Saturday, August 31, 2013

Just Us Girls #204 - Wild Card: Distressing

Hi everyone!  Today is the 5th Saturday of the month and that means Wild Card Challenge over at Just Us Girls!  That is when the hostess with the mostess, Marisa, gets to choose any challenge she wants.  Marisa chose the distressing technique.  Use any kind of distressing techniques you wish.

I have to admit I wasn't going to play along this week.  You see, I'm in denial about going back to work next week (I'm a teacher), and I thought yesterday was Thursday!  When I realized it was actually Friday (late Friday), I backed out.  But this morning I was reading one of my teacher books before I got out of bed and realized I had made a tag yesterday as a bookmark for this book.  So I went to my craft room and distressed the edges and was eligible for this challenge! 

I started with a Ranger manila tag, stamped it with a flourish image in Versamark ink, and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I sponged various distress inks over the top.  Love these colors (I've listed them below)!  Then I die cut the Mat Stack 3 from ivory cardstock and stamped it with these images from Papertrey Ink.  I adhered it with Scor-tape because it will get lots of use.  To make this bookmark eligible for the distressing challenge, I took my distress tool around the edges of it to shabby it up.  I then used the dark ink to cover up any manila that was exposed. 
Voila!  I was able to enter the challenge!  I added some seam binding and left it longer because I want to add some beads to it.  I thought I had some, but don't.  Add to the list of things I "need" (which is a long, never-ending list!).  I just knotted the ends.

Whenever I make tags, the back of it always looks messy from picking up color from my craft sheet, so I always add more color like the front.  This is what the back of mine looks like.  The initials stamp is something my friend Cheryl Rowley gifted to me.  She saw it on a trip to Vegas and ordered them for her friends.  She's so sweet!

So that's it for me!  Check out what the other JUGs girls did with their distressing.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  All Booked Up, Fancy Flourishes (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Manilla tag, vintage cream
Ink:  Antique linen, gathered twigs, wild honey, and spiced marmalade distress inks; more mustard, soft suede, Versamark
Accessories:  Mat Stack 3 die (PTI), distress tool, seam binding 


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-Faire: Mixing Mists to Match and August Blog Hop

OK, so I'm kind of stamped out!  I'm participating in the Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-Faire from yesterday and today's blog hop.  I've combined two challenges cause I'm tired!
 These are the colors and sketch I chose for the blog hop because I had the royal velvet reinker to work with for the mixing mists to match challenge.

Nichole gave the recipe to make a mist which was 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol and about 75 drops of the reinker.  I only did about 50 drops.  I don't have any of this color so I don't know how intense it should be, but I think it was fine.

 I wanted to use this circle cover plate as a mask and spray the mist over it and use the negative piece, but it just didn't look right.  So I decided to use the mask since the color was so pretty.  Then I just went about assembling my card.  As I said, I don't have any PTI colors, so I just matched them to SU
 colors as best as I could. 

I've had fun doing all these challenges.  I hope to try more of them later in the week.  School starts (for me) on Thursday with staff development and then again next Tuesday.  Kids come back next Wednesday.  Where did the summer go?  Sigh...

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Rosie Posie, Rosie Posie Step 2, Reason to Smile (PTI)
Paper:  Neenah white, cool caribbean
Ink:  Royal velvet (reinker), cool Caribbean, night of navy, kiwi kiss, always artichoke
Accessories:  Cover plate circle die, Rosie Posie dies, pearls


Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-Faire: Rolled Dough Designs

Hi again!  This is the third post for today.  I'm playing along with Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-Faire.

The next challenge I'm participating in is the Rolled Dough challenge.  I've had my Delight paperclay drying out all day.  I kneaded glitter into my clay like Heather did.  You won't be able to see the sparkle in the pictures, but it's definitely there.
I only took out a little bit of clay and added the glitter to it.  Then I rolled it out and let it sit for about 8 hours.  When I picked it up it felt like those foam sheets.  I rolled it out pretty thin so I could die cut it easily.  These are the pieces I die cut.  I cut a ghost (not pictured here), teapot, 2 flourishes and with the remaining pieces I cut out some flowers and hearts.
 I made two cards with the same layout.  Here's the first.  Who says Halloween has to be all orange and black?  This would have been if I had black googlily eyes, but I only had pink!  So pink and purple it was!  After adding the eyes, I was wondering how stamping would work on this clay.  You can see in the picture above a pink flower.  I practiced stamping Memento Luxe pigment ink onto the clay and it worked beautifully.  So I used the same ink to stamp the smile.  I also added a small pink bow to her head.  This card is so much cuter in person!
 Next up is the teapot.  It was also stamped with Memento Luxe Pear Tart pigment ink.  I added that pink flower (there was a spot that didn't stamp all the way).  I ran the front of the card with an impression place,  but it's hard to see it. 

This is the sketch I used from Clean & Simple Sketches.  
I still have some time and some more challenges from PTI to work on!  Gotta go!  Thanks for stopping by!
Recipe:  Ghostly Greetings
Stamps:  Happy Haunting (PTI)
Paper:  Pink pirouette, elegant eggplant, Eva (Basic Grey)
Ink:  Versamark, Memento Luxe rose bud
Accessories:  Happy Haunting die, white ep, ribbon, google eyes, sequins, Delight paper clay
Recipe:  Tea for Two
Stamps:  Tea for Two (PTI)
Paper:  Neenah white, pink passion, Green at Heart (PTI)
Ink:  Memento Luxe rose bud and pear tart
Accessories:  Tea for Two die, ribbon, canvas impression plate


Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-Faire: Sprinkle of Salt Technique

Hi again!  Twenty-four hours later and I have another card for Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-Faire.

I love techniques, so I felt confident that I would love this salt technique.  It's not a new one, but one that I've never tried.  So easy, so cool!

The hardest part for me is always what direction I want to go in.  This new stamp set and die called Mighty Oak was sitting on the opposite end of my stamp table waiting to be taken out of its packaging and filed away.  I spied it sitting there and I knew what I was going to do!  I started with choosing my colors:  more mustard, pumpkin pie, and old olive (all SU, I don't have any PTI ones).  I chose to use watercolor paper per Danielle's suggestion (it stays wet longer).  Then I took out the reinkers and started painting.  I first wet the paper with water, then went swiping color on the paper.  Fun!  Then I took my salt shaker and went a-shakin'.  More fun!  While it was drying, I die cut the tree from chocolate chip paper and then ran it through the woodgrain plate.  Next came the leaves in the same colors.  I die cut them and stamped them in various designs.  Before adhering the tree, I stamped the sentiment in chocolate chip ink.  I wasn't sure how to place the leaves, so I looked at Nichole's sample and mine was turning out to look just like hers (not intended at all!).  I mounted it on chocolate chip and then onto a vintage cream base.  Love.  It!!  I love the texture the salt gave it.  It sort of looks like some of those solid Basic Grey papers I have.  Very cool!

I'm hoping to do more today.  I have my clay drying and more things on my list I want to try!  If you scroll down, or click here, you can see my tea staining technique.  Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Mighty Oak (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Vintage cream, chocolate chip, old olive, pumpkin pie, more mustard, watercolor paper
Ink:  Chocolate chip, old olive, pumpkin pie, more mustard and reinkers
Accessories:  Mighty Oak die, woodgrain impression plate, salt, paint brush


Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-Faire: Tea Staining Technique

Hi friends!  How many of you participated in Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-Faire yesterday?  I bought the kit to participate, but was at a stamp and scrap art show here in Buffalo with my stamping buddy Cheryl Rowley.  We saw lots of new stuff and new techniques.  We also spent a little bit of our pensions on that new stuff!  LOL!!  When I came home I was exhausted, but managed to get a card done.
 I started with this tea staining technique.  Before I left yesterday morning, I put some muslin, felt, and lace ribbon in some tea and left it in there all day.  I used them to make my card.
 The flower was made according to the technique Melissa Phillips explained.  I used the Ruby Rose dies to cut four large flowers and two small flowers from the muslin.  These flowers were stamped with a text stamp in cameo coral ink.  I then cut a flower from tea stained peach felt.  I also cut two leaves from tea stained green felt and a small button from tea stained ivory felt.  I adhered them all with fabric glue.  The button was threaded with peach floss.  I mounted the flower on a burlap circle I just purchased in a package on sale at Michael's.  The lace started out white and came out a nice antique color.  The rest is pretty self-explanatory.

I hope to complete more of the challenges tomorrow.  I've been looking at them and they look like lots of fun!  Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Half and Half, Background Basics: Text Style (PTI)
Paper:  Groovy guava, kraft, Curio (Basic Grey), Carefree (Authentique)
Ink:  Cameo coral, Memento rich cocoa
Accessories:  Lace, muslin, felt, burlap circle, pearls, floss, fabric glue

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Just Us Girls #203 - Photo Inspiration Challenge

We have another great challenge from Just Us Girls this week.  It's inspiration photo week and Tangii chose this great back to school "cake" as inspiration. 

Here's a closer look at the inspiration photo.  Isn't that cool?  What a way to start the school year!
 Here's what I created.  I obviously took some of the colors and banner from the inspiration.  And the technique came from Jennifer McGuire.  I tell ya, that girl has become my idol!  She is so talented and I love her videos.  Here's the video I watched to make this.  She calls the technique Die Cut Inlay.  By doing this, you can make two cards.  I chose to make a card and a tag.

I started with black, red, yellow, and orchid cardstock cut into 1/4" strips.  I used a glue stick to cover a piece of typing paper and then laid the strips down diagonally.  Then I die cut the word and put it aside.  I then cut the word again from the tag and inlaid that die into the one with the strips of color.  This way it looks inlaid.  I then die cut the triangles and stamped the letters on them.  I "hung" the banner using black twine.  Lastly, I added sequins and some shine on the word with a Wink of Stella clear brush.

Here's the inside.  I cut down my original piece so I had these little strips to add to the inside.

With the piece cut out of my focal image, I inlaid it into the tag that I cut the other word from.  I stamped the word "happy", added sequins and some ribbon.  Doesn't that look cool?  Love it!
 I'm also entering this into this week's Case Study challenge where Jennifer McGuire is the muse this month.
 Stop by the following blogs to see more inspiration using this great photo!
JUGs blog
Elise Durenberger
Maria Levine
Marisa Ritzen
Nancy Leppek
Tangii Crain
Vicki Dutcher
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Stylish Sentiments: Birthday and Fresh Alphabet (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Paper:  Neenah white, black, real red, orchid opulence, daffodil delight (SU)
Accessories:  Birthday Trio and Banner Builder dies (PTI), black twine, satin ribbon, sequins, Wink of Stella clear brush, dimensionals


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Case Study Challenge #153

Hi everyone!  I got a chance to do some simple stamping this evening and got a card in before the deadline on the Case Study Challenge.  Jennifer McGuire is the August Muse and I just love her style so I had to play along.
 I decided to start making some little thank you notes for Christmas.  My students give me gifts all the time and I like to have these thank you notes ready.  I made three of these 4x4 notecards.  I started by lightly drawing a circle using a roll of ribbon.  Then I just started inking up Christmas ornaments and boughs.  I have the sets I used listed below.  You can't see in the picture, but I added Star Dust Stickles on the boughs and stars.  Love the little bit of sparkle!

Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Bells and Boughs, Take a Bough, Iconic Images (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Neenah white
Ink:  Memento Luxe pear tart, Hero Arts bubblegum, cornflower, and pale tomato, Versafine black onyx
Accessories:  Star dust stickles


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Happy Saturday everyone!  The challenge over at Just Us Girls is a color challenge this week, and Vicki has chosen a monochromatic blue color combo.  Great challenge!
 I was a little concerned about what I was going to do, but then remembered  a technique I saw the fabulous Tim Holtz do in a video in this post (scroll down to the second video to see it).  I started by applying Weathered Wood distress paint using the dots from the Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil.  Then I added the following distress inks on the entire tag:  tumbled glass, broken china, salty ocean, and faded jeans.  Next, I used the same stencil and faded jeans distress ink to stencil the flowers around the sides of the tag.  I then added the feathers (from Fanciful Feathers by WPlus9) stamped in faded jeans and the sentiment from Strictly Sentiments (also WPlus9).  Last, I sprayed Perfect Pearl mist on parts of the tag.  In hindsight, I wish I would have stamped the sentiment and feathers in black ink, but I was trying to keep true to the challenge.  I added some blue burlap ribbon, seam binding, twine and a charm to the tag to finish it off.

Stop by these blogs to see what the design team did with this color challenge.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Fanciful Feathers and Strictly Sentiments (WPlus9)
Paper:  Manilla tag
Ink:  Tumbled glass, broken china, salty ocean, faded jeans distress inks: weathered wood distress paint; perfect pearls mist
Accessories:  Dylusions dotted flowers stencil, burlap ribbon, seam binding, twine, charm


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Just Us Girls #201 - Technique Challenge

Hi everyone!  Today over at Just Us Girls I'm the hostess!  Since it's technique week, I chose the shaker card technique.  I've never made one before and have always wanted to make a shaker card. 

I've had these shaker pouches from Impression Obsession for a few years.  My LSS was demonstrating them once, so I purchased a pack.  Really easy to use!  I stared by stamping the flowers that are inside the shaker box.  They are from WPlus9's Fresh Cut Florals stamp set.  I stamped them in Hero Arts inks I recently purchased.  The leaves were stamped in Memento Luxe Pear Tart pigment ink.  Inside the shaker box are some microbeads I've had for a while.  The sentiment and flowers surrounding it are from Folk Art Florals, also from WPlus9.   The stitching above was stamped with PTI's Sew Simple Borders.  The paper is October Afternoon's Sidewalks.

 I used this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches
 Stop by these blogs and see the very different shaker cards the JUG design team created.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Fresh Cut Florals, Folk Art Florals (WPlus9), Sew Simple Borders (PTI)
Paper:  Neenah white, pool party, Sidewalks (October Afternoon)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, pale tomato, fresh peach, butterbar (Hero Arts), Memento Luxe pear tart
Accessories:  Square nestie, shake it pouch (Impression Obsession), PTI ribbon, microbeads, scallop border punch 


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Just Us Girls #200!!! Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone!  Can you believe this is the 200th challenge at Just Us Girls?  I remember when we first started this challenge and how excited we all were!  And guess what?  We are STILL excited about these challenges!  This week is our sketch challenge brought to us by Maria.  Love this simple sketch!
 To celebrate our 200th challenge, Inspired by Stamping is giving a $15 gift certificate to one lucky winner! 

I have a bridal shower to go to tomorrow, so I used this to make a card for Stephanie.  This Modern Bride stamp is from Whipper Snapper.  I've had it forever and just love it!  I colored it with copic markers and added a pearl for her earring and some star dust stickles on her hair and flowers.  The paper I chose is Delightful from Authentique.  I mounted it with some blushing bride cardstock.  The sentiment is from Print Works.  I used a fancy Spellbinders die to cut out the sentiment and added some pink ink on it.

Stop by these blogs to see more inspiration using this sketch.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Modern Bride (Whipper Snapper), sentiment (Print Works)
Paper:  X-Press It Blending card, PTI white, blushing bride, Delightful (Authentique)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine black onyx, copic markers
Accessories:  Spellbinders fancy tag, pearl, star dust stickles, dimensionals



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