Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Princess Dress Cards

 This card is a favorite of mine. When my daughter was little we used to make pretty princess dresses. We would get out scraps of paper, ribbon/lace and whatever we could find. Then we would spend the afternoon making dresses.  As she got older and we made them into cards for special occasions. There is a challenge at "Less is More" Week 69 Recipe:Not a Square or rectangle. I couldn't wait to have an excuse to make these again. It is 2 dresses with top dress embossed at the bottom. Tulle, ribbon and a gem adhered. Glue dresses together at the neckline of the dress. You can really let your imagination go wild-ENJOY!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Little Darlings Baby Card

Good morning,
Nothing like getting under the wire for another challenge. I have spent 2 days looking for children or baby stamps. Then I realized in the middle of the night I still have card stock images from the "Little Darlings Collection". Definitely getting mileage from the collection! I wanted the card to be clean and simple which is a challenge for me! This card is masked off and sponged with 2 colors of Tim Holtz Distress Ink ( tumble glass and walnut).  To keep it clean but have a little distress to it, I rubbed the side of my scissors in walnut ink and rubbed it on the card randomly to look like paper fibers. Then an image from Graphic 45 Little Darlings Collection was adhered to the center of the card. Congratulations(unknown) was stamped in walnut ink-ENJOY!

Card Challenge:
Dream Valley Case Challenge #32. I cased a baby card from Eva Marie
"Less is More"Challenge Week 68: Baby or a Child

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Spring Stampscape Scene

Hi Everyone,
I am having a hard time getting back into the groove of things after being on vacation. Here is a card I made for Craft a Scene Spring Flowers Challenge. This picture was inspired from our vacation. We had some Amish and their horses in the woods behind our cabin. Plus there were beautiful trees and wild flowers in bloom all around us.
I want to thank everyone for the warm wishes for our anniversary. We had a unbelievable experience of staying in a  beautiful cabin in the mountains. -ENJOY!

Easel Card: White and Black card stock, black brads,adhesive, gel pen star dust, Printed explore, 
Stampscape Stamp: Lg and Sm Oak Branch, Sedge Filler, Reeds, Rocks 2, Horse, Spotted Horse, Fence,Sentiment
Distress Ink: Broken China, Peeled Paint, Lilac, Wild honey, Crushed Olive, Worn Lipstick, 
Archival Ink: Black ink
Art Impression: In my garden flowers cling set 1
Tim Holtz Fragments, glossy accents ,blending tool with foam

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

OLC Stampscape

 This is my 2nd entry for card challenges at:  "Less is More" Week 67 Challenge: One Layer Card with 3 Stamps and Dream Valley Challenge 32 cased: CAS One layer card. I cased Kendra's card of OLC.
 I just love making one layer cards now! This is for my hubby. We are going away to celebrate our 20th Anniversary tomorrow.  I made this card by masking, stamping and coloring with ink-ENJOY! 

Materials used:
Distress ink, Staz on, Gel pens
Stampscapes Stamps: seaside cove and couple 
Inkadinkado Stamp: sentiment

Monday, May 14, 2012

Simple Shabby Chic Card

I made this one layer card for a bridal shower whose theme is nature. This is my first One Layer Card. This will not be my last. I really had fun making this card and will be doing more in the future-ENJOY!
White card stock folded in half. I used  3 Stamps and 2 colors of ink. I added a tiny bit of sparkle on the breast of  the bird with star dust gel pen.

Card Challenges:
  "Less is More" Week 67 : One Layer with 3 Stamps
Dream Valley Challenge 32 CASE: I Cased Kendra 
  Materials used:  Archival ink, Tim Holtz( urban grunge) and Hampton Art (love the moment) Stamps.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mother's Day Card

This is my second Mother's Day Card. This time for my mom. Sorry mom if you see this before Sunday. I am not showing the inside so there is some element of surprise. I just love the new Graphic 45 Little Darlings Collection.  It makes wonderful Mother's Day Cards among many other occasions. I wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day-Enjoy!

 I made this card using the following card challenges:
Card Challenge 83 Offcenter- scrapbook sisters
Challenge 31 - For a Special Lady Dream valley challenges
Mothers Day at Crafty Sentiments Challenge
All about Mom TPE147 -The Pink Elephant Challenge

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tiger Lilly Butterfly Cards

A beautiful collection of butterflies matted for display in a museum was my inspiration. These cards are made from Kaiser Craft Tiger Lilly Collection. I cut out the butterflies and words from the card stock. Added Stickles to butterflies and adhered with pop dots to mats. The white card makes the design pop-ENJOY!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Stampscape Scene on Colored Glass Tutorial

This technique is what I use for my projects. There are many other ways to color glass out there on the web so find one that you feel comfortable with. This is for decorative use only. Please do not use any cleaner on the decorative side. Just use a  dry lint free cloth to wipe off dust or finger pints. 

1. Wipe off the decorative glass with rubbing alcohol on both sides. Make sure there is no wipe marks left on the glass. We will be using only one side to create the design. Work on scrap white paper to help see the progression of color as we start adding it.

2. Using Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Sunshine Yellow and a blending tool with felt pad, start tapping very quickly over entire side with color. Let it dry and tap more on if there is spots that you do not like. If it is too dark add Blending Solution to same pad and tap lightly over glass to lighten color.

3. I made a mask of  half circle out of card stock to represent sun. If you use tape to hold down it will create a mask. Tape under mask will pull the ink off glass. Hold in place with your finger.

4. We are now going to be progressively adding various colors to create the sun using same pad from before. The next color added is Sunset Orange tapping over mask and covering top layer of glass.

5. Leaving some of orange color showing and moving toward the top of  glass you will see the progression of color tap in Wild Plum using same pad. ( We are using the same pad so the color will blend naturally).

6. Using a clean dry felt pad I tapped over entire glass and to remove excess ink and blend colors.

7. Last color is Purple Twilight to the top of glass. Again using original felt pad. This is a fast process. If it does dry out add Blending Solution to pad with the color to re-activate the other colors.

8. Remove mask and to expose the half circle. Using new felt pad tap lightly over color progression. The spot you see in the design is on the paper and not the glass. We use the white paper for this reason to see the color and design more clearly.

9. With a piece of card stock, cover bottom of glass.

 10. New felt pad and 3 colors at once added to pad were Sail Boat Blue, Stream and Stone wash. Tapping to cover bottom of glass.

11. Remove mask and you have a sun setting/rising behind the ocean/lake. Taking a new dry felt pad again and tap lightly over entire glass to pick up excess or blend colors.

12. After it has dried, I sprayed 2 coats with Krylon Clear Finish that is for glass. Please let it dry between coats. There are other products out there for class sealers but this is what I had on hand for the project. I use a box top to spray in.

13. Stamping image on a piece of white paper gives you the opportunity to put it behind your glass to see were it will look the best. This technique is priceless because  you don't want to stamp your image on before you decide if you like it or not. If by chance this happens, you can wipe it off quickly if it is still wet but will have to do damage control by adding some more alcohol ink where the color was damage. If you can not save it then you can start over by wiping rubbing alcohol or Blending Solution over entire glass to remove all contents then wash with hot water. Even though this is sad you will always have your glass to start fresh again. So please take the extra time and plan your image.

14. I used Stampscape Palm Island cling which gave me the opportunity to align on top of  image that is under glass. You can do the same with wooden stamps. You just have to accommodate for the wood.
15. Stamp image with ink that is for non porous surfaces. If the color is not intense enough then feel free to go back over in a permanent ink pen. I used a fine tip drawing pen. You can also use a fine tip sharpie. Continue with this process  until you desire scene is created. Stamps used were Palm Island and Gulls from Stampscape.

 16.This process has to be fast and wiped off immediately. I wanted more textured with the water so I added alcohol ink to a felt pad and tapped it onto my Stampscape Sm Wave cling and quickly stamped onto the glass. Then clean it immediately. Alcohol can dry out your rubber stamps so make sure you work quickly and clean immediately. After scene is created then spray with 3 coats of Krylon Spray. Please let dry between coats.

17. This is the finished decor. One side of the glass decor with have a matted feel with design on it and the other will be the original glass feel. You can hang this up in the window or on a peg. Remember this is for decorative use only. Please do not use cleaner on the scene side. To see the lighthouse scene on glass go to my previous post-ENJOY!