Thursday, January 31, 2013

Feb. Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

"Home Sweet Home" is the name of Close To My Heart's February Stamp of the Month. You can view the images in this set in the right-hand column of my blog. I think it's a perfect one for scrapbooking, but card makers will enjoy it too.

It's also time for the new Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book! Tons of great new papers, embellishments and stamps that I can't wait to share with you. You can get your Idea Book from your CTMH consultant or view it online at any consultants' website. If you don't have a consultant, simply click on the "Shop With Me" button in the right-hand column of my blog then hit the "Products" tab to find the Idea Book.

Now back to the Blog Hop. We have over 60 consultants participating in this month's Stamp of the Month blog hop, so you're sure to get LOTS of inspiration. If you're already hopping, you came here from Melissa Laverty's blog. To see where to hop to next, just keep reading and I'll kindly direct you. But don't forget to leave me some love before you go. (wink & smile)

As much as I wanted to do a scrapbook page of my home, I just didn't have time. (Someday!) So I opted to make a card. My idea was to create a card for potential new neighbors. Always good to have those on hand.

The card measures 5 x 7 inches and I used the new Buzz & Bumble papers from Close To My Heart. (A personal favorite, for sure. Just love those bees!) I typed on my computer "Welcome to the Neighborhood" and cut the strip and inked the edges.

The ribbon is color-ready seam binding which I colored using 8 parts rubbing alcohol to one part Creme Brûlée re-inker. The "Home Sweet Home" sentiment along with the flourishes above and below are all one stamp. To achieve two colors like I did, you can create a mask... this. I used regular printer paper. Or you can do what I actually did which was cut my stamp apart. I do it all the time. Doesn't bother me a bit. That's the beauty of CTMH stamps.

This cute little wooden flower comes in the new Buzz & Bumble Assortment pack along with some little bees and some faux wax seals. Really cute! I added a brown sparkle gem to the center of my flower.

So, here's a little challenge for you. These two cards are identical is every way minus one small thing. Can you tell what it is? (you may want to click on the photo to see it larger)

The card on the left is the same one in my first photo in this post. The card on the right is for a swap I'm in. Since I didn't have a lot of those little wooden flowers yet, here's what I did...

I created a similar flower embellishment by cutting a flower from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge at 3/4" (Pg. 50, Flower8). I cut one from the B&T paper that matches the print in the actual wooden flower (Buzz & Bumble), then I cut 5 more flowers from dark brown solid core card stock, then layered them all up, inked the outer edges of the top, and added the sparkle gem and VOILA! Hard to tell the difference.

The Stamp of the Month can be yours for only $5 when you place a qualifying purchase with your consultant of at least $50 before shipping and tax, or you can simply purchase the set at full retail value.

Now it's time to continue through the Blog Hop and go see what Wendy Coffman has created. Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great day! 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Starbucks Altered Canvas

The idea came to me when I saw Simon Says Stamp & Show's blog challenge last week: "What are you known for?" Sadly, I wasn't able to work on the project until the challenge deadline passed, but I forged ahead because once an idea is stuck in my brain, it's there to stay until I complete it.

I will be teaching this project to my All Things Tim Club this month. (That's Tim Holtz, of course!)

I love my Starbucks, as most of you probably already know. I'm sipping on one now in fact. (Venti half-caff Americano with light cream.) I actually stash Starbucks stuff in a little bin in my studio. Lids to the frappuccino bottles, cups, wraps, cards, etc. I saved this cup in particular because it has the old Starbucks logo on it. (I prefer this one to the new one, personally.) I hated to cut it in half, but how long am I gonna hold onto a paper cup? Might as well pay tribute to it and work it into my art. Right?

Here's how the project came together...
(products listed at the end of this post)

The canvas measures 8 x 16 inches. I started by adhering paper to the front leaving a half inch of space around, then painted the edges with Red Pepper paint dabber. Messy, not neat.

To grunge it up, I rubbed Chocolate Gelato here and there, smearing it with a wet finger.

I ran over the whole thing with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. (Again, messy.) After it dried completely, I applied some texture with a brick wall stencil and some embossing paste. I had planned to rub color over the bricks, but didn't have to. I learned as the embossing paste dried that the color of the stain absorbs into it and the color comes through. (See detail photo below) This was a happy accident. 

Next is a 4 x 5 inch canvas. I painted the outer edges with Pool paint dabber, then spritz over the whole thing with water and London Blue ink spray. 

I stamped some dots over the surface, rubbed some Lettuce paint dabber with my finger along the edges, and once dry I gave it a shot of Patina mist.

In my stash I had some of the coffee wraps (what are these things really called?) and ran them through the Vagabond using various heart dies. I painted the raised ridges with Snow Cap White paint dabber and then Red Pepper around the edges with my finger. (See those messy fingers?)

Next, I cut out several flower shapes from Watercolor paper and had some serious fun with Dylusions sprays. Such wonderful vibrant color! After they dried, I stamped this image with archival black ink.

From artist canvas paper, I cut these letters after spraying them with color. After, I inked the edges with Walnut Stain.

I toned down some of the bright colors in the flowers with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain. I added some butterflies (with texture) and some flourishes painted with Pearl paint dabber and inked with Walnut Stain. Buttons, metal flowers and gears adorn the centers of the flowers. As you can see, I did some stamping in the background using a coffee stain stamp and other various texture stamps.

I stained the cup with some watered down color and stain, then after cutting it in half, mounted it to the smaller canvas. Here's a good look at how the embossing paste bricks took on the color of the stain underneath. 

A faucet knob makes the perfect center to this large flower.

Sometimes things work out so nicely. This piece just makes me smile. Isn't that what being an artist is all about? The love of creating and the satisfaction with the finished piece. What a delight!

Thanks so much for popping in today to check me out. I hope you grab your paints and sprays and start having some inky fun! 

Monday, January 28, 2013

12 "Journal" Pages of 2013 - January

Yes, you read that correctly. Rather than 12 Tags of 2013, I've challenged myself to create journal pages instead. Now keep in mind that this is sort of my first attempt at any type of art journal and it will not be exactly the type you commonly see with all sorts of color and whimsy (at least for now). I'm just not that comfortable with that style (yet). Plus, I love the Tim Holtz style so I don't want to veer too much off course.

You can view Tim's January 2013 Tag on his blog here. Be sure to hop over there and check it out. Tim gives you all the steps and techniques in wonderful detail, and he's got a little more going on in his tag than I do on my journal page (as in ribbon and more Idea-ology). I'll have to keep the heavy stuff in check since this will be a book by the end of the year, and I would really like for it to be able to open and close without too much hassle.

So let's get to it. Here's my journal page for January...

The page measures 6 x 8 inches and has four holes punched along the left edge for binding at the end of the year with book rings (or something).

Let me take you through my steps on how this came together...

I should mention that my base page is Bristol (vellum surface, 100lb by Strathmore). I purchased a 14 x 17 inch pad of it, since I will be teaching my All Things Tim Club this project throughout the year. I can get four pages from each sheet. I began by running the Pocket Watches Texture Fade in the upper left corner. (6 x 8 still fits nicely in the Vagabond, that's why I chose that size). Then I inked areas with Rusty Hinge, like Tim.

Then Broken China. (Wow! a little too bright.)

Then I went over everything with Stormy Sky to tone it down a bit. I like how the blues and oranges mix and make a slight green color where they overlap.

I finally inking with Walnut Stain on the edges and across the surface makes it aged looking and really makes everything pop.

Spritz and flick with water. Love this!

I stamped TIME using one of Tim's newest stamp sets called Worn Text and Coffee Archival Ink. 

Using a black fine point Pigment Pen (Itoya .4), I loosely traced the letters.

I decided to put something behind my filmstrip, so I grabbed some Commute Tissue Tape which has gears on it and adhered the filmstrip to the tissue tape using 1/8-inch Scor-Tape, then trimmed off the excess. 

I adhered the tissue tape/filmstrip across the page. This helps hide where the embossing ends.

With Black Archival ink, I stamped "it's all perspective" vertically along the edge of the embossing. This helps take your eye away from the embossing stopping abruptly as well. (plus, I like the phrase and how it ties into the theme of this page.)

From Grungepaper, I cut this clock shape from the Weathered Clock Alterations die, colored it with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain, sanded it and inked it with Walnut Stain. Then I cut it in half and placed  it in the corner like this. The space looked a little blank there so I stamped some numbers randomly, curling up the rubber stamp (School Desk CMS057 by Stampers Anonymous) so I could control a portion of the stamping rather than the whole thing.

I try not to be wasteful, so I used the center part of the Weathered Clock that didn't get used before to cut out the mini alarm clock (Vintage Alarm Clock and Camera Alterations Movers and Shapers die). I colored this with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain and followed the same steps as the Weathered Clock (above) to distress it.

From the Lost & Found paper pack in the 6 x 6 section, I found that they clock faces fit perfectly inside the mini alarm clock. (I'm sure that was no accident on Tim's part). I love it!

This little alarm clock nestles into place down here in the right corner.

I cut a Grungepaper gear from the Gadget Gears Alterations Die, colored it with Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain, distressed it as above, then added some Idea-ology gears and a stamped hand which I colored with Distress Markers. (Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Broken China and Stormy Sky.)

Although I have the stamp that Tim used for his tag, mine was a bit small and out of proportion for my page, so I opted to hand write the saying with the same fine point pen as before. I'm rather anal (I can admit it) so I drew some faint pencil lines so my writing was nice and straight. Plus, this helped me keep track of the number of lines and how it would fit in the space.

After I wrote it (and exhaled deeply), I let it dry for a few minutes and then erased the pencil lines with a white artist's eraser. I like this better than those red rubber ones because it erases nice and clean and doesn't leave any color behind.

Whew, that's it. Here's another look at the finished page. Thanks so much for popping in today and checking me out. Have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Whooo's Your Valentine 5 x 7 Card

Whooo's Your Valentine is an adorable kit available through Close To My Heart until the end of January OR while supplies last. I just checked the availability and it's at 13%, so if you've been thinking about it you'd better act now! Just spend at least $35 in CTMH products and you can get this fun kit for only $10. Just click on that Shop with Me tab in the right-hand column of my blog.

The kit has a D-sized stamp set filled with all sorts of fun images to complete these cute test tube treats, PLUS you can use the leftover card stock in the kit to make cards or whatever you like. I whipped up this card this morning...

With some added pom-pom ribbon and buttons, this came together quickly.

I stamped a strip with this tiny heart stamp, stepping and repeating along the strip then ran it through my Vagabond using Tim Holtz's rosette die.

Fold, fold, fold and glue and glue. Done!

Using the Cricut Artiste cartridge, I cut a bunch of hearts to stamp. Then stamped away. I inked the edges with pinks and reds to really make them pop.

I stamped this cute owl twice in two different colors, then paper pieced him back together and popped him on top of the rosette.

I created a cluster of all the hearts I stamped, then filled in with red and pink buttons.

Here's another look at the card. Hope it inspires you to make something else with that cute stamp set from the kit. It's not just for Valentine's either. Any "love"ly occasion will do.

Thanks, and have a great day!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Retro Sketch Card with beautiful Renew papers

Quick post today of a card made with the new Renew papers from Authentique. Let me just say, these papers are delicious! I get sort of stuck in a rut sometimes with colors I favor, and this is a good example of getting out of that rut. Soft blue, juniper, olivey-yellow, well these are not normally my go-to colors, but wow are they ever pretty.

I decided to go with a Retro Sketch (#47) as a starting point. Be sure to hop over to the Retro Sketches blog to see all the artwork there using this week's sketch...

and here's the card I created...

The papers are all Renew aside from the Whimsical Tree die-cut (Spellbinders D-Lites) which is from Juniper card stock.

The leaves are from the Foliage die (Spellbinders) which is an old favorite for me.
"Thinking of You" is from one of Tim Holtz's newest stamp releases called "Simple Sayings." I knew when I saw this one, I had to have it. Along with 27 sentiments for all occasions, there's a distressed frame that each sentiment fits inside. I stamped it with black pigment ink and clear embossed it for some added shine, then popped it up with foam squares.

There's that lovely Whimsical Tree. I added some Bitty Pearls for some added dimension.

A black and white baker's twine bow doubled up adds some texture and a finishing touch.

If you really love the Renew papers like I do, be sure to check out eclectic's Paperie's blog today. They've got a wonderful card kit available using these beautiful papers. And you can find most of the products I used in my card in the eP store as well. Just click those links in red below.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope your day is happy!