Monday, April 24, 2017

Distress Oxides and Gelli Printing Plate

I’m sure by now most of you have heard about (if not not bought and experimented with) the NEW Tim Holtz Distress Oxides.  If you haven’t used them yet, you’re missing out! They are wonderful cross between pigment and dye ink that reacts with water to create fun effects!
I'm sharing a tutorial today (over on the Cropstop blog) for making the fun backgrounds you see on these cards - swing by for all the details. 

Supplies and Tools:  Broken China Distress Oxide, a Gelli Printing plate, and bubble wrap,  Cracked Pistachio reinker, Tonic Studios paper distresser, Dina Wakely Little Birdies Set (from Ranger), Black Soot Distress Ink. , prismacolor pencils,  paintbrush., Hello Doily (Sizzix Thinlits), Candi Dots (Nightingale Square), Petaloo lace  All Things Are Possible stamp set (Heartfelt Creations),scalloped circle nestabilities Spellbinders. 
Supplies and Tools: 
 Lace Stencil (Tim Holtz), Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink , Vintage Photo Distress oxide re-inker paintbrush, Tonic Studios paper distresser, Kraft cardstock,Victoria embossing folder (Cuttlebug).Tim Holtz Ink Applicator, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Petaloo lace, Labels Four (Spellbinders), All Things Are Possible stamp set (Heartfelt Creations), Petaloo blooms, Sentiment from Wordsworth, (Hello Doily —Sizzix Thinlits)
I’d love to see how you use the NEW Distress Oxides or the Gelli printing plate so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up you projects.

This post linked to:
Ooh-La-La - Get Well Wishes
Allsorts Challenge - I Spy something that begins with "B" ( I chose birdies)
Repeat Impressions - Inspiration Palette (I chose the colors)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

B is for Bicycle

The Allsorts Challenge this week is to use something that begins with the letter "B."  I immediately thought of bicycle and butterflies and this card grew out of that.
 I've also been playing around with the new Distress Oxide inks and wanted to make a background for my main image using them. After I stamped my image I used my Prismacolor pencils to add a little color and also added some glitter and Baker's Twine to the flower bouquet.
I added a bit of color to the embossed panel with stencil brushes and Oxide inks and distressed the edges.  I finished off the inside of the card with some washi tape and a simple "hello" sentiment using colors from the front as inspiration.

Supplies and Tools:
White/Gray/Black Cardstock, Watercolor paper, Bicycle (Inkadinkado), Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Broken China/Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz), Typewriter Alphabet Embossing Folder (The Paper Studio), Butterfly Punch (Marvey), Valentines Coral Glitter (Art Acentz), Baker's Twine, Washi Tape, Paint Brush, Stencil Brushes, Prismacolor Pencils, Paper Distresser, Home Tweet Home Sentiment (Hampton Art), pearls

This post linked to:
The Card Concept - Fresh Flutters (cross between clean and layered and mixed media)
4 Crafty Chicks - Butterflies
Allsorts - I spy (I have a Bicycle, Butterflies, Basket, and Bouquet on my card!)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Spread your wings and fly

Today I'm sharing two cards made with a retired Stampin' Up Set called: Nature's Sketchbook.
I colored my stamped image with my Prismacolor (Scholar) Pencils and used baby oil and Q-tips to blend the colors. After the oil had dried I added a bit of Tangerine Colorburst via a thin paintbrush and heat set it with my embossing gun. I also fussy cut and popped up the butterfly hanging from the branch, and splashed some Distress Oxide Vintage Photo ink over the matted image.
Inside the card I added some color using the Watercolor Stamp and Stencil set from Tim Holtz and Spiced Marmalade/Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.
Supplies and Tools:
Watercolor Paper, Black /White Cardstock, Tangerine Color Burst (Ken Oliver), Nature's Sketchbook (Stampin' Up), Prismacolor Pencils, Postage Stamp Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Vintage Photo Reinker, (Tiim Holtz), Butterfly Fancy stamp set, Black Soot/Spiced Marmalade/Rusty Hinge Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Paper Distresser, Watercolor Stamp and Stencil Set (Tim Holtz), Stencil Brushes, Thin Paintbrush

This post linked to:
The Card Concept - Fresh Flutters
4 Crafty Chicks - Butterflies
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Scripture Cards

Today I'm sharing a set of 8 cards I created to use for the card ministry I belong to.
I printed a sheet of previous verse freebies (from Word Art Wednesday) on graph paper to use as the focal point on all my cards.
I kept the cards fairly simple and used the same basic design for all of them.
Each card has a twin with the panel papers in reverse order.
I've found that using papers from all one paper pack makes it easy to assemble cards like these as you already know that your papers will match in color and design.
Supplies and Tools:
The Blue Barn - Kirby Teesdale Studio -- Mirabelle - Barnwood Pretty Paper Stacks (all from The Paper Studio), WAW free Scripture Printables, graph paper, flower punch, sequins, pearls, embroidered lace border punch (Martha Stewart), Paper Doily, Paper Distresser 

This post linked to:
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash  - Use Roses (I used rose dp on the third set)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Embossing Spacer

Today’s card showcases one of the new Heartfelt Creations stamp sets that Cropstop added to the store this year.  You’ll want to stop by and check them out – they make beautiful focal points for your cards!
To create this slightly larger card, I embossed a piece of cream cardstock using the Circular Grid embossing folder from Anna Griffin and the Oval Embossing Spacer. Cropstop carries two different wooden spacer plates – a rectangular one and an oval one. It lets you emboss your cardstock leaving a smooth opening for stamping in.  I chose a stamp from the All Things Are Possible (Heartfelt Creations) set and stamped it in Black Soot Distress ink. I colored parts of the image in using my Prismacolor Pencils and drew a light oval line around my image using the spacer as a guide.
 Those lovely flowers were die cut from the Creative Expressions die, Exquisite Poppy, and have just a bit of Broken China Distress Oxide ink on the outer edges.  I used the leaf, branch, and frond punches (Martha Stewart) to add a bit of greenery under my blooms. Tiny white pearls adorn the center. In the upper corner I added a Baker’s Twine bow with a little Candi dot (Saville Row) in the center. (Cropstop sells a wide variety of Candi dots for embellishing your projects – you can check them out here.)

I’d love to see the projects you’re working on these days. Stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your creations that use products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! Happy Crafting!

This post linked to:
Shopping Our Stash - Punches or Dies (I used both)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Craft-Dee Bowz - Handmade Bow
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes

Friday, April 14, 2017


The winner of my SPRING GIVEAWAY
(Chosen by
Comment #21
"How truly sweet of you! I love that lace mold and
 wish I knew where to find them.  Hugs, Autumn"
Congratulations Autumn!
Please send me an email with your 
mailing address and I'll get your prize out to you!


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