Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Always Be a Zombie

I count it a privilege to get to design samples with Tim Holtz's new stamp releases. It amazes me the creativity from each of the designers and how with the same stamps there are such a variety of styles and ideas. It's a great process to get to be a part of.

I'm sharing one of my samples today that makes me giggle. It was such a fun card to work on and I was able to use all the images for an entire stamp set on it too! LOL!
To make this card, the main stamp set I used was the Zombies CMS350 set. The fence is made by stamping the Planks CMS344 stamp and then cutting it apart and attaching the planks like a fence. The tree branch in the background is from the Mr. Bones CMS345 set.
I stamped and watercolored each zombie image and then cut them out by hand. I ink around the edges with my Distress Markers because that allows me to get into all the little nooks and crannies.
I figured some zombies don't have bodies so this guy is just a zombie head on the ground.
For the sentiment, I stamped two of the hands coming out of the ground and then cut them out. I cut around the finger tips and slid the sentiment under them so the hands are holding the sign.  This zombie has two left hands. LOL!

That's it. This was a fun, silly zombie card just to bring a smile to your face.  Have fun with this stamp set -- there's so much you can do with it.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Christmas in June Pt. 3 - Joy to the World

This is the last of the Christmas in June samples I made this month. For this project I wanted a rustic bunch of greenery and pinecones to be the focal point, so I put them on a medium Etcetera tag and again kept it fairly simple so the focus was on the spray.

The Sizzix Alterations Dies I used on this project were:
Paper Snowflakes Mini
Storybook Font
Holiday Words 2 Thin
Fold-up Bows
Holiday Greens
Holiday Greens Mini
Tattered Pinecone
Jumbo Tattered Pinecone

Let's get started!
To make the background I cut a bunch of the Paper Snowflakes out of kraft paper.
I laid them out on the tag to see how I wanted them to look.
Then I attached them onto the tag with Distress Collage Medium.
Once dry I trimmed the bits that were hanging off the edge and then sanded all the edges.
Next I painted over the entire surface of the tag with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
Once it was dry I went over the entire thing with the Ideaology Sanding Block and carefully sanded away the paint from the edges of the tag and the raised edges of the snowflakes.  I wanted this to look like I had embossed the tag and then paint had worn away from some of the areas. I really like how it turned out and didn't want to cover the whole thing, so when I added the greenery and sentiment I tried to leave some areas where the background could be seen.

In case you don't know how to make the pinecones, Tim made a very helpful tutorial video several years ago that I recommend watching if you haven't used the Tattered Pinecone dies before.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Christmas in June Part 2 - Halfway to Christmas!

Today marks the halfway point of the year and only 6 more months until Christmas!
This is a Christmas Shaker Card I made a couple of weeks ago using the following Tim Holtz, Stampers Anonymous, and Sizzix Alterations:
Tree Ring
Tattered Christmas Stamps and Framelits
Holiday Words Script
Pine Punch
Fold-up Bows

I noted it in my sneak peek, but again, this Shaker Card was inspired by Greg Harrison’s Tree Ring Shaker Ornament.

Peace --
I wanted this card to reflect the sentiment so I tried to make it soft and pleasant.
To make this card I used the following dies from Tim Holtx Sizzix Alterations:
Tattered Poinsettia and texture fade
Tattered Leaves die and texture fade
Stacked Baroque
Rosette Embossing Folder
Holiday Words Script

This Christmas card was a lot of fun to make. I pulled out several dies from my stash to pair with some of the newer ones.
For this card, other than the Ideaology 2017 Christmas paper on the cup, the rest of the paper is Distress Specialty Stamping Paper.

To make this card I used the following dies and stamps from Tim Holtz, Stampers Anonymous, and Sizzix Alterations:
Swirly Snowflakes stamps and framelits
Tea Time
Simple Snowflakes Texture Fade
Stacked Label

I made a quick slideshow on how to make a custom ink pad for the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Swirly Snowflakes.

In case it moves too fast you will need, @ranger_ink Cut n Dry Stamp Pad FELT (not the Foam, that’s for different techniques!) Distress Ink Reinkers in the colors of your choice, then the Swirly Snowflakes CMS319 and Swirly Snowflakes Mini CMS320 Stamps as well as the matching Swirly Snowflake Framelits from Sizzix Alterations. I chose Distress Specialty Stamping Paper for this technique because I wanted the background white and the images to be really clear.
For the snowflakes I like to put the darkest color in the center and then the lighter colors around it in kind of a bullseye shape.
Once you get the ink on the felt, I smush it in with an old gift card or scraper to push the ink into the felt. Then you can stamp with it like any other stamp pad.
Once stamped, I cut them all out with the matching Framelits dies from Sizzix. To keep the framelits in place and make sure they don't shift when I'm cutting them, I hold them in place with some low tack tape. Here I used some old washi tape I got at a crop. I don't like to waste my good Tim Holtz design tape on this step!
I love these snowflakes. They’re so pretty.
Look at the detail in the stamps and how perfectly the framelits cut them! They are just so beautiful I like to stare at them. LOL!

I can't decide which one is my favorite!
It’s a pretty easy technique to do and I love the result!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Christmas in June Part 1

These three projects are made with Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Dies.
This woodsy card was part of the set of simple Christmas Cards I was designing a few weeks ago.
This card is really easy to make and can be replicated for mailing to family and friends.

The following Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations were used:
Planks (fave!)
Layered Holiday Wreath 
Storybook Font 
A Christmas Luminary

I made this little luminary for a design assignment recently.  Just some simple Christmas cards were requested, but I thought it would be fun to make a little luminary too.

It’s made using the following Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations:
Stacked Archway
Dimensional Stars
Stitched Squares
Flourish Texture Fade
Pine Paper Punch
Fold-up Bows

Another simple Christmas card I made a couple of weeks ago. 
This one was inspired by Disneyland’s Viva Navidad Celebration at Christmas time. It’s one of my favorite parts of the holidays at Disneyland. What a bright, joyful, merry holiday celebration it is. So that was the feeling I tried to express here.

I used the following Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations on this card:
Sparkle Texture Fade
Tattered Poinsettia
Holiday Sayings 2

See? Really simple! Easy to make a bunch of these for Christmas cards.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

One Little Spark

One little spark, of inspiration
Is at the heart, of all creation.
Right at the start, of everything that's new.
One little spark, lights up for you.

This card was inspired by Disney Legend and Imagineer Marty Sklar. He championed Walt Disney’s dream of parks that not only entertained, but that through creative ingenuity and attention to detail, would spark or inspire the imagination and dreams in others. Marty was truly one of a kind even within the Disney Corporation, as he worked to keep those ideals central to the Disney brand. A colleague described him  by saying, “He understands the Disney way, because he learned it at Walt's knee. He is the keeper of the keys, the conscience, the Jiminy Cricket for the organization."
The title of his book, One Little Spark, is from an old Epcot attraction called Journey into Imagination and its theme song was written by the Sherman Brothers. Sorry for the ear worm those of you who know it.
Sadly, Marty died suddenly in his home last July and his spark has been greatly missed! 

To make this tribute card I used the following from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous:
Stars THS008 Layering Stencil

The background was made by blending 8 different colors of Distress Oxides together to form the rainbow colors found throughout the Journey into Imagination ride as well as the use of lots of purple, red and gold.

I added stars which are also a popular motif in Journey by using a wet wipe over a stencil that I put over areas of the rainbow background. This made light oxide stars.

Then I stamped the Inventor 2 lightbulb patent onto the rainbow background and also onto a piece of Distress Mixed Media Hardstock. I colored in the bulbs with yellow and Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide. I cut the second two blubs out and popped them up on the stamped ones on the background.

Then I stamped my One (Simple Sayings) Little (Crazy Talk) Spark (Tall Text) on Hardstock that had been colored with the yellow Distress Oxide. Then I cut them out and hand trimmed mats in hardstock colored with red and purple Distress Oxide.

Incase you have never gotten to ride Journey into Imagination, here is a video ride through, but I warn you, that Sherman Brothers song will get stuck in your head....
Imaaaaaaginaaaation, Imaaaaaginaaaaaation,
A dream, can be a dream come true.
With just that spark, in me and you. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

You’re a Cut Above

 This card has several steps to it and uses parts of four stamp sets from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous. They are all great sets and can be very versatile. For the background and the lace edging on the card base and sentiment strip,  I used Patchwork CMS256 and Patchwork Pieces CMS270.
The focal point and sentiment were made using the new Inventor 3 CMS342 stamps and the sentiment is made up of pieces from those found on one of my most favorite sentiment sets - Crazy Talk CMS236
I started by stamping the scissors onto some plain Collage Paper using Ground Espresso Archival Ink. Then I distressed the collage paper a little by adding some Antique Linen Distress Ink onto the stamped side of the collage paper.
The reason I did this is because I stamped the Patchwork background stamp in Ground Espresso Archival as well onto a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and then colored it with Distress Markers and a waterbrush. It's difficult to tell but even the parts that look white aren't they are Tumbled Glass.
I was thinking it would turn out pretty vibrant which it did and I loved it so I didn't want to completely cover it, but it's just too much for my focal point stamp.
That's where the Collage Paper comes in.  I tried to make it feel a little like a pattern to go with the scissors/patchwork/sewing theme going on here.
I used some Distress Collage Medium to brush on the background stamp and then pressed the stamped collage paper onto it and let it dry.
Once it was dry you could see how much the collage paper beautifully muted the background but still let it shine.  However, the focal point scissors were not standing out enough for me.
I sanded the edges and some of the loose paper came away revealing bits of the background around the edges. Then I inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink,
To bring more attention to the scissors, I stamped them and cut them out, added some Antique Linen Distress Ink and attached them over the stamped images.
I chose two different stitched border stamps from the Patchwork Pieces stamp set and stamped and embossed with Ranger Antique White Embossing Powder to make the lace edged trim piece for the sentiment and to make a lace trim along the sides of the card base.
To make the sentiment, I decided what I want to say and then stamped several of the sentiments from the Crazy Talk set to be able to piece together what I wanted to say.  This is a really easy technique for making your own sayings to fit your cards. And it makes use of some sentiment stamps that may only get occasional use.  You can see below the sentiment stamps I used before I cut them apart.
Then I added some odds and ends I had in my Ideaology Fasteners stash.

So although there are multiple steps to this card, I really enjoyed making it.  I know some people like just the simple stamp and go cards, and so do I, but I also enjoy getting immersed in the creative process and making a card that is extra special for that extra special person.