Monday, June 29, 2015

The Aftermath of the Battle of the Cots Layout

A layout documenting the struggle of setting up cots on gravel, rather than grass which I practiced on. I used tiny brads to anchor strings to labels explaining different things in the photograph. The paper is from Anna Griffin. I used stamps from Papertrey Ink's Summer camp for the sentiment, camera, shoe print (stamped with Dark Chocolate) and the green pine trees (stamped in Avocado Green). The labels are cut with Rounded Labels (stamped with Classic Kraft).

From Club Scrap's Great Outdoor kit. I used two photo mats and two Journal Tags. The "Got Adventure" is a journal tag that was cut apart. The top was used as an embellishmen., The bottom for the pine tree on the right side of the layout. The pine stamped in black is also from the kit. I used the "make it happen" frame sticker in combination with the "triumph" cut out. The green mat is turned into a pocket by only putting tape on the bottom and sides, because I almost always think of something I wanted to say after the layout is finally finished. BTW this trip was taken in 2007 lol.

The title is made from alphabet stickers. The little ones are from Cosmo Cricket tiny type. I think the stickers used for "aftermath" are from 3 Birds, but I'm not certain.

Simon Says Summer : ). 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Nautical by Nature

I used a 2.5" circle punch for the card front and the patterned paper (from K&Co. Seaglass paperpad). All the stamps are from Papertrey Ink's Guiding Light. The sailboat is stamped in Versamark with Hero Arts White Embossing Powder. The sails are stamped with Classic Kraft and Pure Poppy inks. The gulls are stamped with Soft Stone. I used some grid washi tape for the "sea".

The idea started out with Danielle Flander's Make It Monday #215: Bringing the Inside Out,  CAS-ology's cue card is Nautical and Simon Says is Anything Goes

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink June 2015 Blog Hop

Papertrey Ink's June 2015 Blog Hop! The card base is an A2 top folded made of Stamper's Select White. The stripes are Weathered Wood and a touch of Black Soot Distress Inks smooshed on the craft sheet, spritzed with water and painted with a wide brush (then dried with a heat gun). The focal point is from Bold Bouquet (I finally got the dies), Sheer Basics Vellum Patterned Paper stamped with pigment ink. The dots are made with a Viva Decor Hematite pen but the sparkly bits didn't photograph well.

Simon Says Anything Goes : )

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Now that I'm in danger of finishing the organization of my sheets of rubber stamps, I started pulling wood mounted stamps out of the sell pile and reorganizing them also (Pull stamp off the wood, peel foam off the stamp, cut images apart, put in the glue box and apply tacky glue to the back, stamp sheet, put sheet in page protector, stick stamps on page protector, put in binder).  I love the wood mounted stamps, I just hate storing them.

So when I get this set (there are more in the glue box) done, I get to play with this! It's a stamp and die set that makes tiny vintage campers (both flat and 3D). There's the link for more info.... look at your peril it can cause serious pining!

 I wrote up the tutorial for the Spinner in a Jar that I showed last week.

And I made a zombie card that I think will be for a birthday card for one of my family members who appreciate such things.

Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more crafty goings on : D.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I Love You for Your Brains

Simon Says Use Your Favorite Technique and/or Product. In this case I used patterned paper, heat embossing, and coloring (with Zig Clean Markers and Distress Inks). All the stamps are from Brett Weldele's Zombie Casanova.
The zombie is stamped with Papertrey Ink Soft Stone, then colored with the Zig Red, Yellow, Black and Grey markers and painted with Weathered Wood, Bundled Sage and Twisted Citron Distress Inks.

 It's also entered in the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

T Stands For

It's Tuesday and time to visit with Bleubeard and Elizabeth. Today it's Shin Ramen (the best packaged I've ever found. Psy endorses their Black Label, but that's outside my budget... I need crafting supplies). This time it has baby Bok Choy and a slice of processed cheese. Truly the cheese is da bomb. If I'm really really hungry I add an egg. I eat it with a fork because I'm lacking a pair of chopsticks that don't taste like lacquer.

Next to it is a card I'm working on with a surprise inside : D.

If I had my way I'd only be out once a week. The last couple of week have been full of various checkups and physical therapy three times a week for tendonitis in my left achilles heel and my right shoulder. I scuttled off pronto when I lost 2/3rds of my mobility in my shoulder in a week. Thankfully I can still do papercrafting. Today I get to stay home. It's hot and muggy so I turned on the AC in my craft room and get to play.

I have a few challenges to do, and a page about my dad's (who died in February) [postage] stamp collection and my [rubber] stamp collection. Actually I have decades to scrap, but one page at a time lol.

edited to add the card is finished and can be see at this post if you've a mind to do so : ). 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

My Ship Has Come In: 3D Spinner in a Jar Tutorial.

This is the tutorial for my entry for the Bedtime Stories Challenge at Waltzingmouse's PJ Party.

BTW I adapted 3D spinners from a free class I took at Craftsy called Create Stunning Birthday Cards she has three other interactive card techniques in the class.

The lid  is stamped with Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink a couple of times and smudged, then heat set. Then a circle punch is put down with ATG.  The ship is also from Ocean Bound stamped with Parisian Dusk by Memento on Manilla and punched out with a 1 3/4" punch.

The doubled ended banner die is from Papertrey Ink. The right side is curled over a pencil then Scor Tape is put on the very end and then again about 1/2 inch away, bent into shape and attached to the side and fussed into shape. The AHOY is from Ocean Bound stamped with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink, and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Studio Style stamped with Chipped Sapphire.

The first step is to make sure the spinner will fit through the lid. In this case, the 2 1/4 inch circle punch fits through with just a bit to spare.

Position to circle dies within a second 2 1/4 circle punch. I keep them in place with a piece of low tack painter's tape or a piece of washi tape. The middle piece is either recycled or put aside for another project.

Now it's time to work on the spinner.
I use my little Gelli Plate to stamp an image in reverse so both sides of the spinner have an image. I haven't done a lot of research on the Gelli Plate, but the VersaFine rolls back very quickly. The image on the right was left too long. When I went to do it again, I had my paper right at hand. (Be aware of ghost images unless you wipe down the plate).

The three ships in the middle are all stamped directly. All the others are  stamped on the Gelli Plate first and then the paper is put on it and rubbed with fingers or a brayer. The variation comes with the speed the paper is put on the plate after inking.

When I'm making a two sided spinner I start with a die cut. I read in a couple of forum that it is easier to get centered images by stamping first and using a mask to place the die. Tape the die in place and run it through the machine.

Then I fussy cut it down to the directly stamped image with a pair of scissors. The clear plastic will be the support. I drew on it with a Sharpie to make it easier to see. The reverse image is trimmed so the base line and the bow of the ship were the edges.

For this project I wanted the ship to slide around the channel rather than spinning while it's sliding, so it's important that the support is at least as wide as the channel. BTW if you want the object to really spin while it's traveling through the channel, make the support narrower than the channel.

Usually I use a button or a coin as the base of the slider, but the jar is fairly narrow, so I made a rectangular base with a bit of shrink it. And because it was white I covered the top with cardstock that matched the base.

Put the directly stamped image face down apply adhesive to the back (I like Ranger's Glue N Seal because it has a little slip to it) put the support pieces down then add a little more glue and apply the reverse image and align. Set aside to dry.

When it is dry, fussy cut the reverse image to match the front. Then cut each plastic in  half vertically (so there are 4 pieces instead of 2) and fold them to a 90 angle from the base of the image altering between the left and right side.

Put Scor Tape on the top and attach the plastic supports.  Trim the plastic flush with the sides of the slider base. Now that the slider is made the height can be determined. It needs to be high enough for it to slide easily.

I used three layers of foam tape cut very very narrowly at the outer edge of the die cut to set the height. 

Three layers of foam tape in the middle so they are the same height (very important to keep the spinner from falling out of the channel). Again, leaving room for the sliding part of the ship to move around.
The sides were made by stamping the Hero Arts Waves background stamp and cutting out a line of waves. Scor Tape was put around the side (where the foam tape is) and the waves attached to the side. Insert the slider in the channel.

Apply a little Scor Tape to the bottom and use a large pair of tweezers (these are sold for Terrariums) to lower the spinner into place. Press down on the middle to make sure it's going to hold in place.

To make the banner fold washi tape over twine.  I used Tim Holt tissue tape over smooth hemp twine (sold in the jewelry making section). Cut the tape into pennants with scissors. The sailboats are from Papertrey Ink's Bitty Baby Blessings stamp set with VersaFine ink (heat set).

Tie a knot at each end of the banner and tape inside the jar under the knot. Put on the lid and ta da!

It's AMAZING Friend

The image and sentiment are from My Favorite Things You're Super stamp set The image is cut with the matching Die-Namics Dies set. The patterned paper is from K&Co.

The coloring is all done with Distress Markers. I made a mistake on the skin color combination and started with Old Paper (which has a green cast to it)  instead of  Antique Linen. I solved the green problem by coloring over the Old Paper with Tattered Rose and then using Tea Dye. The hair is colored with Gathered Twigs with streaks of Tea Dye. Since there was a lot of coloring, I'm entering it into the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


It's been busy around here : D. On deck is some cutting/coloring with My Favorite Things You're Super. To the side buried a bit is Waltzingmouse Stamp's Ocean Bound.... I forgot to photograph some steps for a tutorial... and need to make some stand in for my jar spinner which also gave me a chance to use my giant, giant (about 10 inches long) tweezers (I think they are made for terrarium work).

So head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more crafty goodness!

Monday, June 15, 2015

My Ship Has Come In (even if it spins)

For the Bedtime Stories Challenge at Waltzingmouse's PJ Party.

It's the ship from Ocean Bound, spinning around under a banner made of Tim Holtz Tissue Tape stamped with the boat from Bitty Baby Blessings stamp set. The waves are made using the appropriately named Waves background stamp by Hero Arts. The Ship is from Waltzingmouse's Ocean Bound (I am REALLY loving this set). 

The lid features another ship from Ocean Bound as well as the AHOY. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Studio Style.

I want to make sure I get this entered in time, but I have a tutorial in the works that I will post soon. But basically it's a spinner card just made 3D.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Stamping With Neutrals

Make It Monday #214: Stamping with Neutrals. The background is stamped with Lovely Layers in Soft Stone and Dark Chocolate Inks.  The Rosie Posie Flower is stamped and then painted with Raspberry Fizz, the leaves are stamped in Soft Stone. Late night finish means a photograph at my desk.

A Different Sort of Graduation Card

The moon is a 3 step stamp set from Kitchen Sink's Owl & Autumn Moon stamp set. The first 2 layers are stamped in white pigment ink, the 3rd is stamped with silver metallic pigment ink. The sentiment is from Safe Harbour Sentiments stamp set by Waltzingmouse stamped in Versafine as is the ship from Waltzingmouse's Ocean Bound stamp set.  The blue cardstock is Blueberry Sky by Papertrey Ink.

This is for the Old Pajamas Challenge at Waltzingmouse's PJ Party, and Graduation at CASology.

Bon Voyage!

Waltzingmouse Stamps PJ Party Can It/Jar It challenge. The jar and sea (stamped with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink) are from Papertrey Ink's Friendship Jar stamp set. The ship is from Waltzingmouse Stamps'  Safe Harbour Sentiments stamp set. The sentiment is from Ocean Bound, and is heat embossed with Hero Arts White Embossing Powder.

The background stamps are from Off Beat Backgrounds, the stitching is stamped with Black Soot Distress Ink, the grid is stamped with Papertrey Ink's Aqua Mist. Then Iced Spruce Distress Stain is used over the background. The cardstock is Papertrey Ink Classic Kraft, Stamper's Select White and Ocean Tides.

Coffee and Doughnut

Coffee Coloured Challenge at Waltzingmouse's PJ Party. Everything is stamped with Versafine pigment ink, which is waterproof. I gave it a quick shot of heat with the Ranger Heat-It to make sure it was dry and wouldn't smudge.

The Doughnut frosting is painted with Papertrey Ink's Dark Chocolate and a waterbrush. The coffee cozy is painted with Pure Poppy. The doughnut frosting and coffee cup eyes are covered with Glossy Accents.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Let's Get Together

I got the We Go Together stamp set from Waltzingmouse just in time for another card for the Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop. It's also very colored, so perfect for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

The doughnut is painted with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, The coffee cozy is painted with Twisted Citron

The background is Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Mermaid Lagoon and Picked Raspberry "smooshed" onto a piece of plastic packaging and spritzed with water. The card base is Papertrey Ink's Limeade Ice.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Oh! The places You Will Go!

This week's CASology cue card is Graduation. Since I need a card for a friend's bright daughter's graduation, the timing is perfect. All the stamps are from Waltzingmouse's Ocean Bound set. The rope frame is stamped with Wild Honey Distress Ink and Papertrey Ink's Dark Chocolate and then gone over with Brushed Corduroy Distress Marker on manilla card stock and fussy cut. The ship and the sentiment are stamped with Memento's Paris Dusk. The card base is Papertrey Ink's Ocean Tides.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Thank You card

I used Altenew's Painted Flower stamp set. I really love this set. It has multi-layered stamps, but they can be used individually like I did with this detail stamp on Tim Holtz' Watercolor Paper with Versafine ink. Then I painted the flowers in with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. The pearlescent vellum is really vintage, I don't have any idea when I bought it or who makes it. It's cut with Papertrey Ink's Mat Stack 1 die with Taylored Expressions "thanks" die that was heat embossed with Rangers Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The card base is Papertrey Ink's Tropical Teal.

The vellum die cut was adhered to the watercolor by lightly tracing the mat where I wanted it to be in pencil, applying Scotch Vellum Tape to the water color within the pencil lines, erasing the pencil lines and putting the mat on. Putting the vellum tape on the watercolor rather than the vellum makes a world of difference.

Simon Says For the Love of Plants and it's been colored, so I'm entering it in the 30 Coloring Challenge also.