Good morning!  Smiley from millan.net This was going to be the day that I would being the videos.  What I’m thinking is actually babbling in a video.  Then I will have my card and the necessary deets.  That way for people who truly aren’t interested they can skip the video.  This has been in the works for a month or so now but I have yet to get it done.  I didn’t write about this project last night when I finished, well because  . . . I wanted to do the video.  Alas, I got out of bed this morning with a headache and today is probably not the day to start.  I did promise a reader however, that I would do a video tutorial on the fragment tag I used on my Wacky Wednesday card.  It will be coming real soon!

A number of months ago, I truly can’t remember how long . . . maybe 4 or 5, I was at Target shopping.  I found in the Dollar Spot a package of 3 unfinished wood frames that some how jumped into my cart.  I had an idea of what I wanted to do with them, but unfortunately time has not been on my side.

You know that project I was talking about yesterday?  The one I had to let dry, blah blah blah?  Well, it is one of these frames.  It’s funny how I was working on a frame and then yesterday’s Splitcoast Ways to Use It Challenge was for frames.  Smiley from millan.net I just had to finish the frame last night.

The frame is fairly close to what I had imagined.  This one is a practice piece, as I have an idea for my mother and her colors are definitely NOT green, orange and blue.  This one will hang in my studio which does have blue and green accents.  Now that I have general premise down, I can move on to the one for my mother.

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The unfinished frame was painted with acrylic paint and once that was dry, a layer of Distress Crackle Paint was applied over the acrylic paint.  After the Crackle Paint had dried, the edges and various places on the frame were sanded to appear worm and handled.  The flower embellishment is made with Grunge Paper.  The leaves were stamped, inked and then cut out.  The layers for the flower were die cut with Spellbinders Daisy Heads Shapeabilities, inked and then over stamped with Rubbernecker’s Loose Weave Background.  For the panel inside the frame, that “Inky Thing I Do” was done with Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade and Broken China.  Those colors were used because the flowers were inked with Spiced Marmalade and Broken China.  The sentiment was stamped in Ranger Archival Coffee.

If the photo looks funny, I took the picture with the frame upside down (didn’t want to mess up those grunge paper leaves and flower) and then rotated it in Paint Shop.

I hope each of you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

I must leave you with this:  Smiley from millan.net I just saw it and it made me giggle. I just can’t help myself some times!

Hey, Smiley from millan.net.  I hope you had a great day yesterday!  I was just a bit lazy . . . lying on the couch, napping, lying on the couch, napping, blah blah blah.  I sure as hell didn’t get much done, but oh what a great day!

Today is another Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge.  Tami gave us an excellent sketch, which you can check out on the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog.  I hope that you join us and play along this week!

I used a new stamp on my card today.  I actually didn’t have this one, BUT while I was at Bev’s it was lying on the table with a few stamped images.  I started to take the stamped images, but the stamp actually made it into my bag instead.  Anyhoo, I wanted to follow the sketch (since it’s such a great one), and left my second panel plain.  I’m not sure about this and almost put a grunge flourish on it before I took the pic.  I wasn’t too sure about that either, and decided to continue to look at the card for a few days.  I’ll make up my mind later on if I should add something or not.

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The image panel started as white paper and then color was added by swiping the ink pads on my craft sheet, misting with water and adding layers of color, ironing in between the layers.  The edges of the image panel were distressed using scissors.  I tell you this so that you can see the difference between the results of the scissors and that of the distressing tool.  The panel behind the image was distressed with the tool.  Big difference!  When I want a more aged distressed look, I go for the scissors!  The images were colored with distress reinkers and a paint brush.  I decided to use up some of the letters in my mini Grunge collection for the sentiment.  They were first covered with Distress Crackle Paint, leaving space in between the paint.  When the letters dried, I went back over them with distress ink.  The sentiment is adhered to a Spellbinders die cut with glossy accents.  Fun card to work on!!!

  • Stamps:  Stamp Oasis Holiday Collection:  Pine Cone Montage from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, BasicGrey Figgy; SU Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze
  • Ink: Ranger Broken China, Vintage Photo Brushed Corduroy and Pine Needles Distress; and Archival Jet Black
  • Accessories: Clover Craft Iron; Sewing Machine; Ranger Craft Sheet, Peeled Paint Distress Crackle Paint, Ink Blending Tool, Mini Mister, Glossy Accents; Tonic Tim Holtz Scissors and Distress Tool; Tim Holtz idea-ology Mini Grunge Board; Spellbinders Shapeabilities Ribbon Tags Trio; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Brads; Cotton Twill; Venture Foam Mounting Tape

Have a great day and I look forward to seeing what you do with this sketch!

I’m tellin’ ya. This week has just been a blur for me. Once again the pups woke me up at 6:30, and I wasn’t ready to get up. Here’s the thing. They are crated at night in the family room. Lance gets up early, really early – like 5:00 a.m., and takes the dogs out in the morning. After they’ve come in from their morning walk, they get a treat, and then they come barreling into my bedroom and jump up on the bed. My bedroom door doesn’t latch tight, and all they have to do is nudge the door and in they come. It would be nice if they could just lay there, but NO – they have to lick my face, my ears, walk all over me and whine a little. The last two mornings there was nothing I could do but get up with them. Of course, I’m still so tired that I’ve sacked out on the couch and taken a nap within an hour of getting up. Of course, if I could make myself go to bed at a decent hour every night, that might help. Don’t ya think? I think I need to work on adjusting my internal clock!

Last night I was up working on projects for my Saturday morning Stamp Club Meeting. I’ve been torn on what projects to give the girls to do, and still haven’t worked them all up yet. I like to give them four, one being an altered item, but this month I’m really at a loss. I’ve pulled some Stampin’ UP! Sets out that I think might be fun, but nothing is coming to mind for them.

One idea I got last night, was to make a tag with them, one that I would demo at a show, only using SU images. This was my second attempt, the first being tossed into the garbage because it was too dark.

Tres Chic Tag

From the Garden was painted with a Copper Acrylic Paint Dabber, and stamped directly onto the tag. After it had dried, and using pad to paper, the remaining tag was colored with Soft Sky, River Rock and Groovy Guava. Because the acrylic paint works as a resist, the ink comes right off leaving color onto the tag only. The background Tres Chic was stamped in Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then the butterflies and flairs were stamped in Ruby Red. A Shimmer Mist of River Rock and Copper Perfect Pearls was misted over the tag and then the edges were distressed and sponged in Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I inked the Grunge Board heart with Ruby Red and the Grunge Board Wings were painted with Old Paper Crackle Paint and glued them together using Ranger Glossy Accents. Before placing them on the tag, I misted the heart and wings with the Shimmer Mist. For added embellishment, I found this old earing in my jewelry stash, removed the post end and tied it on the tag with the ribbon.

TRES CHIC TAG PRODUCT

Stamps: Tres Chic, From the Garden and Priceless from Stampin’ UP!

 Paper: Manilla Shipping Tag

 Ink: Stampin’ UP! Ruby Red, Soft Sky, River Rock and Groovy Guava; Ranger Tim Holtz Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Inks

Accessories: Ranger Adirondack Copper Acrylic Paint Dabber, Glossy Accents, Copper Perfect Pearls, Mini Mister and Old Paper Distress Crackle Paint; Stampin’ UP River Rock Reinker; Tsukineko Sponge Daubers; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grunge Board Elements; Ribbon; Old Earring

 

Have a great day everyone and hopefully I’ll have some other Stamp Club Projects to show you later.

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Good Sunday morning! It’s that time again, time for another Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen Challenge. This challenge is open to all current and alumni Dirty Dozen, and one that I enjoy participating in each month. This month the challenge was to make an Inspirational Journal using the following picture as inspiration.

 

Inspiration Photo

 

The inspirational photo is from BH&G 100 Decorating Ideas Under $100 magazine. We could choose to be inspired by the color pallette, the composition, or any other element of the photo that grabbed us. The restricted element for this challenge, was NO markers (including Copic, SU or any other brand) or watercolor crayons. I was immediately taken with the soft blue and white color scheme in the room. The next thing that jumped out at me were the flowers on the table and the oranges on the shelf. I decided to make my journal in blue and white, with just a small punch of orange.

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As you can see, I actually was inspired by one of my own creations as well. Yesterday I posted the journal that I made for the Lizzie Anne Designs April Project of the Month, which subsequently became my sister’s birthday present. This time, the journal is for me and the design on the POM Journal was one that I absolutely loved. Not only that, but since this journal is mine, I pulled out my favorite Penny Black floral stamp that I have not used in months and months and months. I won’t go into great detail in this post about making the journal (since I did that yesterday), but I will highlight some of the details.

 

I inked the flower image by tapping Distress Ink Pads directly onto the stamp. I then misted the image with water, and stamped it out three times on a piece of watercolor paper. Once the image was dry, I went back with a wet watercolor brush and pulled the ink into the open areas of the image. The edges of this panel were then sponged with Weathered Gray Distress Ink, completely into the image. Using a baby wipe, I then pulled some of the color off by wiping from the image out to the edges. I loved the effect I got, more of a watercolor look as opposed to sponging. The image was then layered onto solid colored designer paper and stitched together.

 

The covers for the journal were painted with acrylic paint, then highlighted with distress crackle paint. Once the crackle paint was dry, I went back and sanded all the edges to give the journal a worn look. As a last minute addition, I added the flourish to the all the covers and the inside pocket dividers. The flourish was stamped in white acrylic paint.

DCI408 INSIDE

I decided to separate the journal in two sections, divided by pocket dividers. The first section contains lined paper, and the second section is plain white cardstock.

DCI408 PRODUCT

 

Stamps: Penny Black Blush; Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Anthology from Rubbernecker Stamp Company; and Stampin’ UP! Embrace Life

Paper: Canson Watercolor Paper; BasicGrey Periphery; Stampin’ UP Bashful Blue; Georgia Pacific White; Lined Memo Pad

Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black, Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood and Vintage Photo Distress Inks

Accessories: DecoArt Americana Blueberry and Buttermilk Acrylic Paints; Ranger Glossy Accents, Mini Mister, Snow Cap Acrylic Paint Dabber, Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Crackle Paint; Sewing Machine; Zutter Bind-it-All, 7.5×5″ Craft Covers, 1″ Double O Wire; SU Hodgepodge Hardware; Tonic Tim Holtz Distress Tool; Sanding Block; Ribbon; Watercolor Brush

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, and that perhaps you are inspired to make your own journal. If you would like to see all the journals made by the Dirty Dozen, all you need to do is click on this keyword, DCI408.

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I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far. I meant to make this post earlier this morning, but I got a little sidetracked in the stamp room. I posted back on April 7 about my sister’s birthday. I hadn’t seen her then to give her the present I made, and didn’t want to spoil her surprise by posting it here until she had received it. Not only was this her birthday present, but it was also my Project of the Month for Lizzie Anne Designs. Now that it has been posted on the Lizzie Anne Designs website, and that my sister actually has it in hand, I can finally show you.

LAD POM Journal

I started with 7.5″x5″ Zutter Craft Covers. Both covers were painted front and back with Cermacoat Antique White Acrylic Paint. Once the covers had dried completely, the edges and some of the top finish were sanded with a coarse sanding block. The covers were then painted, inside and out, with Ranger Tim Holtz Scattered Straw Distress Crackle Paint and left to dry overnight. Taking a Shabby Shutters Distress Ink Pad directly to the covers, I wiped the pad across both covers, inside and out, working the distress ink into the cracks of the Crackle Paint. The acrylic paint acts as a resist to the distress ink, and where the finish was sanded lightly, the paint picked up a very light color of the distress ink. The edges of both covers were then sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

 

The inside pages of the journal are from a Top Flight 6″x9″ 120 Sheet Ruled Writing Tablet. The pages were trimmed down to 4-3/4″x7-1/4″ to fit inside the journal.

 

The image was inked with Peeled Paint and Fired Brick Distress Ink, misted with water, and then stamped three consecutive times on 120 lb. Canson Watercolor Paper. While the ink was still wet, a paint brush loaded with water, was used to blend the distress inks. Once the image was dry, the edges were distressed with scissors, and then sponged with Old Paper Distress Ink. The background panels are BasicGrey Infuse. The edges of the bottom panel were distressed with a distressing tool, and the edges were lightly sponged with Old Paper Distress Ink. The edges of the top background layer were sponged with Old Paper Distress Ink, and then both pieces of the designer paper were sewn together on the sewing machine. All three panels were then adjoined together.

 

The sentiment was stamped in Vintage Photo Distress Ink on Canson 120 lb. Watercolor Paper and punched out using a large oval punch. The edges of the sentiment were sponged with Old Paper Distress Ink, and then placed in the hardware. The hardware was attached to the image panel with a brad and the right and ribbon on the left, wrapped around the panel and taped to the back. An additional piece of hardware was attached to the top right corner and ribbon tied off in bows.

 

To assemble the journal, the covers and pages were punched with a Zutter Bind-it-All. Using a 3/4″ O wire, the journal was assembled in the appropriate order, and then fastened with the Bind-it-All. The image panel was then affixed to the front of the journal.

 

Stamps: In the Meadow by Lizzie Anne Designs

Paper: Canson 120 lb. Watercolor Paper; BasicGrey Infuse

Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick and Old Paper Distress Inks

Accessories: Zutter Bind-it-All, 7.5″ x 5″ Craft Covers, and 3/4″ O Wire Binding; Sewing Machine; Tonic Scissors and Tim Holtz Distressing Tool; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Ranger Tim Holtz Scattered Straw Crackle Distress Pint; Cermacoat Antique White Acrylic Paint; Top Flight 6″ x 9″ Ruled Writing Tablet; Sanding Block; Hardware; Brads; Ribbon; Paint Brushes

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, and I’m heading back to the stamp room. Too much to do and so little time!

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