Monday, June 30, 2014

Oh Canada {CC3C #5}

Between the June tag by Tim and this Compendium of Curiosities Challenge, I've been doing a fair bit of Distress Coloring lately!  I've had some sort of project with this maple leaf blue print stamp in my mind for a while, but it's been fun to add the texture of canvas to it & make a "real" Canadian flag with it :)
Tomorrow is Canada Day, and I'm definitely missing Canada right now!  I would love to be spending the day with my Canadian family and friends, but I'm sure I'll squeeze in a visit or two via facetime (hint hint)!

My tag is pretty simple, but so is our flag!  I stamped the maple leaf blueprint by Tim Holtz on watercolor paper and colored it with a mix of barn door and festive berries distress markers, with a bit of pumice stone for shading. (Check the CC3 book for details on how to do that!) The splotches were added simply by picking up leftover colors from my craft sheet :)  I added Crackle Accents (another discontinued product from Ranger!) over the leaf for some added texture.  The flag itself is a canvas tag my mom cut out for me- inked up by applying the same two shades of red directly from the Distress Ink pad to the tag and then to my craft sheet, drying and dabbing in the puddles of colour to get a fun mix.  Once everything was dry, I both glued and stapled it onto a skewer which I cut to length using my Tim Holtz scissors. 
I almost forgot I had this awesome alpha set from Tim, I love it!  Looks great stamped in red with a bit of Distress Stickles to finish it off :)  The label sentiment is another fabulous Tim Holtz stamp set... so many great sayings to choose from, but this fit my mood at the moment!  I used the new Fude Ball Black pen Dina Wakley recommends to write 'oh'.... and I can totally see why she loves it!  So smooth and creamy :)
 So, to all my Canadian friends out there, or to any of you who love a Canadian... Happy Canada Day!  I hope it's spent enjoying our beautiful country and includes time together with Family & Friends :)

And for you cat lovers out there... here's another pic of our pesky/adorable kitten Abbey helping me photograph my tag... sigh.

Friday, June 27, 2014

June's 12 Tags of 2014 {take 2}

I told ya I'd be back with another tag and here I am!  This one uses the same butterflies as Tim used (in the original size- trimmed by hand... not too painful!) and another stencil from my prize pack from MMMC :)  I wasn't crazy about how this one turned out at first, but once I got my layers added I was happier with it.
 I rubbed some Distress Stickles on the butterfly wings for a bit of sparkle.  Love this stuff- pretty bummed that it seems to have been discontinued!  I may have to beg & plead with Tim & Ranger to at least bring the rock candy color back!  I think this is pumice stone I used here. If you see it on sale somewhere... snag it while you can!
 Here's a look at this bow.  I somehow over blended my inks on this... forgetting that the blue & yellow I used mixed together to make green LOL  good thing I love the color!
and another glimpse at that shimmery butterfly :)

Big thanks to Tim Holtz for another fab technique... I've been enjoying it and even have a card inspired by it that I'll share once the recipient gets it :) I'm entering this tag in the Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says Stamp :)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Girls Just Wanna Have WINE {Mixed Media Card}

I started playing with my project for the first Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog a few weeks ago after I won a fabulous prize package from them full of stencils and specialty papers (burlap & corrugated papers!). I finally got my act together this week and decided to turn one of my inky, textured tags into a card!
 The start of this project was the large tag- I added texture paste through a woodgrain stencil and then sprayed it up with a combo of Dylusions and Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays.  I used two shades of brown here on both the tag and some crinkle ribbon.   I sprayed some opaque white by Crate Paper through a script stencil afterwards.  The smaller tag was actually used to mop up my craft sheet :)

I decided to stamp this sweet stamp from Unity (isn't this Angie girl fab?!) onto the smaller tag and see what I could do from there... it was stamped in Archival ink and then colored with some Distress Ink.  The white spray was a bit tricky to work with as it interacted with my inks, so I kept the coloring really simple!  Since it added an opaque element, I went over some of my details (like her hair) with a Copic Spica pen.
I finished off this card pretty simply- some lace and bling add some extra textural elements.  It was a fun project!

Here's a peek at a couple other tags I played with too- they both used a stencil with texture paste and a mix of sprays :)  Hopefully I will be back soon with some finished projects...

Anywho, I'm very excited about this new challenge blog and am thrilled to finally have my project done to submit!  I hope YOU will play along!  I'm going spend some time checking out all the submissions soon and can't wait to see what next month's challenge will be!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tim's 12 Tags for June {take 1}

I had fun with this month's '12 Tags of 2014' tag, it was nice to take the time to play along again- especially because I was able to do it with some of my friend's from back in BC via FaceTime.  Isn't technology awesome?  I made two different tags, I'm gonna share the one that wasn't finished yet when I finished chatting with the girls last week first!
 For the background I used one of the stencils I won in a giveaway from The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog (thanks again guys!  I've been playing... and will have a project to enter on the blog tomorrow!) and the arrows inspired me to pull out my hot air balloon stamp :)
 I embellished this one simply with some wood veneer shapes- love these teeny things!
This 'paula bow' technique Tim Holtz shared is just fab... love this crinkly, inky goodness in a puffy bow!

And that's one of the tags I made with this month's techniques!  I'll be back to share the other tag AND a card I made in the near future... sorry I've been quiet lately, but I have been working on some projects to share :)

Oh- and I've got a random side note of happy news... I got my green card this week!  It's been a long process getting through the application and all, but it's good to be 'legally' living here in the US with my husband and I'm looking forward to driving my car again and working/ bringing in some income!  (If you have any job leads or ideas for venues where I could teach paper crafting classes nearby, please let me know!)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Thinking of Mom (my first Prima Doll card)

 My mom got her birthday card today finally, so I thought I'd share it with you all quickly!  It's a pretty simple card, which features one of the small Prima dolls stamps- I love these cuties, but this is the only one I own so far.  I stamped her in brown on a kraft tag just to try her out, then decided to go with it.  I used some tiny floral patterned paper by Crate Paper (love 6x6 pads for stuff like this!) for her dress and painted her skin using some white gesso mixed with water and a bit of ink from a Distress Marker to get a (very pale LOL) skin tone.  The gesso is great for this as it is so opaque, and it allows you to add other mediums for color.  As you can see, I added a bit of color to the flowers the same way- just added Distress Marker on top of the gesso.  Her hair is colored with Distress Markers and a bit of Spica Glitter pen.  The rest of the card is pretty simple- a button and prima scissor clip embellishment and Crinkle ribbon to match.  The sentiment is an oldie from Hero Arts.
I'm hoping to be back tomorrow to share something masculine in honor of Father's Day!  Wish me luck... we got a new kitten last week and while she is simply adorable, she doesn't allow me to get much done unless she is sleeping :)

Just cuz I can... here's a couple kitten pics!  One of her 'helping' and one sleeping (when she really is helping!)

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Monday, June 09, 2014

The birthday experience

I didn't intend for this card to be a birthday card, but it certainly would work!  Today is my mom's birthday (and my mother in law's too!) and while this is not the card I made her (I'll post that once she actually gets it! I'm a lot better at making the cards than actually sending them...) it is a card that makes me think of her!  

From the theme to the colors and patterns & textures... It reminds me of mom. I miss you a ton Mom!  I'm glad you have my siblings with you today to help you celebrate!  Enjoy whatever yummy cake they feed you!

Happy birthday Mom!  I love you lots!