Thursday, April 27, 2017

DIY Home Decor

It's been a while since I've shared any home decor projects here on the blog. Today I wanted to show you how I made over a cheap sign I found at a local retailer for something like $2 or $3 dollars.
I wanted something a little more vintage looking in a bird theme to match the other decor in my living room so I printed off THIS FREE GRAPHIC from the Graphics Fairy on a 8.5 x 14 inch piece of typing paper. I used mod podge to adhere it to the sign and then mod podged over the top to seal in the print. The glue kind of smeared some of the color, but in the end it made it look old and worn which was the look I was going for! I furthered the vintage look by distressing the edges with sand paper!
I recently found that cool wire hanger at Michaels (on clearance - 70% off)! Once again, I used the  Graphics Fairy to decorate it with bird/botanical prints before adding some buttons to the little tin on the bottom. The framed print is a freebie from Creative Cain Cabin. I simply added the words to song, printed it off, and framed it! I also made the nest in this photo using twine, glue, and some Spanish moss.
Here's the latest banner for across my piano -- Free Printable Vintage Botanical Prints guessed it: The Graphics Fairy! I distressed the edges and inked them with vintage photo ink. (Maybe I should have titled this post: Graphics Fairy Love!) At any rate, I enjoy finding freebies to use in my home and changing up my decor from time to time for the price of cardstock and ink!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Easy DIY Backgrounds

Today I'm sharing a quick and easy way to create background for your cards using embossing folders and distress inks. Cropstop carries a large selection of both Distress Inks and Embossing Folders -- stop by the store and check them out!
 Step One: Gather your supplies – Cardstock, Embossing Folder(s), Distress Ink (one light and one dark)
Step Two: Lightly rub the lighter color across your piece of cardstock
Step Three: Emboss with your chosen embossing folder
Step Four: Lightly rub the darker ink across the embossing and wa-la you have a background piece for your card!
Variations: 1. You can use just one color if you like for a softer look 2. You can skip the first inking and ink only the embossed layer
I chose to keep my finished cards fairly simple to showcase the backgrounds better.
 Supplies: Kraft & Black Cardstock, Gears Embossing Folder (The Paper Studio), Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Sizzix Thinlits Word Dies (Tim Holtz Alterations), Twine, Sequins.
 Supplies: White & Black Cardstock, Circular Grid Embossing Folder (Anna Griffin), Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, Sizzix Thinlits Word Dies (Tim Holtz Alterations), Twine, Sequins.
 Supplies: White & Black Cardstock, Cherry Blossom Embossing Folder (Darcie), Picked Raspberry and Abandoned Coral Distress Ink, Sizzix Thinlits Word Dies (Tim Holtz Alterations), Twine, Sequins.
 Supplies: White & Black Cardstock, Typewriter Alphabet Embossing Folder  (The Paper Studio), Shaded Lilac and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, Sizzix Thinlits Word Dies (Tim Holtz Alterations), Twine, Sequins.
 Supplies: White & Black Cardstock, Circular Grid Embossing Folder (Anna Griffin), Peacock Feathers  & Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink, Sizzix Thinlits Word Dies (Tim Holtz Alterations), Twine, Sequins.

I’d love to see your DIY backgrounds for cards so stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and link up your projects using Cropstop products!!

This post linked to:
Tuesday Throwdown - Embossing
Little Red Wagon - Happy Birthday Boys!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Colorful Banners

Today’s  project is a little different than my usual cards.  I like to try different styles and designs, and branch out of my comfort zone from time to time.

To create my colorful banners, I cut strips of cardstock into 3/4 inch pieces. Next I stamped my Impressions Obsession plaid background stamp in Versamark Watermark ink and added Kaleidoscope Transparent Embossing Powder.  After heat setting the powder, I used my mini square paper punch to punch the ends of the banner.
 I wanted to keep the front fairly plain to showoff all those colorful banners, so I cut a simple sentiment using my Nouveau Alphabet dies from Sizzix and added a small crochet heart and three little sequins.
 I added a ticket and sentiment to the inside as using distress inks.
Supplies and Tools:
Colorful Cardstock Strips, Versamark Watermark,  Kaleidoscope Transparent Embossing Powder, Square Punch, Ticket Die (Spellbinders), Sentiment (Tim Holtz), Mermaid Lagoon/Abandoned Coral/Mowed Lawn/Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Sizzix Alphabet Dies, Sequins, Crochet Heart

This post linked to:
Tuesday Throwdown - Embossing
Allsorts - I Spy something that begins with "B"  (I made Banners)

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

This card won honorable mention here:


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