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30 July 2012

Techniques Today! - Class 6 - Embossing powders

Techniques Today! - Class 6 - Embossing Powder Techniques
Class Samples.

Classes will be held:
Tuesday, 31 July, 2012 at 6 pm
Thursday, 2 August, 2012 at 10 am
Cost is only $5

Class supplies needed:
Craft Sheet
Heat Tool (if you have one please bring it) we have 3 for class use.
Distress Inks (we will have some for class use)
Ink blending tool and foam refills (we will have some for class use)
Mister filled with water (mini or maxi will do, we will have some for class use)

This is a technique driven class. Designs will vary according to student preferences.
We hope to see you in class this week.

Next week's class will cover paint techniques:
Acrylic Paint Dabbers and Distress Crackle Paints
Check out our website for a complete class listing:
Go to the Craft Lab tab for class and event calendar.

Close up class samples are below:

Faux Batik

Faux Rusted Enamel

Distress Embossing powder resist

25 July 2012

Authentique - Festive Collection - IN STOCK NOW!

Click the link above to go to Authentique's site for a closer look at all the designs in this beautiful Christmas collection. We have these IN STOCK right now, 12x12 Open Stock, 6x6 stacks and both sticker sheets. Hurry in soon as this one is going quick.

Below are some sample projects Authentique had on display in their Summer 2012 CHA booth. Lots of inspiration here...take a look!
A Home decor project.

A beautiful Scrapbook page

Cute tags and Cards.

Beautiful star home decor project...super easy. We have the die for use in our crop area...buy the paper here, and use our die for free! We're nice like that!
A vintage style ornament made out of four 1" x 12" strips of coordinating papers.
These are fun to make and again, super easy!

How about a gift cone? Isn't this darling? It would make a great gift card holder or candy holder!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree...how darling this card may be! Especially if you add some stickles garland to it! Ooo Bright Shiny!

A Cute little mini album and coordinating tag!

Pretty tags and tag garland.

This cute little paper chain was actually made with the Authentique - Peaceful collection.
We also have this collection IN STOCK...but it's so new they don't even have pictures on their site yet. We snatched it up at CHA...and you can get it here, before it's available in any other stores! This one is going super quick...we may sell out before we can get any more...so hurry in before it is all gone!

Authentique - Enchanted Collection - IN STOCK NOW!

Click the link above to go to Authentique's site for a closer look at the entire collection of double sided cardstock.
We have this line IN STOCK right now. Open stock papers and 6x6 stacks, and both sticker sheets!
These papers are beautiful and can easily be adapted to other uses like Autumn or Thanksgiving projects. 
Below are some Sample projects that Authentique had displayed in their booth at the Summer 2012 CHA Convention. So inspiring!
A Scrapbook Page

A Home Decor project...using a commonly discarded household item (toilet paper tubes!)
Who knew they could be so pretty...just cut them up into 1/2" rings, paint them and make flowers & flourishes out of them!

A cute little gift bag.

Another cute home decor project, a party popper and a card!

Another adorable scrapbook page.

So versatile! See what I mean? This collection is awesome!

14 July 2012

Divine Vagabond

Have I told you lately how much I love my Vagabond?
This machine is a true Divine creation!
Thanks Sizzix for making such an awesome machine!
This Angel gives my Creativity Wings!

11 July 2012

Simon Says Stamp - Layered Challenge

Hey everyone...Above is my multi-layered entry for the Simon Says Stamp - Layered Challenge.
I made this card using a thrift store hidden treasure. I found a really neat little metal basket for a quarter. The design on the background came from me inking and then misting through the basket.
It was a bonus find really...because I thought I only got one basket for my quarter...but when I took it out of the bag, there were two of them, so it was a set of two. Bonus! After that discovery, the gals and I decided that I should make an embossing folder out of the extra one. After all, I only thought I was getting one anyway. So I had my husband cut the sides off the other one and smooth out the edges so we can use it to emboss with. Works like a charm! It is about the same thickness as the Spellbinder's dies and works great with the Spellbinders embossing mat!

So here's a little bit about my card entry for the Simon Says Stamp - Layered Challenge:
For my First Layer: I used my ink blending tool and Walnut stain Distress ink to blend through the basket onto the front of my Kraft card.
Then I shifted the basket to offset the design and for my Second Layer: I used Dragonfly Glimmer Mist and misted through the basket.
For my Third Layer: I used part of the edge of the basket that was cut off (yes, we saved the scraps for edge embossing!) and I embossed the bottom inch or so of the card...lining up the misted design with the pattern on the basket edge...so it would emboss the misted portion of the design. It is hard to see in the photo, but basically the bottom three rows of misted clovers are embossed.

For my Fourth Layer: I used Monarch Orange Archival ink to ink up my Fleur de Lis Cuttlebug Embossing folder...to create a faux letterpress effect. I just inked up the raised design side, then placed my paper on the opposite side and closed the inked side down on the paper, then ran it through my Vagabond. I distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz Tonic Distressing tool then blended with distress ink around the edges to give it some depth.

For my Fifth Layer: I attached it to my card base with my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher...criss-crossing my staples for added interest.

My Sixth Layer is a 4-Layer embellishment I made to cover up the corner I could not reach with my stapler. Shhh...don't tell anyone...it's not stapled. ha ha.
For the embellishment, I stamped a Fleur de Lis (Stampin Up!) onto a Kraft circle with Monarch Orange Archival Ink, then inked the edges with my Ink Blending Tool and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Then I used a 1" Gluber on the back to attach the twine fringe layer. I topped off the embellishment with some Ice Stickles in the center of the Fleur de Lis. I attached the embellishment with some black foam squares by Thermoweb.

Now it is your turn to play! Go to this link and enter your layered creation at Simon Says Stamp!: http://simonsaysstampandshow.blogspot.com/2012/07/challenge-layered.html
Below is a picture of another card I made using the same basket and more thrift store goodies. I placed the card in the baskets so you may see the lovely design of the baskets. It was after this picture that we decided to cut the other one up so we could emboss with it. I made this one before the one above.
The ribbon on the left is paper ribbon once used for making those paper angels that were popular many years back. I misted both sides with Glimmer Mist, but with two different colors (Turquoise and Timberline), then I folded it over so they would layer showing both colors.

The background of the card was made by Misting through the basket (as seen on the right hand side), then I had all that shimmery mist on the basket and so I grabbed a Kraft scrap and pushed it down on top of the glimmery basket and stamped the glimmery design right onto my cardstock. So, the left side of my card is the stamped opposite of the design on the right side of my card.

The Embellishment on the right side was made using my Fleur de Lis Spellbinders die and Yes...another thrift store find. The paper used for this embellishment was some really cool paper ribbon I found last year, right before Tim Holtz released his Winter Limited Edition Distress Ink! Well, the paper ribbon I found by chance...matches the Iced Spruce Distress ink Perfectly! That made my thrift store find even more appealing! I topped off the embellishment with an acrylic gem to add some bling.
Hope you are inspired to think outside the box the next time you are out shopping for found treasures. You never know what you'll find that can be given a new life in your craft stash! Enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by and looking at my work. Please leave a comment to let me know you were here.

09 July 2012

Techniques Today! Class 4 - Distress Stains

Above are the samples for this week's Techniques Today! Class.
Distress Stains are the product being featured in these three lessons.
The first lesson covers using it over Kraft Resist.
The second lesson covers stamping with Distress Stains
The third lesson covers making marbled backgrounds with Distress Stains.
See our Class Schedule by clicking the **NEW CLASSES ** link on the right.
We hope to see you in class this week.

07 July 2012

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Entry

Above is my entry for the Simon Says Stamp Spritz, Spray or Stencil Challenge.
I call it Aroura Borealis.
I started with a 12x12 sheet of Tim Holtz Core'dinations Distress Cardstock in Chipped Sapphire.
I placed a Crafters Workshop trees template on top of the cardstock and SPRITZED with Bleach.
Then I removed the template and let the paper sit untouched for about 10 minutes.
Then I dried the remaining damp spots with my Heat It tool.
Then I punched a circle from scrap cardstock. I think it is between 2 & 3"...it's a Marvy punch.
I laid the circle down on the cardstock where I wanted to have a moon behind the trees.
Then I repositioned the template over the circle and lined it up with the bleached design.
I then took several colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and misted it in a vertical direction...to give the effect of Aroura Borealis. I used Key Lime Pie, Turquoise, Patina, Dazzling Diamonds and Dragonfly.
Then I removed the template and the circle and dried the mists with my Heat It tool.
Then I cut the same size circle from another scrap piece of solid cardstock...and this time, I discarded the punched piece and used the background. I positioned the background circle over the circle created when I misted over the punched circle area. Making sure I got it lined up exactly with the circle on the background. Then I once again, lined up the template with the design on the cardstock and laid it over the top of the circle background piece. I covered up all the area around the circle to prevent unwanted spray from ruining the effect. Then I lightly misted the circle area with Marshmallow Glimmer Mist to create the final Moon image. After all the spritzing and misting were complete...my piece was finished off with one last blast with the Heat It tool to make sure it was completely dry.
The picture does not do this piece justice, as you really can't see the shimmery goodness on camera. Boy is it sparkly. The moon appears to be behind the trees...even though it was created in the last two steps! I love how this turned out. Finally, something came out exactly as I had imagined it. I love the starry look the bleach gives the sky. I hope this entry gets me in the running to win a prize.

Go check out this contest and enter for your chance to win at:

Thanks for looking at my work. Please leave a comment if you like what you see.

04 July 2012

Another July Birthday Card

Here is a card I made for my brother's birthday. It is simple, but I like it anyway.
I had a hard time holding my iPad steady enough to get a super clear picture of it.
I actually used this piece of Kraft paper to cut some stars for yesterday's post, but couldn't bear to throw it away, so I used it for a card and added some Authentique - Glory papers behind the star cutouts.
I then outlined them with a white gel pen to look like stitching. Added a twine bow and stamped my sentiment with Fired Brick Distress ink. I covered the papers inside with another piece of Kraft to make it look neat and clean on the inside.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Fourth of July Celebration today!
Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my blog. Please leave a comment if you like what you see.

03 July 2012

12 Tags of 2012 - July...My version

Here's my version of the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2012 for July (http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2012-july/).
I did not have the stamp set he used so I improvised with stamps from my stash.
For some reason, my metallic silver alcohol ink rubbed off when I blended the background on...but it left a very cool effect. The fireworks that were stamped in Black Archival over the top of the Silver alcohol ink, actually kept the metallic hue even though they were stamped on top of the alcohol ink. How'd it do that? I have no idea, but it was a pleasant surprise. I was pleased with the accidental effect. The ruffle at the bottom and the pennant at the top were cut using Tim's tattered lace die. I used Authentique Glory paper for the mat around the glossy focal piece. Kraft tag background, stained with Picket Fence Distress stain and stamped with my Star Spangled Banner background stamp in Archival Jet Black ink.

Thanks for looking.
I wanted to wish everyone a Safe and very Happy 4th of July! Enjoy!

Pinterest Inspiration

I found the above adorable card on Pinterest...
You can check it out here on her blog:

Below is my interpretation of Kristi's card...I adapted mine for a July birthday card.
Thanks so much to Kristi for posting your wonderful card on Pinterest and inspiring me.
It was just what I needed to create my friend Jodie's birthday card. Hopefully, she will receive it before she sees it out here on my blog. I mailed it yesterday!
Kraft card stock, Authentique Glory collection patterned cardstock.
Red border created with scraps and an EK success border punch.
Birthday Candles border out of Authentique Glory cardstock and EK Success border punch.
Twine from my stash. Stars were made with the Sizzix original Stars die and paper scraps. I inked the smallest star with chipped sapphire Distress ink & then added Chipped Sapphire Distress stickles.
I used two crimpers on the stars...regular crimper on the large star, waffle cone crimper on the white star which was a kraft star that I used Picket Fence Distress Stain over, then crimped and sanded.
I used a provo craft stars embossing folder over the patterned paper & sanded with my Tim Holtz sanding tool.

This is the inside of my card. I added the patriotic heart to distract from the twine running down the center. The heart was stamped with a custom stamp pad I made for tonight's reinker technique class. I used Fired Brick and Chipped Sapphire Distress reinkers for the heart stamp pad. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up. It was inked with Distress ink pads in Chipped Sapphire and Fired Brick.
Thanks for looking. I hope this post will inspire you to make some patriotic themed cards too!