Friday, September 12, 2014

From the Heart with Frilly and Funkie

I decided to try a challenge that took me places I don't ordinarily go with my's a challenge posted on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  It's called "From the Heart."

Your challenge is to create a vintage project that has hearts as the focal image; you could make a dimensional piece, a card, ATC or tag, as long as hearts are the main focus.

I hope this is vintage enough.   I altered a 4-slide mailer, featuring hearts on the cover. 

For the cover, I used Distress Stains in Tumbled Glass and Tarnished Brass.  Grunge paper was covered with aluminum flashing tape and cut into hearts (the large one is a Hero Arts stamp used as a pattern; the two smaller ones are Mini Hearts movers and shapers from Tim Holtz); the hearts were dry embossed in folders and painted with Distress Paint (Broken China and Tarnished Brass).   The Corked Vial is an Idea-ology item, filled with gold microbeads.  The other two embellishments are from Prima's Mechanicals and Junkyard Findings.   The inside cover of the slide mailer was covered with a specialty paper from my stash, and the slide side was painted with more Tarnished Brass paint.  The second slot holds a glass slide with the "art" image. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Freshly Made with Pearls

It was good to be back to some crafting after more than a week away.  Today's Freshly Made Sketch features "any shape" and a banner. The Memory Box "Arboscello Tree" was cut from a background created with Dylusions spray inks and a spritz of "Shimmer Spritz."  Tiny pearls were added to the tree and banner sentiment (Rubbernecker Stamp Co.). The embossing folder is a Cuttlebug design.  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Freshly Made with Chalkboard Papers

Joining with this week's Freshly Made Sketches, I chose papers from We R Memory Keepers -- "Chalkboard."  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and the flowers from Petaloo, the Penny Lane Garden Collection.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Magic...and Mystery...and Frustration...of Bister



or bistre
  1. a yellowish-brown to dark-brown pigment made from the soot of burned wood
  2. any of various colors in this range

I saw all the fascinating bister cards on Pinterest and had to have it for myself.  It's a tricky product, but I've learned some things:  First, "less is more!"   Secondly, the cardstock you use has to handle water; I used 140 lb. watercolor paper which didn't take a good stamp impression afterwards, and I used 90 lb. watercolor paper, which wrinkled but worked okay, and I settled on Ranger's Specialty Stamping Paper.  It works great with the bister, but stamping requires an ink that does well on a non-porous surface.   Here are the results of my bister work last night and this morning:

(Click on the photos to enlarge them.)

Specialty Stamping Paper .. CASE of Ank de Back card on Pinterest . Dragonfly colored with alcohol markers

90 lb. watercolor paper smooth side
Specialty Stamping Paper bleached and colored with  Blendabilities

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Stamplorations Sketch in Black and White

It's the bi-weekly Sketch Challenge on the Stamplorations Blog. 

"Gentle Leaf" die from Poppy Stamps and sentiment from Hero Arts

Freshly Made in 5x7

I generally make two sizes of cards: 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and 5x5.  For this Freshly Made Sketch, I went to a 5x7 so I could use the die I wanted.  The border is designer paper, anchoring a pair of the Hero Arts Fancy Palm. The sentiment is an old favorite from Inky Anticipation. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tag You're It Challenge #4

Time for another tag....Tag You're It   The tag was cut from a background created with watercolors and salt. Sizzix Banner Die (SU!), Penny Black "Smile" die, SU! flower image - Bloom with Hope