil on, adding embossing ink, removing the stencil, adding embossing powder, melting, and repeating for the other rays.  The crown is decked out with Enamel Accents topped with Distress Dry Glitter at the top. Sticky back gems were added on top of that along with other places on the crown.  I don't trust the adhesive on the gems so also glued them with Glossy Accents.  Oh, first I painted the crown with Distress Paint Brushed Pewter to brighten it up a bit.  

I love how the bottom background came out.  Onto Distress Mixed Media Heavy Stock I sprayed Buttercup Mica Spray.  I sprayed a lot to get a heavy coat of mica and dried it making sure it was totally dry.  The Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Flourish background was stamped with Embossing Ink and embossed with Queen's Gold powder.  It's really gorgeous in person!!  

I stamped Queen of Everything multiple times with Archival Ink.  Because of the mica behind it, it just wasn't getting as dark as I wanted so then also embossed it with detail black powder.  Looks fab... except that after it was all put together I noticed that "Queen of" goes slightly uphill.  It's about all I can see now and I'm really tempted to do that layer all over but I don't really have the time so, for now, it's what it is.   

I should have taken a picture of the before.  The crown has an area at the bottom that would actually be the back part of the crown as it went around a head (or that's how I see it anyway) and I hadn't really noticed/thought about it until after gluing the crown on.  It just didn't look right... so I cut the forehead area from a left over after die cutting all the layers of the image trimming it to fit exactly above the glassed and over that area of the crown, colored it and glued it on.  You don't hardly notice I did it, it worked so well!!!  Yay!!!!

I hope you enjoy this project!!!!

Hugs, Wanda

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hey Chicky!!

Hello!!!  This was a fun card to make!!  Lots of orange as it's the recipients favorite color.  The background has texture paste through a stencil and there was inking and I don't remember exactly what else but it just wasn't coming together correctly so I painted over all that with Distress Paint Carved Pumpkin.  Put the stencil back on and inked.  Added paint splatters.  The chick Hipster is stamped, die cut (all the pieces), colored with Distress Ink and a waterbrush and Distress Markers.   Sizzix Tim Holtz dies for Happy Birthday.  Tim Holtz Idea-ology rub-ons and star brads.