Saturday, April 28, 2012

Emboss Resist Technique Challenge with Blockheads

Hi Dreamers!
Busy week here.  I will be taking a nice long vacation in May and have been trying to work ahead a bit.  I will schedule some posts to go live while I'm gone so you won't miss out on any craftiness.  Today's post is to announce the new Technique Challenge with Blockheads Paper Arts.  This month, Colleen has chosen the Emboss Resist Technique.  Since Mother's Day is fast approaching, I used the mother and baby stamp from the Grunge Collage Half Sheet.

Here is my Mother's Day card.

Materials List:
Stamps: Grunge Collages, Sentiments are from the Flowers-Daisies Half Sheet
Inks: Black Pigment
Onyx Black Versafine
Cappuccino Delight Kaleidacolor Pad
CS: Tan, Black, Brown, and Blue
Tools: Stipple Brush
Clear Embossing Powder-Ranger
Ribbons, Pearls, and Lace

Following the Emboss Resist Technique instructions, I stamped  the main image on tan CS with Black Pigment ink and heat embossed with clear powder.  I used a stipple brush to add the ink to the stamped piece.  Dab the brush on the Kaleidacolor Pad and pounce the brush onto the CS.  Repeat until all the CS is covered with ink.  By using the Kaleidacolor Pad, gradation of color occurs automatically.  Too fun!

The rest of the card is a breeze from here.  Make the card base from brown CS.  Layer the stamped piece with black and blue CS.  Add some lace and ribbon.  Stamp the sentiment with Onyx Black ink on a scrap of the stippled CS.  Never throw out the scraps.  LOL  Layer the sentiment with black and blue CS and add to card front.  Add the pearls.  Almost done now.  But, don't forget the inside!

Stamp the sentiment with Onyx Black and add the stippling.  Layer away and now we are done.  I have plenty of room to write a nice note.

This is such a versatile technique and of course I could not make just one.  I will share the other with you in a short while.  I will schedule that one for you to look at while I am on vacation.  Oh, I guess I can give you a sneaky peeky.

What do you think??  Now, don't forget that you have to copy and paste the linky thing at the bottom of your Technique Challenge project.  It is very easy.  Just go to the Blockheads web page Tutorial and copy the HTML and paste it onto the bottom of your post.  There are prizes and lots of fun.     So have fun and let's see your creation!!

I also would like to enter my card in the Simon Says Stamp Anything goes Challenge!!

Have a super weekend!  Love ya.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Magic Metal Goes Asian

Good Afternoon Dreamers!
Here I am again with the last card in my collection of projects for the Magic Metal Technique Challenge.
The Challenge will be open for a few more days.  Let's see your projects!  There is a gift certificate up for grabs too!!!  For this project, I used images from Blockheads Paper Arts.

Materials List:
Japanese Musicians
Chinese Princess-Coins
Verses: Special Delivery (Sentiment)
Stream Adirondack Ranger
Back Soot Distress Ink Ranger
Gold Embossing Powder
Cardstock: Teal and Mustard
Gold Cording

Make the Magic Metal Ornaments following my Tutorial.     Make a card from Mustard Cardstock.  Stamp the Japanese Musicians with Stream Ink on teal CS.  Add to card front.  Glue the Magic Metal Ornaments to the card front and add the cording.

On the inside stamp the Musicians again, but stamp off once first.  Stamp the sentiment with Black Soot Distress Ink on teal CS.  Wasn't that fun!!??

Well, that's it for me today, I think.  I should get out and work on the garden clean up.  Lots of work to do there.  Have a super day!  Love ya.

Magic Metal Technique Challenge - More Ideas

Hi Dreamers!
I am back today with another fun project that I made for the Blockheads Technique Challenge.  The Challenge is open for a few more days and I would love to see your take on the Magic Metal Technique.  See all the details on my original post.  This card is a bit humorous.  It is made with one of Di's fun loving images available at Blockheads Paper Arts.

Materials List:
Stamps: Harried Housewives-Carpool from Blockheads
Inks: Tuxedo Black- Memento
Gold Embossing Powder
Copic Markers
Cardstock: Solar White Neenah Classic Crest; Red and Mustard
Heat tool
Spellbinders die

Create the Magic Metal Ornament following the directions on the Tutorial.     Make a card base with Mustard CS and layer with Red.  Tie ribbon in a bow around card.  Stamp the Harried Housewife on Solar White CS with Tuxedo Black ink and color with Copic Markers.

Cut out image with Spellbinders die and add to card.  Stamp the sentiment (also in the stamp set) and layer with CS; add to card front.  Layer the Magic Metal Ornament with CS and add a ribbon tab.

All done!  

I would like to enter My Harried Housewife in the Cute Card Thursday Challenge-adding metal
The Graphic 45 Operation Write Home Blog Hop

Stayed tuned for one more Magic Metal Project!!!
Have a super fun day.  Love ya.

Anniversary Card with The Stampsmith

Hello Dreamers!
Today, I have a card made for my parents' anniversary.  I used an adorable stamp from the "Thank Heaven for Little Girls #1" from The Stampsmith.    The card is made with a background I created using teal inks, sprays, and a Crafters Workshop Template.  The ink and spray is from the Ranger Adirondack line and is called Stream.  I decorated the envelope too.

See my tutorial on creating the background here.   Add the background piece to a card base made from Taken with Teal CS (Stampin' Up).  Cut two circles from Pool Party CS (SU) and dry emboss the smaller circle.   Distress the circles with Broken China Distress Ink.  Add both circles to the background.  Stamp the sentiment (My Sentiments Exactly) with Stream ink; cut out and add to card front.  Tie ribbon around card.

Stamp the photo stamp (The Stampsmith) with black dye ink on white glossy CS.  Layer with black and Taken with Teal  CS and add to card.

I also added some paper flowers from Michaels.  Isn't this couple too, too, sweet??!!   And, here is what the inside looks like.  The sentiment is from Victorine Originals.

I thought you might enjoy some photos of the Spring flowers in my yard.  I went out to do some clean up work and thought that this corner looked so lovely with all its soft blooms.

The blue flowers are Forget me Nots.  The white are some kind of small poppy.  The purple in the very back left are Lamium.  Should have Peonies next month.  The weeds sure are doing well too and need to be pulled.

Okay, I think my parents will like their card.  I will be back later with the Magic Metal cards.....
Hope you are enjoying your lovely Spring day.  Get outside and breath in the exquisite fragrance of the Spring blooms.  Love ya.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Vintage Pitcher and Basin

Hi Dreamers!
I'm back with two vintage style cards.  I used a gorgeous stamp from Serendipity Stamps - Pitcher and Basin.
Both cards were made using a emboss resist technique.  I colored the backgrounds with Distress inks.  Here is the first card.

The image is stamped with brown pigment ink and heat embossed on Bordering Blue CS (SU).   Add the Distress inks with a Ranger Ink Application  tool.  I added small pearls and a sheer ribbon.

On the second card, I stamped with light blue pigment ink and clear embossing powder on white CS.

The CS is from Bazzill and SU.  The DP is from K&Company.  I added pearls and sheer ribbon to this card too.
My Vintage Basin and Pitcher are entered in the following Challenges:
Stampin' Sisters in Christ: use something transparent..I used sheer ribbon-that't transparent.
Paper Sundaes: Anything goes
Stamptacular Sunday: anything goes

I'll be back tomorrow with the Magic Metal projects.  See you then.  Love ya.

Borders into Backgrounds

Hi Dreamers!
It has been a busy week, but I am back today with some more card making fun!  All of the designers on the Blockheads Team are going mad for border stamps this week.  Each of us has come up with some really interesting and different ways to use Border Stamps from Lost Coast Designs .    I used one of the borders to create a striped background.  Any one of the border stamps could be used in this way.  I added some of the Alice in Wonderland images to my cards.  So here we go with the first card!  I call this one "Alice Ponders".

Materials list:
Stamps: Alice and Border from Lost Coast Designs
Inks: Ranger Distress Inks -
Fired Brick
Victorian Velvet
Tattered Roses
Black Memories Dye Ink
Card Stock: Pink, Cherry, Medium Pink, Black, and White
Spellbinders dies
Paper Flowers

I stamped the border stamp in a group of three coordinating ink colors.  I used a Pink/Red combo for my projects.  But, I also tried the Distress ink green and brown color groups and that looked great too.  I plan on using that in future projects.    I stamped from dark to light.  After stamping (and it took several tries to get the rows straight-LOL) I trimmed the CS to fit my dark cherry colored card base.

Alice was stamped on Pink CS with Black Memories dye ink.  Die cut Alice and a piece of dark cherry CS with Spellbinders Oval dies.  I added three paper flowers and a white satin ribbon.    I also decorated the inside.   I used  my scraps here.

This card could be used for a birthday, TOY, hello, or anything else your heart desires.  And, now onto card number 2.

I used the same ink colors on this card, but changed the order.  I went light-med-dark-med-light.  The Queen is stamped with Fired Brick and layered with Black CS.  I added a pink polka dot ribbon that extends off the edge of the card.

Now head over and check out  all the other design team members  projects.  You will wonder how you ever lived without Border Stamps in your life.  LOL!!

 Have a great day and talk to you later!  Love ya.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Peacock and Perfect Pearls....Perfect!

Hi Dreamers!
I wanted to share another Perfect Pearls project with you.  I used the new Blockheads Proud as a Peacock stamp set. 

Materials List:
Stamps: Blockhead Paper Arts Proud as a Peacock
Perfect Pearls Pastels set
Perfect Medium
Galaxy Gold Pigment Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Gold Ribbon
Black and Metallic Cardstocks

Stamp the background Peacock stamp with Perfect Medium on black CS and Gold Paper.  Add the Perfect Pearls powder and push into the ink with a brush and brush off the excess.  Layer the black  piece with the metallic CS's.    Cut a strip from the stamped Gold paper.  Glue the gold paper over the black stamped piece.  Tie a gold ribbon around the layers.  Stamp the peacock with Gold pigment ink and emboss with clear powder.  Cut out the peacock and add to the card with 3-D Zots.

Well, wasn't that fun.  Don't you love the glittery shimmer of the Perfect Pearls?!   The metallic CS is just yummy with the Perfect Pearls.  The Blockhead's Technique Challenge is currently running.    Stop over and link up your project!   Have a great day!!  Love ya.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Shabby Chic with Some Perfect Pearls, Some Crackle Paint, and a Flower

Hi Dreamers!
Oh boy, I have been having fun with my new Perfect Pearls supplies and some Distress Crackle Paint (on sale now at Blockheads Paper Arts).  Sounds like a strange combination doesn't it!??  My thought process went like this...Colleen (fellow DT member) made a cool card using Crackle Paint.  So, then I had to paint everything with Crackle Paint.  I painted some die cut pieces and thought they turned out really good.  I used a crackle painted butterfly and a frame on this project.    The background was created with stamps and Perfect Pearls.  Paint the die cuts with Rock Candy Crackle Paint (Ranger) first.  Let it dry  The paint has to air dry or it won't crackle.

 Stamp used:                                         Large Flower Vignette
Backgrounds and Borders
Naughty Pets: Lines image 


While the Crackle Paint is drying make the background.  Start out with a pale pink CS.  Stamp the Script and Lines stamps with Perfect Medium.  I also used an old, inexpensive rust colored ink pad to ink onto the stamp over the Perfect Medium.  This added more depth to the stamping.  I used an old one so I would not get Perfect  Medium on a good ink pad.  After stamping, sprinkle Blush Perfect Pearls Powder over the background.  Use a brush to "push" the powder into the inks and remove excess.    Distress the edges of the cardstock with a pair of scissors.  Really rough it up.  I wanted a shabby chic feel.    Now we can make the center motif.

 Stamp the Large Flower Vignette with Raisin Adirondack Ink (Ranger)  on tan CS.  Spray with Green Patina Perfect Pearls Mist.   Assemble all the pieces.  Layer the background onto a distressed piece of Rust CS.  Add the main stamped image.  Glue the frame over the top of the flower.  Don't glue it down flat.  Let some of the edges remain up.  We want a really shabby chic look.  Add the butterfly.  Add a few squirts of the Green Patina Perfect Pearls Mist to the whole piece.  Add two small pearls to the flower.
Don't forget the fibers!

I braided three strips of cotton print fabric.  Tie a knot in one end and pin to a design board or your ironing board will work too- something that you can get a pin into.   And, just braid, like you would braid hair.  When you have the desired length, tie another knot and trim the ends.   Glue onto the card.  

There!  We are all done.  Wasn't that fun!!   I am displaying my shabby chic piece on an end table in my living room.  I placed it on a small easel.

Stayed tuned for more Perfect Pearls.  I have a glittery peacock card to share with you in a few days.   Hope you have a Blessed Easter Day.  Love ya.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Vintage Masculine Card With Blockheads

Hi Dreamers!!
How about a masculine card today!!  I am still using the backgrounds I created with ink sprays and Crafters Workshop Templates.  See my tutorial here.  I used Blockheads Stamps for my project.  Here is my masculine card.


Stamps: All Blockheads
Victorian Invention-Two Wheeler
Vintage Light & Form-Australian Postage
Grunge It Up-small dashes
Crafters Workshop Template-Mini Harlequin

Walnut Ink Spray-Terra Cotta
Vintage Photo Distress Ink-Ranger
Black Dye Ink
Black Marker
Kraft Cardstock
Baker's Twine

I started out by creating the background.  Using Kraft Cardstock, place the template down on the CS.  Spray with the Walnut ink spray.  Cut to size.  Save any of the scrap pieces.  Distress the edges of all pieces with Vintage Photo ink.  Stamp the background with the Small dashes stamp from the Grunge It Upset. Cut a strip of diamonds from the scraps and glue to the front of the card.  Tear a piece from the scraps. Glue the torn piece to the card front.  Stamp  the Two Wheeler and Australian Postage image (Vintage Light & Form set) with black ink.  Add the twine.  Make small dots with black marker. 

Isn't this a fun card!!???  I think this will be a great card for a birthday or Thinking of You.

I would also like to enter this card in the Unruly Paper Arts Challenge for April #2 Inky backgrounds.

NOTE: The Blockheads Technique Challenge is up and running!! Don't forget to check it out.   The Technique this month is Magic Metal!!
Okay, I hope you are having a great day!  Love ya.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Spring Colors Challenge with The Stampsmith

Hi Dreamers!
The first of the month sure seems to roll around quickly these days.  LOL  And, the first means it is time for a new challenge theme at The Stampsmith's Challenge Blog. The new theme for the month of April is:


We would like to see all the lovely colors of Spring on your Stampsmith project.  You will have all month to complete your project that uses a Stampsmith image.  At the end of the challenge, a random draw will select one participant to receive a full sheet of rubber from The Stampsmith (a $21 value!!!)  
For my Spring Colors Design Team project I used a stamp from the Full Sheet Called "Thank Heaven For Little Girls 1".   Here is what the whole set looks like.

Adorable, is all I can say!!  Here is my card.

The Spring Sentiment is from the Botanica Full Sheet.   All the papers and the ribbon are from Stampin' UP.  I stamped the darling little girl with Tuxedo Black dye ink from Memento on glossy white CS.  I wanted to add a touch of color to the photo stamp.  So, I colored the flowers with Copic Markers.  The Copics worked well since I stamped with dye ink.

A Few Fun Challenges for my Spring Girl:
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes
Fashionable Stampers: Spring is in the air
Scrap Birz: Copics and Spring
Sweet Stampin: spring

I hope you will stop over and check out all the other Design Teams projects and take the Spring Colors Challenge!!  I would love to see what you come up with.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  I spent all day yesterday making cards with my stamping buddy, Sharon.   We attended an event planned by our friend,
Suzanne.   We made 14 super fun cards and had a great time crafting together.  We also picked up some retired Stampin' Up products for our stashes.  Very fun!!!   Well, have a great day!  Love ya.