Thursday, March 30, 2017

Stamped Sachets

With all the rain we have been having this year  the plants have been blooming like crazy! I came home last week and noticed my lavender plant was full of gorgeous blooms.

So I went out and picked a basket full of the older blooms, leaving the newer ones for the bees and hummingbirds. I let the lavender dry naturally in the basket and then I broke the heads off the stems and crumbled them to put into satchels for drawers or to throw in with a load of laundry into the dryer.

To make the sachets I cut out pieces of thin fabric, such as muslin or linen, using the Sizzix Alterations Postage Stamp Frame 658572.
Then I put the large Movers and Shapers Rectangle in the center of the die and cut out a few frames from paperbacked fusible webbing. Iron the fusible web frame to the inside of one frame, then iron the left, right, and bottom sides of the postage stamp.
Be sure to leave the top open so you can fill the sachets.

Using Distress Paints and the lavender flower stamp from Flower Jars CMS297, stamp there lavender stems in the middle of the sachet. Applying a light neutral Distress Paint, such as Pumice Stone to small parts of the text stamps from Victorian CMS300 and Etcetera CMS302 around the outside edges of the sachet.
Fill the sachet with lavender, iron the top closed. Sew around the edge and tie with marching Linen Ribbon or Jute String. And just like that you have a lovely, wonderfully fragrant sachet for a drawer, Linen closet, dryer, or even a gift.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Believe You Can

This is a quick card I made using the lovely Victorian CMS300 and Motivation3 CMS291.

I stamped the images onto Distress Watercolor Paper in Ground Espresso Archival Ink. Then I just watercolored the images and background. Then I lightly stamped over the images with the text stamps in the Victorian set to add larded to the background.

I used the Ornate THS076 stencil on a tag and added it behind the  Motivation 3 stamp.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

St Patrick's Day Vingnette Box and Finials

These are the two newest items in my March St Patrick's decor.
I used several bits of new and some old Idealogy.
In keeping with my theme of celebrating the real Patrick, a Scottish missionary to Ireland (his is a fascinating story including kidnapping, slavery, escape, forgiveness...worth reading about him if you haven't gotten a chance) I added these two vignette boxes. 
The small one says share, faith, courage from Small Talk stickers. I used the small Vignette Boxes,  small finial from the Vintage Finial Set, green design tape from the Design Tape Rose set, colored one of the Layers Botanicals Pack and added some Long Fastener brads as well as the Four-leaf Clover from the Souvenir Adornments.
Medium box used the same basic elements  but I added a key that says Life and a saying from the Chit Chat Sticker so that together it "says" the key to life -- live each day with grace and authenticity.

I love these new additions to my slowly growing St Patrick's day decor. Below are some other photos from this year.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Wanderlust Vagabond Society

This travel themed decorative frame project was born out looking at three sets of Tim Holtz's recent stamp releases and feeling a traveling theme emerge.
For this project I used a Framed Panel as the base. The background was a piece of Distress Multi Media Heavystock collage-stamped with parts of the stamps in the  Etcetera CMS302  set.  Then I added a little color with Antique Linen Distress Ink and a blending tool.
I added a piece of corrugated paper from the Textile Surfaces for texture. 
Using the travel themed images from the Tiny Things 2 CMS305 set, I stamped the compass in a pattern on a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper in Ground Espresso Distress Ink. Then stamped the globe on another piece. I watercolored over the whole background of each in different colors.
Next I cut a tag out of DMM Heavystock, stamped it in various places with bits from the Etcetera set.

The focal point was to stamp the globe from Tiny Things 2 in the upper middle of a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper. Then masked it and stamped the vintage suitcase from the Noble Gent CMS301 and stamped it, masked it, and stamped it 2 more times. Then I added Wanderlust across the top and Travel Society across the bottom. Then I finished it off by water coloring it.

To complete the piece I painted and distressed the frame, adhered the background and the the frame to the back panel. Then I layered the other pieces and added some travel themed Ideaology pieces.

Monday, March 6, 2017

On the Farm

My inspiration for this card were the French country prints that adorn the walls of one of my favorite local breakfast cafes.
The focal stamp set I used was On the Farm CMS303
I began by stamping the text stamp and log book stamp unmounted so that just bits of the stamp touched the paper. In doing it this way all over a piece of Distress Multi Media Heavystock paper I formed a collage background. I did all this Stamping in a brown Distress Ink. Then went over the entire background with Antique Linen Distress Ink and a blending tool.
I stamped the sheep in Black Soot Archival Ink and dried it. Then I watercolored the wool on the sheep and dabbed it dry with a clean cloth. I did this a couple of times and it turned an interesting white. I found that to be a serendipitous result and left it.
To make the frame I pounced three colors of Distress Paint onto Rosettes from
Rosette and Floret CMS279 then spritzed lightly with water and stamped it onto Ranger Black Cardstock. Then I cut it into a frame shape using dies.
Finishing touches were the bit of yellow Jute String and a Mini Plaquette stained with a little Butterscotch Alcohol Ink.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Thinking of You

The Illustrated Garden CMS295 is one of my favorite releases this year. Paired with Flutter CMS294, you have a winning combination.

On this card I made a light Watercolor wash background on Distress Watercolor paper and then colored the stamp with my Distress Markers. Once that was done I spritzed it with water and stamped it on the Watercolor paper. 

The butterfly was stamped with Black Soot Archival Ink and then watercolored. 

It really couldn't be easier to make a beautiful card with these two stamp sets! 

Patriotic Card

In honor of President's week, I made this patriotic card using Tim Holtz Tiny Things 2 CMS305 (Shipping in March)

I chose each of the items on the card to represent different Presidents, but mostly Washington and Lincoln.

The music because Lincoln loved the Battle Hymn of the Republic, the band leader and title to honor composers of patriotic music, the military leggings which were worn by soldiers under Gen Washington and Pres Lincoln as well as many other presidents, the watch and hour glass because presidents are given a limited time in office, the lightbulb for the ideas of freedom, liberty and democracy that changed the world (globe)

The stamp shapes are from the Labels 660060 Sizzix Alterations die set.
The background is the Stripes and Holiday Type CMS281 set.

I added one of the new Ideaology Adornment Stars and the title is from Small Talk Occasions.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Creativiation Samples 2017 Part 5

This sample card used several stamp sets but I love the way it turned out. First I had to make the background, which included several steps.
Using Distress Specialty Stamping Paper, I inked up the Vines and Roses CMS298 stamps in Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, and Shabby Shutters. Stamp o to the paper and dry, then use a blending tool with the same color and lightly blend in the background.
Next I inked the various background stamps from Victorian CMS 300 and Etcetera CMS302 with Pumice Stone and stamped the text portions all over the floral backgrounds.
Once I had three backgrounds completed, I cut them up into 1" squares. You could also use a square punch. Then adhered them to a plain piece of Distress Specialty Stamping paper with a Ranger Collage Glue Stick.
Once all the squares are adhered, see diagonally across them in both directions and then around the outside edge.

To finish the card, stamp a butterfly from the Flutter CMS294 set in Hickory Smoke Archival Ink. Water color it in the same three colors as the background, then cut it out.  Lightly color a small piece of Distress Specialty Stamping Paper with Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone Distress Inks. Then stamp on it with text stamps from the Etcetera and Victorian stamp sets. Cut out a shape from the Labels 660060 Sizzix Alterations die set.

Color some Ideaology Crinkle Ribbon, tie in a poofy bow, and add a Typed Token.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Creativation 2017 Samples - Part 4

First an apology- my desktop computer is being completely uncooperative and freezing up so I am unable to post from it and am forced to post from my phone. Therefore I'm going to have to keep it simple and let the pictures do the talking. There also will only be limited links until I can get my computer fixed and go back to link to items. 

Continuing with my samples for Creativation CHA 2017, I made this card with Flower Jars CMS297
I started with these supplies.
Put some Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, and a tiny bit of Vintage Photo onto a craft mat and spritz with water until it beads.

Wipe the Distress Mixed Media Heavystock through the ink. Dry. Add more of the Ink. Dry. Build up layers of color.

When  that step is complete it will look something like this.
Using the Distress Sprayer, spritz large droplets of water onto the background and dry.

You can see how this adds a layer of lighters spots to the background.

Put some Ground Espresso Distress Ink onto the Craft Mat and spray with water. Load the Distress Splatter brush with the into and splatter it across the background.
Use the stone stamp from the Slate & StoneCMS jj

Stamp the stone in Ground Espresso Archival Ink. I added one more step here. I covered the background with a layer of Distress Collage Medium Matte. Do this quickly so you preserve the background details.

Once the background was completed I stamped the flower jars and flowers onto the corner using Dround Espresso Archival Ink. Let it dry. Scribble a few colors of Distress Crayon and water brush and color in the jars and flowers. I used the Crayons because I wanted them to be opaque and not see through like Distress Inks. 

The last two things I added were the Mini Motivations  quote and I die cute a tag from Distress Heavystock and then stamped the wood grain from the Birch and Pine Stamp set. 

Again I apologize for the horrible state of this blog post. I've tried the computer, iPad and my phone and all three are fighting me, so it's a small miracle that I even got this much posted. :-D 
Thank you so much for sticking with me if you got this far!