Sunday, April 19, 2015

Thinking of You card

The vase is from Mega Gracious Vases, the purple Ranunculus flowers are from Cutting Garden stamped with Papertrey Ink's Royal Velvet and Close to My Heart's Petal. The background is made with a stamp from Pretty Peonies inked with Close to My Heart's Sorbet with black dots in the non-flower white space.

I lightly traced the stamp with pencil and then stamped the two stems (which go over the vase top) and then erased the pencil lines. The vase was inked with Versamark and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The white card stock is Stamper's Select White and the card base is Hibiscus Burst.

Simon Says Make Your Own Background and In the Middle.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Elephant and Polka Dots

Simon Says Make Your Own Background, so I used the Simon Says XL Dots stencil and some molding paste from a big box store. on some Papertrey Ink Pure Poppy cardstock. The elephant is from Mama Elephant's Ella and Friends, fussy cut and colored with Distress Markers and popped up.

Hedgehog with a Heart

It's difficult to get sweeter than a tiny hedgehog with a heart in the middle?

The cue care at CASology this week is Sweet

Simon Says in the Middle .

The ticket is die cut and stamped  with Classic Kraft ink with the Just the Ticket set from Papertrey Trey Ink. The hedgehog is stamped with Dark Chocolate Ink with the Ella and Friends set from Mama Elephant, fussy cut and colored with Spun Sugar, Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Markers. The heart is cut freehand and colored with Festive Berries.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WOYWW 306, Working at the Stamp Wash, 500th post : )

An unusual (temporary) lull lol. Bottom left is a large whorl painted gold (it will be a large spindle one day). This marks my 500th post btw, I think I'm starting to get the hang of things lol.

I made a little stamp wash (and I sing car wash while I'm cleaning them). The scrubbie pad has stamp cleaning solution and water. I use a lunch container to keep squares of a car drying "towel". It has no lint and leaves the stamps squeaky clean. The lunch container gives me a place to store the bits that need cleaning.

edited to add: Most of the stamps I'm washing have lost their stick due to a lot of use (and Versamark?) and linty from all the baby wipes I've used. After the wash they are all sticky again : ). The "towels" are damp so they are like the rinse to the wash. And the Car Wash song is from the 1976 movie Car Wash... it was re-made in the movie Shark Tank. If you google it be sure to say Car Wash Song or theme song 1976 Car Wash... I didn't, it was... surprising lol.

For more crafty spaces, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground.

Bedtime Story Challenge

You may be asking why a frog flying with an umbrella. It's my interpretation of Waltzingmouse's Pajama Party Bedtime Story sketch.  It just seemed like it would be a good bedtime story : ).

I stamped the circles from Off Beat Backgrounds on the left of the mat in Versamark and clear embossing powder. The scalloped edge is a leftover painted with Milled Lavender Distress Paint. A circle from Faux Fun Circles is stamped in Papertrey Ink Soft Stone. The frog is a Cricut cut painted with Forest Moss Distress Ink and doodled around the edges. The umbrella is from Papertrey Ink's Scattered Showers stamped with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink and doodled. Hello is from Fiskar's Say It Loud set. The banner is made with handspun silk embroidery thread and Tim Holtz tissue tape.

Monday, April 13, 2015

T Stands for Tiki Glass

I am Tiki obsessed, even when there is no Grumpy with it. I've been making books from Club Scrap kits I bought on sale. No expiration dates on them even though the kits were made in 2003, 2004 and 2009.

The strip of paper to the left of the glass and the square to the right will be joined to make a scroll element in this book.

This is the first one. I was doing some Spring Cleaning, innocently opened a box and found it had four ribbon books to stitch in it. And even though I've had the kit for 5 years, I was compelled to make one right then.

This is what the spine looks like. The green ribbon comes out one each side to tie the book closed. There are two pieces of blue ribbon under the stitching.

Then I put that box back and looked in the one under it... And found this book. Beads need to be tied to the strings. I added the washi tape to give it a little more stricture. It needs things on the cover, but I don't know what.

I put the ink pad there for scale. No idea what I'm going to put on the pages either. It's diffiuclt to see in this picture, but the pages are textured. It closes with a tie.

This is a very old kit (2003 I think). The directions don't call for a cover plate, but I'm adding them too. The first and last pages slide into the cover sleeves.

I'm not in danger of running out of things to do lol. That's my $5 typewriter on the bottom left.

For more fun with T head over to Elizabeth and Bleubeard's at the Altered Book Lover.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cantankerous When I Want to Be Layout, part two.

I thought I had finished this layout before, but apparently not lol.  Quick synopsis before the additional embellishments. A scanned picture of myself as a baby. I can not remember a time that I didn't hate tight clothing. The base is Anna Griffin paper with a die cut vellum overlay hand stitched with handspun embroidery thread. Cantankerous and #$@& is glassine paper from my father's stamp collecting supply die cut with Cricut Explore. The glasssine letters and vellum mat are wrinkled with the pink Stickles used to adhere the glassine letters.

I added the speech bubble, toads, bug rosette and journal pocket (under the larger toad). I used Tombow Multi-Glue on the back of the new embellishments (waiting till it had dried but remained sticky) to give just a little dimension.

The pocket is Papertrey Ink Sweet Blush. The edges are cut with a pair of decorative edge scissors to pick up the deckled edge of the original photograph. The pocket is stamped with white pigment ink with Papertrey Ink's Honey Bees stamp set. The toad is from Cricut (the Explore software doesn't have a way to show where an image came from after it's been put in a project). The top layer is heat embossed with white opaque embossing powder and the eye is Glossy Accents.

 The top layer of the smaller toad is also heat embossed with opaque white embossing powder. I've always loved watching toads. My hands have memorized them : ).

The speech bubble is another Cricut diecut. The Arrrrgyles is stamped with Papertrey Ink's Simple Alphabet and Soft Stone ink. I've lost the "L" so I colored an "E" with the L part of the stamp.  The discoloration of the photo is in the original, so I let it be. Arrrgyles is the punch line to one of my favorite riddles (what sort of socks do pirates wear?). The edges are distressed with the edge of a scissor.

The rosette is also cut from glassine from my father's stash. It works completely differently than paper or cardstock lol. The beetle is another Cricut cut. The head and abdomen are popped up a little with Tombow Multi-Glue and then the legs and antennae are glued flat. The top layer is covered with Glossy Accents.

Simon Says A is for... I say Amphibians and Arrrgyles  : )