Wednesday, May 16, 2018

I Heard the Bells

Yes - another Christmas card -  for this week's Merry Monday challenge!

I used a piece of Luxe Foil DP (PapertreyInk - no longer available) for the background.  
(I thought the swirly circles looked like the reverberations of the bell ringing!) 
 I die cut the bell out of gold metalic paper, stamped it using Versamark and gold embossed it.  Stamps and die from Folk Art Christmas (retired by Waltzingmouse)
I added a piece of holly cut from a Layered Accent from K&CO 
(it was an ornament with a sprig of holly on top.) 
 Then I adhered one red rhinestone.
The bell is adhered to the base with thick foam dots in the center so the bell curves.
Here's what I gold embossed on the inside of my card - from Inside and Out Holiday by PTI.
I made a second card with a different background panel from the same paper pack.

Stamps:  Fold Art Christmas Additions - Waltzingmouse (retired), Inside and Out Holiday - PTI
Paper:  White, Luxe Foil DP - PTI, Kraft Stock Metallic Paper - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology.
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Gold embossing powder, red rhinestone, Folk Art Christmas Die - Waltzingmouse (retired), Tombow Glue, thick foam dots, Ornament Layered Accents - K&Co.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mid Month May CAS Mix Up Card Challenge Reminder!

Today I'm posting another card for the CAS Mix Up Challenge to remind you that you have until May 24th to get your card linked up!
Here is hostess Bonnie's challenge for us this month:  Use Gelatos or Crayons - but don't worry if you can't think of what you might do with these -  check out all the videos linked to over at the blog!
 This time I used Gelatos
 (you can see my Distress Crayon card here if you missed it!).  
I  mixed Bubble Gum Gelato with Liquitex Light Modeling Paste and spread it over a stencil.  
I watched this video that Bonnie provided us:  Stenciling with Gelatos by Kimberly Crawford
Here are a few photos of how I did it.
First I spread some modeling paste onto my craft mat.  Then I scraped some Bubble Gum Gelato off the stick onto the mat and then mixed it into the paste.
I spread the mix over Tim Holtz Scribbles stencil onto a panel of Bristol Smooth Surface paper being sure it was all covered and scraped over thinly and evenly. 
(wash your stencil and pallet knife immediately after use)
I cut a 2 1/2" x 3 1/4" piece out of the stenciled panel, layered it to a white card panel with foam dots, stamped and die cut the butterfly and layered it over the stenciling with foam dots.  Then I stamped the sentiment and layered the panel to a white card base.

Please join us and show us how you use Gelatos or Crayons!  There are several videos over at the CAS Mix Up Blog to inspire your creativity!  
You have until 5/24 to link up your creation!

I'm also linking my card to:
Just Us Girls
Creative with Stamps
AAA Cards

Stamps:  Butterfly Blooms, Women of Life (retired) - PTI
Ink:  Hero Hues Black
Paper:  Bristol Smooth Surface, White - PTI
Accessories:  Bubble Gum Gelato, Liquitex Light Modeling Paste, Butterfly Bloom Die

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Spring Flowers with Eileen Hull's Sizzix Dies

This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is bringing spring to life using Eileen Hull's Sizzix Dies.
I made a lovely decorated frame for my project.
The frame measures 5" x 4 1/4" (not counting the flowers sticking out!).
The opening measures 2" x 3".
Without the flowers, this frame will fit into a regular A2 envelope.
I used several of Eileen's Sizzix dies -  her Mailable Frame die, Pansy Flower die and Spring Leaves die.  For the front of the frame I embossed a piece of watercolor paper using her Eyelet Lace embossing folder and die cut it to fit the frame.  The patterned paper is from Eileen's Heartfelt Paper Pad.

I have a few photos showing how I put this together.
I die cut the Mailable Frame out of white mat board.  I embossed a panel of watercolor paper and embossed it with the Eyelet Lace folder, then die cut it laying it over the front of the frame die.
I die cut 3 large, 3 medium and 5 small petals from the Pansy Die and 3 stems from Spring Leaves.  I inked the petals using Tutu, Melon and Wildberry Color Box Blends Ink - so easy to use with their round foam applicators - just squeeze the ink out and rub on!
I didn't try to get full coverage on the petals as I then spritzed them with water.  They blend wonderfully with the water giving a great look of light and dark colors!
I dried them a bit with my heat tool and then crunched them up and let them dry for about 15 minutes.
I inked the petals with both Frog and Leaf Color Box Blends Ink and spritzed them with water.  I wanted some of the white to still show through.
I un-scrunched all the petals and took two wired stamens from Wiltons, folded them in half and pushed them through the layers of petals.  I bent the ends over on the back after I layered the amount I wanted and put a dot of glue to hold them.  I also put some dots of glue at the center of some of the petals so they wouldn't spin around.
I glued the stems to the backs of the blooms. 
I layered two of the smaller sets on the bottom right corner of the frame.
I used one medium petal and 2 small for the medium flower and 2 small petals for the small flower.
And attached the largest bloom in the top left corner.
I used 2 large, 2 medium and one small petal for the big flower.
Here's a view of the frame standing up.
I stamped a sentiment from Beautiful Blessings by PTI onto patterned paper and adhered it to the inside of the front piece and added 3 clear sequins to it. 
So if you'd like to welcome spring with lots of blooms - please check out Eileen's blog during the month of May to see all of the Inspiration Teams creations!

I'm linking my card to:
Cute Card Thursday

My card is clean and layered

Stamps:  Beautiful Blessings - Papertrey Ink.
Paper:  White Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix, Waercolor paper - Canson, Heart Felt Paper Pad - Eileen Hull/Sizzix.
Ink:  Color Box Blends Inks - Tutu, Melon, Wildberry, Frog and Leaf,  Hero Hues Black.
Accessories:  Mailable Frame Die, Pansy Flower Die, Spring Leaves Die, Eyelet Lace Embossing Folder- Eileen Hull/Sizzix, flower centers - Wilton, ScorTape, Tombow Glue, Winter Blend Sequins - Avery Elle.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Rustic Nativity

Another Christmas card for the box!
I die cut the stable and Holy Family out of Birch Bark Wrapping paper that I bought last Christmas season at Pier 1 Imports (LOVE THIS PAPER!!).  I embossed the images in black and layered them onto a cream Bazzill card base using foam dots.  I die cut the big star our of gold paper and added 3 little wooden stars.  The Nativity stamps and  Holy Couple, barn and star dies are from Simon Says Stamp.

I'm linking my card to:
and I made it rustic for the Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers where we were to be inspired by the Vineyard Market web site - I was inspired by this Nativity.
Stamps:  Nativity - Simon Says Stamp, For Unto You - Wordsworth
Paper:  Cream Bazzill, Gold - DCWV Paper Pad, Birch Bark Wrapping Paper - Pier 1
Ink: Versamark, Hero Hues Black
Accessories:  Wow Black Embossing Powder, Holy Couple and Barn Dies - Simon Says Stamp, wood veneer stars - The Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby, foam dots, Tombow Glue.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Jewelry Dishes with Alcohol Inks

Today I'm sharing a lovely little gift idea that I found on this blog through Pinterest.
You decorate small ceramic dishes with Alcohol Inks to look like flowers and to use as jewelry dishes on your bureau or bedside table.
Here are 12 that I made in a couple of hours time.
You'll find Patti's tutorial here.     
No two dishes ever come out alike - and the good thing is that you just have to rub over the dish with rubbing alcohol on a cloth to erase it all and start all over if you aren't happy!   
I have to say, as I was learning and figuring out how the Alcohol Ink blew around - I 'wiped clean' more than half of my dishes and started again!
Here are some photos of how I made them (slightly different than Patti):   
So you start with these little white ceramic sauce dishes -found at Amazon here.    You wipe off the dishes with Rubbing Alcohol.  I used these Rubbing Alcohol wipes that worked perfectly and are very convenient.  Patti used a canister of Canned Air to blow her Alcohol inks around but I just used this Distress Marker Spritzer from Tim Holtz 
(you squeeze the body and air puffs out of the nozzle.)
 I used a slightly different steps in applying my Alcohol Inks.  I added a drop to start the petal first. (she started with dropping ink on the center)
Then I tipped the bowl back a bit and pumped air on the ink with my tool to spread it up the side, trying for a petal-like shape. It dries pretty quickly so you want to work fast.  You can make any kind of petal shape that pleases you!
Then I went around the dish adding petals.
Then I took a second color of Alcohol Ink and added petals in between the first petals.  For this dish I used Patina and Citrus but you can use anything you have and colors that you favor!
Then I added a drop to the middle, it spreads pretty well, but you can also blow on it to move it and blowing will also stop it's spread.  Just practice to see how the inks move! You can add ink to fill in more petals or cover spots if you have them or wipe the whole thing off with rubbing alcohol and start over.
Here are close ups of a few of the ones shown above. 
 Sunshine Yellow and Ginger Alcohol Inks
Red Pepper and Poppyfield Alcohol Inks
Latte and Patina Alcohol Inks
Latte and Sepia Alcohol Inks
Sailboat Blue and Espresso Alcohol Inks
 You let the dishes dry for a day - then you spray them with a couple of coats of sealent.   
I packaged them up in clear square bottom bags that had a cupcake insert in them so they fit right into the hole on the insert.  I made labels using Tiny Tags stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink.

I had them at our Mother's Day sale at church and will sell them again at our church fair in October.
I think these would also make nice little gifts for friends!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Hang In There

I was looking through my stencils for a chevron stencil the other day - and although I didn't find it -  I did find this beautiful rainbow stencil from Stencil Girls and knew it would be perfect for the May CAS Watercolor card challenge!
It's a large stencil - so this card is 6"x6" and will probably get hand delivered unless I can find an envelope to fit it in!  I've had the stencil for a while but have not used it yet - so I was glad to get it out!

I laid my stencil over a piece of watercolor paper and then sprinkled (in rainbow color order!) over the stencil with Brushos in Scarlet, Orange, Yellow, Leaf Green, Turquoise and Purple.  Then I spritzed over the stencil with water to activate the colors.  The more you spritz, the more they blend - so I stopped spritzing when I had the look I wanted and carefully removed the stencil.   The stencil is designed with these drippy ends - the perfect look for my watercolor rainbow!

The sentiment is from Ways to Say: Get Well Soon by PTI.  This card would work for someone who is ill or someone going through a rough patch.

I don't use watercolor techniques too often - so I like to try and participate in the CAS Watercolor challenge to inspire me to do it more!  And there's always lots of inspiration from the Design Team!

Also linking to:

Stamps:  Ways to Say: Get Well Soon - PTI
Paper:  Water color paper - Canson, Royal Velvet - PTI.
Ink:  Hero Hues Black
Accessories:  Rainbow stencil - Stencil Girls, Brushos Scarlet, Orange, Yellow, Leaf Green, Turquoise, Purple, water mister.