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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Whirlybird for All Seasons

I'm hosting the Stampin' Dymonz Scrap Shack Off the Page group this fortnight (what? It's easier than saying "2 weeks"), and I've chosen the theme of Polymer Clay, focusing on making molds, stamps & embellishments to add texture to projects.

I'm going to be posting my projects on my blog and on the group forum, for those who aren't members (but you should be! It's tons of fun, and you'll find yourself making projects you never thought you would).

My first project is a simple example of how you can make a mold out of just about anything. One of most favorite things to do (although I've never blogged about it) is to "bring in the outside in," such as using natural found objects for creative purposes. I gather branches to hang ornaments; I made a vest covered in feathers once; and I can never part with a flower, assuming it dries not rots. I've been wanting to make a mold with a whirlybird (wing-like seed pods), and this seemed like a perfect opportunity!

Here are the basic tools you need:
  • Sculpey clay (or the like)
  • a roller (the one in the photo came as part of a children's baking set; before I got it, I used a bottle.
  • a knife (pictured here is my finger knife, but I've worked with plastic knives before!)
  • a little bit of water, to keep your hands clean and keep the clay from sticking
  • tweezers, optional but handy; there were great for lifting the whirlybird out of the clay.
Roll out an amount of clay slightly larger than the object you're making a mold of (you want to have some stability). Because I wasn't making a very deep indent, I rolled this to about an eighth of an inch. As you can see, I don't worry about how the mold looks; I usually use scraps.

Gently push the object into the clay. It's natural to want to smoosh it in there, but a gentle press is all you need:
...isn't that pretty? Now bake the mold in a 275F oven for 15-20 minutes.

After letting it cool (I recommend letting molds rest for at least 20 minutes to ensure hardness, but I tend to be impatient and let it sit only 10), roll out another piece of clay to whatever thickness you want your embellishment to be. Coat the mold with just a bit of water. Not too much! Gently press the clay into the mold, allowing the clay to overlap the mold just a bit to make it easier to remove the clay. I find that lightly rolling over it helps create an even impression.

With your knife, carefully cut around the object (or make a frame; whatever your preference). Don't worry about having a clean edge; you can round the edges after baking with sandpaper or an emery board. Because I'm making an actual object here, I wanted to put a hole in it. You want to do this before baking! With the object on a flat surface (preferably the one you'll be baking on, so you won't need to transfer it), slide a needle or pin of the desired width straight through the clay. I find that turning it gently while pushing helps to make a clean hole without mussing up the clay.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, rest 10 minutes, and then sand for clean edges. The photo below isn't great, but all the detail is in there.

As you can see from the photo at the top of this post, I strung it on bead thread and hung it on one of our tomato plants. So simple!

When working with found objects, you'll probably want to clean them. The best, easiest way to do this with natural objects is to put them into the freezer for 24 hours or so. If it's something that wouldn't stand up to moisture (like the whirlybird), put it in an airtight baggie.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Happy Freedom Day!

How could I pass up making a 4th of July card with good ole Daisy Bumblethorpe‽ And how could I pass up referencing Futurama yet again?

There is an actual Freedom Day in the U.S.: Feb. 1, marking the signing of the proposition for the 13th amendment, which outlawed slavery. In 1865; the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863. Juneteenth, marking June 19, 1865, when abolition was actually announced to those it most effected, is also referred to as Freedom Day. How can we celebrate our freedom if we're not all free‽

Put into cardmaking terms, I simply love the combo of stars and stripes. I even grabbed some gem star stickers from the $1 bin for the occasion, and I don't buy (or say) bling without darn good reason. I based the coloring on myself, since I'm sending this to my folks.

Inspiration:
Stamp Something: 4th of July/Celebration
Stamptacular Sunday: Stars & Stripes
Stampin' Dymonz Scrap Shack Cardmaking Group: Gate Fold theme
ColourQ #90: Poppy Parade, Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquoise, Bashful Blue + white

Tutorials:
Coloring Clothing at Color Me Copic
Coloring Brunette Hair at My Cardz
Coloring Blue Jeans at The Latte Lounge

Stamps
: Speed Demon AKA Daisy Bumblethorpe digi by Just Inklined, 4th July sentiment from Fiskars, Happy sentiment from Happy Birthday by Hero Arts
Paper:
Recollections, DCWV, Hammermill
Tools:
HP printer & ink, Marvy heat tool, plastic templates from stash, Fiskars papercutter, Recollections punch (star)
Other: ZipDry glue, Stampendous
embossing powder, Versamark and Memento inks, Sakura GellyRoll pens, brad & bling from stash
Copics:
RV11, RV02, RV29, R59, R35, R37, E13, E000, E50, E51, E11, E33, E31, 100, C-7, C-5, C-1, E47, E37, E17, FB2, B05, B18, B28, B23, B32, B00, BG000, BG10, 0

Friday, June 24, 2011

I like my coffee how I like my men...

Irish! Actually, I take my coffee strong and black, but my Irish/Mexican husband will be reading this, so I think I'll let that one go... :) Speaking of my good-humored & ever-patient husband, he inspired this card by pointing out that the color combo for my recent wedding card was reminiscent of coffee. Just the inspiration I needed for a card for the It's a Guy Thing Freshly Brewed Challenge.

Since this post is already a little racey, I'll go ahead and share my theory on cards for men: it's all about texture, because men like to rub things! Seriously, I've noticed that the men in my life respond most to cards with texture (such as heat- and paper-embossing, popped-up details, and anything interactive), regardless of color & cuteness. My husband is a big fan of flocking, which I used to consider ultra-cutesy. And now that I have a Sizzix embossing machine, it's so easy to add awesome texture.

Three or so years ago, Mom collected a bunch of coffee cup sleeves (to make mini books) and of course gave me a bagful, which I've never used until I pulled out a printed one for the background embellishment on this card. I stamped and embossed the round "Made with Love" sentiment directly onto the card, which was risky and artsy, but I like the effect. I stamped a more readable version onto the inside.


Inspiration:
Freshly Brewed Challenge #49: It's a Guy Thing
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #170: Sketch

Stamps
: Round Sentiments I set by SP & Company, Mug digi by Freshly Brewed Designs
Paper:
Recollections, DCWV, handmade paper from Mom's stash
Tools:
HP printer & ink, Sizzix Texture Boutique, Tim Holtz embossing folder, Marvy heat tool, plastic templates from stash, Fiskars papercutter, MS detail scissors & border/corner punch set (for inside card)
Other: ZipDry glue, ZING
embossing powder, Versamark ink, brocade ribbon from Simplicity, clear Sakura GellyRoll pen, corrugated cardboard cup holder
Copics:
E51, E17

A very, very late Wedding card

I was having trouble deciding what to make for the Crazy Challenge Weddings theme, but then I received some gorgeous handmade paper from Mom and was inspired to make this card for my grandparents-in-law's 61st anniversary.

Inspiration:
CCH #72: Weddings
Mojo Monday Sketch #196

Stamps
by Stampin' Up!: cake stamp from Together Forever, sentiment from For the Two of You, flower & branch from Sweet Summer set
Paper:
Recollections, DCWV, handmade paper from Mom's stash
Tools:
Marvy heat tool, plastic templates from stash, Fiskars papercutter, MS detail scissors & border/corner punch set (for inside card)
Other: ZipDry glue,
ZING embossing powders, Versamark ink

Stampin' with Dymonz

Hmph, after following the background-making challenges at Stampin' Dymonz Creative Space for 2 weeks, I didn't manage to participate in the 3rd challenge, where we made a finished page. Sigh, June has busted out all over and has completely gotten away from me (much like the spider population on our porch; it's like a Charlotte's Web Fan Club convention out there, with really large, surly fans). So now I'm determined to participate in the next few weeks' challenges, beginning with the current Drop Shadow Stamping theme.

Dymonz has already posted next week's project as well, which is super-fun, so be sure to check it out.

The Challenge recipe for this week's card is: Drop Shadow Stamping technique; at least one other stamping technique; ribbon; 3 flowers; "gems" of any type; at least 2 distinctly different papers; "Sympathy" theme.

I used watermark ink to create the drop-shadow; it's very light, but I like the effect. I'm going to have to practice this technique (this is only the 2nd time I've done this, the first being after a prompt by Dymonz at the Shack a few months ago). The second stamping technique is heat-embossing, which I used for the inside flourish and the cut-out flowers. The ribbon is just boring-white, but I wrapped it completely around the card. I stamped the flourish several times, cut them out and affixed them with gemstone brads. I technically used three papers: plain white for the stamped portions, linen for the base, and a double-sided Designer sheet for the patterned portions (oh, four: there's a shiny green layer on the back). I printed this lovely sentiment from Shannon's Sentiments directly onto the linen paper.

I made a Joy Fold card, my new go-to card technique. You should see the gorgeous Joy Fold cards folks have posted over at the Scrap Shack (scroll through the comments for all the images)! I used my scallop-edged square punch for the pieces. My Cricut's cutting has been hit-or-miss lately, so I've rediscovered the joys of straight lines and punches.

Inspiration:
Stampin' Dymonz Creative Space Challenge #6
Stamps:
digital sentiment from Shannon's Sentiments, Flowers & Butterfly by Stampin' Up!, flourish & inside sentiment from Regal Greetings set by {ippity} Stamps
Paper: Recollections, DCWV, DP from stash
Tools:
InDesign, HP printer & ink, Fiskars papercutter, Marvy heat tool & punch, MS detail scissors
Other: ZipDry glue,
Offray ribbon, Stampendous embossing powder, Versamark & Stampin' Up! inks, Recollections gem brads

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hey Cupcake!

I just recently discovered the Make It Monday Link Party, and really like the idea of sharing my current personal favorite creation each week. Love looking at everyone's projects, too...a great resource for inspiration.

I decided to mix two challenges to make this card, because I wanted to try both themes. Birthday Sundaes is focusing on Shaped Cards (and I can also use birthday cards!), and the Saturday Challenge at Just Some Lines is to use dots. I pulled out all my spotted papers, using mostly scraps, and made a paper-pieced card based on the Cupcake by Stampendous.

I couldn't resist adding a hidden massage on the front! I ended up hand-cutting the hearts, to make it easier to stamp and emboss evenly. I'm definitely going to have to make more of these, maybe with more pages. Here's the "inside":

Inspiration:
Birthday Sundaes Challenge #14: Shaped Birthday Cards
Just Some Lines Saturday Challenge: Spotty Dotty
Make It Monday #42, sponsored by Cupcake Cards and Crafts

Stamps:
Cling Cupcake XL by Stampendous, Happy Birthday sentiment by Inkadinkado, sentiments by Hampden Art, Gift Mandy digi from Tellen's Place Designs
Paper:
Core'dinations, Echo Park, stash
Tools:
Marvy heat tool & punch, Fiskars scallop circle punch, MS detail scissors
Other: ZipDry glue,
Stampendous embossing powders, Versamark & Memento inks, Sakura GellyRoll pen, ribbon by GCS Imports (thank you Sandra!)
Copics:
100, R27, R59, YG03; RV11, RV02, BV04, B63, BV00, BV000, B0000, B00, BG000, E13, E11, E51, E000, E33, E17, R59, R37, R35

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Deliciously Cheesy

I simply couldn't pass up coloring this yummy Just Inklined freebie for this week's CDAC Sketch challenge. In my family (and, happily, also the family I married into), there is nothing more inviting than fruit, cheese & wine. They represent the sweetnesses of life: youth, caregiving, and experience.
Inspiration:
CDAC Sketch Challenge 26, sponsored by Just Inklined

Stamps:
Digital stamp by Just Inklined, sentiment by TLC Creations
Paper:
Hammermill, Recollections, Core'dinations
Tools:
InDesign, HP printer & ink, Sizzix Texture Boutique, Fiskars papercutter, Marvy heat tool, Recollections punch, hand-punch, MS detail scissors
Other: ZipDry glue,
Offray ribbon, ZING embossing powder, Versamark ink, sandpaper
Copics:
0, G02, YG41, YG03, YG63, FY1, Y02, Y000, C-1, C-5, E000, E50, E51, E02, E31, E33, E35, E37, E47, E17, R27, R59, B0000

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sentimental Shaker for Scrapmaster's Paradise

Not only did I have the honor of my card being chosen for the 100th Scrapmaster's Paradise Color Combo Challenge, I was invited to Guest Design for their 105th challenge. Hope you will join in this week!

Naturally I wanted to use the fantastic stamps I won, but there were so many possibilities! I finally settled on the Round Sentiments set, plus the two Little Birdie digi stamps the Scrapmaster also sent. I also used some of the fab Echo Park paper I bought from her.

I honestly tried to keep this simple. I created the cut-outs in SCAL, but cut the rest of the pieces on my papercutter (and fussy-cut the birdie border). The final card size is 6x4, and I used 6x6 paper, so added a piece to make 8 inches, and covered the seam with a ribbon.

I made sections with foam pop-tape so that each circle contains a different flower mix. The flowers & inside message section (see below) were punched using a floral Martha Stewart border/corner punch set. I love how many flowers I get! The flowers are made of a white paper that I inked with matching orange & green on opposite sides. I edged the foam with the Chinese Orange Copic.

Inspiration:
Scrapmaster's Paradise Color Combo #105: Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake

Tutorials (Splitcoaststampers):
Easel card
Shaker card

Stamps by
SP & Company: Round Sentiments I set, Little Birdie #1, Little Birdie #2
Paper:
Dots & Stripes from Echo Park, Hammermill, Recollections, acetate from stash
Tools: SCAL & Cricut
, InDesign, HP printer & ink, Sizzix Texture Boutique, Martha Stewart border/corner punches & detailing scissors, Fiskars papercutter
Other: ZipDry glue, Recollections & Scotch foam tapes,
Offray ribbon, AtYou Spica pen
Inks: Memento, CraftSmart, Stampin' Up!
Copics: YR09, YR04, YG63, YG03

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Ride On


Inspiration:
Stamping 411 Color Inspiration #159: basic gray, old olive, not quite navy
Card Positioning Systems Sketch #222
Scrap InnoVations challenge: Father's Day/Masculine theme

Stamps: Highway High set from Raisin Boat
Paper: Brazzill, Hammermill, Recollections
Tools: Fiskars papercutter, Sizzix Texture Boutique, Marvy heat tool, MS & Tim Holtz scissors
Other: ZipDry, Stampendous embossing powder, VersaMagic & Stampin' Up inks, satin ribbon from Sandra, brad from Recollections
Copics: C-5

Float like a float-bunny

Good morning! I'm excited about the reading tonight from Passager's new book celebrating 21 years of publishing. I've worked with the editors for about 8 of those years, and I know form personal experience how super-incredible the reading will be. If you live in Baltimore, check it out.

I just spent a few minutes traipsing through the creative wonders of the Designer Dymonz. They're having a candy-filled Blop Hop today, so you might want to grab another cup of coffee and take a little journey yourself.

And if you haven't signed up for my blog candy yet, there's still time!

I had so much fun with the Airplane Rabbit from Zlatoena Designs that I made a couple of projects with another of her images, this adorable Parachute Rabbit.

My first card, on the right, was made for a couple of challenges that I never entered it in. It's fun, tho! The parachute part was printed on vellum, colored with Copics, and them covered in Glossy Accents. It's so much fun to touch! The rabbit is covered with yellow flocking, and I added pink heat-embossing on the nose and tail.

I designed the card shapes in SCAL and cut it on my Cricut, which made sizing the layers very simple.
I used 2 patterned papers, including a pre-embossed piece from Smirk. It's cute, but maybe too busy...Oh well, it's terribly cute.

I whipped up the flap card on the left just for fun, and as you can tell I had lots of fun!

I stamped and heat-embossed the clouds (with silver, of course!) and then filled them with Glossy Accents. Love that stuff! The rabbit's nose and the sentiment are also heat embossed, in pink and blue respectively.

If you're wondering about the post title, it's a bad pun of a bad pun from Futurama (punning the famous Muhammad Ali quote), added to make my husband smile. Can't think of a better reason!


"Joy Fold" tutorial: ABC Christmas Challenge blog
Parachute Rabbit by Zlatoena Designs
Copics: BG15, BG10, BG49, B05, FBG2, FB2, Y08, Y000, E17, RV23, RV11, YR01, E11, E51, E33, E02, E000

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Go Daisy Go!

I couldn't believe my luck when I found this freebie by Just Inklined. Isn't she just the cutest‽ Reminds me of so many wonderful bike rides when I was a kid, and that feeling of absolute freedom. In fact, it makes me so happy that I'm entering into this week's Make It Monday Link Party. Helloooooo everybody! (And Anne-Marie, I saw you won a prize. Congrats!)

The paper is a piece of the delicious new Dots & Stripes paper pack from Echo Park. I colored the button brads and the edges of the pop-foam with matching Copics. I left the message banner loose, so it swings on the brad. Couldn't pass up an opportunity for some interaction!

Inspiration:
Color Throwdown #146: daffodil, tangerine, kiwi
Mojo Monday Sketch #195

Stamps: Speed Demon AKA Daisy Bumblethorpe digi by Just Inklined, sentiment from Highway High set from Raisin Boat
Paper: Dots & Stripes from Echo Park, Hammermill, Recollections
Tools: HP printer & ink, Marvy heat tool
Other: ZipDry, Stampendous embossing powder, Versamark watermark ink, tulle, button brads from Oriental Trading Co., Recollections pop-foam
Copics: c-1, c-5, c-7, yg03, yg63, bg10, yr12, y17, y08, y04, y000, yr04, yr09, e17, e35, e33, e11, e02, e51, rv23

One-color wonder

First off, Crafters Digital Art Center (CDAC) is celebrating its One Year Anniversary. Wow, they've accomplished a lot in a year! They're having contests and prizes, including a big giveaway of ready-to-color flowers by Petaloo. You need to be a CDAC member to be eligible, but who isn't‽

Wow, I was really motivated yesterday and made several cards. I just kept getting inspired! I was intrigued by the Crazy Challenge of "white + 1 other color", and thought it would be a perfect excuse to use my new blue embossing powder.

When I grabbed this freebie image from TLC Creations, I commented that I wanted to heat-emboss it...and I'm finally getting around to it. It worked really well: embossing with digi images is all about the paper, and I have a lot of luck printing at highest quality on glossy photo paper. You need to work fast, but as you can see it provides really full coverage, even on fine details.

To sort of match the photo paper, I made the card base from lightweight brochure paper, basically a thin, matte-coated double-sided photo paper. It doesn't work for heat-embossing, oddly enough. It worked beautifully in the paper embossing machine, and has a lovely weight. I heat-embossed the flourishes onto the card before running it through my Sizzix.

Inspiration:
CCH #71: Monochromatic

"Joy Fold" tutorial: ABC Christmas Challenge blog

Stamps: Vintage Lady and Birds Silhouette digi by TLC Creations, sentiment & flourishes by Stampendous

Paper: HP photo paper & brochure paper, Brazzill

Tools: HP printer & ink, Marvy heat tool & corner punch, Sizzix Texture Boutique

Other: ZipDry, Stampendous embossing powder, Versamark watermark ink

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sentimental Circles

I've been itching to try out my new Round Sentiments stamp set from SP&Company, and this week's Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger was a perfect inspiration. I paired it with the lovely sketch at Taylored Expressions, and am please with how it turned out. Pretty simple, right? At least for me.

All the Moxie Fab entries are beautiful, but I wanted to point out this creative shaped card by Leigh Ann Baird. Isn't it so wonderful?! Definitely scrapliftable. Also, you can view all the Taylored Expressions sketch entries at Splitcoaststampers.

And Sandra, thank you again for the flowers!

Inspiration:
Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger: Rainbow Bright
Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #140

Stamps: Round Sentiments I and For Every Woman sets by SP & Company, message plate by the Paper Co.
Paper: Hammermill, Recollections (kraft)
Tools: Marvy heat tool, Marvy corner punch, Martha Stewart border & corner punch
Other: ZipDry, Stampendous embossing powder, bakers twine by House of Three
Inks: Memento, CraftSmart, Stampin' Up (thank you Dymonz!!!)
Copics: BG15, BG10, E50

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Picnics, Puns, and Punches

When I entered the Tellen's Place Anything Goes & Must Use a TPD image challenge, I remember thinking how AWESOME the prize package was. Well, never in a million years did I think I would receive it!

Their DT member Sandra from England (& of Rose Petal Creations) put together a beautiful handmade box full of goodies, including the most beautiful embellishments I've ever owned, several wonderful varieties of ribbon, bunches of paper flowers, and a whole bunch of fun Tellen's Place images. Seriously, I cried a little. I love receiving packages from countries with "Royal Mail"...it seems even more special! I'm going to do my best to use these treasures to create beautiful items, but it's going to be so difficult to part with them.

My first project with my prizes is this flap card with Dorothy Diva, one of the included images. I'd neither made nor heard of a flap card before Joyanna's post on the Scrap Shack cardmaking group. I had terrible fun coloring her. I added flocking to the flower & ribbon details and red-gold heat-embossing to the shoes (because it's Dorothy & how can she go home without red shoes‽).

For the card, I was inspired by two challenges: the fruit theme at Simon Says Stamp, and the punches theme at Stamp-n-Doodle. I have big plans for these little fruit...they're so cute and fun to make!

The "Berry Sweet Wishes" sentiment (see image on bottom right) inspired a berry emphatic groan from my husband, and you can try for the same response by downloading the jpg.


Inspiration:
Simon Says: Let's Get Fruity / A Photo Inspiration
Stamp-n-Doodle Recipe Challenge: Use more than 1 punch/diecut + circles
Stampin' Dymonz Scrap Shack cardmaking forum: Flap card

Tutorials:
Flap card: Splitcoast Stampers

Stamps: Dorothy Diva by Tellen's Place Designs, pile of gold (for strawberry seeds) from Lucky Day set by SP & Company, dots (for blackberry seeds) from Studio g, AnAkronism font
Paper: Hammermill, Recollections
Tools: HP printer & ink, SCAL, Cricut, Marvy heat tool, Sizzix Texture Boutique, Recollections & Marvy punches, Martha Stewart border punch, squeeze hole-punch
Other: ZipDry, ZIG glue pen, Glossy Accents, Stampendous flocking & embossing powder, Martha Stewart embossing powder, clear Atyou Spica pen, green Sakura gel pen, embroidery thread


Serendipity Technique

Last week, Stampin' Dymonz challenged us to use "credit card painting" to make a background; this week, we're challenged to transform that background using the Serendipity Technique. I'm loving how we're slowly creating a larger project!

I had forgotten how much tearing is! This technique is a great way to use scraps, which I have plenty of, but instead I used a different background paper that I made last week with the credit-card painting technique (bottom left in the photo on the right). I really like the result!

Can't wait to get to the next step!

Inspiration: Stampin' Dymonz Challenge #4: Serendipity Technique
Tutorials: Mixed Media Art; ScrapJazz

PS: Have ya'll seen the Ink, Spray & Smash technique? I'm really inspired to try it now, after seeing how much fun the credit-card painting is. Shelly's Images has a really neat tutorial on how to use the technique to make flowers.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Flowers for Dad

I'm so tickled to officially have 33 Blogger followers (hi Helen!) ... that's the number of years I have! This seems so very lucky to me.

In celebration, I'm adding a my "lucky" rubber stamp to my 2nd Blogoversary Candy. It's a simple pennant rubber stamp, but everything I make with it seems to come out great, so it feels "lucky" to me! I'm sure you'll agree.

Many of you have already signed up, and there's still time! I've put a badge up on
that post and on my right sidebar, if you'd like to share it. Thanks again to all you crafters out there, and all the inspiration you've brought into our lives.

I haven't posted in several days, but I have many projects half-blogged and half-glued. First off are our Fathers Day cards for this year. I wanted them to be simple, but with plenty of texture and detail. I used the emboss-resist technique to create the white portions. The hidden fallen flowers were a last-minute idea, inspired by a photo my oldest friend recently posted on FaceBook. Her father was a wonderful male influence on me growing up, so I'm thinking I'll make a similar card for him.

Inspiration:
Creative Inspirations Challenge #115: Card For Dad
Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #70: Father’s Day (Masculine) Theme
Delicious Doodles Challenge #29: Father's Day

Stamps: Foreground Forest set by Raisin Boat, frame from Regal Greetings set by {ippity} Stamps
Paper: Hammermill, Recollections
Tools: SCAL, Cricut, Marvy heat tool, Sizzix Texture Boutique, MS border punch (for flowers)
Other: ZipDry glue, Glossy Accents, Stampendous embossing powder, Tim Holtz and Memento inks, bakers twine

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Way too much fun

So this week's Stampin' Dymonz challenge is "credit card painting," which I'd never heard of and now really adore. I haven't really touched art paints since high school (which would be 15+ years ago...crap!) so I went to the local craft store and bought some cheap-o acrylic paints so that I could play. I always get overwhelmed by the choices, so I asked my fabulous husband to help choose the colors (he has a real color-sense!) and between that and my being sorta hungry, I ended up with Plum, Pure Pumpkin and Apple Tart.

The challenge is to use 3 colors plus a metallic paint, so I used Frost (silvery-blue) glimmer mist. I poured the liquid onto the paper just like I did the paint...it works great, but is VERY messy and you need to work fast! A heat tool was helpful too.


I made three sheets over the past week...I forgot to flatten them, so I clipped them onto this lace curtain...you get the idea.

Here's the one I'm entering into the challenge:

I used the tutorial at Go Make Something, and was very very much inspired by all the ladies who participated in this challenge (including the hostess!).

Supplies: stamp from StudioG, Hammermill white cardstock, Memento ink, CraftSmart acrylic paints, Tattered Angels glimmer mist, AARP card (sigh.)