Thursday, February 26, 2015

Paris layout

Hi , I'm back again today to share a layout I made using the current sketch over at Sketchabilities. They have another fabulous sketch to share and a great prize up for grabs!

Here is the sketch:

I decided to use one of my photos from my recent trip to Vegas for my page. Check it out....
One of my dream destinations is Paris ... but for now Vegas Paris will have to do!!! I used some metal Trinkets from Prima's Finnabair collection as well as an assortment of flowers, buttons and metal embellies  from Prima, Petaloo and some random ones that I had in my stash to frame this pic of the Effiel tower at the Paris Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. Hopefully, I will be able to scrap a layout of  the real tower soon!!!
There's a bit of gesso, some Prima Chalk ink in a fun yellow called Coldsfoot Petals and Hedi Swapp Color Shine ( Bronzer) for the base layers, plus some random stamps in the same yellow. I stitched a few lines, drew some and added a few gems and this page is complete!!! Yay!!! I love it when a layout comes together so quickly and easily, thanks to an awesome sketch.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!


Mojo Monday: a Tall and Skinny card

Hi and welcome to my blog. This week over at Mojo Monday they have a Tall and Skinny card sketch to play along with. This wonderful sketch is brought to you by the very talented Julee Tilman
The first size is 3.5 x 5.5" and fits a regular A2 envelope with a little room left over to let something (like the circle in this sketch) hang off the 3.5" side. You can use either of the following measurements, depending on where you want your fold.
  • 3.5 x 11" cut of cardstock, score long side at 5.5"
  • 5.5 x 7" cut of cardstock, score long side at 3.5"
For a little more skinny, you can try a 3.5 x 6" card to fit a regular No. 6 3/4 envelope (the ones that are about the size of a personal check).  Use either of the following measurements, depending on where you want your fold.
  • 3.5 x 12" cut of cardstock, score long side at 6"
  • 6 x 7" cut of cardstock, score long side at 3.5"

I used the 3.5 X6 size card for something different ( my cards tend to be 6X6" )... here's my card:

I used a few new goodies I got from my recent Blitzy order to create this sympathy card. I got a few new background stamps from Bo Bunny ( Geometric Patterns & Distressed Textures stamps)  and Tim Holtz (Mixed Media  stamps) which I used to create to background, along with some new Color Shine ( Bronzer & Mint) ink sprays from Heidi Swapp . The sentiment is from Verve Stamps set called Forever In Our Hearts. I created the hearts using some leftover paper and Stampin Up! trio blossom flower punch. Everything was distressed and inked up and a few Prima Sugar Dots and MME faux wood dots were added to finish this card.
That's my Mojo card... thanks for stopping by my blog!


Friday, February 20, 2015

Tim Holtz twelve tags of 2015 ; February tag

Hi all! I'm late getting my tag made for the TH 12 tags of 2015  because my order of TH goodies hasn't arrived yet!!!! Here's what I came up with using this month's tag tutorial......

I used an assortment of tags and papers from my stash to create the base layer and then added various goodies to finish it off. The hearts were cut out of muslin , inked and stamped with a TH script stamp in Frayed Burlap ink and edged with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. The key and lock were a brassy color so I painted them with a few coats of Brushed Pewter Distress paint.
Here's a pic of some of the inks, stamps and paints I used to create my tag .... all Tim Holtz except the gel medium.
Click here for the full tutorial .
That's my February tag....I can't wait until next  month's tutorial!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mixed media sewing trinket box

Hi and welcome to my blog. I've  mentioned before  about my growing love for mixed media ... and with all the great inspiration to be found , it's so easy to be inspired! There are lots on helpful videos and blogs dedicated to bringing out the mixed media artist in all of us! I've been making altered crafts for awhile but now that I've discovered mixed media I'm addicted!!!  Here's an altered wooden box I made .....

I started off with a simple wooden box that I found at a local Dollarstore ( what a great inexpensive place to find lots and lots of stuff for altering!!!) I wanted to make a sewing themed gift for my mother in law so I found some old sewing patterns I had. I used homemade Modpodge to adhere the pieces  on the top of the box.
I added layers until I got a good coverage and then I applied a coat of Gesso over the entire surface to secure it and to soften the patterns before adding my layers of ink.

I painted the rest of the box with Prima's Chalkboard paint in Egg Blue. Then  I used various sprays ( you can see in the pic which ones!!) and added layers and layers of color. I spritzed each layer with water to blend and then dried it before moving on to the next layer. When I finally got the look, I used a pretty vintage rose stencil from Tim Holtz and Golden Crackle Paste for the bottom corner and when it dried I applied Prima edger ink in Metallic Pink over in and around the edges of the lid.
I cut out a dress form and scissors from chipboard using my Cricut Explore . The dress form was  painted with Prima chalkboard paint in Eggshell and sprayed with Ranger's Perfect Pearl Mist in Bronze for a little glimmer. The scissors were glammed up using Tim Holtz Distress Glitter in Antique Linen. I adhered a variety of flowers, buttons ,ribbon,Prima jewels and sewing products until I achieved the desired look. Finally, I adhered some sewing patterned paper ( stitched, of course)  to the sides, added another die cut and painted flourish, buttons and flowers to complete this box.
I really pleased with the end result and I hope my mother in law enjoys it, too!
I'm entering this over at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge for their " Think Pink" challenge .
Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Shaped Santa card

Hi and welcome to my blog. It's been snowing heavily for a week straight and it really looks like a winter wonderland out there! I'm so ready for spring!!! ** sigh*** But since it's still looking very wintery out there, I'm still in the mood for Christmas cards!!  This week over at Jingle Belles Stef and Lauren are asking us to get in shape for the holidays.... luckily no workouts are needed for this challenge!! All you need is to make a shaped card... whew! I can do that! I recently purchased a few cutfiles from SVG Cuts ( love , love that place!!) and one of the files is a shaped  Santa  card. Here is my  shaped card .....

This Santa reminded me of old-world style Santas , which I love. I used papers from a 6X6 paper pad from American Crafts called Kringle and Co. for the suit and hat. The trim and beard were cardstock, and embossed with a couple different folders. The beard was accented with some glitter for a little sparkle. The Santa is from SVG Cuts file called Santas' Visit and the wreath is from SVG Attic 's set Winter Wishes. The sentiment is from CTMH set Peace on Earth.
This was a fun card to assemble and I'm glad I got it finished in time for the current JB challenge.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The greatest is love..... a mixed media style Valentines card

Hi all! Valentines Day is just a little over a week away and while I don't normally make a big fuss over this holiday, I do try to make my hubby a card at least! This year we will be in Vegas for Valentines Day,( yay!!! can't wait!!) but before we go I plan on giving him this card I made. I used the sketch at Cardabilities as a basis to get my ideas flowing. they always have fabulous sketches and so many great DT samples,too! Here's the sketch....

Love those hearts , but I don't have many heart stamps and I didn't feel like using my die cut machines for this card , so I searched my room for an alternative and I found something that I never used on my paper crafts before!
Here's what I came up with........
I used muslin cloth to make the hearts. I just drew the hearts freehand and cut them out. The larger heart was stitched, stenciled and then sprayed for a more vintage feel. The two smaller hearts were also done in a similar way. I heated them up until they curled and the edges became slightly scorched.I then edged them with a bit of Tattered Rose Distress Stain by Tim Holtz.... I just love how they turned out!! I will definitely be using this material for future projects!!! It's such a versatile medium and super cheap, too!!!
Here's a view of the hearts......
To finish my card, I applied gesso to a few flowers before hot gluing them and added some sequins , a crochet flower and a sentiment heart sticker and sentiment banner from Fancy Pants Designs.
I had so much fun making this card and I hope you've enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Mixed Media card and Mojo Monday

Hi all! This week over at Mojo Monday its contest time ( yay!!) and they have a fun sketch , as always, to get your creative mojo going. This week's sketch is brought to you by Julee Tillman , here it is:

As if this sketch isn't enough to get your mojo going, the DT have some great samples posted in the first seven entries, plus soooo many great submissions are already  up for your viewing pleasure!!
Here's my take on the sketch:

I'm really loving the mixed media style right now..... it's just so much messy fun playing with inks, gesso and all the other awesome products out there!!!
I started off with a floral card base, added a bit of chicken wire stencil and then added my layers. Instead of a strip of paper as per the sketch, I used a large frame , with I inked and stamped using Tim Holtz stamp pads and music script stamp. The flowers were made with my Cricut and were inked with more TH sprays. The butterfly was fussy cut from a small tag. The buttons, and lace  and metal corner tag are from my stash. Finally, to finish off this card I created a smaller mat , inked it up and stamped flowers and the sentiment from Verve 's Hope Blooms set. A splattering of watered down gesso over the entire surface completes this card!!
So that's my card ....  hope you enjoyed it!
Thanks for visiting my blog today!