Monday, December 15, 2014

Guest Post - Sweet 'n Sassy Blog

I'm playing over on the Sweet 'n Sassy blog today!  Head on over for all of today's card details... 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Mixed-Ability Challenge - Inchies

Seems I keep running a week behind on the Splitcoast Mix-Ability challenges!  I actually had this card created just a few days after the challenge was posted, but am just now getting around the posting.  Ah, the holidays, they're keeping me hopping and away from posting!

Last week's challenge was to create a card using inchies.  Remember inchies?  Tiny little squares that can be used to decorate the background of a card or to highlight a particular image....It's also a great way to use up some of your gelli plate prints!  Love 'em!  

 My card started with some vintage text paper, pasted on a piece of chipboard.  I then added some embossing paste through a stencil.  Once the paste was dry, I mixed umber acrylic paint with glazing medium (use equal parts of both).  I brushed the paint on over the text/paste, waiting about a minute, and then used a baby wipe to remove the access.  What's left behind is a fabulously aged background!

I then used a 1" square punch to punch out four squares from a scrap piece of tag that had been covered with gesso and Distress Stains.  Each square was then mounted on a 1 1/4" square of brown cardstock.  I added the tiniest bit of black text to each square, using the Typewriter Text background stamp from Sweet 'n Sassy.  The little circle is from the Seeing Spots set (also from SNSS) and the image was embossed with Wendy Vecchi embossing powder.  I die cut a tiny butterfly shape, using the Monarch Dies set, and then stamped the detail using the coordinating Majestic Monarchs set.  Finally, I added a bit of gold twine around the bottom of the inchie piece before attaching to a plain card base.

Now...on to complete this week's Mix-Ability challenge!  Enjoy!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hi folks and welcome to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  WooHoo!  I can't think of anything more exciting than celebrating the combo of coffee and crafting!  (Can you tell that I love coffee...oh man, can't live without it each morning!)

My coffee lovin' card features a darling stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy; Pick Me Up.  The stamp set contains six images and six coffee-themed sentiments.  There's also a coordinating die set for the stamp set...yippee!

My card actually started out as an ATC...can you see it?  I created the entire ATC, including all of the patterned paper, stamped image, and attaching of the sentiment before I glued the entire piece onto a standard size card, which has been embossing using a Tim Holtz embossing folder.

My coffee cup was embossed using Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink and embossing powder, both in Cornflower Blue.  I then used white paint and a "splotty" stamp to add the white dots..instant faux graniteware (thank you Wendy!)

Be sure to continue on the hop, and leave comments, so that you're entered into the prize drawings.  Did you see all that's up for grabs?  A BIG thank you to all of our sponsors!  Click here to get to the beginning of the hop.  Enjoy!  Links to more crafty goodness below!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Moments Altered Clock

 I found a brand new (new to me) challenge last week and I had to play along!  It's the Mixed Media Place challenge, found it from following a link on France Papillon's blog (she's an insanely talented mixed media artist), and this month's challenge was to create a 3-D project.

I picked up a Prima clock months ago, along with a whole bunch of embellishments, and have had an idea on what I wanted to create for a while.  The MMP challenge made me spring into action as I realized I now had a "reason" to start this project!  (Why is it that we sometimes need a deadline to start and/or finish making art!)

I really liked the original finish of the clock...old metal...but I wanted to add either some dimension or additional color.  I wasn't really sure what direction my paint brush would take me so I decided to start with vintage book can never go wrong with vintage text!  Here's what my clock looked like after adding the text...
I just added random torn pieces of book paper, all edged with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and applied with Multi-Medium Matte finish.  Once the glue was dried, I painted over the entire piece with a combination of Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Distress Paint.  Humm...wasn't loving the look...the colors were too bright for me.  I added a hint of Polished Brass Distress Paint and then I called it a night.  (I forgot to take a photo of this step!)  When I got up the next morning and looked at the clock...I knew I had to cover the paint.  The color was all I started to lightly add a layer of Beach Hut PaperArtsy paint.  The Beach Hut paint is slightly translucent so I could still see a bit of the other paint colors and the shimmer from the Brass paint was dreamy.  I started with light coats of the Beach Hut paint, knowing I could add more.  Here's the next coat of paint:
Isn't that dreamy?  Now I was getting the look that I wanted.  The text got a bit covered up by the layers of paint, but I really like the texture that the paper gives to the clock.  Now, you know I couldn't not add some brown to the clock so I got busy with Wendy Vecchi Potting Soil Archival Ink.  I needed Archival Ink, not Distress Ink, as I was going over acrylic paints.  I added the ink to all of the edges of the clock and any raised areas...
The addition of the Potting Soil ink really adds to the age and depth of the paint.  I adore it!  (Need to try this same technique on a canvas!)

The nice thing about the clock is that the entire back can be removed so you can work on a flat surface..just like a card or mini canvas!  I added a whole bunch of embellishments, layering them all before I got busy with my glue gun.  I also added tiny bits of moss to the background and paint flecks on some of the metal pieces.  (Oh, I started by gluing down a piece of designer paper).  Here's the finished inside of the clock:
I knew that I was going to use a cut out photo of my boys as the centerpiece of the clock so I placed the photo on the clock back and then laid out the embellishments around the photo.  This helped me put everything into the correct spot and that's why the right hand side of the circle only has the moss...the photo will be standing in front of the moss.

Next I re-attached the clock back, added the photo cutout (my photo was printed on a matte, heavy weight cardstock), and got to work on the outside of the clock.  I added a bunch of metal embellishments (all colored with Teakwood Alcohol Ink so they would all be the same color), painted flowers, and moss to finish the decorations.  Below are some more close up photos of the outside:
I love the tiny bird cute and it works perfectly with the moss and mesh flower petals.  The metal swirls on top of the clock are lots of fun too!
I used a large metal swirl to add as a platform for the flowers (and burlap flowers are the perfect pairing with photos of sweet boys!) and once the flowers were attached, I hot glued the entire piece to the clock.  A few metal pieces, and these sweet resin gears from the Prima are the bomb!  The tiny hot air balloon is from a chipboard set, also Prima, that I've had in my stash for months.  Here's another view, looking inside the clock:
I'm just giddy about how this turned out and this piece is just perfect on our fireplace mantle (as shown in the first photo of this post).  I think my hubby is going to add a tiny light on the inside of the clock so that you can peek in to see all of the decorative goodness inside...of course my darling boys are the best part of the entire piece!!  Love those smoochie-boys!

Be sure to check out this month's Mixed Media Place challenge!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sweet 'n Sassy Featured Stamps of 2014 - The Future

Happy Monday!  Today Sweet 'n Sassy is continuing their month long celebration, featuring a select group of sets.  (Hit the SNSS blog to see more goodies!)  My card features the sentiment set, The Future.  This set includes 10 sentiments for only $15!  What a great deal!

  I used a whole bunch of other sets on my card (why use just one?!) today.  The text background, over the grey polka dot paper is the Friendship Script background set.  This is a stamp that I use again and's such a great image to use as an accent or background.  Love it!  I also framed my sentiment using the Decorative Frames stamp set.  I adore being able to add aa edge design to the divine!  Finally, I couldn't create a card without including some butterflies so I die cut three of these beauties, using the Majestic Monarchs die set and then used the matching stamps to decorate.  (I just die cut the butterflies out of a piece of scrap paper that was already inked).  The velvet flower and stick pins are from Maya Road.

Hope you enjoyed today's card!  Be sure to check back tomorrow or a new mixed media 3-D project, Wednesday is the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop (LOTS of prizes up for grabs), Thursday I'll be sharing a card featuring some fun mixed media techniques, and Friday Sweet 'n Sassy will be featuring another set!  Lots of action on the blog this week...don't miss the fun!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Guest Post - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

I have a guest post on the Sweet 'n Sassy blog today!  Head on over to check out all of the details of today's card...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sweet 'n Sassy Favorite Stamp Sets of 2014 - Shape Up!

During the entire month of December, the Sweet 'n Sassy design team is going to be featuring some of our favorite stamp sets from this year.  Today we're celebrating the super sweet Shape Up stamp set and coordinating dies.

The thing I love, love, love about this set is that you can create anything with the, background designs, or birthday balloons!  I used the tear drop die to cut out two shapes and then stamped the design with the coordinating stamp.  I added a few pieces of twine to the back of each balloon and attached both balloons to my completed card.  Using Liquid Pearls added just a tiny bit of extra design on the balloons and card front.  Fun!!  The sentiment is from the Sunshine & Flowers set.  (Another keeper!)  How about a few other cards using this same set...take a peek!
On this card I used the leaf shape die to cut out a bunch of shapes from painted paper towels.  Super quick and easy card!  The sentiment is from the Long Stem Silhouettes set.
This card features an ombre design, using the arrow die and coordinating stamp.  Just grab a few different ink colors to create this look.  This would be great with rainbow colors as well!  The sentiment on this card is from the Inspirational Word Art stamp set.

So many options with just one stamp set and die...head on over to Sweet 'n Sassy and grab a this set and dies for yourself!  Enjoy!