Sunday, June 26, 2016

Inspiration Challenge

Yesterday's's Inspiration Challenge was to visit a board on Pinterest called Crafts - Tim Holtz and choose something that sparked our imagination. I chose this card. My take was a lot brighter, and I decided to skip the bead embellishmentds as the colour seemed enough busyness.

I did not have the wildflower die so I cut something on my Silhouette Cameo with a similar vibe, then applied Distress Inks while it was still intact on the mat.

It's a great Pinterest Board - I encourage you to check it out.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Summer of Creativity Week 4

It's week four and our challenge was to use Archival Ink. I chose the Archival Ink resist technique.

I only have a few Archival Ink Pads: Black, Sepia, Maroon and Banana. The technique calls for light coloured ink, so I stamped the background butterflies and the polka dots in Banana.

It is interesting to me how the same Banana ink looks orange-gold when the Wilted Violet Distress Ink was sponged over top, and bright yellow when the Mowed Lawn Distress Ink was sponged over top. Both were stamped on the same glossy paper.

I stamped a Stampington collage butterfly and heat embossed, then added a die-cut butterfly that was also a resist on glossy using a script stamp. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Summer of Creativity Week 3

Here it is - week 3 in the re-cap of Creative Chemistry 101 lessons. I believe it was 2012 when I first did these lessons and the nice thing about revisiting them now is I have new supplies and more colours to work with.

I created the tags below as a warm up, but my goal is to make a card for each re-cap challenge, so I did that, too.

For the shell tag I used the Perfect Distress technique but did not seem to get as much bleeding action as I would have liked. For the palm tree I used a combo of Perfect Distress Mist and Splatter. I stamped the palm tree with white pigment ink, heat set it, then overstamped with brown and green Distress Inks. 

My finished card is made with the Perfect Distress Splatter technique. I think this will make a nice card for a man. The camera refuses to pick up the pearly sheen on the card. Trust me, it's there!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Paper Chandelier

"Mom, can you make something like this?"


30 minutes of internet research and I had a plan. Couple hours later, I had this:

I found a free PDF template for the chandelier here:

I used 110 pound Black Recollections cardstock from Michael's. Gotta love my Silhouette Cameo!

Summer of Creativity Week 2

In week two Tim Holtz challenged us to do some Stamping With Stains. I decided to do a few practice tags first, which were not amazing, but I will share here anyways. The first was using 3 or 4 colours of Distress Stains.  I forgot to wet the tag first and I forgot to ink around the edges. Oh well.

The next one was a Marbled Stains technique. I found Archival Ink really was not stamping overtop of the Picket Fence Stain very well, so I ended up using Verafine Black, which worked a treat. I remembered to go around the edge this time, using Salty Ocean Distress Ink.

And using the Marbled Stains technique, I created the background for this card:

I used a Stamp in the Hand pear and a Stampington & Co. sketchy cheesecloth stamp for a base. The gold on the pear is Delicata Gold ink applied here and there as the black was a bit flat and stark.

Summer of Creativity Week 1 (Late)

Over at we are revisiting the Creative Chemistry 101 classes with Tim Holtz. If you did not join in last time around, this would be agreat time for a refresher. Each week Tim issues a challenge. Last time I took these courses I did the obligatory tags. This time around, I am determined to make cards with the various techniques.

For week 1 we were asked to create a background using four or more colours of Distress Inks. I used the Spritz and Flick method for my card background, and used yellow, orange, coral and purple Distress Inks.

I haven't been stampling much lately, and forgot how much fun it is to just play and get messy! Hope you enjoy this card.

Stamps: Stampington & Co. ballerina; Waltzingmouse music (background).