Friday, June 20, 2014

My first ATC box, but not the last.

These are addictive!

I started by cutting the box out on my cricut using the Artiste cartridge. I then got to use Tim's marbling tech with the distress paints. This is the first time that I have done it and liked the results. Probably because I finally caved and bought new colours of paint from Linda at the funkie junkie boutique. 
The colours are really soft. I stamped over it with a variety of stamps. Some CTMH, some odds and ends with no names. and to make me really happy I dove into the new dies I bought in April. tim's greenery die, the pinecone die to make faux distressed flowers
My Key was created using the distress glitter on a piece of kraft paper.
My favourite stamp, a little bicycle with a basket all coloured up :)
I markered up the birdbath and blew on it to reactivate the ink. This stamp is from a set that a lady made and sadly didn't get to keep creating. The collection blew me away and I love every stamp.

Monday, May 12, 2014

A tisket, a tasket a little yellow basket...

 I found a fun challenge by browsing my latest crush at Layers of Ink . It's scenic stamping. I have always wanted to use my stamps in this way and combined quite a few stamps in my creating.
 The background started out as Tim Holtz's April tag and was rejected. I had used a mustard seed paint and it went lime green. The tissue tape is there...... I was trying to figure out how to resurrect it when inspiration hit and I stenciled over it with embossing paste and a tim holtz lattice stencil. I then used my purple tim holtz distress paint because I wanted to see what colour of purple it was :P, I mean the piece was already rejected, so why not?
But I liked it!

I had a random piece of white cardstock sitting on my desk that I trimmed to fit into this new window frame die I HAD to have, leaving the frameworks dies  on the counter at the funkie junkie. Silly me :(

I distress crackle painted the window frame to look like an old farmhouse window, popped up the window box and set a hyacinth blossom on the ledge. I love that bicycle stamp, its close to my heart. A bunch of the stamps are from an older company, firecracker stamps. I used old Close to My heart markers for colouring.
I made it for an artistic friend of mine that just retired. I'm nervous sharing because she is talented, lol. I do like the way my castoffs came together and cleared my desk. I am entering this into the challenge for scenic stamping at Craft a Scene and the words challenge at Frilly and Funkie.

Monday, May 5, 2014

No Frameworks Here - Improvize

I started to make Tims tag in April, of course I didn't get it posted in time and I never followed it that closely anyway. So the background is distress paint/ink and tissue tape and I evolved from there. I found this gorgeous blog from a link on , and wanted to try her technique for the frameworks. I don't own any frameworks die's yet, Linda! Its on my list ;) I encourage you to look at the Layers of Ink blog and try this technique on your own, she explains it so well.

I made two cards, because it was so much fun :D. You just slather a good layer of embossing paste on the page and push your die cuts into it until the paste pushes up around the edges, add a few stamps and rub ons and WOW! Most of the embelllishments/stamps/ and paste are from Linda's fabulous shop at , some are from my ''I must use what I have" stash that I am trying to whittle down.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Playing, finally playing!

Rusted Enamel Technique on the truck

 I had a need to create  a card for a gentleman that's retiring from our workplace. These are two takes on a retirement card......
I love this truck from Stampin' Up, I used Dutch Blue ctmh  ink as my base colour and coloured over it with Vintage Photo from the Distress Ink palette, I pulled the sentiment from one stamp set and the tree from another (both close to my heart). The rest was pulled from my scrap stash :)
This started out as my take on Tim's tag for January and morphed...

I started out making this background for Tims January tag and tried to follow through with the metal embellishment, using the globe and vintaj paints. It was fun but I definately branched off the original design :).

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Tim's Tag - January

I couldn't believe that I had gone 6 months without crafting or sharing. I did a few Christmas cards but gave them away without taking photos. I am going to try to at least follow Tim's tags monthly to keep myself motivated this year. That should be interesting :)
So for January :

I followed Tims technique for the background and the number rubons, which are from CTMH. I started out with a metal foil cardboard for the car diecut, but I used the vintage patina paint and a little alcohol ink to rust it up a bit. This is a card for a guy at work that is retiring. I am playing around with some other backgrounds now, too and hope to share them soon. YAY, back to crafting.