Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tag Friday @ A Vintage Journey

Hi and welcome - it's Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey so I hope you will stop by for a visit.  The Creative guides have offered up some awesome inspiration for you.   There is no theme so you are in for a real treat and great variety.
As for me, I did some stash diving and found a tag that already had a background so used it.  All I needed to do was add some finishing touches and here is the result.

Last year I did a Destination Inspiration post for VJ where I shared different ways to use Tim's marbling technique so I already had some backgrounds made and this is one of them.

 I made my shaker window using Tim's Mover & Shaper birdcage.  I won't bore you with the details of how to make a shaker window as there are many tutorials on YouTube to show you how to do this.

So far, so good - next I added the embellishments and the bird but was not too happy as it looked flat and boring.

 I decided to fix that by ruffing up the edges of the inside tag and adding a little detail to the flowers and bird using my markers.  I then added the ribbon and a key along with a word tile that says "Free".  Now I like it better.  I used some Vintage Photo Ink on the edges and the flowers, much better.

 Hope you have enjoyed and will hop over to A Vintage Journey to see what everyone else made.
Have a crafty weekend,


Saturday, May 23, 2015

"S" is for Steampunk

Hi my friends - hope you are having a safe and fun weekend.  I'm just stopping by to share a fun project that we did yesterday at our WOW meeting.  Our lovely hostess with the mostess, Susie, gave each of us a marquee letter.  I, of course, got S for Sandy and decided that it could also be S for Steampunk and that is what I did.  Here is my S.

It wouldn't be a marquee unless there are lights and there are!

Have fun and stay crafty - see you soon,

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities #28

Hi my friends and happy Sunday-

I live in the southwest portion of the US.  More specifically - in the beautiful Sonoran Desert where we have blue skies most days of the year.  When I saw the challenge over at Linda Ledbetter's blog calling for the Ombre Technique from  CC vol. 3, page 57, I knew I wanted to do something southwestern.  The way the colors fade from dark to light remind me of  a sunset or, all though I don't see many, a sunrise.
This time around the challenge is sponsored by the lovely Linda Coughlin, of
The Funkie Junkie Boutique and she is awarding a $25 shopping spree to the winner.  Also Tim and Mario are sending out some goodies to the person chosen by the Curiosity Crew. 

Here is what I made for the challenge.

I played a little bit with the colors before deciding what I was really going to do.  I made some feathers with Tim's Feather Duo using the technique but I didn't feel that it showed up as much as I wanted. 

Next I made a panel using the technique with blue and caramel and I got just what I was looking for. 
To add a little interest I did some stenciling using Tim's Stars and Bubble Layering Stencils and some Orange Blossom Archival Ink.  I was pretty happy with that so I cut the top of my panel to look like a tag & punched a hole in the center.  I added a charm that I sanded and then a feather that I added Alcohol Ink to.  I also added a couple feathers from the Writing Desk Die.
When we travel in the summer one of the things I like to do is color with my PrismaColor Pencils.  I had a desert panel in my stash so used it for the center.  Next came the feathers with a brad and I was ready to go. 

 Have a wonderful and crafty week,

Thursday, May 14, 2015

My Friend "The Crazy Cat Lady"

Hi my friends - hope all is well in your world.  Today I am stopping by with a card I made for my friend, Mary, who loves her cat.
I got these fun stamps a few weeks ago and just love them so had to make a card.  The set is designed by Brett Weldele and is from Stamper Anonymous.  The finished card is 6" square.  I used papers from my stash and think most of it is DCWV.  I colored the cute cat with PrismaColor Pencils to make him the same color as hers. Mary's favorite color combination is red, white & black. 
Hope you enjoy -

Stay crafty,


Sunday, May 10, 2015

May Flowers

Hi my friends,

It seems that May flowers are the topic for many challenge blogs lately so thought I would try to make one project to cover several challenges today. 
I have used the Wendy Vecchi Art Parts Timely Pocket Watches and then used the techniques she shared on her blog here.  Wendy used embossing powder and then while it was still hot, added some foil.  I like the way it looks as if the gold has worn off and it now has a great patina.  I used one of Tim's stamps from Stamper Anonymous for the sentiment.  I will be adding my link to the Make Art Challenge Blog where the theme is "Flowers".  While I'm at it - I'll link up with the
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog where they are asking for "May Flowers".  Since I did use Abandoned Coral - I'll add my project to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where they are saying "Don't Abandon the Coral".  Last but not least is the Wednesday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and they want "Let's Get Sentimental".

For the flowers, I used a technique that is one of my favorites.  I used the Tattered Florals Die and cut my flowers from vellum.  I mixed my own color into a spray bottle using Abandoned Coral reinker, Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls and water.
After spraying the flowers with the mixture, I dried then with the heat tool and as they dried, they curled.  I always love these flowers and have used them on several projects.

This is a rather messy process so if you don't like to get your hands messy and stained, don't try this at home.

I was pretty happy when I got to this point but felt it needed some finishing touches.
I went stash diving and came up with some cute elements to add.  The cute little bird is one from Dina Wakley that I had colored and not used.  He was perfect for this project so used him along with some more branches cut from the Branch Tree Die.  I then finished it off with a chain and metal tag that says "Believe".

Have a wonderfully crafty week,


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Hi my blogger friends,

Today I wanted to make something for the challenge over at Art Impressions so got out my stamp sets and came up with a tag using the theme "April Showers Bring May Flowers".  I may use it for a card front later on.  While I'm at it, I may as well join the fun over at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge where they, of course, are looking for Flowers.  Hope you enjoy -

The stamp set that I used for the birdhouses is AI #M3312 and the flowers are from an  AI set from Michael's, His & Hers Gardeners. I used a manila tag to start with then embossed it with the Rays Embossing Folder from Tim Holtz.  I then added some Squeezed Lemonade and Stormy Sky Distress Inks.  I added the raindrops with Glossy Accents and then colored the ribbon with Squeezed Lemonade and Mermaid Lagoon.  The bird is a Remnant Rub on an enameled tag.  The cute little umbrellas are from Impression Obsession and the Baby Duckies are from Memory Box. 
Stay crafty,

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Your're Just My Type

Hi my friends,

Today I have a project to share over at A Vintage Journey for the Destination Inspiration.  I have week #1 this time so hope you will hop over and take a look.
Here is a little sneak peak! 

Have a fabulous week -

Saturday, May 2, 2015

International Scrapbook Day

Hi All,

A short post today to say "Happy Scrapbook Day". 

Although I haven't done much scrapbooking since last summer when I scrapbooked our entire Alaskan Adventure, I did make this layout of us with our grandson while he was here recently.  

Have a great weekend,