Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Make It Monday #27: Cracked Glass

I got excited when I saw the newest Papertrey Ink Make It Monday video--Cracked Glass.  This is a technique I just recently tried for the first time, and I really like it!  I decided to combine this challenge with the Just Add Ink 69-- Just Add Fussy Cutting challenge since the image I had in mind required VERY fussy cutting!  Here it is:

This little image is from the PTI Autumn Abundance set.  I stamped it on PTI Stamper's Select White, colored it in with Copics (used an SU basic black pen to color the edges), cut it out with a craft knife, and applied the cracked glass technique as shown in the video.  I used Ranger Antique Linen over the top to highlight the cracks.  The sentiment is from PTI's Birthday Basics set, and the background paper came from a K & Company stack (I applied Antique Linen around the edges).  I'll leave you with a closeup of the flowers so you can better see the cracks:

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Make It Monday #26: Sympathy Card

Greetings, all!  I always seem to get a very late start on my Papertrey Ink Make It Monday cards.  Must work on that.  Anyway here's my contribution:

I was thinking that the sentiment in PTI's Year of Flowers: Roses would be perfect for a sympathy card about a woman, with a little editing.  So I inked up all but the first two words ("You make") and hand-wrote the "She made" part.  The rest of the card is very simple--just the rose stamped in Brilliance Moonlight opaque white ink on kraft, tiny butterfly (Martha Steward punch), detail shading added with a white charcoal pencil, plus tiny pearls.

That's all for today, thanks for looking!


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Liebster Blog Award

A couple weeks ago I was tagged by Anna for the Liebster Blog Award.  How nice!   I've never been tagged before so I had to do some research to find out what this means.  Apparently it was started in order to give some exposure to smaller blogs (less than 300 followers--I certainly qualify for that!).  I was to select 3-5 blogs that I liked that met the criteria, and tag them.  These people are to do the same, and link back to my blog to share the love.   I like the idea of spotlighting high-quality but lesser known blogs.

I did some searching in the stamping and card-making arena, and found that it was harder that I thought it would be to find a few blogs meeting the criteria that have not already won this award! However, I did finally identify these, and hope you will check them out:

Jeanne Jachna at
Crisanne at
Lisa at
Cindy B at
Joyce at

Ladies, please know that you are under no obligation to tag anyone if you'd rather not, but I hope you enjoy checking out these blogs as I did. And Anna, thank you for choosing to tag my blog!

Now, I can't imagine doing a posting without including a photo, so here is an older card from my
Splitcoaststampers gallery, made using Stampin Up cardstock and ink, Stampin Up lace stamp, clear cardstock, and PTI's Quilter's Sampler set. The matching pendant was made using 1" square microscope slides sandwiching the quilt block, wrapped with copper foil, soldered with a jump ring and painted gold.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Papertrey May Blog Hop Challenge

Can't believe it's already Blog Hop time again at Papertrey Ink!  The theme this month is flowers, and I've been working on a special project for the hop, using a technique that combines two of my interests:  stamping and silk painting:

A list of the material used is at the end of this post.  Although time-consuming, this was not difficult at all to make.  I've shown some of the steps below in case you want to make one.

 The rosebud image from YOF: Roses was stamped in Versamark ink onto lightweight silk fabric, dusted with clear embossing powder, and heat-embossed.  This seals the image outline in the same way that gutta does if you are familiar with silk painting.  

Using Copic markers, the image was colored in (flooding the area with isopropyl alcohol first will help the blending of the various shades).  

After drying, the piece was ironed (no steam) between blank newsprint to remove the clear embossing powder.

The oval box was made out of craft foam by die cutting (Spellbinders Petite Ovals) multiple frames from the foam and stacking them, in a manner I demonstrated in an earlier post.  The side of the oval box was covered with 1" wide silk ribbon that had been stamped with Fancy Flourishes using SU craft ink (Certainly Celery) then heat-set.

The top of the box was first covered with thin polyester quilt batting cut in an oval slightly smaller than the inner oval used for the box.  The silk-painted rose was then glued on the lid around the edges and trimmed even with the edges of the lid.  The green frame was made by dyeing 1" silk ribbon with a mixture of alcohol inks (Jaquard Pinata Sun Yellow + Lime Green diluted with isopropyl alcohol) to the desired shade, and after drying, wrapping around a cardboard frame cut using the same Spellbinders ovals as were used for the box.

The beaded embellishments were made by stringing beads from my stash onto 1/8" silk ribbon that had been dyed as above.  The stickpin is a corsage pin from the bridal section at Michaels (thanks for the idea, Becca Feekin!).

Here's some additional views of the box (the inside contains some dried roses from the bouquet my husband gave me on our 25th anniversary):

Thanks for looking, and enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop!


Supplies list:
Stamps:  PTI Year of Flowers: Roses, and Fancy Flourishes.
Ink:  Versamark; Copic R83, R85, R89, YG96, YG97); Jacquard Pinata Sun Yellow, Lime Green.
Silk:  1/8" wide and 1" wide silk ribbon from Dharmatrading.com.
Other:  White 1/16" craft foam, pearl corsage pin, beads, thick tacky glue, Scor-it 1/8" tape; colorless embossing powder; polyester quilt batting; thin cardboard (cereal box).
Tools:  Cuttlebug; Spellbinders Petite Ovals Small, two sizes; heat tool.

Monday, May 23, 2011

JustRite Friday Challenge #055: Color

Greetings all!  
I find myself in need of a baby congratulations card, so I made this one in the colors for the JustRite Friday Challenge #055: Color challenge (Light/medium blue, ivory, and tan/kraft).   I blurred the baby's last name to protect the privacy of the parents--the unretouched card looks much better in real life!  I didn't want to frou-frou up this card too much since it's for a baby boy:

Here's the card details:
Stamps:  JustRite Vintage Oval Labels, JustRite Times New Roman fonts, 50pt and 15pt
Paper:  SU Bashful Blue; DCWV Linen Closet 4 x 6 stack; PTI Stamper's Select; kraft grocery bag
Ink:  Versamark; SU Brocade Blue Craft (retired)
Embellishments:  twill ribbon, mini buttons, blue button; light blue embossing powder
Tools:  Spellbinders Labels 13; craft knife; embossing heat tool; needle & thread.

The baby's name and birthdate were stamped in Versamark then dusted with light blue embossing powder.  Versamark was also used to add the subtle decorative frame from Vintage Oval Labels.  The twill ribbon was stamped with the phrase Welcome Little One from the 15pt font in craft ink then heat set with a heat tool.

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pattern Overload!

Hi Gang!

  For this card which I thought I would submit for the Waltzingmouse sketch challenge WMSC47 as well as the color challenge from CR84FN28, I decided to go completely pattern-crazy!

For the card I tatted a small medallion from red silk which I cut in half and adhered to the back of the sentiment plaque.  I kinda like how the "J" of "Enjoy" fits the Labels 21 die cut.  The lacy scallops were created by stamping the tatted stamp with Versamark onto yellow cardstock then embossed in red, then punched out each using a 1" punch.  The red plastic mesh on the top of the card came from a sack of potatoes!  

Here are the rest of the card deets:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Dainty Doilies 2 Small; Off Beat Backgrounds; Rescue Remedies Additions
Paper:  White; Summer Sun (SU, retired), Ruby Red (SU, retired)
Ink:  Versamark; Real Red Craft (SU)
Extras:  Red silt tatting thread; yellow/white gingham ribbon; potato sack.
Tools:  Spellbinders Labels 21 die; craft knife; Stampin Up scallop border punch; Fiskars scallop border punch; 1" round punch; tatting shuttle.

So what do you think, did I go too far over the top?

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May 2011 Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz!

Yike!  The theme for this month's Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz is masculine cards.  A thing I struggle with as do many others if what I'm reading is true.  I happen to need a supply of masculine-themed Get Well cards, for reasons I can't bear to go into right now.  So I put on the thinking cap and combed my WMS stamps for "get well" sentiments (often the most difficult part of the card in my opinion--I want to get it right!).  I do think the "Slainte" sentiment in Irish Blessings can be used for this purpose, so here's what I did with it:

Got to use my new Off Beat Backgrounds set to make the plaid background (I used the larger plaid bar on white card stock).  The sentiment was stamped onto thick white cardstock (PTI Stamper's Select) then die cut with a star from Spellbinders' Stars Five nesties.  The same star was cut out of the background plaid.  Wrapped the plaid with ribbon then popped it up on pop dots; the sentiment was adhered onto the blue cardstock to exactly match the cut hole.  The charm was made from shrink plastic using the star in Sewing Box - Hugs;  it was colored on the back with permanent marker and on the sides with white acrylic paint, then sewed to the ribbon.  The ink, ribbon, and blue cardstock came from Stampin Up (retired, Bayou Blue).

So, I hope you are enjoying the waltz so far--on to the next stop!


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Waltzingmouse WMSCCC05 and CR84FN27

 hey there folks!  (sorry about the no caps but i'm one-handed at the moment with an egg-sized swelling on the back of my left hand due to a close encounter with a 3-lb weight--gotta change that workout.)  my effort to keep up with the waltzingmouse christmas challenges just got a major shot in the arm (or hand?) with my latest order.  i got the sewing box christmas set so i finally have some appropriate sentiments to hand, as well as those super cute images!  this month's challenge was to use trees on the card.  lucky me, to have this set:

i decided to incorporate the challenge colors for CR84FN27 as well:  bright pink, gray, and cream.  

card deets:
stamps:  wms sewing box christmas, wms pic nic patterns
paper:  white cardstock turned creamy with ranger antique linen distress ink; pink patterned paper source unknown; su going gray; vellum.
ink:  memento tuxedo black; su gpoing gray; su rose red; ranger antique linen distress.
embellies:  pink ribbon roses sewed onto the card before i hurt my hand!  recollection rhinestones
tools:  tim holtz brackets die; cuttlebug swirls emb. folder; deckle scissors; clear embossing powder

thats all i have--sorry if this is hard to read--i'll do better next time!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Waltzingmouse 2nd Birthday Tea Party

This is so exciting!  Waltzingmouse is celebrating her 2nd birthday with a Tea Party!  The guests are invited to bring their own special tea cups, bags, cupcakes, etc.  So here's my Belleek-style teacup and saucer:

For this cup the Waltzingmouse Tea Cup Template was used, cut from white card stock.  I'm ashamed to say I bought this template months ago and this is the first time I've actually used it--too lazy!  But this was certainly the time to get it going!  I was trying to make the cup look like a piece of Belleek china to match this cute little Belleek creamer jug that I've had for I don't know how long.  Also tried the Cracked Glass technique for the first time, since I wanted to give the cup a real aged feel.  The outer cup cardstock was colored with a Dick Blick Antique White marker and the handle and interior were colored with a Light Maize marker.  The images were stamped using the Irish Blessings set, using Stampin Up Garden Green and Certainly Celery markers.  The texture between the shamrocks was added using a Cuttlebug embossing border from the Just My Type set.  The golden glow of the inside of the teacup was added using Versamark and PearlEx interference gold mica powder.  Then all the pieces (except the tabs) were stamped with Versamark and 2-3 coats of clear ultrathick embossing power were added.  The pieces were put in the freezer for about 5 minutes then removed and flexed to crack the clear embossing layer.  Then 1/8" Scor-Tape was used on the tabs to assemble the pieces.  I decided not to add the footer piece that came in the template because it was a feature not seen on the Belleek pieces I was trying to mimic.

When finished the whole piece was almost as heavy as a real teacup with all that embossing powder, and seemed solid enough to hold tea!

Enjoy the rest of the party, everyone!


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #46

Greetings, all!

I really like the sketch for this week's challenge:

Of course, it cries out for those delicious new doily stamps, but it is way too soon to expect mine to arrive so I had to get creative.  Here's the result:

I sort of made my own flower doilies from Spellbinders Pinking Circles and the heart and flower images in Waltzingmouse's Sewing Box - Hugs set.  The "doilies" were adhered directly to the background paper along the outer edges, but popped up on foam dots near the center of the card, just to add dimension.  The sentiments parts were curved to match the doily elements.  The ribbon is Stampin Up stitched ribbon, but although the color was exactly right I thought the stitching was distracting, so I pulled out the threads.  The rest of the supplies/tools were as follows:  
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Antique Linen distress ink
Paper:  DCWV Linen Closet 4 x 6 stack
Embellishments:  tiny buttons and thread

That's all for now, thanks for looking!