Tuesday, April 26, 2011

JustRite Friday Challenge 053

For my entry into the JustRite Friday Challenge 053 (to make a handmade dimensional flower) I made a red carnation using grunge paper and the Spellbinders Pinking Circles dies.  Then, what to do with it???  I am not really much of a shabby girl, but the supplies all leaped onto the paper and produced this:

The Vintage Oval Labels stamp was inked with Versamark and dusted with off-white embossing powder to give a white-on-white pattern that I just love.  The tiny dots around the frames were added with a Sakura Souffle gel pen in a peach color.

Here's all the supplies used:
Stamps:  JustRite Vintage Oval Labels, JustRite Fancy Frames
Dies:  Spellbinders Labels 13, Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large
Paper:  DCWV stack; SU Very Vanilla, SU Ruby Red
Ink:  SU Ruby Red; Versamark; Sakura Souffle gel pen; Fiesta red alcohol ink to dye the flower.
Embellishments:  tatted lace from my flea market stash; Prima off-white roses; red ribbon.

I think Mom will like this--she is a big fan of the shabby chic look!

Thanks for looking,


Monday, April 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink April 2011 Blog Hop

So, the design brief for the Papertrey Ink April 2011 Blog Hop was to make a "guy" card, and boy is that a challenge for me!  I have more flower stamps in my stash that does the Burpee catalog!  However, I do have Enjoy The Ride,  and I think it is well suited for guy cards.  Here's mine:

I also wanted to incorporate the Make It Monday #12, Line Frame challenge into this card, so it was a tough assignment for me.  How it was done:  five little cars were die cut from shrink plastic using the matching car die for Enjoy The Ride, and stamped with the car outline in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  After shrinking, the cars were colored with Copics (B69 and Y18).  I was shooting for either a new car lot, or a racing theme.  So, not having any banner or pennant sets, after drawing the frame I made the little pennants using the tree stamp from Wonderfully Whimsical!  They were also colored in with Copics.  The "You" came from "You did it!" and I hand-printed the "are one in a million."  The bigger car was cut out of PTI Stamper's Select, and stamped with background (SU Really Red) and outline (Memento Tuxedo Black).  I might use this as a Father's Day card--my Dad's very first new car was a red VW Bug (I think it was in 1964!).

Thanks for looking,


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter 2!

I didn't expect to have any cards today, but then my husband gave me this card that he made for me, and I just had to show it:

Is this not cool?  He was apparently inspired by the Easter card I made for my parents using the same stamp.  What he did was stamp the cross from Waltzingmouse Celtic Heritage stamp set, on the back side of a piece of thin aluminum, then used my Pergamano embossing tools to emboss the metal from the back side.  Then he took it down to his workshop and used metal stamping tools to add the decorative details.  Here's a closeup:

Wow, huh?  I guess I'm glad I allow him (limited) access to my stamping supplies!  

Happy Easter everyone!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter!

No new cards today, but in honor of Easter I thought I'd show one of the eggs I made a few years ago (yet another one of my hobbies!).  It was made using the method for Pysanky eggs but using nontraditional colors.  Here are three views of the same egg:

In this case the part of the design that is white was drawn on the egg (a chicken egg from a free-range source for the stronger shell; not emptied first) using beeswax in a fine-point electric kistka.  Then the egg was dyed with pink pysanky egg dye (not the same as food coloring--these are not for eating!).  Then the pink design was drawn using a medium point, then the egg was dyed in purple pysanky egg dye.  The beeswax was then carefully melted off in a low oven, then the egg contents were blown by making a hole in each end, scrambling with a needle, then blowing out.  After the egg was completely dry, a layer of polyurethane varnish was used to preserve the color.

Haven't done one of these in a while, maybe it's time to dust off the supplies and try another one!  I have a nice collection of other eggs done by me and others, maybe I'll post photos from time to time.

Meantime, a happy Easter to all!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #43 - WMSC43

Greetings, all!
I especially wanted to play along this week with the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #43 because I recently acquired the Sewing Box - Hugs set which is ideally suited for this week's sketch:
I went for a very literal translation of this sketch because it is so perfect!  Here's my card:

I plan to use it for my nephew's newest arrival (soon!)--expected to be a girl I believe.

The sets used were Sewing Box Hugs and the "little one" came from Celtic Heritage.  The background paper was made using the flower from Sewing Box Hugs, stamped in SU Cameo Coral and shaded with alcohol markers.  The patterned papers, button, and ribbon came from my stash.  The square panel with sentiments on it was made by stamping a long corner from the house in Sewing Box Hugs, four times to make a square.  After cutting out it was rounded on the reverse side with a large ball burnisher, to give it some dimension, then popped up on foam dots.  The color palette came from Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger:

The colors I chose were Stampin Up's Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery, and Garden Green, Memento Tuxedo Black, on Stampin Up Very Vanilla cardstock.  The yellow comes from the button and wisp of ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Waltzingmouse Stamps April Blog Waltz

Welcome to my April 2011 contribution to the  Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Waltz!  It features one of my favorite images from the Waltzingmouse Celtic Heritage set, the cross.  It reminds me of this beautiful gravestone cross at Glendalough, which I was fortunate enough to visit a number of years ago. Claire Brennan's interpretation of the celtic high cross is just perfect.  

Here's my card:
It turns out that I love cloisonne enamels as well, so this card is a combination of those things.  Here's how the central image was done:

The cross image was stamped on the back of 0.003" thick brass craft metal, using permanent Stazon ink. Then Pergamano burnishers were used with the brass resting on craft foam, to indent the outlines.

The brass is flipped over onto a piece of glass (needs to be a very hard work surface), and using a fine point burnisher, the edges of the indentations are burnished.  This image shows the piece when the burnishing is done.

Not shown is a step where the back side is filled in with Liquitex modeling paste gel medium, to prevent the embossing from being crushed.

The low points in the embossed image are filled in with Sakura Souffle gel pens.  These pens work great for this application because the ink runs and pools, then dries to a smooth finish.  Looks just like enamels to me.

You can see another card I did in this same manner in my Splitcoast gallery, here.  Anyone interested in doing this type of work should look into Magdalena Muldoon's book, "Metal Embossing Workshop."  You can also go to her website and check out the supplies, videos, etc. 

Other supplies used on this card:
The sentiment was a combination of two PTI sets, Autumn Abundance and Mega Mixed Messages.  
Paper:  Memory Box Jubilee 6x6 collection (background); PTI Stamper's Select white; Stampin Up Bashful Blue
Ink:  Stazon Jet Black; Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin Up Bashful Blue
Embellishments:  SU Pretties kit (pearl and flowers, inked with Bashful Blue)
Tools:  Pergamano parchment craft embossing tools; Letraset Teflon burnisher; Spellbinders Labels 13, Petite Ovals Small, & Fancy Labels dies.

Thanks for looking, and enjoy the rest of the waltz!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

WMSCCC04 Waltzingmouse Christmas Card Challenge - April

So, the design brief was to use white glitter or flock on a card.  I happened to have a nice supply of white flock on hand, so here's what resulted:

The snowflakes were punched from double-sided adhesive paper using a Die-Namics die called "Snowflake Trio."  After adhering to the card stock, the carrier paper was peeled off then the white flock was applied.  It might be hard to tell but check out the closeup sideways shot and you should see the flocking.  Other supplies used were:  Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Very Vintage Labels No. 4, Waltzingmouse Irish Blessings, Inkadinkadoo sentiment (from a set called Christmas Season); Paper: Stampin Up Bayou Blue, White; Ink: SU Bayou Blue, SU Cranberry Crisp; Other:  white silk ribbon, half pearls, gold tone wire.
That's all for now, folks!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

JustRite Friday Challenge #052: Color and Inspiration

Here's a card created for the JustRite Friday Challenge #052:  Color and Inspiration

I chose three out of the four suggested colors:  buttercup yellow, Spring green, and violet blue (the photo came out a bit brighter than the card in real life).  I can't seem to get my head around more than three colors at a time!  The JustRite sets Vintage Oval Labels and Fancy Frames (sentiment) were used, along with Spellbinders Label Six and Petite Ovals dies.  Alcohol markers (Dick Blick Light Maize, Green Tomato, and Periwinkle) were used to color in the image, and add the border around the sentiment.
I wanted a doily but the budget does not allow for custom doily dies, so the one here was made by cutting a piece of white laser paper with the largest Label Six die, then punching around it with a Martha Stewart corner punch:

 Some cutting with a craft knife was added to make some of the exposed solid parts look like doily.  Then the whole thing was colored with marker to match the rest of the piece.  Other finishing touches added were:  narrow yellow ribbon, tiny pearls painted with marker to match, background paper from DCWV Cafe Mediterranean collection, background cardstock from Stampin Up (Ballet Blue).  Here's a closeup of the finished card:

Thanks for looking; any comments appreciated!


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Waltzingmouse April SOAP CASE Competition

I didn't have to think twice about what project to choose for my entry in the Waltzingmouse April SOAP CASE competition (to copy the theme of a Design Team blog entry for the SOAP blog hop):  I knew I wanted to CASE Anya's cool bracelet featured on her WMS Soap Day 3 post.  I've got tons of beading supplies here so it was time to dust them off, and here's what I came up with:

The bracelet was made in a similar manner to Anya's, except Very Vintage Labels No. 4 stamp set was used.  A Spellbinders Labels 4 die with a Spellbinders Classic Ovals die centered within it were used to punch out the shapes from Polyshrink, then the pieces were stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Two 1/8" holes were punched, one at each end.  After shrinking, the pieces were colored with deep blue permanent marker, outside the stamped area and also on the sides.  The pieces were assembled into a bracelet using gold-toned findings (clasp, jump rings, crimp beads, pearls, blue beads, 20ga wire, and Beadalon beading wire.

It was fun to do, and I'd like to thank Anya for the inspiration!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

WMSC41 and Moxie Fab Card Sets


So, here's a little set of thank you cards I created to serve a couple purposes:  I'll submit them for a couple challenges, and give them to my Mom for part of her Mother's Day gift (she's a passionate seamstress), and also it gave me an opportunity to try out my recently acquired (used, but still!) set of Waltzingmouse stamps--the Sewing Box Hugs set, which I just love.  I've never seen a set that is so well suited for paper piecing!

The WMSC41 challenge this week is all about creating a set of mini cards, and so is the Moxie Fab Card Sets challenge, with the addition of a holder for them.  While my cards are smaller than the "standard" 4.25"x5.5" quarter-size card,  I made them a little larger than a true Mini card (3.75"x 4.75" to fit a 3 5/8" x 5 1/8" envelope), so they would be mailable.  This size envelope is the smallest size the USPS will accept.    Just happened to have a few of these envelopes available to make the set.  I made the mini purse to hold them using a 12"x12" piece of white card stock. The purse has a side gusset and is 5.5" x 4" in size, and since I didn't find a template for this size I just whipped up one of my own.  Spellbinders Labels 4 and Tim Holtz Brackets dies were used to make the flaps for the cards and purse.  The patterned paper came from a local stamp store as part of a bargain bin collection of 6"x6" pieces.  The purse hardware came from a Stampin Up Hodgepodge Hardware kit.  The closeup shows how they were attached.  The pink ribbon was originally the wrong shade so it was colored with a Copic marker for a closer match.  I was pleased with how the whole set came out, and I think Mom will love it!

 That's all, and thanks for looking!


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Make It Monday #8: Ink Blending Techniques

Just a quick tag I put together to try out the blending techniques which are featured in Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday series #8 (Ink Blending Techniques):

Here's how it was made --

A 4.25" x 5.5" piece of Grafix low tack frisket film was cut out in the center with a Spellbinders Labels 4 die.  The center cutout was placed over the stamped image (PTI Year of Flowers: Roses) on PTI Stamper's Select white card stock.  Tim Holtz Antique Linen was blended over the frisket with a blender tool.  Then the frisket was removed and the 4.25" x 5.5" outline piece of frisket film was placed over the image to exactly cover the blended ink.   The interior of the design was then blended, using a pale grey ink, then the tag was die cut with the largest Labels 4 die.  The mat behind the tag was hand cut from a cream-colored handmade paper after tracing around the largest die.  The image was colored with Copics, and a line of pink eyelash yarn was adhered between the layers. The sentiment on the tag came from the PTI set Birthday Basics, and was curved on the acrylic block before stamping.  The embellishment at the top of the tag was punched from pink patterned paper using a Martha Stewart corner punch and a technique learned from Becca Feeken's blog.

That's all for now, thanks for looking!