Thursday, September 11, 2014

Long Time No Bloggy

Errr....well, let's do some catch up on some things that I created, but never posted.  
Here's some "shortie" tags that I made to put in my Studio 490 tag book....

Wait a sec, that one wasn't for the tag book...huh...must have been a random any's a tag I just felt like making one day...

Most of the products I used are Studio 490, or inks by Ranger...a few dies from Sizzix.  That orange flower is cardstock covered with embossing paste and colored with distress inks.  Can't see the texture from the paste in the pic, but it's almost velvety in person. Can you tell I like my flowers blue?? lol
Thanks for stopping by...hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, June 23, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - JUNE!!!

The technique for June - monoprinting with a stencil.  The details for Tim's tag can be found HERE.
As it turns out, I needed to make a birthday card, which actually came to mind after I had started this project...:). 
I went with the rays stencil, then after the monoprinting with blues, I used the stencil as a mask to color the yellow areas.  The stamp set is Tim's Rock Star set, and I was able to curve the row of stars stamp at the top. I used some black diamond glitter, some glitz glitter, and the heart is colored with watercolor pencils and covered with glossy accents.
Here you go:

Excuse the somewhat blurry pic...
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Friday, May 9, 2014

Curiosity III Challenge 1

Linda Ledbetter is at it again, posting challenges from Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Volume can check it out HERE.  The first challenge is Paint Marbling...found on page 43, I believe.
Soooooo.......I decided at the last minute to combine the challenge with a card I needed to make for an upcoming holiday. :)
Here we go:
 The marbling technique is pretty much covered up, but it's there in the background.  I used some Studio 490 stencils and stamps.  For the flower, I covered some chipboard with white embossing paste, let it dry naturally, then covered with distress paints..mustard seed, rusty hinge and spiced marmalade.  The leaves are just chipboard stamped and inked. 
You might want to consider entering the challenge, Inspiration Emporium has a $50 gift certificate up for grabs!
Thanks for stopping, and enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Odds and Ends

Here are some birthday cards I've made recently:

I altered the brads I used for the center of the flowers using embossing powder.  The flowers were done with Studio 490 stencils, stamping and translucent embossing paste

This one was a fun one...the hand/arm is a Studio 490 stamp, the candle is part of the Sizzix candelabra die.  Thought it turned out pretty cool.
Die cuts, UTEE, rub ons, rubber stamps...all sorts of things were used to make this one, and the one below.  Obviously, they're for guys. LOL
I like sprinkling UTEE over everything, it kind of gives a spattered look, but it's raised and shiny.
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Wendy at the Scrapbooking Studio!

The wonderfully talented Ms. Vecchi taught a tag book class at The Scrapbooking Studio this past weekend, and on a whim and at the last minute, I decided to sign up.  My friend, Wanda, also attended.
It was a day jam packed with inky goodness.  Amy, the owner of the store, was so generous to us. And she served us lunch to boot! 
I also met some other wonderful ladies at our table, Peg and Colleen. 
Anywho, on to the book.
Outside covers, front and back (L to R):
 Inside front and back cover:
I swear, I had one sentiment the whole day that actually came out straight. LOL. Oh well.
 The tag on the far right here, is one I actually did BY MYSELF at home. Yes, it's true.  Felt good to get the mojo going again.  The flower was created using silver embossing paste, then crackle paste, stamped with one of the new "SiSi" stamps, then colored with Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick.  A Blossom Bucket center was added to the flower, which I altered a bit with Archival inks to make it a little darker. 
With all the Blossom Bucket pieces and Art Parts, the book is a little chunky, which I like.

 Being the generous person she is, Wendy gave us plenty more tags to continue making pages.  Which I have resolved to do. Yes, I have. 
I scammed some photos from, that's me on the left in case you didn't know.
Colleen and Peg L to R

 Wendy surrounded by eager students:
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tim's Tag for April

Totally unimaginative title, but it gets to the point. lol.

I really loved Tim's tag for April, and ... whoa! I had all the stuff necessary to make one. But instead of making just one, I made several. Used up all the die cut pieces.... almost. 
I have to say, I struggled making the tattered pinecone flowers.  I ended up squirting large blobs of hot glue in the base, to hold it where I wanted, and ended up with slightly burnt fingertips. All of which is my fault, of course.  I love the looks of them, but I think I might stick to the "traditional" way of making layered roses.  Other than that, pretty much followed Tim's example, being as how I liked it so well to begin with.

So, the only difference in the two is the one on the left uses the painted grungeboard die per Tim's instructions, whereas the one on the right is using up the collaged paper grungeboard die cut.  To me, you can hardly tell the difference. Oh, and I forgot to put my string through the hole prior to taking the picture. 
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


After viewing Jennifer McGuire's video using stencils and glitter, I decided to pull out my much unloved glitter drawer and some other supplies and give it a try.  I thought the techniques would be perfect for some Easter cards for the family.
On this particular card, I actually used a Studio 490 stencil and embossing paste with the glitter....

Ok, on these I used double sided tape sheets, and followed Jennifer's instructions for using stencils with the glitter...I was able to get two for one on these, lol...yeah, free handed the egg, so it's not perfect..and, you can see where the stencil raised up a little on the right card, so the stencil area wasn't well defined.

Love how the stenciled area is well defined on this one.

Haven't done anything yet with this last example, but I had some tape leftover, and while the glitter was out...well, you know.
And yes, it was several weeks ago that I made these, but I'm still seeing glitter pieces around, no matter how careful I was during the process.  I ended up spraying the pieces with a really light coat of Krylon just to make sure more didn't fall off.
I liked using the embossing paste with glitter, but since you can't smoosh the glitter into the paste, you just have to let it dry, and some does fall off after drying, so it's a lighter result than using the tape. But, I like the's a little faster and easier, other than the drying time.
So there you have it! I hope you have a wonderful Easter!