Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sweet Summertime

Today I have a fun summertime card to share that I made to send to my friend's twin daughters who are away at camp this week.   They love to get mail there!  I made two cards using the same supplies but with a few differences!

I had cut out these cute sunglasses from the cold drink plastic cups Starbucks used last year - there were 4 styles of glasses - and I bought a lot of cold drinks that summer!  
(I don't know if they are using the same design on their cups this summer).

To make the background, I  sprinkled Brushos in Orange, Lemon and Yellow over Tim Holtz' Rays stencil and spritzed with water.  I removed the stencil carefully and dried the panel with my heat tool.
There was a lot of watered down Brushos on the top of the stencil I had just used on the panel above - so I flipped the stencil over onto a clean panel of white card and pressed over the stencil with a paper towel giving me the negative image of the stencil below.
I adhered the sunglasses onto the cards with a foam dot along the bridge of the glasses.  I stamped the sentiment on a strip of Summer Sunrise card and adhered it to the panel with more foam dots.  

My card design was inspired by the Featured Stamper challenge over at SplitcoastStampers this past Sunday.  Cindy was the FS and I CASED this card of hers - changing colors and techniques used.


I'm also linking my cards to:
House of Cards: July Challenge - Stripes and/or colors
I used stripes and 2 shades of yellow


Stamps:  Special Delivery Sentiments - PTI
Paper:  white, true black, summer sunrise - PTI
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Brushos - Orange, Lemon, Yellow, Water Mister, Rays Stencil - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, foam dots, glasses from Starbucks cold drink cup, Sentiment Die - MFT

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Be Yourself - July CAS Mix Up Challenge Reminder

It's the 15th and today I have a reminder post for the July CAS Mix Up Challenge

 For my card today, I used stamping, tissue paper, Small Talk Stickers and sequins.
I started with a piece of Tissue Wrap/Melange from Tim Holtz.  The design is already printed on the tissue.   I cut a piece with the design I wanted and taped  the edges to hold it flat on my work table.  I sprinkle just a little bit of Brushos over the paper - Ultra Marine over the butterfly and Orange on the areas around the butterfly.  Then I spritzed just a little water over it - just enough to make the Brushos react.   I dried the piece with my heat tool and then cut it to 3 7/8" x 3 1/4" size.
I adhered the tissue to the top of my card base using my tape runner.  I added a Small Talk sticker and sequins, stamping the sentiment below the panel.  
Here you can see all the different bits of colors in each Brusho - especially the orange -  if you spritz the Brushos with more water it just turns into watercolor paint and you lose the details of the colors.
The stamped sentiment is from the Clearly Sentimental About Art set from MFT.
I added a birthday sentiment inside as I always need birthday cards,  but I could have left it blank to use as an encouragement card.
 
You'll find links to videos on ways to use Tissue Paper, the linky for your creations,  as well as some pretty awesome inspiration for the Design Team here.   You have until July 24th to show us how you use tissue/stamps/and a media of your choice!

I'm also linking my card to:
(Brushos are watercolors and the butterfly is blue!)
(I stamped  Happy Birthday on the inside of this card)
Things with Wings
 
Stamps:  Clearly Sentimental About Art - MFT (no longer available)
Paper:  White - PTI,  Tissue Wrap/Melange - Tim Holtz
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Brushos, water mister, Small Talk Stickers - Idea-ology, Kraft Blend Sequins - Avery Elle.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Vintage Journey July Challenge - All Squared Up

The July Challenge is up over at A Vintage Journey!  Tracy is our hostess this month and her challenge is "All Squared Up".  
Here is the challenge description in her own words:  "Whether a frame, embellishment, die cuts, drawn squares, doodles or windows, let's see where inspiration takes you, let's get all squared up and show how creative those right angles can look! Show us your squared up pieces in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style."
I had a completely different idea in my head when I walked into my craft room to start my project - but as I started looking through my 'stuff' I found these wonderful vintage linen napkins that I purchased many years ago at an antique shop in Vermont (6 for $10.00!)  and they were just waiting for me to pull them out and do something with them!   
And stenciling is what I did to them!    
Wendy Vecchi has a wonderful tutorial on the Ranger blog here - from last December, showing how she stenciled on hand towels for Christmas.
(the cuttings in the pitcher are Solomon'a Seal and Ladies Mantle from my garden)
So my 'squares' are the square napkins as well as the Checkmate Stencil background on each napkin.
I stamped a tiny red bird on the tree - but the clarity of the outline got blurred with the colors behind it but I like the little punch of color and you can see it's a bird when you look up close!!
All the stencils, stamps (accept for the little bird) and inks are by Wendy Vecchi.  
Here are a several photos of my process.
This stencil is Layered Tree - first I stenciled the tree trunk using WV Archival Tree Branch.  Then I moved the stencil to the leaf piece, lined it up over the stenciled trunk and sponged with WV Archival Leaf Green.
I wanted to have something that would unify the linen napkins since I used different images on each one - so I stenciled the same sentiment on each napkin using Wendy's Sentiments Stencil and WV Archival Watering Can Ink.  I also stenciled Wendy's Check Mate Stencil around each image using WV Archival Sky Blue ink.
For this napkin, I stamped the Cone Flower from Wendy's Stamp It Stencil It set twice using Archival Jet Black Ink
Then I used the stencil of the set to color the flower and leaves using WV Archival Cactus Flower and Leaf Green
For the next napkin, I used another Stamp It Stencil It set called In Full Bloom - stamping the image and then stenciling with Tiger Lily and Sun Flower.
Here you can see how the stencil masks the flower and lines up with the stamped leaves so you can color each section separately.

 I'm not sure how well the colors will stand up to washing.   I ironed over the stenciling to heat seal them as suggested by Wendy in her tutorial

We hope you will join us this month over at A Vintage Journey with your All Squared Up project!  You have until August 3rd to link up your creation.   
Our sponsor this month is  Tando Creative.  A randomly chosen entry will win a Tando package of MDF and mini shapes.
Please check out the challenge and all of the wonderful 'square' inspiration from our awesome Creative Guides!  You'll find it all here.
Stamps:  bird from Tiny Trees set - Waltzingmouse (retired),  Stamp It Stencil it sets - In Full Bloom, Cone Flower and Hydrangea - Wency Vecchi Stampers Anonymous.
Ink:  Archival Jet Black,  Wendy Vecchi Archival Leaf Green, Tree Branch, Sun Flower, Cactus Flower, Watering Can, Tiger Lily, Hydrangea, Red Geranium.
Accessories:  Linen Napkins, Blue Painters Tape, stencils - From the Garden, Check Mate, Layered Tree, Sentiments - Wendy Vecchi Studio 490, iron.
 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July CAS Mix Up Challenge - Tissue Paper

Yikes -  It's July already!  So it's definitely summer in the northern hemisphere!  If it's hot where you live - get inside with the air-conditioning or fans and get to work on this fun CAS Mix Up challenge! 
Bonnie is our host this month and this is her challenge:
And here is the card I created using Stamps, Tissue Paper, Paints, Stencils and Rhinestones!
I used Deli paper which is like tissue paper.  I purchased it at a class run by Dina Wakley at a now (sadly) closed craft shop in New Hampshire. I bought 2 packages of it and this is the first time I pulled it out to use again!  

Here are a few photos of my process.
I got out my Gelli Plate (another item I rarely use as I'm not always happy with what I get when I play!)  the Deli sheets and I picked out 3 colors of paint to use -  Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Opaque Chalk Acrylics in Guacamole, Sky and Haystack.
I watched this video linked over at the challenge - 

I got out 4 stencils and a stamp - top left - Mosaic Swirl/Dina Wakley, top right - Machinations #5347/Stencil Girl, bottom left - dragonfly stamp from Classics #1 set/Tim Holtz,  middle bottom Intersecting Brick Circle #S137/Stencil Girl, and bottom right - Mid Century Modern Elements #S118/Stencil Girl.
For each stencil -  I brayered color onto my Gelli Plate, put a stencil over it, then laid a deli sheet over it, pressed the paper over the stencil with my hand then pulled off the paper.  Then I removed the stencil and laid a clean sheet of deli paper over the Gelli Plate - smoothed it over with my hand and pulled off the paper -  giving a positive and negative print for each stencil as seen below.  For the stamp - I brayered the paint over the Gelli Plate and stamped the stamp onto the plate then onto the deli paper (I forgot to do a negative printing for the stamp (drat!)
For this card - I chose 3 of the stenciled papers and ripped off small strips.  I followed the instructions on the video- brushing Liquitex Matte Medium onto a 4" x 5 1/4" panel of white cardstock, laying a Deli paper strip over it, and then brushing Liquitex again over the stenciled piece.  I did the same steps for each piece I layered on. I let the panel dry.  Then I cut down the panel so there would be lots of white around it to make it CAS.  I adhered the panel to my card base, stamped on the sentiment and added 3 rhinestones.
This was a fun challenge and showed me I need to play more with my Gelli Plate 
and with Tissue Paper!
The challenge is open until July 24.  You will find links to other techniques using Tissue Paper as well as lots of inspiration from the talented Design Team and our July Guest Designer Sue - over at the CAS Mix Up Challenge here.

Stamps:  Signature Greetings - PTI, Classic - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Paper:  White - PTI, Deli Paper
Accessories:  Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Opaque Chalk Acrylics, rhinestones - Kaiser, Gelli Plate, Breyer - Ranger, Liquitex Matte Medium, Mosaic Swirl Stencil - Dina Wakley, Mid Century Modern Elements, Interlocking Brick Circle and Machinations stencils - Stencil Girl.